Our Approach

Our style is mostly documentary, with a story-telling approach. So we won’t be asking for fake smiles or cheesy poses from you or your guests. We’ll be capturing the whole day as naturally, and inobtrusively, as possible.

Alongside this, we also like to spend a little time with you both for a relaxed, creative portrait session.

“You have captured our day so perfectly and so naturally…we are beyond happy with the images! Ben and I both had tears in our eyes looking through our gallery!” Ben & Rebecca

Documenting Your Day

From the second we arrive, to the minute we leave, we’ll be capturing as many moments as we can. It might be an obvious one like dad seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time, or the first kiss at the ceremony. Or it might be something that just happens—children playing, guests sharing a joke, or dad falling asleep at the table after the wedding breakfast (that one really happened!)

We’re there to document your day, so you’ll have a full gallery of images to look back on in the years to come. Recently married couples will probably tell you that the day goes by in a flash. And that’s part of why we’re there—to capture those memories for you, and perhaps even some that you missed!

We also have a light, bright, natural editing style that won’t go out of fashion—we want your images to look just as good in ten or twenty years’ time.

“The photographs are amazing!! We love them all! They capture the day brilliantly and have shown us some bits we either forgot or simply didn’t see!” Martin & Adele

So what’s a typical wedding day, with us?

Well, first of all, there’s no ‘typical’ wedding. Every couple is different, and we’ll work with you on an individual basis so we can make the most out of the photography on your day. There are no rules, so we don’t have to do anything you don’t want to, but here’s an idea of how we might work on your day…

Bride/Groom Prep
One of our favourite parts of the day! If you’d like photos of each of you getting ready, that’s where it comes in really handy having the two of us. We can split up in the morning so you can have coverage of both of you.

There’s no posing during this part of the day (unless you ask for it). We just capture the moments, whether that’s the excitement of getting into the wedding dress, exchanging gifts with the bridal party, having a drink (or two!) at the pub before the ceremony, or nervously waiting at the altar.

When you receive your gallery, we think it’s lovely that you can both see what the other was doing on the morning of the wedding.

“I really enjoyed seeing the photos of the boys getting ready before I arrived, and likewise Ben loved the photos as the girls went from PJs to dresses!” Ben & Laura

The Ceremony
We’ve photographed wedding ceremonies in churches, outdoors, at registry offices, hotels and more.

Again, it’s great having the two of us for this part of the day. At the majority of weddings, one of us will be at the front, and one at the back. We’re always very discreet, wherever we are, but we find this is great for capturing different angles for you.

Tip: Photography in churches is usually at the discretion of the vicar/priest (so it may be worth checking if you’re not sure if yours has any rules). Most are accommodating, but the odd church may only allow photography at the back of the church, or during certain parts of the service. Very occasionally, it’s not permitted at all (but this is rare, so don’t panic yet!)

Group/Family Photos
We had a handful of small group photos taken at our own wedding. But in all honesty, we’ve never printed them, and rarely look at them! The photos we look back at most fondly from our own wedding are the natural ones of friends and family smiling and laughing, and the portrait session photos of the two of us.

So, we’re happy to accommodate group photos if requested, but we do also recommend keeping them to a minimum (around 5 or 6 at the most). Each group shot can take 5 minutes, on average, so bear in mind how this will affect your schedule.

Basically, if you want photos with your close family and the bridal party, that’s absolutely fine with us. But if you want lots of extra variations of posed family photos, we may not be the photographers for you. We’d rather have more time available to take those natural photos of guests, and yourselves, that best suits our style of photography.

We also try to keep group shots fairly informal. In particular, if you want to do something a little more relaxed with your bridesmaids and groomsmen, rather than just standing in a formal line—we’re up for that!

Bride and bridesmaids at East Keswick Village Hall Leeds

Couple’s Portrait Session
Many couples tell us they’re not photogenic, or feel nervous about photos. Remember–nearly all the couples you see on our website felt the same, but they still look amazing, right? (N.B. – If you love having your photo taken—woohoo, you’ll love this part of the day!)

We keep things as relaxed and natural as possible, gently directing things to make you feel comfortable for some beautiful shots of the two of you.

If you book a pre-wedding shoot with us, you’ll have lots of practice for this session. If not, don’t worry–just be yourselves. We’ll go for a little wander, away from your guests, so it’s just the two of you (and us!)

We ask for up to 30 minutes with you on the wedding day. In reality, it’s a short time to take out of a long day, but we think it’s really important in order for you to have some memorable photos of the two of you to look back on.

Later in the day, if the light is amazing, or we have a creative idea, we’ll see if you’re up for another 5-10 minute session then. It’s worth it for an amazing shot!

The Details
We love photographing people, and our aim is to capture as much as we can of everything going on—laughter, tears, and all out fun. However, we also know that you’ve probably put a lot of thought into making everything look just the way you want it to, so we’ll be trying to capture those details too. So that includes your cake, flowers, and any of the décor in your reception room or venue (as well as your dress and shoes in the morning!)

Throughout the Day
We’ll be taking photos of you and your guests enjoying the day as well as covering any other big moments such as speeches, the cake cut, and your first dance!

Colin will normally be with you for half an hour or so after your first dance, to capture some dancefloor action (assuming people are dancing!) We think this rounds off your gallery nicely, and people are generally super relaxed by this time, and ready to throw some shapes for the camera!

Still have questions?
See our FAQs page, or contact us.

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“You captured so many beautiful moments which have made us laugh out loud (and shed a little tear).” Christina & Tom