I could never really call myself a documentary photographer or a photographer that specialises in reportage. Although I do really love capturing those gorgeous natural moments that happen throughout the day, and really take delight in those unposed moments. I also love to use the light in the best possible way in order to create something beautiful. My couples will tell you that I don’t pose them or make them feel awkward. Except perhaps the I get a bit too close with my camera. But I’ve learnt to really close that gap to create the intimacy of a close up (thats a blog for another time!) I like natural photos. But I also like placing the bride in window light.
This is my favourite kind of light for bridal portraits. I love how flattering it is and how it really shows off the composure of face and dress and figure. There is something lovely about just taking a little moment right before everything is about to unfold, and just stand there. The only direction I tend to give is just look out of the window or look at your bouquet, or occasionally, look at me. The rest just happens. I especially love it when the sun is in just the right place and my bride is bathed in light whilst the rest of the room is dark. Its just delicious!
Here are a few of my 2018 brides bathed in gorgeous window light. I didn’t want to make the post too long so I haven’t included a portrait of every single bride. I have loved every single bridal portrait I have taken. But these just represent a few of my absolute favourites, where I was lucky with the light perhaps and I got those gorgeous portraits that just make me smile so much! I could never be fully documentary because I also LOVE these moments. They may be slightly posed in as natural a way as possible. But do you know what. I like portraits and always will. So here are some…