My best of a decade in weddings – Kristian Leven Photography

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Bride and groom laugh as guests throw confetti. There's red white and blue bunting above

I wonder if the pandemic of 2020 will change how we all see weddings. For me, it’s certainly made me focus on what’s important – that precious human connection we’ve all missed so much. When I look at wedding photography I want to smile: to see moments which make my heart leap or bring a tear to my eye. The hugs, the love, the power of friendships and closeness of family. I blog weddings which have soul – and so today’s Best of a Decade is a real treat for me. Huge thanks to lovely London wedding photographer Kristian Leven for sharing his wedding photography journey with us. I hope you love this as much as I do! “english

It’s been over 10 years since I started on this crazy journey of photographing weddings. Whilst my style has changed somewhat over time, one thing has remained consistent – my desire to create imagery that is natural, true, and honest. For me there’s nothing more special than a genuine moment, captured in an artistic and visually interesting way. It’s what excites and motivates me, and is something I’ve strived for at every wedding I’ve photographed.

Taking the opportunity to look back and celebrate 10 years in business was a daunting, but reflective task. I noticed that I shoot less B+W and far more colour these days; that I really got into my stride, creatively speaking, in the 5th year; and that I experimented more and pushed myself harder in year 7 to create work that still felt original. Also the more street photography I undertook out of the wedding season, the more that style infused itself into my wedding photography. And vice-versa I guess.

Now that this decade has closed, and a thorough break has been had, I’m probably more motivated than ever to capture the unusual, unique, quirky, funny, honest and emotional moments that present themselves on a wedding day. So here’s to the next decade!


Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.


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