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Inspired by / images by Jordanna Marston Photography

You don’t like them*, but you think you probably want them*. For your mum, or your gran, or his auntie and all the people who love the family gathering aspect of weddings above anything else. You dread them* – but secretly you know that in 20 years time you will have a tear in your eye as they* become rare and treasured memories of your loved ones. And you worry a little, because you’re not sure if taking them* is going to be a bore, or a bit shouty and embarrassing, or if your uncle Raymond is going to disappear for a fag while it’s all going on (true story!) – but you know it’s a thing and it has to be done

* You guessed it – “they” are wedding group shots. And they’re a bit of a thing!

Group shots at weddings - fun and quirky alternative wedding photography in London by Jordanna Marston (1)

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With Kent wedding photographer Benjamin Toms

When I publish a real wedding on the English Wedding Blog I always try to begin the feature with a few key images: a shot of the bride, some gorgeous detail I’ve fallen in love with, and my favourite couple portrait. The combination of these types of images tends to capture the spirit of the day and show off the best photography as well.

Beautiful wedding photography advice and tips by Benjamin Toms, Kent (4)

Couple portraits especially appeal to me. They don’t have to be posed or formal (and there’s nothing I avoid more than a ‘cake cutting’ shot for the blog!) but I really do love those romantic images: a forehead kiss or a wedding day hug can melt my heart in seconds.

I often hear couples say they worried about portraits – if you’re nervous of having your photo taken then I promise you’re not alone… and all you need is a great wedding photographer to make you feel at ease. You’ll be thrilled with the results, I promise!

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I read a little article last week which captured a big talking point and wrapped it up beautifully in a neat and tidy little nutshell. Nichola Morton was writing for Aspire Photography Training: “ If your couples have either hand-made or spent money on something involved with their wedding, they will want to make sure that it is documented via your photography.”

Yorkshire wedding detail photographers James and Lianne Photography (2)Images in this post are by James and Lianne Photography from Gemma and Niall’s North Yorkshire garden wedding

Nichola’s use of the word documented really caught my attention. Those documentary or reportage photographers I know tend to be the most reluctant to capture details… and yet Nichola brought them together in one wonderfully succinct sentence.

I’ll make my point first and explain it in a moment. I think 99% of wedding photographers should be capturing details and using those images in their marketing. It’s time to realise just how valuable those detail shots can be to your business. Why?

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The shortest of introductions today because Andrew from Lightworks Photography writes beautifully – better than I do. Unmissable reading… an eye-opener indeed! Enjoy. Claire x

On arriving at church to photograph a wedding recently:

Vicar: “You must be the photographer, I can tell because you look like you don’t know what you’re doing”

Me: (having picked jaw up from floor and mentally counted to ten) “Hello, nice to meet you. I can assure you I know exactly what I’m doing, I’ve been photographing weddings professionally for over ten years. What are you worried about?”

Vicar: “That you won’t do as you’re told!”

Me: (struggling now, but outwardly the paradigm of professionalism) “Ok….What exactly would you prefer me to do?”

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Along with the classic advice to ‘do it your way’, one of the things I hear most from brides and grooms after the wedding is that the whole day goes by so fast! It’s so important to find a few quiet moments together with your new wife or husband on the day. You’d think that would be easy… but as experienced wedding photographer Sean Gannon says, “everything takes longer than you expect on your wedding day“!

photo credit Energy Photographic Surrey (1)

Sean has written a fantastic article about wedding day timings and I’m ever so pleased I can share extracts of it with you here today.

It’s great to be able to share Sean’s advice from his experience of over 200 weddings, and I hope you find these wedding day timing tips really useful. My favourite part? Sean’s sample timings include this gem: “12.21 go to the loo. It might be the last chance you get for a while!

photo credit Energy Photographic Surrey (2)

10 Essential Wedding Day Timing Tips

This is an extract from Sean’s article – to see the full piece please click wedding day timing tips