I put my heart and soul into every single wedding that I photograph and am passionate about telling the unique story of your wedding day through a relaxed and informal documentary style approach, placing a distinct emphasis on capturing raw emotion and feelings. Documentary or reportage style basically means to capture exactly what you see, the details, the emotions, the perspective, meaning this type of photography builds a complete picture, the who, the where, and the whys - essentially, it tells your story. I have a friendly, gentle nature which immediately puts people at ease and will at times almost blend into the background, so much so, you may forget I am there. But there I will be, capturing natural smiles, real laughs, real moments. A tender kiss on the head, nervous squeeze of the hand, a deep breath or a quiet moment of reflection. These are the moments that will, in years to come, evoke memories of not only what you looked like, but how you felt on your special day.
If you decide you would like some of the more traditional family/group shots, this is part of the day where documentary style will not work, so we mix in a little of the more traditional format here, but that doesnt mean we can't still have a little fun with them if you prefer a more contemporary style. You need a photographer who can efficiently manage the crowd of guests, call them forward and capture the shot without fuss, without faff and move on. People easily get restless during this phase of the day, they usually havent been fed yet, Uncle Tom will think about nipping off to the bar for a drink, granny might need to visit the ladies room and your flower girls are running wild in the gardens! This needs to be done quickly! I usually recommend 6 - 8 pre determined shots and allow roughly 10 - 15 minutes, no more, to get these photos done.
As much as possible, I like to leave you both alone to interact with your guests and enjoy all the moments that your special day brings, but I usually recommend we schedule about 20-30 minutes at some point in your day for some artistic couple photographs of the two of you. This is where we get the 'WOW' shots for your album! Lots of couples worry about this part of the day, 'we hate being photographed' 'we dont want to look awkward and posed' are just some of the worries i hear. This is where I put my couples at ease. Of course, we want to make the most of your venue and it's surrounds - after all you may well have chosen it with your photos in mind. But my approach is not about rigid poses grinning at the camera, it's about capturing the connection that you two share on this very special day in your lives. That connection could be shot as the two of you stroll hand in hand back towards your guests with a zoom lens. It could be an impromptu kiss on the head or a loving glance in between shots. Whether you are naturally photogenic or whether being photographed is your worst nightmare my relaxed approach and creative ideas will have us capturing beautiful images that you will want to put on your wall.
When it comes to the final presentation of your beautiful wedding photographs, I take pride in being a traditionalist at heart. Despite acknowledging the amazing convenience of having your photographs in digital format, I think there is nothing better than something you can touch and feel, a stunning, timeless storybook photo album for you to cherish and look back on throughout your lifetime together. In this crazy, digital age, I worry that we are losing touch with our appreciation for real, physical photographs. Having our images on a USB is good for now, and our intention to do something with them is always good, but will this technology still be around in 20 - 30 years time? This is why I recommend my couples strongly consider opting for an album inclusive package. In saying this, I fully appreciate that with so many things to pay for in the run up to the wedding, couples may wish to book a Digital File coverage package and I offer the option to purchase an album after the wedding.
All of my collections include a one to one consultation, at your Staffordshire or Westmidlands venue or location to suit, usually 3-4 weeks before your big day, where we can meet each other to go through all the details of your day and I can answer any questions or queries you may have. I will bring along samples of the different album covers available and you can look/feel the textures and decide for yourselves the look and finish you prefer.
If you think I might be the wedding photographer for you, I would love to hear from you.
Samantha Lowe Photography, Wedding Photography Staffordshire - Hixon, Staffordshire
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