I’ve always made creative decisions based on my own preferences and gut feelings so I thought this might be useful.
This list is fluid.
This is right up there at the top of my list. I want the real you. I do not want to make you look fake.
I don’t shoot too many rigid poses. Keep things lively and the magic will happen.
Interactions and expressions captured in in the moment.
Refine and remove clutter.
Getting off the beaten track.
I love to take risks and try to create something unique. This includes exploring awesome locations.
Printing on Art papers (cotton rag etc)
See my post about paper types here.
Sometimes a scene needs additional light to add mood and motivation.
The night sky.
Yes I can shoot after dark.
Shooting in poor weather.
Don’t shy away from the elements and be prepared. You might just come away with something special.
See my post about poor weather here.
Getting stuck in.
If there is mayhem on the dancefloor I will be right there.
They just look better.
Travelling & meeting new people.
I will be offering some destinations shoots in 2017.
Styled shoots & workshop images presented as actual weddings.
(Know the difference between images from a styled shoot versus an actual wedding day. You might notice the same couples on various photographers portfolios.)
Standing still like mannequins with hands by your side.
I like movement in my shots, what more can I say.
Couple shots with no connection.
Weddings are about your love for each other. Express yourself, it’s not a fashion shoot.
Chopping off heads (not literally)
I’ll always choose one amazing image over 3 weaker ones which will only serve to distract.
Weird and unimaginative poses.
Jumping heel clicks. If you don’t know what these are then count yourself lucky.
Glossy photo paper.
I find that highly reflective surfaces can be a distraction. Art papers work so much better with modern digital printing.
You know the Schindler’s list thing?
Fake light leaks and lens flares.
Sorry, this stuff is just naff and reminds me of bad 90s sci-fi.