The wedding of Kayleigh and Leon, such a lovely couple, couldn’t do enough for us photographers, everyone was friendly, at ease and relaxed. The guests seemed up for a laugh, which is really helpful from a photographers point of view, unless being up for a laugh meant they wanted to push me into the fountain holding my camera of course.
It was at Reed Hall on the grounds of Exeter University, and is one of those venues that just keeps giving, for pictures anyway.
Upstairs on the corridor of the bridal suite is the nuts to take pictures in, (sorry I couldn’t think of the technical term to describe it ) with big windows and crisp light seeping in, paintings that have stood there longer than the University itself, and a grand staircase, yep, sexy stuff.
The sun was out and it was a bank holiday weekend, we were all winners, especially the bride and groom.
I met Kayleigh at a wedding fair I like to attend in Exeter when it comes around, it’s great when you get booked these shows, as you never really know what to expect from it. I have done weddings in the past at Reed Hall, but it never stops suprising me how every wedding brings different pictures, new angles and challenges, like I have learned to realise after being a professional photographer for over fifteen years, every picture is different and you can always make it better, and turning up at Reed Hall for another wedding was no exception, you start from scratch and capture those moments from fresh.
Obviously the wedding venue is important, very much so, but I try and delve a little deeper into the whole day and involve the couple, the atmosphere, guests and all their emotions. Uncle Sid trying to find his lost teeth in a pint glass is more of a photo opportunity and narrative to me than getting the couple to jump off steps in star shapes, for me, too much, some dudes like all that, and fair one, crack on, but for me it’s my wedding photography reportage style, which is nothing too contrived, not a star shape in sight, but wanting good pictures and understanding that simple fact, letting your day unfold naturally is all you need to do. On saying all of this, if you come up to me and say please please can you get a photo of me and my nan doing a massive star shape off the top of the Belvedere, then I’d probably take it 🙂
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