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Best of 2016 | Wedding Photographer Bristol and Somerset

Finally getting around to blogging my best wedding photography of 2016 roundup! In this collection you'll find some of my personal favourites from a few of the weddings in Bristol and Somerset that I've had the pleasure to photograph over the past 12 months. I normally get my best-of published by the first of January but with a couple winter weddings at Old Down Estate and Walton Castle along with a number of family portrait sessions just before Christmas, it's been a busy January getting the pictures processed and delivered to my clients.

I just wanted to thank all of my clients this year for allowing me to document one of the most important days of your lives. Thanks for looking!


Walton Castle Wedding Photographer | Bristol Wedding Photographers

Just before Christmas, I had the pleasure of photographing another wedding at the amazing Walton Castle in Clevedon. It was a brisk but really lovely Winter wedding with only 25 guests for most of the day. In order to capture natural moments unobtrusively at such a small wedding, it's really important to blend in as best as possible, which is why choosing your wedding photographer has to be as much about their portfolio as it is their approach to documentary wedding photography.  Bev, Peter and all the guests were so friendly and welcoming, it made my job easy! To top it off, they even threw in a plate of their simply incredible wedding breakfast roast dinner. Thank you again!

Old Oak Farm Wedding Photographer Taunton | Documentary Wedding Photography

Documentary wedding photography at its best! I must say I love this frame, capturing the essence of what wedding photography is all about - the connection and love between the bride and groom. You don't get shots like this during a staged portrait session. Sometimes posed photos can look like natural wedding photography, which is great and I'll sometimes do that with my clients if they so desire, but genuine, natural moments (by definition) can't really be staged. The choice of black and white for this first dance photo is so that any distracting elements of colour are eliminated so all the attention is on their connection.

From a recent wedding at Old Oak Farm wedding venue in Taunton. Wedding Photographer Taunton.


A Happy Accident | Zooming Long Exposure Wedding Photography

I often photograph wedding ceremonies with a zoom lens on one camera and an 85mm prime on the other to allow me to get a number of perspectives quickly. When photographing the first kiss, I generally like to get a tight crop of the bride and groom then zoom out to get another pulled back shot of the guests, showing the bride and groom up front. During a recent wedding at Maunsel House in Somerset, I did just that with my Nikon 24-70 lens but ended up pressing the shutter and zooming at the same time, resulting in a motion blur of everything in the frame other than the bride and groom.  I'd like to take artistic credit for the resulting photo but I have to put this zooming long exposure wedding photograph down as a happy accident.