TOP TIPS - HOW TO GET THE BEST WEDDING PHOTOS

TOP TIPS – HOW TO GET THE BEST WEDDING PHOTOS

We all know that planning a wedding can be a bit of a minefield so here are my top wedding photography planning tips for getting the best wedding photos of your special day.


Book A Professional

This might sound obvious, but it is incredibly important to book a professional photographer. Whilst an amateur can get some good shots when everything is going perfectly to plan, a professional will get great shots even when things aren’t, such as when the weather wasn’t what you expected.

We all know that the cameras have come down a lot in price and therefore we all have an uncle Bob who’s got a digital camera or a friend who takes photos and offers to do your wedding photos for free for example. This can be very tempting as the costs of weddings do add up these days. But remember that you’re only going to have your wedding day once so hire a professional to help you preserve this incredible time in your life as your own memory fades.

Communication Is Key

This applies in the planning stage and on the day itself. Good communication between yourself and the photographer is essential to ensure that you’re on the same page and that they know the things that are important to you. Discussing these things in person or over Skype will really help you to get the best from your wedding day photography.

Trust Your Photographer

A wedding photographer’s job is to capture the day that will hopefully reflect your relationship up until that point and your future marriage that lies ahead of you. Because of this, they’ll need access, not just to your physical space but also to your emotional space. A space that you might not have ever allowed a third-party to see, let alone document. Because of this, you’ll need to trust them, trust that they know what they’re doing but most importantly trust that they’re going to respect your intimate moments. 

Planning For The Best Light

This might sound obvious, but it is incredibly important to book a professional photographer. Whilst an amateur can get some good shots when everything is going perfectly to plan, a professional will get great shots even when things aren’t, such as when the weather wasn’t what you expected.

We all know that the cameras have come down a lot in price and therefore we all have an uncle Bob who’s got a digital camera or a friend who takes photos and offers to do your wedding photos for free for example. This can be very tempting as the costs of weddings do add up these days. But remember that you’re only going to have your wedding day once so hire a professional to help you preserve this incredible time in your life as your own memory fades.

You might really want to get some epic sunset portraits. If so it’s also worth considering the time of year and when the sun is going to set. Keep this in mind when you’re working out the timings of the day with your wedding coordinator so that you’re not disappointed.

Don’t Have Every Minute Planned Out

You might have an exact idea of how the day will go in your head but in my experience, it’s best to have a slightly loose timetable for certain parts of the day that allows for improvisation and coordination. For a photographer that might mean that they spend a bit more time than planned in a field with the kids and come back with a gem like this.

Forget That Your Photographer Is There

This might sound a bit strange but real emotion and moments are best captured when people are unaware. A good photographer will be able to blend into the background in order to do this but having it in the back of your mind to forget that they’re there and not turn around to smile at the camera if you do notice them will really help them to capture those beautiful candid moments shared between you and your friends and family.

Group Photos

Obviously, on your day, you’ll want some big group shots of everyone dressed in their best. These are simple but important photos that are at every wedding for a reason. Talk with your photographer ahead of time about what is a good number of shots to take and arrange who will be in them so it moves smoothly and quickly, leaving you with more time to enjoy with your guests. I normally suggest around 8 to 10 group photos.

Build a Relationship With Your Photographer

You’ll probably see your photographer more than most of your guests on the big day so it’s important that you get on and understand each other. Building bridges with your photographer will make the day flow better, the pictures come out better and will help you enjoy the shoots more. 

Shout out to the guest who got this shot of me with Katriana & Steve at their wedding.

Don’t Be Afraid To Be Yourself

Photography is about capturing a distinct moment in time, the speed of motion in the human face and body can produce 100 different photos in a single moment. Not all of them will be good, not all of them will be flattering but some of them will be exceptional, otherwise missed gems of expression or emotion. Don’t be afraid to just be yourself.

Most Importantly – Relax And Enjoy Your Day

Make sure that you relax and enjoy it. I know that this is an obvious thing to say but we all know that sometimes things don’t go to plan. If this happens it’s super important to not let it get to you and just take it in your stride. These things will all just add to the stories and memories that you’ll make on the day.

TOP TIPS – HOW TO GET THE BEST WEDDING PHOTOS

I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this post and that it will assist you in your wedding photography plans. 

If you like what you’ve seen here and think that I could be a good fit for your wedding photography I’d love to hear about your awesome wedding plans. 


Camber Sands wedding sunset photos

THE GALLIVANT, CAMBER SANDS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

THE GALLIVANT, CAMBER SANDS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Jenna & Hannah


“We couldn’t be happier with them. Wedding photos are so important and you have to get it right with the photographer you hire, we certainly did when we asked Matt to be part of our day.”


THE GALLIVANT, CAMBER SANDS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I had an incredible time photographing their wedding at the Gallivant, Camber Sands. Whether you’re planning a wedding here or elsewhere I’d love to hear about your plans. If you think that I could be a good fit or would like more info you can get in touch here via the link below. 


Wiston House garden wedding photography portrait

WISTON HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

WISTON HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Danni & Darren


“Wow they’re great thank you so much!”


Having originally met Danni & Darren briefly at their friend’s Mark & Lisa’s wedding back in 2016 I was super happy when they got in touch when they were planning their own wedding and wanted me to be their photographer for their Wiston House wedding. I love being able to photograph multiple weddings from the same friendship group and seeing so many friendly faces again.

Danni and the girls started their morning prep at Wiston House in a stunning room overlooking the grounds.

Following on from here I left to catch up with Darren and the guys at  the lovely, St Andrew’s Church Steyning. Here Danni had surprised Darren by arranging for their beloved French Bulldog to make an appearance. It was such a nice surprise and it really meant a lot to Darren for her to be there and take part in the day.

After a beautiful ceremony we all made our way back to Wiston House and with Danni & Darren choosing to travel there in style in a Maserati Cuattroporte. We wound our way through the beautiful parkland grounds leading up to Wiston House and all of a sudden the stunning 16th century house appears in the distance, it’s a truly impressive sight.

We arrived to house with the sun shinning and the sound of Steele drums playing in the garden. I was brought up in the Caribbean so it was music to my ears. With the weather as it was and cocktails flowing if you closed your eyes you almost felt like you had been transported there.

From the gardens at the rear of the house we then moved to the Great Hall, the 16th century centre piece of the house. With it’s high ceilings and beautifully carved woodwork which almost resemble the hull of a boat stretching up above your heed it was a truly special and grand place to have your wedding breakfast.

The manicured gardens of Wiston House are absolutely stunning, so we wanted to make some time to get some portraits there. My particular favourite was the Italian garden with it’s perfectly symmetrically trimmed hedges, gorgeous.

Taking a little bit of time out to make some beautiful, creative portraits is also a great time for you to have little bit of time for the two of you. We don’t need take too long, but it also serves as a great time for you to both to be able to take everything in and I know how important it is for couples to spend as much of the day as they can with their friends and family as well so I don’t like to steal you away for too long.

The Indie Killers kicked off the party with some energetic and uptempo classic tracks. A great way to finish what was an awesome day.

WISTON HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I had an incredible time photographing their Wiston House wedding. Whether you’re planning a wedding here or elsewhere I’d love to hear about your plans. If you think that I could be a good fit or would like more info you can get in touch here via the link below. 


BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY 2018

BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY 2018

Wow! What a brilliant year 2018 has been. I’m a Brighton wedding photographer, but I frequently travel across England to document weddings and this year was no different. It’s been so great looking back through all of the weddings and other shoots from this year to put this post together. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many amazing people and documenting so many awesome weddings. I can’t quite believe that another year has flown by.

I always feel so privileged to be able to share and capture both the intimate and fun moments shared between you, your friends and family on what is such a special and important day. It’s a beautiful thing and I’m so lucky to be able to call this my job. On that note, I would really like to say a big thank you to all of the amazing couples that let me into their world for a day and put their trust in me to document their wedding day. You all really helped make it a truly special year. I can’t thank you enough.

It’s been incredibly hard to narrow down the images for this post, as there were so I would have liked to include but here it is, my best of 2018. I really hope that you enjoy looking through them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

If you’re getting married in 2019 I’d love to hear about your plans for the big day. Spaces are filling up but there are still some dates available so don’t hesitate.

Here’s to 2019!


Highlight Slideshow Of 2018.


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PANGDEAN BARN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

PANGDEAN BARN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Lucy & James


“These are awesome, thank you so much!”


PANGDEAN BARN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I had an incredible time being their Pangdean Barn wedding photographer. Whether you’re planning a wedding here or elsewhere I’d love to hear about your plans. If you think that I could be a good fit or would like more info you can get in touch here via the link below.