Choosing your Wedding Photographer

Choosing your Wedding Photographer
– Julie Oswin

CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

One of the most important and lasting reminders of your wedding day is your wedding photographs. Through your pictures, you will remember the atmosphere of your wedding, your dress, members of your family, your closest friends and your wedding guests. You will display photographs in your home; it will be a day of your life that together you will look back on forever. How to find the right photographer It is vital to find an experienced photographer, someone that you can get on with and that he/she is aware of your requirements for your special day. You need to feel entirely confident that the photographer you choose will take photographs that capture your wedding day, and the photographer can make you, and your guests feel not only comfortable but also look great.

There are now, with the age of digital, hundreds of photographers available to you. Photographers are a varied breed, some specialise only in photographing weddings, or they shoot weddings only as a sideline to their day job. An excellent place to start is to make enquiries with a search for photographers in your local area. Ideally, talk to your wedding venue, friends and family for any recommendations. The Guild of Wedding Photographers in the UK has members that publish a list of its members via their website www.photoguild.co.uk/search. Although it is not a full list of wedding photographers, it can prove a useful reference point to start finding a suitable photographer for your wedding.

Make contact with photographers and your wedding suppliers: 

Once you have booked the date of your wedding with your venue and place of ceremony, you can then begin searching via the internet for various suppliers in the local area as well as photographers. Once you have made a short list, ideally 5, make contact to see who is available for your date. It is essential that you speak with the suppliers on the telephone, get a feel for how they are with you, how they talk to you and then if you are happy to make an appointment to meet up. Don’t be pushed into a booking, listen to your gut instincts, if it doesn’t feel right, it usually means it isn’t right. 

Wedding Photography: 

What style of wedding photography are you searching for, is it traditional or journalistic style? Classical photography doesn’t mean static, boring, taking a long time and standing around for ages. A traditional or classical style of wedding photography is directed by the photographer, i.e. photographs of the two of you with your family, friends and bridal party. Journalistic style has no input/direction from the photographer, and he/she will work quietly in the background with no interaction with the wedding party and their guests.   Do you want family photographs, photographs of the bridal party and pictures of the two of you together? If your answer is yes, then a photographer with a real journalistic style is not an ideal choice for you. Do you want your photographer to capture the preparations in the morning before the ceremony? Do you want colour, black and white or toned images, or a mixture of them all?

Talk together about what you both will want from your wedding photographer; then you will both know what to discuss when you meet your prospective photographers. There are several things to look for when you view the work of a photographer. Ask to see a complete set of images from at least two weddings and when considering the collection of images, do you feel that the story of the whole day has been captured? Are the groups photographed together cleanly, not messy, and can you see all the people in the group? Do the guests look comfortable and happy? Can you see the detail of the bride’s dress, what about the cake? Are the flowers a burnt out blob stuck at the front of the bride without detail or are they full of colour? Ask yourselves, if this was your wedding day photographs would you be pleased or disappointed? What would you want photographing differently?”

Discuss all of your requirements: 

Discuss your photography requirements with your photographer so that they have an idea of what photographs you specifically wish them to capture for you.

Make a list, preferably with the photographer so that your wishes can be catered for within the time limits that will be available. Let the photographer also know of any particular part of the wedding he or she must capture and a list of ‘must have’ wedding photographs to take during the day.

Important Questions to ask: 

Confirm the photographer who will be photographing your wedding day. Ask how long they have been shooting weddings? How long they have been a photographer. Always remember that a photographer with a good depth of knowledge and experience photographing weddings is a powerful asset to you and your wedding day.  Make sure your photographer has got Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance.

Wedding pictures are a big part of your day.  Make sure you are choosing the right person for the job.  There is no second chance if they don’t turn out how you expected them to.  A good, experienced wedding photographer is a very valuable complement to your special day.

Creative Light Magazine – Christmas Edition

Creative Light Magazine
– Julie Oswin

Creative Light Magazine – Latest Edition

The latest edition of Creative Light magazine features some exciting and informative articles, photoshop tips and deliciously colourful and inspiring photography by some great photographers.

Check out the latest edition of the magazine!

–  Julie Oswin, Editor

 

The magazine is available and FREE for all to read.

Why We Love unplugged (And You Should, Too!)

Unplugged? Why switch off your mobile?

– Julie Oswin

 

 

A bride recently told me she had received over 3,000 images from guests at her wedding.  That’s right, 3000 images!  All taken during her wedding day,  “… what am I am going to do with all these photos Julie?  There are photos of guests photographing backs of other guests,  mobile devices stuck to faces.  All I just wanted was my friends and family to be at my wedding and enjoy our day not turn it into a photo-shoot.”

Today’s guests view the majority of their friends and family weddings through the back of their mobile phones or tablets. And, sadly not what is happening in front of them.  They miss so much; the pride on Dad’s face as he walks his daughter up the aisle, the first glance of the groom of his bride, Gran wiping a tear from her eye. 

My passion as a Wedding Photographer has always been to capture the emotion and excitement of a wedding day, the love between a couple, their families and friends. Sadly images, as shown in this small video I have added to this post (although from a videographer’s point of view but the same for photographers), seems to be the ‘norm’ for weddings today. 

Over the last few years as a wedding photographer, I have witnessed guests that are so busy getting their images onto Social Media that they miss out on so much, and so does the couple.  Last year, a bride said how sad she had that within a week of her wedding her wedding was splashed everywhere on the internet.  By the time she had got back from their honeymoon, everyone had seen her wedding and shared her whole day everywhere.  Something the couple wanted to do for themselves.   If you are a wedding couple planning your wedding, then perhaps it is time to consider having an unplugged wedding? Your guests can enjoy the day and experience at first hand the laughter, tears, happiness and emotion that a wedding brings, not second hand, without emotion, taken as a snapshot of their day, on the back of a mobile phone.

–  Please take a look at the video footage below.  Ok, it is a wedding in America and not the UK, but you get the picture!  Julie

Wedding Photos |

Weddings

– Julie Oswin

 

 

Wedding Photos

It’s all about the shoes!

 

Something old,
Something new,
Something borrowed;
Something blue!

Weddings have been built around superstition especially the white wedding dress, which signifies purity, something old relates to the life the bride is leaving behind, and something new is the life she will live as a married woman. Something borrowed should be something that is from someone who has had a long and happy married life. Something blue is meant to symbolise fidelity, purity and love.

The part of the poem that represents the Groom in this image is ‘something borrowed’, The Groom’s grandfather had recently passed away, and the Groom wanted to wear something of his Grandfather’s on his wedding day and chose to wear his Grandfathers favourite shoes.

 

Waiting
Church Wedding
Groom, Bestman & Ushers
The Boys
Portrait of the Bride
The Old Vicarage

Wedding Photos | Prestwold Hall

Weddings

– Julie Oswin

 

Wedding Photos

 

Beautiful Bridesmaids at Prestwold Hall

Photographing weddings is and always has been something I love to do. The Bride particularly wanted a ‘different’ image of the bridesmaids and not a ‘posed’ one.

I love the flow, and the movement of the bridesmaid’s dresses, the different angles of the bouquets, not all stuck in the middle of their tummies and the flowers in their hair can be seen.

For me, it is about capturing these special moments during a wedding. This picture is one of my all-time favourites.

 

Gorgeous Bridesmads
Arrival of the Bride
St Andrews Church
Church Weddings
Moments Captured
Natural

Creative Light Magazine

Creative Light Magazine

– Julie Oswin

 

Creative Light Magazine – Issue 22

 

Creative Light Magazine brings together people who are interested in the craft of photography. The first magazine published was in April 2014, and I am thrilled that the magazine continues to get rave reviews.

“Really impressed with the content of the magazine so well done to Julie Oswin, for producing such a great magazine” Gordon McGowan.

“That magazine is stuffed full of good, readable stories. Like it”. Ian Vickery

“Congratulations to Julie Oswin, great job.” Jeremy

“Just ‘flicked’ through the magazine and I have to say it is just fantastic! Well done.” – Derek Pether

“Fantastic…. Well done.” – Steve @ Infocus Insurance

As well as a deliciously colourful and inspiring photography there are some exciting and informative articles. Check out the latest edition of the magazine.

The magazine is available and free to all to read (see below)

–  Julie Oswin, Editor

Bridesmaids Photographs

Bridesmaids Photographs

– Julie Oswin

Bridesmaids Having Fun

The bride requested a fun shot of the little bridesmaids. However, she didn’t want to have the usual ‘posed’ image, and the bridesmaids wanted a fun shot too!   The photograph is a more up-to-date version of a well-known photograph of mine of a group of bridesmaids captured many years ago which I was awarded UK Wedding Photographer of the Year.

I feel the framed image of the two girls in the background adds a twist to the composition and the bridesmaid’s throwing their feet in the air gives the element of fun and magic to the shot.

The girls and the bride were delighted with the photograph.

Bride & Dad
Arrival of the Bride
Proud Dad Moment
‘Ready?…”
Quiet Moment
Walking on the grass

Wedding Photos |

Weddings

– Julie Oswin

 

Wedding Photos – Signing the Regsiter

As a photographer, I prefer to capture the signing of the Register as naturally as possible as it creates a more natural and believable image of the wedding day. As opposed to the ‘staged’ signing of the Register photograph. This picture featured this week (above) is of the bride signing one of three marriage registration documents, completely off-the-cuff, natural photograph.  The image below however, is of the Bride & Groom is a ‘staged’ shot pretending to sign the Register with a false pen and a blank page.

Permission to photograph the signing of the registers is at the discretion of the Church or the Superintendent Registrar. As a professional photographer, you must always adhere to their instruction and wishes. Try not to sneak a quick snap. If a ‘staged’ photograph is requested by the Vicar or Superintendent Registrar, then this takes place after the official signing, or in some Churches after the wedding ceremony has been completed.

 

‘Staged’ signing shot
Signing Register
Barn Owl
Ring Bearer
Group Photographs
Can be fun

Church Weddings

Church Weddings

– Julie Oswin

 

Entrance of the Bride

I have photographed many incredible weddings, at home and abroad, in summer, spring, autumn,  winter and met some fabulous people and couples. As a photographer my job is to document the day, capture the drama, the emotion, and the love of two individuals in a stylish natural way.  Does this mean that I direct couples?  Yes, but towards the most beautiful light, I can find.

Mary, the bride in the photograph has to be one of the most nervous brides I have ever photographed, the emotion levels and nerves were running at full speed as she and her father walked up the steps to the church doorway. I didn’t want to stop and pose them; I would have lost the decisive moment, so I waited for it to happen.

Holding her hand tightly, he supported his daughter and as I was about to take the shot a little puff of wind moved the veil slightly, and the image came to life.

 

Special Moment
Reveal
Captured Moments
Dad’s Kiss

Weddings in the Rain

A Year in Pictures
– Julie Oswin

 

Weddings in the rain!

 

Does it rain in June?

Yes, unfortunately, it does, and often!

After months of planning, there is nothing you can do about the British weather when the heavens open and the rain pours down. It always comes as a bit of a shock to everyone. But, as photographers we still create images of the day for you, capturing the memories, the tears, and the laughter. Many years later you will look back on your wedding photographs and share so many memories of the day with your children, family, and friends. The memories are what makes a wedding day so unique.

This particular image always makes me smile when I look at it. I ran across the grass to capture the couple’s journey from the ceremony to the drinks reception, the torrential rain and wind were just awful but what makes this image come together is the best man. At first glance, you only see a couple of people in this picture, but actually, there are four. The groom, gallantly holding tight to the umbrella keeping the rain and wind off the bride’s face, the bridesmaid keeping the wedding dress off the floor as they take cover under one umbrella!  Then there is the best man, who is walking casually alongside the bride with one hand in his pocket and one hand on his umbrella. Priceless!

 

 

Wedding Photography
Natural
Gifts for Bridesmaids
Gift Bags
Gorgeous Bridesmads
Having fun

Family Weddings

Family Weddings

– Julie Oswin

 

Family Weddings

As a photographer, I am accustomed to capturing life events such as a wedding; creating a snapshot of a moment frozen in time. I am privileged to photograph not only the weddings but many of my couples’ babies, anniversaries, those ‘big’ birthdays and I am pretty sure,  that with time,  I will shoot some of the children’s weddings too!

This image of the Bride and her Gran was taken outside St Andrews Church, Prestwold in August. It is one of my all-time favourite photographs that I have taken in my career as a wedding photographer. I just love this image and the emotion of a very proud Gran. 

An image is about capturing expression and emotion, and this picture has it all.

Photography today has changed so much and is looked at today as something totally digital, something anyone can do.   The digital images are stored in the ‘cloud’ and are pictures that have been captured on a tablet or mobile phone,  rarely,  if at all,  printed or mounted into albums. Many images, in fact, millions are lost when hard drives break or computers crash. We should all try and print some of our pictures, frame a few cherished family members and put our favourite prints in a keepsake box. Just holding a photograph in your hands is rather magical and wow does it give a powerful trigger to our memories. Try it. But, don’t forget to pop the date on the back and where the image was taken!

 

Wedding Photography
Hug from Gran
Place Cards
Details
Bride and her Gran
Flowers

Bride and Groom

Bride & Groom

– Julie Oswin

 

Bride & Groom

September is such a magical time of the year with the colour of the trees just starting to turn.   A captured moment of the bride and groom sitting quietly in the warm September sunshine.

This is a ‘time out’ moment during the wedding day that I feel all couples should take.  Just grabbing a few minutes together to catch up, talk about the last 24 hours, how nervous they were during the ceremony, and how excited they are and even better to share a glass of bubbly too!

 

Autumn Flowers
Details
Couple
Quiet Moment
Bride & Bridemaids
Autumn Wedding

Norwood Park Photographs

Norwood Park Weddings

– Julie Oswin

 

Norwood Park Weddings

One of the images I particularly like to take at a wedding is a location photograph.  It captures the couple and their guests within the frame, but it does depend on the couple taking that little bit of direction from me of where I want them to walk.  And, more importantly for the couple to remember to walk in that direction!

This is a moment on a couple’s wedding day that captures their day, their venue and their guests as if the camera is looking through a window.

Image taken at Norwood Park, Southwell, Nottinghamshire.

A great shot for the wall and album too!

 

 

Wedding Photography
Signing Register
Confetti
Thank You Cards
Group Photographs
Can be fun

Prestwold Hall Weddings

Prestwold Hall Weddings

– Julie Oswin

Prestwold Hall Weddings

The morning of the wedding day and the excitement for the day is contagious particularly in the bride’s home.  A very special time for the bride and her Mother and not forgetting the bridesmaids.   To be honest, it can sometimes be pandemonium or completely calm; this is one part of the wedding day that you can never tell is going to happen.  Dad’s, on the other hand, just don’t know what to do with so many women in the house, so they tend to keep out of the way,  make lots of tea, wash the pots even though they have a dishwasher and some decide to dig the garden!

The photograph captures the bride peeping around the curtain catching a  glimpse of the wedding car as it arrived to take her and her Dad to Prestwold Hall for her wedding.  I particularly love the simplicity, and yet the elegance of a bride all dressed and ready to go to her wedding.

 

Wedding Photography
Little Bridesmaids
Confetti & Champagne
Prestwold Hall
New Beginnings
Our Big Adventure

Wedding Blog – Norwood Park

Weddings

– Julie Oswin

 

Wedding Photos | Norwood Park

Bride in the Mirror

The month was September with the colours of autumn just starting to appear.  Captured in the ladies loo at one of Nottinghamshire’s premium wedding venues, Norwood Park, as the bride checked her makeup and hair ready for the first dance.   I love the feel of this image, the shape of her dress, the Victorian photograph on the wall and the way the bride is making sure her hair and make-up is ok before the couple’s first dance. The lighting is via the window which lights the bride’s face and captures her face in the mirror.

Using the light from the window to light the bride and balance the image with her reflection in the mirror.

Wedding Photography
Captured Moments
The Courtyard
Norwood Park, Southwell
Wedding
Wedding Day

Creative Light Magazine

Creative Light Magazine

– Julie Oswin

 

Creative Light Magazine

April 2014 – The Guild of Photographers commissioned me to produce their first edition of Creative Light Magazine.   Moving on several years to July 2017, I am delighted to announce that we have now published our twentieth edition of Creative Light reaching over one and half million people interested in the craft of photography.

“Really impressed with the content of the magazine so well done to Julie Oswin for producing such a great magazine”

Creative Light Magazine is filled with superb images and interviews with photographers from a variety of genres in the photographic world. The magazine has been well received by members and non-members of the Guild of Photographers in the UK and is available for you and everyone to enjoy.

If you are interested in being featured in the Guilds magazine or would like more details on how to advertise your photography-linked business, or for more details on how to join The Guild of Photographers then please get in touch – www.photoguild.co.uk

Norwood Park Wedding Venue

Norwood Park, Southwell

– Julie Oswin

Norwood Park | Exclusive Outdoor Wedding Venue

 

Exciting news. Norwood Park, Southwell, Nottinghamshire have announced that couples marrying at Norwood Park have the option to have their wedding ceremonies outdoors in their stunning grounds.  Set within 100 acres of ancient parkland in the beautiful county of Nottinghamshire.  The house was built in 1764 and overlooks the lake and apple orchards and is one of Nottinghamshire’s great houses.

Norwood has been the home of five generations of the ‘Starkey’ family.  The house is not open to the general public, allowing guests to enjoy the privacy of this beautiful period home in complete privacy.  All events and weddings held at Norwood are exclusive.

Prestwold Hall Wedding Photographs

 

 

Prestwold Hall

– Julie Oswin

Fantastic autumn colours and burnt orange was the theme for Ben and Ualani’s wedding which was held at one of my favourite wedding venues, Prestwold Hall. The couple married at St Andrew’s Church, Prestwold which is set within the grounds of the Hall and the Prestwold Estate. After the ceremony, the couple and their wedding guests walked the little distance to the Hall for their wedding celebrations.

Ben’s sister Emma took on the role as the Master of Ceremonies and Kevin was Ben’s Best Man. It was a real family affair when it came to photographing the family groups, Nanna Helen with her fun-loving personality with the help of David (Ben’s brother) proceeded to round up the guests involved in the photographs, creating a lot of banter!

The wedding day was full of laughter, emotion, and fun and it was a privilege for us to capture Ben and Ualani’s special day.

NB – Phone Number has changed to 01226 718153

Wedding Photography Tutor at PTO

Photo Training Overseas – Photography Tutor

I was thrilled and delighted to have been asked to be one of this year’s Tutors at Photo Training Overseas on the beautiful sunny island of Tenerife – January 30th until 6th February 2015.

Female Wedding Photographer Yorkshire

Photo Training Overseas 2015 – Tenerife

Photo Training Overseas has never placed restrictions on who attends as they believe that today’s amateur photographers are tomorrow’s professionals and actively encourage non-professionals to attend.  Everyone is treated equally and the week is filled with a great atmosphere to learn, to share ideas, to relax, to laugh until your sides ache and experience different genre’s of photography with such a fabulous variety of speakers, trainers, sponsors, and photographers.

My Master Classes concentrated on Wedding Photography and how I create images, starting with the beautiful natural light, demonstrating how to find locations that compliment the bride and groom.  Showing my techniques and poses that the delegates can use all year round in their wedding photography.  My gorgeous bride Ellice and the dashing ‘James Dean’ groom Dominic were just great, fun to work with and complimented my Master Classes.

TESTIMONIAL – Richard Kilpatrick

“Julie shone, as ever as a Wedding Photography Tutor, at Photo Training Overseas.  I  strongly recommend Julie’s training,  particularly if you’re looking to move from more passive interaction to a directed style.   Julie explains and demonstrates how she guides the couple and how that fits into images you may simply not have seen until the composition comes together”. 

 

I feel very proud to have been chosen by George & Glenys Dawber to be one of their tutors and to have shared a great week with so many lovely people. The speakers for PTO 2015 included the following great photographers; they are all experts in their craft of photography, and it was a pleasure to work alongside these fantastically talented people – Gerry Coe, Brian John Mclernon, Sandi Friend, Mark Seymour, Glyn Dewis, Frank Doorhof, Dave Wall,

Llewellyn Robins. For further information on my photography training and mentoring please visit my website http://www.julieoswinphotography.co.uk/training.