The final wedding that I got to second shoot at before my first solo outing as a wedding photographer was Nikki and Scott’s big day at Tuddenham Mill in Suffolk.  On this occasion, I was out for a second time with the fabulous Katherine Ashdown who gave me my first taste of wedding photography back in late March (which now feels like a lifetime ago!).  Every wedding that I’ve shot so far has been unique and delivered great lessons to take away and try to apply in the future.  One of my goals is to keep my photography challenges varied and, although wedding photography is one sub-specialisation of photography, it is itself proving hugely varied.

As with all the brides and grooms that I’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the last 6 months or so, Nikki and Scott were lovely people who made me feel immediately welcome to be a part of their day.  Nikki and Scott had booked Kathy to capture their whole day from bridal preparation through to the first dance and a little beyond.  As I’m gaining in experience, I have to say that the getting ready period is a great time for photography as, although excitement is building, it is often the most relaxed period and gives everyone a chance to get used to the click of the camera before the more formal elements of the day.  This wedding was no exception, with fantastic groups of both ladies and gentlemen enjoying a laugh while getting themselves into their outfits for the day.

As each wedding has been different, each main photographer that I’ve worked with has provided me with lessons unique to each of them – on every occasion, I’ve learnt a huge amount from them and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have worked with some incredible photographers in this most sociable of professional photography networks that extends across Norfolk and East Anglia.  A good example of this learning has of course been with the superb Katherine Ashdown who, aside from being a brilliant photographer, has shown me the importance of good ‘posing’ in wedding photography.  Again, when working with Nikki and Scott, Kathy has helped create some amazing images by putting Nikki and Scott at ease, subtly directing them into great light and location and then coaching them gently into natural but elegant ‘poses’.  There’s undoubtedly an art to this and it’s part of what separates an amateur from a professional photographer in my view.  Accordingly, having learnt a lot from other photographers, I’ve decided to invest in some training on this aspect of my own work over the winter months and will be attending a course on posing at the amazing Aspire Photography Training centre in December.  Having enjoyed an incredible first 6 months as a ‘professional photographer’ (a term I’m still struggling to come to terms with) and almost completely filled my 2014 diary with wedding bookings, I see it as essential to reinvest in my own photographic education as well as equipment.

Right, time for some images.  Thank you again Kathy for taking me along for this stunning wedding at the beautiful Tuddenham Mill and thank you to Nikki, Scott and all your fantastic guests for being such fun and for making me feel so welcome.

Finally, if you are on the look out for a wedding photographer in Norfolk, Suffolk or indeed beyond, please do get in touch for a relaxed no-obligation consultation.  I’d love to hear about what you’ve got planned for your wedding day and to see if I have the expertise to deliver a package that would suit your needs.


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