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Random thoughts of a Reportage Wedding Photographer UK

Ok so I thought it would be a good idea to start a blog then I realised I didn’t really want to write a blog, then I thought I’ll keep this section and just spew out random thoughts when they pop into my head.  There’s probably some good advice here somewhere, some pictures and other wafflings, hopefully I’ve kept most of it related to Reportage Wedding Photographer UK ‘stuff’, or general wedding photography, a bit of advice and some pictures.

So there you go, a blog that’s not a blog, kind of about documentary wedding, reportage weddings or whatever you want to call it, or wedding photography in general.

www.bomknights.co.uk – Reportage Wedding Photographer UK

 

The blending in approach

I’ve long been a huge admirer of the greats of social documentary photography, people like Pieter Hugo , Mary Ellen Mark, Jorge Chavarria, Tanya Habjouqa oh the list goes on and on into the hundreds! My admiration is in the reality, honesty and truth of the pictures...

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Photographing for the masses

One thing I don’t believe in is photographing for the masses, not even necessarily that, but displaying photographs for the masses. What do I mean? Ok, look at any of the slideshows I’ve published, they’re not full of WOW pictures, nothing that would (on a cursory...

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A sense of being there through pictures

My ultimate aim when photographing a wedding as a documentary wedding photographer is to give couples a real view of what it was actually like to be at their own wedding, the experiences and feelings from someone who was actually there. A fly in the wall (more a fly...

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Moments are cheap

Moments are cheap

Yes, yes they are. You take them for granted don’t you, they happen every minute of every day, thousands and thousands of the little buggers all strung together to form what we call ‘our day’. I wonder how many times you’ve been in the moment - rhetorical question, I...

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Cost of stuff

Cost of stuff

I’m writing this post purely as a bit of a venting exercise, and in the hope some people may have a bit of a lightbulb moment. It’s about affordability, the price people pay for things, the value they place on them and the stick some people have rooted firmly up their...

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More stories, less aesthetics

More stories, less aesthetics

One thing I dearly hope of all the pictures I take is that at some point they’re going to spark a conversation, an ‘ohhhh do you remember that, wasn’t it...’ kind of conversation. Could be a couple, a family - 3 or 4 generations of the same tribe all round the table...

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Part of the family

Part of the family

"So, which side of the family are you on?" "How do you know the bride and groom?" Two most common questions I get asked at a wedding, at least 4 times at each wedding, and that's when I know I've done a good job "How can people talk of capturing moments, feelings and...

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Reportage wedding photographer – welcome information

Reportage wedding photographer – welcome information

I have to admit it, I tend to waffle on a bit at times, some of my posts are rather wordy and can 'go on'.   So I've put together a bit of a quick 'hello' , what I'm all about, what you get, how I work.  Hopefully nice, simple, easy reading and viewing, because I like...

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Every picture counts

Every picture counts

In an internet obsessed world with lots of people keen to showcase their absolute best wowee de wow wow pictures, tweaking and refining that killer shot, endless discussions on photography groups, seeking more and more likes.  I find myself going in a completely...

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Why weddings, why documentary photography at weddings ? 

It's a busy old place The UK has approximately 48 million active wedding photographers at the moment, of those, 47 million are apparently Documentary or Reportage wedding photographers (apparently).  Ok, ok I might be exaggerating slightly but since digital cameras...

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Wedding photography – being true to myself

Wedding photography – being true to myself

"Don't try to concern yourself with which equipment is best or what's on trend.  Focus on working on yourself" - bomKnights Think about this for a second, all of these things and many more were created by people, not fancy expensive equipment or copied off the...

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Question from wedding guests

Question from wedding guests

I like interacting with people at weddings - not as the photographer but simply as a guest who's having a great time. I get asked this question at pretty much every wedding I'm part of. "What's your favourite picture you've ever taken?" Wow that's a tough one to be...

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I don’t do ‘posed’ 

I don’t do ‘posed’ 

Ok, you can honestly look through my entire site and nothing, absolutely nothing is set up, staged, contains people told where to stand, how to stand, when to stand - why? Simply because I firmly believe the day you've spent so long planning and looking forward to...

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‘Helpful’ blog posts

‘Helpful’ blog posts

A bit of clarity - those blog posts some people write on a weekly basis, the ones that cover topics like  - Why do photographers charge so much - Is it ok to hire a wedding photographer with 9 toes  - What time does a wedding photographer need to go for a...

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4 pointless questions not to ask your photographer

4 pointless questions not to ask your photographer

The internet is awash with 'things to ask your photographer before booking'.  Some of it good, a lot of it completely pointless - written by people just starting out or struggling to make themselves seen on google (lots of blogs get photographers on higher pages...

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Just like the first time you met

Just like the first time you met

Let's all make a pact right here, right now. On your wedding day you're going to treat it like the first time you met and the last time you're ever going to meet - you're going to cram as much love, happiness, nervousness, excitement, joy, tenderness and laughter into...

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Weird wedding photographs 

Weird wedding photographs 

Random thought on wedding pictures. The ones where there are leaves and twigs (or flowerbeds) in the foreground of the picture, and a couple canoodling/ holding hands in the distance. I've often asked myself a bunch of questions on how photographers get those...

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Kids at weddings

Kids at weddings

I've two kids, they can be a real pain in the bum sometimes, but they're great fun to be around. As a UK Reportage wedding photographer, kids provide easy pickings when it comes to taking pictures. They often have no inhibitions (one they realise I'm not an odd...

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Giving something back to the GMP

It's weird walking up to police officers in the street, knocking on patrol car and TAU van windows asking "Are you married?", I've had a number of initial funny looks and I'm not surprised, but there's a very good reason for it - honestly. You see I always tell my...

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bomKnights – wtf kind of name is that??

bomKnights – wtf kind of name is that??

Hi! My name is (what?) My name is (who?) My name is bomKnights Hi! My name is (huh?) My name is (what?) My name is bomKnights Actually it isn't, it's Paul, my name isn't bomknights, or knights, or bom.  So where did bomKnights come from some people may be wondering?...

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Posed not posed – Documentary Wedding Photography

Posed not posed – Documentary Wedding Photography

So there's a bit of a misconception with Documentary Wedding Photography and the complete lack of posing (certainly from me anyway) that you won't get any 'nice' normal pictures.  I'd like to take that misconception, put it over my knee and give it a good spanking....

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A day in the life of a Documentary Wedding Photographer

A day in the life of a Documentary Wedding Photographer

So then, what's a day in the life of a Documentary Wedding Photographer like?  Here's an exclusive behind the scenes write up - buckle up and prepare to have your mind blown: - Turn up at the wedding location - Switch camera on and take a bunch of pictures - Have a...

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Cutting through the wedding photography guff

Cutting through the wedding photography guff

Here's some great sayings and phrases used by some wedding photographers along with their actual meaning Facebook status "super busy editing / planning today". Meaning "I'm sooooo bored, I've got one picture of a flower I took in the garden this morning and another of...

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The morning of the wedding

The morning of the wedding

Of all the weddings I've photographed one thing is a certainty, all that worry, all those nerves, all that stressing leading up to a wedding all go away in the morning.  So, ladies (or gents) try not to worry or stress leading up to your wedding, the day will be...

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Common Wedding Photography myths and iffy statements

Common Wedding Photography myths and iffy statements

Looking for a photographer to shoot your wedding is bloody confusing.  Hell - I'm a wedding photographer and the information I read on the internet confuses me.   The sheer volume of blogs, soundbites, information, advice and opinions is bewildering!  I've read a lot...

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Why do people choose me as their photographer?

Why do people choose me as their photographer?

So, why do people choose this particular photographer to document their wedding (I'm talking about me by the way), what makes me different as a wedding photographer and what have brides, grooms, family and friends said after a wedding - things they were thankful for...

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On being spontaneous

On being spontaneous

You can't plan to photograph what happens at a wedding, it's the spontaneity in the day that makes a wedding what it is.  The little moments in time, the people and the things that unfold.  Photographing a wedding with preconceived ideas as to how to approach it will...

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Walk your own path

Walk your own path

I find too many photographers are concerned with the status quo, a need to conform and present what's expected. There's too much focus on 'this shot' and 'that shot' as far as weddings go, photographers on that path cease to photograph for themselves, instead choosing...

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Punch

Punch

Punch - lots of it www.bomknights.co.uk - Cheshire based UK and International Documentary Wedding...

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Shots

Shots

Shots on the patio - bridesmaid providing alcoholic refreshments www.bomknights.co.uk - Cheshire based UK and International Documentary Wedding...

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Great John Street Wedding – Collette & Tim

I'm not one for big drivelling blogs that go on and on and on, describe everything in minute detail and are extremely boring. Collette & Tim's wedding was great, better than great...superb, fun, full of emotion and celebration.  It was held at the Great John...

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Useful advice for brides

I'm about to do something that will probably shock any regular visitors to my page and that is.....daaaaaaaaruuuummmmm rolllllll please.......give some practical advice to brides - well I think it's practical anyway, might be complete rubbish. So pick yourself up off...

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A night under the stars

A night under the stars

There's something really lovely about a summer wedding, close friends gathering together outside, sitting in the balmy warmth under the stars surrounded by fairy lights.  I like weddings like this, I like them a lot. www.bomknights.co.uk - Documentary Wedding...

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The perpetual sale

The perpetual sale

This isn't a rambling about budget photographers, so calm down any that may be reading this - put your pitchforks down please.  No, this is a post about sales tactics increasingly being used, it seems to be a trend at the moment - hopefully it's a short lived one. So...

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Calling a cat a bird won’t make it fly

Calling a cat a bird won’t make it fly

What am I waffling on about now you ask?  I'll try and explain. I'm a Documentary Wedding Photographer - Documentary, reportage, photojournalistic call it what you want.  My philosophy is to tell the story of a wedding day without dictating how the wedding day itself...

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The walk

The walk

A walk to the ceremony - Manchester Town Hall International Wedding Photography – Documentary Style –...

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Questions

The internet is awash with lists of questions to ask your photographer.  Some written by helpful bride websites, others by photographers who think they're being helpful, others by complete blithering idiots.  Here's my brief summary and responses to some of those...

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Just married

Just married

When you've just got married International Wedding Photography - Documentary Style -...

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Cracker

Cracker

When a guest snaffles a cracker when they shouldn't and they think no-one has seen them - except the photographer International Wedding Photography - Documentary Style -...

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Mother of bride

Mother of bride

When the mother of the bride says she doesn't want a photo but the photographer is an annoying shit and does it anyway - Delamere Forest Wedding International Wedding Photography - Documentary Style -...

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Speeches

Speeches

Father of the bride speech, a serious time - Osmaston Park Country Estate International Wedding Photography - Documentary Style -...

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Wedding car

Wedding car

That moment a bride leaves home for the last time a single lady International Wedding Photography - Documentary Style -...

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Dreaming

Dreaming

It's a long day when you've got little legs.  Power naps work wonders. International Wedding Photography - Documentary Style -...

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Why I enjoy what I do

I guess there are a number of reasons I enjoy spending my days hanging around weddings - there's the obvious fact they're happy places to be, I find people interesting and I like a good party.  The real reason, and the reason for my approach, is that I don't feel...

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Pointy

Pointy

Surprising mum.  Everyone loves a sneaky photographer International Wedding Photography - Documentary Style -...

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Wardrobe

Wardrobe

Something fell somewhere.  Someone got it out.  The bloody photographer was there.  Everyone laughed. International Wedding Photography - Documentary Style -...

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The bee

The bee

The great thing about outdoor weddings is mother nature always likes to get involved at some point.  I've called this one 'The...

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The look

The look

The theme of the day, this one needs no write-up. Taken at The Belle Epoque, Knutsford, Cheshire.  A lovely intimate wedding...

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