My approach: relaxed, unposed, documentary and reportage storytelling for weddings and elopements
I passionately believe that wedding photography should be unposed, relaxed and natural and I love working with couples who share a passion for this approach to wedding photography and elopement photography. The pictures that are produced from the day are part of a a collaboration with the bride and groom. Which means they are unique, because every wedding that I photograph is different. It is why I love being a wedding photographer. Over the years of working as a Wedding Photographer Cornwall | Wedding Photographer Devon I have developed a style that is personal to me.
My photography blends reportage with fine art imagery to create a bespoke look and feel. I love recreating the tones and colours of classic vintage films. The sort of colours that you see in your head when remembering your childhood. For examples of my work as a Wedding Photographer Cornwall | Wedding Photographer Devon please visit my Real Weddings Blog.
There is a real value to working closely with the bride and groom before the wedding. It helps for a number of reasons. Firstly it enables me to get to know them and to understand how they have got to where they are in their lives. I’ve always liked the adage ‘the story of where you have come from, is the story of why you are here now’. This is an important part of understanding how to approach photographing each wedding. It really does make a difference and I hope that this time enables you to get to know me a bit better as well. The relationship we form is an important part of me being able to work discreetly and in a relaxed manner.
If you have any further questions about hiring me as your Wedding Photographer Cornwall | Wedding Photographer Devon then let’s talk. I offer a free consultation meeting or Skype meeting in order to talk through your wedding in more detail. No obligations, it’s great to chat.
Wedding Photography in Cornwall and Devon – Full Day Weddings all the way through to Elopements.
My work ranges from photographing Full Day Weddings all the way through to intimate elopement weddings. Whatever the size of wedding, my approach remains the same. Relaxed and calm with a personal touch.
How I work: relaxed, natural and unposed wedding photography
How would you describe your wedding photography style?
Ok, that is always a good question and one that I have thought long and hard about. So here I go. My wedding photography style is a blend of documentary, reportage and bespoke fine art imagery. My aim is to produce images that are real, unposed and a true record of the day, the belief that wedding photographs should not be posed underpins all my work. In my view posed images just look false and unnatural. This may work for some people but not for me. I may give a bit of direction, but that is it. It’s also important to work work quickly with bride and groom photos. Spend too long and you just loose the moment. More importantly, you really should be spending your time with your wedding party, not me. You’ve got a celebration to go to.
What is Documentary or Reportage Wedding Photography?
Well, firstly, both are the same thing. Documentary Wedding photography, or Reportage Wedding Photography, focuses on capturing the day as it naturally unfolds. I always view photographing a wedding as creating a visual document of the day. The pictures should flow from one to another. Documentary or Reportage Wedding Photography allows me to do just that. The most important part is that the images from the day should flow. Think of it like a storyboard. The transition between each part of the day should be seamless.
How do you work with couples who are camera shy or do not feel confident in front of the couple?
This is a question that comes up often. Most people are, at the very least, slightly uneasy whenever a camera is produced. If the truth be told, I’m not the best at having my picture taken either. The key is to develop trust and to make sure that you are comfortable around me. It is also about being discreet and blending into the day. I don’t get people to play to the camera, because I am not that type of photographer. If you have really strong concerns about being in front of the camera, then a pre wedding shoot can be a really good idea. It genuinely helps you to relax and make you feel more at ease with the camera. Alternatively, we can talk over a coffee. Whatever works best for you.
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Toby not only produced the most BEAUTIFUL, perfect images of our wedding day, capturing little moments that we didn’t even notice in such a delicate way, but he has been amazing throughout the whole process.
Becky and Josh
It’s difficult to put into words how amazing Toby has been throughout! From the moment we first skype called him and ended up speaking to him for nearly 2 hours we knew he was the right photographer for us.
Grace and Gordon
Toby is absolutely fabulous!!! Rain, sleet, hail…nothing stopped him from capturing our special day in the most perfect way.
Michelle and Adrian