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British wedding clients are conservative in following the traditional wedding day order of events. Only once was I surprised by a required pictures list. This was for a ceremony at Dover Castle where the bride wanted nothing more than full-length shots of her 120 guests singly and in couples. It was in effect a fashion shoot using the castle as a back drop. I declined on the grounds that even with production-line processing of a few minutes each, there would be nowhere near enough time on the day. Brides are normally meticulous in their planning.

Early on I realised pictures of the bride needed under-exposing so she did not look like a marshmallow with her dress details burnt out. Lightening other areas of the picture became routine, as did cosmetic retouching. It is normal in art and fashion photography, so why not on a young woman on such an important day? My take on this photographic discipline is revealed in Essential Wedding Photography to be published early in 2018.

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26306 Altar and choristers
26306 Altar and choristers
10234 Louise
10234 Louise
24059 Evening celebration
24059 Evening celebration
28848 Charlotte
28848 Charlotte
29119 Richard
29119 Richard
29962 Caroline
29962 Caroline
30921 Joanne and Mark
30921 Joanne and Mark
33241 Danielle and Andrew
33241 Danielle and Andrew
39226 Sarah and Nathan
39226 Sarah and Nathan