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YOUR WEDDING - MY APPROACH

Hi! I’m Wes Simpson, and what I love about wedding photography is the ‘out-takes’ the real and unplanned moments which I like to call ‘the moments in-between the moments’. An emotional father proudly fighting back the tears, friends busting moves on the dance floor, a loving glance from your new spouse as you say “I DO”, because this is where the magic happens! These fleeting moments are the stories that will be talked about for years to come and it’s what attracts me most to wedding photography.

 

 

“Some people thought I was crazy to give up what was deemed a glamorous career working in the television industry to pursue wedding photography, but I just didn’t want to capture images, but feel them. That was 10+ years ago… and I still love it!”

 

APPROACH

Through the joy of wedding photography, I capture the magic and wonder of human interaction. Starting with the bridal preparations, I document the story of the day as it unfolds, all the excitement, happiness and raw emotions. From the first look of the designer wedding dress and expressions of love with family and friends to tender moments as the couple take their first steps as man and wife. I invest my time seeking out images that feel real, soulful and timeless, producing authentic images that trigger memories and have true emotional value for the Bride and Groom.

EXPERIENCE

I come to your wedding as a trained Visual Storyteller, drawing upon more than 10 years of creative media experience working in the Television and Music industry. A related Photography Degree, coupled with ten years as a Professional Wedding Photographer enhances my professionalism and influences the strong cinematic qualities of my work. Soulful story-driven images are blended with artistic natural looking portraits beautifully mixing colour with contemporary black and whites for detailed storytelling. I am an available light photographer, which means I’m far more interested in capturing the perfect moment than the perfect picture. On a wedding day I’m unobtrusive, I work fast and without big distracting lights in order to produce natural, timeless images without gimmicks.

TECHNIQUE

Smile - You're in safe hands! The education and experience of having photographed a wide variety of UK & Destination Weddings has helped fine-tune my style and approach as a creative documentary wedding photographer. I have the skills and techniques available to direct and pose (if needed) to get those must have shots for the album. As amazing as my couples are, I love nothing more than getting creative with them, helping them to shine a little brighter and to look their best for some wow factor and personality-led portraits. These are the types of photographs my Brides and Grooms call ‘works of art’ and they proudly hang on their walls.

FORMALS

I've never met anybody who said "I wen't to an amazing wedding at the weekend where we all stood around (in lines) for ages having a photo-shoot". However, I understand that sometimes there are 'must-have shots' that need a little bit of organising/planning. If required, I suggest no more than 20 minutes for 'formal group shots' and I try and keep this as lighthearted as possible and suggest taking these straight after the ceremony whilst everyone is present. I also suggest having a designated and confident 'organiser' that is familiar with relevant family members. For example an Usher (*jobs in the title). This then frees me up to capture the pictures which I can direct and pose as required.

PORTRAITS

I'm a sucker for good love story and I want to tell yours. My approach to wedding photography is about 75% documentary however, I always suggest building in two 20/30 minute Bride & Groom portrait sessions. One before the wedding breakfast and another later in the day. This, not only gives two completely different sets of images, but we can take advantage of the evening light and surrounding locations. These are NOT lengthy photoshoots. I don't take you away form the party and your guests for too long. The portraits we create, are largely 'unposed' and are a unique reflection of the bride and groom's personality and the location.
*The day can go by incredibly fast, and once the confetti is swept away and the honeymoon tan has faded, you will have some beautiful pictures of just the both of you to treasure.

LEGACY

After the wedding my couples receive a personal online gallery so that they can share all the excitement of the wedding day with family and friends. I believe in the value of the 'printed product' therefore I can produce for you a beautiful Storybook Wedding Album, printed in Italy by the world's best manufacturer. Personally designed 'in-house' by Wes Simpson Weddings, the album will take the viewer on a visual journey of photographic artistry, love and celebration. Skilfully designed pages showcase a logical narrative that showcases love, humour and emotion. When turning the pages of my wedding albums, the viewer will hear the music and laughter and feel the love, joy and celebration the day brought. The emotional value of the day can be felt as each page is turned in a wedding album to be proud of, for now and for future generations.
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