Lake District Wedding Photography

I recognise that photographers have a huge responsibility when they’re hired to photograph a wedding day. What we’re delivering shouldn’t simply be wedding pictures – but a series of moments, that when combined together, should effortlessly tell the story of a day full of love, joy and emotion.

I photographed my very first wedding more than 20 years ago while I was studying for an honours degree in photography. The happy couple were good friends of mine and I did it as a wedding gift for them. This was pre-digital and I shot the entire day with an Olympus OM-10 SLR, using eight rolls of film.

I have to say that I was a nervous wreck… I was probably even more nervous than the groom! But they trusted me and said “Just do your thing.” Thankfully, it all worked out perfectly, as they loved the photographs and I realised that I loved being a wedding photographer!

Since that day two decades ago, lots of things have changed in terms of technology, but the principles of how I work have remained the same.

When it comes to wedding photography, I specialise in what is known as ‘documentary’ or ‘reportage’ photography – this style is a means of storytelling through pictures, capturing the moments in a narrative fashion. I believe reportage photography is the best and most effective technique to capture the special moments and milestones throughout the day in a natural, candid way.

In short, I let the pictures I take tell the story of your day.

I’m not there to direct and interfere. I’m with you to simply create beautiful images, while working unobtrusively and intuitively. You might want some traditional group shots and I’m more than happy to do these too, but what my clients really come to me for is a more relaxed and sincere style.

When I shoot weddings, I tend to use just one prime lens which is a 50mm Canon 1.2.L. This is because its perspective closely matches that of the human eye, therefore images shot with a 50mm lens have a natural and uncontrived look, which matches my photography technique perfectly.

As a bride and groom, it’s so easy to miss the smaller things during the day – simple moments such as a friend wiping away a tear during the ceremony, a tender kiss on the cheek between the mother and father of the groom remembering their own wedding, or two tinier members of the family pretending they’re getting married and walking down the aisle before you do…

I’ll be your eyes and ears for the day. I’ll watch closely, I’ll observe and I’ll capture those extraordinary moments that you might otherwise miss.

My range of wedding photography packages include the following options:

  • A pre-wedding consultation so we can get to know each other better
  • A visit to the venue to familiarise myself with the setting before the wedding day
  • Pre-wedding photography sitting*
  • A private viewing of the pre-wedding images to select your complimentary, 12×8 inch print, mounted onto a signature board
  • The option of an additional photographer joining me for further coverage*
  • A personalised USB of all the edited images, fully optimised and with a licence to print
  • Password protected online gallery to share with your family and friends
  • A wedding photography video which shows the highlights of your day

*Additional fee

Package and prices vary, but start at £1395 for full day coverage. Half day, midweek and smaller wedding photography options are also available with prices starting from £500. Not everyone wishes to be tied to a package, preferring to wait until they see their pictures before deciding how they would like them to be presented. If this sounds like you, we do have a ‘photography only’ choice, with the option to upgrade to a package at your viewing.

If you’re interested in a wedding photography style that is natural and unobtrusive, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information. Either give me a call on 0781 689 6378 or pop an email over to enquiries@russellcolmanphotography.com – we can discuss your requirements for your special day and I will send you my current brochure.

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