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Today we are talking photography, probably my favourite wedding subject. As you know I belive that good photography is the key to any wedding. Getting the venue and the dress is obviously important, good food and entertainment and all those little details and decorations. However, for me the most important is photography. If I were to go back and do it all again, I would always spend a large proportion of my budget on the photography.
Today I have invited Pete Henderson onto the blog to talk about his work and his style of photography. The first time you look at Pete’s work you can just tell that it exudes class. He works in a Documentary and PhotoJournalist style, which means you can really tell the story of the wedding through his work. He doesn’t use gimmicks, just beautifully shot images and great compositions that give us the feeling that the bride and groom don’t even realise he is there. A snap shot of emotions, resulting in photographs that really capture the moment. Stunning work from Pete I’m sure you will agree!
Where are you based
I’m based in the East Midlands. Currently in Nottinghamshire, but soon moving over to Derbyshire.
How far will you travel
I travel regularly throughout the UK for weddings. There’s no limit, whether it’s UK or abroad, and I love to see new places.
How would you describe your style
At heart I’m a story-teller and I love being creative in the way that I tell those stories. I love to document with my camera. That gets called a lot of things, Documentary / PhotoJournalist.
What do you enjoy most about your job
I love that I get such to be witness and document such an emotional and important day in people’s lives. The speeches often really get me….before the wedding I always try to get to know each couple a little bit, but during the speeches is when you really get to know people. There are so many emotional stories and touching moments during the speeches. I recently photographed a wedding where every man on the top table was either a serving or retired fireman, and there wasn’t a single dry eye during the speeches….that’s my kind of wedding.
What sort of couple do you think you attract
Just couples who really love photography and want a story-telling approach that is done in a creative way. The types of couples that book me aren’t really linked by the types of jobs they do, or by having similar hobbies or anything like that, but they do all have a stared approach to their wedding days and their photography. They want something creative that focuses on the people and the moments during the wedding day
Who is your favourite photographer and why
That’s so tough, there are so many amazing photographers that inspire me. I love looking at Alex Webb’s work, and David Alan Harvey. There’s so much life in their work and they capture an atmosphere and a mood which I love.
What in your opinion makes the perfect photograph
Great light, great composition, and a great moment. The moment really trumps everything though, that’s what it’s all about.
What is your favourite image you have taken
That’s even harder than naming my favourite photographer! I’ve picked this image – it’s not necessarily my one favourite, because I really can’t just pick one, but it’s one of my favourites from this year. I choose this one because I think it reflects my overall approach to wedding photography. It’s a beautiful moment towards the end of the first dance when the couple were embracing, and I’ve tried to create something a little different by including a reflection of the sunset outside. It’s an image that tells a story in a creative way, which is what I’m always striving for.
What advice would you give couples when choosing their wedding photographer
I would say to have a really hard think about the types of images that you can imagine yourself looking back on in the years after your wedding. I try to avoid the use of too many gimmicks in my photography, because they come in and out of fashion so quickly. Your wedding photographs are there for you to look at for the rest of your lives once those gimmicks have come and gone. I’d also recommend having a really good chat to your photographer before you book them. It’s really important that they are someone that you feel comfortable being around.
What is your favourite way to spend a day off
Spending the day with my wife Catherine and dog Freddie. A walk in the Peak District with a pub lunch is my happy place.