Award winning photo from a wedding in Norfolk

Award Winning Documentary Wedding Photography

Award Winning Photographer in Norfolk

I was over the moon to win an award yesterday for my documentary wedding photography from the folks at This Is Reportage (TiR).

This award was for one of my all time favourite images, a photo taken at Voewood, quite possibly, one of the best Norfolk wedding venues.

These awards attract thousands upon thousands of entries from all over the globe and it's incredibly tough to get one, with just the top 3% winning out! It's also a little crazy to be featured amongst extremely talented photographers, both at home and abroad, who I have admired for a long time!

Award winning photo from a wedding in Norfolk

This image - The Groom Room - has featured on the pages of TiR before, where I wrote a blog piece describing how it came about.

Here's just a little insight, taken from that post, about how I made this image ...

"I had finished taking some close up angles on the groom, his shoes, his cufflinks, buttoning up his shirt etc but [...] I had that nagging feeling there had to be something more. But time was pressing (as it ever is) and so, I packed my bag and was making my way (somewhat hurriedly) back to the bride to capture her exit from the bridal suite. I stopped on the way out, glanced back over my shoulder to say, “Good luck!” but instead, I bit my tongue and saw the frame that I’d been missing. [...] It can be hard to think straight at a wedding sometimes, there are often a thousand and one things rushing through your mind and time is always slipping away but this image reminds me to relax, to stay calm and to look for the bigger picture. It’s always there, somewhere!"

It's a real honour to receive an award from TiR, their ethos and tag line resonates so well with me - Because Moments Matter Most - at the end of the day that's what wedding photography is really all about for me! 📷

If you're interested in hearing more about my approach to capturing your wedding celebrations or, you would like to enquire about my availability, get in touch. I photograph weddings throughout Norfolk, the UK and Europe.

Want to see some more award winning wedding photography? Check this post out for more of my awards.


A Wedding at Bruisyard Hall

Wedding Photography at Bruisyard Hall, Suffolk

This was my first time at Bruisyard Hall and it did not disappoint. It's an incredibly beautiful Suffolk venue, surrounded by stunning gardens and parkland. Indoor and outdoor it is a wedding photographers dream!

I began  in the main Hall, photographing the Bridal party and the Groomsmen getting ready for the day ahead - there was a great atmosphere and you could feel the excitement growing as the morning progressed. Ashlea Gissing at The Beauty Box was on makeup and Elise Brabben on Hair.

The ceremony took place at St. Edmund's in Southwold. Robyn and her dad travelled in a classic American Cadillac, listening to Elvis classics, a theme that continued as she walked up the aisle to "Can't Help Falling in Love" being played on the church piano.

The sun was shining bright and the light inside the church was gorgeous- highlighting the detail in Robyn's wedding dress perfectly. Ryan in his tuxedo looked incredibly suave and Robyn looked absolutely stunning, escorted up the aisle by her dad who was beaming with pride. The couple were full of smiles throughout the ceremony and after tying the knot they hopped in the Cadillac and made their way, as newlyweds, back to Bruisyard Hall.

The reception was wonderful and everyone was in high spirits. Jazz A La Mode provided musical entertainment while the drinks were flowing and ahead of some insanely funny speeches before the Robyn and Ryan made their way to the dance floor for their first dance and partied until the small hours!

"I loved Rob’s candid and relaxed photography. The pictures were something really important to me and I knew that I didn’t want to have too many staged photos; looking through Rob’s galleries I knew that he would get it."

It was an absolute joy to be part of this day - much thanks to the happy couple for choosing me to capture it for them and a shout out to my second shooter, Craig McCaulay and to Trevor Fuller on video. It was a great team to work with. Here's a few of my faves from the day - enjoy!


Hunters Hall Wedding

Wedding Photography at Hunters Hall

Hunters Hall and Wymondham Abbey were the two venues that acted as the backdrop to Claire and Owen's celebrations. Having grown up in Wymondham and being childhood sweethearts, getting married at the Abbey was the perfect location for their wedding ceremony.

Now based in the far North, I didn't get to meet with Claire and Owen, face-to-face, until a few weeks away from their wedding but after I had, I knew they were going to be great fun.

I started the day with Claire and assorted family and friends at her family home where I was joined by Leanna on make-up and videographers, Chris and Kelly. Then I spent a little time with Owen getting ready at The Feathers pub, before heading back to see Claire getting into her dress!

At the Abbey, surrounded by their amazing friends and family who, I'm sure, had all been waiting a long time for this moment, Claire and Owen finally made it official!

The reception was lovely, Claire and Owen are big Jurassic Park fans and came into the gardens at Hunters Hall to the John William's theme being played by a Brass Band. The weather was incredibly bright and hot, much was the way this Summer past and so, after drinks on the lawn, the shade of the barn was most welcome! The speeches were full of good humour and heartfelt words and before i knew it, shapes were being thrown on the dance floor and it was time for me to say my goodbyes. I'd had so much fun, it passed by in the blink of an eye. Luckily, I got a few photos to remember it by and so I'll leave you with these words from Claire ...

"Beautifully natural and candid photos was what we hoped for, but couldn't have expected just how well our day was captured. It really felt like we were reliving the day..."

Thanks so much guys for having me along, I had the best time - enjoy!


southwood hall wedding photography

Southwood Hall Wedding Photography

Southwood Hall Wedding Photography

Natalie and James' wedding at Southwood Hall started out a little on the warm side and just got warmer and warmer from there! By warm, I mean blistering heat - this was an early afternoon wedding scheduled right in the middle of the 2018 heatwave! Fortunately, I was in shorts for the occasion. In fact, much of the weddings I photographed in the Summer meant that many a poor, unfortunate, soul was exposed to my pasty white legs. But I digress, this Southwood Hall wedding would have been a hot one whatever the weather because James and Natalie are bloody gorgeous people, inside and out! And it was amazing to share their day with them. I've known these guys for a couple of years now, ever since I photographed Natalie's brother's wedding at Hales Hall and I'm really looking forward to catching up with the family again in 2020 for Natalie's elder brother's wedding!

"I must say, before looking I was nervous incase there weren't any I loved but looking through the entire reel I was beaming. You captured the day so perfectly and the pictures are really beautifully taken and edited. I am absolutely thrilled with what you have provided us and can't wait for everyone to see them now we're back. You are such a fun guy to have around at a wedding and have a real skill at making people feel comfortable throughout the shoots. I can't imagine it was one of the easiest weddings to capture considering how hot it was so your efforts running around all over the place to capture the perfect shots are extremely appreciated. Also huge kudos for somehow making us look non-sweaty, a huge achievement in itself ha! Thank you so much for your time, I am absolutely delighted as is James."

A Summer Garden Wedding

So, the main event, a gorgeous Summer wedding underneath a rose arch in Southwood Hall's walled garden. As Natalie came up the aisle she was beaming ear to ear catching the eye of her guests and seeing James at the top of the aisle.

When the reception hit, a few guests sought shelter inside Southwood Hall for a little cool down but the majority stayed outside to enjoy drinks on the lawn before sitting down to the wedding breakfast and a series of speeches that had them in absolute stitches!

The party didn’t stop until late into the night, giving everyone a chance to hit the dance floor a well as find time to get some of Southwood Hall's stone-baked pizzas - nom, nom!

A truly wonderful day, I had the pleasure of working alongside Mellissa Abel on make-up, Mike, from Capture Media, on video and the truly lovely, Dane and Rebecca, from Snapsation, on the Photo Booth! Props to all the team at Southwood too for working so hard in the heat to keep it all going.

Here's a few pics from an utterly beautiful day - thanks to Natalie and James for having me along for the ride!


A bride walks down the stairs at Bruisyard Hall

Best of 2018

2018

 

2009 – 2019

2018 has been and gone and this is where I’m meant to wax lyrical about how amazing all my clients have been this past year and how excited I am to get going again in 2019. And I will, because they absolutely have been! My 2018 couples have been fantastic and I owe each and every one so much for trusting me and for inviting me to be their wedding photographer. Sometimes, I can’t believe I get to do this and to keep doing it but I guess I must be doing something right, I photographed my first wedding in 2009, a decade ago!

2018

2018 saw me off to Portugal and Mallorca for weddings which was incredible. It meant so much to be taken away for these weddings, even more so because it was with people who I’ve met at other weddings I photographed! I also had the pleasure of two weddings at Childerley Hall, as well as weddings at Bressingham Hall, Bruisyard Hall, Godwick Hall, the Keeper and the Dell, Hautbois Hall and Luton Hoo, amongst others!  My 2019 season is pretty much fully booked now and while most of my weddings this year are in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, I’ll be visiting all around the UK for weddings this year, taking to the air and foreign climes again in 2020!

Where next!

I can not wait to get going on my first wedding of the year at the Elvetham Hotel in Hampshire- it looks stunning! I’m also looking forward to returning to Voewood, Pentney Abbey, Oxnead Hall, Bressingham Hall and the Georgian Townhouse to name but a few. I’m also really looking forward to a wedding at Ely Cathedral, the last time I was there was as a choir boy and that was a while back!

All about moments

It’s fair to say, over the past 10 years, my style has changed a little, here and there. If you’re new to my work and want to know more about my style and approach then have a read here! While I’ve dabbled with different styles, the overriding emphasis in my work has always been on moments. I love a great portrait but when it comes to looking back on your wedding photos, it will be those fleeting moments in time that perhaps no one but your photographer saw that you’ll truly treasure and which will most likely make your wedding album.

My faves

It’s never an easy task but as ever, I’ve tried to choose images that first and foremost put a smile on my face. It’s a subjective thing, I could do this exercise again next month and might come out with a different selection but for the most part, these are the images that would still stand out for me – photos, I hope, will give you an idea of how I work and how I like to tell the story of a wedding day.

The header image? Well, this image was chosen by my little girl for no other reason than it stood out to her the most and something about princesses ;-) This same image also won an award from the Wedding Photojournalist Association this year but my little girl’s love for it, as well as knowing it’s a favourite of the bride herself, is why that’s up there!

Thank you!

Energetic | Fun | Candid | The Best Decision We MadeJust some of the words my couples used to describe their wedding photography in 2018. If you like what you see, if they make you smile too and you’re getting married in 2019 or 2020, then get in touch and tell me about your plans.

A special thank you too to, Mr Craig Macaulay for second shooting with me this year – I tend to work alone for the most part but every so often, I take someone on, if they show promise and this guy is definitely up and coming. He’s as been great company, produced some stunning work and I can’t wait to see what he does in future! He also sent me a lovely box of chocolates in time for Xmas so he’s definitely good in my book!

A massive thanks to all the suppliers I worked with this year too, hair and make-up artists, DJ’s, wedding bands, wedding planners, there’s too many to mention all by name but they are all people who I love to work with and happily recommend!

I’ve truly loved being a part of all the weddings I got to go to this year. Thanks again, so, so much, to everyone who I’ve worked with this year and to those who chose me to be their wedding photographer in 2018, as well as those who have already booked me for their wedding photography for 2019 and into 2020! I really am so grateful – much love – enjoy!


Bride and groom walking the grounds of Bruisyard Hall on their wedding day

Bruisyard Hall | Sneak Peek

Bruisyard Hall Wedding Photos | Sneak Peek

When Robyn and Ryan booked me for their Bruisyard Hall wedding, I couldn't have been more excited! "Probably the best wedding venue in Suffolk" [sic], I had been looking forward to visiting Bruisyard Hall for some time!

Both bride and groom got ready at Bruisyard, meaning I got to spend time with the guys and girls before heading to a picture perfect ceremony at Southwold church.

An amazing day spent with amazing people – here’s just a few images from their Suffolk Wedding Photography but there'll be more from this wedding soon!


Wedding Photojournalist Award

Masterpiece Award Winner - the Wedding Photojournalist Association

I am thrilled to say that I won an award yesterday for Best Documentary Wedding Photography from the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA). This award means a lot to me because the WPJA "reserves membership to select photographers around the world whose portfolios and practices demonstrate talent, expertise and client service in wedding photojournalism." Not only that but some of the other award winners in this collection are documentary wedding photographers I have long admired and looked up to for their wedding photography. I am honoured to be amongst such great company. These awards are judged by news photo editors and award-winning photojournalists (including Pulitzer Prize winners!), looking for images that "use the tools of photographic narrative to tell a couples story", no posing or fakery, just moments - a few portraits aside, that's what my approach is all about!

The shot that the judges chose is from a recent wedding in Portugal, the wedding of Lee & Jordan during their preparations. It captures the love and excitement of Jordan's soon-to-be Mother-in-Law and I am so pleased that my first Masterpiece Award came from their wedding day. You can see more from their wedding in Portugal here.

UPDATE November 2018: Honoured to be included amongst the WPJA's top 50 UK Wedding Photographers - happy days!

UPDATE 4 June 2019:

Since I first published this post, I have won a number of other awards for my wedding photojournalism. It's a an honour to be recognised for my work by the WPJA among others, especially for images that are moment driven and unposed! Here's a selection of the winning images:

This image is from a wedding at Bruisyard Hall in Suffolk, UK. I had two choices as Robyn walked down the stairs to see her dad. I could have stayed at the top and had an aerial view of Robyn descending but something in my gut told me to go downstairs. I hid behind a curtain, so I wouldn't draw Robyn's attention and I'm so glad that I did - this is most definitely one of my favourite images from 2018.

This image is from a wedding at Childerley Hall, near Cambridge, UK. As the wedding guests sheltered under their umbrellas, I was looking to make an interesting image that captured the, fortunately, short-lived rain shower. I was drawn to make this image by the expressions on the guests faces, the bright red lipstick and the smiling eyes as the sun was spotted breaking through the clouds.

This is one of my all time favourite images, from one of my all time favourite venues, Voewood in Norfolk, UK. This house can throw some shapes - see more about how I created this image here!

Sheer delight at the words pronouncing you husband and wife - this image from an intimate winter wedding at a Dairy Barns Wedding in Norfolk!

A perfect little shaft of light, falling upon the newlywed couple, made for one of my favourite exposure at this gorgeous wedding at the Hotel Du Vin in Cambridge.

Friends and family gather around to help the bride with some readjustments to her dress - this picture from a Bruisyard Hall Wedding in Suffolk.

Newly-wed husbands, seen here in fits of laughter, during their wedding speeches. I knew I wanted to capture this close up, so I got low to the table with a wide-angle lens and waited for the jokes to deliver the perfect moment. This photo was taken at a destination wedding in Portugal.

At a late autumn wedding, in Cambridgeshire, there wasn't much time, before sunset, to take portraits after the speeches but luckily, we found a little pocket of golden light, just enough to make this portrait of the bride and groom and win me an award from the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photographers.

And another from Bruisyard Hall, our bride, Robyn, beaming from ear to ear at the necklace her, soon to be, husband had delivered to her room. Her expression says it all and I just love the smiles on the faces of her friends, gathered round her as they got ready for the wedding celebrations.

I hope you've enjoyed looking at these images - for more information about my approach to your wedding photography, take a look at this page all about my style and approach.


Childerley Hall Wedding Photographer

Childerley Hall Wedding Photography

Jen and Alex's wedding took place at Childerley Hall, Cambridge, this Summer - an Elizabethan house set within the most stunning gardens! It is also home to one of the longest timber framed barn wedding venues in England - a humongous space for entertaining!

This wasn't my first time at Childerley Hall, I had been the photographer at a Childerley Hall Wedding just a few weeks before. So, I was really looking forward to going back. It wasn't the first time I'd met Jen and Alex either, they booked me as their wedding photographer, after I photographed their friends getting married at the Old Hall in Ely, the year before. So, it was nice to be back in familiar surroundings and amongst some familiar faces!

I began the day with the boys for a few photos of them getting ready, before heading to the Bride and Bridesmaids who were getting ready at home. Everyone was in good spirits and there was plenty of smiles and laughter from the off!

As the ceremony started, Alex looked a little nervous but Jen came beaming up the aisle and the minute he saw her, he visibly relaxed as she could not contain her excitement at seeing him!

"Thank you so much Rob for the truly wonderful memories you have given us. You captured all the special (and of course drunken) moments from our big day. Our guests absolutely loved you, you blended in and made everyone feel so comfortable!"

The weather was up and down all day, one minute the brightest sunshine, the next minute rain showers that came out of nowhere and disappeared almost as quickly but the rain didn't spoil the fun, some of my favourite images are guests laughing through the rain. The worst of the weather had, pretty much, passed over by the time the wedding breakfast and speeches had taken place. The speeches were fantastic, Jen and Alex also have a great sense of humour and everyone was laughing.

The evening entertainment was provided by Swagger - an amazing local wedding band who I would highly recommend! They had the dance floor going late into the evening.

A brilliant day to have been a part of and really lovely seeing some old faces again too. Here's just a few from Jen and Alex's day - enjoy!


newly wed couple outside Luton Hoo

Luton Hoo Wedding Featured on Zankyou

Zankyou Weddings Feature

This gorgeous Luton Hoo wedding was featured on Zankyou Weddings at the end of last month - you can see the full blog post here > Luton Hoo Wedding Photography or check out the feature over on Zankyou!

Kate and Laurence had the most amazing day and I can't wait to go back to Luton Hoo for another wedding soon!


Godwick Hall Wedding Photography

An Outdoor Wedding at Godwick Hall

Godwick Hall Wedding Photography

WOW! This was my first time at a Godwick Hall wedding and that sense of amazement, the WOW stayed with me all day! Godwick Hall was the most perfect outdoor wedding venue for Lucy and Simon’s big day! Gorgeous blue skies and blazing hot sunshine made for a spectacular al fresco wedding. 

I first met Lucy and Simon to discuss their wedding at Godwick Hall in December 2016! We met over coffee at the Georgian Townhouse in Norwich and I knew then that their day was going to be one to remember. I couldn't wait until August 2018 to see them again so, we hooked up in January this year, for their pre-wedding photography in Wells and so, by the time their wedding had come around, they felt like old friends. I've known them almost two years now!!! Anyone who has met them will attest to just how bloody lovely they are, their humour and good nature is infectious - just a joy to be around! 

I got to photograph this one alongside wedding videographer, Pete Henderson, another good friend and I was also alongside the talented Leanna Stibbon, make-up artist in Norfolk and Flamingo Amy on hair, making this day extra special! 

Starting in the Farmhouse for the bridal preparations, I wandered the rooms, soaking up the atmosphere before making my way down to Godwick Great Barn where, outdoors, the hay bales and flower arch were all laid out, awaiting the wedding guests and their bride and groom!  Soon enough the Godwick tractor began to escort Lucy’s bridesmaids to the venue before collecting Lucy and her dad. At the top of the aisle, Simon waited with his brother and groomsmen, sharing jokes to keep the nerves at bay.  

A wonderful ceremony followed. The vows were amongst some of the most heartfelt I’d heard but you couldn’t see my tears for the sweat (sorry for the image) - this one was a scorcher! Wiping my brow, I continued to photograph the newlyweds and their friends and family. It was perfect weather for guests to enjoy the grounds and garden games, before taking in some shade in the barn for the wedding speeches. It was too hot to take photos of the happy couple at this point, outdoors at least and so we nipped into the bell-tent and Lucy and Simon had a little cuddle!

After the speeches and an afternoon tea, there was plenty of dancing and drinking and getting all glittered up at the Love Moi Glitter Bar (me included, see below!). This all kept the party going through until the small hours, sustained by food and amazing flavours courtesy of Christophe's Crepes - seriously good stuff! 

So many favourite memories from this day, it’s hard to pin one down. But everyone singing along to Champagne Supernova at the end of the night and Simon dipping his bride to give her kiss, to applause from everyone around them is definitely up there! 

Thanks guys for choosing me. And thanks for the good times - may there be many more to look forward to - enjoy! 

"Rob they are incredible. You've captured our personalities perfectly. Took me a full 29 seconds before I became a blubbering Mess! (Simon found it a bit too funny!!) "