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Wedding Photography from Middlesbrough Register Office by Simon Cardwell

Today I thought I would show you some photographs from a wedding ceremony in a register office. 

I tend to find myself at out of town venues the most, churches second & registry offices third. Each provides a slightly different type of photograph. 

Here is a nice overview of the wedding ceremony:

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The Group Photo by Simon Cardwell

The group photo of everyone at the wedding - not a photo I always take, but one that crops up pretty often. It's a good document of everyone that attended your wedding, as you can't be sure of getting a photograph of every single person there otherwise. 

For this one it involved leaning out of a 1st floor window. Pretty tame compared to some others I have done. Over the years I have climbed ladders, been raised on a tractor & a forklift truck, walked along ledges & all sorts of others. 

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Wedding Photography - The Speeches by Simon Cardwell

As I have mentioned on the blog many time before, the speeches are one of my favourite parts of the wedding. 

It is an unguarded moment for most of the guests & allows me to get natural photographs that aren't always possible at other stages of the wedding: 

Essex Wedding Photographer
Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer
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Essex Wedding Photographer

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Wedding Photography at the Quality Hotel, Boldon by Simon Cardwell

This week I want to share with you some pictures from a recent wedding at the Quality Hotel in Boldon.

It is a venue I find myself working at several times a year, it is close to where my grandmother lived when I was growing up, so it's an area I like to return to whenever I can. 

Newcastle Wedding Photographer
Newcastle Wedding Photographer
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Newcastle Wedding Photographer

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Photo Fridays - A new weekly blog by Simon Cardwell

I've decided I will be sharing a photograph from my archive every Friday. 

It will be 1 photo at a time, selected from the hundreds of weddings I have shot over the last 9 years. 


The first photograph I have chosen to share with you is this one of 3 girls on a bouncy castle, it is from a wedding at Bede Tower in my hometown of Sunderland, taken in 2014. 

bouncy castle wedding

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Contemporary Wedding Photography - A Different Group Photograph by Simon Cardwell

You know how you often see the same group photos at weddings? You've seen them, staged photos with family & friends. I have several ways of trying to lighten up these sorts of photos, but it can get a little tricky sometimes. 

If you have read my blog before, you will know my style of work is largely unrehearsed & natural, however the posed group photos are an expected part of most wedding days. I always encourage the bridge & groom to take as many group photographs as they wish, even if they aren't bothered about them, family members almost always will be. 

At a recent wedding at Preston Park Museum I decided to try something completely different, this backdrop was just begging to be included & I decided to set up a seated group photograph outside:

wedding group photo

It was a small wedding so this was the entire wedding party (they had a larger gathering planned for the evening). 

How do you think it came out? Would you like to try a photo like this at your wedding? 

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Photographing a Wedding Evening Reception by Simon Cardwell

It's not often I stay to photograph the evening reception of a wedding, I typically leave not long after the first dance. So this was a rare opportunity to get some different photographs to what I usually come away with.

I adopt the same approach to an evening reception as I do to the rest of the wedding, I stand off & let people behave naturally & get the photographs that way, I very rarely pose anyone throughout the day. 

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Occasionally a posed photograph comes together naturally, and they always look a lot better than had I try to awkwardly interact & pose the picture myself: 

The Waterside Wedding Venue Hertfordshire
Stevenage Wedding Photographer

People often let their guard down on the evening (usually in part because the photographer has left): 

Stevenage Wedding Photographer
Ware Priory wedding photography

At this wedding I was there until the end of the evening reception, and a nice sequence of photographs came together for that moment: 

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Stanstead Bury Hertfordshire
Sopwell House Hertfordshire
Sopwell House Hertfordshire

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Selfies, SLR's, Smartphones, iPads, Compacts - what is a wedding photographer to do... by Simon Cardwell

Everyone has a camera nowadays. With smartphones, iPads, SLRs, point & shoots & everything else in between it's no use pretending otherwise, I will never be the only person photographing on a wedding day. 

Instead of fighting it or making matters difficult, I embrace it completely. Getting on with the guests on the day is a key part of working as a wedding photographer, over the years I have seen some very good photographers struggle to take photos at a wedding (some make the mistake of thinking it is easy) & conversely I've seen a few pretty poor photographers who consistently got work, partly on account of their personality & etiquette on the day. 

It's a huge part of the chemistry you need to get good wedding photographs, my advice is always to book a photographer you like, that you get on with & that you can see fitting in on the day.  


I encourage selfies & any other forms of photography people enjoy:

North Mimms Park photography
North Mimms Park photos

For this photograph I deliberately invited each of the bridesmaids (who already had their cameras & phones at the ready) to join me to make a unique picture:

Beales Hotel wedding photos

In my years of photographing weddings, I can honestly say I have only ever encountered a small handful of genuinely rude guests who got in my way in order to get their own pictures.

This is sometimes done by accident although there are exceptions (one incident involved a best man who turned up with more camera gear than me, & tried to take over the photography aspect of the day, much to the bride's chagrin). My rule is when I am attending a wedding as a guest, I don't carry a camera other than the one on my phone, it is unfair to whoever is working that day. 

This group really did love a selfie: 

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Hatfield House Hertfordshire

I try & steal as many photographs as I can throughout the day & if a camera gets in the way, I just try & make it part of the composition of the picture: 

Micklefield Hall Hertfordshire

It brings an interactive element to photography & allows me to engage positively with wedding guests, and it can make for some unique photographs: 

Lodge Farm House Hertfordshire

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The National Wedding Show - Manchester Central (G Mex) by Simon Cardwell

Tomorrow I will be exhibiting at the National Wedding Show at Manchester Central (G Mex). It is the largest wedding event in the north of England & you can find any kind of wedding supplier imaginable. 

I will be on Stand C101 so come & see me if you plan to attend. My stand will feature a range of sample albums & books & there is no better way to get a feel for a wedding photographer than meeting them in person (more on that on the blog next week). 

bride with umbrella rain

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Wedding Photography: Photographing Children by Simon Cardwell

The Grove Hotel Hertfordshire

Photographing children is a big part of many weddings, & it's something I've worked on over the years. 

There are several approaches to doing this, I choose to interact as little as possible & photograph as an observer, it allows you access to those unguarded moments you may miss otherwise: 

essex wedding photography

Observing people interacting with each other should almost always provide ample content for your photographs. 

The Grove Hotel Hertfordshire

And you get the most natural & lasting photographs possible this way: 

Micklefield Hall Hertfordshire wedding
Micklefield Hall wedding photos
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Solberge Hall Wedding Photography by Simon Cardwell

Here are some photographs from a wedding at Solberge Hall, near Northallerton. 

I started at the bride's parents house as I usually do: 

Solberge Hall North Yorkshire

The ceremony then took place at a church in Darlington (round the corner from where I grew up as it turned out):

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Simon Cardwell wedding photography
Solberge Hall North Yorkshire
Darlington wedding photographer
Solberge Hall North Yorkshire
Solberge Hall wedding
Solberge Hall North Yorkshire

Everything after that was at Solberge Hall, which is near Northallerton. This was my first time at the venue, but I was very impressed with it:

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Solberge Hall North Yorkshire
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Solberge Hall North Yorkshire
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Solberge Hall North Yorkshire

I had a few friends attending this wedding so I stayed for the entire evening reception. 

Usually I leave shortly after the first dance, so it was good to get some different photographs as the party got going: 

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Solberge Hall North Yorkshire
Solberge Hall North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire weddings
Solberge Hall North Yorkshire
Solberge Hall wedding
drunk bride and groom