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Wedding Photography in a rural church & farm by Simon Cardwell

Today I would like to show you some photographs from the first wedding I photographed in 2018.

Taking place on a rurally located church meant the mud & damp ground was a factor but also presented some interesting photographs. 

Here is a selection of the ceremony (before & immediately after) only. I think there are some very unique pictures here that I don't often get the chance to take: 

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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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Photo Friday 18 - back after a few weeks away by Simon Cardwell

I've been so busy with weddings over the last month I've not had time to keep this weekly blog series going. 

So back into the routine for the Autumn with this picture from a wedding a few weeks ago:

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Wedding Photography - an unexpected moment by Simon Cardwell

Sometimes something unexpected happens during a wedding (often during the speeches) & it creates some extra photographs you weren't otherwise banking on getting. 

Here is one such situation: 

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Rushpool Hall Wedding Photography by Simon Cardwell

Here is a slideshow of a wedding I photographed at Rushpool Hall over the summer. 

There are over 60 photographs in the slideshow, more than I usually share in a blog post, I thought it would be good to show a more detailed look at a wedding today. 

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The Groom - wedding photography at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire by Simon Cardwell

A wedding often centres around the bride, so today I thought it would be different to post photos of the groom only. 

The grooms preparations are usually overshadowed by the bride getting ready, but on this occasion I got to capture this part of the day: 

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In the right place at the right time during the ceremony: 

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Mary Ellen Mark, March 20, 1940 - May 25, 2015 by Simon Cardwell

Going slightly off topic today, one of my all time favourite photographers, Mary Ellen Mark died this week in New York at the age of 75. 

I did a workshop with Mary in New York in 2009 & she was very gracious & generous with her time (unlike some other big name photographs I had attended workshops with) & for that I will always be grateful. 

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She was one of the pillars of documentary photography in the 20th century, and while famous for longer term projects such as Twins or Falkland Road she also photographed on many film sets & shot countless magazine covers over the years. 

Some of her best portraits can be viewed here and in her fantastic book Seen Behind The Scene

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She had a unique ability to gain the trust of her subjects very quickly & get intimate work as a result. She took pictures that went straight to your heart. 

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“I don’t like gimmicky pictures; I’ve always hated them,” she told Lens. “I like pictures that are very clear and clean, whether you’re a great street photographer — somebody like Friedlander or Winogrand or Cartier-Bresson — or whether you’re a portraitist, like Irving Penn. Those pictures are very clean and simple. I like things that are real. So I think that some of the best ideas are things that aren’t so complicated.
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As mentioned above I did a workshop with Mary back in 2009, based around the Halloween parade in Manhattan. It only lasted a few days but my memory of her is how she made time to speak to each attendee & gave her time very graciously, everyone was included equally no matter what their level of ability. I received a lovely letter from her a few weeks later & I have always held very fond memories of the experience. 

Welcome To My Wedding Photography Blog by Simon Cardwell

Hello & welcome to my new blog & website.

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Hello, my name is Simon & I am a documentary wedding photographer.

For the last 10 years I have been based in London, these days I'm spending most of my time in the north east (Darlington). I work everywhere & over the next few months will be photographing all over the UK & further afield. 


From now on I will be using this blog to share with you my recent photographs, showcasing some of my work from past weddings & generally doing what I love to do: talking about & looking at photographs. 

I will show you how I work & why, give you FAQ's on what to look for & what to avoid, show you some of the best venues I have worked at, recall incidents (both good & bad) from years of personal experience & also show you some of my non-wedding work along the way. 

So please watch this space for updates.