Back view of bride and groom walking though a field of wheat - Picture by Dos Clavos

Picture of the Month – April 2018

And the winner is… Dos Clavos!

We now have four of our twelve finalists for our 2018 Picture of the Year competition, after this beautiful picture by Dos Clavos was voted our April 2018 Picture of the Month. Taken at the wedding of Soli and Juan in Argentina, Damian of Dos Clavos explained how they like to use natural light in order to get shots like this…

Back view of bride and groom walking though a field of wheat - Picture by Dos Clavos

Natural Light

“When we photograph weddings we always take a moment with the couple to take pictures on their own. On this occasion, Soli and Juan’s wedding was at the beautiful Estancia Santa Elena in Jauregui, Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 10th February 2018. The weather and the light were awesome, and Soli and Juan looked just perfect in the light. They had a wonderful wedding.

“We try to work with natural light as we believe this is when we get the best results. We always look for spontaneity and freshness in each work, without asking the bride and groom to pose.”

To see more of Dos Clavos’ work visit www.dosclavos.com.

Bridesmaid wiping away tear - Picture by Steve Grogan Photography

Picture of the Month – March 2018

And the winner is… Steve Grogan Photography!

Congratulations to Steve Grogan Photography, the winner of our March 2018 Picture of the Month. Steve’s emotional picture from Mel and Baz’s wedding received the most votes in our poll to become the third picture to go through to our Picture of the Year vote in January. Steve told us a bit about the picture, which was from one of his favourite weddings of 2017…

Bridesmaid wiping away tear - Picture by Steve Grogan Photography

Range of Emotions

“I captured this moment during the wedding of Mel and Baz on 1st September 2017, at Billesley Manor in Warwickshire. I’d noticed a couple of the bridesmaids crying during the ceremony, and the occasion seemed to have got to this lady in particular, as she couldn’t hold in the tears even after the ceremony was over. The guests were waiting around as Mel and Baz were signing the register, so I made my move over to the far side of the room to capture this shot.

“I love the range of emotions; the laughter from the other guests contrasting with the tears. Plus the light in the ceremony room at Billesley Manor was just incredible. It was a wonderful day and one of my favourite weddings of 2017.”

To see more of Steve Grogan Photography’s work visit www.stevegroganphotography.com.

Bride and groom standing by large mechanical cog - Picture by Peter Anslow Photography

Picture of the Month – February 2018

And the winner is… Peter Anslow Photography!

Our congratulations go to Peter Anslow Photography after this picture received the most votes in our February 2018 Picture of the Day competition. A runner-up in our 2017 Picture of the Year competition, Peter will be hoping to go one better this year with this fabulous picture. Taken at the wedding of Sammy and David in September last year, Peter explained how he got the ‘dark and moody look’ he wanted…

Bride and groom standing by large mechanical cog - Picture by Peter Anslow Photography

Something a Little Different

“David and Sammy married at St Matthew’s Church in Burnley, with their reception at The Inn on the Wharf. It was a pleasant day, so we went to the park opposite the church for most of the photographs as The Inn On The Wharf wasn’t renowned for its lovely architecture. I say ‘wasn’t’ because unfortunately the pub closed its doors the Monday after, so this was the last ever wedding reception at the venue.

“The pub backs on to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, and this presented an opportunity for something a little different with the large cog from the canal lock gate. I took the picture at around 4pm so it was still light, but I wanted a dark and moody look so I adjusted the settings on my camera and placed a flash behind the couple. The result is exactly what I wanted; just enough light to illuminate the couple, with some of the light bouncing off Sammy’s dress to expose the mechanical cog.

“I really like this picture and, more importantly, so do Sammy and David.”

To see more of Peter Anslow Photography’s work visit www.peteranslow.co.uk.

Lady getting emotional during wedding speech - Picture by Lewis Fackrell Photography

Picture of the Month – January 2018

And the winner is… Lewis Fackrell Photography!

We have our first finalist for our 2018 Picture of the Year competition! This emotional picture by Lewis Fackrell Photography received the most votes in our poll and becomes the first picture to go through to our final in January. Taken at Stacey and Rob’s wedding in May last year, Lewis explained that he had very little time to capture this moment…

Lady getting emotional during wedding speech - Picture by Lewis Fackrell Photography

Teary-Eyed

“Stacey and Rob married at Oxwich Bay Hotel in the Gower, on the then hottest day of the year in May. It was so hot in fact that I had to have an outfit swap as I’d sweated so much! The sun was beating down around 28 degrees on the bay and the guests were also feeling it; some even went down for a swim! We couldn’t have asked for better weather.

“Later on, Stacey’s dad gave an emotional speech of how proud he was of his daughter. The room was silent, and at this point I had my camera pointing towards the mother of the bride who I could see was becoming teary-eyed. I captured the shot at 200mm due to the length of the room and I was looking for some silky blurred goodness behind. I could only photograph her from this angle via a small gap between guests that was narrowing instantly. Within seconds the emotion freely showed, I captured the frame, and the guests instantly blocked the view again.

“As a wedding photographer, capturing the emotion at a wedding is crucial, and it’s something I always look out for on a wedding day, along with laughter.”

To see more of Lewis Fackrell Photography’s work visit www.lewisfackrell.co.uk.

Pigeon with bride and groom in background - Picture by B-Visuals

Picture of the Month – December 2017

And the winner is… B-Visuals!

That’s it – we now have all of our finalists for our 2017 Picture of the Year competition. This fab picture by B-Visuals was voted our December 2017 Picture of the Month to take the last spot in next week’s final. Taken before Sanne and Herman’s wedding in Italy, Benaissa from B-Visuals told us how perfect timing was key to getting this shot…

Pigeon with bride and groom in background - Picture by B-Visuals

Perfect Timing

“I took this picture on the wedding day of Sandra and Herman. Their wedding took place in San Gimignano, a town in Italy nearby Sienna, with their love of Italy one of the reasons they married there.

“When I took this picture we were on our way to the city hall for the ceremony. During the walk to the town hall I saw Sandra and Herman enjoying the lovely weather. The atmosphere was peaceful and idyllic, with the old authentic streets of San Gimignano a beautiful backdrop.

“I saw this pigeon walking on the street. It really looked relaxed and at ease, so I ran to the front of the wedding crowd and laid down on the ground to get the shot. It was perfect timing, particularly because the colours of the pigeon matched with the outfits of the two wedding guests in the background. Also, it looked like the pigeon was kind of modelling for me. All of this and the whole vibe of the moment came together nicely in this photo.”

To see more of B-Visuals work visit b-visuals.nl.