Mon 4th Jul, 2011
This morning I'm delighted to introduce you to the lovely and oh so talented award-winning wedding photographer Laura Dodsworth.
Surrey based Laura and I have been talking a lot recently about the art creating timeless wedding photographs. Below are some examples of Laura's stunning photography and I think you'll agree they are beautifully elegant and chic.
Laura's timeless shots below remind me of how important it is hire the best wedding photographer you can afford. Your wedding lasts for one day but your wedding photographs last a lifetime and when you look back at your photos in 20 years time the expense of your wedding photographer won't even cross your mind.
Laura's been a wedding photographer for nine years. "Ten years ago, my husband and I were living in Paris for a year and I decided to use the opportunity to take a black and white photography course for fun. It was as though a light bulb switched on over my head, and I realised all my creativity was visual. I would spend hours on the streets of Paris completing my assignments. When we returned to the UK I spent a year assisting other photographers and learning on the job...
...I also joined the Master Photographers Association and took advantage of their qualifications programme and seminars to improve my skills. It is so important to be a member of a professional organisation (in wedding photographers you should look for MPA or BIPP) because they ensure all members are operating to a certain standard. I’ve won several awards over the years which is lovely recognition, and also gives my customers confidence in me. I’m now an Associate member of both the MPA and BIPP, and less than 10% of members achieve that level of qualification."
I then went on to ask Laura how she got into wedding photography
"Initially I shot weddings, portraits and commercial work, but over time have specialised in wedding photography, with some portraits. I love the romance and excitement of a couple on the brink of their journey through life together, and how their family and friends come together to honour the commitment. I often shed a tear during the ceremony or the speeches!"
We then talked about her photography style and philosophy
"I try to photograph weddings honestly, elegantly and beautifully. I enjoy capturing candid moments which tell a story of the day, although I can’t describe myself purely as a reportage photographer as I also adore creating beautiful timeless photographs that are individual pieces of art which will give pleasure forever.
I am truly passionate about photography. I don’t just want to take photographs, I have to take photographs. My inspirations include romance and emotion, art, the play of light in architecture and landscape, fairy tales and other stories."
Laura explains her views on timeless photography and how she achieves them when shooting weddings
"I think it’s important that your wedding photography looks as good in the future as it does now. You want to love and enjoy your wedding album in 20 years, and if the photographs are too ‘fashionable’ now they will look dated later. Good photography is good photography and stands the test of time.
I achieve these bride and groom portraits by spending my time researching the location and light and getting to know the couple and important details like the dress, beforehand. It means hours, or even a day of extra work quite often, but it’s worth it. I have conceptualised ideas before the day begins, and then I just let the shoot flow and evolve. I try to respond to the bride and grooms’ personalities and the atmosphere created by the venue and light, and then go with my feelings."
Thank you Laura for sharing your beautiful photography with us today.
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