Three Six Seven Nine Photography: Blog en-us (C) Three Six Seven Nine Photography [email protected] (Three Six Seven Nine Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:03:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:03:00 GMT Three Six Seven Nine Photography: Blog 120 79 Last Little Moments of 2016 Every wedding is unique and special, that's why a professional is more often than not hired to dedicate their time to capturing what goes off. It's always an honour to be that person and to be very close to a couple during what is a massive moment in their lives. 

There are always the usual shots you expect to capture but what makes every wedding different from a photographers perspective is that there's always one or two moments that stand out, my final blog for 2016 is the conclusion of these little moments. The shots might not feature both the bride & groom or even either of them but these are some of my favorite shots and a little insight as to why.

Big thanks again to all the couples that let me play a part in their day in 2016 and on that note, if you know of anyone getting wed in 2017 or beyond please feel free share the post to give them a nudge.


This is a shot that has featured on my Facebook page for a few months as it’s one of my favourites. Hayley had said she’d love a shot of Craig and all the men walking back up from the pub, the problem was most arrived by car but with the Bride’s request ringing in my ears I made them all walk 200 yards back away from the gates of Mayfield hall and casually walk back. The aim was to make sure as many folk were visible and make it look as natural and Reservoir Dogs as possible, but every wedding needs it’s clown and Glen was a pro, without prompting Glen just leapt up and did this.


Phil and Sammi’s day was blighted with bad weather. It just didn’t stop raining at all the key outdoor parts so we were on plan B all day. Until later on in afternoon, with the speeches all done and drinking in full swing the weather cheered up and we managed to do a bit of a mop up of shots. Andy at Yeldersley had showed me some rooms that were work in progress, designed to assist with wet weddings and when Sammi had 5 minutes I tested one of the rooms out for the first time as I loved the rustic brickwork in the background. I’m pleased I did.


Photo opportunities at Ben & Holly’s day were plentiful. Usually when I come to pick a memorable shot for the blog I know immediately which one it is, but I knew there were a few I liked. However I had a flick through them all and there was one that I had forgotten about. My favourite stage of the wedding from a photography perspective is the bridal prep, because it really is all natural- it’s usually a bit of a mad panic so the last thing folk want is direction, I just stand back and take pictures. This shot for me says everything about that part of the day.


When I met with Chris & Sarah they told me that getting a photographer was the last part they were doing as they had throughout had the idea of Chris’s Dad (a retired wedding photographer) doing the honours for them, or at least him being there to get ‘some’ shots. But the more they planned the more they considered it might be too much for him due to his ill-health and so I came into the equation. I said to the couple that by all means if Chris’s Dad wanted to do some photography on the day I would be fine with that, I would even lend him my gear should he need it, it would be special for them to have some shots by him- but they said he probably wouldn’t. Then on the day, when I had worked through my lists and I dropped back to get some candid shots I noticed another photographer with the couple and immediately knew Dad obviously when it came to the crunch couldn’t resist. I got some shots of the three of them and when Dad had finished I took his place and got this.


Huge congratulations on Simon being as sober as he was on his big day. Knowing his social circle I was secretly a little nervous about what state I’d find him and the ushers in the next day but all was well, Sam obviously has him well trained. Yeldersley Hall offers so many opportunities for photos but this was one I wanted to get and I knew that this was the one I wanted to feature due to it’s uniqueness. I’ve taken this shot before at other weddings at Yeldersley as I know other photographers have but this as it’s stands currently is a one off I believe as this is the first wedding photo at Yeldersley featuring the clock telling the right time and I took it!


Anybody that has got married before will know this sensation. I was only with Nick & Fiona for a few hours just to capture the main parts of their big day, there was little time or space for me to drop back and get a couple of natural little moments but I did get this. With the guests and family in their seats ready for the speeches and meal I caught the couple examining what these new weird and alien bits of jewellery were on the second finger of the left hands. Although they’d been together for a long time prior to saying "I do" it was still a very sweet and innocent moment to witness.


I wasn’t there for the wedding itself, no one was! In short: Steve & Karon ran off to Derby in the morning and got wed and then polled up to the local pub to meet all their guest who were expecting to attend said ceremony. Instead the guests were bundled into a red double decker and taken to the Mackworth where they were fed and watered and made to take part in a music video, they were then taken to the Kedleston for more cocktails and music video and then they were taken back. It was a unique day, before the couple got off the routemaster bus at the Mackworth and the madness began I got this.




















[email protected] (Three Six Seven Nine Photography) Derbyshire Photographer Derbyshire Wedding Photographer Photographer Story telling photographs Wedding Wedding photography blog Fri, 30 Dec 2016 15:42:23 GMT
Over my shoulder and out of the picture Let me be clear before I start on this subject. I would never slate social media, I am an avid user of it both personally and from a business perspective- it’s brilliant, chances are you’re reading this via a link posted on Facebook or similar. There is also nothing wrong with people taking photos in order to record occasions and life events, I still do that.  What I’m not doing is rolling the two up collectively, sticking my nose in the air and shouting “Out of my way!”- as I use the same tools and do the same things myself.

Clients, potential clients, friends and family only ever see the end product of a wedding. That’s why I am keen to talk about some of the processes and challenges to give an insight and this one has been bubbling away for a while. I’ve observed this year a change in behaviours at weddings. Perhaps it has been there in previous years but following a wedding in July where something happened it heightened my awareness as to what people were up to.

To go back to early summer a bride said to me that if I wanted to I could ask people not to take photographs in order to allow my day to run that bit smoother. But it wasn’t a problem, when somebody has stepped into my line of sight at a key moment with their camera/phone/iPad(!!) I have gently ushered them out of the way, good manners and politeness solved the issue. I said “Don’t be silly” to the bride.

Spin forward two months to July and I found myself battling a semi-retired pro-photographer family friend as well as immediate family of the B&G in order for me to get the images of the day to the best of my ability. It was strange, it was almost as though at certain times people didn’t know a photographer had been hired. Now, to be clear it wasn’t because I lost control during certain parts of the day, those that know me and have seen me work know  I’m not a shy photographer and am more than capable of taking control and conducting proceedings at a wedding, you have to be, it’s part of the territory. But, there’s something called ‘Happy Co-operation’ (Thanks Matt) and without that taking control isn’t possible without the organised and efficient wedding photographer becoming just a rude & selfish bloke with a camera to get what he needs- so there was only so much I could do. In the end all was well, the photos were good, I was happy, it was just harder for me to get them on the day and if it had been easier those photos might have been even better. 

A lesson had been learned and I was keen to avoid that scenario again, not because I wanted my job not to be made difficult because I can handle that- some people are nurses, soldiers, junior doctors etc for crying out loud….. but because I didn’t want the standard of my output, of the happy couples wedding photos to be jeopardised by others.

I always say to clients, I want their wedding photos to be the best, because they’re not just their photos but they’re mine too, they’re an extension to my portfolio. Now without wanting to sound a diva to clients I have started to add the second bit about ‘my’ camera pointing at them taking precedent over others- because again I want to take the best photos I can because that’s what they’ve paid and hired me for.

So why is it folk take photos at weddings? Well from my observations there are two main reasons. The first is usually family & friends wanting the keepsake photo in the traditional sense, the second reason is for social media. Taking a photo at a wedding is perfectly fine, it always has been and it always will be- those doing it are doing it with the best intentions.  However when you add into this the fact that most people will have a camera on them at wedding it alters the dynamic a little.

What I witnessed at the wedding featuring the retired pro is one example of how the photographer working the wedding can be hampered and in turn so might be the wedding set, but if I am honest going on experience this was an isolated incident.

Following a more recent wedding I have noticed that there is a more commonly occurring problem and that is in part fuelled by the ‘social media exclusive’. The wedding in question was a beautiful one, I was really happy with the photos and so were my clients. But there was one occasion on the day that I felt a little sad about how a photo turned out, but not from a technical or artistic perspective. Outside the church I went about my business organising the confetti shot, there could have been more people throwing confetti if I’m honest and in turn more confetti in the air but I’d witnessed fewer participants in a confetti shot before and you still get the required effect so all was well. The confetti got thrown, I clicked away and when done I turned around and there it was.

To my surprise there was at least twice if not three times as many people taking a photo of the confetti shot (featuring the back of my head) then had been involved in the shot itself. They hadn’t got in my way or averted the couple’s gaze one bit, but rather than participate in what is a fantastic and natural wedding shot and moment they’d opted to take a photo.

The more I thought about it the more I realised that this highlighted just what in general so many people taking photos at a wedding does, it means they cease to become a part of it.

If they are over my shoulder taking a photo then they’re not in my shot, they’re not in the couples photo that they’ve hired and paid me to take. Instead they had a ‘different’ version of the photo that I have just taken and ultimately what is going to happen to that image? I imagine very little. I decided to do some investigating into this and at another wedding I noticed that a bridesmaid was taking pretty much the same photos as me when she could, she’d say “Let me just get one of that”- I knew her well enough luckily to politely ask why she was doing it as I was genuinely bemused. She remarked it was for the couple ultimately, to which I told her I was taking the same photos…. for the same people and a dawn of realisation seemed to hit her that what she was doing actually whilst well meaning and without being nasty was a bit of a waste of time.

Spin forward to today when a good friend and collaborator at weddings dropped me a line to book me for her big day next year and it brought all of the above back to me. As I have a good relationship with her and she’s a keen photographer herself I felt I was able to mention the ‘other people taking photos’ element. In short I said that the fewer folk taking photos there are, the more people enjoying the day there is and the more inclusive the photographers wedding photos will become. I think moving forward this is something I’m going to put to clients on a regular basis.

So once again, there’s nothing wrong with an upload to social media or to get a picture of your friends on their big day for your own memories but there’s a balance. The next time you’re invited to a wedding remember you’re there as their guest, that the happy couple want you there and they quite possibly want you to enjoy yourself and that they’ve taken care of the photographs. Chances are there’s free alcohol, sometimes there’s even a free bar! So participate and be a part of it as much as you can and help complete the happy couple’s memories so that in 20 years times when they flick through their photos you’re in there too.

[email protected] (Three Six Seven Nine Photography) Derbyshire Photographer Derbyshire Wedding Photographer Photographer Story telling photographs Wedding Wedding photography blog Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:26:52 GMT
More Little Moments I'm not a big fan of almost reviewing a couple's big day in detail in a blog but as said in the previous blog I do want to say something about the big days that go beyond the usual social media nod.

So here's a continuation of images I've selected from the second part of 2016, those photos that show something different.
It might not feature the bride or groom or both or be overly traditional, but these are some of my favourite images and some reasons as to why- one from each wedding from the main part of 2016.

Big thanks again to all the couples that let me play a part in their day in 2016 and on that note, if you know of anyone getting wed in 2017 or beyond please feel free to give them a nudge.


Jonanthan & Kirsty's big day was one of the weddings to suffer from the cruel July rain but it didn't affect the day at all. Shortly after arriving at the church I spotted Jonathan speaking with his grandma, as I learned in the speeches later in the day she had played a big part in his childhood, upbringing and life in general. Sadly Grandma, now quite elderly and frail also suffered from dementia and Jonathan was bringing her up to speed with what was happening, amongst the conversation were the words  "It's my wedding, I'm getting married"....... it was at this point Jonathan got a cuddle and a kiss. A truly beautiful yet sad moment.


This was on Henry's wish list, probably from the day he proposed- "I want a shot of me and my boys doing a school boy wee" he said. What was as funny was that just over the wall was the splendour of Osmaston park and the wedding itself- little did any of the guests know at the time what was happening just out of sight. Incidentally for the record they didn't wee for real..... I don't think.


Steve & Beckie's wedding was always going to be a big crazy social affair, one that as the photographer I knew I would largely have to go with the flow of the day. As we worked through the few traditional group shots required this happened. If a wedding party are the right crowd I'll get them to do something daft, these clowns needed no encouragement. The chap kissing Beckie is the groom's brother who had been hoisted up in secret by fellow usher Kurt who is lurking around the back. A great and very hot day.


Upon visiting the West Mill Derby I immediately fell in love with it. Lots of symmetry with lots of natural light, on both of which I thrive on as a photographer. Paul & Catherine were great, a really relaxed and chilled out couple who were great in realising the importance of taking a little break from the wedding in order to get the important and intimate shots. They hadn't married at the West Mill but we had been allowed to utilise the ceremony room as we wished and I just loved the big open plan spaces, especially when they were empty such as this. 

NB. Occasionally the photographer misses a shot and back at the church there was one that got away. I switched my cameras off as the vicar started on a less "involving" aspect of the ceremony but as she took a step back she forgot/misjudged one of the steps and landed firmly on her behind, it happened almost in slow motion. She then stood to announce the next hymn "One more step along the world I go"...... perhaps me turning my cameras off was divine intervention, either way I was gutted.


Towards the latter 'the table wine has been drank' stages of Andrew & Beccy's big day I caught up with the bride and close friends as they were clowning around. We did a couple normal type shots and then it went for this daft one. I would love to say this was a one-take picture but it wasn't, but that wasn't down to me- there were a couple of 'over eager' participants shall we say and a couple that didn't quite grasp the concept of "ON THREE"- this I believe was the third attempt after a few minor tumbles and probably damaged ligaments. We got there in the end.


I love this one of Sam & Gem's big day. I had scouted out a lovely walled path away from the church and with the emphasis on getting the overall wedding party away from the church in good time this was a great little escape for us three to give the ushers et al chance to arrange people for a quick confetti shot and exit. Sam wasn't the first and won't be the last but as I recall this was where he first stood on his new wife Gem's train- I think a few choice words and apologies followed but it was all in good spirit with all of us laughing and with it I caught this.


Paul & Tracy's wedding was a very small, personal and secret affair. The first anyone knew of it besides the witnesses, registrar and me was a social media check in at Ashbourne's registry office. When the happy and newly married couple exited the building Tracy's work colleagues were waiting so it gave me quite a unique opportunity to capture a half Waitrose staff half wedding party shot up against one of my personal favorite backdrops Ashbourne has to offer.


I previously featured this wedding in a standalone blog as it was a last minute 'Plan B' wedding due to Emma's cancer diagnosis. What makes this photo special was that the previous shots was Mum, Dad and little boy Finn but Finn refused to come away for just Mum & Dad to have their photo taken alone. The little ones are often very shy, the whole ordeal of a wedding is a little alien to them so they tend to cling to parents, but a trick I utilised on the day was to ask Finn if he wanted to take the photo himself..... he lept up without hesitation, ran from Mum & Dad stood behind the camera and this was the result. It's a different image to the usual couple shot, because they're not looking at me the hired photographer or the camera- they're looking at their child and therefore it produces two extremely true and completely natural facial expressions.


A bride & groom are obviously the centre of attention on the day. This is particularly true when they are stood centre stage in church and as it can be classed as a stage the couple will often play their part as expected. I try to keep an eye on them at all times for the little occasions when they know or think no-one is looking and they go from being the bride & groom and revert back to being in this case just Katie & Mark for just a few seconds. When the witnesses stepped in to sign the marriage certificate and all eyes were on them I kept my camera squarely on the newly weds and captured this little 'We did it' moment.




to be continued......



[email protected] (Three Six Seven Nine Photography) Derbyshire Photographer Derbyshire Wedding Photographer Photographer Story telling photographs Wedding Wedding photography blog Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:54:04 GMT
The Little Moments A lot of wedding suppliers and particularly photographers create wedding specific blogs, this is something I only want to do on occasion and when I feel it’s justified.

But I do want to expand on my wedding work. I love shooting weddings and genuinely feel honoured to play my part. So I want to provide a different insight and angle on these days in line with how I pride myself in catching the little and natural moments that so often get missed and are not seen.
It might not feature the bride or groom or both or be overly traditional, but these are some of my favourite images and some reasons as to why- one from each wedding from the main part of 2016. Thank you again to all the couples involved.


When Bonnie & Carl said "I do" it was an emotional day. Despite this being the day that Carl became a husband it was also the day he 'officially' became a stepfather... but this shot whilst signing the register in church suggests that the stepfather part to Carl was just as important to him as everything and anything else that came of the day. A new and complete family.


I always like to get this angle of a nervous groom as his future wife is seconds away, but just before she started her walk up the aisle Mark turned to his bestman, who was also his son and shook his hand by way of a thank you before Heidi arrived. It was a lovely moment between father and son and one I didn't expect to happen and a prime example of a little moment in between the big moments.


She didn't know I was looking. She didn't think anyone was looking, to Laura it was just her and Gary with a quiet 60 seconds before they were announced into the room as the new Mr & Mrs Ratcliffe. A great day, I even tried my hand at break-dancing later on.


I was up in York where Nick & Emily tied the knot. After the "I do's", the kisses and handshakes and the group shots the couple got away from it all, it was all planned and I was the only one allowed with them (for a short while). There was a little room that Brides & Grooms take 20 minutes in, being a couple of taste and style Nick & Emily had ensured there was lots of gin for them to relax with- I was annoyed I had to leave, but I got this as I went. 


This is another quiet 5 minute shot. There is a lot of hustle and bustle at a wedding and with little ones in tow it can become overwhelming and quite tiring. Again, ceremony done, group shots done the guests were all taking their seat in preparation for food and speeches. Sam & Amelia and the gang got a quiet 5 minutes and at a distance I saw this.


Dan & Sally did tell me this was happening which meant there was only 4 of us in the room that were in on it. I had done this before and I enquired as to whether the owl would be flying dummy rings just incase as had been the case as a previous wedding.... but they said "No, it will be the real rings"- this is where I'll be honest, I just envisaged it was going to go horribly wrong and I was fully braced and a little excited to get the most spectacular "Catch that bird, it's got the jewellery" photos ever........ but, the owl flew straight to Craig's hand delivering the rings with the utmost of accuracy to provide one of the big highlights of a beautiful day.


Rob & Tamzin tied the knot at Tamzin's farm. It was a truly unique venue as it had a big pond at to the side of the marquee and I would have never asked the couple to risk their wedding attire or dignity by climbing into a little rowing boat knowing what could go wrong (even though it would have made for good photos!) but they did so off their own back and with it I got this. Rob rowed very gently incidentally.


Initially you'd think that the bride Mary was late and eventually she was by a good 20 minutes but when I got this Mark the groom was that nervous he had sat down much earlier than needed which didn't really help him as I think he sat there for a good 40 minutes before his future wife arrived.


This was the very first photo of the Vicki & Phil's big day and features Vicki's mum who was great value all day long. She deliberately and happily posed for this sat in the doorway of Shottle Hall, curlers to boot without a care. Weddings aren't all canapes, group shots and flowers- there's so much work that goes into a wedding before the guests arrive and the process begins and this is an insight into it.


Martin & Jo were willing to put their wellies on for this, they had planned to do so even before it decided to rain on the majority of Saturday's in July. We could have never got this deliberately, we had done all the posed shots and were leaving the boggy field and at that point Martin became very chivalrous and hoisted his new wife up to carry her back to the gate. 


I find that Brides, or Grooms for that matter fall into 2 categories- they're either nervous throughout the build-up or at the very last minute, despite having been calm for hours it's when what is about to happen hits them in a wave. I had finished taking shots of the men downstairs and I went back up to capture Kate leaving the bridal suite and got to witness that wave and bridesmaid Suzannah justifying her rank.


to be continued......



[email protected] (Three Six Seven Nine Photography) Derbyshire Photographer Derbyshire Wedding Photographer Photographer Story telling photographs Wedding Wedding photography blog Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:15:00 GMT
The Empty Home Weddings don’t happen all year round and as much as I enjoy them that’s a good thing. The autumn-winter break is welcomed, it gives me a chance to do other work and means that when weddings start again I’m eager to go again.

I am a big fan of variety, people often ask me what ‘type’ of photography I do and I like that I say “all sorts”.  Any profession can become monotonous but with photography it constantly offers different scenarios which keeps it engaging and then when you’re willing to diversify ‘types’ that variety is multiplied.
Throughout the year I undertake commercial work and one of the reasons I own a 35ft selfie stick is because I take photos of some quite sizeable properties inside and out, a lot of clients often pass comment about it being an interesting job and I always agree.

I have travelled around Derbyshire and neighbouring counties in order to showcase people’s property, to help to get it noticed and sold.  I have seen a range of properties: the classical country house, the practical working farm, the cute country cottage and the flash architectural masterpiece just to name a few…. but the one type of property that’s always the most memorable to me is the empty home.
Why does a property get sold? In the main a vendor upsizes and a vendor downsizes- but such is life very often a house needs to be sold as it no longer has a use as the previous occupants are no longer here.

After the family have cleared the home and the estate agents have taken their particulars I am handed a set of keys, I enter the property to record the visual details to accompany the numbers and diagrams.
Let’s face it, later in life there will come a point where drastically updating your home’s style is no longer viable so in the region of 30+ years later a house now can look exactly as it did in the 70’s & 80’s. I have stepped back in time before and it’s been incredible- so many modern designers try to emulate certain nostalgic styles and then I step in to what appears to be a Swiss chalet or the set of A Clockwork Orange in rural Staffordshire. 



But it is also often a sad and haunting experience. I am stood recording what is left of someone’s existence.  Walls that once reverberated with laughter now only listen to the sound of my shutter. Gardens that once had children and grandchildren trample the flowers now only have to cope with my two feet as I politely try to find the best angle to frame the building.  What ends up on my memory card is very often the end of an era, as I shoot away I am more than aware of this fact.

In a way it’s the end of a life cycle that probably and quite ironically started with a wedding.  But just as I imagine and interpret the past when there, the new buyer will see the future.  Life goes on and that house will become a home again.

[email protected] (Three Six Seven Nine Photography) Derbyshire Photographer Derbyshire Wedding Photographer Photographer Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:08:22 GMT
The Big Little Wedding It's not sales speak when I say "Every wedding is different"- some do follow a familiar pattern but they all differ. A last minute booking on the 11th August was very different and despite me only having the cameras switched on for at best an hour it is one I'll remember for a long time.

When I received the initial contact the requirement wasn’t clear, I just had to confirm I was available and willing and everything else would be confirmed afterwards.

Matt & Emma had planned on going abroad to tie the knot, but sadly due to Emma being diagnosed with cancer the goal posts moved dramatically. I spoke with Emma on the day when dust had settled and was inspired, because despite the situation the plans didn’t stop as they so easily could have… they merely changed.

“There is always someone worse off” – Emma was so happy to have her day.

I was the only non-relative in audience of 6 to witness the couple tie the knot at the Derby registry office, there is always a true intimacy to see people marrying in this manner but given the situation I really did feel privileged. There was always going to be a big emotional element with it so to invite the photographer in was truly brave but testament to how important the day was to the family. Indeed on that point Emma's Dad rang me in the morning to check everything was okay, he also asked me if the agreed fee was enough and should I want more I was only to ask- I of course didn't but it was clear just what his little girl's day meant to him. 

Then the scale of the day reversed, the marriage was blessed at St. Francis Church in Mackworth. I had presumed it would be close friends & relatives as is often the case, but the car parks filled and cars kept arriving, people poured into a large church to leave standing room only- it was the most people I have seen in a church this year….. and quite possibly in my photography career so far.
Aside from the priest I had the best vantage point in the house to observe a ceremony that was traditional yet fun and it beautifully involved the family with the couple’s young son Finn playing a key and touching role. 

As the newly weds strode back down the aisle the pressure was off,  the legal side and now the religious aspect were complete and any sign of tears had turned to smiles of triumph and relief. It was now a time for celebration and judging by it being 4 deep at the bar in the Bell & Castle afterwards I'm confident that was well observed.


Matt & Emma, thank you for letting me play a part in your day x

[email protected] (Three Six Seven Nine Photography) Derbyshire Photographer Derbyshire Wedding Photographer Photographer Wedding Wedding photography blog Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:42:31 GMT
A Crazy July: A first blog thingy I am always conscious that so much social media content is repetitive, so I try to strike the balance between posts just being an update and an acknowledgment of an event- whilst in theory hopefully keeping folk engaged with my work. 
I always attempt to include that little extra information to accompany the images, to make them more personal but there is the obvious pitfall of the likes of Facebook & Instagram being such a visual format that words and especially too many words are naturally are ignored........ therefore I'm taking the plunge and writing this, hopefully this format will allow me to bridge that gap with traditional posts, whilst giving me the opportunity to bring to light other aspects of what I do and stories behind my pictures.

Aside from my ramblings above the real content of my first go at a blog is now we are in August is about the crazy month of July....... expanding on my shameless selfie below previously posted on instagram.


Stupidly I usually I keep an eye on the diary as and when I open it, in 2016's there was no real obvious sign of my work load going from comparatively moderate to mentalist overnight. However a couple of late Friday & Sunday bookings made earlier in the year made a big difference to the overall pattern of how made July was going to be and it wasn't till about a month out did I notice.

Now there are doubtless other 'togs out there dealing with a busier a schedule and indeed some people are nurses/soldiers/junior doctors/paramedics/teachers etc so I'm not moaning about hard work or being busy by any means but it was certainly an experience and a first for me with a camera in my hand.

In the past couple of years I'd done 3 weddings back to back twice, but with those one of the weddings had been a smaller requirement and there had been downtime before in order for me be ready- but this July saw 2 back to back weddings on 3 consecutive weekends, throwing in full weddings on the first 2 weekends of the month- culminating in me attending and capturing 8 weddings in total (50% of which saw rain ffs) with a 9th wedding being captured on the last Saturday by my trusty assistant Laura....... in addition to my usual ongoing portrait and commercial work.

I will be honest, at no single point during any of the weddings was I tired or had I had enough. Experience with back to back weddings in 2014 & 2015 had taught me:

  1. No attempting to edit a wedding shoot in between back to back weddings
  2. No Rioja, Chablis, Malbec, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot Noir, Lager, Bitter, Gin, Special Brew, Meths, Brasso or even merlot on a school night!
  3. A bit obvious but If I was tired at night (and sometimes in the day!) I went to bed

Adhering to these rules really helped me physically and mentally and that was vital because although I had 6 weddings in 16 days for each of the couples stood at the altar it was there 'one' special day....... and it honestly isn't sales speak, I do take pride in my work. 


It isn't just the shoot, weddings photos simply don't happen in the 10-12 hours on the day- it's at least the same and more again to get the photos into a finished format, so the 4 or 5 days in between weddings was by no means down time, I had to at least make a start...... to be left with the best part of 20,000 files at the end of the month would be my idea of hell and it wouldn't help with the end product. I was switching the computer off to pick the camera back up and vice-versa.

The completion of a good wedding day shoot is always rewarding but on Saturday just gone when I shook Sam's hand and gave Gem a kiss upon leaving their marquee it was personally extra special. I had survived and through preparation, a bit of self discipline and a few cans of Red Bull I had got to the end of a tough month without compromising my style and most importantly the clients end product.

I had also pushed the bar up for myself personally, no doubt the next time the assignments back up I'll be able to look back on July 2016 and tell myself to man up.


[email protected] (Three Six Seven Nine Photography) Derbyshire Photographer Derbyshire Wedding Photographer Photographer Wedding Wedding photography blog Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:23:45 GMT