From the moment I arrived at Channels Estate to photograph Ariana & Jonathan’s wedding I knew it was going to be a great day! Channels Wedding photography gets better and better, and at the time of this wedding they had really focused their efforts on creating a truly lovely wedding venue.

Photography on arriving at Channels Estate

Essex Barn at Channels Estate photographed on the morning of the wedding
Essex Barn at Channels Estate photographed on the morning of the wedding

Arriving to photograph a wedding my first course of action is to take photographs of the venue, showing the weather, set up details etc; and introducing the wedding. The complete set of wedding photos try to be many things; documentary wedding photography- candid and discrete, formal photography, making sure to arrange the most important shots so they aren’t missed, artistic wedding photography – plenty of photographs that really wow!

On arriving to photograph Essex barn at Channels I was greeted with amazing skies and plenty of sunshine! Perfect!

Channels outdoor ceremony area, showing lawns behind ready for the wedding
Channels outdoor ceremony area, showing lawns behind ready for the wedding

Photography of the Groom Before the Ceremony

The groom with his groomsmen photographed before the wedding ceremony
The groom with his groomsmen photographed before the wedding ceremony

I love to approach wedding photography in a mostly casual way. Although large parts of the day I like to photograph the wedding as it happens naturally, there are a number of important photographs that I know I must arrange. These arranged photographs needn’t take very long, but after my many years of experience as a wedding photographer I know how important they are.

Wedding rings photographed in detail, this shot capturing the rings dropping into the hands of the groom
Wedding rings photographed in detail, this shot capturing the rings dropping into the hands of the groom

The Bride’s Preparations

The bride's makeup
The bride’s makeup

My Channels wedding photography before the wedding ceremony is spent between the bride, the groom and the guests arrival, moving between each. As a result, each aspect of the day can easily be captured when photographing a wedding alone.

Photography During the Wedding Ceremony

The groom before the wedding ceremony at Channels
The groom before the wedding ceremony at Channels

The wedding ceremony taking place is a wonderful time to capture emotions, and an outdoor ceremony like this at Channels with blue skies and sunshine looks fantastic too!

The bride walks down the aisle for her wedding ceremony at Channels
The bride walks down the aisle for her wedding ceremony at Channels
Bride and groom photographed exchanging vows during the wedding ceremony
Bride and groom photographed exchanging vows during the wedding ceremony
Blue Skies above the outdoor ceremony at Channels wedding
Blue Skies above the outdoor ceremony at Channels wedding
Bride and Groom, just married walk together
Bride and Groom, just married, walk together

Casual Photography as Guests Mingle and Congratulate the Bride and Groom

Guests chat over welcome drinks and canapes
Guests chat over welcome drinks and canapes
Trays of canapes served to the wedding guests
Trays of canapes served to the wedding guests

Immediately after the wedding ceremony I like to leave wedding guests to mingle, and greet the bride and groom. these are great moments of the day, certainly not a time for the photographer to take them off anywhere! I use this time to circulate among the guests myself, and capture a mixture of photographs from completely candid, to approaching couples or family groups for pictures that are arranged, but with a casual feel; photographs of friends and family enjoying themselves and being themselves.

Casual Photography of wedding guests. A couple chat at Channels wedding
Casual Photography of wedding guests. A couple chat at Channels wedding

Gathering Group Photographs of Wedding Guests

Formal group photographs on the lawn at Channels
Formal group photographs on the lawn at Channels

After spending time with guests chatting, greeting and being congratulated, my Channels wedding photography now moves to the more formal part of the afternoon- gathering group photos of close family and wedding party.

A fun photo of the groom with his groomsmen  sitting in the LOVE letters
A fun photo of the groom with his groomsmen sitting in the LOVE letters

Some clients choose to give me a list to work from, but most are confident that the typical group wedding photographs will cover the people most important to them. I’ll always cover parents, siblings, ushers, bridesmaids, grandparents, then typically call for a large group of the whole of the bride’s family then the groom’s, before gathering the whole wedding together.

Large group photograph of the whole wedding
Large group photograph of the whole wedding

Romantic Photography of the Bride and Groom

Husband and Wife photographed casually in front of the fountain at Channels
Husband and Wife photographed casually in front of the fountain at Channels

After gathering group photographs, it’s time to take the bride and groom for a walk around Channels Estate. My Channels wedding photography covers a range of my favourite locations, but it needn’t take too long from the day.

My photographs of the newlyweds should hopefully always feel very relaxed, nothing too heavily posed. Walking shots are the most casual, then standing chatting, then I’ll ask simple things like which direction to look, or perhaps to hold hands. Anything that looks forced won’t make it into the photographs!

Bride and groom sitting and chatting, giving the wedding photograph a casual feel
Bride and groom sitting and chatting, giving the wedding photograph a casual feel
Bride and groom share a kiss among the trees
Bride and groom share a kiss among the trees. Some of my favourite Channels Wedding Photography
Walking photographs always have a wonderfully natural feel
Walking photographs always have a wonderfully natural feel
Casual, Relaxed Channels Wedding  Photography
Casual, Relaxed Channels Wedding Photography

The Wedding Breakfast at Essex Barn, Channels

Essex Barn at Channels set up for the wedding breakfast
Essex Barn at Channels set up for the wedding breakfast
Details of table settings and wedding favours
Details of table settings and wedding favours

My romantic wedding photography around the venue takes us up to the meal-time. I always photograph how the Essex Barn looks set up for the wedding breakfast, also the smaller details of how the table settings looked, wedding favours, centrepieces etc.

Off-camera Flash for Evening Channels Wedding Photography

Dramatic blue evening sky at Channels
Dramatic blue evening sky at Channels
Off Camera Flash Lighting used to create dramatic photos
Off Camera Flash Lighting used to create dramatic photos

The early evening as the light just beings to drop is a great time to capture dramatic wedding photographs. I am experienced in using remote, off-camera lighting. This adds drama to a photo, often adding far more texture and detail than the natural light would produce. Other times, exposing for the sky the subject would be somewhat dark, so I chose exactly how to light them.

Off camera flash lighting used to light the subject against the evening sky
Off camera flash lighting used to light the subject against the evening sky

The First Dance at Channels Wedding

The first dance at Channels Wedding
The first dance at Channels Wedding

The final formality of any wedding: The first dance! Channels wedding photography typically finishes with coverage of the first dance. A range of techniques are used to give a variety of photography styles. Some off-camera lighting, and some using a range of techniques to light the photos in ways that give well-lit photos but don’t brighten the whole room or whiten out any coloured lighting! I’ll always stay a little after the first dance, capturing other guests enjoying themselves before deciding the story of the day; the documentary wedding photography; is complete!

Photography of wedding guests dancing the night away at Channels Wedding
Photography of wedding guests dancing the night away at Channels Wedding

Following is a larger selection of photos, giving a good feel of my style and the sort of photographs I take at Channels wedding photography.

These 165 Images are just a handful of the photos Ariana & Jonathan received from their full set of wedding photos at Channels Barn in Essex.

Do get in contact with me via my availability page to see if I’m available to photograph your wedding!

For more information on weddings at the Essex Barn at Channels Estate, see their website here