Preserving the Magic of your Wedding day with Tom Hodgson Photography

Preserving the Magic of your Wedding day with Tom Hodgson Photography

During most weddings, the photographer “pauses” the celebration to take staged pictures of the couple and their guests. While there’s nothing wrong with posed photos (what couple doesn’t want a frame-worthy picture of themselves at their venue?), it tends to be time-consuming and disrupts the wedding’s flow. After all, a once-in-a-lifetime event should be spent having fun, not standing around and forcing a smile in front of a photographer.

If you don’t want your wedding to feel like a photo shoot, you’ve found the right photographer. I put the spotlight on the raw, unorchestrated moments, allow the wedding to run its course, and capture it as it unfolds. In that way, I can photograph your wedding in the most truthful way.

What sets my wedding photography style apart?

I specialise in documentary-style photography, which captures the event as it evolves, without any intervention from the photographer. When you work with me, I won’t cut into your conversation to whisk you away for portraits, say cheese, or ask your guests to pose awkwardly. Here’s what you can expect from my approach to wedding photography:

I won’t intrude

How many weddings have you been to where the photographer told you to stop and pose, or took you aside to take pictures? While some couples prefer this style, I’ve witnessed firsthand how it can ruin the flow of your special day. That’s why I won’t steal you away from your event, or snap staged photos of your wedding guests – apart for some couple portraits and photos with your VIPs, such as your parents and wedding party.

Once the handful of portraits and posed shots are done, all there’s left for you to do is have fun with your loved ones. Don’t worry about me – I’ll just be among your guests, doing my job of capturing memories you’ll cherish for the rest of your lives. When your uncle breaks it down on the dance floor, when the kids run around, and when the bridesmaids try to catch the bouquet, I’ll be there, capturing each moment unobtrusively.

I’ll show your wedding in the most magical light

Even if documentary-style wedding photography aims to capture candid moments, my photos are in no way paparazzi-like. This means there won’t be any unflattering photos of you and your wedding guests, nor will your photos look like they were taken without artistry.

Composition still plays a critical factor in my photos, as I strive to show your wedding in the most magical (yet still authentic) light. You can expect creative, wall-worthy pictures that will make anyone who looks at them swoon.

I’ll help you make the most authentic memories

As a storyteller, my goal is to capture moments as they occur, not stage them as if your wedding were a play. I’m a firm believer that the best moments are the ones that are allowed to naturally unravel, which is why I’ll wait and observe.

I won’t ask you or your wedding guests to pose or direct you on what to do (“Pretend you’re doing this and that!”). Staged moments will only result in awkward-looking photographs that fail to capture your day in the most authentic way. I’ll allow the story of your wedding day to unfold by itself because the most genuine moments are the most meaningful.

I’ll capture the true emotion of each moment

As a storyteller, I want my photos to have the power to bring you back to an exact moment in time. When you browse through your photos, you’ll be able to feel exactly how you felt when you saw yourself in your wedding outfit for the first time, stood in front of your then-fiancé as you exchanged your wedding rings, and slow-danced with your partner to “The Way You Look Tonight". I want you to remember the beat of the music at the reception, and the joy you felt as you danced the night away with your loved ones.

I’ll tell your whole wedding story

My photography style aims to piece together the small, meaningful moments to tell the whole story of your wedding day. I’ve been photographing weddings for over 12 years, so I’m familiar with how weddings unfold. This enables me to be at the right place at the right time to capture all the key moments that complete the story of your wedding day.

You can count on me to document your day from the moment you get ready with your wedding party to the time your last guest departs. Years from now, you’ll be able to look back and relive every moment and feel as if you said your “I dos” like it was yesterday.

I’ll show you the moments you might have overlooked

I’ll be on the lookout for the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments, like the bride’s father wiping away a tear as he sees her for the first time, or the flower girl covering her eyes (and sneaking a peek!) as you swoop in for your first kiss as a newly wedded couple. I’ll also capture the stories within the main story that is your wedding day, such as the heartwarming interactions shared between brothers, and the adorable tantrums of the tiny tots.

These are the kinds of moments you’ll most likely miss as you’ll be too busy, but with my storyteller-style photos, you’ll be able to look back at every single one of them.

Preserve your memories in the most authentic, discreet way

If you prefer unposed (well, mostly unposed) photos for your special day, get in touch with me. I’d love to photograph your wedding and show it as I see it – a celebration that’s beautiful as it is, with no direction needed. I’ll capture the love, the laughter, and the tears (happy ones, hopefully!) and leave you with photos that are an accurate reflection of your wedding. Contact me today or explore my portfolio to get a clearer picture (no pun intended) of my photography style.

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