When I tell people I am a professional wedding photographer, apart from asking me what I do during the week, their faces do this thing that suggests they think weddings and wedding photography is a bit boring. All the same kind of photos. Nothing new or exciting. All a bit awkward and forced.
So part of me putting together these end of year reviews is to show those people that hopefully wedding photography can be everything BUT what they expect. That there is an alternative. That you can get married how, where and when you like. NO rules. NO boundaries. And you can choose a Wedding Photographer who shares your enthusiasm and passion for avoiding the obvious and doing things a little bit differently.
So here you go. MY alternative take on wedding photography in 2019 condensed from approximately 10,500 to 80 images (now you know what I do during the week!!) ENJOY!!
As well as shooting weddings I also did some wedding photography teaching and mentoring throughout 2019. Along with my good buddy and fellow beard brother Lee we created our own “SH*T DISCO” dancefloor workshop and may roll this out again in 2020. I also captured Lee’s wedding to Lisa, ANOTHER awesome wedding photographer! Talk about pressure BUT it proved to be one of my favourite weddings of my whole career. Go take a look at their blog if you fancy a clicky HERE
Throughout 2019 I continued on my search for the ultimate wedding photography group shot! Again something that traditionally wedding photography has taught us needs to be cheesy or void of any creativity. BUT WHY? So if the wedding offers me the time, space, props and willing participants then why not have a #parrysquadshot They even have there own hashtag now if you pop over to Insta!
“Wowowowowowow!!! Again!!! You are a Genius Matt, we love every single one and your blog is really special. Remembering all the little things makes us feel like it was the only wedding you shot this year” Amy + Reggie, Lillebrooke Manor, Berkshire
Anyone who follows my work knows you will find me amongst the hands, head banging and energy of the dancefloor. It’s where I take getting close to the action to a whole other level and rather than posed, awkward head shots it gives my couples images of their guests that show their true personalities, their joy and their signature moves!!
You will also find me driving behind couples sat on fake turf covered sofas mounted on the back of pick up trucks. Steering wheel in one hand and camera in the other whilst they look back laughing at my stupidity in the search for a shot.
As a wedding photographer who may be best known for my alternative take on portraits and group shots I still hold my roots in documentary and street photography. Its what I do for 90% of my day at every wedding, hunting out those un staged, un posed and hopefully still striking and creative shots. Whether they be on the croquet lawn, buffet table or at the bottom of Mum + Dads stairs there is so much to capture that you didn’t even know I was capturing.
“Matt you are truly an amazing photographer! Looking back through our photographs and reading the Blog again, you captured every part of why we fell in love with Chateau Lartigolle in the first place. Taking the time to get to know us as a couple and understand what we’re about makes the photos so much more special. Not to mention making us feel so relaxed on the day, the portrait shots were really fun and who knew we could look so cool! The way you captured the Father & Bride moment for the first time was just perfect. We didn’t even have to ask what shots we wanted you’re eye for detail is fantastic. Every photo tells a story & for us it was the best story ever!!!! SO THANK YOU AGAIN!!” Jordan + Kath, Chateau Lartigolle, France [click here to see more of their day]
And some of my signature photobomb favourites from 2019. Again I have ( in a ridiculous act of self importance) given these there own hashtag #parryphotobomb if you want to see more. Sometimes planned, sometimes encouraged and sometimes sent from Gods of wedding photography I think they juxtapose the extraordinary with the ordinary and add a reality and humour which I hope shines through in all of my work. As well as the usual Dogs and Birds, this year I added space hoppers, scooter kids and semi naked ramblers to the list of wedding day co stars!
“These are simply AMAZING! I am telling you that choosing you as our photographer was the second best choice I made for our entire wedding! You were a pleasure to work with from start to finish. You were even a calming presence on the morning of the wedding and for that I thank you! You just ‘got’ us! And you did a brilliant job capturing the love and vibe of the wedding” Kim + Jay, Private Villa, Ibiza [click here to see more of their day]
And so as one crazy year of weddings comes to an end..another begins. I have a head bursting full of ideas and I cannot wait to collaborate with my 2020 couples ( I still have dates available if you want to join the fun, click here to head to my contact form and tell me your plans)
It goes without saying that a professional wedding photographer is NOTHING without the trust and love of their couples and I thank everyone of them for letting me loose on their wedding day and for always making me feel so very bloody welcome. I like to think I am as much a professional wedding guest as professional wedding photographer…and how bloody awesome is that as a job title.
MATT PARRY – PROFESIONAL WEDDING GUEST
Thanks for getting this far! Thanks for your lovely comments (leave me a comment you meanie!) And thanks for the memories (this waffle is getting sentimental so I’m gonna leave it here)