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Single image – part of a series on the story behind the photograph.

I was at a hotel recently and got to observe the photographer at a wedding taking place, it’s always interesting being able to sit back and watch someone else doing this job. The photographer was rushing around taking photographs of everything going on, what I noticed was he didn’t seem to pause and look for…

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I won another award – woohoo!

I was really pleased to discover I’d won an award from Photographers keeping it real, an organisation dedicated to documentary unposed wedding photographer in the U.K. The quality of award winning images is always very high and you never really know what type of image might be selected for an award. So here is my…

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The power of a single still image

As a documentary wedding photographer I’m always thinking of how images fit together to tell the story of the day and for that reason my blog posts usually have around 50 to 80 images. However it is of course possible to tell a story in just one image. This is from a recent wedding in…

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Straw Bear festival Whittlesey

Straw Bear Festival Sorry to anyone expecting another beautiful wedding here, don’t worry that will follow on from this post, instead I’m sharing some of my personal work as a photographer. Last weekend I headed over to Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire for the Whittlesea Straw Bear festival, a modern revival of an ancient Fenland custom. The festival has…

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2016 – A year in focus

So that’s it for 2016, a great year for me with weddings all over the UK in beautiful venues. The 2016 wedding season started for me in February and my last wedding was New Years Eve. I even managed to squeeze in a family wedding when my niece Nicole married Jamie in the summer (I was…

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Wet weather wedding photography

Wet weather wedding photography As a wedding photographer an often asked question from clients is what happens if it rains on my wedding day.  Here we are mid June and the weather has been rather wet again with flash floods in parts of the country, so it seems a good time to talk about wet weather weddings….

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Street photography in London – personal work

As well as photographing weddings I like to do some personal photography for myself, it gives me a chance to try things out that I can then use in my wedding photography. A particular passion of mine is street photography, I was in London yesterday to photograph a wedding drinks reception at The Langham hotel…

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  • Steve GemmellApril 17, 2016 - 8:38 pm

    Wonderful work here Simon. Your experience as a photojournalist and wedding photojournalist has certainly shown here. Love the monochrome images too! All taken in one day?ReplyCancel

Photography show talk

I’m passionate about documentary wedding photography as anyone who has met me will know, so I was delighted when I was asked if I would give a talk at The Photography Show on Sunday 2nd March at the NEC in Birmingham. My talk was with another well known wedding photographer, Julia Boggio, on our contrasting…

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New A4 coffee table album

My range of coffee table albums have proved very popular and I now have a smaller sized coffee table album available. The A4 (11.7″ x 8.3″) album joins the line up with the 12″x12″, 14″x10″ and 16″x12″ albums. Inside the album is the same as the larger albums and features the same 60 pages and…

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The summer rush

You might have noticed I haven’t posted any weddings since Charlotte and Nick’s wedding at Langar Hall at the end of May. The summer months are always very hectic for wedding photographers and this year like every year I am snowed under with weddings. During June I photographed Katie and Mark’s wedding at the Priest…

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Unseen Higham Ferrers – A personal project

I have a confession to make, I love photography. Unlike many wedding photographers this is not just a job for me it is my passion, I have worked in professional photography since 1988 and still get a huge buzz from making photographs. I get up in the morning and look at the light outside and…

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Behind the scenes – wedding albums

Last Friday I had a couple over for their pre wedding meeting and while discussing wedding albums they told me some of their friends who had chosen disc only packages with their photographer still only had a disc of photographs a year or more after their wedding. This is something I hear a lot and…

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Street Photography – Worldwide Photo Walk

A couple of weeks back I had a Saturday off  (I don’t get many) and had the choice of going shopping or getting out with my camera, the shopping trip almost won but I didn’t fancy leaving my cameras to collect dust so I signed myself up to an event called the Worldwide Photo Walk….

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Ducklings have arrived

Sorry for those expecting to see more of my wedding work, more photographs from my latest wedding will be coming very soon.  Instead it’s time to show I sometimes turn my camera to something other than weddings.   My Light Sussex hen turned broody about five weeks ago and anyone who keeps chickens will know…

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New Coffee table albums

I have just received my display copy of the new range of coffee table albums I will be offering. My coffee table books have proved very popular with couples looking to own the print ready digital files and a book of beautiful photographs, the coffee table album expands on this by offering the same style…

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Wedding Photojournalism – What’s it all about?

If you make a habit of looking at photographers websites you might be forgiven for thinking everyone is suddenly a wedding photojournalist, the phrase has become a misused buzz word as it no longer seems fashionable to call yourself a wedding photographer. When I set up as a wedding photographer back in 1999/2000 nobody had…

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  • Andrew BillingtonFebruary 22, 2012 - 7:27 pm

    What a great post and brilliant description of wedding photojournalism. I thoroughly agree. The description of your approach is a fantastic template for working and as a result you have some beautiful and engaging photography to back up your words.ReplyCancel

  • Plymouth Wedding Photographer Mark SmithFebruary 24, 2012 - 10:26 am

    A fantastic read, really great to have someone with your knowledge there to help share some great information. Loving your whole blog as you have an amazing style, but won’t comment on everything (for now).

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  • London wedding photographerFebruary 28, 2012 - 6:04 pm

    Totally agree with what you have written, you have a real skill for this style of photography and your work is amazing. Too many photographers jump on the documentary label without having the style to back it up.ReplyCancel

The story behind the photographs – part II

Another collection of my wedding photographs with a little background information. Arrival by boat.   Sophie and Tim had planned to arrive at their riverside wedding reception by boat, on the day the heavens opened as they left the church and in the back of my mind I was thinking there would be no way…

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Wedding venues

After the mad rush of all the 2011 weddings I finally get a couple of weeks without any weddings and some time to reflect on the past year.  This is a great opportunity for me to start creating wedding venue pages, something I have been meaning to get around to for several months.  I visit…

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Simon’s pick of top UK venues – inMagazine Hong Kong

inMagazine, a Hong Kong based glossy up market magazine and website, asked me for a list of some of my favourite wedding venues in the UK that would appeal to Hong Kong brides. “Wedding photojournalist Simon Atkins has been to some of the best wedding venues in the United Kingdom. Let his camera direct you…

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Thank You cards

Some of the many thank you cards I receive from my clients.  Their words speak louder than mine –      

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Kind words

I really enjoy getting  lovely messages from couples when they view their wedding photographs. I was taken by suprise today when I got a message on Facebook  from one of the very first weddings I photographed. Simon, we’ve been married ten years this year – your photographs are still admired by all who see them….

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It all comes out in The Wash

Yesterday I ventured out into The Wash from the River Nene to photograph Dylan Winter who is slowly sailing around the UK in a small sailing boat.  I live 5 minutes walk from the River Nene in Northamptonshire, so it was interesting to see the River where it meets the sea.  I joined Dylan at…

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Hipstamatic wedding photography

I have recently become hooked on the Hipstamatic app for the iPhone and take a lot of personal photographs with it.  The app recreates the look of toy film cameras which became popular with photographers looking to create something different.  Toy cameras often have plastic lenses and poorly fitting backs, this results in light leaks…

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  • Bak RdSeptember 6, 2011 - 8:15 am

    I think this is wonderful! It takes guts to go out with an iphone to shoot the actual wedding. I currently don’t have an iphone but I have been wondering if anybody is photographing weddings with it and I found proof that people do.
    Great job on these shots!ReplyCancel

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  • rsmithingJanuary 8, 2012 - 9:47 pm

    These are great photos. While I think Canon is safe for now, I must say there’s a certain element to Hipstamatic that really works here. The quality is certainly not the best for printing, but for basic online views and maybe casual prints, you might be on to something. I link to this over at:

    http://rsmithing.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/vacations-vision-via-hipstamatic/

    Come by and say hello in the comments!ReplyCancel