Last weekend’s blog post (see here) talked about looking for ideas and inspiration for weddings away from the obvious and easy sources.  It may be to directly find ideas or maybe just give you the confidence to go with your ideas by seeing what other people have gotten up to.  Of course you can look at wedding blogs.  But why not go to a direct source and find photographers you like directly.  Ironically one good source of these is wedding blogs as they always link to the photographer.  Once you find a blog you like you can explore to your heart’s content, some photographers will have many years of photographs.  You will most likely see photos of the dress, the shoes, the bridal parties and their outfits.  Wedding favours, any decorations or unusual touches.

So some starters for ten of photographers I really rate.  (by the way that’s a university challenge reference there may not actually be ten)

Tiffany and Joe, a sunset ranch wedding by Kern-Photo
Tiffany and Joe, a sunset ranch wedding by Kern-Photo.  This photo looks idyllic.

A Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

RJ Kern – in no particular order other than this one as it was the first photographers blog that I regularly read.  RJ has worked for National Geographic so his trip photos are well worth checking to.  But what makes him I think a must read as well as some great photos is the advice – his blog is full of tips for both Brides and Grooms as well as other photographers.  RJ has a lot of experience and shares it freely with the readers of his blogs.  He’s also I think a master of light sculpting, don’t know what I mean?  Then check out his blog.  Also check it out if you do know what light sculpting is.  There are weddings from Hawaii to Ireland and many places in between including Minneapolis where he’s based.

Visit RJ here: Kern Photo

Up close look at the details from Tiffany and Joe's sunset ranch wedding by Kern-Photo.  RJ is great at compiling images like these on his blog - a great place to look for ideas.
Up close look at the details from Tiffany and Joe’s sunset ranch wedding by Kern-Photo. RJ is great at compiling images like these on his blog – a great place to look for ideas.
Photographers will normally shoot details like the bouquet, shoes, rings, dress and socks if quirky.  From Tiffany and Joe's sunset ranch wedding by Kern-Photo.
Photographers will normally shoot details like the bouquet, shoes, rings, dress and socks if quirky. From Tiffany and Joe’s sunset ranch wedding by Kern-Photo.

A wedding Photographer in Somerset

Blacklit Bride and Groom by Simon Biffen Photography
Great backlit photo of a Bride and Groom by Simon Biffen Photography
Rose and baby's table flowers - photo by Simon Biffen Photography
Rose and baby’s table flowers – photo by Simon Biffen Photography

Next is Mr Simon Biffen representing Somerset.  My business is based in Somerset so very happy to be able to talk about someone local.  A great blog to see what is happening in the non city parts of the South West.  Also try and find the wedding in Sorrento.  One of the coolest wedding party walking down a street shots I can remember seeing.   There’s a lot of quality photos as you would expect.  Simon is the only photographer on this list I’ve actually met so if you’re looking for recommendations for a Somerset Wedding Photographer I doubt you’ll find a nicer more helpful photographer.

Visit Simon’s blog here: Simon Biffen Photography

(and keep a look out for a fun and eye-catching combination of bunting and tractors)

 

Bride and Groom church exit by Simon Biffen Photography
Bride and Groom church exit by Simon Biffen Photography, it’s great to capture some of the spontaneous moments.

California clicking

Returning to the US the next photographer I want to talk about is Matthew Morgan Photography.  Matthew Morgan is based in California as are many of the weddings he features on his blog.  This was the blog that told me that amazing looking doesn’t always mean hugely costly, though there are also those I’m sure are as expensive as they look.  In this example I’m going to link to the first wedding I saw.  I was wondering how to describe it.  There’s so many little touches that could be described as this or that and some even a little steampunk but tags aside I really like their style!  There’s genius use of tin cans.  If you look at the men of the bridal party they’re wearing same colour trousers, white shirts, suspenders and bow ties.  If you’re struggling with costs and want to get people matching I’m sure most people have black trousers and a white shirt.  As you might imagine with California there is a real range of weddings on this blog.  All brilliantly photographed, many of them with great ideas that you can use directly or adapt for your circumstances.

Visit Matthew here: Matthew Morgan Photography

Florida – Where dreams come true

The next recommendation stays in the US.  If you like Disney you want to look at Root Photography.  Two photographers who shoot many weddings at Walt Disney World Florida.  I’m a big fan of that particular holiday spot so I really enjoy seeing these guys work.  The Nashville back garden wedding mentioned in the previous post was also a wedding they photographed.  Disney weddings have their own category from the menu.  Also check out their footer on the blog.

Visit Root Photography: Here

United Kingdom and South Africa

Next is Anneli Marinovich – a talented photographer whose images are clear crisp and full of great colour.  Anneli is UK based but many of the weddings she photographs are in South Africa.  Which I always think is interesting to see other similar yet different cultures.  Can be great to see different takes on old traditions.  The weddings she has photographed go from the rustic and outback to sophisticated city weddings.  There are also styled shoots and industry events on her blog.  Both of which are good source for ideas as they feature wedding professionals showing off their skills and imaginations.

Visit Anneli’s blog here: Anneli Marinovich Photography

This great shot of a Bride and Groom was taken in Portugual by Anneli-Marinovich-Photography.  You can see the floral headpiece amongst other details
This great shot of a Bride and Groom taken in Portugual by Anneli-Marinovich-Photography. You can see the floral headpiece amongst other details like hair and button pin.

North Carolina

Brett and Jessica are the next photographers I want to mention and one’s who I’ve only come across in the last month or so.  Their images are very fresh and really make smile.  With everything from mountain side to surf club weddings there is a lot to check out here and has made me really want to visit North Carolina.

Visit their blog here: Brett and Jessica

Kilts and more in Scotland

Scotland is the next stop and it’s Elemental weddings.  If time is short their end of year blog posts with the highlights of all their years work is a great resource.  They’re great photographers to and as you might guess considering their location most of their wedding feature kilts so a very good source of kiltspiration for anyone wondering if kilts are for you.  Their weddings range from secluded rural locations, grand castles to sophisticated city affairs.  Elemental Weddings are Canadian Jay and Scottish Christina

Visit Elemental Weddings: here

Cinematography and Photography from the UK

Walking on water shot of the Bride and Groom as well a close up of a Bride - by Studio 1208
Walking on water shot of the Bride and Groom as well a close up of a Bride – by Studio 1208

Also in the UK is Studio 1208 and although mentioned last they’re certainly not least.  I really wanted the photo below and to the left to be the last one in this article.  A UK based duo that cover photography and cinematography.  As well as the UK they do many destination weddings.  The main feeling I get from seeing their photos is a sense of fun and a real passion for what they do as well as some amazing images like all the photographers mentioned.  Going back to the ideas side of things in the last UK wedding I saw on their blog featured space hoppers, masks with the Grooms face on (I guess the best man had to answer for this!), burgers or fish and chips wedding meal, a tippi (all the rage right now) and dolls instead of bride and groom signs on the backs of their chairs among many more.   Maria from Studio 1208 let me choose any images I wanted for this blog post except that wedding I just mentioned.  Not because they didn’t want to share it but it had already been promised on an exclusive deal to either a big blog or magazine.  You can find it on their blog though 😉   It’s also worth noting I heard about Studio 1208 from a recommendation on twitter by the Wedding Reporter who really does know her weddings.

See Studio 1208’s blog at: MarriageIsTheBomb.com

As well as showing the details of the wedding reception I love this photo.  I like to imagine they were there with fans to get the bunting fluttering.  The train station portrait is equally great.  Look how well the detail at the top as well the Bride and Groom looks.  By Studio 1208
As well as showing the details of the wedding reception I love this photo. I like to imagine they were there with fans to get the bunting fluttering. The train station portrait is equally great. Look how well the detail at the top as well the Bride and Groom looks. By Studio 1208

Thank You

I am hugely thankful to the photographers who contributed images to this blog.  Though I didn’t ask all of them as there is only so much time in the day and I do have to make stationery every now and again!  I thought about doing an honourable mentions section as my browser has probably close to 100 photographers blogs favourited (I’ve not counted but the list is long!).  So I may revisit this topic in future.  You can see all the images I pin from these other great photographers at my Pinterest Boards, follow me to get regular updates on there.

http://www.pinterest.com/artmsstationery/boards/

I hope you’ve found this post useful and please do visit some of the photographers blogs.