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Wedding Photography at Plaisterers’ Hall – Aveen and Azad

Plaisterers’ Hall at One London Wall was the reception venue for Aveen and Azad’s wedding at the beginning of June. But before the dancing and celebration began, we had the pleasure of photographing the couple at some great locations in central London.

Bride's veil caught in the wind outside Guildhall in London.


After taking advantage of the the lovely suites and staircases at The Ritz Hotel we managed to right our way through the very heavy traffic (this was Jubilee weekend!) to St Paul’s Cathedral and finally, the Guildhall.  The evening atmosphere was warm and lively, and the couple enjoyed a fantastic day.


Low Light Wedding Photography

When I first started teaching other professionals about the art of wedding photography, I was surprised by underlying concerns about using high ISO settings.  I think there are a few explanations for this.  Firstly, some photographers put too much emphasis on zooming into an image on a computer monitor and examining the actual pixels. Secondly, many people underestimate the progress in technology in reducing the effects of noise over recent years. Thirdly, wedding photographers may have been influenced by too many commercial photographers who are working to very different clients, objectives and time pressure.

Wedding photographers who have not got into this way of thinking realise that some of the most potentially artistic wedding images need to be captured in low light conditions (for Surrey, think Clandon Park and Botleys Mansion for example).  And without impractical amounts of equipment. And speedily.  And sometimes quietly! (In such situations,  photographers at weddings – dare I say it –  can be a little unthinking.  Far too often I see under-pressure photographers turning on the on-camera flashgun, kill the ambient light, and do something formulaic).  The key to using high ISO is to think in terms of how the printed images will look (and remember that most wedding photos end up in an album, not blown up on the side of a bus!).

Reflection of wedding couple in hotel mirror - in very low light.

This image was taken at ISO 3200 during a wedding at the Bingham Hotel, in Richmond, Surrey. I didn’t use a video light for this one but relied on what directional light there was from the wall lamp. It prints beautifully and in fact earned me the joint first spot for the BIPP’s UK Contemporary Wedding Awards in 2009. About half of the images in my Associate Panel for the MPA and BIPP were taken at ISO 3200.  My wedding photography style is very directed, but top documentary wedding photographers would say the same thing.

Cameras such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark III are now so good at dealing with noise that, even at 6400, just a touch of noise reduction in Lightroom on the RAW file is all that is required. If I need to apply some further Photoshop work on an image, I would also run the exported Tiff file first through Noise Ninja.

The photograph below was taken during the reception dinner at The Gherkin, in central London.

Low light image of night-time reception at the top of the Gherkin.


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Vinayaka and Danielle at Seldon Park Hotel

Vin and Danielle’s wedding at the Seldon Park Hotel was the last photo shoot in a very busy May. The high position of the hotel and very contrasty conditions made the photography a little more challenging; but the venue does have good variety and options for photography.  We were very pleased with the final results and looking forward to showing the full gallery to the couple soon.

Rachel and Joe at Glydwish Hall, Etchingham

Last month we were down in Etchingham in deepest Sussex for Rachel and Joe’s wedding. Following the service at St Bartholomews Church, they hosted the reception at their nearby home (Glydwish Hall) with the help of a spectacular marquee. They had an amazing day, and we are looking forward to showing them the whole set of images after their honeymoon.

Great Fosters – Egham, Surrey

We were back at Great Fosters at the end of May for a mid-week wedding. Rebecca and Michael are from Missouri in the USA and were visiting the UK for a destination wedding and holiday across Europe. We were in the beautiful grounds of Great Fosters for the humanist ceremony -conducted by a celebrant.  It is obviously unusual not to have any guests, but the ceremony (and whole day) had a nice intimate feel to it.  We were delighted to undertake their wedding photography for them at Great Fosters and hope they have a fantastic holiday.

You can view more examples of our work at Great Fosters here.

All images copyright Gary Roebuck AMPA ABIPP.