Winter Wedding Photographer

winter wedding photographer

I have built a reputation as Top UK Winter Wedding Photographer and I LOVE being a part of weddings during this time. Long gone are the years when being a wedding photographer was a quiet job over winter. Winter weddings have been increasing in popularity for years and it’s not hard to see why. The availability of the best wedding venues and other suppliers is much more flexible in winter. Not to mention the price of them cheaper allowing you more freedom with your wedding budget.

There’s a saying ‘Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail’ and this certainly applies when planning a winter wedding. Firstly, remember it will more than likely be cold. Brides make sure that you and your bridesmaids aren’t shivering in all of the outdoor images by having something to cover your arms.

Also, it may be muddy underfoot if you’re taking photographs on grass so brides do remember to bring alternative shoes (so you don’t trash those beautiful Jimmy Choo’s) Wedding wellies are a thing now so if you’re planning some outdoor shots on grass then I recommend you bring some.

Think about your timeline. What is happening when? With fewer daylight hours you want to be clear what parts of your wedding take place in daylight hours and which parts after dark which takes us neatly onto lighting. Seasonal fairy lights, candles and fires can create a warm cosy feel. A professional winter wedding photographer will know how to play with these and natural light to create atmospheric images.


Winter Wedding Photography

sparklers weddiing send off at pennard house in somerset

If the weather is really poor make sure there’s a fantastic indoor space for any portrait or group images you may want. Dramatic fireplaces or staircases or large beautifully decorated Christmas trees all make great backdrops.

Then there are sparklers! It’s a lot of fun and I always get some great photographs of the newlyweds as well as their guests. Winter does make it easier because of the sunsets earlier. In the summer the days are so long you may end up having to pay your wedding photographer more to stay later. Add to that, the later it gets the more drunk some of your guests will be. So, it’s probably not a good idea to hand them a white-hot sparkler to wave around frantically!

We can also create some long-exposure shots with sparklers which looks pretty awesome too. If you are planning to get married in November, December, January or February, you have to be very careful when choosing your wedding photographer. Winter weddings take more skill to photograph than summer ones. The low-level light can be tricky to work with if you’re inexperienced.

An experienced winter wedding photographer will be competent with flash and off-camera lighting and, being mindful of the time you have available, will be a ninja at flash photography. Flash will really help put some wow factor into those overcast, dull winter days. It’s a common misconception that all photographers will be good with flash.

winter wedding photographer
wedding couple kissing in snow in front of craig-y-nos castle in wales

Lastly, a professional winter wedding photographer will know your venue and will have worked there before.  Look for a wedding photographer who has shot lots of winter weddings and take a look at their work. Then you’ll know you’re in safe hands.

So, if you’re currently planning your winter wedding in Bristol, Bath, Cotswolds, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall or anywhere in the UK for that matter have fun with it. And if you’re looking for an experienced winter wedding photographer then get in touch. I’d love to hear about your wedding plans…

"Martin captured our Winter wedding at Upcote Barn in a natural and non-intrusive way. He is also very creative and the photos that he took of us in the rain are just awesome, it takes a good photographer to make rain look good on your wedding day!" - Natalie & Darren

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