I am always thinking ahead when I photograph a wedding. Not just two minutes ahead, but 100 years ahead. I always think, what will the next generation like to see when they look back at their parents wedding photographs. When I started photographing weddings ten years ago most of the images were spontaneous moments and without any real thought. As time has passed I have learn’t to capture the moments that really matter.
Choosing your group photographs
One of the hardest decisions on a wedding day is choosing who should be included in the group wedding photographs and who should be left out. When we first started photographing weddings my wife would take care of aranging people into groups. We soon realised that the majority of people that had been chosen by the couple did not actually want to be included. We decided to start advising couples on the groups. Eight group photographs with up to eight people in each group would take us about thirty five to forty minutes to complete. When we had the initial meeting with each couple we would work out how long their photographs would take. Read more
What is documentary wedding photography?
You might see the word ‘documentary wedding photography’ or reportage on lots of wedding photographer’s websites but what is it really? Is it a photo-journalistic approach without talking to the bride and groom? telling stories using candid pictures only in the album ? Read more
Curradine Barns in Shrawley Worcestershire
A selection of Curradine Barns wedding photography by Richard Barley. I have photographed a lot of weddings at Curradine Barns over the past ten years and have realised that Curradine Barns is the venue I love and know best. Read more
A selection of Birtsmorton Court wedding photography by Richard Barley. I have photographed a number of weddings at Birtsmorton court over the past few years and have realised that some of my favorite photographs come from the gardens. Read more