About Robert Nelson Wedding Photography
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me as a wedding photographer, my style and a little more about what I do outside of weddings. Also, whilst you are here, you might be interested in taking a look at my top 5 wedding photography shots... without all the uncomfortable posing!
Crazy and in love... with my camera(s)! :-) OK, so I am Robert, a wedding photographer based in Buckinghamshire, UK. I'm deeply passionate about capturing images of people being people. As much as I like taking creative and beautiful portraits of couples in the wedding setting, I don't think that you can beat a real image of the couple being themselves.
When I’m not a wedding photographer you will find me either photographing landscapes or wildlife, cycling or walking.
I find that the best images are taken when the subject doesn't even know it's being captured, that's because it's natural and honest. No fake smiles or poses.
Are you a documentary Photographer - Yes and No!
Every photographer website I visit now days claims to be a documentary or reportage photographer, it's a buzz word thats used because couples generally like candid images and understandably don't want to be posing for photos all day. In all honesty, I don't consider myself as a 100% documentary wedding photographer, if you look at the gallery you will see that I take lots of candid shots. However, the wedding day generally has a similar flow with a number shots that I feel couples need to see as a way of reliving the day from my perspective, I document the moments but these are not strictly what I call documentary because I know they will happen and I plan for them. I don't always hide in the shadows being as discreet as possible, I open myself up and get in the action but not intrusively, I find my "no-barriers" approach helps couples to be themselves which in turn gets better images, anyway, how can you create intimate images that are in the moment without being in the moment!
How do I get a balance of documentary and all the must have photographs
At some stage in the day we may go off and create some bridal portraits, I capture bridal portraits because these are for you, the bride and groom, I find that couples often like to have a few of these more creative or intimate images in the gallery. What couple doesn't want a nice image of themselves together, after all, being together is why they are getting married! 20% of this session is documentary.
I capture important family members together because sometimes families don't get to see each other for months or even years, and when time sadly passes these "group shots" become even more important. 15% of this session is documentary.
And in between all the "planned for shots" is my documentary wedding photographer side, where I am constantly looking for moments, tears, smiles, love, laughter and drunkenness. These are the ones couples reminisce about at gatherings with family and friends, new and old over and over again. 100% documentary.
So, what kind of photographer am I? I feel that I sit somewhere in the middle, a creative portrait maker might be a better description! It doesn't sound as posh as documentary or even reportage but that's me! :-) Ask each photographer who they are, I wonder how many just say documentary!
Beautiful wedding photography without turning
the whole day into a photoshoot!
You don't need to be camera-confident to have amazing wedding photos!
I create enjoyable and creative wedding photography for easy-going couples who like a bit of fun along the way!
My style is relaxed, I am known for being easy-going and relaxed
I keep out of the way when needed so you can enjoy the day with your guests, that said I'm not afraid of getting stuck in on the dance floor
I keep you well informed to help your timings go to plan
I capture as much of the day that is humanly possible with just one finger on the camera's shutter button
I have lots of memory cards so you will get lots of fun images
I work hard and always go way beyond expectations to make sure everything is just right
I love to have a good time with the guests because being social and silly is what makes a happy wedding photo
I don't ask you to perform uncomfortable back-breaking poses, but cartwheels are fine!
I provide lots of guidance to make sure we capture all the lovely details
I focus on making sure you don't look awkward, and so we can create lots of great images of you together.
How long have you been a photographer?
I have been capturing and editing photographs for much of my working life, be it weddings, landscapes, wildlife, commercial products or families, it has become a passion and obsession of mine.
How many wedding a year do you do?
I shoot around 20-25 weddings a year is my comfort zone! I find this is enough to make sure I give everyone enough personal time.
Do you do classic poses?
Some couples like to try out the classic wedding pose called "The Dip" because well its just a classic pose, and if that's you then I say go for it, but I don't ask couples to do this... most of the time it fails hard with the bride hanging-on for dear life! Some like to remove the garter with their teeth, I've never understood this one so I don't show these on the website! lol!
What about traditional shots
I can do traditional group shots of your key bridal party, along with a large group shot of everyone together if that's something you want to include. Some couples are not so bothered about these shots and they can be left off the list if requested, we will talk through this during our consultation.
Want to know what my top 5 wedding photography shots are without posing?
No.1 - Is called the "Wide Angle Drama" shot
This is where the couple are featured dramatically against the stunning backdrop, usually around the wedding venue, enjoying a secret and romantic moment on their own amongst the setting. I also call this "The album cover" or "The one for the wall". This type of shot offers a really natural feel and is great for couples to enjoy looking back over their wedding day together.
No.2 - Is called "The Walking" shot
I love these simple shots as it's easy for couples to do without feeling awkward in front of the camera. We normally find a nice place that has a beautiful setting and all you have to do is walk with each other and be yourselves. Again, this provides a really natural wedding portrait.
No.3 - Is called "The Rounds" shot(s)
This is more of a collection of fun shots that we can do without really moving. They are great for close up shots of the two of you together and look more intimate, they are also great at smaller wedding venues where space is limited. It's called "The Rounds" because I make slight changes to your position whilst I move around you to get lots of shots at different angles and varying details. This is super easy and provides a wide selection of images.
No.4 - "Against the wall (saucy)" shot
This is a more modern style shot where I ask you to simply stand by the wall and just hold hands. This works great against all sorts of brick walls and even rustic iron sheds. Again this is a simple to do and doesn't take long to get a few variations buy changing your positions slightly.
No 5 - "The Kiss" shot
This one doesn't need a great deal of explaining, but as you can see they are great to have moments when you are feeling more at ease in front of the camera.
Two non-wedding related facts about me
I think it's good to get to know who your Milton Keynes photographer is and what their backgrounds are like outside of being a wedding photographer, so here are two facts about me that you might find interesting. Feel free to ask me more about them during the wedding photography consultation.