When I first began to photograph weddings in Birmingham and the West Midlands about 20 years ago (to fund my university education and later a PhD), the wedding photography landscape was very different to what it is now. Even the type of wedding photos people captured in the past were very different to what people shoot today (I am glad Dutch angle photography is no longer popular!!!). Look it up – you’ll then know what I mean!

Putting aside these photography fads, I admire the work of many Birmingham wedding photographers in the West Midlands, whose work has remained consistently good over the years (I won’t embarrass anyone). Most of these photographers adopt a photojournalistic (i.e., reportage) style of picture-taking, which was a style that was not popular when I first started shooting weddings, yet a style that made me stand out from other photographers in the early days. I was one of very few photographers who took documentary style wedding photos in the early days.

Some of my inspiration for shooting weddings also comes from photographers who have probably never photographed a wedding. I am talking about street photographers like: William Klein, Walker Evans, Elliott Erwitt, Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr and many, many others. Looking at the work of great photographers, and understanding what makes their pictures great, helps me to become better at what I do. I also enjoy collecting photobooks published by Steidl: the great German photobook maker and publisher.

What I have put together in this blog post is a small selection of wedding photos (some old, some new) taken in and around Birmingham over the past 10 years that showcase my documentary style of candid picture-taking. Enjoy!

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