Life as a photographer holds many privileges, but weddings bring extra special moments and each one is a new story. It’s a wonderful feeling to be part of a couple’s big day, and to help them capture the memories they will hold forever.
For some couples, it will start with an engagement shoot, and the rush of excitement as you tell friends and family of your love and commitment. “In many cases,” says Daniel Hughes, “I’ve been lucky enough to meet a bride- and groom-to-be in those early days, and then return to the day of their marriage before taking family portraits in their first years as parents.”
Getting the best from your photographer is about capturing every part of the occasion, but it’s also about them knowing what makes those moments unique to you. There can be hundreds of choices that make up the complete wedding. Each of them might say something small but beautiful about what you want to share with each other and with your loved ones.
These photos were taken on a gentle summer’s day at the elegant Swancar Farm Country House, just outside Nottingham. The restored 16th century building was part of the historic estate of nearby Wollaton Hall, and now stands in its own 250 acres of rolling countryside. Daniel prepared every aspect together with a team of exceptional stylists and designers. The results are an exquisite portrait of the gorgeous Rafina and Shane.
“I like to work closely with clients and approach each job with care,” he explains. “Attention to detail is everything—whether it’s the hair, the make-up, dress or suit, or the relatives who’ve travelled from far away. Maybe you have a picture-perfect image in mind as the sun goes down. Then there are things you can’t plan for—the light, the laughter, and those natural intimate expressions of joy. Nothing should be left out.”
Before each shoot Daniel will think and talk about what you want, and then plan ahead so when the time comes you’re free to enjoy yourselves: “I can take away the stresses of organising each shot, and knowing the exact moment to catch each scene at its best. You can trust that when the photos arrive you’ll be able to relive it all again.”
Daniel offers a range of options for those parts of the day he’ll be there with you, the photos you select afterwards, and how you’d like them presented. “I can arrange everything from digital gift-boxes to bespoke, handcrafted albums, all while being sensitive to your budget,” he adds.
Whatever you want from your day, and however you want to remember it in years to come, Daniel will help make the dream come to life.
In addition to wedding photography, Daniel offers a range of business, portrait and fine art services. For more of his work, contact details and price information, visit www.dan-hughes.co.uk
This article was first published as paid advertising in I Do magazine.