JAY ROWDEN // WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
If I am invited to shoot your event or photograph your wedding within the UK or indeed be flown overseas, the way in which I work is very straightforward. Discretion is crucial from the moment I start until the moment I finish. My aim is to blend in, move around and photograph what I see as inconspicuously as possible. After all, as a wedding photographer, I do not see it as my role to direct events but simply to seize each moment and each frame, in a way which is thoughtful, watchful but most of all objective.
I realise it may sound contrived but it is true nonetheless. Nobody will notice me at your wedding. I arrive suitably dressed in a suit and tie with shiny shoes to match. I look like a guest. In fact, I even behave like a guest and have been known to scoff the occasional canapé to help the cause! Though there is one crucial distinction that sets me apart from the other guests. I am armed with two cameras hidden away under my jacket so I can photograph surreptitiously from the shadows. Nobody will notice me and if I am noticed, guests assume I am one of them. This builds immediate trust and is how I am able to capture the beautiful, natural wedding photographs as they unfold.
The professional Canon cameras I work with are small, unobtrusive and unfeasibly quiet when in ‘silent’ mode. The noise of the shutter is virtually inaudible. I also only work with the very fastest, most expensive Canon L range lenses which can almost see in the dark, meaning that I can photograph in very challenging lighting situations without the need for flash to draw more attention to myself. Working with available light helps to give me a low profile on the day. Personally I think this is the secret formula to great wedding photos.
Feel free to read some of the nice feedback couples have written about me.