When Gill booked me to photograph a few hours of her St Georges Hall Wedding I knew that she didn’t like having her photograph taken. I later realised that actually it was a phobia rather than a dislike. I asked her a little more about this, as I know that she is not alone. I think she was massively brave to have a photographer at her wedding, massively brave to talk about it so articulately and massively brave for letting me share this.
“I have hated having my picture taken for as long as I can remember. Any school pictures that my parents bought were taken down by me as soon as they were put up. I will go to any lengths to avoid having my picture taken and, if I absolutely have to, then I won’t look at it once it is done.
I don’t have any idea where this fear has come from, but I honestly can’t remember a single occasion where I have happily posed for a photograph. As soon as a camera appears, I feel physically sick and I think that feeling makes me unable to relax, smile and look ‘normal’ on a photo so that any smile is always very forced and unnatural.
When I got engaged, I remember one of my first thoughts being that I wasn’t going to have a photographer at the wedding. I was adamant about this and Andy went along with it because he knows how much I really dislike my picture (we have one photo of us together from the nearly 3 years that we have been together!) but I knew that he wanted photos to look back on and in the end I knew I would have to give in to the pressure of people telling me that I would regret not having any pictures.
Once I realised that I would have to have photos taken, I remembered seeing a shoot that Rachel had done for someone I had gone to primary school with and who had put their wedding pictures on Facebook. Once I had stalked his page for a bit and found her details i decided to contact Rachel and explain that I only wanted pictures taking for 2 hours. To be honest, I was hoping that she would be unable to take the work for such a short period of time. However, she did have the availability as we we getting married on a Thursday!
Rachel’s style is very natural and I loved that from the photos i had seen on her profile. As I now had to have my photo taken, I was hoping that this style of photography would produce pictures that, at the very least, I could bear to look at.
On the day itself, Rachel was amazing, introducing herself to everybody and going out of her way to learn their names. She is so lovely and chatty that after the first couple of pictures, I actually didn’t feel like I was being photographed due to Rachel keeping up a steady stream of funny chatter and really putting me at ease. I am smiling and laughing naturally on every picture and when I look at them, all I can see is how happy Andy and I are and what a beautiful day we had.
I have to admit that I was very nervous about seeing the finished pictures but I absolutely love them. They just show someone who is relaxed and happy and has just married the man she loves. This is all down to Rachel’s talent. She is amazing and I would recommend her to anyone and everyone.
To anyone who feels the same way I did about having photographs of their wedding, all I can say is….do it! You will be having your pictures taken on one of the happiest days of your life by somebody who is hugely talented and who really cares about putting you at ease, and that happiness will just shine through. It really is true that what you see and hate on your photo, other people won’t see and they will just see you happy and in love”
Venue : St Georges Hall
Dress : Bridal Reloved
Hair : Hair by Kathleen
Make Up : Glamorama