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01/10/2018 10:35:01 AM · #1
Happy New Year all!

I've just done my 2017 Wedding Photography review. I chose 200 of my favourite images from the year. Thought i'd post a link here for anyone who is interested. Going into my 7th year doing wedding photography. Time sure does fly!

My 200 favourite photos here...
01/10/2018 11:09:15 AM · #2
freaking awesome, clive! absolutely freaking awesome!

hope 2018's even better for ya :D

01/10/2018 12:04:04 PM · #3
Absolutely superb set of photos - lots of happy customers I am sure.

You capture weddings so brilliantly with the people looking so natural and not all lined up.

Thank you for sharing
01/10/2018 12:12:38 PM · #4
Absolutely brilliant!

Some of the photographs literally scream a story behind them as if I were there and could hear the commotion going on around the people!

Thanks for sharing.
01/10/2018 12:25:28 PM · #5
well done.

most wedding photographers are too reverent. after all, a wedding is a ritual. the point of a wedding is to participate in something common to everyone else, something cultural. most wedding photographers are concerned above all with capturing those ritual elements, to declare the sameness of what is happening. I'm sure you fulfill your obligations in that respect, but...

you reveal the other truth, that every wedding is different because every family is different. you document difference.

because after all, we don't want memories of a wedding, we want memories of *our* wedding.
01/10/2018 12:41:46 PM · #6
Lovely stuff Clive!

(And Yay! I spotted Marika and Tom!)
01/10/2018 01:55:17 PM · #7
Spectacular! Freckled-gal-with-empty-wineglass, about in the middle of the 200, is a hauntingly deep image.
01/10/2018 03:36:08 PM · #8
Originally posted by Skip:

freaking awesome, clive! absolutely freaking awesome!

hope 2018's even better for ya :D


Thanks Skip! Doesn't seem that long ago that I was just dipping a toe in to weddings and you were a fount of fabulous advice and knowledge. Thanks again!

Originally posted by P-A-U-L:

Absolutely superb set of photos - lots of happy customers I am sure.

You capture weddings so brilliantly with the people looking so natural and not all lined up.


Thanks Paul! I do my share of line-ups to be fair. I just don't put many on my website!

Originally posted by mbrutus2009:

Absolutely brilliant!

Some of the photographs literally scream a story behind them as if I were there and could hear the commotion going on around the people!


Cheers Marko! That's a great compliment!

Originally posted by posthumous:



most wedding photographers are too reverent. after all, a wedding is a ritual. the point of a wedding is to participate in something common to everyone else, something cultural. most wedding photographers are concerned above all with capturing those ritual elements, to declare the sameness of what is happening. I'm sure you fulfill your obligations in that respect, but...

you reveal the other truth, that every wedding is different because every family is different. you document difference.

because after all, we don't want memories of a wedding, we want memories of *our* wedding.


Don, that's an amazing compliment! Thanks! Can I put it on my website?

Originally posted by Paul:

Lovely stuff Clive!

(And Yay! I spotted Marika and Tom!)


Cheers Paul! Yes, that was a lovely day with a lovely couple. Lots of fun! Thanks again for recommending me!

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Spectacular! Freckled-gal-with-empty-wineglass, about in the middle of the 200, is a hauntingly deep image.


Thanks Rob! Yea, I love that shot as well. She was one of the bridesmaids and was a fantastic subject for portraits.
01/10/2018 04:25:44 PM · #9
Originally posted by rooum:

Originally posted by posthumous:



Most wedding photographers are too reverent. After all, a wedding is a ritual. The point of a wedding is to participate in something common to everyone else, something cultural. Most wedding photographers are concerned above all with capturing those ritual elements, to declare the sameness of what is happening. I'm sure you fulfill your obligations in that respect, but...

you reveal the other truth, that every wedding is different because every family is different. You document difference.

Because after all, we don't want memories of a wedding, we want memories of *our* wedding.


Don, that's an amazing compliment! Thanks! Can I put it on my website?



I'd be honored. I fixed the capitalization in the quote above.
01/10/2018 04:31:04 PM · #10
I enjoyed your images showcasing your talent for capturing the moment, Clive. Thanks for sharing them with me.
01/10/2018 04:41:20 PM · #11
Originally posted by Lydia:

I enjoyed your images showcasing your talent for capturing the moment, Clive. Thanks for sharing them with me.


Thanks Lydia!
01/10/2018 04:41:49 PM · #12
Originally posted by posthumous:

I'd be honored. I fixed the capitalization in the quote above.


Cheers Don! Very much appreciated!
01/10/2018 04:52:50 PM · #13
Beautiful work. How are you finding the m43 gear for weddings?

Message edited by author 2018-01-10 16:53:10.
01/10/2018 05:30:13 PM · #14
Wow, Clive, amazing images! You do have a distinctive style and an eye for capturing the uniqueness of each event. I also appreciate you sharing these.

ps: I thought I was young when I first got married (19), but this... :P
01/10/2018 09:33:34 PM · #15
Well, thank you for being with us at DPC! And for sharing. Awesome work.
01/10/2018 10:14:19 PM · #16
Clive, I enjoyed those very much. I knew I would before looking at the first image. Not my usual reaction when asked to look at wedding pictures.

Thanks for sharing! We've enjoyed your work for years but It's always nice to see how members approach photography when away from DPC.
01/11/2018 08:11:50 AM · #17
Thanks all! It's very much appreciated!

(and Ken - that couple was divorced three weeks later. Tut. Kids these days!)

Originally posted by RamblinR:

Beautiful work. How are you finding the m43 gear for weddings?


Ah, heres a bit of a story in my seemingly never ending equipment saga.

First off - the m43 gear was great. I used it for the last three weddings of the year no problem. Some absolutely amazing lenses for that system and I really liked focus by touchpad. m43 is easily capable of doing weddings.

Saying that though, i'm not going to be using them this year for two reasons…

Firstly, I got the m43 system as I had plans to start doing wedding and other types of video. That's kind of fallen through though as the person I was going to do it with isn't able to do it now. I don't think i'll be able to do both photography and video on my own and after a bit of soul searching I decided that I didn't *really* want to work with anyone else or really want to start doing video that much either. I think I was just thinking that I would have to start doing video to keep going in this business when what I should have been looking at was concentrating on the photography and the business side of things. I'm much happier now i've got that out the system.

Secondly, I unexpectedly had to find a bit of cash in a hurry before Christmas and as i'd already decided against doing video and I didn't have any weddings until February I though i'd sell it all and start again in the new year.

So, I was coming into the new year fresh really and i've had a good think about it all and looked back over the last few years RAW files and images. In the six years i've been doing weddings i've jumped all over the place trying out different systems for a year or two each time. Nikon Full Frame - Fuji X- Sony Full Frame - Nikon D500 apsc to m43. Not the best business approach really but I quite enjoyed trying everything out and as i've always bought and exchanged second hand (and often battered) gear it hasn't been too expensive. It's given me a good idea of the various plus points and minuses of it all. With all that, the conclusion i've come to is this…

Pretty much any camera system of the last 15 years is more than capable of producing excellent photographs for weddings.

Not rocket science I know. But the other conclusion i've come to is that for my way of working I may be better off with older, more basic gear. I'm quite a slow and considered photographer really. The most fun (and I think creative) wedding seasons I had were the two years I was using the Sony A7's and old manual Leica and Zeiss lenses. The last year of super fast auto focus and burst rate with the Nikon D500's were great but I do think I was a bit dragged along by the camera, shot many more frames than I had done previously, and perhaps paradoxically, maybe missed more great images than I would have done with a much slower camera and approach. If that makes sense.

Anyway, I've got a couple of engagement shoots this month and a very kind extended family member gave me a battered old Canon 5D3 with an 85mm f1.2L and a 35mm f1.4L. The 35mm is in terrible shape but I sent it off to repair and the estimate is much lower than expected. The 85mm f1.2L, as super slow to focus as it is, is absolutely lovely though. I can see why people rave about it. Beautiful lens. And I find myself starting to really take to the 5D3 as well - even though it's huge and heavy. I haven't had a Canon camera since about 2003 and never really paid much attention to them. I know many people are unhappy with high ISO and DR range etc but, again, I never really go over 1600 or 3200 on whatever camera I use and am often adding grain in post anyway. I've got past the super high ISO thing and think i'll be quite happy with very basic auto focus. So I may pick up another 5D3 or even a 5D2. I'm even entertaining the crazy notion of grabbing a couple of super cheap original 5D mark 1's and using them. Get a 20/35/50/85/200 kit and go that way. A London based wedding photographer who I think is great and love his work is always posting Youtube videos banging on about still using the 5D 'Classic' as it's still up to the job. We'll see. I think in 2018 i'll get a bit 'back to basics' and experimental. And use this kit for more than a couple of years this time!

Message edited by author 2018-01-11 08:17:06.
01/11/2018 04:55:54 PM · #18
I thoroughly enjoyed viewing your collection, Clive. Beautiful portraits, great candid moments and some pretty stunning locations too. Thank you for sharing.
01/11/2018 05:02:07 PM · #19
Well done...Throughly enjoyed looking through them!!
01/11/2018 05:05:15 PM · #20
I've only had a chance to look at a few so far, but I want to say I especially appreciate how you made the layout simple and viewable on older browsers.
01/11/2018 10:46:35 PM · #21
Originally posted by rooum:

... So I may pick up another 5D3 or even a 5D2


You might consider a 6D as well. Smaller and lighter. Since you don' t mind the focus points you might be very happy with 6D's middle outstanding FP.

Message edited by author 2018-01-11 22:47:19.
01/11/2018 11:06:59 PM · #22
Originally posted by rooum:

Happy New Year all!

I've just done my 2017 Wedding Photography review. I chose 200 of my favourite images from the year. Thought i'd post a link here for anyone who is interested. Going into my 7th year doing wedding photography. Time sure does fly!

My 200 favourite photos here...


Clive,thanks for sharing your wedding photography. You do have that eye for telling a story with your photographs. Thank you also for sharing your thoughts about the digital cameras versus the manual cameras. It gave me pause to remember the thought process in shooting with my old Pentax. I loved that camera.
01/12/2018 01:23:34 AM · #23
Thankyou for sharing Clive,
Truly inspiring collection of images
01/12/2018 12:39:03 PM · #24
Thanks for the kind comments guys!

Originally posted by Tiberius:

Originally posted by rooum:

... So I may pick up another 5D3 or even a 5D2


You might consider a 6D as well. Smaller and lighter. Since you don' t mind the focus points you might be very happy with 6D's middle outstanding FP.


Yes, I did look at the 6D. I think, for me, it's probably best if I stick to the 5D series though. I photograph weddings with two cameras at a time - one on my left and one on my right - and it's quite important to have those two cameras pretty much identical in handling as it's down to muscle memory a lot of the time. As I have the 5D3 it'll be good to match them - particularly with the focusing joystick and button layout. Sensibly, I should go with another 5D3 really, which i'll probably end up doing. The dual cards are a plus point on them as well. I might try an original 5D and keep it as a back up though.
01/12/2018 01:13:53 PM · #25
I've been toying with the idea of "year in review" for myself each year, and print a photobook. I don't get enough of my work printed physically, and still love looking at them that way. This has prompted me to refocus on that.

I LOVE your insight into the gear planning. I shoot with a 5d3, and I LOVE IT. Yah, it's heavy, but I don't particularly care in the long run. It's worth it. Several people I know have suggested a switch to Sony, or a M43's system, and this just tells me I'm most likely right to stay where I am.
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