header image best of

Unposed Wedding Photography Moments 2018

Best. Year. EVER!

‘Bold statement!’ squire Barratt I hear ye cry! Bold statement indeed. But you see, this year the gift of a baby daughter was bestowed upon the Barratt household. And that blows all other years out of the water. A brand new life unto this world! Yes, it’s a world where rampant discrimination, mass poverty, third world debt, infectious disease, global inequality and deepening socio-economic divisions exist (at least according to a Nick Cave lyric). But now more than ever (cue dulcet tones à la Louis Armstrong) I think to myself, what a wonderful world!

With the risk of sounding like the blubbering soppy git that I’ve become, just glimpsing her majesty’s toothy-peg smile in the mornings is token enough of a reminder of all the joy and love that exists within this blue world we inhabit. Joy, happiness, love and all the good stuff doesn’t go anywhere but our attention to it all is oh so easily overlooked. We fall into the trap of taking things for granted and it can sometimes take a big life event to bring us back to what is real and what truly matters.

And that brings me nicely to weddings. Not only do I get a daily 24-carat shot of joy through the presence of my daughter, I continue to share my weekends with couples who are totally and utterly in love. This year, I’ve been invited by said couples to more weddings than ever. Sharing in their joy and having their trust placed in me to capture it all still blows my tiny mind.

It’s moments like this, writing these self-reflective and perhaps self-indulgent posts, that I tell myself I must be doing something right, right? The couples I got to work with this year have been incredible. They’ve been married in all sorts of wonderful places from French chateaus to canal barge-boats, from The Ivy in Chelsea and the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens, to farmyards and even a brewery! Could this job be any more varied?!

Besides getting to work with the most awesome couples I continue to get great support from others working in this industry. A handful of venues have made me a recommended supplier, wedding bloggers occasionally agree to share my work to the masses and I have some great friendships with my peers who continually inspire and push me. So much so, one of them, unbeknown to me, put my name forward for the prestigious ‘Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography’, a well-respected group of emerging wedding photographers who’ve exhibited promising talent and creative direction throughout the year.

After making my submission (which I found difficult and uncomfortable- partly due to never having put my work forward for any award) I did not walk away with my name crowned in Rising Star glory but the whole experience of pushing outside my comfort zone and self-reflection was priceless. It definitely made me more focused in the direction I’m pushing my photography. I got some awesome feedback from the judges, of which I am uber proud:

‘We loved your documentary style and how you managed to capture all the in between and unseen moments, all the messy and funny parts! You have a style, you have a voice, you have the technical down. Brilliant images, we are fans for sure!’

-Jacqueline Tobin | Editor-in-Chief | Rangefinder Magazine

It’s a raging cliché but it is a true honour to be asked to capture someone’s wedding day. More than that, being trusted to capture the day for what it is. No sugar coating, just seeing things the way they are and as I see them play out in front of me.

Of course, I’m sticking to my guns, as with previous years 2018 has been all about the people, the fun, emotions and candid moments that the bride and groom may have missed. I’m still not one to capture overly pretty, picture perfect images and I continue to keep post processing on the images minimal. I just want the photography to feel real. I always love to stay late at a wedding when everyone’s full of booze, that’s when I get the gold! I’ll quite often find myself laughing aloud when sat at home editing a wedding. That’s until it’s time to change a nappy on a child hell bent on crawling away at top speed, throwing over-the-top army rolls in for good measure. It’s no laughing matter I tell thee!

It only feels right to add that nothing is ever perfect and this year did not come without heartache. We sadly said goodbye to my lovely Grandma. She was an amazing women and I loved her dearly. I have added my favourite portrait I took of her at the footer of this post. Love you Grandma.

So finally, thank you to her Majesty, and to her Mummy for quite simply an amazing year, certainly one like no other.

And thank you to all the amazing 2018 couples who invited me to share in their wedding day. It’s been a blast!

J x

015jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

002jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

003jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

041jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

005jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

006jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

007jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

068jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

008jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

009jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

010jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

080jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

081jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

011jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

096jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

013jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

088jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

014jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

106jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

016jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

017jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

018jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

019jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

020jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

070jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

021jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

022jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

023jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

024jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

025jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

026jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

027jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

028jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

029jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

030jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

031jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

032jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

033jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

034jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

035jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

036jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

037jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

038jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

039jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

040jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

042jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

043jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

044jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

086jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

045jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

046jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

047jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

048jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

049jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

050jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

051jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

052jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

053jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

054jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

055jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

056jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

057jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

058jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

059jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

060jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

061jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

062jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

063jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

064jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

065jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

066jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

067jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

004jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

069jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

071jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

072jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

073jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

074jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

076jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

077jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

078jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

079jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

001jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

082jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

084jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

085jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

012jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

087jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

089jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

090jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

091jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

092jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

093jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

075jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

094jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

095jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

097jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

098jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

099jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

100jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

101jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

102jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

103jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

104jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

105jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

113jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

107jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

108jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

110jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

111jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

112jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

109jonny barratt documentary wedding photos best of

If you like the look of my unposed wedding photography moments of 2018 and you think your wedding would be suited to my documentary style approach then I’d love to hear from you.

Hit me up on the contact page to start a conversation.

 

In loving memory of Mary Isabel Robinson ‘Grandma’ xx