Couples often ask whether I shoot in black or white. The answer is yes I do. However In my portfolio I prefer to display colour images. To me, colour signifies fun and happiness, which is what I sense when I capture your day. This is how I hope you feel when you view my portfolio. However I also love black and white photography. The images have a more nostalgic feel and readily evoke emotion.
Some images look tidier in black and white. In colour, things can appear cluttered. Yet I like clutter! It’s interesting. I enjoy picking a picture to pieces, scrutinising the detail. The NEXT bag strewn across the brides bed may look like clutter but in years to come, you will remember the bag, perhaps its contents, even the shop and how things used to be. The detail in the photograph evoking memories, taking you back to the day you were married.
Black and white images look good in frames, they suit any décor and are timeless. Personally I only have black and white photography on my walls at home but in my albums I like colour, I want to remember the event as it actually was. You don’t want to remember your beautiful flowers and bridesmaid’s dresses in black & white, do you?
I also avoid any fashionable edits which may look cool now but in a few years they will look horrid, remember the colour popping thing which was fashionable a few years ago? The photographer would make everything black & white except the bunch of flowers? Yuck
I suppose its each to their own, in light of this I now offer 2 full sets of images, a colour set and a black and white set. That way you have the best of both, mix and match as you please. If you feel that you have to give them an instagram effect don’t forget to keep the original set safe!