Hi, I’m Paul
I always calm and relaxed and love to smile and chat with the couple, their friends and family and that helps me to capture more natural, in the moment, images. I love the way a wedding day unfolds and the opportunities that offers for amazing images. I also believe a sense of humour is vital on such a happy day and when couples and their guests engage with the fun side of photography then we can create something magical together.
I spend my spare time with my lovely wife and daughters. When I’m not behind my camera or editing on my computer screen we try to travel as much as we can. Being by the sea holds a special attraction for me so I’m often indulging in some landscape photography or drinking too much coffee in lovely little cafes. I suppose I’m not actually that often without a camera in hand!
HOW I WORK
My goal is to make my couples fall in love with their photographs and to relive the emotions of the day through their images as if they were back there, experiencing it all over again.
I don’t ‘set up’ any really false shots, like the bridal party being chased by a dinosaur, you know the one! I don’t put you into strange poses that aren’t who you are; I capture the real-life, beautiful moments of your day, by observing and capturing those moments as they unfold.
I will use flash when it’s really needed, and to create the more creative shots, but generally I work with natures beautiful light – the “photographers dream” soft window light, natures huge softbox on a cloudy day, amazing sunlight for more dramatic effect and of course shade under trees, arches or against walls.
Happiness, laughter, little looks, tenderness, big smiles and tears of joy. The uniqueness and individuality of photographing people both challenges and excites me in equal measure, and there’s nothing quite like a wedding for offering up so many rich and varied human emotions and interactions. I’ll be spending the majority of my time with the two most important people at a wedding, the bride and groom of course, watching and photographing the little moments that make up their day, but I’ll also be constantly observing and capturing the other special, candid moments that are happening around them of your family and friends. This to me is almost as important and mixing with all the people at a wedding is so much fun.
If you look through my portfolio, or through some of my weddings on my blog, then you’ll notice a lot of laughing and smiling. These are the images I love to capture and deliver to you, they make me happy and so many of my clients comment on how relaxed, natural and fun their pictures are.
Nothing contrived and false here! Some of my favourite bits of feedback from couples has been them saying how relaxed I was when photographing their wedding and how well I’ve got on with their family and friends – I pride myself on bringing a sense of humour with me and being able to be relaxed and unobtrusive, which really helps you and your guests feel at ease, and thus enables me to capture so many fun moments.
Paul Summerfield Photography is a contemporary wedding photographer in Essex, covering weddings in Essex, London, Suffolk and the rest of the UK
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