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Beautiful Photography from Tony Hart
Weddings were happening long before photographers were around to capture them, yet they didn’t want for emotion, poignancy or excitement. I always try to remember that – everyone hates a wedding photographer who makes themselves the centre of attention! I’m not interested in fabricating ‘drama’ – that’s available on demand – instead it’s my job to frame and expose it in the most compelling manner possible.
I’m a very hands-off photographer, I like to let things flow. I prefer to see things in their organic, undirected state because I believe that’s where the truth and emotion lives.
I step outside this strictly documentary role only twice, once for a small set of Formal Group Photographs, and again for what I call the ‘Creative Session’. The purpose of the creative session is to create some gorgeous natural portraits of the Bride & Groom, free from the limitations of a documentary approach. While I don’t spend ages posing you or lighting the environment, this period of time does allow us to step away, make the best of your chosen Wedding venue, and spend some time together with just portraiture in mind. I always strive for ‘light-direction’ over ‘heavily posed’ and above all focus on keeping things fun and personal.
While the Creative Session and Formal Groups are fantastic, the centre of my work is undoubtedly photojournalistic. It’s about narrative and telling the individual story of your day. I’m interested in creating a body of work that, through pictures alone, reflects the unique essence of each individual wedding.
My work is rooted in photojournalism. I want to tell a story through pictures and so alongside the merits of each image, I'm also always thinking about the narrative that builds up in a sequence of photographs. I work alone for the discretion it affords - it's far easier photographing powerful, emotion-filled moments without the baggage of an assistant and/or second photographer. I'm also a huge proponent of black and white as this strips away much of the superfluous and helps us focus on faces, emotion and the meaningful content in each image. Colour undoubtedly has it's place and there are times when an image simply deserves to be in colour, but I find my clients often swoon most over really soulful black and white photographs.
Weddings are just a complete blast, no other event feels like a wedding. They are one of life's most significant and consequential moments and the bubbling soup of emotions that comes with the territory makes them a joy to photograph. I find that weddings bring out the very best in people and, alongside the innate pleasure of sharing in that, it's an absolute privilege to be entrusted with capturing such a special and important day.
I cover the entirety of the UK, although travel expenses are applicable for further flung weddings. I have also travelled overseas for weddings and can discuss prepare a bespoke quote for you if you\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'re planning a destination wedding.
Starting Price: £2000
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We are SO glad that we picked Tony to be the photographer at our wedding. He captured the day perfectly and we could not be happier with the photos - they reflect the emotion and excitement from the day and he struck the perfect balance between capturing the key moments but also the detail which you tend to miss on the day itself. Each time we look at them we spot something new - they are just incredible.
On the day he was awesome and we felt completely at ease with him snapping away. Numerous guests commented on how brilliant he was - easy going, fun, but professional in the sense he was always "on it", making sure he captured everything. He was also very generous with his time - we caught up with him for a couple of hours before the day and then he was there from bridal preparations to the last dance of the evening which was near midnight! We cannot recommend him highly enough.
Tony - thank you, thank you, thank you!
We met Tony at a wedding fair and we knew straight away that he was exactly the type of photographer that we were looking for. My husband Max is also very into photography so we knew finding a photographer for us was going to be tough but as soon as we saw Tony's work we were blown away. Tony hadn't been to our venue before so we arranged to meet him there and he spent a lot of time with us talking through what we wanted. What was great was that after we left he stayed at the venue exploring the area and getting to know the best places to take photographs. It showed that he really did care about getting the right photos for us and was equally as excited as we were by the venue. On the day Tony went beyond our expectations and I said to Max afterwards how it felt like I had an older brother looking out for me on the day. It felt so natural to have Tony in the room with us making conversation that most of the time we forgot he was there to take pictures. He went above and beyond his role, moving things around the room to ensure that we got the best pictures. At the actual wedding I didn't really realise that he was there taking pictures as he seemed to blend in with the rest of our guests which was fantastic as we got lots of really natural shots showing what people were up to on the day. There are some absolutely gorgeous shots of all of our family which really capture the essence of their personalities and I know we wouldn't have managed to get these photographs if we had other wedding photographers. During the couples photoshoot Tony was really sweet and helped to carry my dress along as some of the areas were a bit muddy. We were really excited to see all of the photographs from Tony when they came through and the hardest bit has been working out which ones should go in the album as they're all so good! So many of the guests have also commented on what a fantastic photographer Tony is and how he's a genuine nice guy. I would agree 100% and would say you couldn't ask for a better person to be your wedding photographer.
Tony is undeniably one of the most naturally gifted photographers you will ever have the chance to meet. He is beyond a visionary, he is able to capture the very heart, soul and bowels of the people he photos. We were extremely lucky and honored to have him photograph our wedding day in June this year. If the photos don't speak for themselves (and anyone with eyes in their head can tell) Tony has manged to document the entire day with artistic style, flair and accuracy.
More than this though, Tony worked tirelessly on the day. From our first consultation at his house, to the beginning bucks fizz to the last dance he ensured that we were relaxed, comfortable in front of the camera and that everyone at the wedding had been caught at their best.
The photos of our flowers girls make me melt in to a puddle and could easily win awards. We really cannot recommend his work and person enough.
Best of luck for your future Tony, we will treasure these photos for the rest of our lives. Karen and Sam x
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