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Wedding Photography in Bedfordshire: My Approach

The moments you’ll look back on and find most rewarding are those that reflect you being you.

I’m Ben Taylor, a documentary wedding photographer based in Bedfordshire. It’s true that wedding photography has evolved to become so much more than photographing ‘big moments’ and storytelling is a cornerstone of my photographic style. When the wedding whirlwind is over and you both decide to flick through your wedding photographs on chilled Sunday afternoon with a cup of coffee to hand, you should almost begin to relive the story of your day.

So put simply, my job is to create an album of photographs that encapsulates your wedding photography story, and that means everything from the carefully selected colours to the atmosphere, decor, music and romance!

How do I do this?

I’m experienced in photographing portraits and I blend into the background to capture the kind of images I find most rewarding, those that reflect you being you. The majority of my photographs are taken without any direction, so you’re free to relax and roam around to greet your guests knowing myself and my partner Kim are capturing moments that matter.

Weddings

As a documentary wedding photographer in Bedford, I capture beautiful photographs that tell the complete the story of your special day. You can get a feel for my style of photography by checking out some of my recent wedding albums.

Portraits

I love photographing people, so whether you need a new studio headshot for your website’s ‘about’ page, professional shots for your modelling agency or fancy a fun outdoor shoot with the family, I’d be honoured to assist.

About Ben Taylor Photography

If you would like to learn a bit more about myself and my partner/assistant Kim, please check out my full bio here or read on below. I’m always on hand to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to drop me a line. I typically reply within 24 hours.

Popular Photography Services…

Understanding what makes for a good photograph is one thing, but knowing how to capture beautiful moments consistently is another. That’s exactly where Ben Taylor Photography can come in.

I specialise in weddings, events and portraiture photography because I love photographing people. Most of my photography will naturally take place outdoors, but I also have a moderate-sized home studio should you require a classic portraiture photography session. I provide my photography services primarily in Bedford but also work further afield, so I’m happy to travel. Once again, thank you for taking a look at my work. Here are some of our photography services in more detail:

  • Wedding

    A wedding day is the ultimate occasion for natural and honest photography and that’s what I’m all about. I know that by blending into the background I will capture images that tell the story of your beautiful day in a timeless manner. Learn more about my wedding photography approach here.

  • Portrait

    Selfies are all the rage right now but nothing comes close to a professional shoot. Whether you want a group family photograph to hang on the wall, a selection of stunning shots for your scrapbook or a private shoot in my home studio, I’d be happy to help. Every portrait session with me includes professional retouching so there will be absolutely no shiny foreheads, bland backgrounds or spots!

  • Events

    My documentary approach to photography is perfect for events across the UK. Whether it be a christening, awards ceremony, birthday party, work do, ball, gig, charity event or graduation, I’ll tell the story through a series of stunning, professionally processed photographs.

  • Engagement

    Personally, I love engagement shoots. Whether you’re planning on getting married in several months, a year or three, I’d love to give you a taste of my photography style with an engagement shoot. I know plenty of picturesque areas too if you’re stuck for ideas.

My Availability & Pricing

If you’re looking for a candid wedding photographer in Bedfordshire, please do not hesitate to get in touch to the and see if I’m available for you big day. I can also send you a bespoke pricing brochure that tells you more about my approach to photography.

Every wedding I photograph in Bedford or any other location in the UK is entirely unique. This is exactly why I provide bespoke packages and prices that take your unique requirements into account. As with all of my plans, I don’t just consider the time I spend photographing the wedding or event, I also factor in the time I spend processing the images to perfection. Any meet-ups or chats before or after the wedding are completely free. I want to tell the complete story of your day, and more! So if you have some rings being engraved in a few weeks, I can be there to capture that story, whilst I’m happy to attend dress and suit fitting session when possible too. I know these moments do not take place on the day itself, but it’s all part of your special story. If you fancy meeting up for a coffee to discuss your upcoming wedding, simply send me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

A little bit about me…

I’ve always loved taking photographs. I have ever since my parents gave me my Instant Polaroid camera, but nothing gives me a greater buzz than shooting a couple’s big day. With my partner Kim as my second shooter, I take on a documentary style to capture natural, honest photographs of your wedding as it unfolds, and I’m certainly not the type to ask you to “say cheese” or “wave your jazz hands”.

Some reasons why you may want to consider me:

  • Awkward poses are just not for me, I probably dislike them as much as you do.
  • I may have red hair but I’ll be sure to blend into the background as much as I possibly can.
  • Editing is in my nature so I’ll always take the time to professionally process the images I capture.

  • For me, great photography is often about being organised, flexible and full of energy from start to finish.
  • I honestly do go above and beyond for my clients. If you’d like me to capture the moment your rings are engraved, or the moment you try on your dress or suit for the first time, I want to be there.

Wedding Photography Steps

Fancy a chat?

See if I'm available for your big day.

Get in touch

If you like my work and want to learn more about me, simply send me a message here.

Secure your date

Book me in for your big day.

Lock me down for your big day

A small deposit of £150 is required to book me for your big day, whilst the final payment is due 1 month before the wedding.

Let's get planning

Creating a moodboard of ideas for your album.

It starts with a 'shotlist'

It’s always beneficial to go through the shotlist during the early stages and it ensures you can relax and enjoy the day as I take/tick off those shots that you’ve longed for.

My Photographic Style for Weddings & Events

Special moments are much more emotional, memorable and powerful when they’re natural and honest, and that’s why my photographic style is unobtrusive. I don’t want you to glance down at your wedding photographs in 10 or 20 years time to recollect nothing but a series of cheesy poses, I want you to look at a stunning set of photographs that convey genuine emotion.

Of course, there are certain shots that need to be captured throughout the course of the day, and a little direction on my part can help produce images full of emotion and atmosphere. I admit I’m most comfortable taking more laid back, reportage style photographs, but during my early years, I was quick to learn that memorable moments don’t always unfold naturally, and there are times throughout the day when it’s appropriate to make suggestions on positioning, location and movement. With all of my wedding photography packages, I always have a second shooter with me, my partner Kim, and it means when you’re smiling directly into one camera; the second camera can be capturing the same moment from a more natural angle.

You can now also find me in the Directory of Bedford Wedding Photographers.

What I’ve been up to recently:

Perhaps I can answer some of your initial questions.

As I’m sure you will see when you start your search for your ideal wedding photographer in the UK, price can vary considerably. There can be a number of reasons for this, such as the level of experience, location, equipment, number of photographers, hours of coverage, insurance and hours spent during the editing/post production stage. To get a clear idea on my prices, please feel free to request your bespoke pricing brochure and I’ll be back in touch as soon as possible.

A standard full day package with Ben Taylor Photography will include 12 hours of coverage, two photographers present (myself and Kim), unlimited meetings during the build up to your big day, shotlists, moodboards, all images digitally processed and a bespoke wooden keepsake box with matching memory stick. In addition to having public liability and indemnity insurance, we also have a backup plan, so in the unlikely event that a piece of equipment is damaged or fails at your wedding, we always have replacement cameras, lenses and flashes on hand at all times.

I’ve always photographed using a Canon and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Generally throughout the day I am alternating between my Canon 5D Mark 4 and Canon 6D cameras, which I both have easy access to thanks to my leather harness. Kim then shoots with a 6D too whilst our lenses range from 24mm to 200mm and this subsequently means we’re able to photograph very wide scenes such as full scenes of the church and the surrounding grounds, as well as close up candid portraits which we take from a distance. The equipment we use not only allows us to cover all angles, but it also ensures we can work away in the background without disrupting your day. We then have all of the accompanying gear such as flashes, tripods and reflectors.

Absolutely. We’ve never confirmed a wedding with a couple until we’ve met them in person (or via video call if based further afield). We feel it’s important you get to know us, our style and how we work, and we’re more than happy to come to your place for an initial meeting, or we can meet at our place, your favourite coffee shop or even the venue. It’s completely up to you.

Yes, though myself and Kim are based in Bedford, we’re more than happy to travel to photograph weddings throughout the UK and overseas. We enjoy seeking out new cultural like many destination wedding photographers, we will tie a wedding in with a holiday of our own, thus keeping costs as low as possible.

Yes I’d say that the majority of the weddings we photograph include those classic family shots outside the church or reception venue. We know how important these are and though we pride ourselves on capturing reportage photographs, we always factor in time for the indispensable formal family photographs.

For me, documentary wedding photography is about adapting to the scene that’s in front of you and anticipating the shot before it happens. As discussed, the majority of our photographs are taken without any direction on our part, but our ultimate aim is to give you a beautiful wedding album that tells the story of your day, whilst bringing back real memories and emotions.

Having photographed weddings on my own and with an assistant, I find that I’m able to cover a whole lot more of the day with an extra pair of hands. Luckily my partner Kim also has a passion for photography and it means we’re both able to capture candid moments from various perspectives, so whilst I’m photographing a close up of the rings as they’re being exchanged, she can be positioned towards the back of the church capturing the special moment as part of a wider scene. Another example is that during the formal photographs, Kim will be positioned just behind me, to the left or right, so whilst I’m capturing those head-on formal photographs, Kim will be capturing the same family members expressions from a more natural angle. We can talk more about how we work during our initial meeting, and you can see if we’re available for your big day by sending us a message here.