Wedding photographer and founder of SNAP Photography Festival, based in London - likes cheese, wine and the occasional power ballad
Laura Babb is a wedding, portrait and lifestyle photographer based in Camden, London. As well as being a wedding photographer, Laura has a love of street photography and photographing urban landscapes. When not taking photographs, Laura's other interests include fascinators, portmanteau, the smell of autumn, symmetry, charity shops, power-ballads, cardigans, indie and folk, tattoos, art, and cheese (the stinkier the better).
Planning a wedding when you're a classic introvert is a bit terrifying. All those people, all day, wanting to chat to you... Even if they're your favourite people, your introverted nature probably means you're wondering just when you might get five minutes to yourself for a breather.
The best way to love yourself in your wedding pictures is to love yourself full stop, and look at the bigger picture. Have THE BEST time at your wedding. Enjoy every minute. Smile. It's as simple as that. Let go of your expectations, forget about perfection and BE HAPPY.
If your budget won't stretch to photography and this is a way of having someone record parts of the day for you, but you're not especially bothered if it all goes wrong / you don't get many usable shots, then having your friend take some pictures for you is a great idea.
Most of these traditions emanate from heterosexual weddings but many of the traditions can be easily adapted to suit gay couples, whether you want to take a more traditional or alternative approach. I'll be including some ideas about how to adapt traditional wedding elements to suit a gay wedding.
In my view someone whose style you love should be the number one consideration when choosing a wedding photographer. You'll want to look at your photos again and again, for the rest of your life. Picking a photographer whose work you love will mean you stay in love with your wedding pictures.
The more and more I think about it, the more I know that it's the story telling aspect of being a photographer that interests me and not just the story that makes up the key events of the wedding day, but the little stories. The seemingly insignificant. The things that will be forgotten if they're not recorded. What was happening in-between.
I read on the BBC website with interest recently, it talks about the rise of the 'bloggable' wedding and the pressure that couples put themselves under to have a wedding that's deemed 'blogworthy'. People spend a lot of time thinking about the details of their wedding.
There are loads of reasons why having an engagement photo shoot is an excellent idea but the main one is FEAR or the removal of it. Many people are apprehensive about having their photograph taken by a professional photographer for one reason and one reason alone: fear of the unknown. They don't know what to expect.
I am a mere four years into my journey as a photographer and just over two years into my journey as a professional photographer. In that time my style and aesthetic has developed. I have moved on and I can see my work becoming more my own. I am still learning and I hope I always will be.
You will save yourself a whole heap of wedding day stress by letting go. Turn up, get married, have a party. Don't worry about the details or the politics. Don't stress about things running on time because they never do. Ever.