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Rob and Ania’s Beautiful Vintage East Sussex Wedding



Just a few images from an East Sussex wedding I shot last month. It was a really nice day with lots of personal touches from Rob and Ania. The wedding was in the beautiful little village of Berwick, near Lewes.


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Wedding Photography Tips – Plan your Travel and Check your Car.

Wedding Photography by Tobias Key

Bridesmaids and Bouquets

Every Wedding Photographer’s Nightmare is breaking down or getting stuck in traffic on the way to a Wedding.

Here are some simple tips that will help you avoid disaster.

Nothing is worse in wedding photography than turning up late for a wedding, and if you unsettle yourself before you have even begun, chances are you won’t get into the right mindset where you do your best work. Preparations for you travel should begin before the wedding day.

  • Make sure you car is serviced at the beginning of the wedding season. You can’t remove the risk of mechanical failure but you can cut it down significantly by keeping your car well maintained.
  • Check oil and water levels as well as tyre pressures the day before the wedding. Also inspect your tyres for any nicks or damage that could turn into a puncture.
  • If you don’t know how to change a tyre safely learn how. it could change an hour delay for a roadside assistance into a fifteen minute job.
  • If you have pre wedding meetings with clients try and meet at the venue where possible. As well as being able to check out photographic opportunities, it lets you have a trial run of the journey, if the venue turns out to be tricky to find much better to get lost on the practice run. If you are shooting at a city centre venue, try and work out  parking arrangements, and ask the venue if there are any problems with parking.
  • Plan your travel on the basis of an arrival time and a time that you start work. Your arrival time should be such that you have some leeway for traffic delays or similar. I often allow over an hour during the tourist season in Sussex, I just bring a flask of tea and a good book to read!
  • There are plenty of traffic monitoring sites on the web. Before you leave for a wedding check to see if there have been any incidents. The BBC travel page at is an essential read before setting off.
  • If disaster does strike make sure you have some emergency contact numbers so you can let your clients know what’s going on, phone the AA, or call a cab. Sometimes mishaps can’t be avoided, but at least you can let people know what is going on.
  • If a wedding is very far from you, consider booking into a hotel the night before hopefully at the clients expense!

Have fun out there!



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Wedding Photography Tips – Dressing for a Wedding.

Wedding Photography in Sussex by Tobias Key

Wedding Preparations on the Isle of Wight

If you are just starting in Wedding Photography, dressing for a Wedding can be a little trickier than you think.

In advance I’d like to point out that this is a guide for male photographers.  Although some of the points may be helpful in a general sense, I wouldn’t presume to tell female photographers what to wear, I am recounting my own experience.

For me there are two essential things that I want to convey when I dress for a wedding.

  • I want to show that I am professional and respect the occasion.
  • I do not want to overdress and look look like a wedding guest. I am there to work.

For most of us the obvious answer to these questions would be to wear a fairly conservative suit. But over the years I have had a few issues with wearing suits for wedding photography.

The biggest problem is that a lot of suits are just not hard wearing enough. You can ruin a good suit very quickly by slinging a heavy camera bag on your shoulder. The trousers and arms crease as raise your camera to your eye or crouch for a shot. There is not enough room in them if they are fitted. Especially today’s skinnier look. I have had suits split under the arm or at the hip after a few weddings, luckily nothing that was obvious but certainly a warning that I might be in danger of experiencing a major trouser splitting incident!

After a Couple of Hours of Enthusiastic Shooting, a Good Suit can Look Like You’ve Slept in it!

So where do you go from there? I have tried modern machine washable, non iron suits and they are tougher. Trouble is they are also often cheap and badly cut. They don’t call them ‘court appearance specials’ for nothing. If you can find a good quality non iron suit it’s a good choice, maybe not as smart in absolute sense but it doesn’t crease like a woollen suit so holds up better over the day.

Another option is is the black logo’d polo shirt with black trousers. This is not something I have done as I don’t feel comfortable advertising too overtly at such a special occasion as a wedding, particularly in church. I also would not feel comfortable at a wedding without a tie on. I always carry business cards in case guests ask for my details but so far I’ve resisted the temptation to turn my self into a human billboard. I have also been to weddings where the waiters wore black shirts and black trousers, so if you wore the same it could be a little embarrassing.

So What does this Wedding Photographer wear?

Over the years I have move towards wearing a sport jacket or tweed, a waist coat and smart cotton trousers. I found that tweed particularly doesn’t crease is hard wearing, and is cut for field sports such as shooting or fishing so has more room to move. I wear a waistcoat instead of a jacket if it is very hot. I always wear a tie. I try to find double stitched roomy trousers so they don’t split if I crouch. I always wear well broken in comfortable shoes, preferably with some kind of arch support. There is nothing worse than feeling your shoes rubbing in the morning when you have six hours left to go before you finish!





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