I am a highly experienced, incredibly creative, Documentary Wedding Photographer. I started with film, I now shoot both digital and film
In the beginning
At the age of four, I was given a Box Brownie (that’s a really old Kodak film camera). I have not stopped shooting since
Through the seventies and eighties I was shooting products, portraits, events and a range of small, medium and large format film cameras, and fell in love with a Nikon F6 as my go-to shoot anything camera. In the late eighties, I studied photography formally, and did the Photography City & Guilds 1, 2 & 3 in Swindon. I then went onto study Optics and Lens Design at City University in London
Starting with weddings
I was a second shooter for my first wedding back in 1989, I learnt a lot then, mainly what I hated about wedding photography – stiff, traditional, lined up standard shots. Interesting fact – back then we shot several weddings a day, and would wind the film back on to shoot the last few shots in the evening reception. We shot 12 or 34 or 36, and albums had 12, 24 or 36 photographs in them
It was about then I started looking at photographers like Lisa Larsen, the young magazine photographer who shot the wedding of JF Kennedy and Jackie Onassis in 1953... Yes – that early! Her style was so documentary and photojournalistic - open, free and emotional. It was then I realised that traditional wedding photography was not for me
Much to the horror of my peers I loosened up, and started shooting in a photojournalistic style. For a while, I shot the traditional 12 or 24 photographs on a medium format film camera, and then at the same time, slipped in a couple of rolls of 35mm film through, in the observational documentary approach. Couples loved it, the rest is history
Photography and Optics has run through my veins for nearly all of my life. Camera craft is utterly natural to me. A long time ago, photography became so natural to me that I stopped thinking about how to shoot, which put simply lets me concentrate on what to shoot
Nothing is off limits to me to get the shot... I incorporate seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes, buildings, stars in my wedding photography. I use all sorts of lighting, including reflectors, torches, and car headlights through to professional studio flashes on radio triggers. I literally have a car packed full of cameras and lighting goodies to cover any sort of shot
I hate it I do...
I have a confession, I hate being photographed. This drives the way I shoot. I know that most people feel uncomfortable being photographed. Over the years I have learnt how to blend in and shoot really natural photography. I am very observational. I see light, shapes and emotions. I have an excellent anticipation as to what will happen next
I strive for the best. I regularly look at every aspect about the way I work and seek to refine it. I will never cut corners, or make my life easier, if it gets in the way of excellence. This constant refining means that I do things that most other wedding photographers have never considered. I won’t bore you with the details, but do pick up the phone and ask me (and perhaps a few other photographers) about quiet cameras, pre-sharpening, output specific sharpening, noise profiling, backup policy, in-shoot colour profiling, hardware colour profiling- the list goes on and on...
Almost at every wedding I shoot I get a comment about how hard I work. You will be booking me for a day, and for sure you will get me for the day. I treat each couple like family; you will get the service that I would want for my family
Ages and ages
Timeless photography is important to me, which is why I don’t aim to be quirky or vintage. I appreciate that you, your children, grandchildren and even your great grand children will be looking at your wedding photographs. That’s why I won’t be using this year’s Instagram filters and calling it a style. For this reason, I purposefully use acid-free materials that will last many lifetimes. I want your wedding photographs to look as good in more than 100 years time as they will when I give them to you
Its all about the base (double base actually)
Going off topic, I’m mad crazy about jazz, world music, classical music and most other music. I unwind by cooking. If I am not shooting and editing photographs, I’m walking the dog, getting outdoors, or doing practical things like plastering walls and painting
If I sound like your sort of photographer, drop me a line. I am based in the UK and worldwide
You can call me in my studio: 01522 253203 or, if you are outside of the UK: 0044 1522 LOndon and the South East and South West
Write to me
Richard King, Coppercoin, Collingham Road, Swinderby, Lincolnshire, LN6 9LP
Where do I shoot weddings?
I am a Lincoln wedding photographer. If you are looking for a Lincolnshire wedding photographer or a Nottinghamshire wedding photographer drop me a line. I shoot destination wedding photography. I work all over Europe, the Caribbean and Worldwide.
I have a base in Cyprus, do if you are looking for a Cyprus wedding photographer, or a Mediterran wedding photographer, I would be delighted to chat with you
I also have an office in Swindon, that allows me to cover London and the South of England