It all started back in '87 when I first originated the style and opened the world's eyes to this new and innovative approach. Weddings by their very nature are usually quite dull affairs. Wedding photographers normally ruin the day even further by getting the ushers to throw their hats in air and asking the bridal party to run up down a field holding hands. Reportedge™ changed all this and many photographers tried to emulate my style. The key thing is that you have to blend in. My chameleon like qualities are legendary. I had an e-mail from a client this morning whose wedding I photographed last August.
" Dear Mr Pye - We have just received our wedding photographs and must say that they were not what we were expecting (the quality of my work often surprises and delights - DP). On the day we hardly noticed you taking pictures and this is certainly obvious from the photos you have presented - it's like you were not there for half the time."
I get feedback like this all the time. My technique is to tuck in to the champagne as soon as possible and get chatting at the bar with the liveliest guests. Most of them never even guess that I am a master of wedding photography.
This leads me to this weeks tip for aspiring wedding photographers. You must be able to hold your booze - it's impossible to blend in if you are stood awkwardly at the edge of things as sober as a judge. I usually drink a lot the day before a big wedding and then top myself up from my hip flask outside the Church. This gets me through to the reception and then it's free booze all the way.