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Devonshire Wedding Photographer Turns Heads with Bridal Pictures

07 Oct 2015

Devonshire wedding photographer Martyn Norsworthy has been turning heads with his pictures, with five honourable mentions in the 2015 International Photography Awards competition. He tells Lorna Dockerill the story behind the beautiful bridal shots 

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Perfectly-executed bridal photography captures the magic of an extraordinary 24 hours that is impossible to recreate. Therefore, its vital to choose a wedding photographer who can deliver on the day and visualise those memories. And Devonshire-based fine art wedding photographer Martyn Norsworthy knows a thing or two about shooting weddings.

Hes caught the eye of judges at the 2015 International Photography Awards, picking up four honourable mentions for his wedding pictures and one for a picture of a subject of the canine variety.

Martyn, who has been photographing weddings for 24 years, was awarded the honourable mentions for his photographs in the People Wedding Category within the competition, and one in the Special Pets Category for a picture of his brothers dog, Maisy.

What's great about winning awards for my wedding photography is that I'm able to show couples I can produce this high standard of work even within the tight time constraints of a wedding,says Martyn on his award win. I always enter images from real weddings for this reason.

Wedding photography should be captured using all of the tools you can use and by this I don't mean equipment. I mean your emotions, your people skills and how you bond with the couple.

Here at Bride, we know how paramount wedding photography is to recording such a momentous occasion, so we were keen to discover the back story behind the pictures Martyn received honourable mentions for. Here, he explains the thinking behind the images including that captivating shot of Maisy the dog.


A Quiet Moment
Thomas and Julie, Reed Hall, Exeter 


Love this shot. The mixture of the stone work and the autumn colours. Thomas wanted me to capture the autumn colours in the gardens and when I visited the venue for a look around I was drawn to this area with the Italianate architecture. I love wide shots with the couple having a moment.


On Golden Sands 
Natasha and Adam, Soar Mill Cove, Devon


As ever with a coastal venue the couple wanted beach photos. I prefer to shoot beach photos later in the day when the light is better and more dramatic. We arrived to the beach and the blazing sun was still there perfectly shining above the Landmark Rocks. Shooting into the sun has its problems but it's a style of mine. Here we lit the couple using portable flashes to combat the power of the sun resulting in this cinematography-styled shot.


Sunset Kisses
Paul and Michelle. Hope Cove, Devon


Paul and Michelle married in the tiny cliff top church of St Clements under special licence. My aim is always to capture a shot that tells the whole wedding day story. As we were about to leave I spotted the misty haze and sunset and dashed in to get them. As a result they were very glad to leave the party. Such a beautiful image to have in their album.


Awaiting the Groom
Emma and Wayne, the Horn of Plenty, Devon 


Emma openly says she works in a male environment so I wanted to capture her looking beautiful, soft and feminine. This was a very simple photo taken using just the soft window light. I love how the light sparkles in her eyes, and Im glad to say she loved it too.




The challenge to photograph a black dog And I chose a black background. I needed a very special lighting set up to photograph my brothers beautiful dog. Glad to say it worked. For added effect I switched on the wind machine to blow the wispy hairs around.” 

The International Photography Awards Competition conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale, and this year received more than 27,000 submissions from 104 countries.



See all the winners of the International Photography Awards Competition here.



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