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I’m Rob Tarren, a documentary wedding photographer based in Gloucestershire in the heart of the Cotswolds.

As a documentary wedding photographer, I’m there to tell the story of your wedding day, the whole day, not just a couple of hours of it. I don’t do hourly packages as it’s impossible to capture the true spirit of your day within a two or three hour time slot.

I want to record the tears of joy, tears of sadness, the stories being exchanged, the laughter and the happiness of your wedding day. From the bride giggling whilst she’s pampered in the morning, right through to the inevitable crazy wedding dancer busting some moves on the floor in front of the band…I’m there to capture it all.

I do not interfere with your day, I do not boss people into unnatural poses. I’m there to document you and your guests enjoying the most important day of your life in a candid and natural way.

I use natural lighting wherever possible. You’ll rarely see a flashgun perched on top of my camera unless light conditions dictate that I absolutely have to.

All of the processed shots are supplied for you to download in glorious high definition via a secure online gallery. There’s no limit to the amount of photographs you will receive; if an image forms an integral part of your wedding celebration then it appears within the story of your day. Your images will also be provided in a size specifically for use on Facebook and Twitter allowing you to share your photographs with your friends and family.

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Pricing
My pricing structure replicates my photography style – simple and uncomplicated. The prices quoted below are the prices you pay; there are no hidden extras.

Photography package – £1,495

  • Pre-wedding consultation to chat about the details of your big day (in person, phone or Skype if easier).
  • Full coverage of your wedding day.
  • Post-processing of images to accentuate details and colours.
  • Secure online gallery with access to download your processed photographs with the option to purchase prints, canvases and frames of the day.

Fine Art Album – £450

  • Present a selection of your favourite images in a beautiful 12″ x 12″ contemporary leather album containing 15 spreads (30 sides).

Pre-Wedding Shoot – £250

  • Prepare yourself for the wedding with a pre-wedding / engagement shoot. A great way to have some fun, get used to the camera and capture some wonderful informal photos to treasure forever. Click here for more details about my pre-wedding shoots. The price applies to couples who book my photography package.

Wedding Signing Frame – £125

  • A fantastic way to present an image from your engagement shoot for all your guests to view and sign on your wedding day. Click here for more details about my signing frames.

Contact
No two weddings are the same, every couple will have specific requirements and expectations for the most important day of their lives. With this in mind, please feel free to ask me anything using my contact page or give me a call on 07590 529 883. It would be great to hear from you and learn more about the plans for your big day!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will you be with us on the day? I don’t place any strict timescales on the day. I’m there for as long as it takes to tell the story of your wedding. I want to capture as much of the celebration as possible…without being a pest! As a rough guide, a couple of hours before the ceremony is usually plenty of time to get lots of key preparation shots. I certainly won’t disappear whilst the last few notes of the first dance are being played. I do like to stay a little while longer to photograph guests letting their hair down and capturing lots of dance floor action!

What is a pre-wedding shoot? A pre-wedding (or engagement) shoot is an opportunity to get together before your big day to have some fun, take some shots and get you used to the camera. It’s completely optional but it gives you the chance to see how your images will look with my style of photography. The only restriction I make is that the pre-wedding shoot must take place in Gloucestershire. Read about pre-wedding shoots in my blog by clicking here.

How many photos will I receive? There’s no definitive value as it’s difficult to provide an exact number of shots as this varies depending on a number of factors. For example, when I’m required to start and finish, multiple locations (the more time I’m in a car the less time I’m shooting), weather/seasonal conditions, etc. I will always aim to deliver in excess of 350 fully processed photos of your day.

It’s great that you give us the digital images; but can you also provide prints? All of your processed images are placed into an online password protected gallery where you can order prints, canvases and framed images at the click of a mouse button. All orders are fulfilled by one of the UK’s leading processing labs and delivered directly to your door. Share your gallery with friends and family and they can order photos too. Click here to view the available products.

I would like an album, what will I have to do? Once you have had an opportunity to review the photos, I will ask you to select around seventy of your favourite images and I will build a bespoke layout and send you a set of proofs showing you how the pages of the album will appear. Once you are happy with the layout I will arrange for the album to be created.

Do you shoot the formal group shots? I do, but as anybody who attends a wedding will testify, it’s generally the part of the day everyone dreads and has a nasty habit of ruining the atmosphere of a wedding! I recommend keeping the number of formal group shots to an absolute minimum to ensure you spend more time enjoying your day with your guests. In order to speed up the process, I would ask the bride and groom to nominate an usher to gather the required groups together.

Will you ask our guests to pose all day? The one and only time I will ask your guests to actively ‘smile at the camera’ is during the formal shots! My number one aim is to blend into the background and allow you and your guests to relax and enjoy the celebrations without the photographer interfering. If you head over to my testimonial page you’ll notice a lot of comments relating to guests not noticing me due to my candid approach to the day!

Are there any hidden extras? No, the price quoted above is the price you will pay for wedding ceremonies within a 30 mile radius of GL4. The only extra costs would cater for travel / accommodation expenses for ceremonies that are outside of these areas.

What happens if you are ill? In the extremely unlikely event I am unable to attend on the day, I am part of a group of professional photographers providing backup for each other should the need arise.

Do you offer discounts for cash? As a full time professional photographer I offer a service that has been financially calculated to cover the time and energy dedicated to your special day. Wedding photography is so much more than collecting ‘snaps’ from one day. Many of my weddings are booked a year to eighteen months in advance, so the knowledge that I will still legally be operating at the time of your wedding is vital. I operate as a private limited company bound by the tax and company laws of the UK. Yes you may pay cash, although it will still be accounted for by my company in the manner you would expect as a tax payer yourself.

Do you use a second photographer? I much prefer to work alone as it allows me to take sole responsibility for the brief you have supplied me with. I will not use your wedding as a training ground for assistant photographers. I work in a discreet manner which allows your guests to relax and enjoy your day; something that would be difficult to achieve if they felt they are being ‘papped’ from all angles by multiple photographers.

Will you blog our wedding? Very likely! I’m aware couples love having their images shown off on my site! It’s also the most honest way to display my style of photography and googling one of my weddings is probably the reason you found my website! However, I do appreciate that some couples would prefer to keep their images private; with this in mind I would not blog anything if you expressly ask me not to. No photos will be blogged until I have sent your gallery.

Everything sounds great! How do I book you? As soon as you are happy to proceed, a non refundable booking fee of £300 will secure my services for the day. The balance will need to be paid no later than 28 days before the wedding day.

When should we book? It sounds like a cheesy sales tactic, but with anything wedding related it is always best to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. To put it into context, I shoot in excess of 60 weddings each year and sadly have to decline over double that figure as I haven’t figured out how to clone myself yet! Weekends were fully booked for 2017 before the year started and I only have a couple of autumn weekend dates available for 2018!

More questions? There are more FAQ’s on my blog – click here to read them.

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Visit my blog page to keep up to date with my latest wedding shots at various Cotswolds venues including Great Tythe Barn in Tetbury, Kingscote Barn in Tetbury, Elmore Court in Gloucester, Cripps Stone Barn in Cheltenham, Priors Tithe Barn in Brockworth, Cripps Barn in Bibury, Ettington Park in Stratford, Tortworth Court near Bristol, Manor House Hotel in Moreton in Marsh, Cheltenham Chase Hotel in Brockworth, Brinsop Court in Hereford, The Frogmill Hotel in Cheltenham, Bowden Hall Hotel in Gloucester, Hatherley Manor Hotel in Cheltenham, Dumbleton Hall near Evesham & Tewkesbury, St Georges Church in Brockworth, Thistle Hotel in Cheltenham, Deer Park Wedding Venue in Pershore, Bear Of Rodborough in Stroud, Stonehouse Court Hotel in Stonehouse, Tracy Park Golf & Country Club near Bath, Cain Manor in Hampshire, plus many more.

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Website Test – Sony A9

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Sony A9 Wedding Photography Review

Everyone and their dog appears to be writing Sony A9 wedding reviews. I didn’t want to be left out, so here’s my take on Sony’s new flagship camera!

Firstly, this isn’t a tech review, I don’t really understand half the wobbly graphs and diagrams that flood the internet when new kit is released. This is purely how I got on during my first month shooting with the new set up. When I get a bit more time I will do some more detailed reviews.

I’ve been a wedding photographer for nearly seven years. During that time I’ve only ever shot with Nikon bodies; the last three years with D750’s coupled with a combination of Nikkor and Sigma glass. I’m a HUGE fan of the D750, it’s a phenomenal camera and has served me incredibly well since I picked up my first pair of bodies in 2014. Its low light performance was excellent, the dynamic range was superb both providing me with that little extra comfort when shooting in really challenging lighting conditions. It was far more compact than the bulky D800‘s that I’d been using before.

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I refresh my kit every 18 months or so and my second pair of D750’s would have been coming up for a replacement at the end of the 2017 wedding season. Despite loving these cameras I was hoping the rumours of a new silent mirrorless Nikon system were true. As a documentary wedding photographer, the capability of shooting in complete silence was a big thing for me, not just for the ceremonies where clicks can be frowned upon by officials, but also during bridal prep and the speeches where silence is golden. Sadly, the rumours surrounding a pro-grade mirrorless Nikon system started to fade over the summer months, whilst the positive feedback surrounding the new Sony A9 continued to grow apace! Review after review after review kept lauding Sony’s new camera.

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The geek within me got a little jittery so I headed over to Clifton Cameras to see what all the hype was about. I picked up the A9 mounted with the Sony 35mm 1.4 and started whizzing it around the shop; that was it, I was blown away! I mean, I was really gob smacked! The autofocusing system was just insane. The shutter really was completely silent. The Eye-Autofocus was scarily accurate. The sharpness of the eye in the resulting images was fantastic. The 20 frames per second capture rate was just ridiculous (with no screen blackout). The huge buffer was in a different league to the cameras I’d used previously. The white balance seemed to nail the light conditions perfectly. All in such a small package. It’s the first time I’ve picked up a camera and actually got excited at the thought of using its technology in a real world wedding environment.

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That was it, I was hooked. I returned home and immediately placed an order for two Sony A9’s, the Sony 35mm 1.4 Distagon, the 85mm 1.8 Zeiss Batis, the 135mm 2.8 Zeiss Batis and shortly afterwards the 18mm 2.8 Zeiss Batis. I also picked up a couple of Godox TT685S flashguns! Now it was time to put this kit to the test!

Luckily, Santa Claus (in the guise of a DPD driver) arrived just in time for the Lakefest music festival that I was scheduled to photograph. A perfect opportunity to test the oodles of configuration settings, focussing options and the overall performance of the camera/lenses away from the pressure of a wedding.

Within the first handful of shots I was utterly blown away with the accuracy of the focussing. Some of the musicians were jumping around the stage in really poor lighting conditions but the focus locked on and happily tracked their movement (I used Lock On Flexible Spot M to start with). I then tried the Eye-Autofocus; again it perfectly tracked the musicians as they moved around the stage.

The performance of the camera is one thing, the quality of the output is another. If the RAW files that the A9 produces are cruddy in post processing then all that tech becomes a bit pointless. Well, for me, I was once again blown away by the images. The sharpness, the colours, the contrast, the bokeh, the dynamic range…everything looked awesome! Noise management was fantastic, I was letting the ISO ride up to 12,800 in Auto ISO mode if it needed to. Even shots at this level were looking great when I zoomed in.

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The festival also staged a BMX competition that provided me with the perfect opportunity to test the focus tracking, high speed shutter and buffer. I literally took hundred of test shots! I really wouldn’t want to bore you with all of them, but here’s a short sequence of images as the A9 tracks the rider spinning through the air and landing successfully. Sadly you can’t see it in this thumbnail collection, but the I guarantee that the rider is pin sharp in each of these images!

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After three days of shooting at the festival I knew what my best configurations would be to photograph a wedding. However, when I actually started documenting the weddings, particularly bridal prep, I realised the technology could really help me maintain an even more unobtrusive approach. Take this test shot of Abi for example; I literally walked past her with the camera at hip height, I pressed the Eye-AF button and fired a few shots. I didn’t look at the screen or viewfinder until I was on the other side of the room and yet the camera absolutely nailed the focus on Abi’s eye!

Sony A9 Autofocus

Staying on the subject of Eye-AF, the functionality within the A9 allows you to put the human emphasis on composition and let the technology worry about the focussing. For example, in the test image below I framed Marc between two guests and asked the camera to focus on the eye. It did it, even though he’s turning to one side! I didn’t have to focus and recompose or move a focus point around with the directional buttons.

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The same applies to Laura’s shot below. As always, the initial starting point of focus is in the centre of the frame, but by clicking the Eye-AF button it immediately (and automatically) shifts to find her eye hidden in the hairstylist’s bent arm! No need to focus and recompose! Crazy!

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Switching to a completely new system also required the need to invest in new glass to compliment the camera (kerching!). Believe me, a LOT of research went into finding the lenses that would best suit the way I shoot. I wanted to return to a completely prime set up and after much deliberation I opted for the 18, 35, 85 and 135 focal lengths. I love the Zeiss Batis line up; beautiful colours, a lovely subtle contrast, not even a hint of chromatic aberration even when wide open and they’re incredibly quick to latch on to (and track) subjects. The lens/camera combinations are so light too; my D750 with the Sigma ART 85 was 1,885 grammes compared to 1,125 grammes for the Sony/Zeiss equivalent! You definitely appreciate that after shooting a 12 hour wedding!

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Sony A9 Wedding Photos

There are some things that I miss from previous cameras. There’s no way of knowing what your current exposure settings are without looking at the back of the screen. With the D750 you could simply look at the top LCD or with other compact cameras you can look at the dials. Whilst I’ve not actually missed a shot, there’s a slight delay when the camera wakes up from sleeping (less than a second, but it’s noticeable). Reports of the terrible battery life on the mirrorless cameras were a worry but the Sony appear to have resolved the power issues with the A9 and although I can get through an entire wedding with only one battery change I do miss being able to shoot a whole gig without being conscious of the little percentage value in the top right had corner of the screen!

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So what do I think of the Sony A9 after one month? Awesome. Absolutely awesome. Although targetted at sports photographers, the flagship Sony feels like the ultimate wedding camera. The weight, the size, the focussing accuracy, the dynamic range (in the shadows AND highlights), the ergonomics, the white balance calculation (especially when dealing with nasty tungsten lighting), the huge buffer (for aisle walks, confetti showers, bouquet toss, etc), the crazy 20fps if you were to ever need it, the perfect number of megapixels (and the resulting file size) all make this camera an absolute bloody dream to use! For me, it’s actually left me feeling really annoyed and downright disappointed that my beloved Nikon developers haven’t come anywhere near to producing a camera as technologically advanced as the A9.

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Finally, Oli seems to like having his photo taken with the A9, so that’s the biggest thumbs up it can get!

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Great Tythe Barn 2017 Wedding Photography – Jess & Todd

Great Tythe Barn 2017 – Eek, it’s been two months since I blogged a wedding! I promise I will get my bottom into gear and post more of the fab weddings I’ve had the privilege to photograph this year!

I’ve managed to squeeze a quick post in with a few pics from Jess and Todd’s amazing day at The Great Tythe Barn in Tetbury. I did have to get special permission from my wife to shoot their wedding as it happened to fall on our own anniversary! Clearly a great day to get married!

Jess was preparing for the day in the Tythe House, a great location for photographers as the natural light that spills in through the big windows is great to work with. Todd was quietly getting ready with the boys in the Kiln Cottage.

As you’ll see from the shots below, the ceremony was full of smiles, everyone beaming from ear to ear.

It was a bit touch and go with the weather as the autumnal clouds decided to empty themselves for a short while during the drinks reception. However, the showers were short lived and we were able to get outside for lots of fantastic portrait shots!

Here are a few images from Jess and Todd’s big day in the Cotswolds!

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Bride getting ready in Tythe House at Great Tythe Barn

Groom waiting at the end of aisle at Great Tythe Barn

Bridal Party Entrance at Great Tythe Barn

Drinks reception at Great Tythe Barn

Speeches at Great Tythe Barn

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Bride and Groom Portrait Photos at Great Tythe Barn

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Bridal Photos at the Great Tythe Barn

First Dance Photos at The Great Tythe Barn

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If you are getting married at the Great Tythe Barn and think I would fit in with your plans for the day then drop me a line. You can get in touch by messaging me on my Contact page. Alternatively, I will be at the Great Tythe Barn 2017 wedding fayre on Sunday 12th November. Pop along and say hello and have a look through some of my portfolio albums! It would be great to hear from you!