I’ve spent this week at a wedding photography conference in Stockholm, which sounds boring but was so much fun, full of laughs and tears (how did the speakers manage to bring 500 people to tears!?). I also learned a lot. I went with no expectations to learn anything new, but I was blown away. I’ve taken a few tips away with me that I’ll implement immediately and which I really believe will improve my work so so much. One of the tips sounds super obvious, but so many photographers don’t do it: shoot every day. How can we expect to get better at our craft if we only shoot on Saturdays? Also, shoot in black and white. Of course as I shoot in RAW all my images are colour, but seeing them in black and white on my camera screen shows up all the shadows, light, shapes and patterns with no distractions like colour getting in the way. So I went out shooting on the street with my little Olympus OMD EM5 after the conference ended, and this is what I came up with… very different to my usual work, and hopefully this slightly artsy, grittier documentary style is something I can bring to my weddings from now on – of course alongside all the fun, vibrant, silly photos, but it’s nice to include the quiet, subtle, beautiful moments too.