Cecelina Tornberg Wedding Photography
Cecelina Tornberg is a Swedish fashion, portrait and wedding photographer based in London. She joined Zankyou at our exclusive bridal event with Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture last September and we really wanted more of you readers to get to know her work. So we asked her a few questions about her work…
Zk: What’s your approach to wedding photography?
CT: A wedding is something so special and an event you will remember for the rest of your life. It’s a day you put great effort in making perfect, from the details of the dress, the colour of the napkins and making sure everyone has a great time. A wedding photographer’s mission is, with all her skills and effort, to capture all those small details easily looked over, while you are busy getting married! Your wedding images are something you will bring out for many years to come and most likely will live on through generations. That’s why I think wedding photography is such a wonderful and important thing!
ZK: Describe the photographer’s role at a wedding (and before/after).
CT: Before the wedding, the photographer should listen to your wishes and tailor the coverage of your big day. He/she should not be there to sell you things you don’t want, but can be a great source of advice, since she naturally is a frequent wedding visitor. It will probably be worth spending your money on those extra hours, so you don’t miss that precious moment when grandpa is dancing with the children. If you are unsure, the photographer should be open to you deciding on the actual day, how long he or she should stay.
In addition to capturing all important moments of the day and provide the couple with brilliant wedding photos, the photographer should try to be a natural part of the day. This means to be around and blend in to get the natural expressions, smiles and laughter from the wedding guests and the bride and groom. She should be unnoticeable unless she needs to take control of a tricky situation – for example when the family portraits are taken. Positive and friendly manners are very important, as well as technical skills.
After the wedding, the photographer should edit the images efficiently, but with care, and deliver a great product in reasonable time. I always make sure to have everything ready for the bride and groom as soon as they get back from their honeymoon.
Zk: What’s your favourite moment of a wedding?
CT: Every wedding is different, so naming a favourite is difficult, but one thing I always look forward to is the portrait session with the wedding couple. This is usually the first time they have together as husband and wife after the ceremony, so all emotions are on top and they tend to forget about me, letting me take sweet and emotional shots of them both. If the portraits are taken before the wedding they are filled with excitement and possibly some nervousness and only have eyes for each other.
A great photographer can help you if you are not used to posing, to make you feel comfortable and bring out your personalities. Don’t be afraid to make suggestions at this stage! I love couples who like to do their own thing, whether the style is formal and classic or more playful.
ZK. Describe your favourite wedding photo.
CT: I am a big fan of candid shots. This is from a wedding in California and the people in the photo are part of the bridal party and close friends of the bride.
I just love when people can relax around me to allow them to let loose their feelings in this way. It made the bride incredible happy to see, and that’s why I love my job!
For more information on Cecelina’s work and to contact her, visit the Cecelina Tornberg Wedding Photography page. And be sure to let us know if you decide to work with Cecelina for your big day!