wedding

Wedding Garden Party photography - the relaxed way to celebrate.

Celebrating with a Wedding Garden Party

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Simon and Roxine married at the start of the year in the snow, in Finland. So what better way to celebrate than with a party on one of sunniest August days this year. This allowed them to have all their friends and family share the fun.  A summer garden party is a great idea and with the kind of weather we’ve had, their timing was perfect and their garden is beautiful. 

This lovely pair really know how to throw a party, I’ll be asking for advice before I plan anything, ever, as everyone had a great time.  The combination of family who had the chance to catch up with each other and friends mixed easily.

Roxine wore her wedding dress for part of the time, which her guests loved before a quick change to a more relaxed outfit. 

Rugby violinist Andrew Rackham played, which set the tone for a gentle afternoon ahead of the hog roast and planned drinking and dancing for later.   I was there to provide a mix of photography, to capture the feel and atmosphere, a touch of documentary work and some just posed family and friends images.

Simon and Roxine thank you for having me join you. 

Here are a few images from the day.

Wedding Photography at The Chace Hotel, Coventry.

The Chace Hotel, Coventry Wedding Photography

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Happy first Anniversary to the lovely Amy and David.

Some weddings are emotional, some so beautiful, and then there are those that are very relaxed, it all depends on the couple, family and friends involved and that makes each unique. 

Then there is this one, probably the most difficult wedding I’ve ever shot (and forgot to blog) as it was for my brother!

I have just the one sibling so it was a key family event.   This meant that all of my family, everyone who knows me, everyone who has ever known me and my Dad who is a photographer and who used to shoot weddings is standing in front of you, behind you, alongside you….ah everywhere you look.  No pressure then :)  

Ian my other half and second shooter was with me, which was great as he helped to capture the alternate views and those moments when people are unaware they are being photographed. 

Amy and David chose The Chace Hotel in Coventry as the venue for the whole day.  The Chace provided the perfect mix of professional service with a personal touch.  The wedding co-ordinator and staff were on hand and reassuring, keeping the day perfectly on time but in an unobtrusive way. 

The photography was to be natural and relaxed, to follow the day.  The emphasis was for all guests to enjoy the day and for us to create memories as we went along. Amy had carefully planned and hand made so many items from the decorations to the rose petal confetti.  We followed the day from getting ready (for both bride and groom) through to the dancing at night.

It was an extremely hot day and we were happy to hang up our cameras for once, after the first dance and join in the party too!

 

St Marks Church and Onley Grounds Farm Wedding Photography

St Marks Church and Onley Grounds Farm Wedding, Rugby Warwickshire

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Some people are just lucky and when these two met that doubled!  Frankie and Sean are one of the loveliest couples, they know how to relax, have fun and throw a great party.

To share a day with the cup final and the royal wedding whilst still creating a day that is totally yours takes some planning.  Frankie managed it all perfectly with a gentle nod to Sean’s love of cycling included. 

A few hours coverage enabled us to create images from the arrivals at the church to the dancing in the evening which included a vintage VW Golf to arrive in, the earliest groom to a service, a dress that was pure elegance, a church full of friends and family and lots of smiles and laughter. 

A late afternoon service at St. Marks Church in Bilton, followed by a chilled party with live band at Onley Grounds Farm and Equestrian Centre had the assorted wedding guests dancing late into the evening.  For Onley Farm this was the first wedding party they had hosted and as a venue they were superb.  Food the guests loved, friendly, unobtrusive service that fitted perfectly with Frankie and Sean’s style for their party. 

It was a beautiful day, we loved being part of it all, thank you both. 

Suppliers list:

Dress:  Sammi Lou Bridal Couture    Flowers: Garden Gate Flowers   Make up: Beth Hall

Suits:  Salters    Hair: The Little Retreat   Venue: Onley Farm Barns  Cake:  Spin Sugar Cakes  

 

 

 

Hands and expression

Hands

I was editing some portrait work and realised as I was cataloging, how often I photograph hands, just hands, as a main subject as part of a wedding day.

The photo with the mehndi was the grandmothers hands, we did’nt share a language but we both understood what I saw when i showed her the image.  

It never fails to surprise me how much we say without words and that a gesture or action conveys so much, the togetherness,  the support, the fun.

Back to the Convention 

SWPP Photographers Convention in London

Luckily for me I love learning, I always have, so every opportunity to extend what I can do photographically is a must.  I want to be able to offer the best images I can produce. 

The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) of which I am a member, hold a yearly convention in London.  The event is perfectly timed as a great kick off to the new year and includes a range of speakers giving classes on all aspects of photography.

For me it is great opportunity to learn and expand my outlook.  I select classes on specific subjects that I intend to work further on this year.    This time these included natural posing, (which is the way i like to work) and have I some additional things I can bring to this.  A more technical class looking at technology changes within equipment which will help with some of the investments I will make over the year, and a lighting class which I should joke was illuminating, but really gave me some ideas about using the equipment I have but in a more daring way! Its a technique that needs lot of practise and I’m working on it - as I loved the results.

Wedding Fayres for 2018

Exhibiting at local Wedding Fayres

I will be exhibiting at more wedding fayres over the next few months.. confirmed ones detailed below (more to be added).  Please come along and say hello,  I would love to hear about your plans for your day. 

If you would like information to attend let me know. 

2018 Dates

25th February @ The Chace Hotel, Coventry

7th June @ The Chace Hotel, Coventry - Evening 

9th September @ Mercure Hotel,   Daventry 

30th September @ The Chace Hotel, Coventry 

2017 a quick look back

My favourite images from 2017

Well its all about looking ahead now, its 2018 and lots of things are happening already!

I’ve met some lovely people last year, at a whole range of events and I’m looking forward to photographing a wide range of engagement shoots, people and creating wedding photography for my couples to treasure.

So before I start talking about that, a quick look back at some of my favourite images from 2017.  

As a wedding photographer providing photography is a real pleasure. Thank you to my couples for letting me share your day.  Shooting couples who deeply love each other, just makes the whole experience even better. I love watching the telepathy between people who are so in tune, it is a delight. When there is lots of laughter and the pure enjoyment of just being with each other is the most important thing, it really shows and helps me create natural photographs that show how you are together. 

Character shows in all sorts of ways and furry character is fun to capture.  In  2017 I met a few fabulous dogs to photograph.  I’m hoping a few more may be at the weddings and engagement shoots I’m doing in 2018 (good behaviour permitting).

Live music has been a passion for a long time and in 2017 I had some great opportunities to shoot and see bands and musicians that put in stunning performances and expanded both the types of images I shoot and my listening.  These included Queen and Adam Lambert (I've still not recovered), Elbow, British Sea Power, Richard Ashcroft, Rag 'n' Bone Man, and Public Service Broadcasting,  A first for me in shooting a jazz orchestra, the NYJO  and country music courtesy of  Keifer Sutherland whose gravelly tones made for a different type of gig .   My personal favourites, The Cribs,  Dutch Uncles, The Wedding Present and Sparks are bands I love which means shooting them is a combination of challenge and enjoyment at the same time.

2018 is lining up to be an interesting mix of subjects again, weddings, relaxed portraits, more dogs and of course live music - I can't wait. 

 

 

Its really snow joke!

Furrrst time in the snow 

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My lovely JRT boy had never seen snow......he put two paws out of the door and reversed back in.  As he can be a shy one, we showed him it was ok and the next thing he was playing, snuffling and enjoying a whole new experience.

Snowflake nose soon became his speciality alongside bounding in untouched snow!

 

 

Wedding Photography Workshop in Brighton!

One Gay Wedding Day Workshop 

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The last couple of weeks have been challenging with lots of things happening and hardly any time to fit it all in.   I’ve been looking forward to this weekend in Brighton for a long time as it was to include a day on a same sex wedding course run by Emma at Shotgun Weddings

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Training and improving my photography skills is important to me, there are always aspects with courses that I choose that can help or inspire me further.

The promise was a small group of photographers, lots of time with the couples shooting and plenty of locations to include the bandstand at the beach, street locations in Brighton and the prestigious Royal Pavilion (but more of that later). 

For me the course offered the opportunity to work alongside a specialist who has helped to spark some different workflow ideas and apply some technical aspects that I wanted to try in order to give me some more creative and alternative images - that I can now create, in my own style.  

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The beauty of a course with Emma was the time allowed to try new things and combine this with aspects of how I work already;  it will allow me to enhance what I can offer to all my couples whose weddings I shoot.

Time spent in the classroom initially was followed by an intense shoot schedule that whizzed us literally, to the beach, the town, the lanes and finally the Royal Pavilion.  The attention to detail was perfect and  included a celebrant to meet us and our couples at the venue and fresh flower bouquet and buttonholes for our brides and grooms. 

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The whole day was enjoyable but the high point was being allowed access to shoot within the Royal Pavilion,  a place I’ve visited previously and was stunned by.  The building is simply spectacular.   

As a wedding venue it has a commanding presence.  The internal colour and design are intense and offer a totally different experience as a photographer.   This combined with the consideration that you are in a heritage property surrounded by art, objects and canvas of incredible importance brings additional challenges.  

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The oriental architecture makes the perfect backdrop for low light evening shots.

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This is just a flavour of the images from the course - I've hundreds more to work on but the experience was great and I'd recommend the course to any wedding or aspiring wedding photographer.

Thanks to the Royal Pavilion, Emma, my fellow photographers Tina and Emir, our models and celebrant Sam Goodchild. 

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Come along and say hello

Wedding Fayres 

I’m going to be exhibiting at a few local wedding fayres which have meant the last few weeks I’ve been fitting in some planning alongside shooting.

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It’s really exciting (as I previously worked in a commercial environment where the marketing team do everything) to now have the complete freedom to design and plan my presentations on my own (with guidance and some input).   

My first show was last Sunday at the Manor Hotel in Meriden, a venue that I’ve shot at previously (see image above) and one that I really enjoyed.   I believe I have the balance between showing both printed images and digital display right so that I can show what I am able to offer. 

I met some lovely couples on the day with great ideas and themes for their weddings. 

The next show I will be at is on 24th September at The Chace Hotel in Coventry, a venue that I’ve shot at in the last couple of months.   

Click here for the link to tickets