I have the honour of having one of my weddings from last year featured on the fantastic wedding blog, Love my Dress, run by the wonderful Annabel. LMD takes a step away from the usual ‘wedding blog’ - their content is a hybrid of information spanning weddings and fashion. It’s always great for me to see my images either in magazines or featured on blogs, and it’s blogs which are becoming more and more popular for brides looking for inspiration and ideas away from the more traditional ideas of what a wedding should be. I cordially invite you to take a look at the full article in all its glory at: http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/2010/04/a-marriage-full-of-military-style.html
Well, nobody would expect a day near the end of April in the UK to be as hot as it was last Saturday when I met up again with Kirsty and Ben in Rickmansworth for their pre-wedding shoot. They had chosen to have their shoot very local - so local in fact, it was a stone’s throw from their house. The location was the park surrounding the lakes and canal which lie just behind Uxbridge Road. Once off the main road, you could mistakenly think you’d travelled miles into the country, such is the nature of the area.
Kirsty and Ben were very relaxed and natural in front of the camera - something which I think comes across in their images, which were a lot of fun to take. Have a look at some of them.
Liz is a former work colleague of mine, when I worked in London many moons ago and I was delighted when she called and told me she and Kevin were tying the knot - and could I shoot their wedding? For their pre-wedding shoot at the weekend they chose Harrow on the Hill, which is where the famous Harrow public school is to be found. The surroundings are graceful and beautiful - it’s like a olde-worlde village set atop a hill with the most fantastic views of London below. The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny and we made the most of all the nooks and crannies that are to be found along the High Street - most of the buildings are owned by the school and the boys all live in and around there in lodgings. I loved number 22 - Matron’s house!
Here are some of the images from their shoot…..
The weather was glorious last Saturday, which cherred everyone up - having had a pretty wet and wild Easter! I arrived at Hanbury Manor near Ware early Saturday morning to capture rebecca, her mum and her four bridesmaids getting ready, sipping champagne and generally enjoying the morning! Abi was a picture of calm when I later got to the church, where all the guests from home and abroad were waiting. Abi is Nigerian, so many of his family and friends had travelled here and were wearing the most gloriously coloured national dress. We returned to Hanbury Manor for the formal shots and just enough time for some portraits with Rebecca and Abi in the grounds.
This was my first wedding with a couple of new Canon ‘L’ (pro) series lenses and I absolutely love the look of the images I got with them - simply beautiful! Have a look….
At the tail end of last year, I shot the wedding of Eleni and Tim in Bedfordshire and the month before that I had undertaken a family shoot with Eleni’s sister, Maria, her husband and their two children. Following on from the wedding, Eleni booked me do a complete family lifestyle shoot as a present for her parents, Julie and George. I don’t work from a studio, preferring instead to use the great outdoors with all its beautiful colours and natural locations - I think it makes for more relaxed subjects and consequently, better images!
It was a blustery day when we all set out but as soon as the sun broke through, the clouds disappeared and the temperature warmed up nicely. We met at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire and wandered around the grounds of the famous gothic-styled house, famous for its appearances on TV (The Avengers) and in many films, including Batman.
Here are some of their images…..
Well, you’ve already seen all the beautiful details of this wedding, including the stunning landscape of Sorrento and Positano. Here are the wedding images of a great couple, Bairbre and Gerard. The natural light in Positano is exceptional and because there are white walls everywhere, every surface acts as a giant softbox, diffusing and spreading the light. As a photographer, I really was spoilt on this trip!
This is Bairbre and Gerard’s beautiful daughter, who was their flowergirl - she wanted some make up like her mum! She also did some singing (‘The Wheels on the Bus’) for everyone at the reception too!
And so onto the reception, held in a fantastic Italian restaurant back in Sorrento - I have NEVER eaten Italian food as good as that in my life (and I’m part Italian myself)! Many thanks to Bairbre and Gerard for feeding me!
In the most recent issue of the prestigious UK wedding magazine Brides, South Farm in Cambridgeshire was listed as the number 6 top wedding venue out of 100 in the UK. I was contacted by Philip, the owner of South Farm, asking if they could use some my images taken at a wedding there last October for their adverts and to place on the Brides website. I was delighted to let them use a selection of my images (some of which have also been seen in Cosmopolitan Bride magazine) and here is one of the images as it appears on the Brides website, counting down that top 10 wedding venues in the UK.
I was asked ages ago by friend and fellow Wedding Photographer David, if I would be interested in flying out to Sorrento in Italy and covering an Irish wedding with him….difficult decision, huh? We flew out last weekend and having left a sullen-looking London behind at a measly 8 degrees, we were delighted to hear upon landing at Naples that the local weather was 24 degrees and sunny! Friday afternoon was our recce for the wedding in the beautiful village of Positano and afterwards we sat eating pizza by the beach and reflected on how we could get used to the Mediterranean way of life! Saturday arrived and the day of the wedding between Bairbre and Gerard. I was asked by David firstly to concentrate on all the local details, loads of which you will see here. I don’t normally ‘do’ landscapes, but iI was inspired by the local scenery - and yes, the man waving madly at the camera in the first image is David. Part Two of this fantastic wedding to follow!
This was the view down to the church in Positano from the hotel where Bairbre was getting ready
These strange heads were dotted about all over the hotel and the grounds - I loved the fact that every one was different and had been lovingly brought to life with clothes and jewellery etc! The male one was even wearing a tie - the best thing was, no blinking!