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We’ve been trying to arrange an engagement shoot with Lydia and Ian for a few months now – but thanks to weather and other commitments weren’t able to find a date that worked for everyone until last Sunday – which was lucky as the wedding is only a week away!
But I was glad we managed it as I always find an engagement shoot is a great way for me to get to know a couple and for them to get some practice being photographed – it makes it easier for everyone on the wedding day if e’ve worked together before.
I like to keep this kind of shoot as simple as I can – we just wandered into Lydia & Ian’s local park, which is a wetland reserve on the site of the old railway sidings in their home town of Lewes, East Sussex. (more…)
Harpreet and Tim's Syon Park wedding combined the best traditions of two cultures. Their Sikh ceremony took place in the newly-built Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Southall, followed by a civil ceremony in the Robert Adam-designed Great Hall at Syon Park.
Loseley Park is a superb wedding venue and very local to me, so I was glad to be asked by Jo and Al to photograph their wedding there. The ceremony was ably officiated by the Rev Canon Mervyn Roberts at St Peter & St Paul Church in Godalming, with the reception taking place at Loseley Park. One very unusual feature of their wedding ceremony was the participation of Jo and Al's Newfoundland puppy Baloo, who acted as ringbearer, with the rings attached carefully to his collar! Baloo is clearly very important to Al and Jo, so having the go-ahead from the minister to include him in the ceremony was much appreciated I think.
I promised myself that next time I post about a portrait session I wouldn’t mention the weather, but it’s really hard not to, as it has such an effect on what we can do with the session… I’d been trying to find a time to shoot Jo and Al’s engagement session for a couple of weeks – either the timing didn’t work or it was pouring with rain, or so it seemed.
Anyway we finally fixed a time for last Saturday – and it was literally a case of looking at the weather forecast on the day to find an hour when it wasn’t going to be raining! Anyway we managed to find a gap and met in the Phillips Memorial Park in Godalming, down by the river Wey… (more…)
I was honoured to have one of my recent wedding photos selected to be the “Image of the Day” on the new “Spare The Details” photo blog – a website that aims to bring the focus back to people pictures in wedding photography, rather than concentrating on details, cakes, decorations and table settings, as many wedding blogs seem to do.
The image that was chosen was from Nina & Ryan’s London wedding photography at the Institute of Directors in London – it’s a documentary image that shows two small boys playing on the grand staircase shortly after the wedding ceremony. (more…)
The Landmark Hotel London is a deservedly popular wedding venue in Marylebone – combining a central location, some old-world glamour and style, and a stunning modern glass-roofed atrium.
Once upon a time it was the Great Central Hotel, serving nearby Marylebone station, terminus of the Great Central Railway, and the last of the major London railway hotels to be built (it opened in 1899), in the Gothic Revival style. (more…)
Gosfield Hall was built in 1545 by Sir John Wentworth, who was a member of the household of Cardinal Wolsey.
Gosfield is a Grade 1 listed building that was visited by Queen Elizabeth I. The exterior looks newer as it was remodelled in the 18th century, as was the Grand Salon, but the central courtyard still retains the old Tudor style. Later Gosfield Hall was the home of King Louis XVIII of France after the French revolution.
Nowadays of course it’s one of Essex’s finest venues for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions. (more…)
Thornton Manor in Cheshire is an elegant Grade II listed country house originally owned (and much extended) by Lord Leverhulme, founder of the Lever Brothers soap company.
Brympton D’Evercy Somerset was described by Christopher Hussey of Country Life magazine as “the most beautiful house in England”.
Brympton is located in 33 acres of Somerset parkland, and was built in the 14th and 15th centuries, with later additions.
It is a stunning and captivating venue and I am pleased to be one of their recommended photographers.
Ramster Hall Chiddingfold Surrey is a 17th century manor house which has been expanded and updated over the centuries and is now one of the most popular and atmospheric wedding locations in Surrey.
Set in 25 acres of parkland and gardens, it was one of the first private homes to be licensed to conduct civil ceremonies. (more…)
The Walled Garden Cowdray, near Midhurst in West Sussex is a unique wedding venue.
It’s a Grade 1 listed building, set around a restored Tudor walled garden in the grounds of the ruined manor house of Cowdray Park – a place where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I once walked, and now a private and exclusive location for weddings.
I was delighted to help my colleague Steve Shipman photograph Nina and Ryan's London wedding at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall recently. I'm sometimes asked "what happens if you are unable to photograph our wedding for some reason?" The answer is that I belong to a network of photographers who all help each other out if any of us needs it. It's a good system, as in most cases there is someone available who can cover, even at short notice, which gives everybody peace of mind.
Recently I was honoured to be included on a list of top international wedding photographers, complied by the Wedding Photography Select website.
I don’t generally put myself forward for this kind of thing (modesty forbids – though perhaps I should show off a bit more!) but they asked me if I’d like to be included, and as some of my favourite wedding photographers (people like Andrena Douglass, Jerry Ghionis, Robert Evans and Yervant) were on the list I was flattered and said yes! (more…)
Last week I got together with the Brown family for a family portrait session at their home. The weather wasn’t great so we did most of the shoot indoors – which is fine with me and can work better with young kids as everything is familiar.
Earlier in the year dad Euan’s sister Ellie had organized a photo session with me as a birthday gift for him (which is a great idea by the way if you are stuck for something to give a family member this Christmas!). However they wanted to wait until baby Hannah was a bit older before having the photo shoot, so we did the session last week rather than at the time of Euan’s birthday… (more…)
Hartsfield Manor is a great place to have a wedding. Tucked away in the Surrey countryside, this elegant manor house makes it easy for everyone to relax and have an enjoyable time, with everything under one roof.
Liz and Jonathan did just that – with a happy bunch of family and friends to help them celebrate. After the civil ceremony everyone congregated on the terrace for drinks. After the family group photos I took Jonathan and Liz off to photograph them with the amazing autumn colours in the grounds of the manor…