These days, photographing a wedding is all about telling a story and with all stories, there’s a beginning, a middle and an end. So where better to start than the beginning? Almost a ceremony in itself, the application of makeup, styling of hair, zipping, tying, fastening and collective ‘getting ready’ part of a wedding, is one of the best opportunities to lay the stories foundations. By photographing the bride and groom separately before the event itself, the narrative has already begun, as each make… Read more »
I’ve photographed many weddings at Eltham Palace over the years and never tire of it’s art deco splendour. Formerly a medieval Tudor palace dating back to the fourteenth century, the property was taken on by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld in 1933 who transformed it into an art deco masterpiece. The high quality interior is richly designed, with an abundance of beautiful integral features and original furniture, including a domed entrance hall, wood panelled marquetry and sweeping staircases. Today the building is cared for… Read more »
Like so many other couples looking for a wedding photographer, Zoe & Christopher came across my website through a Google search, so it was a surprise to find out that we’re practically neighbours, living just a few streets away in Walthamstow, North East London. It didn’t take long to set up a meeting in our local pub The Bell and I soon heard about their plans for a very stylish winter wedding in Oxford (where they’d met at University, studying maths and science)…. Read more »
Another amazing wedding shot a couple of weeks ago, this time at Breamore House in Hampshire.
Having had the privalige of photographing literally hundreds of weddings over the past ten years, I’ve come to find myself in all sorts of unusual situations. It’s all part of the job of course, as one week I may be required to stand on the roof of stately home, the next I’m perched on the bow of a vintage speedboat as we make our way down the Thames, or hanging on one handed to a Victorian Carousel. I’ve travelled around… Read more »
There’s Light at the End of the Tunnel… “We’re getting married in London, in November and the ceremony starts at 3:00pm…” This is an opening line that is often delivered with an apologetic tone, because as we all know, a late afternoon in November will be almost completely dark. The following four or five months after November, are likely to have difficult weather and low light, so when it comes to some winter wedding photography, things can be a little… Read more »
With most weddings, things are usually planned very well in advance. Every detail from transport to table favor, flowers to chair covers, menus, table plans, cake cutting, entertainment and much more besides. The photography is no exception to this. Before the wedding, I always (when possible) meet the couple to discuss timings, venues, photographic styles, ceremonies, formal portraits and many other details. On the day of the wedding, I like to arrive early enough to take a fresh look around… Read more »
Walthamstow in North East London has always been a diverse, artistic and vibrant place, but having lived in and around the area all my life, I’ve seen a few changes take place over the years. The William Morris Gallery, recently opened it’s doors after an extensive renovation (with exhibitions by David Bailey and Grayson Perry) scooping the prestigious Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year. Scores of artists now live and work in the area and the E17 Art Trail (where for two weeks, hundreds of artists exhibit work in shops, pubs, restaurants, studios and private homes) has snowballed in recent years.
Being a wedding photographer in London can be such a privilege! I was recently asked to photograph the wedding of classical musician Amy Dickson to composer Jamie Barclay, with a reception taking place at The Wallace Collection (Manchester Square). This wonderful gallery is home to a fantastic collection of French 18th century paintings and Old Masterpieces, which are beautifully displayed in an historic London town house, making it in my view one of London’s finest galleries. The week following the wedding… Read more »
I’ve been photographing my son Donovan for five years now and not once has he ever shown even the slightest interest in photography… until now. Well yesterday afternoon to be exact, we were just sitting around in the kitchen and as I tested out a new prime lens on my Nikon (D3), Donovan asked to have a go. To my delight within about 60 seconds he’d already found the correct way to hold the camera (not that easy considering the… Read more »