Sometimes you have a picture in your head and you set up that picture and take that picture and you really like it. Sometimes in the process of making the picture you take pictures that aren’t quite what you were aiming for, for various reasons, but you love them. Serendipity. Happy accidents. You couldn’t have planned it but you’re glad that it happened.
I don’t have favourites when it comes to the weddings I photograph but if I had to pick a top five from last year, Louisa and Richard’s day would be way up there.
I can’t put my finger on what I loved so much about it but the combination of the warmth of Louisa and Richard (along with their friends and family), the magical venue that is Dewsall Court, their two ceremonies – one with their closest family members and one in a yurt surrounded by the rest of their friends and family – and the log fires certainly had something to do with it. Throw in lots of lovely, thoughtful details and a conga line led by a brass band and you have a perfect kind of a day.
My only regret is that it was so muddy that we didn’t get to properly explore Dewsall Court’s gardens, when taking Louisa and Richard’s couples portraits. I’m hoping to get back to Dewsall Court for another wedding in the future and I think it really must be one of the UK’s loveliest venues.
Louisa and Richard also had a whole host of suppliers involved in making their day amazing. They included: wedding flowers by Love Lily, hair and makeup by Hilary’s Wedlocks, catering by A 2 Zest Events and entertainment by New York Brass Band.
Thanks so much to Louisa and Richard for choosing me to be their wedding photographer. I absolutely loved their wedding and it was wonderful to be a part of it.
I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I’m not a big fan of the cold and it’s a bit of a faff that the british transport network grinds to a halt with even the lightest flurry of the stuff.
On the flip side it is undeniably magical and wonderful and amazing. I am quite jealous of my photographer friends who had weddings this weekend as I know their pictures will be wonderful (although I don’t envy their journeys home).
Pete and I popped over to Hampstead Heath today for a freezing cold walk with our cameras. Here are my pictures.
Lisa and Greg got married at The Swan. It was a pleasure to be their photographer for the weekend and to be a part of their wedding – my last one of the season and first of the new year – as they really looked after me and Alex, their wedding planner and stylist and out so much thought into their wedding plans to make sure that everyone had a brilliant time.
Lisa’s hair and make up is by the fabulous Gemma Sutton.
Check out more image previews over on my Facebook Page. I can’t wait to share the full set with you.
Personal projects, huh? They take time and commitment and often fall by the wayside. Mine nearly always do. I did a 365 project for around 250 days (so close. so very close…) and my 100 strangers project never really took off because, in honesty, I found it a bit boring once I got over the initial challenge of speaking to people in the street.
So this year I’m not going to be so rigid about my projects. My aim is simply to shoot more personal work. I have a couple of ideas for portrait shoots in my head. This was one of them and I had every intention of photographing someone else as the subject but I had a real urge to create something, to take my mind off feeling rubbish (cough, cold, bleeeeeee).
I haven’t ever really taken many self portraits so perhaps this is something I’ll explore in more detail this year.
Have you started any personal projects in 2013? I’d love to hear about them if you have. Leave a link below and I’ll swing by for a look.
I loved Lucy and Dave’s wedding. I loved that they had a fish and chip van reception at The New Oriel Hall, their local village hall. I loved their cute decorations and colour scheme. I loved photographing a wedding in Bath and getting to make the most of the beautiful architecture. I loved Lucy’s Jenny Packham dress. I adored their barn-dance first dance. Most of all I loved how much fun they infused into everything.
99% of of the people who ask me to photograph their weddings say they’re aiming for something laid back. They pretty much all achieve it (I am very lucky, as I have excellent clients) but this was laid back loveliness taken to another level.
Congratulations Lucy and Dave on your brilliant wedding and thanks for having me along to photograph it for you!
Thanks also to the lovely Amma from Beyond Beyond who featured the wedding on her blog back in December. And if you’re after beautiful flowers in the South West do check out Bramble and Wild who put together the lovely blooms for this wedding.