Patrick & Jenny’s wedding at Monkey Island in Bray

Patrick and Jenny’s wedding was such fun to document, it was exceptionally candid and everyone was clearly very relaxed and having a great time.

I’ve photographed at Monkey Island in Bray, Berkshire, many times over the years, it’s such a quirky little venue with lots of varied and very interesting light spilling into each room, so during a particularly wet wedding (which this one was!) you can carry on working indoors with little or no impact to your style. Thankfully the rain broke every now and then and when it did, we had beautifully bright spells of sunshine.

With the final of the world cup playing, Jenny and Patrick were kind enough to leave the TV on in the bar!

Enjoy.

Claire & Darren’s wedding at Brympton D’Evercy

Claire and Darren have been so nice to work with and get to know over the last few months.

I first met them during their pre wedding photo shoot which also took place at Brympton D’Evercy in Somerset in order to show them around the venue at the same time. I’m lucky enough to be a recommended supplier at Brympton D’Evercy and I personally believe it to one of the best venues in Somerset, it’s quite simply breathtaking and the perfect backdrop to any wedding.

We were fortunate enough to have some amazing weather during the afternoon drinks reception, the atmosphere was fantastic to work in and the garden games, particularly the space hoppers, were a huge success!

Apart from a handful of group photographs for the families this was a very reportage-based wedding, really capturing the essence of the day.

A Little Kentucky Wedding In Mono

This is in fact my very own sister’s wedding, she’s lived in Kentucky for the last few years and so it was an honour to be able to document her day. My three daughters and son also played key roles in the wedding, which made it even more special for me.

The weather was absolutely scorching with the sun directly overhead for most of the day, it made for very interesting, often high-key images, which I love. The light, which often produced long shadows and plenty of lens flair, had bags of character.

The day ran incredibly smoothly, Justin and Gemma were aiming to have a very candid day with more of a party atmosphere than a wedding. Other than my youngest daughter Georgie, who played the role of a flower girl, getting uncomfortably close to the action during the church, it went perfectly!

I shot almost all of this wedding in my documentary style and although I shoot everything originally in colour, I’ve favoured black and white for all of my images here to really draw out the light and tones.

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Natural London Portrait Photography

A little portrait shoot I did in a very sunny London earlier this month with the delightful Dan and Irene who were on holiday from Australia.

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We both love them! Thanks so much for the time you took to come down to London and spend a day with us. We enjoyed our time and the results are awesome!

Dan is himself a wedding photographer and cinematographer in Sydney, so I know it was probably quite strange for him to be the other side of the camera!

I’m so fond of these little two hour portrait sessions, which are essentially a mini day in the life shoot. We often combine well-known London landmarks with a few of the quieter spots I know to be great for this sort of portrait photography.

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Here are just a few of my very favourites from the shoot, enjoy.

PS – For the photographers following this blog, this was all shot on the Fuji X-T1, 56mm, 23mm and 18mm, and it was the perfect, lightweight tool for the job.

In This Moment | Expressions

I love this image.

It’s so fun and really captures the spirit of a wedding reception. That said, I’m probably even more fond of it as I know just how rare a moment like this is to document.

Looking through my files this is one of two frames taken of the scene, the first showed the baby with a face mixed with elation and fear and didn’t quite work! The second though was perfect – with faces at (almost) polar opposites.

I find walking around during the drinks reception highly productive, it’s the perfect time to produce documentary photography of the family and friends in attendance.

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Camera and Lens Info:

Camera ● Canon 5D Mark 2
Lens ● 50mm 1.2
Aperture ● F4
ISO ● 640
Shutter ● 3200th