In This Moment | Take five

Karl and Orla’s wedding was just beautiful, I have so many images from their 2013 wedding which still have pride of place in my portfolio. For me though, this image is by far my favourite.

It was created during a ten minute ‘walk and talk’ halfway through the drinks reception – a simple process to help in the creation of exceptionally natural portraiture. For just a few moments Karl and Orla sat along the edge of the field, it was a particularly sunny, dry August that year so the conditions were ideal.

For me, this image represents what this stage of the day is about – taking a moment and spending a precious 5 to 10 minutes with each other before the second half of the day kicks off.

Love this.

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Camera and Lens Info:

Camera ● Canon 5D Mark 3
Lens ● 85mm 1.4
Aperture ● F4
ISO ● 200
Shutter ● 640th

Pre Wedding shoot in the stunning Savernake Forest

John and Beth’s very candid pre wedding shoot took place in the stunning Savernake Forest on the outskirts of Marlborough in Wiltshire.

These shoots are always very natural, I only give couples as much direction as I feel they really need. No cheesy shots. no uncomfortable posing – just a walk in the forest and the bi-product of that walk is beautifully natural portraiture.

Here are just a handful of my very favourites from the 45 minute shoot.

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In This Moment | Proud

This has to be one of my favourite father and daughter shots, ever! It was created during a large Asian wedding at Northbrook Park in Surrey and it confidently sums the emotions felt during the final stages of the wedding day.

It’s such a proud moment for parents and I love this photograph as it captures the reaction of the father just at the right time – a truly beautiful moment.

It’s not just about that look though, I’m also exceptionally fond of the range of black and white tones, these two elements are why this image has made it onto my ‘In This Moment’ series.

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Camera and Lens Info:

Camera ● Canon 5D Mark 3
Lens ● 35mm 1.4
Aperture ● F1.8
ISO ● 6400
Shutter ● 100th

Mischa & Laura’s at Culzean Castle in Ayrshire

Mischa and Laura commissioned me to photograph their amazing wedding which took place at the breathtaking Culzean Castle in Ayrshire which they exclusively hired over a weekend last summer.

Culzean overlooks the Isle of Arran where I actually got married ten years previously. I usually try and visit the area every few years but just haven’t had the opportunity recently, so this was really quite a special wedding for me.

The weather was amazing and other than the famous midges of the west coast of Scotland (which ate us alive), Mischa and Laura’s outdoor humanist ceremony went without a hitch.

The pace and nature of the day become faster and more energetic as it progressed into the evening – with no less than three bands (and amazing bands at that) playing into the early hours.

Here are just a few of my very favourites.

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Mark & Gemma’s wedding in Soho, London

I love Mark and Gemma’s London wedding, such a relaxed and enjoyable day.

What makes this sort of day particularly fun, for me at least, is that it’s all on foot which forces me to travel light. Just the two small Fuji cameras together with two small primes lenses, that’s it. No huge flashguns or cumbersome kitbags, just a simple but very effective approach. What’s more, I looked more like a guest than a photographer, this meant I was able to get even closer to the action.

I met with Mark outside Thirst cafe before going to Dean Street Townhouse for Gemma’s bridal preparations – Dean Street is a boutique hotel in Soho which comprises of two large (and stunning) Georgian townhouses.

Gemma and Mark’s humanist ceremony took place at The University Women’s Club in Audley Square – another spectacular venue but one that is also steeped in history. Humanist ceremonies are great and I got to work with the brilliant humanist celebrant Ginny Collins again. I’m documenting more humanist ceremonies every year and they’re such a personal way to conduct a ceremony.

After a short drinks reception we all jumped on an old route master to get to the third and final venue, The Union Club in Soho. Uber cool.

Here are just a few of my very favourtites from this unconventional, highly relaxed and fun wedding day

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Suzi & Jason’s wedding at Minterne House

Thank you so much – they’re gorgeous. We’re so happy with them!!

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Suzi and Jason’s small and elegant wedding was so nice to be part of – the atmosphere was perfect, the venue and location simply beautiful and the weather.. well the rain only just held off!

The wedding ceremony and reception both took place at Minterne House in Dorset, a breathtaking manor house dating back to the 16th century and situated in a stunning valley. With the venue only taking on a few weddings every year I felt truly privileged to have been able to work there, it’s a real find for any bride and grooms researching into great wedding venues in Dorset.

The day went without a hitch and I’m so pleased with the resulting images. I was there for just 4 hours (which flew by!) but have so many favourites from this small and candid little day.

Thank you to Suzi and Jason for hiring me to photograph their highly personal day. Here are just a few of my very favourites.

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