Babington House Wedding | Alex & Max

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with the very lovely Alex and Max from LA at the incredible Babington House in Somerset.

They'd planned everything from California with the help of the exceptionally talented team at Babington. This included a beautiful rehearsal drinks party on the Sunday within the walled garden at Babington and where everyone was treated to some particularly warm and characterful afternoon sun. This was shortly followed by several touching speeches and a meal in the main house.

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Their main wedding day, which was nothing short of stunning, took place the very next day. It rained heavily on the day and admirably, Alex and Max both wanted to push ahead with the outdoor service they’d planned for and I'm so glad they did.

It was a truly amazing and memorable ceremony with Max’s dad acting as the celebrant. Guests huddled under umbrellas, even the string quartet playing under a couple of parasols. The atmosphere was palpable and I always become exceptionally aware of just how privileged I am to have been trusted to document such a personal event when things are so emotionally charged.

The resulting images are some of my favourites created during the 2019 season to date.

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Once the ceremony was complete it was straight into party mode with some unforgettable video messages from Snoop Dogg, Chuck Liddell and Ron Jeremy - an incredible gift from the groom's friend. Some exceptionally heartfelt speeches during the meal (in fact I think there were around 12 speeches over the two days!) and a proper knees up on the dance floor.

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Tipi Wedding | Hannah & Luke

I've absolutely loved getting to know Hannah and Luke over the last few months, what an amazing couple and an incredible tipi wedding! They planned the entire wedding day from their home in Hong Kong... Fortunately, we managed to squeeze in an engagement shoot (aka pre wedding shoot) during one of their few visits to the venue - the beautiful Upwey House on the outskirts of Weymouth.

I approach my engagement shoots, or sessions, in exactly the same way I do bride and groom portraiture on the wedding day - essentially a walk and natter. Shoots may take place anywhere - perhaps a forest with nice light or in this case, nearby fields. The photos are simply a bi-product of this little wander. If it feels right to sit or lean on something, if it's natural, then we might do that too. Nothing over the top, no skipping, piggy-backing or mock proposals, just simple and elegant images.

So, if you're in two minds as to whether to add an engagement shoot to your package, please rest assured I'm not going to ask you to pose awkwardly or play up to the camera. These shoots ultimately allow us to get used to working together, they also help couples overcome any fears they have of being in front of the camera and really benefit the quality of the portraits on the wedding day.

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Wow! We thought picking our favourites would be easy - that we’d end up with a handful of showstoppers and a few more for the album... that was until we sat down and marked ALL of our favourites!!! How to pick?! 

Thank you so much for documenting our day so honestly, unobtrusively and with such an incredible eye. The pictures completely reflect the laughter and happiness of the day. Plus, we think every guest is captured naturally somewhere, which is exactly how we wanted our photography to be. 

Thank you again - it was such a pleasure to spend time with you both before and on the day.

A very happy, Hannah and Luke

Natural Family Portrait Photography in the South West

I had such amazing fun getting to know this lovely little family!

I do a handful of natural family portrait shoots during the summer and only in the South West. 

Everything is photographed in a relaxed, natural, documentary style, the same approach I apply to my wedding photography. I want images to be believable and honest - an authentic record of a family at a specific time in their lives.

This portrait session took place at Savernake Forest on the outskirts of Marlborough in Wiltshire. It's such a beautiful location for shoots of this nature as the light is not only incredible to work in but there are so many hidden gems for the kids to explore and ultimately, become preoccupied. This allows me to go relatively unnoticed and create very natural portraiture, with little to no interaction from me needed...