"A vintage Lancia. White tie and tails. Trams. Dusk ceremony and Portugal in the Spring. Throw them all in a pot and voila! The wonderfully atmospheric wedding of Pierre and Oliver..."Read More
The reality of shooting weddings, or any function which includes outdoor activity in the UK, means for 365 days a year you’re exposed to a potentially grumpy British climate. I guess it’s the fact that there's no control that leads to the constant concern over the elements, but I’m going to try and show why it needn’t be that way...
I can recall days in mid-November which felt warmer than those in June, and by the same token viewing forecasts which never mentioned rain, but soon after became a little soggy. We've all been been there, it’s all part of it. In my opinion, though, it really shouldn’t affect the proceedings too much if you have a good team on-board. Just such wedding days are really rare, trust me - they are, and when the skies close in all you can do is roll with it.
Introducing Lucy & Graylyn, who just laughed at the skies and got on with it. What massive credit they’re due. More to the point is Lucy knew it was coming, all the apps called it correctly, but even then she smiled and just focused on the fact she was getting married, the joy of which cancelled out any negativity.
After the lovely ceremony the State Apartments of Royal Hospital Chelsea, we all set off (senses of humour intact) for the short walk through the Ranelagh Gardens and the reception. The rain just kept coming, but RHC’s Sarah Preston and her team kept the day perfectly on-track and in such a situation how could anybody not have a blast.
Thanks to Mr & Mrs Loomis for allowing me to use some of their shots. I love working at the venue and always look forward to going back wearing either my wedding or corporate hat. It’s a little slice of idyl amid the streets of Chelsea…
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“… I shot their recent launch at Royal Hospital Chelsea and from the word go it's been a pleasure to be involved…”Read More
“… I love to look back on an image like this to pull me back in to the day, and thanks to Mr & Mrs Pink for allowing me to illustrate it…”Read More
"Standing a few feet away from Ben while he performed his groom’s due diligence with the best men, I was amazed at his coolness when it transpired the wedding rings had been left at the hotel..."Read More
I'm a movie bore. I like that my Bluray collection is stacked neatly and I've watched the 'making of' docs on disk 2 far more than the movie in itself. But more importantly, it is being a movie fan that led to me becoming a photographer.
Composition, direction, editing styles, presentation standards, etc., they are all sources of huge inspiration for me, plus they are elements which make up a typical working day.
I also embrace the fact they remind me of being a kid. It's a conduit to a happy, imaginative time - the rabbit hole back to the good ole days.
Apart from Star Wars, the film that made the biggest impression on me as a child of the 1970's, was Jaws. Without seeing these 120 minute chunks of imagination when I was an impressionable little lad, I have no idea what I'd be doing now.
So my latest 'cool stuff' suggestion is The Jaws Log, a riveting chronicle of the film which basically invented the summer blockbuster phenomenon. Written by the movie's co-writer, Carl Gottlieb, it's not only a fascinating look at this particular movie (and it's quite a tale, trust me), but also a wonderful insight into how a story travels from novel to screen. A truly enlightening read.
And if you're of an enquiring mind, check out Jamie Benning's brilliant Filmumentaries collection, including Jaws - yet more 'cool stuff'.
... I didn’t reveal to them just how nervous I was to get this right. Capturing the tone of such a personal family time can be tricky. Get this wrong and you’ll stick out, get it right and you have a little bit of gold, the significance of which galvanises over time.Read More
"...I found myself lingering over certain images with the enthusiasm of a student, being fired-up to go out and do better..."Read More
"...It's safe to say there were more fleeting glances at Instagram than studies of the Caneletto or Caravaggio masterpieces on display... such is (modern) life..."Read More
"... Many venues give you classic shots, images which work every time. It’s not that as a creative individual you’ve run out of ideas by embracing them - it’s more that you know a little bit of magic will almost certainly occur there, so you make sure you’re ready…Read More
"... This incredible 25 meter specimen was named Hope and put on display to the public during the Hall's 2017 overhaul..."Read More
"I wish the very best Christmas to all my clients, colleagues and friends, together with anybody who's crossed my path this year, even the numerous grumpy clerics. Well, it takes all sorts..."Read More
"Whether in her traditional Chinese dress during the morning, or in her wedding dress, she was the epitome of a calm and happy bride, savouring the company of family and friends..."Read More
"... This is thoughtful, intelligent photography with real heft and presence..."Read More