Weddings

Neil & Hannah

On the 21st of August I had photographed the wedding of Neil & Hannah as a second shooter, in the amazing location of Castle Headingham in Essex, it's not every day you get to shoot in a genuine Norman keep! Congratulations to the happy couple! 

Jenni and Chris

A few weeks ago I got to shoot a wedding for an out-of-this-world couple, literally! The groom is a psychologist and the bride is an actual, honest-to-goodness astronaut! It's really going to take a lot to top that in terms of "coolest occupation of someone I've photographed".

Here are a few of my favourites from the ceremony: 

Matt & Lala - August 2016

In August I had the privilege of shooting the wedding of Matt and Lala at the ever-excellent Barrington Hall, what a great occasion! 
Shooting the wedding of such lovely and friendly people was such a joy, it reminds me why I love this job!

Joanne & Andy - June 2016

A fantastic June wedding at the beautiful Barrington Hall. Wedding season is in full swing! I love shooting weddings, it's always a challenge and always lots of fun, meeting new people and witnessing their joy. Here are some of my favourite photos from the day. Congratulations Jo and Andy!

Anna & Mitchell - April 2016

Time has flown in the blink of an eye since the wonderful wedding of Anna and Mitchell. It is such an honour to have been entrusted with documenting such a special occasion. Here are a few of my favourite photographs from the day.

My Sister's Wedding

My sister got married a few years ago in the U.S. state of New Jersey on a scorching August day. As a wedding present I'd offered to photograph their wedding (my first wedding). In this post are some personal reflections on the anxiety and excitement of wedding photography.
Every photographer's first wedding is poised to be a nightmare, and mine was no different. The sense of dread on the day before quickly ballooned among the excitement. I did what I could, made sure I read everything available, charged all the batteries, bought new memory cards, cleaned lenses, and tried to do some visualisation. My biggest fear was running out of battery in both my primary and spare, there'd be no coming back from that.
In preparation for this I repeatedly asked myself these questions: “What could go wrong?”, “How can I make sure that doesn't happen?”, and “What will I do if it does happen?”

The day itself was a sweltering and completely still 27 degrees. Being used to temperatures in the mid-to-high teens I was out of my element, sweating before I'd even begun. The pattern of the day (and my schedule) had been decided in advance the evening before: Go to the groom's house and photograph the men preparing, and then to the bride's hotel room and her preparation. To the church, from there to the country park for portraits, and finally the reception. All in all, my day would end up as 14 hours from start to finish, almost all of it on my feet in uncomfortable rented shoes.

All this build-up, all this pressure and tension was finally coming to a head. In a foreign country, shooting a one-time thing for my beloved family, with scant room for error. The deep breath before the plunge.
Despite the mounting adrenaline, as soon as the shooting started and I had something to focus on, the anxiety melted away. A deafening roar diminished to a mere whisper.
Maybe I do know what I'm doing after all.