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Monday, 27 June 2011

Ben & Candy - First Glimpse

On Saturday I spent the day with Ben and Candy as they exchanged vows at All Saints in Leighton Buzzard followed by a reception at the MK Dons Stadium in Milton Keynes.

I had a great pre-wedding shoot with this couple (blog post here) and was really looking forward to seeing them get married and meeting their two children - Layla and Drew. The kids are divine - Layla is a complete cutey and Drew is suitably cheeky for a 3 year old...

I've yet to edit the wedding but have pulled out a few images for them to see before they head off on holiday/honeymoon with their kids.

Drew was not hugely keen on the idea of wearing the same as Daddy - in fact it took Ben and 2 of the ushers to get him into his clothes but my word was he scrumptious in them.

His big sister Layla decided in the morning that she quite fancied wearing Mummy's Tiara but luckily she is a little treasure and moved back to her flower hairband once she had her dress on.

Ben and Candy had told me about Layla's eyes - absolutely beautiful - one green iris and one blue.

It was lovely that Ben got ready with Drew and Candy with Layla.

I don't often get the chance to take very many 'bridal portraits' - always due to lack of time or sometimes a very tense bride. Candy was ready in plenty of time giving me the chance to focus on her lovely face and rather stunning lashes.

During the signing Drew took the opportunity to run around a bit - he knew I was the lady with the big lens by this stage - I just love his confidence here.

The confetti shot still makes me laugh. Let's just say I had to get bossy which I HATE. Because wedding photographers have a bad name thanks to the pushy ones. But sometimes a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do.

I got to travel up front in the fab Rolls Royce - I loved the view.

They both so enjoyed the couple session on the edge of Stockgrove Park. However much I tell couples that they will need this time alone they never understand until the day.

This was the end of the peace and quiet...

And thank you so much for my chocolates and card. I've never been mentioned in a speech before - it totally threw me! xx

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Rob & Lisa - Love - Plain and Simple

When you are a photographer you often lack the kind of imagery in your life that you create for others. For example I have very few photographs with my husband and kids, even less with my husband etc. And yet I know many, many photographers! Asking someone to take photographs of you/for you is a quite a big thing. Not least because you have to put aside how you would shoot it.

So when 2 friends (and both fabulous photographers) asked me to take some images of them and their relationship I was honoured. But extremely daunted. Not least because they both like different shooting styles - Rob loves backlight and Lisa loves top shade. Luckily I love to shoot both so gave them a bit of what they both wanted.

What is also interesting is that when the shoot is about you and how you feel you do step back from the 'frame' and from judging it with a photographer's eye. Lisa and Rob are delighted with the images - because it is abundantly clear how they feel about each other. As far as they are concerned I have captured the love and the spirit of that love. The fact that they might like the light or the composition is very much secondary. As it should be from their perspective. The photographer on the other hand should be constantly striving to bring together the emotion, the light, the environment and the composition. No pressure then....

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Rob & Anna - at home at Old Worleys

Rob and Anna's wedding on Saturday was full of beautiful details and was such a treat to shoot. Anna got married at her family home which also happens to be a new venue for weddings in Henley-On-Thames. Old Worleys has magical views but equally important to Anna's wedding was the garden which not only looked incredible but also provided the stunning arrangements of flowers that adorned the marquee and house itself.

The weather did provide a challenge - wet days the week before meant that Rob spent the morning of the wedding erecting a yurt with his friends. One of my memories of the day was Anna sneaking looks out of the window watching the progress and then, later, the guests arriving.

There were so many beautiful details to photograph and one of my favourites were the floral headbands worn by the flowergirls and Anna herself. They were wrapped with fresh thyme providing the most incredible smell. The 3 flowergirls also wore gorgeous white dresses which demanded some serious twirling throughout the day.

The ceremony was due to take place in the rose garden but a violent burst of rain and thunder put a very last minute stop to that but Anna still came into the barn bare foot with her father having sheltered under brollies to do so.

The confetti was quite simply breathtaking, baskets and baskets of different rose petals. One of my favourite things was seeing the confetti on the floor of the barn once the ceremony was over.

The rain did blow over and so we were able to take some photographs outside. Firstly we went into the rose garden and then later we wandered into the meadow.

Anna spent the whole day in bare feet and wasn't at all worried that the ground was damp. They clearly enjoyed 10 mins away from the guests.

As we walked through the meadow I noticed a butterfly land on Anna's veil - it was a very beautiful moment.

I love this shot. They were totally unaware of me - just enjoying each other.

At this stage we were heading back to the marquee - we all love the fact that you can see the house and marquee in the distance.

One of the many things that stood out for me was how the marquee design - the stunning umbrellas and glass lamps - looked just as beautiful during the day as they did twinkling by candlelight in the evening. The whole wall of windows looked wonderful once darkness descended.


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