Rob & Rachael pre-wedding shoot

If I am going to get an image of the week up regularly, then today is the day to do it. Firstly I want to focus on a shoot from the weekend where I met up with Rob and Rachael who are getting married in a matter of days now. I used to work with Rob some years back, and was delighted when they asked me to shoot their wedding. As part of the deal I agreed to shoot some pre-wedding pictures, it helps the couple relax in front of the camera a bit and gets them used to how I work, while I get to understand how they react in front of a camera. Not everyone feels comfortable posing for pictures and it doesn’t help when people have only ever had bad pictures taken of them on cheap digital cameras or phone cameras. Seeing what can be produced from a good camera with high quality lenses in the right light can make people feel a whole lot better about their wedding day. Rachael managed to find a lovely location for us where we got the chance to shoot in a variety of spots, and even the weather stayed nice for us! I was very pleased with the results and I’m really looking forward to their wedding day!

I’ll update the image of the week later, but for now here are some of the images from Sunday!

Photography, Weddings

Image of the week

While I have been busily working on a variety of projects this year, including planning my own wedding, sometimes things have to give a little, and the blog has been the victim of neglect yet again.

Thankfully I have been able to photograph some fantastic weddings, with more fantastic weddings ahead! One of the most recent was that of my good friend Sharon and her new husband David, I was really happy with the photos, but some stand out more than others, and when they say a photo speaks a thousand words, it is certainly true when you can see every ounce of emotion in a bride while her father is making his speech.

This image was taken using the Canon L 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens on full zoom with the aperture wide open to create as much foreground and background blur as possible, and a colour image would not have done this justice, black and white was the only real option here. I think it creates a prefect record of how emotional her fathers speech was to her. For me, it represents how I like to capture as much as I can without getting directly involved in certain parts of the day. Perfect timing!


Never enough!

Well, with my new lens here, I was like a child at christmas waiting to play with it. Its one I have been after for a while, the Canon L 70-200mm F2.8 IS, which will mean nothing to most of you, but i’m sure a few of you will know which one I am talking about! Its a fairly heavy, and serious bit of kit. The zoom is essential for shooting from the back of churches where a grumpy vicar won’t let me shoot what the couple want me to shoot, and the wide open F2.8 aperture will let in plenty of light in some of the darker churches, whilst the IS or Image Stabilisation will allow me a little forgiveness if my hand isn’t entirely steady. I’ve only had a few opportunities to use if so far, but another wedding next week where I am assisting my good friend Phil Groves will allow me to be more creative with it, as the pressure is always reduced with two photographers at a wedding!

I took the lens out to a recent wedding with me, but went to test it first with my very tolerant and patient other half, when we went for a little stroll around Cannon Hill Park.

Here are a few of the shots from there.

The only downside is that much like I guess some people must see piercings or tattoos, you can never have enough. Now I have my eyes set on a new toy for the future, the gorgeous Canon L 85mm F1.2 lens, one day you will be mine!

Photography, Weddings

Special wedding weekend

Well what a weekend it has been, two friends I have both known for a number of years chose to get married on the same weekend by chance and I was thrilled to be asked to both weddings. Tracy and Richard got married at the lovely scenic location of Bodelwyddan Castle in North Wales, which we seem to have been talking about for ages, and them ‘boom!’ its here! As expected, Tracy had thought of every little single detail about the day and it was a fantastic occasion that I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy while someone else took photos during the day. Sometimes its nice just to be asked to turn up as a guest. I was itching to put my new 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens through its paces and had my chance during the speeches after the photographer had gone home. Although possibly the most emotional speeches I have ever heard, I don’t think there was a single dry eye in the room! I love the speeches, I know the people making them are often filled with nerves, but it seems to fill the day with even more emotion, and you really get a scale of how big this moment is for the people that you are involved with for an entire day. It was nice to see some old faces there too and be able to have time to catch up with them! I would love to have been able to stay over and share a few drinks with them, but sadly I needed to be up early for the wedding of Sharon and David, who treated me as much like a guest as a photographer, a truly lovely couple whose day I was thrilled to be a part of, and never seemed to stop smiling for a single moment! The weather came as a pleasant surprise to most people as the sun shone, and the temperature rose!

I wish both couples fantastic honeymoons as they are both off to some amazing locations, and i’m sure they will come back with many stories and pictures to share.

Incidentally, 12 months this very weekend until Clare and myself get married!!