Archive for June, 2014

Wedding photography at Botley Park, Hampshire – Neys & Jo

We beat the weather yesterday!!  Early rain was annoying but the sun shone through and dried everything, phew!!  Neys & Jo had chosen Botley Park for their wedding so we had wanted to use the grounds to take a stroll around to capture some kool stuff of the pair of them, so we were all pleased when the sun came out and warmed us all up.  Anyway, let’s retrace our steps here… I rocked up early yesterday to catch the bridal preps of Jo and her entourage, gotta love a bunch of girls strolling around in nightwear quaffing champers at 8am on a wedding day!  All went smoothly, and the guys were downstairs having a drink to calm the nerves pre-ceremony.  A lovely ceremony with tears is always great and then this was followed by a traditional Baha’i ceremony for family and then we hit the outdoors for some sunshine.  We thought prudent to take advantage of the fine spell of sunshine and took Neys and Jo off out in a golf buggy around the grounds to capture some kool, natural stuff of them and then back to nail some of the formals.  We just made it before it starting raining again- Lady Luck was on our side!  Indoors for their Wedding Breakfast, speeches etc. and then some down time whlist the room was turned around gave me the perfect opportunity to catch the naturals whilst people stood/sat around drinking and chatting completely relaxed, oh the bonus of a June wedding with light evenings!  Time moves forward to the time of Neys & Jo’s evening buffet… Domino’s Pizza turned up in three vans to deliver an absolute mountain of pizza and side orders- one of the best ideas EVER!!!!!!  Stacks of pizza and dancing later, I said my goodbyes, grabbed the pair of them for a backlit goodbye shot in front of the entrance doors and then off home to sleep!!  Fabulous day, bloody loved it  🙂

Wedding photography at Old Thorns Manor Hotel, Liphook – Damien & Claire

Another fine wedding up at Old Thorns Manor Hotel yesterday, and I manged to dodge the nasty weather by using my most excellent wedding experience to capture some cracking images for Damien and Claire!  I did my usual yesterday and rocked up early to capture all their wonderful details and to catch Claire doing her bridal preps and then, luckily for me, Damien was getting ready a few rooms along the corridor so I could pop between the two of them and capture all of the morning before heading off downstairs to The Champagne Bar to capture their lovely ceremony.  Because of the weather forecast, after their ceremony I chose to shoot all my naturals and a few of the smaller groups before heading into The Grand Ballroom for an early Wedding Breakfast and speeches etc.  We had plenty of time afterwards to jump in a golf buggy and make use of the drier conditions and lower sun in the sky to drive about the fantastic grounds of Old Thorns and catch a fabulous set of images of just the two of them before heading back to The Ballroom for the cake cutting and first dance.  The evening reception was a great party with many of their guests drinking and making merry on the dancefloor.  We finished the evening with a personal request from Claire, that the three of us pull a selfie- I allowed it… brilliant day, loved it as always 🙂 x


Portrait shoot, Hayling Island – Russell & Victoria

A sunny morning and a trip to Hayling Island with Russell and Victoria for some fun and relaxed beach themed shots was the order for Saturday.  And it was warm!  And busy!  I’d already emailed over some ideas for them to bounce around and we settled on Hayling Island as it was close and fitted the brief- relaxed outdoors with a leaning towards the sea- Hayling seemed the perfect choice.  We started off finding a beach hut that matched their upcoming wedding colour theme and used that to get them ‘warmed up’ to photography (it’s not often I get a couple/client that is totally at ease in front of a camera) and to work out how best to approach/style them as everyone is different.  Just using set poses everytime one photographs is a recipe for dull photography, so this is not something I do…EVER… sure I have a repertoire and style but it’s more of an approach to my subject to put them at ease and then natural just follows!  Anyway back to the beach hut.  This gave them something to do- something to lean against, instead of being the subject, they were part of a scene which helped relax them.  With that under my belt I coaxed them out onto the beach and into the public gaze, but softened the impact by using a huge pile of rocks to set the scene and again give them something to do.  They had something to do, were ‘warmed’ to photography and were totally at ease in front of the sunbathers who seemed to enjoy watching us.  One family even lent us a beach towel so R&V could sit down for one of my ideas!  After this spot I had planned to take them up the dunes at the end of the island so we drove up there but with a Traffic Warden patrolling and no parking spots we had to bail on that idea and move on to another location- this time fields and trees for a different look.  With no audience we just parked up and cracked on.  A cracking morning to be had, I really should advertise shooting portraits as they are fun to do and no where near as tiring as shooting weddings!!  🙂 x

Wedding photography at Woolacombe Bay Hotel, Devon by Chris Such Images – Justin & Katherine

My oh my oh my… what a day yesterday was!!!  Fabulous, but a very long day indeed!!  Justin and Katherine live local to me but being surfers and based in Woolacome Bay most of their spare time, it made sense for them to tie the knot down there too.  It did mean I’d have a pretty big commute but it was worth it to shoot another surfers beach wedding- just suits my style and vibe.  So my alarm woke me a 04:30hr (that was a shock!!) and I left an hour after to hopefully miss most of the traffic at the busy spots en route (yesterday was a Friday in case you hadn’t realised or are reading this long aftgerwards!) and to get to The Woolacombe Bay Hotel to catch Katherine getting ready 176miles away!!  All went smoothly, I arrived safe and sound after an easy drive to  The Woolacombe Bay Hotel, shot the bridal preps, which went v.smoothly, and then jumped back in the car to meet up with the boys and follow them back to Barnstaple Registery Office and then afterwards we jumped back in the cars to go on a drive about, catching some kool locations to shoot- awesome!  Phew!  I must say, Woolacombe Bay is fantastic, the Woolacombe Bay Hotel is stunning and it is just a truly lovely part of our country- go visit.  Anyway I dig a beach wedding so if you know anyone who has a similar vibe, throw them my way and I’ll create a fab collection of images for them… 🙂

June already!

Happy halfway through the year already- where have the past weeks gone?  The beginning part of the year is usually fairly quiet for us here at CSi HQ but this year has kept [me] busy with numerous album layouts to design for clients, the usual wedding shows to attend and the quotidian annual revamp of our Product Guide to keep our wonderful clientele up to date with fresh products- all exciting stuff I must add!!!

I also have some ideas up my sleeve for future CSi, ever pushing forward you know, as one would expect to be, and although this stuff is all madly time consuming, it is always rather thrilling.

Anyway back to my usual diet of editing weddings, portraits, engagement shoots, album layout designs.  Oh and it’s time for another #Shoot Newsletter, so watch this space…

Be happy, summer is on it’s way people 🙂 x