Archive for July, 2014

Portrait photography, Hayling Island, Hampshire – Matt & Sam

Just had a great time photographing Matt and Sam over on Hayling Island, it’s a beautiful sunny evening out there and it’s still warm now!  I love summer evenings… Matt and Sam wanted a portrait shoot to get them used to me photographing them for their upcoming wedding next month.  Obviously I obliged, as I love location portraiture and suggested the dunes down on Hayling Island as it’s a secluded location and looks amazing (if you dig the sand dune/wild grass look like I do).  We were also chatting about using some of the images in one of our Signing Books or possibly just a single image for one of a Signing Boards for them to use at their wedding reception.  I best get editing these portraits then.. 🙂

Wedding photography at Tithe Barn, Petersfield – Phil & Amy

Today finds me sitting in the office here at HQ trying to rehrdrate myself after yesterdays super-hot wedding, and my-oh-my was it a hot one yesterday, so hot that I postponed taking any organised shots until after the wedding breakfast- yes that hot!!!!  Anyway, I digress… Phil and Amy’s wedding… So then, a lovely sunny drive in the early morning to go hang with the girls and catch the bridal preps and with 6 Bridesmaid dresses, flowers, accessories in addition to all the usual Bride stuff as well, I was certainly busy running about shooting details and catching hair and make-up etc!!  Luckily, Phil and Amy run the local Porsche dealerships so their cars were all sorted and a fleet of freshly valeted cars were on hand to transport the bridal party to Tithe Barn nr. Petersfield, Hampshire- a wonderfully versatile and beautiful venue to host a wedding at and always a pleasure to shoot at I should add!  Their ceremony went without a hitch although it was warm even with the protecting brick walls keeping things cooler than outside.  So outside… drinks ceremony and canapes went down a treat with most people seeking the shelter of the trees which gave me an opportunity to shoot my naturals.  It was so warm I decided to leave any of the officials until after the Wedding Breakfast when the temperature had dropped- sweaty people is not a good look!!  I did sneak a quickie shoot of the bridal party though under the shade of a Willow tree!  After their meal I took Phil and Amy off for a quiet stroll to shoot my bride and groom portraits with the sun lower in sky and the longer shadows- beautiful light to shoot in.  We strolled a big circle around the barns surrounding features and arrived back for a drink break and then we nailed the family formals quickly before releasing them to chill’n’chat before the evening started properly with the cake and first dance.  There was a quick flury of activity on the dance floor and then everyone moved back outside to sit around chilling in the warm evening air.  Fantastic day.  Hot day.  Need lots of fluids today!  Another great wedding day at Tithe Barn, thanks everyone 🙂 x

Wedding photography at Lainston House, Hampshire – Don & Tracy

Lainston House is such a beautiful venue to shoot at (and to host a wedding at I should add!) I always look forward to shooting here, and yesterday I wasn’t disappointed.  Don and Tracy had a relaxed day planned with a personal ceremony follwed by drinks and canapes outside in the summer sun, whilst I shot naturals.  I managed to coax them away from their guests and champagne for a quick shoot in the shade of the chapel before tackling a few of the formals and letting them go for their Wedding Breakfast, whilst I had a sit down and chill break.  I followed up with a few more apres dinner naturals, a couple more quickie formals and another quick portrait session with the pair of them (I like to space things out throughout the day!) and before you know it, the sun was dropping in the sky and they were called in for their cake cutting and First Dance, followed by a traditional Scotish Cailidh (Don and his family hail from north of the border) which is always a hectic but fun thing to shoot.  Tempus Fugit and I finshed off my day with a couple of nightime portraits of the pair of them with a lit Lainston House as a backdrop.  Stunning venue, lovely day with a lovely couple and their families 🙂

#prophotographer life is busy!!

Happy Monday people, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve dropped in here to pen some thoughts, so thought it time I should!  What a busy few weeks it has been- numerous shoots, Wedding Collections to create for clients, wedding album layout designs, Thank You cards to design, social media stuff… all those things that take hours and hours!

Don’t get me wrong here though, I love doing all of this stuff and it’s great when clients send us an email saying how wonderful their pictures are, or how stunning their wedding album is, or even just to say thank you for what I did on their wedding day (I’ve put some of these into a new Testimonial page here and thank you for all your kind comments) I really do love my job, although technically it’s a vocation and not a job!

The past few weeks have also seen a positive drive in pushing Chris Such Images ever forward with the implementation of our Referral Scheme for existing and prospective clients (email us for information on this in case you missed our recent Newsletter), increased interaction with our social media and some new business ideas up our sleeves which will be showing up in the near future- all very exciting stuff for us.

So yes life is busy but life is good 🙂

Wedding photography at Old Thorns Manor Hotel, Liphook – Russell & Victoria

An unexpected start to yesterdays wedding.  Because of the timings I swapped around the usual routine and dropped into the lads first en route to the girls.  Bacons rolls and tea as soon as I got there?  Yeah OK don’t mind if I do- the lads cracked on with the tea and bacon whilst I shot some of the gent’s details, and then it was break time already!  Awesome start.  So on to the ladies and my next tea break.  I should point out that a few weeks earlier I had whisked Russ & Vix off to Hayling Island beach for an engagement shoot which they used for one of our signing books to be used on their wedding day, so I had gotten to know them rather well and vice versa, hence the constant supply of tea for me!!!  Perfect!  So then did all my usual bridal prep stuff and bugged out early to catch up with the guys again at All Saints Church (dressed up this time) shot the arrivals etc. and the ceremony, follwed by a couple of formals, confetti etc. and then they jumped into the Rolls and we hit the road to Old Thorns Manor Hotel which is always kool for me as it’s one of my fave venues to shoot at.  We had a great time as always, with a few more formals, wedding breakfast and speeches and the usual tour of their fabulous golf course to shoot at some of my fave spots.  See if you can guess what Russ & Vix favourite pastime is… I do like to include a couple’s personalities into my photography so this was perfect- didn’t look out of place on a golf course, we blended right in!!  Although we didn’t continue the theme into the dancing- that would’ve been tricky!  So an evening of drunken dancing captured and then my goodbyes and thank yous were made and I headed back to HQ for a well deserved rest.  Thanks to R&V and the crew at OT for their usual help  🙂