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Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day

So in the words of The Mamas and the Papas, “Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day” (you know you just sung those words!) it’s frickin’ raining on a Bank Holiday Monday! Oh well, we find ourselves working anyway as we spent all day shooting a fabulous wedding at Old Thorns (again!) on Saturday and Sunday doing a spot of DIY in between the rain as we needed a well earned day off after a rather late finish on Saturday!

Weddings man, I love ’em and all that, but f**k me they tire me out! I’m not complaining by the way, this is one of those smiley-faced mini-rants, I often tangenate off on. I put so much thought and energy into a wedding, so much of myself into the day- quite often unnoticeably, as I’m thinking 5 steps ahead with various options as weddings have to be fluid if you want them to be fun for the couple and their guests; no standard sh*t with us! It’s exhausting man…

They are fun though, and that’s why I’m still doing them after all these years and all those different weddings, those fab couples, the v.rare days that knock you back and make you question your choices, the weather, oh man the weather… but yeah I’m still shooting them, still pushing forward, still evolving, still learning, ever onward and upward I say.

Cuppa time methinks, I need a hit of caffeine for the next job on my Monday list. Cutting a bit short, but I’ve just seen the time and I have a stack of admin. stuff to nail today, so TTFN 🙂 x

Wedding photography at Old Thorns again.. I know right!

Hey guess what? Yup, wedding photography at Old Thorns again!! I know right, “boring, yawn” I hear you cry, but NO, you hush those thoughts! Every wedding and every couple are different, so it does not matter if we seem to shoot there all the time, we put in 100% at each wedding we shoot. Obviously our venue knowledge reigns supreme and we know most of the wonderful staff up there, which makes an Old Thorns wedding easier for us and better for our clients and wedding guests, but anyway that’s not the point…

Mini-rant aside (done with a smile on my face of course!) and not sure what point I was making there either, I find myself sat here with the proverbial writers pen in my hand, with a touch of writers block, and it seems I’m just typing words of absolutely no use to this blog or indeed to any of you poor souls who thought, “hey I’ll read that latest blog from Such” today I even apologise for the past two paragraphs of drivel!!

Great idea… coffee & a biscuit and return here in half an hour… brb…

I FOUND SWISS ROLL… double-strength coffee [yuk] and Swiss Roll! Swiss frickin’ Roll!! I am alright now and ready to proceed.

Alex & Sarah’s day up at OT began with some total Zen. A 30min Yoga sesh with Sarah, her bridesmaids and her Yoga instructor, who drove up to Zen the bride. We had Tibetan bowl stuff, kool-ass music vibe, joss-sticks and even a bit of exiting gas during a Downward Dog. Yeah, yeah it’s natural, I know that, but c’mon, who doesn’t have an internal giggle when someone lets rip, especially when all is quiet… so that aside, yoga went well, meditating bit happened and then they properly scoffed their faces, Full English style! You go girls! I did capture some of all this, but let them stuff sausages into their mouths in peace whilst I went and shot details- dress (an Ian Stuart Raphaella no less!) fancy shoes and jewellery, all those pretty things. Hair/makeup nailed, naturals captured, details sorted and time to bugger off and shoot Alex the groom.

Shoes (kool red buggers too) rings, naturals, getting ready stuff with some totally awesome harsh lighting that created some epic captures of Alex getting ready with his best man and his son all matching’n’fancy too. Quick skip back to Sarah to catch that amaze dress and down to the Champagne Bar for their ceremony.

F**k me the lighting!!! How harsh and direct can light be! Jeez.. I’m not complaining now, having seen the dramatic images I captured, but at the time it was mental! In and out more times than Ron Jeremy and about a 5stop change each time it decided to pop out, blind us, and bugger off behind a thick cloud again. That wore me out with furious wheel spinning and constant exposure changes for 30mins. I’m worn out reminiscing about it! But yeah, epic imagery captured though! Ripe for black and white conversion… fruity!

Those clouds looked ominous, so post-ceremony we exited stage left, jumped in the buggy and warp sped over to the other side of the course to hide in the bushes trying to avoid being hit in the face with balls (and that’s not another Ron Jeremy euphemism, the course was packed with golfers!) and grab a few naturals among the stunning backdrops that Old Thorns offers… saucy!

Back to shoot a couple of formals and, “release the bride and groom to their ravenous hoard” (oh I’m soooo dramatic today, I blame the Swiss Roll sugar rush!) whilst I wandered about shooting their reception room details (which was held in the enormous Grand Ballroom) before going to lay down melodramatically and recover from the in’n’out (stop it!) light I had to deal with earlier.

Speeches nailed, another quick sesh with the lovely couple using some of their props they brought for displaying around the room (kool props I add, not Photo Booth glasses and hats etc.) and some low sun/silhouette action and then another rest until the full evening kicked off… cheeky!

Dancing. Confetti cannon. Yup. It was the one thing that Sarah had wished for, and Alex surprised her with it on the dance floor. She loved it, I think more than anything. It’s the small things that make the biggest impression. She was soooo happy!

Excuse the whinging about the light, it really was hectic to deal with, but I’m a seasoned pro so I dealt with it; that aside, it was a truly epic day with a bunch of epic people and a wonderfully epic couple at an epic venue… memories man, it’s all about the memories… 🙂 x

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Holy wowzers, what a weekend hashtag frazzled!

I’m frazzled today, we’re frazzled today; today is a day off to recover from being frazzled, after an exceptionally frazzling weekend. So yes, very much a, “holy wowzers, what a weekend!” indeed and the hashtag frazzled comment has been earned #frazzled.

I’m going to keep this short’n’sweet (like my ‘lighting girl’ lol) as no amount of caffeine is going to help today!

So why are we so frazzled today you ask? Well, let me give you the run down…

Saturday was our largest wedding of this year; 176 day guest up at Old Thorns with an early start and a late finish, throw in some rain forecasting and hey presto, a tiring day for us. A fab day, but a tricky and tiring one none-the-less. Follow that with an early start on the Sunday for a new (well, a new old one I should say) PMN wedding show at Goodwood Racecourse with lots of happy chatting and, BOOM, a v.tired Such trying to write my Monday blog. Trying? Struggling more like!

Y’know what? I’m going to give up today with this work malarkey, I need a cuppa and feeding… over and out 🙂 x

Wedding photography at The Royal Berkshire, Ascot by Chris Such Images

A jaunt up to Berkshire for the Chris Such Images duo to do their wedding photography thing at this kool wedding at the Royal Berkshire nr. Ascot.. phew.. mouthful that was, did it even make sense?

Oh well, opening line blunder aside, this was a short’n’sweet wedding for Simon and Beth, as only a half day of shooting was required. Lay in. Home earlyish (is that even a word?) I must need more caffeine or something, this is not flowing well today!

Let’s try again..

Church start. Yellow socks. Blue suits. Bunch of dudes. Chilled. Chics in different coloured bridesmaid dresses. Beth arrives. Smiles galore. No nerves. Is Simon nervous? Nope. Kool.

Ceremony, lovely light inside the church for us. Me up front. Sarah at the rear. Nailed it. Outside for some quickie formals and then off we trotted to The Royal Berkshire for drinks, a few more quickie formals, a jaunt with Simon & Beth for some relaxed portraits and then rest time for us whilst they scoffed. Speeches. Amateur Dramatic Dad. Facial expressions. Another quickie portrait session with Simon & Beth around the interior spaces and outside in the dark stuff. Cake. Dance. Dancing. Finished! Hugs, kisses all round and back to the car for the jaunt home. Narrowly avoided death from a huge-ass tractor lane crossing in the Hindhead tunnel (that was f***ing close I sh*t you not!!!) and a quick stop after in a late night opening convenience store to purchase a bottle of wine for Sarah to swig to calm her shaking hands and nerves. That was seriously close!

Oh well, a fantastic wedding and a lovely couple and families equals fab memories captured by us for them… apart from the tractor (huge bas***d it was!) 🙂

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More wedding photography at Old Thorns Manor Hotel by Chris Such Images

I know right, yet more wedding photography by those two at Chris Such Images and at that pesky Old Thorns Manor Hotel again!!! You’d think they recommend us all the time or something! Well, they do.. and rightly so, as we know the place inside out and the wonderful staff too (well not the staff inside out as that wouldn’t be v.professional would it now!) and we know how they run weddings and vice-versa…

Anyway, that aside, let’s chat a bit about James & Emma’s most epic day up there…

Standard all day affair (gotta tell that story right?) saw us rock up to shoot the bridal preps and details with one of our all-time faves Annette taking care of business with hair and make up (she’s part of the #OTdreamteam also, a bit gassy but fabulous none-the-less) so everyone was in good hands. We nailed it in good ol’us fashion and at some point James rocked up so I wandered off to find him and shoot him. Sorted. And back to finish off the girls (not like that you filthy minded gutter-folk!) and then a short stroll over to the Hampshire Suite to catch their ceremony. Nailed.

Drinks. Naturals. Kidnap the bride & groom. Bundle them into the wedding buggy. Drive over to the other side of the golf course with them held at camera-point. Shoot them. Boom. Drive back.

A lovely meal, some speeches, and a kool quiet walk close by the 18th with James & Emma in the cooler air whilst the fab OT team turned the Hampshire Suite around, we saw some trees, some birds, some arses. Not exactly a bonus, but hey, we’re capturing memories here and it happened so I’m shooting it, OK!

Evening. Cake (nice). Dance..”bump’n’grind that bride James, you go son” yeah it happened..

And I stole them away for another 10min sesh around the interior spaces (had to give them a break from all that R’n’B grinding ya know!) and then handed out some hugs’n’kisses before haulin’ass back down the A3(M) for a well-earned beer back at CSiHQ!

Y’know what, that was a terrific day, cheers you bunch of utterly lovely b***ards 🙂 x

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All the gear and no idea

Came across this kool article this morning whilst catching up on the world with my first coffee. This dude shoots F1 stuff with a 104 yr old plate camera. The dude nails it too, proper period feel to his images. He shoots with purpose to create the period feel and style and f**k me, this dude deserves his hand shaking for it. Love it. Simple.

Click here to see the awesome article…

Wedding photography at New Place, Hampshire by Chris Such Images

Here at Chris Such Images, we love shooting wedding photography at New Place and not just because it’s only up the road from us nr. Wickham, Hampshire, but because it’s bloody gorgeous and makes for a great backdrop to our natural style of shooting. Everything is close at hand, yet easily separated from prying eyes when one wishes to shoot quiet, natural stuff.. perfect for us!!

Anyway, Martyn & Jo’s wedding at New Place was no different, chilled out with a natural vibe (it’s that perfect for us thing again) with an emphasis on fun (again the perfect comment) with a subtle theme of ‘hats’… this is a Jo thing, as they both love to travel and each location they visit, Jo purchases a hat to add to her vast collection; so it was to be expected that a hat may make an appearance on the day at some point.

A later start than usual as a later wedding ceremony and a shorter bridal prep required, so had a lie-in, scoffed my face and a few cups of tea and rocked up for the bridal preps, squeezed in the detail shots, had another cuppa, and buggered off to meet up with the dudes doing dude things, buzzed back to finish off bridal stuff and another cuppa, and back for a bit more dude stuff pre-ceremony and then into the ceremony room to await Jo’s arrival and subsequent skipping down the aisle. No hat so far.

Post-ceremony they hopped into their car (a very fine vintage Rolls courtesy of the always super-pro Steve of Lawnswood Limousines) which had waited for them so Martyn could experience it, and went off for a drive in the surrounding countryside whilst I belted out some naturals and arranged a surprise group arrival for them which involved everyone in hats, including me of course, all waiting on the circular driveway in front of the main house to cheer and whoop upon their return. Nailed it. Martyn & Jo loved their return greeting, including a surprise cricket bat arch to walk under. Perfect time to nail a group shot of everyone in hats. BOOM. A few more formals sorted and then M&J needed a drink. Quick rest for me too. No cuppa this time.

As time was drawing closer to the Wedding Breakfast, I whisked them off to shoot some kool portraits of the two of them around the grounds away from prying eyes and then released them into the Arden Suite to enjoy the speeches and an awesome dinner.

This went straight into the evening (last ceremony slot of the day) and as a couple, they loooove their music, so this part what what they were really looking forward to.. one big, loud party for everyone to enjoy. They nailed it. Most people were dancing all evening, especially Jo and even Martyn boogied for most of it. Jo danced ALL evening! She was in her element, and as I’d started late, I finished late capturing the party for their memories.

A fab day, fab couple, fab venue, and fab memories captured for them. Sorted. Time for a cuppa…. TTFN 🙂 x


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