Archive for June, 2017

It’s the truth, we do put in way more effort than any other photographer we know!

Is it just me that feels wiped out on a Monday? Weddings never used to wear me out like this, I put it down to the warm weather!

Friday’s wedding was a blast and a standard loooooong day for us, so maybe it’s how much effort and concentration we put into our full days that is the cause of me being so wiped out after. Hand on heart, we put in way more effort than any other photographers we know- we seriously do! More effort with our clients and their guests to keep them relaxed and not make the photography a chore (even the formals!) and we put in longer days too than the rest of them, it all adds up y’know and it’s not easy but this is what makes us unique to the others. I really should shout more about this but I’m never one to self-promote like that, we’ll let out testimonials/recommendations do the talking.

There’ll be a future blog arriving soon with some kool imagery from Friday’s wedding, so that’s it for today as I’m in dire need for caffeine so off to pop the kettle on… TTFN ūüôā x

Bringing out the Gatsby at an Old Thorns wedding

After last weekends melting pot of a wedding day, it was sooooooo relieving to not sweat out my own weight in fluids in front of an audience again for yesterdays wedding at Old Thorns! Far nicer for everyone else too I’d imagine! Anyway, enough gross imagery, yesterday was another Old Thorns day for us, so #secondhome stuff- love Old Thorns.. 

 

Jonny and Clare are both dancers, Jonny is also a dance instructor, with dancer friends so an element of dancing had to be introduced so they matched it up with a Gatsby themed wedding which was perfect as they were also hosting their day in the Gatsby Suite at Old Thorns. 

 

We were with them all day so did our usual rocking up early to shoot the Bridal preps and I wandered off to do the Groom preps, oh the ease of both staying there, driving around at warp speed to different locations is seriously not fun. So preps nailed, a kool ceremony in the chapel, drinks flowed in the Champagne Bar, a few formals nailed on the terrace, and time to drag them around the golf course for a break from the hoards and of course take them into the woods and shoot them. Gotta love taking people into the woods to shoot them, such fun! 

 

There was an element of posing, they had poise, they got into it, job done. Back to the party, up to the¬†Gatsby…¬†wow…¬†yeah,¬†they did a good job there! Oh,¬†and there seems to be an abundant of cake! Holy¬†sh*t that‚Äôs a lot of cake, do you like cake? I f***ing¬†think you do! Jeez, I love cake, this is a tease, oh and apple pie too,¬†ahh¬†maaaan, keep pro Such do not¬†do a Vicar of Dibley and dive into the lot, Sarah hold me back, the cake demons are taking control‚Ķ¬†

 

Coffee has kicked in I see, and I seem to have strayed from the path… 

 

A really classy vibe for the evening reception with guests returning in full evening wear, dudes in suits, flapper girls with feathers, pearls and headbands, all strutting their stuff on the floor and of course J&C doing their first dance, not too flashy, just the right amount of subtle and eventually the booze kicked in and the usual dancing of a wedding evening continued. 

 

What a day, we shot some epic stuff, nice…

 

 

Wedding photography at Careys Manor, New Forest

First time for us doing our wedding photography thing at Careys Manor down in the New Forest part of Hampshire! I do love shooting down in the New Forest as there is always something to go and shoot against/with down there, and Nick and Olivia’s wedding was no different. The New Forest was perfect for these guys as Nick is quite the outdoor chap/bushcraft dude so Careys Manor hit the spot.

A beautiful early morning to drive down through with low-lying mist hugging the scenery and azure blue skies above- pretty much picture perfect! I knew the mist would burn off, and the forecast said no rain so all was groovy, bit chilly, but groovy none-the-less.

The blue skies and dewy ground worked great for some outdoor detail shots as did the oak paneling and dark furniture of inside, so we nailed those and the usual bridal preps before I legged it off to shoot the dudes being all calm and dude-like. With that sorted and a lovely ceremony downstairs, followed by selfies, followed by a loooong confetti line, followed by some naturals, followed by a couple of family formals, followed by a few portraits at Careys and then we decided to all bundle in the car and head out into the New Forest for some scenery stuff.

We ended up outside Balmer Lawns Hotel as the stream there is pretty with exposed banks and gnarly, skeletal trees and there happened to be a couple of foraging ponies mooching about which was a particular request from Olivia if we could find any. Nailed.

A quick stop-off for a walking style scenery shot (Nick request) and back to Careys for them to chill’n’scoff’n’speech’n’chill’n’cake’n’dance, oh with a few friends formals and a sparkler fencing fight thrown in and home time for a well-earned beer back at CSiHQ…

Nice.

Fab wedding at a great venue, with a kool bunch of folk and some awesome weather.. what’s not to like about that eh¬† ūüôā x

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A lil’crotch-pot cooking…

F**k me Saturday’s wedding was warm!!! We melted. It was warm. It was hotter than the sun it seemed. We had a lil’bit of crotch-pot cooking going on. We drank and sweated our body weights in/out/fluids. Sweated. Melted. Squinted. Sweated some more, and finally at 11pm we drove home with air-con at full blast.

Holy sh*tballs it was bright & sunny & hot!

A totally fab day though shooting Joe & Lucy’s wedding at Ufton Court– an amazing new venue for us to shoot at and looking forward to sharing their Collection in a future blog…

Ufton Court Wedding

HOOOOOOTTEST DAY EVEEEEEEEER..! 

Holy jeezness, today is a struggle after yesterday’s effort at Ufton Court, we are wiped out I tell ya! A good example of how hot yesterday was; guests enjoyed an outdoor Paella feast cheffed outside with a gazebo covered salad bar- so outdoors right, in the open air, breeze’n’all.. the chef collapsed it was so hot! So, yeah HOT… 

 

Anyway, so where were we, what did we do, who was it etc…¬†

 

So, yesterday saw us shooting Joe & Lucy’s wedding day at the stunning Ufton Court near Reading, Berkshire- a wonderful Elizabethan manor house home to an educational charity. Lucy is an accountant for a charity and Joe is a very compassionate and charitable dude, so this was perfect for them. Not only do they have a gorgeous barn with an enclosed garden area, the main house is set in wonderful landscaped gardens and the proceeds from weddings go to the charity. Multiple boxes ticked. 

 

We kicked off our day driving north as we were shooting bridal preps at their home, y’know, the usual hair, make up, details stuff before we jumped back in the car and headed to Ufton Court. Thankfully the barn was kool inside as it was a scorcher outside already, I’d probably sweated a stone off already- even the concentration of shooting a wedding gives me the sweats haha. 

 

A lovely ceremony, with all looking stunning, marriage legalities sorted, boom.. get outside and have a drink (guests not us!) A few braved chilling outside in the blazing sunshine but most were finding shelter in shade. All made for some fantastic naturals for Sarah and I to shoot, rather a large crowd spread about so Sarah and I went our separate ways to cover different areas before meeting back up to shoot the main formals under shade of a rather epic old tree. 

 

T’was such a hot day, we made the decision to leave the couple portraits until after the Wedding Breakfast, no one want to see portraits of themselves sweating and melting, and besides, the later sun lower in the sky, gives a beautiful warm glow and tastier shadowing. 

 

A stroll around the house grounds with them later on was fantastic, chatting and stopping from time to time to shoot them, a nice break for them too, away from the crowds, a piece of golden hour tranquility to soak up together on their wedding day. Awesome. 

 

A lovely evening out in the walled garden, outdoor pizza oven, subdued lighting, a band playing inside the barn and cooler air was joyous.. a absolutely fantastic day, a fricking hot as the sun day but totally enjoyable. We just need to hydrate now as we (well me) was sweating more than I could drink yesterday but that’s an acceptable price to pay for having such a kool couple at a beautiful venue on a glorious summers day…

 

Wedding photography at Portsmouth Marriott Hotel

“People try to put us down, talking about my generation wedding photography at Portsmouth Marriott Hotel” doesn’t have the same ring to it does it?!!? The Who 1 – Such 0…

Jef & Ann did indeed do the deed at the Portsmouth Marriott, turning up on a Vespa steed, well actually, a load of them! Scooters galore rocked up for this wedding as the sun was shining luckily! The happy couple were members of the local Gosport scooter club and their fellow member friends turned up in convoy to celebrate the day with them- blaady scooters everywhere!!

But our day began with bridal preps in the hotel, bright’n’early as standard, shooting Ann and her entourage having hair/makeup sorted and the usual details we love to capture. A text from Jef to inform us the scooter convoy had just left Gosport, so a finish off of details and I left Sarah to continue with the bridal stuff, whilst I trotted off downstairs to catch the convoy arrival and shoot some groomsmen stuff.

All that sorted and into their ceremony… one petal at a time ūüėČ

Naturals, a few formals, a sh*t load of rain outside, gale force winds, tornado most probably, bikes flying past the window, a small dog named Toto escaping from a bicycle basket and onto their Wedding Breakfast and a well-earned sit down rest whilst they scoffed. There was a rumour about a Scot buying a round of drinks! *faints*

So, speeches nailed, evening guests rock up and we whisked Jef & Ann away for a portrait sesh around the hotel (couldn’t use much of outside, had to watch out for flying monkeys!) and then it was time for dancing.

Now this dancing malarkey- think Mods, Skinheads, Northern Soul, scootery type folk, baaaaaarels of ale and a Kinks tribute band adorned in frilly shirts and velvet suits…

I think Jef won the music choice as no Bon Jovi was played… ūüėČ

Fab day, fab couple, fab music, crappy weather but who gives a **** eh, it’s the memories maaaan¬† ūüôā x

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Wedding photography at the Botley Park Hotel, Hampshire

It’s been a year or so since we last shot some wedding photography at the Botley Park Hotel, so it was a bit of a surprise when I did a reccy visit a couple of weeks prior to Ian & Niki’s wedding to check out what’s new over there- they seem to have sold off the golf course to a housing developer who are in full-swing (no golf pun intended) building mode!!! No more golf course to use for the photography aspect!! Oh well it rained anyway!!

So scarred land aside, what did Ian & Niki’s day hold for us? Well… they originally didn’t require any of the bridal preps being captured, but I managed to time it so I caught a bit of them (I like to shoot some if I can get away with it) so en route to their church, I quickly stopped by Botley Park to shoot a couple of groom details and a sneaky bit of Ian getting ready, a quick few with his Groomsmen and then made a pit-stop at Niki’s parent’s home to catch a little bit of that too, her horse and carriage arriving etc. before I continued my journey to their church to await the arrivals. A horse and carriage takes an age so no rush was required on my behalf (v.unusual on a wedding day!)

All pretty standard stuff, with arrivals, a few naturals, their ceremony, naturals afterwards, a few close formals and making sure I left before they did as I did not wish to be stuck behind their horse and carriage transport back to Botley Park!! Most did not have this wedding wisdom!

It started raining. Bo****ks.

I’ve shot hundreds and hundreds of weddings, many on a rainy day, and it still irks me when the heavens open. Ya just gotta roll with it, nothing can be done, so make the memories for them in the rain instead and have some fun..

We did.

A break in the rain.

“Get your arses outside, grab that brolly and follow me you two..”

We used the hidden orchard area for a brief stint of couple portraits and then back inside again.

Another break in the rain. And lovely sunshine!!!

Oh they are sat down, eating.

So we had speeches, loads of kool naturals inside (thank that skylight bathing the bar area with natural light!) doughnuts for Niki, cake and dancing. Dancing. Lots of dancing. Did I mention dancing? Well, they had dancing. It was their thing (apart from doughnuts)… dancing.

Ian is a member of two bands, one a c√®ilidh/c√©il√≠ (no idea if Scottish or Irish!) and the other a rock’n’roll covers band so they kicked off with a massive c√®ilidh/c√©il√≠ thingy as their first dance. Hectic from the start, get everyone involved. Sweating.

Ian couldn’t resist and grabbed a bass guitar and joined in. Usher dude was the Caller and fiddle player and everyone joined in dancing. That went on for ages, everyone was sweating, it was hot, I was sweating, stick on a CD.

Break time from the dancing so I took them off for another little session at night outside and inside, phew.. rest time…

Oh more dancing! Rock’n’roll band this time. Another first dance. Ian couldn’t resist, he jumped on the drums this time. And sang.

Dancing and doughnuts and rain and fun and dancing. That’s all ya need right?¬† ūüôā x

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May the Force be with you

May the Force be with you? Yes it was on Saturday… Force 10 gale winds!! The reference was to Luke & Jennie’s subtle wedding theme on Saturday; a touch of Star Wars. Although the Best Man James must’ve ignored the memo, as he was rocking Star Trek for the day.. anyway, more of that when I come to write their blog properly. For now, it was windy down on Southsea seafront… f.ing windy!

So that was fun!

Right best catch up quick on some gardening as have clients at HQ this week and it looks like a scene from Jumanji out there, like seriously, rain, sunshine, rain, sunshine, 10ft grass in two weeks, ffs, there a stack of editing and admin. to sort out and I’m doing bloody gardening. Where’s a Mexican when you need one…

“it’s like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder, how I keep from going under… a-huh etc”

This.. must.. be.. the.. sh*test.. blog.. post.. I.. have.. even.. ‘penned’.. even.. by.. my.. blog.. standards! Caffeine.