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Where the **** did 2018 go?

Holy s**t, where did 2018 disappear to? Can anyone explain how time is accelerating? Are we flying through the universe faster and if so how come the clocks are speeding up? Any wise sages among us?

So, 2018 kicked my a**e completely, well not the first half, but oh my oh my, the second half well and truly beat the hell out of me!! Learned a few lessons, changing a few things, not going through that again…

And with last years trials and tribulations a savage memory burned upon my consciousness, we move forward with lessons learned toward a brighter future in a jolly and enthusiastic mood, looking forward to what this year will bring, the kool stuff we’re going to shoot, the awesome people we’re going to meet and of course you lot as always! Some of you are new to the gang (welcome/aloha/howdy to you), some of you are recent (hello again) and some of you are regulars (word up m*********ers), but of course you are all awesome!

I know it’s been a few months since I last penned one of these to you lot (blame the a**e-kicking second half of last year for that) so figured I best wish you all a Happy New Year an’all that as we’re already one week deep into 2019 already- we’ve all survived so far, only another fifty one of them remaining…

So what exciting stuff have you got happening this year? I know a stack of you have weddings to continue planning, some of you have albums to help design, some of you are way past that and just reading this on a tea break, maybe there are small ones due, small ones already here, small ones not quite as small, small things or families or pets (fur babies?) that you are looking forward to having a shoot with this year, who knows eh? Obviously if there’s anything non-wedding related to shoot that is on your to-do-list for 2019 then you know to holler at me or Sarah (Sarah is waaay better at the squidgy or furry portraiture than I am) and it’s always nice to see your faces again.

Right, my coffee is now cold so I best crack on with the next task. I still have weddings to edit so I can compile a best of 2018 (we shot some amazing stuff last year), albums to design, some of you to email and a Product Guide to go through for a 2019 refresh; we’re binning off some products, changing suppliers for our wall-hanging options (the wonderful and amazing Graphistudio are now offering awesome wall stuff) and generally trying to minimise and simplify stuff which is really bloody hard!!!

Go have an awesome day, be chill and sending out big hugs to you lot from Sarah and I.. until next time you lot…

Guest blog for Old Thorns Manor Hotel

Yeah… I did a spot of writing for an Old Thorns blog. It’s an amazing wedding venue we’re a preferred supplier for (wedding photography) and one of our fave places to shoot a wedding, so it’s been great to jot a few words down for them based around some images they really loved.

We’ve been shooting weddings at OT for the past decade and seen soooo many changes and it’s been wonderful having a working relationship with a venue for this length of time even through those changes- we must be doing something right!

So yeah, a cracking venue to host a wedding and a fabulous team there to help wedding couples, so here’s the blog we featured in (click the link below)

6 of our Chris Such Favourites

You may think I’m a lazy git

OK, OK, it’s nearly March and I’m only just posting about how fab our 2017 wedding season was! Whilst other ‘togs were talking about this in December last year, I thought I’d be different and wait until the rush was over…

…nope, we’ve just been busy doing stuff like designing client albums, a couple of new display albums, our first wedding and wedding show of 2018, a bit of an upgrade to our working space (why does a weekend job always take longer than planned eh?) and all that exciting stuff of meeting new couples fresh on their wedding planning journey; this year is going to be rather hectic!!!

And y’know what? Creating a slideshow from my favourite memories of last year is not a 5min job either- it was soooo tricky trying to narrow it down to a sensible number and even though I had to be ruthless in the end and cull a load out (otherwise the slideshow would’ve been 10mins long and you’d have fallen asleep/switched tabs to that cat video on FaceBook you’ve been tagged in) I still ended up keeping too many for a sensible length slideshow!

Oh well, moving on, my fave moments of 2017; each one triggers a kool memory for me from being in the moment with the people involved, so if you fancy taking a gander click here and chill out for 3mins.. (click HD option if it doesn’t automatically do so as fuzzy images are rubbish!) It is a touch too fast for my liking but it won’t take up too much of your time to check it out either!

Enjoy… 🙂

Rownhams House wedding on a cold December day

Hoooooly sheeeeeeeeet, a chilly start yesterday for Alex & Kat’s wedding but a gorgeous sunny day so no complaints from us! And we were at Rownhams House which is rather a tasty Hampshire wedding venue. 

 

Another all-day affair so early morning preps. for us with Sarah shooting Kat at her parent’s home and me shooting Alex at his parent’s home before heading off to the local church. The fab thing about a sunny day at this time of year is the low arc of the sun which throws lovely shadows, gives a wonderful colouring and makes for great imagery with available light shooting, it’s like a sunset for a few hours. Fabulous… 

 

Anyway, the church ceremony gave Kat a lovely surprise in the form of their two dogs being outside the church door as she pulled up inside her chauffeur-driven Rolls, oh they went slightly crazy and tried to jump up as dogs tend to do, not so kool whilst wrapped in an expensive wedding dress! Alex was inside the church obviously, with his brother being the supportive Best Man doing his best man duties and before you know it, the 40mins have passed and we’re all outside into the ‘warmth’ of a December sun. Nailed a couple of formals outside the church door and a couple of Alex & Kat (it was the church they were married at after all) and then jumped in the car for the short(ish) drive to Rownhams House with the heating on (a change from the air-con for once!) 

 

Rownhams had the log fire roaring… ahhhhhhh… we let everyone warm up a bit (us too) shooting some naturals indoors and then did a few naturals outside (brrrrr!) dragging folks out a few at a time to avoid the risk of hypothermia. We also managed to coheres Alex and Kat outside for a few portraits in the fading light before they went to sit down in the warmth to scoff and drink. Speeches, sorted, a couple more relaxed formals around a settee of mildly alcohol enhanced bridal party stuff and off to the coach house for the evening reception with added Christmas jumpers, cake and dancing to a band. We finished off our evening with a few cigars and a short session of portraits with Alex and Kat before we jumped back in the car to drive home with the heating properly on… another fantastic day of catching memories for a wonderful pair… 

 

May the Force be with you, Force 5 gales though

A wedding with a subtle Star Wars theme, so May the Force be with you was indeed Force 5 gales instead! Another sunny and windy wedding, good ol’blighty eh! Hey at least they’ve both been sunny and windy, totally thankful for that, as wind and rain is not a kool combo to coheres couples outside.

Luke & Jenni are a totally chilled laid back couple, so were easy to shoot even with the wind we had. They live opposite Southsea Common so The Queens Hotel was an obvious choice for them, and the gardens there are enclosed somewhat so we had some shielding from the hurricane winds. It was when we strolled across the Common that things got a bit frisky!

Anyway, I digress… only a half day shoot for us, well actually just me solo shooting this one, because of being a half day; so I rocked up for a couple of pre-shoots with Luke and his Best Man chilling, ploughed through their ceremony and outside to enjoy the awesome sunshine. And wind. Shot a bunch of kool naturals wildly spinning wheels between shade/sunshine lighting, nailed formals on the lawns and stairs for the larger groups and then buggered off with the pair of them across the Common to use the kool architecture of the war memorial for a few sneaky portraits of them away from the prying eyes of guests. Wind. Jeez it was windy, t’was rather tricky finding places where it wasn’t threatening to blow them away cartwheeling across the common like tumble weeds but we found a couple of spots, shot them tasty and then back across the common to release them for feeding time.

Speeches, more naturals, another lil’sesh with the pair of them around the hotel and then jumped in the car, job done (well the capture bit anyway!)

Fab couple, fab day, here’s a few teasers of what I shot for them 🙂

Sandhurst Royal Military Academy AND Warbrook House wedding photography, spoilt we are I tell ya!

“Clusterf**k… this is what we wish to avoid, what is known in the Army as a ‘Clusterf**k” said an organised Johnno.

“Major F**kup will not be in attendance” replied Such.

“I like you n’all, but shut the f**k up” chimed in Nat (this was later in the day, but whilst I’m quoting eh!)

So the profanity aside, and anyone who knows me, will already know that I’m not one to profane (I leave that for Sarah to cover) we were totally spoilt on a sunny day shooting a wedding at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy and Warbrook House. Two very different backdrops, both stunning venues to have the privilege of shooting at.

Our journey started a few months prior when a local couple chose us to shoot their day and I nabbed a grand tour of Sandhurst as I shot the pair of them for an engagement shoot and venue scout at the same time. Lovely couple Johnno & Nat are, so was looking forward to shooting their awesome day at awesome venues with awesome sunny weather.

F**K ME IT WAS WINDY.

Military precision itinerary in hands we rocked up early to Warbrook House to shoot the bridal preps. Sunny. Cake and coffee. Nice. Nat looking fantastic. Awesome.

I left Sarah to crack on as I buggered off and sped off to shoot the lads (no speed limits were harmed in the making of this shoot.. honest..) like f***ing miles away in the next county! Found them opposite Sandhurst. Got my pass into Sandhurst. Sorted. Shot them boozing it up and dressing Johnno into his finest military dress stuff, y’know all shiny polished swords, boots’n’sh*t. Handsome lad all sorted.

Back in the car to speed (within the speed limit) back to Warbrook to catch final bridal stuff as Sarah had jumped aboard the supplied Routemaster with the wedding guests en route to Sandhurst. Boom…nailed those and then back in the car to break the land speed record (on private ground obviously) en route back to Sandhurst AGAIN, to catch Johnno et al before guests arrive.

Parked up. Not even close. Run with heavy gear bags. Knackered already. Have I beaten the guests?  Where the f**k are they? tick-tock… Bride arrives. Where are the guests?? “Go horse and carriage a bit more, we have no guests. No I’m not joking!”

20mins later.

Ahh there are guests on the horizon. Wait, what? They are supposed to be dropped off at the chapel! Crack out the 200mm Such and shoot the guests walking. Bus driver got lost and dumped them where I’d parked my car… hahahaha no I shouldn’t laugh as we’re now running late.

*throws away military precision itinerary*

Stunning chapel. Padre kool as, totally way more laid back than most civvy priests/vicars. Excellent. Sarah is over there, I’m up the other end (no, not like that you filthy minded reader!) so we capture some kool stuff.

Get your swords out lads (stop it reader!) for the sword arch and we’re outside again in the bright sunshine. Naturals. Walk to the front of Sandhust for the grand frontage for the formals. Just stunning. Like totally stunning.

Gale force winds.

One guest actually blew away. Not sure if she’s been found yet, but she was only a last minute add-on so no one was too bothered; well, they didn’t seem to be at the time, everyone was trying to hold their dresses down and wigs to their heads so didn’t bother trying to catch her as she blew away. Cries for help were ignored.

So we somehow managed the formals, using sign language as wind was too strong to hear even the shoutiest of shouts, and then a quickie sesh with J&N down by the lake (not like that! Shut it!) before escaping the localised hurricane back to Warbrook. Sarah took the bus, J&N took their horse and carriage AND vintage car, and I had to steal a lift back to my car as it was an interstellar distance away so I stood a chance of getting back to Warbrook on the same day!

I even beat J&N to Warbrook where they had yet another sword arch. No wind. Excellent.

Shot more stuff.

Rest time whilst they scoffed.

We scoffed.

Shot more stuff.

Evening stuff.

Bloody awesome day, stunning venues, bloody lovely couple. Privileged. Knackered. Have a few image highlights to check out what we did… 🙂 x

 

SUCH at Old Thorns Manor Hotel

Hello you beautiful ones on a beautiful morning sat here in the Captain’s Chair taking a rather expeditious break from this stockpile of wedding edits and album designs to bring you a request for images we’ve shot recently at one of our favourite venues, the ever-awesome Old Thorns. We’ve had a few of these lately after a veritably hustling wedding show there last Sunday where Sarah and I chatted to many new couples (and bumped into current clients also, which is always kool!) and got a few on-board with us too already; Old Thorns will be getting visited by us even more in 2018/19!!

So anyway, onto this Such at Old Thorns Manor Hotel request, yeah, we’ve had a few couple’s request to see examples of what we shoot up there, so I figured (in my expeditious way) the quickest and easiest course, was to throw a few together into a blog and ping a link. So, yeah, have some of this… 🙂

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Throw a wedding in your back garden

Finchdean in Hampshire is your typical quiet English country village, with not a lot happening usually, save for the occasional meat raffle at the local pub (full of the locals) and gangs of lycra-clad cyclists whizzing past dog walkers and tractors pulling out of fields- yup that’s about all that happens in Finchdean. 

 

Yesterday was a different story though… Olly grew up in Finchdean and returned a few years ago to live in the old family home. The entire village was in outcry, “What’s this? A young couple moving into the village, parking their modern cars everywhere, using our local pub? Outrageous, something must be done!” 

 

You see, Olly owns a Mercedes sales/servicing business and Pauline owns a chauffeur business so between the pair of them, the village has Mercedes parked everywhere. Their solution to keep the locals happy was to offer them all wicked deals on Mercs & servicing, so the Mercedes population grew but the locals were now happy with the ‘villagers rates’ Olly offered- double whammy boom all sorted now! 

 

So why was yesterday different? Well, the village pub has a rather large rear garden area so the plan was to throw an outdoor rustic wedding and invite the village, so they didn’t complain about the noise especially with a band playing all evening! Not that many of them dug a Madness tribute band I’d imagine, oh well, the thought was there, and it worked anyway so who cares haha… 

 

Full day for us so the usual morning preps of both of them but it was awesome as we parked up in the village and only had to walk a few steps between where Olly was getting ready, where Pauline was getting ready and the pub over the road. Fantastic! 

 

They had decorated the pub garden amazingly- like seriously amazing! We had a huge marquee, hay bales everywhere, oil drums painted up in wedding colours, lights, candles, banners, everywhere- it looked amazing. Thankfully we had glorious sunshine yesterday as it’s raining today and yesterday would have been a very different story indeed if it had rained. 

 

But we had glorious sunshine so the outdoor ceremony was awesome with everyone sitting on hay bales in a circles around them, and drinks flowed all afternoon as guests enjoyed the gorgeous weather and setting, the hog roast sit down meal with the marquee sides folded up gave a wonderful outdoor vibe, kids hurling themselves around on the bouncy castle, the south facing garden sunshine all day, entertainment in the evening, all contributed to an amazing day that is up there on our favourites list. Right on guys, right on…7

An Old Thorns wedding, again again again!

Holy s**t I clocked up some furious miles yesterday for Lee & Fiona’s wedding at Old Thorns! That was manic!! Fiona was at her parent’s home on Hayling Island and Lee was at Old Thorns… that’s 24miles in between and getting on/off Hayling and to the A3 to add in! Oh f*****g wonderful and it’s summer which means Hayling could be busy with it’s one single lane road on/off the island… aaarrrggghhh… oh well it’s what we do for or wonderful clientele, just keep smiling Such and thankfully you have a Sarah to shoot the Bridal stuff!!! 

 

Hayling is only a 10min drive in clear traffic so we headed out early anyway as the road can get congested in summer, especially on a weekend and arrived 10mins later… ahh this is a good sign. I hung about for a bit shooting the details whilst Sarah shot the hair and makeup and chatted to our supplier friends Annette (hair) and Della (makeup) who we’ve known for years. I left Sarah at the social gathering and headed off for my first trip to OT to go shoot Lee and his Groomsmen. Oh my it was a warm one already, ”today is going to be another sweatfest for me!” I thought to myself as I blasted myself with the air-con. 

 

Lee had Groomsmen details for me to shoot as well as the getting ready stuff which I always dig and it’s kool to catch both sides of the morning story for the couple to have as memories. Nailed it and then I checked my watch and, “oh **** I need to hustle it back to Hayling Island to pick Sarah up, fingers crossed the traffic is okay!!!” I had to get back to Hayling to grab Sarah and then race back up to OT before Fiona walked down the aisle!!!! And it was a seriously hot summers day and the logistics brain frazzling sweat inducing frenzy had me in its grip. Air-con FTW!!!!! 

 

Made it before the Bridal party had left home… phew!!! 

 

And back up to OT!!! 

 

Hampshire Suite. Windows. Nicely lit ceremony room. Loads of naturals after the ceremony outside in the sunshine. Formals outside, oh the difference to the last wedding we shot here in the rain. Drag the couple into a buggy to kick them around a golf course and shoot them in the trees. Nothing more dull than plonking (damn that’s a good word, not used that in years!) a couple in the middle of a fairway, course fountain spraying water in the background… urgh… so lazy, shoot them in the trees it is then and it’s shade for us so we minimise sweating as much as possible, oh and the harsh sunshine of course! 

 

Wedding Breakfast time. Sit down rest for us. Neeeeded. Hydrate loads. Neeeeded. 

 

We carried on shooting naturals into the evening, another session with them in the evening, the cake, the dancing, the cigars, nailed the lot, damn we shoot a full story. Memories man, that’s what we shoot, and boy did we shoot a lot today. Home time, the A3 was calling. Until the next wedding day story… peace… 

 

 

Hello again Old Thorns

Oh hello again Old Thorns, you are such the #secondhome to us, but it’s OK, we totally dig shooting you!

Phew.. back to #teamwork shooting with Sarah again for Saturday’s wedding of James and Emma up at our fave Old Thorns- another chilled one as they were both up there, so no crazy driving needed by me to cover 2x prep. locations… “relax Such, no logistics to sweat over!”

It did absolutely p*ss down with rain most of the day but they were a kool couple who worked with us and even bought wellies to tromp about outside and we always carry umbrellas so all was groovy. We nailed it… of course! That’s because we know what we’re doing and are #weddingexperts, so no panicking by us as we’re the absolute b*****ks and we damn well know what we’re doing.

Did I mention how f***ing awesome we are and how calm and collected we are when faced with photographic obstacles? No? Well, we are f***ing awesome… 🙂

P.S. I only profane here at CSiHQ and not at a wedding, I’ve already told ya we’re complete professionals at this shizzle…

P.P.S. Usual follow up ‘proper’ blog will appear soon with accompanying imagery.. 10-4