I loved every part of Kayleigh’s wedding; from the second I turned up early in the morning until late in the evening when when the dance floor had filled and emptied. It was a day full of love, emotion and connection where two families joined to become one. The bridal prep was wonderfully relaxed - as Kayleigh got into her dress her bridesmaids went into another room so they could all see Kayleigh for the first time together. With a little careful planning this moment happened just before the wedding ceremony. I love little opportunities like this, they’re legitimate and beautifully help to tell a story.
As I like to say, it’s all about the moments between the moments.
I captured this portrait of Gary & Nicole right at the end of their wedding in Norfolk. The day had been manic, and their opportunity to get away for a quick bit of alone time meant I could suggest grabbing one last shot before I left myself, and this is what we created!
The one part of my job that really makes me glow is that my couples put complete faith in me on their wedding day. If it is raining, blowing a gale, or simply freeeeeezing cold (which it often is here in the UK) my couples simply get on with it and will happily venture outside if I think there is an opportunity to capture something special. My gorgeous bride and groom were happy to venture out after dark in the snow for this shot (it was minus 3c). When setting up this shot the tall pink trees to the right of the couple were unlit so using flash and magenta gel I was able to match the color and light to the trees behind them that were lit by venue lighting. I'm so pleased with how it came out and that using a slow shutter allowed me to get the beautiful stars that night too.
It took this shot at Moxhull Hall in Birmingham, UK. The day was overcast and rained for most of it. When arriving at the venue, I could see they had a gathering of umbrellas near their back door, and I just had to use them! We took this shot as there was a moment when it was dry outside, so after doing the group shot, some guests stayed behind and we passed them the umbrellas. I explained the shot to the group and set up went smoothly! To help the bride and groom stand out I gave them one of my reflector umbrellas and asked them to tilt it back to reveal them kissing.
My camera used was a Canon 5D, 16-35mm lens at f5, 1/100, iso100, OCF with mag mod grid pointed down on the couple from about 8 feet away to the side.
This is the best thing with working with amazing couples like this! Often you can feel what kinds of shoots the bride and groom are open to. They were joking around all day and were very receptive to this idea. I am really happy that they absolutely love the final result.
This wedding took place in a beautiful venue called Landgoed Wolfslaar. It's a big old castle-like venue in the outskirts of Breda, a big city in the south of the Netherlands. The couple A-J and Eva had the most beautiful wedding you could imagine. It was an honor to photograph this wedding and a bigger honor to win a price with the photo!
When I talked to this charming couple on their first visit in my studio, the bride-to-be mentioned,
that she`d really be so happy if she would have sunny, warm weather on her wedding day.
But in the end, the day was cloudy, rainy, grey and I felt so sad for this bride.
That`s why I decided spontaneously to bring some color with me when I would arrive at their house.
I popped into a shop and bought some balloons on the way. Andrea was so surprised and happy about this gesture.
We had more than one hour before we needed to leave for their wedding party. Enough time to do this couple shot next to their house at this beautiful lake in Switzerland.
Matt & Pernilla had an autumnal wedding and tied the knot at Colshaw Hall in Cheshire. They wanted the focus to be documenting the day with their friends and family, having a great time! I took them out for 15 minutes for couple portraits and this was one of my favorites.
This shot was taken at Warwick House, in Coventry, UK. It was the middle of the day and the sun was high in the sky creating really strong shadows. The venue had some beautiful white walls on the front and I wanted to see if we could get this shot using shadows only. After shuffling around the bridesmaids a little, the bride threw back her flowers and we nailed the shot!! It was a lot of fun to take and I am so pleased with how well it came out!! My camera was a Canon 5D, Lens 16.35mm set at 2.8, 1/800, 100.