I am notoriously bad with names. Unless there is connection with photography. I recently met a client who commissioned me ten years ago to be their wedding photographer and though their names eluded me, I remembered the strangest details of their wedding, what they did for a living, time of the wedding ceremony, the name of the brides dog (that’s not great to remember the dog and not the clients name). It’s strange what the memory retains. For me I think it is certainly a strong visual, I remember things which are important to me and connect a still image with face recognition and this stays with me.
With this in mind I was contacted by a fellow wedding photographer last year, Andy Sheppard from Stratford who’s run a successful long standing wedding and portrait photography business and whom over the years, has had various assistants helping to run his busy studio – one of whom was Sophie. I don’t think I ever met Sophie but I remember clearly, an image that she won a wedding photography award with many years ago – not sure which award, maybe a Fuji..Sophie must have been around 18 or 19 when she won this and now she was getting married herself. Andy was to be a guest at the wedding and asked me if I would be the photographer at Sophie’s Stratford wedding. It’s not easy sitting back and watching someone else take the reins when you are in the profession – I know I would be itching to get out there and take pictures. It’s also quite a luxury to put your camera away and enjoy the day. That’s yet to happen to me, maybe if and when there comes the day of my daughters wedding then I will be commissioning someone – and yes I have thought about this and know exactly who I would ask. All ten of them…
So of course, a real honour to be asked to photograph Sophie and Harrys summer wedding at the beginning of this incredible summer we have been having here in the UK. Shooting in new places makes my work more interesting (for me) and with the service at Shakespeares resting place, the Holy Trinity, Stratford Upon Avon being the backdrop for the service, ensured a hearty crowd of well wishers greeted them.
Hotfooting it to the reception (with one uber cool chauffeur) at a wonderful remote barn adorned with all things chocolate it seemed.. there is always a great sense of togetherness when friends and family come together to lend their hand to a party, spending the previous day adorning the venue with all things personal and relevant all of which I record in stills. Welcome home Harry and Sophie, I hope your images make you smile..xxx