Wedding Photography in Dorset
I’ve no idea where that year went! Facebook has just reminded me that it was a year ago that Matt and Georgina got hitched in my home town of Shaftesbury in Dorset. So this morning I revisited some of their wedding photographs to share on here. It was how every wedding should be… dominated by love and friendship. A traditional church wedding in St James, Shaftesbury followed by a marquee in the beautiful setting of the family home in Dorset. It was a day full of sunshine with some balmy evening light, my favourite time of the day when everyone is slightly well oiled, relaxed and all the formalities are done and I can work candidly with the available light..
My work is so varied – one day I’ll be in the city making corporate and business portraits, the next will be sat in a field of corn with a three year old debating the likelihood of fairies hiding in the undergrowth. My business was built on wedding photography and I still learn so much every time I go out and despite being a wedding photographer for almost 25 years (eek!), I could never become complacent or make template photographs. Every wedding I photograph is seen with fresh eyes, and new people that I meet bring new opportunities. There certainly isn’t one size fits all with my work – some of my wedding clients request the photography to be wholly fly on the wall, for me to be invisible, others may wnat a full traditional coverage. I like to have that variety and to mix the two is probably my ideal. Whatever the style and genre of wedding photography you love, I can adhere to, but even with my fly on the wall coverage, I remove any element of snapshot wedding photography through my use of light and composition. These two elements are my go to on every job.
Four seasons wedding photography
What I love about both the English climate and wedding photography is it’s unpredictability, and for me, the unexpected is the key to a successful wedding photography coverage. Having certain things in place – timings, family, locations is the foundation, but everything else should just happen and a wedding photographer should be there to grasp that. To work around the weather, to be unflappable, expect the unexpected and to see fun and opportunity in situations that arise. A good downpour never dampens spirits and when you add to this, sleet, hail & bright sunshine, it heightens the creative mind as to what can be done with it.
The 9th April took me to Martock in Somerset for the wedding of Lucy and Jamie – a beautiful, traditional church wedding with a marquee on the lawn of the family home for the reception. I always photograph a few family groups if my clients would like and our plan was to do some of these outside the church. When Lucy arrived with her brother we had sunshine and rain, when we left we had sunshine, as we made our way home to the reception, sleet, then hail as everyone hot footed it into the marquee. Then sharp sunshine, then rain again.
As with all weddings, the day is about the people and come rain or shine, spirits can’t be dampened. Jamie and Lucy’s wedding was a true English celebration, a wonderful village wedding. It was also a real pleasure to work with professionals who know their job and make help the day run smoothly. Thanks to videographer Will Warr who worked around me with professionalism and humour and was great company, I’m looking forward to seeing his results. Lucy’s beautifully simple dress was from Stephanie Allin, flowers from somerset based Helen Crang, Emma Hunt at Kingston Kitchens provide the spectacular food and Cheesecake filled the floor within seconds of kicking off their evening set.
Sometimes this group get together to work their magic. Thanks to all their artistry and the patient models who braved the cold. It was a wonderful day of creativity amongst some of the best wedding professionals in the industry. We used two very different locations. One being an old bungalow with some very bad taste decor, but amazing light so the contrast between Tara’s beautiful wedding dresses and the distressed wallpaper made for some interesting opportunities.
We then hot footed it over to a new wedding location in Wiltshire which offered some interesting large scale back drops to work with. Watch this space as I am going to be working closely with this Wiltshire wedding venue to help them build their portfolio.
Wedding photography London
Last month took me away from the green fields of Dorset to photograph the London wedding of Ben and Luise (and Oscar) at the elegant Burgh House, London. Luise came across me via her father Max, a London advertising photographer who had met me a few years ago on one of my workshops. It’s always lovely (and reassuring) to receive recommendations from fellow professional photographers.
Luise and Ben gave me free rein to work around them on the day with little touches of classical portraiture, followed by hot footing it in wellington boots to Hampstead Heath. Luise’s attention to detail created a wedding that was beautifully elegant and informal, not always an easy balance to achieve.
Her beautiful bouquet was created by North London wedding florist, The Kitchen Table Florist , whilst her wedding dress was sourced from MiaSposa Bridalwear and that incredible cake by Primrose Bakery.
Above all, as all weddings should be, the day was about the people – the coming together of family and friends to celebrate.
Here’s a taster of a very lovely London wedding…
Weddings on location
I’m just working through some images for Sloanes who I often work with on both weddings and with their brilliant director of styling, Lisa Standerwick on various editorial projects. Its a creative relationship that has been developing for some ten years or more between us. So just to update their portfolio, there’s a few weddings that spring to mind last year. Not least this one of Carly & Dom…
I’m currently in cahoots with the brilliant Lisa Standerwick of Sloanes. Every once in a while she gives me a little push in the direction of a new project. The beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect on my style and the possibilities of what I can do for my wedding clients. So having a project where I have creative carte blanche, reignites the creative flow, so watch out all my wedding photography clients this year, I am looking to push the few boundaries I have and also to pull back a little and simplify everything.
Working with creatives such as Hannah Tidbury, Lisa and Tara Jane Hull, invites us all to inspire each other, quietly developing. Always my inspiration has come not so much from the industry of wedding photography itself (though I’m surrounded by amazing photographers), more from what I see in front of me either in life or more so, actually on the day and what others have put together. Thats when pennys drop..
So watch this space for some new work from us in April from a very unconventional venue..
Portraits of Tattie Rose
My business was born as a wedding photographer in Dorset, but 20 odd years on and now established as a Portrait Photographer, I’ve seen how the work directs me into new arenas. Childrens portraits, wedding photography, commercial and editorial work, this isn’t something I consciously planned but is how things organically develop through the incredible people that I meet and work with. I’ve no particular favourite genre, I just like to work with like minded people and be given a free rein with regards creativity, allowing me to work with my clients yet retaining my style of photography for them.
Portrait Photographer Dorset
Similarly, working as a florist invites a whole spectrum of commissions. This I realised when I did some background research on Tattie Rose when she commissioned me to make some portraits of her to use within her floristry business in Dorset a couple of weeks ago. What struck me was that Tattie has the reputation of someone who’s taken a few years to build up a high profile clientele and established business (Linley, Blair Horse Trials being past clients) – in fact, she launched Tattie Rose just four years ago and its seems, through such natural flair, strong style and vision, she has become one of the most sought after florists in the country. Beautiful rambling creations, unstructured, bursting with elegance. The work looks so fresh, you feel its still connected to its source, when in fact there has been a creative mind working with an initial vision playing a hand in all of this. Another way of saying, she makes it looks easy..
So when Tattie commissioned me, it was fundamental for me to retain this wonderful natural wildness to both Tattie and her craft, with a little Bella West styling and structure to accent the work. A true professional and a lover of all things natural and wild and as you can see, Tatties love of the horse and all things out of the house I feel contribute to where she gets her inspiration and talent.
I am available for private and corporate commissions, do get in touch for more info.
Wedding Photography Dorset
I’ve been photographing Dorset weddings, in fact weddings all over Europe, for almost 22 years now – I still remember my first wedding, I think I was at the church two hours before the ceremony, preparing and checking – and of course, goal posts got moved and I soon learnt that a cool head and thinking on my feet was a key skill to take on….
My work is now so diverse, but there is nothing like a wedding to really concentrate the mind and eye. There is more going on at a wedding than any other job that I do. I love being around people, especially when they’re in celebratory mood and for me it is not so much about wedding photography itself, but about people who are a part of my clients lives. With the experience I’ve gained, I’m now adept at anticipating how people react and how a wedding unfolds along with all the emotions that go with it – so essentially, I’m an observer with a keen eye for light and design that surrounds people. I prefer to work, quietly and in a world of challenging myself to photograph the essence of a wedding within my own style rather than adhering to a formula.