Eight years ago I was commissioned by Mike Bussey to photograph his family on location in Cornwall for his wife Connie’s 50th birthday. I’ve since photographed the family together at home and have formed a lovely client friendship that I value enormously. They are a very special family.When Kim Bussey announced she was marrying Prue at Windsor Guildhall this year, I was more than delighted that they invited me to be a part of the day to photograph the wedding.
Having been childhood friends, spending their early years at Primary School together, they lost touch during secondary school and on in to their careers. It was earlyJanuary 15 that Prue got back in touch with Kim and it transpired they were both living close to each other – Prue’s brilliant wedding speech also elaborated on their early dating days. Both girls’ mums gave heart warming and humorous speeches and the seismic feeling of love within the family and friends of these two was prevalaent through the day – it really was a day to be a part of.
Kim and Prue’s amazing suits (and Prue’s shirt) were the cut of ThomasThomas – do check them out for sharp adrogynous style. SJ Weston who heads up ThomasThomas also made alternations to Kim’s shirt.
After their emotional ceremony at Windsor Guidlhall, the girls hot footed to quite probably the most relaxed reception I’ve been to in 25 years of shooting weddings. I mean what more do you need than a gin bar, a landcover pizza oven, champagne and people you love..?
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.
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…
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..
So, here we go into 2016 and my first Portrait Day is coming up on February 13th to be held in the grounds of my lovely gallery in Shaftesbury. I can shoot both inside and outside so if the weather is grim then its fine – all natural light and when I shoot inside, I utilise the lovely natural stone work of the church. Outside we have the walled graveyard and beyond that, the view that I really can never tire of on Park Walk which encompasses the wonderful Dorset and Blackmore Vale countryside.
You do need to book in with me for these special Dorset Portrait days – but it is open to families, children, animals etc. I’m looking forward to some lovely frosty days here in Dorset, too much mud at the moment!
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.
Cordelia and Richard Salisbury Cathedral Wedding
Wedding Photography Wiltshire
I’ve photographed weddings in all sorts of locations over the years, village halls, hotels, the beach, tree houses, boats as well as the traditional English church. Two of my favourite venues are Wells and Salisbury Cathedral. Noone does a Cathedral wedding quite like the English, with a full choir accenting the incredible acoustic and architecture. There is also a calm pace to a Cathedral wedding, nothing is rushed and everyone involved is given opportunity to reflect and listen. Despite that, i know that when Cordelia and Richard were married at Salisbury Cathedral this year, it was a whirlwind of heightened emotions and excitement amidst the calmness. As with small English village weddings where you have that wonderful tradition of the locals all coming out to see the bride arrive (they may only see one wedding at that church) and perhaps a few curtain twitchers, Salisbury Cathedral is open to the public and so a treat for visitors to witness a traditional english service. I do sometimes have to question who are the guests and who are general public sometimes so apologies if there is the occasional camera donning, beaming chinese as part of the collection..!
So after Salisbury Cathedral, the sun shone for us after hot footing it to the wonderfully quirky, Jacobean Mansion that is New House. This venue is visually untouched by the commercial hand that can so often be seen at wedding venues – in fact, I half expect Miss Haversham to be sat waiting in the hall. What it gives me, is beautiful interior light, grounds which are reliant on natural growth rather than heavily manicured, pristine borders and nuggets of opportunity to create something special.