Archive for November, 2009
The phone rings this morning at 9:30. “Hi Rob, it Phil. Change of plan, we can make it today. Can we come round at 1?”. “Sure”…such is a life of a portrait photographer with foreign clients and weather forecast that could only make a pig happy. So it was the return of Alek, this time with his little sister, Alva. It was four years ago when they first came round I was pleased to see that Alek is a cheeky today as he was back then. Full of smiles and laughter only now with the 6 going on 15 vocabulary. I know, Evan is 4 going on 15. So off we went to the woods near Hill Brow to see what the photo god would dish up for us.
Working with kids…especially small ones is a challenge on time. Get them in a good mood and hope it lasts. There is only so much you can do in a short space of time before the attention and being in the same place takes its toll. But Alva was (is) a sweetie even if she did look at me on more than one occasion with “yeah…whatevah” in her eyes. So she’s 1 going on 15. Go figure!
The sweetest blue eyes
Peek a boo
Boots or sandals? Always a dilemma
Why include basically the same 2 images on the blog? Well, when two images can say two TOTALLY different things
In case you’re wondering…that’s not Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters
A few weeks off and one never knows what might happen. A gentle ease back into the wedding photographer world would have been welcome. However, the weather had other ideas. Torrential downpours, alarming gusts of wind and even a bit of hail did little to make the transition easy. But I’m pleased to say the elements did little to dampen (get it) the results and in many ways helped contribute to some great opportunities. With a house in Epsom, a church in Guildford and a venue in Leatherhead we were certain to get soaked. Somehow, though, the rain gods seemed to take pity on us and every time we ventured out we stayed dry. Sadly the same wasn’t tue for all the guests. Some braved monsoon-like conditions to get from the car park to the church. Troopers…the lot!
It was my first time at St Saviour’s in Guildford. A wonderful building just inside Guildford town centre. Keeping up with the firsts it was also my first time at Cherkley Court near Leatherhead. As a wedding photographer you dream of certain venues. Light, space, period features…this place has the lot. I can’t tell you how much I would love to go back.
So..enough banging on. Time to get on with Nicky and Steve at Cherkley Court, St Saviour’s and Surrey.
Clean. Simple. Toast.
Ice Ice Baby
“Hot towels…we NEED hot towels!”
its a little game I like to call…spot the Bridemaid’s shoe
it rained…more than a little bit
Steve smiles knowing that’s one more off the Christmas card list
Hey…wait a minute! I remember you! Cathy…the best client I never had
A little overdressed for a Saturday’s shopping in Guildford
Steve watches the screen at St Saviour’s — a distinctly unfair advantage if you ask me
Whoda guessed she would fall for the old “there will be a quiz later” gag
More than a little bit better than Jedward
His last wedding before he retires
The first time I had seen drinks and canapes at the church
Steve’s mum schools the youth in how to have a good time
Nicky is beaming at the confetti toss whilst Steve looks like he stepped on a carpet tack
OK…the carpet tack thing was just a joke. I know you KNOW people!
Enough to make me want to be a librarian
Hey…its my Just One! Sign up and never miss a beat.
The impressive stairway at Cherkley Court
After 4 hours and a few formals Uncle Ned realised the err in his ways in ordering those super bouncy souled shoes from eBay
The Bridesmaid Buffet
Nothing like the Bates Motel…can’t think why you would even mention it TBH
Yes…to answer the riddle I did actually get this shot by lurking through the window
People watch things in very different ways…
I’m willing to bet chap A (left) stole chap B’s (right) girlfriend at Uni
Nicky surprise video of messages for Steve from his friends in Singapore
Whatever you do don’t trip over the light fantastic
Who invited Nicolas Cage (dead left)?
And a Few From The Dazinator – AKA Darren
Darren – the master of the guest shot
Still dealing with that carpet tack
A closer look at the library shot
Great work as usual Darren!
Remember yesterday? Yes, the day of rain, wind and hail with biblical proportions? Broken umbrellas and soggy feet? OK. We’ve established that….so how did we get this? Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
In the imfamous words of that guy from the Royle Family…”home of the free my arse”. 18 months had passed since we last visited the one thing we noticed was how things don’t seem to be as inexpensive as well remember. That’s across the board. In fact, the idea that we live in Rip Off Britain is becoming less and less real. OK, so when I drooled my way over to the Apple Store things have similar numbers. £799 or $799…I appreciate there is a difference but so many other things just aren’t what they used to be…funny I thought they were in a huge recession…so why is everything more expensive. Heck..who knows.
It was a whirlwind trip lasting only a week. But wait, you say…you blogged all this new stuff! Yes, its called the beauty of scheduled posts. I didn’t really want to advertise the fact I was out of the house for a week.
Travelling with the kids is always fun — NOT. If plane journeys didn’t have such a substantial pay-off at the end no one would ever fly. The hassle, the expense, the time wasted at the airport..its all mental. Then our lovely air stewardess tells us that even though we are in a bulkhead seat with a child cot for Holly, she mustn’t sit on the floor. Something about decompression and oxygen…excuse me…really. What about these 10 people in the toilet queue. Should they be standing up in case of a decompression or should they pee in a cup? After 5 minutes we put her back and agreed we would take it all the way to the top if required. She never said anything else.
Seeing family and friends is great. I caught up with a great friend, James, whom I hadn’t seen in 13 years. Yes James, you were there and it wasn’t Bo’s apartment but Pipers. We went to a pseudo family reunion, hung out with friends from my university fraternity (yes, its just like Animal House) and had play dates. Ironically we also meet up with Nicola’s friend from school and see him and his wife more than we see friends from school who live up the road.
All in all a great trip…although I think my wife was swapped when I wasn’t looking. I set her loose on two seperate shopping occasions and she only bought 2 things. I’m thinking of having her tested!
Here’s a few pics from our trip…nothing much really but good fun all the same.
Hey good lookin’
Holly gives the A gates at Terminal 5 a big thumbs up
Evan at IHOP .. time is 6:05 am — Jet lag is a bitch! BTW, Wal-Mart is remarkably quiet at 4:30am
Meet Will…my great nephew..which makes me sound MUCH older than I REALLY am
Holly and Will
Roberto Burrito and family…yes, we did experience the best of Halloween — even a crazy man with a chainsaw (and I’m not even kidding)
Could it be that Holly also shares my strange attraction to Velma from Scooby Doo?
We got to visit Skyline Drive, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Click on the image below to view the slideshow from the wedding of Roz and Joe at Tithe Barn, Ditcham