Archive for January, 2012
Pippa and Alec. Bless. Sometimes a couple really make you smile. There’s a warmth about them that perhaps may just come through a little brighter than others. For me it all came together at a red light. Eh? Yes, a red light. As the wedding car pulled away I raced back to my car and began my journey back to Hampton Court House. I figured I would catch and pass them and I was right. Just before we merged to the A3 south we were both stopped at a set of traffic lights. Their Jag pulled up next to me. I looked left to see them both laughing, Pippa eyes transfixed on Alec. She was facing me so I could see exactly what she was thinking. I sat there, staring at them, feeling a bit giddy. Pippa eyes briefly left Alec and drifted just a little to the left and basically right at me. I smiled. Pippa knew nothing. I didn’t even register. Her eyes returned to Alec and she smiled even bigger. I think that about sums them up.
It was great to get back to one of my favourite venues in Hampton Court House. Its got a certain feel that you won’t find anywhere else. Its kitsch…its old school…its unique. That’s why I like working there. Here’s to getting back there again this fall! Hopefully sooner.
Finally a big thanks to Pippa and Alec…to Ally and Chip (Pippa’s Parents)…Alec’s parents and all the family and friends for welcoming Darren and I into this amazing day. If you’re on Facebook you will find a link at the bottom of this post to more images from the day. Do visit and if you like what you see, why not follow my page. So have a look, scroll and later click for more on Facebook.
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Shoes
I took this because I was amused at the Empty Nest article. I’m sure Chip was bemused at my interest in the fridge.
She’s gonna love me for this…no…honest….BUT!!!!!
….she’s going to love me even more for THIS!
See no evil
I love the caricature on the left
I often bang on about not repeating myself. A gallery of unique images. But sometimes a sequence is worth a good look. I’ve included two this week and this is the first. Lovely light and space!
A Farmer and His Wife
True Blood Red
Here’s sequence two…I just love the story being played out
Your country needs YOU!
With darkness comes some light
Check out the animal shapes…nice. The cake layers were made in Kenya by family and brought to the UK in 3 separate suitcases
And now a few from my most trusty assistant…the dazzling Darren
I totally LOVE this!
Darren’s great isn’t he!
OK…as promised, some more on Facebook. We had such a fabulous day there is so much to see. Here is a subset of the final images (not to be complete for a few weeks). But now, enjoy my Hampton Court House Wedding Photography gallery on Facebook.
A few weeks back I got the chance to meet up again with Alex and Simon. Their civil partnership is coming up in June at Eltham Palace. A wonderful venue I can’t wait to get back to. These guys have a real eye for detail so I can’t wait to see what they come up with in styling the wedding. I’m guessing there may be a few more ‘details’ than normal with this one.
There are some more on my Facebook Business Page.
Jamaicain-me-crazy. Just a wee pun for my weary travelers who have today arrived on honeymoon in the glorious sunshine of Jamaica. Jealous? Me? No? OK…I lied. Now we’ve broken the intense cold spell here in the South its been replaced by rain. Drab. But to brighten the day here’s a little something from a venue you may have seen before. Tithe Barn.
Winter weddings often come with earlier starts. Earlier starts mean earlier prep and this day it was 10am. Frost was still the main feature before a late arriving Jessica made it to the church. The usual calm before the storm of peace at 10 gave way to a wee bit of hussle come 11:40 and the dress just going on. All in a day’s work.
Swanmore church, whilst lovely, had a tough policy on photos. So coverage was a little light there. Shame really. Its kind of in and out with the coverage but that’s the rules. The rest of the day, however, is an open book. And what a book too as I returned to my old haunt, Tithe Barn. Despite its cathedralesque ceilings the place is warm. No…literally. I’ve never known such a large place to be so warm. Great for me, great for guests.
As is often the case, after these images here you’ll find a link to a Facebook gallery of even more examples from their day. So have a look, then find the link at the bottom.
a simple three light setup
Pt 5…Thursday…I can concur that this was indeed completed by Kavian
Dad phones a friend – only two lifelines remain
I like this one…something different and random about it all
Relief…she’s made it
This was, in fact, taken by me…as in both of them.
Aviator man (i never did get his name…but we laughed a lot together)
BTW…picture left…the orange stuff…that’s lentils…picture right…the reaction one gets when pummeled with lentils
I don’t always get it right…but I can salvage something almost Banksy
As Alexandra Burke would says “bad boys are always catchin’ my eye”
Name the movie
Kavian asked me to put this in…honest
Mission Impossible 5 : Frost Protocol
Inside my barn
Shortly after she realised where the missing contents of the super glue bottle had actually gone
Apparently Kavian didn’t know there was no such things as a Gruffalo
For those interested in seeing even more images you can find them on my Facebook Business page by following the link to a Tithe Barn Wedding Photographer.
Sometimes this job takes you to places you’ve never been. Sometimes you see things you’ve never seen. Sometimes you find yourself in situations you never expected to be in. Last Sunday I found all three. Walking through Spitalfields market on a Sunday at 5 trying desperately to find a toilet…luckily this wouldn’t be the only place I hadn’t been (or perhaps had been…if you see what I mean). Of course the real place I hadn’t been that deserves the kudos is the Sandy’s Row Synagogue. From the outside an unassuming and quite frankly almost miss-able location. Once inside that all changes. Add this to a midnight amble through Petticoat Lane and you’ve covered the places I’d never been. Now to seeing things I’ve never seen. Top of the list would be an entire wedding party, some carrying candle lanterns walking en mass through the streets of E1 from the Synagogue to the restaurant. Being a Jewish wedding you have to add in the clarinetist who ‘serenaded’ us all on our journey. Its days like this you learn to travel light. Finally, being in the situation you never really expected to be in. I suppose the fact that Gill is Claire’s mum would top that list. I photographed Claire and Richard’s wedding a number of years back and now I was back to photograph mum’s wedding. The Circle of Life? Maybe more a trapezoid. Either way I was flattered and grateful to be back amongst familiar faces and even some new ones…thinking specifically of Claire and Richard’s Benji.
With a 6:30 ceremony (yes…that’s PM) and a Sunday night finish I will say that the blog will be a shorter. How could it not? But I think what you find is still a lovely memory of a special evening.
a game I like to call…Where’s the Synagogue?
The Three Basses
The World Record Conga Line attempt fell slightly short
Crazy dancing in what had to be the smallest space in crazy dancing history
Holly asks me to cover her eyes when the bad lady comes on the screen in Tangled…that is all