Archive for New Place
So I shot Gene and Stu’s wedding in 2005…then I shot Gene’s daughters wedding in 2007…then I shot Gene’s daugthers friend’s wedding in August 2008…now I shoot Gene’s daughter’s friend’s friend in June 2009. To complicate things I will shoot Gene’s daughter’s friend’s friend’s former boss in July 2010. As for the apostrophe…well, I gave up on where the hell that was supposed to go a long time ago. In any event Darren and I popped down the Emsworth to cover the prep of Sam (or Samantha to some) for her wedding to Dean before returing back to New Place, Shirrell Heath (why do I always want to type Squirrell in Heat?). With the wife being out at her school reunion and kids at the grandparents I found myself home alone at 7:10. So I did what any respectable batchelor would do. Downloaded my cards, raced to play 4 holes at the golf club and came back to blog myself into Sunday. So without further delay….
It seemed a perfectly natural place for them to ‘hang’
Torturing a fly or glueing eyelashes…its a judgement call
The only bride I’ve ever known to be dressed 2 hours prior to the ceremony
Willy Wonka was no match for my photographic charms
Amazing what you can see through the gap in the door jam
Not Dean…but rather his twin brother
The guests were comforted by the fact that in the event of an emergency Lassie could be summoned at a moments notice
Twin brother again…and the sucking of the cheek is an ancient tear stopping technique
Strangely, I’ve never actually done one of these
The wicked entry way into New Place
Doin’ the Kate
“I hate having my photo taken” – Sam, 20 June 2009 — What-evah!
Gothic architecture – £1,000,000
Using a £30 dome light in the toilet foyer – Priceless
And a few from the soon to be short haired Darren
I’ll give him credit…he did, at least, admit he STOLE the idea from me :)
and hello to you as well
Anyone else thinking Dennis the Menace?
Darren is Young Jerry
How ’bout them Skins!
Apologies for my senseless jibe towards my brother in law…it has to be done.
I really need to boogie so I’m just going to post some images from the weddings this past weekend.
Sarah and Jonathan — Lane End, Buckinghamshire — Saturday, 27 September 2008
On Saturday I did an ‘On the Day’ presentation. So the guests and B&G have seen a fair few images. However, I wanted to still blog a few for everyone else. In some instances I’ve selected different images than I selected Saturday night. So there’s something for everyone.
Also…a big thanks to Cheryl and Pascal who recommended me to Sarah and Jonathan (and I suppose Darryl and Sioban who recommended me to Cheryl Pascal…I’ll shut up now)
First…yes, she’s seen it and yes, she thinks its funny
Sometimes I even wonder how I get out of the reflection
My new image branding clearly doesn’t work on every image :)
Go on…just one verse from ‘The King and I’
My name is Michael Caine…and I am a nosey neighbour
Funny…I don’t remember everyone being so serious
One of my favourite shots of the year
The problem with getting ready too early…you can’t stop fiddling (her words)
Folks often look to me for advice on tying a crevat…at which point I feign an illness and excuse myself with great haste
I hate to use the same joke as a few weeks ago…BUT….Y-M-C-A
“Count to 10, then come find me”
Sadly the ride from the house to the church didn’t provide enough time for a fry up
As a final test the girls from FYEO arrive but Jonathan has none of it
Casper is escorted down the aisle by Dad and Pa
The Best Man, sadly, failed the FYEO test
I don’t often get a view point like I did on Saturday…interesting but not always unobstructed
Making a mad dash to the VeeDub
Had it been legal Sarah would have had a tough choice on her hands
Granny gets giddy
Ye Olde Daughter-Father Look
Smiles all ’round
So as not to leave the evening guests out the Best Man’s speech, complete with colour coding, found its way into the bar
GeeQueue from the Gents Loo
Right…so, the timetable was never going to allow us to do the ‘couple’ shots before the meal. I knew it would be dark but I figured we could do something. Inside I found the Gent’s loo…cracking (pun unintentional). But after that, well, doing the on the day presentation I hadn’t really had anytime to scope. So we literally went outside in the pitch black. I tried one thing and it bombed…I had seen the gazebo and when they mentioned I thought, “let’s give it go”. First shot was 1/6th of the second. I managed to get it down to 1/30th…but this would have been better with a bit of colour in the sky. 9:00pm at the end of September…no chance. The lights were flood lights at the venue so there’s shadows being cast. The story continues later on…
…there wasn’t much I could do for this scene to get rid of the banister shadow but…
….I could change the emphasis a bit…
So now we’re pretty well DOA. Why I was being so thick I don’t know but then Jonathan suggested a light on the side of the building. I don’t know if this is what he had in mind, but the second he said it I knew exactly what I wanted!
And this…well, I was in heaven!
DAMN YOU…NOT AGAIN! Chesney Hawks I HATE YOU! (not really)
Nina and John — Meonstoke and New Place — Friday, 26 September 2008
I suppose this one needs an intro as well. I first placed a card in a corner shop in Fareham in 2004. ‘Wedding Photographer for Hire’. Perhaps the most useless form of advertising going but within a few days I had a phone call. Jo and Ben, brave as they were, took a chance and booked me for their wedding. Clearly liking what I did I shot Ben’s sister’s UK blessing, a friend of Jo’s mum’s daughter, Helen and Dog (aka Paul), Vicky and Steve and I think a few more but its all got too complicated. Figuring that there were none left I was delighted to get a call from John asking if I was available. I saw so many familiar faces, not to mention Matt and his cool hat (he’s the dad of the little guy you’ll see shortly) — the hat is almost as famous as he is. So…to the whole clan it was great to see you all again and who knows, maybe we’ll see each other again sometime!
How lucky have folks been these last few weeks with the weather?
A true piece of art…and the painting ain’t bad either
A new concept in shoe shots…get’m whilst they’re on!
Seeing the dress for the first time…but hey, the Bridesmaids dresses were pretty cool themselves
Mr Black, Mr Orange and Mrs Green
The Best Man — apparently
Mum greets guests on arrival
Every time I got near him, he ran away…fine then!
It looked cool but it only a 1 horsepower engine
Ah…I do admire the effort that some folks make!
John gets his first glimpse
Now man and wife, the vicar stops a certain 6 with a leaping over head catch
Its always a bonus when the reader makes eye contact with the B&G
According to the EXIF data I’m something like 25 meters away…it made for, surprisingly, some of the more interesting signing of the registers shots this year
Off on the long ride to the pub…all 150 meters of it
Finally got him!
A pre-reception, reception at the Bucks Head, Meonstoke…check out the boozers bottom left
Now moving on to another form of transport I think they were a little surprised to see me
With time to kill before the guests arrived (and with John in the loo), I got to work
Having been to New Place before, I knew that would happen
The receiving line is now in full swing
As you can see, I’ve got a little somefink for the entry way…
I had never seen a hornet in real life before…I’m just glad it wasn’t my beer!
Writing wedding wishes on the back of the placenames…hadn’t seen that before
Is that not Tommy Lee Jones in No Country for Old Men?
Clearly, its not just Evan who loves a bit of Van Halen!
I couldn’t quite get the best view during the speeches…but I reckon it worked out OK in the end
I wouldn’t want to watch Bambi with John’s mum I can assure you!
The cake stand reflection on the ceiling rather amused me