Archive for The Elvetham
After the hubbub known as Christmas and the New Year its often a time of catching up for a wedding photographer. You start to think about the downtime and eventually it gets to you. Can you simply drop back into the groove you had a few weeks ago? There’s no question you hope for something unique for your first of a new season. Something that will tickle your insides and make you feel right at ease. I feel rather lucky that this is exactly what I found when I arrived at The Elvetham last Friday. I knew when I met Hyun and Pete a while back that this would be a relaxed affair. Any wedding where the groom picks out the wedding dress is going to be special. I wasn’t left wanting. Hyun’s smile, Pete’s smile. The warmth of the room cancelled out all the cold outside. Simply put. I was in heaven. I’ve become a little of a seasoned veteran at ceremonies. I don’t really get emotional or nostalgic. But on Friday I did. I was sitting in the front row after shooting the signing of the register as the guests took theirs. I was watching Hyun and Pete and their guests crowded around with their cameras. I looked back to Hyun and Pete and I noticed her staring at Pete from all of 6 inches away. I was stuck by just how much she adored him. At that moment, nothing else mattered to her. The people, the cameras, the Registrars. Nothing. She was totally encapsulated in him. At that moment I was taken with emotion. It took me a minute or so to compose myself. Pete is a very lucky man. You will see the image I took just as it dawned on me later on. Also, there will be a link to more images on my Facebook Business Page. This will appear at the end of this post.
Weeds (no…not really…Pete’s mum did an amazing job with the flowers)
Pete scores major brownie points
Oh yeah…that’s what I’m talking about!
I see where she gets it from!
It seemed an odd time to do the Macarena
Never leave anything to chance!
Just before Dr Who arrived
Are you sensing a theme here?
Doppleganger 2013 begins with … Bradley Cooper!
2 seconds later and I’m a blubbing mess!
High fives are not just reserved for injury time winners!
Dress him up…but really…should you have let him out?
Horton hears a hoo and a blue tree!
I promised you more…and here you go. Pete and Hyun’s Elvetham Wedding Photography on my Facebook Business Page.
I’m sure some of the ‘regulars’ will have assumed silence on the blog means baby in the house. Well, you’d be wrong. In fact it was a week away at Centre Parcs with the family. Perhaps not the best timed trip given Nicola’s current state but it was booked up well before ‘Junior’ had anything to do with it. So, we’re still waiting.
Evan has been settling in to his Christmas toys. The Playmobil Pirate ship has been the one thing that has captured his imagination most. Clearly the Grandparents know best. It has led to more than a few pirate accents around the house. The best is Evan’s incorrect phrase of ‘ahoy me hair trees’. It gives him satisfaction and makes me giggle everytime I hear it.
The first wedding of 2009 kicked off on Saturday. We’re now in the depths of winter and boy don’t I know it. Although bright on Saturday, it was just too cold to go outside. It made the family group shots interesting…and actually quite different. With the wedding being so close to the baby it made sense to take along a little support just in case I got ‘the call’. It was probably a bit overkill to have two photographers there (and to the guests I apologise) but its difficult to have someone there and place him in a glass box which says “Break Glass in Case of Contractions”.
My support came in the form of Simon Kemp from Hyde-End Studios. Simon and I have worked together before. Some may remember it was Simon who stepped up to help me in August when I was rather poorly. I was truly grateful for him taking a Saturday afternoon out to help. Like a bonehead he refused to be paid for his time. Whilst gracious I can’t just let it ride…so a little top up to his iTunes account seems in order. Check your email Simon.
Simon has threatened to post a few of his favourites on his blog later this week. So stop by again and have a look.
Sally and Noel — The Elvetham — Saturday, January 10, 2009
Seats were at a premium…perhaps not on the same scale as the Obama inaguration…but close
Winter weddings, with no bridal prep and a B&G not particularly fussed about ‘couple’ shots means lots and lots of people watching…hug?
A patented technique…honest!
“Oh me so….” — I think I’ll stop there
As Midnight Oil once said…”the time has come”
Each week…its either one or the other…but not usually both
Submit your captions now
Now I see where she got ‘that look’ from
A vain attempt at redemption (see the image a few ticks ago)
I like images with lots going on…and not a single person blinking
Between Eric (the fab Elvetham toastmaster) and I, we did convince them 3 minutes of ‘couple’ shots wouldn’t kill’m
“I like to move it, move it”
Noel went walkabout
Still perfecting ‘the look’
What two photographers get up to whilst you eat pudding…here I’m saying “Simon, you da man”, Simon replies “No…you da man” and so it goes
More than just a pretty face, Simon assists me in setting up the lights
Jodie and James — The Elvetham — Saturday, September 13, 2008
Sing with me “itsy bitsy teeney weeney
yellow white polka dot bikini boxer shorts” — doesn’t have the same ring to it
Tom…this is the shot when my camera meter went nuts…see why I use RAW!
And this is what the exposure shoulda been
Jodie…I know the feeling
James and I use the same hair gel…no…honest!
She blurry because she bouncing with vigor…the things you find when you wander around!
Had she not mentioned she had no shoes on, I probably wouldn’t have noticed
Its not just men who forget to put the seat up
People ask me why I like wedding photography…I can give 5 reasons right off the top of my head
A Bridesmaid practices her reading
Sorry to cut your head off…but it really is all about her
Totally bizarre composition…but I like it
Buying Merryl Lynch for a fiver!
The formals rolls smoothly…then its the bridesmaids shot and its like a Bobbi Brown convention…as you can see Eric, my other favourite Toastmaster, doesn’t know quite what to make of it
Warning to future guest of the Elvetham. Study your wine glass etiquette!
This ain’t no Bridezilla!
James stature is one that you would like to have with you on a dark night in Portsmouth
Some people just can’t take this whole wedding thing seriously
Every course, they all toasted the centrepiece…don’t ask me but they found it hilarious!
FOB speech goes down well
I love it when it gets a bit emotional
The BM used more than a few props…all to perfection
Asked to take a photo of 4 brothers I reeled a few great candid shots of ‘the boys’…just wanted to share
After a lost battle with a bonfire, this chap is forced to keep his arm about heart height. I then found another use for my monopod. Clever, don’t you think?
Dancing with the Stars
One of the lucky accidents