Monday, 24 November 2008

Clair and Danny's wedding

Clair and Danny's wedding at the Buxted Park Hotel, 15th Sept 08

Getting ready.....

What a beautiful day!

It was a gorgeous sunny day with not a cloud in the sky as I set off to Clairs Mums to take photos of her and the Brides maids getting ready. Clair is a lovely, fun person and I was filled with excitement at the day that lay ahead. When I arrived Clair was as calm as a cucumber, sometimes Brides get a bit nervous but I'm great at calming down frazzled nerves and love making people feel comfortable and confident.

Clair looked absolutely stunning as she came down the stairs after getting ready. Some of her family and friends had come over from South Africa and the joy was written all over their faces to be part of her special day! After leaving Clair getting into the car I whizzed off to Buxted Park so I would get there in good time for her arrival and photos of the ceremony.

The ceremony took place in the beautiful orangery at Buxted park, where the sun streamed in through the huge glass windows, filling the room with a golden light.

Clair and Danny had decided that they wanted a combination of reportage style or photojournalist style which captures the moment with a minimum of posed photos to ensure that they could spend the day enjoying themselves with their guests. With this in mind I kept the posed couple photo session down to ten minutes as I always capture some great photos within this time and would also get some great reportage photos too.

Posed photos...

During the day I captured some fab reportage photos....

Meet the family
I also had fun taking photos of Clair's family, an excellent opportunity to capture Clair's mum and her brother who had come over from South Africa especially. Clair's mum Karin and dad Clive had not had a formal photo taken together since their wedding!

Details matter..
The decorations had all been laid out in the orangery prior to the wedding breakfast, I always like to capture these details too as Clair has spent ages choosing what to have. These photos are great keep sakes of what the room looked like.

The very tasty wedding breakfast

Clair and Danny had asked me to join them and their guests for the wedding breakfast, and I sat down with Clair's sister for a lovely meal! The food at Buxted is fantastic and the staff are always so accommodating, it's a great place!

I'm so lucky....
All too soon it was the end of a wonderful day for me as I took some final pictures of Clair and Danny having their first dance as a married couple. As a gave them both a hug and a kiss goodbye I thought as I do often how lucky I am to be part of an amazing day and to use my creativity to take photos that they will have as memories forever.

The pictures where ready for Danny and Clair within 2 weeks, they loved the photos......

"Thank you so much for capturing our wedding day exactly as we wanted!" Clair and Danny

If you have any questions or comments on this wedding day please let me know, I'd love to hear what you think. Or I am available for advice, give me a call 01273 507966/ 0774 8901188.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Pre-wedding photo shoot - Terri and Bruce Sept 08 - The Seafront Brighton

Terri and Bruce Pre-wedding photo shoot

I had a wonderful evening back in September on the sea front in Brighton with the lovely Terri and Bruce. I met up with Terri after I was recommended to her by her hairdresser Mark who's wedding I had photographed back in May.

They are a lovely couple and we had fun with iconic images of Brighton in the background - The West Pier, The Palace Pier, The sea etc!

Terri and Bruce were getting married at Due South along the seafront in Brighton. Due South is a lovely venue for food and the ambience in there is fantastic! It's well known as being one of Norman Cooks favourite resturants. They have a liscense for Civil Ceremonies and it's lovely to have the ceremony with the sea just outside the huge windows! It's a great venue for a intimate wedding or partnership!

Terri and Bruce were very pleased with the photos and felt confident that I would so a fab job on the day! Not only did they have the free benefit of having pre- wedding photography with me I also mount up a photo of their choice, which I took with me on their wedding day for their guests to sign. I will post the photos from the big day soon so watch this space! x

Monday, 17 November 2008

Gail and Evertons Engagement photo shoot 17/11/08

What a lovely winters day for a engagement photo shoot!

It was great to meet Everton & Gail and their lovely new baby Thea, mum & dad and nieces at Buxted Park in Uckfield their venue for the big day!

Pre- wedding chat and photos.....

It's great to meet up at the venue and take some photos as an engagement or pre-wedding photo shoot so that the couple can see the photo style prior to booking. It is important for each of us to have rapport as the photos reflect that relationship and they are able to relax in front of me.

I had a chat to them about the kind of photos that they would like posed or reportage and the options available in terms of presentation leather albums, suede albums, wedding story book.

I also introduced them to my new range of albums in the lace and retro croc range.

Also the length of time that they would like me for as I am flexible on how long I am with a couple - it's there day not mine! But I can advise on how long things take and often advise a couple to have a fake cake cut just after the couple photos if they are on a budget and therefore want to go for less photography time.

They wanted three hours of photography but could not decide which album to go for now withEverton liking the idea of having a big leather album a bit like his parents have. So I advised on a DVD option now with the option to upgrade to an album after the wedding thus cutting the costs before the wedding.

We were then ready to step outside to take photos...

It is lovely to get natural photos that show a couples love for each other.
If you have any questions in regards to this post please contact me on 01273 507966/ 0774 8901188.