Always carry a Camera and Print your pictures.

Hello, just a quick blog about always having a camera and also taking the time to print your photographs. A couple of years ago we were lucky enough to travel to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Now obviously I took my camera and took as many pictures as possible to reflect the sights and culture. Over the weeks I must have taken hundreds of pictures and at the time I felt that lot’s of them were what I would describe as “record”  shots that just reflect the scene. After the trip, like most people I just processed them, them before putting them in a file for the future. In the last couple of years I have started to look at how I show my work and in particular the importance of printing photographs. How many of us have thousands of digital  images reflecting years of memories sitting on hard drives or burned on to discs. Be honest and think about how often you look at those images. I have recently started to go through some of my old discs and found that they can actually start to degrade or not be recognised by present technology. Evidence suggests that with ever-growing disk capacities, file sizes, and increases in the amount of data stored on a disk, the likelihood of the occurrence of data decay and other forms of uncorrected and undetected data, corruption increases. So what about printing, well using the correct inks and a good quality paper, images can last for decades, and even longer if not exposed to constant sunlight. Fast forward a couple of years and I recently had...

Ghyll Manor Wedding Shoot

Hello again, today’s post is about finding new venues. We are lucky in Sussex that we have many lovely old country houses, some of which are used as wedding venues. We recently had lunch @Ghyll Manor in Rusper which is a lovely 17th Century country house with beautiful gardens and loads of character. Not having seen the venue before we had a walk round the gardens and were blown away with how lovely it was and the potential for wedding photography. A few weeks later I was able to speak to Jenny @Ghyll Manor and she kindly allowed us to use the grounds for a styled shoot. The purpose of this for us is to have some fun, have a practice and see whether we can find some interesting shots at a new venue. We were lucky enough to find two models who are an actual couple so with the help of  @Jessica Faulkes, James Miller and our make up artist Claire we spent a few pleasant hours seeing what we could find and taking pictures of our models. We all enjoyed it as it was a lovely warm day, as well as coming away with some nice pictures and a few idea’s from a great venue     .  ...

Old Kent Barn Wedding

It’s been ages since my last blog, I have been really busy but I now have a bit of down time to reflect on the last few weeks. I have been taking portraits, corporate shoots and even video shorts and a couple of weeks ago I was really fortunate to photograph the wedding of Katie and Jamie at the Old Kent Barn in Kent. We were really lucky to have perfect weather all day and everyone was really relaxed and enjoying the day. I am finding that with weddings, as my photography evolves, I am enjoying telling the story of the day. I still love those standout images where I can find the best lighting and location and guide my clients, however I think that showing the emotion of the day is of equal or greater importance, so I put in as much effort as I can to place myself where these moments can be captured. Part of my brief for the wedding  was “I want you to capture the first time he see’s me”.  No pressure then…….. The point is of course that you get no second chances with this, had I said “Oops I missed that, can you look the happiest you have ever felt again please” would have been unacceptable. I like to think that I caught some of the emotions on the day and I have enclosed a few...