Beckah & Matt’s Wedding Day

Beckah & Matt’s Wedding Day

Wedding  – Canterbury Friday 28th July 2017 Dee & I had the privilege to work with Michelle Fry (Purple Vision Photography) as her second / third photographers & contribute in capturing those special moments throughout Beckah & Matt’s Wedding ceremony & reception. Every wedding day is special for us & as photographers we never cease to feel honoured & privileged to be in attendance on such an important occasion  capturing many magical moments  during our time with the happy couple and their loved ones. Whilst every wedding is a joy to photograph,  it was a true delight to meet Beckah, Matt & their wedding party.  So much love alongside their great sense of fun was seen throughout the day & their attention to detail, beautifully reflected in their church & reception venue. We found out that family members & friends had worked tirelessly to help achieve their shabby chic theme & that their reception venue was Matt’s old school so many great memories from the past blended with beautiful memories being made on Beckah & Matt’s big day. The only thing that could potentially impact on the day was the weather, so…… Did rain spoil the day? No.  & despite the pretty heavy downpours the excitement, happiness & love that radiated from the happy couple & their wedding party alongside our production of big umbrellas ensured that all their plans & our photographic opportunities went smoothly. Every couple & their families spend a great deal of time planning, designing & making sure that every detail for their big day, goes accordingly &  it is only the weather that cannot be...
Blue Bell Bride and Horse Photography

Blue Bell Bride and Horse Photography

We were lucky enough to be asked by our friend Michelle to come along to one of her shoots with her friend Kira and two of her horses Sparkle and Paddy. Kira was married last year but unfortunately did not have the opportunity to include her two horses in the pictures. So what better excuse to find a handy wood with some bluebells and dress Kira up in her wedding dress. Everything started well, although Kira suggesting I keep away from the back feet should have been a clue. Once we got to the woods it soon became clear that these magnificent creatures have a mind of there own and you need skill and experience to handle them properly. I offered to hold the reins of Sparkle while Kira got changed and unfortunately my foot got in the way of her hoof.  As I danced up and down turning the air blue and shouting in pain I realised I had learnt a life lesson. As a note for anyone considering playing “footsie” with a horse, my advice is not to consider it. Fortunately, there was no harm done and we continued the shoot. I really enjoyed the shoot and Michelle, Dee and myself got some lovely pictures. I thought that Kira looked amazing and with the added bonus of the bluebells, the woodland and the horses, it wasn’t difficult to get some great images....
Architecture and Building Photographer Horsham

Architecture and Building Photographer Horsham

Building Photographer Horsham So a friend of mine asked the other day whether we photographed buildings. The reason being that he will shortly be starting a new business connected with the construction industry and he had not seen any of our work in this sphere. So as an answer to his question I have enclosed a few photographs I took in Spain. As you can see the Queen Sofia Palace of Arts is amazing and probably the most photographed building in Valencia. However, I thought I would try some black and white images concentrating on light and shade, different angles and with some of them, trying to introduce figures to give a sense of scale and interest. I could have spent all day exploring this amazing building, however here are a few images to show it’s potential as well as huge thanks to Carl and Glen for showing me this incredible...
Wedding Fair – De La Warr Pavilion – Bexhill

Wedding Fair – De La Warr Pavilion – Bexhill

Good afternoon, just a quick blog about a Wedding Fair we did yesterday, Sunday the 12th. The fair was at the @De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, organised by @Empirical Events. The building itself is a really interesting and stylish Art Deco design and the fair itself was really busy with lot’s of interest. Myself and Dee had our stand with some of our work  and spoke to lot’s of lovely people about their thoughts around their weddings. It was great fun and we have already had an e mail from someone asking about our work, so who knows?  During the coffee break Dee disappeared with her trusty mobile phone and came back with some images which I have attached. It appears my training is paying off, if she can do this with her phone, imagine what she can do with her...
Guild of Professional Photographers – Qualified Member – Horsham

Guild of Professional Photographers – Qualified Member – Horsham

    Good afternoon, I thought I would share a bit of good news for myself and the business and this news was a great Christmas present to me. Part of being a photographer is the sense that you are improving and you are always providing the best service that you can for your clients.  However, how does anyone truly assess something that could be described as an art form? Photography is highly subjective and one person might look at a picture and decide it’s a masterpiece, whilst another will look at the same picture with indifference. So how do I know that I am improving? Well the best feedback is always from your clients who tell you they like your pictures; but I think that there is also great value in letting other photographers assess or judge your work, in particular photographic organisations who’s opinion you respect. I am a member of  @The Guild of Photographers and also the Master Photographers Association.  Both organisations have a qualification and mentoring system designed to promote continual professional development and both have a tiered membership/qualification system reflecting level’s of experience and ability. It’s true that Photography related qualifications can be a controversial issue.  The list of amazing photographers without any formal qualifications is long, however I feel that the benefit’s of exposing my work to other professionals in the industry and obtaining feedback far outweighs any negatives. Having recently submitted a portfolio of 21 images to the Guild of Photographers, I have just been informed that my submission was successful and I have been awarded “Qualified” status. I am really pleased at...

Portrait Photography – Horsham

Good afternoon, time for another blog and today I thought I would speak about a recent shoot we did with the very beautiful Rachel Ritfeld. One of my other little sidelines is that sometimes I act as a supporting artist i.e an Extra on television and films, now I have no ambitions to do anything more than act as background while the real actors do their thing. However, it’s good fun, you see a different side of the industry, you also get paid and you meet some really interesting people. So there we were on the set of Eastenders for the Christmas edition when we met Rachel, who was in the same episode. It turned out that she is an experienced model and actress as well as being great fun, it did not take me long to drop lot’s of hints about being a photographer and no sooner did she say “Maybe we could do a shoot together”  than I was on the phone and organising the day. Rachel was kind enough to invite us to her home and Dee and myself spent a lovely day finding locations nearby, as well as setting up inside her home to get some shot’s. Now one of the issues with posing is that for most people it does not come naturally and they require guidance from the Photographer. Well imagine working with someone who has done countless shoots, is used to posing and is really relaxed in front of a camera, talk about make my job easier. Rachel was full of idea’s and a real pleasure to work with, all I had...

Rocky Horror Themed Shoot

Good afternoon, today I will show a few pictures from a Rocky Horror themed photo shoot that was organised over the weekend by Daniel Hoey from CDH Events. The shoot took place at the Photoshoot Studio in Tunbridge Wells with the assistance of Paul Meyer. The models/cast were really enthusiastic and everyone had great fun. From a photography point of view it was an interesting exercise in using different types of lighting, including bounced flash and natural light and it’s always good to practice these techniques and brush up your...
Wedding Fair – Christs Hospital

Wedding Fair – Christs Hospital

Really looking forward to this Sunday, 16th October where it will be our third year at the Wedding Fair in Christs Hospital, Horsham. The day is being run by  @Empirical Events and if the last couple of years is anything to go by is should be really good fun. Our stand is going to be very different from last year, which although it looked good, took 2 hours and an engineering degree to put together. This year we are keeping it simple but equally as creative and hope to see you there. For details of the event go to https://www.facebook.com/empiricaleventsweddingshows  ...

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     .  ...