Spains Hall is a favourite of mine and I am happy that they recommend me as one of their preferred photographers. Jamie Charlotte and I had a great time when we met in London and I knew this would be a fun wedding – it didn’t disappoint. I was warmly welcomed in the morning for the getting ready shots, and thankfully at the time I didn’t know that Charlotte’s father was a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society. This coupled with the fact that Jamie’s brother’s wedding had been shot by my great mate Damian Bailey last summer….enough pressure thankyou! 🙂
Finchingfield is a beautiful village and the church is lovely, perched up on the hill. Spains Hall lies about a mile away, and the race was on to get back for Jamie & Charlotte’s pictures before the sun went down. We made it and I got some of my all time favourite sunset shots. I know you read this a lot on wedding blogs, but I really mean this, honestly truly, Charlotte did not stop smiling all day long, which made my day a real treat. A great couple with a great set of friends, at Spains Hall – can’t beat that!
Thanks to the newly beardy Dan “Santa Claus ” Neatherway for his amazingly nimble staying out of my shots skills. If you need a videographer, this is him…. Final plug – I was struck by the amazing talent of the singer/pianist Anthony Strong – cool as a cucumber and an incredibly talented feelgood jazz supremo – see him below.
Charlotte’s Dad wrote:” Just a quick note of thanks for all your hard work and effort on, what turned out to be a fantastic wedding day.
It must be somewhat galling to have ‘being invisible’ as one of your prime success indicators. Perhaps unobtrusive rather than invisible, but unobtrusive you were, we appreciated your calm understated approach to the day. You put us all at ease, and inspired confidence and trust. Not only of the wedding party but of the guests as well.
We have all seen the busy wedding photographer, all elbows and instructions. We preferred your style immensely. Someone said ‘Guy looks laid back’. Never, never in a million years were you laid back, your eyes never stopped roaming, looking for that perfect shot constantly on the look out, assimilating, judging and evaluating. You must have been exhausted at the end of the day.
Nerves run high as you know, and we are all anxious that things go well, your influence went far beyond the brief of photographer, and we benefited from your ability to shape many of the set pieces of the day.
The way you worked with the videographer was particularly impressive, sharing shots and supporting each other diminished the amount of direction needed and significantly increased our opportunities for success.
You are truly a ‘class act’ and we were fortunate you were available to share and record our special day.
Here are some of my favourites