I'm fortunate enough 5 years down the line to be getting the absolute ideal couples. Now what do I mean by that? No I ain't some too cool for school photographer cherry picking only the most Hipster weddings. I don't check beard length, how many tattoos you have, music tastes or be picky based on where your venue is etc. But one thing I do look for in my couples is not only the ability to see the photographs as fun, but to have an appreciation of what I can create given just a little bit of time. I don't want you to see that little piece of time away from your guests something you have to do. I want you to grab that moment by the balls, take your partner in your arms & feel the moment. (Note: Moment is not a euphamism)
Quite often when I first meet a potential couple they ask. How do you cope with people who don't like having their picture taken? Everyone always looks so cool & comfortable. & I always answer the same way. Every single couple I have ever had in front of my camera has thought what you are thinking right now. How can we be those people in that photograph? Well the short answer is... You can't.
The only thing I want from you is for you to be. If you want to laugh, laugh. If you want to kiss then kiss. If you want to argue about who loves me more then that's ok too. You are not just another couple for the front page of a blog. You are you. & that is all I want to photograph.
Claire & Ben are one of my couples. Yes. It sounds strange, like I'm some kind of camera wielding swinger. But from first meeting them all those months ago. To that last hug goodbye over at the incredible The Normans York I felt like I was with two magnificent humans that I had shared an adventure with... & What an adventure.
From spending the morning at Claire's parents house. To the incredible church ceremony in Selby. We finally arrived at the absolutely phenomenal Normans to celebrate in true style until the sun dipped it's head below this incredible farm venue. After arriving in an incredible vintage white VW beetle from Vintage VW's 4 Hire (I know I know there's no pics but there will be a huge ton in the very near future. Stupid Facebook gallery limit) We took advantage of the break in the rain for some epic dappled light filled portraits in & around the farm machinery & barns. One of which was housing some of the grain brought in from recent harvest. Hells to the yeah just check out those window spot lights!
After convincing Claire to drop her dress on the floor for the pictures despite the mud (You only wear it once haha) We headed inside to the beautiful fairylight lit marquee in a barn for some Mexican food & some fab speeches that even had the cake in tiers (Dad Joke)
After this it was time to utilise that last bit of light & with the bridesmaids & groomsmen in tow we ventured back into the farm filled awesomeness. I have to give these guys a huge thanks for being so bloody up for it. From hiding behind trailers, helping me with elaborate traffic cone placements & just generally being badass humans. You helped me create some of my favourite shots of the year so thank you!
& after groups & barn confetti it was in the final dance where the rain no longer mattered. For as the family & friends dear to them joined Claire & Ben on the dance floor, the room came to life with a colourful collision of booze & acrobatic moves. It was only then that I headed over to MY FAVOURITE FOOD VENDOR IN THE UNIVERSE. Duke's Pizza. I cannot even begin to recommend these guys enough. Number 1. They're the best damn pizzas I have ever tasted. Number 2. The guys who run it are as fricking awesome as their cheese laden beauties.
& as I stole my final slice of crusted triangular heaven, I bid farewell to the people who had made this day pure magic. Because for me my adventure with Claire & Ben was almost over... Of course there's had only just begun.
Here's to these two.
PS Here's a sneaky one of me: "Let me take your picture I bet no one ever does that" (Internal voice saying only every wedding pal) But Hell this is an awesome pic. The dude taking it asked how to use my camera. I literally said press the button and immediately do a little dance with it for streaky awesomeness. Dude handled it like a pro!
SHUTTER GO... LOST & FOUND
Anyone who follows my photography knows I'm all about the colour but this weeks episode of Lost & Found actually includes two black & white images. Yes thats right! Two! This year I've had the fortune of shooting at a luxurious heap of new venues & undoubtedly one of the stand out locations was The Normans in York. Fairy-lit barns, Beautiful light & some oh so epic farm machinery made this into a Shutter Go... Haven for me & my too many cameras. Since this wedding I'm now a recommended supplier there too & already have a booking next year to explore this beaut of a venue even further. WIN! So without further ado ladies, gentlemen, intelligent animals & inquisitive robotic sentients. It's time for this weeks. Lost... &... Found...
This barn... This barn... This frickin BAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRN!... I cannot even begin to explain how the light gave me tingles on this day. The most extraordinary light I have ever seen with my own eye balls. The kind of light that would take your breath away. I'm sure you've seen the heap of previews I've already shared of Ben, Claire & they're magnificent bridal party in & around this bit of space. But here's one of just the two of them in a more experimental edit.
I seriously utilised that tiny square of light entering through the barns Skylight window in photograph two. After positioning the Bride & Groom & taking several shots around them. I used spot metering to throw the rest of the barn into shadow. When it came to editing, bringing down the shadows & blacks placed all the focus on the couple. Using different brushes I then emphasised the warmth of the light hitting Claire & Ben & put the rest of the room into a cool temperature.
& in the spotlight magic was made.
Photograph two was just as Claire & Ben were leaving the church after a couple of group pics. Instead of capturing them head on I crouched low down in between the church pews to capture feeling over subject matter. I adore the flow of Claire's dress & the positioning of her hand further emphasising that movement. I know a lot of photographers swear by black & white for feeling & colour for subject & the mono edit undoubtedly brings that home.
The third & final image is one taken at the first dance within the incredible fairy lit barn/marquee within The Normans. Whenever I see fairy lights it's all about bringing in the prisms for me to capture the magic of the scene. The fact they're both looking away from the camera makes the photograph for me as it puts the focus on their entwined hands, then onto the guests as they watch on. It's just motion & magic in mono.
Until next time Xx