FOR THE EXPERIMENT
On Friday I was with the incredible Katie & Jack over at Cubley Hall in Penistone for their most awesome of days. Now when I use the words "Incredible" to describe these two I don't say it lightly. I'm always consistently blown away by my couples freedom to allow me to spend some time with them to experiment for photographs. & these two were truly no exception.
Walking around the grounds of Cubley Hall chasing that light into some pretty strange locations was met with nothing but warmth, laughter & genuine connection. It is people like Katie & Jack that allow me to become a better photographer. That gift me the time to be able to utilise ideas & be party to those moments that would otherwise go unseen away from guests. It is couples like Katie & Jack that have made me keep imagination through what is still haled to this day amongst the majority of creative jobs as a genre of photography that lacks art.
Of course this all sounds a little pretentious which isn't my intention. As those who have allowed me to tell their story know. I shoot the way I shoot because it looks pretty & evokes feeling. Not because of some strange higher meaning. But to feel what it is to be them in that very moment beneath the fading light on their most awesome of days.
After spending the morning with Katie & her Bridesmaids amidst the beautiful home of her mum Marion. We headed off to the nearby church for the ceremony before going back to Cubley Hall for the rest of the days events. With incredible flowers by Millies Floral Boutique & an amazing split screen camper van by Vintage Volksweddings VW Camper wedding car hire. All the pieces were in place for a day of Summer awesomeness.
Of course those moments with Katie & Jack amidst the evening light was where the magic truly began. & in the candle lit barn of Cubley Hall these two lit up stoney shadows as though they were the brightest stars in a galaxy. & the warmth filled the room like sunlight in the dead of night.
Here's to Katie & Jack. May that fire never go out.
SHUTTER GO... LOST & FOUND ~ KATIE & JACK
It's that time of the week again when I sit at my desk, stroke my majestic beard of pondering wonderment & take a look back at a slice of wedding AWESOMENESS for those photographs that wouldn't have otherwise made it into your particular peripherals. YES... you guessed it... It's Lost & Found. (Queue 80's theme music, Me spinning around your television screen with 80's Kaleidoscope effect in various poses mixed with giant flashing cat face)
This week we are amidst the Summer vibes of the incredible Katie & Jack for their wedding at Cubley Hall in the amusingly named PENISTONE. I've got three moments from their beautiful day to share with you guys along with why they get my pixel bound juices flowing... YES I SAID JUICES!!!
The first photograph is just pure Shutter Go Click. Yes I am one of those tossers who just referred to himself in the third person. But what I mean by that is Cubley Hall has magnificent grounds & all I wanted was to photograph a great big blue storage container in the car park. But as the sun lowered & hit the tree line surrounding this tiny pocket of Yorkshire. It created shadows from the wind struck branches. A beautiful dappled light in which to place this amazing clearly love struck couple of humans.
I brought in the prism as when the sun gets lower & the light is behind me, I can bring it in at the bottom of my lens to add tiny rainbows into the scene. I am all about the industrial contrasts against the more natural. So when that magical light hits it just right & I have an incredible couple to share it with. The whole scene comes together to put a big old smile on my cheeky chops... Click.
The second image is simple yes, but ain't that sometimes the best? I spend a lot of time keeping an eye out for smaller details at weddings. One eye on the people & one eye on the floor. Well ok maybe not literally. If I did that I'd end up looking even more of a strange character than I already do.
When I see shots like this I'm usually manically shouting "LOOK AT THE LIGHT GUYS JUST LOOK AT IT" while salivating down myself & being utterly ignored/avoided by everyone around me. I absolutely adore the way the light forms on the floor in this one. & the contrast between the lace of Katie's beautiful dress alongside the mosaic floor of Cubley Hall. Light, shadow, tiles & lace. Texture, contrast & feeling.
As a photographer who is primarily documentary in style. By that I mean at least 80% of the images I take are unposed to capture a more true reflection of your story. I am always shooting in between the staged moments during set up. I am probably more known for my more epic couples portraits, group arrangements or hero shots (As the photography industry call them) But it's those fleeting interactions in between setting up the shot that will quite often please my brain more than the final image.
This shot was taken of the bridal party without any flower girls or page boys. But of course the little girl still wanted to be in it. I saw her hiding a couple of times, her dad noticing & kept my finger on the shutter while everyone got in position. As she was sent off sucking her thumb with the wind through her hair... Click. & as is usually the case. I think it's way better than any of the more staged ones that followed. Sometimes the story is better told in between chapters.