I met Kelly and Darren at the end of May to discuss their wedding and book me as their wedding photographer in June this year in Southwater near Horsham. I had been past Southwater many a time but had never been booked before to photograph a couple from this large village (almost a small town!) outside of Horsham. I was greeted by their vivacious and adorable dog Ruby and their children and we booked in an engagement shoot before their wedding at the end of this month. We had been having some fabulous weather to start June off but even though the Sunday started cloudy, it didn’t matter, if anything it really highlighted the lushness of the melon flesh greens of the now blooming trees and foliage around Southwater Country Park, their chosen location. I had never been before and found it quite the surprise. I had imagined a flat landscape with a few trees and a lake and nothing much else. Instead this rather undulating landscape and dense thickets of woodlands, paths, ponds and the main lake dotted the parkland giving views I hadn’t imagined. We had a lot of fun and I am really looking forward to being at their wedding and photographing it in a couple of weeks time!
So without further ado!
Having a little break from posting my latest wedding photography and portrait photography (lots more of my work to come, I need to get my latest work on here over the next few weeks) I thought I’d return to the Nikon D7100 that I reviewed extensively a month or two ago. I have now been shooting with this camera for around three months and it is a sizeable upgrade from my last camera.
One thing I see trotted out time and time again is what’s the high ISO performance like? Usually these discussions are started or accompanied by a dreadful photo (note — I have a couple of ‘dreadful’ photos below) of a pair of black underpants in a dark corner taken on a less than ideal lens, in turn with an exposure that is underexposed and then complaints are made that at 100% view that the grain/noise is terrible. Continue reading…
Charlotte and Neil’s wedding was fabulous, and all set in the glorious city of Oxford and then for the reception in the delightful Chilterns village of Aston Tirrold for the evening reception venue. I said to Charlotte on the day, if she picks her lottery numbers like she picked her wedding day, then I want in on that syndicate! It was the first truly spring-like day of 2013 and felt warm and not even the slightest hint or puff of cloud to be seen. Most photographers would in fact dread this because it can make for quite harsh light for taking photos, but nonsense, the job of a wedding photographer is to make good photos whenever and wherever; and anyway, all that matters is that Charlotte and Neil had picked a beautiful day for their wedding.
Charlotte and Neil had chosen a refreshing schedule for their wedding day, they had no bridesmaids or ushers, and had a meal in the city rather than retiring for a more formal drinks reception, and an evening reception for all their guests in the most beautiful of villages, Aston Tirrold. The day was really refreshing and an absolute joy to shoot, not least that Charlotte had chosen a striking dress, I don’t think I have seen any bride with a dress with red in before but for her it was absolutely perfect, a great choice.
We had two great portrait sessions, along the canal after the registry office ceremony in which we hassled a few ducks, had a few nice chats with barge owners and got some fabulous canalside portraits, and then in the evening how could we not make the most of the soft golden evening light? My favourite photo, well it’s a tricky one. On the one hand I really like the reportage shots such as the one of Charlotte’s reaction when she sees herself in the mirror for the first time once in her dress; but my favourite, well that will be the one above of the lovely couple on a bridge over the canal at the lock gates.
So to Charlotte and Neil, here’s to your new life together! It was a real pleasure and honour to be at your wedding and to photograph it… Continue reading…
When you book me for your wedding, I ensure that not only are the photos are ones to treasure and are artistic, but that the presentation of them is of paramount importance to me. I don’t offer ‘cheap’ packages, just a single simple package:
With that simple package you get all day wedding photography coverage from bridal preparations to after the first dance.
You get all of the photos lovingly processed in my studio to my strict colour corrected ‘processing’.
And then the final edit of the photos is made available online for yourself, family, friends and guests to download from.
On top of that, you get with the package a leatherette disc folio embossed with your names and the date of your wedding in a presentation box. You don’t get a writable DVD disc from Asda with your names scrawled on with pen!
This is all part of creating and preserving memories.
This is all included in my basic package which for all bookings made in 2013 is £500.
Why not get in touch with me so we can meet up and discuss what you are looking for for your wedding photos? It’d be wonderful to meet you.
In April I was asked to take photographs for Worthing’s brand new leisure centre that was due to open on the 1st of May, Splashpoint Leisure Centre.
The new centre was to replace the ageing and rapidly decaying semi-Brutalist Aquarena which opened in 1967. The centre comprises of a new leisure pool, a 25 metre competition pool, diving/training pool, 2 fitness studios, a gym and a café. Most importantly the building is a striking design by Wilkinson Ayre which makes it an architecturally significant building along the south coast. It is so nice to see something that is both striking and an attempt to break out from providing swimming pools that look as though they are not much more than a light industrial unit!
The new leisure centre provides a great venue right on Worthing’s sea front, so the brief was to produce images that not only showed the special location but the quality of the new venue. It was a real pleasure to work with Worthing Leisure and Splashpoint Leisure Centre on this. Here are a selection of the images from the Splashpoint photos. It is after all, something a bit different from my usual work!
Read: Part One | Part Two | Part Three
It took a bit longer than expected to write this third instalment but I have been so busy! And in any instance being busy means that I have now much more experience of shooting the camera since getting it. I think this will be the final part of my review, there are plenty of reviews of the camera out there that will undoubtedly tell you more about the technical side of things.
What I can say is that I have fallen in love with using the D7100 and now going back to using the D90 is a real wrench; not because the D90 is a bad camera — far from it; the difference is all in the handling and the D7100 is a much better handling camera than the D90. That said I believe I have expressed all I can on the ergonomics in part 2.
Leisure Pool at Splashpoint Leisure Centre, Worthing
I was commissioned by Worthing Leisure to photograph the brand new Splashpoint Leisure Centre in Worthing. I will put a small gallery of photos from the brand new swimming pool and fitness complex in Worthing soon! Stay tuned.
Royal Eastbourne Golf Club Wedding Fayre, May 4th
I will be at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club’s Wedding Fayre this Saturday (May 4th) between 10.30am and 4.30pm.
If you’re still looking for a wedding photographer in East Sussex, or even anywhere – come along and it would be lovely to meet you and find out more about your wedding and to show you the timeless portraiture and documentary wedding photography coverage that I offer.
April 30, 2013
Apologies for the lack of photos on a review of a camera, by a photographer! But I will sort that out, I just wanted to get the words down.
Read: Part One | Part Two | Part Three
I have paused before doing part two, I don’t want to do a specification sheet review. There is little need for me to tell you about its 24 megapixels and lack of optical low pass filter (OLPF) because you can find that out anywhere, and a lack of OLPF and 24 megapixels does not make good photos. The photographer does that whatever she or he is using. I have always maintained this because it is true – although some cameras will make certain photos easier to obtain than others (i.e. a Leica M2 with ISO 50 film and a 135mm f/4 lens on a cloudy day taking pictures of the Grand Prix will be challenge!)
The thing about a new camera is that to start with, you can see some benefits to it, but also it’s the small ergonomic differences that you appreciate but are still different to something that had been your workhorse previously and a bit of doubt creeps in; will this tool be as natural to me as the previous?
In my case that previous was the D90 (which was a huge change from my Olympus OM2n’s — which I still have), it wasn’t without fault though. The AE-L/AF-L button was small, and too far away from where my thumb felt truly comfortable so as an AF-ON button (through customising the controls) it wasn’t great. But overall I had gotten used to how the D90 handled, and then promptly bought another camera, the D7100.
Preparing my wedding packs for couples
If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Worthing, Sussex or elsewhere, then don’t forget you can pop along to Field Place in Worthing, on Sunday 21st April where I will have a stall at the wedding fair taking place.
I will have plenty examples of my work, goody bags and would really love to hear more about what you are looking for for your wedding day pictures and what I can do for you.
It starts at 11am, and has free entry! I look forward to seeing you.