I’ve been suffering with flu this week, so I’ve had the chance to organise myself to share some photos from a couple of summer weddings (remember when days were warm?).
First up is Jenny and Dave’s wedding, which took place at Queen’s Hall in Cuckfield. You may remember that Janny and Dave were runners-up in my competition earlier this year, so it was great for me to be able to shoot their wedding.
One unusual element of their plans that had stood out for me was the idea of asking each guest to bring a flower on the day, which would then be made into Jenny’s bridal bouquet just before the service. Florist Lynne from EricaLily Flowers was understandably a bit nervous, but she did a great job to incorporate all the different blooms that came her way!
I also have to point out how adorable Jenny and Dave’s twins were. Jake and Bella were a bit tired by the end of the day, but I think they had a lovely time at mummy and daddy’s wedding:-)
Please have a look through the gallery below – you can see bigger versions of each shot by clicking on the thumbnail.
Next time I think it will be some more lovely baby pictures, so chack back soon.
Another of the summer weddings. This time it was Sarah and Ben’s, and we actually had some sunshine! They were married at Asdown Park Hotel , with the party in a marquee at their own Sussex home, and stretch jeeps to ferry the guests between.
Sarah had made her own dress, and was looking gorgeous, so check out the getting ready shots. Ben was looking a bit nervous beforehand, like many grooms, but was much happier when it was all over. I managed to grab some time back at the house to photograph the newlyweds after the food had been served, and I loved the late evening sunlight. Sarah and Ben were even up for the idea of climbing up onto a big tree stump for a few shots.
Incidentally, I regretted not grabbing some of the canapes while I had a chance – the little fish & chip cones were looking really tempting!
By the time I had to pack my bags the party was gathering pace, but I had time to grab a few relaxed minutes with Ben to take a few more shots before I left.
My favourite shot has to be this one of Sarah, though, as the light was just beautiful, lit by a small skylight at the top of the stairs.
Anyway, that’s all for now. Take a look at the gallery below and click on a thumbnail to see the full image.
Still catching up on the summer’s shooting! Here are some shots from my pre-wedding shoot with the lovely Jenny and Dave. For this session, they had left their twins with auntie Tanya, and we headed down to Shoreham Beach for a quick hour before the light started to fade.
This was a location that I had had in mind for quite a while, as it is a little bit grungy and industrial, with lots of interesting bits and pieces. I’d love to do a trash the dress shoot down there, but a pre-wedding shoot was also a good opportunity to try out some different ideas and have a bit of fun.
Neither Jenny nor Dave felt particularly comfortable in front of the camera to begin with, so I started off by working at a distance, and asked them to walk up and down the beach, or to sit and snuggle. After a quick look at the back of the camera they started to relax a little and we moved into some more posed set-ups. But it was when I asked them to start jumping off things or balancing on posts that they really started to enjoy it, which I hope comes across in the images – I love the last one:)
I have some images from their wedding day that I will be sharing in a future post.
Thanks for now,
It seems like ages since Jo and Tony got married in July, but the rainy days we have had recently have reminded me of their wedding day. I loved working with Jo and Tony – it was grey and wet from the start, but they didn’t let it get them down, and you will see from the photos here that they were just smiling all day long.
They even stayed calm when the groom’s car keys were accidently taken to the reception after the service, leaving bride and groom stranded at the church! Fortunately I was still on hand and was able to drive Tony back to his house to pick up the spare car keys.
As their photographer, there were definitely some challenges for me throughout the day. Mostly it was just the lack of light in the church (St Mary’s at Sompting, which is beatiful), and at the reception (Findon Manor) which made life difficult, but I was able to to shoot some great images with a high ISO and steady hand. But then the persistent rain made it difficult to arrange any group shots outside. Fortunately we did get about 10 minutes after the ceremony, and then about half an hour later in the evening just before the light started to fade. So I had to grab my opportunities quickly and get all my subjects organised while still keeping them entertained and smiley.
Strangely, this helps me to remember some reasons why I love shooting weddings:
- I get to work with people who are good fun to be with, and I feel so lucky to have had the clients that I have
- even when things don’t turn out to be perfect, everyone still wants to have a good time, and I can harness that positive energy to help get some of the spirit of the day into my images
- I have to work really hard sometimes to get good images, which keeps me challenged and helps me to stay creative
So, I’m feeling a lot of love for my clients right now and will celebrate them some more in coming posts.
Thanks for your visit.
Well, it has been a busy summer and I have a lot of catching up to do here – several weddings, some engagement shoots and a couple of babies…
First up is Sarah & Ben’s pre wedding shoot. This was a low-key affair that we did in the back garden of their house in deepest Sussex. To begin with they were both a bit uncomfortable having their picture taken, so I started with some individual portraits to build a bit of confidence. Once I had shown them some of the results on the back of the camera they started to relax a little. For the shots of Ben, I added a slightly gritty masculine treatment in post-processing, which I think works really well for him.
Now we were into the swing of it, we began doing shots of them both, and I asked them to concentrate on just being together and having a bit of fun, rather than thinking too much about the camera. We were able to get some nice natural images and I think their personalities are coming through nicely here.
Their wedding day has already been and gone (I did say I had some catching up to do with my blog!) so look out for some fab images from the wedding coming soon:)
Thanks for looking,
And we have a late entry from Jo and Tony, who are getting married this July. Theirs is a sweet story too, so please give them your support:)
So here it is, in Jo’s words…….
She was a mild mannered ops manager working hard and bringing up her
daughter, he was a suave, charming engineer desperate to leave his
single life behind. There was someone who knew them both, someone who
brought their two lives crashing together, it was love at first eMail!
Seven years later a lot has happened since those first heady days of
electronic communication. We arranged to meet, after a month of eMails,
on Brighton seafront and had a wonderful afternoon together talking non-
stop. After that we spoke every day and a year later Tony moved in with
me and my daughter Harriet.
We have added another two children to the family who together keep us
very busy and entertained (they do also drive us mad too!).
We are both the happiest we have ever been and now to put the icing on
the cake we are going to get married in July with all the children
helping (that’s what they’ve assured us!).
Harriet took the photo for us as I couldn’t find any of us together,
must get lots at the wedding…….
To Vote for Jo and Tony, simply enter “Vote” in the comments box below and submit….
With only 5 days remaining until my competition closes (midnight on May 15) things have been getting exciting, and there has been plenty of action. Joyce and Enoch have gathered an amazing 233 votes!
Jenny and Dave entered the running a little later, but they are making good progress with 136 votes. The question is, can they close the gap? We’ll see…..
Please wish both couple good luck, and you can keep track of their scores by checking on the relevant posting for each of them.
This is just a quick update on my “What’s your story?” competition, where the winning couple will win their photo package from me……….
So far, Joyce and Enoch have opened up quite a lead, with a whopping 90 votes!! Jenny and Dave a trailing a little with 40 votes, but with plenty of time to turn it around…
Check out their stories by looking at the posts under the **COMPETITION** category:)
For any other couples out there, there is still time to enter the competition, but you’ll need to be quick…….
Wishing them all good luck..
A big welcome to Jenny and Dave, with their entry into my “What’s your story” competition. They have a great story to tell, and I love the idea of their special wedding bouquet.
Here’s the story……
We’re getting married!
Two children and many years together we have finally decided to tie the knot and this is our story.
The First Date
I was enjoying a bottle of wine with my sister and her then boyfriend feeling very single. ‘Surely you’ve got at least one, decent single friend’ I begged the then boyfriend. He pondered for a while and said ‘Well there’s Dave, you may get on with him.’ 30minutes later Dave and I were chatting on the phone and Dave made me really laugh. We arranged to meet a few nights later at the local pub and the rest as they say is history…
During 11 years together we have enjoyed many special times. In our early years, we travelled to many a romantic location and I often secretly wondered if this would be the place of Dave’s proposal. The most memorable ‘will he/won’t he’ moment was in Paris stood at the top of the Eiffel Tower, renowned for romantic proposals. As I looked around for Dave, I found him with his back firmly against the wall, gripped with fear as vertigo had got the better of him. No proposal there then! A good few years on, we left our young twins in the capable hands of grandparents and jumped on a plane to Barcelona. As Dave perused the menus of many a restaurant, I started to get impatient. He said that he wanted our meal to be special to celebrate my 40th birthday. I said a weekend together in Barcelona was special but Dave insisted on finding a place that was just right. With two year old twins and mother’s guilt at leaving my gorgeous duo for the first time, the last thing on my mind was a proposal! Imagine my shock when Dave got down on one knee, produced a beautiful engagement ring and said ‘We’ve been together for 11 wonderful years, you are a fantastic mum, I love you…will you marry me?’ I was completely and utterly shocked. Through tears of joy, I accepted!
Our wedding will have a touch of village fete feel with cream teas, bunting and games on the lawn. With our children as bridesmaid and page boy, and our matchmaker friend as best man, we are planning a wonderful, informal wedding with immediate family and close friends. The wedding party will be in their wedding regalia with an added twist of a unique wedding bouquet, hand-tied on the day, with a flower brought by each of our guests. All we need now is a sunny (or at least dry!) August day and a good photographer!!
So, best of luck to Jenny and Dave. If you want to vote for them, please leave a comment below, starting with the word “VOTE”.
The competition is now open until May 15th, and new entries are very welcome during that time.
Welcome to the “What’s your story” competition.
We believe every wedding is special, but that’s kind of obvious, right? But every couple goes on a different journey to reach that point, and those journeys are varied and exciting, full of passion, smiles and tears. We would love to hear about those journeys, and to be part of your next steps together. Perhaps you will also be painting your personalities over your wedding plans and have some unusual plans for your bid day too.
So, what is your story? Was it love at first sight? A romantic proposal? Is it a story of plain sailing or stormy waters? Or do you have something special or unusual planned for your big day – perhaps a vintage theme or an “Alice in Wonderland” theme for example? Whatever your story, just share it in a few lines or a few paragraphs and you could win your photography package.
For your chance to win your wedding photography package (worth £850) simply share your story and tell us what makes your wedding special for you.
The competition will be decided by public vote, and will be open for voting until midnight on May 15th 2012. Votes can be cast by leaving comments via my blog for the couple you think has the most special story. Enter today, as voting will open soon!
Can’t wait to see what stories we get:-)
How to enter:-
- Send a photo of yourselves (or 2 individual photos) to firstname.lastname@example.org Put “Competition” in the subject line and include the following information:-
- Your Names
- Contact Details (these will not be shared)
- Date of your wedding (to ensure that Foz is available for your chosen weekend)
- Location of your wedding
- Your Story……..
How to Vote:-
- Each couple entering will have a specific posting on my blog to share their story, under the “Competition” tag.
- Votes can be cast by submitting a comment via my blog (comments field is found at the bottom of each post).
- To ensure that I recognise your comment as a vote, it must begin with the word “VOTE”.
The prize is our Basic Wedding package, worth £850
In addition, any couples entering will qualify for a 10% discount on our set package prices.
The competition is open to any couple getting married during the 18 months to 30/10/2013, whatever type of wedding you are have planned.
The winning couple will be those with the most votes recorded at the closing date.
Voting is only possible via my blog at www.photographybyfoz.com/blog/
Only one vote per person can be accepted for a particular couple.
Please feel free to share your link via facebook with your friends and family, but they must visit my website to vote.
If the winning couple’s wedding venue is more than 50 miles from Brighton, reasonable travel expenses will be charged (by agreement)
The competition organisers reserve the right to make changes to the structure or timing of the competition if the need arises.
In case of any dispute the decision of the judges at Photography by Foz is final.