Hampton Court Palace Wedding Photography

Hampton Court Palace Wedding Photography

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When Rabia and Andy booked me for their Hampton Court Palace wedding photography I was absolutely delighted. Arguably one of London’s finest venues, it offers so much and if you have never been, I can highly recommend a visit to explore the stunning manicured gardens, the rich history and architecture. Speaking of London’s finest venues, I started off nice and early photographing Rabia’s bridal preparation at The Dorchester on Park Lane. We then made our way to St James’s Church in Paddington, which is really close to The Dorchester. As a London wedding photographer, getting to shoot at venues such as these does ramp up the excitement!

Rabia looked absolutely stunning and Andy looked very smooth indeed! I really loved what they chose to wear and I think it suited them perfectly. After the ceremony everyone enjoyed a glass of champagne before boarding busses for the trip to Hampton Court Palace. It’s a fair drive away so it took us a good hour to get there. The moment myself and my assistant arrived, we grabbed our gear out of my boot and dashed to the front of the Palace where we started the couple shoot, led by Charlie, the extremely helpful and friendly event manager at the venue. She was fantastic throughout the day and did an amazing job ensuring everything ran perfectly from start to finish. While the palace was teeming with visitors, it is always possible to achieve nice clean shots and that is exactly what we did. The staircase was definitely my favourite and it is nothing short of spectacular, with Rabia and Andy lit by beautiful natural light. I love using natural light as much as possible, so when it is available in high enough quality, there is no need for flash unless for effect and mood.

We spent a good 45 minutes on the couple shoot, taking in some off-limits (to the palace visitors!) gardens and winding our way around the back of the palace and eventually to a rapturous reception at the Garden Room where all the guests were waiting.

The weather was perfect, so there were lawn games and even a bouncy castle to keep the children, and even some of the adults entertained!

Rabia and Andy were an absolute joy to work with and as I said before, looked stunning!

If you are getting married and would like to discuss your Hampton Court Palace wedding photography requirements in finer detail, contact me today for an informal chat and we can take it from there.

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Image of the week – Wedding at High Rocks in Kent

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Every now and then I shoot a picture at a wedding that I really like, and usually it finds its way into a blog post or even sometimes a gallery. I thought it would be a great idea to maybe start an “image of the week” feature where I post one image I really like and discuss the background to it and for the photographers, maybe even give away some technical details. Now I am not promising to do this every week, but when I do, I’ll still call it the image of the week! This particular image was from a wedding at High Rocks in Kent, in May this year. As a London Wedding Photographer I also shoot a lot of weddings outside London, and it’s always a nice change getting outside the infamous M25!

We were fortunate to have an absolutely glorious sunny day and after photographing the bride’s preparation at her home and then a lovely ceremony, with a very colourful and witty priest in Maidestone, everyone made their way over to High Rocks in the Kent countryside. The actual venue itself is lovely and caters for both small and relatively large weddings. The food is fantastic too!

I arrived along with my assistant about 10 minutes prior to the couple. They were very keen to walk up into the actual rocky area, above the venue, for some couple portraits. It’s an area unlike any other I have seen in the UK and well worth a visit! It does require a little bit of an uphill trek and there are some fabulous areas to photograph at without having to climb up too high. I say climb, but rest assured there are steps and paths which wind up to the very top. We started off taking some portraits on the lower section but my lovely couple were very enthusiastic to go right up to the top and that is exactly what we did!

I ran ahead of them and found a fantastic looking spot. For me, a wedding portrait begins with a clear vision of the finished image in my mind’s eye. Weddings are very fast paced so one has to be able to visualise a concept very quickly, then be able to execute it in terms of camera and subject position, lens choice, composition and lighting. Not wanting the couple to stand too close to a cliff edge for obvious reasons, I asked them to stand roughly 12-15 feet from the edge of the cliff. I then asked my assistant to stand behind the large tree stump on the right, so she would be nicely out of view holding two flashguns which were remotely controlled by via a radio link on my camera. In terms of exposure, I wanted to underexpose the ambient to bring out the deep blue in the sky and that meant I needed to have a pop of flash on the couple to raise the exposure on them. Composition wise I wanted to include the full height of the tree on the right, so I used a wide angle lens. This was all set up and executed in a matter of a few minutes, and very well worth the hike up to the top of the High Rocks and back down again!

If you’re planning a wedding at High Rocks in Kent, contact me today for a chat about your plans!

Shooting info: Ambient: ISO 100, F13, 1/180s; Flash: two flashguns at full power controlled in manual mode; Camera/Lens: Canon 5D Mk iii with a 17-40mm F4 lens at 19mm. And, as is common, me lying flat on my belly on a rocky outcrop opposite the couple to get the best camera angle!
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Legacy Thatcher’s Hotel Wedding Photography

Clandon Park Wedding

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Graeme and Andrea got in touch with me last year asking if I was available to photograph their Clandon Park Wedding. We met up over a coffee to discuss their day in more detail and I was very pleased that they decided to book me to photograph their wedding at such a fantastic venue! There are lots of lovely wedding venues in Surrey, but for me this is one of the best. With spectacular architecture and beautiful grounds, it is perfect. Many couples opt for an engagement shoot and Graeme and Andrea did just that. These shoots allow one to get used to being photographed by a professional photographer and we all get to know each other a little bit better. My style is very relaxed so when it comes to couple shoots it’s nice and natural with a bit of gentle direction.

Come the wedding day and I started off by going to the Legacy Thatcher’s Hotel in East Horsley to photograph Andrea’s preparation. There was loads of excitement when I walked through the door and everyone was buzzing. Time flies during this part of the day and soon I set off for Clandon Park which is just a short drive away.

Everyone was in the spectacular Marble Hall before being ushered into the Tapestry Room for the ceremony. I love the excitement and anticipation not only of the groom, but also of the guests at this stage of the wedding with everyone awaiting Andrea’s arrival. She looked absolutely stunning as she walked up the aisle and the look on Graeme’s face said it all! After the ceremony we had a drinks reception with canapés in the Marble Hall and then it was time to go downstairs to the Vaulted Undercroft for the wedding breakfast, speeches and then accompanied by a brilliant band, loads of dancing!

A thoroughly enjoyable wedding with a great couple at an amazing venue! That is why I enjoy wedding photography!

If you are planning a Clandon Park wedding, or looking for a London wedding photographer willing to travel, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me for an informal chat about your big day!

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Wedding photography at The Decorium

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I met Alia a few years ago when I photographed both of her brother’s weddings, so I was delighted when she gave me a call to ask for if I could cover their wedding photography at The Decorium in Wood Green, North London. This was a coming together of Hindu and Muslim cultures and the following day we would have further celebrations in Alia’s grandfather’s Mosque, along with the best Asian food in London, bar none! Being truly one of the nicest families I have ever met, I was really looking forward to seeing Alia and the family once again after having photographed her brother’s wedding a few years ago.

With Alia and Aj’s wedding falling on a busy bank holiday weekend, which is always a crazily busy time of the year for photographing weddings, I was thankful to have the day off before the big day. A bit of recharging the batteries, literally and figuratively, and putting the feet up was in order! On the day of the wedding I headed up to North London to photograph Alia’s bridal preparation. When I walked in the door I was made to feel so welcome with hospitality second to none. As usual I started off photographing all the details then moved on to the action and excitement that was there in abundance! Time flew, as it always does, and soon I hopped into my car and made my way to The Decorium where the ceremony and reception would take place.

I met a slightly nervous Aj and his family along with the guests who had started to arrive. Rewinding a bit, I did an engagement shoot with Alia and Aj a couple of months before the wedding and got to know Aj and his brilliant sense of humour better, so was looking forward to more classic one liners from him on the day! Shortly afterwards Alia arrived along with her bridesmaids and flower girls and we were all ready to roll. The short civil ceremony included a couple of heartfelt words from close family members and many laughs!

We then all made our way outside onto the lawns of an adjacent park for the group shots. Khalid and Tariq’s, Alia’s brothers, they were super helpful and organised in helping to gather people so that we could work through the list nice and efficiently. It was then time for the couple shoot as everyone made their way back inside. With glorious sunshine we spent a half hour or so capturing a nice variety of shots before re-joining all the guests.

The Decorium is quite a spectacular and unique looking venue, with a large capacity, and was fabulously decorated. After the couple made their entrance we started the first of the speeches, and then enjoyed some delicious food before wrapping up the remainder of the speeches, followed by the cutting of the cake and then the first dance. The dance floor was jammed packed and even by the time I had wrapped up,  there was no sign of any space on the dance floor!

If you are getting married at The Decorium, or you are looking for an Asian Wedding Photographer, please contact me for a chat about your big day!

 

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Engagement shoot at The Royal Landscape

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I recently published a short blog post of Kesh and Tinu’s engagement shoot at The Royal Landscape, part of which I shot on film. Well it was only a tiny bit shot on film as the majority of the shoot was shot with my digital cameras. Kesh and Tinu’s civil and Indian wedding is rapidly approaching and when they booked me, they decided that they wanted a nice big signing frame to display on their wedding day. The idea is to select a couple of pictures from the engagement shoot and mount them in a beautiful frame, uncovered, allowing people to leave messages by means of writing on the areas around the pictures.

As I mentioned in the last post, Kesh and Tinu arrived at the shoot looking spectacular! Being a glorious sunny Sunday morning, the vast grounds of The Royal Landscape quickly started filling up and although my engagement shoots are pretty low key in that it is usually just myself and the couple, most people walking by knew what was going on and offered their congratulations. In fact one of the park wardens driving by even jokingly shouted out of the window “don’t do it”! There was a great atmosphere as we wandered about taking in the scenery and stopping for a series of photos every now and again. Kesh had us in stitches most of the time during the shoot and they were both pretty much up for anything I suggested. I have said it before and it’s worth mentioning again – great pictures are not only a result of the photographer’s technical and creative skill, but also require the couple to “give” something to the shoot as well. That something may include energy, vibrancy, and willingness to let go and have some fun. Well, there was loads of that and I am sure you will agree when you see the pictures below! They were an absolute joy to work with and I cannot wait for their wedding in a few months.

As an experienced Asian Wedding Photographer, please feel free to get in touch with me for a chat about your wedding day!

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