AND I LOVE HER – PORTRAITS OF THE BRIDE

Nov 28, 2018

DAY FIFTEEN of PORTRAITS OF THE BRIDE

MARIE

Location: Evenley Wood Garden
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk II
Lens: 24mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using –  VSCO film. 

This is Marie. Framed centre as most of my portraits. Anchoring your work with a few little trademarks is a good way to a) inform your style and b) generate a challenge for yourself. Having a framework within which to work, i.e. setting yourself a boundary is actually a great creative device.

DAY FOURTEEN – ELEANOR

Location: London
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk II
Lens: 35mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using –  VSCO film. 

Simplicity in bridal preparation. Eleanor was doing her own make up in prep and was searching thru her bag for something. I simply asked her to look up.

DAY THIRTEEN – EMMA

Location: Dalston Heights, London.
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk II
Lens: 24mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using –  VSCO film. 

Captured thru a birdcage. I love the texture and light here. Shot using a 24mm at around f2.8. Emma is such a beautiful bride and a special person.

DAY TWELVE – LAURA T

Location: Magdallen College in Oxford.
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk II
Lens: 35mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using –  VSCO film. 

Laura T rocks. She’s magic. I’ve photographed her several times over the years, both in her band, Meisha, and also as part of the 3 brides shoot I did back in 2013. She is a special person and a lovely friend and reminds me of a very exciting period of my life. I had to include a portrait of Laura and it wasn’t difficult to find a frame I loved. There were a lot to choose from. This particular image stood out for me because of the brides confident, elegant movement in the door frame and the texture of her dress which I’m obviously exposing for.

DAY ELEVEN – JANE

Location: The Asylum, Peckham.
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk III
Lens: 35mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using –  VSCO film. 

I’d waited several wedding seasons to shoot at the Asylum in Peckham. Every wedding photographer wants to shoot there. It’s simply a gorgeous theatre of texture, light and there are so many nooks and crannies to shoot in. Jane is making things easy for me with lots of movement, playing with the veil of the dress, and at the same time keeping things simple. I want a sense of movement for sure but I don’t want cartwheels or people jumping up and down in my portraits. (The nineties are over :)). My challenge is to find a beautiful composition, light, texture, lines, colour and then bring my subject into that. By that stage hopefully most of the work is done.

Full wedding feature: 

DAY TEN – JANE

Location: Sarlat La Caneda – South of France
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk III
Lens: 35mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using –  VSCO film. 

This photograph of Elodie was actually taken at the reception using a speedlite. When I first checked back on this I assumed I’d used a speedlite and I’m still not 100% sure if that is the case. It sure doesn’t look like I’m hititng her with any flash. It’s simply a very slight drag on the shutter at around 1/30. Elodie is caught in a moment of observation and I love the noir feel to the frame.

DAY NINE – EMMA

Location: St Pancras
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk III
Lens: 35mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using –  VSCO film. 

Captured in between the cereomony and reception at the St Pancras hotel. I had been into the hotel before and there is this gorgeous, almost rembrant natural light that spills in thru the windows. So front light, taken with a 35mm 1.4. I suppose this is a little bit of a contrast to what would be considered my natural style. And … so what. I love this frame.

DAY EIGHT – GEMMA

Location: Rushton Hall.
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk II
Lens: 35mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using –  VSCO film. 

Gemma is simply the coolest bride. Her and Delaney’s wedding was a post modernistic neo-noir inspired event way back in 2013. This image of Gemma was later used for the editors page of Professional Photography Magazine which i was particular proud of :). It is a silhouette as a consequence of exposing for the dress. It wasn’t overly thought out. I simply love the moment, and the contrast of her beauty and the standard getting ready mess in the background. It’s documentary photography rather than a portrait and I simply had to include it in this project collection.

My blog feature.
Also featured on Rock n Roll Bride. 

DAY SEVEN – SHANADE

Location: London
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk III
Lens: 45mm TS
Edited in lightroom using –  VSCO film. 

This image is taken on a 45mm TS lens. I’d forgotten this until I just checked the file (to share with you guys). It’s taken at F2.8 and 1/80. It’s one of my favourite bridal portraits, the light, Shanades eyes like saphires, the glass of fizz I also love the contrast in the shot of dark and light. Check out my full blog post here. Also featured on Rock My Wedding. 

DAY SIX – CARLY

Location: St Michales Manor, St Albans
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk III
Lens: 24mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using –  VSCO film. 

This is up close and personal with a 24mm 1.4 lens. I’m stood between the window and Carly toward the end of make up, a few minutes before she got into her wedding gown. The front light is key here, and illuminates her eyes and that gorgeous hair perfectly. Again this is centre framed which for me created a real confidence in portraits. One of the main reasons I anchor my subjects centre frame is because I shoot most of my portraits, my photography, with wide lenses, 35mm and 24mm.

Rock my wedding full blog feature.

DAY FIVE – ERICA

Location: Rhode Island, USA
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk III
Lens: 24mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using –  VSCO film. 

This was taken in the back of an old american school bus for a Rhode Island wedding myself and Claudia shot back in 2015. It brings back such special memories as Jesse was just a titch and we had a wonderful few days, photographing the wedding, and then on to NY for some downtime. I love shooting wide lenses, up close, and this was taken with a 24mm 1.4. Again, it’s a very simple photograph, gorgeous light, the texture of the bus seats, and it’s almost like the bride is taking some time out to herself, as if she has all the time in the world, when the reality is there were 20 or so wedding party members outside as well as two bonkers photographers shooting everything and everyone like wildfire. Special times.

See full blog post. 

DAY FOUR – MICHELLE

Location: London Zoo
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk II
Lens: 35mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using –  VSCO film. 

Wow! Way back to 2012. I have such special memories of this time and also of Michelle & Paul because we all became such good friends in the years that followed. Michelle & Paul both played in a band, Meisha, and I got to shoot them live and also we did a band shoot that was awesome. I also became good friends with ‘their’ friends and actually went on to shoot several of their weddings also. This particular frame was shot in open shelter beneath a bridge. Michelle is very easy to photograph and still I wanted to create something that was very powerful and at the same time very simple. Simplicity again. Most of my portraits tend to be anchored in the middle so this is a little different. The composition is about the bride obviously, but also the grit of the wall and the crevice, lead in line, above her head adds a texture to the photograph. One of my favs.

DAY THREE – EMMA

Location: Villa Taj Omayma, Marrakech..
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk III
Lens: 35mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using Kodak Portra 400 –  VSCO film. 

Emma and Mike’s wedding. One of the most amazing few days I’ve had as a wedding photographer. Trust is a huge part in any collaboration and Emma & Mike gave me carte blanche to shoot freely and with total abandonment for the 2-3 days I was with them. This frame was taking in bridal preparation which was quite late in the day. This is a simple frame, light spilling in from behind and what appeals ot me most is the symmetry and that everything in the frame plays a part. There is little or no distraction from the subject. Simplicity is key. Emma’s pose is strikingly simple and totally confident and a beautiful profile. Possibly, maybe, the twisted coat hanger (which I’d used earlier to hang the shoes) could be stamped out and … I kind of like it. I love photographing destination weddings and Marrakech was a photographers paradise, a wonderful tapesty of colour, light and texture.

You can view the full blog feature here.
Also featured on the wonderful Junebug Weddings. 

DAY TWO – KATH

Location: London.
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk III
Lens: 35mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using Dare presets (Faces One from the Faces Collection).

This image of Kath was taken just a weeks ago. I’m currently processing the wedding so stay tuned for the entire blog feature. We found some streets, arches, and old brewery type locations that put us all in mind of the Peaky Blinders. This will become more apparent in the blog post. This particular frame was taken under a railway arch, light spilling in from the right off kath. Lots of neg space i think empowers the frame and obviously Kath is rocking the day. The key here is to keep it simple. Kath, the wall, the light, the dress is doiing all the work. The fireworks are in the simplicity for me with this frame.

DAY ONE – CAROLINA

Location: Tuscany, Italy.
Camera: Canon 5d Mrk III
Lens: 35mm 1.4
Edited in lightroom using Kodak Portra 400 –  VSCO film.
Wedding Dress: Li Spose Di Gio. 

A natural, unposed frame, taking in bridal prep. Gorgeous light spilling in thru the open window behind me. Peaceful, gentle music plays in the background. Carolina is so relaxed here, so gentle, so in the moment, and soaking up every second of her morning before she goes on to marry Nav.  I love to get square when taking any photograph rather than shooting from the side. I think the most confident photographs are taken that way. It’s almost like the camera has no place being there so as a consequence the image is more powerful. This was taken at Borgo Stomennano near Siena in Monteriggioni in Tuscany, Italy. I have shot around 4 weddings there and it is one of my favourite places to shoot.

You can see the entire blog post of this gorgeous wedding here.
Featured also on the amazing Rock my Wedding blog.