Wedding Photography – Pakenham Church & at home – Suffolk

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Have been meaning to post some images from Tom & Sophie’s stunning wedding I shot last autumn back in the lovely Suffolk/Cambridgeshire borders.

I love photographing English church weddings  – it’s probably my most favourite part of shooting a wedding  –  both from an aesthetic point of view but also because, apart from the speeches which I almost always find moving, the ritual and intimacy of the ceremony and the sheer atmosphere in these churches (whether it’s a hot summers’ afternoon or a howling gale in winter) always make me feel privileged to be the one documenting it all.

I’ve had a love of English churches for as long as I can remember – born of having an architect/ historian for a father who throughout my childhood introduced literally hundreds of  English churches around the country to me and my sister (not for religious reasons at all but to instill in us an appreciation of history and English craftsmanship). We literally could not pass one without my father pulling up the car and saying ‘Let’s just have a quick look’, and although we dragged our feet (especially in our early teens), I now have an equal love of them that has definitely chimed with my experience of being a wedding photographer for the last 15 years!

This was a 14  hour day for me starting at 9.30am with a shoot in the grounds of Sophie’s extraordinary beautiful Phillip Webb (another of my father’s favourties) designed family home and  finishing with full on partying late into the evening.

It was day of extremes in terms of the weather with bright sunshine to start and solid persistent rain in the afternoon. But as is so often the case we  still got a set of great set of images.  A dramatic turn in the weather has it’s benefits – somehow everyone suddenly seems to loosen up and ‘be themselves’. I always seem to get dramatic humourous and photographs with heaps of  character in bad weather 🙂

A proper post to come soon from this very memorable wedding and with a great couple (thank you Sophie & Tom!)

If you are looking for a wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you. I am experienced in shooting in a whole range of locations/ indoor and out, all types of weather and season, multiple venues and from ultra small low key ceremonies and celebrations to large scale society wedding days.

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On location & at home relaxed natural family photography – Hampstead & Highgate North London

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On any family photo shoot – whatever the age group, but especially with babies, toddlers and pre-school children – I like to shoot some pictures inside the family home as well as outside – ideally in a favourite family location that means something to them.  There are lots of good reasons – practical and aesthetic – for shooting some pictures inside.  But importantly if you shoot in places that are familiar to young children they feel completely safe and everyone is more relaxed and ‘themselves’.

I like to produce a whole variety of images for parents – and for the children to look back on when they are older, so shooting some photographs inside (on this shoot it was just 20 mins but still well worth it) produces a strong sense of that particular family home and environment. The internal architecture of the house, an old chair, a view from a window, a playroom or bedroom setup, a toy, instrument or favourite book or game, even a child’s bed can spark powerful and vivid memories as well as family members themselves.

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In order to get beautiful light and exposures I am constantly looking for the direction and quality light when I’m taking pictures but always my main focus is capturing personality, quirkiness, humour – and keeping attuned to what is going on in front of me.

With quiet observation and non intrusiveness I can often predict what might be about to happen – be it a loving or playful gesture, a moment of reflection or action – and be ready for the moment.

More classic children’s portraits – relaxed and unforced – but natural and animated are always wanted by parents and part of my sessions. I capture these kind of shots too outside with the backdrop of nature, but I like to try to shoot some inside as well with a more traditional  feel in execution – more akin to a traditional studio portrait but crucially with none of the forced smiles. The key is to position and then play and wait for natural expressions rather than trying to direct them.  For the images below I was in the playroom and used window light. It was easy to direct the boys to where I needed to be because I turned it into a game, a fun competition between them.  Engaging, interacting, playing, waiting and observing – all these things are key in getting natural spontaneous images that capture the children’s personalities genuinely.

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For the family groups, two very different set ups  – one achieved in under 5 mins at home, the other observed and captured naturally in a wood:

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If you are thinking about having some professional newborn, baby, children or family photography this spring summer or autumn, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

To see more images from this family photography session in Highgate woods North London see the previous post.

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Natural outdoor family photography Highgate Woods London N6

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What a pleasure it was to spend time with Rod’s family – a family photography session as a surprise birthday present for his partner Eleanora  – capturing their two default happy boys in Highgate Woods North London with some natural spontaneous family photography.

When there is such mutual adoration, emotion and connection between parents and children, and siblings with each other, and everyone relaxes and just gets on with having a fun morning as a family and largely forgets I’m there, then – with the help of a glorious wood (no better playground for children of this age!) not to mention the lovely light and natural backdrops – the fleeting, magical moments of childhood & family life can be recorded and captured genuinely and forever.

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After a couple of hours of high antics & fun filled action,  we returned to the family home for some sustenance and quieter time.  I will post some images from this part of my family photography session in Highgate North London next on the blog.

Such a memorable and happy day with this lovely family.

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