sony 85mm f1.8

Stormin' Normonton.

Lianne and Will. Normanton Church, Rutland. 26 July 2018

Who doesn't love a wedding? Months of tension and nerves, then a great release and waves of happiness, followed by buckets of drink and food swiftly polished off by the 'everyone-on-the-dancefloor’ moment.

That pretty much summed up Lianne and Will's big day. Their 1920's themed wedding was set amongst the beautiful backdrop of Normanton Church on Rutland Water. It's an amazing place and a fantastic photographic backdrop.

Now I don't do as many wedding shoots as I would like, but when I do I really enjoy them - mostly as I get some great clients (no Bridezilla's round here thanks) and you feel like you're part of the biggest day of someone's life. No pressure.

Thankfully, Lianne and Will were just fantastic and - accordingly - the bride's brief was really simple: just do what you do.

That, I could do. So getting the standard bride and groom + VIP shots in the bag, it was documentary-style a-go-go.

As ever with weddings, timings were tight but from the bride getting ready, via a rain-sodden race to the scenic ceremony then the stunning reception at The Tap and Kitchen in Oundle (check them out - lovely people, great food) it all came together beautifully, and despite the annoyingly grey weather, I'm delighted with the shots.

As were Lianne and Will (thankfully).

Down below you'll see some choice images from the day, so if you like dresses, small flower girls with wands, vintage Jag's and dancing then click on.

Tech Corner:

Sony A7r ii
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4
Sony 55mm f1.8
Zeiss Batis 25mm f2.0
Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8

All shots edited in Lightroom with home brewed Fujifilm Provia 400X based film simulations.

Just a little Taste.

It must be the time of year. Summer months always mean festivals, and these events tend to go hand in hand with food and drink.

So for the second time in two weeks, the kit-bag got packed for a foodie festival, this time capturing images for Chang Beer at Taste of London in Regent's Park.

The brief was thankfully simple - on stand shots of people enjoying the great taste of Chang (apols Duffman), lots of shots around the park of festival goers getting a little tipsy but also making sure I captured some of the meat-tastic bbq action at the aptly named 'Fire Pit' where much beef was burnt (Top tip - never season a steak with pepper before cooking - only use salt otherwise you burn it!)

Apart from the awful light on the day - our English summer sun had yet to materialise - it was great fun and I came away with a keg-sized amount of shots for Chang and a stomach full of world-class food to my name. I also smelt like a barbeque.

Anyway, here's my selection of the shots from the day. Hats off to Daisy, Malvina and Serena at The Smalls and thanks to Kenny at Chang.

Tech Corner:

All the usuals - Zeiss Batis 25mm for a couple of wide shots, a few bits of Zeiss 35mm and then that Batis 85mm for the rest.

Shaken & stirred at Rock The Farm.


When you think of cocktail events, a potato farm in Herefordshire is probably not the first place that springs to mind.

However, Chase Distillery is not your usual farm. Begun by William Chase - the man behind Tyrrell's crisps - the distillery had it's first harvest of potato vodka in 2008 and hasn't looked back since, to the point that it even has its own festival on site called Rock The Farm.

Featuring specialist talks, live acts, glamping, a touch of yoga and most importantly 'The Chase Cup' - a global cocktail competition featuring young competitors from Australia to Spain to Chicago competing in front of a live audience and judges. Like X Factor with gin.

My role on the day (to paraphrase Spinal Tap) was to document the sights, sounds and smells of Rock The Farm from every drop of vodka going into the splendid cocktails to the last bangers emanating from the DJ's late in the night.

Of course, the main event was the Chase Cup itself, and after a whittling down from 13 contestants, an exciting 'mystery box' round (think Ready Steady Cook with booze) fought between the 3 semi-finalists, the eventual winner was found: George Cook from Heston Blumenthal's 'Dinner by Heston' in Melbourne.

The 13 Chase Cup contestants.

The 13 Chase Cup contestants.

Awards given, it was time for the evening entertainment and acts onstage ran the eclectic gamut from singer-songwriter Nathan Ball, through the horn-tastic Bring your Own Brass moving through to wall to wall Ibiza bangers (and themed dancers) of Superfoxx plus the inflatable banana grooves of Son of Kong.



Tuesday morning and an early visit back to site to capture the hangovers (it was a drinks industry festival hence 'a bit messy') and the on-site yoga session, which considering everything was pretty well attended.

And that was that, and an interesting lesson learnt - cocktails, banging tunes and festival vibes aren't just for your metropolitan types - all can be had on farms in Herefordshire if you look hard enough.

Anyway, here’s some more pics of the day bunched into delicate shot sized chunks. Cheers!

Setting up and Workshops.

The Chase Cup.

Music and more.

The morning after.

Tech Corner:

The full kit pretty much - from the Zeiss Batis 25mm for the wide shots, to the Sony Zeiss 55mm for the Chase Cup close-ups to the Batis 85mm for pretty much everything else.