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.

18 or Over.

Ok, I know. It’s half way through January. But i’ve been busy. Busy picking photos.

But dammit, it’s not easy to choose your best shots of the last year. I don’t mean that to sound conceited, but it’s just I took a shedload of photos last year and it takes a lot of legwork to prune them down. Oh boo hoo.

Anyway, last time around, I just went for 17 shots which I loved from the previous year, but frankly that was tortuous, so this year I’ve plumped for a collection of shots that I really like (note: subjective) wrapped up in the 3 different categories where my photography seems to inhabit: Street, Corporate & Events and Travel.

Enough yadda, hope you enjoy. Here’s the 2018 chart rundown…

Street life.

2018 was a busy street year. Whenever I got the chance, I’d get up into London - hopefully with decent light - and see what I could get. Prime spots were Soho and surrounding areas, the Tate Modern and perhaps slightly oddly, the new area around Kings Cross.

Corporate shindigs & happening Events.

From brand launches for pharma companies, to 1940’s Days to Will Young, 2018 was the year of the event. Had loads of fun out there - for clients new and old - capturing chefs cooking, beers being drunk and rugs being cut.

Big days out - travels with the family.

Got around last year. Maybe not as far or wide as the year before (actually, I went to Australia so I couldn’t have gone any further really…), but from Devon to The Isle of Wight with Brighton, France and Belgium in-between it was a year of fun for travel snaps with and without the rest of the brood.