Back in 2012 I photographed the wedding of Gemma’s twin sister Vicky (to James) so it was really lovely to be asked to photograph Gemma and Jason’s wedding four years later, I must be doing something right!
Someone else who is doing lots right is the talented Rowan Banks of Apricot Weddings – wedding videographer and all round lovely bloke – Rowan has a very unobtrusive style, always a pleasure to work with and my number one recommended videographer for Norfolk weddings.
We started the day’s coverage at Gemma and Jason’s house in Hevingham, a hive of excitement and activity…
After spending a lovely hour or so at Blickling Hall with Clare & Joel for their pre-wedding shoot I was looking forward to photographing their wedding, we got on really well and I knew it was going to be a fun, relaxed day.
I started the day in glorious sunshine at Clare’s parents’ home, the gardens were looking immaculate and I have to say I fell in love with their swimming pond, if only I had a bigger garden!
Sadly the sunshine was forecast to give way to rain later so I put the drone up for some aerial shots while I could…
It was third time lucky for Alison, Dan, Emily & Harriet – we had to reschedule their lifestyle portrait shoot twice over the summer due to poor weather but it was definitely worth waiting for – you couldn’t get shots like these on a wet & windy day!
Emily and Harriet were an absolute joy to photograph (as were Alison & Dan!), so polite and friendly with great smiles and confident in front of the camera. They really made my job very easy!
Below are a handful of the shots taken that afternoon/evening. I had a really lovely email from Alison this morning after she had viewed the images for the first time…
“WOW WOW WOW!!!
I literally feel that words are going to fail me here!! AMAZING!! So utterly thrilled with the photos, I can’t put it into words! They gave me goose bumps. It’s going to be near impossible picking our favs – but I’ll have a good go!
You have captured all my favourite things – I don’t know how you do it when it was all so quick and relaxed!”
Kind words indeed!
This was my first of two weddings this year for me at the lovely Norfolk Mead Hotel in Coltishall, it really is a great venue with superb food, beautiful gardens and located right on the Norfolk Broads.
Once again we had a lovely day for it (those anti-rain dances I do before a wedding seem to be working…)
So I’m currently totally up to date on my wedding processing (don’t like to keep couples waiting to see their photos!) but TEN weddings behind on blogging so I need to do some catching up on here.
I’m actually going to start the catch up with the most recent wedding – from Saturday just gone – Richard & Klara are good friends so apologies for the favouritism but I’m also quite excited to share their shots, I’m really pleased with what we got, it was a fantastic day.
I started the day’s coverage at The Ship Inn at Weybourne – a lovely village pub with superb food – if you are there in the non-summer months I heartily recommend their moules with freshly baked bread, they are just awesome! Anyway enough about food. Richard and his brothers David, Robert & George along with best man ‘Bones’ and other friends, family and ushers had gathered for a cheeky drink or two before heading over the road to the church, the weather was much, much better than the forecasts had predicted it would be all week, it was all good.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to blog any photos since I’ve been so flat out this Summer trying to keep up to date on the many wonderful events and weddings I’ve been lucky enough to photograph but I had to post a few shots from the superb Blickling proms events last weekend (link to the full gallery is at the bottom of this post).
The weather was absolutely perfect on both evenings and the parkland was looking very colourful with the mass of picnic tables, blankets, union flags & fancy dress outfits. Not to mention the day-glo & glow sticks for the Friday evening Ibiza event!
So Friday was Ibiza classics with the Urban Soul Orchestra playing the classical arrangements while DJ Goldierocks worked the decks and three superb vocalists (Max, Gina & Izzy) provided the finishing touches. They performed a superb selection of tracks including some of my favourites (Groove Armada’s At the River and Insomnia by Faithless were definitely notable mentions!)
Emily and Ceirnan’s wedding was the second I have had the pleasure of photographing at Glemham Hall. A building full of character with beautiful gardens and grounds surrounded by the gently rolling farmland of rural Suffolk. Sadly the rain came in at about the same time as the wedding ceremony so we didn’t get much chance to use the gardens for photos or get any aerial shots but Emily & Ceirnan certainly weren’t going to let the weather spoil their day.
I started the day’s wedding photography with a quick wander around the grounds and the marquee before heading into the main hall and upstairs for preparation shots of Emily and the girls getting ready, as you can see – at this point the weather was beautiful!
This week I was lucky enough to be commissioned to spend two days documenting the building of a wind turbine in East Anglia. We were incredibly lucky with the weather (both for the photography and for the fact that the wind speeds allowed the construction to go ahead without delay).
It was a multi media commission involving aerial stills & video using the drone, dSLR video and stills plus GoPro and timelapse cameras.
Below are a small selection of the stills taken on my drone and dSLR’s, I also got some cracking aerial video footage from the drone (the lovely weather, dramatic skies and photogenic nature of the turbine helped!). I really enjoy the commercial photography aspect of what I do and it gets me to some amazing places as you’ll see in the final few images in this blog post!
Yesterday evening, just before England went on to lose to Iceland in the Euro’s, a large gathering of North Norfolk’s finest appeared on Cromer beach for a photo which makes you proud to be English once again! I’d been asked to do by the organiser – RNLI Lifeguard Manager Vince Pank to come along & photograph the lifeguards but the shot grew & grew as Vince called up more & more organisations and it turned into a pretty monumental image (if I do say so myself!)
Vince did a terrific job of getting so many people to be present for the photo which included Sheringham & Cromer’s RNLI lifeboats & crews, the RNLI lifeguards & Face to Face teams, HM Coastguard teams, Cromer Fire crew, representatives from the East Anglian Air Ambulance, East of England Ambulance Service, Norfolk Police, Broads Beat and many more.
Luckily enough one of the HMCG team, Christon Iliffe also happens to have the same drone as mine and was able to fly my drone to capture some superb aerial shots while I perched on the stepladder and got the shots from closer to ground level!
Just a short trip down the road for me is Emma’s father’s farm just outside Holt where we started the day’s photography for Emma & David’s North Norfolk wedding. With a thick mist surrounding us it wasn’t looking promising for the day’s weather but the weatherman had promised sunshine so would he deliver?
The day started with the bridal preparations, everyone was in great spirits and staying positive for that big yellow thing in the sky to make an appearance…