Suffolk Wedding Photography.

New Albums for 2017...
28th April 2017 - 0 comments
Year on year the professional print labs update their products and designs, and this year is no different. I've got a few new demo albums to show customers and this is the latest to arrive; it's a beautiful textured linen in Camel with a new Velvet paper-stock. It's very tactile!

My 2016 Flashback Wedding Video!
24th January 2017 - 0 comments
Having finally finished my end of year editing I'm pleased to share this compilation video... my 2016 wedding flashback!

Thank you to all of the wonderful couples that asked me to capture and share their wedding day. Every wedding is unique, and I try and capture it all for you, especially the love and laughter that we all want to remember.

You're all in here folks, please enjoy! :-)

"This Moment" photo story...
12th January 2017 - 0 comments
Suffolk 2016, Natural and Candid Wedding Day Fun...

What a great memory of a wedding day this picture conveys. It's the Groom and his Bestman having a space-hopper race-off with the Bride, friends and family looking on enjoying the moment.

Like all things in life, weddings come in different forms, with different hopes and dreams, details and outcomes. It's your wedding and of course you do it your way. However, reality is that some weddings could do with a boost... there you go, I've said it! Whatever you plan though, it's natural, candid and fun moments like this one that will really paint the story your day, and although I'll capture everything as it unfolds, it's these sort of moments that most people say they love to look back at.

Injecting some fun into your wedding day really doesn't have to cost a fortune, and in the grand scheme of things the fun element can cost very little. Space-hoppers, a good length of rope for tug-of-war, jenga-blocks, table games like "heads and tails" (and there's many more options too) can all really add an element to your day that would otherwise be missing.

If you'd like more ideas, please do ask! :-)
Getting Married in 2017/18? Congratulations!
03rd January 2017 - 0 comments
Happy New Year everyone!

Getting married in 2017/18? I've still got some of my wedding photography magazine/brochure looking for good homes. If you'd like a copy, please message me with the date of your wedding; if I'm free I'll ask for a postal address and get one off to you.

If you'd like to stay in touch about my wedding work and future offers etc. then it would be a good idea to "like" my Facebook business page too please. :-)

Moreves Barn Wedding Day...
08th December 2016 - 0 comments
Thank you Annabelle & Ryan for the lovely card that you sent me... :-) here's a few memories from your great day at Moreves Barn.

Coming Soon... Sunday 23rd October 2016
07th October 2016 - 0 comments
One for your diaries... I'm delighted to have been invited to take part in this event.

Please do come along and see this impressively restored venue, and a host of selected suppliers. Here's a link to book your complimentary tickets:

Wedding Day Storytelling... some lovely feedback...
24th August 2016 - 0 comments
Miranda & Luke were recently married at The Garden Barn, Little Bradley, and after receiving their collection of images here's their lovely feedback... :-)

"Thank you for the lovely photos, we are so pleased with them and all our friends and family have commented how lovely they are too. It was so nice working with you and you are so good at putting everyone at ease."

Tara & Matt's Suffolk Wedding Day...
19th August 2016 - 0 comments
It's flashback Friday!

The Bull Hotel at Long Melford has always been a popular venue for a wedding, and that's where Tara & Matt made their vows last October.

Ahead of the wedding day I'd got to know Tara and Matt quite well, we had a great pre-wed portrait session a few months earlier. I knew that Tara had planned some great details for their day and she was right! Their effort was obvious and the venue looked magnificent throughout.

The detailing didn't end there though. I'm no fashionista but I'd go as far as saying that Tara's choice of dress and the guys choice of suits made a really memorable, stylish match. Great choices folks! Take a look the pictures and you'll see what I mean!

So, with the addition of a gloriously sunny day, all the ingredients were set for a wonderful Suffolk wedding. It didn't disappoint.

Here's a glimpse of Tara & Matt's wedding day story...

"This Moment" photo stories...
16th July 2016 - 0 comments
Storytelling Wedding Photography: Wedding Day Olympics!

A Country Marquee Wedding, Suffolk.

As a storytelling wedding photographer, it's really quite inspiring when couples plan their wedding day a little differently to the norm. It means that I'm likely to see something different, and of course capture it all for the couple.

That's exactly the case for this wedding day. After a beautiful Church service, everyone made their way to this meadow for the celebrations, where the theme for the afternoon was a family "wedding day olympics!".

Things didn't go quite to plan. It rained. A lot. And then it rained some more. Plans needed to change; some of the games were held inside the marquee, some held in the rain, and some left in the hope that the rain stopped. And it did! Final game of the day; Blind Brides Bluff! Teams, blindfolded, made their way along a course putting on items of costume along the way. First team with their nominated bride fully dressed was the winner! And here we see the winning team!

Technically this was a little challenging... it's June but it's now 822pm, and quite dull. It's shot with natural light at 9000iso, so the colours are muted but all that matters is that the moment was captured right there.

It's one of my most challenging, but enjoyable weddings I've ever had the pleasure of covering.
"This Moment" photo story...
16th July 2016 - 0 comments
Suffolk Wedding Photography: An Autumn Stroll...

The Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds.
Autumn is a lovely season for weddings in the UK, but the weather can be unpredictable. When you do have a dry spell though, the natural colours in the landscape can be breathtaking and make stunning settings for timeless natural portraits.

I love all the elements of this picture; the Autumn colour, a relaxed Bride & Groom having a post-wedding stroll in the park with their daughter, and of course the feature of the couple enjoying a spot of lunch. By shooting wide to purposefully include all of these elements, the picture becomes really timeless, a real and honest story from the wedding day.

Years ago when I started shooting weddings I probably wouldn't have appreciated this scene because of the couple having lunch on the bench, but it's their inclusion that really pulls this scene together, making the image so "real" and less contrived.

I have a demo album featuring this wedding, and this picture is of course featured as a large spread; it always attracts positive comments.
Suffolk Wedding Photography - Katie & James' at Moreves Barn...
12th July 2016 - 0 comments
Weddings today can be held in a variety of wonderful venues, from Churches great and small (see what I did there?!), country mansions and marquees, or here in sunny Suffolk at a number of beautifully restored medieval barns. It's not hard to see why Katie and James chose one such beautiful venue for their wedding day last October; Moreves Barn, set in the glorious Suffolk countryside and yet not far from the bustling Town of Sudbury.

So what about the wedding then?! Well, I'm a believer in letting the pictures do the talking! What you'll see though is a bunch of really lovely people thoroughly enjoying themselves, not only celebrating Katie & James marriage but also the relaxed day that unfolded.

Here's a few of my favourites from the day...

"This Moment" photo story...
09th July 2016 - 0 comments
Candid Wedding Photography: The Tender Touch...

Butley Priory, Suffolk.
This is the sort of picture that forms the foundation of my "storytelling" style of wedding photography. Weddings are full of love and laughter (well, mostly!), natural moments that in addition to all the important formal elements, contribute to the real story of the day.

I'm constantly looking for tender moments like this. By working quietly and as unobtrusively as possible, guests become more relaxed and less worried about "the photographer". This shows here; I was passing close-by and saw the conversation develop, by being patient this tender touch took place, and that was the moment.

There's nothing wrong with the colour version of this scene, but as so often the case, the conversion to mono really helps to emphasise the moment.
"This Moment" photo story...
03rd July 2016 - 0 comments
Candid Wedding Photography: Kids being Kids...

Tewin Bury Farm, Hertfordshire.
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly and easily kids make friends and have fun with each other. My own kids do this of course, but I see it at weddings all the time.

Here's one such example. When I see a scene unfolding like this at a wedding, I'll often just wait at distance to see what happens next. So in this case it went from the kids sitting and playing to deciding if they could hide underneath... and there's the shot.
"This Moment" photo story...
01st July 2016 - 0 comments
Candid Wedding Photography: The Leg Lift...

Moreves Barn, Suffolk.
I don't know if there's some Dad dancing here or not, but there might be! I'm not referring to the main guy in the foreground of course, but the guy in the red jumper... the one holding his leg up higher than seems comfortable! This scene made a decent dancing shot anyway, but the guy in the red jumper makes it priceless; a candid natural moment that is much more powerful than anything I could contrive. Makes me smile every time I see it. :-)
Two Gold Awards..!
08th June 2016 - 0 comments
I managed to get three entries into last month's SWPP (society of wedding & portrait photographers) image competition, and had a nice surprise with two of them winning Gold awards!

The first is an emotional scene at Neda & Raleigh's wedding last year; you just can't contrive a moment like this, you have to look for it and be ready to shoot it, and it's the sort of scene that I want to capture at every single wedding I cover. The colour version of this scene is lovely, but B&W is less confusing on the eye and much more powerful overall.

The second image was shot at the British Museum in London. It's such a photogenic building, the sunlight streaming in was really striking and when these children ran past me and up the stairs I thought that it would make a good picture. Again, much more powerful in a square crop and b&w too. :-)

Jenna & Alex's Granary Barns Wedding Day...
19th May 2016 - 0 comments
Just three weeks ago Jenna & Alex had a wonderful wedding day at The Granary Barns in Woodditton, near Newmarket. It's a beautiful, spacious venue, and an impressive setting for a relaxed country wedding and a fab time was had by all!

Here's a slideshow of their highlights.

Miranda & Luke's Pre-Wedding Portraits at the Park...
05th May 2016 - 0 comments
I've been able to make the most of some lovely weather lately to perform some great pre-wedding portrait sessions with engaged couples.

Pre-wedding portrait sessions are really useful in a number of ways, but most importantly they give the couple the opportunity to see that making natural, timeless portraits is really quite an enjoyable experience. As a consequence of this, the confidence in couples is greatly enhanced before a wedding day, and that's one big thing less to stress about! It also gives everyone a chance to get to know each other a little better too.

Here's Miranda & Luke at Wandlebury Woods near Cambridge.

So what is "storytelling wedding day photography"?
26th January 2016 - 0 comments
I'm often asked what this title really means; pictures can say more than words, so if you have a spare 3 minutes or so, please watch this video, and all will become clear...

Competition Success...!
20th January 2016 - 0 comments
I'm pleased to learn that this image, shot for the My Blue Heart charity art exhibition has been voted joint second place by the members of the SWPP (Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers) in the annual category of "Your Best Non-Wedding Image of 2015".
I'm really pleased with that! :-)