With the winter now upon us I can't help but reflect on the very different feel that a winter wedding evokes, not only in atmosphere but in the images that are produced. As a wedding photographer there are always going to be challenges and with limited daylight and much colder conditions, the comfort of the bride is a major consideration. However there are many plus sides in that they always seem very cosy and the weather is generally less of a consideration as there are no expectations for the sun to shine. It is, of course, always fabulous when it does, especially with some autumn colour left on the trees. I am currently processing images from a wedding at Dorset House in Bury that is full of autumn atmosphere and colour. The wedding images here though were from a day of full-on snow and bitter winds at Upwaltham Barns, although they still portray the fun we had and are therefore all the more memorable. That's what it's all about, making the memories and the images to relive the day over and over again.
After a very hectic year I'm finally finding the time I need to give the website a much needed refresh with new images and latest work. With that in mind I thought I'd post a few of my favourites from the wedding of Samantha and Aaron that took place late summer at Upwaltham Barns in West Sussex, a stunning setting on the south Downs. A wonderful day of beautiful weather and lots of laughter that they shared with family and close friends. Aaron arriving in a new Claas tractor gave it an unusual twist.
I have walked and photographed Sussex for a good few years now and I cannot remember such a a prolonged period of flooding through the Arun valley, with no likelihood of the water receding anytime soon. The quantity of rainfall that we are experiencing at present was brought home to me over the weekend. I visited Burpham on Friday morning and was delighted to find a pool of flood water beautifully reflecting a line of trees. With a wonderful procession of clouds providing a colourful backdrop it was enough to get me out of bed early on Sunday morning to see what the dawn would bring. Only 48 hours later the only way I would have been able to reproduce the image would have been from a boat.
As I am about to embark on a three year project with the RSPB, based around the Arun and Rother rivers, I thought I would process these images for a presentation on Thursday. I will post details about the project soon.
These first two images were from Friday morning.
This is what greeted me on Sunday morning.
As the rain continues to fall I thought I'd post this image I took a couple of weeks back whilst out walking with the boys. It's hard to believe that beyond the fence should be fields, I've never seen so much flood water over the brooks. An image I quite enjoy as a father and a photographer, a grab shot that I think works well and for me what photography is all about.
I have been fortunate enough to have had quite a bit of interest in my images over the last few weeks, but it has made me realise how far behind I am with image updating on my website. Therefore there will be several new(ish) images making their way onto here over the coming days. I have just added a few and of course Waltham Brooks has to feature having become very much my local patch. Being only a short drive over the hill I often find myself there, it really is quite a magical place to be in the dawn light and as the trains rush past I'm sure it lifts the spirits of many a bleary eyed London bound commuter.