5 weddings in 7 days!

I've just had my busiest 7 days of the year with 5 weddings in total (3 of them back to back)

I love my job for the variety, even if I had shot 5 weddings at the same venue im pretty sure they would all have been different. As it happens I had such a variety over the last 7 days!

Here is a litte preview into the last 7 days! I bloody love my job! :)

Friday - Lianne & Steve. Upton Barn 

 

Saturday - Hayley & Aiden - Hayley's parents (working) diary farm

Sunday - Bickleigh Mill Inn

 

Wednesday - Deer Park Country House Hotel

 

Thursday - Yarner House and next door to my house (my next door neighbours got married!)

 

July, been a little busy!

I just put together a few images for a thisisreportage.com blog post and I thought sod it, I'm going to blog them here to! A few from my busy July of weddings so far! :)

Venues - www.higher-eggbeer.co.uk and www.tunnelsbeaches.co.uk

A weekend exploring Barcelona!

Went away with the lovely Wife

Didn't take my camera.......on purpose!

Still couldn't resist snagging a few phone shots from the weekend :)

Sooz & Tim - Higher Eggbeer - Devon Wedding

Here is a little preview from Sooz & Tim's big day at Higher Eggbeer Farm!

Wedding jager's!!

All aboard the jager train at St Mellion! 

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Hayley & Joe - Higher Eggbeer

Hayley & Joe's October wedding at Higher Eggbeer

Hair by Candybox Hair Studio

Flowers supplied by The Flower Project

Dress by Spell and the Gypsy

Buttonholes and head dresses from The Curious Fair

Catering by Fego Food Co

Winter Weddings - Getting those portraits when there is no light!

Winter weddings are special.......cosy fires, brisk air, maybe even festive decorations but they have a little bit of a downside compared to a Summer wedding - little or no late afternoon/evening light for outside photos.

I have shot quite a few Winter weddings, and a few that have started at 3pm or 4pm (so no daylight what-so-ever!)

This shouldn't be seen as a negative though, you can still get great shots!

One way of doing this is by looking around your venue beforehand with your photographer to scope out areas that would be suitable for any group/couple shots your may want (alot of the time inside maybe best for group shots as I am not overlooking the fact of weather/temperature - especially for Nan and Grandad) 

For couples shots inside the venue maybe great but don't let that stop you from exploring outside in the dark! I love being creative with light! Available light (building or sunset), flash or a light stick (like a light sabre!)

I thought I would put together a little collection of shots I have taken during wedding evenings. Now some of these are taken during other seasons but this post is about portraits in the dark so they are still valid for this discussion :)


Iceland......The Land of Fire & Ice!!

Iceland......The Land of Fire & Ice!!

This country sure didn't disappoint, infact I am already planning my next trip back (this time with the family!)

I didn't come to Iceland on my own, this was actually a 'working' trip (I promise!)

Back last September I photographed Tracia and Graham's wedding. I have known these guys for a few years now. Just before the wedding Graham messaged me 'I have an idea about our pre-shoot.....can we make it a post-shoot instead?' I thought, ok, no problem, I wonder what his idea is?! He starts 'Well, myself and Tracia got engaged out in Iceland 2 years ago and we would love to go back and wondered if you fancied coming with us to get some better photos in slightly drier (but way colder!) weather?' Cue my responce..........Ummm, YES PLEASE!!

Tracia and Graham's friend Fi came along to. Graham is a keen photographer and had planned a day for us to go on a little photographers roadtrip so Fi and Tracia could go off and do their own thing for a day!

Fast forward a few months and the trip was on! We arrived into Keflavik Airport after an amazing 2.45hr flight running away from the sunrise (that was surreal!) It was chucking it down with snow when we landed, what a welcome, I bloody love snow! (I really do!)

Not 20mins after that snow at the airport the skies cleared completely and we were blessed with these clear skies almost the entire 4 days!

Now these guys had been to Iceland twice before but one thing they had not been lucky enough to see was the Northern Lights so we had done a good amount of research on how to keep and eye on the forecasts etc before we went. I highly recommend this Facebook group if you ever go: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AuroraIceland/

To see the lights you not only need the aurora activity but obviously clear skies to see it (and a non existent moon to get the best pics) Well we couldn't have been more lucky with the weather the whole trip.

Without making this sound like a diary entry (and I'm not one for words!) Here's what we got upto!

The Blue Lagoon, Reynisfjara Black Beach and Lighthouse, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skogarfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park and the Northern Lights from Grotta Lighthouse in Reykjavik plus a million little stops here and there for photo ops and exploring!

I will let the pictures do the talking (I did through in a handful of my camera pics in there to as I didn't always have my big camera on me)

Oh, and here is a super short film I made with the drone. I did have a few issues with it out there due to interference with the GPS and compass - something to do with the magnetic properties of the (once lava) rock that the island is largely made from! I am prob best to go back out and try this again ;-)

Also, do click on the pics to scroll through, this was a biggish blog post so I have hosted them slightly differently.

Adele & Andy - Upton Barn and Walled Garden - Devon

Venue - Upton Barn 

Hairpiece - The Lucky Sixpence

Catering - Pickle Shack

Flowers - Dunstans of Heavitree

"Getting the right photographer was high on the list when it came to planning our wedding, we had never had professional photos done previously and both struggled to take good photos and really wanted some photos we could be proud to share. This was something we couldn't get wrong, we looked for what felt like ages but no one seemed right.

When I met Matt from Yeti film at a wedding fair he told me about Vince and showed me some of his pictures, it peaked my interest and we arranged to meet. It honestly felt like all my prayers had been answered, vince was an easy going guy with a great personality and an incredible talent, his photos had been exactly what we had been looking for and worried didn't exist within our area or budget, it ticked all the boxes, his eye and imaginative take on scenes gave us something different without being too out there while still covering all the traditional bases as well.

When you book yeti photography you get amazing service all round, not only are all bases covered and correspondence up to date but you are given the most amazing photos to remember your day and the days before. Vince is so passionate about what he does and it's so important to him that he gets the right photos for you on the day that he puts his all into everything including a pre shoot, he takes the time to build a rapport with you and gives you the time and space to learn to feel comfortable in front of the camera ( I definitely needed this) all the while trying out things that work for you. Not only did we feel more relaxed about the photos on the wedding day but we have these incredible relaxed professional photos at a beautiful location separate from our wedding pictures.

Having Vince on our wedding day felt so relaxed and laid back which is exactly what we wanted he was friendly and present but would also disappear into the background allowing us to enjoy our day all the while capturing every shot we wanted. We had no concept of what would make a good photo or what pose to make and we didn't have to worry at all , vince is incredibly experienced, not only did he capture the natural moments but he also gave us simple instructions to pose for incredible shots, we trusted that he knew what would work and we were not disappointed, he made it so easy for us. I am particularly a huge fan of how he frames photos!

Waiting for the photos was so hard...... Only because we were desperate to see them, we had every confidence we would love them and we do! We find it hard to choose which ones to frame in our home because they are all incredible, not a bad problem to have. Our aim was to get the best photographer to capture our day and we feel we did, we strongly recommend vince not only for weddings but for any photo shoot, we will definitely be booking again in the future- book him now you will not be disappointed! Thanks again Vince!"

Eiry & Chris - Oldwalls Gower - Wales

Venue - Oldwalls Gower

"We were most fortunate to be introduced to Vince’s work after attending a close friend’s wedding. We had the benefit of seeing him work without necessarily coughing up the dough ;) Looking from the outside in, we saw that Vince was fantastically professional and worked diligently with the couple to get the shots that they wanted. A few months later - when the print outs came through - we really saw the quality of his work - we knew (my partner and I) that we just had to have him.

We spent a large portion of our wedding budget to ensure that we got the whole-nine-yards package from Yeti. We knew from the outset that he would be worth every penny and - without a shadow of a doubt - it really, really was.

Vince’s professionalism shined again on our wedding pre-shoot and gave us a chance to work together as both couple and a photographer. Vince was never overbearing with direction and gently guided us to get the perfect shots. We bonded really well and felt completely at ease with him around, which in turn, gave us all the better shots which we are so very fond of.

When the “Big Day” came around Vince wowed us again. The lead up, ceremony and reception went by without a hitch - we didn’t even realise he was there half the time - a sign of a really great professional. Fundamentally, he let us be us and just captured the moment - perfectly.

We began knowing Vince as a professional acquaintance, then becoming our photographer and, most importantly, ending as friends. I cannot recommend his work highly enough. He’s worth his height in gold!"