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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Katrina & Andy - St. Sampson's Church and The Bella Luce

This was always going to be a wedding to look forward to, a couple full of character with lots of friends who know how to enjoy themselves.

 Katrina got ready at The Bella Luce, where the reception was to be held later.  Some lovely details and a beautiful dress.

 The bridesmaids were delighted when they saw Katrina fully ready.

 Meanwhile the groomsmen got all suited up and went for a quick pint and game of snooker.  Apparently Andy even went for a ride on his bike beforehand.  The hats looked great.

 Tricky lighting, but some excellent images by my wife and assistant Karen.  Look closely at the picture top left to see that Andy doesn't just do tricks on his bike, that snooker ball has just taken some air!
 St. Sampson's church is our oldest parish church and always has a unique charm.

 Katrina's brother escorted her up the aisle.  The picture below is one of my favourites, a fleeting moment and not easy to get the exposure for, but a beautiful story telling image.
 Rev. Tim Dack conducted a lovely ceremony, with plenty to smile about.




 Something must feel different on Andy's finger!

 Not just a pro looking snooker player, but also a pro looking chauffeur!
 It was nice to take advantage of some daffodils on the way to the reception.



 Speeches took place between courses, just to spread out the fun!



 What a cake, in particular what an amazing cake stand.  Andy had made up this triple layer stand, mounted on a mountain bike wheel, complete with gold tyre, cassette and brake disc!  It was beautifully solid and could be spun around, a great idea.


 Some strange hats appeared as part of St. Patrick's day...
 Leon definitely took the best dancer prize!
 Only a long weekend for this busy couple, it's a hectic time of the year for Andy's Pools.
A couple of evenings after the wedding I waited to board the overnight ferry to Portsmouth, to cycle up to Bath, for a couple of days work at the Royal Photographic Society where I sit on a distinctions panel.  I got chatting to another cyclist waiting, it turned out to be Effraim, who was a guest at the wedding. In fact Andy & Katrina met at one of Effraim's birthday parties, precisely 10 years ago to the day of the wedding.  A sweet story to finish this blog on.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Guernsey Now - Spring 2017 issue

An unusual post this - not about my work, but a little plug from proud parents!

My eldest daughter, Rosemary, has just had a few pictures, including the cover, published in the latest Guernsey Now magazine!

She was commissioned to do the shoot with a spring theme.  Due to publishing deadlines, the photography had to be taken several weeks in advance, at a decidedly un-spring like time, just to add to the challenges.  In addition, Rosemary ably organised 4 different models through agencies, the release forms, flowers and a council photography permit.  And of course then produced some fantastic images.

So do rush out and grab yourselves a copy before they disappear!



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Natalie & Phil - A New Year's Eve Wedding

New Year's Eve is always an exciting time for a wedding. Getting married, having a great party and seeing the New Year in at the same time!

This is exactly what Natalie and Phil did.  The weather was once again beautiful, though a little chilly at times following the morning's frost.

Natalie and her bridesmaids had a bit of fun getting ready, while Phil and the groomsmen had a sustaining late breakfast.







 The ceremony was held at St. Andrew's Church, my first there with Rev. Tim Barker.

We took advantage of the beautiful winter lighting for this lovely picture of the bridesmaids, flower girl and page boy as we waited for Natalie to arrive with her father.






 The light was streaming in through the church windows during the ceremony, this gave tricky exposures but also gave the opportunity to spot some lovely details and highlights.  Rev. Barker conducted a touching ceremony.



 When the couple left the church they had rather a large amount of confetti to walk through!


We were just in time to catch the last rays of light during a stop on the coast for a few scenic pictures.  The beach was surprisingly crowded as people went for a winter walk on the sunny afternoon.

 Soon we were in the cosy interior of The Farmhouse for the reception.  Beautiful details adorned the dining room, with quite a stunning cake which had a lot of clever touches.

 Speeches were entertaining.  Dale, the best man, did put Phil under a bit of pressure to show off his musical skills.  All in the best humour.




 We grabbed some fresh air before the evening guests arrived to take a few outdoor pictures, always a chance to take some exciting images.
 Phil is obviously also a bit of a craftsman, as his carefully constructed "Love" sign showed.  The sign provided a strong feature for the dance floor, especially during the first dance.
Not really what it was intended for, but the sign also provided a cute seat for two of the younger guests as they took a break from the dancing.
 There was plenty of time for conversation and dancing as the countdown to New Year's Eve continued.


 Happy New Year to everyone!