Nick Desprs Photography

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Samantha & Matthew

This wedding was special in that so many people had travelled from all corners of the globe to assemble in Guernsey to join Sam and Matt in their wonderful day. I was aware of a large contingent from South Africa, naturally as this is where the groom's family reside, plus people from Bermuda, New York, Australia and others from not so far away. One of the pleasures of this job is being able to meet some remarkable people, there were plenty in this event, though unfortunately I don't get a chance to stop to chat.

It is difficult to condense such a wedding into a select few images for the blog, so excuse me if you feel left out in this blog. There are plenty more images to show in due course, plus these have taken me 2 long days of effort to get to this stage.

Apart from a minor worry when the cravats couldn't be located for a few moments and a few tight shirt collars, the groom and his party were in a relaxed mood as they got ready. It was nice that everyone throughout the day was on time.

Photography is so much about the use of light and I quickly seized upon the opportunity of this scene as the bride was in her final preparations, the beautiful bridesmaids dresses contrasting with the other colours.

Now when one of my daughters saw the next image as she glanced over my shoulder this evening she exclaimed that the bride was stunning and looked like a Roman goddess.

The service was lovely and the bride really shone as she entered the church. Confetti flew in abundance on the way out.

Now one of the highlights of the day had to be the use of the old cars. The bride's parents have a stunning Austin 16/6, this was immaculately turned out. Several friends had also come in their cars, this ressembled a scene from a by gone era as they motored away through the lanes by the church.

We stopped off on the way to the reception and I was able to take full advantage of the colours of autumn and the immaculately valeted car for this portrait of the newly wed couple, even if it did mean lying in the gutter for the best viewpoint.

With so many people travelling so far it was nice to have a vantage point that enabled me to show the entire wedding party in one go, a precious record.

A bit of fun before the meal for one of the younger guests and a stroll in the gardens.

Some funny speeches followed, I love the match between the groom's brother's waistcoat and the wallpaper. These shots were especially difficult to capture as the lighting levels were low and rather challenging!

Now the first dance that followed was the most energetic routine I have seen at a wedding. Quite breathtaking, note the veil disappears at some point during the dance! The pace slowed up for a second dance with the couple's parents, this was a nice touch and it was good to photograph them all on the dance floor together.

No room to share more pictures with you here, but the party continued at a high pace throughout with lots of great action until past midnight. I was able to record some fun images throughout.
Hope you enjoyed this preview of the images.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Kate & Richard

Oh what a beautiful day we all had, yes myself included!
A great looking couple, lovely venues and lots of fun all add to another memorable day. Now the aim of my photography is to capture this all in a genuine natural way, I want my couples to relive those intense emotions they experienced on their day when they view my work and the album. This is how I measure my success.

Here are a few images of the preparations early in the day. The dress was so pretty, so perfect for the bride.

It is often difficult to get the groom's party in a lighter mood, but no problems here.

Now I can't remember the combined ages of these delightful ladies, but it was pretty close to the triple century and they enjoyed the entire day from beginning to very end!

The bride looked quite radiant.

Onto the church where it was lovely to record the intimate moments from up close.

There are so many things to capture at a wedding, I am vigilant for the grand scenes as well as the tiny details.

It was a sunny but breezy day, love those bridesmaids dresses too.

I can't show everything I want in this post, but here's a few to complete the day. I ensure my editing is thorough and meticulous, the remainder of the images will take me a long time to go through. This is one of the factors that I believe separates me from a lot of other photographers. Hope you have enjoyed this selection to keep you in anticipation of seeing the rest.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Delphine & Chris

Every event has it's own signature, and this one certainly had some unique points. Quite casual and relaxed with the added element of a lovely two part reception. The service was at St. Andrew's church and a short stroll took everyone to the couple's most remarkable house. Now Chris is an amazing designer and he is responsible for the design of the house, I am told Delphine was responsible for the building. I am in awe of your skills, and was very excited about seeing what I could photograph showing the building.

The dress was hung in the perfect place for me, just off a staircase to have enough height to clear the floor. Being able to put the white dress with it's sheen and textures offset by the graphic white interior was stunning, the lighting balance took a while to achieve but well worth the effort. Of course I took full advantage of the amazing interior lighting that is such a clever feature in Chris' design. Photography is all about light, especially to me the edges of light.

Now onto the people, which are naturally the main focus of a wedding. Here we have the bride adding a few finishing touches to her hair with the simple addition of some flowers. I am observing the reflection in the mirror waiting for the perfect moment. Delphine is in a beautiful pose, the lighting is so soft and scattered it is all I can ask for to give this stunning result.

When I want to take a few portraits often all I want is a a blank wall. This is surprisingly lacking in most of our houses, well here I was spoilt. The bridal party are in fine spirits, no nerves evident yet.

I had to include the little flower girl Alex, not once but twice in this blog. Plus I have lots more images of this delightful little girl who behaved impeccably throughout the day. Now one other factor in this event was that the age span of the guests was virtually 100 years, for one of the French relatives was literally 100 years old. What a great occasion.

It was a pleasure to be allowed at the front of the church until just before the ceremony commenced, this enabled me to capture the precise moment the bride and groom saw each other for the first time on their wedding day, a priceless moment. In particular as Papa looks on as he steps aside having just walked his daughter up the aisle.

As mentioned before a short stroll to the house followed the service, everyone sat amongst the trees and enjoyed the fine weather. Naturally a look around the house proved a popular diversion.

Onto the second part of the reception, held at the beautifully decorated Bella Luce hotel. Great speeches were followed by the meal. Toast images are difficult to capture, I was pleased with this image of the groom raising a glass.

Then onto the evening entertainment, some danced, some sat outside in the gardens, but everyone had a great finale to the day.

Look closely and check out one of the craziest dance moves I have seen for a long time!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lucy & Ross

Another beautiful and special day, this wedding really must have fulfilled everyone's dreams for their wedding day. So much effort must have gone into all the arrangements and well worth it I must say. I know there are a lot of people keen to see a quick preview of some pictures, so I have worked hard to bring these to you as soon as possible. The trouble was I did have a difficult job decided which ones to blog.

One of my favourite getting ready shots is below, when one of the little flower girls admires the just dressed bride, totally unposed and a priceless moment.

Then what can be said about the sheer beauty of the bride and her truly spectacular dress, I feel quite emotional just writing this! Capturing emotion is one of my aims with my photography, so I am allowed to show some myself sometimes! This picture was photographed in a tiny bedroom in a few minutes, fitting in with everything else at this hectic time, just natural light and of course the perfect subject.

I did also get some great shots of the groom's party getting ready, but sorry Ross, no room to show them here.
Fast forward to the church, the groom appears to be showing a few nerves, the final thoughts of an about to be married man.

The bride fittingly arrived in a vintage car, this lovely shot was brilliantly spotted by my assistant (and wife). I reluctantly have to admit this wasn't my picture and shows that sometimes having someone else around can help to capture a different angle I am unable to.

In the church there are always some intimate and highly touching moments, it was a pleasure to be able to capture some of these from slightly different positions to normal.

Now I haven't mentioned Lucy's veil, but this shot illustrates it perfectly. I spent a long time thinking how to show the veil to its best, this shot was taken as Ross and Lucy walked out from the church which was in deep shadow from the strong sun. Again this shows the need to react quickly to all situations, I will not pose something like this as it really is too intrusive and breaks up the natural flow of events, and of course fails to capture the genuine true moment.

A carriage ride to the reception was a relaxing way to travel in a beautifully turned out carriage. I wanted to illustrate the movement so deliberately panned the camera to capture this action. Challenging yes, but this adds the extra special element to the photograph. Now Ross must be thinking I am a bit accident prone, he witnessed my shower at a friend's wedding back in May (see blog entry for that month), well this time I was following the carriage on my bike with two cameras round my neck, and maybe trying to take a photograph at the same time wasn't the best idea. At least the hedge was soft and I was travelling at walking pace!

I am aware this entry is getting a bit long, so a few images to sum up the reception.

Now Donna, (Lucy's mum) had made the cake herself, as if there wasn't enough to do already, great hat too!

Awaiting the first dance.

As expected a vibrant party completed the day. Well done to all for making this day so memorable.