Rock my (posh) weddings!

Well, this was very unexpected... my friends at Tatler magazine this week named me as one of their five favourite London wedding photographers in town! As well as formal finery of Hugo Burnand's images (he photographed some big do in 2011... you've probably heard of it) they chose yours truly for a bit of alternative reportage London wedding photography.

I've got to admit, I've actually been hired by not one, but two of the Tatler UK staff for weddings in 2017. My first bit of rural Kent wedding photography will be followed up with a trip up to leafy Nottinghamshire. Like my vowels, I wouldn't describe my work as 'posh' per se, but my style of reportage photography means I can capture scenes and narrative from small scale do's to large epic productions. 

Now, as we can see from the image below in the 'About Town' section of the Tatler website, you can also find what's in a posh person's fridge as well. I shall leave this blog post spoiler-free, but if you're curious, this photographer's fridge contains a reasonable selection of cheese and about 5-6 different types of pickles. 

In addition to this excellent news, I totally forgot to blog about being in Rock My Wedding last month! Rachael and Luke's beautiful wedding at the Asylum in Peckham was my first RMW feature, and I was absolutely thrilled to be featured. 

London events and PR photography

Over the past three years, as well as working as a wedding photographer, I've also worked as a London events photographer. This began primarily in my previous full time job as a picture editor for Conde Nast digital, based in Vogue House in London. Frequently I would be sent out to capture events for Vogue, House & Garden, GQ, Tatler and Wired among others.

Since moving into photography full time in 2016, I've returned to a number of those titles as a London based events photographer. I captured my 5th Wired conference, Wired 2016, last year, and was also sent to Paris by GQ to capture Victoria's Secret backstage (which I also shot back in 2014 when the show was in London).  In addition to these (and my wedding business), I've also worked shooting events for other photographers and individual clients such as All Star Lanes, King & McGaw, Matches, Soho House and many others. 

I tend to work on a brief, though I can photograph both the attendees and create a strong sense of atmosphere, skills honed as a wedding photographer over the years. Working as a picture editor for over 10 years, including 8 years with the UK's biggest lifestyle and fashion publisher Conde Nast, this gives me a critical edge in what the client wants editorially. I am able to create images that clients would wish to publish, as well as give a brief a narrative structure that makes sense to their readership. 

Whilst all events are different, I am able to deliver the images fully edited to the client within hours of the event finishing. I am also able to edit onsite, whether sending images to agencies such as Getty or contributing to live on the spot reporting as I have done numerous times with a number of Wired conferences. 

Have a look at a selection of my images below, or click on the events tab for more images!

 

Desination wedding photography - off to Amsterdam for a botanical garden wedding.

In October I hauled my camera bag down to Gatwick Airport and jetted off to Amsterdam for a destination wedding in Amsterdam. A pleasant change from the bustle of London, Amsterdam's Hortus Botanicus provided the stunning scenery and blue skies in one of the world's most beautiful cities.  

Unlike my usual London wedding photography gigs, this one involved a party the night before. In the grand offices of bride Amanda's workplace, I snapped away as guests arriving from all over the world (the groom is English, the bride American and French) partied the night away. It was a great way to start a wedding weekend - new friendships had been made before the big day itself, creating a great atmosphere at the main event the next day...

Amanda and her two sisters and bridesmaids Louisa and Sabrina got their hair and make up done in the aptly named Wild Romance. From there we headed to the beautiful venue at Amsterdam's botanical gardens, Hortus Botanicus. A greenhouse with a tree provided one of the more stunning and unusual venues I've shot a wedding in. Fine food, drunk dancing and a photographer who joined some friends for a late late night in Amsterdam meant for a highly enjoyable day if slightly fuzzy return to London!

 

 

Midlands wedding photography - Warwickshire wedding at Honiley out in the country.

Back in the summer I journeyed from the London nest up to beautiful Warwickshire, to captures the events of Jon & Becky's wedding. Whilst it's always great to get out of London every now and then, it was particularly great on this occasion as I had actually shot this pair before, back at my first ever professional wedding photographer gig in summer 2014. Jon had been one of the best men at Becki and Adam's wedding, and now he was getting hitched Adam was returning the favour...

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London Wedding Photography - Art Deco Wandsworth Town Hall followed by a late party at Brixton East!

Last year, I left South East part of the city for the equally leafy South West side, to photograph Chloe and Felipe's fabulous London wedding. Whilst I expected to begin my reportage with the groom getting prepared for the big day, I was ordered to sit and eat with his incredibly hospitable Brazilian family! After a good feed (and a few photographs), I went the short trek to document the bride and her bridesmaids. 

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Sophie and Ben

Ye gods! Two days of wedding fun were had in Olde London town (you know, Clarkenwell)  were we feasted in the fine Modern Pantry after a cosy ceremony at Camden Town Hall. And the only thing better than a good party is a good day's break, for a second one at Ozone in Shoreditch! A blimmin' top weekend...

South London Wedding Photography: the celebrations have taken over the Asylum.

A couple of months ago, in one of my new adventures in London wedding photography I shot Rachael and Luke's beautiful wedding in the Asylum, which is without a doubt, my all new favorite venue in London.

I took my camera up to Shoreditch to meet bride-to-be Rachael and best woman Anna the amazing vintage hairdressers at The Painted Lady. After a swift ale snapping the groom Luke and his pals, it was off to the Asylum in Peckham...

As a wedding venue, it's a photographers dream. Old crumbling facades and original features it looked amazing everywhere I pointed the camera. Light poured in from the high windows creating a dreamy and intimate atmosphere, extenuating all the thousands of faded colours. 

With messages during the speaches from as far a field as Turkey, the guests were fortified with fine food and wine, and headed off to party the night away at The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker. The bride's brother handy and remarkable lighting work was on view, along with bands, cocktails and a rather excellent selection of cheeses (I can recommend the tidy Cornish Yarg). 

Vogue, sculptures, Frieze and clothes (Frieze and clothes)

Yesterday, I went along to the VIP/ press day at Frieze in Regent's Park, London. Pottering around with one of Vogue's contributing editors (Tania Fares and, randomly her pal, photographer Mary McCartney) I snapped some buyers, fashion sorts, artists and general art-buying folk. The full gallery can be seen by clicking through to Vogue.co.uk here, but here's a wee selection. 

Sally and Alex

The rain thundered down, and then it did some more, and we had to reassess all of our outdoor pictures but IN YOUR FACE rain, it turned out to be a grand party anyway. Fortified on bacon and eggs (groom's party) or smoked salmon and avocado (bridal party) this lot partied into the night at West London's Dock Kitchen after a grand ceremony at the Royal Society of Arts.

Wedding songs #1

Number one in a series of.... 1? 75? Let's see! Remember this one from my own do, on a playlist whilst I was bricking it waiting for my soon-to-be-wife to come in... I love Gonzales, from the goofy old stuff (it not aged amazingly well, but hell, reminds me of great times in Trash at the turn of the century) but his piano stuff is just lovely. This is probably my favourite...

Getting to know Rachael and Luke...

I'm very excited to be heading to the Asylum in South East London soon to snap the wedding of Rachael and Luke. As well as also promising a funk band (YAS!) I spent an hour getting to know the happy couple on their favorite South London street. Oh, and there was a very big balloon that turns out is very tight squeeze in my small car!

A weekend in Yorkshire

On Friday Francesca, Leo and myself travelled to Clapham Yorkshire to attend a friend's wedding. Whilst not on photography duties for this one I took the nifty 50mm down to snap a few pictures of Emilie and Chris in all their finery. After a long period away from "proper" countryside, Clapham (not to be confused with it's hectic South London namesake!) and Austwick provided some much needed fresh air. We stayed in a wonderful hotel called the New Inn, highly recommended if you're ever up there. Also, with all the scenery and the specific decor of the hotel reminding us of The Trip, it was impossible not to break into Roger Moore and Anthony Hopkins impressions around the dinner table...

Paris, je t'aime

Had a wee trip to Paris with my wife of several days recently (a mini-honeymoon to be exact), such an inspiring lovely place, and our first time there together. Also without our son in tow meant his reluctant mother was once again stuck with me documenting her like in the old days!

Eleanor and Matthew's London wedding

In May this year, I was invited to photograph Ele & Matt's wonderful shindig first at Camden Town Hall, then later at Cecil Sharp House in Camden. A really fun couple radiating happiness meant a brilliant day that flew by....

 

City Girl

This just popped onto my iPod whilst working away in my other job (ironically for Brides magazine) - so goddamn lovely. I heart Kevin Shields.