University of Glasgow Wedding – Joe and Amy

This University of Glasgow Wedding with Joe and Amy was such a showstopper from start to finish! The day kicked off with Joe and his groomsmen getting ready. The best men were kitted out with fetching kilts and traditional Scottish regalia, including a little dagger (which I found out is called a sgian-dubh) stowed away in their socks. After some trouble attaching the flowers, it was time for the kilt inspection from Amy’s aunt. After a few minor adjustments, they were ready to go.

Meanwhile, just around the corner, Amy and her bridesmaids were getting their hair done. Amy was very relaxed and the girls enjoyed themselves with a with a well-earned glass of Prosecco, which took a few attempts to pop open. A lovely moment was when Amy and her bridesmaids huddled around the mirror to see her get ready for her wedding, with her mum watching on with a tear in her eye.

Joe and Amy got married in Hogwarts. Well, just about as close to Hogwarts as you can get. For the architecture buffs, The University of Glasgow Chapel is one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival design, and was built to commemorate the lives lost in the first and second world wars. It is also happens to be a fantastic place to commemorate a wedding.

Amy was walked down the isle to the sweet sounds of the gospel choir Soul Nation, and after the ceremony and group shots, the wedding congregation were escorted to the cloisters, which had the most beautiful light and shadow to take pictures in. Soul Nation continued singing to everyone while they were offered drinks and mini cheddar canapés.

It wouldn’t be a Scottish wedding without some bagpipes, and Joe and Amy didn’t disappoint. Their bagpipe player (who also happened to address the haggis; clearly a multitalented man!) led a procession of guests down the road to the Cottiers theatre, the reception venue. It was beautifully decked out with the most incredible flower arrangements, and fairy lights hung over the tables from the balcony level. Cottiers was originally a church, which means it has a great layout for a wedding party. Once the excellent food and speeches were over, the venue was transformed into a huge dance floor, perfect for the oncoming ceilidh. The guests properly went for it, and as a result, it made our jobs as photographers easy with some fancy (and hilarious) dance routines.

After the ceilidh, it was time for a disco, with Joe’s carefully curated playlist going down a treat. You could really feel the love in there, and by the time it was over no one wanted to go home. Joe and Amy, thank you for asking us to photograph your Glaswegian wedding, it was a blast!

 

University of Glasgow Wedding

University of Glasgow Wedding

 


Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

A couple of weekends ago, we decided to go on a day  trip to Southwold. I used to go regularly as a child, and have fond memories of going on bike rides to the beach and playing in the arcade. Coming back after over 10 years absence, it was interesting to see how much the place has changed. It has definitely become much more popular, being a weekend jaunt for moneyed Londoners, possibly with similar childhood memories of the place.

The pier has witnessed the biggest change. When I used to go there, the place was dilapidated, and I remember being the only kid there pouring my pocket money away into the arcade machines. These days, there are lots of different amusements along the pier, and the fish and chip shop was rammed with customers. Admittedly this was on a Saturday in the middle of August, but it really has improved, otherwise people wouldn’t be voluntarily spending time there!

The high street remains largely the same, although there are more coffee shops and clothing stores. The brewery is still going strong, and it was nice to visit the harbour in Walberswick. The whole area is worthy of a longer stay; it is easy see why we went there so frequently when we were young.

 

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold

Daytripping to Suffolk Southwold


Summer School at CSVPA

Summer School at CSVPA is over, and we now look forward to meeting our new cohort and teaching them for the next nine months. It is a welcome return, as meeting a fresh batch of students weekin week out is hard work. You need to be able to keep up the enthusiasm, despite essentially showing them the same things.

One of the ways I do this is by setting myself a challenge. I like to practice what I preach, so I join my students in taking part in the activities I set them. This means using the entry level school cameras with their entry level lenses, and trying to put together a nice set of pictures. Each week I take them to the same spots, so the real challenge is looking for something new every time.

At the end of each week, the students edit all of their photos and compile their own book using the book making website Blurb. I have five weeks of summer school, so I collect my photos over a longer period then put them into a book as well. I can’t say I spent very long thinking about the layout and order, but it makes the lessons more fun for me and also makes it easier to demonstrate to students.

You can preview (and order!) the book here. You can also see last year’s efforts here. Failing that, you can just scroll down your screen and look at the photos below:

 

Silly Season Summer School at CSVPA

Summer School at CSVPA


Travel Photography Finland 2017

Travel Photography Finland 2017 – Seeing as the best time to visit Finland is during the summer months, it has been difficult to organise a lengthy trip in the middle of wedding season, not to mention trying to work around summer school teaching commitments. But this year, we had the opportunity to stay a couple of weeks, so we gladly took it.

This time around, there was a mix of the traditional and contemporary. There were a few days spent in the Finnish wilderness, foraging for mushrooms, fishing, and getting steamed up in the sauna. There were also the day trips to Helsinki, as well as pottering around the historic town of Porvoo.

More than anything else, there was spending time with the family. There was a big celebration this year – my parents have been married for 40 years, and to celebrate they wanted to come to Finland, where it all began. My parents got married in 1977 in the Temppeliaukio Church, which is basically a giant excavated piece of granite. My description doesn’t really do it justice, but if you are curious, there are some photos from my previous trip there in the people and places section of my website. In 1977, wedding photography wasn’t much of a thing, so to make up for it we recreated their confetti moment, this time with ripped up green napkins, which kind of made it look like we were sprinkling them with salad! DIY weddings are the best.

 

 

Travel Photography Finland 2017

 

Travel Photography Finland 2017


Bassmead Manor Barns Cambridge Wedding – Alex and Lil

Alex and Lil’s wedding at Bassmead Manor Barns in Cambridgeshire was a delight from start to finish. One of the perks of the venue is that everything is in one place, making it much easier to quickly manoeuvre from place to place as events progressed.

Alex and Lil thought of everything that showcased their numerous interests and used that to decorate and theme the wedding. There were guitars and vinyl reflecting their love of music. Lil is one half of the 40s themed duo The Blitz Sisters, and you can see this through hers and the bridesmaids beautiful hair and make up. They also decorated the entire venue with beautiful flowers from Florae Foray.

The ceremony was held in a rustic barn, and the couple were serenaded by The Voice 2014 finalist Sally Barker as they were about to walk back down the isle. The canapé and reception food looked excellent, and they made sure no one went hungry by providing a sweetie stand and comprehensive cheese selection from the Cambridge Cheese Company.

They were even lucky with the weather – as soon as the group shots were done and everyone had filed in for the the reception, the rain came down. Then, after everyone had finished eating, the rain stopped, allowing everyone a bit of fresh air.

The reception hall was cleared out for the evening’s events, where the DJ played an eclectic mix of retro and contemporary classics, undoubtedly at Alex and Lil’s request. Everyone had a song they could dance to, and in case any of the arriving guests needed a bite to eat, they also had fresh stone baked pizzas being distributed throughout the evening. Perfect!

Consequently, Alex and Lil really left no stone unturned, which made for a really fun day, filled with entertainment and lavish amounts of tasty food. Alex and Lil, thank you for asking us to photograph your wedding!

 

Bassmead Manor Barns Cambridge Wedding

 

Bassmead Manor Barns Cambridge Wedding