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St John

 

I think that it’s often all too easy to take things for granted. For example I’ve lived in Cambridge for over 25 years and you just get used to the bikes, the students and the architecture and forget that Cambridge is absolutely beautiful! Obviously people visit here from all over the world and it’s too easy, when such a place is literally on your doorstep, to go around with your eyes closed and forget how amazing it is!

 

I’ve photographed at St John’s College several times before. It’s one of my favourite colleges and a place that has a real “wow” factor which is why the image below is one of my favourites from the day. It’s always nice to get pictures of people arriving but it’s the expression on the boy’s face which makes it such a good moment as it really tells you something about what he was thinking and about the surroundings. He just looked up into the huge vaulted ceiling of the chapel an his expression says it all!

 

Arriving for a wedding at St John
In the picture below you can really get a sense of what he was looking at and why he was so impressed.

 

St John
I think these little moments and expressions can be so telling. Again, here it’s just a momentary glance as he looks up at the bride but this is a little scene that really tells a bit of the narrative of the day and allows the viewer to imagine a little around what was happening and how the boy in the picture was feeling.

 

Bride chatting

 

I love pictures like this that are “double layered” in that there are two complementary things going on at the same time – it gives the picture much more depth and context – the two conversations going on here complement each other perfectly.

 

Dining Hall St Johns Cambridge

 

…and of course you just can’t beat a funny little moment like this one!

 

Groom and baby.

 

College cloisters

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I can’t actually believe that it’s seven months since Lottie and Charlie got married! I’m currently looking out of the window on a wet and cold February afternoon and, despite the fact that their hot July wedding seems only very recent, in terms of the temperature and weather it’s light years away!

 

“The photos are incredible, thank you so much for all of them. They are exactly what we wanted and really show the day well. I particularly love the way you captured my Dad. 
Thank you also for putting up with the heat!” – Lottie

 

Morning preparations and reflections

This picture is one of my absolute favourites from the day. I love how there is something to look at the front and also the back of the picture and that both elements tell part of the story of the day. There’s a lovely symmetry and balance as your eye weaves it’s way from the bridesmaid at the front to Lottie at the back. I love looking for interesting reflections in mirrors and this one works perfectly! I seem to remember having to manoeuvre myself rather uncomfortably in a doorway to get the right angle but it was well worth the effort! I was trying to get a reflection of Lotties face in her mirror as well but sadly I didn’t quite have space. That really would have been the icing on the cake!

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wedding guests and dogs
Dogs! Again I really like the way that your eye travels through the picture from the dogs at the front through to the guests at the back. there is a rather nice shape and symmetry to this one!
Hello! Always a great moment.
Just a lovely moment and hopefully one that Lottie and Charlie will always remember. I love the expression on the vicars face and also the happy onlooker framed rather nicely by the rood screen.
Bride and groom and confetti
Confetti!
Guests taking selfies
I’m not sure that the older lady was that keen but it makes a nice cross generational moment!
A stolen moment during the dancingI love looking for secret moments like this – very romantic as Lottie and Charlie steal a quick static kiss amid the whilrlwind of dancing guests around them.
Dancing and selfie taking

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Winter weddings can be beautiful, atmospheric and great fun  to photograph. They can also be a bit of a challenge in terms of lighting and logistics! – I remember photographing a wedding just before Christmas a few years ago when we were deep in snow and  as I was leaving it occured to me that I might not actually make it home. I had one of the most hair raising car journeys I have ever had and at one point was driving sideways up a hill, the snow on the M11 was so bad that it was fairly much impassable and I know that a large number of  the wedding guests stayed in temporary accommodation that night as they couldn’t get home!

There were no such dramas at Paul and Cat’s wedding apart from the bitingly cold wind and, yet again, a period of time when I somehow managed to find myself outside just in my shirt sleeves shivering waiting for the bride to arrive! I took lots of photographs of Christmas decorations, bridal preparations, people hugging and kissing and of course the ceremony itself but I have included just a few of my favourites below.

 

“Thank you ever so much for getting back to us so quickly. The photos are brilliant, we really love them!” Paul and Cat

The first two pictures are very much about moments – neither are particularly technically perfect, but both for me are visually strong and tell a bit of the story. I took the first from the back of the church during the prayers – there was this lovely moment where the man put his arm around his partner, have her a hug and leaned his head on her shoulder – I second later and they were sitting apart again but I thought that the gesture, particularly in the context of the rather solemn and personal moment in the marriage service was rather touching!


I love the immediacy of this second picture – it’s almost as if you are there and you can hear the laughter and what’s going on. It would have been an OK picture without the echo on the left hand side (both bridesmaids putting in their earings) but is much better and more satisfying from my point of view with that double story going on. If I had been a genius I would have cut myself out of the mirror and framed the people’s reflection as well!

Brides in veils……….always very photogenic!

This group of friends had spent quite a long time fetching and carrying things in the morning – it was wet underfoot and in the last few moments before Cat arrived at the ceremony they rushed up all flustered and in muddy trainers before engineering a quick change of footwear and continuing into church in serene calm!


A table quiz in the evening – children and grandfather working together as a team – what a beard!

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