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Gemma & Rob - Wotton House, Dorking

Gemma & Rob’s wedding in August was my 2nd visit to Wotton House in as many months. Gemma was one of the most conscientious brides I’ve ever encountered (very much a good thing) and clearly knew what she wanted from her photography and made a real point of doing her research. We chatted at two wedding fairs before our initial consultation and Gemma asked all the right questions. This may sound like I’m poking fun, but in all seriousness it’s great from my point of view to work with people who have clear ideas about what they want from their wedding photography.

Shooting the same venue twice in the space of a few months presents its own challenges. It’s important to come up with new ideas and not simply shoot the same stuff in the same way. Staleness is definitely the photographer’s enemy. Once again the service at Wotton was superb and everyone was incredibly well looked after. As for Gemma & Rob, a friendlier couple you’d struggle to meet. If you ask my girlfriend, she’ll tell you that I gravitate towards (and bang on about) warm, down-to-earth people. So it was with Gemma & Rob, a fantastic family who were just great fun to hang out with. Connor, the pageboy was a total dude. Occasionally very shy, but mostly full of life and a tremendous sense of mischief. He features in quite a lot of the images below and was an ever-present source of dynamic images!

I also had a highly serendipitous meeting with Glenn Aitken. In what can only be described as one of the most coincidental and jaw-dropping conversations of my life, it transpired that not only is Glenn intimately familiar with the small collection of islands we had JUST booked a holiday too (he lived there for years working as a musician and photographer) but he also finds himself back in the UK thanks to a record deal with a label that my good friend Ruth works for. “Yeah, I know Ruth” was frankly a gobsmacking revelation after a conversation that revealed a whole host of ever-more surprising commonalities. Glenn is a friend of Gemma & Rob’s and a singer/songwriter who suggests a blend of the Finn brothers and Gary Barlow. As a Crowded House fan, I consider this a seriously good thing. Glenn also does an awesome loop pedal performance. Anyone who has seen Imogen Heap or KT Tunstall will be familiar with the concept; it makes for a kick ass live show. On the night he performed a standout set, something I’ll remember in years to come. Gemma & Rob’s day was certainly a fun one.

Rob is in the process of buying a dSLR so in a year or two he’ll probably be putting me out of a job. Until then, here are some of my favourites from the wedding!

For the photo geeks, these were shot on two 5DIII’s with the 17-40L, 35L, 50mm f/1.4 and 135L.


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Freddie & Sarah - Wotton House

Sarah & Freddie were married at Wotton House in mid June under (miraculously) sunny skies! I went to school with Freddie and so not only was it a great day to shoot but it was fun to catch up with some people I haven’t seen much of in years.

Wotton House is a pretty sizeable venue and has some particularly spectacular gardens with a fantastic vantage point above them which offers some interesting options for shooting from height. I’m photographing another wedding at Wotton later in the year so I’m getting pretty familiar with it. It’s sometimes the way that you don’t shoot at a venue for years on end and then in the space of a few short months you shoot there regularly! Such is the way with Wotton. When you shoot weddings week in week out, one of the things that sets a location apart is the quality of their staff. Wotton was exceptional. Frank, who largely ran the day, was a total legend. Boundless energy, attention to detail and a great guy also. Big recommendation!

Sarah & Freddie had a butterfly theme so when a butterfly landed on Sarah we knew we were having a good time! He was a bit tired and on his last legs and not really willing to budge, but nonetheless I’m sure there’s good luck in there somewhere! Anyway, here are some of my favourites from the day, as ever shot on the 5DIII and a selection of lenses.

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