Here is Charlotte and Joel’s wedding from August. This lovely couple said their vows at St John the Baptist Church in Pinner, Middlesex before traveling to their reception at Latimer Place in Chesham.
This was a very big wedding with over 120 guests and Pinner’s church is gorgeous inside.
After the ceremony we headed to Latimer Place and took some photos in the grounds before the guests arrived. There is a walk up the steps and along the hotel that was excellent for photos as well as a spot under some nearby trees. I did want to crash some long grass in the adjoining field but it seemed impossible to access, (something to work on next time).
Charlotte and Joel’s formals list was minimal, ( three group shots ) and this gave me a lot more time to be creative with flash and to have some fun with a Hadoken inspired shot.
For those of you who don’t know, a Hadoken shot is one that is inspired by the Street Fighter video games. Last year it was dinosaurs but I wanted to do something different this year.
As with all types of these shots I need to get the original photo right first and then rely purely on my ability in photoshop. It helps that I was a gaming freak in my teens so I know what works.
Also new this year is that I’m adding a glossier studio look to my work for those who want it. I’ve always been a strong supporter of natural light photography and this in the mainstream is because flash is tricky to do right and do well.
Done right, it’s a very nice look and where I have the time I’ll set something up. Saying that, I’ll still use natural light most of the time but the flash work adds that little bit…extra.
Having the time is a key thing. At this wedding I had minimal group shots to do and that gave me OODLES of extra time to consider and take great shots of Charlotte and Joel.
When you have to set up flashes, test the lighting and so on it has to potential to suck time from the best planned days.