Claire and Giles’ wedding at Vinopolis

I photographed the wedding of Claire and Giles in December 2012.  They went for the full kaboodle in terms of their photography package so my day started with the bridal preparations at the London Bridge Hotel in the shadow of the Shard…

London Bridge hotel in the shadow of the Shard

Claire’s dress was a very pretty calf-length frock which she matched with a pair of ‘make-sure-you-photograph-the’ Jimmy Choos.

Claire's calf-length wedding dress

Jimmy Choo wedding shoes

Bridal bouquet

From the Hotel we all made our way to Vinopolis where the ceremony and reception were to take place.  I had recce’d the venue a few weeks beforehand so felt I knew what to expect in terms of illumination, i.e. a technical challenge!

My preferred option is always to use natural light, it gives the most accurate representation of the events of a day and accuracy is something I strive for.  If it’s simply too dark (usually during the disco) I use bounced flash (flash attached to camera and pointing at a pale ceiling or wall).  Occasionally if there are no pale surfaces against which to bounce flash I have to point the flash directly at the subject, either handheld on the end of a flash cable, or mounted on a stand.

I had to opt for the latter for pretty much the entire day at Vinopolis as it is a complex of rooms with bare brick walls and vaulted ceilings.  Fortunately off-camera flash work is something I’m pretty handy at and, whilst I perhaps wasn’t as spontaneous as I would like to have been, I was able to anticipate where the key events would take place and quickly set up a light in a good spot.

I was particularly happy with this shot of everyone present…
Photo of all wedding guests in Vinopolis

Giles and Claire on their wedding day in Vinopolis

The bridal party at Vinopolis

The wedding breakfast in Vinopolis

Cutting the cake in vinopolis, London

Interior of Vinopolis

We went for a stroll around Borough Market after the meal…..
Claire and Giles in Borough Market

Claire and Giles in Borough Market

Claire and Giles in the shadow of the Shard

Claire and Giles in front of some hoarding

And one last picture of Claire throwing her bouquet. 

Claire throwing her bouquet

A salute to ‘Wiggo’

I wouldn’t describe myself as a sports photographer by any means – my lenses aren’t big enough – but the 2012 Olympics in London provided me with a golden opportunity to train my camera at some elite sports people.

First up came Brad Wiggins’ win in the cycling time trial discipline.  I have been an avid pro cycling fan for a number of years – a fandom that was fostered when the 1994 Tour de France route planner saw fit to plot a path through the village of Ditchling, a short stroll from my parents’ house.  

I travelled to Surbiton, my thinking being that there wouldn’t be too much of a crowd there as opposed to the Hampton Court hub, and I’d therefore be afforded relatively unobstructed views.  To my delight – and as a result of some refreshingly forward-thinking stewarding – I was able to sit cross-legged on the road, in front of the barrier that was supposed to confine the likes of me to the pavement.  Quite a coup.  I arrived at the event arguably a little late – I think I saw about 20 riders go past in total, though I knew that all the big names – Contador, Cancellara, Froome, Martin and Wiggins – were due through towards the end as the highest ranking riders of the field.  I fired off the below snaps before diving into a nearby pub to watch the fabulous conclusion to the event and, upon feeling my eyes welling up, beat a hasty retreat back home.

Taylor Phinney – a vehement spokesperson for clean cycling, claims to ride ‘purer than pure’ eschewing even caffeine pills and painkillers
Taylor Finney

Lieuwe Westra
Lieuwe Westra at the London 2012 Olympics 

Brad Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins at the London 2012 Olympics

I missed out on winning much-coveted tickets to events in the Olympic park in the official ballot however was very fortunate that my girlfriend’s Mum can F5 with the best of them and she was able to get an additional ticket for me to join her and her family at an athletics session during the Paralympics.  I was utterly blown away  by the experience. I will treasure the sights and sounds of the day for the rest of my life. The atmosphere inside the stadium was amazing – I love a football crowd, but the overwhelming support that spectators were giving EVERY athlete was humbling.

Outside the stadium
London 2012 Olympic stadium

Panorama of the Olympic Stadium
Panorama of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium

David Weir claims gold
David Weir claiming gold at the London 2012 Paralympics 

Katie and Paul’s wedding

Here are some photos of Katie and Paul’s wedding in Addington, Buckinghamshire, UK.

Place setting
Place setting in the marquee

Shoes
Katie’s shoes

Katie getting ready
Hair and make-up

Katie getting ready

Katie getting ready

I want to say that this cat is called 'Jones' but I think I may be getting him confused with 'Alien'
I want to say his name’s Jones but I suspect I’m getting confused with Alien

Horse-drawn carriage
A fine set of wheels. The horse-drawn carriage took Katie from her parents’ house to the church.

Katie walking up the aisle
Katie walking up the aisle

Katie, Paul and bridesmaids
I was not permitted to take photos during the ceremony however we popped back into the church after the formals and mocked up some shots.

Delicious cake
Delicious cake

Paul and Katie in her parents' house
Paul and Katie

Paul and Katie in the garden of her parents' house

Katie's Dad during the speeches
Katie’s Dad receiving some stag do-related acclaim

Katie and Paul with his Mum
With Paul’s Mum

The first dance
The first dance

Paul and his brothers
Brothers

Dancefloor

Dancefloor

Ollie and Hiroko in Ditchling

I photographed Ollie and Hiroko’s wedding in the gorgeous Sussex village of Ditchling in March this year. The church was poorly lit and I was forbidden from using any form of lighting so I was forced to take my camera’s low-light capabilities into new territory. I was relieved and delighted that the resulting pics came out looking really rather nice indeed.

Lekan and Grace – May 2010

About a year ago I photographed the wedding of Lekan and Grace. The ceremony took place at St Paul’s Church in Clapham and then moved on to the Memon Centre in Balham.

My day started off with a short bus ride from my flat in Stockwell to Grace’s parents’ house just of Clapham High street so that I could get some shots of Grace and her bridesmaids preparing for the day ahead:

Grace's bridesmaids getting ready

I then headed on to the church in time for Grace’s arrival and entrance:

Lekan and his Mum

Lekan and Grace meet at the Altar

Lekan's parents watch on

Grace's bridesmaids

Grace and Lekan exchange rings

Lekan and Grace exchange ring

Due to some unfortunate weather, we had to rely on the back-up plan of taking formal group and couple photos in the church itself as opposed to some nearby gardens.

Lekan and his best man

Lekan and Grace

After the group shots were complete we all moved on to the Memon Centre:

Best Man's speech

Toasting the newlyweds

Cutting the cake

Chucking the bucket!

Dancing

First post, and a bit of a retrospective

I’m Will Strange and I’ve been photographing weddings for a good couple of years now. I’ve have the pleasure of shooting about 20 weddings in that time and have sampled almost as many cakes!

Jon and Norah's cake

My preferred style of photography is the fly-on-the-wall style – I think the wedding mags call it ‘contemporary’ or ‘reportage’.  I strongly believe that capturing a wedding day in its entirety shouldn’t just be about the big events (first dance, ring exchange, formal photography etc) but also the more subtle nuances of the big day.

Here’s a little ‘best of’…

Jen getting ready

Ring exchange

Lisa and Tidor

Lekan and his best man

Bola and Ailisha

Zee and Kirk

Jon and Norah

Lisa and Tidor

JenJen

Jen

Bola and Ailisha