Jo and her sisters outside the Alexander House Hotel in West Sussex
I had my final wedding of the year last Saturday. Jo and Pete booked me as their wedding photographer a few months ago after being let down by someone else and finding me through my website. We didn’t get a chance to meet up before the day, so Saturday was the first time we saw each other.
It was also my first time at The Alexander House Hotel, a lovely wedding venue near Turners Green in West Sussex. I arrived a bit early to have a look at the grounds and see the various rooms that Jo and Pete would be using. I was shown round by Jenny, one of the wedding planners at the venue, who was very helpful and made sure I knew the schedule for the day.
I started with the preparations of the bride and her sisters. I hope they won’t mind me saying that they were a complete bunch of posers, and obviously enjoyed having their photos taken. Most of the people I photograph try to hide and throw garlic at me when I arrive, so this was a pleasant change. See the top photo for an example of their excellent posing techniques!
Because it was a winter wedding my main concerns were the weather and the light. The wedding party was made up of family and close friends, about thirty five people, so in the event of really heavy rain I knew I would have enough room to set up lights indoors and cover most of the group photos. As is turned out it was a bit dull, extremely cold, but dry, so we managed to take everybody outside for the larger family shots. By the time I’d done these, and was ready to take the main shots of the bride and groom, the light was beginning to fade. With the current generation of professional cameras low light is not so much of a problem but, even if there is enough light to take a photo, the quality of it may not be very good. In these conditions I tend to use a speedlight and umbrella to light the subjects. That means I can underexpose the background slightly and get a more interesting look. After a bit of a late start we ended up having about five minutes to do these shots, so it was rushed (as usual). The photos of the bride and groom are the most important shots of the day, so I took a few more on the stairs inside the venue later in the afternoon to make sure I was covered. Jo was also quite keen on the look of the interior of the hotel, so she has some photos to remind her of the feel of the place.
It was a good wedding to end the season, everyone was very friendly and seemed to be enjoying themselves. I even got a little cheer as I left, thank you very much!
That’s it, I’m retiring for the year now. I’ll be back at the computer designing wedding albums in January. Thank you to all my clients, hope you have a happy Christmas and a great New Year.
If you would like some more information on booking me as your photographer please have a look at the wedding photography page on the main site.
Jo and Pete in the gardens at the Alexander Park Hotel just after the wedding