Amazing family portraits made easy! This lovely family has a beautiful home with a garden adjacent to the rolling fields where West Yorkshire meets North Yorkshire between Leeds and Harrogate. Mum and dad started off reluctant to be involved so I took the children off first to enjoy the Autumn sunshine with Otto the dog, before persuading their parents to join in. They are really glad they did and have ordered prints of the whole family together as well as ones of the children individually. Here is what happiness looks like, set against the backdrop of the family home and the gorgeous views from it…
Karen and Steve are getting married in the Dordogne next summer. We met in London on a rainy October day to talk about their wedding photography and take some lovely portraits to get them in the mood. I’m sure this set of images will make a great contrast to the photographs on their wedding day in France but we did manage to find some sunflowers in pots outside St Pancras!
A French wedding in September. The sun is still strong, the vineyards heavy with fruit and love is in the air…
Emma and Andreas had a super-relaxed really gorgeous celebration at this gem of a venue – Domaine de St Germain – in the countryside north of Montpellier. As they’d already got married officially in the UK a few weeks before they chose to concentrate on the festivities. They saw each other first (Andreas was completely bowled away when he saw Emma, not surprisingly – what a dress!) and they came to the ceremony together. The vows were personal and beautiful and the ‘formalities’ were anything but, with singing from one of their friends and the readings and instructions given by others in a lovely fun way. I was spoilt for choice for their portraits, as the domaine is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards and the infinity pool faces out towards the incredible Pic St Loup mountain. As the sun set in the evening, it couldn’t really have been any more perfect… then Emma started to DJ and it was.
I am so excited to blog this gorgeous wedding. It was amazing in every way – Grace and Lawrence are absolutely lovely, the venue of Chateau Lacoste is stunning with the backdrop of the Dordogne Valley setting off the spectacular building, and the guests really knew how to have a proper celebration, starting from Spice Girls routines while Grace was getting ready, to one of the best parties I’ve seen getting underway after the first dance. Grace’s brother Robin is in Starlight Express (yes on roller-skates!) and he made a fantastic compere for proceedings as well as doing a completely perfect job of Grace’s hair (having practised on the wigs from his show…)
I love all the weddings I photograph (I am so lucky!) but this one is in the running for one of my favourites this year.
Kara and George had a fantastic small family wedding at this amazing Renaissance villa in the Italian countryside near Verona. They wanted me to capture the events of the day in a relaxed way, including plenty of relaxed portraits of their three beautiful boys and Kara’s equally beautiful daughter Olivia. The setting was stunning with a ceremony in the villa’s own chapel then a reception on the lawn by the pool and a meal in the frescoed hall. It was hot but the wedding was in the late afternoon so the light was soft, and it was very special.