There's rain and then there is RAIN! Unfortunately, Ashely and Rob were served up with the latter for their pre-wedding shoot a couple of weeks back. We'd met early on a Saturday morning at the Hartsholme Country Park near Lincoln and after waiting in the car park for almost 20 minutes, we decided to brave it. Luckily the dense woodlands provided just enough shelter and because of the conditions, the park was reasonably empty. Ashley and Rob are due to marry a week today in what I'm sure will be a lovely ceremony at the White Heather in Lincolnshire. I can only hope that the weather proves to be much kinder to them this time. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for them.
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More often than not in this country, the weather has a tendency to let you down. However, that was definitely not the case just a few weeks back when I met up with Matt and Jess to photograph their engagement shoot. It felt like a long time since I'd been out shooting in the sunshine on such a warm day. We started by going to the Wentbridge House Hotel in West Yorkshire. This was where Matt had popped the question to Jess just a few weeks earlier. The hotel itself was lovely, tucked away into the hillside amongst the very quaint village that surrounded it. The original building with its period features is complimented by a luxury annex that's been added in more recent times as well as the large lawn and fields to the side.
From there, we moved on to Cusworth Hall in Doncaster to get some more shots. Having shot there before, it made life a little easier. The grounds around the hall are incredibly beautiful with a nice variety of wild gardens, landscaped views and rustic courtyards. There's also a nice little cafe that does rather awesome scones with jam and clotted cream, which makes it a winner in my book, especially on a day like that!
Jess and Matt were both genuine, chatty and down to earth people and also extremely comfortable in front of camera. I'm more than happy with the images from the day and was really spoilt for choice in the end. Huge congratulations to them both. Enjoy.
First thing tomorrow morning, I'll be heading over to Oulton Hall in Rothwell to shoot Kirby and Adam's wedding. I made my first visit to the venue just a couple of weeks ago when we shot a few pre-wedding photos (seen below). On that day, we had a bit of a mixed bag of weather and I just hope it's kind to them tomorrow.
As well as the plush surroundings and the autumnal feel that this wedding is going to have, I just know that Kirby's extravagant and eclectic taste is going to make this a great day that's going to look fantastic on camera.
Having been in New York City less than 24 hours, everything was still feeling extremely surreal by the time my first shoot came around. Scheduling my couples shoot competition winners on day 1 was done with the idea of easing me into things. It would also provide me with the opportunity to see quite a lot of the city in one day, helping me gather my bearings and effectively killing 2 birds with one stone by shooting and exploring at the same time. It felt quite fitting that my competition winners weren't actually New Yorkers. At least, not from the city anyway. Brian and Sarah live a fair drive outside of all of the hustle and bustle and rarely get the chance to visit Manhattan, therefore this was as much an opportunity to do some sight seeing for them as it was for me. I didn't actually realise, but Sarah had been keeping an eye on my work for a while and as soon as I'd opened the competition for entries, an email was waiting for me within a matter of hours.
As arranged, the Foran's met me outside the Rockerfeller Centre. The plan was to experience 'Top of the Rock' and then to just go with the flow and see where we'd end up afterwards. They arrived along with their son, Brian Jnr. As you can see, he's a really cute kid who has bags of personality and seemed all too happy to have his photo taken.
To say that the weather wasn't kind would be the understatement of the year. During our eventful day we dealt with strong winds, rain, sleet and snow. The view from the Top of the Rock was 50% at best. Enough to put most tourists off from paying to go up there in the first place. If anything, it meant that we weren't having to fight through crowds of people to get some nice shots. No views were restricted and we were able to roam around freely.
After experiencing the amazing views, we went to get some much needed coffee and warmth at the Starbucks amongst the hundreds of shops which sit beneath ground level of the Rockerfeller. We decided that our next stop would be to try and get on one of the water taxi's before dark, which would allow us to see many more of the New York landmarks. We managed it, just. It was the last one of the day. Not many people were daft enough to be out on the water with it being this cold and wet. In fact, at the time of boarding the boat, I can only recall 2 other people being on there. Each of the remaining pick-up points only brought a handful of extras on board. All of which opted to stay inside the boat for shelter. They obviously didn't fancy being blasted by the elements out on deck! I absolutely loved it though!
I really couldn't have asked for a nicer family to photograph and spend time with on the first day of my trip. Not only were they super friendly and informative, but they were also incredibly interesting. Brian works as a videographer for a living so I had plenty to chat to him about and Sarah was so well prepared and full of ideas that it meant I could enjoy my day as a tourist and not just as the photographer.
By the time our day came to an end, the snow was coming down pretty heavily. My feet were numb. I was drenched, hungry and completely exhausted. I'm pretty sure the same can be said of the Foran's, but they were insistent on staying in Manhattan for a little while longer to make the most of their day. Despite the conditions, this was such a great start to my trip and I think we got some great photos. Below are some of my favourites. Hope you enjoy.