Wednesday, 20 October 2010
The weather did not disappoint for our second wedding of the weekend. Marta and Paul tied the knot at Aldermaston manor and wow - what a beautiful ceremony. The sunlight flooded into the library through the windows making the task of photographing the proceedings a real pleasure. I am a natural light freak and rarely pick up a flash if at all possible. The guests were able to bask in the sun out on the terrace and enjoy the reception and were well entertained in the evening with a masque and a casino. We did away with the Lastolite background instead using the book-lined walls of the library to provide a unique backdrop for the evening studio. Congrats Paul & Marta x
We're definately into Autumn now, the leaves are turning, the evenings drawing in - what a great time of year to be out and about with a camera, especially shooting weddings! This weekend saw us at Elcot Park photographing Liz & Lee's special day. The first of two weddings we photographed this weekend, and this one was a beauty. The elegant setting of the venue was perfect and the gardens provided a stunning Autumnal background for some gorgeous bride and groom portraits. Liz & Lee, you are complete naturals and can model for me again anytime!! Congratulations to you both. xx
Thursday, 19 August 2010
We've been at a wedding a week this summer, our busiest yet, and having an awesome time at each and every one! Last weekend saw Andrea & Ben tie the knot at Earley St Peters and then party on down at The Wellington Arms afterwards. Now as a wedding photographer I am in quite a privileged position. I am able to observe the entire wedding day from the bride getting ready to the evening's antics. I can move about the proceedings and snap away to my hearts' content. I become a part of the day and yet am detached from it. I am able to select and edit images in order to produce a visual record which fits the utopian expectation of my bride and groom. I weave the pictures together into an album telling the story of a wedding day which will be treasured for generations. It's a sense of achievement to hand over a finished artefact and see the happy couple take pleasure from their photographs. This isn't 'just a job' to me. This is a gift which blesses other people and I treasure each chance to share it. Congratulations to you both and I hope you enjoy your pictures for many years to come. Emmie x.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
A lunch with my friend Katie turned into an impromptu photo shoot this week. Her brief was pretty straightforward - ''I need a new Facebook profile picture''! We proceeded to the back garden where she proved to be quite a natural in front of the camera. I hope one of these will do for you Katie. xx
Monday, 16 August 2010
It's no surprise for people to hear me babble on about wedding photography and how much fun it is and how I love my work (if you could call it work), but, in honesty, I regard it as a great honour and privilege to be appointed by a couple to capture this most special of days. And it is always a treat to be asked by friends to photograph such an occasion. Jon is a friend I have known for many years and I was only too pleased to be 'official tog' at his recent wedding to Chloe. A brilliant day which saw a brilliant new assistant make his wedding photography debut and one I hope to work with again. Anyway, here are some of my favourite shots of the day in classic black and white. Congratulations Jon & Chloe. xx
All images copyright Spirit Pictures. Wedding photographers in Reading, Berkshire.
Monday, 2 August 2010
One of my favourite weeks of the year! And this year was a bit extra special because I was testing out our brand new bell tent! This three meter high, five meter wide canvas pad looked like a luxury Bedouin dwelling by the time we had finished decking it out with throws and cushions collected from both our Dubai honeymoon and my 2008 trip to Israel. It looked especially super at night lit up with LED fairy lights and the tea light chandelier which hung from the central pole. It provided the perfect place to play music and absorb ourselves in some art. The week was an amazing time of fellowship, worship and meeting with God and I returned feeling refreshed and relaxed and really looking forward to next year!
Monkton Combe in HDR
The 'main road' leading through the village
Gathering together for baptisms in the swimming pool
People worshipping the King of Kings
Sunday, 1 August 2010
I love a venue with a story and this weekend I had the pleasure of photographing at The Tudor Barn in Burnham. I am a big fan of Tudor history. It is one of my favourite periods to learn about and if I had a time machine I would definitely pay a visit! The barn itself was originally built in 1505 or there abouts and has now been carefully restored and refurbished into the stunning venue it is today. Suffice to say it provided a fantastic setting for the wedding of Richard & Jaimie and this was a wedding I had been looking forward to for ages. The day arrived, the weather did not disappoint and the bridal couple were beautiful. Congratulations to you both and thank you for inviting us to be your photographers. xx