I had a lovely morning recently, photographing three generations of this fabulous family on the beach in Devon. We spent a couple of hours at Teignmouth, which is such a gorgeous location. The colours are just beautiful, with the soft pastel hues of the water and the sand, with all the painted beach huts lined up behind. And, more to the point, I absolutely love being on the beach! Plenty of opportunity for digging in the sand, skimming stones and splashing in the sea, and wandering along the shoreline. It was really wonderful to capture some memories of all the family having fun together. Here are some of the images...
I really love a humanist ceremony, as it is always just so personal to the couple. To be able to photograph a humanist ceremony taking place outdoors with stunning views over the South Devon coastline is something really quite special, so you can imagine why I was so taken with this particular wedding at The Barn at South Milton. The Barn, in South Devon, is an absolutely wonderful venue for a relaxed, rustic, outdoorsy wedding day. With its newly converted barn, a camping field for wedding guests and a beautiful sandy beach just ten minutes walk away, it's a really gorgeous spot for a summer celebration.
I was lucky enough to photograph this beautiful wedding there last summer, and am really pleased to share some of the photographs here on the blog. Paula and Paul opened The Barn at South Milton in spring 2013, so it was still incredibly new as a venue when this wedding took place in July, although you wouldn't have known it. The bride and groom and all their guests were able to share the most wonderful day there, certainly one of the most emotional weddings I've photographed, and just an amazing day of celebration for everyone involved. Starting with the relaxed guest arrivals, beach visits and setting up tents that took place all morning, to the outdoor ceremony on hay bales overlooking the sea. The bride and groom wrote their own vows, the ring bearer wore a spiderman suit, and friends and family spoke and played music during the ceremony. This was followed by drinks in the yard in the sunshine, beautiful sob-inducing speeches in the converted barn and wonderful platters served on long tables for the wedding breakfast. Later on the guests enjoyed the evening sunshine, dancing outside the barn, with swing music from The International Jazz Disaster drifting across the field, children sword-fighting on the hay bales and the sun setting behind the flags. It was magical.
The bride and groom prefer to stay anonymous, but are more than happy to share some of their wedding photos here, particularly to show how wonderful everything was at The Barn. I hope these images give you an idea of how beautiful the day was:
A family lifestyle photography session is not about posing for the camera and forcing a smile. It's about capturing your family in a very relaxed way, doing what your family does, being exactly the way that your family is. I don't want your children to sit nicely and say cheese for the camera, I want to see them playing together, laughing naturally, thinking, getting cross, running around, doing the things that they normally do. I want to spend time with you all and create a set of images for you that really captures your family as you know it. I want you to be able to look back in many years time and remember just how your family was at this point.
Just over a week ago, I had the chance to do this with the lovely Simmons family, spending a morning with them at one of their favourite places, a farm owned by their friends just outside Exeter. We explored in the rain, played on the swing, splashed in the river and clambered up and down the hills around the farm. We stopped for a hot coffee in the gorgeous farmhouse, then played some more inside the barn. It was brilliant fun and it gave me the chance to capture the family in all their wonderful, chaotic normality. Two devoted parents, three young boys, boundless energy, fresh air, muddy boots, laughter, runny noses, soggy gloves, play fighting, climbing, chasing and hiding, and lots and lots of love. A beautiful record of this one wonderful family, at this particular point in their lives.
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Last September, I had the pleasure of being the wedding photographer for Lucy and Scott's celebrations at the famous River Cottage HQ in Devon. I loved photographing Lucy and Scott's wedding. Loved it! They were the loveliest couple to get to know, and everything about their day was just gorgeous. Even the rain didn't dampen spirits, with lots of brightly coloured umbrellas, soggy but smiling morris dancers and a whole load of people bursting with happiness all day long. Lucy looked absolutely incredible in her exquisite Kate Walker wedding dress - I thought it looked especially good with the wellies later in the day! Lucy and Scott's wedding has been featured on the wonderful Rock My Wedding, so you can read more about it from Lucy's point of view here.
I was so excited about photographing at River Cottage, and it completely lived up to my expectations. With all the special little touches that Lucy and Scott had put together for the wedding day, everything looked incredibly beautiful, and the farm location completely added to the rustic charm of the day. From the yurt, to the restored barn, to the walled kitchen garden and the views across the rolling hills, it was such a gorgeous venue and I loved the relaxed atmosphere throughout. It was also, without question, the best wedding meal I have ever eaten...
I also have to share this incredibly lovely feedback that I received from Lucy and Scott. I am always so aware that even though I photograph a lot of weddings, each time it is that one special day for the couple, and I never ever take lightly the responsibility to capture that for them. So it is always just the most wonderful thing to receive feedback like this, and it means a huge amount to me to hear these words:
"We just wanted to say a Massive thank you for being so AMAZING on our special day... I don't know how you did it but you have just so beautifully captured the very essence of the day and we can not thank you enough. You worked so hard and that did not go unnoticed, we really really appreciate not only your obvious unbelievable talent but your dedication and passion for what you do. We feel incredibly blessed to have found you and had you there on the day, it would never have been the same without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lucy and Scott"
Thank you, Lucy and Scott, it was a pleasure from start to finish! Here is your gorgeous wedding: