This past weekend I photographed a wedding in one of my favorite National Trusts and home to Winston Churchill, Chartwell near Westerham in Kent.
I have been visiting Chartwell for a number of years and it has long been one of my favorite Trust buildings. Winston Churchill happens to be my favorite Briton and so it is natural that when I photograph this amazing wedding venue it just feels great.
Chartwell makes a wonderful backdrop for any wedding. The terrace has a spectacular view for guests to take in while they enjoy refreshments. The gardens are perfect for bride and groom photos and the history and tradition that Chartwell is steeped in is evident at every corner.
A big thanks to Becky and Michael for having me as their photographer on their special day. And a giant thank you to the wonderful wedding coordinators at Chartwell. You truly are some of the best in the business.
I just returned back from a week in Marrakech. What a strange and magnificent city. At first I was not sure whether I liked it or not. A first for me. Normally I arrive in a city and I know instantly whether I would go back again. But, to be honest, I didn’t know until I got home and looked at the below photos that the answer to that question is, yes, definitely yes!
Marrakech is a rich and vibrant city with culture literally oozing out of every street corner. The people are warm and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. For example, my wife and I took a taxi from our hotel to Hotel La Mamounia for an afternoon on their terrace. When we exited the taxi the driver said to us, “I hope to see you again, Inshallah.” Normally, if I get more than a grunt from a taxi driver I’m happy.
This kind of affection was evident all over the city. And it didn’t matter how much money the people had either. Every person from every walk of life acted warmly towards me and my wife.
The city itself is not what I would call the cleanest city in the world. Let’s be honest, there is rampant poverty in Marrakech. But there is also incredible wealth. Two of the best hotels I have ever seen La Mamounia and the Royal Mansour are in Marrakech. They are not just hotels, they are palaces.
I enjoyed La Manounia and Royal Mansour as much as I enjoyed the main square. The food in both places is amazing and the atmosphere is second to none. I highly recommend it.
Here are some photos from my trip.
For my second engagement photo shoot of this past weekend I had the pleasure of shooting Peter and Nora. A lovely couple who are getting married at Lewes Castle. We chose to do their engagement shoot at their reception venue, Northease Manor near Lewes Castle.
The weather was bright and there was only a small amount of haze lingering around during the shoot. I actually liked the haze and it added character to the shots. Especially the shots near the gnarly trees, which I particularly liked.
Thanks to Peter and Nora for being such good sports and letting me precariously perch them on a tree trunk for the shoot.
I look forward to your wedding!
This weekend the weather perked up a bit and not a moment too soon. I had two engagement shoots this weekend. Quite a few have had to reschedule due to bad weather, and on this occasion I was photographing Becky and Michael at their wedding venue, and one of my favorite National Trusts, Chartwell in Kent.
When Becky and Michael approached me to do their wedding at Chartwell I got very excited. It is one of my favorite National Trusts and home to Winston Churchill, who is one of my favorite Britons. It is a lovely property with gardens, stone, brick and loads of views. An ideal place for both an engagement shoot and a wedding.
Thanks to Becky and Michael for braving the cold. And I can’t wait to shoot your wedding there.
This week I had the pleasure of photographing a fabulous event held in London for Unilever, one of the global leaders in the food industry. The event showcased 8 of their food lines, including: Maille, PG Tips, Colemans, Stork, Hellman’s, Knorr, Slim-Fast and Flora.
The London press were invited to the event and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.
Thanks to everyone who made the event such a success!