Location based lifestyle family portraits within Surrey

Well, the summer is now officially here, and the sun should be making more regular appearances for us with any luck from here on… well, that’s the theory anyhow!

With the climate generally now both warmer and dry it’s an ideal opportunity for families with young children to explore lifestyle family portraits outdoors on location.

The difference between an outdoor lifestyle shoot over a studio shoot is quite great, they vary greatly.

There is no right or wrong, it just boils down to preference as to what you might like in regards to photographic style;

• Location Family lifestyle shoots

Generally these are more natural, and feature more engagement either with a task and or other family members.  They’re also more relaxed as you’re not confined to a small area like a studio.

• Studio Family Shoots:

A studio shoot is a bit more formal – everything is more controlled, from the activities/posing through to the environment, lighting and surrounds. As a result you get more consistency through that control, unlike outside shoots where you are exposed to the elements and the location.

Whatever your choice, you’ll end up with lovely results regardless, it’s just about you deciding what you prefer in taste and what fits in better in your living room in regards to where you will be displaying those images.

Please have a look here below at some photos that were captured from a young family location shoot at Box Hill in Dorking, Surrey.

As you will see with the outdoors you can achieve more variation, and a more natural set of results.

If you and your family are interested in learning more about our location and lifestyle family portraits, then please visit the following page for further information.

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Louise & James’ Wedding at The Holy Family Church in Reigate and The Burford Bridge Hotel in Dorking

We take a look back at the wedding of Louise & James from the end of last year, where they tied the knot at The Holy Family Church in Reigate, followed by the reception at The Burford Bridge Hotel in Dorking.

This was the first time that I had been back to The Burford Bridge since it had been refurbished following on from the catastrophic flooding in 2013.

I have to say, that whilst the flooding was a terrible event, the venue has definitely benefitted in the long term from the renovations – it now is more modern and contemporary with its decor and this has given what was a tiring venue a new lease of life.

This wedding was another one that shared many moving moments and celebrations – Louise tragically lost one of her brothers in 2009, but she was determined to involve him on her special day and so arranged that her and James made a stop at Redstone Cemetery on the way to Box Hill to pay their respects and toast a glass of champagne with Patrick.

It was a poignant act, and one that I thought was truly beautiful and touching.

When you see or witness such moments, and feel others pain and anguish that their loved ones are no longer with them to celebrate and enjoy such landmark and special occasions, it truly does make you realise how fortunate you are and how we all do take so many things for granted in this life…

Please feel free to watch the video slideshow from Louise & James’ wedding here below.

I also know that Louise and her family have set up the Patrick Evans Foundation in the honour of her brother – so please feel free to read about the fine work that they do here.

 

Laura & Simon’s Wedding at St Martin’s Church Dorking, and Stanhill Court in Charlwood

Again I shall try and kick-start the blog after another long absence… let me assure you, it’s not that I’ve not had anything to talk about, it’s more been trying to find the time to write a post!

I shall go back to April, and the wedding of Laura & Simon at St Martin’s church in Dorking, followed by the reception at Stanhill Court in Charlswood, Surrey.

Laura and Simon who are the publicans of The Bulls Head pub in Dorking, decided on a local affair.  Naturally for Simon he could enjoy a pre wedding drink in his own pub before then walking down the road to the church – and he didn’t have to pay for his drink either!  How about that?!

With it being early spring, the weather was looking slightly iffy, and there was always the fear that the grey clouds that were looming might bring a spot of rain.

It managed to stay dry until after the ceremony, which was a pain as we were in the middle of capturing some group shots on the main steps outside the side entrance of the church when it decided to rain.  As a result group shots had to be postponed until later at the reception.

The inconsistent weather caused concern throughout, and thwarted us from enjoying uninterrupted photography outside.

This is always frustrating as it ruins the flow of the day as well as the flow of the photography, but you have to roll with it and take the opportunities as of when there are breaks in drizzle.

Stanhill Court has a beautiful and mysterious enclosed garden at the very back of the grounds, it’s tucked away and reminds me very much of a ‘secret’ garden of sorts.

I really wanted us to be able to capture some shots within the enclosed garden, and managed to entice Laura down there in the wet surrounds to pose with Simon for some pictures.

Fortunately we bagged some shots, and whilst we could have captured far more in variation had the weather been better, we still came away with some lovely shots.

You can view a selection of images from the day here below.

 

Portrait of groom outside St Martin's Church in Dorking

Portrait of page boy outside St Martin's Church in Dorking

Wedding order of service at St Martin's Church in Dorking

Wedding sign at St Martin's Church in Dorking

St Martin's Church in Dorking

Excited bridesmaid at St Martin's Church in Dorking

Bride about to enter the church for her wedding ceremony at St Martin's Church in Dorking

Bride and groom looking on during wedding ceremony at St Martin's Church in Dorking

Best man and page boy during wedding ceremony at St Martin's Church in Dorking

Bride and groom standing at the altar wedding ceremony at St Martin's Church in Dorking

Bride and groom being blessed during wedding ceremony at St Martin's Church in Dorking

Bridesmaid peeping over table at the signing the register at St Matin's Church in Dorking

Bride and Groom kissing after signing the register at St Matin's Church in Dorking

Bride and Groom walking down the aisle at St Matin's Church in Dorking

Guest congratulating the bride outside St Matin's Church in Dorking

Bride and groom walking in confetti outside St Matin's Church in Dorking

Usher in a kilt upstairs at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Bride and Groom posing upstairs at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Bride and bridesmaids at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

The orangery room holding a wedding reception at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Name mat at wedding reception at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Menu card for wedding reception at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Bride and Groom posing for pictures in the Gardens at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Bride and Groom posing for pictures in the Gardens at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Bride and Groom posing for pictures in the Gardens at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Bridesmaids smiling during reception at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Guest smiling during reception at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Groom smiling at top table during reception at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Bride smiling at top table during reception at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Wedding cake details at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Wedding cake details at Stanhill Court, Charlswood, Surrey

Wedding image success from Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey

I was commissioned to capture the wedding of Roisin Duffy and Stuart Pocock last August at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey.

It turned out to be a fabulous wedding, and we took some beautiful bride and groom portraits amongst the stunning back drop of the vineyard.

We also made use of Denbies wine cellar – they have some amazing hand-carved wine storage barrels which are incredible.  I had seen them before when we initially surveyed the venue, and I had earmarked these for capturing a particular intimate portrait of the couple.  The darkness of the cellar, coupled with the use of the spotlights on the barrels provided an appropriate mood and feel to the portrait.

As a result, Denbies really liked my images from the day and have actually used one in their 2011 wedding brochure!

You can see the chosen image below, and you can also see the picture in Denbies PDF brochure on page 10

Wedding at Denbies Wine Estate Dorking Surrey