Commercial Shoot for the Abbeyfield Society in Sutton, Surrey

This was a rather fun and endearing commercial shoot.

It was for the Abbeyfield Society who are a charity that help the elderly, and run over 500 residential homes over the country.

I was commissioned to photograph the Abbeyfield’s newly appointed Chief Executive, Natasha Singarayer, swap her role for a day to instead go and cook a meal for all the residents at one of their homes in Sutton, Surrey.

Ironically, the particular home that the shoot took place at, unbeknown to me at the time, had once upon a time been the home of one of my grand parents many years ago! Spooky!

The point of the shoot was to capture images of Natasha undertaking her role in the kitchen preparing the meal for the residents, and then also interacting with the residents before and during the meal itself.

The point of the exercise was that Natasha wanted to experience first hand, what their staff do, and also get a feeling for the homes and how certain things work and or could possibly be improved.

It was a really lovely job to be involved with – watching Natasha interact with both the staff and residents, and for me too, to also meet some of the elderly residents.

One thing for sure, it certainly opened my eyes to what the staff at The Abbeyfield Society, and many other residential homes across the UK offer and provide to the elderly.

Here’s some of the photos from the day here below…

 

Abbeyfield Society Natasha Singarayer Abbeyfield Society CEO in the kitchen Natasha Singarayer preparing a meal for residents Abbeyfield House York Road, Sutton, Surrey

Lauri & Chad’s Wedding at Kingswood Golf Club

Old habits die hard, and again I’ve fallen back into not posting too frequently on here!

So, get the ball back rolling again, I thought that I’d pop up a video slideshow of one of my weddings from earlier this year – the wedding of Lauri & Chad, who tied the knot at St John’s Church in Belmont and then had their reception at Kingswood Golf Club, in Kingswood, Surrey.

If any of you know St John’s church, there is a large stunning stain glass window at the rear of the church above the balcony… when I first saw it, I just knew that we had to get a portrait of the bride and groom stood in front of it.

You’ll see this in the slideshow 🙂

Vicky & Elliott’s Wedding at Chiltern Church and The Grange

After meeting Vicky and Elliott at a wedding fayre, I immediately knew that they would be one of those extremely photogenic couples.

Add to that the bonus that they were to be wed at the chocolate box Chiltern Church in Sutton, and a reception at the lovely The Grange in Beddington Park, meant that we were guaranteed to get some cracking shots!

This was a first for me capturing a wedding at Chiltern Church.  It is not your conventional church, but it is a very picturesque place of worship which lends itself greatly as a romantic backdrop for a wedding.

Any of you who know The Grange, will know that it’s situated in Beddington Park, and is surrounded by lots well maintained flower beds and other natural beauty, all providing many options and vibrant colours for photos.

It was a cracking wedding, and we did indeed capture lots of amazing shots throughout at both venues.  It was an absolute pleasure, and Vicky and Elliott were both great and so relaxed which always help.

You can view a nice array of some of the shots from their day here below:

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Rachael & Duncan’s Wedding, Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey

I recently had the pleasure of capturing the wedding of Rachael and Duncan at Sutton Registry Office, in Sutton, Surrey.

This was a relatively small scale wedding, and I was hired to only capture some photos of Rachael getting ready, the ceremony, and then finishing up with the formal portraits afterwards before they then proceeded to head to a restaurant in Sutton for their reception.

It was an intimate affair, and Rachael had many relatives make the journey down from Birmingham to help celebrate her big day with her.

I have shot a few weddings at Sutton Registry Office before, so knew the layout very well.

Duncan, the groom, was not a fan of having his picture taken, something I’m certain that he’d be more than happy to admit!  Whilst this may sound a problem, in all honesty this is a very common issue – there are not many people that do enjoy having their picture taken, this is indeed commonplace!  However, it is my job as the photographer to make them feel at ease and ensure that I capture the best results possible, providing the couple with images that they will cherish.

We got some lovely shots, of which you can view some below.  Those wishing to view more, please feel free to browse the complete set from the day here.

 

Wedding Card to the married couple
Bride photography portrait at her home in Sutton, Surrey
Close up portrait of bride with her veil
Photograph of a bride laughing into a mirror
Wedding rings on a sun dial at Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Bride arriving in her wedding car to Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Groom awaiting his bride at Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Bride laughing with her groom at Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Young girl playing in the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Portrait of a young boy in the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Wedding portrait of a bride and groom the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Wedding portrait of a bride and groom the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Wedding portrait of a bride and groom the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Wedding photography portrait of a bride and groom the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Wedding photography portrait of a bride and groom walking in the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey