It was so great to meet James and Alison, who booked me for their wedding at Cripps Barn in June without meeting me. It’s always lovely when people book me based on what they read here, and also quite exciting as I really don’t have any pre-set notions about them before I photograph them. The great thing about a pre-wedding shoot is I get to see what you’re comfortable with, in front of the camera, and what works, before the stress and excitement of your big day.
James proposed to Alison on the bridge at St James’ Park, in the rain, so it was right and appropriate that they should return there for their engagement shoot. The rain stayed away this time, and the spring flowers were in full bloom, the park looked beautiful. I also took the opportunity to crack out the film camera and have some fun with that. Film is scary but also incredibly fulfilling – it demands that you really slow down and focus on the moment, and I love the experience of shooting on film. Unfortunately, I’m impatient and HATE the wait! I’ll definitely be using more film this season, but I won’t ever be a 100% film photographer – I like the almost-instant gratification of the digital age a little too much