One of my favourite social events of the year is the Reading Photography Christmas Social. We usually hold it at Great Expectations pub in Reading and as usual, this year, the turnout was excellent. It's not just photographers that come to this event, but everyone connected to the industry. We get make up artists, hair stylists and models as well and the whole point of the evening is to network, catch up with old friends and just generally have a good time. I used to organise the event but this year passed that job onto my friend Kevin Waller, as I've just been too busy with weddings and teaching amongst other things. He did a terrific job, and it gave me a chance to test out my new camera for next years weddings in Berkshire and beyond, the Sony A9. I used a 35mm 1.4 lens for these shots and the results are fantastic, given how low quality the light level was. I can't wait to use this camera at my weddings next year. I'll put up a full review soon for those interested in gear. Here are some of the images.
The confetti run is one of my favourite parts of the image. This one was especially challenging as there was almost no space outside the church to form any sort of line. As a result all the confetti was thrown in one place and the result was the most densely packed confetti shower I've ever experienced. To add to the challenge it was 3pm in the afternoon in blazingly hot sunshine, which made getting the shot quite challenging. I managed ok though and the result is one of my favourite ever confetti images, which I know the couple ( Sophie and James ) also love.
Apologies for the lack of updates, I've been away on holiday and right before that I had a big wedding, and right after I came back it was more weddings and a huge commercial event shoot that took me weeks to edit! And I can't share any of the images from any of them just yet! There will be some updates soon I hope, when I've finally done some work that can be published!
Just before I went on holiday ( literally the day before !) I shot this lovely wedding near Northampton ( not just a Berkshire wedding photographer! ). This is the third wedding I've shot based on referrals from this family, so it was great to see people like Rob and Laura there, and of course Sophie's mum and dad, whom I'd met at previous weddings. Here are a few shots from the day, full blog entry coming soon!
Every now and then I pick out a particular photo from a wedding and highlight what I love about it! So here is one from a March wedding up in Rugby ( being a Berkshire wedding photographer doesn't mean I don't travel, I'll go anywhere if someone pays my fuel bill! ).
The speeches are often a great time to capture some funny and emotional moments. These really stick in your mind as a photographer. The speeches at this wedding were mostly recorded and put on to a big screen, but they were hilarious, done more as comedy sketches than proper speeches. Everyone in the audience completely lost it and I had a great time capturing those moments. This is one of my favourite shots from the a wedding that was packed full of great moments!