A Devon Wedding & New Years Eve celebration at Huntsham Court.
Hayley & Matt wanted to combine their wedding with a huge New Year’s Eve party, and when they asked me to photograph it for them, I was very excited! Huntsham court is a wonderful venue, well hidden deep in the Devonshire/Somerset hills. There is a beautiful Church on the grounds where they were married, but Hunsham court itself is registered for marriages too.
Matt and Hayley both got ready at the house which gave a very relaxed feel to the start of the day, and also allowed me to move between the two of them as they were getting ready and I was able to get some great shots. Fortunately the rain subsided, and we were blessed with stunning sunshine while we walked across to the church. The ceremony was beautiful, and felt quite intimate in the small setting, lit with only candle light. I was able to stand at the front behind the alter, where the choir would normally be – giving me the best angle to photograph them both as they were wed. After the ceremony the light was dropping fast, as was the good weather. We managed to get a few formal photos and a group shot in the best of the light, and then we walked around the grounds just as the sun was setting. I decided to used the Leica with the Noctilux 1.0 to get some interesting flarey portraits while they were back lit – Never quite knowing what the camera will get, it’s always fun uploading these images to the PC! The rest of the celebrations were held indoors, with The Rustiques providing the entertainment into the evening and the countdown for NYE!!
Winter weddings are always a good challenge for any photographer, the light is limited, and the weather can be very unpredictable. I took this as a good opportunity to really test the Leica M240 with the Summilux 21mm & 75mm, and the vintage Noctilux 50mm F1 lens. The results are magical, and the older drawing style of the classic lenses worked really well with the Art-Deco interior of Huntsham court. It makes a real difference from photographing purely with the Nikon and Zoom lenses, not only with the extra amount of light the lenses draw in, but also the wonderful shallow depth of field that the faster glass renders.
Coombe Lodge & St Andrews Church
Coombe lodge in Blagdon has to be an all time favourite for me, and when Rachel & Howard asked me to photograph for them their I was over the moon! The light, and the beautiful warm wooden features of the lodge work so well with the vintage prime lenses I’ve started to use in my photography. Everyone at the wedding was so welcoming and friendly, which makes taking fun and natural photographs all the more enjoyable. The weather was kind to us, and we managed to get some time outside to take some portraits.
Photographing in the church (although it’s very roomy and bright) is always a little tricky because of the wooden framework behind the alter, and the fact that the Vicar isn’t very keen for anyone other than the Bride and Groom to be at the front. She’s learnt that my style of work is very unobtrusive, and most often doesn’t seem to mind me photographing from my favourite spot at the front now! – i’m very happy about this!
The photos came out so well – I’m very pleased with these!!
In photographing Jeremy Cooper’s latest installation for Postcard Patterns Cafe installation in Dalston’s Tina, we salute you – I was very happy to see a panel of postcards made up entirely of my images form previous installations, What a treat!! Photos within photos, within photos… It’s on until the end of May, open all day every day:
Tina We Salute You,
47 King Henry’s Walk,
[3 mins walk from Dalston Kingsland station and from 67, 76, 149, 243 bus stop]
We are very happy to have chosen Jonathan to be the photographer at our wedding (12th July 2014). For the most part he was in stealth mode such that our guests didn’t even realise they were being shot! He captured our wedding fantastically, with a style that tells a perfect story of the day. We’ve just shared the photos with friends and family and the feedback has been immense! I can’t recommend Jonathan highly enough. Thank you!
Macro Photography with the Leica M (240)
Noctilux 50mm F1.0 Ultra Fast Lens
Summilux 75mm F1.4 Portrait Lens
This lens has to be my favourite Leica lens of all time. I love it so much, I was anxious of writing a review – incase for some small reason I would bump the price up in the second hand market to make it unaffordable for me to replace it… should anything ever happen to my copy. Insane I know, but this lens has earned a very special place in my heart.
- Rock My Wedding: Sophie & Mike05.12.2016 - 11:41 am
Extremely proud to have my photographs blogged on Rock My Wedding. I had a mega day photographing for friends Sophie & Mike, and even got a tractor ride! Take a look: http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/sophie-and-mike-2/ nick-named the ‘unobtrusive photographer’ – Thanks Guys!!