Brighton Mod Weekender

'Mods Weekender' - an event where hundreds of Mods descend to their spiritual home to celebrate their fashion, scooters and music. I took photos of their gatherings outside the Volksbar and then got a photo pass for the 'Quadrophenia Experience’ hosted by 'Big Screen’, where the film was shown on a 40 meter wide LED screen on the beach'. Towards the end of the film I walked up to Marine Parade to take some ‘aerial’ shots of the film sequences where the West Pier was featured with the West Pier as a backdrop. 
In attendance were Quadrophenia film stars: Gary Shail, Trevor Laird and the film's leading actor Phil Daniels (+ Park Life and Eastenders), who had never attended a public screening of the film before. They held a Q&A after the film. Bands such as Ska Faces, Who’s Next also performed at the event.
The next day I took photos of a scooter ‘rideout’ to Saltdean,
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Wedding at Manor House Hotel - Guildford

"What happens if it rains?” is a question I get asked very often by couples.

I have not had many weddings where it has rained all day, so you have to bide your time and get out during the breaks. But when there are no breaks!, as in the case on this day, you just have to deal with it. Umbrella romantic walking shots outside and bring out the extra lighting for indoor shots. These days I carry enough lights to achieve excellent group shots of any size indoors. I don’t know how I coped in my early days of Wedding Photography with just one flash light! 
At this wonderful wedding we even did the confetti throw indoors! The staff were happy to get the brooms out afterwards.

However, to make sure Georgina and Charlie did not lose out , I went the extra mile in the evening drizzle to set up remote triggered lights within the structure of the Pagoda and they were happy to leave the dance floor for 10 minutes whilst I got some wonderful evening shots.


Wedding at The Haven Hotel, Sandbanks

Sandbanks, with its sunny beaches and home to the rich and famous, was a wonderful location for the wedding of David & Asser.

As David & Asser came through to meet their guests, they were chaperoned by a British dancer of Indian origin, with a jaw-dropping performance. He was dancing on Sting's 'Desert Rose', a fusion of culture between Arabic and English music. That is how to make an entrance!

The ceremony was held in a sea-facing room which is a fantastic backdrop for such an occasion. Afterwards guests moved out to the terrace for canopies and drinks. After the wedding breakfast, guests danced into the night, and as I drove home with my daughter/assistant Georgia we felt we had been privileged to be a part of this special occasion.


Rottingdean Windmill in a storm

Long exposure shots during storm over Brighton just after midnight. The first photo (yellow sky) is what the camera saw with no colour shift post-processing at all. The red sky has had some.... artistic licence!

Essex Wedding

Although I am a Sussex based wedding photographer, I am happy to visit other counties, even countries, if a couple want to book me. On this occasion I travelled to Maldon in Essex for Fiona and Stuart’s wedding at Forrester Park Golf Club. I love the cake-cutting shot as it shows how the guest 'photographers' are all part of the day too!
There was real enthusiasm for catching the bouquet which Fiona launched into the Summer evening air so well. A fun-packed wedding and a lovely couple.

Wedding Photography Selsdon Park Hotel


The wedding of Leanne and (Professional League One footballer) Jermaine took place at St John’s Church and Selsdon Park Hotel. In a way this wedding closed a circle for me, as I took my very first wedding photograph at St John's when I was about 12 years old! A builder who was demolishing a WW2 shelter in our garden was getting married over the weekend, so without telling him, I took my secondhand 60s Kodak Instamatic and grabbed a photo when the couple exited the church! I was in the Scouts and in the choir at this church, so have always wanted to photograph a wedding at my old local church St John’s, so that box has now been ticked. As you can see from the scanned copy of the print here, it has faded quite a lot over the years!  
What was different about the exit of the church in 2017 is that the wedding party burst into spontaneous dancing in pure joy and celebration. A really fun couple to photograph and working around a very bright sun, we got some wonderful images of their fantastic day.