Thank you for capturing our moments so candidly and authentically. You were like a secret agent, scooting around so quietly that we barely ever knew you were around which made for such honest photographs.

Amy and Daniel


WINTER SUN WEDDING

For my last wedding of 2019, on one of the shortest days of the year in December, I had a treat shooting Amy and Daniel’s winter wedding at Ettington Park Hotel.

From the start to the end, this whole wedding celebration was a delight to photograph. The couple, their families and friends were from various parts of the world to make a truly international and fun wedding to capture. The bride was born in Canada to English and Scottish parents. The groom’s family is British but with Greek and Jamaican family heritage.

I loved, during the reception, how different tables would spontaneously break out in song to serenade the couple, who then had to kiss as a thank-you to everyone.

It’s was lovely too to get a thank-you letter telling me how much they enjoyed reliving their special moments through my photographs.

I hope you enjoy their photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Why I Love Shooting in Winter Sun

As with all wedding photography in winter, this wedding was a delight to shoot, especially because of the light I was presented with.

Because of how Ettington Park is oriented, when it’s sunny, the sun sets in the perfect position for golden-hour photos. Knowing where to capture the best light, is a bonus of knowing the venue well. So I knew I was in for a treat when I saw the weather forecast..

If you’re a regular reader or know me personally, you’ll know that my favourite lighting is back light. Mostly natural sunlight. Occasionally, artificial light from my flash.

Either way, I’m always looking for another chance to make use of this gorgeous angle of illumination.

Couples’ Photo Session

Typically I only like to spend 10/15 mins, as my emphasis is always on capturing natural storytelling moments. But because the couple wanted to explore this beautiful venue and make the most of the different parts, we ended up spending a total of 19 mins (sorry for the extra 4 mins. I know I’m a rebel! :-D) as they walked and talked to each other and enjoyed the beautiful, warm, winter sunshine.

My couples’ sessions are never a pose-for-me type of session, as I’m more of a fly-on-the-wall, looking to simply document their love for each other. So the way I approach it is to ask them to “walk over there together and spend some quality time together”.

As they naturally walked, stopped, chatted, hugged, kissed and enjoyed their time together, I’m there to document it for them. 

Occasionally I asked them to “snuggle up together”, or “drop your left shoulder”, “turn your head slightly”. But 99% of the time I left them to savour the moment. Yes, I want natural photos, I also want them to look their best.

This is generally when I use a long lens. So whatever “sweet-nothings” they whisper to each other, I can’t hear, plus it’s none of my business anyway! The added advantage of shooting this way is that they’ll feel far more relaxed. I’m in close proximity, bearing down on them with my camera. It’s as if they’re alone, just enjoying a stroll together on a sunny day. Relaxed people lead to natural, authentic photos.


Are you planning a winter wedding or celebration at Ettington Park Hotel?

I’d love to talk as I loved this location and would love the opportunity to shoot more there! Fill out my contact form and let me know what you’ve planned.

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