Rosie & Rich pre wedding photo shoot

Pre wedding photo shoot, Arundel, West Sussex

Earlier this month I met up with Rosie and Rich for a pre wedding shoot, ahead of their wedding day, set for next spring. The main idea of the shoot, was for them to both get used to the camera lens but to also have some less formal images before their big day. The shoot took place at the Arundel Castle Cricket ground - although there were no signs of any cricket or the castle! 🙂 
The setting, autumn colours and brief moments of changing light, gave us some quite a nice range of images. Such a lovely couple and a pleasure to photograph - looking forward to the spring now and their special day at Highdown Vineyard.💟

If anyone is interested in a couple shoot or pre wedding shoot please contact me! 

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Gill Pike florist - Product photography shoot

 

I met Gill at a Sussex wedding venue in preparation for an upcoming themed, Alice in wonderland wedding. I had been asked by another local supplier, Special Creations by Jane to photograph some details of the day, including some of Gills floristry delights. 

It was during the photo shoot that Gill asked me if I would be interested in photographing some of her wedding props and accessories, so she could potentially sell and display the items on her website. 

So, on a sunny February day I travelled to the countryside "Gill Pike florist camp" and took a series of photographs of vintage glassware, milk churns, vintage ladders, milk churns, jugs and crates. I took a number of photos inside with the use of a portrait LAMP, with soft window light and a bunch of photos outside in the sunshine, using the natural backdrops.

So this was a product photography shoot, something a bit different, fun and challenging. Gill was a delight to work with, generous with her hospitality and her floristry workshop is really something very special and unique. See Gill's website http://www.gillpikeflorist.co.uk for full contact information.

Here are some of the photographs from the day:

 

Product photo shoot with Gill Pike Florist, West Sussex

The products are beautiful and add a magic to any wedding day.

 Product photo shoot with Gill Pike Florist, West Sussex - Daren Baker Photography.   

Product photo shoot with Gill Pike Florist, West Sussex - Daren Baker Photography.

 

 Photograph taken indoors, set up camera on a tripod with a portrait light to one side and soft window light.

Photograph taken indoors, set up camera on a tripod with a portrait light to one side and soft window light.

 Vintage metal buckets in the February sun.    

Vintage metal buckets in the February sun. 

 

Wedding of Tracey & John at Ghyll Manor, Rusper, Horsham, West Sussex

A sunny Sussex is always going to make a great day for a wedding and fortunately, the sun shone for Tracey and John.

The Wedding venue was Ghyll manor, a charming 17th century manor nestled in the Sussex countryside, in the village of Rusper, near Horsham.

I arrived early to photograph Tracey getting ready in the hideaway Ghyll cottage, which made for some wonderful bridal prep photographs. 

 Getting ready with a smile

Getting ready with a smile

Bridesmaid, wedding Ghyll Manor, Sussex

It's always good to meet new suppliers at weddings and I was lucky to meet Jane from Wedding Hair At Home, who did a wonderful job in styling the bride and bridesmaids hair.

The Terrance Room held the Ceremony with approximately 80 guests. It's quite a tight space when everyone is present, so photographing Tracey and Jon had it's challenges but I love the way I captured the little looks and the smiles throughout. 

Bride and Groom wedding ceremony, Sussex

The moments before the Groom gets to see his beautiful bride... 

Wedding styling on the day was created by the wonderfully talented Jane @ special creations by Jane - sample of her beautiful work in the terrace room, photographed below. 

There were lots of great moments to photograph and document on the day, with some more formal group photographs and candid shots of people enjoying the sun and a sip of something summery but it was especially great being able to spend time photographing the bride and groom and their family in the gardens of the country estate.  

The last image is the look of love and really encapsulates the radiance of the couple during their first dance. I love this photograph because they look really lost in each other, enjoying their own moment, even though there are 80 or more onlookers.

Bride and Groom, first dance Sussex

Georgina @ Chris - Horsham, West Sussex - Pre wedding shoot

I was lucky enough to meet Georgina and Chris at a wedding fair in Brighton West Sussex and was delighted to get the chance to work with them! 

I knew photographing Georgina and Chris was going to be a joy, as it was so clear that they were incredibly excited about their day and genuinely smitten with each other, which I knew would make for some really natural, beautiful photographs. 

The pre wedding shoot took place in the same location as the ceremony would be held, at St Mary's Church in Horsham, West Sussex. The church holds fond memories for me personally, which makes it a really special venue. 

 The 12th century church is set in a quiet, picturesque location at the far end of the causeway and is the oldest building in the town. Inside the church is spectacular and holds some modern twists amongst some of the ancient interior.

The photographic shoot was a chance to set the scene, to test the likely light, outside on the day and for Georgina and Chris to have some less formal photographs, which they could use as invites for their Sussex wedding. 

I love the colours and obvious love between Chris & Georgina, which all came together in the shots. Her are a few from the day. 

 

Jack & Leony

Engagement Photo shoot at Boxhill, Surrey

Here are a few images from a recent engagement shoot with Jack & Leony.

I absolutely loved this shoot because Jack and Leony were so nervous beforehand but totally lost themselves in the moment. They have a great story and a wonderful energy together and I hope the images really capture this. The session took place at Boxhill, Surrey on a lovely autumn afternoon.

 

Couple shoot, look of love, Boxhill Surrey

The Maynards

The Maynards Photo shoot, Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks, Kent

One of my recent photo shoots was all about family. With one half of the family living in America, this photo shoot was all about bringing Atlanta to Kent. And when that involves 6 children, 5 adults and 2 dogs it was always going to be a little chaotic and a bit of a challenge!

With the added pressure of time and a late start we started the shoot at the Igtham Mote - a wonderful National Trust gated Manor House with beautiful gardens. We took the shoot into the sunshine of the next day, the children playing amongst the grasses and wild flowers of the River Stour. 

Of course the children just wanted to run around and jump off walls and over rivers, so i photographed around them and managed to get some natural portraits and group shots and when your photographing children, it's much easier if have fun too, so that's what we did! 

In the end i think we got what we wanted and I'm sure the Maynards will look back fondly on the moments we captured together.

Child portrait, Kent

Weddings & Dreams

Weddings & Dreams Bridal Show @ the Waterfront Hotel, Brighton

Special creations by Jane hosted the Waterfront Hotel Weddings & Dreams Bridal show. It was a great opportunity for me to get to network with other professional and friendly exhibitors, as well as lovely brides to be! 

Special Creations and Claire from Creative Creation also came together to organise a fashion catwalk show to launch a new range of pre-loved wedding dresses. East Sussex Dance choreographed a stunning catwalk show, with the ever fabulous Lipstick & Gunpowder providing make up and hair styling make overs! Thanks also to Lucy from Lucibelle Tiaras, who provided the .... Tiaras! 

Here are a few photographs of the catwalk show and various exhibitors stands. I have tried to tag everyone pictured but might have missed someone. Please feel free to give me a nudge! If you would like a copy of any of the images please get in touch.

Oceane & Amandine photography shoot, Ferring, West Sussex

We met at the Bluebird Cafe on Ferring Beach, one of my favourite places by the sea to take the kids. It was dreary, grey and wet; so not very inspiring for the start of our photo shoot! Luckily, whilst taking a break in the cafe, chatting and drinking huge hot chocolates, the grey changed into a striking backdrop of stormy, dark, vibrant blue. Then the sun broke through and scattered it's light all over the sea and woke everything up, making it all much more interesting. 

I loved this shoot. Oceane & Amandine were so happy in the moment; having fun, playing & exploring. It made the time with them so natural and easy. Here's a taster.

Please contact me if you would like to book a similar photo session. Generally a shoot will last between 1.5 to 2 hours and prices start from £150.00. This includes a USB flash drive with 20-30 edited images and a choice of 3 x mounted prints of your favourite images. All photographs will be uploaded to your own client gallery, so you can share with family and friends and order additional prints if you so wish. 

 

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Kavita & James Wedding at Windsor, 26th March 2016

Located in historic Windsor, Beaumont Estate is definitely majestic; set in 40 acres of wonderful grounds. The 14th century chapel really sets this venue apart and certainly gave Kavita and James' wedding an extra wow factor.

flower detail, wedding ceremony Windsor

On the day, the great British springtime rolled us a rainy grey day, so we were pretty much kept under roof and away from the grounds. The weather was unfortunate but in no way stopped the radiance of the occasion, with Kavita and James showing off smiles and sunshine of their own. It was a massive privilege to be able to capture the show of love between them. I hope the images reflect this love and their obvious intimacy. Being part of the day was a real pleasure. I loved listening to guests speak so fondly of Kavita and James, the story of their coming together and the journey so far and I know that the road ahead is going to be a good one. 

Bride and groom toast, wedding Windsor