This was the first time I’d been asked to photograph a wedding at Amberley Castle, so I was especially excited as it’s one of those magical wedding venues. It’s totally romantic, lying in the picturesque Sussex village of Amberley, at the foot of the South Downs, with stunning medieval architecture and fairytale like garden backdrops. There were plenty hidden corners amongst the castle grounds too. Lorraine & Ross booked me for just a few hours to document the wedding ceremony, with some mostly natural bride and groom photographs and some further photos of their close family & friends. It was perfectly intimate and the images felt really easy to capture. Lorraine and Ross looked so at ease in the atmosphere of the setting and very natural with each other. I totally loved being there to capture these images. The amazing setting and wonderful afternoon daylight certainly helped.
A fantastic wedding day in the Sussex & Surrey countryside!Read More
Last week, I was lucky enough to photograph my Niece and her friends before they set off to the Amex, Brighton for Prom night. We met up in Steyning , West Sussex, in the park for a pre photo shoot. It was 5pm and the sun was still fairly bright, so I used some dappled shade for the most part, with the sun behind to highlight the hair, which did make for some lovely photos. Quite a handsome bunch - oh to be young, bright and beautiful x
Sarah & Seb’s wedding day was set over three separate fantastic locations, from getting at Ryde House in Petworth, to the ceremony at St Peters church; the sweetest, most tiny stone/flint church, listed as far back as 1057 and set in the spectacular grounds of Seaford College in East Lavington.
The reception at Grittenham Barn, Tillington is set in the amazing Sussex countryside between Petworth and Midhurst. Grittenham Barn is a beautiful rustic property, set in stunning gardens, with a lake and orchard, making a lovely backdrop for the day. - not forgetting the donkeys! The sun didn’t grace us too many times but we did manage to catch it’s shine on occasion, especially late on in the day.
I’d been excited to be part of Sarah & Seb’s day and so glad I was.
Other suppliers providing their craft for the day:
So here are a selection of images from the day and some kind words from Sarah & Seb:
We absolutely love the photos, thank you so much. The presentation box was also a lovely surprise! We’ve already started to narrow down our favourites for printing and we’ve selected one image to go on a postcard for our thank you’s
I'm a little late feeding back on the last of my local weddings from last year, so thought I should kick off this year's wedding blog, with some of the moments from Jane and Andy's wonderful day at the Windsor Hotel. The venue is literally a few streets down from my home, so really no excuse to be late - not that I ever have been :-)
Jane got ready at her Mums home, with her bridesmaids before her proud father escorted Jane to the Windor Hotel, in the luxury of the Rolls Royce. Jane was full of smiles all day and much to Jane & Andy’s delight, the sun shone too, so the ceremony could be held out in the sunshine of the garden.
The blue skies also meant we could head to beach for some couple shots.
The wedding day was really relaxed, with all the guests having a real sense of togetherness, which made it pretty easy for me to capture people naturally throughout the day.
Here are a few images from the day ….
Naomi & Daniel - Photographs from their Worthing wedding
This was the first of my Worthing based weddings this year and first time photographing in the Worthing Chambers, with it’s fantastic high ceilings and high slim windows, allowing for some lovely light to fill the room. Naomi chose not to have getting ready shots, so it was straight to the ceremony where an emotional Daniel arrived, holding back tears of nerves and excitement in readiness for the unfolding. Naomi arrived shortly after with her Dad, oozing smiles and donning her stunning white wedding dress, accompanied with her beautiful bouquet of sunflowers.
Some couples hold back the emotion, keep it hidden in the English kind of way that we do but not Naomi & Daniel. The tears of joy and the sweet similes between them, especially during their wedding vowels, really showed off the love for us all to see. Lovely moments of embrace between them, which are shown here.
Following the ceremony, I drove Naomi & Daniel to the reception at the Thomas & Becket, for the guests to dine and drink in the company of the newly weds.
Here are a collection of images from the day.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You absolutely captured the love and happiness that was in abundance that day! X
Photos of Rosie & Rich’s wedding day at St Andrews Church, Tarring, Sussex. followed by reception at Highdown Vineyard, Ferring, Sussex.Read More
Stephy & Matthew live in Hong Kong and contacted me to ask if I would photograph them here in the UK, before they get married in Hong Kong next June. Unfortunately Matthew’s Grandparents will not be able to travel to Hong Kong next year, so the pre-wedding shoot was a mix of couple shots for Stephy & Matthew and some images of them with Matthew’s Grandparents, to try & replicate some of the shots, which will be missing on their wedding day.
We met at the Methodist Church in Goring, which had been kindly rented to us for a few hours. Stephy surprised me by appearing in her beautiful wedding dress, so we really did have a mini dress rehearsal for the day itself.
For the second part of the styled shoot, we headed to Goring Beach, so Stephy could seek out her first UK beach hut and see the full glory of the sunny UK seaside. We aptly ended the session in the grounds where Matthew’s Grandparents live.
On a beautiful lit May afternoon I met Leigh, Miles and Blue.
Leigh contacted me because she wanted to capture some memories of Miles in the natural surroundings of his childhood. The shoot at Buncton Farm, Wiston, Steyning was close to where i spent my late teenage years and I've always had an affection for Wiston, it's church and amazing woodland. Spent many an escape up on the top of the close by Chanctonbry too, so this shoot had a personal edge.
I had purposely made sure we shot in the late afternoon, to hope for a lovely late spring light. It really paid off and shows through the natural softness of some of the images, which needed hardly any re-touching.
Leigh & Miles were an absolute pleasure to photograph, with the shoot unfolding very naturally, without my direction, which is when I most love being a photographer.
I hope you enjoy the images and if you would like a similar photo session, please contact me.
A few kind words from Leigh as left on my Facebook business page:
I am so pleased with the results of my photo shoot with Daren! He captured moments between myself and my son perfectly - I am so grateful and cannot decided which photos to display! Thankyou you made the whole experience so relaxing and enjoyable!
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!
Charlotte and David’s wedding day took place at the end of February at the beautiful Ghyll manor, a 17th century country manor nestled in the Sussex countryside, in the village of Rusper, near Horsham. If you are looking for a really special venue for your wedding day be sure to take a look.
The day of the wedding was cold and the skies were grey and dull; but it really didn’t matter. The wedding party totally embraced the day, which was wonderfully relaxed and high spirited.
I began the day photographing Charlotte getting ready with her Mum, bridesmaids and maid of honour and captured some wonderful moments. Luckily David was getting ready in the same location, so i was able to photograph the groom and the best men preparing for the day too.
The ceremony was full of moving moments, looks and smiles. After a couple of family shots in the chilly wind, I took a stroll with Charlotte & David to capture some moments of them together, away from the rest of the wedding party. Despite the lack of colour in the gardens at this time of year Charlotte and David made their own warmth and sunshine.
It was a wonderful wedding day and i'm really happy with the images created. In Charlotte's words:
"It was an amazing day.Beautiful photographs. Couldn't have asked for more. Daren was fantastic."
Venue: Ghyll Manor, Rusper, Horsham
Venue styling: Special Creations by Jane
Flowers: Gill Pike Florist
Cake: Raspberry Ribbon Cakes
Here are a few more photographs from their special day:
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:
The products are beautiful and add a magic to any wedding day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the 10th February 2016, Daren Baker Photography came together with professional wedding specialists to create a unique bridal photography shoot for the Waterfront Hotel, Brighton. Gemma Coulton (pictured) had good reason to be the bride on the wedding styled photographic shoot. On Gemma's actual wedding day, her young son fell through the stairway on his way to the ceremony and needless to say the wedding day was disrupted. Despite managing to rush though the ceremony, most of the wedding day was spent in the local hospital, so not quite what was planned on their special day.
The styled shoot meant Gemma could be treated to a make up makeover by Felicity Le Prevost and hair styling by Lipstick & Gunpowder a boutique salon in the South Lanes of Brighton.
Venue styling was created and perfectly executed by Special Creations by Jane.
Full page article to be released in the Argos on the 20th February 2016.