What a great photographer. He truly cared to make our Wedding Special. We got some stunning photos and he was even willing to stay past sunset and get some awesome night shots. He really knows how to capture natural moments. He really knows how to frame a shot and gives clear direction at times and other times he let’s you forget he’s even there. Thank you for everything you did for us to make the occasion one we can remember for a lifetime – Harley & Fini
Bride prep for Fini was happening in her hotel room at the venue at Fernhill House Hotel.
Her sisters were coming and going. They were all enjoying the build up to the day.
It isn’t often I ask anyone to do anything, but the way Fini happened to be standing, talking to her family with the beautiful soft light coming through the window, it was too much to pass up a great portrait shot. All it took from me was to ask her to turn her head!
After a while everyone forgets I’m there. They become themselves and this is when I love capturing these small moments
Harley is someone who likes to joke around, so it was great to capture him doing some random things!
To me the most mundane things can be really interesting when you look back on them. Even a bit of ironing can bring back some memories!
The energy started to change the nearer Harley got to seeing Fini. It wasn’t going to be long before they met for the big reveal..
Reveal & Portrait Session
There was a lovely bamboo corridor that Harley waited for Fini along….
Fini excitedly headed down…
Even though the reveal is something set-up, the reactions you get are sooo real!
Even after the initial reveal, the energy and moments don’t stop.
Simple things like holding hands and just walking can be a joy to capture.
Fini & Harley were real naturals when it came to just showing affection to each other. I didn’t do anything to make this happen other than to just tell them to face each other.
It’s the moments inbetween that are really worth capturing, I can’t let my guard drop for any moment!
The gardens at the Fernhill House Hotel provided alot of variety and beautiful places to take images.
Getting in really close can help convey those moments
The gardens are set lower down the hill than the hotel, so I headed back up to really show the beauty of Clonakilty. Because everything is so green, Fini & Harley really stood out even being so small in the photo, add in an exaggerated kiss and voila!
Being that Fini & Harley did a reveal before the Ceremony, they wanted to just hang out before they tied the knot
It might look staged but all I did was be patient and let this moment happen naturally.
I love taking pictures of people taking pictures, especially when they’re messing around having fun. It’s great because they’re going to have 2 photos of this moment. This one and the one they were taking on the phone. 2 perspectives of the same moment.
I think it helps to show context to an image. I could have just taken a picture of Fini & Harley without anyone in the image, but that doesn’t show the full story. The fact they were in their own world with others around them shows how much love they have.
Ceremony & First Dance
There was only one bridesmaid and she had to be told what to do!
The ceremony is all about the tiny interactions. Those tiny moments of eye contact…
Also the caring moments…
Don’t forget about the laughs!
Fini & Harley weren’t having a big party later in the evening, so they wanted to do the first dance straight after the ceremony.
There’s no rules to how you plan your wedding day. Fini & Harley definitely didn’t go “conventional” and that made it so much more fun!
Looking over peoples shoulders is one of my favourite ways to take a shot. It makes you feel like you’re actually there with everyone enjoying the moment.
I wouldn’t be a fan of the selfie stick myself, but Harley is and it was good fun to use!
Taking pictures of guests is part of what I love. Particularly scenes when there’s just people conversing in different groups and different things going on. I think these are great ones to look back on years down the line.
I’m proud to say I won an award for this one from Ninedots which is awarded by top wedding photographers. A quick moment that was a blink and you miss it where the bridesmaid was jumping and the guest joined in. I managed to capture this with them both in mid-air and a great expression on the young girl.
This was just before the ceremony whilst waiting to go down to the marquee. I love how Harley and Fini are so happy whilst their friends are quite the opposite.
After the ceremony and everyone’s mingling, there’s always different things going on.
Love this one. A great smile by Fini’s sister whilst the bridesmaid gets taken for a ride.
I wouldn’t consider this anything special, but it’s a moment in time that later down the years will bring back memories from a point later in the day as things were winding down.
Evening Portrait Session
Even though it was raining and cold outside, Fini & Harley wanted some evening portraits taken.
Using the lampost for the only source of light I just asked them to lean against it and look at each other. Love does the rest!
Even though I did bring out my flash and we took some other shots, using the lampost were my favourite shots. It wasn’t a picture I had in mind to take before we went down there, I just saw it and thought it had to be used.
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