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Flicking though records

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam BronkhorstComment

bride flicking though records in a shop in Rye Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

I love this shot. It was just a candid moment during a quick couples shoot at Sarah & Ian's winter wedding in Rye.

We'd escaped the falling light and popped into this vintage record shop opposite the wedding venue (The George in Rye, Sussex) where the reception was taking place.

I'd already pre planned things and found a Dr Who record for Ian to hold who is the biggest Dr Who nut that I know....well actually I do know another photographer who may lay claim to that title...but anyway. This was taken on the fly as Ian was buying the record....he couldn't resist himself....even though he doesn't own a record player.

So check out the Dr Who shot with Ian in a Fez......because we all know that Fez's are cool.

And if you'd like to see all the images from this slightly Dr Who inspired wedding....well touches of the Who universe. Check out that link.

Alternative View of Rise Hall

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam Bronkhorst2 Comments

rise hall in yorkshire lit up at night Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

I shot one of the coolest weddings at Rise Hall in Yorkshire during the summer. Rise Hall is owned by Sarah Beeny of Property Ladder fame and it's such a great venue to shoot at as it's been specifically set up to be a wedding venue and Isabelle & Paddy loved the building and architecture.

Which is great for me, as I didn't need to worry about moving furniture or damaging family heirlooms....not that I normally do.

So anyway back to this shot. I sometimes like to set up one final shot at the end of the night, as it's a great way to be really creative and give my couples something different. It's also really nice to say goodbye and wish them luck when they are on their own with me and not in the middle of a dance floor.

I knew that Rise Hall didn't have any flood lights at the front of the building, so not many people would have seen it at night and there certainly would not be any night time shots of it. So using my 'Grand Master Flash' skills I set up a couple of lights to light the building with a red and a blue gel. I also added a bit of photography magic with the smoke.

We ended up with a totally unique photo for Isabelle and Paddy of them on their wedding day that they love.

To see all the images from one of my favourite couples click this link.

Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam BronkhorstComment

the groomsmen looking super cool against a rolls royce Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

So when i'm shooting the girls at a wedding I try to make them look as beautiful and elegant as I can. But when I'm shooting the guys, I know they aren't bothered about looking handsome and sophisticated......they just want to look 'cool as f*&%'.

Well, with that in mind when I was shooting the group shots at this wedding at Brighton College, I had noticed that one of the guests had turned up in this amazing vintage Rolls Royce. That was it, there was no way that I wasn't going to shoot the guys against this gorgeous Roller.

What I love about this shot is that it could be something out of Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.

So if you want to look cool as f*&% just give me a shout and i'll be happy to oblige.

Check out some more photos from this great Brighton College Wedding.

Winter wedding light

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam BronkhorstComment

bride stands in winter wedding sunlight over looking brighton Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

OK so this is slightly off from the normal style of photography that I put on the site and blog, but I wanted to show you that when i'm shooting a wedding, it's not all about crazy off-camera flash and me adding my own light. I capture a variety of styles and lighting sources to get the best image.

I only really put the elaborate lighting images on the site as thats what I really enjoy doing and I think it's what makes be stand out from other wedding photographers. However, clients receive a whole load of images, of which what you see on this site is just a very small proportion. If you've ever wanted to see everything from a wedding just check out the on-line galleries here. You may be surprised as to what clients receive from me.

OK back to the image. So what I love about winter weddings is the light. That may seem strange for a winter wedding as it gets dark around 4pm and most of the time i'm adding my own light. But if nature does it right....well boy does it get it right.

So check out Rachel looking, well just stunning in that low winter sun, standing there ready to rock her wedding at the Brighton Pavilion, overlooking the sea front and beach.

Oh and a couple of hours later we ended up going down to the Brighton band stand and I lit it with blue lights....well I can't let nature have the last word.

If you want to see all the images from this Brighton Winter Wedding, click that link.

One for the road

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam BronkhorstComment

wedding couple holding red & blue umbrellas Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

I got accused by one of my second shooters of being ritualistic. I have a few things that I like to do at weddings.

It's a bit sad, but I always play the same song as I drive off after shooting a long wedding. I always try and get a back of the car shot of the wedding couple as a nod to my wife and our favourite wedding photo. I'll try to get the same shot of the groom holding his hands out to test his nerves just before the ceremony (as I remember what it was like). I'll always try to get a bottle of real ale with the lid on, so that I can have it when I get home (brides fathers take note and buy me a drink). And I like to sometimes do a shot that I call 'one for the road'.

So after we've finished shooting the dancing and have packed up all our gear, I'll go and set up one more shot where I can really bust out the off-camera flash and get creative with the lighting. Once this is set up and ready to go, I can then say goodbye to everyone and get the bride and groom to step out for a minute to give them hugs and do one last shot that is often one of the most creative of the day.

This one was taken at the end of a very cool and quirky wedding at Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion in Sussex. If you know me by now you know that I like to use coloured umbrellas and also I sometimes put flashes in umbrellas.....well this time I did both.

I knew that i'd get something interesting in the reflections and that the light would pass through the umbrellas and onto the ceiling and it just worked. So i'm dead chuffed with this image.

If you'd like to see a few more images from this wedding check out the Rock N Roll wedding gallery.

Or if you'd like to see all the images from this wedding as an example of what clients receive from me, check out the link to the full wedding.

Cutting the cheese cake

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam BronkhorstComment

The bride and groom cutting a cheese wedding cake Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

I find cutting the cake shots very difficult to capture anything interesting for my couples. There I said it.

They are such a traditional shot that people have been taking for so long that I'm not sure there is much that you can do with them. It's also the kind of shot that every wedding guest feels the need to take. So there isn't much emotion in them as they usually turn into a massive posing session with the bride and groom feeling quite awkward, while having to wait for Aunt Sally and Uncle Bob to take their photos.

What I love about this shot, is that it's just me and the bride and groom. I mean look at it. They are surrounded by people and not a single one is aware of them cutting the cake. They are all going about their business and totally oblivious. This for me makes an interesting image.

I can't help being captivated by the bride and groom, my eye's keep coming back to theirs. Any image that I can take for my clients that holds your gaze for longer than the usual wedding image is a success in my book.

To see more from this lovely wedding at Hampton Court House click this link.

pre wedding shoot

31 for Jan, EngagementAdam BronkhorstComment

stanmer park brighton pre wedding shootPart of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013) This is the only pre wedding (aka engagement) shoot image that i've included in the 31 images for January. It's not that I didn't have any favourites, its just that I don't do pre wedding shoots often.

They are a great way for couples who are a bit unsure of the camera to have a test shoot before the wedding and for us both to discover what works and what doesn't. It's also a great opportunity to get to know couples and I really did have a blast hanging out with Tori & Joss in Brighton's Stanmer Park on a wet and dull spring day.

I think it can be quite daunting having your photograph taken on your wedding day. Your nerves are all over the place anyway and suddenly there is a photographer with the biggest camera you have ever seen, shoving it in your face. Often it's the very first time that people have had their photo taken by a professional so it can be quite daunting.

I've been doing this long enough now (I shot my first wedding back in 2005) and I teach other wedding photographers and specialise in portraiture when i'm not shooting weddings. So i'm pretty good at making people feel very comfortable in front of the camera and relaxing them pretty quickly. In fact I get complemented on what a calming influence I am during the bridal preparation stages.

However if people are still slightly nervous i'm more than happy to arrange a pre wedding shoot with them, just to help things out. After all i'm a photographer, i'd much rather be photographing people than stuck in front of a computer. It's also fun getting to know my clients a bit better before the big day and can produce better images on the wedding day as well.

To see more images from this shoot have a look here.

Brighton Royal Pavilion Wedding

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam BronkhorstComment

A wedding couple in Brighton's Royal Pavilion Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

I've been shooting weddings at Brighton's spectacular Royal Pavilion since 2008.

As you may know by know I like to shoot new venue's as I like new photographic challenges. Shooting the same venue over and over again can get a little I like to force myself to get something different each time I shoot somewhere.

When I shot Rachel & Seb's laid back and fun winter wedding at the Pavilion I was told that by the time we came out from the ceremony the Pavilion would be closed to the public. This was great news as we are always led into the amazing red Music Room to shoot couples portraits and normally half the room is filled with tourists, so we are always forced to shoot one side of the room.......well not this time.

I was determined to shoot the other side of the room that you don't get to see in wedding photos. So here is the rarely seen south side of the Music room and Rachel & Seb enjoying a quiet kiss.

Oh and I got to use the word 'banquette'  to describe the seating......not sure i've said that before....result.

To see all the images from Rachel & Seb's laid back Brighton winter wedding. Click that link.

alternative bride & groom

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam BronkhorstComment

an alternative bride & groom on an old digger Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

How cool do this couple look? Eh?

It's a bride in a wedding dress made of feathers, with flowers in her hair, standing bare foot on a vintage JCB digger. The groom is in tweed and sporting a very dapper bow tie (because bow ties are cool).

This was shot at the alternative festival wedding of Charlie & Kane which took place in the fields surrounding her grandparents countryside house.

To see all the photos from this fantastic hip and quirky wedding check out this link.

Or for a much more condensed gallery with only 30ish images check out the link to this hip festival wedding.

It's good to stand back

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam BronkhorstComment

a wedding couple on brighton sea front at nightPart of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013) It's nice to stand back a bit. I like this as I can get a more epic shot and also it's a lovely quiet moment for the bride and groom.

This was taken at a Winter Wedding in Brighton and we went for a bit of a stroll along the sea front, we did some light painting, but I also took a load of shots just using available light. I don't always shoot with off-camera flash and add my own lighting when it's dark. It's good to look at whats around you and use that.

I love how Rebecca and Marc are lit with just a pool of warm light here.

To see all the images from this Brighton winter wedding click that there link.

Alternative Group Shot

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam BronkhorstComment

  alternative wedding party group shot

Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

Group shots don't have to be boring!!!

Just look at this alternative from a quirky and creative Brighton wedding that I shot. The bride and groom handed out coloured sunglasses to all the wedding guests for the big shot of everyone. It makes it so much more interesting and was a load of fun.

What was cool was that everyone, from the little kids though to the vicar at the back had a pair of the shades on them.

Art imitating life

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam BronkhorstComment

bride and groom by a stream in dorchester, dorset Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

So I have to admit this shot is of my friends Emily & Andy who got married in Dorchester in Dorset in the summer. SO it means a lot to me. I shot the wedding, but I also got down and partied hard. I threw some shapes on the dance floor and I drank some real ale. It was great!

Anyway none of that stops me posting this image here. What I love about this shot is that it takes me right back to my well as Emily.

So first things first, the reason that I took this shot is that that Emily grew up just around the corner from here and really wanted some photos of her on her wedding day in the place that she used to play loads as a kid.

What struck me about this scene was that it reminded me of a famous painting that I used to be obsessed with as a kid. I've always been into art and studied History of Art as part of my Fine Art degree. But as a kid one of the first artists that I learnt about was the British painter John Constable and his most famous painting is the Haywain finished in 1821. I was fascinated by the little tricks that that he used to hold the viewers attention. Stuff like leading lines, making your eye move around and into the image. As well as using little highlights of colour to grab the viewer eye and make them focus on a particular point in an image. All techniques that I use in my photography to this day.

To see all the images from this alternative Dorset wedding click this link.

me in photo booths

31 for Jan, Photo-boothAdam Bronkhorst1 Comment

it's me the photographer in wedding photo booths Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

I just realised that I haven't included any images from any photo booths this year.

So here are a couple of shots from just some of the fun photo booths that I've done in 2013.

We've had some amazing ones and people have really got creative with them. We've done a Miami Vice themed one, fancy dress, sea side, usual suspects, mistletoe kissing booth, a whole living room built in one of them, black and white portraits, balloons and i'm sure there is one or two that i've forgotten.

Anyway if you want to see some more of the totally individual (I like to tailor them to each couple) wedding photo booths that i've done over the years, check out that link.

Dancing in the street

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam BronkhorstComment

The bride leads all the guest down the street with morris men playing Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

You know that feeling, when you've just married the love of your life, at the family church, in the countryside village you grew up in. And you're dancing in the street with Morris Men playing music and bells on their feet. And your leading all your friends and family behind you with flowers in your hair?

No? You don't?

Well Charlie does.

To see all the images from this A.....wait for it....mazing wedding click this link.

Or to see my favourite 21 photos check out this gallery.

Brighton beach memories

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam BronkhorstComment

Bride & groom getting fish and chips on Brighton sea front & beach Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

There is something totally unique about this image. It's taken from Alice & Russell's quirky and alternative Brighton wedding. We managed to escape down to the sea front in the midday sun for some shots of iconic Brighton.

Alice and Russell have a great sense of humour so we set up this shot quickly. It really does remind me of those classic Martin Parr shot of New Brighton in the early eighties for his Last Resort project. 

It's just got that hyper real feel to the image, it's not something that I'd expect to see from a wedding photographer and that's what I love about it. And thats also what keeps driving me as i'm always looking for that little something different that stands out. You may not like this shot, and it probably didn't make the album, but for me as someone who loves photography it ticks all the right boxes.

So if you'd like to have a look at a few more of the shots we did down the beach check out this here link here.

And if you'd like to see all the images from Alice & Russell's alternative Brighton wedding check out that there link.

Swinging sixties

31 for Jan, WeddingsAdam BronkhorstComment

a mod wedding couple walk down a london muse Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)

I like to sometimes make up little stories for the shots I take. I think it's a little more interesting that just seeing people standing there. I like a little interaction with people in the image.

So for this image of Shona & Tom, from their London Mod wedding at the Amadeus Centre, I just got them to walk away from the camera. I love that it's a quiet moment between the two of them and this shot reminds me of London in the swinging sixties.

I've just uploaded a few more from this very cool mod wedding to the recent weddings gallery.

And if you'd like to see all the images from this winter wedding to see the kind of thing I give my clients check out this link.