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How to have fun with Off Camera Flash for a couples shoot

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How to have fun with Off Camera Flash for a couples shoot

I've just come back from an amazing week with Photography Farm and Farm Shop, where we put two wedding photography conferences and workshops on in Brighton and Glasgow.

I gave three talks over the week on how to capture amazing dance floor shots by using flash and having fun. And while I was in Glasgow I was so inspired with the industrial building (The Glue Factory) we were in and the other photographers that were there, that I really wanted to do a quick shoot with a couple. So I managed to grab the lovely guys who were making the best coffee from their stall for a quick 30 mins and we raced around the building with two off camera flashes and had a bit of fun.

So I wanted to show that you don't have to have much equipment, just an open mind and a bit of creativity to get a few different set ups and looks with your photography.

If you'd like to learn more about how to work smart with flash photography, we're bringing Photography Farm Elements back to Brighton and Glasgow in May, so do give us a shout.

2016 a short video

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So I posted a few of my favourite shots of 2016 earlier in the month, as I didn't want to swamp you with loads of images, as I hate scrolling though hundreds of photos on blog posts. 

However I did have a load more images which didn't make the final cut of 40 photos. So I decided to put together a short 3 minute films to show them instead.

Massive thanks to all the Bride and Grooms for letting me be as creative as i'd like, to all the wedding guests I had a laugh with, thanks so much. To all the other wedding professionals, thanks for working with me. And lastly, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has second shot with me last year, you were all great.

I hope you all enjoy the short film.

Fun Summer Sussex University Wedding

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It was my great pleasure to photograph a good friend of mine and an amazing photographers wedding yesterday.

I've known Jim for around eight years now, first meeting through Flickr and the Brighton photographic scene and I found out last night from Sophia, that I was the first of Jim's friends that she met as well. So it was an absolute honour to be asked to capture their big day.

Jim is a very inspirational photographer (seriously check him out). First of all he's the best architectural photographer that I know and has a passion about buildings and architecture that it is a joy to talk to him about. Secondly he is the mastermind behind the amazing MINICLICK which describes itself as 'Talks, discussions, events, exhibitions, parties and games, all around stills and moving images.' but in reality is so much more than that. Jim has been at the cutting edge of photography and putting on events showcasing the countries leading photography talent for a good number of years now. So I have to say although Jim and Sofia are some of the nicest people you are likely to meet, it was a little daunting having the task of capturing their big day.

Anyway I shouldn't have worried as I had a blast and I was kept company by another good friend and photographer Lisa Devlin (thanks so much Lisa) who shot the wedding with me (seriously the talent of photographers at the wedding was unbelievable with Lomokev, Jack Latham, Kristina Sälgvik and Peter Dench among many others there as well).

So the wedding took place at Sussex University's Meeting House, which holds a very special place in my heart as it's where I got married 11 years ago, however i've never shot a wedding there and the reception took place at The Old Market in Hove.

Well I think i've typed out enough already as this is the longest post I've done for some time. But I'll leave on the note of wishing Jim and Sofia all the best for their married life together and say thanks for picking me out of all the photographers out there.



Hotel Du Vin - Brighton Winter Wedding

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Brighton Winter Wedding

I was very pleased to be able to help my good friend Lisa Devlin to shoot Lel and John's fun winter wedding at the Hotel Du Vin in Brighton at the weekend.

Lel often second shoots for me and is a very talented photographer, so it's always fun and a complement to be asked to shoot a photographers wedding. I also work loads with Lisa Devlin who is an amazing photographer, but have never second shot a wedding with her before. It was nice to be able to return the favour as she shot with me about a year ago.

We ended up going down to the beach at dusk to do the couples shoot, despite it being freezing cold (Lel and John did so well) but I managed to grab them both when I'd spotted a potential image on a quick walkabout at the venue.

Thanks once again to Lisa and to Lel and John. It was a pleasure being there for you guys.

Brighton Winter Wedding 5th Anniversary

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I can't believe that it's been five years since the Brighton Winter Wedding of Haruka & Matt.

They were married at Brighton Town Hall and then we had a fun time walking around town at dusk taking photos. I love the winter light.

Massive congrats to both Haruka & Matt who i've really enjoyed seeing their family grow over the last five years on Facebook.

Funky Sussex Wedding

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One from the archive here. A very cool and relaxed wedding in the heart of the Sussex Countryside.

I love it when I get to shoot a couple of weddings from the same family or friendship groups as I get to meet people over again and catch up with them. So I'd shot Becky's (the bride above) sister Maddy's wedding the year before, so it was nice seeing their family again. 

What was great about this fun wedding was that it was a really relaxed and chilled affair with a smaller wedding party than a huge wedding. So everyone gets to know each other.

Brighton Civil Partnership 5th Anniversary

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Brighton Town Hall / Pavilion / Fabrica Gallery Brighton Civil Partnership 

So I seriously can't believe that it's been a whole five years since Paul & Cass got married at the Brighton Town Hall. Well I say got married but it was Civil Partnerships back then. 

Warning the soppy side of me is about to come out......I almost cried when Paul arrived outside the Brighton Town Hall and was greeted by Cass. The love that these two guys have for each other clearly showed and I had a big lump in my throat and had to hold back the tears.

After the ceremony we walked around to Brighton Pavilion and managed to take what is still one of my favourite shots. (The guys with the kilts on at the beginning of the post) After that the reception was held in Fabrica Gallery in the heart of Brighton's Lanes. It was such a fun day.

So i'd like to wish Cass and Paul a massive congratulations and heres to many more happy anniversaries!!!

Wedding Light Painting

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So this weekend I shot two very cool weddings. I blogged the first wedding's sneak peek here yesterday. Well this is the sneak peek from the second wedding this weekend.

Internet meet Adam & Lucy (actually i've just remembered that you've met them before). Two of the coolest dudes that you're likely to meet. They put so much effort into their wedding it was unbelievable. There was a big top, there were two massive boats, there was an airstream trailer as a stage, there was the worlds smallest rave, there was a choir, there was a chill out tent disguised as grannies front room, a robot place name board, a big FUN sign, a big YES sign, lots and lots of very cool guests....I could go on and on, but you get the idea that this wedding was...IMMENSE.

I was so spoilt for choice with which photo to post as a sneak peek, but I think this one just pipped it for me. (although I may post another sneak peek later)

This was shot right at the end of the night and was the last photo that I took. I knew that I wanted to do some kind of light painting shot with Adam & Lucy and I was trying to think of what to do, when I flicked the TV over to the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games and saw a load of the performers with umbrellas with lights in them. BINGO. "I'm havin' that". I thought to myself.

So a big thanks to Adam & Lucy who didn't mind standing in the field (somewhere in Reading) while I set my camera on the tripod, then realised that I had the wrong lens on, so ran back to change that. Then had an issue with the flash (this was lit with only one flash), ran back to change that....and then the battery on the camera died, so had to run back for that. But I think the result was worth it, as I'm really happy with the final image and I'm not sure i've seen a wedding photo that looks like this before.