Once every so often, as part of a group of professional wedding photographers, we all get together to take some photographs, try new things, have a play with bits of equipment we don’t usually use and generally have a bit of fun. This time the stunning Tissington Hall was chosen, a really beautiful venue and to say we were well looked after is a bit of an understatement (after a very late night the night before, the endless supply of coffee was a godsend). We then had some great vendors helping out on the day, so a massive shout out to Formal and Fabulous for the dresses, Tineke Flowers, Emma Buck for doing the hair, Amanda Johnsone for doing the makeup, Andy (Peak Wedding Cars) and Mick (Oakley Wedding Cars) for the cars and Lynsey from Bimbo Design who was one of the models for the day. We split into pairs, switch models every so often and just see what happens. This year we even got to play with some medium format cameras courtesy of the guys at Hasselblad, who barely flinched as I was scurrying about in the pouring rain with £25-30k’s worth of camera and lenses in my hand. Giving that back was the quite possibly the worst part of the day!
For me, as a predominantly documentary style wedding photographer, it’s a good opportunity to have some fun playing with off camera flash and doing lots of posed stuff, experimenting without the concerns of a paying customer. This then allows me to be more efficient and create a better body of work for the portrait sessions during my actual weddings so everyone’s a winner!
The weather this year was not so good, we managed to get a short stint outside first thing in the morning before the rain started chucking it down in earnest. It was a bit of a shame as the venue was stunning with some amazing grounds which we didn’t get to explore as much as I would have liked.
I think the most fascinating part of the day is getting together afterwards and seeing the results. The differences in style come through so strongly, and to me shows the value of a bride and groom really choosing their photographer based on a connection through the images they see.
Enough of the waffling! A few of my favourite images from the day: