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Ede’s House Wedding Photography – Ed and Erin

 

Ede’s House is a very popular wedding venue right in the middle of Chichester. It is ideal for smaller weddings of up to 80 people. Many of Chichester’s hotels and local attractions are just a short walk away, great if you have family and friends coming who need accomadation. They can turn your wedding in a fab mini-break!

The History of Ede’s House

Ede’s House was built in 1696 and has served many purposes thought its long history. Starting life as a residential property, this stunning Georgian Mansion was bought by the County Council in 1916. It served as offices until the construction of County Hall in 1936. Ede’s house then became the County Library from 1938 until 1967 when the Library moved to its present location in Tower St. In 1967 it became the Records Office until 1989 when a new purpose built records office opened in Orchard St. It was at this point the council fully restored the house and it became the beautiful venue it is today. As well as weddings, the venue is available for private hire and there are historical tours of the building around once a month.

The Wedding

This is one of the wedding venues closest to me – it’s less than five minutes walk from my house. So I often find myself here, and it’s always a pleasure. The ceremony rooms are lovely, and the rear staircase is a godsend for large group photos. Best of all I don’t have to worry about parking for once! Ede’s House can cater for anything up to 80 guests for a wedding ceremony, and a booking is normally two hours. Most couples I have worked with have gone on to have their wedding breakfast somewhere else, with many couples opting for one of the reception venues that Chichester Cathedral runs in its properties like the Vicar’s Hall or 4 Canon Lane.

Ed and Erin’s wedding ran to this format with the Wedding Breakfast being at The George in Eartham.

It was a fantastic day and with good planning we were able to cram a lot into their  4-hour Essentials Booking. I covered from bridal preparations to the speeches, and left before the wedding breakfast was served.

I really enjoyed shooting this wedding, Erin and Ed were a fun couple and it was a very special day.

If you would like to see more of my work visit my Featured Weddings gallery. Check out my Packages and Pricing or if you want to check availability contact me

 

Toby

Sussex Wedding Photographer

 

 

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I need a wedding photographer – but I don’t like having my picture taken!

It probably comes as no surprise that with  many of  the couples I work with, at least one of them will be nervous about having their picture taken.

Perhaps the main skill of a wedding photographer is putting people at their ease, or at least making them a bit less nervous! You can have all the photography skills in the world, but when you’re working with people, especially people who are not used to posing for photographs, interpersonal skills are even more important.

Building a good relationship with my clients is essential to building trust, and if the people I working with trust me to do a good job, it helps them to relax.

If you are getting married soon these are my top tips if you are nervous  about being photographed.

Enjoy your Day

The simplest and best tip of all. You’ll love your wedding day and that joy will be written all over your face. Every couple I’ve photographed has had this particular glow about them, a combination of happiness and excitement that photographs really well. Your wedding is not just another day and the photos you receive will reflect that.

I’ll take Pictures, and Most of the Time you Won’t even Know 

The majority pictures I shoot at a wedding are not posed pictures. I’m taking pictures while you’re doing something else, little things like declaring you wedding vows or walking down the aisle!  Generally, you are not even aware of being photographed, so the photos are natural . These photos are also more ‘real’. nervous grooms look nervous, emotional mums cry and children try to take it all in. The fact that I’m telling a story rather than trying to create too many posed images means there’s less onus on the bride and groom to pull a happy face and pose for the camera. It’s a win-win. You get to enjoy your wedding day and get great pictures in the process.

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You are Going to Look your Absolute Best.

Remember that this isn’t just another day. Everyone will dress to the nines, hairdressers and make-up artists will groom you to perfection. You are going to look fantastic. On a day when you are going to look so great it isn’t it important to have a record of it? That’s what I am there for.

I’m Here to Help you.

New clients tell me that they are nervous about being photographed all the time. Many couples will have never hired a photographer before. They don’t realise that being photographed by a professional photographer is very different to being photographed by friends or family. I know how to help you look your best and will offer advice and help where needed. 

I have photographed people of all shapes, ages and sizes, so very little throws me and I have plenty of experience of making all sorts of different people look their best. From experience, I’ll be familiar with my local venues and where the best photo opportunities are. I have literally hundreds of weddings under my belt. I am here to help. If you hve a good side or a feature you’d like minimised, just tell me and I’ll oblige. Woken up with a spot or blemish on the big day? That’s what Photoshop is for.

Make sure you get a shoot before your wedding day

I always like to shoot with my couples before their wedding day. It can be an engagement shoot or a pre-wedding meeting at your venue.  That’s where can understand of how they are in front of the camera. From there I’ll know I have to do to make you look you best. I can coach you and offer advice that I might not have time to do on your wedding day. If we arrange an enagement shoot, I can show you how to stand, what to do with your hands and all the other things that turn an awkward photo into a great one. 

If a couple works with me beforehand, they can see what I can do to make them look great, so they’ll trust me to do a good job on the day. They’ll relax a little bit more and worry a little less. That in itself makes the pictures better.

 

There is no reason why even the most photo-phobic bride or groom can’t have brilliant photos of their wedding day. It’s all down to the skill of your photographer to put you at ease. The main thing is to communicate those fears to your photographer so he can help you. There are lots of things he can do to make your experience less stressful, and help you look your best. Remember photographers want the photos to turn out well, just like you do.  They’ll always be happy to help.

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Jos and Sam’s London Engagement Shoot.

Portrait Photographed on the South Bank

I met up with Jos and Sam on the South Bank. They got engaged there a few months earlier. Sam had expressed her nerves about being photographed on her wedding day. An engagement shoot was a great opportunity to put her at her ease. The area was very crowded, so I must admit I felt a little as if I throwing them in at the deep end. It can certainly be quite intimidating to have your portrait made with so many people around.

One advantage of shooting in a big city is that even though it is often swarming with people, everyone pretty much ignores you. So in lots of ways it’s easier to work here than you might imagine.  I am originally a Londoner myself and quite familiar with the area. We soon found some great spots to take pictures.

An Engagement Shoot is a great way to boost your confidence if you are nervous about having your picture taken.

An engagement shoot is a great way to spend time with clients, chat with them and get to know them a bit better. I think it really help the whole creative process if you build a bit of trust and develop an understanding. As wedding professionals we can easily forget how daunting a wedding day can be. That’s not made any easier by having someone you’ve never met before take pictures of you while you are getting ready, or repeating your vows. So getting to know my clients first is a must for me, and I think it really helps them. Posing for photographs is definitely something you can improve with a little guided practise, and is always something I recommend.

 

I think we spent a couple of hours wandering around. My wife and children had decided to take advantage of the trip to go and see a show in the Festival Hall, so I was in no rush. There are lots of little areas around here that seem to change quite regularly, so there’s always something new to find as a back drop.

 

Enagagement Shoot

The pictures were really nice. They really showed the strength of their relationship and were full of character and fun. We managed to avoid having an errant tourist in the background, despite the crowds. From the look of the pictures you would have though we were there at 6 o’clock in the morning. But it just goes to show you can find space anywhere if you look hard enough.

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Toby

I work a wedding photographer in West Sussex and Hampshire. An engagement shoot is included in all of my most popular packages. I also shoot portrait photography and commercial work. In my spare time I am currently experimenting with large format film photography.

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David and Rhian’s Sussex Wedding

Wedding Venue: Horstead Place

Time Of Year: Spring

Wedding Package: Memento Album Package

Guests: 80 approx.

Shot with Canon cameras and lenses.

 

 

Horstead Place was a venue I hadn’t had the pleasure of visiting before.

It is a beautiful hotel converted from a stately home many years ago, and set in the beautiful Sussex countryside. After shooting a number of weddings where I had to travel to multiple venues it was great to shoot a wedding all in one place. It’s always more relaxed for everybody. Horstead Place has a large brightly lit ceremony room, ideal for photographs.  Better still, they served the wedding breakfast in another part of the hotel so there was no need for guests to stand outside while rooms were being re-arranged.

The gardens were large, beautiful and very well kept with plenty of spring flowers including a fantastic display of bluebells. The service at the hotel was excellent . They were always very attentive to David and Rhian and the wedding breakfast in particular ran very smoothly. The speeches were very funny and had all the guests in stitches, later on, the party really got going once the band began to play.

I really enjoyed the day and was very happy to be there. The album of photos was really fabulous and David and Rhian were overjoyed with them, which was really very gratifying.

If you would like to find out more about my wedding photography fill out my contact form.

I shoot Wedding, Commercial and Portrait Photography throughout Sussex and Hampshire. If you would like to know more or would like to enquire about availability contact me

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upwaltham Barns Wedding Photographer – Katie and Greg

Upwaltham Barns is a great setting for a summer wedding.

Katie and Greg’s wedding was one of my favourites of the summer, at one of my favourite venues. I am asked regularly to photograph weddings at Upwaltham Barns. It is one of the most popular local venues, and they always provide a fantastic service for all their couples. This wedding was no exception, the barns looked absolutely perfect and everything ran effortlessly smoothly. I am sure there was an awful lot of hard work going on behind the scenes though!

This was the same weekend as the Goodwood Festival of Speed, so there were a few worries about the traffic but in the end everyone was able to get to the wedding in plenty of time.

The wedding was contemporary, with a fun informal vibe. There were lots of great personal touches throughout the wedding that really added to the day. Greg and Katie are a fun young couple who really embraced the day and had a great time.

We were lucky enough to have some beautiful weather, possibly the best weekend of what proved to be a rather wet summer. I decided to use the opportunity and shoot the couple’s photographs after the wedding breakfast when the light was nicer and Katie and Greg were more relaxed.

 

Wedding Details

Venue: Upwaltham Barns, Upwaltham,  Chichester, West Sussex GU28 0LX Tel: 01798 300 252

Time of Year: Mid Summer

Style: Contemporary

Package: Wedding Celebration Package , 8 Hour Coverage with USB.

Equipment Used: Canon FF DSLR’s with L prime lenses and zooms. Off-camera flash set up for first dance.

Upwaltham Barns

Toby

Wedding Photographer in Sussex and Hampshire

Lookin to book your wedding? Check out my unique wedding packages or message me to find out about availability for your date.

I also shoot portrait and commercial photography. Follow the links to have a look.

 

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James and Katie’s West Sussex Wedding

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James and Katie’s West Sussex Wedding

 

A West Sussex Wedding with an Eco Twist

James and Katie got married in Shipley, near Horsham in West Sussex, in late summer. This West Sussex wedding was a combination of a traditional church service and a marquee on the Knepp Castle Estate. Knepp castle is an interesting venue.  It is a 3,500 acre estate which is slowly being returned to a wild state after generations of dairy and arable farming. They have introduced longhorn cattle, tamworth pigs and well as exmoor ponies and the locally occurring roe deer and rabbits. The animals are all left behave as they would in the wild. Some such as the cattle and pigs are periodically harvested for meat. The aim is to produce a sustainable and economically viable landscape which is at the forefront of environmental conservation.

Shipley itself is known for being where the BBC Series Jonathan Creek was filmed. Luckily no dastardly crimes were discovered on the wedding day!

James and his party were resplendent in Scottish attire as befitted his familial roots. Katie Looked beautiful in a low backed wedding dress with her bridesmaids looking elegant in dark blue. James and Katie travelled in a beautiful classic Rolls Royce whilst the guests were ferried from the church via a vintage bus.

The wedding reception was bathed in September sunshine, and I was able to take some great photos against the beautiful backdrop of the Knepp Castle Estate and the day was rounded off with some traditional Ceilidh dancing as befitted the Scottish theme.

 

 

 

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George and Leah’s Wedding, Upwaltham Barns.

 

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George and Leah got married right in the middle of last summer’s heatwave at Upwaltham Barns, right in the heart of the beautiful South Downs. I know how hard it can be to shoot in very hot weather, so my camera bag was weighed down as much by water bottles as it was by lenses. I liberally applied sunblock as well, as it is very easy to get burnt to a crisp without even realising it on days like this as I have learnt to my cost in the past. There is nothing worse than shooting groups, you start to feel that you are getting burnt, and there is nothing you can do about it!

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I was particularly lucky at this wedding that I got an opportunity to shoot with George and Leah as the evening light  drew in and we got some really beautiful shots. One of the biggest challenges for a wedding photographer is dealing with available light, whether it is a gloomy Saxon church or shooting groups in the middle of the day. I have my tricks and things I’ve picked up over the years that help make the best of any situation, but a photographer has no greater ally than good light, and no light is better than the golden sunshine of a summer’s evening.

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How to Conquer Wedding Day Stress

Wedding Day StressWeddings are a big deal. That doesn’t mean that your day has to be overwhelmed by wedding day stress. Here are some simple tips to help you enjoy your wedding day to its maximum.

You are not alone.

I get nervous at the beginning of a wedding day. I worry about what could go wrong, what the weather will be like, or a guest straying into the shot at a never to be repeated moment. I worry because I want things to be perfect and you wedding photos to be the best they can be. I’m sure the caterers get nervous, the florist worries and the vicar prays he won’t fluff his sermon. Your wedding photographer, florist and event managers are probably just as emotionally invested as you are that the day goes well, so don’t think the responsibility rests just on your shoulders.  We all care about this stuff as much as you do.

Delegate. Delegate. Delegate.

Try to share the load of organisation with your wedding professionals and your friends and family. The more things that you delegate the easier your day becomes. Remember friends and family members love to be involved and are often flattered to be asked, so take advantage of this and everyone benefits.

Take time for yourself

Weddings can often seem like a never ending stream of people to say hello to and keep happy. Make sure your take five minutes here and there for yourself. Perhaps five minutes on your own before the ceremony or a short stop in the wedding car on the way back from the church.  A quiet moment to pause and appreciate the day can give you that all important inner calm that will stop your day going by in a blur.

Remember you can’t control everything.

Try not to worry about things you can’t control. I have photographed weddings in all weathers and rarely has the day been spoiled by a spot of rain or a chilly wind. Weddings are robust occasions and you’ll be surprised by your guests determination to have a good time. Couples often worry about family disharmony, especially if their parents have separated. I have shot dozens of weddings where the bride or groom’s parents have divorced, and there has never been a problem. The people that love you will find a way to call a truce when they now how important the day is to you.

The more you plan, the more stress free the day is.

Having a well worked out schedule can take a lot of the stress out of the wedding day. It might seem counter intuitive, but a well organised day feels more relaxed. Knowing what you are doing and when  is essential. Make sure all your wedding professionals tell you how long things will take , and make sure they are the kind of professional that is honest enough to tell you when things aren’t possible. At the sketchier end of the market suppliers will tell you anything to get your business, and then let you down on the big day. Make sure you have experienced professionals who know how everything works.

Remember your main objective.

As I have said to a lot of nervous brides as they get ready, as long as you finish the day married, the day has been a success. Nothing else really matters that much. So don’t let wedding day stress spoil your day. Enjoy the first day of the rest of your life with the person that you love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wedding Photography Styles Explained

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You’ve chosen your date, booked your venue and started shopping for dresses. Now you’re looking for a wedding photographer. There are a lot of styles of wedding photography out there, and while people in the industry might know these styles inside out they be confusing for couples.  Remember as well that not only are you picking a style of photography, but different types of wedding photography can make different demands on your time on your wedding day.

When picking the style of photography you want at your wedding your choice boils down to three things. What style of images you want, how long you want to spend with a photographer on your wedding day, and most importantly of all your own personality and comfort in front of the camera.

There are plenty of different photography buzzwords out there. Vintage, editorial, artistic or contemporary are just a few. Perhaps more confusingly they are used by different photographers in different ways. Ultimately it is up to couples to ask plenty of questions and do plenty of research before picking a photographer, and to rely on seeing full set of photos from completed weddings Do  not  rely on the  best five or six shots from several weddings to make a choice.

Wedding photography styles are a compromise between producing fantastic work and keeping to a timetable. A photographer might produce brilliant photos, but if he takes too long to produce them you probably won’t enjoy the experience.

Traditional (or Posed) Wedding Photography

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A lot of people think of traditional wedding photography as endless stuffy group photos where everyone looks stiff as a board. Worse still, the different collections of people seem to go on forever. I think there is a fashion to be down on traditional wedding photography, but the actual working framework is still the same for most wedding photographers. The photographs may be more stylish but the actual experience on the day for the bride and groom is very similar.

There is always a trade off between the type of work a photographer does and the time it takes to shoot it. More formal posed photographs will take longer to set up and achieve. Any photographer who produces artistic posed work will need a certain amount of time to produce his best work. It is important that you find out how much time he will need, and work out how it will fit into your day. There are photographers who spend a couple of hours on formal shots. Make sure you are happy with giving over that amount of time on your wedding day. If you are not that comfortable in front of the camera you may find this type of photography more difficult. A good photographer should be able to help you and put you at your ease but for many individuals it can still seem a bit daunting.

Reportage Wedding Photography (Wedding Photojournalism)

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If traditional is all about posed photographs, then reportage wedding photography is the opposite. It relies on capturing moments as they happen, and is more like a fly on the wall documentary. This form of wedding photography means that the photographer spends most of his time in the background, and so has become increasingly popular with couples. Weddings are also increasingly less formal than they used to be. Documentary wedding photography demands a different skill set from traditional wedding photography so you have to make sure that your photographer has the correct photographic background and can show you full weddings to back this up. Wedding photojournalism is more about a complete set of pictures from the whole day than a set of a dozen highlights. There are photographers out there who will jump on the latest bandwagon to gain business, but still use the same old style they always have. Wedding photojournalism is all about anticipation and being in the right place at the right time. It is not about closely directing people, so it puts many traditional wedding photographers outside of their skill set. There are some less ethical photographers who will use the latest buzzwords to improve their search engine presence, but still shoot the same tired old pictures.

If you are reticent about having your photo taken, wedding photojournalism is probably your best choice. The photography happens without you really realizing and you’ll look your natural best.

Although these two approaches might appear polar opposites, in reality most wedding photographers will offer a blend of these two styles. There are not many wedding photojournalists who don’t shoot at least some formal photographs and traditional wedding photographers will shoot informal pictures as well.  Find out what proportion of each a photographer likes to shoot, and better still ask them what they like to shoot the most – chances are this is what they are best at.

Vintage Wedding Photography

Vintage wedding photography is a style that has been coming into vogue recently, but in lots of ways its a hard one one to quantify. Vintage can mean anything from using old film cameras during some of the wedding to just a different approach to post production to produce ‘vintage’ looking digital files. There are some great photographers out there, but bear in mind that if you are receiving files that are heavily edited in a certain style, you run the risk of your photos looking rather dated a few years later. If I was hiring a vintage style photographer, I personally would want at least some of the wedding shot on film, I’m not a huge fan of faking things. As always ask questions, see examples and make an informed decision.

Editorial Wedding Photography

This wedding genre is inspired by the fashion editorials of glossy magazines, at it’s best it can produce fantastic high-end images. To produce this successfully on a wedding day the photographer needs to be highly organised, and would probably need an assistant to help set up some of the shots in advance, although that would depend on his or her style. Do your research to make sure that the time requirements for this type of shoot fit in with your plans. If you really like this type of photography but don’t want to devote too much time to it on your wedding day, consider booking a separate photo session after the wedding. Often describes as a trash or cherish the dress shoot, a separate photo session might be the best way to get the wedding day you want and the photographs you’ll love without losing a huge chunk of your wedding day. It also means that you and your photographer can pick the ideal time of day for the right light and you have scope for rescheduling if it’s pouring with rain. In many countries, particularly the US, high end wedding photography is evolving towards three shoots: the engagement shoot, the wedding day, and an editorial session. Don’t necessarily think that it all has to be done in one day.

Artistic or Fine Art Wedding Photography

Essentially an evolution of traditional wedding photography, this type of photography offers a contemporary take on the traditional set of posed photographs, although these are both terms that have been somewhat over used by the photographic community, so again do your research. At its best this genre can produce moving romantic images, but some photographers can over use the same poses, so it can feel a bit impersonal. Ask to see lots of shoots and don’t be afraid to input your own ideas at your pre-wedding meeting.

 

Conclusions

There are lot of styles of photographer out there, but the main thing is to look beyond the catchy buzzwords and look long and hard at portfolios. Ultimately it is the competence of the photographer you are hiring that really matters. Experience, personal service and professionalism are what ensure a consistent standard of photography from wedding to wedding, and the consistency and ability to deal with the different shooting conditions that present themselves throughout a wedding day. Their portfolio should show a good balance of shots from bridal preparations to the first dance. Ask questions about how much time they will need to complete those all important formal and couples shots, and work out how much time you are happy to give. Even with more observational styles, planning and communication before the wedding is vital to get the best results and to get them efficiently. Keep to the guidelines and you are sure to have a memorable wedding day with photos to match.

 

About my Wedding Photography Style

I work as a Wedding Photographer in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.

I predominantly work in the reportage style, but pride myself on being able to produce great formal pictures as well. I talk to couples and try to work with them so they get the right balance of photos they need, so sometimes I shoot hardly any formals while other times I’ll shoot an extra session of couples shots after the wedding breakfast. I’ve always found this to be a good way of breaking up the more formal pictures into manageable chunks of time, and the light is a lot better then anyway. I have had a lot of experience in both weddings and editorial/commercial work which has helped me gain a more flexible style, and to get the perfect balance between great results and the time taken to get them.

You can read more about my wedding packages or check out my portfolio.

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Wedding Venue Guide – Upwaltham Barns

Upwaltham Barns is a Sussex wedding venue about 8 miles outside Chichester, on the A285 towards Petworth. It comprises of three main buildings. The East Barn, which is the ceremony venue. The South Barn is  for the wedding breakfast and has an adjoining bar. Jasmine Cottage provides accommodation for the bride and groom to get ready and stay overnight in. This is all set in an absolutely stunning part of the South Downs, and there is access to the surrounding area to provide stunning photos in this beautiful landscape. Most of the weddings I have attended here have been around the 120 mark and it can certainly cope with that number of guests in some style.

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The great thing about venues like this is they really make the logistics of your wedding much simpler. The bride is able to get ready there, and there is no travelling between the church and the reception venue. That means that you and your guests get a relaxed day. You do not have to worry about about whether they can park near the church or what the traffic will be like on the way to the reception.

Catering is done in house by Nibbles2Nosh.  I’ve personally found the food is always excellent and the staff have always looked after me. Something that always really appreciated by us hard working photographers!

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I’ve always liked the feel of the venue, they always give a really personal service to every couple, and it never feels like anyone is just another client, which is some achievement when you think how many weddings a venue like this will do in a year. Upwaltham Barns have maintained consistent and very high standards for  as long as I have been photographing there.

Upwaltham Barns Website

 

I work as a full time Wedding Photographer in the West Sussex area, I also shoot Portrait Photography and Commercial Photography

Happy Shooting!

Toby

 

 

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