Cornwall Coastline Wedding

Real Wedding: Katherine & Andrew

When Katherine and Andrew first contacted me I immediately liked their story. They were an English couple living in Thailand and were planning a French chateau wedding. Coming from an artistic family, photography was important to them and they had begun looking at photographers even before the venue was finalised. As it happened, they decided against the venue and ending up completely changing the country where the wedding was to take place. A family home in Cornwall was to host the event and I had the pleasure of being part of the day.

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The wedding started with sunshine, lots of active people and photo opportunities at every turn! Katherine got ready in a stunning room overlooking the marque through beaming windows. The village church was just a stones throw away up the hill. Until this point I had yet to meet Andrew (other than on Skype) who was busy greeting guests as they arrived. He looked calm…cornwall_wedding_photo_036 cornwall_wedding_photo_035 cornwall_wedding_photo_037 cornwall_wedding_photo_038 cornwall_wedding_photo_039cornwall_wedding_photo_040 cornwall_wedding_photo_041 cornwall_wedding_photo_043 cornwall_wedding_photo_044 cornwall_wedding_photo_045 cornwall_wedding_photo_042 cornwall_wedding_photo_046 cornwall_wedding_photo_047 cornwall_wedding_photo_048 cornwall_wedding_photo_049cornwall_wedding_photo_050 cornwall_wedding_photo_051 cornwall_wedding_photo_052cornwall_wedding_photo_053 cornwall_wedding_photo_054 cornwall_wedding_photo_009 cornwall_wedding_photo_021 cornwall_wedding_photo_023 cornwall_wedding_photo_007 cornwall_wedding_photo_004cornwall_wedding_photo_055 cornwall_wedding_photo_058 cornwall_wedding_photo_059 cornwall_wedding_photo_061 cornwall_wedding_photo_056 cornwall_wedding_photo_057 cornwall_wedding_photo_060 cornwall_wedding_photo_006

The evening atmosphere was relaxed spread with bursts of laughter from left to right. Despite the earlier rainfall, they still managed to light the huge bonfire, the first I’ve seen at a wedding, followed by fire performers and fireworks!cornwall_wedding_photo_062 cornwall_wedding_photo_003cornwall_wedding_photo_005 cornwall_wedding_photo_063 cornwall_wedding_photo_02420140809_681cornwall_wedding_photo_066 cornwall_wedding_photo_068 cornwall_wedding_photo_069 cornwall_wedding_photo_070 cornwall_wedding_photo_067 cornwall_wedding_photo_071cornwall_wedding_photo_072 cornwall_wedding_photo_073 cornwall_wedding_photo_074 cornwall_wedding_photo_075 cornwall_wedding_photo_076 cornwall_wedding_photo_077 cornwall_wedding_photo_078cornwall_wedding_photo_080 cornwall_wedding_photo_079 cornwall_wedding_photo_081 cornwall_wedding_photo_082 cornwall_wedding_photo_083 cornwall_wedding_photo_084 cornwall_wedding_photo_085

The following day I when location scouting in preparation for a portrait session with the newly weds later that day. The winds were strong that day which added a wild and dramatic edge to the shoot. Katherine and Andrew looked great on those coastal rocks!

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WPJA contest | Q1 2014

17th place – Silhouettes and shadows

The WPJA released the results for their first quarter contest for 2014. One of my photos picked up an award in the “Silhouettes and shadows” category. I’m happy to be on the list of winners for the 2014!

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Worlds Top 100 Wedding Photographers 2013!

Ranked worlds top 100 wedding photographer of 2013 by the WPJA!

I have been listed in the worlds top 100 wedding photographers of 2013 by the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association)! Needless to say I am very happy to be on the list :)

The association hosts four contests a year where some of the worlds best photographers compete against one another. Points are awarded to the photographers whose images win in these contests. The photographer with the most points at the end of each year is awarded, “Photographer of the Year”! The following “Top 100 Photographer” list is then created from the runners-up with the most points. I just squeezed on the list and share 100th place with six other photographers!

Congratulations to Cristiano Ostinelli from Italy who got Photographer of the Year 2013. Also hats off to the French photographers on the list, Christophe Viseux (an impressive 6th place), William Lambelet (12th place) and Anne-Sophie Susperregui (75th place).

WPJA contest | Q4 2013

Three more awards!

The Wedding Photojournalist Association published the results from their last contest of 2013. In total I picked up three awards – this came as a nice pat on the back!

6th Place – Emotion

WPJA Q4 2013 contest: 6th place. Category 'Emotion'.

12th Place – Humor

WPJA Q4 2013 contest: 12th place. Category 'Humor'.

 

13th Place – Parents

WPJA Q4 2013 contest: 13th place. Category 'Parents'.

Chateau de Belmesnil

Real Wedding: Sandrine & Gilles

Earlier this year I had the pleasure to photograph Sandrine and Gilles wedding held at the Chateau de Belmesnil. This 19th century venue is located in Seine-Maritime (Normandy) and is surrounded by rolling countryside. The long single track leading to the chateau makes an impressive approach.

It was not my first time photographing at this venue, though this time I had the occasion to visit the guest rooms. Both the bride and groom were getting ready here. I always advise my clients to keep traveling between locations to a minimum. You gain so much time in a day that passes so quickly. In fact the only time we left was for the ceremony which was held in a nearby village called Buchy. As a result I was able to take far more photos than normal and the newly weds benefited time with their guests.chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photochateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo chateau-de-belmesnil-wedding-photo

A Paris pre wedding photography session

Winter Sunrise and Sunset

My latest client came all the way from Thailand to have their pre wedding photos taken around Paris. We shot over two days. The first being at sunrise, the second starting at sunset and shooting some night photos.

They stayed at the Hotel Ares Eiffel not too far from the Champs de Mars. I collected them from there to take them to our first location… sunrise at the Trocadero. This is always one of my favorite starting place at this time of day… free from the crowds though I can be a little chilly! I loved the bride’s coat and felt it added a certain quality to the images. I think she was rather happy too just to keep off the chill.

Our next stop was Pont Alexandre III. It was cold here too, but this did have its advantages as there was less people around. I often concentrate on large sweeping seen-setters though I really enjoyed getting some lovely close-ups.

Day two they were at a different hotel the InterContinental on Avenue Marceau. This is a stunning place and steps from the Champs Elysees. The night photo session started at the Louvre. This location looks much better at night. It was a bit warmer this day too so my clients were happy. For the final call we headed back to Trocadero and the carousel which is close to here.

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If you are interested in having your pre wedding photos taken, you can see more of my work on my website: www.stephensonimagery.com

Intimate wedding at the Moulin de Connelles

Real Wedding: Sarah & Mathieu

Sitting on a private island on the river Seine, the Moulin de Connelles was chosen for the reception meal of Sarah and Mathieu’s intimate winter wedding. Their Normandy wedding brought together close friends and family from France and England.

The day progressed at a steady pace from their home in Upper Normandy. Most the guests were already there and I was able to get to know them a little. This helped me get in closer for photos without making them feel awkward, resulting in far more natural images.

Being such a small number, you could really feel the tenderness and warmth of this close family. I aimed to capture this in my photography… the soft ambiance… enduring momentum… and natural light.

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Chateau Dungeon Wedding

Real Wedding: Ambre & Nicolas

On the first Saturday of December I found myself driving north from Paris into the French region of Picardie for a Chateau winter wedding. When leaving the busy twinkle-light streets of Paris the arrival can be rather dramatic. Perched on a hill above the misty valley of leafless trees sits the Dungeon of Vez.
Although only 3pm, the light was dwindling on this overcast day. When entering the chateau ground I was greeted by an ally of flaming torches. I was told the bride was getting ready on the third floor of the dungeon tower. This tower consisted of a spiral stairwell with more than 20 doors leading off a random intervals. My logic told me I should find her behind the third door… but no. I must have been in the stairwell for over 20 minuets and knocked on every door twice before finding her.

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