What could be better that travelling to the beautiful South of France on a Bank holiday weekend to photograph an outdoor wedding in Cannes. I cant think of many places I have photographed at that were as stunning as this particular venue. Chateau Castellaras is situated on a hill overlooking the stunning French countryside and Mediterranean sea, quite breathtaking. Having arrived on Saturday I met with Hannah and we had a guided tour of the Chateau and its grounds, it was then back to the hotel to prepare for a full days shooting in temperatures approaching 35C. Working in such hot temperatures can be difficult and dangerous, so its important to stay hydrated especially during the ceremony when the sun was at its hottest.
I will always remember the first time I met Hannah. It was at Odette and Bens’ wedding at The Savoy Hotel, Hannah was a bridesmaid and she was quite forthright in making me aware that when she was proposed to I was shooting her wedding. And so it came to fruition, Hannah and Andrew are two of the most welcoming, hospitable couple I have had the pleasure in working with. Nothing was too much trouble, we were well catered for in every department, so there was not the usual stresses of a destination wedding to contend with.
The ceremony itself was breathtaking. Hannahs’ walk to the chuppah and down the aisle photographed so well and the photographs really do show such a happy couple.
My style of photography never tries or claims to show how clever I can be. I am not trying to take images to win awards, I’m constantly trying to take images that show the couple enjoying their wedding, that reflect how in love they are and how happy they are. I want them to look back at their images in years to come and say ” look how young and happy we were”, not ” where are we in this image”.
So, yes, I do get close to my clients, yes I do step into their personal space, but no matter how hard that is sometimes its about the final result, and the final result is something that I am proud of.