Updated December 2019:
The wedding of Anna and Chris at Northbrook Park was the first of what has been an amazingly successful run at Northbrook Park. Little did I know it back then but by the turn of 2020 I would have photographed over 50 weddings there. Although Northbrook Park has changed a lot since then it still has that “do it yourself” feel where you are presented with a blank canvas to decorate any way you see fit.
It was also the first wedding that I deliberately set out to capture in a style that was alien to me. Having been a “documentary wedding photographer” since my very first wedding I’d become intrigued by how Marianne Taylor managed to weave a more complete story by including so many more aspects that I was overlooking, almost a forensic examination of every scene.
You’ll see what I mean when you scroll through the photos. Previously I probably wouldn’t have photographed the hem of the dress, Anna cutting a loose thread with borrowed scissors or the table plan made from photos of the guests. These days I make sure to document ALL of these things. They are part of the planning and therefore make up a part of the story, and a much richer story because of it.
It was also the first time I tried the “one lens” challenge. Every photo you see here was shot with the Canon 50mm f1.2. Why restrict myself like this? Well, the main benefit is the consistency it give to the overall collection of photographs and trust me, consistency is a good thing. It also speeds up the photographic process, no longer lifting the viewfinder to my eye only to discover that I’m too close or too far away from my subject. Once your brain is “tuned in” to one lens it becomes second nature and I know exactly the shot I’m going to get almost before I’ve started thinking about it, which gives me more time to spend on composition.
These days I like to have a few more angles covered and you’ll often find me packing a two camera rig sporting two of my all time favourite lenses, the Fujinon 16mm f1.4 and Fujinon 56mm 1.2 (possibly the most character-full lens I’ve ever owned).
So there you go, a little about my journey as a Northbrook Park wedding photographer and a few insights into how I work on a wedding day.
Finally, if you are looking for your own (very experienced) Northbrook Park Wedding Photographer I would love to be a small part of your big day. I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got planned.
Wedding PhotographY at Northbrook Park | Images © Graham Nixon 2012