As 2010 draws draws to an end, I’d like to reflect on the weddings I’ve shot throughout the year, the couples I’ve worked with, the venues I’ve been to, and the photographers and assistants who have helped make it happen at Ben Goode Photography.
Looking at the montage of images above, starting at the top, moving right to left:
1. Our wedding season started in April, at the Sheepdrove in Lambourn, Berkshire with the wedding of Dan and Rebecca. I shot this one alone.
2. Next we move into May for the wedding of Claire and Paul at the Forest Lodge Hotel in Lyndhurst. My Dad, John Goode lead the shoot with me second shooting.
3. The end of May was very busy, with three weddings in the space of two days. The third image you can see is one of my favourites from the entire year. It was the wedding of Mike and Anna, at the Clock Barn in Whitchurch. I had my younger brother Josh Goode along with me to assistant and second shoot.
4. On the same day, my Dad and his wife Julie Goode shot the wedding of Tim and Anna, at Porchester Castle in Portsmouth. Big thanks to Julie for assistanting my Dad on the day!
5. The next day I shot a wedding at Highcliffe in Bournemouth, at the Lord Bute Hotel. Andy and Tahli’s wedding was thoroughly enjoyable. I had Rhys Jones with me on the day second shooting – thanks Rhys for your help.
6. Moving onto the 6th image. It was now June, and one of the hottest days of the year. The wedding of Laurence and Rachel would be my favourite of the year! The reception was at the Larmer Tree Gardens in Cramborne Chase. I had the privilege of having Greg Thurtle second shoot for me. I look forward to shooting at the Gardens again next year with Greg. The wedding went on to be published in the wedding blog – Rock My Wedding. View the articles.
7. Two thirds of the way through the month was the wedding of James and Susan, at the Potters Heron in Romsey. I shot this one alone. It was a lovely small intimate wedding.
8. Nearly two months would pass before our next wedding shoot. The wedding of Gemma and Lyndon was at Parley Manor in Dorest, and was another real highlight of the year. Josh accompanied me again on this one, it was a long day – he was a real tropper! Their wedding is currently being featured on our blog, view here – Careys Manor wedding photography.
9. The ninth wedding of the year was an intimate wedding in Southampton, for friends John and Abbey.
10. The next wedding was at Wasing Park in Reading. Matt and Kate are a fantastic couple, and are easily another highlight of 2010. I shot this one alone. I recently blogged some of the photographs from their wedding, you can view them here – Wasing Park wedding photography.
11. Now at the end of August, we arrive to the wedding of Sam and Keith. Their reception was at Carey’s Manor in Brockenhurst. I shot this one with my Dad John, who second shot for me throughout the day. We split in the morning to cover both the bride and grooms morning preparation. It was a real joy to work with my Dad again, he even drove down from Bristol to be there! You can see a selection of images from the day here – Carey’s Manor wedding photography.
12. The next image you can see was shot by John, and is taken from the wedding of Mandie and Tony. Their reception was at the Botleigh Grange Hotel. Again my Dad second shot for me throughout the day, and yes he drove down from Bristol for this one too! I cannot thank my Dad enough for his support throughout the year. Mandie and Tony remain in regular contact, and are a joy to call my clients.
13. Moving onto the thirteenth image, this is a snap shot from the wedding of Ellie and Simon. They got married at Minley Manor, a stunning manor house between Farnborough and Yateley in Hampshire. It’s no surprise to say the venue has featured in two major films in recent years. Josh was with me on the day to assistant and second shoot, he did a sterling job once again! Ellie and Simon were great fun to work with – boy do they know how to party!! I have just blogged their wedding earlier today – Minley Manor wedding photography.
14. It’s now September, and we arrive at the wedding of Jasmine and Olivier. Their reception was at New Place, a gorgeous manor house in Southampton. Both the bride and groom wanted a very unobtrusive approach to the day. Josh was once again my second photographer. Looking at his photographs after the day, it was so encouraging to see how far his work had progressed. It won’t be long before I’ll be second shooting for him! The wedding of Jasmine and Olivier would be the last on my own weddings for 2010.
15. We now arrive at my 15th and final image. It was taken last month at Rhinefield House in Dorset. I was asked by Hampshire wedding photographer Rowan Watts to second shoot for him. It was a great way to end the year, working with another experienced wedding photographer.
I’d like to conclude by thanking my wife Jenna, who to say has been a support would be an gross understatement. She has pushed me and the business, further than I could have pushed. She has constantly surprised me with her ability to assist in my admin and organisation, editing and processing; and for putting up with all the late nights and working weekends. Thank you my darling, I love you so much!
To all the couples who have booked a wedding with Ben Goode Photography in 2011, I cannot wait! And to all those who haven’t ‘yet’, I can’t wait to meet you!