TiM LANDER PHOTOGRAPHY
A very Brighton wedding
Without doubt, Tamara & Chris’s day possessed the darkest places I’ve ever photographed! (in daytime). Their Ceremony was in a fantastic and historic cinema, cinemas not tending to be
known for their abundance of windows, or just any light in general really; and their reception was in what was effectively… a nightclub. I had to get creative, and instead of being worried
about the lack of light, I had to embrace it. Tamara & Chris’s wedding, with the dark, has provided me with, personally, some of my favourite wedding photos. Always embrace a challenge!
Always a chance for some great photos, as the friends and families arrive for the day. They’re still smart, sober and excited at this point… The ties haven’t been loosened, or the heels
removed, and the palate hasn’t been lubricated yet… unless… there is a pub right across the road that is! :-
for the day to begin and celebrate with Tamara & Chris… including Miss Brighton! Chris arrived as if from nowhere -
had a camera shyness; But he was really brilliant on the day from the very start. No coaxing required at all -
He was brilliant! Fairly certain there may have been a little beer-
Doing her best to hide the nerves… and failing… Well, why bother? It’s one of the best days of your life! Tamara surprised me, and appeared from almost nowhere too! (How!?)
With Tamara being maybe (sorry) just a squiggy bit late, I was only allowed to steal her for a few minutes for some photos before having to concede and allow her to get married.
Lovely sparkly shoes bytheway! …And no, I don’t have the shoe fetish Chris suggested I might. I’ve got a bit of a thing for photos in mirrors though thinking about it!
My overriding memory from Tamara & Chris’s ceremony… (No, not my bumbling about tripping over things in the dark) …will be suggesting they kiss for a photo. I got the shot I wanted,
and another for good measure. I then took a few more, and another couple… and then just lowered the camera. Had they not seen each other in 3 weeks? Was this a “Don’t tell the Bride”
I hadn’t been told about? So I trotted off, got some lunch, saw a show, rode the i360, and when I got back, they were just finishing. Sweet! Then they had another kiss! :-
a charming little ceremony; Performed I might add by probably the best Registrar in Brighton -
for the most organised confetti moment… EVER! For fear of sounding moochy; Guests sometimes don’t appreciate how 100 people throwing paper (that doesn’t fly well), and in the
breeze, is going to land on the bride and groom -
With Chris being a bus driver, what else was going to transport the guests to the ceremony? Photos were limited during the journey -
All I will say… “Brighton Speed bumps” …Eek! The bus provided for some lovely moments though, when we’d evicted all the guests -
anyway! And yes, I did suggest the kiss, again. And no, I clearly don’t learn particularly quickly :-
it is guests get up to when I leave (I hear the stories after!), we strolled off down to the Prom for a few last light moments. It was also a great opportunity for Tamara & Chris to steal a
smoke and take a breather… Oh, and have another kiss. Who’d have thought! :-
to take you with it! We had some fun, and got some incredible shots of the two of them. I even managed to get in one. Sweet!
It’s rare to be able to stage a cake shot which doesn’t require the movement and standing of all your guests -
ordering and when someone suggests a dance -
on a few more! and everyone else is. So off you go! But not before the Bride & Groom cut a little bit of cake and have a ceremonial munch, or force each other to!
One of the most classic first dances I’ve photographed -
I get the nervous looks from them when asking about their first dance. Honestly, most couples forget all the guests are there -
shuffling at least to the music -
Tamara & Chris -
When I meet a couple, usually a couple of times before their day; It’s a chance to get to know them. I get to reflect their personalities better that way. Chris was quiet as a mouse, and
Tamara full of… questions. Come the day, Chris was the soul of the party, and Tamara, a sweet little kitchen, smiling and purring. It definitely helps having an organic approach!
Tamara + Chris
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“A photographer must possess and retain the receptive faculties of a child who watches the world for the first time.” ― Bill Brandt