Friday, 30 October 2015

Simon Biffen Photography | New Website and Blog

A new website, and a new home for my blogs!

It's a been a few months in the making, but I am very pleased with my brand new website that really shows images off in a much better way. Some blogs have already moved over there, and all future ones will be found there. See you on the other side!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Beloved Photography at Burrow Mump, Somerset | Mandip and Colin

Sometimes a portrait shoot has everything going for it: gorgeous light, an incredible setting and most importantly subjects who are just amazing to photograph. I had the pleasure of meeting Mandip and Colin at the same place where Colin had proposed: Burrow Mump in Somerset (Mandip, of course, said yes!) You only have to cast you eye over these photos to see how in tune these two are with each other, the absolute joy they have in each others' company and the love that they share simply radiates from them when they're together.

This was another perfect opportunity for me to use Beloved techniques to create genuine and authentic connections between the people that I photograph. The focus of Beloved moves away from 'poses' generally associated with traditional portrait photography to instead getting people to simply enjoy each others' company, share memories and dreams and play games with each other through a series of fun, warm and soulful interactions. In fact most people come away from these sessions with a completely new perception of what a 'photo shoot' can be. The appeal of using this method of portrait photography with the emphasis on real interactions ties in really well with the documentary approach that I apply to my wedding photography. It allows me to step back and wait for those moments that capture people's relationships and personalities in the most beautiful way.

So without further ado here are are few selections from Mandip and Colin's Beloved photography shoot. Look out in the near future for their wedding feature as well!
Would you like you own Beloved portrait shoot? Find out more here.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Polesdon Lacey Wedding Photography | Nat and Rob

Polesdon Lacey wedding photography
Queen Elizabeth called it a 'delicious house' and she even spent part of her honeymoon here in 1923 leaving me with no doubt that Polesdon Lacey was always going to be a rather special place for a wedding. Natalie and Rob held their reception here after their ceremony at St Joseph's church in Epsom. With nearly 200 guests I was very pleased to have Anja Polhmann assisting me on the day who did a great job documenting the boys' prep in the morning and capturing all the guests enjoying themselves throughout the day! Love that Anja got a shot of me half way up a sculpture to get the whole wedding party group photo!

The marquee in the grounds of Polesdon Lacey was exquisitely styled and one of my favourite features was the up-lit dance floor, which added a magical atmosphere to the first dance. Add in a fantastic fireworks display to round off the night and it all added up to a really wonderful wedding.

Enjoy this selection from their day.
Bridal flowers
Pugs in dinner jackets
Bridal preparations
Bride with bridesmaids
Groom with groomsmen
pre wedding and route master buses
Vintage wedding cars
St Josephs church wedding, Epsom
St Josephs church wedding, Epsom
Confetti at St Josephs church wedding, Epsom
Polesdon Lacey wedding reception
Polesdon Lacey wedding reception
Bride and Groom portraits at Polesdon Lacey
Wedding group photos at Polesdon Lacey
Wedding guests at Polesdon Lacey
Beautiful marquee wedding styling at Polesdon Lacey
Beautiful marquee wedding styling at Polesdon Lacey
Entrance of Bride and Groom at Polesdon Lacey marquee wedding
Bride and Groom photography at Polesdon Lacey wedding
Dusk Bride and Groom photography at Polesdon Lacey wedding
Speech photography at Polesdon Lacey wedding
Wedding speech photography at Polesdon Lacey
Evening reception at Polesdon Lacey marquee wedding
First dance at Polesdon Lacey marquee wedding
Dancing at Polesdon Lacey marquee wedding
Fireworks Polesdon Lacey wedding
If you are getting married and are looking for a wedding photographer head over to my website Simon Biffen Photography to find out more about how I capture the day as beautifully as you remember it.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Danesfield House Wedding Photography | Rachel and Steven

Danesfield House wedding photography
As you approach Danesfield House it is not difficult to imagine it being the setting for a fairytale with those white walls, turrets and gatehouse as it stands proud overlooking the River Thames. In reality this magnificent county home is now a luxury spa and hotel and also a rather special wedding venue. The rolling grounds offer some fabulous views of the Thames and the interior is refined and classically styled.

Rachel and Steven held there wedding reception at Danesfield House in July, but before that they married at the delightful St Mary's Church, Turville which interestingly was the site for some of the Vicar of Dibley scenes. Another famous film location is just on the nearby ridge where the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang windmill can be seen, all rather splendid and a great start to a fabulous day!

Rachel and Steven were a joy to work for, so relaxed and happy and in love, which just makes my job even better! Enjoy these highlights from their day.
Danesfield House
Danesfield House wedding bridal details
Danesfield House wedding bride
Wedding st marys church Turville
Wedding st marys church Turville
Danesfield House wedding
Bride and Groom portraits at Danesfield House wedding
Bride and Groom portraits at Danesfield House wedding
Bride and Groom portraits at Danesfield House wedding
Throwing the bouquet at Danesfield House wedding Speeches at Danesfield House wedding
Live music at Danesfield House wedding
First dance at Danesfield House wedding
Bride and groom kiss at Danesfield House wedding

I still have some dates available in 2015 and would love to hear from you if you like my style of photography. You can find out more at Simon Biffen Photography.