Today we feature the lovely wedding of Sarah and Roy which was captured by Sussex based wedding photographer James Robertshaw.
The day went perfectly and the genius of Sarah and Roy’s plan was it’s simplicity. Roy welcomed their guests at the Earl of March, a gastro pub in Chichester ready to catch an open top bus to Arundel Town hall for the ceremony and drinks reception. Guests then caught the bus back to the pub for a top notch barbecue, live band and party which went on till just after midnight. There were no group shots or no formal speeches and everything was about celebration. I was with Sarah for her preparations in the morning before joining Roy and the guests and jumping on the bus to the Town Hall. I left at the very end of the night which was a long day but definitely my favourite way of working as I can create the complete story.
I first met Sarah and Roy for a drink to talk about their wedding plans and how I work. We got on really well and had a great connection from the start – so much so that they booked me on the spot. They’ve known each other for years and their mutual families have too but it took them quite a while to get together. Once they did, it didn’t take them too long decide on marriage and when you’re with them together you can see why – they’re both such warm characters and so deeply in love you can just tell they’re just right for each other. They were fantastic clients too – they trusted me completely to do what I do and I was made to feel incredibly welcome and included on the day.
I’m a full-time photographer mostly working on wedding commissions but also fashion and education. I’m a father of two and I love living close to the sea having moved to the East Sussex coast from London about 5 years ago. Most of my couples are in Sussex but I often work in London and occasionally abroad too. I love working with available light and my aim with weddings is always to capture the characters and events of the day as naturally as possible.
My photography style is documentary. Very simply, I shoot what happens as it happens without interfering or interrupting the flow of the day. I’m sometimes asked to do a few group shots or portraits and couples tend to hire for me to do what I do best which is create natural images. I love both colour and black and white and I take a great deal of care to keep colours as true as possible – much like film. I very rarely use flash and when I do it’s always ‘off camera’ using radio triggers which allows me to put them wherever I like. For this wedding I used them on the dance floor to create shadows on the ceiling and for a simple portrait of the couple. Gently connecting with people is a vital part of my style too as the more I understand about people, the better I can capture their character.
It’s hard really say one particular thing over another as it was such a great experience. I loved the overall feeling of the day – it was all about celebration and there was lots of time and space for everyone to talk, dance, drink and sit quietly if they wanted to. One highlight was part of the ceremony – a little play written about how Sarah and Roy got together which was performed brilliantly by their nephews. It was hilarious and really novel. Another moment which really struck me was a conversation with Sarah’s sister in the evening. She described how easy it had been to have me around and how historically, the family has never been comfortable being photographed. I was really touched.
You can find out more about James and get in touch about your special day via his website at James Robertshaw.