I was very honoured and just a little scared
to be asked by good friends Nick and Linz to cover their wedding. After all, accidents can happen and things can go wrong - but that is the same for all clients and all weddings.
As if to remind me of this, my main Nikon D4 camera decided to break just a week before their wedding!
Fortunately the great guys at Fixation were able to rush through a repair in time for me.
I can prepare for those eventualities of course - being fully insured and always carrying back up equipment means I can usually always finish the job I have been commissioned to undertake.
But, what if they don't like the photographs?
Now that is scary. I could not only lose a potential repeat client, but lose friends as well.
In the two meetings we had prior to the wedding I got a very good idea of the style and sort of images the couple wanted.
My final brief was, 'Make sure these are the best photographs you have ever taken'. Okay - I'm not at all nervous now.
The day before the wedding I went through my usual checks: charging batteries, polishing lenses, assembling lights, stands, props etc.
I even filled the car with fuel before we set off the next morning to The Roof Gardens in Kensington.
It was a Sunday so no congestion charge, no congestion and my first time driving along the north bank of the Thames.
But - before we go there, the photography for Nick and Linz started almost exactly a year ago when I designed their Save the Date card and four and a half months before the wedding, their Invitation card.
Styled slightly differently, these 'Save the Date' and 'Invitation' designs helped initially to hint at a fun party atmosphere at the forthcoming wedding and then a reminder that it would also be very elegant and stylish.
The Roof Gardens is a wonderful place to photograph a wedding on a lovely day such as we had - we were lucky because the next day saw torrential rain. There are lots of beautiful locations for guests to mingle and photographers to spend some quality time with the bride and groom without disturbing everyone else.
I couldn't have coped on the day without the help of a good assistant, in this case my wife Louisa. As an artist herself, Louisa knows a good shot and takes a great photograph when she isn't busy doing other essential jobs.
A good assistant is worth their weight in gold. Knowing what lens you need next, where and how to use the off camera lighting, helping to adjust dresses, position people for group shots - the list goes on.
The following are just a few of the many hundreds of images I produced that I hope give a flavour of a wonderful day to remember.
Looking back now, I hope that I achieved the brief - Stylish, Contemporary, London, Fun and Party.