Fforest Ffotos…

Another month has gone since I posted anything on here! Where the hell is 2011 disappearing to?! Things have been pretty busy though, which is good. I’ve had quite a few wedding shoots in relatively short succession. I don’t think I’m going to do separate posts for all of them, but just pick and choose my favourites. First up, some shots from another fantastic weekend I spent at Fforest in Wales.

It wasn’t the first time I’ve made the six hour (or whatever it is) trip to the Pembrokeshire camp site. I was there in 2010 shooting (and generally attending) the wedding of my very good friends Phil & Stacey. Considering it was in the same place, with more-or-less the same itinerary for the day, it was amazing how different Griff & Vicky’s wedding felt as an event. I think the addition of a lot of kids made quite a difference. The whole thing felt incredibly informal (especially by wedding standards), but it suited me pretty well. Aside from the one, full group shot, there were pretty much no staged shots, so I spent the whole day shooting candids which was great. Thankfully too, my sun dance paid off and we were blessed with two beautifully hot (almost too hot at times) and sunny days which made the whole thing a lot more pleasant. I’m really not sure what I’d do if I was there and it was chucking it down with rain. I’ve probably jinxed myself now. Anyway, here are some photos…

While I was there, and roughly knowing the lie of the land, I thought that I’d use the outdoor opportunity to try out a time lapse as well. I was quite fortunate that in the year since I’d been there, the guys at Fforest have built a solid structure back with a metal roof to the rear of the large tent where the ceremonies take place. This, luckily, faces due west with a really nice, clear view out across the valley. So, at about 5 o’clock I set up my back up Canon EOS 40D camera on the roof and left it merrily clicking away as the sun went down. It came out pretty well, so I thought I’d try and use it somewhere. The obvious solution seemed to be ¬†to do another slide show that could be uploaded to Vimeo. So that’s exactly what I did:

Overall the weekend was a great success (from my perspective anyway. Everyone else seemed to be having a good time too, though). I’m really pleased with the shoots I got and the video. I think one of the most satisfying parts of the process for me however was sorting out the travel logistics. I managed to get the whole thing down to a much cheaper, and more pleasurable mix of train-to-Cardiff-then-drive-to-Cardigan instead of the huge-roadtrip-from-London affair that Snoo and I did before. Especially as I was travelling alone, this was much nicer, far less tiring and, I think, much quicker solution. I also stayed in a lovely little B&B in Cardigan which meant I got a decent nights sleep, instead of just shivering under canvas.¬†Obviously, the more variables you add into the mix, the more there is to go wrong, but it’s certainly made me feel more positive about doing more weddings there in the future. We shall see.