The Hickstead Hotel in Bolney, near Brighton, is surrounded by beautiful West Sussex countryside. The fallow field in this first photo, covered in long grass, was key focal point for the wedding photography last Saturday.
The gardens at the front of the hotel have sporadic trees to create a beautiful glade for wedding photography. using long lenses, particularly my 85mm at f1.6 creates this dreamy effect in the depth of field. Aaron & Vicky were fantastic people to work with, their intimacy with each other was really easy to photograph as they would just slip into a moment together and enjoy each other’s company.
Later on in the day, in golden hour lighting, we hopped over the fence back into the field. The golden hour light was a little out of reach for us, the shadows from the surrounding trees were blocking some of the light and a light cloud covering diffused the light a little too. Nevertheless, the soft lighting worked well for some portraits in the long grass.
We cheated a little here, by setting up an off-camera flash to mimic golden hour sunlight. The flash had a full CTO lighting gel on to warm the light up and help balance the exposure so that I could keep the colour in the sky. A little bit of balancing in Lightroom and local adjustments really brought out the strong colours in the clouds. I also broke out my Sigma 24-35mm f2 ART lens to get in more of the sky and adjusted the direction of the light for these last two wedding photographs.