Venues like Barnsley House and its surroundings are, for me, what make Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds arguably the most beautiful place on the planet. On a fine summer’s day, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than at Barnsley House weddings. On a dark Tuesday afternoon in February… I’m open to offers.
I am not entirely impartial though, as I grew up just a couple of miles away, and love the area. I’m not sure if this is why I’m so drawn to the countryside, or if I’d still feel so inspired by it if I’d be born in downtown Delhi. I guess we’ll never know. But I’m certainly not on on my own in my love of the Cotswolds and of Barnsley House weddings.
I’m based half the year in a small town in the hills of central Mexico, called San Miguel de Allende, and am lucky enough that my career has led me to travel extensively. But wherever I am working, I’m always looking for those countryside scenes that shaped my eye from such an early age. Skies, fields, tree-lined paths…. the village pub. We digress.
After my first year of weddings, I knew I wanted to shoot at venues that inspired me. Barnsley House was the first door I knocked on and summers of incredible events soon followed.
For a number of years I shot the advertising campaigns for British fashion brand, Ghost. Whilst the beaches of Mexico and studio’s of East London have their charm, my favourite shoot was their winter campaign in the countryside surrounding Barnsley House. Nowhere do I feel more at home working, than the middle of a muddy field.
I also managed to convince Brides magazine to shoot an editorial with me in the same spot a few year previous. Please do not be fooled by the apparent idilic sushine. This blissful 3 minute break in the weather, when this photograph was taken, was a notable anomaly in the several hours of significant wind and rain. For most of the day myself and the team sat huddled in my car while I proclaimed how unusual it was to have such bad weather this time of year. But if truth be told, and if you are British you already know, that it often can be. (Please see below)
Whilst my family are no longer in Chedworth, my parents still live nearby, and make a good act of appearing happy to have me stay for a night or two when I’m working at Barnsley, so I don’t ask for accommodation expenses.
I’ll usually take a Zipcar from East London, that works out between £100 – £200 depending on whether it’s 2 days or 3. Whilst I know the place like the back of my hand, I do like to travel up the day before to walk through the plan for the day and run my ideas past you.
You can check out my portfolio here, and a previous Barnsley House wedding photography shoot here, but please do not hesitate to contact me for availability, pricing and details using the form on the contact page!
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