Photo details: I was asked to photograph Lynne & Ste's wedding at Vignamaggio, just south of Florence, Italy and we really wanted to get some great shots of them in their original classic Fiat 500.
We had a couple of miles to drive from the church to the venue and so I drove ahead of them, stopped the car and waited. Luckily the light was just right and you can clearly see their happy just married smiles!
About the photographer: I'm a Lincolnshire wedding photographer, living in the heart of Lincoln. I originally started out photographing horses, but when I photographed my first wedding, I was hooked.
My speciality is photographing family life, of which weddings are a part. Quite a few of my clients come back to me after their wedding when they have started their own families, and I'm really honoured to have a number of clients who have been coming back to me for over 10 years.
When I started Natural Expressions Photography, I decided that I really didn't want to be photographing the same places every week, so I made the decision that I would happily travel.
A lot of my work is in Lincoln and the surrounding area, but I've photographed weddings all over the UK, and have had commissions in New York, San Francisco, Italy, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and several places around Europe.
A few years ago I encountered the occasional client who would ask for what is known as an NDA (None Disclosure Agreement). They were usually people in the public eye, footballers, actors and TV personalities. They obviously didn’t want to lose control of their wedding photos and find them plastered all over a wedding photographer’s website. Or worse still, sold on to one of the red top newspapers. It was fine by me - attracting these kinds of clients was a sign that I was getting somewhere - and I always charged a healthy premium for the NDA.
Occasionally I’d have a meeting with someone and their desire to protect the images was baffling. I remember one groom insisting that a clause was written into the contract that he was to own the copyright - this was something I always refuse in any circumstances. Turned out he was a professional footballer who played for Bolton Wanderers, but as I have no interest in any team other than the mighty Manchester United, this meant I hadn’t heard of him. I don’t think many Bolton fans had heard of him either as he was rarely in the first eleven - or the second eleven. I suppose some people are just famous in their own heads. I lost the booking as I wouldn’t agree to his terms. Bolton Wanderers have been on a steady decline ever since and are about to be relegated. None of their players has been paid for months. This I believe is called Karma. Never mess with a photographer - we have special powers.
Wedding venue: The Tudor Barn Belstead is located in seven acres of beautifully kept, open wooded grounds in the village of Belstead, Suffolk. Gorgeous venue with stunning spots for photography Venue Website
Photographer: "Grace was not only our wedding photographer but became a special part of our day as well. So professional in every way and took the most amazing natural photos.We would recommend Grace to anyone looking for a top class wedding photographer. We are absolutely delighted with our photos! Thank you once again Grace we are so happy we found you"