Vanessa and Roberto’s wedding – part 2

This is part two of my write up on Vanessa and Roberto’s fantastic wedding. After the group shots we went to a fantastic tapas restaurant for the reception. I’ve never seen such amazing food in such vast quantities at a reception and everyone had a great time.




The speeches were great and everyone got a bit emotional ( as it should be! ).

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And then..the dancing of course:)

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Vanessa and Roberto’s wedding

Although primarily a Berkshire and Hampshire wedding photographer I do travel!  In this case, I didn’t have to travel that far, I had met Vanessa and Roberto at a wedding last year in High Wycombe ( Rob and Laura ).  Once they had seen the album I produced for that wedding they booked me for their wedding right away.  That was quite a compliment and I wanted to make sure I did their day justice.   I hired a really good second shooter who I had worked with before, Iona Taberham.  As usual, the day started off with the bride getting ready…

Vanessa and her makeup artist.
Vanessa and her makeup artist.

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Once the bridal prep was done we raced off to the registry office to start covering the ceremony.  This is where I’m very glad I always have a second shooter, as we can cover different angles.  So I got shots like these….

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While Iona was at the back getting these ( the ones of the bride and groom coming out of the registry office I particularly love..I was trapped behind all the guests at that point so it just shows the value of a second photographer ).

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After the ceremony we popped over to the green opposite which had a lovely Church in the background and some shade from the now fierce summer sun.  Time for the group shots!  We kept them brief and then got some lovely shots of the newly married couple.

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Now it was off to the reception, a classy Tapas restaurant.  This was the largest amount of food, and some of the nicest, I’ve ever seen at a wedding.  Everyone thought the starter was the main course, there was so much to it.  I’ll post a few more images from the reception next week when I have some more time.


Jodie and Allan’s Wedding

There is a St Denys in Pangbourne, Berkshire, and a St Denys in Southampton, Hampshire.  I knew this, but my friend Paddy, who I was shooting this wedding with, did not.  He offered to go and check the church out the day before the wedding.  He reported back that is was pretty large, with plenty of space for us to work in.  So I was a bit surprised when I showed up early at the church in Pangbourne to find that it was beautiful, but very small indeed.  It turns out Paddy had visited the wrong church, which is 90 minutes drive away.  Luckily he turned up at the correct church on the day.  Here are some shots from the day.

Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography
Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography
Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography
Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography
Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography
Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography


Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography
Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography

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Maternity Shoot

I did a really fun maternity shoot last week at Stowe House.  Stowe is a National Trust property ( we had permission to shoot in the grounds ).  It’s an amazing place with some beautiful scenery, half the property is also a private school and I was shooting the wife of a member of staff, the lovely Jo.  I’ve known Jo for a while through our photography circles but had never photographed her.  We had a few issues with actually meeting up due to neither of us getting any type of phone signal and I nearly abandoned the shoot thinking she must have gone into labour.  Luckily we did manage to meet up and get some shots in the morning light.  I’ve got a few edits still to go but here are three for now.  Note for the photographers, I used 3 different portrait lenses on this shoot on the Fuji X-T1, the 56mm, the 90mm and the 50-140mm 2.8..I needed the zoom to get the bridge shots.    I was really aiming to keep these fresh and natural, and I know Jo really loves the way they’ve turned out.DSCF3273 DSCF3292 DSCF3277


Fuji 90mm f2 review

I’ve had this lens for around a month now and used it in a variety of situations. Its the equivalent of 137mm on a full frame camera, so pretty close to the classic 135mm f2 that many portrait photographers love on the Canon and Nikon systems. I already have two portrait lenses, the 50-140mm f2.8 and the 56mm 1.2. Both are stellar lenses, tack sharp and a joy to use, so where does this new lens fit in?

First off, its weather sealed, which is a pretty big deal in the UK, where rain is an occupational hazard.
Secondly, there is the compression..135mm is a very flattering focal length for portraits and it gives a noticeably different look to the 56mm, which is the equivalent of an 85mm. Note I said different, not better. But different is good.
Third..its much lighter than the 50-140, although obviously a bit heavier than the 56. I’ll do a better comparison of these three lenses at the end of the article.

Here are a few images to break up the wall of text and give you an idea of the image quality..First, a location shot from a fashion shoot I did recently.


This lens is tack sharp, right up there with the 50-140 and 56 1.2. Some say its sharper, I would say its hard to tell, as with most fuji lenses, I find myself not sharpening the image at all in post production, something that I would never say about my DSLR images back when I shot with Nikon and Canon.

As others have also commented, this thing deals with backgrounds simply beautifully. I’m not a bokeh snob, and personally I have little problem with the bokeh from the 50-140, and the 56 1.2 produces the best bokeh of any Fuji lens in my opinion..until now. This lens is just slightly better than the 56, enough to notice and give images just that little edge that makes it worth while. Here is a straight out of camera jpeg from a recent shoot. I would normally apply some editing if I was going to use this, but it was basically a test shot.

DSCF2440 sealing, lovely compression, amazing sharpness, best bokeh of any fuji lens so far..what are the downsides? It is a quite a long focal length to use without image stabilisation. You will need to keep the shutter speed high to avoid image blur from camera shake. Therefore I don’t see this as a low light lens ( if you are going to use it inside a church for example I would use a monopod ). I understand why they left it out, and its fine, for low light work I’d choose one of the other 2 portrait lenses, the zoom has great IS and the 56 is a low light monster that is quite easy to handhold at much lower shutter speeds than this 90mm. So basically, if you have plenty of space to shoot and decent light, this is the premium portrait lens in the Fuji lineup, but its not for everyone and not for every situation.

Here are a couple more shots before the summary ( edited a teeny bit but nothing major ).



Here is my summary of the three lenses…

90mm f2 – best for bokeh, best lens when plenty of space and light, especially for headshots
56mm f1.2 – best for low light, or when a fuller length shot is needed, not quite as fast or sharp as the 90mm but still plenty sharp and fast enough for most people. More flexible focal length
50-140mm f2.8 – best for flexibiity and speed ( sports, fast parts of weddings ) and an AMAZING studio lens for people who like 70-200 focal length. In the studio this thing never leaves my camera. Also good for low light IF you can drop the shutter speed ( i.e. not lots of movement ) due to insanely good IS.

So..will I keep this lens? Hell yes, its awesome! There is something I can’t quite put into words about the image quality of this thing. Zack Arias said there were 3 lenses he’d used that had a “magic” quality about them ( in his case the 35mm 1.4 was one I agree on that ). I would say this makes my “magic lens” list. I wasn’t sure how much use I’d get out of it, but the fact is, I use it whenever I can and I only use the others when I need to ( even though they are both amazing lenses ). Once again, Fuji has delivered an incredible lens and that is what makes this system. The cameras will keep improving, the lenses are already best in class.

Here are a few more images from this lens, straight from camera…

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Wedding Style

I’m still in recovery mode from my holiday so nothing new from me today.  I did want to post this link though, as I think it sums up very nicely a common theme I’m hearing in the wedding photography industry.  These days its not just important to be good technically, but also to have your own style and not to try and copy other people.  Sure, its ok to look at others for inspiration, but still try and do your own thing.  This B&H YouTube video featuring Ryan Brenizer explains it way better than me anyway, as its worth a look, even if looking at his photos will make you instantly depressed at your own ability!   This video also contains some very cool info on how to use the Brenizer method, which I use a lot in my fashion photography, and also compositing and speedlights, which is another very cool technique.


Fashion image from the 50-140 2.8

I’m off on holiday next week but before I depart, a quick image from the 50-140.  This lens continues to impress me, especially for studio work, but its also great for the odd bit of outdoor fashion work as well.  This is one of my favourites from this year, taken while teaching a fellow photographer some natural light and speedlight skills.  It was taken at 2.8, 140mm.  The fabulous model is Zara Watson.


Some more Fuji 90mm f2 shots

Ellie was my helper again as my son is away at the moment.  Very impressed with the way this lens deals with the backgrounds.  You do really have to watch your shutter speed though, I had a few blurries due to camera shake, this is quite a long focal length so IS would have been nice but I understand why they left it out.DSCF1331 DSCF1335 DSCF1371


A few images from the Fuji 90mm f2

I’ve not had a long time with this lens, but I already love it.  Super sharp, great bokeh, fast AF.  I wasn’t sure I could justify having 3 portrait lenses, but all three of the ones I have do different things and all are incredible in their own way.

– 56 mm 1.2 – the best one for low light, very flexible focal length and the most useful for weddings.  Better than the 90mm for low light as its easier to hold steady at lower shutter speeds and lets in a lot more light at 1.2.

-90 mm f2 – when you have space and decent light, this thing is amazing, its so flattering to subjects and is the best lens for lovely smooth backgrounds ( although the 56mm is no slouch ).  There is just something about this focal length that really stands out and the images are very different from the 56.  I’m surprised by how different to be honest.  It also is weather sealed, unlike the 56.

– 50-140mm 2.8 – the action lens, also useful when maximum compression is needed and better in low light as the incredible image stabilisation lets you handhold it easily at 1/30 shutter speed.  Bokeh is the least attractive of these three lenses but it is still lovely for the most part and its unlikely a client will complain about it.  Sharpest zoom lens I have ever used on any system.  Also weather sealed and you have the flexibility of a zoom.  My go to lens for sports and studio work, both of which I shoot a lot.

Now for some images..I was at a friends house for a garden party/barbecue and took the 90mm along, this was a great opportunity also to test the new focus tracking in firmware v.4, and I was very impressed with it..

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And last, a portrait from a model shoot…


All in all, I’m loving the look of this lens and can’t wait to try it out more to really get the hang of this focal length.