SJC photography Basingstoke Hampshire: Blog en-us (C) SJC photography Basingstoke Hampshire (SJC photography Basingstoke Hampshire) Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:36:00 GMT Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:36:00 GMT SJC photography Basingstoke Hampshire: Blog 120 80 Warbrook House Hampshire wedding photography Warbrook House was a lovely sunny wedding capturing the day of the bride and groom.

This beautiful venue sets off a fantastic backdrop for anyone wanting to have their wedding there set in Hampshire.



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Wedding at St Stevens Church and Reception at Bishopswood Golf Coarse  

This was the lovely and charming wedding of Kathleen and Ray near Tadley.

It was a beautiful sunny day back in June 

It all goes so soon

The day was set when they both met

Sometime in the afternoon

The congregation arrived with the flowers in full bloom

Everyone was over the moon

Smiling and laughing with hugs and kisses

They still remembered with heart felt love the ones close and not forgotten

So here ends my little tale and the story goes on captured in raw to show you the parts of the romantic day



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Happy clients with their wedding album at Highfield Park near Reading Had the pleasure with working with this lovely couple from start to finish with the presentation of their wedding album at Highfield Park near Reading.

It is always a journey we have with our wedding clients from the first meet up, through the engagement shoot to the wedding itself.Then the album design that puts the cherry on top of the cake.

How important at a personnel level we work with clients like Yvonne and Kevin below on where that journey ends up with a handmade album for them to cherish and love with pride.

I cannot stress enough on a personal note how important it is to show your work the best way and not just give a usb stick. Quality is what I like to deliver for all my clients with Handmade albums.Yes you can save money and a lot of time without a album but for me thats not the point with wedding memories.

Would you just have the material given to you to make the dress probably not, thats why I like to hand a tactile object of high quality in your hands.

All I do is give 150% to clients from the off and give them a big chuffed smile to me when they receive their album. 

Even after this I still look to improve and take further training and stay in the loop in todays market.


Here is what they said.

Collected our wedding album last night from Steve, all I can say is my husband and I are blown away with the finished article. Stunning is an under statement. We had a speedway themed wedding and was lucky enough for our team Eastbourne Eagles to loan us a bike for the day. Steve captured the bike to perfection as you can see from our front cover. I can not recommend SJC Photography enough, he went above and beyond to make our day just perfect, always there to capture that special moment. A huge heart felt thanks from Kevin and I for our beautiful memories we shall treasure forever.

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BBC Good food Show at the Tower of London Feast Supper Club with Michel Roux jr The evening was started with a welcome glass of fizz and experience close up action as Michelin master Michel Roux Jr cooks live on stage in the Feast Kitchen.

He was captivating to say the least, with his warm persona that melted over the audience like one of his main meals he was preparing.

 A Yeoman Warder escorted the guests to see the crown jewels through the Tower for a private tour followed by a drinks reception and canapés.

There was a special book signing with Michel Roux Jr. where his friendly warmth was in abundance.

Lexus were one of the sponsors who kindly showed three of their latest cars around The Tower of London.

Finally, you will be called for a truly extravagant feast, paired with stunning wines in the White Tower itself where there is so much history,if only the walls

could talk to us they would have lots to say. 



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August results in the SWPP Highly commended with this wedding photo Wasing Park  

It is always good to test yourself in todays market of wedding photography. I am looking patiently around as the ceremony gets underway hey presto the mirror just below the feet stood out and was my main focal point on this occasion to capture the guest intently looking.

I am constantly getting asked do you take pictures of things going on? Well the answer is yes I do.

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Fun wedding at Wasing Park With SJC photography

I thought as a wedding photographer this time just adding a quick photo with the Bridesmaids having fun at Wasing Park Aldermaston near Newbury. Some of the best photos come when clients feel relaxed in front of the camera. I am always working to be part of the crowd and mingle quietly around what is proceeding in front of the camera.

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Fantasy digital art Giraffe and castle This is a creation that is from a series of animals in digital art that I have been working on this year between weddings and such.

It's a personal project that has lit up my skills in photoshop learning the hard way, but this has added extra strings to the bow as you might say.

I have always loved the colours in the sky and all the photos in this were my own. Individually there not much to shout about on there own but when I find what I am looking for it clicks quite well to put them together and create something different.

Just because I have wedding,events and portraits business as my main photography does not mean to say I should stay on these roads but thats just me really.

I always look to try something new and that in its self helps my main business in so many ways.


This is a land of giant peaceful Giraffes  looking after the castle in some way.

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Highfield Park wedding Yvonne and Kevin This fabulous wedding was this July on a glorious hot summer's day.

I prepared with this wonderful couple going through their big day in detail to make sure they were happy with how I worked around the day and let it flow to how the venue had worked the timings for them.

They are mad about speedway and visit Eastbourne frequently to watch. So the owners brought a bike all the way to Highfield Park and was set at the bottom of the spiral stairs for all to see. 

Here's what the couple said to me through email afterwards when they had seen their photos.

"From the moment we met Steve at a wedding fair back in 2016 we have been extremely pleased with the service offered. He is very professional, caring and understanding of your needs. The laid back approach we have had at our meetings is a welcome change, it makes you instantly strike a good relationship up thus making your preparations much easier as he gets a good understanding of you and your needs. Our pre-wedding photo shoot at our venue was a lovely idea and it gave Steve an insight into how we work together as a couple and also gave us ideas of photos we would like on the big day. Come the wedding day everything was 100% perfection. We have been back to view the photos taken, again it was all very chilled and relaxed, just need to choose some for our album, they are all so good, we have a hard decision to make. Would not hesitate to use Steve again."

It is satisfaction from clients that makes me pick up the camera to take weddings it's never taken for granted by me and it should not be by couple's that are looking for a professional photographer.

It is not just a job in capturing something so precious it has taken years to get to this level. I cannot wait to start designing the album for them they are a lovely couple and fantastic to work for.


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Family fun portraits Basingstoke Hampshire I had the pleasure late May to photograph this lovely family.

We chose to work inside the studio setting and outside with their little boy who did extremely well considering I was warned he was teething.

So from that I worked on worse case scenario where I thought we may get a small window of opportunity to work with him.

Well he turned out to be the exception after two hours he was still smiling.

Now with these first couple of hours we had cups of coffee and tea on the go talking generally and giving everyone time to relax to make the whole experience enjoyable as possible and not feel like a production line.

Getting to know people and a little insight into the lives is something I cherish.

We took some indoor photos to start with then later proceeded out side to a woodland park that is a minutes walk from me letting everyone get some fresh air and take some natural light shots.

Here are a few taken from the session at Basingstoke Happy portraits.

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SJC photography at Audley's Wood Hotel Basingstoke  Lovely wedding at Audley’s wood Basingstoke Hampshire where I photographed the whole day.

This venue is just outside the town. Set in lovely secluded rural setting it gives a lavish style to enhance the photos around the grounds with established shrubs and trees.


Inside there are plenty of places to take photos where vintage meets a new style with The Simonds Room and Conservatory Restaurant for the ceremony.

Also they use a Garden Pavilion for the wedding breakfast set towards the rear of the grounds.

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Flowers at Oakley Hall Nicci G's Basingstoke At the Oakley Hall open wedding day some of the rooms were lit up with the very talented Gregor florist.

Here are a few samples on display that day by SJC photography.

Check it out Nicci-G's Flower Studio

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Oakley Hall wedding photography venue near SJC photography Oakley Hall a elegant wedding venue near SJC photography based in Basingstoke. This is ideally set in the countryside with beautiful  grounds inside and out for your photographer to capture great photographs.

There are a great set of staff to help plan your wedding at the venue so don't hesitate take a look and see for yourselves.

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Basingstoke swpp Gold award Hampshire photographer tells the background to the image story  

All is different on a wedding day and one of my Jobs is to take reflective images that portray an ambience that lifts and excites my clients when they see their photographs for the first time.

This image gave me goose bumps because when I look back at it I remember the carnage that was happening behind me.The wedding breakfast was commencing and everyone was sitting down through a side door so there was no room for me really. I had to set this up with a really slow shutter speed while the camera was fastened to a tripod.

I had to work very quickly with maybe two or three minutes to set this up and to make everything seem relaxed in the photo.

That is something you have to learn and get better at as a photographer which is being able to work under extreme pressure. So knowing your equipment inside out helps alleviate this.

Thats not something your going to find out as a client that easy from a photographer so always check the work out to see if you like what they take and how much experience they have will help.

So the image doesn't tell the true story and the Bride and Groom won't think about that when they look fondly back at this picture with its calmness and beauty that I think shines through.

I entered this after much deliberating in the monthly competition with swpp only to find I had won a Gold for this image with a chance then at the end of the year for nomination for the overall winners.


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Wasing Park Barn wedding Reading RG7 4NG with beautiful Autumn feel lighting This was a recent wedding at Wasing Park Barn Reading it is set in the beautiful countryside near Aldermaston.

With a well constructed drive leading through the main gates a windy road takes you to the main Barn car park.

There is a church that can be chosen as well as the barn for the ceremony set in the mature grounds for plenty of photography opportunities with the out buildings if desired by clients.


Here are a selection from the day please click use contact page for availbility.

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lee filter blocker and grad by Steve Chatterton Hampshire UK I used a blocker 10 stop with a grad filter for the shots below. Processed with Lightroom.

The sky was changing quite rapidly towards Bournemouth where the sun was setting so I bracketed the shots with 3 second exposures adding as I went.

Yes there’s lots of similar shots taken over the years but I rarely get the chance to take this sort of seascape.

The Lee filters themselves come in a unique pouch case for ease of access to get filters and put away .The square filter comes with quick release mount that is handy to change filters and leave the adaptor ring on the lens.

This is good if you wanted to up sticks and move along say over rough terrain safely in the knowledge your filters were stored nicely away.

I have tried numerous types of filters and have to say they are we'll made for Landscape photographers  and pros and ams a like won’t go far wrong with these added to there collection.

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Oakley Hall portrait session Hampshire by Steve Chatterton Model portrait session at Oakley Hall where we shot inside as it was raining for any attempts outside without a brolly.

Though the main thing was to capture the model inside today with different window light which was very soft today.

I created a mood that I have been gaining confidence with for many years and tried a few new things out while we had five minutes.

This is something I urge photographers to do.

Firstly capture the money photos then go for the risk shots it's always worth it and you might surprise yourself.

Learning new technics and revisiting old keeps your hand in as they say.

I will be using this area when I have a wedding at Oakley hall Hampshire which is one of many to use.

Here are a few from inside Oakley Hall.


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20 x 16 International print competition at SWPP Society in London merit award for Steve Chatterton  

This January I entered the SWPP International 20x16 print competition In London. 

I was delighted to be awarded a Merit for the picture below.

I wanted to create a story to the image and make the viewer ask questions of what the gentleman was deep in thought for while reading in the corner of this quaint Winchester pub in the heart of Hampshire.

Big Thank you to the print foundry for there help in the media choice.....



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convention swpp in London John Denton training I have been asked to help out at one of the largest professional photographic conventions this week.

Not Only do they have awards on Saturday but training with professionals from around the world gather and freely give their knowledge for you to take away.

If you are a pro or amateur  this is worth going to with trade shows of quality products added in for good measure so you can talk face to face and meet fellow minded people.

Well worth a visit.


Here is a training day photo I took from John Denton training who will be there giving his all for the cause.

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Model  Alice Elizabeth


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Photoshop Art Hampshire Basingstoke This new photo art I have created is a different direction over the last year I have been developing.

A few factors to extending the business and also because I enjoy the creative side while sipping a cup of coffee in the warmth of my room.

Having the vision is one thing I found  but putting it down for others to see was another as there are many creative artists who make it look easy when clearly it takes lots of practice.

So this was created in Hampshire Basingstoke over Christmas any comments feel free at the bottom of the page to engage.

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Reading Town Hall and Rushall Farm Barn wedding I had the great pleasure of covering Nicki and Neil's wedding in July this year.

It was a large converted Barn that had stunning surroundings around Rushall Farm.

Neil fitted the lighting for this beautiful occasion on a glorious sunny day and created the letters too which  he now has a successful business hiring them.

The ceremony was at Reading Town hall that had a grand hall with high ceilings giving it an air of elegance and light.

They were a great couple to work for and had a lovely family and friends surrounding them for their special day.

Here are a few from the day.



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