After a very welcome few months of rare 'high' U.K. temperatures, the summer holidays dawned upon us and we were free to enjoy ourselves to the absolute in Italy. I can't express how much of a pleasure this trip was with my wife and two couples that we traveled with in parts of this wonderful country. Across two weeks we dined, sunshined, and Aperol'd our way through Milan, Lake Como, Florence, and Tuscany. As expected, the scenes, people, food and culture did not disappoint, greatly surpassing my expectations, and the daily doses of mozzarella and wine never grew tiresome.
In the interest of keeping things simple and reliable I packed my trusty X-T2 and XF35mm F2.
Between this combo or my X100F I have enjoyed traveling with minimal camera gear when enjoying local European trips, however, I must say that after about 1 week of enjoying my simple 50mm setup I realised that with longer trips (> 5 days) I should pack an extra lens or two. I certainly didn't need any extra lenses but at times I felt a little itch to break things up with a different perspective. That said, my go-to combo was a top performer as always, leaving me with memories for decades to come.
Whether you're old or new to FujiFilm the XF35mm F2 is a must have for all shooters.
Hope you enjoy 'em!
Sunshine, glorious florals, and classic English styling in Oxfordshire.
What more could a photographer want?
Well, I was lucky enough to shoot Anisha and Arun's intimate wedding ceremony at the Old Swan Minister Mill as my first U.K. wedding earlier this year and it was nothing short of stunning.
Anisha reached out to me shortly after moving to Oxford asking me to cover her special day that was only to be attended by close family and friends; a special affair that required a candid and discrete approach across the afternoon.
Honestly, I could not have wanted for a more picture perfect couple who executed classic style in such an honest and down-to-earth manner. Just two people in absolute love celebrating it with a sincere gathering of wonderful people in a picture perfect setting.
Much love to you awesome folk!
You know you're privileged when you start losing track of how many significant places you've traveled to for pleasure in less than a year. Well, we didn't exactly move to the U.K. for amazing pay rises or weather but it sure is incredible being so close to so many significant parts of the world that are accessible on the cheap, just like in this case with our ~4 day trip to Olhao, Portugal and it's surrounds.
On a whim some months ago we booked this one in so we could see Seu Jorge live in concert and enjoy a bit of sun and damn good food. We certainly got all that and more. Having gloriously good coffee, toasted sandwiches, and sunshine greet us each day was a blessing. The few days spent relaxing on beaches and even being able to drive across the boarder to Spain for dinner one evening was everything we needed. Sending an impromptu message to Adriano, drummer for Seu Jorge, that it'd be great to say hello, only to be given AAA passes and photo access was the most perfect icing on the cake, topped off with great 3am hangs with the man himself and his band. I have never received such a sincere embrace from a stranger and someone whose music has been there with me in so much of my adult life; he is a true gentleman and a star! Many, many thanks to the whole crew for welcoming us like family throughout the whole evening.
Olhao is a truly beautiful and humble part of the world that really helped me empty my head for a few days and look for new visual experiences. I have walked away hooked on the textures of its streets and architecture, and the reassuring message the less is more by having packed only my X-T2, XF35mm F2, and 3 batteries for 5 days. The only downside is that it has left me wanting more, but that's what those EasyJet price alerts are for!
Another awesome U.K. wedding wrapped up and also the smallest one I have had the absolute pleasure to capture!
Lara and Mark's day was a simple affair where they exchanged vows at the local Register Office in Hammersmith, which also just happens to be situated right near the river Thames. Their day was witnessed by two of their dear friends and the wonderful people who had me come along to capture it all, Sara and Tom. The ceremony was an absolute cracker of an affair with the two city officials and celebrants fighting to hold themselves back from dancing to the Motown music playlist that the wedding party had loaded up.
One of the great things about the U.K. are the ample pubs that even without a plan you can find, grab a drink or three in and have a great time. All of 100m away from the town hall was the gorgeous little pub known as The Dove that sits beside the river Thames. The champagne was popped and several pints of ale were drunk by all, which sparked everyone's enthusiasm to get dirty by walking into the low tide of the river for photos. Did we ruin our shoes in the muck? Sure did! Was it worth it? Well, look ahead and tell me what you think in the comments below. This truly was a celebration of love and true friendship.
Much love all you awesome folk!
Jeez... it's been too long between posts, and this is just one of about six posts or more that I need to get going since moving to the U.K. As you can expect, we've been traveling as much as we can (time and finances dependent) given our proximity to so many amazing places in relative arms reach, and after hearing how epic the Lake District was meant to be we set off with some friends during the early spring for a long weekend away.
For this trip I packed the ever awesome X-T2, along with the battery grip, XF16mm and the XF50-140 for that compressed landscape imagery. I'm not gonna rant on how much I love my Fujifilm kit, you know I do and the X-T2 has been an incredible travel and work companion on numerous occasions. To me it's become an almost 'modular' camera system with how you can adapt the kit to suit certain needs, whether it's street shooting, professional wedding photography, or getting out into the wilderness. When it comes to the streets its lean as with the XF35mm, and when I need beef the added battery grip and the XF50-140mm are a high performance combo.
Ok... I ranted. On to the snaps.
Cheers - Mathieu