With snow on the ground, my headphones blaring, and my nose hiding behind the collar of my wool coat... I headed into Farringdon. I have a wedding to shoot there on Saturday, and since the weather is looking unpredictable, I decided to take another last minute look around.
For me, the recce is a really important part of recording any fast moving event like a wedding. Even if I've worked at a venue before, or I know an area well (as I do with this particular wedding) I always try and re-visit it, see it with fresh eyes, and walk out the day on my own. It gives me an opportunity to move around the space, see it through my camera without distraction, time constraints and the joyous chaos of the day itself; it helps me to mentally see everything from all angles.
On my recce today I took a walk around The Order of Saint John, in Clerkenwell. This beautiful historic building is a 16th Century gatehouse, nestled in between trendy coffee houses and delis in Farringdon. I had no idea this place even existed. The staff there were wonderful and trusting enough to give me free reign of the place, after talking me through the running order of the wedding. The hour I spent wondering the old echoey wooden halls, and winding staircases was completely intoxicating... The place is crammed with history; in giant oil paintings hung on every wall; in coats of arms in every stain glass window; and in the old brick walls of the building itself. Suffice to say, that whatever the weather does, there is plenty of character and interest to work with in this venue.
See you here on Sunday with a big meaty pack of photos from the wedding. And girls, I've seen the dress.. it's a stunner.. you'll want to see this...