Shooting at Gate Street Barn
Wedding Photographer at Gate Street Barn
I love photographing weddings at Gate Street Barn in the Surrey Hills. It’s an extremely well run venue that hosts a real mix of different weddings – it’s very homely and very intimate will a healthy dose of luxury thrown in.
I live just around the Corner of Gate Street Barn, so I’ve shot there a few times over the years, but for some reason haven’t shot as many weddings there as I might have. Every time I have been there I’ve always come away knowing that somehow it wasn’t simply just a venue where people get married.
It’s more than that.
There’s a feeling that it’s a place to start. There’s a feeling that it’s a platform for people to literally declare their story.
It’s an electric way of showing off. And it has always made for an exciting way to step into someone’s world for a split second.
Sometimes, being a photographer is all about that. I love the fact that whichever wedding I’m shooting, whatever I think I know I’m photographing, and how important that actually is, I’m still aware that some of my best work can happen when I don’t know what is coming, or when the surprises come.
Sometimes that surprise might be something simple. The couple might be relaxed and at ease enough to simply just be authentically themselves. Enough for me to see something magical enough to be not just a good photo, but a great portrait of them for a quick moment. If people are hiring me to be their photographer I’m going to want to do my best work so they can see something in their pictures that they can truly recognise as who they are.
Gate Street Barn has that something special that you can’t put your finger on. It’s a place where people let themselves get carried away. A place where people take the wave, the extreme pivot and life changing aspect of getting together and just ride it. Just own it.
Being that photographer and looking for that stuff isn’t always the easy route to take, but I’m just saying that Gate Street Barn, the venue, the people that run it, and the people that I meet there, just seems to make it easier to find my way in.
I’ve got a few coming up in the new year, but I’d love to be there more, so please do get in touch if you’re planning your wedding there in the future…