Monthly Archives: May 2008

Christina + Trevor

Christina and Trevor were so laid back and easy to photograph that it was my true pleasure to tag along on their big day. We stopped by Lambert Castle after the ceremony for some photos, then headed over to the Brownstone for the reception. Question for you, when was the last time you went to a wedding where a Rock-a-billy band entertained you? Probably never right? Well, except for those of you that attended Christina and Trevor’s wedding! They were called the Buzzards, and these guys were just awesome! Great wedding guys! Congratulations and enjoy your honeymoon!
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Where’s Christina?
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Here she is!
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This poor little guy looks confused. Right after this shot he actually turned around and started heading back up the aisle!
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I love this look Christina gives Trevor during the ceremony.
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Their first dance.
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Check out “Chops” pulling out all the stops!
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An impromptu guitar lesson.
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sonia s. - wow these pics are really amazing, i dig the style. not your typical wedding pics. thank god! we’ve seen enough chessey photos to last us a lifetime. these vare different and very refreshing.

sonia s. - i dunno about roy, but his guitar is very photogenic! :)
the buzzards were a nice touch i see!

sonia s. - just joking about roy… that man is hot stuff.

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Ann Marie + Ben

Ok, this is going to be a BIG blog post! Two reasons; first, this was an AWESOME wedding, and secondly, Ben happens to be my cousin! My family and I flew across the Atlantic Ocean to Liverpool England to be at Ben and Ann Marie’s wedding. We stayed at my mother’s flat two weeks prior to the wedding (see previous two blog posts). It was great to see my relatives across the pond again, but it was also a little awkward working at the wedding too. They chose this really great venue called the Palm House in Sefton Park. Basically, it’s a very big and beautiful green house. What a magnificent site to have a wedding! Rather than type a bunch more stuff here, I will start posting photos and will probably have more commentary than usual…enjoy!
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Ok, this shot requires some explaining. I had just finished photographing Ann Marie’s engagement ring and needed to use the loo (toilet). When I was washing my hands I noticed the word “Bensham” on the faucet. Well, Ben’s name kept jumping out at me, so I decided to photograph Ann Marie’s ring sitting on top of the faucet (after plugging the drain of course!) I knew I would later photoshop out the “ham” part of the word, leaving “Bens HOT”. Well, here is the end result. Oh, and for the record, Ben IS hot!

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This is Trish, Ann Marie’s siter, looking up at her boyfriend, who’s name is also Ben…hmmm.
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And here’s Ann Marie getting blasted by hair spray.
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This is Sophia, my cousin Julie’s daughter (Ben’s sister). They flew in from Greece a few nights before.
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And this is my cousin Julie holding the mirror for Ann Marie. Perhaps a metaphor for the blending of families?
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Ann Marie and her father just before going into the church.
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This is Ben’s best man, Phil, fumbling for the rings.
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This is a pretty typical expression of small boys in suits during the ceremony!
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Ben hams it up during the marriage register signing.
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I told you this was a typical expression!
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Ben’s a real cut up.
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Man and wife at last!
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Great couple, great car, great venue!
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I love this shot of George (cousin Julie’s son).
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Inside the Palm House.
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This my daughter Zoe looking at her Granny (my mom).
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This is some serious laughter!
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This is Julia, my cousin Jake’s girlfriend, using some hand signals with George.
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My cousin Jake, and Aunt Margaret (Ben’s brother and mom).
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I think George snuck up on Zoe and was giving her the “sshhhh” sign.
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This was Phil’s, the best man, speech after dinner. If you want to know what Ann Marie is laughing about, just look at the next photo…
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Ben’s pony tail from 1995! Nice one Phil!
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Cousin Julie, her daughter Sophia, and Zoe dancing.
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Anne Marie out on the dance floor.
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Well, I told you at the start that this would be a long blog post didn’t I? Congratulations Ben and Ann Marie, enjoy your honeymoon!
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JRaftery - Hi Todd

I know I am slightly biased I just wanted to say how fantastic your photos of Ann Marie and Ben’s Wedding are. I’ve sent them to relatives, friends and colleagues and everybody is bowled over by them.

Thank you for all your hard work on the day and best wishes for the future.

John

Todd - Thank you John, it’s always great to hear positive feedback, even if it is slightly biased! It was my pleasure photographing Ann Marie and Ben’s wedding, they are a great couple!

Todd

michelle - Fantastic pics Todd! Marg, Julie, etc. are over the moon with your brilliant shots and creative style. We are all very proud of you, especially mum.

Michelle

Jedly - Nice photos. i like them a lot. I want to thank Laffler Photograpy for all the creative photos. i just shot my first wedding and it was for my sister. i got a few ideas from some of todd’s shots and i wanted to thank him. if i ever get married i’ll probably call you guys up. i like it a lot! Cheers!

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The Peak District

We headed out to the Peak District for a few days this past week. We usually go up to the Lake District but decided to try something new this time. We stayed around the village of Bakewell, where we visited Haddon Hall and the Chatsworth Estate. They film a lot of those oldy worldy movies and PBS specials at these places. We toured the houses and the gardens as well. This is truly a beautiful part of England. We stayed at two different B&B’s, and they were both extremely picturesque.
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This was shot about 100 yards from the back door of the first B&B we stayed at. There were some dark brooding clouds around, and occasionally the sun would pop out for about a minute or two.

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And this is Ben, one of the two dogs at the B&B. Zoe kept telling him to get off his dog house roof and get back in his suitcase, whatver that means!
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This was taken from inside the Chatsworth Estate.
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And this one from inside of Haddon Hall, a fascinating, and very old medieval house.
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When we were researching B&Bs to stay at, this one had advertised the room we stayed in as having a “Loo with a view” (Loo=toilet). Sure enough, when we got there, this was the view from the loo.
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1940′s Weekend

It all started when we were searching online for a Thomas the Tank Engine appearance for my daughter Zoe, who is a HUGE fan! We didn’t have any luck I’m afraid, but did happen to stumble upon the town of Haworth’s 1940′s weekend which was located in West Yorkshire. The town totally looked the part. There were lots of people dressed up in authentic 1940′s garb, not to mention period vehicles, and the shops which even taped up their windows just like back in the day. It did rain most of the day, but the whole town and its participants showed great moxy in carrying on with a great day! We even got to ride on an authentic double decker bus from back in the day, as well as a great steam train too.
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These guys were great, picnicing 1940′s style on a shop stoop.
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This was the steam train we got to ride in.
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Here’s Zoe mugging it up while sticking her head out the window of one of the coach cars. (don’t worry, Susan was holding on to her)
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Just to give you an idea of how the town was decked out, check out the sand bags and “air raid” shelter.
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This was one of my favorite shots of the day.
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England

My wife Susan, daughter Zoe, and myself are visiting my mother in England at the moment. I will be photographing my cousin Ben’s wedding next Sunday too. Unfortunately, Zoe has been pretty sick since we got here. We actually spent most of Mother’s day at a Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. They ultimately diagnosed her with tonsillitis . She’s had some high fevers, sore throat, lots of coughing among other things. She seems to be doing better now. Needless to say, we haven’t been out on many adventures I’m afraid. Just thought I would update everyone and post a few snaps I’ve managed to take since we’ve been here.
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I took a pretty similar shot as this almost exactly 1 year ago. My mom’s friend Chris is on the right and my wife Susan with Zoe asleep in the hiker on her back. I didn’t stage it, it just sort of happened again. Although this time, I had my zoom lens on, so it does have a different feel to it.
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Zoe, trying to be a trooper.
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Just some couple walking along the beach.
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This is the view outside my mother’s window, overlooking the river Mersey.
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Same view during the day.
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I like this shot of Susan, Zoe, and me.
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