Helen & Joe Sneak Peek - Alcott Farm Wedding
You know how brilliant it is when the stars align? That's exactly what happened on August Bank Holiday a few weeks ago. Helen & Joe celebrated their wedding at the wonderful Alcott Farm near Alvechurch, and the weather forecast leading up to the date was predicting a rock solid, full on, in your face summers day. Not a cloud in the sky, 30C, and a gentle breeze - perfect for an outdoor wedding and celebrations.
Sally & Chris - Hartlebury Castle Wedding
Hi everyone, I thought that it was time to post about a recent wedding that took place earlier this summer. I first met Sally & Chris at a Wedding Open Day last year during one of those many baking hot days. When they told me the name of their wedding venue, Hartlebury Castle, I did a quick Google search because I wasn't familiar with it.
Claire & James's Wedding Album
Hi everybody, and welcome back to another blog post. A few evenings ago Claire & James came to my office again, this time to pick up their wedding album. I was their wedding photographer last year at Chesford Grange near Leamington Spa and Kenilworth here in Warwickshire.
Precious Family Moments At Weddings
Hi everybody, and welcome back to another blog post, this time a very short one from Claire & Craig's wedding last weekend. Their wedding ceremony took place in Coleshill, followed by the celebrations at Strawberry Bank Hotel in Meriden. In short, I captured this image of Claire and her Grandad sharing a moment together.
Claire & Craig's Get To Know You Shoot
Hi everyone, and welcome back to another post on my blog page. This time I wanted to briefly show you another 'Get To Know You Shoot' from this summer, of Claire & Craig.
Jodie & Sam's Countryside Wedding - Alcott Farm
Hi everybody, and welcome back to another blog post, this time Jodie & Sam's wedding. I first met Jodie in July last year at the Alcott Farm Wedding Open Day where I was displaying my wedding photography business. Alcott Farm was their chosen venue to host their celebrations.
Emma & Melvin's Wedding Album
Yesterday evening it was great having Emma & Melvin back in the office. I photographed their wedding at Coombe Abbey last year, and a few weeks ago they gave me the list of images that they had selected for their wedding album.
Helen & Joe - Get To Know You Shoot
Hi everybody, and welcome back to another blog post, this time it's Helen & Joe's 'Get To Know You Shoot'. I first met Helen at the Alcott Farm Wedding Open Day last summer, in the baking heat. We then caught up for a coffee a few weeks later before they decided to book me as their wedding photographer.
Jodie & Sam - Sneak Peek
Last night I received a lovely email from Jodie & Sam..... "Hi Martin. We just wanted to say a massive thank you for saturday, you were a fantastic wedding photographer. Thanks for being so patient and relaxed the whole day, we can't wait to see the images."
Sally & Chris - Get To Know You Shoot
Hi everyone, and welcome back to another blog post, this time a few photos from Sally & Chris's 'Get To know You Shoot' from the weekend. I first met them during one of the heat waves last summer, at a venue Open day.
Alcott Farm Wedding - Tipi Set Up
One of the great things about being a Wedding Photographer, is getting to visit different wedding venues. These could be stately homes, village halls, castles, or farms. Each venue is different. This is especially so with Alcott Farm, where couples can choose a tipi set up, marquee, or yurt.
Jodie & Sam - Get To Know You Shoot
Hi everybody, and welcome bask to my blog page. As part of a process to help plan for a couples wedding, and for them to help feel more relaxed in front of a camera, I suggest that we have a 'Get To Know You Shoot' about a month before the wedding date. Often I can get booked to cover a wedding well over a year before the wedding date, it's also a good opportunity to catch up with each other.
Why I Like This Photograph No.15
Hi everybody, and welcome back to my 'Why I like this photo' blog series, where I pick a photo that I like and quickly give some background to it. This week I've been putting together a couple of wedding albums for couples, and one of them is for Susie & Andy who became husband and wife last October.
Why I Like This Photograph No.14
Hi everybody, and welcome back to my 'Why I Like This Photograph' blog series, where I love to show you an image that I've taken during a wedding.
Why I Like This Photograph No. 13
Hi everybody, and welcome back to the 'Why I Like This Photograph' blog series, where I look back at some of my wedding photographs from last year and share them with you.
Emma & Melvin's Coombe Abbey Sunset Photos
Last week it was lovely being able to show you three images from Becki & Jason's wedding at Walton Hall a few weeks ago, particularly focusing on the time around sunset. I mentioned that my next two weddings was the following weekend, and that the weather forecast was looking like more sunsets were possible.
Becki & Jason - Walton Hall Wedding
How many times have we heard that good cooking is all in the timing, you can especially this with contestants on Masterchef and the Great British Bake Off! And it's also the same with photography sometimes.
Walton Hall Wedding Venue - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
Susie & Andy 'Get To Know You Shoot'
It's been non-stop at the moment during the busy wedding season, which normally means my blogging has taken a back seat! However here is another quick post to keep things ticking along.
Claire & James 'Get To Know You Shoot'
Hi everybody, and welcome back to my blog page. Earlier this week I had a really fun 'Get To Know You Shoot' with Claire & James. I first met Claire last Autumn at a large wedding fair at Stoneleigh Park, just up the road from me here in Leamington Spa.
Becki & James 'Get To Know You Shoot'
I've been very quiet on the blogging front recently, so here is a very quick update today, with another coming tomorrow. A few weeks ago I caught up with Becki & Jason in the grounds of Walton Hall deep in the countryside of Warwickshire.
Alcott Farm Wedding Open Day
Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of attending, and displaying at, Alcott Farm's Wedding Open Day. It was a beaut of a weather day, with strong sunshine, and not a cloud in the sky - perfect for hosting such an event in the great outdoors.
Alcott Farm Weddings - Countryside Weddings
What a summer we are having with the weather, so much sunshine. It's the kind of weather that Brides and Grooms, and their guests, dream about for their wedding day. Sunny drinks reception, cheerful formal and informal photographs, and then admiring a sunset all add to an amazing summers wedding day.
Ettington Park Wedding Venue
Ettington Park Hotel is a gem of a wedding venue, just a few miles away from the historic town of Stratford upon Avon. This 19th century mansion is built in a Neo-Gothic style and is now part of the highly respected 'Hand Picked Hotel' chain.
Emma & Melvin's 'Get To know You Shoot'
Last week I caught up with Emma & Melvin for their 'Get To Know You Shoot'. A few months ago they suggested having it at the amazing Blenheim Palace, the location of Melvin's proposal to Emma a couple of years ago.
Why I Like This Photograph No.12
Hi everybody and welcome back to the 'Why I Like This Photograph' blog series, which is a quick way of looking at images captured at some point during a wedding. This image was taken a couple of days ago during Emma & Matt's wedding day here in Warwickshire.
Emma & Matt's 'Get To Know You Shoot'
Hi everybody, and welcome back to another blog post, this time taking a quick break from the 'Why I Love This Photograph' series. A few days ago I met up with Emma & Matt at Stoneleigh here in Warwickshire for their 'Get To Know You Shoot'.
Why I Like This Photograph No.11
Hi everybody, and welcome back to the 'Why I LikeThis Photograph' blog series. Sometimes I find myself sat in my office here in Leamington Spa, reviewing photos from weddings that I have shot over the last few years, and this morning was no different.
Why I Like This Photograph No.10
Hi everybody, and welcome back to the 'Why I Like This Photograph' blog series. This week's image was taken at the iconic Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick, a gem of a wedding venue here in Warwickshire.
Why I Like This Photograph No.9
Welcome back to the fun blog series called 'Why I like this photograph'. This time the limelight has been taken away from the Bride & Groom, in this case Tina & Richard, and to member of their family.
Why I Like This Photograph No.8 - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Hi everybody, and welcome back to my 'Why I like this photograph' blog series. There is no doubting that the summer is on the way, the warmer recent weather is a real treat, and I've been getting more and more emails from Bride's about their upcoming weddings.
Why I Like This Photograph No.7 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
Everybody loves looking through old photographs, whether on a smartphone, tablet, or good old fashioned hard copies like prints or even an album of some sort. So I thought I'd restart a blog series from last year titled 'Why I like this photograph'.
Charlene & Tom's Wedding Album
A few weeks ago I visited the UK headquarters of one of the wedding album suppliers that I use, Graphistudio. I had met Jeremy the director at an event in Warwickshire earlier in the autumn this year, and he encouraged me to visit his office.
Wedding Breakfast Room Details - Capturing Images For Life
The main responsibility of a wedding photographer is to record the wedding day. Hope that doesn't sound as though I'm stating the obvious, but it's true. Photography is there to record the emotions, the special moments and any requests by the couple.
Oscar de la Renta Inspiration - A Wedding Photographer on Holiday
Last weekend me and my wife Harriet, left Warwickshire and the West Midlands behind, and flew out to Houston Texas in the USA. After a busy wedding photography autumn season, it was time to relax, and also visit some of Harriet's family.
Time For Bridal Prep - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
A couple of weeks ago I spoke about covering the Groom preparations of Stuart, click here for the link. For this week's article I thought it important to have equality and show a recent Bridal prep from last month, of Fiona from her hairdressers.
The West Midlands Wedding Fair at NAEC Stoneleigh Park
In just over a weeks time I shall be displaying at another major wedding show this Autumn - The West Midlands Wedding Fair at the NAEC in Stoneleigh Park. Following from the National Wedding Show at the NEC recently, it will be great to keep the momentum going with another big show.
Time For Groom Prep - West Midlands Wedding Photography
It's not every wedding that I get to shoot the Groom preparations. If the Groom is getting ready at the same venue as the Bride, then I can normally sneak in a few minutes. Or if I'm second shooting for a principle photographer (who will normally capture the Bridal prep), then I'll have the chance to cover the Groom prep.
The National Wedding Show - NEC Birmingham Autumn 2017
All of a sudden the end of September has come round quickly, which means it's tme for the 'National Wedding Show' at the NEC in Birmingham. A few months ago I took the plunge and booked a display area for the show after much deliberation.
Jenny & Jamie's Intimate Oxfordshire Wedding
A few months ago I was second shooting for Darren at Jenny & Jamie's wedding over the Warwickshire border into Oxfordshire. We work really well together as a team, and this enables us to cover most angles during the wedding day.
Client Wedding Album - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Earlier this week I welcomed Sarah & James back to my office to hand over their wedding album. Before clients come and pick up their heirloom, I double check the product for quality control, take a few snaps, and generally drool over the album. Their album was no different, and I was really proud of it.
The National Wedding Show NEC Birmingham 2017 - Tickets
One area in a wedding photographer's business is marketing and sales, and is something that I trying to improve on all the time. With that in mind, as mentioned in a previous social media posts, I'm displaying at the massive 'National Wedding Show' at the NEC in Birmingham between 29th Sept and 1st October.
Refreshing Wedding Album Collection
One of my favourite things to do in the office when I have a spare moment, is look through some of my wedding album samples. There is something so magical holding an album and looking at images in print, compared to viewing images on a computer screen.
Kate & George Sneak peek - Shustoke Barn
A few weeks ago I was asked by Darren to second shoot at a wedding local to us. Kate & George became husband and wife at the Holy Trinity Parish Church in Sutton Coldfield, with the celebrations held at the fantastic Shustoke Barn in Warwickshire.
Shustoke Barn - Warwickshire Wedding Venue
The Shustoke Barn wedding venue is one of the hidden gems in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside. Since opening in 2013, it has grown in stature at a rapid rate, and has become known as one of the finest wedding venues in the county.
Sarah & James Sneak Peek - Coleshill and Ansty Hall Hotel
Last month saw the marriage of Sarah & James, an event that they had been planning for nearly two years. Their wedding service took place at Sacred Heart & St Theresa in Coleshill, with the celebrations over at Ansty Hall Hotel in Warwickshire.
Who Likes Cake?
It's such a privilege being a wedding photographer; spending time on the wedding day with people having fun, visiting stunning venues around Warwickshire, listening to hilarious speeches, and observing all sorts of things including looking at cakes.
Wedding Bouquets - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
A couple of weeks ago, I was a second shooter at Laura & Keith's wedding. A second shooter is effectively another photographer shooting alongside the main principle photographer which gives the couple more images from different viewpoints.
Tina & Richard Wethele Manor Sneak Peek - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
It is an absolute pleasure to now be able to show you some images from Tina & Richard's late spring wedding from the fabulous Wethele Manor here in Wawickshire. Last year Tina and Richard contacted me from Shanghai where they were living and working at the time, and asked me to be their photographer.
An Informal Formal Group Photo
Following on from last week's blog post featuring Kate & George, I thought I'd quickly share with you another photo from their wedding. It was late in the evening at Shustoke Barn in Warwickshire, and all of the important duties had been performed by everybody, ie formal photos, speeches and the wedding breakfast.
Why I Like This Photograph No.6 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
A couple of weeks ago I second shot for Darren at Kate & George's wedding in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, followed by their celebrations at Shustoke Barn back over the border in Warwickshire. It was a grogeous day, and along with fabulous guests, it was a great wedding to be attending.
Sarah & James at Ansty Hall - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
I had the absolute pleasure of capturing Sarah and James's wedding at the weekend. The church service took place in Coleshill in the north of Warwckshire, then the celebrations took further south at Ansty Hall Hotel just outside of Coventry.
Sarah & James - Get To Know You Shoot
A few weekends ago I caught up with Sarah and James for their 'Get To Know You Shoot', and also to have a chat about their wedding day. This was a rescheduled date because of weather, and this time it was warm and nice and dry.
Wethele Manor Wedding Venue
Wethele Manor is one of those wedding venues that's a hidden gem in Warwickshire. It's easy to drive away from the town of Leamington Spa, towards Weston under Wetherley, and completely miss this quaint and characteristic venue.
Tina & Richard - Get To Know You Shoot
A few weeks ago here in Warwickshire, I caught up with Tina & Richard for their 'Get To Know You Shoot'. We arranged to meet up one Sunday morning, at Newbold Comyn, to start the process of talking through their wedding day - and any thoughts they had on being photographed.
Charlene & Tom Ansty Hall Wedding Photography
There are many positives to being a wedding photographer, being able to shoot for a living,meeting new people all the time, and being creative when designing couple's wedding albums. I recently received an email from Charlene & Tom, whose wedding was held in Coventry with their celebrations at Ansty Hall Hotel in Warwickshire.
Why I Like This Photograph No.5 - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Last week I posted a photo from Mel & Scott's wedding when I was second shooting for my friend Cathy, it continued with theme of my preferred shooting style for most of the wedding day - discreet and unobtrusive. I wanted to stay with the same wedding this week, and show an image for a slightly different time of the day.
Why I Like This Photograph No.4 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
Continuing with this blog series I thought I'd talk about another period of the day that sometimes doesn't get much of a mention, a pre-ceremony drink! Mel & Scott's wedding was across the border in Nottinghamshire, and this time I was second shooting for my friend and fellow wedding photographer Cathy.
Why I Like This Photograph No.3 - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Following on with this new blog series, I want to show you all another favourite photograph of mine from recent weddings here in Warwickshire. This week's photo comes from the Welcombe Hotel near Stratford-upon-Avon.
Why I Like This Photograph No.2 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
Following on from last week's blog post, I wanted to continue to share my passion for wedding photography with another choice in this new series.
Why I Like This Photograph No.1 - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Like most people, I love going through old photographs. They can be such powerful things especially when they remind you of emotional events, for example weddings. So I thought I'd start a new blog series called 'Why I Like This Photograph'.
Sarah & Tom Sneak Peek - Hampton Lucy and The Welcombe Hotel
September saw the wedding of Sarah & Tom here in Warwickshire. They benefitted from some fantastic late summer sunshine, which enabled them to celebrate their wedding with their guests in perfect conditions. The wedding service took place in the Church of St.Peter and Vincular in Hampton Lucy, followed by the celebrations at the stunning Welcombe Hotel near Stratford-upon-Avon.
Jenny & Paul's Wedding Album From Folio Albums
It was great to see Jenny in the office again yesterday. Just over a month ago Jenny and Paul selected the images for their wedding album, and I designed the layout for their album. The lovely folks of 'Folio Albums' up in Barnsley worked their magic and produced yet another stunning album. Whenever a new album arrives in the office I give each one a quick check before handing them over to clients. In this instance I couldn't resist taking a few photos of their album.
5 Top Wedding Tips
Over the last few months I've very much tried to take a broader look at weddings. As a wedding photographer, it's too easy for me to immerse myself into a creative bubble. Granted, this is where ideas for beautiful crafted images are born, but it's not the be all and end all. So I've stood back from my role, yet looked further into the whole environment of the Bride and Groom's big day including the planning phase beforehand. As a result I'm gradually building a series of 'Top 5 Tips' blog posts that I hope will help Brides and Grooms.
Emma & Ryan Sneak Peek - Ansty Hall Wedding Photography
Hi everybody, this week it is an absolute pleasure to show you Emma & Ryan's Sneak Peek from Ansty Hall here in Warwickshire. I met them last year at the Ansty Hall autumn wedding fayre at my wedding photography display table. We chatted briefly, and then met up a few days later. The plan was to have the whole day at Ansty Hall with a small and intimate wedding in the Drawing Room.
Top 5 Wedding Flower Tips
Following on from a recent post titled 'Top 5 Tips For A Stress-Free Wedding Day', I thought I'd publish another in this Top 5 series - Wedding Flower Tips. Choosing your flowers can be one of the most exciting parts of planning for your wedding day. Visualising your bouquet, and how your venue will be decorated can be a lot of fun. However, there is quite a bit to think about when making your choice rather than relying on what your favourite flower is, and what your colour theme will be on the day. With that in mind, here goes with the Top 5 Tips.
Emma & Paul Sneak Peek - Crockwell Farm Wedding Photographer
Hi everybody, I hope you are all well. This week is the turn of Emma and Paul to feature on the blog. I first met Paul just over a year ago when he came round to my office, who then booked me to be their wedding photographer. Although living in Rugby, Emma and Paul chose a wonderful wedding venue over the Northamptonshire border called Crockwell Farm, which is situated in the middle of the countryside close to a village called Eydon.
Coombe Abbey Wedding Fayre Autumn 2016
Hi everybody, this weekend will see Coombe Abbey host their Autumn wedding fayre on Sunday October 2nd, and I will be proudly displaying my wedding photography business at this event. Coombe Abbey is a beauty of a wedding venue, with heaps of character that few other venues in Warwickshire and the West Midlands can offer.
Can't Put The Camera Down
Hi everybody, I hope you are all well. Amazingly, last week I photographed my final wedding of the year: of Sarah & Tom in Hampton Lucy, who celebrated at the stunning Welcombe Hotel near Stratford-upon-Avon. It was a gorgeous day with wall-to-wall sunshine, and it felt like a lovely summers day. However, there is no denying that we are now at the start of the colourful season of autumn. So with today's post I thought I'd take us back to the summer, and at the same time tell you a little more about myself.
Jenny & Paul - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Hi everybody, today it's time to catch up with a wedding from earlier this summer. I first met Jenny and Paul last year, I instantly admired their enthusiasm and positiveness, and predicted that their wedding day was going to be a lot of fun. This was confirmed during their 'Get To Know You Shoot'. Their wedding day soon came round, and it was a gorgeous and sunny early summers day.
A Wedding-Free Weekend
Hi everybody, I hope you are all enjoying the latest heatwave here in Warwickshire, this summer just keeps giving. Right, I thought I'd write a quick post that might help you the reader get to know me a little more. A couple of weeks ago I had a weekend that was free of photographing weddings. I still charged my camera batteries and formatted the memory cards as normal though, because this time I was going to shoot some wildlife, birds to be precise, and not Brides (and Grooms of course). What type of birds? Birds of prey.
Emma & Ryan's 'Get To Know You Shoot'
Hi everybody, I hope you are all having a great week. Just a quick post today showing a few images from Emma & Ryan's recent 'Get To Know You Shoot'. We got together at the weekend, and used the grounds of Ansty Hall Hotel for the shoot, on the West Midlands and Warwickshire border. We first met about a year ago at a Wedding Fayre at Ansty Hall where I had a wedding photography display table. Ansty Hall is also their chosen venue for their wedding and celebrations.
Top 5 Tips For A Stress-Free Wedding Day
Hi everybody, I hope you are all keeping well. Today I thought I'd put out a different type of blog post away from reporting on my latest Wedding and 'Get To Know You Shoot'. As a wedding photographer, over the years I've had the privilege to attend and shoot many weddings, and have experienced so much joy and laughter. However sometimes, just occasionally, the possibility of a little stress can creep in and before you know it, something can quickly escalate. So I've had a think about these situations I've observed in the past, and put together a list that can help Brides and Grooms enjoy a stress-free wedding day.
Sarah & Tom's 'Get To Know You Shoot'
Hi everybody, I hope you are all having a great week. Weddings are coming thick and fast at the moment which is all great fun. This week it's time for another 'Get To Know You Shoot' article. Sarah & Tom booked me last year to be their wedding photographer. They are getting married in the Hampton Lucy Church, and celebrating afterwards at The Welcombe Hotel near Stratford-upon-Avon. We were thinking of locations for the shoot, and decided on the grounds of Charlecote Park which is right next door to Hampton Lucy.
Mel & Scott - Get To Know You Shoot
This time last year my friend Cathy, who is also a wedding photographer (Oehlers Photography) asked me to save a date in my diary so that I could second shoot a wedding for her. The wedding was for Mel & Scott, and would be taking place at Calke Abbey, a magnificent National Trust building in south Derbyshire. Sure enough, the year passed quite quickly, and it was time to start preparing for their wedding.
Katie & Michael - Wedding in Cardiganshire
Hello everybody, and welcome to the latest wedding blog post. This post covers Katie & Michael's wedding over in Cardiganshire on the West coast of Wales a couple of months ago in May. I have known Katie and Michael for a few years, and was extremely flattered when they asked me to cover their wedding day. One of the great things about being a wedding photographer is getting to see and experience a whole variety of weddings. They were very keen to have a low key wedding, and then celebrate with members of their family and close friends.
Charlene & Tom Sneak Peek - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a great week and managing to dodge the rain showers! This is what Charlene, Tom and their guests needed to do at times during their wedding day in May. To be honest, we were lucky that it didn't affect the day that much except the Bride and Groom formal shots, but we improvised successfully. Charlene and Tom were married in Coventry, and then celebrated at Ansty Hall Hotel in the Warwickshire countryside.
Jenny & Paul Sneak Peek - West Midlands Wedding Photography
Hi everybody, I hope you all had an amazing weekend. Great news, it's finally time to blog about the first wedding this summer. A few weeks ago I wrote about Jenny & Paul's 'Get To know You Shoot' which took place in Kenilworth at the beginning of May. Their wedding and honeymoon has been and gone, and they came round to my office a couple of weeks ago to pick up their images. They were married at West Orchard United Reformed Church in Coventry, and celebrated at Woodside in Kenilworth just over the Warwickshire border.
Emma & Paul - Get To Know You Shoot
This week's post is another GTKYS (Get To Know You Shoot), this time with Emma and Paul. One of the great things about being a wedding photographer is meeting new people all the time, and getting to know them a little before their wedding day. Emma and Paul were keen to use a location that would be quiet hopefully away from other people.
Charlene & Tom - Get To Know You Shoot
Hi everybody, I hope you've all had a great week. I've been having a fun time this week in the office - being well into the wedding season now, I've been editing away from recent weddings. But I realised that I hadn't blogged half of the GTKYS's (Get To Know You Shoots) from this spring. I had a quick look a moment ago and realised that Charlene & Tom's GTKYS feels like ages ago now because of the surroundings.
Jenny & Paul - Get To Know You Shoot
Hi everybody, I hope you are all having a great week and looking forward to another May Bank Holiday weekend. The month of May has been a busy one for me as a photographer. I've shot three 'Get To Know You Shoots' and three weddings in Warwickshire, the West Midlands and at Cardigan Bay in Wales. This is the real fun part of the job, shooting loads and being with other people. So with that in mind, it's time to show you a GTKYS (Get To Know You Shoot).
Hi everybody, I hope you are all having a great week. The plan for this year over the summer is to gradually chip away at decorating my office here in Warwickshire. But you know how it goes with decorating, plans often ebb and flow, and it's no different for this wedding photographer. This weekend I was determined to make a start at tidying up in preparation, but got hopelessly distracted by.......... wedding albums! There in front of me on the cabinet was my collection of sample albums, and I couldn't resist opening one up for a nose.
What is a 'Get To Know You Shoot'?
Hi everybody, I hope you've all had an awesome week. Quick question, who doesn't like having their photo taken? Be honest now, don't hold back. I don't like mine being taken sometimes either. As soon as someone points a camera in my direction, I clam up, become very self-conscious, put on a 'Wallace and Gromit' smile and generally feel uncomfortable. Does this sound familiar? Because let's face it, not many of us are born feeling relaxed in front of a lens. Even though selfies are commonplace, this is different somehow. So how can a wedding photographer help you out?
Short Personal Project - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
Hi everybody, I hope you all had a great weekend. This post is going to be a little different, and nothing about weddings. However please go to the blog archive page for wedding related posts. This week I wanted to share with you a short personal project. During the quiet part of the wedding season I get itchy feet with photography, and go to a few personal projects to help give me the shooting fix. So what project did this wedding photographer dive into during spring this year?
Expressions during the wedding day - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Hi everybody, I hope you are having a great week. Last week I blogged about 'Wedding Bouquets and Flowers', and the previous week about yummy 'Wedding Cakes'. But this time I'm going back to talking about humans, and more importantly their expressions. Because let's face it, the wedding day is full of emotions with some cracking expressions ready to be captured. This, as a wedding photographer, I believe is a very important thing to try and record; people having fun and getting caught up with emotions.
Wedding Bouquets and Flowers
Just over a week ago I wrote a post about yummy wedding cakes, and why I believe it is important as a wedding photographer to capture images of the cake. This week's post is of a similar theme, but this time it's the turn of wedding bouquets and flowers. Just like wedding cakes, there is no doubting that flowers at weddings are a very important spectacle; not only for the bride and her bridesmaids, but also for decoration at various times over the wedding day.
Hello everybody, I hope you are all having an amazing Easter weekend. And isn't it one of the best weekends of the year, what with having four days off work for most people. All sorts of things can happen over a long weekend, perhaps even time for some wedding planning! And boy oh boy aren't there a fair few things to organise in preparation for a wedding. Granted, being a wedding photographer you might think I would be a little biased as to what should take priority in a list of things to do. Not all, because of course everyone has their own ideas as to what they want to organise, and in what order. Take wedding cakes for example.......
Judy & Chris - Get To Know You Shoot
It is with great pleasure that I can post about a recent 'Get To Know You Shoot' (GTKYS), and the first one of this year. If you are new to this website, the GTKYS is nice to offer couples in preparation for their wedding day. In a nutshell, it helps both the couple, and me the photographer, get used to each other. Plus, capture some nice photos to boot. This GTKYS is a little different however, it took place in the glorious French Alps, in winter!?! How come?
Nicky & Jai - Wedding Photographer Warwickshire
Following on from the previous blog of Kelly & Richard's wedding, I'm really pleased to be posting the final wedding from last year, of Nicky and Jai. Nicky and Jai had their wedding service at St.Giles Church on the outskirts of historic Chesterton. Chesterton is also known for its windmill which is visible on the horizon as you approach St Giles. After the service the celebrations were held at Wootton Park near Henley-in-Arden. The weather was kind to us, especially late evening when we were gifted with a gorgeous sunset.
Kelly & Richard - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Apologies again for being quiet on the blogging front, however it's time to turn back the clock to last summer, and catch up on Kelly and Richard's wedding near Stratford-upon-Avon. I first met them at a wedding fayre a couple of years ago, at my wedding photographer display table. I remembered at the time that they were very bubbly characters, and that was certainly the case on their wedding day as well.
Now For Something A Little Different - Wedding Photographer In Winter
Hello everybody, sorry for being a bit quiet on the blogging front recently. But I'm back and raring to go with another post for you. However, this time, is it ok if I throw a curveball? Now the temperatures have dropped, it really does feel like winter doesn't it? So I thought I'd give you a short break from wedding photographs, and help you feel all snuggly and wintery by showing you some photographs from a land far far away from Warwickshire; the stunning French Alps.
Kimberley & Mark - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
I'm really very lucky to be a wedding photographer in Warwickshire due to many reasons, one being the fantastic towns and villages we have here. Stratford-upon-Avon is one such beauty. It is a stunning town with heaps of history, and for those visitors not used to the area, it is a real eye opener when first arriving. It is often rare that all guests at a wedding come from the same area, so isn't it nice if a wedding is hosted at such a great place like Stratford? This is exactly what happened at Kimberley and Mark's wedding back in July.
Becky & Karl - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
I first met Becky and Karl at a wedding fayre at Ansty Hall Hotel in Warwickshire. Such events are often busy, and it can be tricky having in-depth conversations. So it was nice that they contacted me back after the fayre, and we met up again back at Ansty Hall, which was also to be the venue where they were having their celebrations. Fast forward several months, and the wedding day was upon us. It was a stunning summer's day, sunny and pleasant temperatures.
Kelly & Richard Sneak Peek - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
With stormy weather outside the office whilst writing this blog post, some of you might think that looking back at a July wedding would feel rather distant. And to an extent, you'd be right, except for the weather. Poor Kelly and Richard's wedding took place on probably the wettest day of July. Rubbish. Tell you what though, it was a fantastic day, and great to be their wedding photographer.
Today's blog post is going to be a little different to normal, ie wedding photography has taken a back seat. Perhaps like many people, I have my favourite websites and individuals that I like to check in with online once in a while - whether the websites are of personal interest, or industry related. There is one such website/company that I find particularly intriguing and motivating. It is connected with the wedding industry but also I find it personally very thought-provoking as well. A few months ago it was encouraging photographers to think outside of the wedding industry by using the following quote - "Broadening your photographic appetite will strengthen your abilities." So what did this mean to me?
Cassie & Richard - An Intimate Cotswolds Wedding
I first met Cassie and Richard many years ago whilst skiing in the French Alps of all places. At the time I was struck by how gentle and kind Cassie was, and how good a story teller Richard could be. His knack of weaving a story line around and around different subjects was very clever. But one thing was for certain, they both loved each other very much. Fast forward a few years, I was delighted to be asked to be their photographer at their wedding. They chose a small venue in the Cotswolds, which was perfectly reachable for me to get to from Warwickshire.
Nicky & Jai Sneak Peek - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Last August Bank Holiday weekend saw the wedding of Nicky and Jai here in Warwickshire. They chose the fabulous St.Giles Church in the rural village of Chesterton. Then celebrated with their friends and family at Wootton Park near Henley-in-Arden in the middle of the Warwickshire countryside. The day was dry, a little cloudy at first, and then the sky cleared to reveal a stunning sunset later in the evening.
Wootton Park Wedding Venue in Warwickshire
Wootton Park is an exclusive wedding venue set in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside. Originally a 16th Century Farmhouse, it has now become a popular venue to host wedding celebrations and other events. It has been tastfully developed to cater for weddings and celebrations in a quiet and secluded area of the county.
Christine & Vikas - West Midlands Wedding Photographer
At the beginning of the summer I was involved in one wedding that meant I removed my Warwickshire Wedding Photographer hat, and replaced it with a Yorkshire version! The wedding of Christine and Vikas took place at the stunning Selby Abbey near York, with their celebrations at the impressive stately home of Castle Howard. I occasionally 'second shoot' at weddings, which means I stand in different positions to the main photographer, and help contribute to their portfolio of the wedding day.
Kimberley & Mark Sneak Peek - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
A couple of months ago it was the turn of Stratford-upon-Avon to host Kimberley and Mark's wedding. That sentence makes it sound as though the town put up bunting, closed the town centre and declared a public holiday just for Kimberley and Mark. None of that happened of course, but I tell you what it felt like that because it was such an amazing day. I first met them when I was displaying at a wedding fayre last autumn in Stratford. It felt like ages ago now that we were first talking about how their plans were going at that time.
Becky & Karl 'Sneak Peek' - Ansty Hall Wedding Photography
Ansty Hall in Warwickshire, is a hidden gem of a wedding venue. It is tucked away in the countryside, and yet really close to access roads and other travel routes. The staff are friendly, efficient and professional. It is a venue where I've been lucky enough to photograph a few weddings before. This July was the turn of Becky and Karl, and one I was really looking forward to especially after their 'Get To Know You Shoot'.
Ellie & David - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
A couple of months ago it was such a fun experience to be Ellie & David's wedding photographer here in Leamington Spa. I first met them both when I was photographing Gemma & Chris's wedding a couple of years ago in Warwick. So to be asked by them to capture their wedding was very flattering. Earlier in the summer we got together for the 'Get To Know You Shoot', which was a fantastic insight into firstly me learning a little more about them, and of course vice versa.
Nicky & Jai 'Get To Know You Shoot' - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
A few weeks ago I met up with Nicky and Jai for their GTKYS (Get To Know You Shoot), at a location of their choosing, just outside of Kenilworth Castle. They live in Kenilworth and love this area around the Castle. Nicky and Jai are getting married at the end of the month at St.Giles Church in Chesterton, then celebrating at Wootton Park near Henley-in-Arden.
Hania & Chris Lord Leycester Hospital - Warwick Wedding Photography
Earlier this summer it was amazing to shoot Hania and Chris's wedding at the fabulous Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick. I first met Hania at the Dunchurch Park Hotel Wedding Fayre last Autumn, so it was great to catch up again after the winter. Just a quick word about the Lord Leycester Hospital venue, it is an absolute corker that is steeped in history and character. It has lots of nooks and crannies around the venue, perfect for wedding photography and areas for your guests to go exploring. It feels as though you are inside your own medieval world for the day.
Cassie & Richard Sneak Peek - A Cotswolds Wedding
There is no doubt that being a Wedding Photographer here in Warwickshire is a real blast with being able to shoot regularly at awesome wedding venues, especially having the experience of shooting at the same venues year in year out. However when I shoot at a new venue, that's a real buzz as well. So when Cassie and Richard asked me to be their photographer at this unfamiliar venue to me, in the Cotswolds no less, I was delighted. Their chosen venue, Owlpen Manor near the village of Uley in the heart of the countryside.
Kimberley & Mark 'Get To Know You Shoot' - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
We are in the middle of a busy wedding season at the moment, and it's been fantastic so far this summer with decent weather. This weekend I shall be Becky and Karl's wedding photographer at Ansty Hall in the Warwickshire countryside on Saturday. However the day before I'll be photogaphing Kimberley and Mark's wedding at the stunning Holy Trinity Church in Stratford upon Avon, where none other than William Shakespear is buried! Kimberley and Mark had their 'Get To Know You Shoot' a few weeks ago.
Ellie & David Sneak Peek - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
I'm sure like every couple getting married, having a look at the weather forecast far in advance becomes a ritual. These days, available forecasts can start as far out as ten days beforehand. Granted they aren't particulalry accurate, but we can't help it though can we? Sure enough, the forecast for Ellie and David's wedding had indicated a little rain consistently leading up to their date. Sure, it did rain a little, but did it have much of an affect on the enjoyment of their day? If it did, you wouldn't have noticed one bit.
Becky & Karl 'Get To Know You Shoot'
This summer's 'Get To Know You Shoots' are coming thick and fast at the moment with many couples having their shoots early summer a few weeks before the wedding day. Today is the time of Becky and Karl. We met at a location chosen by them, Hartshill Hayes Country Park on the outskirts of Nuneaton. They used to live near here, and still walk their dog regularly at the country park when they get the chance.
Hania & Chris Sneak Peek - Wedding Photographer Warwickshire
Last month I was really excited to be able to shoot Hania and Chris's wedding at the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick. The Lord Leycester is such a fun place to host a wedding and perfectly matched Hania and Chris's personality. Their family and friends were all on amazing form, and what with the backdrop of this medieval venue, it was a wedding photographers dream.
CPD - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Acronyms, don't you just love them? You know the ones, just like BTW, or LOL much to David Cameron's embarrassment a few years ago! Every day new acronyms appear, it's both fun and challenging learning them all. Thankfully Google does an awesome job of helping out this Warwickshire Wedding Photographer with education !?! Many acronyms have been around for years, including CPD.
Ellie & David 'Get To Know You Shoot' - Warwickshire
Last weekend was the turn of Ellie and David to have their 'Get To Know You Shoot'. We first met a couple of summers ago when I was shooting Gemma and Chris's wedding here in Warwickshire, and Ellie and David were guests at the same wedding. I remember having a quick chat with them during the day at the time. So when they contacted me last year to check my availability for their own wedding day to see if I could be their photographer, I was delighted to find out that their date was still free.
Lord Leycester Hospital Wedding Venue - Warwick
The Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick is another fantastic example of intriguing wedding venues in Warwickshire. Contrary to the name, the Lord Leycester isn't, and never has been a hospital! It is in fact a retirement home for ex-Servicemen in Warwick. It is a Grade 1 listed building that offers quite a unique environment for your wedding service and celebrations, and of course looks sublime in your wedding photography.
Image of the Day No. 10 - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Today marks the final blog post in the 'Image of the Day' series. We've bounced around all over the place looking at different times of a wedding day; starting with bridal preparations, the arrival of the bride before the service, the service itself, a couple of Bride and Groom formals and an amusing family group formal. Yesterday's image came from the gorgeous county of Derbyshire, and today returns back to the West Midlands.
Image of the Day No. 9 - Leamington Spa Wedding Photographer
The penultimate day in the blog post series called 'Image of the Day' is upon us, and takes us up to the glorious Derbyshire Moors. I'm super lucky as a Wedding Photographer to have many perks in this job, one of them is being able to visit at work at aweome places in this country. It doesn't take long to drive from Warwickshire to Derbyshire, and what a fantastic county it is. Sally and Roger's wedding took place at the Peak Edge Hotel on the edge of the Moors.
Image of the Day No. 8 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
Yesterday's photograph in the 'Image of the Day' blog post series was an almost informal Bride and Groom 'formal', if that makes sense! Today's selection is much more of a reportage style, ie captured when people weren't either posing or expecting a photograph to be taken. In reality, this is what most of my shooting will be as a wedding photographer, ie staying in the background and keeping out of the way. Today's wedding features Anna and Marc, and was celebrated at Stapleford Park near Melton Mowbray in Leicstershire. And the image is a little, how do I say this, a bit of a curve ball.
Image of the Day No. 7 - Rugby Wedding Photography
The image that featured in yesterday's blog post in the 'Image of the Day' series, came from a large Greek Wedding in the West Midlands. Today's post has popped across the border into Warwickshire, Rugby in fact. Wedding services can take place in church, a registered wedding venue, or Registry Offices of course. Sylvie and Marcus invited me to cover their intimate wedding at Rugby Registry Office. It was my first time there, and I was pleasantly surprised by its location.
Image of the Day No. 6 - West Midlands Wedding Photography
Welcome back everybody to the second of two weeks where the blog post page has been taken over by a series called 'Image of the Day'. In summary I've selected some photographs taken last year from different couple's wedding day, given some background into each photo, and explained why I've liked them. Today's comes from the fantastic wedding of Dorothée and Dimitris in August. I was invited by a fellow West Midlands wedding photographer to help out and second shoot at this Greek wedding.
Image of the Day No. 5 - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Day five in this week's 'Image of the Day' blog post series comes from a wedding much closer to home, compared to yesterday's in Derbyshire, it is from Kate and Mark's wedding last September. I first met them over a year before at a wedding fayre. We caught up again a few times before their wedding day including their 'Get to know you shoot'. Their wedding service was held at All Souls Church in Coventry, with the celebrations hosted at Leamington Spa Cricket Club.
Image of the Day No. 4 - West Midlands Wedding Photographer
Day four in this week's 'Image of the Day' blog post series comes from Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. Last summer I was invited by Cathy of Oehlers Photography to assist at Lucie and Luke's wedding. Although I had already been to Chatsworth a few times as a visitor, and I had never shot there before, so this was a real treat. It didn't take long to drive up from the West Midlands, and enter into the gorgeous Derbyshire countryside.
Image of the Day No. 3 - Coombe Abbey Wedding Photographer
Day three in this week's 'Image of the Day' comes from Coombe Abbey in the Warwickshire countryside, where I was lucky enough to be shooting the wedding celebrations of Steph and Tom last autumn. Their wedding had been in the planning for well over a year, with military precision. Funny that, baring in mind that Tom works in...... the military. One option for him would've been to wear his military uniform, but being a proud Scot, he opted for the Highland Dress instead.
Image of the Day No. 2 - Ansty Hall Wedding Photography
Following on from yesterday's new blog post theme, where I will be posting an image every weekday for the next two weeks, here is today's. The post was about a photograph taken during the Bridal Preparations of Sally's wedding. Today's image was taken a little later in the course of a wedding day, during the service itself, this time a different wedding from Jodi and Stephen's at Ansty Hall. This can be a particularly important time for a photographer to capture as much as they can.
Image of the Day No. 1 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
In the past, during quiet wedding periods, I've published blog posts titled 'Image of the Week'. This is where I've selected a photograph from a wedding that I've shot previously, and explained the background behind the image and why I like it. Basically, I hope it gives you more of an idea of what goes on in the brain of a Warwickshire Wedding Photographer. However, it is time to up the ante, and change this idea into an 'Image of the Day'. So for the next two weeks, there will be a new image every weekday for you to delve into.
Chatsworth House - Lucie & Luke Wedding Photography
Does anyone remember 'Hurricane Bertha' last August? It swept in off the Atlantic and created havoc across the country giving us very high winds and heavy rain showers. Bertha was due to hit Derbyshire by the afternoon of Lucie and Luke's wedding day, and was playing on everyone's minds, especially a few wedding photographers. On that day I came up from Warwickshire, to help out second shooting for Cathy and Brian of Oehlers Photography.
Wedding Details - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
The previous blog post was chock a block full of people's emotions and expressions at weddings based around Warwickshire and the West Midlands, click here for the link. This next article is the complete opposite, nothing to do with humans at all, and all about wedding details. Sounds fair enough doesn't it? Wedding details are non-living objects aren't they (except for flowers I guess), just there for decoration if you like. So in fact stating that details are less important than humans I think are doing them a great injustice. For me, as a wedding photographer, details have just as an equal significance as capturing everything else that is going on during the wedding day.
Capturing Emotions at Weddings
Apparently an estimated 880 billion photographs were taken around the world last year! That's massive. This simple fact goes to prove that photography continues to grow in popularity. It also means that being original, and shooting differently to everyone else, is proving to be even more challenging. Tell you what though, being able to capture people's emotions and their reactions at weddings are just as rewarding, and valuable, as ever. And this is one of many areas of photography that drives me forward, and is also what couples remark on when they view their wedding photographs for the first time. It's priceless.
Wedding Albums - West Midlands Wedding Photography
One of the many responsibilities of a wedding photographer is to make sure that images are captured on the wedding day, and stored safely to ensure against loss. That means backing them up many times, fair enough, and no problem at all. I won't go into detail how I go about the process during this blog post. However I'd like to point out that even as a professional photographer, it takes strict discipline. So how about the rest of you, how often do you back up your own photos? Go on, be honest, whether you use a smartphone or a compact camera to take photos. So why do I mention this, and what has this got to do with wedding albums?
Kate & Mark - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Last September saw the gorgeous wedding of Kate and Mark in Coventry, with their celebrations held across the Warwickshire border in Leamington Spa. Their wedding service took place at the All Souls Church in Coventry, and they had a marquee set up ready to go at Leamington Spa Cricket Club. I had visited Kate the day before the wedding, at the marquee, whilst it was being prepared. At that very early stage, I had a gut feeling that the next day was going to go really well due to the attention to detail, but also importantly how relaxed everyone appeared to be.
Wedding Cakes - Wedding Photography
I know that the festive period feels like quite a while ago, but hands up if you consumed too much? Yep, thought as much, me too. So I wonder if writing a blog post about wedding cakes is a little cruel if some of us are trying shed the pounds, hopefully not. Last year I wrote a post about wedding flowers, and I really wanted to write a similar one about cakes. Let me explain why I think wedding photographers have a responsibility in recording the wedding cake away from the cake cutting moment.