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2020 archive

What Exactly is a 'Get To Know You Shoot'?

Friday
,
19
June 2020

Hi everybody, and welcome back to another blog post. Here's a question: other than when having fun with selfies on your own or with friends, how often do you have your photograph taken? Especially by a pro? I'm guessing that not many of you.

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Breathtaking Bridal Bouquets

Saturday
,
6
June 2020

Hi everybody, and welcome back to another post. There is absolutely no doubt that the Bride is the centre of attention on her wedding day. The great news is that a Bride has so much choice with how she wants to appear - selecting her wedding dress, hairstyle, make-up and jewellery is all part of the fun in the planning process and on the day itself.

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Alcott Farm Wedding - Helen & Joe

Thursday
,
21
May 2020

Hi everybody and welcome back to another blog. Last August Bank Holiday weekend was blessed with incredible weather. Sunny and hot (30C); the kind of day that Brides, Grooms and guests dream about for a wedding. This was exactly the weather that Helen & Joe experienced: particularly fortuitous since it was an outside wedding and celebration.

Alcott Farm Wedding - Helen & Joe
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From The Archives - Emma & Paul's 'Get To Know You Shoot'

Friday
,
1
May 2020

Hi everybody and welcome to another blog post plucked out from the depths of the archives. The wedding industry, including photographers, patiently waits for the coronavirus lockdown to gradually ease, then we can start dreaming about future weddings.

From The Archives - Emma & Paul's 'Get To Know You Shoot'
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From the Archives - Jenny & Paul's 'Get To Know You Shoot'

Thursday
,
16
April 2020

Hi everyone, and welcome back. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, photographing 'Get To Know You Shoots' and weddings are on hold for the foreseeable future. So with that in mind, I thought that I'd dive into the archives occasionally and re-live a few moments with you.

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Wootton Park Wedding - Beki & Tom

Thursday
,
9
April 2020

Hi everybody and welcome back to another blog post, this time with the wedding of Beki & Tom last year. I first met them at a wedding fayre a couple of years ago hosted by Wootton Park. I was really chuffed that they booked me as their photographer soon after the event.

Wootton Park Wedding - Beki & Tom
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2019 archive

Claire & Craig's Strawberry Bank Hotel Wedding

Thursday
,
21
November 2019

Hi everybody, and welcome to another blog post. Back in August, it was Claire & Craig's turn to become husband and wife. It was a day that they had planned for quite some time, and it was a lovely summer's day. I caught up with Claire during her bridal preparations, before the wedding service at Coleshill Parish Church in the West Midlands. After the service we all travelled to 'The Strawberry Bank Hotel' in Meriden near Coventry.

Claire & Craig's Strawberry Bank Hotel Wedding
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Camilla's Bouquet - Mallory Court Wedding

Friday
,
15
November 2019

A few days ago Tarquin & Camilla (made up names) came round to my office to view and pick up their wedding photographs. They were keen to not have any people photos put up online, hence their made up names, which I of course completely respect.

Camilla's Bouquet - Mallory Court Wedding
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New Sample Wedding Album

Tuesday
,
12
November 2019

Hi everybody and welcome to another blog post. A few days ago I took delivery of a new sample wedding album, and wanted to show you some images of it. The wedding that I selected was of Helen & Joe who became husband and wife at the end of August at Alcott Farm near Alvechurch.

New Sample Wedding Album
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Beki & Tom - Wootton Park Wedding

Tuesday
,
15
October 2019

Hi everybody, just a short post from me today. At the weekend I received a lovely email from Beki & Tom, whose wedding I photographed last month at Wootton Park near Henly in Arden, and it said....

Beki & Tom - Wootton Park Wedding
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Helen & Joe Sneak Peek - Alcott Farm Wedding

Wednesday
,
25
September 2019

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.

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Sally & Chris - Hartlebury Castle Wedding

Friday
,
23
August 2019

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.

Sally & Chris - Hartlebury Castle Wedding
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Claire & James's Wedding Album

Tuesday
,
20
August 2019

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.

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Precious Family Moments At Weddings

Monday
,
5
August 2019

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.

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Claire & Craig's Get To Know You Shoot

Wednesday
,
31
July 2019

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.

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Jodie & Sam's Countryside Wedding - Alcott Farm

Tuesday
,
23
July 2019

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.

Jodie & Sam's Countryside Wedding - Alcott Farm
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Emma & Melvin's Wedding Album

Wednesday
,
10
July 2019

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.

Emma & Melvin's Wedding Album
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Helen & Joe - Get To Know You Shoot

Thursday
,
4
July 2019

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.

Helen & Joe - Get To Know You Shoot
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Jodie & Sam - Sneak Peek

Tuesday
,
4
June 2019

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."

Jodie & Sam - Sneak Peek
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Sally & Chris - Get To Know You Shoot

Thursday
,
23
May 2019

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.

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Alcott Farm Wedding - Tipi Set Up

Sunday
,
19
May 2019

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.

Alcott Farm Wedding - Tipi Set Up
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Jodie & Sam - Get To Know You Shoot

Wednesday
,
15
May 2019

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.

Jodie & Sam - Get To Know You Shoot
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Why I Like This Photograph No.15

Thursday
,
9
May 2019

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.15
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Why I Like This Photograph No.14

Tuesday
,
26
February 2019

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.14
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Why I Like This Photograph No. 13

Monday
,
11
February 2019

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.

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2018 archive

Emma & Melvin's Coombe Abbey Sunset Photos

Friday
,
5
October 2018

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.

Emma & Melvin's Coombe Abbey Sunset Photos
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Becki & Jason - Walton Hall Wedding

Friday
,
28
September 2018

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.

Becki & Jason - Walton Hall Wedding
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Walton Hall Wedding Venue - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer

Tuesday
,
25
September 2018

Walton Hall is a fabulous wedding venue in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside.

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Susie & Andy 'Get To Know You Shoot'

Monday
,
3
September 2018

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.

Susie & Andy 'Get To Know You Shoot'
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Claire & James 'Get To Know You Shoot'

Thursday
,
23
August 2018

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.

Claire & James 'Get To Know You Shoot'
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Becki & James 'Get To Know You Shoot'

Wednesday
,
22
August 2018

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.

Becki & James 'Get To Know You Shoot'
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Alcott Farm Wedding Open Day

Wednesday
,
11
July 2018

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 Wedding Open Day
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Alcott Farm Weddings - Countryside Weddings

Thursday
,
5
July 2018

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.

Alcott Farm Weddings - Countryside Weddings
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Ettington Park Wedding Venue

Tuesday
,
26
June 2018

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.

Ettington Park Wedding Venue
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Emma & Melvin's 'Get To know You Shoot'

Monday
,
18
June 2018

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.

Emma & Melvin's 'Get To know You Shoot'
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Why I Like This Photograph No.12

Wednesday
,
30
May 2018

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.

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Emma & Matt's 'Get To Know You Shoot'

Wednesday
,
16
May 2018

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'.

Emma & Matt's 'Get To Know You Shoot'
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Why I Like This Photograph No.11

Wednesday
,
9
May 2018

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.11
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Why I Like This Photograph No.10

Wednesday
,
2
May 2018

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.10
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Why I Like This Photograph No.9

Sunday
,
22
April 2018

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.9
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Why I Like This Photograph No.8 - Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Wednesday
,
18
April 2018

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.

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Why I Like This Photograph No.7 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer

Friday
,
13
April 2018

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'.

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2017 archive

Charlene & Tom's Wedding Album

Thursday
,
21
December 2017

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.

Charlene & Tom's Wedding Album
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Wedding Breakfast Room Details - Capturing Images For Life

Wednesday
,
29
November 2017

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.

Wedding Breakfast Room Details - Capturing Images For Life
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Oscar de la Renta Inspiration - A Wedding Photographer on Holiday

Sunday
,
5
November 2017

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.

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Time For Bridal Prep - Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Wednesday
,
25
October 2017

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.

Time For Bridal Prep - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
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The West Midlands Wedding Fair at NAEC Stoneleigh Park

Wednesday
,
11
October 2017

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.

The West Midlands Wedding Fair at NAEC Stoneleigh Park
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Time For Groom Prep - West Midlands Wedding Photography

Thursday
,
5
October 2017

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.

Time For Groom Prep - West Midlands Wedding Photography
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The National Wedding Show - NEC Birmingham Autumn 2017

Thursday
,
28
September 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.

The National Wedding Show - NEC Birmingham Autumn 2017
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Jenny & Jamie's Intimate Oxfordshire Wedding

Tuesday
,
19
September 2017

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.

Jenny & Jamie's Intimate Oxfordshire Wedding
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Client Wedding Album - Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Tuesday
,
5
September 2017

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.

Client Wedding Album - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
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The National Wedding Show NEC Birmingham 2017 - Tickets

Friday
,
25
August 2017

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.

The National Wedding Show NEC Birmingham 2017 - Tickets
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Refreshing Wedding Album Collection

Wednesday
,
16
August 2017

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.

Refreshing Wedding Album Collection
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Kate & George Sneak peek - Shustoke Barn

Friday
,
21
July 2017

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.

Kate & George Sneak peek - Shustoke Barn
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Shustoke Barn - Warwickshire Wedding Venue

Monday
,
17
July 2017

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.

Shustoke Barn - Warwickshire Wedding Venue
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Sarah & James Sneak Peek - Coleshill and Ansty Hall Hotel

Friday
,
14
July 2017

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.

Sarah & James Sneak Peek - Coleshill and Ansty Hall Hotel
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Who Likes Cake?

Friday
,
7
July 2017

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.

Who Likes Cake?
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Wedding Bouquets - Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Wednesday
,
5
July 2017

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.

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Tina & Richard Wethele Manor Sneak Peek - Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Thursday
,
29
June 2017

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.

Tina & Richard Wethele Manor Sneak Peek - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
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An Informal Formal Group Photo

Tuesday
,
20
June 2017

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.

An Informal Formal Group Photo
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Why I Like This Photograph No.6 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer

Friday
,
16
June 2017

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.

Why I Like This Photograph No.6 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
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Sarah & James at Ansty Hall - Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Monday
,
12
June 2017

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 at Ansty Hall - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
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Sarah & James - Get To Know You Shoot

Thursday
,
8
June 2017

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.

Sarah & James - Get To Know You Shoot
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Wethele Manor Wedding Venue

Tuesday
,
6
June 2017

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.

Wethele Manor Wedding Venue
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Tina & Richard - Get To Know You Shoot

Friday
,
2
June 2017

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.

Tina & Richard - Get To Know You Shoot
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Charlene & Tom Ansty Hall Wedding Photography

Friday
,
26
May 2017

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.

Charlene & Tom Ansty Hall Wedding Photography
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Why I Like This Photograph No.5 - Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Monday
,
22
May 2017

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.

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Why I Like This Photograph No.4 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer

Monday
,
15
May 2017

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.4 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
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Why I Like This Photograph No.3 - Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Thursday
,
4
May 2017

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.3 - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
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Why I Like This Photograph No.2 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer

Friday
,
21
April 2017

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.2 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
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Why I Like This Photograph No.1 - Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Saturday
,
15
April 2017

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'.

Why I Like This Photograph No.1 - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
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2016 archive

Sarah & Tom Sneak Peek - Hampton Lucy and The Welcombe Hotel

Friday
,
18
November 2016

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.

Sarah & Tom Sneak Peek - Hampton Lucy and The Welcombe Hotel
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Jenny & Paul's Wedding Album From Folio Albums

Saturday
,
12
November 2016

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.

Jenny & Paul's Wedding Album From Folio Albums
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5 Top Wedding Tips

Friday
,
4
November 2016

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.

5 Top Wedding Tips
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Emma & Ryan Sneak Peek - Ansty Hall Wedding Photography

Thursday
,
20
October 2016

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.

Emma & Ryan Sneak Peek - Ansty Hall Wedding Photography
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Top 5 Wedding Flower Tips

Wednesday
,
12
October 2016

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.

Top 5 Wedding Flower Tips
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Emma & Paul Sneak Peek - Crockwell Farm Wedding Photographer

Wednesday
,
5
October 2016

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.

Emma & Paul Sneak Peek - Crockwell Farm Wedding Photographer
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Coombe Abbey Wedding Fayre Autumn 2016

Friday
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30
September 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.

Coombe Abbey Wedding Fayre Autumn 2016
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Can't Put The Camera Down

Tuesday
,
27
September 2016

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.

Can't Put The Camera Down
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Jenny & Paul - Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Friday
,
16
September 2016

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.

Jenny & Paul - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
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A Wedding-Free Weekend

Tuesday
,
13
September 2016

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.

A Wedding-Free Weekend
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Emma & Ryan's 'Get To Know You Shoot'

Tuesday
,
6
September 2016

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.

Emma & Ryan's 'Get To Know You Shoot'
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Top 5 Tips For A Stress-Free Wedding Day

Saturday
,
20
August 2016

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.

Top 5 Tips For A Stress-Free Wedding Day
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Sarah & Tom's 'Get To Know You Shoot'

Thursday
,
4
August 2016

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.

Sarah & Tom's 'Get To Know You Shoot'
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Mel & Scott - Get To Know You Shoot

Wednesday
,
27
July 2016

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.

Mel & Scott - Get To Know You Shoot
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Katie & Michael - Wedding in Cardiganshire

Friday
,
15
July 2016

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.

Katie & Michael - Wedding in Cardiganshire
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Charlene & Tom Sneak Peek - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer

Friday
,
1
July 2016

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.

Charlene & Tom Sneak Peek - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
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Jenny & Paul Sneak Peek - West Midlands Wedding Photography

Monday
,
20
June 2016

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.

Jenny & Paul Sneak Peek - West Midlands Wedding Photography
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Emma & Paul - Get To Know You Shoot

Friday
,
10
June 2016

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.

Emma & Paul - Get To Know You Shoot
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Charlene & Tom - Get To Know You Shoot

Friday
,
3
June 2016

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.

Charlene & Tom - Get To Know You Shoot
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Jenny & Paul - Get To Know You Shoot

Thursday
,
26
May 2016

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).

Jenny & Paul - Get To Know You Shoot
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Wedding Albums

Wednesday
,
11
May 2016

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.

Wedding Albums
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What is a 'Get To Know You Shoot'?

Sunday
,
1
May 2016

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?

What is a 'Get To Know You Shoot'?
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Short Personal Project - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer

Monday
,
25
April 2016

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?

Short Personal Project - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
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Expressions during the wedding day - Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Friday
,
15
April 2016

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.

Expressions during the wedding day - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
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Wedding Bouquets and Flowers

Tuesday
,
5
April 2016

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.

Wedding Bouquets and Flowers
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Wedding Cakes

Saturday
,
26
March 2016

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.......

Wedding Cakes
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Judy & Chris - Get To Know You Shoot

Sunday
,
20
March 2016

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?

Judy & Chris - Get To Know You Shoot
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Nicky & Jai - Wedding Photographer Warwickshire

Saturday
,
5
March 2016

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.

Nicky & Jai - Wedding Photographer Warwickshire
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Kelly & Richard - Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Wednesday
,
10
February 2016

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.

Kelly & Richard - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
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Now For Something A Little Different - Wedding Photographer In Winter

Monday
,
11
January 2016

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.

Now For Something A Little Different - Wedding Photographer In Winter
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