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.
Coombe Abbey Wedding Photography - Steph & Tom
Back in September saw the wedding of Steph and Tom in Coventry, followed by celebrations at Coombe Abbey the fabulous wedding venue in the Warwickshire countryside. It was a great experience being their wedding photographer, and helping me on the day was my friend and fellow photographer Cathy. Tom's family had travelled down from Scotland, with Steph's family based in Coventry. Steph and Tom were in the midst of moving house to Lincoln in the build up to the wedding day, which made it a hectic period for them, but everything slotted into place perfectly.
Wedding Photography Skills in the Alps!
"What kind of a blog post title is that on a wedding photographer's website?" I hear you cry. It's a fair question, and I've a rather tenuous answer. December can often be a quiet month for the wedding industry, compared to the summer months. So I took the opportunity a few weeks ago to leave the lowlands of Warwickshire, and head out to the wintery French Alps. Regular readers of this blog page may remember I love being in the mountains, and in particular putting on a pair of skis. Oh, and of course taking some of my camera kit as well.
Jodi & Stephen Ansty Hall - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
It is great being based in Warwickshire, because there are so many wonderful wedding venues including Ansty Hall Hotel. I've been lucky enough to display as a wedding photographer here many times at Wedding Fayres, and it was also the choice of Jodi and Stephen for their wedding day. The service actually took place at St James Church, which is right on the perimeter of the grounds of Ansty Hall. So you could say that the whole day took place at the same location effectively.
Photographic Memory - 'Houston We Have A Problem'
There are some lucky people who have photographic memories, but many don't, including this wedding photographer. A classic case of this was recently. At the end of last month my wife and I went away on holiday. We were celebrating one of her big number birthdays (ending in a zero), and also our tenth wedding anniversary. So it had been planned for a long time and in a very meticulous manner. We were going to visit one of her sisters and family in Houston Texas, and then have a weekend in New York on the way home to the UK. The day of our departure came, and the office was locked before leaving Warwickshire behind us.
Dorothée & Dimitris Greek Wedding - West Midlands Photography
Way back in August I was invited to second shoot for another West Midlands based wedding photographer, Steven Gerrard. If you are a sports fan reading this blog post can I quickly point out that he is not a footballer, but an incredible photographer. The wedding of Dorothée and Dimitris was a fantastic event and being a Greek wedding there were all sorts of rituals. The wedding took place at the Greek Orthodox Church near Birmingham City Centre, with the celebrations hosted in The Great Hall at the University of Birmingham.
Lucie & Luke Sneak Peek - Chatsworth House Wedding Photography
In the middle of the summer I recieved a phone call from my friend Cathy, who is also a wedding photographer, and she asked me if I wanted to shoot a wedding with her. I checked the date my diary, which was free, and said "Yes I'm up for it, where is it taking place?". "Fancy leaving Warwickshire behind you Martin and popping across to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire" came the reply. Wow, if you have never visited the Chatsworth Estate, you would know that it is an absolute beauty of a location to hold a wedding.
Steph & Tom Sneak Peek - Coombe Abbey Wedding Photography
Warwickshire has a huge selection of amazing Wedding Venues, and it would be tricky to make a list without running the risk of missing some out and offending people. Coombe Abbey is justifiably up there as one of the most impressive. So when Steph and Tom booked me as their wedding photographer last year, and told me they would be celebrating at Coombe Abbey, I was doing somersaults for ages.
Kate & Mark Sneak Peek - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
Kate and Mark's wedding and celebrations took place in two counties, how cool is that? Granted, Coventry and Leamington Spa are on the counties border and very close to each other, but it sounds glamorous doesn't it? I first met Kate and Mark at a wedding fayre at Ansty Hall last year, so it was great finally being able to be in action as their wedding photographer last month.
Jodi & Stephen Sneak Peek - Ansty Hall Wedding Photography
I've been itching to blog about Jodi and Stephen's wedding for a while, and here is their 'Sneak Peek' post to give you a taster of their day. Their wedding service took place in the unique St James Church in the village of Ansty in Warwickshire, with the celebrations at Ansty Hall Hotel just a few paces away from the church. It was a fun day being surrounded by a great bunch of people, and it was a privilege to be able to be their wedding photographer.
Coombe Abbey Wedding Venue - Warwickshire
Coombe Abbey, near Coventry, is one of Warwickshire's finest wedding venues. It is a luxurious and historic four star hotel, and a Grade 1 listed building that is unique. Built in the 12th Century, the architecture and grounds are out of this world and will look fantastic in your wedding photographs. Coombe Abbey is licensed for civil ceremonies and is the perfect venue to help you and your guests celebrate your wedding in style. This venue is a real favourite for wedding photographers.
Sneak Peek Dorothée & Dimitris - West Midlands Wedding Photography
Many weeks ago saw me shooting a wedding in Birmingham. It was amazing to have the chance to take my wedding photography deeper into the West Midlands, and especially to experience a Greek wedding. This particular day I was second shooting (helping out) an amazing photographer, Steve Gerrard, who I have known for a few years now.
Steph & Tom's Get To Know You Shoot - Coombe Abbey
All of a sudden I'm running hopelessly behind on blog posts, they are mounting up quickly. With that in mind let's go straight into Steph and Tom's recent 'get to know you shoot' (GTKYS). They are getting married this weekend, and will be celebrating at Warwickshire's amazing Coombe Abbey. One of the great things about working as a wedding photographer is being able to visit and shoot at such fantastic venues.
Ansty Hall Hotel Wedding Venue
Ansty Hall is one of the finest 4-star hotels in Warwickshire and offers a high level of service for guests. Ansty Hall is part of the respected Macdonald luxury hotel chain. Gorgeous wedding photography can be guaranteed due to the hotel being set amongst 8 acres of private grounds. The hotel overlooks Warwickshire countryside, and yet is very close to major motorway networks.
St.James Church Ansty Warwickshire - Weddings
In the grounds of the Ansty Hall Hotel in Warwickshire stands the unique church of St.James. Rich in history, it has a 13th century chancel and was gradually developed over the centuries. The village of Ansty was mentioned in the 1086 Doomsday Book, where the landowner of the Brinklow area was Lady Godiva at the time that the book was written. St. James Church is a popular wedding location, and it is a fantastic church for wedding photographers to capture gorgeous atmospheric images.
Intimate Wedding - Rugby Registry Office Photography
A few weeks ago saw me go from one extreme to the other, from being a photographer in the West Midlands at a wedding with 270 guests, to a very intimate wedding in Rugby with just 8 guests. Sylvie and Marcus had organised a very small wedding at Rugby Registry Office, followed by a discreet celebration at Brownsover Hall Hotel. However they still wanted some photography coverage, and this was where I was delighted to help out.
Kate & Mark GTKYS - Leamington Spa Photography
Last week's blog post was all about 'Get to know you shoots', or GTKYS as I abbreviate them. A couple of days after writing the article, Kate and Mark had their own GTKYS here in Leamington Spa. Last year we met at a fayre where I was displaying alongside other Wedding Photographers in Warwickshire. We met at 9am at the top of the Parade, reintroduced ourselves after the year's gap, and then pootled off to make some photos.
Get To Know You Shoots - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
As a Wedding Photographer in Warwickshire one of my responsibilities is to try to help couples relax when they are in front of, and looking at, the camera. It is an important subject that comes up in discussion both at Wedding Fayres and when meeting couples before their day. My preferred way of shooting is documentary and reportage, but of course there will inevitably be moments during a wedding day when couples will be looking into the camera and being in an arena they are not used to. The last thing we want is stage fright. So how can a friendly and relaxed photographer help out?
Sally & Roger Wedding Photography - Peak Edge Hotel Chesterfield
Wow, the summer is rushing by and I'm running hopelessly behind on blogging. Time to have a look at the 'things to' do list, and pick out Sally and Roger's wedding from back in May. Normally my wedding photography is based around Warwickshire so heading up to Derbyshire was great fun and amazing to be in a different county.
Stapleford Park - Anna & Marc
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about two images from Anna and Marc's wedding titled 'Just Two', it was about two photographs and gave a short description behind each one. This post in a moment will show a few more from their wedding day at Stapleford Park near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. I was second shooting for Cathy of Oehlers Photography at this wedding, and although I was given some duties to help out, I was also given plenty of freedom to shoot in an unobtrusive manner. It was great fun taking off my Warwickshire Wedding Photographer hat as I escaped over the border into Leicestershire.
Jodi & Stephen -Pre Wedding Photography Warwickshire
Just over a week ago I met up with Jodi and Stephen for their 'Get To Know You Shoot' (GTKYS). I met them last summer at a fayre whilst displaying at my wedding photography display at Ansty Hall near Coventry. They then came round to Hemsley HQ for a further chat and browse through some albums last August. So it felt like a lifetime away that we last saw each other, which made it even nicer to catch up in person. It is at this point I get confused, Coventry is in the West Midlands, Ansty Hall Warwickshire. So will their wedding be in the West Midlands of Warwickshire? I waffle.......
Anna & Marc Just Two - Stapleford Park
Last month I second shot for Cathy of Oehlers Photography at Anna and Marc's wedding at the stunning Stapleford Park in Leicestershire. It's always nice shooting for Cathy, and it allows me a little more freedom of what to capture knowing that she will be responsible for the all important list for the couple. This is something I've written about before, so won't go into the details again today. However, let me chat about the two images in today's 'Just Two' post.
Wedding Flowers and Bouquets
Last week I visited another photography tradeshow, this time at Donnington Park near Derby. There were a few reasons. I wanted to catch up with my friend and fellow wedding photographer Cathy. Sometimes we get to shoot together at weddings which is always fun, but sadly there is no spare time to have a chat on such occasions. So the show last Tuesday was the perfect opportunity to chew the fat and have a right old natter. I also wanted to poke and prod loads of different wedding albums, to help with my business and offerings to couples. Plus I was hoping to bump into and chat with other West Midlands Wedding Photographers. But there was also another reason for going.
Derbyshire Wedding Photography - Sally & Roger Sneak Peek
It is always such a satisfactory feeling finishing the editing process and completing another photographic coverage of a wedding. This is nothing to do ticking off the work, but more like feeling happy with the end product. Normally it is nice to invite the Bride and Groom round to my office for the first viewing of their wedding photographs, but in Sally and Roger's case, they would've had a whopping 800 mile drive because they currently live in France. Although as a Wedding Photographer living in Warwickshire I would've loved a road trip to the French Alps to hand their images over personally, this service was sadly put on hold. So I had to rely on the trusted service of The Royal Mail here in Blighty, and La Poste over the channel in France.
Since the last blog post I've been rushing around all over the place with attending a workshop up in Cumbria, shooting at a wedding near Melton Mowbray last Saturday, then displaying at a Fayre the following day, and diving head first into a full wedding edit. This may sound like quite an eclectic mix of tasks, but I realised that they are in fact all related in a some way. Let me explain, last Sunday I displayed at the Ansty Hall Hotel Wedding Fayre near Coventry and met loads of people, including other Warwickshire Wedding Photographers.
The next month will see 'Martin Hemsley Photography' displaying in at least two wedding fayres, with the first being at the Macdonald Ansty Hall Hotel near Coventry this Sunday. I always enjoy attending fayres (or fairs depending on how you think it should be spelt) for many reasons, and look forward to the next one. Last year I displayed twice at Ansty Hall, and they were both well attended by couples and wedding suppliers including other West Midlands and Warwickshire Wedding Photographers. So you could say the pressure is on with couples having the choice of which display table to visit. This time round I have a brand new display item.
Image of the Week No.18 - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
The last few weeks these blog posts have been gone off at an angle away from the 'Image of the Week' (IOTW) series. So in a vain attempt to bring it back on track, let's get cracking with another one. Ok, quick question. On the whole, what tends to be one of the first things on the list that the Bride and Groom tend to decide on (after choosing the time of year for their wedding) other than wedding photographers in Warwickshire?
Sally & Roger Just Two - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
Last year I started a new series of blog posts called 'Just Two', let me explain the reasons behind it. One of the very first things I do immediately after photographing a wedding is making sure all the images are backed up for utmost security. This is such an important process, which goes without saying, and is where I often get distracted by the actual photos. There are many moments whilst shooting during the day where I think there could be strong images, or keepers as I call them. And it's during the backup I have a quick nose to see if that is the case.
Peak Edge Hotel - Derbyshire Wedding Venue
Located just outside the market town of Chesterfield, and on the edge of Derbyshire's National Park, is the wonderful Peak Edge Hotel wedding venue. Matlock and Bakewell are within easy distance, served by major roads. Peak Edge Hotel (appropriately named) is a fabulous option in this area to host a wedding and celebrations. The new main hotel was built in 2012 and is described as being decorated in a boutique style. It is situated just behind the multi award winning Red Lion Pub which dates back to the 17th Century.
Now for something a little different
The last few weeks I've been running the 'Image of the Week' series, where I've chosen a selection of images and given a description behind each one. This week it is time for a change, get over myself being a determined Warwickshire Wedding Photographer, and be a little less serious in life. Because you see, 'All work and no play makes Jack (or Martin in this case) a dull boy'. "So where are you going with this?" I hear you cry. Let me explain......
Image of the Week No. 17 - Bridal Prep
It's always a great privilege to be able to shoot the Bridal Preparations, mainly because it is an important part of the Bride's day and it's nice to record this period of the event for future viewing. Likewise it is normally a very relaxing time of the wedding day. Compare it to other peoples experiences. The Groom might be fumbling around trying to find out how to tie a Windsor knot on the internet, followed by a rushed drink or two in the local pub. Some guests may be running late, can't find the venue, or even a parking space. In contrast, the Bride and her Bridesmaids are being looked after before being delivered to the wedding venue.
Image of the Week No. 16 - Warwickshire Church Wedding Photography
Some wedding services take place in registry offices, others at certified venues and of course church weddings are still very popular. Wherever the ceremony takes place, there are usually plenty of emotions visible. Either from friends, family or indeed the new Husband and Wife. Nerves, tears, amazement, fits of giggles, and awkward pauses are amongst many other emotions that make up the list. But there is one thing that you can always guarantee at the end of a wedding service, smiles...... oodles of smiles.
Image of the Week No. 15 - Wedding Selfies
It seems as though the whole world has been taking 'selfies' the last few years. Before writing this post I wanted to check the exact definition, and the Oxford Dictionary quotes "A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website". They are often taken with other people included, and located pretty much anywhere including coffee houses, clubs, on an exotic holiday, or even in front of a mirror. How about experiencing selfies at weddings? There is a first for everything, and for me it was at The Wordsworth Hotel in The Lake District last summer.
Image of the Week No. 14 - West Midlands Wedding Photographer
I get to meet many couples at wedding fayres and it's always fun having have a chat with them, hearing how their plans are going, where they plan to get married, what their theme will be etc. It's always nice when after a few days after a fayre, I hear back from a couple, meet up with them again and then be asked to shoot their day. Back in the autumn of 2012 I displayed at a local fayre close to Leamington Spa at Chesford Grange, where other West Midlands Wedding Photographers were displaying, and met Sarah and James. It was a fun meeting and one that was to develop along the way up to and including their wedding.
Image of the Week No.13 - Warwick Castle Wedding Photography
Many of the weddings at which I'm lucky enough to photograph, are venues that are quite outstanding. Last year saw me cover two weddings at an amazing location close to where I live, Warwick Castle. The chances are if you have lived in Warwickshire whether now or in the past, you would have visited this spectacular attraction. The Castle is not only an exceptional tourist destination, but also a great wedding venue option. The grounds are second to none, and inside the Castle oozes with heaps of character. All Warwick wedding photographers dream of shooting at this amazing venue. This is where this week's 'Image of the Week' comes from.
Image of the Week No.12 - Groom's First Glance
As a Wedding Photographer, living in Warwickshire, I find it fascinating to see what photographs people like from their wedding, it is something that I am keen to learn from each time. After all, it is such a subjective thing. Show ten people the same five photos who were all at the same wedding, and ask them to put them in order of preference, I'm guessing that a different outcome will be experienced from each person. However one topic that will often prove popular, is an image that shows emotion.
Image of the Week No. 11 - West Midlands Wedding Photography
Way back last year I ran a series of blog posts called 'Image of the Week', and my motivation was to write about a favourite photograph captured from the previous twelve months. Even the title gave it away, one a week. Sure enough, good intentions and all that, after ten articles it seemed to fizzle out. Perhaps the day to day activities of running a Wedding Photography business in was a distraction. So here goes again, let's see how many I can post this year?
Bianca & John - Chesterfield Wedding Photography
Last summer saw me whizz across from Warwickshire to the Chesterfield area, and swap counties in terms of wedding photography, to meet up with Oehlers Photography and second shoot for Cathy. Our destination was the Ringwood Hall Hotel in Brimington, for Bianca and John's wedding. The coverage started with the Bridal Preparations and continued through the day and finished just after the first dance.
West Midlands Wedding Entertainment - Magician Photography
One of the many fun things about being a wedding photographer around the West Midlands is experiencing people having a great time during a wedding, along with the other important stuff of course. Let's be honest, a wedding day is quite a unique thing. People from all backgrounds come together to share the Bride and Groom's Â service, and then everyone joins together in the celebration. A number of families, often long distant relatives, different sets of friends with all sorts of connections, and the full range of generations are all together. This is where entertainment can play its trump card.
Wedding Receiving Lines - Wedding Photography West Midlands
Oh what to do at weddings! Isn't there so much to think about and organise? Traditions, personal ambitions, and meeting other people's requirements all feature. Wedding venues, flowers, wedding dress, menswear, catering, photographer, entertainment and a whole host of other things need to be organised...... There are a number of resources that can provide help and assistance: wedding magazines, websites, planners and social media to name just a few. Something that can be thought about is a 'Receiving Line'.
Packington Moor Farm Wedding Photography- Jess & Kris Sneak Peek
Back in October saw the wedding of Jess and Kris at Packington Moor Farm in Staffordshire. Earlier in the summer Jess and Kris had their 'Get to know you shoot', and since then I had been really looking forward to their wedding especially once they had told me the plans for the day. The fabulous and very talented Tracy Christina was second shooting for me on the day.
Being Photographed - Wedding Photographers West Midlands
A few weeks ago the tables turned on this Wedding Photographer in the West Midlands! What I mean by this is that it was my turn being shot by.... another photographer. "What are you talking about Martin?" I hear you cry. I was keen on my profile photo being updated for this website and social media sites. And the most bizarre thing happened.
Being invited to many weddings each year both in Warwickshire and around the country, I find it fascinating observing each and every one of them. Not only because as a wedding photographer I believe it's important to record the feel of the day at the same time as recording the important event. It's amazing how a couple's personality shines through, often with their guests enhancing the experience along the way.
Dunchurch Park Hotel - Wedding Venue
Dunchurch Park Hotel has been hosting weddings for many years. It is situated on the outskirts of Dunchurch village close to the town of Rugby. Even though the Hotel is very large, your wedding will never be judged as being too small. The Hotel has extensive landscaped gardens of 72 acres overlooking the Warwickshire countryside including a lake. Wedding photographers in Warwickshire love to shoot at Dunchurch Park Hotel thanks to the endless possibilities for capturing great images.
Bianca & John Just Two - Ringwood Hall Brimington
Way back in the warmer month of August I was second shooting for Cathy of Oehlers Photography at Bianca and John's wedding. Their wedding and celebrations took place at Ringwood Hall Hotel in Brimington near Chesterfield, which is a distance away from my normal wedding photography area in Warwickshire. It was a fun day to be part of and I was very pleased to be invited by Cathy to help photograph through the day, starting at the Bridal Preparations.
Camilla & Paddy - Stoneleigh Abbey Wedding Photography
In an attempt to catch up with weddings on this blog, it's nice to be able to show you a wedding that took place quite some time ago. Last year I assisted for Vicky Jane, one of a growing group of wedding photographers I'm meeting here in Warwickshire. This particular wedding day was Camilla and Paddy's. It had an interesting twist in that they both live in New Zealand, and returned to the UK a week before their wedding. The service took place at St Laurence Church in Bidford-on-Avon, followed by the reception at the gorgeous Stoneleigh Abbey here in Warwickshire.
A Warwickshire Wedding Photographer's Shop Window !
Wedding Photography websites should only have information on, and blog about, weddings right? I've been asking wedding photographer friends, and spoken to other 'experts' about this subject. And there seems to be two camps of thought. Some reckon that professionals should only show content related to their services and industry. Others suggest offering a softer approach by being relaxed and personal to help readers get more of a feeling of who you may be dealing with. To be honest, I often really don't know which way to go with this: either hard nosed, down the line professional shop window, or the more personal, people friendly option.
Stoneleigh Abbey - Wedding Venue in Warwickshire
Stoneleigh Abbey is yet another stunning wedding venue in Warwickshire. Situated in the middle of the countryside, it is close to Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon and Coventry. Stoneleigh Abbey has a large estate that benefits from beautiful views of its own gardens together with the River Avon that gently flows through it. The estate even has its own cricket pitch! It is a real honour for wedding photographers in Warwickshire to be able to work at the Abbey.
Eve & Dan - The Wordsworth Wedding Photography
At the end of the summer I drove up to The Lake District to cover Eve and Dan's wedding. It was a refreshing change leaving other Wedding Photographers behind in the West Midlands, and shooting again up in Cumbria. It was held at The Wordsworth Hotel in the village of Grasmere near Ambleside. I first met Eve and Dan at another wedding where I was also the photographer, for Milly and Richard. It was fun meeting up with both couples again, this time round the roles were reversed.
Jess & Kris Just Two - Packington Moor Staffordshire
A few days ago saw me covering the wedding of Jess and Kris at a new wedding venue to me, Packington Moor in Staffordshire. It is always nice being a photographer at new venues especially in and around the West Midlands area. It was another stunning autumn wedding, helped along by the weather (just) and the excellent staff at Packington Moor. Earlier on in the summer Jess and Kris had their 'Get to know you shoot', so it was great to catch up again this time at their actual wedding
Caroline & Jim - Ladywood Estate Wedding Photography
In a desperate attempt to try to catch up blogging summer weddings, here are a few more images from Caroline and Jim's wedding day, from back in June. Their wedding took place at All Saints Church in Braunston near Oakham, and later celebrated at the Ladywood Estate venue in Knossington, Rutland. I was second shooting for Cathy and Brian of Oehlers Photography. It was fun shooting with them again and enabled me to have more of a photographic free rein compared with other weddings. It was invigorating leaving other Wedding Photographers behind in Warwickshire, and moving across the border into Rutland.
Sarah & James Sneak Peek - Worcestershire Wedding Photography
Last month saw me shoot a wedding over the Warwickshire border in Worcestershire, at a unique venue called Woodlands B&B in Alvechurch. I first met Sarah and James at a fayre where I was displaying alongside other Wedding Photographers from Warwickshire. I remember when I first met Sarah and James, they were really excited to have found this location to hold their celebrations. Although this house is in itself really very nice, it may have been the extensive grounds that swung the decision for them to book it. You see Sarah and James had a certain day planned, a Humanist Ceremony held outdoors with a lovely view, in glorious weather of course.
This week on the blog I'll be aiming to give you a little more of an idea into the background of the life of a wedding photographer in the West Midlands area. I hope this doesn't come across as being about me, me, me, all the time; after all I don't want to sound like one of those 'Nobby No Mates' you might see in the 'Lonely Hearts' columns. So why would I sound like a Nobby No Mate?
Gemma & Chris - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Following on from Monday's attempt to catch up with blogging about weddings from this summer, here are some images from Gemma and Chris's day back in July. Although Gemma and Chris have featured a little on this website before, I really wanted to share with you some more about their day. Their wedding service took place at St Nicholas Church in Warwick, followed by celebrations at the unique Hill Farm in Priors Hardwick near Southam. It was a real treat to be their Wedding Photographer at their Church in Warwick, then later in the middle of the countryside.
Ladywood Estate Wedding Photography - Caroline & Jim Sneak Peek
I'm running a little behind on posting about weddings from this summer, including Caroline and Jim's at the Ladywood Estate in Rutland near Oakham. Their wedding took place way back in June; for the sports lovers out there it was on the day of the final and deciding test of the British Lions against the Aussies. It was one of those occasions where my wedding photography took me away from Warwickshire, and further afield for a nice change.
The Wordsworth Grasmere - Eve & Dan Sneak Peek
Last week I posted a couple of photos from Eve and Dan's wedding at the end of August. Their wedding took place at The Wordsworth Hotel in the village of Grasmere up in the Lake District. One of the great things about being a wedding photographer based in the West Midlands area is that you are never to far away to shoot in other locations being in the middle of the country. I've now finished editing their images, and have just sent them off to Eve and Dan who are based up in Scotland. So if you see a huge Royal Mail vehicle trucking up north on the M6 this week, then their package of CDs including images of their right royal knees up, might be bouncing along ready for delivery.
Sarah & James Just Two - Woodlands B&B Alvechurch
Just over a week ago Sarah and James held their wedding service and celebrations at the wonderful Woodlands B&B in Alvechurch, Worcestershire near Birmingham. I first met Sarah and James this time last year at the Chesford Grange Wedding Fayre where I was displaying alongside other photographers from the West Midlands, and it was great fun being part of their wedding plans. In July we took part in a useful and hilarious 'Get to know you shoot', and since then I was particularly looking forward to their wedding.
Eve & Dan Just Two - The Wordsworth Grasmere
Nearly two weeks ago I was up in the amazing Lake District, covering Eve and Dan's wedding at The Wordsworth Hotel in Grasmere. The wedding service was held outside in the grounds of The Wordsworth, just before the heavens opened. The celebrations started soon afterwards and continued long into the night.
The Wordsworth Hotel - Wedding Venue in Grasmere Cumbria
The Wordsworth Hotel is located in the historic and beautiful village of Grasmere in the heart of The Lake District in Cumbria. Surrounded by magnificent fells and close to the pretty lake of Grasmere itself, the Wordsworth Hotel has an enviable position to host a wedding and celebrations. Much loved by poets, artists and photographers alike, Grasmere is a stunning location where this wonderful wedding venue is set, to help you and your guests enjoy and celebrate your wedding day.
Reflections - Warwickshire Wedding Photography - Day 5
Yay, we've made it safely through to Day 5 of the mini series this week of reflections. One of the main reasons why I ran this series was to try and explain how a professional wedding photographer's mind sometimes works in order to produce creative images. It's very important to ensure the 'safe shots' are recorded on each wedding day, the Uncle Bobs of this world capture these as well, but at the same time why not go for something else. This week in Warwickshire we have used a canal boat, mirrors, a hairdresser's window and a Jaguar F-Type to be creative and produce interesting images. Today, let me show you.........
Day 4 of Reflections - A Warwickshire Wedding Photographer's Thoughts
Day 4 of this week's mini series of blog posts sees us move away from the Bridal Preparations of the last two days, and the 'Get to know you shoot' from Monday. Today I shall show you another easy peasy surface to look for when shooting at weddings, and I'll always look out for this every wedding I attend..... Cars. "You what Martin, you are such a bloke!" I hear you sigh. Hear me out on this and let me show you.
Day 3 of Reflections - A Wedding Photographer's Thoughts
So far this week in the mini series of thoughts of a Warwickshire wedding photographer, we have seen a couple of different surfaces used for reflections. Monday saw a freshly painted Canal Boat used to reflect an image during a 'Get to know you shoot'. Yesterday saw me use two mirrors, doing what they are designed to do, reflect !?! Today, it's the turn of a large window. How many times have you been indoors when you hear a fly or wasp head-butt the window from outside. It makes you jump, probably less so than the wasp though. Likewise, even sometimes birds fly into windows thinking they can see sky.
Reflections - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer's thoughts - Day 2
Day 2 in this week's mini series of 'Reflections' has moved to the Bridal Preparations. The images this week on the blog are those that help complement a collection of photographs from the wedding day. It's where a wedding photographer can show a little bit of creativity as well as banking the all important safe shots. Today's image was taken at 'Illegally Blonde', the Bride's chosen hairdressers here in Leamington Spa.
Reflections - Wedding Photographer's thoughts - Day 1
This week direct from Leamington Spa, I'd thought I'd use this blog page as an insight into how as a wedding photographer, I look for different styles of images during the course of a shooting day. Quite often I post articles on here about wedding days, 'Get to know you shoots' or other wedding related subjects. This week-long series is a change from the norm, and will hopefully display how some professional photographers think differently to the Uncle Bob's who offer to cover a wedding day. So with that in mind, let's look at reflections.
Gemma & Chris Sneak Peek - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
Over the Bank Holiday weekend, Gemma and Chris came round to Hemsley Photography's Global Headquarters in Leamington Spa to view their wedding photos. It was amazing to see them again, to catch up and show them the images. Their wedding took place last month at St.Nicholas Church in Warwick and they celebrated at Hill Farm in Priors Hardwick near Southam. I started the coverage at Illegally Blonde hairdressers in Leamington Spa and went all the way through to the dancing later that evening.
Jess & Kris GTKYS - Bradgate Park Leicestershire
Last weekend was the turn of Jess and Kris for their 'Get to know you shoot'. Earlier on this year they chose me to be their wedding phtographer, with their wedding taking place in October at Packington Moor in Staffordshire. It was great catching up, having a chat about how their wedding plans are going, oh and a spot of photography along the way.
Jo & Andy - French Alps Wedding
Following on from last week's 'Sneak Peek' post of Jo & Andy's Destination Wedding Photography, here is a little more into the background and the day itself. I have known Jo and Andy for a few years now. Jo used to be my French Language Teacher up until recently. Jo has bucket loads of patience, especially when I kept getting (and still do) my la and le muddled, my un and une, du, des, de la..... you get the picture !?!
The Houndogs - Wedding Entertainment
Being a Wedding Photographer has many many perks: I get to meet people having loads of fun, I get to experience wonderful emotions, I get to visit and shoot at some amazing locations including churches and other venues, plus I get exposed to a whole host of evening entertainment. This is how I came across The Houndogs. It's a real shame there aren't based in Warwickshire and the West Midlands area, otherwise I'm sure we would come across each over more frequently in within the wedding industry.
Jo & Andy Sneak Peek - Destination Wedding Photography
How about that for a blog title, Destination Wedding Photography? How cool does that sound? Martin Hemsley is now a Destination Wedding Photographer. Never thought I'd be able to say that. But enough of me massaging my own ego, let's talk about Jo and Andy's wedding in the French Alps, miles from the flatlands of Warwickshire.
Coughton Court Warwickshire - Sarah & James Pre-Wedding Photography
Today's blog post is about Sarah and James's 'Get to know you shoot' from a couple of weeks ago, taken at Coughton Court here in Warwickshire. Sometimes a GTKYS takes place at the venue where the wedding will be, at other times neutral sites are used for a change. This is the option Sarah and James went for, and what a great location to play around in. So how did it go?
Rutland Wedding Photography - Caroline & Jim Just Two
Earlier this summer was the wedding of Caroline and Jim over in Rutland. I was second shooting for Cathy of Oehlers Photography in Nottingham and had an amazing day working with the Oehlers team again. Caroline and Jim had their wedding service at All Saints Church at Braunston in Rutland, and later celebrated at Ladywood Estate also in Braunston near Oakham. It was fun leaving Warwickshire behind for a change of scenery with my wedding photography work. Being another 'Just Two' blog post, I'll go straight into these two images.
Warwick Castle Wedding Photography - Yasmin & Andy
I've previously shown you a small number of Yasmin and Andy's wedding images at Warwick Castle here on this blog, and now want to reveal a few more. Ever since they booked me last year, I've been really looking forward to shooting their wedding. After all, what wedding photographer in Warwickshire wouldn't be over the moon about shooting at this fantastic venue. To top it off, Yasmin and Andy are one of the nicest couples around which made the whole day even more fun.
Gemma & Chris Just Two - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
The latest in the series of 'Just Two' blog posts comes from Gemma and Chris's wedding last Saturday here in Warwick, it was brilliant fun being their Wedding Photographer. They became married at St.Nichols Church in Warwick, and celebrated with their friends and family at Hill Farm in Priors Hardwick near Southam. I have never ever seen a Bride and Groom smile so much during a wedding, it was completely infectious.
Warwickshire Wedding Entertainment - An International Surprise!
A few weeks ago I was told about a surprise 'Special Guest' that was going to perform at Gemma and Chris's wedding. I was let in on the secret to help me plan for the day, especially since the Groom was particularly keen for me to get some images of said International Star. This made last Saturday's photographic planning a little different. So how did it go, and who was this 'Special Guest' that both the Bride and Groom were really excited about?
Yasmin & Andy Sneak Peek - Warwick Castle Wedding Photographer
Just under a month ago Yasmin and Andy were married at Warwick Castle here in Warwickshire. They first contacted me in July last year and booked me to be their wedding photographer. Warwick Castle is known all over the country, and quite rightly so; it is an amazing place and visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. So when Yasmin told me they had hired the Castle for the evening of July 29th I was very excited.
Jo & Andy Destination Wedding - Just Two
A couple of weeks ago I started a new feature on this blog called Just Two. I was hoping to speed up the time between the actual Wedding Day and being able to show some of the photographs online from the Wedding. It takes a huge amount of time to safely back up all the images, select those that make the cut and then post process. This whole routine is a very important part of being a wedding photographer, away from the creativity of the shooting.
From Wedding to Wildlife Photographer
If you've been following me on Facebook or Twitter the last few days you might have noticed that I escaped Warwickshire earlier in the week. On Tuesday I arrived in the glorious French Alps, in preparation for Jo and Andy's wedding tomorrow. So what have I been up to since my arrival at high altitude and before diving back into being a wedding photographer.
Warwickshire Pre Wedding Shoot- Gemma & Chris
Last night I had the Pre Wedding Shoot (or 'Get to know you shoot' as I call it) of Gemma and Chris. They chose the location of Lapworth village and the Stratford and Grand Union Canal, somewhere I've never visited before. They were really excited about being back in this area because Chris used to own a narrow boat, and had it moored here before he sold it.
Ladywood Estate Rutland - Wedding Venue
The Ladywood Estate wedding venue is located close to Oakham on the Rutland and Leicestershire border, and about thirty minutes away from Leicester. The Estate is surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside and has extensive grounds for you and your guests to wander around on your Wedding day. Ladywood Estate is the perfect country retreat for your wedding reception.
Warwick Castle Wedding Photography - Just Two
At the weekend I was the wedding photographer for Yasmin and Andy at Warwick Castle. If you have never visited this incredible Castle before then I can highly recommend it. The fact that people can get married there is fantastic. Normally I will post a couple of articles on this blog, a 'Sneak Peek' and a 'Full Report'. I'm not even halfway through editing the images, but I'm getting overly excited already.... 'How come?' I hear you ask.
A Bride and Groom Interview - Warwickshire Wedding Photographer
This week I caught up with Kerrie and Chris, I was their wedding photographer last year at Brownsover Hall near Rugby. Although we had communicated many times over the last few months, we somehow hadn't quite met up in person. So it was really fun spending the evening with them, hearing about their honeymoon and recalling the wedding day.
Folio Wedding Album Suppliers
Earlier in the Spring I blogged about expanding my wedding album options for clients, and the investigation and first stages of dealing with the people of 'Folio Albums'. As a wedding photographer, being able to offer several album choices is an important service to offer. The last news I gave you all was that I had selected a wedding for the sample album from 'Folio', the size and cover type. Since then my first album has been delivered by courier and I have also met many of the staff in person during their own trade show a couple of weeks ago. So what are my honest thoughts on their albums?
Choosing a Wedding Photographer
On Sunday I displayed at a Wedding Fayre at a local wedding venue called Ansty Hall near Coventry in the West Midlands. It's a stunning building, in gorgeous grounds and run by very efficient staff. But I was there on business displaying as a Wedding photographer, and not as a visitor looking for the nearest tea and bun shop. There were two things that struck me within the first hour of the day at the fayre which I found fascinating.
St Swithin's Wedding - Jenny & Will
I've posted some photographs of Jenny and Will's wedding previously, both a 'Sneak Peek' and another article about their helicopter ride from church back to their farm. Apologies in advance if this wedding photographer in Leamington Spa gets overexcited with this work, however I wanted to show you more images from their day. I was helped on the day by Cathy of Oehlers Photography, who was second shooting for me. The last time I shot with Cathy was last September, so it was great being back together as 'The Dream Team' again.
Family Time - Recalling Weddings and Photographers in the Sixties!
The second Bank Holiday weekend was one of my last work free weekends until the middle of August. One feature of being a wedding photographer here in Leamington Spa is that working at weekends means the diary soonfill up the weddings themselves, 'Get to know you shoots', meeting clients and attending wedding fayres. My wife is very understanding and supportive which is fab. When she said "Ok Martin, let's peel you away from the computer in your office, and go and visit my family together in Wivenhoe", I wasn't going to argue.
St Swithin's Church Wedding - Sneak Peek
Last month saw the wedding of Jenny and Will at St Swithin's Church in the picturesque village of Barston in the West Midlands. This was a wedding I was very much looking forward to being their photographer. It was a farmers wedding and kept that theme all the way through the day. Jenny got ready at her parent's farm, followed with a traditional church wedding, using a tractor and trailer to leave the church. And then finally celebrating back at their own farm.
Sebastiao Salgado - Genesis
This weekend was one of my last for quite a while without any wedding photography work. With that in mind I wanted to make the most of it. One photographic exhibition kept popping into my mind. After having spoken to another pro wedding photographer recently, and being recommended on Twitter umpteen times by loads of people, I decided to head for the Sebastiao Salgado Genesis exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London.
Helis, Wellies and Jellies - A day in the life of a West Midlands Wedding Photographer
"May 4th 2.37pm - Looking up into the sky I can see the helicopter descending. Beads of sweat form on my bald patch as I sprint along a quiet West Midlands country lane. Camera kit bouncing all around my body, heart beating fast. A police car drives past me. The helicopter is getting closer to landing in the field. I check my watch and then notice that the Police car turns around and pulls up to the side of me with them looking curious. 'Everything OK Sir?'. I reply 'Hello Officer........."
Warwick Castle - Wedding Venue
Warwick Castle weddings are without doubt a spectacular affair in one of the most stunning historical Castles in the land. The remarkable beauty of Warwick Castle is the perfect backdrop for your fairytale wedding. It is widely regarded as one of the most impressive Castles in the country with visitors travelling from all over the world to enjoy its spectacular setting and history. Wedding Photography at Warwick Castle doesn't get any better than this.
Warwick Castle Wedding Venue Scout
Yesterday I went to Warwick Castle to meet the Wedding Co-ordinator, and also to scout the venue in preparartion for a wedding at the end of next month. Firstly, my word what a stunning place to host a wedding. Secondly, how nice is Jonnie the Wedding Co-ordinator.
Get me to the Church on time - West Midlands Wedding Photographer
This blog post title is such a well known phrase, and sometimes achieved by Brides and their helpers. That's another story for another day. This article is about how the Bride arrives at Church, and then how the new Mr and Mrs leave the Church. There is such a huge list of possible modes of transport that can be chosen. It is a great part of the day, and fun for wedding photographers to incorporate these moments within the complete photographic collection.
Whilst shooting my latest wedding this weekend, I made an observation, and it got me thinking. I noticed that the Bride and Groom needed direction, in other words they required help with things. This may not come as a big surprise to many, but I'm sure each couple need direction and help when planning for their wedding as well. 'Where's this blog post going?' I hear you ask.....
Using an iMac as a door stop !?!
You know how sometimes things play on your mind. Like wanting to get a new car. Buying the latest TV. How about that stunning piece of jewellery in the Jewellers you walk past every day in the street. As a wedding photographer, there is always a list of things you 'want'. For me, making the move from a Windows computer across to a Mac has been high on my list for such a long time, especially after having walked past the Apple store here in Leamington Spa so many times. But for some reason I kept delaying. Why?
Image of the Week No. 10 - Bridal Preparations
This week's image is one of my favourites from last summer, takenÂ during the bridal preparations of Kerstie. The atmosphere during the period bridal preparations is often very relaxing and a calming start to the day. Although obviously each wedding is different, as a photographer, I always look forward to starting the day in such a manner.
Looking in the mirror - A Wedding Photographer's thoughts
As a passionate Wedding Photographer based in Leamington Spa, I absolutely love to be inspired by others. Here in Warwickshire there are some great shooters around, but like most people, I turn to the internet in my quest for stimulation. I have a few different lists of people I follow, one list means regular viewing and another just occasionally. My short list of those I follow regularly are those who blow me away, which includes a highly respected photographer well known in the industry called Neale James. Why do I like to follow his blog?
Folio Wedding Albums
A Warwickshire Wedding Photographer's job is more than just turning up at the wedding and shooting away all day. Before that hours and hours of planning takes place. Venues are scouted. After the wedding day, all of the images are backed up and then post-processed. Social media is attended to, advertising checked..... 'Blah blah blah' I hear you cry. Hang on, before you all switch off I just want to mention two words, wedding albums.....
Image of the Week No. 9 - Vicar of Dibley !
Last week's IOTW was taken during a wedding looking down the aisle from the back of a church. This week's photograph was taken at the same wedding, but before the service had even started. I was second shooting for Cathy of Oehlers Photography, and before the start of the service I tried to set the scene before the arrival of the Bride. The usual opportunities were there, including one very special ingredient, the Rev Kate Bottley. This wedding photographer from sleepy Warwickshire got one hell of a shock.
Image of the Week No. 8 - Church Wedding Photography
A couple of weeks ago the IOTW No.6 I spoke about being positioned towards the back of the church looking down the aisle. That particular image was of flower decorations. There are of course many other things to look out for that could be seen down the aisle which a wedding photographer might find interesting....
Image of the Week No. 7 - Photography at Weddings
Photography at weddings. Professional photographers, amateur photographers, people taking snapshots, kids 'borrowing' their parents cameras, it all happens at weddings. I reckon that most people who attend a wedding, at some point or another during the course of the day will capture a photo somehow.
Image of the Week No. 6 - Warwickshire Wedding Photography
This next image in the series is far from being an award winning wedding photograph, and to be honest most people would look at it and think what's the big deal. However I do believe that it's important to have images that tell a story of the wedding day. In fact why not try to include some of the details that would've required planning for leading up to the wedding.
Image Of The Week No. 5
This time in the IOTW series I'd thought I'd show a different image style and also a favourite of mine from last year. This wedding photographer in Warwickshire is lucky to have a job that he loves so much, but I also continue to shoot in my spare time. I love landscape, sports and wildlife photography. Before I jump on my tree hugging soapbox, I'd just like to say that there's nothing quite like watching wildlife and being able to photograph it.
Image Of The Week No. 4 - At Brownsover Hall Warwickshire
This week's 'Image of the Week' comes not from a wedding, but a 'Get to know you shoot' from last summer. Background - Kerrie and Chris got married at Brownsover Hall near Rugby in Warwickshire last September. One of the reasons why they chose me to be their wedding photographer was that I offer a 'Get to know you shoot' (GTKYS) as part of the preparation leading up to a wedding. However their GTKYS had a slight twist, they were really keen to include their young daughter. 'Never work with children and animals', I hear you cry, nonsense. Why?
Warwickshire Wedding Photographer Image of the Week - No.3
This week's image is a particular wedding favourite of mine taken last summer. Background - The wedding of Francesca and Simon took place last August in Derbyshire. At this wedding I was 'second shooting' for Cathy of www.oehlersphotography.com. The wedding took place in St. Edmunds Church in Allestree: there was plenty of space and enabled Cathy to plan and think about the best viewpoints. Cathy decided to position herself at the front of the church for most of the service, and I stayed at the rear to have a completely different viewpoint, so we had two angles covered.
Wedding Photography Image of the week - No.2
Welcome to my first full blown 'IOTW'. This is a new feature of my Wedding Photography website where I get to talk about one particular image. Background - The wedding of Mable and Wilfred at Leeds Castle in Kent has featured before, as has this image, but I want to give some explanation to it. As a very keen photographer I love following some of my favourite peers, and I couldn't help but notice the odd shot they had taken that baffled me. It's a mixture of a reflection, but looking indoors, giving the feel of a double image. I'm not a huge fan of spending hours on 'photo-shop' so I was puzzled as to how they'd achieved this effect. After attending a fabulous Steve Gerrard training course just before their wedding, I soon learnt this funky style.
Image of the week - No.1
On the whole, the main wedding season is taking a breather over the winter months. Most wedding photographers take stock and review the summers work. Wedding albums are designed and distributed. Wedding Fayres are booked and attended. New photography equipment is researched, drooled over, perhaps ordered and then excitedly played with. Accounts are reluctantly prepared. Emails and phone calls are eagerly received about availability for future wedding dates. The glamour of being a wedding photographer in Warwickshire in winter!
Mabel & Wilfred at Leeds Castle - Wedding Photography Kent
A couple of blog posts ago I described the background to Mabel and Wilfred's wedding at Leeds Castle in Kent. So if you are a little confused by the unusual names of Mabel and Wilfred then this previous article will explain. I visited Mabel and Wilfred a few months before their wedding, where we spoke about the plans for the wedding day, and their hopes and expectations. One of the services I offer as a wedding photographer is a 'Get to know you shoot'. This a great opportunity for those couples who feel a little uncomfortable in front of a camera and don't know how to pose. Mabel and Wilfred opted to take the 'Get to know you shoot', and they both felt as though they benefited from the exercise.
Wedding Photography of Claire & Colin - Derbyshire
Last week I posted a 'Sneak Peek' article of Claire and Colin's wedding from the summer. This is the follow on post that includes more photos from their wedding. I was second shooting for Cathy of Oehlers Photography (see www.oehlersphotography.co.uk) , which I enjoyed very much. Second shooting is a term I have used a few times before, so what does it mean exactly? Second shooting, or being the second lens, means there is another photographer taking photos. This can be especially useful for the main photographer because they know that other viewpoints will be covered.
Kent Wedding Photography - Mabel & Wilfred Sneak Peek
Mabel and Wilfred's (I'll explain about these made up names later) wedding took place at the start of the autumn down in Kent. What was a Warwickshire Wedding Photographer doing in Kent, having an amazing time capturing the wedding venue at the stupendous Leeds Castle. Mabel contacted me over the Easter period earlier this year, to enquire about my availability on their wedding date. When I said that I was still available Mabel told me about their chosen venue. When I heard those words 'Leeds Castle', I nearly passed out.
Derbyshire Wedding Photography - Claire & Colin Sneak Peek
It's the middle of November now, and I still have six weddings yet to blog from the summer. The workload of a wedding photographer is such that priorities are constantly being juggled. Sadly social media, rightly or wrongly, is often the casualty of such demand. 'Quit wingeing Martin' I hear you cry, just get on with it. Ok, fair enough...
Wedding Photography Equipment Failure
I recently received an email from a Bride to be, who has booked me to be her wedding photographer next spring. One of the items on the email was a concerned question; "What happens in the case of equipment failure, a friend recently had a bad experience?" When I read this I gulped because firstly I felt really sorry for her friend who was affected, and secondly because this subject is my biggest fear. We occasionally hear of such disasters that happen on a wedding day, and I've given it much thought over a long time. So if this has played on your mind, then let me try to explain how I do my best to avoid such disasters.
Wedding Photography of Kerrie & Chris - Brownsover Hall Warwickshire
I recently reported a 'Sneak Peek' article of Kerrie and Chris's wedding at St.Martin's Church in Welton, followed by the reception held at Brownsover Hall here in Warwickshire. However I wanted to show you a few more images from their day, and the build up to their wedding day. I first met Kerrie and Chris, not in the capacity of a wedding photography at the time, many years ago at a summer barbecue. They may not remember that particular occasion, but I do for an unusual reason.
Wedding Photography of Holly & Adam - Norwood Park Nottinghamshire
A couple of weeks ago I posted a 'Sneak Peek' article about Holly and Adam's wedding held at the magnificent Norwood Park wedding venue in Nottinghamshire. I was second shooting for the respected Wedding Photography combo of Oehlers Photography (www.oehlersphotography.co.uk) based over in Nottingham. I hadn't met Holly or Adam before their wedding day, so was a little nervous at first. What a fool I was for feeling like that, because as soon as I met them both and all their merry crew, I was welcomed warmly and put at ease instantly.
Leeds Castle, Kent - Wedding Venue
Leeds Castle in Kent describes itself as 'The Loveliest Castle in the World'. This statement is certainly hard to argue against. It has to be one of the prettiest and quintessential 'Olde England' wedding venues available for hire. If you are considering holding your wedding here I strongly recommend you to consider it. The staff are very slick and professional, the registrars friendly and efficient, with the food and service being second to none which all helps everyone experience a fabulous day.
Wedding Anniversary in the Lake District
Last weekend my wife and I celebrated her birthday and our wedding anniversary. Over the years we've always tried to do something the closest weekend to that date, and this year was no different. Some people might book a table at a swanky Michelin starred restaurant, or theatre tickets, maybe a weekend away to gay Paris. So what did the happy Mr and Mrs Hemsley do? Rough it in the Lake District up in Cumbria. To be honest, not strictly roughing it, we stayed in a youth hostel instead of proper roughing it in a campsite.
Warwickshire Wedding Photography - Kerrie & Chris Sneak Peek
Today I finished processing Kerrie and Chris's wedding from a few weeks ago. They got married at St.Martins (!) Church in Welton, where a Turkington became a Heatherington. The vicar at their church was a very friendly and amusing type, who is also a wedding photographer during her own spare time. So it was great being able to communicate with a vicar where we felt relaxed and understood each other. After the service we all went across to the lovely Brownsover Hall in Rugby.
I'm coming up to finishing another Wedding's edit this week, and have stumbled across a couple of images and mini story I wanted to share with you. A few years ago I decided to try and develop a thick skin as a photographer, what do I mean by that? I used to be incredibly shy and didn't want to look like an idiot when snapping away. But you see, sometimes as a wedding photographer, I have to look a little bit odd.
Norwood Park Nottinghamshire Wedding - Holly & Adam Sneak Peek
I'm running hopelessly behind on blogging some of the summer's weddings, so here goes with another one in the popular 'Sneak Peek' format. Holly and Adam got married way back in August, when the trees were greener, the temperatures warmer and the days much longer. Their whole wedding day took place at the stunning wedding venue of Norwood Park in Nottinghamshire. It was the second time I'd shot at a wedding there, so it was lovely knowing many of the nooks and crannies of the place.
Andy Rouse Photography Workshop
What does a Warwickshire Wedding Photographer do in his spare time? Amongst many things, this chap likes nothing more than to continue shooting with his camera. A few blog posts ago I mentioned that I attended an excellent wildlife photography workshop run by Andy Rouse. I first met him many years ago at a talk he gave organised by Cheltenham Camera Club. He certainly gave an entertaining show, and I've followed him closely ever since including reading his blog, buying his books and staying up to date on Facebook.
A couple of days ago I met up with a couple who have booked me for their wedding next year. They were telling me all about the wedding reception venue that they've booked; they explained that they are going back again this weekend to go and double check certain things, and really demonstrated how excited they are by their particular venue choice. It's great being able to hear such things, and confirms to me how much of a massive thing it is for couples with the selection process. So what's this got to do with me as a wedding photographer?
Hodsock Priory Wedding Photography - Helen & James Cont'd
Recently I posted a 'Sneak Peek' article on Helen and James's wedding earlier in the summer. I wanted to show you just a final few more images from their day, crossing the t's and dotting the i's if you like. Their wedding was held at Blyth Priory Church of St.Mary and St.Martin, officiated by one of the nicest vicars I've ever met, the Rev Kate Bottley.
Andy Rouse Wildlife Photography
At the beginning of the summer I treated myself by booking onto an Andy Rouse Wildlife Photography Workshop. If you've been following my blog posts in the past you have worked out by now that photography is a real passion of mine, and I'll take any excuse to shoot whenever I can. I first met Andy about five years ago at one of his talks, and have been following him closely ever since. We all met at the British Wildlife Centre for the workshop on a gorgeous sunny early October day. The workshop concentrated on how to shoot various captive owls. Needless to say I had a brilliant day, shooting with other photographers, and receiving advice from one of the UK's top Wildlife Photographers.
Shottle Hall Derbyshire - Wedding Photography of Francesca & Simon
A couple of weeks ago I posted the 'Sneak Peek' of the intimate wedding of Francesca and Simon that took place in early August. Since the Sneak Peek I've been a little distracted with other posts, but still wanted to show more images from their amazing and emotional day. When I mean emotional, why not see another earlier post on this blog about blubbings all round including yours truly. It's been interesting hearing feedback via facebook, twitter and comments on this blog.
Double Whopper Weekend
Last weekend was a double whopper weekend, with two of my own weddings two days in a row, but 170 miles apart. I'd been looking forward to this weekend all year, especially how to plan such a feat. The first was the wedding of Kerrie and Chris at St. Martin's Church in Welton near Daventry, with their reception held at Brownsover Hall Hotel in Rugby. It was a day of love and laughter, and I'll report on it when I've edited the images. This was the last shot taken that night of me with Kerrie and Chris, before I whizzed off down the M1.
Steve Gerrard Workshop - Full Report
Steve Gerrard wedding workshopsIt's always very flattering to hear praise not only from family and friends, but especially from clients because after all they are the people who count. That's the thing about any form of photography including weddings: it's subjective. Some people might like my work, others may not. I love photography with a passion, so to earn a crust from it is fabulous. Because it's such a passion, and my income is reliant on it, means I want to improve, and improve I shall. So how do I do that?
Helen & James Sneak Peek - Hodsock Priory Wedding Nottinghamshire
Back in July I was second shooting at Helen and James's wedding for Oehlers Wedding Photography over in Nottinghamshire. The service was held at Blyth Priory Church of St. Mary and St. Martin in Nottinghamshire, with the reception hosted at Hodsock Priory also in Nottinghamshire. It was a gorgeous day shared with Helen and James's families, and also surrounded by a great bunch of friends from all over the country. Being a 'Sneak Peek' post I'll keep the words to a minimum, other than to say the full report will be posted next week. Here are just a few images I took during the day.
Lake District Photography
For this post I was struggling to think of an appropriate title. I can only justify the photographying part of the title in the Lake District, because I was on holiday with my wife recently and not shooting at a wedding this time. However the day before leaving for our holiday I was in my usual role of Warwickshire Wedding Photographer shooting at Stoneleigh Abbey. The next day we were whizzing up the M6 to what feels like my adopted second home in England known as 'The Lake District'. So do many people take a main part of their work with them on holiday? This chap does (ie his camera kit), damn right, why would he not?
Steve Gerrard Workshop - Sneak Peek
This is just a 'Sneak Peek' post today about an amazing workshop I attended on Tuesday this week in Birmingham, I'll post a full report next week. For many years I've been following top photographers, the main reason is because I love being massively inspired by their work. Steve Gerrard is one of those photographers, also a multi award winner, and started to run his own workshops last year. For several reasons I've been unable sign up to his early ones, so when this week's date became available I was dead chuffed and booked up straight away. Steve has quite a unique way of shooting, and is booked years ahead by couples for their weddings.
An Emotional Wedding and Wedding Photographer
I know the title for this post sounds a little bizarre from a wedding photographer, and to be honest I wasn't sure whether to share this with you all, but hey what could possibly go wrong? Last week I published a short 'Sneak Peak' of Francesca and Simon's wedding. Their reception was held at Shottle Hall in Derbyshire, after their service at St.Edmund's Church in Allestree. Ok, there are the facts and details done with, now onto the emotional stuff....
Shottle Hall Wedding, Derbyshire - Francesca and Simon Sneak Peek
Francesca and Simon's wedding at the beautiful Shottle Hall in Derbyshire took place at the start of a very busy wedding schedule. I've shot at seven weddings in the last five weeks, so it's taken a while to deal with all of the post processing. I'm gradually catching up with it all and will continue to post about them over the course of the next few weeks. I was second shooting for Cathy at Oehlers Photography, and one of my responsibilities was covering the Groom and his merry men getting ready before heading off to the Church.
Wedding Album arrival - Graphistudio
After a few hiccups and confuddled (!) delivery attempts by UPS, I finally got my hands on a wedding album made by the wonderful people of Graphistudio over in Italy. I was extremely excited to hear the knock on the door last week, and then see this chap dressed in brown and gold handing across a heavy parcel. I knew what the parcel was, and where it came from, but plonked it down amongst all of the other house moving paraphernalia. It wasn't an album ordered for a recent Bride and Groom, so I didn't need to rush and open it, other priorities were elsewhere at that time. This album was ordered for displaying at Wedding Fayres.
Boys and their Toys - Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
Sadly, posts on this blog have been few and far between recently, due to re-jigging priorities. I've been shooting at six weddings in the last four weeks and one 'Get to know you shoot'. Plus, and much more stressful and time consuming, Harriet and I moved house as well. However I'll be back in full blogging swing soon and am really excited about showing you plenty of fresh images shortly. But today's post goes off at a bit of an angle..... I've a question, did any of you receive emails before the Bank Holiday weekend, from retail websites offering amazing discounts?
Norwood Park, Nottinghamshire
Norwood Park in Nottinghamshire is one of those beautiful wedding venues that quite rightly and consistently rates highly in regular reviews. Norwood Park is often described as one of Englands finest examples of a Georgian country house wedding venue. Surrounded by lovely countryside, a respected golf course and over a hundred acres of parkland including an apple orchard and ancient oak trees.
Shottle Hall, Derbyshire
Shottle Hall in Derbyshire is the perfect venue for weddings on the edge of the Peak District. It is a Victorian country house rich in history and romance within easy reach of Derby, Nottingham, Chesterfield and Sheffield. Shottle Hall is a traditional stone built Victorian coach house with a state of the art luxury marquee, and was refurbished in 2005.
Vicar of Dibley
First things first, a huge apology for a cheap link between the 'Vicar of Dibley', and Reverend Kate Bottley of St Mary and St Martin's (!) Church in Blythe. I'm not a huge fan of generalising, but have fallen into that trap with this post. Maybe at the end of the post you will see why. A couple of weeks ago I was shooting at a wedding where the service was overseen by Rev Kate, and then the celebrations continued just down the road at Hodsock Priory in Nottinghamshire.
Hodsock Priory, Nottinghamshire
Hodsock Priory in Nottinghamshire is hidden away amongst some beautiful scenery. The respected wedding venue of Hodsock Priory is a historic country house set in 800 acres of countryside on the border between South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. The gardens are well known in the area, especially for their famous snow drops and daffodils in the Spring. With a unique history, Hodsock Priory is a lovely venue to host your wedding.
Last week's wedding in Blyth and the reception at Hodsock Priory in Nottinghamshire went really well. It is a beautiful venue, and the couple were fun to be with all day. I hope to post about the day soon. We've just entered into the month of August, a month that traditionally means it's busy for those involved in the wedding industry. Social media is buzzing, not only with the London Olympics, but also with weddings. I've noticed on Facebook that people are being tagged more frequently, all dressed nice and smartly. By the way, isn't it funny when you see your friends dressed differently, ie smarter than normal at weddings? I digress. Likewise on Twitter I've noticed an increase in wedding venues tweeting furiously about how busy they are, and also fellow photographers tweeting that they are travelling here there and everywhere. And the mountain of post processing that's stock piling up for some photographers sounds scary. So why is August such a popular month?
Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire is one of those rare wedding venues that offers you a chance to celebrate your day in a historic setting. Only just a few miles down the road from where I live, I've visited the Castle many times over the years and am familiar with it from a wedding photography perspective. Kenilworth Castle is respectfully managed by English Heritage and is very popular with visitors.
Last week I took a short break away from my wedding work before it goes bonkers over August and September. I had organised a few nights stay in Penzance close to the edge of the country. Being a passionate photographer I obviously took my camera kit hoping for some decent sunrise and sunset sessions. I also took my bike to have a blast about on.
Stoke Rochford Hall, Lincolnshire, Kerstie & Matt
As mentioned in a previous post, I assisted for Oehlers Photography last month at the wedding of Kerstie and Matt held in the beautiful Stoke Rochford Hall near Grantham. There are times when being a second shooter, or assistant depending your choice of words, can be even more fun than being the principle photographer. Some people may say that assisting might be more relaxing than being the main shooter, and I guess the theory is that there would be an element of truth. But not for me.
Brownsover Hall, Warwickshire - Kerrie & Chris GTKYS
A couple of weeks ago I met up with Kerrie and Chris (plus their smiley daughter) at Brownsover Hall near Rugby for their GTKYS (Get To Know You Shoot). Chris had organised a day off work especially for the occasion, so I was hoping even more for the rain to stay away. I know it's a very British thing to talk about the weather, but boy oh boy what a 'summer' we are having. Fortunately the great Lord above was kind to us and we had a dry day. The ground was a little damp, but Hemsley Photography had brought along some clean towels just in case there was any sitting on the ground to be done.
Stoke Rochford Hall, Kerstie & Matt Sneak Peek
Last month I assisted at Kerstie and Matt's wedding at the magnificent wedding venue of Stoke Rochford Hall near Grantham in Lincolnshire. It's a lovely venue surrounded by rolling countryside, with beautiful gardens, and very grand function rooms. The Grade 1 listed Victorian mansion uses The Orangery as the main wedding ceremony room, with the Grand Library used for hosting the wedding breakfast. This post is just a 'Sneak Peek' at some of the images I took, with the main report to follow at the end of next week.
Brownsover Hall Hotel, Warwickshire
Dating back to the 19th Century, Brownsover Hall Hotel in Rugby Warwickshire is a delightful country hotel with over seven acres of woodland and beautifully landscaped gardens. Brownsover Hall is a Grade II listed Victorian Gothic mansion, with a sweeping staircase, crackling log fires and ample dining rooms. There are also quaint outbuildings surrounding a cobbled stables yard.
Olympic Torch - Documentary Photography
On Sunday the Olympic Torch Relay passed through Leamington Spa, just half a mile away from where Harriet and I live. I've thought long and hard whether to post anything about this event on my Wedding Photography website, because after all what has the London Olympics got to do with Wedding Photography here in Warwickshire? Nothing really. Or has it?
Yesterday I attended a Photovision Roadshow at the Royal Windsor Racecourse. I'd been looking forward to it for many weeks because there were a whole host of industry suppliers displaying their goodies and plenty of knowledgeable experts sharing their expertise. As soon as I walked into the two halls I could feel the buzz, so off I went into the unknown with my things to do list, in a bold fashion of course!?!
Brownsover Hall Rugby- Sneak Peek
Yesterday aftenoon I had such a fun afternoon with Kerrie, Chris and their daughter Amelia on their 'Get To Know You Shoot' at Brownsover Hall in Rugby. The weather was well behaved as we explored the grounds together in a relaxed manner. As is common with most people, Kerrie and Chris said that they were not used to being photographed and felt a little nervous about the process. I then asked Amelia if she felt nervous as well, and all I got was a gurgle and a bubbly giggle !?!
Stoke Rochford Hall, Lincolnshire
Stoke Rochford Hall is a wonderful wedding venue in Lincolnshire. Stoke Rochford Hall is situated among rolling countryside only a few miles south of Grantham within easy reach of the A1. Originally built in the 1840's this beautiful Victorian Mansion, Grade 1 listed, oozes elegance after its recent £12 million restoration overseen by English Heritage. Stoke Rochford Hall is probably one of the most sought- after wedding venues in Lincolnshire and the surrounding counties.
Wedding Photographer profile photos
Just over a week ago I was assisting at the amazing Stoke Rochford Hall wedding venue in Lincolnshire, for Cathy and Brian of Oehlers Photography. I've worked for Cathy many times before and have particularly enjoyed her relaxed working methods and manner. After respecting their wishes and listening to the agenda, I had my own list of shots that I was after. Strangely enough I was keen to try to get either Cathy or Brian to capture me in action, but of course without ruining the flow of events as the client always comes first. So why did I want some photos of me? Vanity perhaps?
Last week I met up with a bunch of other wedding photographers. We all brought along our professional Canon camera kit because we had amongst us a Canon techy guru type, and a 'pretend' Bride and Groom. I'm fortunate as a pro photographer to have some incredible equipment to work with, ie camera bodies, lenses and flashguns. Photography is becoming more and more popular these days, which is particularly evident at such events like weddings.
Reportage Wedding Photography
Most of us will have a list of people that we admire, follow and get inspired by. For some it will be an author, for others it will be a sportsperson, maybe a musician, or perhaps a TV personality. I of course get massively inspired by top photographers, one of which I got to meet last week for the first time. I've been following the work of Kevin Mullins for a couple of years now, I first came across him in an industry article, and became hooked straight away. Kevin Mullins is widely regarded as one of the top Reportage Wedding Photographers in the country, so to have the opportunity of meeting him in person was too good to miss.
This afternoon I visited Brownsover Hall, a wedding venue near Rugby, firstly as a scouting trip for a wedding later in the year, but secondly to have a nose at a wedding fayre that was being held there today. My wife soon tucked into a complimentary glass of white wine, whilst I sniffed out other wedding photographers. Although it's got to be argued that I'm tagged as a Leamington Spa and Warwickshire wedding photographer on various directories, I'll happily travel to other areas. So how would the local wedding photographers treat an impostor on their patch in Rugby, even though I didn't have a display? I spoke to a husband and wife team and they were really friendly straight away and gave me very useful information that will help me later in the year at that venue.
Wedding dresses, wow, how do I start talking about 'The Dress'? Ok, time to publicly show my feminine side, and be proud of it! The build up, tension, and anticipation that is felt moments before the Bride walks down the aisle is an incredibly emotional moment. Sure, people are interested in how the Bride will wear her hair, they will be interested in her make up, and of course they will be interested in her bouquet. But how about 'The Dress'? When the bride walks down the aisle, there will be loads of pairs of eyes looking at the one she's chosen. Do you remember the build up before the Royal Wedding last year of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge? It's no different at any other wedding.
My wife and I recently looked through our own wedding album, which of course was great fun but also very interesting. One thing that we both picked up on immediately was how young our nephews and nieces looked back then. Harvey, Meggie, Jimmy and Aggie (I've just realised their names all end in 'y' or 'ie') all looked so tiny and innocent. Hang on a minute, before their parents jump down my throat, can I put on record that they are all still gorgeous and innocent. Phew, got away with that just in time I think.
Something a little different
Both as a guest and as a wedding photographer, I've attended many weddings over the years. But they have all felt completely different. Why is that?
Getting to know you
One of the services I offer as a Wedding Photographer is a 'Get to know you' shoot, also known as an 'Engagement' shoot. So why do I offer this?
Kerrie and Chris
At the weekend I took a booking for the wedding of Kerrie and Chris later in the year in September. To say I'm excited would be an understatement. But at the same time I'm actually very flattered to be asked by them to cover their day. I have no idea who else they considered, and it certainly isn't any of my business, but it's a lovely feeling being the 'chosen one' . Or am I just massaging my own ego?