Throughout the year I create various special projects many
of them are model portraits, however on this occasion I had the unique
A friend of mind happen to own a very good condition
Delorean, or a we see it The back to the future car, from that amazing movie
were Marty Mcfly and Doc Brown, travel back in time and forward again.
It all started a few
months ago when I spoke to my friend Keith, about cars and he happen to mention
he owned a DeLorean!.
This was my chance to get to see one up close and photograph
it in my own creative way. So we arranged to meet and drive the Car to a good
location in which to shoot.
The day arrived and I heard this rumble arrive at the front
door, the first sight of it was it’s distinctive pointy nose bonnet, I grabbed
my bag and walked outside to see the famous DeLorean The back to the future car, was sitting
outside my house.
When Keith opened the gull wing door it was a “Great Scott”
moment right there I was living the cult 80s movie, the only thing missing was
my hover board.
Getting inside the DeLorean was a little strange having had
the standard car doors but there was something satisfying about closing these
iconic gull wing door. We set off and as soon as we hit the high street area
you could see people stop & “smile” from passing schools to rows of traffic
at the traffic lights, peoples head where turning with that same smile I had
seen from the moment we drove off.
My objective was to capture the DeLorean moving and
stationary with a mix of doors open and closed , what better Car to photograph
than this one.
Once the shoot was complete we stopped off to get a coffee
whilst having parked the DeLorean opposite us in the car park, and once again this
amazing car was centre stage, with people going out of their way to walk up
close to have a look, have their photo selfie with it, the smiles on people’s
faces where impressive and make you smile just to watch.
The DeLorean is an amazing car from the moment I saw it, to
climbing inside was literally a step back in time for me, But now our time was
up and we had to get back to our own time.
A huge thank you to Keith for giving his time for the shoot
and allowing me to photograph his amazing DeLorean.
So Lets have a look at those all-important photos…
Is it time for you to have your very own Boudoir Portrait Shoot. Has it been something you have been considering for some time, however nerves and confidence letting you down.
Then rest assured I provide a spacious & comfortable studio environment with changing & make over area. Each boudoir portrait shoot is designed around your requirements from classic boudoir shoots to something more sensual.
Bring along a selection of outfits for your shoot taking advantage of the studio props from Chaise lounge to metal frame bed to capture your Boudoir shoot in that classic style.
Current Offers and deals available right now…
5 Digital download shoot 45 minute portrait shoot
& online gallery selection process.
Boudoir Silhouette deal 45 minute shoot
£135 Classic style Boudoir portraits
Less is More, this not so revealing shoot consists of back lighting to show your outline more than your figure, great for first time Boudoir Ladies.
Boudoir Sexy Package
£210 60 minute session
incs 5 A4 prints of your choice with secure online gallery.
Looking for something special for you partner this festive season, Why not try a Boudoir portrait shoot and see their reaction this Christmas.
So whats involved…
Boudoir photography is always on the rise becoming more popular each year, from your standard classic boudoir, to something a little more raunchy, to including a theme with your shoot.
If you love Christmas and enjoy the excitement of the festive season, and would like to try your hand at some Boudoir why not combine the two for that ultimate Christmas gift for either yourself or Partner.
by simply pre-booking a suitable weekday or weekend at a time to suit you, I can arrange a studio shoot session for you.
Each shoot can last up to an hour depending on if you would like a full make over which is also available on request, why not have a little more pampering with a make over and hair styling to make you look and feel even more special. After this its time to walk on to the studio set for your photos, with simply to understand instructions and direction by myself the Photographer.
Every year I am contacting by dozens ladies wishing to try Boudoir mainly for the first time, they are nervous of course and unsure what the experience will bring for them personally.
Each boudoir shoot not only provides a huge boost in confidence but encourages women to know their body and feel at ease knowing they will capture some amazing images for themselves or a partner forever.
Below is a couple of images of clients having their make over with the professional MUA on hand to make adjustments during the shoot.
Christmas is that extra special time of the year and with this Festive Boudoir styles have their fun element to them, from Santa hats to festive hold ups, you can really let your hair down at a festive Boudoir shoot.
During the editing process I can create the perfect atmosphere for your images, by creating Christmas themes, with baubles, decorations snow effects and more.
So idea’s for your Festive Boudoir shoot could be any of the following work great as gift ideas.
Calendars ( have sexy boudoir calendar made for your partner)
Christmas cards (great for sending to that special someone)
Mugs (idea for yourself or partner)
Cushions ( create that special eyes only cushion that is always near you)
Mounted prints (Ideal for bedroom walls something to share with your partner)
Cds, Digital downloads, regular photo prints
Photo albums ( always a popular choice)
Some examples of Christmas Boudoir I have added below for reference to give some idea of hat can be achieved.
If you have any questions with regards your next Boudoir shoot I have outlined some FAQ asked by clients over the years you can find that link here.
Alternatively you can contact me direct via my contact page here.
Boudoir price guides can be found here and scrolling down to find your choice of boudoir shoot, Christmas them will be added automatically on request.
Pretty much most households today own a camera of some description. Whether it’s a Classic SLR or a modern-day DSLR to your camera phone, how we choose to use it though is how we live our lives.
For that everyday snap shot will normally do it, However understanding as much as we can about our camera opens many more doors to our photography.
Sharing with family & friends on social media, today is easy enough creating works of art that we can call our own can sometimes be something else.
You would be surprised how many pictures we take each year, so what makes us take a photograph.
For many of us we just like the convenience of taking snaps as and when required. When something happens a funny moment to something at an event or may see on the odd occasion. For the rest of us those a little more into taking photographs we are constantly looking to up the game. Create something better than we did before, because for that percentage of us who own more than just a camera phone. We want to create that special photo from architecture to that amazing sunset or perfect portrait.
Learning about photography takes time and is a subject that I feel does not end as there is always something new to learn in our ever-changing world.
So why are you looking to learn more about photography,? is it simply because you have creative abilities that you want to excel at and share with others your talents, maybe you’re looking to have a career change.
So what is there to learn about photography and your camera, there are many things straight off the bat, our mind-set and having patients over a time.
Taking on too much at once is not the answer, but learning a subject that you want to meet is.
Where to start first off you would need to know the niche of photography you would be interested in. For example, Landscapes, Sports, Portraits, Long exposure, Weddings and so on, once you know the subject it is time to begin.
Choosing your way to learn photography is a matter of preference. Do you self teach yourself via the internet or do you prefer a more hands on practical method. This is where I can help by providing several one2one courses designed for you to suit your requirements.
My courses cover a variety of aspects. Once complete you will be free to explore more challenges and place them into practice for yourself.
Courses range from beginner moving from auto is always the best place to start. If you are unfamiliar with your camera and settings, after which settings and general photography courses would be the next step. These courses start from 3 hrs and extend to 5 hrs courses. Sometimes there are time constraints with normal life commitments so spreading the courses can help. That way you’re not taking in too much to soon to remember.
Always remember that learning photography takes time and commitment. Above all have fun with it, and never be afraid to ask for help. There are many ways to seek help my website being only one method.
Locations of many photography courses are:
Medway Towns, Rochester
Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge wells & High Weald area
Below are just some example of what you can do.
For details on my photography courses you can either. Use the contact us page in the main menu or click learning photography link above.
Each and every wedding comprises of not only gathering suppliers and keeping to your budget as best you can, But on the day Nerves pop their head around the corner, like a driving test or that all important exam.
From that Pre bridal preparation to the moment you spot your betrothed for the first time that day, Nerves are all part of your special day.
I.D the problems?
It helps to make a list to find the issues that you’re concerned about and to place them into a perspective.
So how do you manage them?
It helps to have positive friends around you, friends that are close enough to you to engage with about your big day.
As natural as it sounds but taking deep breaths does actually help, try to stay calm and flexible emotionally and physically.
Always think about your posture try to avoid looking at the floor keep your head high and eye contact with everyone, let the family & friends around you see how happy you are.
Allow yourself some pampering, enjoy it after all you are the centre of attention, smile, deep breath and avoid conflict.
The Big Day?
Go over in your mind how you see your day from walking down the aisle to raising that toast at your reception straight through to that first dance, this shows confidence in yourself and will take away the unknown.
Keep smiling, Smiling covers many different angles about your day, it relaxes your face, your structure, it shows people around you how happy and stress-free you are and above all your photographs will shine because of your smile.
These are just a few ways to relax and take away some of that pre-wedding stress from the groom to bride it all counts, in the same way, A wedding is a special day with lots of preparing with time and energy to put together so have fun and feel the love romance as it all comes together for you both.
If you would like to ask me any questions about your special day, perhaps you have questions with regards poses and facial expressions then please feel free to contact me either direct by phone live chat you can find on the home screen or email. I am more than happy to talk with you about any matters that you’re concerned with.
Easter holiday, Half term is just round the corner.
Do your children become bored during half term, Why not try an Easter portrait studio shoot. See how a professional studio operates with lighting & boom arms, backdrops and camera’s everywhere.
Enjoy a fun Easter portrait theme shoot, with party props, wigs hats, masks Giant fun glasses and more. With many special effects to choose from in post processing your photos. You will receive a secure online digital gallery to choose your photographs.
And with options for Prints, Cds, Photo Books, Poster Prints and much more there is something for everyone.
Has you daughter ever wanted to have her first full makeover and fashion shoot portrait. Would this be something they have always been interested in. Well you have found the right studio photographer for that. With complete make over room provided by a professional make up artist. Every make up session starts with a skin analysis and cleanse tone & moisturizer treatment for your skin type.
Having a professional makeover artist means every feature on your face can be highlighted, bold and beautiful, just right for the camera. Choose a style from, smokey, winged liner, bold lips, and more.
Unsure of what you want, or what would suit you, your eye shape & face shape will be discussed. So we can see exactly what would work best for you. Not only will you look your absolute best, the pictures would show this in a way that only a professional make up artist could make. Book the brush of beauty, paired with a professional photographer, and you will not be disappointed.
With mother’s day fast approaching it’s time to “Treat Mum.”
Mum is more than just a special person, Mum is the one that always looks out for us, and is always dependable so why not treat mum to a pamper day photo shoot with make over and hair styling all included as well, and that’s not all with these packages you get a choice of options as well.
So what’s involved with a mother’s day pamper day, what do you do next, well let’s go through it:
To book both studio and make up artist you can simply email by clicking this link where by you can let me know some available dates to Pre-book your Mothers days surprise shoot and pamper day, if you don’t know what days your free don’t panic we can supply you a voucher which is valid for a full year after purchase which also can be an amazing surprise gift to present to mum, your voucher will include everything to complete your mother’s day pamper day from make over and hair styling to your digital prints of your choice.
With the new year started it’s time to know what wedding trends are in for this year.
So your planning your wedding, you’re in search of all those suppliers it’s a big list to go through. When you have a minute to show perhaps the thought of what is this years wedding Trends are in, especially with the importance of looking back on your day.
So lets look at what trends are in for your wedding for 2019…
1, Venues & Colours.
For 2019 venues have been the key to couples searching for the perfect place for their wedding day. There is a large increase in manor style buildings to Golf club house with amazing views for all to see.
These venues are amazingly decorated to the highest standards by couple to make it their own, for the pleasing eye of their guests.
2, Table decorations
Metallic & Geometric styles are definitely in for 2019. This trend has grown very fast in the last 6 months with the geometric angles and elegance of different table decorations found. It’s no wonder why couple are choosing this simple form of style for their wedding.
3, The wedding dress
Where would a wedding be without the wedding dress. 2019 will be seeing even more lavish wedding dresses, as it progresses through the year. With more elegant & intricacy of designs that just shouts out romance. Brides all across the Uk are wanting to stand out with something amazing but practical enough to move around in.
4, Cake styles…
Cakes get there just deserves a trend placement still. Having photographed many wedding cakes over the years there has been some amazing designs and my hat goes off to the those cake makers as they are truly works of creative art, Cake design is a massive business today and comes high on the list of wedding suppliers so whether you’re looking for that simply cake design to multi layered cake platinum edition with all the bells and whistles the choices are huge. Cakes will always win a good score as far as wedding trends go.
Themes, yes themes are so popular today and have got steadily more and more popular in the last year, from retro to vintage, to that marvel superhero look, I have seen them all, each time I have a consultation with my couples they all have their theme to tell, from just their overall look and colour scheme through to something special they need for their special day. This reflects in their wedding photographs as well the fun element in some cases to the most serious and artistic feel, I cater for various effects from vintage look to marvel characters to that all important having a star wars base in a moonlight shot.
6, keeping it casual.
Weddings are becoming a casual affair this year, Younger couples are choosing the more laid back approach enjoying their day with family and friends, very different from the traditional wedding scene, why because casual weddings have that no fuss about them which many couple are liking the style of. Being less formal is now all the trend for 2019 it seems with the continued introduction of photo booths to add that silly let’s have some fun and make a wedding day to remember.
7, Outdoor wedding.
More and more couples are choosing the outdoor venue more than the traditional indoor or church wedding, Couples love the outdoors and choosing the right month in the Uk is a huge debate, as lets face it the weather in the Uk these days isn’t the best by a long shot. Even though the warmer months will make up the main choice for many couples wanting their special day in the late summer sun, Making many couple choosing the Q3 as their choice of their wedding day, which one will you pick.
8, Food display.
Nearly 50% of couples are choosing to display their food and opt out of plated food. Food displays are becoming ever more popular for 2018 showcasing some unusual displays of food at their weddings.
by customizing their offerings to fit in with their style of wedding couples are choosing this approach as a more flexible option and to break the tradition of the more sit down formal dinner. These options change from wedding to wedding from Pizza vans, Donuts & even using the wedding cake as the desert, to ice cream trucks, it’s fun stylish and quickly, so if your planning your wedding have a little thought about what you would like to do as your formal dinner.
9, Hair and Makeup.
In 2018 Hair and makeup will continue to be a huge part of any wedding day with all brides looking for the style and colour that blends with them best with the help of make up artists and hair stylists which together bring the bride the elegance they come to expect on their big day. Many brides will go for the minimal is best approach while others will go full force with glowing skin. With so many artists out there the choice is vast so feel free to start researching for yours.
Wedding Photography Trends for 2019 is all about what’s in for this year and what may carry on for 2020 & beyond.
For those of us who are wedding photographers, whether you’re a professional or a beginner there can be times when things don’t quite go according to plan.
There are some situations that can happen that we try not to think about. But must have a back up plan of sorts stored away in our minds for when wedding jobs can go wrong.
For example this can range from the smallest issues too much bigger problems ensuing. Lets have a look at some of the issues you as wedding photographers could and will face at some point.
1, Equipment problems
We may have all done it as photographers at one point, we may have forgotten a piece of vital equipment needed. From camera batteries to memory cards, lenses there are many items that we have to remember to pack. For me personally it’s all about plan, plan, plan. Weeks before, night before check twice shoot once as they may say. Double checking your equipment is vital for a successful days shooting. Make a check list of what you need after all every wedding is & can be very different from one to the other. Having the equipment you need will make you focus on the day ahead.
Always arrive early to the client it shows that your prompt and professional but also your keen that simply. Having time to photograph everything you need to complete you’re in most cases contract with the client is the second best rule. And as part of the planning stage leave yourself enough time to get to different locations for the ceremony or reception etc. Arriving prior to the main couple. For me the bridal pre shoot and ceremony followed by formal shots is the real work and concentration part. Then moving on to the reception you can relax a lot more with a more open-ended type of shooting style.
Yes that word that pops up for us wedding photographers at times. I don’t always blame the bride, it’s a stressful day for them with months sometimes years in the planning all hinged on one day. If you look at it for us photographers it seems really stressful however our job is to focus on capturing it. More than stressing about it, getting your mind-set in gear and capturing those magical moments takes time. Brides can get a little uptight they expect quite a lot from there day after all and why not, when I first meet them remember your photographer is your friend and he will make you look gorgeous, if you upset him he may lose his ability to concentrate to capture you at your best. However on the day keep smiling and connect with your bride and groom make them feel happy with jokes and humorous actions as they will become more comfortable.
All wedding photographers nightmares what to do when it rains.It is a question of if you have done your planning right & had a good look round the ceremony and reception locations. Then you should have made some notes on possible indoor locations in the event of bad weather. However if you know that bad weather may come into it lets say shooting in the rainy season or winter. Then equipment protection will be required from rain covers to even suitable clothing all come into play. Does the venue place provide umbrellas if not then you may have to bring some along with you. It’s the little details that show the client that you are a professional at what you do and have thought of the little details for them that goes a long way. Here is the only real-time that bad weather arrived at a wedding that only effected some formal and group shots.
Though rare on very odd occasions there could be let say internal problems. Either with families or the clients themselves there is really not much you can do except talk to the clients about how they want to do. Sadly there is no manual or leaflet on this subject sometimes what is, is what is. Though rare it’s something that can creep into your mind, clients can talk to you earlier to the big day stating that there may be a family feud going on or something similar.
Do you have a contracted in place for what you do. As we often think about how we want to plan your clients day. But what happens if we ourselves become ill or have accident just before a venue date. Do you have fail safes in place, a back up photographer or a refund system in place. To try to save the day you would need to do what ever it takes to keep the clients happy. All to often I hear of clients stating that there photographer has vanished and taken their money or not offered a good service or refund, to keep clients happy. We must have something in place to counter act problems from our end as professionals after all you want the good feedback. You want the clients to pass the word around about how good your services are. So when considering your wedding photography business always think on what could go wrong and are you covered.
There is plenty of professional wedding photographers out there that are all covered with insurance. Both liability and indemnity if anything should happen during the wedding. Slips falls and after the event insurance cover is very important it covers you and other people.
8, After the venue…
You have completed the venue day you have the images and the editing begins. What happens if your clients have an issue with your choice of photographs taken. What happens then, in most cases talk to your clients and ask what they fill is wrong with the images . At first maybe they are some that feel didn’t capture the magic as they expected. Or sometimes they saw an image on your website that they wanted to replicate. But feel it does not look the same. Sadly this does come up at times though we can explain to clients that not only is their venue location unique to them. But the style of their photographs portrays this, however with editing comes most solutions with re-editing and fine tuning most problems can be solved with simply communication. You can also read more about this in my wedding workflow blog here
Once you have finished you wedding shoot packed you gear away. You will have that overwhelming feeling of getting those raw images back home. Storing them safe kicks in all to often, a word to the wise backup, backup, backup once you start the upload to your pc or laptop. Make at least another or two backups on separate drives in case of damage or equipment loss once this is done you will feel a lot more at ease. Because if you loss them with no back up there gone in most cases.
After every wedding is completed the edits have been done and the client has their finished product and the business is concluded. I like to ensure that a selection of wedding images from that event are showcased on my website. However do check with your clients before adding them to your website that they are ok with it. 9 times out of 10 they are only to happy to share their day with your website. As this shows other potential clients your work. However their can be odd occasions where by clients can get a little funny about having there images show to the world, and it could lead to court cases against you in extreme cases.
I have been a professional Kent based photographer for 10 years. I have photographed many weddings with many different styles, met many interesting couples along the way. Been overwhelmed by some of the wedding venues I’ve seen.
I see many couples at my wedding consultations & they all have an exciting story to tell about their day. Of course it can be an expensive one to plan, and we want to remember our special day after all. So careful thought of your photographer that your comfortable with is vitally important.
When to start looking
Many couples have been instructed that they should find their photographer as early as possible. As if left to late the right photographer for them will be hard to find. I couldn’t agree more. There are many wedding photographers across the South East region all different entry levels to professional levels. However choosing your style is important to you as there are many different looks and styles to choose from. And you will always see a particular style that you like and would love to have at your own wedding. These are just some in my wedding gallery.
So what do I provide for your wedding photography. I offer free consultation for all couples after all you’re looking at hiring me because you have seen my work. Or have been referred by a friend, so to get to meet you and see samples of both my work and albums. I provide a hands on look at my work, my passion for what I do best.
I offer a variety of packages for all budgets with hours to suit, and a flexibility second to non. Along with my unobtrusive approach to my work. I will go through all the details of how I work, how I will arrange your day with regards photographs. Gathering the group shots and formal shots, before looking at your venue place. So I know exactly what images and visions I have of your day before your day.
I love to plan, my wedding photography, I love to work out the best places at your venue site from lighting to positions, so on the day it will run smoothly so you have not got to worry about organizing family and friends, just leave that to us.
Once your day is Over.
When the day is complete and all that remains is some confetti blowing in the wind. This is where I go to work by editing in most cases some 1000 images. (average full day wedding) Each image will go through a selection process and rejects will removed as I see fit. I want you to have the best choices, I will make some lighting changes some cropping and the last editing filter effects. Before I save your files in high-resolution ready for you album selection process. I will send you your files in low resolution only for proofing purposes via an online gallery straight to your inbox. You will be able to make your selections and I can start your album design. Once this is complete with your choices we will proof the album. I want to make sure your happy with the design layout. When complete I start the ordering process and within 2 weeks you should have your album with your precious wedding day images delivered to your door.
Does it end there…
No, I keep all your images for up to one year after your special day. I will notify you to say that it’s been almost a year and I will be deleting your file to make room for others. This gives you the opportunity to buy in that year further prints or enlargements or extra parent albums. This kind of flexibility I feel is the right way to be without pushing after sales at you and also a more affordable way to keep costs to a minimum.
The Bronze package covers your main ceremony and either the bridal prep or part of your reception, along with all the formal & after ceremony photographs, groups etc. This package comes with all your Photos professionally edited for you, via a online digital gallery, options to include a wedding album please contact me for more information.
Silver Package* 6 hours coverage – £797Now £700
includes hardback album with 26 pages and digital downloads on all your wedding photos professionally edited.
(This Package covers the main venue and reception, cake cutting & up to first dance)
A Popular package if you need the main part of your special day covered.
Gold Package* 8 hours coverage – £987£900
“Most popular package to cover your day”
This deal Includes a A4 Hardback album up to 26 pages with options for other upgrade albums also included with all your wedding photos provided via digital download in high-resolution.
(This Package covers the Bridal preparation, Full Ceremony, Bride & Groom shots,
family shots, reception, first dance, speeches, cake cutting)
Wedding Boudoir shoot available with this package contact me for more details
Optional package £200 gets you the luxury album or why not go for the next package the Platinum package and have 2 more extra hours and the luxury album included.
Included in this offer a choice of four album to choose from either 1x A4 or A3 Hardback album up to 26 pages 1x Leatherette 24 page lay flat album or 1x Luxury 16×12 album 20 page with wooden case and metal latches with a choice of colours black, white, cream, brown and Cd
(This Package covers the Bridal preparation in details ( Details include high-resolution bride close up fine make up details) Full Ceremony, Bride & Groom shots, family & Group shots, reception, first dance, speeches, cake cutting)
Wedding Boudoir shoot available with this package please contact me for more details.
Secure Online gallery of your photos for the choice and album process.
Emerald Package* 12 hours coverage – £1450 Now £1200
This Package offer Includes a choice of one of four albums to choose from either 1x A4 or A3 Hardback album up to 26 pages 1x Leatherette 24 page lay flat album or 1x Luxury 16×12 album 20 page with wooden case and metal latches with a choice of colours black, white, cream, brown with all your images via digital download
(This Package covers the Bridal preparation in details ( Include high resolution Bride beauty images in fine detail) Full Ceremony, Bride & Groom shots, family & Group shots, reception, first dance, speeches, cake cutting)
These are 2019 Special offer last minute wedding photography packages.
* wedding Boudoir shoots available, Surprise your partner to be, Contact me for more details.
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Kent London and uk coverage based in Kent, Covering televised weddings for the BBC.
For a closer look at the wedding featured above click here
As a well established Kent and London Wedding & Portrait Photographer I understand that your wedding is a major investment and is not an inexpensive time, as well as choosing everything you need for the big day, that’s why we have made our wedding photography prices that reflect on…
on keeping things simple from the outset.
I have a selection of Wedding photography packages to suit you, starting from as little as £495.00 for half a days coverage perfect for a registry office ceremony, with an option of either bridal preparation or the evening reception.
However you will no doubt be aware there are lots of photographers offering all types of Photo wedding packages at some very discounted prices, So peace of mind is paramount in making your decision.As a leading Kent Wedding & Portrait Photographer I only offer superior quality over quantity, even though an average days coverage will produce over 500 photographs.
To make this process easier for you. I offer a set of simple rules.
You choose the package that is right for you, remember I am not hourly based business and do notcharge differently for weekdays or weekends!
You can Taylor design your wedding photo package around your requirements.
A full contract will be provided.
All photographs will be professionally edited by myself as standard
Optional extras available for example choice of Wedding Albums, canvas art, prints and ornate framed wall art.
Your Photographs will be kept on my database for up to a year after the venue in case you require further prints.
Earlier this year in 2014. I was asked by friend if at short notice (2 days) if I could cover a wedding in the Luton area Bedfordshire. Of course as photography is what I do I accepted immediately.
I had no idea at first my clients were going to appear on the Tv series Don’t tell the Bride so My BBC Experience of Dont tell the Bride begins.
This is short insight into My BBC Experience of Don’t tell the Bride.
I am driving my way up the road to Bedfordshire to photograph a wedding for the BBC tv series.How cool id this I’m thinking, many thoughts went through my mind prior to covering the venue. As two days is not long as I don’t know the clients at all. To the point that I don’t even know what they look like. However that’s all part of the thrill of being a wedding photographer. You never know what to expect.
Once I arrived at the venue I managed to find the Groom fairly easily, we chatted for a few minutes so I could get a run down on their day and understand the idea of what the groom wanted with regards their photographs.
It wasn’t very long before the Bride arrived and I swung into auto lets take some pictures mode.
I guess after so many weddings the auto mode kicks in, and you are looking at every possible angle to shoot knowing what lens will suit, where people are heading, while keeping an eye on the lighting condition. The general rule for me when shooting any wedding is to know what to shoot when to shoot ahead of schedule however sometimes things don’t always go to plan so with some quick thinking I try to keep ahead of the game.
Full Wedding venues…
They seem to fly by, they really do when your out there shooting away the time really flies by and next thing you know your finished its late at night, however in this case I was only required for set amount of time.
Working with the BBC
I did not have any issues as I have read some blogs that camera crews getting in the way and there are problems etc, however although the film crew were always about doing their job I was just as much there doing mine so a compromise is in order most of the time you can work out where the film crew will be moving so you can work around them easy enough, I had plenty of chances to take photographs of the couple, in this case even when they went up in a hot air balloon, taking into consideration having the right mix of equipment also helps.
Would I work with the BBC again
Of course after My BBC Experience of Dont tell the Bride. I’m looking for the next one. Providing something unique for others to see and share, as in this day an age sharing is a key part of learning.P
Do I do rush weddings
Simply put yes as long as they are can be done enough to do, taking into consideration travelling etc there is no reason not to, again it’s something I do and have dedication in. Obviously its always nice to have as much information about the couple, site, times as possible, this is where you get to know them prior to the event, as normally they feel more at ease, however in some cases a rush wedding can be equally rewarding as a planned one. The same goes, for the couples they adjust very quickly.
That’s the other guys problem haha
Was I on Tv.
Yes I did happen to sneak myself into a few frames 😉
Being a photographer for part of a Tv show does not feel like it then as photographing the wedding I’m used to seeing many cameras to video camera’s of guests, and at the time I am not thinking too much about the film crew but concentrating on capturing the couples day.
For anyone thinking of photographing a wedding or event with film crew from any Tv broadcasting company, don’t be nervous as they are doing their job whilst you’re doing yours, and at the end of the day it’s fun.
Do I feel any different.
Of course I feel proud that I have done this, it’s not a job you have everyday and helps towards your photography experience I would look forward to photographing another.
Here below is the photograph used on the BBC website.
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Starting out as a photographer is something we either fall into or want to do.
How many of you have taken some pictures of a Friends or a family wedding as a favour. And they have commented on how good they are. I’m sure it’s happened to you at times. So where does it start, well pretty much from that point from the moment someone gives you that good vibe. Satisfying as it is a remark about your photos goes a long way.
From then on you decide to take more & more photos. & with family and friends commenting on them you soon get the bug for photography.
Your Journey :
You now have already started the journey each time you pick up your camera in fact. Start shooting everyday. But how do you get better, as the old saying goes the first 10,000 pictures are your worse. Which in a lot of ways is true. I look back at all the pictures I have taken over the years. I still have some of my very early ones and I see that my first attempts aren’t that great I can tell you.
So how do we learn more about photography the equipment, the techniques, lighting. The list is very long and there is so much to learn. I used to refer to it like a house mortgage it never seems to end!.
Like any profession it takes time and no one no can learn it all in a short period. So the best way to deal with this is to take it at one stage at a time. For example I learn the following in this order, Camera settings and functions the first rule know your equipment. Make sure you either read the manual or have a look on you tube for tutorials. There are some excellent ones on there as if your like me you want to see someone showing you than reading a manual.
Practice & technique
Composition learning the ability to compose your shot making sure that you don’t have certain things being cut out of your images. Like people’s legs, heads, arms etc a common early mistakes. Once you have the full understanding of what draws the eye into you photos you will see massive improvements straight away.
Lighting, Now lighting takes the longest to learn. Well it did for me as it involves lots of learning and techniques trial and errors. As well as buying more equipment.
If however your on a budget. I recommend a budget light set up, Now which form of lighting do you need?. I would suggest deciding on what you want to photograph first, such as if you want to get into portrait photography. Then either some strobe lights or continuous lighting setup would be a place to start.
Continuous Lighting, strobe lighting what are these?, I hear you say. Well Continuous is where the lights are on all the time very much like a room light. You can get lights that have a variable dimmer which is better, with these lights you get a constant lighting effect on your subject. So you can see the light effect it is creating at all times. Very useful when starting out.
Strobe lighting is the more up market which would normally have the dimmer light or modelling light as it’s called. Strobe flash bulb built-in just like a flash, these are the better profession lighting options but at cost.
Other Light sources are flashes or Speedlights these are the flash units that sit on top of your camera a good speed light can be a little pricey but there are plenty of after market types that are good all rounders to start with, and even to the point that pros still use, so never think that to get to pro status that you need the top most equipment. Speed lights can also be used off camera, by using a remote trigger system you can place the flash in different fairly near by locations and shoot etc.
The last form of light which is widely used is natural light the light from the window if your indoors or the outside sunlight, but remember sunlight can be quite harsh especially during midday, you can buy accessories to help tone done the light such as reflectors which in some cases have a transparent white diff-user with them, Also using reflectors to help with lighting situations as well.
Overall as lighting is quite a long process to learn it is wise to practice, practice, practice, as much as possible until your comfortable with a general set up.
So what about those Professional photographers, by now you may have come across a few of us and seen their work and thought wow! how can I get to that standard, how can I get better! Well you can do several things, either follow their work and contact them they may give you some helpful pointers, and general information, as the way I see things there are no secrets in photography if your dedicated enough you will meet what you want as an end result.
Now there are some photographers who are far to busy to speak to you, However in the world of photography there are always others around equally willing to share information that will help you along the way, by searching either you tube channels, or general search locally you maybe able to team up with some, I have been contacted several times and asked questions on several topics I will leave my details below if you have any questions.
When all is said and done your photography is as important to you as you want it to be. And it is not always about being better, but it is about the journey along that path, as learning is fun and when you find out new techniques it’s far more worth while and rewarding.
I would say that even in my position as a professional photographer I too am still learning and above all I am still on my journey because I enjoy what I do and the service, I offer people. Simply put if I have produced some photos lets say of a brides wedding day and they are enough to reduce the client to tears of joy then I know I have done a my job.
So Does your photography end well it doesn’t you can only improve but above all enjoy the journey it takes you down the people you meet the places you see, the Journey is what photography is about.
Today saw me flying among the VIPs at Clacton Airshow, with so many aircraft on show including maybe the last time the two flying Lancaster’s will be together as well as 50th anniversary of the red arrows.
Its was a great day the weather was perfect with the right amount of blue sky and clouds to add some atmosphere.
On display were, Pits special Tucano Sea king-Essex medi vac helicopter-wing walkers Red arrows Battle of Britain memorial flight Canadian Lancaster (both Lancaster’s Flying together) Spitfire and hurricane Typhoon fighter.
A truly memorable day as both Lancaster’s will probably not been flown together again any time soon based on the logistical task to get one of them over here in the first place.
The crowds really enjoyed seeing them both fly together it was to a point that people stood for the occasion as a sense of respect, as this was the hi-light of the show and the crowds cheered and clamped each time they flew by.
Watching these aircraft fly by at any airshow is always a delight and I always look forward to as many as I can get to see. Hope you enjoy the images below as much as I did photographing them.
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Today saw very unique opportunity not only photographing a wedding. But a wedding being televised on the BBC Don’t tell the Bride. Being filmed in Bedfordshire for the wedding of David and Elle BBC Don’t tell the Bride.
I was asked by David’s friend Bradley, an old work college of mine if I would be interested in photographing their wedding for the show but of course and why not as this was an opportunity not to be missed. I spoke to David the (Groom) with literally a couple of days to spare before the event and to go through some details, Times and the date of the big day itself and how he was dealing with everything at the last minute.
Having never met the couple at all, was very different from the everyday weddings I normally photograph, but being so dedicated to my photography it was a very unique challenge indeed and something I could not pass up.
The real day:
Didn’t start as I expected to. As I always leave enough time for any wedding or shoot that I am doing I had planned to arrive at least an hour and half early which would give me time to to look around the surroundings and the main mansion building situated in the old warden park in Biggleswade, Bedford, as I have never been to this site before, However what I didn’t plan on was the M25 accident that had just recently happened of which I was now arriving at!… Sitting in a standstill of traffic for 2 hours was not what I had in mind for this unique wedding day.
Fortunately the traffic started to move again after only 2 hours and I was able to arrive at the venue with literally minutes to spare.
I Arrived at 2:15 pm for a 2:30 guest arrival and 3pm venue start as having literally no earlier plans it was a turn up and here we go style shoot :/ tongue in cheek moment.
I met up with David and we had 15 minutes to debrief and get the game plan as well as introduce myself to someone I had only spoken to twice on facebook…
We spoke of the plan and that Elle would arrive in a particular direction of which I was now in place I was now set and ready to shoot…
First to arrive was the Bridesmaids not by car or limo, but David had thought of some a little more lets say different A WW2 U.S army truck no less which looked fantastic i might add, Which was very different as I was not expecting that which added to the mystery of the day.
With BBC film crew covering the arrival as well as myself, I had to make sure that I could get the images I needed, as snap shots are something I don’t do as a rule of thumb, if your going to do something do it well I say. Being a professional photographer I look to get the best results I can every time.
Soon after the Bridesmaids arrived Elle arrived in style in a Mercedes for her Grand Entrance, little did she know that all the guests and the Groom were waiting the other side of the main mansion building waiting to greet her, However David’s Greeting in a full size balloon would be quite a shock for Elle but a great surprise as well to see her reaction click here and have a look at their day in photos.
After Elle walked proudly by her mum and then escorted to David by a close friend, Elle climbed aboard the Balloon for what would be the first stage of the ceremony , the ceremony was video recorded by the BBC film crew and then at the same time shown to the guests waiting below watching and waiting for the big moment as David and Elle exchanged vows & rings, with a huge cheer from the guests watching on a huge television below them David and Elle were now one.
Once David and Elle returned to earth they were shown to the registry signing office where I had time to capture some close up personal photos of the couple, who at this point looked exhausted.
It was now onto the formal ceremony on the grounds this time, with all the guests and family close friends around them. Trying to capture photographs here was a bit of a challenge as the enclosure was quite small and space being at a premium what with the BBC film crew at every angle, but I guess they are covering the venue just like me.
I managed to capture several images of the couple in the register room together as well as exchanging vows again along with their witnesses.
And now it was time for the family photos, I spoke to David and Elle and we got together the bridesmaids and best men along with the parents and managed to capture them all together.
David had a marquee laid on for everyone to enjoy for the evening with a buffet style dinner and bar area, this is where capturing the main speeches took place via Elle’s Mum and David’s bestman as well as David himself. The marquee itself was amazing everything you could want under one roof with countryside feel to it went down perfectly.
The whole day was an amazing one, with great people and a great atmosphere I could clearly see both David and Elle were pretty exhausted, but was enjoying the their family and friends around them by the time the evening had started they looked more relaxed.
As far as photographing the event I loved it, sometimes it’s great to just arrive and shoot as it breaks up the wedding photography tradition of months even a year or so of planning pre-wedding images consultations style of photographs bridal prep oh the list goes on etc.
The BBC film crew
Dealing with the film crew, I had no issues in dealing with the film crew or producers they all seemed pleasant enough and chatty, obviously we are all there to do a job and to capture film and stills of the event, after all it’s for the couple I did not feel out-of-place or had any form of hard time trying to get a good spot to shoot we were all professional enough.
I took with me my two camera bodies with a 24-70mm f/2.8 on one and 70-200mm f/2.8 on the other also a speedlight for low light conditions which was used on some occasions, as well as carrying plenty of spare batteries and memory cards, is always a must, as I was without an assistant on this occasion I wanted to travel light and not have to worry about carrying too much equipment.
Even though the BBC came ready with plenty of their own Equipment Including a UAV Drone…
Must get me one of those..
Would I do another “Don’t tell the Bride”
Of course why not I had lots of fun I found no stressful situations what’s so ever, as being used to weddings and people and studio shoots having worked alongside the public all my working life was not a problem for me.
It can be a Daunting thought at first for anyone who is not used to wedding photography, but once your their camera in hand it runs as smoothly as you want it to, as long as you communicate with the couple and have a general outlay plan of what you want to capture on the day, as most wedding photographers always do, not too much can or does go wrong.
My congratulations go out to David & Elle thank you for wanting me to take their wedding photographs on their special day. I hope that they will bring you happy and timeless and unforgettable memories for many years.
I’m pleased that I was there to help document forever all the thought that went in to the day, and convey the genuine effort that David had put into this day. They both looked undeniably happy and in love. it was simply a wonderful wedding.
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Do you want to become a wedding photographer or try it for yourself.
Wedding photography temptation, finds its way in to many photographers. At some point whether you wish to try it or start a business from it.
Sometimes it simple boils down to just giving it a go or tagging along with a pro photographer. This would be my suggestion after all the stress is not on you but the lead photographer.
Assisting another photographer will give you not only an overall experience of the wedding day. But general routine and how the day unfolds as each wedding is different.
This blog is aimed at photographers of all levels that are interested in becoming or even trying out their photography at a Wedding.
Most of us think that we can take a perfectly good photograph of just about anything you like, and in most cases is correct, However understanding the concept of what you want to achieve can very different, For example you have just purchased your fist digital camera naturally you want to go out and shoot pictures, don’t we all, However most of us in time learn what makes and looks like a good picture from bad or boring picture to something a little more thought out, In time and learning from others we can make our own personal goal of where we want to be in the field of photography, Whether we do weddings, portraits, landscapes, lighting & flash photography, travel, and many others, so after a set time and learning not only your technique but your equipment as well.
Why not it is after all still photography and is of a timed nature, but most importantly it’s not something to be afraid of, the only level being that you feel that you’re not ready for it, this could cover many different aspects of why you think you’re not ready, Equipment, time spent as a photographer, attitude.. lets look at Equipment. you don’t need super expensive Equipment to cover a wedding, I have read of people taking pictures of a wedding using their mobile, however the level of quality would be a reason, and whether you are delivering the last images to a would be client, I’m sure that this would be cause for concern for them, being paying clients etc.
So what Equipment would you need, I do have this deep belief of traveling light, keep equipment to a minimum for lots of reasons, but this is just my point of view, Of course a DSLR camera is required along with a nice choice of lenses in my case 3x lenses would do a 70-200mm workhorse of lens a wide-angle lens and something middle of the road 24-105mm or 85mm these would be more than enough to cover the entire venue.
Time Spent as a Photographer.
You don’t have to have 10 years as a photographer to start doing weddings or even 5 years really there are photographers out there with far fewer years in the field, however coupled with attitude and passion, commitment this will drive you to cover weddings. Only you yourself will know if you are ready for them, but remember never underestimate your abilities to make anything.
Planning is in my book is essential dealing with the clients direct, getting to know them so the day goes smoothly, is a very good start, visiting the site either by yourself or with the clients is also important for you know the site and can plan your photography on the day, as working out where you want to shoot, where you can shoot, as on the day there is a time reason to consider. Will there be indoor pictures required, will you need a flash etc, these all come into consideration when planning, Of course planning takes time but its part of the wedding photography venue and excuse the pun but is married to it. Prior to the big day I would concentrate on going over in your mind and using reference images of the site to remind yourself of the site and what photographs you want to achieve prior to the venue as this will help as the site recce could have been several months before the venue day.
On the Day.
The big has arrived and at time especially your first wedding you have nerves to the point that you think that your the one getting married, but on the whole keep thinking of what you want to achieve from your pictures, and remember that nothing ever goes to plan you may well have thought of everything that you need for the day and where to shoot, but 9 times out of 10 something will change and you will have to think on your feet, so having some back ups plans can help.
Never be afraid of shooting a weddings, as long as you have a well thought out plan and have all the information you need, it should run smoothly, remember things can change and seldom always do, so quick thinking can help, as well having someone with you it does not have to be a one man band having someone with you to hold your equipment or lighting is always a plus just remember in most cases weddings photography is a paying profession so pay your helper for there hard work.
I hope this is a helpful blog for all those who are considering taking on wedding photography. and lastly enjoy it, it’s not rocket science.
Many thanks for reading.
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We know that your wedding photographs are of key importance to you. Once your day is complete your photographs will stay with you forever. So keeping your special day memories Vibrant, and something to look back on time and time again.
This is why my aim is to capture every possible moment so that your day will be unforgettable.
I am passionate about what I do and always go that little bit extra to make sure that you are completely happy with my level of service. Visiting your venues beforehand to discover the best shots angles and lighting on the day. I keep in contact with you from the point of booking until your wedding day to make sure you are kept in the loop & make sure that you can contact me at any time for added information about your venue day.
The offer of pre-wedding shoots, and pre-wedding boudoir on selected wedding photography packages. I want you to feel comfortable and trusting me with your big day. I offer you a choice of effects in your final photos from light rays reflections through to black white images and colour correction. Bringing the best results for your wedding photos.
I look forward to seeing you on your wedding day.
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