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Weddding Photography Gurdwara Sahib Royal Leamington Spa

I would like to share a few images from the very enjoyable and interesting wedding of Nicky and Harbir that I was commissioned to photograph at the end of June 2014.

My brief was to be the brides photographer this included informal portraits and detail capture in the morning and then reportage wedding style wedding photography coverage of the wedding ceremony at the Gurdwara Sahib in Royal Leamington Spa in the afternoon.

The day was very enjoyable and interesting especially to meet all the families involved who were very friendly and helpful in guiding me through the ceremonies and formalities of the day.

I have shared a few of my favourite images below.

 

 

 

 

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A visit to Warwick Gaol & Warwick County Council's Emergency Bunker

Back in September 2013 I had the pleasure of a whilstle-stop tour of Warwickshire County Council's Shire Hall and the old Crown Courts on North Gate Street in Warwick, Warwickshire. My friends and I have long been interested in the stories of the nuclear bunker that is supposed to be located underneath Shire Hall and the old gaol on Northgate Street, but because both are located behind closed doors a visit never seemed likely.

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That was until I met up with Jack Linstead of Warwick Rocks who also happens to work at Warwickshire County Council. I brought the subject up of the bunker and gaol in conversation and he offered to show me around, naturally I had to ask if I could bring a few friends and gladly he obliged.

On the day our first port of call was the "much fabled nuclear bunker" which was somewhat of a disappointment because it looked like any old dull office space (see picture above), but it did have an impressive double blast door (which I didn't take a photo of) and an emergency exit tunnel and hatch. Jack said that the bunker was still in use for county emergencies such as the 2007 floods.

After we left the bunker we climbed the several flights of stairs back up to the foyer of the building, next we had a quick look at the council chamber which was interesting to see a I had never been in there before. Its quite a dark room because of its location in the centre of the building, also the main natural light source at large stained glass window was blocked off in recent renovations that brought the post office and other council services into the foyer next door.

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Next we where shown through the corridor which links Shire Hall with the old Warwick Crown Court on Northgate Street.  The entrance hall and waiting room for the court rooms is spectacularly ornate, its such a shame that this building is no longer in public use and also a shame that the modern replacement in Leamington Spa is so bland in comparison.

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The opulent interior style continued into the court rooms, the court rooms are very ornate I particularly liked the ceiling decoration and the lantern on the top.  I would have liked to explore the room a bit more but Jack was on his lunch hour so we had to rush on into depths of the prison cells beneath.

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The cells and gaol were the main event of our visit as far as I was concerned I've heard rumors of the gaol located here and seen pictures but we were actually going to go inside it so it was quite exciting. First we went down the steps and along the corridor to the office where I guess the keys for the cells would have been kept.  At this point it was interesting to imagine all the prisoners over the centuries would have walked down this corridor to learn their fate in the court rooms above.

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At this point we had a look around the cells, I guess these cells are as old as the courts above with very basic modern upgrades such as the stainless steel and wooden shelf seen in one of the cells I looked in.  In terms of comfort there were no windows, no toilet, not much space and only a few holes in the wall for ventilation, but in comparison to what prisoners of the 1700's had to deal with this was paradise.

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After we had a brief look around the cells, Jack opened up a very old looking door from which stone stairs lead downwards into the gaol below which came out of use in 1797. The room itself is octagonal just like the court rooms above. 

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In the middle of the room is a cess pit, surrounding this are eight posts that prisoners would have been tied to by there feet. The room is was very damp, with a grate in the centre of the roof for light, other than the cess pool and posts the room is bare,  prisoners would have had to lye or sit on the damp stone floor.

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On one side of the room is a brass plaque that was installed in 1932 with a history of the room written on it by the time I had read it, it was time to go and before we new it we were outside on Northgate Street.

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It was a very quick tour lasting only half an hour but we saw some hidden history that lies very close to public areas but remains hidden from view. I do not know what the plans are for the old Crown Court but I hope its opened to the public as it really is a fantastic building with a fantastic history.

 

 

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Wedding Photography at Warwick Castle

It’s been flat out since Christmas and in busy times unfortunately blog writing becomes very low priority and lots of great stories are missed. So I’ll revisit some of the projects I have been involved in since the beginning of the year in future updates.

Firstly I wanted to mention the wedding photographs I did of Farrah and Greg an American couple who whilst honeymooning in the UK, wanted wedding photography of them that featured Warwick Castle.  They had requested to have them taken at the Mill Garden which is a venue I have used many times due to its picturesque location by the river and the castle.

The gardens were booked in January and then photo date was Tuesday 6th May. All was well until mid April when the trustees of the gardens called me to say that due to a planning dispute on Mill Street, the gardens could no longer be used for wedding photographs...gutted!
This news was somewhat disturbing because I had a client who wanted pictures with Warwick Castle in the background and to my knowledge the gardens were the only place I knew of that could fit the brief.

Apart from the obvious being Warwick Castle itself, but I know they have their own roaming photographer and also they hold weddings there so it seemed unlikely they would let me go in with Farrah & Greg and wonder about taking wedding photographs. But I was wrong one phone call and it was confirmed that we could use the castle grounds just as long as we paid the entrance fee and didn’t take photographs in the castle interiors.

This was great news and wedding photographs in the grounds of Warwick Castle is far better than what could of been achieved at the Mill Gardens albeit at extra cost but it was worth every penny. 

Then on 6th May the weather was excellent, Farrah and Greg looked perfect and we went off around the castle grounds and battlements. This is one of those great days when I really enjoy being a photographer and businessman because a challenge was set, I overcame it and finished the job with a happy client and a great finished product.



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Product Photography Warwick, Warwickshire

I am a general photographer, offering all aspects of photography either in my studio, on location or in the air for aerial photography. I have for a number of years been providing product photography for local businesses in Warwickshire.  Through this I have become an experienced Jewellery photographer where I have photographed over a thousand pieces of jewellery. I also provide clothing photography with or without models which is another area I am very experienced within.

Then recently I was asked to photograph newly designed a piece of machinery for the local company called Vapourblast, the machine is quite large so there was absolutely no chance of carrying it up the stairs to my studio. Instead I visited the factory to do the photographs, in essence the set up for doing the photography on site was no different from doing the shoot in the studio.

All of our equipment is portable, including the background rolls the only real difference was setting the correct power to my studio lights and positioning them.  After this was done we where away and then with a little bit of post processing.

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New Photo Studio Backgrounds

New Studio Backgrounds!

Family photo shoots taken against a bright white background, have been very popular for the last fifteen years. The style has become synonymous with high street studios and I expect it has bit a lot more life in it yet.

But here at Squire & Squire we want to break free from the formula’s of old and embrace a new future of colour!  Therefore we have invested in a range of coloured backgrounds and scenes suitable for a wealth of subjects. For more information please call 01926 800105 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or contact us online through our family portraits Warwick page.

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Film Negative Scanning Warwick, Warwickshire

Its 2014 we are well into the digital revolution but despite owning several digital cameras I still like to use film cameras when I can. I own a couple of rangefinders but my favourite camera for the last few years has been the Lomography Dolphin 360 Spinner.

This camera is a lot of fun, it doesn't even look like a camera and to take a picture involves pulling a string rather than pressing a shutter, but even though it is fun to use I still want the best quality scans I can achieve.  Therefore we have invested in a professional negative scanner to suit our needs and also offer negative scanning as an extra service.

We can scan in 9600 x 9600 dpi with adapters for 35 mm, 120 and long negatives that the 360 spinner creates including scanning the sprocket holes that is popular with Lomography prints.

For more information please use the contact us page.

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UAV Aerial Photographer

In addition to our studio photography services we also have access to an unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones as they are more popularly called through our sister company Dataq Technologies Ltd. Dataq Technologies purchased its first UAV in January 2010 and since then has been delivering aerial photography and surveys throughout the UK. The company is able to do this by special licence from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In fact Dataq Technologies was the sixth company in the UK to obtain such a licence and the company is fully insured with an excellent health & safety record and procedures.

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From 2010 - 2013 Dataq Technologies was the prime contractor supplying UAV piloting services to the UK Health & Safety Executive whilst also supplying UAV photography solutions to some of Britain's biggest companies.  Building on aerial photography applications our company has become skilled in delivering Aerial Progress Photographs, infrastructure maintenance surveys such as flare tip inspections at oil refineries and structural inspections of chimneys or other awkward buildings to survey. Dataq is a specialist in delivering precision aerial panoramas and other services such as UAV surveys and 3D Modelling of buildings and landscapes.

For more information on the services UAV photography services we offer please visit the Dataq Technologies website.http://www.dataqtechnologies.co.uk/

 

 

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Save the Date Photo Session

Save the Date photographs are a popular way of celebrating a couples up coming wedding with a quicky engagement photoshoot that emphasis the date of the wedding turned into a montage or collage.  I believe this is mostly popular in the United States and when I was asked to do one at the end of October I didn't know what it was.  But after doing a bit of research online, I formulated some ideas and my customer Udit said he would provide the props.b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_1527.jpg

Every Save the Date photograph series has a theme and Udit said he wanted an autumn theme something that is not easily achieved in a studio evironment. But Warwick has some great gardens and the king of the all when it comes to a romantic setting is the Mill Garden at the bottom of Mill Street by the castle. Its perfect for photos of any kind because of the Castle on one side and the ruined bridge and river on the other.

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However, on the day of the shoot the MOP fair was in town which again made a perfect setting for fun photographs. I think part of being a good photographer is being able to adapt, its good to have done ones research, have set ups in mind, but its also important to listen to your client and the ideas they have. I always say that it better to try out rather than dismiss any idea.

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So we tried various ideas out on and around the rides at the MOP but as soon as we reached the Mill Garden it was clear that novelty of the fair had faded and this was the place they wanted there photographs to be taken. Uditt provided the Save the Date banner and dates and I brought a purple heart shaped helleium ballooon (I couldn't find a red one). To start with a it was a over cast grey day but soon the sun came out to lift the background allowing the capture of the autumn feel Udit and Khyati wanted.

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Photo Restoration Services

One of my favourite tasks is photo restoration because in addition to being a photographer and creating photographs. I also very much enjoy other peoples photographs especially images that capture a social history.  Often these photographs can sometimes (depending on there age), be the only visual record of what the subject/s looked like or the only record of a cherished event.  

This uniqueness makes these photographs as priceless to the family involved as any piece of artwork in the National Portrait Gallery.  

When starting a photo restoration project the first step recognise the value of the original photograph, as with all technology and techniques time moves on to bring out better ways of doing things. Once the original photograph has been scanned it should be cherished in the same way that it was when it was the only copy. Our restoration skills are are second to none but it is always a good idea to keep the original just in case techniques improve in the future and also because the original is still a valid piece of history and a relevant piece of artwork. 

Our next step is to edit and repair the photograph, once this process has been finished we will send a digital copy of the old and new versions to the customer via our online gallery side. Here the customer is able to see the old version and what has changed to make the newer version. Once the client has approved the new edited version a print will be printed as part of the photo restoration service giving the customers a new replacement print of the same size as the original and also a digital version/s so that new copies can be printed or kept digitally. For more information on our photo restoration services can be found here.  

 

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Warwick Folk Festival Morris Dancers

I am fan of the more unusual aspects of English culture, over the years I have visited a number of events such the Cheese Rolling in Gloucester, The Cotswold Olimpicks in Chipping Campden (a personal favourite), The World Nettle Eating Championships in Marshwood Dorset, Tar Barrells Ottery St Mary Devon all of these events require the willing participation of people who a little bit eccentric.   But after seeing the dance parade at Warwick Folk Festival on Saturday I have come to the conclusion that Morris Dancers are also slightly crazy.. 

The Squire & Squire Photography studio overlooks Market Place in Warwick, so it was an ideal vantage point to capture the parade as it went past!! 

 

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