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Wedding Photography @ Pageant House Warwick and Saxon Mill

Wedding Photography at the Pageant House and The Saxon Mill

On the 24th July, we covered the wedding photography of Naomi and Simon at the Pageant House Registry Office in Warwick and then onto the Saxon Mill Pub for the reception. I have covered lots of weddings at the Pageant House, out of all the Warwickshire Registry Offices it is one of the nicest especially because of the gardens at the back. The gardens were opened in 1908 and were the first public gardens in Warwick. The gardens were brought from the proceeds of the Warwick Pageant of 1906 and the name Pageant House is because the costumes for 1906 Pageant were made there.

The wedding day was lovely another small family wedding on a sunny day in July, after the ceremony and some family pictures in the Pageant House garden we headed to the Saxon Mill for a few more photos of the cutting of the cake and portraits of Simon and Naomi.

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Headshot and Product Photography

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Here are some images from a recent project to capture some relaxed headshots of the owner of a Warwickshire business Empress Ale and also provide some Product Photography for use for an article in a magazine.  The client wanted some relaxed shots that were stylish and different from the normal standard headshots, for this I devised a more subtle lighting that complemented the clients clothing and the style he required for the article. 

 

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Rolland and Andrea Wedding Photography at Haseley Church, Haseley, Warwickshire

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On the 10th June 2017, I provided the wedding photography of Rolland & Andrea at Haseley Church near Hatton in Warwickshire. It was for me a very short assignment of only one hour just at the church.

My approach is always to give my all no matter if the coverage is all day or not.

On the day the weather was overcast but thankfully the rain held off until everybody was at the reception venue. The church was lovely though, I have always wanted to see inside this church as it is only a short way from where I grew up but for our family, all the grand occasions have always been held at the larger Hatton Church that is just up the road.

Anyway, the only light source inside the church apart from a small tungsten spotlight was candlelight this coupled with cosy interior led to a really nice intimate service with traditional hymns, then after the ceremony, there was the confetti, the family groupings and portraits for those who wanted them.

 

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David and Hannah Wedding at Alderson House, Warwick

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On the 3rd of June this year I photographed the wedding of David and Hannah at Alderson House, in Warwick. This is the second time I have covered a wedding at Alderson House and it certainly makes a different wedding venue from the norm because it is the local lodge for the Warwick branch of the masons. The building itself is a lovely Georgian style house with plenty of light and interesting features. 

It was close family wedding filled with emotion and love, the weather held out for some nice relaxed images of the wedding and the group pictures and the portraits afterwards. Below is a small sample of the images taken. 

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Emma & Tim Wedding Photography at the Mallory Court Hotel in Leamington, Warwickshire

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I have known Emma & Tim for quite a few years now, I have done two sets of family portraits for them at my studio over the five and a half years I have been based in Warwick. It was great to be asked to do their wedding photography as well. The wedding itself was very low key, just Emma and Tim, their two children and two friends, the ceremony itself was held at the registry office just opposite my studio at Shire Hall in Warwick and then for the wedding photographs at the Mallory Court Hotel.

This would be my third visit to the Mallory Court Hotel, it is a lovely hotel with art deco/arts and crafts feel to it, it also has lovely gardens, which we were all looking forward to having photos in. However, the weather had other ideas with heavy rain throughout the day. But, although Emma was disappointed with the weather, for me the rain was another photo opportunity.

It was heavy rain but I didn't mind getting wet as far as I am concerned, as long as we get the pictures I'll do whatever is required including getting soaked to the skin in my suit.

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Wedding Photography St Nicholas Church Alcester and Kings Court Hotel Alcester

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On Saturday 6th May 2017 I was employed to do the wedding photography for Emma & Owen for a blessing at St Nicholas Church in Alcester with a reception at Kings Court Hotel in also in Alcester.

The event had all the trappings of a full-blown wedding but it was, in fact, a blessing because Emma and Owen had already tied the knot in Jamacia the week previous.

This was my first trip to St Nicholas Church in Alcester, it is a lovely church with a nice teal coloured ceiling and plasterwork. I am somewhat of a fan of visiting churches but that is another story.

The day started and ended at the Kings Court Hotel with a vintage white Rolls Royce as transport between venues, the weather was cloudy but we made the best of the weather. The bridal party was in full traditional clothing with Emma looking stunning in a traditional wedding dress. My aim with all wedding photography is to capture the day as it unfolds and to not interfere too much in the events instead concentrating on capturing the mood. This approach leads to more natural photos which is exactly the brief Emma gave me when I was booked.

Below are a few examples of the photographs out of over 300 taken. 

 

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Wedding Photography at Stonehenge & The Hawk Conservancy Trust

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On 22nd April 2017 I provided the wedding photography for Sarah and Brett held at Stonehenge in Wiltshire and The Hawk Conservancy Trust in Hampshire.

I had done some work previously for Sarah and when she mentioned that she would like to employ me for her wedding at Stonehenge I was over the moon. Stonehenge is right up there as a national landmark with the Houses of Parliment and Big Ben.

The day started at 6.00 am where we all met in the car park of Stonehenge to take the shuttle bus to the Stones. My working day started here, it was light with a glimmer of orange on the horizon.  I wanted to capture in the build up of the guest arriving at the bus stop plus the orange horizon. 

The dress code for the day was casual except Sarah and Brett were wearing capes and the high priests had traditional clothing on. Once at Stonehenge proper security advised us that we had exactly one hour for inside the stones and strictly no touching stones. Immediately I ran off to get some landscape pictures of the stones before the procession arrived.

Pretty much as soon as the procession had arrived in the circle the service started, where I spent my time moving in and out of the stones capturing the emotions of the ceremony it was very unusual to be able to move 360 degrees around the subject. Usually, registars or vicars don't like to photographers to move too much in services, this was not the case here although I had two security guards watching my every move.

The ceremony lasted 45 minutes which left not much time to get some portraits of the Sarah and Brett and also allow them some time to take the scene in. I took some 500 images in the hour available I don't think I have ever taken so many images in such a short amount of time but I have never been to a wedding at Stonehenge before and didn't want to miss a single detail. 

Call me crazy but I could feel a fuzziness coming from the stones but before I had time to think about it, it was over with a security guard saying time up and get back on the bus back to the visitor centre. It was over too quick, but there was no talking the guards round it straight back to the visitor centre. 

The next part of the wedding was at the Hawk Conservancy Trust just up the road in Hampshire. It is a sanctuary for birds of prey with regular shows throughout the day. The weather in the morning had been quite cloudy but now the sun was out for the blessing in a wild flower meadow covered in cowslips. I have only seen small clumps before of one or two cowslips nothing like the scale of this place.

The blessing was very calm and tranquil, the sun was out making a complete opposite to the handfasting ceremony in the morning. After the blessing, there was some confetti which made for some beautiful pictures.

The rest of the day was spent watching the birds of prey shows interweaved with a three-course meal. It was a spectacular wedding day the handfasting ceremony in the morning was amazing and then wildflower meadow and the birds of prey it was fantastic. I rounded the day off with some portraits of Sarah and Brett in the wildflower meadow and then drive back to Warwick through the Cotswolds as the sunset -  what a day! 

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Jon & Corrie Wedding Photography Warwick House Southam

Jon & Corrie Wedding Photography Warwick House Southam

Jon & Corrie Wedding Photography Warwick House Southam​



​On the 31st March, I provided the wedding photography for Jon and Corrie at Warwick House wedding venue in Southam, Warwickshire. Jon and Corrie had approached me because I have been to Warwick House a few times as a wedding photographer I was able to be flexible in the wedding photography coverage offered and they liked my work. 

I have been a wedding photographer now for eight years although my business is not purely wedding photography, it does mean that all the experience I have learnt from the various types photography that I do and my equipment is used to the full when I do weddings. 

On the wedding day itself, the weather was changeable so it was decided to have the wedding inside the venue the preference was outside but it wasn't realistic because of the wet ground, unfortunately.  When I arrived I started by photographing the guests arriving up until the service and into service itself, I like to stand back and capture the events as they unfold at this stage. 

Once the wedding service at finished we headed outside for more reportage style wedding photography then onto the gardens at the back of the venue for the groups and the portraits of Jon and Corrie.   Then on our way back around to the front of the building, I was able to capture some relaxed portraits under a tree, with the low sun and the white washed frontage to the building the images had a Mediterranean feeling to them. 

All in all, it was a great wedding from my perspective a couple of hours flat out from which I delivered 170 edited images supplied copyright free for Jon and Corrie's use. 

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Spring Wedding in Warwick at Hill Close Gardens

Spring Wedding in Warwick at Hill Close Gardens

On the 25th March 2017, I provided the wedding photographer Warwickshire for Rachel and Paul at Pageant House in Warwick. Followed by the reception and drinks at Hill Close Gardens. 

After a long winter, the weather that weekend was the first proper blast of the sunshine we had seen in a long time. Perfect blue sky mixed with spring flowers, blossom and bloom lead to a special wedding.  We did their engagement photos on a cold, grey January day so it made the perfect change to have a sunny wedding. It was a great day enjoyed by all.  

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Photo Restoration Service Warwickshire

Photo Restoration Service Warwickshire​



​Recently I had the pleasure of being asked to restore one of the few photographs for George Sanders (VC) through my photo restoration service. George was one of the six hundred and twenty-seven recipients of Victoria Cross in World War One. 

A relative of George's who had been researching his story after the sale of George's medals to the Lord Ashcroft Collection and had heard our photo restoration service and brought the photo to us to see what we could do to restore it. 

The photo was very badly worn but we were able to restore it with a new copy printed to the same size and supply a digital copy. 

It was very interesting to hear about the bravery of a who man who took part in the infamous Battle of the Somme and not only lived to tell the tale but saved many lives through great courage and determination taking charge of a small group of soldiers caught far ahead of the main advance. 

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