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Wedding Photographer Warwickshire Amanda & James Wedding

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Wedding Photographer Warwickshire  Amanda & James Wedding

On the 9th June, I was the wedding photographer for the wedding of Amanda and James who got married at St Lawrence Church in Bidford with their reception held at a village hall in Upper Bentley close to where they live in Warwickshire.     I have known James for a few years so it was an honour to be asked to do the wedding photography for his wedding I had not met Amanda before until see arrived probably the biggest wedding dress I have ever seen! 

 Like all the weddings I cover it was a great day, this was my first time covering a wedding at  St Lawrence Church and the vicar was very helpful I much prefer it went the vicar or the registrar's share their experience of the best places to stand etc from previous weddings. Although because of the lighting I was limited to stand behind the bright and groom but it all worked out well! 

After the service, we did a few documentary photos and then headed off to the reception venue a village hall in Upper Bentley,  where Amanda and James had done all the decorations themselves. Once at the venue, we did the groups photos, had afternoon tea and then some couple photos in the low early evening sun and finally onto the first dance and then into the evening. 

The weather was perfect not too sunny and then in the evening, the low June sun created a nice evening backdrop for the guests of what was a laid-back wedding happy wedding day. 

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Relaxed Wedding Photography at Catthorpe Manor

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Relaxed Wedding Photography at Catthorpe Manor

On Monday 28th May 2018 I provided the wedding photography for Jenny & Mike who got married at Catthorpe Manor Wedding Photography, a small but elegant wedding venue and hotel located near to Lutterworth in Leicestershire.  Captthorpe is for me is an ideal wedding venue because when it is hired it is hired exclusively it features a very nice interior and a very nice exterior for me it is a classic English country house hotel. 

On the day itself, it was then the hottest day we'd had so far very warm weather indeed with bright blue skies and white fluffy clouds.  I had only been booked for the afternoon so as soon as I arrived I needed to get on, my first port of call was the ceremony room which is a light and airy room with large windows on one side, I took some photos in here and then went off to find Mike and best man where I did some informal portraits and then photographed the rings. 

Next, I took a few casual photos of the guests as they were arriving and then headed towards the bridal sweat to take a few getting ready photographs. On the way, I checked the lighting for the stairs (Captthorpe has nice stairs ideal for photos with the father of the bride etc) once I had found the wedding coordinator for a brief chat she showed me towards Jenny's room.  I don't often do getting ready photos because I usually get asked to meet couples at the venue so it was a nice change to take some, I knew exactly what Jenny wanted which was good quality relaxed photos. I took a few of what was going on in the room and then posed Jenny and her daughter by the window. 

I didn't want took take too long and get in their way with time moving on I went downstairs to see how what goes on, by now all the guests had sat down the ceremony room and Mike was waiting patiently at the front of the room, I took a few photos of the general scheme of the room to give an idea of what was going on and then headed back to stairs where the father of the bride and Jennys son daughter were waiting sat by a nice window area - I managed to get some really nice pictures here of Jennys children. 

Before I knew it the bridal party were heading for the stairs I took some casual pictures as they moved down the stairs then I ran ahead to get in position in the ceremony room to capture the bridal parties arrival.  The lighting conditions in the room were very good as mentioned before the room has huge windows so there where no problems here. The bridal party arrived and everybody looked stunning and then the ceremony commenced. 

The registrar did a good job of making a few jokes to ease the service along and I continued to take casual pictures of the emotions unfolding in front of me, there were a few moving readings and before long we were at the signing of the register. The next step after this was the doors to the garden being opened up, I nipped out in front to capture Jenny and Mike crossing the threshold into the garden. 

Then for the next half an hour, I took casual photos of all the guests congratulating the happy couple and enjoying themselves. Jenny and Mike had specified that they did not want loads of formal photographs so I tried to get informal groups in photographs. We did, however, do a large photo of everybody who was in attendance for the wedding taken with the group on the steps I couldn't take the picture straight on because the sun would have made them all squint. 

After sometime had passed and the hotel staff had transformed the ceremony room into the reception room I took some photos of the tables set up, the cake and the general decorations and then finally headed to the woods that butt up against the hotel for some wedding portraits - Jenny was very keen to get some photos in the woods where I found a pool of light within which to place them for some natural portraits. 

After this we headed to the front of the hotel building,  by now all the guests had been seated in the hotel for the wedding breakfast so that gave me a few more minutes to do some more wedding portraits on the steps and then with a nod from the hotel staff Jenny and Mike headed into the reception and the wedding photography for me had finished for the day - last but not least I took a photo of the venue. 

Here are a few of 400 images taken. 

 

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Headshot Photographer in Warwickshire & West Midlands

We are a local established headshot photographer in Warwickshire, our studio is located at 1 Market Place in Warwick town centre this position is ideal to serve Warwickshire for location shoots or for studio visits. 

Over the winter we have provided headshots for the staff of a number local and national companies, our service is not just restricted to headshots in our studio or on location.  We can also provide all aspects of corporate photography to a very high standard from people at work images, interior and exterior photography including aerial photography and product photography. 

In December we provided headshots for sixteen solicitors who were visiting a local hotel the Stratford Manor for their annual conference, we were able to bring our studio and backdrops with us and set up in a quiet room away from the rest of the conference to take each business portrait one by one.  I always think it is important to have a private area where people can relax to have their portraits taken away from an audience.   Almost every person I meet when taking headshot portraits complains that they do not like having their picture taken which is why it is so important to make every effort for them to relax. 

In January we visited a medium sized company based in Stratford-upon-Avon to provide headshots for around 20 staff as well people at work images and some interior and exterior photographs.  The company wanted updated headshots of key sales staff but also some casual images of staff members doing work tasks in and around the premises, plus we had also agreed to provide of aerial photographs of the offices but due to the time of year it was decided to use a ground-level image that I enhanced to remove unsightly lamposts and add in a blue sky because it was a very grey day when I visited. 

In March we provided headshots for twelve directors who were visiting the area for a board meeting again we agreed on a look to the images in advance I then took my studio on location finding a quiet area in the hotel to set up and take the portraits. Also in March, I photographed a number of headshots for a local company who decided to send staff to my studio to be photographed on an ad-hoc basis rather than hire me to visit them, this is an ideal solution for companies that have a staff that work remotely to varying schedules that are often difficult to assemble on one day.

Another recent job was to provide a headshots location visit for a media company based in Stratford-upon-Avon, for these images I went for a more relaxed style to suit the relaxed culture of the company. 

Our aim is to provide varied headshot portraits to suit the culture of the business, we offer competitive quotes and are equally happy to work on location, be it a hotel for a conference or offices or here at our studio in Warwick, Warwickshire.  Please contact us for a competitive quote. 

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Commercial and Product Photographer for Businesses

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Commercial and Product Photographer for Businesses

A recent project was to provide product photography for a Warwick based business who required a product photographer to create product images for a new website that is being developed for their company.

The business is a manufacturer of bespoke plastic and 3D printed parts used in the automotive industry and although the parts are fitted on some very glamorous vehicles. The parts themselves are just lumps of plastic to the untrained eye apart from an iconic radiator grill that most people would recognise!

The aim of the project was to make the parts look interesting to look at, going further than standard high-resolution white background product photography, although there are some white backgrounds for the large parts I used the available backgrounds in the factory.

I decided to add coloured light to the background of the images to create a bit more depth and definition. The logo for this company is blue so we decided to use a blue light, I can actually create any lighting effect on demand.

I have often used gels which is the process of adding filters to colour light, a common use is to colour the background of head shot portraits but I have never used them in product photography.

Due to the quantity of parts to be photographed I set up my equipment on location in the companies warehouse, this approach often makes sense because the products don't have to be moved, the business personnel are on hand to review how the work in progressing and it just makes it easier for everyone. When doing this type of work or any job really its makes sense to fit into others plans.

After all the product photography was completed, I did some people at work images and general images of the building and staff on site.

 

 

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Photographing Portraits of Trustee's The King Henry VIII Endowed Trust in Warwick

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The King Henry VIII Endowed Trust founded in 1545 is an ancient trust that shares the income from the Old Town of Warwick to help the community. For hundreds of years it has been contributing to the upkeep of our churches and enabled our best and brightest to attend Warwicks public schools. In September I was asked to Business Portraits of the Trustees to be used for a new website that is still under development.  I was honoured to be asked to do this work, as usual with all portraits I have done for all types of organisations I had very little time allowed with each person to get the job done. 

I decided to go with a low key style lighting set up that created portraits that are a bit more interesting than standard white background portraits.   

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Family Portrait Photographer Warwickshire

This is a recent advert created for us by the Express Advertiser. I don't often if ever blog about Family Photoshoots because I believe that these portraits are private to the family involved. Weddings are very open and public events which is why I blog about these more often.   I have permission to use the pictures shown, we offer family portraits for £35.00 for a sitting including a 10x8" print. Also on our portrait photography page, we have lots of other options for packages and gift vouchers. We also do lots of business portraits and pet portraits. 

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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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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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