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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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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.

I booked a hotel in Amesbury as the wedding day started at 6.00 am when all the guests met in the car park of Stonehenge to take the shuttle bus to the Stones. My working day started here, it was half 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 ran ahead to capture 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, registers 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.

Then before I knew it the hour was over with a security guard ushering us back to the shuttle bus then straight back to the visitor centre.

After a small break and a half hour drive up the road, the next part of the wedding was at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. By now the sun was really shining, the morning at Stonehenge was quite dark and overcast but not now the sun shone.

Next up was a blessing in a wildflower meadow covered in cowslips, literally thousands are far as the eye could see. The blessing was very calm and tranquil then after the blessing, there was some confetti which made 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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