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News and Blog Updates of selected work and projects we have been working on.

Event Photography Cafe Rouge Leamington Spa

On the 30th October I was employed to provide event photography at the re-launch event of Cafe Rouge in Leamington Spa.  The purpose of the event was to show off the newly devised wine list created by wine expert Mathew Jukes as well as the skills of the kitchen staff to create dishes that work well with the wine.

Photography wise it was quite challenging because the restaurants is very dimly lit throughout, which really gave me the only option of using my flash gun.  That said I did get some time to create some available light shots with Mathew and the Cafe Rouge branded Citroen 2CV outside by Royal Priors

 

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Natasha & John Wedding Photography

On the 5th August it was the wedding of Natasha & John who got married in Bournemouth Registry office and then had a humanist wedding ceremony on the beach at Mudeford, close to Christchurch in Dorset. It was a intimate affair but for what it lacked in size it made up for in impact. After the registry office ceremony we headed to Christchurch where we a ferry boat had been laid on to take us to Mudeford beach and then the service was held on the beach.

It was a great experience to photograph a wedding on a beach and not something I had expected to happen since Warwick is one of the furthest places from the sea in the UK and John didn’t actually mention the ceremony was happening on the beach until the day!

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Wedding Photography & Events July - August 2014

From mid-July to mid-August was a busy month for wedding photography and event photography in Warwickshire.

The first wedding was for Alyson & Rob who got married at Winton House Registry Office in Stratford-upon-Avon then afterwards a small gathering of friends and family at the Baraset Barn in Alveston, near Stratford-upon-Avon

My brief was to cover the service and reception in reportage style wedding photography whilst also getting the traditional shots that remain a staple of any wedding. The assignment in total was just two hours, but however long I am hired for is just as important as an all-day assignment and I will put as much effort in as is required to get the pictures.

It was a very enjoyable few hours where the weather was the best it had been for a few days and all there was plenty of opportunity for getting the photographs I needed.



My next event was a 50th Birthday party for a local Warwick businessman held at Ashorne Hill, just outside Warwick. My brief here was to capture candid event photography of James’ guests enjoying the activities in the day time and then photograph the couples before they headed into the evening meal.

First of all I didn’t even know Ashorne Hill existed, but what lovely venue that is well worth checking out.  James had laid on sports activities, a BBQ and access to the venues leisure facilities for all his guests in the daytime and then a relaxed formal meal.  The weather was absolutely perfect probably the best day so far this year and James had created a relaxed atmosphere where I was able to capture many relaxed portraits of his guests.



On the 2nd August it was the wedding of Caroline & David, the service was held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Whitnash with the reception at Whitnash Golf Club.  I really enjoyed this wedding because over the last six months I’ve have got to know Caroline & David through the planning and the pre wedding engagement portraits.   It was great to see all the guests and the happy couple enjoy an emotional and very happy day.

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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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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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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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A Very Warwick Wedding @ Mill Gardens Warwick

On 17th May 2013, I was delighted to be the official wedding photographer for the wedding of Joanne & Nick Kamen. The service was held at Shire Hall Registry Office and then with the aid of some vintage Rolls Royce’s we were whisked off to St Nicolas’s Park and then onto the Mill Garden at the foot of the Castle.

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When they came to book at my studio Joanne & Nick wanted the full wedding photography treatment including beautiful backdrops and cars but not the usual hotel venue. I suggested that after their service they should have their photographs taken at the Mill Garden on Mill Street; however the gardens were already booked, so Nick suggested that we use the gardens in St Nicholas’s park first and then went onto the Mill Garden.

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The plan worked a flawlessly, we did some photos in the square with the Rolls Royce’s and then some close family portraits in the park, whilst the Rollers went back to the square to pick up the rest of the party. In the park the flowers were in full bloom, I don’t think a hotel flower bed would have been as well kept.  Then we went onto the spectacular Mill Garden. I have done a few weddings at this garden and I cannot stress enough about what a beautiful place it is, the flowers beds and lawns are immaculate, then there is the romantic ruined bridge and the river and of course Warwick Castle. Wedding photography garden hire is £40, which I think is very reasonable for the views included.

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After the wedding photographs had finished I walked back to town with the wedding party through the old castle gate that leads off the St Nicholas roundabout, the path is carved through ancient rock and leads onto Castle Lane. I couldn’t help thinking on my walk back to my studio how well the wedding photography had worked and the guest experience of seeing some hidden gems of Warwick.

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I think this wedding is proof that there are alternatives to traditional church and hotel reception weddings that don’t scrimp on the wow factor.  It was also a great wedding to cover, everyone was easy to instruct and even the weather turned out well in the end after an anxious week of rain forecasts.

 

It was a great day all round.  

 

 

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Warwickshire Ceremonies Guide

Hello, this is a quick news entry to point out our advert in the 2013/2014 Warwickshire County Council Ceremonies Guide, which was published on Friday 17th May 2013.

The guide which can be viewed from the link below, lists Wedding venues and a select number of wedding suppliers and wedding photographers operating in Warwickshire. It is a must have for anyone planning a wedding within the county. 

 http://pineneedle.net/Warwickshire/

Copies can be picked up from the many Warwickshire registry offices such as the one in Shire Hall, which is right next door to the Squire & Squire Studio..

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