Wedding Photography – Mount pleasant Hotel – Beth & Dan

It was huge pleasure to be asked to capture Beth & Dans big day.  They had booked me quite some time before their actual day and it was one i was eagerly awaiting as it would be my first wedding at Mount Pleasant Hotel near Doncaster.

I always enjoy shooting at new venues and take the time to explore them beforehand with the couple, normally at their pre wedding photoshoot.  Mount Pleasant had a fantastic array of photo location opportunities but i don’t think they were expecting to have photos taken in the car park, more about that later.

The day started with the hustle n bustle of the bridal prep at Beth’s mums home with Make-up by Lizzy Brown & Hair by Uber The Salon.  With 8 people needing their attention at was a busy place.

Once the girls were all ready it was off to the church for their ceremony and then onwards to Mount Pleasant Hotel for their wedding breakfast & reception.  The room looked amazing with decor supplied by Sophia’s Final touch.

We had a short period of time ahead of the wedding breakfast & speeches to take some group images before exploring the beautiful gardens for some couple portraits and just before heading in for their meal the wedding party had a ballon release sending love to the skies remembering absent family & friends.

After a short but heavy downpour, and i do mean heavy, some guests were stranded under parasols outside for some time, i took a look at the sky and instantly thought we could make the most of what others would probably avoid.  I took the couple to a far corner of the car park, found a bit of a puddle and made some epic images.

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The rain didn’t dampen their spirits, intact their day was full of emotion, happiness and some truly emotive moments and from start to finish it was a real pleasure to be a small part of their special day.

Beth had gone to town with the detail & planning and wanted a timeless emotive portfolio of images and judging by her response i think i fulfilled the brief.

I hope you enjoy these images below as much as i enjoyed making them!!  If you would like to find out more about my wedding photography services please do check out my website & Facebook page or get in touch via email.  I’d love to hear from you.

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Photography Training days at Hodsock priory

It has to be said that continuing professional development is a must for anyone whatever your profession and one way to gain a little of that CPD is to attend training days or workshops.  It’s an opportunity to develop or hone your skills a little further, and maybe a platform to develop different way of thinking allowing time to experiment and try techniques or ideas you are unfamiliar with the benefit of being away from the pressures of a paid shoot or assignment.

My good friend and fellow photographer James Davies has embarked on what are becoming increasingly popular portrait & flash photography workshops.  With tuition also being provided by the renowned photographic tutor and writer Doug Chinnery and myself as their assistant there is a wealth of knowledge & expertise on hand for all the attendees to hone their portraiture and wedding photography skills.

For the last few courses James has chosen the beautiful setting of Hodsock priory, which, with it’s 15th Century Tudor gatehouse and it’s beautifully maintained grounds, in an 800 acre estate there is a bounty of photographic opportunities to fuel your photographic creativity.

The day starts with coffee & pastries and after brief group introductions James gives a short introduction to the way he works with natural light and then a little on how he introduces flash into his creative workflow, all backed up with examples of his work and how each of them were created.  An important part of the day with plenty of engaging questions and group discussion.

With the theory out of the way it was time to put things into practice and use the various locations around Hodsock priory, both inside and out.  Working with professional models Alison & Luke from Y2K promotions, along with beautiful wedding attire from Olivia Jane Jones, Make-up artist Melanie Lyndsay and a bridal bouquet from Flowers by Kay James creates an abundance of photographic opportunities.  Working first with natural light, showing how subtle changes in your position or that of your subject can dramatically change the quality of the light and increase the potential imaging opportunities.

After lunch the day moved on to creative off-camera flash photography demonstrating how to balance flash with ambient light and also how to create dramatic portraits even in the strongest of daylight situations.  James used the trusty Elinchrom Quadra & Rangers but also highlighted how the same images can be achieved from many other brands of lighting equipment available.

As the day drew to a close we ended with coffee & biscuits and another opportunity for a Q&A session before all heading home with memory cards full of images and heads full of knowledge and creative ideas.

If you are interested in attending one of James’ courses head on over to his training page for further details.

For further details of my photography please do get in touch or head on over to my website or follow me on my social media links below.  I’ll leave you with a selection of my images from the day all taken on my Fuji XT1.

Photography training at Hodsock Priory

James giving his introduction to the techniques he uses.

Simple model portraits with natural light

Simple positioning of the model to capture the natural light.

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Photographers using the techniques described by James.

Male & female models stood by a large window with natural light

Using a large window to create dramatic but natural light.

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More use of a large window

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Beautiful even natural light by careful positioning of the models in a large open doorway

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Beautiful soft natural light.

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Photographers making the most of the moment

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Dramatic off camera flash is demonstrated by James using a mix of lighting equipment.

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Attentive work by the MUA while shooting in the beautiful grounds of Hodsock Priory.

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A little fun to end the day making the most of the environment and the beautiful evening light.

 

 

 

Nottinghamshire Wedding Photography – Thoresby Courtyard – Joanne & Craig

Last weekend saw me photographing the wedding of Joanne & Craig with weather in complete contrast to their pre-wedding photoshoot.  If you missed that blog post you can find it here.  However, although challenging, the weather did not spoil the fun, emotion and love that these two quite clearly shared.

Their ceremony was held at St John’s Church in the small hamlet of Perlethorpe followed by an evening reception at the Thoresby Courtyard set in the grounds of Thoresby Hall, a grade 1 listed house on the edge of Sherwood forrest.  They were transported between the venues in a pristine  Austin Sixteen supplied by Wedding Classics

With beautiful twinkling fairy lights and amazing Christmas themed table dressings by Dan Ross at Individual by Design and sumptuous catering by Summersby Catering it truly was an evening of high spirits and happiness.

If you’d like to find out more about our wedding photography please do get in touch or drop by our website for more details.  Here’s a selection from Joanne & Craig’s big day.

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Pre-Wedding Photoshoots by Nottingham Photographer

As a Nottingham Wedding Photographer a pre-wedding photoshoot is an inclusive element of our “all day wedding photography package”, but what are they? and do you need one?

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One of the most common things people say to me during wedding consultations is that they “hate having their photo taken”.  To be honest who could blame them?  I for one wouldn’t feel comfortable, on a big day that has cost me thousands and have it a photographed by a complete stranger.

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That, in essence, is one of the biggest reasons i like to include a pre-wedding shoot.  Its an opportunity for you, the happy couple and me as your wedding photographer to get to know each other a little better.  It’s a way of helping you to feel relaxed and comfortable having your photographs taken and to help banish those nerves.

It’s an ideal opportunity for you to see how i work to create the natural looking images you see on my website, a way to show you what can be created with the minimal amount of direction.  If ‘you’ are relaxed it will show through in your images.

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We try, where possible, to hold your pre-wedding photoshoots at your chosen wedding venue, this allows us to explore the venue together to scout out the best of what it can offer.  Again, this will make it familiar territory on your big day.  It may be that some locations at the venue don’t lend themselves to your wedding attire etc and if little challenges like these are addressed beforehand it can only help in making your day run smoothly.

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Other reasons to have a pre-wedding photoshoot could be to create something unique for your big day such as personalised invitations, a photo guestbook or a guest signature frame.  It could also be possible to have your pre-wedding photos playing on a slideshow during your reception.

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All this said, the pre-wedding photoshoot is not for everyone or every wedding.  The choice is completely up to the clients.  Some may already feel completely relaxed in front of the camera, other just want to save it all for the big day.  For others it may not be possible, for example, if you are flying in from overseas just for your wedding etc.

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If you’d like to find out more about our wedding photography services or have any questions about pre-wedding photoshoots, or any other aspect of our wedding photography, please do not hesitate to get in touch, we would love to hear from you.  You could also visit our wedding photography website.

Guest Signature Frames

Guestbooks have been a feature of wedding receptions for many years and they personally record a short message from your guests for you to have as a lasting keepsake.  But where do most of these guestbooks end up?  on a bookshelf, out of view and probably not looked at until your anniversary.

Whilst its important to have this keepsake, why not compliment it with our guest signature frame? A beautiful bespoke keepsake that will always be on view.

With an image from your pre-wedding photoshoot (included FREE with our All-Day package) or one of your own, surrounded by your guests little messages, you will have a unique piece of wall art.

Our frames are hand crafted by our select local framer and supplied with soft lead pencils at your reception for your guests to sign.

Check out the few examples from past wedding below.  We even offer a range of frame options available too.  These frames can be added to your wedding package from as little as £140 but are a feature of our seasonal special offers.

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As  Nottingham Wedding Photographers we are ideally situated to serve the whole of the UK or even your Destination Wedding.

If you would like to find out more about our wedding photography please do check out our website or get in touch.  We would love to hear from you and talk about your special day.