Thursday, 24 February 2011

HIGHLANDS PHOTOGRAPHY

This week I thought I'd share a few more pictures of my trip to The Scottish Highlands, I can't wait to go back. The winter light is just fantastic for landscape pictures, early morning and dusk create the most magical effects. Everywhere you look there are oppurtunities, sadly on this trip the sun was a little shy at times. In an ideal world there would be fantastic sunrises and sunsets every day, I guess it would be boring if landscape photography was this easy! The weather was so changeable throughout this trip, torrential rain, snow storms and strong winds were in abundance. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

This week has been quite busy, with a lovely wedding at Pendley Manor, and several couples visiting my Chesham studio to discuss their weddings for this summer. After the two recent wedding shows at Taplow House and Bisham Abbey, I'm pleased to report the bookings are coming in fast for 2011 and 2012.


Enjoy your week!
Mark



Tuesday, 15 February 2011

THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Without doubt one of my all time favourite locations for photography and total relaxation. I lived in Scotland till I was 5 years old, to this day Scotland still has a very special place in my heart. In fact 6 years ago I invested in a holiday property in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, my little slice of Scotland. Last week I did I short mid-week trip to enjoy the peace and tranquility, plus a little maintenance work which is always required. The apartment is within a stunning converted Victorian monastery with magnificent views of Loch Ness and the mountains. Dominating the southern shores of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus Abbey, formerly a military fort, has a long and turbulent history that streches back to the days of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the battle of Culloden, the last ever pitched battle on British soil. The original military fort was transformed in to a place of peace and worship by the monks of the Benedictine order in 1867. In 1919 the monks opened The New Abbey School, sadly this closed in 1993 after many successful years and in 1998 the abbey was closed and the monks dispersed. The Grade 'A' listed building was then converted in to luxury apartments, whilst retaining the fabulous architectural features of the buildings. My apartment was previously used as the boys dormitory within the school at the abbey, I've decided to retain the name, though none of the 30 bunk beds remain! It now has a Visit Scotland 4 star rating, a standard none of the boys would have experienced whilst sleeping cheek by jowl at the boarding school! Check out the website for the holiday apartment (Sleeps 2):  www.boysdormitory.co.uk

Below are few pictures of the abbey and the apartment taken last week & last summer:

For me it's back to work now, processing the pictures from last weekends Oakley Court wedding.


Enjoy your week,
Mark   
                                     






Tuesday, 8 February 2011

WEDDING SHOWS DURING FEB & MARCH

Wow, what a fantastic wedding show at Taplow House Hotel on Sunday. With over 100 brides coming through the door, I cannot remember the last time this many brides came to an out of London wedding fair. Could this be a sign that the economy is starting to improve? With so many wedding suppliers struggling and going bust in recent years, this is a very positive indicator of things to come for the industry and the economy I hope. On the Sunday and yesterday I took five new bookings for this year, I lost count of the number I turned away. My diary is now filling up nicely, with only a few Saturdays still available for this summer. A big thank you to Taplow House Hotel and Berkshire Wedding Fairs for organising such a great show. I have been the recommended photographer at Taplow House Hotel for the past 15 years. It's a really lovely 4 star Georgian Manor House Hotel, with period features, high ceilings, chandeliers, open fireplaces, stunning interior design  and really friendly staff, it's just how a country house hotel should be. 

I'm attending two more wedding shows in the coming weeks, this Sunday the 13th is the Bisham Abbey wedding fair, again organised by Berkshire Wedding Fairs. A lovely period property on the banks of the river Thames near Marlow, well worth a visit if you're still looking for that perfect venue or suppliers for your big day. To see my gallery of Bisham Abbey pictures, click on the 'Select-A-Venue' heading on my website.

Then on Sunday 13th March is a wedding fair at The Dairy, Waddesdon Manor. This is one of my all time favourite venues, one of the finest wedding settings in England. A magnificent lakeside period building with gorgeous grounds, a photographer's dream.  I've been lucky enough to be recommended by The Dairy for the past 12 years, check out my gallery of over 100 recent  images of the venue on my website. Click on 'Select-A-Venue' on my website.

This week I did a photo-shoot for the Maidenhead florist Richard Elder,  it was great to see his large new premises at The Glasshouse, Stubbings Nursery, what a fab location. Richard is considered to be one of the finest florists in the south east of England, his work is quite stunning. Below is a picture of his premises, well worth a visit to organise your wedding flowers.

I couldn't resist taking the other picture from my window this morning, a view of the hills over the Chilterns, near Amersham. The mist was just perfect, England really is such a beautiful place!

Enjoy your week!
Mark