Tuesday, 29 March 2011

HARTWELL HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Hartwell House have been recommending me as a wedding photographer for the past seven years, last year I photographed six weddings at the hotel. This week I was there to photograph the exterior of this fantastic Grade I listed Jacobean and Georgian country house hotel for publicity purposes. The blue skies and daffodil beds were gorgeous, perfect for pictures; a photographers dream location! What I love about this charming hotel is its intimacy, stunning interior and exterior architectural features, perfect gardens, lovely atmosphere and really friendly staff. The hotel is packed with the most superb antiques and paintings, sadly most historic hotels are either over modernised or crammed full of cheap reproductions! The hotel is now owned by the National Trust, the most famous resident of Hartwell was the exiled King of France, Louis XVIII, with his court from 1809 to 1814.  More recently President Clinton broadcast to the American people from in the library. The Emperor and Empress of Japan have also been recent guests to Hartwell House. I just love this place, whether I'm there to photograph a wedding, or enjoying a relaxing afternoon tea or meal with friends!

You can see over 100 wedding images of Hartwell House in the 'Select-A-Venue' gallery on my website.

Enjoy your week!
Mark































Tuesday, 22 March 2011

LONDON'S ARCHITECTURAL GEMS

Being so close to London many of my assignments take me in to the city on a regular basis. Last week I attended a couple of corporate functions in London, these are the bread & butter jobs that keep us photographers going over the quieter winter months. As always, I was on the look out for any striking picture opportunities whilst travelling to and from shoots, all these recent blue skies certainly help. London's Georgian and Victorian roof tops really fascinate me, the architectural design work of yesteryear is quite breathtaking. I've been to London many hundreds of times over the years, yet every time I see sights I'd never noticed before. It really is a true Pandora's box of delights! Below are some of the pictures I took last week.

It's been the usual quiet start to the year with the weddings and portraits, though that's about to change as always in the coming weeks. I'm really looking forward to the start of the main wedding season, lets hope these blue skies continue!

Enjoy your week!
Mark








Wednesday, 9 March 2011

RIVER THAMES & LONDON AT DUSK

For the last few days I've been working in London on a commercial assignment, lots of interiors of empty office blocks. The life of a photographer is not all glitzy red carpet photo-shoots and country house weddings! I was working in Covent Garden, an ideal opportunity for me to take some pictures for my personal folio of the Thames once the neon lights lit up the river at dusk. For those of you who know me well, I'm  known for my floodlit night time photographs. Normally I'm floodlighting manor house locations at dusk for couples on their wedding day, this time I was just taking pictures for me! I said something similar to this on a European trip a few years ago, only for the pictures to published in a national glossy travel magazine a few months later!!

Don't forget, The Dairy at Waddesdon manor is holding their wedding fair this Sunday 13th March, 11am-3pm. I have been recommended by the Dairy for the past 12 years, see over 200 images of this fabulous venue on my website.  You'll see lots of winter and summer floodlit wedding shots on my Waddesdon gallery too!

Wedding bookings are still coming in fast for this year and 2012, only a few Saturdays now remain for this summer. At present a third of the 2012 summer Saturdays are reserved in my diary.

Enjoy your week!
Mark