Friday, 29 April 2011

HARTWELL HOUSE INTERIORS PHOTOGRAPHY

Here are a few images from my recent Hartwell House Hotel photo-shoot, these are some of my favourites. The pictures are to be used by the hotel for future publicity and promotional purposes. These images will also be used on my Hartwell House photo-gallery, view over 80 more images at:   http://www.marksisley.co.uk/venues/hartwell-house/default.htm

I'm now very busy on weddings, the months ahead look quite frantic! Family portraits in my local bluebell woods are also keeping me very busy, the colours are just stunning this year.

Enjoy your week!
Mark






Thursday, 21 April 2011

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS IN SPRING

I've just returned from a week at my holiday rental apartment in the Scottish Highlands, the wear and tear is something I always try and keep under control. Or maybe it's more to do with keeping the Visit Scotland 4 star rating, this was my last chance to do essential maintenance works before the autumn, balancing any DIY with my manic wedding and portrait diary over the summer months is not easy! Also the apartment is usually booked for 40 weeks of the year, I hope to do a trip without the decorating requirements in the not too distant future. The apartment is located within a grade 'A' Victorian monastery over looking Loch Ness in the most dramatic setting of the Great Glen.     www.boysdormitory.co.uk

I've attached a few of the pictures I took from within the grounds of the monastery, plus one from the apartments window overlooking Loch Ness.

The wedding and portrait season is now in full swing, in the coming weeks I'm attending weddings at Taplow House, Waddesdon Manor, Hampden House and Wentworth, I just hope this fantastic weather continues! Last week I attended the most wonderful military wedding at RAF Halton, lovely couple, perfect blue skies and just the most stunning building. This is my third wedding at the venue over the last few years, check out my gallery of recent RAF Halton weddings. Before you go rushing off to view the manor house as a potential setting for your wedding, it's sadly only available to RAF personnel.

Enjoy your week!
Mark








Thursday, 14 April 2011

MY NEWLY DECORATED MANOR HOUSE PREMISES

I've now been in my lovely 300 year old manor house premises in Chesham for the past 17 years, I just can't imagine being located anywhere else, it's such a perfect setting for my work! The majority of my family portraits are taken in the stunning lakeside gardens, when I started my business I just couldn't bring myself to follow the stereotypical approach to portrait photography in the UK of white or brown studio backdrops. For the past 17 years I've been offering fun, relaxed informal outdoor portraits in the colourful gardens of The Bury Manor.  Backdrops include daffodil meadows, wild flower fields, herbaceous borders, sweeping steps and the manor cloisters. I am not aware of any other photographers offering this unique service from such an idyllic setting; in recent years other photographers have started to become more adventurous and venture out of their studios in to the local parks and woodlands. I'm still not aware of any other photographer being based in such a lovely garden and manor house setting in the UK. By offering a totally different approach to family portraits I've managed to keep my diary very busy over the years, many of my customers have become regular visitors, several families have even been photographed by me every year since 1994 when I moved my business in to the manor. I have clients who have travelled from as far afield as the USA and the Far East for their family portraits.

Over the last couple of weeks I've been redecorating my showroom in preparation for the new portrait season, ripping up carpets, stripping and waxing floorboards, painting walls, new bathroom tiling etc.  At the moment the lakeside daffodils are in full bloom, I just hope this mild spring weather stays with us. Attached are a few pictures of my newly decorated showroom, plus a few of the gardens. I'm also now taking bookings for portraits in my wild flower meadows, the meadow is at its peak during the month of July.

See my portrait website gallery for examples of my work, prices and special offers.

Enjoy your week!
Mark