Thursday, 30 June 2011

DANESFIELD & OLD LUXTERS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Where has the time gone, we're already past mid-summers day, the shorter days are coming fast! I've attended some fantastic weddings in recent weeks, last weekend I was at The Dorchester Hotel in London and a lovely marquee wedding in Gerrards Cross. The Dorchester is one of my absolute favourite hotels, elegance, style, sophistication with stunning backdrops to match. Check out the gallery of the hotel on my website, click on  'Select-A-Venue', also see over 50 other venue galleries. 

The wedding of Becky and Phil at Old Luxters near Henley was a really memorable day. Becky was given away by her two pet dogs, in my 21 years in the business this was a first for me to witness! I just wish they didn't have a videographer to capture me doing whatever noises were necessary to get the dogs attention in the pictures. The signing of the register even included the dogs, not to mention all the guests witnessing my canine impersonations, sometimes you just have to get the picture no matter what!!! Becky got ready at Danesfield House before travelling to Old Luxters in a lovely vintage VW camper van, I did say the wedding was memorable! The entire day was very informal throughout, lots of happy faces, weddings like this are a pleasure to photograph! Here are some of the pictures from the day, I hope you enjoy looking at them.

Enjoy your week!
Mark 









Thursday, 23 June 2011

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

Rain, rain, rain and more rain!!! These past few weeks have been challenging for my photographs to say the least, though we desperately needed the showers to bring our lawns and wedding venue gardens back to life after the dry start to the year. I've hope I've now done my qouta of weddings in the rain for this year, soggy cameras, and dashing between the church and reception venues under umbrellas is never much fun! In the past two weeks I've attended three weddings at Taplow House Hotel and one at Wentworth, both these venues have recommended me for many years now. Visit my 'Select-A-Venue' gallery to view lots of recent pictures from these lovely locations, plus over 50 other venues too!

Thankfully there has been plenty of sun between the donwpours, just as well since my outdoor portrait season is in full swing now. Most of my pictures are taken in the grounds of my studio at The Bury Manor, I also do lots in the surrounding countryside of the Chilterns. Here are a few pictures I took for the Shard family, they have been regular customers since I photographed their wedding at Bradenham Manor a few years ago. The pictures work really well with the vibrant colourful outfits they decided to wear. Tall grasses and valley views are great for my fun style of family portraits. At the moment I'm doing an amazing special offer, the portrait session and a high resolution CD of all the images is only £175!!

Enjoy your week!
Mark






Friday, 10 June 2011

ARDINGTON HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

This is the time of year through till September that weddings are at there busiest, most weekends I'm attending one every Friday and Saturday. There are also quite a few midweek and Sunday bookings in my diary, most of my commissions are via hotel or client referrals.

I'm often asked how I manage to keep busy between wedding bookings, many people think it's a life of leisure for most wedding photographers outside of the weekends!! I wish! Every wedding involves about 40-50 hours work, this includes initial consultations, pre meetings at the venue with every couple, 4-12 attendance on the wedding day, 5-15 hours editing-processing-photoshop work, creating an online gallery, guest orders, designing the bespoke album layouts etc. In addition to this I do family portraits and some commercial photography too, I'd guess a typical working week for me in the summer would be about 80 hours. Thankfully I love my job! All I ever see is lots of happy faces, there is something very, very special about witnessing and being entrusted to capture the treasured memories at weddings, or special family occasions. Visting so many stunning locations that most people would never normally get to see is bonus too, it amazes me how many maginificent historic manor house reception venues there are in the UK. Even my  studio is located within a gorgeous 300yr old manor house, this is no accident, you could say I love old buildings, it's the sense of history and the architectural grandeur that I find really inspiring.

The last two weekends weddings were at Danesfield HouseHampden House, Taplow House Hotel and Old Luxters, all great venues for pictures. The weather was a mixed bag, lots of wind, no rain thankfully!

One wedding I really enjoyed photographing was at Ardington House in Oxfordshire three weeks ago. Lisa and Toby were married in the stunning lakeside gardens of this lovely Georgian manor house. The weather was just perfect, blue skies and fluffy white clouds, stunning backdrops, lovely couple, a photographers dream! Here are a few of the pictures I took on the day, I hope you enjoy looking at them.

Enjoy your week!
Mark