Thursday, 22 March 2012

HARTWELL HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

My wedding and portrait season is about to take off in the coming weeks.  The quiet first few months of the year allow me to prepare any marketing for the summer, and get organised at my studio. Lots of energy has gone in to preparing for my new website, and you'll be able to see the new design and masses of additional pictures within the next few weeks. It's amazing how effective a well designed and productive website is, 25% of my wedding and portrait bookings come direct from organic Google searches. I used to attend lots of wedding shows and craft fairs to boost my wedding and portrait bookings, and now that energy is channeled in to my website, plus ensuring I'm high up the Google rankings. I've had my website for 12 years, and it has evolved so much during that time.  My first site was really primitive by today's standards! Still most of my bookings come from previous customer referrals, or from  the many hotels that recommended me.

Last week I received a call from Hartwell House to see if I could assist with a client of theirs who was visiting England after their wedding in Japan. They came prepared with their full wedding outfits, and they couldn't have chosen a more quintessentially English location for photographs.  The hotel is full of lovely antiques, not to mention lots of stunning period features!

Hartwell House has recommended me for the past 8 years, I really love working at this gorgeous hotel.

Here are some of the pictures from the session:

Enjoy your week!
Mark













Tuesday, 13 March 2012

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS PHOTOGRAPHY

I'm just back from a trip to check on my Scottish apartment, the Boys Dormitory.  Every year there is always loads of TLC required. It is rented out as a holiday let, and is situated within a stunning Victorian abbey on the banks of Loch Ness. Fort Augustus Abbey has been converted into apartments, and the development includes a restaurant, indoor pool, tennis courts, fishing rights, club lounge, not to mention amazing views in every direction of the Scottish Highlands. All the stunning architectural features have been retained within the abbey, as the building is Grade 'A' listed. The club lounge is inside the former monks refectory, the pool is inside the former chapel, the dramatic stone staircases and huge cloisters have also been retained around the courtyard. I don't believe there is a development quite like it anywhere in the UK, it really is a very enchanting place, like stepping inside the Hogwarts School of magic in a Harry Potter movie!

My apartment is within the former boys dormitory of the old school which was run by the monks, hence the apartment name 'Boys Dormitory', I was there for a week, the weather was fantastic, lots of blue skies, and of course I had my camera as always. I decided the DIY could wait till the evening each day, as the photo opportunities were too great to resist during the daylight hours.  I even sneaked in a few night shots of the abbey!

I dashed back to take more pictures in the sunshine for a wedding at The Pinewood Hotel last Saturday, blog to follow next week. Then on the Sunday I was at a very busy wedding fair held at The Dairy, Waddesdon, where I've been a recommended suppliers for 12 years.


I hope you enjoy the pictures I've attached of Fort Augustus Abbey.   I'll blog some of my landscape shots of the highlands very soon, so watch this space!

Enjoy your week!
Mark