December 2013 update: I'm no longer working as a photographer

In 2009, I launched a company that makes business software for photographers, and now that company is so successful that I've regretfully had to put my photography business on hold indefinitely. You can find out more about this change on my blog.

If you're looking for a photographer, I'm still in touch with many amazing photographers and would be delighted to recommend them to you if you contact me.

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August 2009 Archive

Wedding photography at Kitley House, Devon: Corinne & Matthew

Posted in Wedding Photography at 12:22 on 28/08/2009

August has been a busy month full of weddings in interesting locations and last weekend was no different. I travelled all the way over to Devon for Corinne & Matthew's wedding in Yealmpton and the Kitley House Hotel, but that's nothing compared to the couple or most of the guests. Corinne & Matthew travelled back from New York to Corinne's home village in Devon and lots of their guests had come from the USA, so their wedding day featured a mixture of British and US traditions.

Here's a selection of my favourite images from the day.

I don't usually get to photograph the groom's preparations, but Matthew was getting ready just a few doors away from Corinne so it was too good an opportunity to pass up:

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Onto the church in Yealmpton for the wedding ceremony:

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And then onto Kitley House Hotel for the wedding reception:

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I call them "speeches". The American guests called them "toasts". Whatever they're called, I enjoy photographing them!

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New professional photography seminar dates

Posted in Seminars at 09:03 on 26/08/2009

Children's photographer Helen Bartlett and myself are going to be presenting seminars at the Calumet store in Glasgow in October.

Post-production for portrait and wedding photographers

On Thursday 8 October, I'll be presenting my post-production for portrait & wedding photographers seminar.

Digital capture has given photographers an enormous amount of creative control over their work, but this means that taking great pictures is only the first step towards delivering fantastic results.

I will be presenting a seminar that will teach you the post-production skills you need to finish your portrait & wedding photographs to a professional standard. The course will explore:

Practical techniques that will bring the best out of your images.

Building these skills into an efficient workflow that supports your photographic style and makes the most of your time.

The seminar includes:

A catch-up session to bring your Photoshop skills up to speed.

Realising the potential of RAW files.

Producing great black & whites from digital images.

Practical retouching techniques.

Using special effects to polish your images.

Taking control of your workflow.

Everyone attending the seminar will also receive a disc containing details of the techniques demonstrated, sample files and the Photoshop Actions used during the course.

The seminar will run from 10:00 to 17:00 and is priced at £85. You can book tickets from the Calumet site:

Thursday 8 October 2009 - Calumet Glasgow

Photographing children with Helen Bartlett

On Wednesday 7 October, Helen will be presenting her seminar on photographing children.

Helen has spent the last five years establishing a thriving children's photography business that takes her all over the UK photographing children in their own environment. In this seminar she will share the secrets of her success and the philosophy behind her images which is so integral to her signature style.

Helen will guide you through the highs and lows of setting up your business and explain many of the key techniques she uses each and every day to ensure that each and every client has a stunning set of images.

You will learn:

How to develop your own style by thinking through your images and what you want to achieve rather that imitating the photographer down the road.

How to evaluate a location for the best shooting spots: be it a park, a beach or a basement flat.

How to work with light or lack or it, indoors and out

How to get the best from the children and achieve the all important family group shot

What to do when you hit meltdown (yes, we work with two year olds) and how to get the shoot up and running again

How to market your new found skills and attract new clients

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £75 inc VAT. You can book tickets from the Calumet site:

Wednesday 7 October 2009 - Calumet Glasgow

Devon wedding photographer: preview of Corinne & Matthew's wedding

Posted in Wedding Photography at 21:09 on 25/08/2009

Most of my wedding photography work takes place in London or East Anglia (and especially Cambridge, where I live), but word of mouth often takes me further afield. Last week, I travelled all the way down to Devon to photograph Corinne & Matthew's wedding at Kitley House Hotel in Yealmpton. Here's a sneak preview of their wedding - the proper blog post will follow later on this week.

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Richmond wedding photography: Irene & Michael's wedding at Ham House

Posted in Wedding Photography at 09:52 on 24/08/2009

I photographed Michael's brother's wedding in Essex & Cambridge earlier this year so it was a pleasure to be asked to photograph Irene & Michael's wedding at Ham House in Richmond. I've had a run of photographing weddings in London (well, inside the M25…) recently and Ham House proved to be another great wedding venue.

The wedding ceremony took place inside Ham House:

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The wedding party moved onto the orangery at Ham House for the wedding reception:

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Would you believe me if I said that the kids weren't playing up for the camera? No, I thought not…

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Syon Park wedding photographs: Emma & David's wedding in London

Posted in Wedding Photography at 13:59 on 13/08/2009

Emma & David got married at St Mary's church on Paddington Green before moving onto the beautiful Syon Park for their wedding reception.

The wedding ceremony in London was particularly musical, with piano, brass and a choir joining the church organ, but the music didn't stop after the service - we arrived at Syon Park to find a Congolese band playing throughout the wedding reception.

The weather for Emma & David's wedding could have gone either way, starting off with heavy cloud which cleared to provide some fantastic directional light towards the end of the drinks reception.

Here's a selection of my favourite wedding photos from the day.

The wedding ceremony took place at St Mary's on Paddington Green:

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The Long Gallery at Syon Park:

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Set within 200 acres of parkland designed by Capability Brown, the Great Conservatory makes for a spectacular focal point:

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We all have these moments:

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The sun breaks through the clouds:

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An emotional set of speeches inside the Great Conservatory of Syon Park:

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One last shot of the conservatory:

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