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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November 2008 Archive

Lynette & Paul's wedding photos: The Old Banqueting Hall, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Posted in Wedding Photography at 21:14 on 26/11/2008

Lynette & Paul's wedding took place in the lovely Old Banqueting Hall at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. Their wedding was a slightly unusual one for me, in that I had the wonderful photographer Helen Bartlett along with me on the day. Helen knows Lynette from their time together at university, so I left her to cover the bridal preparations while I covered the groom's side of the day. I usually photography weddings alone, but it was great to be able to combine my own approach to photographing weddings with Helen's.

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

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Wedding photography feedback

Posted in Wedding Photography at 11:09 on 25/11/2008

I need to update my wedding photography reviews page with some of the great feedback I've been receiving from my clients, but in the meantime I wanted to share the lovely message I've just had from Sinead & Jim. I photographed their wedding at Burgh House in London and The Union Club earlier this month.

Jim and I had made pact not to look at email/internet until we got back, so we only saw the photographs yesterday. It was a lovely thing to come home to, and made a gloomy day all the brighter.

I have to say, I'd thought you wouldnt have got a shot my brother and I walking up the aisle. In my nervous state, I completely forgot the graceful walk I'd practiced, so we stormed into the room! I love that photo.

There are some real gems. Every time we look through them, we find new things to delight us. They really are a wonderful record of our day. Thank you.

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Blog RSS feed updated

Posted in Miscellaneous at 19:38 on 23/11/2008

Those of you who subscribe to my blog via RSS will have noticed that recent posts you've already read will have popped up as new posts. Apologies for any inconvenience this has caused, but it's a side-effect of an update to my blogging software.

For those of you who read my blog regularly but don't use RSS, it's a great way of keeping up-to-date. Many sites offer RSS feeds of updates and you can usually access the feed via your browser's tool bar. Alternatively, you'll find a "Subscribe to my blog" link in the menu that appears on the right, but I'll copy the URL here for you, too:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/TomCatchesides?format=xml

Wedding photography seminars review

Posted in Seminars at 10:38 on 18/11/2008

Last week saw the end of my first series of wedding photography seminars. Presented in association with Calumet, a chain of professional photographic equipment shops, the course was designed to help newcomers to the wedding photography industry to build up their businesses while avoiding some of the pitfalls they are likely to come across. In the end, I actually ended up presenting my seminar to a wide range of photographers. While roughly half of the attendees either hadn't photographed a wedding before or were running a part-time business, the remainder were either full-time wedding photographers or had other types of photography business but were looking to add wedding photography to their portfolio.

It's been really interesting reading through the feedback forms and emails that I've received. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and I'm still bowled over by how well this first series of talks has gone. I've found it fascinating to find out which parts of the seminar everyone found most useful and I'm already starting to plan another seminar…

Which is just as well, because Calumet have asked me to do another series of seminars next year. I'll post more information about it on here as soon as the content and dates are confirmed, but I can already tell you that it's going to be covering a very different set of topics to my recent talks. Those of you who came along to the Bristol and Birmingham seminars will have some idea as to what I'll be doing, but watch this space.

If you'd like me to let you know as soon as the next set of seminars is announced, use my contact form to get in touch with me and I'll add you to the list.

Freelance graphic designer Hamish Symington

Posted in Miscellaneous at 10:26 on 18/11/2008

Going off-topic for a moment, I want to plug a friend's work. I've worked with Hamish Symington on various projects (including the Cambridge University Press calendar that I mentioned on here recently) and he's just turned freelance.

Hamish is a great graphic designer with an interesting mixture of talents: not only does his CV tick all of the usual creative boxes (talented designer, accomplished singer, awesome cook…) but he combines this with a techie side that he normally manages to keep hidden. This makes Hamish a really good choice for large-scale design projects that benefit from automation, ranging from catalogues through to complicated corporate websites.

I'm sure he'll get embarrassed if I carry on singing his praises so, without further ado, here's Hamish's site:

Cambridge graphic designer Hamish Symington.

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