Going the extra mile to get the shot ! Italian Suit or Tesco’s Pants (trousers)

Hello there, dp here from www.davidpurslow.com  when this started it was going to be a quick onliner about the following photo


but it turned into a much longer post !

The above picture was taken during one of my weddings this weekend.  I had just (as you will see in a minute) gut up from laying on the floor in a muddy puddle and as we walked back towards the car, I noticed this tree that had fallen over, the leaves and a puddle of water had formed in a knot, so I posed the bride and groom and shot them via the reflection.  The photo was actually taken upside down meaning that the couple were on the other side of the tree and in the reflection were upside down.  I rotated the pic in photoshop.

Kevin seemed really pleased with this pic when it appeared in the slideshow that evening.

So onto the longer post

The backgorund.

During my many meetings with my clients we talk about how they would like their photographer to dress – that’s me,  I go over how I shoot weddings and how I will go to about any lengths to get the perfect, unusual, different or simply amazing shots that I like to try to capture for each and every couple.

now as many of you will know, David or dp as I am known is a little on the fat side, Okay, I am a fat bastard but I am slowly loosing weight, 6 pounds so far in 2  1/2 weeks.  When a lot of couples meet me I bet they are thinking god this guy is going to eat our whole wedding cake or help, he is never going to move around fast enough to get our shots.  Well let me deal with those two things first.  I have never eaten anyones whole cake yet 🙂 – I do get very lucky and am offered a piece from time to time and lets be honest, it would be rude to say no.  The other fact is I like to think of myself as Yoda from starwars – if you look at him he looks like a little old troll with a walking stick who just cant move very quickly – UNTIL the moment you put a light saber in his hands, then he jumps 40 ft in the air, does back flips, summersalts, runs at a million miles an hour etc – well thats me once you strap a couple of cameras on me – I climb trees, run (yep I said RUN) up hills  and will generally do whatever it takes to get the shot.

so lets go back to what is your photogrpaher going to wear to your wedding.

I generally have 2 different outfits for weddings and have multiple versions of each.  I either wear a nice black Italian suit with matching Autograph black shirt or I have some nice Tesco black trousers  and a black dress shirt – I prefer to wear the second outfit and explain to my customers that in outfit number 1, I look a lot more like  a wedding guest and blend in nicely but I am limited to what shots I can take – In outfit number 2, I will climb trees, lay in puddles, kneel in the sand on wet beaches etc and I do whatever it takes to get the shots.

It you take a peek at the following shots



In both of these pictures, it had been raining and raining hard, the ground in the first picture was muddy and really soaked, I lay down in the mud and snapped the couple walking thru the trees – It was as I was getting up that I spotted the fallen tree root and the reflection pool that I shot the first picture on the page in, and that shot would never have come about had I been in my nice suit.

In the second shot with Laugharne Castle in the background I lay in a 1 inch deep puddle on the car park floor to make sure I got the whole of the castle in the photo.  I carry towels and a change of clothes incase I get too dirty ! but when meeting my clients I point out that if they want the full ‘David Purslow Experience’ that allowing me to look smart but without wearing a suite means that I am happy to all the things I generally do in order to get the nice dramatic shots my clients seem to love.

So far in the past 3 years (since I brought the new suite)  I have only had to wear it to 2 weddings

anyway off to bed now, mrs P just brought me a cup of tea and I have a busy day tomorrow,

take care,



David Purslow
West Wales Wedding and Portrait Photographer
01437 779412
0759 007 6666

We cover weddings all over the UK and do NOT charge extra for travel – If the wedding is more than a 3 hour drive from Haverfordwest we do ask to be put up in a hotel The day before the wedding and the day of the wedding to make sure we give you the very best photography available.

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