Photo of the Week – 20th November 2011

Hi there,

Well two weeks in and its still going strong – this is this weeks photo of the week – it was taken at a recent wedding I shot for a couple who actually flew in from Australia to get Married.  The got married at Tanworth in Arden and had the reception just across the road at The Bell in Tanworth in Arden

The photo in question was taken int he space of around 2 minutes, on the day I was assisted by a good friend called Paul Goode and while he was outside shooting the guests just after the wedding, I set up a light in the church to create a dramatic portrait of the couple.

Once everthing was in place, I grabbed the couple, stood them in position and went click, click, click and the result is the photo you see below

Tanworth-in-arden wedding photography

The idea for this shot came about during the actual wedding itself.  Naturally during the wedding you cant use flash photography etc so just have to rely on natural light and your ability to capture it – well during the couples blessing at the High Alter I noticed how nice the window looked behind them but how it needed some light to make it stand out and be more dramatic – but had I exposed for the window without adding any light inside then the couple would have been in total darkness.

So once the church was empty I talked to the vicar about doing a few bridal portraits and he said no problem.  I used a battery operated studio light which is about 6 time more powerful than your average on camera flash and about 40 times more powerful than the average flash built into point and shoot cameras and with careful positioning and by balancing it with the light outside you got the photo above.

This is the photo that gave me the idea

getting married at the bell in tanworth

hope you enjoy, let me know if you want me to go into more technical stuff on the photos of the week, I still dont know who will be looking at them really.



Bertha DeladilloJune 9, 2012 - 8:33 pm

I just came across your website yesterday..WOW!!!.IM IN are a true master of lighting!! I Im not done yet but plan on looking at every single picture you post and reading every fun word you write..(stayed up for 3 till 2am and woke up today at 7am and still addicted to your blog!)very intertaining i must say..and especially love how your occationally post how you do the shots..THANK YOU!!!!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!..this show your are a humble man who isnt selfish with his talent..GOD BLESS you with more and for sharing your gift..

I am a mother of 2, daughter 22 who has been my model since birth, loves to pose and will do whatever crazy idea or theme pops in my head…YEY!!.and a son 15 who hate me even pointing the camera at him. SOO SOO wish I could have afforded an found you for her wedding last feb..shes a beauiful photgenic young lady who would of brightened your porfolio, if I may say so:))…shes gets ALOT of people telling her she looks like Kim Kardashian …dont know why she hates it! the woman is gporgeous!….ok I do know why, she says she’d rather be compared to someone with more
I have been my Familys back up wedding/Quincianera/event photographer for centuries and only recently due to my fam and frinds pushing me for years, got the guts to launch myself to pursue my passion part time (with tears..cant quit my day job yet,) Ive done about 6 wedding so far by myself so stressful yet adrenalin rush exciting!! it!!..and am happy to say my clents have been very happy with results..YEY!..lots of Family portraits, children maternity etc..Im self taught, want to go back to school and learn learn learn but my husbands hours at work got cut, so that wish is on temp hold…Im a canon girl..have the canon mark 2 (a gift from one of my sisters when she was rich..haha glad becasue she not rich anymore more!) and the D5

I would LOVE LOVE to take some classes with you, but your soooo far away..will you ever be coming to USA? San Fransiso to be exact??..if so let me know so I can sign up first!! I love natural light but need to learn off camera lighting..did I tell you im in awwwww with your lighting..
Anyways..sorry for he long letter but I just had to let you know that you have an admirer 20 minutes away from San Fransisco California..if you ever ever come to this side of the world, you are more than welcome to stop by our would get a kick out of my crazy Family…
the BEST of luck to you always, may you continue to grow and may God bless you with lots of health and happiness.. and may I some day be half as good as you


OH MY!!..I almost forgot..the reason for this long note was to BEG you to keep writing the tips you use to get your AWSOME SHOTS…

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