Photo of the Week – March 18th 2012

Hello there,

This weeks photo of the week comes from a wedding I shot last summer, the wedding took place at the Amazing Gosfield Hall in Essex and was the wedding of Alex and Lisa.

The couple had wanted some of my off camera flash images, ones where you create a little bit of magic by mixing flash light with sun light and take a photo that normally would not be captured.

I have also included another one from when the bridesmaids walked down the aisle just because I love the lighting on that one also, often those kinds of photos are overlooked but so important.

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Hampton Manor Wedding Photography

Warwickshire Wedding Photography

Hello there,

For one reason or another I have had a bit of a lost day, site issues and total lost of communications with the outside world let me working on images and albums – I am currently putting the finishing touches to a spectacular wedding album from a wedding at Hampton Manor, and that reminded me that I also worked with another photographer at a wedding just before Christmas.  I was second shooting (its what we photographers call it when your just helping out really)  for a good friend and great photographer called Paul Goode – I was lighting assistance for this one, with it being a winter wedding and my penchant for off camera flash lighting etc I was there just in case Paul needed any help – I had a rare weekend off so just went along for a bit of a relax really – its funny but when not shooting weddings for clients, lots of photographers will go along with other photographer just to pratice something they cant really do at a paid wedding – if it works out well the couple get some great photos, if not, they were not really expecting them.

My goals for the day were to

1.  Assist Paul however he needed em.

2.  Pratice Panorama’s – this is where you take several photos and join them together to make one seamless photo

3.  Just shoot some funky off camera flash / video light images with the B&G

4.  Pratice shooting in general in LOW light conditions.

So here is what I got.

This is a 6 shot Panno – if you look carefully you can see 3 walls in the room – this is one of the dining rooms in the Hotel

dining room at hampton manor

The hotel has the most amazing light in reception, well just behind the reception, finding something to do with it and a couple so the couple dont look miniscule in photo was a bit of a challange but I had been waiting a long time for this and had it planned out.

Chandelier at hampton manor

The couple had beautiful candles all over the place, I collected a whole bunch and used them to light this shot – I added a bit of video light just to lift the details a bit but love this one

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and while we are talking about black and white images,

I snapped these two shots seconds apart, I did this while Paul was setting up for a photo, I just used the window light coming in, for the bride I wanted it nice and soft but for the groom I wanted something a little more edgy

getting married at hampton manor

groom at hampton manor hotel warwickshire

and here is a shot taken during the wedding itself, if this does not mean anything to you dont worry but it was VERY dark – this shot was taken at ISO 5000, 1/30th second @ F2.8  I was standing at the back of the room using a very long zoom lens to get up close and personal.  When Paul and I were discussing who would stand where, as it was his wedding I let him choose but secretly wanted the back of the room – I have shot enough weddings to know if your by yourself, the place to be is the back of the room – so when Paul said he would go up front I was jumping for joy on the inside:-)

swapping rings at hampton manor

and last but not least, a couple of shots of the venue itself, this is a back view of the venue

hamptom manor wedding venue

and this final photo is of the amazing clock tower and grounds.

getting married at hampton manor


NooBakesCakes – Megga Chocolate Lovers Cake

Hello there,

Something a little different from me today.  I done know if you know but Mrs P – Aka “my bride” – Aka “Noo” Bakes Cakes – She makes the most delicious cupcakes and amazing creations you have ever tasted.  She gets regular orders from Hotel’s and Leisure centers as well as mums of very special little ones as well as onyone wanting a beautiful hand made personalized cake.

Today she popped into the studio with a Cake she has made for one of the mum’s at Joshua’s school as its her daughters birthday.  She is a bit of chocolate lover so Nikki put this together

Made from the finest ingredients including

1/2 a dozen KitKats

6 boxes of Smarties

Home Made Chocolate Cake

Thick and creamy home made Chocolate icing

Ooozing gooey yummy home made Chocolate filling

you can reach Noo on 07799 666808 or via facebook by searching for Noobakescakes – her website is coming soon.

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home made cup cakes



birthday cakes kidderminster


A few more of her creations

Hows this for Mothers day – she already has orders up to her ears for these and is only taking 5 more bookings.


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Oxwich Bay Wedding Photography – Engagement Session Kay and Andi

Hey there,

In a few weeks I will be shooting what sounds like an amazing wedding which will end with a mini fish and chip supper on the beach at the fabulous Oxwich Bay Hotel on The Gower in West Wales.

Several weeks ago I popped down there to meet up with Kay and Andi for a day on the beach – in the shelter it was a fabulous day, hot even but as we got close to the coast it was pretty windy hence the windswept look !

We parked over a mile away and hiked thru sand dunes and over rocks to the coast – this gave me lots of time to really get to know Kay and Andi and talk thru their wedding day so we have everything planned for the big day itself.

Here are a few photos from the day.

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Then we decided to have a little fun and play with dramatic lighting

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getting married at oxwich bay hotel

Warwickshire Wedding Photography – Clare and Ben


Hi there,

Yesterday saw me shooting the wedding of Clare and Ben, I had been looking forward to this wedding for weeks.  This was quite a late booking but once the couple mentioned the words Warwick Castle and Wedding then said the wedding was an intimate wedding with only a dozen guests in total I was hooked.

If you take a peek at my photo of the week for March 11th 2012 you will see a very calm bride just sitting on the dining room table chilling before the wedding, this was the feeling the whole day long.

As this is only a snake peek the photo will jump quickly.

The first photos I took in the day were of the flowers, which were magnificent,

warwickshire wedding flowers

One of my favorite parts of the day is watching the boys trying to tie their cravats – This photo, one of a series of about 15 was taken while the father of the bride was tieing his, I am sure there was 2 or 3 attempts before finally getting it.

getting married at warwick castle

Since Clare was in her dress pretty early, I took the opportunity to take a few photos of the family in the back garden, here is mum and dad with Clare just before leaving for the church.

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Clare and Ben had chosen to get married at St Charles Borromeo Church in Warwickshire which is a beautiful little church.  Here is a shot 1/2 way thru the wedding service itself

getting married at St Charles Borromeo church

then after the wedding was over, I added a bit of dramatic light and we get something like this

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Following the wedding the whole wedding party went to Warwick Castle for the wedding reception.  The wedding reception at Warwick Castle started off in the Conservatory and ended up in the state dining room, talking to the couple they decided to have the formals taken in the peacock garden by the amazing fountain.

one of the things I like about intimate weddings is the fact the whole group is easy to manage and you can get thru the photos really quickly so the couple and the guests can get on and enjoy the wedding day – here is a shot of the whole wedding party.

The wedding itself took palce fairly late so by the time we got to Warwick Castle we were blessed with a beautiful sunset

getting married at warwick castle

and just before I left, I took a few shots of the State dining room at Warwick Castle – this is where the bride, groom and all their guests enjoyed the rest of the day.

state dining room

Naturally I had a few minutes where I had the bride and groom to myself, we used the sunset and the beautiful sky to create some dramatic wedding photos.

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congratulations to Clare and Ben for a truly beautiful and intimate wedding



David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer
Phone 01299 253844