Photo of the Week January 1st 2012

Hello there, dp here – Todays photo of the day is actually almost a year old to the very day – it was taken December 18th 2010

Its my daughter Soukie, it was her first time playing in the show, that winter we had a hell of a snow storm and it was fantastic.  The photo is one of my all time favorites – its simplicity itself, I just used a long focal length 200mm and shot at F2.8 to capture and isolate Soukie from the snowy wilderness.

My wife and I refer to this as The Bag Lady photo


snow portrait

Photo of the Week – December 25th 2011

Hello there, this is a bit of a cheat, I am going to pop up 3 pics this week, and date them from Xmas day and New Years day and then today.

I had every intention of doing them over just after new year as I actually took from Christmas eve to Jan 4th off  – Family Christmas.  Then as luck would have it Jan 3rd I got MAN FLU and spent 4 days in bed not even getting up or eating – the good news however (everything has a sliver lining) is that I lost all my Christmas weight, actually over that week I lost over 11 pounds.

So I am going to post this photo which is actually from a wedding on December 29th 2011 but who knows ?  dont tell anyone.

This photo was taken at Hampton Manor in Hampton in Arden Warwickshire, it was my last wedding of the year and its a shot I have wanted to get at this venue for a long time.  Hampton Manor has an amazing chandelier which covers almost 3 floors in a normal building but two stories here.  I really wanted to create a shot that made good use of the venue and chandelier – The bride and groom gave me the time to set up the shot and this is the result.

Lighting is actually simplicity – its a 500Watt studio light on a stand with a reflector and grid to control the spill of the light, and then I underexposed the background slightly.

Hope you like it.

chandelier at hampton manor



Photo of the Week – December 18th 2011

Hello there, 1 week to go before Christmas so I have started to wind down a little before the festivities begin,  The photo of the week this week comes from an Engagement Session I shot in London.  I traveled down on the train for a whole day of shooting around London, I must have walked miles that day.

One of the shots I wanted to get was of the couple on the London Underground, I checked before hand and you are allowed to take photos on the underground so that was okay, however they do slightly frown upon great big cameras so I had to shoot quickly.

I know this shot is a bit cheesy and cliche but its LONDON, a cute couple and what tells a better story.

The shot was fairly easy to do thanks to great lighting on the Underground platforms – I basically had to choose my Aperture  and ISO to get me a shutter speed where I would get movement on the train but freeze the couple, I asked James and Niamh to kiss and hold still and then shot at about 1/20th of second to create the motion blur on the tube.

I had the camera set to High Speed Continuous shooting mode to make sure I got a good shot of a blurry London Underground logo

here is the result

december 18th photo of the week

The technique is very similar to the one I used above ground to capture this photo

On this photo however I was shooting at 1/10th of a second at F22 to allow me to get motion blur on the people crossing the road,  The challenge here was getting the couple to the center of the road and kissing without anyone bumping into them, then getting in place and capturing a few shots before the lights turned green again and the traffic started moving again.

I used to Live in New York for 10 years and there is a saying that the shortest measurable length of time is from when a traffic light turns green and the car behind you starts honking on its horn in New York City – well its a bit like that in London also.

London Engagement Photography

Next weeks photo of the week might be a day or so late with Christmas day falling on the the same day I should be posting – I have a feeling I know what the subject matter is going to be.

Till next week



Beautiful Wedding Reading

On your wedding day by Anon

This reading is one I hear several times throughout the year, it also happens to be the reading Mrs P and I had at our wedding.  Having shot my last wedding of the year last weekend I have been starting to unwind a little and tonight Mrs P and I were reminiscing about our wedding and chatting about the day, she asked if Remembered our reading – how could I forget.  Its simply beautiful.

I thought I would share it with you,  It has a ‘street title’ which his Today is the day but its actually called On Your Wedding Day.

Please Enjoy.

On Your Wedding Day – Unknown Author

Today is a day you will always remember

The greatest in anyone’s life

You’ll start off the day just two people in love

And end it as husband and wife.

It’s a brand new beginning, the start of a journey

With moments to cherish and treasure

And although they’ll be times when you both disagree

These will surely be outweighed by pleasure

You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past

When the secrets of marriage were spoken

But you know that the answers lie hidden inside

Where the bond of true love lies unbroken

So live happy forever as lovers and friends

It’s the dawn of a new life for you

As you stand there together with love in your eyes

From the moment you whisper ‘I do’

And with luck all your hopes and your dreams can be real

May success find its way to your hearts

Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys

But today is the day it all starts.


The Curradine Barns Wedding Photography | Laura and James

The amazing wedding of Laura and James  – Wedding: Claines Church Worcester

Wedding Reception – The Curradine Barns

Hello there,

A few weeks ago I shot a stunning wedding, it was the wedding of Laura and James.  Laura and James booked me ages ago and this one crept around, I was really looking forward to it because the wedding reception was at the stunning Curridine Barns.  I had an idea the wedding would be beautiful after hearing all the little details that were going into the day, but they really really did put on a fantastic wedding.

My day started off at their house and naturally with me I start with a dress shot.

wedding dress photo

and then I started mooching around for things to shoot, the house was full of really nice and romantic little notes, cards and best wishes, so I snapped a few while the girls were getting their makeup started.

west midlands wedding photography

and while I was on the details path, I captured all the details in one go.

getting married at clains church

The shoes !

beautiful wedding photography

The Ring !!!!!

beautiful engagement ring

wedding day photography

And one of the all important presents from the groom to the bride

wedding gifts

and here Laura was taking a teary eyed look at her card that came along with the gift

then it was time to finish the makeup

getting married in worcestershire

before putting on that all important dress

bride getting dressed

and the shoes

bride putting on her shoes

at this point I jumped in my car and ran off to the church, The wedding was taking place at Claines Church which is a beautiful worcestershire wedding venue.  I was met by the very friendly and very happy Vicar  – Nick – or as I have renamed him Nick the Vic…… – Anyway NTV told me the church had just had all new lighting put in so it would make for some great photos and to be honest he was not kidding, it was perfect.  NTV also said as long as the couple didnt mind, and as long as I didnt use flash I could take photos throughout the whole service – what a GREAT vicar thinking of his couple, their memories and making the day special.

Here is the beautiful Claines Church

Claines Church, Claines, Worcestershire

Soon enough it was time for Laura to arrive, she came with her dad in a vintage VW camper van

vw camper van hire worcestershire

and a very proud dad escorted her to the church

dad walking bride into church

and then into the church

bride walking into church

claines church wedding photos

black and white wedding photography

wedding photos claines church worcestershire

and I just love the look on both Laura’s and James faces here

reportage wedding photography

and then the moment every groom is dying to hear on his wedding day – YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE

newly weds kissing

Then while the couple were signing the register, all the guests gave me a wave !

wedding guests

As is becoming the norm the confetti shot had to take place by the lychgate, so while the happy couple walked down, dad took a few minutes to toast the happy couple and celebrate !

newly wed couple outside claines church

and the all important confetti shot

confetti photo at claines church

then while the guests left to go over to the reception venue, I took the couple back in the church to shoot some pictures with the stained glass, unfortunately the windows were boarded up on the outside while some work was taking place so I didnt get the shot I wanted but we still got some interesting results.

creative wedding photography

Then it was back in the camper van and over to the wedding reception at Curradine Barns

curradine barns wedding venue worcestershire

When Mrs P and I were getting married we visited The Curradine Barns and we fell in love with the venue, as a worcestershire wedding venue it has everything you could possibly want, charm, elegance, it has the curb appeal your guests will love and its just outright bloody beautiful.  I went over the day before the wedding to scope it out for what lights I would need and met Laura and James there, they were dressing the venue and it was looking beautiful.

courtyard at curradine barns

inside of curradine barnes wedding venue

worcestershire documentary wedding photography

and then the Laura and James arrived with the all important camper van – it was beautiful

vw camper van hire

more kissing – there was a bit of theme of this in the day

and I just couldn’t resists a peek inside and spotted this on the dashboard – this will be my photo of the week next week – I thought it was a nice touch by the company.

and time for a few ‘semi formal photos’ – I am not known for formals, we shoot a few but most people want me for other stuff…..

boys will be boys

okay, not actually formals…….. but here are a couple

formal wedding photography

and I tried really hard to get this couple to book me for their wedding, they told me early in the day they were getting married, I took a few nice photos of them, but try as I might, it was not going to happen, I offered to photograph it for free and only food money and accommodation and travel – Oh, I forgot to mention they flew in from Australia for the wedding – I would love a wedding down under……..

engaged couple from australia

All too soon, it was time for the wedding breakfast after which came the speeches.

wedding breakfast

reportage wedding photography

dont ask……………..

While the guests were having their wedding breakfast, I had finished working on the slideshow and spotted the big chandellear hanging in the ball room, I got some lights out the car and set something up and then snagged the bride and groom – this is the result

the ball room at curradine barns

then it was for the first dance and to get the party started.

creative first dance wedding photography

amazing wedding photos

and something a little more traditional.  I like to mix it up a little and create something different for the guests – I shoot both creatively lit first dance photos as well as normal first dance shots, that way the couple can choose their favorites.

and then it was time for everyone to get on the dancefloor

Normally that would be it, I usually end my blog stories with the first dance photos


I just wanted to share something with you – Take a peek at this – LOVE IT !!!!!!  This was setup in the corner for the guests !

old fashioned sweet stand at a wedding

and my all time favorite sweet forever is cola bottles – LOOK ! – I naturally had a couple with the kind permission of the couple, Soukie and Joshua had a little baggy each of sweeties when daddy got home.

What can I say – what an amazing wedding.

Congratulations to Laura and James for what was an awesome day – thanks to the staff at The Curradine Barns who looked after me and Thanks to you for taking the time to actually read my test on the blog stories and not just look at the pictures.

ciao for now.


David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer
Worcestershire based – National Coverage.