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Hello there David here,

While it is quite over the bank holiday weekend I am working on the blog – if you like the way its looking please leave me a comment so I know I am going in the right direction


New Blog Sections – For Brides & For Photographers

Hello there guys,

As though I don’t have enough to do, over the next few weeks I am going to be totally making over my blog – I will be cutting a lot of the sections out and adding a couple of new ones.

The two new sections are going to be For Brides and For Photographers

For Brides

This section will be were I post interesting stuff for couples planning their weddings. Its going to be a wedding photography free section with no plugging of my services but will be a way to give back to the people who let me live the life I live and who have allowed me to follow my dreams – YOU – my clients.

To give you an idea of the kind of stuff I will be digging out for you to take a peek at, this is the kind of stuff I will find for you.

Personalized Coat Hangers – wait its not as boring as it sounds, How about something really special to hang your wedding dress on or even some really funky gifts for the best man, the father of the bride or just about anyone you can think of ……. take a peek



Pretty cool yeah ? – You can find out more about these hangers by CLICKING HERE – this link will take you to their website.

For Photographers

This section of the blog will be information for both people who just want to take better photos and want to learn how to use their cameras better as well as newer wedding photographers.  It will be a general information and technique section with detailed photoshop tips, advanced lighting tips using off camera lighting and using the Nikon CLS system.  I will also take you thru what its like to shoot a wedding, the process of the day and how I go about creating the slide show on the night kind of stuff.   I will also use this section to inform photographers about my off camera lighting courses that I run.

Stay tuned and over the next few weeks these sections will start to appear.

Take care,



David Purslow
Worcestershire Wedding Photographer
Phone 01299 250114 / 0759 007 6666

Singers Portfolio – David looking cool – Strobist Lighing with Nikon CLS

Hello there, this one is for the ladies out there as I often get accused of focusing on the girls a little too much (with my camera)

Over the weekend I shot a few photos for my good friend Wayne from Explosive Productions – He is helping to organize a show at the Torch Theater in Milford Haven later next month.

One of Waynes good friends and a friend on mine also (sounds like the mafia – He’s a friend of ours………..)  Thats a guys joke girls……..

so back to David – David is an incredible professional singer and performer who sings songs from the likes of Frank Sinatra etc has been after getting a few photos done, well on Sunday after we finished over in Milford David and I popped over to the waterfront and shot a few pix – it was freezing cold but David managed to pull off the looking cool in the sun look !

We shot using the Nikon CLS lighting system and I used speedlights on stands triggered by the Nikon SU800 IR sender or a master SB900 flash if the SU800 struggled due to light and the distance.

Here are a few of the results, hope you like them








hope you like this little sneak peek



Happy New year – a look back at 2009

Hello there, first off Happy New Year.  I want to thanks each and every one of my couples this year for allowing me to do what I enjoy and for choosing me to be a part of their day.

The side show below contains 117 photographs – it took me hours upon hours to get the number down to 117 – In 2009 I took a grand total of 23,843 wedding photographs – I managed to get that number down to around 350 that I wanted to put into a slide show but it just wouldn’t happen.  I have decided to create the slide show of some of my favorites – they are not all my favorites but are amongst the top 350 – I just had such a hard time cutting images down – I also decided I wanted to kind of show a whole wedding but by using photos from several weddings if you know what I mean.  I shot 30 brides in 2009 and have used less than 12 here, if I missed you I am sorry its just I was pretty pushed to get the side show done and used lots of the images that I had already processed for my blog.

I am going to be updating my site in the next few weeks and when I do I will be putting all 350 photographs that I originally picked into a gallery for you to look at – but in the meantime, here are some of my favorite photographs of 2009 – Good bless and I hope 2010 is everything you want it to be and more.

For those of you who dont know me, I am a wedding photographer that covers The West Midlands, Birmingham, Worcestershire as well as South Wales and West Wales. I love wedding photography and weddings in general and love to photograph weddings more than any other kind of photography.

I am not your normal stand here and smile at the camera kind of photographer.

I truly believe in the great quote by the famous painter James Whistler – An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision

I hope 2010 brings you all you want it to and you have a great and happy year

David. xx

Models, Actors, Singers – Portfolio Shots (MJ)

Hello there, dp here from – As you may well know I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Pembrokeshire West Wales.

Today saw me take a day off from weddings and portraits to shoot some portfolio shots of a really good friend of ours.  Mary-Jayne is a professional singer who sings all over the country.  Well for months MJ has been asking (in a nice way, not begging) if we could hook up one day and shoot some new stuff for her posters etc.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to shoot MJ’s brothers wedding and noticed MJ in a stunning red dress – that sparked an idea with me for a set – I cant take credit for the idea, I had seen it done somewhere before but decided that I would create a set just for MJ and we would shoot some new promo shots.

Well after the third time of trying we got together today, both MJ and myself were a little under the weather but since we have been trying for ages to pull this off, bless her she turned up despite having a bit of a chest infection.

To get ‘real shots’ – I made MJ lug in her equipment for the shoot (which as it happens took place in my living room!) and was treated to a whole day of MJ singing just for me, well just for me and my lighting assistant 🙂

So here are a few of the photos,

First set – THE RED SET – Glamour lighting

singers head shots

models portfolios

The Green Set – A little smoke and a little harder light for a more edgy look

The Blue Set – Crisp light but still a little harder than the red set.

The Purple set – Just going for something funky – only 2 lights and 1 big reflector

A little Attitude !

and this one if just me playing around a bit – towards the end of the Purple set I decided that I wanted to do a nice black and white head shot of MJ – this is what I came up with, I hope she likes it, I gave it a bit of a glamour makeover – but it did not need much to be honest.

And last but not least, my lighting assistant for the day and MJ’s boyfriend Wayne Morse from Explosive Productions

Here are a couple of behind the scenes shots of my living room during the shoot ! – naturally Mrs P was cool with me turning our house into a studio for the day.

The lighting setup for the red set – I actually missed off one flash, its on the light stand closest to me, I used a SB800 Nikon strobe to trigger the Quantum Qflash using a peanut slave sensor – the sensor would not pick up the pulse so I set the SB800 to SU4 Mode (tech stuff) @ 1/64th and pointed it directly at the peanut.

The Blue Set – The softbox was the main light, and fill provided by a California Sunbounce reflector with couple of hard edge rim lights (I swapped the strip box before shooting) and a background light.

and the last behind the scenes photos – this was during my creating the light setup – I had MJ stand on ‘her mark’ and then started to paint her with light – you can see how I started to build it in this shot.

Well I hope you enjoyed your look at MJ’s shots, it was a GREAT day for me and took me back to my studio days when I used to shoot this kind of stuff all the time.  I still shoot model, actors and singers / bands portfolio shots but only when they come looking for me – so if your in the market to get your portfolio updated give me a bell or drop me an email.

Take care, back to albums tomorrow,



David Purslow
01437 779412
0759 007 6666