Category Archives: Photo of the week

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



Photo of the Week – 11 December 2011

Hello there,  a little late in the day to be posing but wanted to get the photo of the week in.

This shot was actually taken around 18 months ago, I was inspired by the venue and the dress to create something a little different so what I did was turn the camera into tungsten light balance which has a side effect of turning day light into a beautiful blue colour of light.

I placed a flash inside a small folding softbox (24 inches by 24 inches) just out of camera shot and put a tungsten gel over the flash to colour balance with the camera.  I had Vicki run towards the camera lifting her dress a little – I deliberately underexposed the background by around 1 1/2 stops which made the blue all the more pronounced and took the following shot.  It took around 2 – 3 short little runs from Vicki to get the shot used here but so worth the effort.

photo of the week 11 december 2012


Ciao for now


David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Photo of the Week – December 4th 2011

Hello there,

Welcome to this weeks Photo of the Week – You can see more photos of the week by visiting the Photos of the Week Section

Posting this one a few hours early as I am running photography workshop tomorrow and probably wont have time to get around to posting tomorrow.

The reason I have picked this image is because it came from another teaching day of sorts.  I was lucky enough to be mentored in baby photography by Sarah Wilkes from Sarah Wilkes Photography, Sarah is a good friend of mine and one of the top baby photographers in the UK.  When baby James came into the world, I called Sarah and asked for help – she asked for help in return as Sarah only used to shoot all natural light.  So we did a trade, I spent a day teaching Sarah about lighting for baby portraits etc, and she spent the day teaching me about baby whispering.

During one such exercise Sarah had just put James into ‘The Pose’ as its called or ‘The Frog Pose’ as some others call it, I was about to start taking photos when I noticed James slipping a little so while Sarah waited to stop him lolling about I snapped this shot.

photo of the week

The reason I picked this image today is that tomorrow as I said, I am running a workshop on photography lighting for portraits and weddings.  Sarah has come along for a refresher (actually she just moved a lot closer to us so guess if it were the summer this would be a bbq weekend but she is hanging out at the workshop)  and my model for tomorrows workshop happens to be Roxanne who is baby James mum  –  so its kind of a big happy reunion !

You can find out more about the photography course I run by visiting my Wedding & Portrait photography workshops page.

You can see some of Sarah’s amazing baby portraits or find out more about the one on one mentoring sessions offered by Sarah (one of the UK’s top baby photographers) by visiting her site at

Thanks much,

see you next week !



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Photo of the week – 27 November 2011

Hello there,

This weeks photo of the week actually comes from a wedding I shot this past Friday.  The wedding of Lesely and Adrian to be exact.

I was mooching around during the lull between the speeches and the first dance for something to inspire me and as I walked around the corner I saw on the walls (of the smoking area of all places) down lighters – simple LED lights that pointed straight down the wall and lit up the back wall – they were around 15 feet apart and just put out enough light that you would see the wall.  I took a couple of test frames and decided I like this light a lot.

The lights were on swivels so I turned one of them around to create a dramatic shaft of light on the wall

this is what I got

photo of the week - creative wedding photography

In essence this was a very simple shot but it created very dramatic results.

ciao for another week !