Category Archives: Photo of the week

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.



Photo of the Week – Something New – 13/November/2011

Hello there,

Each week I will post up a new photo and a little bit about it and why I like it. – I will aim to update this section each Sunday – lets see how I do.

Okay for the first photo of the week, I am going to use a photo from the wedding I shot yesterday.  The wedding was at the Stunning Old Rectory Hotel in Redditch in Worcestershire.  The Old Rectory is an amazing wedding venue that offers the photographer an almost endless choice of photo locations.

This was the first time I had shot at the The Old Rectory so I wanted to make it count, and one of the biggest features of the venue is a collection of round windows, most photographers take photos using them but from what I have seen most of the pictures were boring so I wanted to do something different.

Why I love this photo is it took around 5 minutes to make, I had tried several different things and it was just not working, but by keeping at it and plugging away, we ended up with this – the second I saw it I knew I nailed it and that was it, it was off to the next location.

photo of the week

As you can see I was outside when this was taken and I love the feeling of intimacy you get from this picture.

Stay tuned for more photos of the week, hope you like.



David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer