Category Archives: Gloucestershire

Are you really going to have that beautiful wedding dress in a tree ??????

Thats what Claire my assistant said to me Friday morning when I could not find anywhere to shoot the dress in the hotel room………here is the story……

I had a busy weekend with 2 weddings and then a whole day in the studio, but if your a regular to the blog you will know I have a penchant for wedding dresses, I think the wedding dress has its own personality and brings so much game to the wedding day, I always try if the client is willing to create something magical with the wedding dress.

I always have an assistant / 2 nd shooter with me at a wedding and for a while now I have been working with Clare who also works with me on family and baby portraits in  the studio.  Clare is fairly new to weddings but is a great photographer but for some reason she cringes when it comes to the wedding dress shoot – Brides that book me know (especially if they have been to the studio or seen my portfolio) that I love creating something special for the wedding dress photo and that if I cant find somewhere great inside I often take the dress outside and hang it on Trees, Flag poles, Lamposts etc etc etc,

So on Friday Clare and I were shooting the wedding of Charlotte and Jonathan at the beautiful Hair and Hounds hotel  in Westonbirt Tetbury, Gloucstershire and there was nowhere in the room that would give a great shot, so after checking that no other guests had checked into the hotel where Charlotte was getting ready and no one who was going to the wedding was around, I asked Charlotte if she would mind if I took the dress outside and hang it in a tree. – Nope she said without a doubt, the mother of the bride however took a big gulp and said outside……  as I was running off to get the dress.

So we moved the dress in his bag, we found a perfectly dry tree although the ground was wet and made sure the dress was securely on the hanger and that we covered the floor with plastic (see pic below)

hanging wedding dress in tree

The plastic you see also cover the back of the dress and an up lighting light that lit up the hotel at night, there was nothing that could get the dress dirty or wet !

so the shots looked like this, after we had photoshopped out the bag on the floor !

wedding dress in tree

charlotte and jonathan wedding, hair and hounds

one of the reasons I love working with assistants and second shooters is that shots like the above would not happen without someone else to bounce ideas off, someone to help hoist the dress up in the tree and someone to stand just out of shot ready to run grab the dress if the wind suddenly pics up etc.  Normally I am also known for lots of off camera lighting but the above shots of the dress were taken without any extra light, just the sun and light reflecting off the building.

Another reason I love working with assistants and 2nd shooters is that you really get to maximize the shots of important little moments.

Here while Charlotte was putting the wedding dress on, we covered every angle.

here for example is a shot I took while the back of the dress was being done up, Charlotte had one bridesmaid holding her veil up while another looked on in amazement at the dress, its funny but you cant see anyones face clearly but you can almost feel the excitement and the hairs on the back of your neck standing up with anticipation that this image captures.

bride getting dressed

While I was taking that photos, Clare my amazing assistant was taking this photo

back of wedding dress

ignor the photo by david purslow bit, its our company brand. !  I might need to change that.

Then after I had left the room and left the room, it was all just girls alone and Clare grabbed this shot of the bride, dressed and waiting to head off to get married !

bride at the hair and hounds Westonbirt tetbury

 

A few more shots that shows off what the wedding dress go’s through

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first dance wedding photos

bride and groom ouside hair and hound tetbury

hope you enjoyed !

dp

What is this slide show at my wedding all about ?

Hello there,

Its a strange thing but I actually only meet about 25 – 30 % of the people who book me BEFORE the booking takes place, the rest book me based on the website, the blog and after extensive telephone or email conversations – or my soon to be added, pre wedding video conferencing.

The number one thing people ask about is the slideshow, how we do it, who chooses the photos, what equipment we use, how long it takes etc, etc,etc.

So I thought I would take a little time out to tell you a bit more about it.

I am going to use the Wedding of Liz and Hayden as my example, why ? – well it was my last wedding so everything is at hand, plus Liz did a great little video testimonial while Hayden was busy dancing the night away on the dancefloor.

If you look at this photo – completely unedited

wedding photography slideshow

This shows all the equipment we use.  On the floor is an Apple Mac Book Pro computer connected to a travel projector mounted on a Tripod.   The screen is a pop up screen that sits in the little black box you see at the bottom of the screen, we take the box, pop it on the floor, open the feet to stop it falling over and then just pop up the screen – setup time for the screen is around 20 seconds !!!! – putting away is quicker.

While your having your wedding breakfast we set up the laptop, offload (and backup) the photos so far, sort through them and choose around 1– – 150 of them, we then put them into a slideshow program called Iphoto and use this to run the show.  It takes us about an hour to do that so we have plenty of time.

Then just before your first dance we set the screen and projector up (5 mins or less) and run the show – the show typically runs for around 8 – 10 minutes and the DJ normally plays some nice background music.  After the slide show is over it takes us about 60 seconds to move the projector and computer and put away the screen – then its straight into your first dance. – Since EVERYONE wants to see your wedding photos the are in the room watching, so that means when you do your first dance everyone is there.

The photos in the slide show are UN EDITED – they are just as they come out of the camera (apart from a couple converted to b/w)

The slide shows let the couple see the kinds of photos taken of their wedding.  It also lets them choose the photos they would like to use for their thank you cards so when they get back from Honeymoon they are ready.

As you will see from my blog posts, the slide shows have a lot more photos but its more for the bride and groom since they spent months or even years planning the wedding – we shoot a whole range of photos that may not make the blog story but which still have very special memories for the couple.

Below is a video of the slideshow from Lia and Haydens wedding, the quality is not as good as the slideshow on the day as its had to be compressed to get it up online for you.

THIS VIDEO CONTAINS MUSIC, SO IF AT WORK TURN YOUR SPEAKERS OFF !!!!!

Untitled from David Purslow on Vimeo.

Hope you like,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Phone 01299 250 114

Winter Wedding photography – lessons from the boy scouts !

Snowy Wedding & Portrait Photography

Be prepared !

Okay this is going to be a bit of a different post from me today.  This time last year I had 3 or 4 weddings coming up and the weather started to get a little nasty (snow and ice) so I decided to buy myself a 4×4.  As you may know I lived in America for 10 years, The North East – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut where we would regularly get 20 inches of snow.  In the states I owned a Jeep Grand Cherokee and this car would go anywhere and thru anything.  So this is what I brought.  Because this was going to be a WINTER car only, and one to get me too and from winter weddings we spent a grand total of £1400 and brought a 10 year old model.  Its not pretty, it drinks fuel but it gets me to where I need to be WHEN I need to be.

As a wedding photographer winter weddings are becoming more and more popular and I actually LOVE photographing wedding in the snow – it reminds me of my time in the states so much.  When a couple are thinking about getting married in the winter I am sure one of the last things they think about is, is my photographer going to be able to get to my wedding ?

This is a shot from a wedding 10 days ago when we had the last lot of snow (see blog post below)

Birmingham wedding photography snow winter

And this is me working away – nothing stops me getting the shot, not even a few inches of snow

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Winter weddings offer the chance of GREAT photos, this shot would have looked nice normally but when its all covered in snow, it looks great – its an outtake, here is my assistant taking shots at another winter wedding.

getting married in the winter

wedding photographer for winter weddings

So back to the reason for the story today

This was the scene outside my house yesterday.

snow covered wedding car

and this is the street we live on

Hartlebury covered in snow

As you can see the road is totally covered, the cars at the bottom of the road cant get out and it was beautiful to look out on all that snow.  We only had 4 inches of snow but most of the village and nearby towns came to a halt.

So I called a very good friend of ours (Zena) and asked if she would like to bring her two kids out for some snowy winter portraits, Z lives right across the road from the park !  She said yes, so Nikki and I loaded up our kids and took off.

This is my winter wedding car

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Nikki loaded the kids into the car while I dug out cameras etc and off we went to met up and spend  a little time shooting a few nice winter portraits of the kids.

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Anway back to what its all about,

I have NEVER missed a wedding yet, and if its in my power to do so come hell, high water or deep deep snow, I want to make sure I have the tools at hand to get me there and get the shots for my couples.

If your planning a on getting married in the winter (November – February) one of the questions you should ask your photographer is, if it snows how will you get to my wedding ?

and remember at this time of year you CANT hire a 4×4 they are all booked out ahead of time – thats why we brought one.

Getting married in the winter can be great and can result in wonderful photos, having the right equipment is more than just a good camera, you need to have everything you can to make sure as a professional you wont fail and let down your clients.

For most of the year our jeep is off the road, but as soon as the first floods or snow fall comes, we pop it right on the road

Have a GREAT Christmas and really good new year.

ciao for now.

dp

Vintage Wedding Photography

Vintage Looking Wedding Photographs

Hello there, something a little different from me today.

Every few years something ‘new’ comes along, a style you may call it, a craze or just something that everyone loves and wants.  Several years ago it was what photographers call Spot Colour which is when you take a colour photograph and make it black and white.  Then you paint back parts of the photo in colour leaving a black and white image with just hints of colour.

Well 2010 saw a new trend taking off in leaps and bounds – The new look everyone is talking about is the Vintage Look.  This is where you using various Photoshop / Lightroom (the digital dark room photographers work in) tools and trick otherwise known as Actions and Presets – and using these actions & presets  you turn the photo into something more vintage looking.

There is no doubt that Vintage Wedding Photography is in high demand and vintage looking wedding photos have a dream like quality to them.

In the following examples below I show a before and after, the original image is exactly as taken and has not been touched up in Photoshop – The vintage wedding photo version has been processed in both Lightroom and then Photoshop to create the final Vintage look.

Original Photo #1 – Straight out of Camera

Vintage Wedding Photography Birmingham

The Vintage Version

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Original Photo #2 – Straight out of Camera

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The vintage wedding look

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One of the big advantages of modern digital wedding photography is the ability to change the look of a photograph relatively quickly and we can add the vintage look to any, all or none of the photos we take at a wedding.

Vintage wedding photography (actually its a look rather than a style) is available at the push of a button so if you are interested in having any of your photos processed this way be sure to let us know.  If you are thinking of having a Vintage themed style wedding then naturally the look of vintage wedding photos would fit you wedding perfectly.

For more information on Vintage Wedding Photography drop me an email by visiting our contact me page

Ciao for now,

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Phone 01299 250114
Moible 0759 007 6666

Beautiful Wedding Photography

Practice makes perfect  – A Wedding Photographers Day off……

Every now and then you get to shoot some fantastic wedding images, I am not talking about great ‘wedding photos’ – thats what the bride and groom want but once in a while a couple will come along and will let you take a couple of hours in their wedding day to take them off and shoot some really dramatic shots – Sometimes it even happens on the day after the wedding or weeks or months later.

So to make your up to the task you need to practice these skills and thats where days like last Tuesday come in.   It was not a workshop and it was a very exclusive little group – 10 of us in total. We had exclusive use of Newstead Abbey nr Nottingham, he also arranged for seven models and an amazing makeup artist (who also models) and one of his good friends is  a wedding dress designer who came along with a stunning collection of gowns.

The idea was simple – we took the models off either a bride by herself or a bride and groom and spent an hour shooting whatever we wanted to shoot.  Some of the other photographers brought along picnics or parasol’s  etc, etc, etc.  I just wanted to practice shooting ‘Stunning Wall Portraits’  I also wanted to shoot directly into the sun and see if I could over power it using little Nikon speedlight flashe’s that I carry.  Another thing I wanted to do was play with lighting Gel’s – this is where you change the colour of your flash to ‘Tungsten’ and put the camera into a tungsten setting, this turns daylight very blue as you will see.

So with my very good friend Tim Driver from Driver Photographyhttp://www.driverphotography.co.uk we set off and spent 6 hours shooting lots of photos just for our own portfolio’s

Below are a few of my favorites from the day – I hope you like

I would love more brides and grooms to set aside an hour or so in the day just for Bridal Portraits – as you can see the results could be STUNNING.

In this photo the blue light coming thru the windows is just daylight – its colour is changed by the use of a CTS (colour temperature straw) gel on the flash

I am using the same technique here but only using a 1/2 CTS gel and have dialed in a WB 1/2 way between Tungsten and daylight

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In this shot, Emma (our makeup artist) sits by the lake, this is kind of an outtake shot while I set up lights

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and I love this shot, it was just Emma playing with the water !

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In this shot, I am overpowering the sunlight which is behind the couple – I love this shot

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and my last shot of the day is one I had planned all day long – I asked the second I saw the black dress if I could have it last and if they minded if I got it wet !

I hope you agree not a bad way to spend your day off !

caio

dp

David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
Phone 01299 250 114
Mobile 0759 007 6666