Category Archives: Worcestershire

worcestershire wedding photography – Bridal portraits

Worcestershire Wedding Photographer received Award

As a Worcestershire based wedding photographer, one of the things I love most is the country side, a few weeks back were photographed the beautiful Milly for a bridal portrait photo shoot.

The photo shoot took place at our studio located in the heart of Worcestershire in the village of Hartlebury.

Milly wanted some beautiful wedding bridal photos to show off the amazing wedding dress, we used the grounds around the studio.

Yesterday we were notified that the head shot photo was give the prestigious Front Page Award for Purple Portrait and was featured on the front page of the website.

We often shoot bridal portraits after wedding for brides, and also shoot couples portrait days after the wedding, when the couple fancy dressing up again in their wedding clothes and just spend a fabulous day just enjoying each others company without the pressures of the wedding day.

We have access to amazing makeup artists at the studio so if the bride wants a full make over again before putting on her wedding dress, we can arrange that for you.

Milly had one of our fabulous make up artists – Gaby do her make up for her shoot

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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

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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)

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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.

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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

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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