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Worcestershire and West Midlands Wedding Photography – special offer

Hello there, dp here from www.davidpurslow – and I am a Worcestershire and West Midlands Wedding Photographer

Unless you found this link via a search engine, I hope by now you know that I am a wedding photographer based out of Hartlebury, just outside of Worcester in Worcestershire in the West Midlands.  I am fairly new to the area having previously been based in Pembrokesshire in West Wales.  I moved to The Midlands at the start of February which came right in the middle of the booking season for 2010 / 2011 weddings.  We moved following health issues with my mum and decided we needed to be closer to the family so we made the hard decision to leave our beloved Haverfordwest but family comes first.  I still shoot weddings in West Wales with over 20 there this year and 1/2 a dozen so far there for 2011.

So being the newest Wedding photographer in Worcestershire I needed to come up with something really special to help me stand out.  Yesterday I visited the Worcestershire Wedding Fair at 6-ways at the Worcester Rugby Club and saw that there are some really good photographers up this way and was actually surprised that the cost of high quality wedding photography was actually higher up in the midlands that in wales.  I dont know why I was surprised really having spent the past week looking at wedding venues in Worcester, Birmingham, Solihull, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Codsall nr Wolverhampton and Gloucestershire its obvious to me that first, there are LOTS AND LOTS more brides and grooms getting married up this way (lets face it, Birmingham and the Midlands come second only to London in terms of population) The second thing I noticed was there are some amazing Stately Homes, Country Houses and Boutique wedding venues in this area – these are my kind of venues and the perfect place for my flamboyant and creative style of wedding photography.

What I did notice at the wedding fair is that pretty much every single photographers were offing albums that limited the number of photos or pages in the wedding albums and some started off with really small wedding albums which in my humble opinion should really be parents albums not wedding albums.

So whats the special offer I decided to come up with  – here is is

Wedding Photography Special Offer

I have designed a special collection for the first 3 couples who book me for wedding up this way.  (again if you found this post via a search engine then I suggest you visit my wedding photography website and the Why book David page on my website)  So for the first 3 couples who book me for wedding taking place in either 2010 or 2011 this is what you will get.

  • Wedding photography coverage from Bridal Preparations till your first dance
  • 50 thank you cards featuring your favorite wedding photo and information for your guests how to view your online gallery
  • An online gallery of all your wedding photos split into catagories and with slideshows for each one
  • A CD of all the images at web sized for facebook etc
  • A DVD of all the digital files from you wedding – the digital negatives so to speak
  • A DVD of your wedding album set to your first dance song that you can play on your TV and show off your wedding on the big screen
  • An UNBELIEVABLE wedding album – A huge story book wedding album with up to 80 pages and up to 250 photos included

All this would normally cost £3100.00 via my normal prices however for the first 3 couples who book me now I have moved I am making this available for only £1600.00 thats a saving of £1500.00 – The album is an 8×12 inch story book wedding album – you can see exactly what it looks like by visiting my Albums page on my website and you can also view a slide show of an 80 page album by clicking here.

If you would like to splash out just a little bit extra then for an additional £399.00 for (£1999.99 in total)  I will upgrade the wedding album to the totally awesome and monstrously big 10.5 x 14 inch album – its lush, big, heavy, super duper impressive and guaranteed to make your friend and family’s jaw drop to the floor !

This offer is applicable to weddings taking place in…….

  • Weddings in Worcestershire
  • Wedding in Birmingham
  • Weddings in Solihull
  • Weddings in Codsall
  • Wedding in Sutton Coldfield
  • Wedding in Gloucestershire
  • Weddings in the Cotswolds
  • Weddings in Herefordshire
  • Weddings in Shropshire
  • Wedding in Staffordshire

For select weddings taking place in other parts of the country I may well consider extending the offer to you,  so if your wedding is not taking place at any of the venues listed above call me or drop me an emial – my number is 01299 250 114 / 0759 007 6666  and my email is David@davidpurslow.com

If you have any questions please feel free to get intouch,

talk to you soon,

ciao

dp

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

Free Story book wedding albums – Special winter offer

Hello there, dp here from www.davidpurslow.com

Just a quick one from me today. I have just updated my special offer on my prices page for wedding photography – the wedding prices page is located at http://www.davidpurslow.com/wedding_prices.html

The offer is a simple one, book me for a 2010 or 2011 wedding before the December 17th 2009 and depending on the collection you choose, you will receive either 4 storybook wedding albums (bridesmaid sized) or 1 x magnificent parents story book wedding album.

Remember although I live in West Wales I cover weddings all over Wales and The UK – so no matter where you are, I am YOUR local photographer

ciao

dp

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I feel sorry for this bride and groom……….

Hello there, dp here from www.davidpurslow.com – this is my first rant on the blog because I really feel for this couple who have been let down with only 4 days to go till there wedding.

This morning (29th September 2009) I reveived the following email

Could you please let me know if you are available to photograph my son & his fiances wedding on the 3.10.09 in Solva and then St Davids as we have just been notified this evening by his photographer that she is unable to attend due to illness. Would you also let me have a tariff as the price we were paying was £860 which included the items below and we would like to know if you could match the original offer.

We are looking for a paparazzi style storybook album we do not necessarily need anyone to stay until 11.30pm but for at least the 1st dance.

The package you are talking about is the one where I stay all day + evening until 11:30pm
You “ll get A LOT of photographs on a CD. (Around 350 in high resolution.)
+ a luxury printed album 42 pages + another album with the blackboard message and 2 musical slideshow.
The cost of this package is £860.
As well as the album you are untitled to a musical slideshows who can be burn easily for friends and family.
Yours faithfully
xxxxxxx
(I have omitted the photographers name as a professional courtesy)

many thanks
Customers Name Removed.

This is not the first one of this type of email  I have had this year, in fact its the third.  I managed to jump in and help out one bride and groom but on this occasion and the other occasion I was already booked.

On my wall in the office I have a printed quote from John Ruskin, the quote was written sometime in the 1800’s and is one of the wisest things I have ever read.  It seems to be more true today than at any time in the past.

Todays wedding photography market is saturated with Weekend Wedding Photographers  (people who have a full time job and do weddings as a way of making some extra income) These guys generally dont use the latest professional equipment or have sufficient backup equipment should something drastic happen (I DO).  A lot dont work with assistants or associate photographers (I DO) who would be able to cover an emergency should the need arise.  I am also guessing they dont carry public liability insurance or professional indemnity insurance (I DO) and as it seems a lot letting people down at the very last minute (I DONT) – This is exactly what the quote below refers to.

John Ruskin, 1819-1900 Author, Influential Critic, Philospher

“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s unwise to pay too little.
When you pay too much you lose a little money, that is all.
When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything,
because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing you bought it to do.
The common law of business prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done.
If you deal with the lowest bidder, it’s well to add something for the risk you run.
And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.”

John Ruskin.

In my humble opinion anyone who is offering you full day coverage, disk of images and an album as the very minimum for under £1000.00 is

a.  Loosing Money (and may not be around to service you when your wedding come around)
b.  Not offering a quality product or using equipment that gives you the very best images etc.
c.  Not a full time professional and thus may not have the necessary public liability coverage many venues request and insurances for your piece of mind.
d.  Leaves you very little come back in the event they ‘cant make it because of illness’ etc.

Sorry to have to rant this morning but ‘Weekend Wedding Photographers’ seem to becoming a trend and letting the clients down seems to be part of this trend.

Take care,   I know professional wedding photography can seem expensive but spend your money wisely and remember :-

THE ONLY LASTING MEMORY OF YOUR WEDDING DAY WILL BE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS !

Ciao for now

dp

David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer   (FULL TIME AND FULLY INSURED ETC)
http://www.davidpurslow.com
01437 779412
0759 007 6666

Story book wedding album preview – Mandy & Alan’s Wedding

Hey there, dp here, just wanted to share something with you.

Last year I had the great pleasure of shooting a fantastic wedding in Worcester, Worcestershire. The reception was at the Worcester Rugby Club and the bride looked amazing and her husband cut a dashing figure in his stunning military uniform.

The whole day was a fairly relaxed event and I created an easy on the eye, nice flowing wedding album to tell the story. The album is a storybook or coffee table style of wedding album – its a mixture of black and white photos, sepia toned photos and magnificent colour photos all mixed together.

The album really flows great, the web photos just dont do it justice. I have a copy of this that I use as a show album and the clarity of the images always makes people comment.

I thought you might like to see it, so here it is with the kind permission of the beautiful bride.

Thanks Mandy






Hope you enjoyed this,

Although I am based in West Wales and am classed as a west wales wedding photographer or south wales wedding photographer based upon your geography I just wanted to let you know I cover the whole of the UK

take care,

ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
01437 779412
07590 007 6666
david@davidpurslow.com

Andrea & Mike’s Wedding

Hello there everyone, David here from www.davidpurslow.com – I am back in the land of the living and have a little catch up to do on my blog. Over the next week or so I have a whole host of weddings to post as well as some portraits etc – I have been running back and forth to the midlands but am now happy to report everything is going great up that way.

Okay onto Andrea & Mikes wedding which took place a few weeks ago. Andrea is a good friend of my wife Nikki and I was honored when they asked me to photograph their wedding. I knew it was going to be a great wedding with such a good looking couple and with them having their wedding reception at the Plas Hyfryd Hotel in Narberth Pembrokeshire. This was the first of my weddings at Plas Hyfryd this year and one I was really looking forward to – The day turned out FANTASTIC and the weather could not have been kinder to the couple.

As I am sure you will know if you stalk my blog, one of my favorite parts of the day is the bridal preparation and there are many reasons for this but the main 2 are first the groom never gets to see this special part of the day and the second reason is the bride really gets used to me being around and makes for first class wedding pictures later in the day.

So I arrived early in the morning at Andrea’s mums house and before I could even get in the door, a cup of tea was thrust in my hands – this is a great start to the day and one that makes for a very happy photographer – I set my tea to one side and start to hunt out the bride (I often refer to the bride and groom and the mother of the bride as just that so no offence is ment, it makes it easier for me when typing thats all) – I found Andrea sitting in the dining room already being pampered – The make up lady was a new one to me and is another friend of Andrea’s – because of this I went to town on the makeup pictures but boy o boy was it worth it.

Take a peek at these

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makeup2

makeup3

The makeup lady worked overtime that morning because as you will see shortly Andrea had 6 bridesmaids, herself and her mum all to be done.

Here is another candid of one of the bridesmaids getting ready

bridesmaid

While all the girls were getting ready I (with permission) sneaked around the house and snapped a few detail shots – these included all the bridesmainds dresses and the two flowergirls dresses also – but I wont show you that, instead I will show you a shot I took when I saw the dresses all in a line  – they made for an interesting pattern and one that could be a background for a page in the storybook wedding album.

bridesmaids_dresses

and a few shots of the brides wedding dress – I have to say this dress looked stunning on the hanger let alone once the bride put it on – I took lots of detail shots because the dress is really pretty (I wonder if I can get Andrea to do a Trash the Dress ?)

wedding_dress

wedding_dress_detail

I also took this down time to shoot a few other detail type photos, I love to play when at weddings and if I cant shoot the bride and groom I just find other interesting details that make up the day and start snapping away till I can get my hands back on the B&G

I had asked Andrea for her engagement ring knowing I always like to shoot a few pictures of it and for this shot I placed it with her perfume bottle – this is not a detail shot of the perfume bottle I took them also but this is an engagement ring photo

weddingring

and last but not least I found the flowers and shot a few closeups of them – I was just loving the natural daylight that was streaming thru the windows that day, I knew the light would make my photos look good 🙂

pembrokeshire_wedding_flowers

So once I was happy I got my detail shots I went back downstairs and found the bride almost finished with her makeup and right next to her was her darling little girl Ella (need to check the spelling with mrs P but she is fast asleep in bed so thats a job for tomorrow !)

ella1

I remember when looking thru my camera and down the lens what amazing eyes Ella has.

Time was ticking along at a good pace now and the wedding cars started to arrive, I was pretty excited by this because one of the cars is the wedding car that Elizabeth Taylor used to get married to Richard Burton.

Here are the cars in all their glory – this was the brides car

wedding-car1

The MOB (mother of the bride) – This is the Liz Taylor car

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And the car for the bridesmaids – this car was super sweet !

wedding-car

So with it almost time to leave, it only left one thing to do, pop the bride into her dress

Mum helped do it up and that was no easy task let me tell you – I love the look in Andrea’s face here, its the look most brides get when the suddenly realize that they are actually getting married in a very short while – This is one of the photos I think the grooms really need to see and one of the pictures that capture the emotions of your wedding day.

getting-dressed

Followed by a quick bridal portrait – I love bridal portrait photography, I would have liked to do a few shots outside but we were running out of time so I snagged this one in the bedroom.

bridalportrait

and the finishing touch, the perfume

purfume

Since there are some great shots of the bride and groom later, I decided to skip the shots of the groom at the church on the blog, I took them am just skipping them for the time being here.

So here we are at the church with a couple of shots, first a shot inside the wedding car with Andrea and her dad, then Andrea’s dad walking her into the church

in-car-with-dad

walking

Inside the church I did my normal range of photos throughout the service and again am skipping most of them as I want to share with you some of the more interesting photos from the couples day.

Here is the high alter shot

alter

Then we jump to the signing of the register photos and I love this one as its part wedding photography and part family portrait photography.

register_signing_photo

and while I was at the back of the church I noticed this – and NO, its not a case of the fat boy spotting the food – its a tradition in Wales, these are Welsh Cakes

welshcakes

and YES they tasted as good at they looked 🙂

Okay, we jump to outside now for a couple of the formal’s – I love these photos as they show off just how nice a location the bride and groom had picked to get married at….

coupleshot

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following the formals it was all into the car’s and the guests all left for the Hotel Plas Hyfryd in Narberth for the wedding rectption but secretly I took Andrea and Mike around town for a few photos and alittle bit of quality alone time – by the time we got to the first location (Narberth Castle) the bride and groom had finished the bottle of champaign that had been given to them in the car – this made for even more co-opertive photography subjects as if that was possible.  Andrea and Mike made for fantastic clients and ones who valued getting something a little different in terms of wedding photography.

So we arrived at Narberth Castle and the bride and groom go off and play for a while – with a little direction from me 🙂

narberth_castle_wedding

running

sepia_wedding_photo

From the castle we jump back into the cars and then drive off to a fantastic little resturante called The Carreg which is owned by a friend of mine – Ian had said we could do some photos around the place so we stopped there for a few minutes, we were now cutting it close to the sitdown time at the Plas Hyfryd but we had 15 minutes.

This is at the front of the alley to the courtyard there

narberth_wedding_photo

cuddeling_couple

Then we darted around back where the enclosed courtyard coffee bar is located and supprised a load of people having lunch and coffee behind the resturante

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after this it was a mad dash to the Plas Hyfred country hotel just down the road

hotel_plas_hyfryd

And while the guests (Nikki and I were invited guests but I wanted to be out of the room as I did a slideshow presentation in the evening and I needed computer time) ate dinner I offloaded my pictures from the first half of the day and then built a slide show of around 150 photos to run for the evening guests.  I also took the chance to scout locations for a few more interesting photos after dinner.

The next photo is really an outtake photo but I JUST HAD to include it – during the speech of the father of the bride I noticed flames !!!!! coming from Mikes general area – Thats right flames ! – well if you take a peek at the picture Mike got his speach a little too close to the candels on the table and pooof up it went – this made for some interesting adlibbing during his actual speach – I dont know if it was planned or not but it made for a fantastic few monents of laughter etc……

fire

WELL DONE MIKE !

well after the speeches I took Mike and Andrea off for a few more alone pictures and I just LOVE this one, taken on the spiral staircase in the hotel

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Then it was the cutting of the cake shots

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and something a little bit different for the boys to end off the formal side of the photography – by now the guys were pretty ‘merry’ to say the least so when I suggested they sit up on the wall over a 12ft drop they were all up for it and even trying to push each other off ! – again I like this shot, its something different and its an actual moment not a staged, posed photo that has no special meaning.

theboys

Yes this was an amazing wedding and a very special day. I want to wish Andrea and Mike all the best and to say thank you for choosing me to be a part of your big day, it means a lot to me when people choose me, it means even more when friends and family choose me !

To end things off, the obligatory first dance photo

firstdance

Enjoy

Ciao

dp

David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer
http://www.davidpurslow.com
01437 779412
0759 0076666
david@davidpurslow.com

Available for Weddings and Portraits in South Wales, West Wales, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigionshire, Cardiff, Swansea and the UK !!!