Brokencoat Hall Wedding Photography – Alison & Mark

Hello there,

The first of of a couple of sneak peeks comes from the fantastic wedding of Alison and Mark which took place at the beautiful Worcestershire wedding venue of Brokencoat Hall in Chaddesley Corbett nr Kidderminster – or just 10 minutes from my house 🙂

This has been a funny few weeks, it has rained at pretty much ever wedding I have attended so the photos we took were kind of dictated to us by the weather, lucky for me however my brides are hardy souls and were all up for popping out for some photos even in the rain or the wet.

Brokencoat Hall is an amazing backdrop for photographs however although my couple for the day were up for anything you have to think about all those beautiful shoes the female guests wear so we ended up doing most of our photos inside.  Bad weather is NEVER an excuse for a photographer not getting great photos or it should not be, so when we got a break in the rain and wet weather, we shot outside and took a good few signature style photos.

Here are a few photos from the day, more later with the blog story but a sneak peek for Alison and Mark.



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couple getting married at brokencoat hall worcestershire

LOVE the look on this little boys face !!!!!

boy handing over ring to bride

Some couples magic shots

night time photo of broken coat hall hotel

night time photo at brokencoat hotel worcestershire

external shot of brokencoat hall

Congratulations to Alison and Mark and thanks for being such troopers and coming out to play in the wet !



Swinfen Hall Wedding Photography

Photo of the Week – June 17th 2012

Hello there,  A little bit of time travel magic again this week, as June 17th’s photo of the week was actually taken on the 18th of June, I was pretty busy that I missed posting.

This weeks photo of the week come from the amazing wedding of Cymonie & Mark who were getting married at The breathtaking  Swinfen Hall Hotel in Litchfield.  I really enjoyed this wedding as I was not technically the lead photographer, the wedding booking had been taking by a very good friend of mine, a Birmingham based wedding photographer called Paul Goode from Paul Goode Photography Paul and I often work with one and other if we have free time, he will tag along with me and I tag along with him, that way we get to try out new things and if it does not work the couple have lost nothing.

I had on my Artsy Fartsy head and aimed to shoot the whole day looking for little bits of magic,  I also wanted to shoot the whole day using an ultra wide angle lens.

Anyway let me first start off showing you the photo then giving you a little background about it.

a couple getting married at swinfen hall hotel in litchfield

Okay, the effects on this photo are pretty much shot in camera, no special effects or photoshop magic here. Some of you will be looking at this photo and thinking hummmm thats nothing special and I hope some of you will be looking at it and saying to yourself, WOW thats amazing.  The only photoshop was the black and white conversion and a little adding of film grain.

so here is some background.

As I mentioned the couple got married at Swinfen Hall Hotel, the entire outside was had paper bag lanterns on the ground, I didnt really get any closeup shots of the bags and normally they only look good in the photos once lit.  The bags had something akin to a snowflake cut out patten on them

While Paul was setting up for the group shots, I took this wide angle shot more for testing light than anything else but it shows one of the bags.

The back of Swinfen Hall Hotel

After I took this photo, I walked down the stairs to the grass area below to see what a wide angle shot would look like, as i walked back up I noticed the bag and the patten, I took a quick test shot to see if I could pull off the effect I wanted, here it is

looking thru bag

Checking it out on the back of the camera, I knew it would work, so went ahead and got a lot closer and shot the photo at the top of this post.

The thing (in my mind about this photos is this) Cymone had spent a long time planning every little detail of the day, these lanterns were part of her preparation and therefor its a detail shot that has lots of meaning to the couple.

later that night we also did some of my Signature style shots which made full use of the grounds and the amazing venue.

here are a couple

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night time photo fo swinfen hall wedding venue

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amazing first dance wedding photos

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This is so funny I just had to Share

Good morning,

Saw this and fell about laughing, its so true

For the English amongst us, Wallgreens, Wallmart, Costco etc are stores int he states that have a mini lab in them and charge pence per photo and have like a 16 year old working there who only has a few hours of trining

dont know if this one will show up on here but worth a try



Photo of the Week 20th May 2012

(a little bit late but photo of the week for may 20th)

I will move this in a few weeks into its rightful place in time but for now its out of sync,

May was a crazy month for me with 6 weddings that I am just catching up now !

This photo was actually taken around 18th months ago, its of Tree and Tom who’s wedding was at Gelli fawr in Pembrokeshire.

This was a technically difficult photo to pull off as there are 5 lights lighting the couple and the rocks, The whole photo was lit with speed lights (nikon SB800’s) and radio poppers to provide the wireless triggering.

The main light on the couple comes from a beautydish above them by about 12 feet, there is also one light to camera left lighting the side of the rocks and proving spill light on the couple to add some fill

There are two more lights lighting the rocks 1 from the front and one brom behind to give me a nice cut out from the sky – rim lighting for rocks if you like.

The last light is about 30 feet from the couple to camera right which rims them and also picks out the very right hand side of the rocks.

I have always LOVED this photo, it was from a great series and the sky colours combined with Tree’s dress just rocks if you ask me.

The shot took about 15 minutes to set up but its a shot the couple wanted and were willing to wait for

The sun had technically set so the exposure was long but since the flash would freeze the couple I didnt mind,

1/8th  second at F8 ISO200

anyway, here it is.

Gellifawr wedding photos

Nataliya {akira photography}June 14, 2012 - 5:03 pm

I love this & bet they do too!

Essex Wedding VenueJune 20, 2012 - 6:50 am

Wow That’s really Awesome and stunning Picture Specially the stone effect is looking really good view. Nice Photography Thanks for sharing Hope to see the next update soon.