Photo of the Week – January 16th 2012

This weeks photo comes from a wedding I shot yesterday, it was the wedding of Susie and Chris.  The couple both live in Australia but Susie returned to her homeland for the wedding – Susie and Chris got married at Drumtochy Castle / and the church just down the road.  I have dozens of amazing wedding photos from their wedding so choosing one was hard.

While this might not be the most amazing photo from the wedding (just you wait to see what I did with Susie’s beautiful Ian Stuart Wedding Dress) it is a photo I am incredibly delighted with.

The Church at Drumtochty castle is an amazingly beautiful little church, its also in a valley and the whole time I was up there it was never above freezing.  The day of the wedding (see second photo) it was about -4 and there was a killer frost on the ground – why am I telling you this, well its because the church was in shadow the whole time, as you can see it only had little windows and big thick stone walls.  This made it very very very very very very dark – you get the picture.

Getting this shot was a huge challenge – I had to shoot at ISO6400, I was shooting hand held at around 1/20th – 1/40 th of a second most of the time and I was only getting an Fstop of between 2.8 and 4

Here is it

inside drumtochty church, drumtochty castle, scotland

Getting married in the Church at Drumtochty Castle had to be an amazing experience, thanks to Reverend Thomas for allowing us to capture these photos during the service.

Just to show how cold it was, here is a shot with Susie and Chris and Dad (father of bride)

the churct at drumtochty castle


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Photo of the Week – January 8th 2012

Hello there,

This is my photo of the week for today, its from a wedding I shot late last year.

The wedding was of Vicki and Lee (coming soon to the blog) and this couple were probably my favorite couple last year.  Their wedding was for private and personal reasons the most emotional wedding I attended in years, they had not the greatest year putting it very very mildly and to be honest throughout the whole day I had so much admiration for the couple.

Vicki had arranged the camper van as a surprise for Lee and she had asked for a photo with it, well time ran away with the day and we never managed it, just before I left, I asked the couple if they could have it pulled up to the venue and if they minded going out for a photo – it was SUB 0 and very windy but I spent some time setting up a bunch of lights for this photo and we took around 5 minutes to shoot a range of photos.  This one the couple love to bits, it made me so happy to be able to make Vicki and Lee so happy and to be able to do something special for them.

here it is.

Vicki and Lee Wedding at The Old Library

Photo of the Week January 1st 2012

Hello there, dp here – Todays photo of the day is actually almost a year old to the very day – it was taken December 18th 2010

Its my daughter Soukie, it was her first time playing in the show, that winter we had a hell of a snow storm and it was fantastic.  The photo is one of my all time favorites – its simplicity itself, I just used a long focal length 200mm and shot at F2.8 to capture and isolate Soukie from the snowy wilderness.

My wife and I refer to this as The Bag Lady photo


snow portrait

Photo of the Week – December 25th 2011

Hello there, this is a bit of a cheat, I am going to pop up 3 pics this week, and date them from Xmas day and New Years day and then today.

I had every intention of doing them over just after new year as I actually took from Christmas eve to Jan 4th off  – Family Christmas.  Then as luck would have it Jan 3rd I got MAN FLU and spent 4 days in bed not even getting up or eating – the good news however (everything has a sliver lining) is that I lost all my Christmas weight, actually over that week I lost over 11 pounds.

So I am going to post this photo which is actually from a wedding on December 29th 2011 but who knows ?  dont tell anyone.

This photo was taken at Hampton Manor in Hampton in Arden Warwickshire, it was my last wedding of the year and its a shot I have wanted to get at this venue for a long time.  Hampton Manor has an amazing chandelier which covers almost 3 floors in a normal building but two stories here.  I really wanted to create a shot that made good use of the venue and chandelier – The bride and groom gave me the time to set up the shot and this is the result.

Lighting is actually simplicity – its a 500Watt studio light on a stand with a reflector and grid to control the spill of the light, and then I underexposed the background slightly.

Hope you like it.

chandelier at hampton manor



Photo of the Week – December 18th 2011

Hello there, 1 week to go before Christmas so I have started to wind down a little before the festivities begin,  The photo of the week this week comes from an Engagement Session I shot in London.  I traveled down on the train for a whole day of shooting around London, I must have walked miles that day.

One of the shots I wanted to get was of the couple on the London Underground, I checked before hand and you are allowed to take photos on the underground so that was okay, however they do slightly frown upon great big cameras so I had to shoot quickly.

I know this shot is a bit cheesy and cliche but its LONDON, a cute couple and what tells a better story.

The shot was fairly easy to do thanks to great lighting on the Underground platforms – I basically had to choose my Aperture  and ISO to get me a shutter speed where I would get movement on the train but freeze the couple, I asked James and Niamh to kiss and hold still and then shot at about 1/20th of second to create the motion blur on the tube.

I had the camera set to High Speed Continuous shooting mode to make sure I got a good shot of a blurry London Underground logo

here is the result

december 18th photo of the week

The technique is very similar to the one I used above ground to capture this photo

On this photo however I was shooting at 1/10th of a second at F22 to allow me to get motion blur on the people crossing the road,  The challenge here was getting the couple to the center of the road and kissing without anyone bumping into them, then getting in place and capturing a few shots before the lights turned green again and the traffic started moving again.

I used to Live in New York for 10 years and there is a saying that the shortest measurable length of time is from when a traffic light turns green and the car behind you starts honking on its horn in New York City – well its a bit like that in London also.

London Engagement Photography

Next weeks photo of the week might be a day or so late with Christmas day falling on the the same day I should be posting – I have a feeling I know what the subject matter is going to be.

Till next week