Swan Hotel Bibury, Cotswolds, Wedding Photography

**** UPDATE ****

I have now put the whole wedding of Shelley and Bassem on my blog,

You can view there Swan Hotel Wedding Photos by clicking here


Hey there,

Just about to head home and take it easy for the rest of the night, still catching up and recovering from my opperation last week !

a few weeks ago I have a fantastic wedding down in the Cotswolds, it was at The Swan Hotel in Bibury and its an amazing wedding venue.  My bride that day was the beautiful Shelley – you can see Shelley and Bassem engagement shoot photos here – http://www.davidpurslow.com/blog/2011/03/22/cotswolds_wedding_photography_eshoot/

anyway back to the wedding day itself, one of the things the couple wanted were some of my ‘Signature Style Images’ a modern mix of high fashion and dramatic bridal portraiture.  So with this in mind, remember when you see the photo, it was not too much effort for Shelley in her totally amazing wedding dress to hop up on a bridge over the river and just dangle there for me while I was on another bridge some 200 feet away.

Here is just one photo to tease you with, Shelley and Bassem’s wedding blog story will be coming in the next couple of weeks.

Shelley on the Bridge

swan hotel, bibury, cotswolds wedding photography


David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
Studio Line: 01299 253844

Just one to play with – Black and white wedding photography

Hi there,

Told you there was going to be a bit of a run on posts,  spent the day working on a few sets of proofs, then took a quick peek at a few of the photos from the wedding I shot 2 days before having my Op !

This one jumped out at me, often when you take a photo it either looks better as a black and white or as a colour but this one I just cant decide.

From the wedding of Carina and David

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Black and white wedding photos

The Wedding of Niamh and James

Followed by a beautiful Wedding Reception at Killworth House Hotel

Hello there,  David here from David Purslow Photography

This weekend saw the wedding of a fabulous couple who I had the great pleasure of meeting and shooting the engagement of, Niamh and James.  Unfortunately due to a serious operation which I found out about only a couple of weeks before the couples big day, I could not be present.

I put out an SOS to my piers and mentors and within a few days the wedding was covered, after talking to Niamh and James and going over all the options I am very pleased to say the selected a fabulous photographer called John Mottershaw to first shoot the wedding on my behalf – John is a full time professional wedding photographer based in Sheffield, his website is http://www.johnmottershaw.com Working along side of John was going to be a second photographer (I always work with an assistant) but as luck would have it just 12 hours before the wedding, another family medical emergency popped up and John reached out to a fantastic network of photographers we are both members of (details in the post below this one) and within a few hours assisted the aid of Simon Revill from Simon Revill Photography, another full time professional wedding photographer based in Derbyshire.  Simons website is located at  http://www.simonrevill.com

So back to the big day, I was really looking forward to this wedding from the very first meeting I had had with Niamh and James, when they said they were getting married at Killworth House Hotel, actually the church around the corner but the wedding reception was being held there, I was excited.  Killworth House is a fantastic wedding venue, one of the most beautiful wedding reception locations in Leicestershire and one any photographer wants to shoot at.  The day after the wedding Simon sent me over a collection of edited photographs ready to show the client and pop on the blog.  Simon knew this was one of the weddings I very excited about, I love weddings and am excited about them all but the grounds and the venue make for stunning photos and combined with a stunningly beautiful bride and groom, you just get really carried away and cant wait to be shooting the wedding photos.  Simon also knew (since I posted on the International Professional Photographers Network Forum) that Niamh and James had sent me over a very special  thank you / get well card which my wife brought into the hospital and which I saw pretty much as soon as I woke up following my surgery.  So The next morning I recived a folder full of images, I have gone thru them and selected a few of my favorites to share with you.

From what I have seen in the photos, it looked like it was an amazing day, Niamh looked simply stunning and James looked like the cat that had all the cream, he really looks like a very proud man in the photos.  One of the the things I love about Simons work is the way he captures the emotion of the day through his images and its amongst other reasons I look up to him and his work so much.

I cant really tell you too much about the day, I may ask John or Simon to write me a full blog post once I get back to work full time however I know both of them are really busy with their own weddings and portraits.   Naturally I wanted to say a huge thanks to John and Simon for all their help, I also wanted to thanks Niamh and James for sticking with me, trusting that the photographers I would choose to cover their day would be up to the job and just being such nice people all round.

A few of the photographs supplied by Simon Revill Photography

Killworth House Wedding Photography
bride walking to church
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getting married at killworth house
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beautiful wedding photography leceistershire
wedding reception photos killworth house leceistershire
killworth house wedding photography first dance

Many thanks to John and Simon for taking care of this for me, more to come soon.

Congratulations to Niamh and James



David Purslow
Phone 01299 253 844

What happens when your wedding photographer is ill ?

What happens if your wedding photographer cant show up ?

Hello there, this is a bit of a strange post – but its a very important one.

One question that you hear time and time again as a full time wedding photographer is what happens if you get ill or cant make the wedding ?  What happens if this happens the night before a wedding ?  Well read this and and be inspired !!!!!!

If you read THIS post (the one previous to this one) you will see that recently I was diagnosed with a very serious condition that needed surgery pretty much right away – well after a good few hours of Keyhole surgery I am well on the way to making a full recovery and have started back to work albeit with light duties for the next couple of weeks.

I am a full time wedding and portrait photographer, this is my only job so if I dont shoot weddings I dont get paid and my family dont eat – but this also has the benefit that I choose to only photograph 30 weddings a year – Once I hit my limit of 30 weddings I stop taking any more bookings.  This is not that uncommon in the professional photography arena.  This actually worked out GREAT for me in two ways and as the story unfolds you will see why.

Without blowing my own trumpet, I am pretty good at what I do and am in quite a bit of demand – most of my photography friends and piers are in pretty much the same boat – and nearly all of them are members of a fantastic network of international professional photographers called

The International Professional Photographers’ Network

Members of IPPN display this badge with pride on their websites.

International Professional Photographers’ Network

As a member you join a small select group of professional photographers from all over the world but with the majority of its members based in the UK its a great place to hang out.  We have a private members forum where we can ask for help and advice, where we share great learning experiences and new trends in the industry with each other.  One of the main features is the SOS board where you can post up asking for help.

The second I knew what was going on and that I needed a serious operation I posted an SOS and received offers of help from some of the top photographers in the UK.  Within hours  all the weddings I had booked over the 3 – 4 weeks I would be off work for were covered and I started to contact my brides and grooms with the information – Naturally I offered them a choice of photographers or a full refund if for what ever reason they wanted to switch to another photographer.

This weekend (just gone) was the first of these weddings and unfortunately the evening before this wedding, the 2nd shooter (the assistant photographer) had a family emergency of her own and informed John – John Mottershaw (the lead photographer who was standing in for me at this wedding) – http://www.johnmottershaw.com and he put up another SOS with less than 12 hours to go – Well within 3 hours and less than 12 hours before the wedding the assistant photographers position was filled.

The wedding of Niamh and James took place in Leciestershire this past Saturday (I will post up pictures from this in the next post)  The two photographers who attended this wedding are actually two of my mentors and photographers who I look up to and whos work I feel is far superior to my own.

They were John Mottershaw from  http://www.johnmottershaw.com and Simon Revill –  http://www.simonrevill.com/ –  who also happens to be the founder of the IPPN.   Between the two photographers at their wedding the couple actually received coverage that far exceeded what they would have had with me shooting it – Both John and Simon are  full time professional photographers in their own  rights and between them have over 50 years of experience in the wedding photography industry.  John is from generations of photographers and basically has been taking photos since he was pretty much able to life his finger and press a shutter.  If you had to pay their respective fee’s the couple would have to over double their photography budget.

This August I only happen to have 3 weddings, one was the week before the surgery and two were following it – on paper I have 5 other Friday or Saturdays available for weddings in August yet I am fully booked as I have reached my 30 weddings of 2011.  Its because of this that I am available to jump in and help out if needed, it so happened that both Simon and John were free this weekend although I believe that both of them had weddings the Friday before.  They are also pretty much fully booked but have spaces free where they can help out other photographers in their hour of need.

Naturally I cant thank John and Simon enough but will be trying to over the coming days, weeks and months.

So if your a bride looking at photographers ask them about their emergency contingencies and ask what would happen if they happened to break their leg the night before you wedding – it can and does happen – while your at it ask them if they are members of  The International Professional Photographers’ Network

The IPPN does have a Directory of some of its members (its a voluntary directory so some members have not yet got around to filling it in)  but  why not start your search for a professional wedding photographer in your area by visiting The International Professionals Photographers Network Directory.

If our a professional wedding photographer who would like to be able to offer your couples total piece of mind and would be interested in joining a small but ever growing network of like minded professionals all looking out to help each other grown and develop as photographers then pop along and take a look at with the IPPN has to offer – I should point out however that we (I have nothing to do with the administration or management side) do not just accept any application and members are checked out and voted upon by the leadership team (of which I have nothing to do with) – You can find out all about the IPPN by visiting the main website at http://www.ippn.co.uk/

In the coming weeks several other brides will be having the likes of Simon and John turn up to cover my weddings and provide them with amazing and outstanding photography and professionalism let alone a lifetime of amazing memories.

So special thanks for the time being to

John Mottershaw – Sheffield Wedding Photographer


Simon Revill – Derbyshire Wedding Photographer

and all of the members of

The International Professional Photographers’ Networkhttp://www.ippn.co.uk/



David Purslow
Wedding Photographer

Studio: 01299 253 844
Mobile: 0759 007 6666

SimonAugust 15, 2011 - 10:13 pm

This is a great post and one that many couples never consider – or if they do they are less than convinced that there are procedures in place.

This shows that professionals do make it their business to try and provide tangible cover in emergencies – not just idle promises

JohnAugust 16, 2011 - 8:36 am

Well worth considering.

Having wedding insurance won’t provide a photographer, but choosing a photographer from an organisation such as this, will.

KevinAugust 16, 2011 - 9:58 am

Well done David for sharing this experience with future Bride & Groom’s; I’m sure you will have helped couples make an informed choice.

Looking forward to seeing more of your work soon!

DavidAugust 17, 2011 - 6:48 pm

Excellent post and goes to show what having a good network of photographers around you can mean in the long run. Well done for sharing, and well done to John and Simon for taking over.

Dafydd HughesSeptember 1, 2011 - 1:13 pm

A very truthful post. Even us photographers are human and can therefore fall subject to illness / personal emergencies at any time.

If I were getting married, I’d be happy in the knowledge that my photographer was backed up by other IPPN members!

Do take a moment to check out the quality of the photographers accepted by IPPN.


Alive and Kicking – Getting Back to work……

Hello there,

For those of you who are regular followers of my blog you will have noticed around 4 months I stopped posting updates as often as I normally do – the reasons for this were two fold.

In the past 4 months I have been working on opening a Studio and I am proud to say the new studio is now ready and is open for business, this is where I now work each and every day, no more locking myself away in the spare bedroom and meeting clients in the dining room. – I will post about the studio shortly.

Around 6 weeks ago I also started to feel unwell, after a few doctors visits, a CAT scan and being poked and prodded pretty much everywhere its possible to poke and prod both inside and outside of the body and after having a camera taking a good look around inside of me I was diagnosed with a serious Kidney Infection – So serious I needed to have 1/2 a Kidney removed.

Last week I underwent surgery to remove the effected area and I am very pleased to say it was a total success and apart from being a bit sore and tender I am now well on the road to recovery.

I visited the studio today for the first time since coming out of the Hospital and starting tomorrow I will be back there working for a few hours each day – over the next 2 – 3 weeks I will build up to working full time and getting caught up with my outstanding Albums and blog posts – WATCH THIS SPACE as there is going to be a HUGE flow of new work to come.

I just quickly want to say a few thank you’s – more in the next post

First off I want to thank ALL the staff at Redditch Alexandra Hospital – From my consultant to the people who clean the wards I can honestly and whole heartedly say I have never every seen such a dedicated and professional bunch of people – it was very inspirational.  The cleaners were so meticulous (I had hours to sit and watch them) that every single square inch from the inside of each and every bedside lamp to insde of the rails the curtains on were cleaned on a daily basis.  The Nursing staff were fantastic apart from waking me up every hour for 36 hours to poke, prod and check all my vitals etc were fantastic, The ladies who delivered breakfast each day were so friendly and took great pleasure in presenting you with a cup of tea just to your liking.  There are so many people to mention that I cant pick out one person on their own but I was totally blown away by my treatment – you hear horror stories all the time about the NHS but even if I tried I cant think of a bad word to say – I would like to add that the food given to the patients is outstanding – it was always hot, large portions, you got exactly what you asked for and it was super tasty – Nikki (Mrs P) had a hospital say in Pembrokeshire following the birth of Joshua and the food she was served was terrible to say the lease – one day it was a single cold boiled potato the size of a cricket ball and a dried out boiled ham slab that tasted like it was fake skin right from the operating theater – This was my expectation and I was so pleasantly surprised by the difference and the amazing quality of the food at Redditch I am going to see if i can book a table once a month for dinner !

Mrs P did take some nice photos of me in my stockings and when the back of the gown didnt quite cover my bottom but I will save those for another day.

Second off I want to thank all of my past brides and the future ones who this effected – I had in the time I cannot work 4 weddings I could not cover – well with talking to the couples these were all resolved so thanks to all of you, it has made my life a whole lot easier and stress free.

For all my brides waiting for blog stories, proof’s, albums etc – over the next month I will be working on all of that – the only work I can do is computer work so rest assured every second I am working, I will be working on catching up – again thanks to each and every one of you for your understanding and more importantly for your best wishes and notes of support.

I dont want to make anyone blush but one couple in particular really made me feel very special and brought a tear to my eyes.  Two weeks ago or there abouts I visited London to shoot the Engagement Session of Niamh and James, it was a GREAT shoot (pics coming soon) and the couple were so understanding to say the least, their wedding was this weekend and was the first one I missed – (more in the next post)  Well the day I woke up after having my Kidney removed Mrs P brought in a beautiful hand written card from the two of them that was filled with amazing best wishes and really kind words – I was speechless – Thank you guys.

Its GREAT to be back, and watch this space for lots and lots of new posts over the coming weeks !

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Emily and Nick JamesAugust 15, 2011 - 10:16 pm

Hi there David, we’d been thinking of you this week and my mum told me that you’d just updated your blog )she checks religiously!) and I just wated to say that we are all are so pleased to hear it was a success and you’re back home safely. I agree with you about the food up at withybush! Take it easy and don’t rush back into work, we can all wait for our albums! Love and best wishes, Emily and Nick James xxxx