Quick wedding album preivew – Lisa and Liam

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

Earlier this summer I shot a fabulous little wedding, it was the wedding of Liam and Lisa and it was an intimate wedding with around 20 people only.

The whole day was a fairly relaxed event and I created an easy on the eye, nice flowing wedding album to tell the story.

I got a lovely little email from Lisa after she saw the final version and Lisa and Liam are over the moon with it.

I thought you might like to see it, so here it is. The album itself is a 10 inch x 10 inch Square album and looks amazing.

I should also point out that the first two pages are for the web benifit only and are not part of the printed album

Thanks Liam & Lisa for choosing me to be part of our big day.

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 I just wanted to let you know I cover the whole of the UK – This year I have been up to Scotland, The Midlands, London etc.

take care,



David Purslow
Wedding and Portrait Photographer
01437 779412
07590 007 6666

lisa sullivanNovember 20, 2009 - 5:52 pm

David,David,David, WOW,WOW,WOW, what an amazing Wedding Album! It really is beautiful and super stylish! Thank you for capturing the mood and the moment so well…I can’t wait to start showing everyone. So glad that it was you who shared our day…such a professional top class photographer and now our friend….Lisa and Liam Sullivan

Going the extra mile to get the shot ! Italian Suit or Tesco’s Pants (trousers)

Hello there, dp here from www.davidpurslow.com  when this started it was going to be a quick onliner about the following photo


but it turned into a much longer post !

The above picture was taken during one of my weddings this weekend.  I had just (as you will see in a minute) gut up from laying on the floor in a muddy puddle and as we walked back towards the car, I noticed this tree that had fallen over, the leaves and a puddle of water had formed in a knot, so I posed the bride and groom and shot them via the reflection.  The photo was actually taken upside down meaning that the couple were on the other side of the tree and in the reflection were upside down.  I rotated the pic in photoshop.

Kevin seemed really pleased with this pic when it appeared in the slideshow that evening.

So onto the longer post

The backgorund.

During my many meetings with my clients we talk about how they would like their photographer to dress – that’s me,  I go over how I shoot weddings and how I will go to about any lengths to get the perfect, unusual, different or simply amazing shots that I like to try to capture for each and every couple.

now as many of you will know, David or dp as I am known is a little on the fat side, Okay, I am a fat bastard but I am slowly loosing weight, 6 pounds so far in 2  1/2 weeks.  When a lot of couples meet me I bet they are thinking god this guy is going to eat our whole wedding cake or help, he is never going to move around fast enough to get our shots.  Well let me deal with those two things first.  I have never eaten anyones whole cake yet 🙂 – I do get very lucky and am offered a piece from time to time and lets be honest, it would be rude to say no.  The other fact is I like to think of myself as Yoda from starwars – if you look at him he looks like a little old troll with a walking stick who just cant move very quickly – UNTIL the moment you put a light saber in his hands, then he jumps 40 ft in the air, does back flips, summersalts, runs at a million miles an hour etc – well thats me once you strap a couple of cameras on me – I climb trees, run (yep I said RUN) up hills  and will generally do whatever it takes to get the shot.

so lets go back to what is your photogrpaher going to wear to your wedding.

I generally have 2 different outfits for weddings and have multiple versions of each.  I either wear a nice black Italian suit with matching Autograph black shirt or I have some nice Tesco black trousers  and a black dress shirt – I prefer to wear the second outfit and explain to my customers that in outfit number 1, I look a lot more like  a wedding guest and blend in nicely but I am limited to what shots I can take – In outfit number 2, I will climb trees, lay in puddles, kneel in the sand on wet beaches etc and I do whatever it takes to get the shots.

It you take a peek at the following shots



In both of these pictures, it had been raining and raining hard, the ground in the first picture was muddy and really soaked, I lay down in the mud and snapped the couple walking thru the trees – It was as I was getting up that I spotted the fallen tree root and the reflection pool that I shot the first picture on the page in, and that shot would never have come about had I been in my nice suit.

In the second shot with Laugharne Castle in the background I lay in a 1 inch deep puddle on the car park floor to make sure I got the whole of the castle in the photo.  I carry towels and a change of clothes incase I get too dirty ! but when meeting my clients I point out that if they want the full ‘David Purslow Experience’ that allowing me to look smart but without wearing a suite means that I am happy to all the things I generally do in order to get the nice dramatic shots my clients seem to love.

So far in the past 3 years (since I brought the new suite)  I have only had to wear it to 2 weddings

anyway off to bed now, mrs P just brought me a cup of tea and I have a busy day tomorrow,

take care,



David Purslow
West Wales Wedding and Portrait Photographer
01437 779412
0759 007 6666

We cover weddings all over the UK and do NOT charge extra for travel – If the wedding is more than a 3 hour drive from Haverfordwest we do ask to be put up in a hotel The day before the wedding and the day of the wedding to make sure we give you the very best photography available.

double quick sneak peek :-)

Hello there,  dp here from www.davidpurslow.com

I will post more soon as Mrs P does not know I have snuck away to quickly post a few pics from this weekend for you.

Because I had a double header, a wedding in Carmarthenshire on Friday and then a wedding in Pembrokeshire on Saturday  we are having a Halloween party for the kids at 2pm today and are expecing lots and lots of JD’s and Soukies friends over so I am ‘helping’ to get the house ready !

Both of the weddings were amazing for many different reasons, Fridays wedding was a casual and relaxed BIG wedding (civil ceremony)  and Saturdays was a more formal Church wedding but with a really chilled couple who just wanted to have fun on their big day !

I will do a blog post on each soon but here are a few from Each.

Friday’s Wedding at the Cawdor in Llandilo

(I am very happy with this photo, During the wedding the room was very dark and the couple were directly under downlights – This was shot at ISO 6400 at 60th F4)

I placed the couple in direct downlight from the hotels lights and then got my fat little body out of the reflection in the mirror !







This summed up Kevin and Sally – chilled 🙂

Well as I said before this was just a quick taste of my weekends work – hope you like – remember you can visit my website at www.davidpurslow.com – I shoot weddings and portraits all over the UK but limit myself to only 30 weddings each year and am already 75 % full for 2010 and 25% full for 2011

Take care, more soon



Models, Actors, Singers – Portfolio Shots (MJ)

Hello there, dp here from www.davidpurslow.com – As you may well know I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Pembrokeshire West Wales.

Today saw me take a day off from weddings and portraits to shoot some portfolio shots of a really good friend of ours.  Mary-Jayne is a professional singer who sings all over the country.  Well for months MJ has been asking (in a nice way, not begging) if we could hook up one day and shoot some new stuff for her posters etc.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to shoot MJ’s brothers wedding and noticed MJ in a stunning red dress – that sparked an idea with me for a set – I cant take credit for the idea, I had seen it done somewhere before but decided that I would create a set just for MJ and we would shoot some new promo shots.

Well after the third time of trying we got together today, both MJ and myself were a little under the weather but since we have been trying for ages to pull this off, bless her she turned up despite having a bit of a chest infection.

To get ‘real shots’ – I made MJ lug in her equipment for the shoot (which as it happens took place in my living room!) and was treated to a whole day of MJ singing just for me, well just for me and my lighting assistant 🙂

So here are a few of the photos,

First set – THE RED SET – Glamour lighting

singers head shots

models portfolios

The Green Set – A little smoke and a little harder light for a more edgy look

The Blue Set – Crisp light but still a little harder than the red set.

The Purple set – Just going for something funky – only 2 lights and 1 big reflector

A little Attitude !

and this one if just me playing around a bit – towards the end of the Purple set I decided that I wanted to do a nice black and white head shot of MJ – this is what I came up with, I hope she likes it, I gave it a bit of a glamour makeover – but it did not need much to be honest.

And last but not least, my lighting assistant for the day and MJ’s boyfriend Wayne Morse from Explosive Productions

Here are a couple of behind the scenes shots of my living room during the shoot ! – naturally Mrs P was cool with me turning our house into a studio for the day.

The lighting setup for the red set – I actually missed off one flash, its on the light stand closest to me, I used a SB800 Nikon strobe to trigger the Quantum Qflash using a peanut slave sensor – the sensor would not pick up the pulse so I set the SB800 to SU4 Mode (tech stuff) @ 1/64th and pointed it directly at the peanut.

The Blue Set – The softbox was the main light, and fill provided by a California Sunbounce reflector with couple of hard edge rim lights (I swapped the strip box before shooting) and a background light.

and the last behind the scenes photos – this was during my creating the light setup – I had MJ stand on ‘her mark’ and then started to paint her with light – you can see how I started to build it in this shot.

Well I hope you enjoyed your look at MJ’s shots, it was a GREAT day for me and took me back to my studio days when I used to shoot this kind of stuff all the time.  I still shoot model, actors and singers / bands portfolio shots but only when they come looking for me – so if your in the market to get your portfolio updated give me a bell or drop me an email.

Take care, back to albums tomorrow,



David Purslow
01437 779412
0759 007 6666

Radio Pembrokeshire’s Little Stars – Winners Portraits

Hello there, David here from www.davidpurslow.com – I am a wedding and lifestyle portrait photographer based in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.  One of the best parts of being a portrait photographer in West Wales is the access to amazing backgrounds etc.  This has led me to try to create wall art not just photographs, when I shoot portraits I like to give the person receiving the portrait something they will cherish forever, something that should be mounted on a wall and printed nice and big.

I think the saddest thing that can happen to a photographs  is that it is placed in drawer and only pulled out once in a blue moon.  In my humble opinion if a photograph is important enough to be taken then it should be viewed and enjoyed just like a work of art.

Well this morning I met up with one of the winners of the Radio Pembrokeshire Little Star’s Contest held by 102.5 Radio Pembrokeshire back in the summer.  I was not the photographer they had run the competition with however for one reason or another they called me and asked if I would shoot the portraits of a couple of the winners.

Well as I said this morning I met up with Rachel and her boy (whose name for the life of me I can spell !) – Sorry O !

When I shoot lifestyle portraits I like to use locations that are personal to the clients and over the past few weeks Rachel has been thinking of the perfect spot for the photos of O and a couple of mum and O.

Rachel opted for one of my favorite locations Newgale beach just outside of Haverfordwest and a fabulous spot for family and children’s portraits.

Its was a really nice morning (for a photographer) but a little bit cold (you would never have guessed it by the way O went dashing straight into the water – I wanted to shoot a good variety of images for them so we played around for about 40 minutes or so.  By the time we had finished O and Rachel were soaked to about knee height after running and splashing around in the water.

Here are a few from the session, I hope this gives you an idea of the kind of portraits you can get with a little imagination and willingness to play around on cold but crisp morning.

I am going to be offering a special offer on lifestyle portraits in November for the run up to Christmas, so this kind of portrait appeals to you either keep an eye on my BLOG  or click here to send me an email and I will email you over the details.  I am only offering 10 sittings to guarantee getting your photos well in time for you to give them away for Christmas presents.

Hope you enjoy,










I hope you enjoyed these



David Purslow
Portrait and Wedding Photographer
01437 779412
0759 007 6666

StephenOctober 18, 2009 - 4:21 pm

Some lovely photographs, there, David – a real sense of atmosphere, and the one with the boy jumping in the air, with his reflection in the wet sand, is excellent!

It’s making me seriously consider getting some portraiture done meself…! 🙂