Category Archives: For Brides

Wedding Photography Workshops

Hello there,

Just a quick post today, I have been SO busy of late and have missed my past 3 weeks of photos of the week and a few blog posts, but yesterday I had a one on one workshop with Mark, one of my students and we spent the day shooting dramatic bridal and studio portraits.

here is a behind the scenes shot of mark at work

wedding workshop photos

here are a few more images from the day

workshop images


bride in field

wedding photography training workshop images

bride sitting down during workshop

dramatic bridal images

Many thanks to the beautiful Roxanne for being our model for the day and for letting us use her wedding dress.

If your interested in a one on one wedding photography workshop day drop me an email.






Dumbleton Hall Wedding photography | Katie & Martin Engagement Shoot

Hey there,

Quick sneak peek today,  I just got back from an engagement session at the amazing Dumbleton Hall nr Tewkesbury in Worcestershire.  Katie and Martin are getting married at Dumbleton Hall later this year so we chose the venue as the perfect venue for the engagement shoot.  Half joking but half seriously Katie had let me know she was becoming a bit of a blog stalker and could not stop smiling at the thought of seeing her photos on the blog, so with this in mind, I quickly grabbed a few – although I have not looked them in detail yet and edited them quickly to pop up on the website.

We were very fortunate that the weather held for us,  so here you go

getting married at dumbleton hall twekesbury

katie and martin engagment

wedding photographer dumbleton hall

dumbleton hall

hope you have enjoyed !



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) – 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 and Simon Revill – –  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

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’ Network



David Purslow
Wedding Photographer

Studio: 01299 253 844
Mobile: 0759 007 6666

Vintage Wedding Photography

Vintage Looking Wedding Photographs

Hello there, something a little different from me today.

Every few years something ‘new’ comes along, a style you may call it, a craze or just something that everyone loves and wants.  Several years ago it was what photographers call Spot Colour which is when you take a colour photograph and make it black and white.  Then you paint back parts of the photo in colour leaving a black and white image with just hints of colour.

Well 2010 saw a new trend taking off in leaps and bounds – The new look everyone is talking about is the Vintage Look.  This is where you using various Photoshop / Lightroom (the digital dark room photographers work in) tools and trick otherwise known as Actions and Presets – and using these actions & presets  you turn the photo into something more vintage looking.

There is no doubt that Vintage Wedding Photography is in high demand and vintage looking wedding photos have a dream like quality to them.

In the following examples below I show a before and after, the original image is exactly as taken and has not been touched up in Photoshop – The vintage wedding photo version has been processed in both Lightroom and then Photoshop to create the final Vintage look.

Original Photo #1 – Straight out of Camera

Vintage Wedding Photography Birmingham

The Vintage Version

West Midlands Vintage Wedding Photographers

Original Photo #2 – Straight out of Camera

vintage wedding phtographers Gloucestershire

The vintage wedding look

vintage wedding photography

One of the big advantages of modern digital wedding photography is the ability to change the look of a photograph relatively quickly and we can add the vintage look to any, all or none of the photos we take at a wedding.

Vintage wedding photography (actually its a look rather than a style) is available at the push of a button so if you are interested in having any of your photos processed this way be sure to let us know.  If you are thinking of having a Vintage themed style wedding then naturally the look of vintage wedding photos would fit you wedding perfectly.

For more information on Vintage Wedding Photography drop me an email by visiting our contact me page

Ciao for now,


David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
Phone 01299 250114
Moible 0759 007 6666

Mid Week and Last Minute bookings…..

Hello there,

Earlier today I was talking to fellow professional wedding photographer Tim Driver – Tim is fabulous wedding photographer based in Norfolk and was returning from a mid week wedding.   We talk all the time and meet up whenever possible.  Over the past week or so our website has been given a bit of a makeover, if your a regular visitor you will know all about that.  I had asked Tim to give the site a once over and let me know what he thought.  He pointed out that I was lacking a Mid-Week wedding photography special offer or a small wedding, last minute booking special offer.

So this is what we have come up with.

Registry Office & Small civil wedding photography options

Option 1. £450.00

This collection is targeted at Registry office weddings in Worcestershire

We will undertake wedding day photography from 30 minutes before the ceremony start, including arrival of guests, the groom and the bride. We will cover the ceremony as permitted by the Registrar, then take photos in the grounds, or a nearby scenic location taking a variety of natural shots, formal groups and beautiful portraits of the two of you. Coverage ends about 60 minutes after the ceremony, as you leave for your reception

  • Photography from 30 minutes prior to the wedding (arrival of guests etc)
  • Photography of the wedding service as permitted by registrant
  • Up to 1  Hour of  photography after the wedding for group shots / couple shots etc
  • Online gallery for viewing and ordering
  • 30 fully edited professional lab printed photographs in any combination of sizes ( 5×7 | 6×8 | 6×9 | 8×10 | 8×12 ) all sizes in inches

+£100.00 for Birmingham, The West Midlands, Herefordshire, Warwickshire & Gloucestershire

Restricted summer availability on Saturdays – call for details
Bookings only accepted  less than 8 weeks before the wedding date (June – August) Extended to 12 weeks outside of these dates.
Mid week bookings accepted 16 weeks prior to the wedding date

Option 2. £750.00

This package is designed for small civil ceremonies at hotels and other scenic venues where the bride is preparing for the wedding on site.

Our photographic coverage includes wedding day photography at the ceremony venue from approximately one hour before the start, including background shots and final preparations. We will photograph the ceremony following the instructions of the registrar, then spend up to two hours with you photographing your friends and family, the reception and individual portraits.

  • Wedding day photography approximately 1 hour before the ceremony
  • Photography of the wedding service as permitted by registrant
  • up to two hours of photography after the wedding for group shots / couple shots etc
  • Online gallery for viewing and ordering
  • 40 fully edited professional lab printed photographs in any combination of sizes ( 5×7 | 6×8 | 6×9 | 8×10 | 8×12 ) all sizes in inches
  • 1 x 12×18 inch fully edited professional lab printed photograph for your wall (mounted but excluding frame)

+£100.00 for Birmingham, The West Midlands, Herefordshire, Warwickshire & Gloucestershire

Restricted summer availability on Saturdays – call for details
Bookings only accepted  less than 10 weeks before the wedding date (June – August) Extended to 12 weeks outside of these dates.
Mid week bookings accepted 16 weeks prior to the wedding date

Album upgrades

Both options allow you to replace the photo option with the addition of a beautiful Australian made studio style classic wedding album

………. +£250.00 – 9×9 20 page / 20 photo album
+£300.00 – 9×9 30 page / 30 photo album
+£325.00 – 12×12 20 page / 20 photo album
+£400.00 – 12×12 30 page / 30 photo album

Additional Album Photos in Albums

……….£20.00 per photo for the first 1 – 10 photos
£15.00 per photo for photos 11 – 20
£10.00 per photo for photos 20 +


Last year we received over 300 availability checks and over 200 enquiries for these dates. We are therefore unable to provisionally hold any date without payment of the booking fee / retainer and all dates are booked on a first-come first served basis.

Please enter the date of your wedding

good luck !