Category Archives: For Photographers

Pembrokeshire Wedding – Llys Meddyg – Behind the Scenes

Hello there,

Just a quick post today showing off one of my new toys,  This weekend saw Clare and myself down in Pembrokeshire for the wedding of Maria and Wayne, I have just offloaded the photos and will get to edit them shortly but having a quick sneak peek at them I came across this photo of Wayne, it was taken in the pub next door to Llys Meddyg about an hour before the wedding – I wanted to capture the charm and ambiance  of place so didnt want to use flash to destroy the photo, the light levels in there were pretty poor as it was 3pm on dark overcast day.

Here is one of the pictures,

pembrokeshire wedding photography

So although the photo looks nice and light and bright and airy it was infact very dark, the ISO setting for those more technical out there was 4000, and it was shot at 60th of a second at F2.8 – If you look at Wayne’s waistcoat,  you will see that his front was almost totally in shade, so without killing the nice atmosphere in the room I had Clare hold an improvised ICE LIGHT — our version is a 125 bulb workshop lamp and have the light just skim off his face.

Here is a pull back a few seconds later

behind the scenes weddding photography

Just wait till you see the photos we shot down on the beach ! – yep on a very snowy day in England Maria and Wayne braved sub 0 tempratures to head to the beach for some couple photos – they came out amazing…….

more soon……



Worcester Cathedral in the Snow

Hello there,

Well this weekend we have had a lot of snow and a shot i have always wanted to do was of Worcester Cathedral in the snow.

The long story……

Last night Mrs P and the mother in law went to see Strictly Dancing at the NIA in Birmingham, so JD and Soukie (our kids) went for a sleep over at granddads.  That meant that this morning Nikki and I had to go pick them up, and at 5 ish we had to go over my sisters for dinner, so my day was pretty much taken up – looking at the long range forecast I was worried that the snow would all be gone in the next day or so, so decided that I would shoot it at night after we had the kids in bed.

So to tonight, I set off to photograph Worcester Cathedral in the snow, I was hoping for a good bit of falling snow to still be around, but alas, when I got there the snow had stopped, I wanted the snow as it would help light up the sky, I didnt just want it to go black.  But I was there so what the hell let shoot away.  After the first couple of pictures it was very obvious that capturing the Cathedral in all its glory would be a hard task in one image, so I decided to shoot an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image and blend the layers together.  I put my D800 on a tripod and using the Nikon 16-35mm F4 VR lens, (I turned off the image stabilization) as when shooting for 4 – 5 seconds with VR / IS turned on it does very weird things to the images.  I shot wide open at F4 at  400 ISO and only shot two different versions of this image.  I picked out a spot on the Cathedral where I thought the light was about middle of the road, and used that to set my meter reading by using spot metering.  I then took a 5 stop exposure over 5 images, 1 & 2 stops under and 1 & 2 stops over and my metered reading.

I blended them all together in Photoshop using Nik Filters HDR merge pro and this is the result.

Hope you like

Photo of Worcester Cathedral in the snow

I then had to do a fair bit of photo shop to take out the bright red postbox and several bollard from in front of the church.

hope you like.




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.






Off Camera Lighting Workshop – Speedlights & Portable Studio Lights

Off Camera Flash Workshop

Although aimed at wedding photographers, the techniques work equally as well for portrait clients

Take your photography to a whole new level, this workshop wills show you exactly what you need to create beautiful and dramatic photographs for your wedding and portrait clients alike – This a hands on learning workshop where you will really get to grips with off camera lighting, how and when to use it, how to use it to create dramatic portraits that brides and portrait clients will LOVE.

Its a small intimate class with only 5 photographers – we will spend time in the studio going over theory and then put it into practice around the lakes and woods by the studio – we may venture further afield to create some dramatic portaits as well – this workshop is focused around the wants of the students.

THE DATE:  March 22nd  2012 *** PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE  *** – SUNDAY APRIL 22nd

THE LOCATION:  Our studio – Hartlebury and On location around Hartlebury

COST: £195.00 – including buffet lunch.  Hot and Cold refreshments available throughout the dayIncludes professional model and release allowing portfolio use of images.


This class is different we run from 9:30 – 5:00 ish, with a working lunch – then take a break and go out again at 6 ish pm to get some sunset / after dark images till around 8 ish.

The evening section is optional but really creates beautiful portraits and is highly recommended

CONTENT:  This is a more advanced class, you should have a good basic knowledge of your camera and your flash unit  (our speedlight introduction class is perfect for that)  – we will be using anything from 1 – 6 speedlights / battery opperated studio lights and a range of modifiers to create dramatic portraits – We will be over powering daylight, creating ratio lighting, dramatic portraits for wedding and portrait photographers alike.

ATTENDEE REQUIREMENTS: You should have a DSLR camera and at least 1 flash.  You should have a basic understanding of the operation of the camera and a mind ready to learn.  You should bring clothes and footwear for a small walk around the lakes and woods in the grounds of our studio and a jacket for mild rain.

Below are the types of images you will be able to produce following

this workshop.



Photo of the Week February 5th 2012

Hey there,

For this weeks Photo of the Week I am being a little bit self indulgent.  On Sunday I met up with Hannah and Dave at the studio to go thru their photo selection for their album.  Hannah and Dave live ‘Up North’ well Leeds to be exact so getting together when I have a free weekend and when they are visiting took some working out, but we eventually made it, as it happens it was after the snowiest day of the year – so at one point it was touch and go.

As we sat viewing their wedding photos I kept saying  OOOOH, that one, thats going to be my photo of the week – I must have said it a good 1/2 a dozen times, the photos brought back some great memories.  I actuallly shed a tear at one point when we viewed the final selection of photos they wanted in the album.

quite possibly my favorite wedding of 2011 Hannah and Dave had what I called something of an Alice in Wonderland Wedding theme

below the photos is a link to their wedding blog story  – which if you have not seen it is worth viewing,  some of the details Hannah put into her big day took over a year to pull together.

Hannan also let me know (knowing how much I LOVE Ian Stuart Wedding Dresses) that hers had gone to a very good and deserving home – We talked about her dress for a good while and its nice to know it will be making another brides look as stunning as beautiful as Hannah did, and will be appreciated and loved for a second time !

Anyway, here you go

If I had to pick one it would be this one.

beautiful wedding photography

Although this shot looks simple enough, it actually took some getting,  It was shot about an hour after sunset so was pretty dark outside, it was a longer shutter exposure to bring in the sky and detail and the couple are being lit by a 500 watt portable studio flash off to camera right inside a deep octabox to create the soft fall off – it was something like 1/10th of a second F8 ISO 400 Shot on a Nikon D3 with the Nikon 24-70mm   –  Lighting provided by the Strobeam EID500  This was taken just before the first dance.

Okay, I have to include this photo as well,

This photo again looks simple enough, but I wanted to include the background which you can see is simply a stunning view from Hannah’s mum’s Living room deck.  The sun is actually off to camera left, if you look at Hannah’s right (camera left) shoulder you will notice what we call Rim Lighting – thats the halo looking light down her arm and the back of the dress – this is the sun, and it was pretty strong.  This means that Hannah was standing with her face and front of her dress totally in the shadow and strong shadow – just look at the front of the flower pot on the floor.  I used 2 X Nikon SB800 flash’s on a lighting pole being shot thru a shoot through umbrella – it was very close to her, its just about an inch out of shot – the two flash units were at full power.

There are many reasons I LOVE this photos, 1 is that its of a very happy looking bride, 2 its a very happy looking bride in beautiful Ian Stuart wedding dress and 3, its a beautiful bride in a stunning dress with an amazing background

The trick to this photo is not bringing Hannan out so she looks nice and softly lit, it was balancing the background light as I wanted the sky included with the foreground and the rim – I had to use manual flash and then adjust on the aperture to make it all work.  I also had to dip into high speed sync to pull that off – the Technicals are Shot at ISO 200, 640th of a second at F8 – Nikon D3 Nikon 24-70mm

The last shot is one that everyone who comes to the studio just LOVE’s – It totally sums up the day

Malvern wedding photography

This is simply a beautiful candid capture

One of the things I love about this shot is it really shows what you can do just by going back to the basics – This photo was taken using a Nikon D300 camera and the Nikon 70-200 VR2  It was shot totally with available light.  The photo was taken at 1/250th of a second at ISO 200 at F4.0  the lens was racked all the way out to 200mm.  Manual mode

What I LOVE about the Nikon D300 is the extra reach it gives being a crop body – I generally always use this body and lens for my candid’s outside – the files it puts out are silky smooth.

Technically it no competition winner due to cutting off the bottom of the hand but it was a case of a very quick candid grab which means that sometimes your have to worry less about perfection and concentrate more on the moment – I have this at the start of my slideshow I show people visiting the studio – EVERYONE comments on it.

Right I better run, stuff to do – but as promised if you want to see more of Hannah and Dave’s wedding click here –

hope you like,

ciao for now