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Oxwich Bay Wedding Photography – Engagement Session Kay and Andi

Hey there,

In a few weeks I will be shooting what sounds like an amazing wedding which will end with a mini fish and chip supper on the beach at the fabulous Oxwich Bay Hotel on The Gower in West Wales.

Several weeks ago I popped down there to meet up with Kay and Andi for a day on the beach – in the shelter it was a fabulous day, hot even but as we got close to the coast it was pretty windy hence the windswept look !

We parked over a mile away and hiked thru sand dunes and over rocks to the coast – this gave me lots of time to really get to know Kay and Andi and talk thru their wedding day so we have everything planned for the big day itself.

Here are a few photos from the day.

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The oxwich bay hotel wedding photography

Then we decided to have a little fun and play with dramatic lighting

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Sami & Matt’s Engagment Shoot

Sami & Matt’s Engagement Session

A Fun Family Day at the Beach !

Hi there guys, dp here from David Purslow Photography – if you post via a search engine then can I highly recommend you visit my wedding photography website located at www.davidpurslow.com

A little while back I had the pleasure of shooting (in the nicest possible way) Sami and Matt’s engagement session – I am sure Sami will jump up and down when she reads that her wedding is very fast approaching.    Sami and Matt seem to have booked me as their wedding photographer years ago, I am not sure if it was in 2009 or 2008 but it was a very long time indeed.  The reason I say this is when they booked me I was not offering signing books……

Whats a signing book – well its a beautiful wedding album that is printed on fine art paper that you can write on, the basic idea is you put together a collection of nice romantic photos from your engagement session into a presentation with lots of white space around the pages and then people can write you a message in the white space.

I have one I use as a demo album and I get brides who’s weddings I have shot to write in them or couples who have booked me to pop a few words in there as to why they picked me to be their wedding photographer.  In this picture you can see what Sami and Matt wrote in my book after their engagement session.

If you want to see more pictures of my album styles just click on the photo above !

So back to Sami & Matts engagement session.

Well as I was saying I shot their engagement session and their wedding is fast approaching.  We finalized the signing book album design and I wanted to share it with you.

Signing books make for a GREAT talking piece but more than that they make for a FANTASTIC keep sake and a totally unique memory of your wedding day.  Just imagine lots of pages filled with comments from all your friends, family and loved ones.

So here it is – I cant show you the cover as currently its somewhere over the Atlantic on its way over to  – bet Sami is jumping up and down again 🙂

*** How to use the Slide show ***

  1. Click the play button – then a little menu pops up at the bottom of the slide show
  2. If you do nothing the show will start in about  a second or so – but for the full effect – at any time, just put your mouse over the slide show and……
  3. Click the icon second from the right hand side to view in FULL SCREEN MODE !!!!
  4. Pressing escape will bring you right back down to earth


I hope you enjoyed.

I recently moved to the West Midlands area and now provide wedding photography for Birmingham, Worcester, Solihull, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Kidderminster and pretty much anywhere in the West Midlands.

I still shoot wedding in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and dont charge any extra for traveling !



David Purslow
Wedding, Portrait & Boudoir Photographer
Birmingham & The West Midlands


Phone 01299 250114

Lee & Nia’s Engagement Shoot

Engagement Photography Shoot

Lee & Nia in Dublin, Ireland

Hello there, dp here – I have just taken a quick 10 minutes to choose a few of my favorites from the photo session I had yesterday.  In a few weeks time I am shooting the wedding of Nia and Lee, a smashing couple from Ireland.  When Nia originally booked me I was living and based out of Pembrokeshire in West Wales so jumped at the chance of doing an engagement shoot in Ireland – just a 3 hour ride on the ferry from my house.

Since then as you know (if your a regular visitor)  I am now based just outside of Worcester in the West Midlands and class myself as a Birmingham Wedding Photographer so had to decide if I was going to drive to Pembrokeshire and catch the ferry or fly – I decided to fly.  I had a quick look into flying from Birmingham and found that Air Lingus fly out of BHX – The cost of the ticket (return trip) was less than what it would have cost me to drive to Pembrokeshire and back let alone the cost of the ferry.  Air Lingus were amazing (the first but not the last time I use them) – the flight time was 40 minutes and I arrived in Dublin and back at Birmingham Airport bang on time – 10/10 for Air Lingus.

Anyway so I arrived in Dublin and was met by a very happy looking Nia as Lee was waiting outside in the car to stop it being towed away 🙂  after a big hug we set off to our first location.  I always let couples know that engagement shoots are a great way to get to know each other and it worked out just like that this trip, it will make for much better wedding photos as we talked about the wedding most of the day.  I also know the guys now so they are so much more relaxed  🙂  I also point out that the first hour of the shoot is more a getting used to each other and that I dont expect many good shots as its just about getting used to each other as I said.

So after the first 10 minutes we pull this shot of the camera

engagement photoshoot in dublin Ireland

Naturally I was pretty pleased.  This shot took about 3 or 4 minutes to get right as there are 2 off camera lights lighting the guys, Lee the good sport he is had to remove his outer top as it was casting a shadow on his face but did so without any complaints what so ever.  This was pretty much the tone for the whole day, Nia and Lee trusted me to do what I do best, went with the flow and would jump out into traffic and kiss and cuddle if I asked (which I did 🙂 and never questioned me once.

I am only going to post a few pics in the sneak peek today as I want to keep a few secrets for the album – Oh, I forgot to say – the purpose of the shoot was to produce an engagement album for the wedding which will be used as a signing book – to see an example of this visit my Storybook wedding albums page on my wedding photography website.

I am guessing we walked for MILES yesterday 5 – 7 is my guess but the little fat boy (thats me) did good and kept up.

I don’t plan much of a shoot before hand for engagement shoots because they are led pretty much by what happens on the day.  At one point we were walking and talking around the lake when I spotted a clearing in the trees and as the light was coming in from behind the couple it made for a fabulous looking photo – this is the kind of spontaneous shots that just happen when you walk around and let the day just unfold.

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I like Engagement shoots to be all about the couple and about love and I was very happy to see that these guys are very much in love and didnt mind showing it off at all – We had a bit of an audience for the next shot and they seemed intrigued that I would be lying on the floor to take the photo, the ground was not that wet !

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This shot was quickly followed by this nice little romantic shot

Because the grounds of the the location were were shooting was open to the public there were times and places that people would be in the shots in the background, I have always found the easiest way of dealing with this to be nice and just ask them to move 🙂 – But do it with a smile on your face – well the water fall shot (not the big waterfall shots) there were a lot of poeple around so I asked them to move and quickly snapped this picture.  After this I got the group of friends together and using their camera took a few pictures of the whole group – normally someone has to be missed off the shot – this made them very happy and they totally forgot about being asked to move – simples !

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So after we finished our first session, we had a break and went into Dublin itself – OOOOPS we hadnt planned on the Rugby match – Dublin was heaving !!!! – We stopped for a bite to eat which I had planned on being my treat but Nia and Lee would not hear of it (Irish Hospitality) and naturally I had to have a glass of the black stuff – OH IT WAS SO GOOD.  After lunch we shot a few more shots around Dublin itself but with the crowds and having to get back to the airport we were pretty limited as to what we could come up with, we still got some amazing shots however such as this one !

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All in all a FANTASTIC day was had by all – Lee and Nia were GREAT FUN and I hope had a good day, we got some amazing photos, and I even managed to chill out on my flight back home although it was a lady pilot and a lady co pilot !

Hope you like the sneak peek of my flying visit to Dublin.

More soon,



David Purslow
Wedding Photographer
01299 250114
0759 007 6666