Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Photos on White Swan Advert

A few weeks ago, the lovely Karen from Belle Bridal Magazine rang me. They had just posted some of my photographs from a wedding at The White Swan Hotel in Alnwick. Karen was just preparing an advert for them in the magazine. She loved my photos so much that she was asking if she could use some of them for their advert. Of course! I'm thrilled and couldn't wait to share the copy of the advert they sent me.

The White Swan weddings

The White Swan Hotel is an elegant and luxurious venue in which to hold your wedding.

To see more photos from the wedding featured please click here.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Thrilled To Be Part of the A-Team

Before you start imagining me jumping out of helicopters and chasing cars in a van, it's not that A-Team! I'm talking about the Alice-Team. A select group of wedding suppliers who have been hand-picked by the lovely Zarn, to advertise and contribute to her fabulous wedding blog Alice in Weddingland.

We won't just have a banner sitting on the sidebar, but will post our own hints and tips on the blog. A fantastic one-stop shop of ideas! The new project launches in a couple of weeks so make sure to check facebook or twitter to keep up to date.

In the meantime, you can meet my fellow A-Teamers here.

Wedding blog

Friday, 15 February 2013

Photo Friday #49

Wedding bouquets

At first glance, perhaps not an inspiring shot of the bouquets but when you know that the bride bakes cakes, it illustrates a story. It's taken in her kitchen with her mixer in the background.

Monday, 11 February 2013

I Love Lenses - Part Three

The third and final lens (if you've caught parts one and two) I have in my camera bag is the whopper - a 70-200mm lens. It's long and it's heavy but it gives great results.

It's really handy when the couple don't want me to be at the front of the room during the ceremony. I can still capture precious moments (as long as the person conducting the ceremony is okay with it.) As with the two photos taken below, I'm standing in the same place. One wider shot to get the general atmosphere, and one closer shot to capture that moment.

Dissington Hall Garden Room

Dissington Hall Civil Ceremony

I love using it for mingling shots so that I can be a bit further away from the guests and the couple. They are less aware of me.

Reportage photograph

I also use it for speeches. I try to be as unobtrusive as possible so will stand on the other side of the room out of the way. The long lens enables me to get closer without getting in anyone's way.

Crook Hall Outdoor Ceremony

So the lens is heavy to carry around on a long wedding day, but completely worth it.

Thank you for reading.

If you missed the first two parts, here are the links.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Photo Friday #48

Minsteracres wedding

At the church of St Elizabeth at the Minsteracres Retreat Centre, there were chickens wandering around which I couldn't resist including in a photo.

Monday, 4 February 2013

I Love Lenses - Part Two

The smallest lens in my camera bag is my macro lens. 60mm f2.8 and I love it.

It enables me to get really close shots of all sorts of details. At weddings, I usually use it for bouquets, jewellery, cake details and table decorations.

Wedding jewellery detail

Not only does it document the details, but it provides backgrounds for the album pages. If you get close enough, it focuses on one bit and throws the rest of the picture out of focus which means I can overlay photos on top.

Wedding flowers detail

Wedding hair accessory detail

Wedding dress detail

Menu detail

Table name detail

Centrepiece detailWedding cake detail


Wedding cake detail

Getting up close really adds a different dimension to the wedding photographs.

You may also like I Love Lenses - Part One

Friday, 1 February 2013

Photo Friday #47

Origami cranes

It is an ancient Japanese legend that tells, if anyone folds one thousand paper cranes, they will be granted a wish by a crane. The bride as this wedding, made one thousand cranes and strung them together to decorate one of the walls in the reception marquee.

In Japan, they are traditionally given by a father as a wedding gift to wish the couple a thousand years of happiness. The crane is a mystical creature who is said to live for 1000 years, hence making one thousand cranes.