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There’s no other way to say it, “Training matters”! I’ve been training with some of the best portrait photographers this country has to offer and it changes everything! Some people have a belief that photography is a simple case of getting a camera and pressing a button. I’ve had people criticise me for thinking I could become a photographer. Until you’re in the hot seat making pictures of people, you quickly realize how hard it is. I remember a time when I got somebody to stand in front of the camera, I was so excited that I could finally take a picture of somebody. But then it rapidly dawned on me that I didn’t know how to pose them or communicate with them to create something special. In the early days of my learning, I struggled with thinking and breathing the technical aspects of the camera. At the moment it clicks, it seemed like everything I learnt flew out of the window. You feel the pressure of taking a picture quickly. The people in front of the lens are waiting… with what seems like an eternity. When somebody thinks it’s easy to take a picture, I quickly explain that I think it’s amazing that human beings can take a photograph at all! Within a split second, you think about the right moment to take the shot, composition, lighting, focus, camera angle, focal length, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, how will you leave yourself options during post-production, etc… There’s a million calculations that go on in that split second, a brief moment before it clicks.

I’ve been fortunate to do training with Damien & Julie Lovegrove (link), Chris Hanley (link) and Martin Hill (link). These photographers are the real deal. When you’re photographing a wedding and it starts raining, you absolutely rely on your training! This happened to me not so long ago… Everything I had ever learnt kicked in automatically to make something wonderful.

Graham Law and myself have both been doing Lovegrove workshops over the last 2.5 years and we make a fantastic team. In fact, Graham and I work together with our clients whether it be a street portrait shoot, a pre-wedding shoot or wedding. We get to practice all the skills we learn with our model Hannah and have been doing this for about 18 months. Both of us constantly hear Damien saying, “Let’s make it happen” which spurs us on and we make it happen. My photographs from our practice sessions can be found on this blog; Industrial Portraits (link) and The Lead Mines (link). Both of these examples demonstrate how we take what we learn and apply the skills in a totally different environment.

A while back Graham and I had discussed creating some nice bridal portraits in an in-door location. We decided that we wanted use Mellington Hall in Shropshire (link). Graham arranged to meet the management and discuss the location and what we wanted. This was also an opportunity to scout the location and afterwards Graham and I discussed how we were going to shoot the various scenes. The next trick was getting a wedding dress to shoot with… Graham approached Celtic Brides (a local bridal shop – link) and offered a proposal of what we wanted to do. With all the plans in place, we booked Mellington Hall and worked with Celtic Brides. They lent us 4 dresses for the shoot of which we only had time to photograph 3 of them. We took all our toys, lighting gear, etc… and turned the venue into a full-on photo shoot. It almost felt like we were on a Lovegrove workshop! We accomplished a lot and we got what we set out to achieve. Some nice portfolio images for ourselves and for Celtic Brides.

Hannah our model was fantastic! Every shoot we do with her she is getting more and more professional. On this occasion her mother Sarah helped out with everything which made the shoot go smoothly. My mother helped out with tea and a few other bits and pieces and we all made a great team!

Watching and learning from the masters, Damien Lovegrove, Chris Hanley and Martin Hill, made it possible for us to make it happen and to create our own portfolio of images. Yes… Training matters!

Below is a small selection of the photos from the day…

This is the first dress of 3. I love the symmetry in the frame!

I love the softness of this frame. There was hardly any post-production required for this photograph.

I love how everything works in this frame.

I like Hannah's inquisitive expression.

I deliberately framed this so that the left side could be used for content. I could imagine a fade to white with a message like "thinking about your big day".

Continuing with how these images might be used... I framed this so that content could be placed on the right side. Perhaps a message like "Have you just started thinking about your wedding dress?"

Similar theme with content on the left side.

Then it was the second dress and to make use the stair case.

I love how the frame leads from Hannah all the way to the top of the ceiling.

Time to use another room at the venue and love how Hannah is surrounded by the dress.

You can tell that Hannah loves the dress!

There were so many wonderful compositions to be made here....

At this point the creativity was just flowing!!

I wonder what Hannah was thinking about?

Timeless... Peaceful... Beautiful...

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Back to the stair case...

I love Hannah's energy in this image!

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It was time to change into the 3rd dress...

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I loved the mirror and fire place and decided to take a few wide shots with these wonderful dresses.

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Always exploring for a different camera angle...

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The last frame in this set photographing wedding dresses.

For the last few minutes of the day, Hannah changed into a cocktail dress.

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And this was pretty much the last frame of the day.

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Back in mid February Will and Julie contacted me to photograph their wedding. We met up at the pre-wedding shoot to take some lovely images before their Big Day. Graham Law and I did a location scout the day before and picked our locations carefully. The pre-wedding shoot lasted nearly 3 hours.

If you’d like us (Graham Law and myself) to photograph your wedding, get in touch…

Enjoy the photos below…

The shoot started with Julie in the local town park.

Julie and Will in the same location.

Moved over about 30 meters to another location for this frame.

I directed Will and Julie to create this wonderful image.

Same location but a figure in the landscape type image.

A moment of closeness.

Same location...

Time for some drama! Yeah!!

A quick visit into town for a few frames. This was the first location.

Used a wall that was right next to the previous location.

Love is in the air...

Across the road was a lovely telephone box for us to use.

A private moment...

A change of location...

I love making these kinds of shots...

A simple but effective portrait.

A wider frame of where we were shooting in the previous frames.

I absolutely love this image!

A change of location again... out in the fields...

It started to rain... but we weren't phased at all 🙂

Finally arrived at our last location.

The last frame of the day...

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