Keep me, protect me, share me

We all lead such busy lives, but why not grab a coffee and take the next six minutes to enjoy this video from kodak, where their tagline keep me, protect me, share… and I will live forever! says it all.

It makes me feel quite proud to be part of the photographic industry where I make memories for people that may last a lifetime, or even longer!


How much??

Why does wedding photography cost so much? I feel that this sums it up quite nicely.

Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him. “It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”

So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his work of art.

“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you?”

“Five thousand dollars,” the artist replied.

“B-b-but, what?” the woman sputtered. “How could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!”

To which Picasso responded, “Madame, it took me my entire life.”

Photography, Weddings

Double wedding weekend

What an amazing weekend with some fantastic couples. Friday was definitely the funniest wedding photos I have done, and Saturday was all about the amazing attention to detail!

Friday started off very early on a cold wet golf course, trying to locate the male half of the wedding party on their journey of the last nine holes of the course. It was cold and damp, but that didn’t dampen any spirits, and we still saw a bit of sun in the sky eventually. The day went smoothly and I laughed hard at one of the funniest best man speeches yet!

Saturday was the long awaited wedding of Jo and Rob, an amazing couple that I felt privileged to shoot and had the good fortune of my friend to help me! The church was amazing, the vicar was hilarious, the weather was fantastic, and the couple set the benchmark for most amazingly friendly people to photograph yet! After a superb meal and a few more photographs the fun was cranked up a notch for the evening party, I only wish I didn’t have to drive home that night! Hopefully some photos will be up soon!

This coming weekend I worryingly have the wedding of Gemma and Andy, but only worrying as in ‘where has the last 12 months gone since our previous meeting!?’ the venue is gorgeous, and the couple are absolutely lovely! It’s going to mean a very early start driving down to Wales, but I will be worth it!

Photography, Weddings

Rebecca and Gareth

The recent wedding where I assisted my friend Tracy was a fantastic day, such a warm welcome from a lovely couple and their family. It had been a couple of weeks since my last wedding after my summer break away, and I was glad to dig my camera back out again, especially for such a photogenic couple. We started the day fairly early at the brides parents house, where everything seemed to be running smoothly and then moved on to a beautiful little church out in a small village. The day, apart from a couple of spots of rain before we left the house, was dry, warm and sunny. We took the couple to Himley Hall for a few photos there before on to their reception where the night kicked off with a bang and the celebrations carried on late into the night after we left. Congratulations to both of them.

Personal, Photography

Where does the time go?

Well its about time I put a few more thoughts down here as the days and weeks seem to be flying by without any hesitation, and not wanting to bring anyone down, but it is now only 100 days until christmas!

This year I have already met loads of lovely couples and shared some fantastic wedding days with them, and the rest of this year continues to be busy. I have lots of post-production work to keep myself going and i’m really looking forward to having a couple of days away with my better half in October. I have some fantastic weddings ahead with some really cool people and i’m getting quite excited about them already! I recently covered a wedding with my friend Tracy with a really fun couple who looked lovely and made the day really easy for us. I’ll have a few sneak preview images up on here soon.

Over the winter months, when I anticipate not wanting to send so much time outdoors i’ll hopefully be inside spending a bit more time on the new website prior to launching that and finalising a price list for 2011. I still have a couple of personal projects I need to find time for, where a few friends have stopped by and asked for a bit of help with building up their skills. I feel bad for not having got round to addressing them sooner, but as the title of this post suggests, I have no idea where the time goes. I also have a friend wanting to do a bit of modelling for a tattoo magazine, which is not the sort of normal project I choose to take on, but she asked so nicely, and its good for me to put my skills to the test outside of weddings. I feel the photography is always about the learning, no matter what level you are on, and the day I think I know everything is the day I put my camera on ebay and give up!


A new challenge

Nothing made me prouder than a couple of weeks ago, on the beautiful island of Ibiza, I was sat watching the sun go down behind a Mediterranean horizon and the girl I fell in love with agreed to marry me with the biggest smile I have ever seen, eyes full of tears and a perfect white gold diamond ring on her finger.

Since then I have began to notice the mountain ahead of us, with the task of organising a wedding ahead of us. The day, prior to meeting Clare, I once thought was never going to arrive, suddenly has a date, and we now have less than two years to save for it and plan it.

For me, deciding on details shouldn’t be too painful, we’ve agreed on most things so far, its more about people and not wanting to offend anyone. We simply know too many people and can’t have them all there for the whole day. With the sit down meal we have got to draw a line on how many we can feed. It looks like we will be having the kind of wedding reception I had always wanted for my big day, the kind that doesn’t come cheap, but that means limited numbers.

All we have to wait for now, is the confirmation that the church is free and we can announce the date.

How exciting!