Gaynor and Ruperts Wedding at Albert Hussey Hotel
A bit further afield
Wedding photography in Shrewsbury
Covering weddings in different parts of the country is one of the pleasures of being a wedding photographer. I had been recommended to Gaynor and Rupert by Janet of Holyrood flowers and met them to discuss their upcoming wedding at a hotel on the outskirts of Chester. We arranged a pre-wedding shoot for 3 weeks before the wedding and I travelled down to Shrewsbury to the stunning Albert Hussey Hotel dating back to circa 1524.
When I got there I was really pleased to see what a great venue it was for wedding photography. The gardens were stunning complete with a little stream and also a swing and with lovely views over the Shropshire countryside. As well as taking pictures we went through the details of the day and it was obvious to me that Gaynor and Rupert really wanted the wedding to take place outdoors weather permitting.
Travelling down on the day with Stu (my second photographer) the weather was not the best. Sunny but very windy, the hotel staff had covered both options by setting up both outside and inside the venue. We would leave the final decision to later. Bridal prep was done in the Tudor bedroom complete with four poster bed while Stu did the groom prep in another room in the hotel. The bride and groom were both very relaxed and just wanted to enjoy the day. Well, now it was decision time indoors or outdoors, in the end after much discussion the decision was to hold the wedding outside.
All the guests made their way to their seats and Rupert waited patiently for his bride to walk down the aisle and Gaynor looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress. Once the ceremony was complete drinks were served and followed by the group pictures in the grounds of the hotel. We then spent 15 minutes with the bride and groom then took natural pictures of them with their wedding guests.
The wedding party then made their way indoors for the meal and speeches, the speeches were very emotional as Gaynor and Rupert have had a lot of sadness in their lives and had both been seriously injured in a traffic accident twelve months before. Now they were starting a new chapter in their lives but not forgetting people or events that had taken happened in the past.
One thing I had noticed when doing pictures of the room. One of the images I had taken when we did the pre-wedding shoot had been printed and used as the wrapping for the bars of chocolate that had been used instead of name cards on the table. On the reverse of the bars of chocolate was the menu of the day. I had not seen this idea before but it was certainly a winner with the guests.
After the meal, the guests relaxed before the night time events started. The cake cut was followed by the first dance and wow how Gaynor and Rupert could dance. Strictly come dancing had nothing on these two and the standing ovation they received at the end of the dance was the least they deserved. It was a 10 from everyone. As the guests joined the bride and groom on the dance floor, we took more natural pictures of everyone dancing away to the music the band were playing. We then said goodbye to the happy couple before packing up all our camera gear and making our way home.
Thank you, Gaynor and Rupert, for a lovely day.
Wedding photography at the Double Tree Liverpool
I don’t care what the weatherman says
Wedding photography in Liverpool
My first wedding of the year and what a location. The beautiful 19th Century DoubleTree Hotel and Spa Liverpool. The hotel is a hidden gem right in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. I always love wedding photography in Liverpool and the Double Tree is one of my favourite hotels for photography.
The hotel is a stunning venue for weddings, with plenty of beautiful areas inside the hotel to capture the story of the wedding day so for once you don’t have to worry about the weather. Laura and her guests were staying overnight in the hotel which is where I met them in the morning to do the bridal prep. Scott who was my second photographer on the day, meet the groom and the lads at Laura and Callum’s house where they had photographs taken there before they traveled down to the DoubleTree.
The wedding ceremony took place in the Canon Suite. I always prefer to shoot without using flash during the ceremony and the large windows and clean white walls are ideal for this type of photography. Following the service drinks were served and the guests then made the way to the library lounge for some chill out time. During this time, I like to get natural shots of the guests as these are the moments the bride and groom often miss on the day.
The wedding guests then moved to the Corinthian Grand for the meal and speeches. Callum was really set up by his two best men who really delivered an excellent video and slideshow to embarrass him during the speeches which were really enjoyed by everyone even Callum. After the meal, we moved outside to get some group shots and also one of my favourite photographs of the day, the confetti shot. I always encourage my weddings to get their guests to bring as much confetti as possible as this always makes a great shoot and is totally natural. Before the nighttime started we noticed the opportunity for a sunset image so quickly we jumped in a taxi and headed down to the Albert Dock where we managed to get a sunset shot but also some images in front of the Liver Building. We then returned to the hotel to photograph the cake cut and first dance complete with the confetti cannons which made for some great pictures.
Two day wedding at Crewe and Widnes
The two day wedding of Lisa and Daryl with a bit of snow thrown in.OMG Snow ( well a bit)the country grinds to a halt. Woke up on a cold February morning to find snow on the ground. Knowing how this country deals with snow I feared the dreaded chaos on the roads as people panic as soon as they see snow. I decided to set off from Widnes to Northwich earlier than normal. I shouldn't have worried at all traffic was very light and travelling over the new Mersey Gateway Bridge is much easier than travelling over the old bridge. Not going to talk about the toll everyone has their own opinion on that.This was going to be a two day wedding with part one of the wedding photography in Crewe on the Tuesday and the second part of the wedding photography in Widnes on the Saturday evening. Arriving at Lisa's house the bridal prep was in full swing with one room being used for make up and one for the hair. Everyone was in a really good mood and the atmosphere was quite relaxed. The first images I took were mainly the detail shots wedding dress, shoes, flowers etc. After this I concentrated on getting relaxed shots of everyone getting ready. Lisa was very relaxed and was even giving last minute directions to people on how to find her house. Lisa and all the bridesmaids looked stunning and once all the bridal prep was done we set off in convoy to Crewe Registry Office for the service.When we got there Stu my second photographer was there with the groom Daryl and his wedding party. Daryl was also very relaxed and really looking forward to marrying Lisa. A few minutes later Lisa walked in the room and Daryl's face lit up. Some 20 mins later and they were now husband and wife. We then took some group pics before they went to the pub for a well deserved drink and to warm up the snow was really coming down at this point and doing the group shots in the snow was fun to say the least but everyone entered into the spirit of the day and we got some great images.Day 2 of the wedding was the evening reception at the Parklands in Widnes. Being a regular wedding photographer at the Parklands this was one of the closest weddings I have done to homeI. Lisa and Daryl walked in announced by the best man both again looking stunning. The evening was very relaxed with a few speeches but this was mainly about photographing people just enjoying being part of an amazing wedding.
Wedding photography in Crewe
My first wedding of the year and I became a Welsh wedding photographer.
Rossett Hall has a Grade II listed building at its core. The Hotel is 6 miles from Chester town centre. It was previoulsly the country seat of John Boydell and his family. Built in 1750 as a retreat for his family. The house stayed in the family until the 1970's when it became a hotel. The bridal suite is one of the biggest and best bridal suites I have photographed in with a lovely roll top bath situated in the bedroom.
The wedding of Emily and Tom was held here in January 2018. We had another star of the show in Rocky the dog. Bridal prep was done at the hotel in the lovely big bedroom which also contained an amazing bath in the bedroom. This was one of the biggest bedrooms I had ever done bridal prep in and had some beautiful light coming in from the windows. Flowers were provided by Janet of Holyroodflowers.co.uk. Emily looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress and Christian Louboutin shoes as can be seen in the pictures as did her mum in her outfit.
The guests gathered at the hotel and then went to the chapel in a red double decker bus. The bride followed in a beautiful bridal car. The service was also the time for Rocky to make his appearance all dressed up for the day. He even managed to take part in the signing of the register. After the service we all headed back to Rosset Hall for the group photos and the reception.
Meal over it was time for some night time shots of the bride and groom this included some sparkler photography and also using the grounds of the hotel to get some lovely images of the newly married couple. Singers were also in attendance and also a mirror photo both by Mike Evans from www.evobooth.co.uk
Being chosen to photograph the wedding in Wales of Emily and Tom was a great honour as I knew this would be an emotional day as they were emigrating to New Zealand in a couple of months to start a new life over there. After seeing all the images on the web site they decided they wanted to increase the number of pages in their album which is always a sign that they are pleased with your work as their wedding photographer.
I look forward to doing some more wedding photography in Wales and hopefully getting to shoot in the amazing locations and hotel that make Wales such a great place to photography a wedding
Also big thanks to my second photographer Stuart for his great work on the day.
The latest article is from Janet Keegan from Holyrood Flowers on ideas for this years flowershttp://www.holyroodflowers.co.uk2018 Wedding Flower Trends Since we are just entering peak wedding season, I thought that it might be a good idea to share the trends that I am seeing this year : Shades of purple Since Pantone announced its “Colour of the Year” to be Ultra-violet, I am being asked for “pops” of purple, various shades of purple (like lavender) but have yet to be asked for a full-on purple wedding…think Purple Rain ?!!! I like purple but love it when it is combined with different shades of pink. Depending on the season, think of gems like alliums and stocks… and roses, like Armando and Memory Lane, in the photos below. Then, of course there is lavender itself (luckily, I planted another 50 plants last year !). It just looks and smells amazing in bouquets and buttonholes !This shouts to me home-grown, freshly picked from the hedgerow-look ! It is Holyrood Flowers in a nut-shell !
I love this looser style that harks back to the cottage gardens like our nans and granddads used to have. It is perfect for summer weddings.
The flowers that I am growing this year are things like cornflowers, astrantia, nigella, sweet peas, ammi majus, scabiosa and lots of grasses like panicum elegans and “hare’s tails”. They will be combined with my beloved dahlias and old varieties of scented roses.
Pastel colours continue to be very popular with both brides and bridesmaids alike.
Little “pops” of stronger colours can really lift single-colour flower bouquets and arrangements.
Shades of bronze and gold (particularly rose gold) are very popular this year. This is mainly for items like ribbons, containers, urns and table runners but there have been some requests for flowers to be sprayed…like the rose gold eryngium in the photo below.
Fresh Green & White
Last year’s trend for everything green i.e. foliage, foliage and more foliage (!)…this is continuing but I am seeing more fresh green and white combinations, like in the designs below.
Larger, high-impact designs such as flower walls, arches, candelabras and suspended installations are also becoming very popular.
Uncle Bob or a Professional Photographer
One of the comments often made to photographers is my uncle has a camera or my friend has a camera he is going to take some pictures for us. These people are often known as “uncle bob”. While there is some very good Uncle Bob’s out there would your trust them to take the pictures on your wedding day?
Some questions to consider before deciding?
Have the ever photographed a wedding before?
We have all taken a few photographs at a wedding it doesn’t mean we suddenly become a wedding photographer. Professional photographers will have photographed many weddings before, most photographers start as second photographers and learn and train from another professionals.
Can they handle the stress of the day what happens when something goes wrong? People getting stressed, things not running to time, trying to organise people for group shots to name a few.
What happens if there camera stops working have they got a back up camera? Do they know the type of photography you want, do they know the style of pictures you like? Will they be working on their own or will they have a second photographer?
Do they have the editing skills to edit your wedding photographs to a professional standard? Do they know where to source the wedding albums from and how to design the album to capture the true story of the day.
What happens if it rains and you can’t take the images you planned? Have they got a plan B in place.
Are they insured what happens if someone falls over their camera bag and injures themselves.
You wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and one you will want to remember for all the right reasons. When picking any photographer for your wedding make sure you have seen examples of their work, have they got recommendations. Any good photographer will be happy to show you examples of their work and albums and will answer any questions you may have.
The Widnes Wedding photography Blog
First of all what is a second shooter?
A photographer that assists the main photographer on the wedding day (please read on for full details)
The advantages of using a second shooter as a Widnes Wedding photographer most of my weddings are in Widnes, Liverpool and Warrington areas and I often get asked do you have a second shooter with you on your wedding day as most couples don’t want posed wedding images they want the more relaxed natural style of pictures. My answer to this question is always yes, how else you can get all the reaction shots (see below) when you are concentrating on getting images of the couple. Now I know I just said the couple only wanted relaxed natural images, yes that is true but say for instance you are photographing the speeches and taking pictures of the bride’s father you can’t get the picture of the bridesmaid crying or laughing and what about the guest’s reactions by having the second shooter going round the guests tables, how the children were playing, some nice groom prep pictures from the second shooter always look great in a wedding album all these images can be captured by your second shooter to really capture the story of the day.
Another advantage of using a second shooter is they are able to get things ready you. Group shots are one of the parts of the day they can be a massive help, by getting the guests ready for when they are going to be in group shots. This can save you a massive amount of time as your guests are ready for when they are needed so they group shots are done much quicker allowing the couple to spend more time with the guests rather than me having to find the people before we can take the picture. Nobody wants to stand around using a second shooter is a massive help to stop people getting bored and they can get back to the bar which is far more enjoyable. I only ever use two people on my weddings both of these people are experienced wedding photographers and know exactly the type of images I like. I also often second shoot for one of these photographers when he has weddings if I do not have a wedding booking on the day. This allows me photograph in a completely different way than when it is one of my weddings as I am looking for the reaction shoots of the guests rather than images of the couple so you have to keep your eye out as you always have to expect the unexpected. All my wedding packages include a second photographer included in the price and as I say above they are a great addition to your wedding day.
If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Widnes or surrounding area please contact me to discuss your wedding day photography.
Images by Widnes Wedding photographer Philip Antrobus
Request from America Antrobus calling Antrobus for Antrobus
I recently had an email from America from Mr Bob Antrobus saying would I be interested in taking some images of the village of Antrobus near Northwich. Bob said "You obviously don’t know me, but I turned up your name doing a web search for a photographer in the Cheshire area. I live in the U.S. My wife and I had the distinct pleasure to tour around the U.K. in 2014, including a very short side visit to Antrobus parish in Cheshire when the tour stopped for the night nearby on the Wales-England border. I would like to have a half dozen photos taken of a few views around Antrobus parish, which I will frame and hang in my home office. This interest ensues partly from the genealogical research I’ve been doing for the past couple years, and which continues".
This was a great email to receive and I replied I would love to do this shoot as would be great shooting Antrobus for Antrobus by Antrobus.
Bob sent me a list of images he was after and having worked out with the aid of Google Maps and waiting and waiting for a nice sunny day. Off I went to Antrobus to take the images.
Several people gave me strange looks as I went up and down the picturesque streets of Antrobus taking the images that Bob requested. I took extra photos for Bob as Antrobus will have changed since his visit so wanted to give him as many images as possible.
I have now sent the images of to Bob and he is delighted with the images and stated I had over delivered on what had been requested.
If you would like to have a baby shoot please contact me for more details
Client Information Client Name: Sarah Dolat
Partner Name: Eshan Dolat
Child(ren) name(s) and age(s): Joshua 10 weeks at time of shoot.
Date of Birth: Date of Session: 20th April 2017
Location of Session: My home
QUESTIONS 1.) How did you feel the first time you saw your baby?
Raw love and emotion. Never forget it.
2.) Have we done a session before? If not, skip ahead. If so, tell me roughly how long ago our last session was and something you remember from our shoot.
3.) What was your favorite part about our session together?
Your patience and calmness towards our baby
4.) How did you prepare the baby for our photo shoot?
Tried to feed him as much as possible
5.) How was your experience having your newborn photographed? Were you nervous or worried before? How did it turn out?
Excited memories to treasure
6.) What would be your advice to someone getting newborn photographs taken?
Use Phil without a shadow of a doubt
7.) What kinds of things did you worry about before and during the session?
8.) What's the first thing that ran through your mind when you both found out you were pregnant?
It will be a learning curve but we will try our best
9.) Did you bring a sentimental item to our shoot? If so, what was it and please share why it's such a special item for you.
Yes a multi coloured monkey his first teddy
10.) Do you have other children? How do they react to the baby? What do they like to do together? Do you have any cute stories about their relationship? Feel free to share here.
UK Photo Show at the NEC
I have had a great few days at the UKPhotoShow I originally went down there on the Saturday and was also there on the Monday and Tuesday. My main focus of going is to listen to the talks and demonstrations from the top names in photography and social media, hence why I only spent £30 while there.
Just to give you an idea some of the talks I attended included dance photography by Andrew Appleton, Adobe Apps by Eric Renno, baby photography by Elli Cassidy, portraits by Glynn Dewis several wedding talks on the phottix stand by various people as well as many more. I would be surprised if anyone attend more talks over 3 days than myself. I also attended various social media talks and have got lots of ideas which I will be doing in the next few weeks to improve my social media skills and hopefully increase my following.
I have got to say a massive thank you to the guys at Smugmug who have improved by web site over the last few days with their amazing talented staff. It was also good to catch up with so many friends at the show including the lovely Zara Watson and Stephen Perry. Had a lovely night out on the Monday evening with Mike Evans, Dave and Annette Knagg well it just has to be done as is now part of the tradition of going. Roll on next year can't wait.
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