Portraits for dating websites

With an increasing number of people using dating websites at some point in their lives, it’s no surprise that I recently received a request from a gentleman called Peter who wanted some photos of himself to put on a dating website. What a good idea I thought. His thinking was that if he got some professional looking photos, he could portray himself in a good light (!) with well composed photos and posed in a natural but flattering way. He wanted some outdoor photos and some studio lit ones. So after some discussion I thought we could head down to
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Hilton hotel wedding

It was nice to photograph a wedding recently at the Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth. It was a boiling hot day but the bride, Joy, still managed to look cool and composed throughout. The bridesmaids arrived at St Peter’s church while normal life carried on in the busy surrounding streets. Light was streaming in through the stained glass windows;the bride and groom were just enjoying the moment. After the ceremony, Adam and Joy were greeted with loads of confetti. The walk through the gardens was fun and Adam and Joy received plenty of attention. After the wedding breakfast it was time
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Wedding photography isn’t dead!

I’ve just read an article about wedding photography being dead. Photographers everywhere are struggling to find work. There’s no doubt that conditions in the market place are tough. The economy is struggling, Brexit has made people uncertain. These are facts. So, with this in mind, it was really nice to take three wedding bookings in a 10 day period recently. It gave me a real boost. I’ve been photographing weddings for around twenty years now so have been through many ups and downs including the financial crisis of 2008-9. Taking wedding bookings is not a given and I really believe
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Portraits last forever

Well it’s been a busy month. The run up to Christmas was busy with family portraits and there was a good response to my Christmas promotion. The one thing which always comes across is that people really value the photos which I have taken. It’s easy to see why. I’m not saying my photos are amazing or obviously better than any other photographer’s photos. What people appreciate is photos of their families which are well composed, well lit with nice expressions on people’s faces.  When you get all the components right the overall effect is powerful. And good photos stand
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Free Canvas wedding photography offer

It’s been ages since I wrote anything on my blog. December went by in a blur of family portraits (and a lovely winter wedding at the Green House hotel in Bournemouth) and now it’s time to look ahead and start thinking about weddings for this year. January wouldn’t be January without some sort of sale of promotion and I’m no different. This month, I am offering a free canvas to anyone who books me for their wedding. You will be able to choose any photo from your wedding and I will do the rest! So have a look at my
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What’s so good about black and white photos?

Ok, yes this is one of my popular themes but that’s because I really believe in the power of black and white photographs. They just convey more emotion! Take out the colour and there are no distractions. You just look straight at the subjects’ faces and see what they’re feeling. Maybe you also empathise a bit and feel their emotions too.      Black and white photos also convey more character somehow. Think of all those powerful portraits and film stills from the 1950’s-James Dean, Marilyn Munroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn-they all convey such character and are still
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Candid wedding photos

Sometimes it’s the unplanned candid shots at weddings which my clients seem to really like. It may be because they know what posed shots I’ve taken of them as a couple and the family group photos etc but they have no idea what candid shots I’ve taken so they can be a lovely surprise.  The wedding has started but the kids don’t look that interested…. It’s nice to capture Mum’s reactions… Love the bride’s facial expression… Bridesmaids always love a wedding! These ladies are just chilling and having fun…. this fella too!Perfect summer hats gents…. You’ve probably guessed I’m a
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Amy and Andy’s wedding

It’s a while since I photographed a friend’s wedding. It’s nice in a way but you want to make the photos extra special if possible. Not always easy but that was the plan. It was beautiful weather, slightly too warm if you’re working! The day started with me heading over to the Guildhall in Poole for some photos of Andy and his groomsmen and we had a bit of fun which included getting the obligatory socks photo! Then I rushed over to Parkstone to get some photos of Amy at her parents house. Amy looked amazing but we didn’t have long then it was a quick journey
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Andy and Amy’s wedding

Well it was nice to have a local wedding the day I photographed Amy and Andy’s wedding. I was at the Victoria Park methodist church when ex Bournemouth School boy Andy and his old school mates turned up at the church on a really warm day. I decided to use my ladders to get a slightly higher shot of the wedding ceremony. Then I spotted this unusual photo opportunity. After the ceremony, we headed to Merley House, near Wimborne, a really nice Georgian Manor House and a venue I’d never been to before. At the back of the venue are
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Pat and Liz’s wedding

If you want an outdoor wedding, there’s no better place than the Highcliff Marriott hotel in Bournemouth. This is where Pat and Liz chose to have their wedding. I have photographed quite a few outdoor ceremonies at this venue but the conditions for this wedding were probably the best ever-perfect blue skies and lovely warm weather. While the ceremony was going on, at the beach below, it was business as usual! After the ceremony the bride and groom, Pat and Liz said, can we do some quick photos on the beach but we don’t want to be too long. Ok,
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Back at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel!

It’s always a treat to go to the Christchurch Harbour Hotel. It’s probably my favourite wedding venue in Dorset. Lucy and Chris, from Weymouth, had decided to book it for their wedding and clearly felt the journey was well worth it and I agree! It’s always nice to try new techniques etc with a wedding. The first thing I was keen to try was my fisheye lense. I don’t use it that much but when i’m in smaller spaces, it’s very useful. The ceremony itself was full of joy and humour. It’s how all ceremonies should be! With this venue
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