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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A wedding with a lovely view!

Mayday bank holiday weekend and I headed for the Ocean View hotel up at East Cliff in Bournemouth for Hannah and Carl’s wedding. The weather looked nice (more than can be said for the pre wedding shoot!!) and the hotel’s location was lovely with fantastic sea views plus it had it’s own swimming pool. Hannah and Carl were a fantastic couple to photograph. Very easy going and friendly.  The wedding got underway and was very relaxed and informal. Soon afterwards it was time to get on with the family photos. I was determined to make full use of the swimming
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Amy and Andy’s pre wedding shoot

It was fun taking pictures of Amy and Andy last week up at Boscombe gardens. I hadn’t been up there for a while so I saw it through fresh eyes. These bluebells caught my eye so I used them for some foreground interest. Amy and Andy are getting married at Merley House near Wimborne and I’m quite excited about it as I’ve never photographed a wedding there. Andy told me at the start that he didn’t like having his photo taken and found it hard to smile in photos. However he seemed fine today as a lot of my poses
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New baby portraits

It’s always a pleasure to take photos of babies. They’re not self conscious and you can try different ideas to see which work the best. I photographed this little boy’s sister a couple of years ago so it was nice to be asked to capture the newest addition to the family. Capturing different expressions makes baby photography fun! A big close up always looks good It’s always nice to capture details.  
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New family portraits

I’m always happy to photograph families of any age. This family were very comfortable in front of the camera especially the teenage girls. The girls just seemed to know what looks good. But that’s not always the case.  A big part of my job is to direct people, suggest poses which people are happy with and try to make them feel comfortable (or less uncomfortable!) in front of the camera. This was a fun straightforward shoot. If you want to get some photos of your family, do get in touch. It doesn’t take long but the results are well worth
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Family portraits

Well it’s not often I get to squeeze 11 people into my studio but that’s exactly what happened the other day when the Smith family came for a family photo shoot a few days before Christmas. I took lots of different photos as the group was made up of three different families but everyone was really patient and the children happy once I got the jelly babies out! All I can say is the children were brilliantly behaved and it made for a really smooth session. One of the mum’s was pregnant and whilst photographing her and her husband, her
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