Had a fun shoot last weekend where we went for a ‘lady of the lake’ theme.
We used the Llyn Padarn lagoons at Llanberis for our location.
The main challenge during this shoot was the heavy rain, and the fact that Eleri was in a boat.
Eleri was in the water at about 9pm. Big thanks to her for being willing to get quite cold!
Also thanks to Al for bringing his boat, which he built himself (!)
Rhiannon is a very talented make up artist. You should book her if you’re getting married.
And big thanks to Tam who has a background in fashion and is very skilled at wardrobe/set design, all round creative type.
This is a virtual tour for Google Streetview of Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, where me and Caz got married in 2009.
As you can see, it’s a stunning venue and I’d highly recommend it to couples looking for something a bit different.
Once you’ve seen the staircase, the view to the sea, and the gallery room where services take place you’ll probably want to get married there too.
Be warned though, they only have a limited number of weddings a year, so you have to book really early!
If you are interested in my 360 virtual tour work, please check out Golau Media, home to my commercial photography.
We did this photo shoot in Karen’s parents’ garden, near Menai Bridge, ahead of their wedding at Seiont Manor next month.
I do pre-wedding photo shoots with all my weddings as it helps get better photos on the actual day, plus they’re lots of fun 🙂
I had brought some off camera lighting and an umbrella with me, which I’d planned to use as a primary light source if the sun went in, or as fill light if it was sunny.
Unfortunately my flash wasn’t behaving as it’s supposed to and it was a bit windy for an umbrella, so we used a reflector, my new favourite bit of kit…
Anyone who has had one of these shoots with me knows I like to make people – counterintuitively – feel a bit uncomfortable, or do something a bit silly.
Nice to meet up with Glenys and family for this photo shoot last Sunday.
We decided to do it outside on location, rather than in the studio, as the weather was nice.
Location shoots can be trickier because I can’t control the sun, wind, or midgies 🙁 , but definitely worth the effort I think.
Here’s a link to my other site of some work I did for the council, with actors dressed in historical costumes. Bit different.
Bit behind with keeping this blog up to date, having not long got back from two week holidays at Disneyland and Eurocamp in France.
We had a great time, despite the really long drive!
I took most of my holiday snaps with a canon 50mm 1.8 lens, which is really small and therefore easy to carry.
For anyone starting out in photography, I’d highly recommend it as it’s very cheap (£60-70) and because of the wide aperture it’s nice for blurring backgrounds.
If you’d like to see the rest of my holiday pics, find me on facebook.
Also, congratulations to Margaret and family who won our studio portrait photo shoot.
She brought her nine grandkids, so that was a fun day 🙂
This was a shoot that I’d been wanting to do for a long time, so a big thank you to everyone who helped make it happen.
The bonnie bride is a friend of mine called Bev, whose wedding I photographed last summer.
More often than not brides hang up their dresses in their wardrobe and forget about them. How much more fun is it to get all dressed up again and relive some of the memories of your wedding day!
Sam Bryan was hair, make up, and stylist for this shoot (kept it much more simple than last time). Great job!
The horses – Pearl & Toby – belong to Elen, whose only 16 but massively talented with everything equine. Could not done this without her help and know-how.
Also big thank you to Kate and Cen, who helped with organisation and transport.
And, thanks again to Lyndon Marshall for video, which have not edited yet. … (note to self… got to get better at getting these videos done!)
I’m excited to tell you about how well my non-wedding photography business is doing.
Browsers of this blog will know that I run a company called Golau Media – (golau = light in Welsh) – which deals with commercial, product, & event photography, and a bunch of other related stuff.
Although weddings are what I really love photographing, about half of what I do comes under the category of ‘other’. For me, this ‘other’ is a big input into my wedding photography, whether it be other creative projects or commercial work.
Recently I’ve been photographing 360 panoramics of businesses for Google Street View. Who knows how this could be used at weddings…!
Take a look at golaumedia.co.uk here and here is a google tour we did of Bangor Cathedral:
I’d intended to have a bts video of this photo shoot up up by now, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day…
Lots going on at www.golaumedia.co.uk at the mo, the company I run which deals with commercial work. Excited about doing work for google…more on that soon.
Also, very excited about bridal shoot tomorrow with Beverley and Pearl, a magnificent black horse 🙂
Meanwhile, here are a few more 1930s images to be getting on with:
Here are some of the photos from our 1930s photo shoot with models on the Faenol Estate.
Thanks to our team:
Tom Simone – photographer
Y Gelfa – studio at vaynol location – www.ygelfa.com
Millie Claire & Ruth Bunton – models
Julia Nicholls – hair stylist – www.julianicholls.co.uk
Rhiannon Pritchard – make up artist – www.rhiannonpritchard.co.uk
Tam – wardrobe – http://www.facebook.com/thomasine.j.tomkins
Alex & Gemma – extra wardrobe
Lyndon Marshall – video
Snowdon Classic Carriages – Rolls Royce – www.snowdonclassiccarriages.co.uk
This was a really fun photo shoot to do, and I was very lucky to have an exceptionally talented team of people to work with.
We were also lucky with the weather, as it had been snowing the weekend before. Still cold though, so apologies to our very professional models Ruth and Millie for that!
Our wardrobe was incredible and there’s loads of stuff we didn’t get to use. Great job by Tam and co to give us this very authentic look.
Julia Nicholls and Rhiannon Pritchard are true artists with hair and make-up respectively. If you’re planning a wedding in North Wales, chances are you’ve heard of them already.
This is apparently not Snowdonia Classic Carriage’s most popular car for weddings – brides tend to go for their stunning white classic cars – but I love the look of this one. Big thank you to Meinir for coming out during a busy period.
I had planned for an overcast day, with various warming gels, filters and lights. As it happened, we had sunshine and so for most of the photos we just used a reflector, which allowed us to shoot a lot of poses in a short time.
I always do pre-wedding photo shoots when I’m booked for weddings, and usually try and time them to make the most of natural light.
These also are a lot of fun, they allow me to get to know my couples before their wedding day, and this helps us create better photos.
The shoot would not have been possible without Y Gelfa studio accommodating us on Easter Sunday. This studio is a hot spot for musicians wishing to record in a pro environment at incredibly competitive prices. They also provide photography and video services… check them out with the link at the top of this page.
Bts video will be coming out later in the week, courtesy of my video man Lyndon Marshall.
Thanks for coming to take a look … Tomx
If you want some arty and unique touches at your wedding then www.asparasdesigns.co.uk might be just who you’re looking for.
I took these pics of some of their wedding bouquets last week – how awesome is the one made out of buttons!
One of the most common questions I get is ‘Can you photoshop…. x,y or z?’
And the answer is yes, most of the time, but that’s not to say I would.
In fact, I do very little retouching unless my client specifically asks for it; I prefer to make people good ‘in camera’.
Everyone has an angle, a side, or features that look better than others, and it’s much easier and preferable to use lighting and camera angles to make you look your best.
Having said that, although I may not do a great deal of retouching, I’ll often do things like change the exposure or colours of a photograph, or even removed unwanted elements from a picture.
The image below gives an example. This sort of thing can take quite a bit of work, but I include it in the price of all my wedding packages.
I liked this location at Beaufort Park because the slope meant we could really show-off Hayley’s dress.
The foliage and tree branch also make for a nice compostion.
My umbrella, the power cables and the fence weren’t so great, so removing them was the first step.
I could have made Hayley climb over the fence so those things wouldn’t be a problem, but I’d already made her do that on the pre-wedding shoot and I didn’t think she’d be too impressed if I asked her to do it again in her wedding dress!
The next thing I did was make Hayley and her dress lighter and the scene a bit darker, to make her stand out more.
Finally, I added blue to the image and removed a bit of green, … looks better, doesn’t it?
Apologies to Hayley for making her stand on a slop in her wedding shoes x
We had a great time at the Seiont Manor Wedding Fayre today, met loads of nice couples and other wedding vendors.
Here are links to the ones I chatted to:
Dylan Cernyw – harpist – www.dylancernyw.com
Gav’s disco – www.gavsisco.co.uk
Asparas designs – bouquets, buttonholes, lovebird cake toppers, corsages, chair covers, sashes, table centres, gifts, – www.asparasdesigns.co.uk
Snowdon Classic Carriages www.snowdonclassiccarriages.co.uk
Cardiau Ellen’s Cards www.cardiauellenscards.co.uk
Lee Price Productions wedding videographer – www.leepriceproductions.co.uk
Julia Nicholls Creative Hair – www.julianicholls.co.uk
Trefor Jones Mens & Boys Wear – www.trefor-jones.co.uk
Jane Rose Cakes – www.janerosecakes.com
Lloyds Formal Hire – www.cariadbride.com
If you missed this week, we will be at the Anglesey Arms Wedding Fayre next Sunday (March 3rd).
Had lots of fun doing a 1930s style photo shoot on Sunday.
Thanks to my models Abi Low & Lyndon Marshall, and to Alex Plows and Tam Tomkins for wardrobe and styling.
We started with this painting called the singing Butler by Jack Vettrianno, which we used as a reference image for the kind of look we wanted to go for:
We then took all our gear, costumes and props – including a bottle of wine – down to Newborough beach on Anglesey and made the most of the nice weather we’re having.
It was loads of fun, and here are the images…
It’s been a really busy start to the year!
If you want to meet me I will be at the following Wedding Fayres:
Seiont Manor – February 24th
Anglesey Arms – March 3rd
Celtic Royal – March 10th
Look forward to meeting you!
Here are some of Buddug and Llion’s wedding photos, which was held in Capel Groes near Denbigh, and in their grandparent’s field.