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.
Here are some photos from my pre wedding photo shoot with Stewart & Ceri in Lllanfairfechan.
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Here are some photos from my pre-wedding photo shoot with Buddug and Llion a the Conwy Falls cafe near Betws y Coed.
I seem to be developing a tendency for getting my couples to do difficult / awkward things – in this case climbing through undergrowth and clambering on slippy rocks above a waterfall.
Luckily for me Buddug and Llion were very good humoured about it!
(Note to self – photo locations change with the seasons – duh!)
On Saturday I’m filming Ceri and Lee’s wedding at the Royal Vic in Llanberis, so today I went to look round.
There is plenty of space in the room where the service will take place, and lots of light sources that mix fairly neutrally together.
There are even areas either side of where Ceri and Lee will be standing where cameras can go, so all good really.
The room where the Wedding Breakfast will take place is large and light, so also great for filming.
On Friday I’m photographing Kate and Gary’s wedding at Bangor registry office and the Anglesey Arms in Menai Bridge.
The registry office has windows with blinds so they should be nicely lit. There’s not a lot of room in there, so we’ll get some close ups using the portrait lens, and some wide shots with the wide angle(not with the fisheye I happened to have on my camera today!)
There is room on the lawn outside for group shots, and even a wall for elevation for the shot of everyone.
The Anglesey Arms has a refurb this year and is very nice.
The room where the Wedding Breakfast, speeches and dance takes places is large, but the top table is back-lit, so will have to use flash.
The bridal suit is large enough for some shots if the weather’s as poor as it was today, and there are some nice sofas etc in there.
The stairs are also an option for some shots of the bride.
If the weather’s good there are lots of options for photos of the couple down near the Menai Strait – will check that out tomorrow (it was bucketing it down today).
Excited for the weekend!
Bit behind updating this blog 🙁
Had a great time being the photographer and a best man at my friends Sam and Bev’s wedding last month.
Just wasted an hour or so trying to get wordpress to display their album I’ve put on Facebook (couldn’t get various plugins to work)
So, to see more photos please visit my Facebook page here.
I don’t just photograph and film weddings….
As part of my wedding photo packages in 2012 I’m offering free pre-wedding shoots, and these can now be in my studio in Menai Bridge or on location.
Here is a list of some of the pre-wedding location shoots I’ve done.
These photos are from my pre-wedding shoot with close friends Sam and Bev at the Conwy Falls, near Betws-y-Coed.
I am also friends with the owners of the Conwy Falls Cafe/Restaurant, Oli and Bec, and as they have plans to make a rather stunning wedding venue of it, I was keen to scope it as a place to take photos.
This is the link to the Conwy Falls Cafe website where you can find more information about what’s there now, or you can contact me directly.
Sam and Bev were very relaxed in front of the camera, which wasn’t’ really a surprise as they both like showing off (haha).
I always offer pre-wedding shoots to my wedding clients because I found the rapport it creates always makes a huge difference on the wedding day, in terms of how relaxed everyone is and the quality of the photos.
Plus, couples love having an extra set of photos to keep – and I’ve been offering these shoots free for all bookings in 2012.
With a set of photos it’s usually better to have a consistent style, in terms of colour etc, but I like to show some variation with my pre-wedding shoot photos so my clients can feedback to me the type of thing they like.
Sam and Bev think they look stupid / dorkish in photos. I suspect they actually like being dorks, because they insisted on the pose below.
I had a look around Carreg Mon Hotel on Anglesey yesterday, in preparation for taking wedding photos at Paul and Helen’s wedding.
For the group shot of everyone I can either shoot downwards from the balcony, or simply get some elevation by walking up the hill slightly.
If it’s raining, there is room in the restaurant area for the group shot, although this would be a fair bit harder with regards lighting and avoiding background distractions.
For smaller groups shots, and shots of Paul and Helen, there is a lot of greenery in the hotel grounds that will be good for backgrounds.
The Hotel itself has a lot of stuff in it – furniture, pictures etc – so there aren’t that many clear backgrounds. I can get round this by using longer focal lengths and blurring backgrounds.
The service/reception room has white walls and ceiling, so colour casts from my flash aren’t a problem. However, there are big beams on the ceiling, so will have to place off camera flash so as these don’t get in the way.
There are some seating areas which are quite nicely lit from window light in the bar area.
I did walk down to the Menai Strait, but discounted it because of the mud and seaweed. If we’re struggling with weather etc there is a nice fall-off of light underneath the railway bridge. It doesn’t look like a great location, but I think it could work.
I’m coming to the end of a two week break in Burma and Thailand – heading back tonight in fact.
It’s been an amazing trip to a fascinating country – I’m going to write more about Buma/Myamar and put photos up at tomsimone.co.uk – but my head is already half back in work/home mode as I have so much going on when I get back.
First is seeing my two boys and pregnant wife, two weeks feels a lot longer than it sounds, looking forward to seeing them 🙂
Then I have a stag-do in London at the weekend, going to breaks poll, should be lot of fun and probably quite messy.
After that is Paul and Helen’s wedding at Carreg Mon Hotel on Anglesey on March 17. I think it should be a fun one as they are a really nice couple.
Also – watch this space – I’m setting up a studio in Menai Bridge which will hopefully good to go by late March as well.
I’m on the lookout for a desk, nice sofa, coffee table, and prob a whole bunch of other things as they come to mind…. please contact me if you can help.
I’m renting a large room at the War Memorial Community Centre, not the most flash location, but I think it will serve my needs well, especially once I’ve painted and refurnished.
It will act as an office space, making it easier for other people to come and work with me – eg hair/make up/editing/web dev/printing/sales – haha, I’m going to take over the world!
And there’s enough room for me to have lights and background left up, as well as room for some of the product and commercial photography I do. Can’t wait.
I haven’t drawn up sales packages yet of the different services I’ll be offering and how that will tie in with the wedding work I do, but details will be coming over the next month or so.
If anyone want to come and help me/join in in whatever capacity really – whether it be decorating, creative, or otherwise related to my businesses – then I’d like to hear from you.