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Busy start to 2016!

chwarel-1It seems like time gets faster and faster – can’t believe it’s already February 2016!

I’ve had a busy start to the year, and although making a living being a photographer can be hard work, the variety of things I’ve done thus far remind me why it’s such a great job!

Although this a quiet time of year for weddings, I’ve booked lots of couples who are getting the year off to an organised start. I always make an effort to visit couples who express an interest in making a booking, and meeting new people is one of my favourite things.

At the start of January I was running animation and light-painting workshops at Venue Cymru. I’m always amazed at the creativity of youngsters, so this was a lot of fun.

I’ve also done a bit of commercial work – photographing stairlifts (!), furniture and kitchens for use on company websites, I’ve photographed a Welsh language conference of loads of head-teachers, an opening of an art gallery, and Wales’ first minister Carwyn Jones paying a visit to Bethesda quarry.

And the next few weeks look set to be even more busy and varied!

I have wedding fayres coming up at the Celtic Royal in Caernarfon this Sunday, then Seiont Manor (Feb 21st) and the George in Llandudno (feb 28th).

I’m doing a fund raiser for Cancer Research where people can make donations in return for studio style photos on Feb 17th at the Anglesey Arms.

I’ve got some Google virtual tour clients booked in. And then I’m photographing museum artefacts for Bangor University.

Writing all this down makes me realise why it seems time is going fast. Time to book a holiday I think.

North Wales Wildlife Trust campaign – kids at Newborough

It’s been a busy few months with lots of weddings, photo shoots, and various projects.

Here are some photos of my kids, which I photographed at Newborough beach for a campaign the North Wales Wildlife Trust is running.

It’s called ‘My Wild Life…’ and aims to show the importance of wildlife and wild place to us all.

Can’t say this felt like hard work, hanging out at the beach as the sun goes down, although the kids were disappointed not to see the dolphins which have been popping up around Anglesey.

North Wales Wildlife Trust newborough

North Wales Wildlife Trust newborough

North Wales Wildlife Trust newborough

Minori inspired fashion shoot

Minori inspired fashion shoot at Hafodunos

Here are some photos from a fashion shoot we did at the weekend.

The inspiration came from Japanese artist Minori, who our make-up artist Rhiannon Pritchard is a big fan of.

I met Rhiannon doing weddings – if you are looking to look your best on your wedding day, check her out. Make sure you book early, she’s in high demand.

Minori inspired fashion shoot at Hafodunos

Our set designer and stylist Thomasine (Tam) created three different sets at Hafodunos Hall.

Tam is involved in creating the decor for a lot of the events and festivals in North Wales. Get in touch with her if you need anything to do with fashion, styling, set design or simply to add some creative flair to your event.

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The shoot will be used to promote fashion label Fox by Fabbri, the company behind the hand-made, hooded wasitcoat pictured here. More details on their great work coming soon.

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The location, Hafodunos Hall, is a semi derlict ‘gothic revival’ house and estate. It’s quite spectacular and we owe a big thanks to Rick the owner for being so accommodating.

Although it is undergoing restoration, it has open days to the public. I’d also recommend it to other artists/photographers/film makers looking to hire a unique set.

Thanks to my artist friend Antonia Dewhurst, whose amazing photos are what led me here in the first place.

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I think this is my favourite shot from the day – great work from our model Becca Jones. Get in touch with me if you’d like to book or work with her.

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I underestimated how long the shoot would take (should have listened to Tam), so the second was done in the pitch dark.

Not easy taking photos in the dark, but I’d created a ‘wall of light’ using a bedsheet which worked great.

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Minori inspired fashion shoot at

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North Wales wedding photographer: Look inside our amazing wedding venue

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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.

North Wales Wedding Photographer: commercial work with Golau Media

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 here and here is a google tour we did of Bangor Cathedral:

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