pre-wedding photo scouting

Pre-wedding scout of Royal Vic, Llanberis, Bangor Registry Office, & Anglesey Arms

North Wales Wedding Photography

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.

North Wales Wedding Photography

North Wales Wedding Photography

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!)

North Wales Wedding Photography

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.

North Wales Wedding Photography

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!

Pre-wedding photo scout at Carreg Mon, Anglesey

Carreg Mon Wedding Photography, Anglesey

Carreg Mon Wedding Photography, Anglesey

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.

Last wedding scout of the year at Plas Maenan, Conwy

Looking forward to filming Sarah and Craig’s wedding at Plas Maenan in the Conwy Valley this weekend!

It’s my last wedding of 2011 – then I’m moving house (from Bethesda to Rachub – not far), and then it’s Christmas 🙂

Plas Maenan has just been awarded the best accommodation in Wales and has the feel of a well kept country manor. This, coupled with it’s location overlooking the Conwy Valley, means it should be great for photos and film.

Incidentally, the photographer for the day will be Sacha Miller, who has an attractive documentary style.

Plas Maenan, Conwy Valley

The drive up is lined with tall trees, which will make for a good tracking shot of the car arriving.

The rooms inside are small compared to a church,  so I think I’ll make a lot of use of the wide angle lens on my dslr. I’ll do more handheld shots and use the tripod less.

We’ll have to arrive early to figure out the best position for the camera in the room where the service is to be held, as it is not clear how much room there will be at the front.

Staircase at Plas Maenan, Conwy Valley

I thought the stairs were particularly attractive and, when I visited, had appealing natural light on them.

The room in which the wedding breakfast will be held is reasonably large and light enough when the lights are on. If the lights are dimmed it may be necessary to use a video light.

Pre wedding photo scouting at Catholic Church, Porthmadog, North Wales

Next week I’m photographing Frankie and Ollie’s wedding at Catholic Parish of the Most Holy Redeemer Church, Porthmadog, and Portmeirion.

North Wales wedding photographer church Porthmadog

North Wales wedding photographer church Porthmadog

North Wales wedding photographer church Porthmadog

There are large windows parallel to the aisle and a high ceiling.

This means the guests may be well lit, but Frakie and Ollie may be back lit. This means it will probably be a good idea to use a bit of flash, esp when she’s walking up the aisle.

There is plenty of room for me to stand back and keep out of the way.

Behind the altar there is a huge statue of Jesus set into a blue-tiled alcove.

I couldn’t figure out how to turn the lights on when I was there, so not sure how it will be lit.

I really like the blue tiles as a background, but they’re tricky to light because of being reflective and curved. This will call for off camera flash at a very shallow angle to the wall, perhaps diffused with one of my tri-reflectors.

There are steps leading up to the entrance of the church, which might make a good place for a confetti shot, with guests lining each side, although there is hand rail that’s a bit in the way.

The wedding reception is being held at Portmeirion and you can see my pre-wedding scout here.

Meifod, Caernarfon, & Llanengan Church pre-wedding photographer scout

I visited the church in Llanengan, down the Lleyn Peninsula, and the Meifod hotel near Caernarfon, in preparation for photographing and filming Ffion and Alun’s wedding in June.

I write up these notes so I have a clear idea what I’m doing on the wedding day, and so couples can see the thinking behind what I plan to do on their big day.

The church at Llanengan is located in one of the most beautiful areas of North Wales, a few miles past Abersoch down the Lleyn Peninsula. I got the key from the owners of the Sun Inn, a pub where I’ve often gone for food before, nice place.

There is a path leading up from the back of the church, which could work as a place to photograph Ffion and Alun with the church in the background.

There is window next to the door, so there should be good light for a photograph of the bride entering the church.

The church has a kind of double roof, with arches down the centre inside… this makes it a challenge to photograph/film all the seated guests, but could also make for some interesting compositions.

The natural light isn’t sufficient for photographing in most areas of the church, but there are overhead lights and the Reverend seemed relaxed about taking pics during the service.

There is an impressive stained glass window, under which I assume the couple will receive blessings. One issue here is there is a hanging light which somewhat spoils the shot from behind… could perhaps get round this by taking an extra picture of just the window and blend this with the photo of the couple.

Outside the church, my eye was drawn to the red telephone box. Not really sure why yet, cos I can’t quite picture a picture, but perhaps something will come to me…

Not far down from Llanengan is Hell’s Mouth, a spectacular beach, but perhaps a bit far from the road to get down to take photos on the day.

The Meifod, on the Bontnewydd side of Caernarfon, is prob a bit more than a half hour drive from Llanengan, maybe more considering there will be summer traffic to contend with.

The room where the wedding breakfast will take place is very large and well lit, so will get some nice photos here. Noticed two different backdrops for photos of individuals, the brickwork, which has some interesting lighting from the arched window, and cut logs.

There is an appending marquee where buffets are sometimes held, and as this is white it will make a good spot for candids of guests, with bounced flash.

There are some good locations for photographs of the couple outside, but I struggled a bit figuring out the best way to do a group shot of everyone.. think this will be a step ladder job, v cliche.

k, think that’s about it… looking fwd to the wedding.

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