Wedding memories 2018

Wow, how are we at the end of 2018 already?

It’s been a busy year, and here’s a look back at some of the weddings I’ve photographed at venues across North Wales, including Chateau Rhianfa, Portmeirion, Deganwy Quay, the Outbuildings, Tros yr Afon, Llangollen Railway, Celtic Royal, Seiont Manor, Carreg Bran, Breeze Hill, Treysgawen, Anglesey Adventure, the Vic, Royal Oak, Penrhyn estate, Hendre Hall, and perhaps some others I can’t think of off the top of my head.

Looking back through everyone’s wedding photos has made me realise what a lot of great people I’ve met this last year.

Somehow I seem to attract the most fun, often random, laid back, and awesome couples. #headscratch  I wonder why?

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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.

Carrie & Rich’s wedding at Portmeirion, North Wales wedding photography

Here are some pics from Rich and Carrie’s wedding at Portmeirion, North Wales, a couple of weeks ago.

They got married at St John’s Church in Bangor, then had the reception at Portmeirion.

Rich and Carrie looked great, and the location is stunning. We all had a great time, despite a bit of wind and rain when we first arrived.

In fact, the last three weddings I’ve done have been quite windy and rainy (all in May), so I’ve been becoming something of an expert 🙂


Pre-wedding photography at Portmeirion, North Wales

Last Friday evening I drove down to Portmeirion to meet up with Rich and Carrie to take some photos before their wedding in May.

Although from a photography point of view Portmeirion is one of the best venues in North Wales, the conditions were a bit challenging – it was raining and getting dark.

However, I always enjoy doing pre-wedding shoots, there’s less pressure and more time for me to play about with ideas and see what works with a couple.

At the top of the grass embankment in the centre of Portmeirion village there is a structure with a series a columns … you can see it in my photo scouting post from last year.

This caught my eye because of the way photos can be framed using the series of parallel lines.

In the photo below I got Carrie to stand with her back against one of the columns and turn her head until I got the desired lighting on her face (it’s called Rembrandt lighting – haha, makes it sound very artistic).

By luck rather than design, the light from behind her served to highlight her hair as well. Brilliant.

Pre wedding photo @ Portmeirion, photographer Tom Simone

This next photo was taken in the same location, but was converted to black and white by Caz (my wife).

I like this photo because I think the eye contact draws you into the image, and Carrie’s expression gives her an interesting, artistic look.

The lighting really lends itself to the black and white conversion.

Pre wedding photo @ Portmeirion, photographer Tom Simone

Rich and Carrie are actually friends of ours – Caz is going to be one of the bridesmaids.

Like most people, they’re not hugely comfortable in front of the camera, so doing a pre-wedding shoot is a great way to overcome this somewhat.

I find taking a series of photos before the wedding day also helps me enormously on the actual day – I can figure out what works best with couples and plan a strategy of how to get the best photographs.

I’ve filmed a wedding at Portmeirion before, but this will be the first I’ve photographed, so very much looking forward to it 🙂

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