pre-wedding photo scouting

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

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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 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.

Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge, wedding photographer look around

I visited the Vic Hotel in Menai Bridge yesterday, in preparation for Lesley and Nicola’s wedding in May.

These are my notes on taking photos there on the big day.

(I do this mostly for my own benefit as it helps me think through what I’m going to do.  I post these notes on my blog so you can see how I think/work….)

There are steps leading up to the front of the hotel, which are wide enough for a group shot of up to about 80 people. A step ladder will help me get some elevation and improve the shot.

There is a garden area in the back suitable for group photos of families, as well as bridal and groom’s party.

In the garden there is a faux waterfall (which wasn’t switched on when I visited), which will be lit by a ye olde style lamp. Think this will make a nice photo of the couple at dusk, with some ultra-soft fill light from a softbox from camera left… will practice this beforehand because it’ll be a little tricky to get balanced.

The service takes place in a long, narrow room, with the couple facing a window. Les and Nicola will have enough natural light on them, providing there aren’t storm clouds outside, and I”ll have to make sure they don’t stand too close to the window, otherwise I won’t be able to stand far enough away.

The reception room was quite dark when I visited, partly because it was a v rainy day. There are windows along one side, so the natural light could be a lot better on the wedding day.

The ceiling is white (so no colour cast), but it is divided by large beams which could interfere with bounced flash. Best solution will be to have a couple of flash guns on stands to light the room.

The  Victoria Hotel is close to the Menai Strait, and it will definitely be worth taking a walk down to the water front to get some photographs there, best with shallow depth of field I think.

There are views of the Menai Strait from the Vic, but there are fences and houses that would spoil the pic. Also noticed an archway which will look nice if it has flowered.Wedding photography at Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

Pre-wedding photo scout at St David’s, Ewloe, near Wrexham

I’m photographing Lucy and David-Marc’s wedding at St David’s in Ewloe on May 22nd, and so went there on Saturday for a pre-wedding photo scout.
The reason I do this is to become familiar with the layout of the wedding venue, to know where there’s good natural light, figure out where I’ll need additional lighting, and work out camera angles and backgrounds for the day.
Writing up my notes here helps me remember all these details and gives my clients the opportunity to see what I’ll be doing on their wedding day.

There is a piano in a conservatory area which has some nice reflections on it – good for shot of couple, natural light from behind and above.
On the first photo of the stairs the bride could look towards a window at the top of the stairs, with banisters acting as pointers to her, the main subject.
The wide shot of the stairs has a nice symmetry – shot of bride & groom or small group shot, needs some above camera fill flash to compensate for back lighting from window.
The main room, where the service, wedding breakfast, and first dance take place, is just about light enough not to use flash for wide shots of entire room.
For photographs of individuals I can use zoomed flash bounce from ceiling, which is white, so no colour cast. Or maybe flash through 3-in-1 reflector, I’ll see what works best.
The best place for the main group shot is from the roof of the orangery looking down onto the lawn, but if it’s raining there is room inside, where the furniture will need to be rearranged beforehand.
With some careful camera angles the bridge and the bench outside are good locations for shots of Lucy and David-Marc together, or small group shots.
There is also a lake next to the hotel which gives another option.
I saw a heron there, which I was pleased about because I’ve spent years trying to track down the heron that lives near me.