pre-wedding photography scouting trips

I’ve got a couple of weddings coming up in North Wales.

The first is Clare and Darren’s, who are getting married at the Tabernacle Chapel in Conwy.

I met up with the caretaker Ifor Smart to take a look round and take some test photos.

Also went to the Imperial Hotel in Llandudno where they’re having the reception etc.

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This angle looks like the best place to photograph the bride walking down the aisle.

Will be a bit easier on the day, because this was early in the morning with sun blowing the highlights on the windows.

shot details: 1/100 f4.5 iso 1250  (iso works a dream 🙂 )conwy church imperial_111109_7542

There’s a ‘balcony’ around the chapel, and this looks like a good vantage point to photograph the ceremony.

My assistant photographer will be positioned here.

shot details: 1/100 f5.6 iso 1250


The chapel is right next to Conwy’s castle walls, which will look amazing if the weather’s nice, just replace my tripod with the bride and groom (bearing in mind it is on November 28).

shot details: 1/800 f5.6 iso 200

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There’s plenty of places to do group shots near the Imperial hotel in Llandudno.

Shot details: 1/400 f9 iso 320

The next wedding is Debra and Andy’s, who are getting married in Bethesda down the road from where I live on December 11.

Their reception is at Seiont Manor.

My wife Caroline will be filming their wedding.

I will post some scouting photos next week.

Lots of new wedding gear

I’ve been working hard to put together my company Golau Media, of which weddings will be the main component for the first year at least.

The most fun part of starting a photography and film business is getting lots of new gear.

Here’s what I’ve got so far –

canon 7d

canon 30d

sigma 10-20, 17-70, 70-200

speedlite 580ex and 430exii

canon xha1

rode NT-2 microphone

umbrellas and light stands

I recently received a grant from LLwyddo yng Ngwynedd Mentro Busnes (based in parc Menai, Bangor) to buy a new camera.

I went for the Canon 7d, which was released in September.

It’s quite a beast, and a fairly logical upgrade from the canon 30d I have.

The features that are of most interest to me are:

ISO up to 6400 (the light sensitivity of the sensor), which means I can take photos in dark-ish churches without flash.

18mp – more resolution than I’ll ever need

HD video – can’t wait to try this with my different lenses

It can also take photos at 8 frames per second, which looks really cool but probably won’t be of much use to me.

So far the camera seems very intuitive to use, especially having used the 30d for years.

The canon xha1 is a high end video camera and I’m looking forward to making some awesome wedding videos with it 🙂

I also have a fairly long wish list.

I’m not sure whether to upgrade to some nice prime lenses (no zoom, but sharper picture) or something like the the canon 24-70 2.8.

Edit:  I’m expecting the canon 24-70 2.8 to arrive tomorrow, having been unimpressed by the sigma 17-70.

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