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Many thanks for the lovely wedding pictures, they are a beautiful reminder of our day.
I’m very impressed how you got Nahum to smile in them all, he actually looks like he’s enjoying himself, thank you.
I also can’t believe you have even made me look gorgeous in most of them, and not the old woman I see in the mirror!
You have captured some very special moments of us and our day and we can not thank you enough.
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I hate having my photo taken

I used to hate having my photo taken – there are probably only about three photos in total of me as a teenager – so I totally sympathise when people tell me they don’t like having their picture taken either.

In fact, it’s probably one of the most common things I hear.

Some people are naturally confident and relaxed, some people get very nervous, but most of us are somewhere inbetween.

Why are we not all super-confident and relaxed in front of the camera? I think there are two main reasons:

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Siwan & Alex’s Wedding at Tre Ysgawen, Anglesey

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I had a great time at Siwan and Alex’s wedding at Tre Ysgawen Hall.

I met up with them a week or so before the wedding at Llanddwyn Island, where Alex proposed.

It was a beautiful evening and we were lucky enough to see dolphins jumping out of the water as the sun set.

Siwan had seven bridesmaids, so the morning of the wedding it was all hands on deck!

Make up was by Poppy Johnson.

Hair was by …

Flowers by… (please remind me!)

The service was held in the church in Llangefni, before heading over for the reception in Treysgawen.

See the photos here.

Peter & Jill’s wedding at the Royal Oak, Betws y Coed

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Here are some photos from Peter and Jill’s wedding at the Royal Oak in Betws-y-Coed. 

It was a lovely spring afternoon in a really nice location.

Betws is one of North Wales’ best know tourist spots and opposite the hotel is a lawned area next to the river Llugwy.

Regardless of whether couples buy an album through me, or create their own prints, I always advise creating real copies of photographs, be it in book form, album or framed prints.

Images can look great on screen, but nothings beats the appearance, appeal and longevity of photographs that are printed in all their glory.

Peter and Jill ordered a 16×16″ album after their wedding – the largest I do – and were delighted with the results:

“What can we say! Absolutely superb. We are astounded and astonished, it is splendid and “out of this world”.
Thank you very much. You have made two ancient ones exceedingly happy.”

Wedding photography can be a lot of work, but messages like this make it one of the best jobs in the world.

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Winter wedding tips and special offer

 

Special Offer: Book any wedding from November to March and get £100 back on any all day package.

Please get in touch for more details.

Christmas tree and log fire at Penmaenuchaf Hall, near Dolgellau

I love a good winter wedding – it’s a magical time of year, especially as it gets closer to Christmas and venues are lit up with fairy lights, Christmas trees and log fires.

Also, far fewer couples get married in winter, which means things can sometimes be cheaper and venues and vendors are more likely to be available.

Christmas mountain bike light painting at Penmaenuchaf Hall, Dolgellau

 

It’s no wonder that winter weddings are becoming more and more popular!

Winter does have its disadvantages though.

It’s more likely to be cold, windy and rainy, and you’re definitely going to have fewer hours of daylight.

But if you have a warm and cosy venue, being battened down inside might be rather romantic.

In front of the Christmas tree at Seiont Manor

The other thing to consider is that bad weather and darkness make photography more challenging.

On a sunny summer day, your guests will likely get some nice shots. There’s plenty of light and cameras will give good results in automatic mode.

Typically, when it’s darker, cameras in automatic mode will slow the shutter speed down to the point where pictures are blurry.

Using off camera flash at winter wedding at Y Galeri, Caernarfon

 

This is why I use off-camera flash much more often in winter: gel-warmed and softened light looks beautiful.

It is also harder for a camera to focus when it’s dark – another thing that can cause blurry photos.

Christmas wedding group shots at Penmaenuchaf Hall

 

A trick I sometimes use is to focus on a light source, such as a mobile phone, although in this set up picture I forgot to ask the groom to put his phone away!

We did a whole series of group shots in almost complete darkness.

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Night time can offer it’s own photographic opportunities, and a technique I sometime use is light-painting.

This involves using a long shutter speed, 30 seconds for example, and then drawing with something like a torch or sparklers while the pictures is being taken.

I also like the bokeh – the out of focus points of light – you get from things like Christmas trees.

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If you are thinking about getting married in winter then I’d love to hear from you.

 

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