It’s not quite spring, but it felt like spring to me. It rained a little in the morning and it was fairly dull and dark, but all was bright at the Wild Pheasant Hotel Llangollen. It was busy busy busy, with Becky and Greig’s family and friends milling around, getting ready and doing the various other things that people do on the morning of a wedding. Becky and Greig were calm though. The people were lovely, especially the mums of the bride and groom. The afternoon cleared into fine winter sunshine and Becky and Greig were happy to try pretty much anything I suggested to them and we had an amazing time. I think you’ll agree that they both looked amazing. Thank you guys for asking me to photograph your wedding. I had a fast paced but amazing day.
I had fantastic time with the amazing Claire and Toby today on their pre-wedding shoot. It was really cold and the wind was fairly gusty so we abandoned the idea of a walk on the beach (at sunny Rhyl) and took shelter at Rhyl Yacht Club with the kind permission of one of the members (a big thank you). Claire and Toby will be married at Oriel House on 13 August this year but given that they live so far away, the only practical day to meet up for the pre-wedding was today. Guys, you looked amazing and your energy and sense of humour was most welcome on a day like this. I’m looking forward to your wedding …
Here are a few of the images from today:
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Congratulations to Nerys and Philip who will be getting married on 19th August at Bodnant Gardens. I’m really looking forward to your wedding at the spectacular Bodnant Gardens.
A big congratulations to Cat and Bev who will have their ceremony on 29th July, 2011, in Rhyl before heading off to Boderw in St Asaph for their reception. Cat and Bev are two lovely fun loving people … I’m really looking forward to your big day.
I swear there were times when the rain seemed to fall horizontally. It was really cold and it was certainly very wet, and this was echoed somewhat by the recital of the Christmas carol ‘In the bleak midwinter’ by one of the little bride’s maids. But there was nothing bleak about Laura and Rich’s wedding. This may seem like an understatement, but Laura and Rich are two of the nicest people. They come across as two of life’s good guys. From what I could see, Laura is a bright, sociable and good looking person, and Rich, a good looking chap who is every bit a gentleman. They say that ‘like attracts like’ and this seems to be the case for Laura and Rich in terms of their friends and family – lovely people. No, the rain didn’t dampen the atmosphere which was fantastic. Laura and Rich, you both looked stunning and I loved every minute of your wedding (and of course, I’d love to hear more about ‘fireman incident No 1’ and ‘Fireman Incident No 2’).
I regularly put my pictures up for critique by other photographers, on various forums, flickr, and the like. It’s good practice because although you the public may like my pictures, that doesn’t mean that they are technically good so I was pleased to find that I won a Silver and a Bronze in the SWPP monthly competition for November.
I am proud to be a member of the SWPP (the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers). Rather than write about them, I’ll directly quote what the SWPP write about themselves:
Why Choose an SWPP member
The choice of a Professional Photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make when planning your Wedding – Family Portrait – Commercial Shoot or any other special assignment.
There are hundreds of photographers in the world to choose from. How do you decide?
All photographers are not alike! True Professional Photographers who want to further their career belong to the SWPP
This association, founded in 1989, boasts membership of only the most enthusiastic photographers who want to share their experience and build a photographic community rivalled by none .
SWPP members benefit from continuous education in the field through Europe’s largest Convention, regular meetings and programs, access to educational materials, and sharing knowledge with their peers.
SWPP has a strict Code of Ethics that is rigidly enforced to ensure the consumer is not only hiring a talented photographer, but also one with impeccable business practices.
Don’t settle for less. Hire a Photographer who is a member of the SWPP You’ll be glad you did!
This is the third post in the series of my summer reflections, and let me introduce you to Erica and Simon who were married on 24th July, 2010 at St Hilary’s Church Llandudno, and then on to the Imperial Hotel. Each wedding is different. Each wedding is a challenge in it’s own right, not only to get things technically right, but also to tell a story photographically, and artistically; to capture the feel of it and not just a series of pictures. This isn’t too hard if you become involved (just enough). It certainly wasn’t hard in Erica and Simon’s wedding. Erica and Simon are two amazing people, and so too were their friends and family. Take a look at some of their pictures: