Story behind the images - Alison & Sam - pre-ceremony

December 27, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

It appears I have been more useless than normal at keeping my blog up to date - it was last May when I posted about Amie & Ste's wedding!  So, with a new year about to come upon us I have decided to take a slightly different approach and, hopefully, post more regularly.

A friend of mine has been posting images with the 'story' behind this and taking inspiration from this, rather than posting a load of wedding images, I will post a series of images from weddings, with a bit more about the image itself and I hope this is slightly more interesting.

First up is Alison & Sam's wedding from April last year.......

Not everyone has bridal prep coverage (and that is fine, coverage is tailored to every couple) but I caught up with Alison and her and bridesmaids at Mom & Dad's house whilst Phil covered the lads getting ready at Brockencote Hall.  Bridal prep not only allows me to capture 'getting ready' images, but also allows time for the detail shots of dresses, shoes and flowers.  I chose the images in this post to tell the story of the final stages of make-up and Alison getting ready with the girls.  Although neither image is posed and both were shot using natural light, the make-up shot looks more 'posed' because Alison was sitting for the 'mua' and I could move around to find the best light/background for the image.  Because the location of this shot was the kitchen, the image was created using a shallow field of focus on Alison's eyes to draw you to the area where the makeup is currently being applied and the blur beyond her face/darker background removes any kitchen distraction behind her.  The second shot was essentially from a sequence of 'grab shots' that were taken in the bedroom.  Alison was running a little late and so it was a bit of a 'last minute' scramble to get the dress on.  I was allowed into the bedroom once the dress was on and lace being tied and had about 2 minutes to get images before I had to leave for the church.  Of the images taken, this is the one where the girls shared a last minute joke and so gave me a great relaxed shot, with a sepia tone applied to cut down colour distraction and allow the dynamic between the girls to be the main focus.  A larger field of focus is used to include the bridesmaids but still leave the background (the room, which is of less importance) slightly soft.  




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A run down of some of the locations I have photographed at:

Ardencote Manor

Athena Theatre Venue, Leicestershire

Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove

Birmingham Town Hall

Blakelands Country House Hotel, Halfpenny Green

Botanical Gardens, Birmingham

Brockencote Hall, Chaddesly Corbett

Cadmore Lodge, Tenbury

Cameron House, Shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland

Cliveden Hall, Berkshire

Chester Zoo (Oakfield House), Chester

City Rooms, Leicester

Cookley Village Hall, nr. Kidderminster

Coombe Abbey, Coventry

Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham

Copthorne, Merry Hill

Crown & Sandy's, Ombersley

CSN, Birmingham

Curradine Barnes, Shrawley

Delbury Hall, Shropshire

Dudley Register Office, Dudley

Dudley Arms Hotel, Himley

Dunsley Hall Hotel, Kinver

Event City, Manchester

Forest of Arden Golf Club, Solihull

Grafton Manor, Droitwich

Grand Station, Wolverhampton

Grimstock Country House Hotel, nr. Curdworth

Goodyears Pavillion, Wolverhampton

Hadley Park House Hotel, Telford

Hartlebury Castle

Hawkstone Park, Weston under Redcastle, Shropshire

Henley in Arden Golf Club, Warwickshire

Highbury Hall, Birmingham

Hilton Hotel, Berlin

Himley Golf Club, Swindon

Himley House Hotel, Himley

Hinckley Island Hotel, Hinckley

Holt Castle, Ombersley

Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove

Kidderminster Registry Office, Kidderminster

Lee Brockhurst Village Hall, Nr. Wem

Leigh Arms, Northwich

Madeley Court, Telford

Manor Hill House

Moxhull Hall

Netherstowe House Hotel, Lichfield

Northumberland, Trafalgar Square, London

Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas

Pantheon, Rome City

Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire

Priory Park, Dudley

Raddison Blu Hotel, Birmingham

Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Estoria, Rome City

Rowton Castle, Shrewsbury

Sherbourne Park, Sherbourne, Warwick

Stourport Manor

Somerford Hall, Wolverhampton

Spring Grove House, West Midlands Safari Park

Stone Manor, nr. Kidderminster

Stourport Manor

Stourton Rugby Club, nr. Stourbridge

The Bay Tree Hotel, Burford

The Belfry

The Dudley Arms, Himley

The Granary, Shenstone

The Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove

The Kingfisher, Wall Heath

The Mere, Manchester

The Metropole, NEC Birmingham

The Mill, Alvely

The Moat House, Acton Trussell

The Mount, Tettenhall

The Old Rectory, Wem

The Old Vicarage, Worfield

The Oratory, Birmingham

The Pear Tree, Smyte

The Plough & Harrow, Edgbaston

The Quality Hotel, Dudley

The Village Hotel, Dudley

Wroxall Abbey

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