The White Church Wedding Fair – 2nd October 2010

I’ve always been a big fan of The White Church at Fairhaven.  Not just because its a great building and a visually interesting backdrop for a wedding.  I like it because of the minister there.  David Phillips.  He is a minister of the ‘letting’ variety – someone who will, if you are a well behaved photographer, let you shoot from the front of the church rather than relegating you to the back.  He has a commercial understanding about a wedding and the value that people place upon photography – and hopefully that it benefits the church and markets the institution of marriage in the longterm.  There’s a picture of him greeting one of my grooms at the church a couple of years ago – not a brilliant shot but at least you know who he is now!

And I do believe that he is also a minister who will marry divorcees – not every minister will.  That surely indicates a level of understanding and compassion, as well as an understanding of the times in which we live.

Funnily enough I was invited to attend a wedding there last Saturday – as a guest.  It was a second marriage service.  And, as I sat and listened to David Phillips giving his sermon, it just reaffirmed what a very sensitive and understanding individual he is.   Incidentally he also gave the service at my own Dad’s funeral and, although my Dad was not a church-goer so not known to him, David took a lot of time to talk to my Mum and myself about the kind of person he was.  The result was a sermon that was right on the nail – kind and funny and gentle.  A very fitting tribute to a very special person.


Fotoamour, too, was set up with second marriages in mind – hence our very popular photo montage being included in our basic price range.  Not everyone wants an album, especially second time around.  And not everyone is comfortable with a photographer being with them all day. So we have strived to ensure that everyone, not just first time around couples, gets something that suits their needs.

There is a wedding fair being held at the White Church this coming Saturday.  And I hope you’ll make an effort to go along and check it out.  There are some great exhibitors, including other photographers – the great thing is that we’re all friendly with each other too.   That makes for a great atmosphere. There is also a great cake-maker – Cheryl, who’ll be exhibiting.  I’ve an idea Paul Rowley from Rowley’s catering might be there too – and they are really well worth investigating.

So check it out, come along and say hello and we’ll talk about your wedding …. and how brilliant it is to get married at The White Church.

Barton Grange Wedding Fair Sunday 19th September

Just a quick note to remind you all that the best wedding show in the area will be taking place at The Barton Grange Hotel between Preston and Garstang on the A6.

There are lots of wedding shows on this weekend – but the one that you really need to attend is there.  The Barton Grange is a fabulous hotel with great staff.

If you’re getting married, this is the show to attend!

See you there…….x

Videographers and vicars.

I shot a couple of weddings recently alongside some videographers and I have a tale to tell you. 

One of the selling points for Fotoamour is our lack of presence – in other words, we’re unobtrusive.  I go to great pains not to get in the way, to be discreet and to be part of the wall paper.  Its great for people who really don’t like having their picture taken. 

So…my lovely wedding couples….read on below and then ask yourself why you would book a videographer like those I am about to describe, when you’re booking me because of my ability to fade into the backgr0und and to avoid making you feel self-conscious?  Doesn’t that apply to videographers too?  Or is that something quite different?

A measure of our unobtrusiveness is that Fotoamour is generally quite popular with registrars, ministers and priests – that’s also because we’re not prima donna photographers.  We’re polite.  We ask them what we’re allowed to do and we try to respect their wishes whilst getting the best job for our B&Gs.  We don’t use flash unless we absolutely have to (and even then we hate doing so) and we don’t move around distracting the couple and their guests –  not much anyhow. And they like that.

So why is it then that some vicars and registrars won’t let one small polite photographer shoot from the front of the church BUT they will let a videographer, with the paraphernalia equivalent of that of a documentary BBC camera crew, set up their ugly and dominating tripods right in full and distracting view of the wedding party?   And a second shooter, kitted out like a suicide bomber, jumping up and down at the bottom of the aisle with camera whirring and furry stick thing waving around at every available opportunity?

Ministers, vicars, priests and registrars……why?  Tell me………WHY!!!?