Affiliate Award BIPP

Well this was the image that scooped the …… runner up Affliliate award for the National Photographic Awards at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Saturday night.

The young man in question is Gabriel and he was such a sweetie with a real devilish grin but a lovely nature!  It was shot a few months ago now but still remains one of my favourite photo sessions.

It was a shame not to come away having won the main prize but I’m pretty pleased with runner-up at a BIPP national do.  Thanks to Rachel Madden at the BIPP for her kind words and guidance.


Jenna and Kiale

Jenna and Kiale got married in the Lancaster House Hotel in, where else, but Lancaster!  It wasn’t a particularly fabulous day weather-wise so we took some shots in the corridor between the main hotel and the rooms.  Sounds awful but the light was lovely and I was really pleased with the results.

Here is one of those images.  See you wouldn’t know, would you?  Just shows what you can do with a limited amount of space!

A nice video story….

So I’ve been ranting on recently – not without just cause – about videographers.  I’ve had some challenging times this year with them.

So I was interested to find out what it would be like to work with Tom at Silk Wedding Videos this last Saturday at Shampa and Mike’s wedding at The Barton Grange Hotel.  You know…my favourite place to shoot weddings?!

I’d like to report back that Tom was great to work with.  Rather than him getting in my way and being a pain, I suspect that it was more likely to be me that was the problem for him.  He was just so easy to work with.  And I’m sure that his documentary style of working will produce great results for Shampa and Mike.  I’d love to see the finished film.

So… if you’re looking for someone who shoots video to match a photographer who (tries to)  shoot unobtrusively, give Tom a call.  I can’t recommend on the basis of the film itself because I haven’t seen any of his work.  But I can recommend him purely on his approach and his rapport with the rest of your wedding team.

And don’t forget to tell him where the recommendation came from.


National Photographic Awards – BIPP

Just to let you know that one of my children’s images has got through to the final round in the Affiliate category in the National Photographic Awards.

There ‘s a big bash taking place in Blehheim Palace in November – I’m going to get out my posh frock!

The image that has been nominated for the award is one I did a little while ago of a lovely golden haired boy called Gabriel.  I don’t know if I’m allowed to post it here until I know whether I’ve won or not.  So if anyone see’s his parent’s – Hayley and Nick – will you let them know?

Fiona and Sam

This wedding was a few weeks ago now but just thought I would post a few pictures from it to keep you all up to press on what I’ve been shooting.

I really liked this shot above – just as Fiona was arriving at The Barton Grange Hotel.

And this shot too – above – where Sam is just a bit overcome but Fiona is just having a ball as she walks up that aisle!

Fiona was the most glam bride – she really did look fantastic in her cheeky little fascinator hat.  A really unusual alternative to the veil thing.  And it suited her big brown eyes (and her face shape incidentally) down to the ground.

Their little girl was such a cutie too – not too sickly sweet but a proper little girl.  Some kids are just too confident but this she was a really nice child.

Whenever I pointed the camera at this young man he glowered at me!  It was quite intimidating sometimes!  But that’s the advantage of being behind the camera – you can take refuge behind it sometimes!

I had a bit of a laugh with the final group shot – I get bored sometimes with doing all the same thing and I just like to play around with groups a bit.  It depends how ‘up for it’ the people involved are – but this crew were all pretty good natured about it all.

Just some more shots from the day – I hope you like them.


Fiona and Sam were just a really nice couple – easy to work with and pleasant.  And of course the wedding was at the lovely Barton Grange.  Rob, Tom and Genevieve and all that bunch – great fun to work with.  Thanks for your kindness there.

Kirsty and Russ

Just posting this picture from Kirsty and Russ’s wedding in August. I like the image and the treatment of it. 

It was a lovely wedding at St. John’s Church with Lytham Green and it’s windmill as a backdrop for their couple shots. 

This picture was the one they chose for their thankyou cards.  And they’re really pleased with them – which is always really welcome news!  Congratulations you two – Mr and Mrs Bargh!

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.