Brand new luxurious wedding albums for 2012!

I can’t wait to showcase my new Fine Art wedding albums, direct from a company called Red Tree in Kentucky in the US. Sitting perfectly alongside my fantastic Queensberry of New Zealand  matted albums, these are flushmount, which means the vibrant photographic prints are mounted back to back with a substrate inbetween - the result is a hard rigid page, made to last for generations for you and your family. It also means that your images can be printed larger on the page and can bleed right to the edges, which makes for a great dynamic design. Because there’s a seamless spine, images can be spread across the whole two pages, some examples of which you’ll see here. After the album has been beautifully handcrafted, your names are debossed on the cover - simple and elegant.

With a choice of covers in silk, pure linen or soft supple leather, luxury is assured. I chose for my samples a 10×10″ album in Crema leather and a 12×12″ in Pure Linen with a duplicate 5×5″ Parent album in the same material.

The printing really is beautiful and perfect - the colours are vibrant and the images almost have a 3D quality to them. The albums come packaged complete within their own white box, inside a soft carry bag and sealed with a white ribbon bow…just beautiful!

Enjoy these images of my stunning albums, which are available to order for your wedding images from today…firstly, the swatches of the cover materials available:

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Another stunning Queensberry album delivered to happy clients!

Queensberry album collections make up around 80% of my booked weddings and with good reason, as you’ll see here. They really do stand heads and shoulders above any other album manufacturer for quality and wow factor. If you’re looking to showcase all your stunning wedding photographs in an elegant and timeless way, these are definitely the albums for you!

Kate and Charlie were married at Gosfield Park in Essex in July and chose a Pagemount matted album in ‘Gunmetal’, which is a Buckram cover material - a lovely contemporary material (and a little bit sparkly, too!)

I delivered it to my beaming clients on Monday evening and now they have their album to cherish forever, I thought I’d share some images of it with you. It arrived on these shores from New Zealand just last week and this is what it looked like…

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The joy of film - part two

Having just added a Contax G2 to my Bronica ETRSi medium format film camera, I ran a couple of rolls of film through both and took some shots out in our garden. (See Part 1 of this post here)

They’re nothing special - some images of our cats (Sapphire, Wellington and Rupert - in the order they appear), the shed, the general untidiness that passes for our garden these days - but it’s great fun waiting for the negatives to arrive after finishing a roll and I love seeing the softness to the images  - film is also more forgiving than digital so even if you unintentionally make a mistake with the exposure, it’s still useable (unbeknown to me, the battery died halfway through the roll in the Bronica, meaning it took all the shots at 500/sec - on digital they would have been massively underexposed but with film? See for yourselves…)

I’m not shooting weddings on film (yet) but if you like the look of these images and would like to have your eshoot on film, please contact me. You don’t have to be a wedding client  - you may simply like a shoot with your partner just for the experience - get in touch!

First up, some shots taken with the beautifully made Conatx G2 rangefinder 35mm with Carl Zeiss lenses (best in the world) on Kodak Portra 400…

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The joy of film - part one

I have my Dad (an excellent amateur photographer) to thank for making me much of the photographer I am now. I’ve recently found some old prints from film cameras I’ve owned over the years and would love to share some with you - just for a change!

When I was a teenager living at home in north London, my Dad was the person who (during the summer holidays - he worked for a newspaper in Fleet Street doing shifts), would take me to different places around London where I could merrily take pictures with the camera he’d given me - a 35mm Canon Sureshot. He knew a lot about the city and its history and as well as photography, I’ve picked up my love of London and its history from him as well. During one of these trips, we came upon Butler’s Wharf, part of the old London docks on the south side of Tower Bridge (I loved dereliction then and I still do - don’t know why!) I was in my element and began snapping away at the crumbling warehouses with their ancient walkways, long since useful to anyone. But Dad would stop me occasionally and ask me things like, “Why are you taking that shot?”, “Why don’t you get down low to make it look more dynamic?” and “What about getting some foreground interest in that shot - it’ll look much better”. Because of Dad, my snaps became much (I think) more interesting and it made me think about viewing scenes from different angles before taking the shot - not just shooting the first thing I saw. Every shot used to cost money with film - not like digital where you can hammer out 50 shots and choose the best one - for free.

A few years later and Butler’s Wharf is a magnificent regenerated development so the old buildings I loved when derelict, I still love now because they’ve been saved for years to come - the history is still present within them. Dad passed away in 1996, but a lot of times when I’m at work shooting weddings and engagements I can hear him, guiding me, “do you think there may be a better angle to take that shot?”

So here are some old images of Butler’s Wharf from around 1983 and the figure you see in some of these images is Danny, my Dad, who said, “I’ll stand in some of your shots so people get a sense of scale from the buildings” - I’d never thought of that, either!

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Fanhams Hall Hotel - Sam and Chris’s wonderful (wet) wedding!

This summer has seen more rain than anything else, it seems and it was torrential on the morning of the day Sam and Chris got married at Fanhams Hall Hotel in Ware but as usual, I had a backup plan should the weather not clear. Fanhams is a beautiful venue but it also has large interior spaces where, if the worst comes to the worst, photographs can be taken with lots of light and more importantly, out of the weather! Luckily, just as the ceremony in the fabulous Great Hall came to an emotional end, the clouds parted for long enough to get all the group shots in the bag.

Once the rain began again, I advised Sam and Chris that we would get their portraits later in the day and so it was that after the meal and the speeches, the sun finally broke through and gave us the most beautiful golden evening light - and away we went!

Sam and Chris chose to have a modern black and white colour scheme and a Rat Pack inspired look for the boys, complete with dickie-bows! The last shot of the couple shown here (taken just after their first dance) is one they particularly wanted - the Frank Sinatra-tie-undone-jacket-over-the-shoulder look!

Please enjoy looking through these images…

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