So last month I got to go and play with the amazing people at Aspire Photography Training. I had won a place on their styled wedding shoot and the fact that it was in Cumbria turned out to have its advantages – what Mum would not relish solo train travel and a night in a lovely B&B? But I digress. The day took place on the beautiful Graythwaite estate on the western shores of Lake Windermere. As a photographer, the opportunity to shoot utter gorgeousness just for yourself is quite a rare one, there were no “must get” shots, no brief, no expectations, just amazing styling, stunning flowers, exquisite calligraphy, incredible models (who were all real people, not professional models,) beautiful clothes and the most amazing location.

The theme for the shoot was summed up in four words – “autumn, bohemian, Cumbrian Country House” (ok, it is five!) and everything around the day flowed from that, even the lunch (pumpkin soup with artisan bread – yummy!)

I took the opportunity to really step outside my usual shooting style – I put away my favourite lens and frequently stopped myself taking a shot because it was the sort of shot I would usually take. Though I did have to get a shot of the shoes – that goes without saying!

Anyway, I will let the pictures do the talking, I am really excited about them – I hope that you love them too…

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

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Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

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Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

Autumn Bohemian Country House Wedding Photography

The lovely, gorgeous, wonderful suppliers who made the day so amazing….

Venue- Graythwaite Estate – graythwaite.com/weddings/

Wedding Dresses – Charlie Brear –  www.charliebrear.com

Bridal Retailer – The White Closet, Didsbury – thewhitecloset.co.uk/

Calligraphy – Claire Gould – bymoonandtide.com

Flowers by Katie Robinson – Made in Flowers Kendal www.made-in-flowers.co.uk/

Hair and Make up – Lucy Pearson

Photography by Jenny Heyworth – White Feather and Co

Styling by Catherine Connor – White Feather and Co

 

I couldn’t hold out any longer. These pictures are just bursting to be shared 😀

Just over a week ago I travelled to Cumbria for a wedding styled shoot with the gorgeous people at Aspire Photography training. It was a long way to go for a one-day shoot (though I have to confess I really enjoyed solo train travel and a night in a gorgeous B&B on the estate.) The shoot was held in the stunning Greythwaite Estate on the western shore of Lake Windermere. The gorgeous Ruth was not a model, but an art student from the local college. It is always brilliant on workshops and styled shoots to work with real people, as you have to create them very much as you would a client on a shoot – you cannot assume they know anything about photography or what you are trying to achieve. Ruth was totally amazing though, a real natural and an absolute joy to photograph.

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When we arrived in the morning I was absolutely captivated by the nimble fingers of Claire Gould, who created this little beauty…

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you can see lots more of Claire’s amazing work by following the link below….

More (and more and possibly even more) images to follow when I have nurtured them and decide that they are as beautiful as they possibly can be.

The lovely, gorgeous, wonderful suppliers who made the day so amazing….

Venue- Graythwaite Estate – graythwaite.com/weddings/

Wedding Dresses – Charlie Brear –  www.charliebrear.com

Bridal Retailer – The White Closet, Didsbury – thewhitecloset.co.uk/

Calligraphy – Claire Gould calligraphy-for-weddings.com

Flowers by Katie Robinson – Made in Flowers Kendal www.made-in-flowers.co.uk/

Hair and Make up – Lucy Pearson

Photography by Jenny Heyworth – White Feather and Co

Styling by Catherine Connor – White Feather and Co

 

Back in June I photographed the wedding of the fabulous Ashley and Dominic at The Bear in Hungerford.

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From the outset I knew that this was going to be such a special day, with the bride making her own dress, home-made liqueurs as wedding favours and a naked cake and it didn’t disappoint. From the sparkly red shoes to the bridesmaids petticoats there was so much to photograph that Dominic had to tell me to go home!

Ashley and the girls got ready in the Elizabeth I room at the hotel, a room filled with light and giggles all morning!

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Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

Oh the shoes, those sparkly red shoes!

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

Ashley made her own dress and it was truly stunning.

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

The girls had been up very late the night before putting up flowers and decorations, but I think you will agree it was worth all the effort.

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

I saw this spot just as Ashley was coming down from getting ready. She only stopped there briefly, just long enough to get this shot.

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Meanwhile, Dom was looking far too relaxed!

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

That moment during the group shots when you sense the younger bridesmaids are getting a little restless, so you tell them to pull a funny face…

Hungerford wedding photographer

I just can’t get enough of the shoes…

Hungerford wedding photographer

A little quite time, away from the guests, just to enjoy the fact that they are married 😀

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

The girls also decorated the archway in the garden with beautiful flowers…

Hungerford wedding photographer

and Mum provided a parasol, which we just had to make use of…

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Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

The home-made liqueurs were very popular…

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

and oh that naked cake…

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Hungerford wedding photographer Everybody loves a twirly skirt…

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

When the sky looks like this you just have to say, “Quick, come with me!”

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

I do love the candid shots as well though…

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

Then Gran hit the dance floor <3

Hungerford wedding photographer

Did I mention Ashley’s amazing sparkly shoes? Well, she also had a pair of dancing shoes….

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

Hungerford wedding photographer

Time to go, I think….

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Hazel’s birthday party in Wantage was a joy to photograph. Three generations of one family, from septuagenarians to merely weeks old, all gathered in one place to celebrate a special birthday for a wonderful lady. She and her husband, Jim, had flown from America to be there and the family had pulled out all of the stops to make it a memorable occasion for them.

The venue was Wildwood kitchen in Wantage and they had the entire upper floor at their disposal along with the cinema room.

I was Hazel’s surprise gift – a first for me (though I’m glad I didn’t have to jump out of a cake or anything!) Here is a selection of images from the day.

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Event photography Wantage

Event photography Wantage

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Event photography Wantage

Event photography Wantage

 

 

This is an all-too-common response to the idea of getting professional photographs taken. “I can get them myself”, “phone cameras are great now”, “Just use some Instagram filters and it looks just as good as anything from a studio.”

So I decided to put it to the test. My iPhone 5c versus my professional-grade camera and pro lens. I applied all the same knowledge and experience to obtaining both sets of shots and shot them side by side. Fortunately my daughter was feeling obliging that day and the cow parsley in our garden was look particularly spectacular.

So while the sun was shining we went outside and got a few shots. I have treated them both the same once I got them into the computer – processing has been minimal, but identical, to make the test as fair as possible. I would usually spend far more time processing images from a portrait shoot, but I wanted to keep the images clear and free from too much intervention.

So what do you think? Can you tell the difference between shots taken and processed by an experienced professional photographer on my iPhone compared to my camera? Please let me know which ones you think are which, and which ones you prefer.

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  • Alan Heighway - July 8, 2016 - 12:37 pm

    Difference is obvious! The first 3 must be the cameraphone. The depth of field and higher contrast you get from an L series, together with the higher contrast show really well in this test. All of them are ovely pics though.ReplyCancel

  • Shaun Young - July 8, 2016 - 1:58 pm

    Looks obvious to my untrained eye – the first 3 clearly camera phone. Also having a professional adds competence, composition and personality to photos that you don’t get with your aunt asking you to say cheese as she fiddles with her camera phone.ReplyCancel

  • Robert Chiddi - July 8, 2016 - 4:29 pm

    There all stunning .but you can tell the differenceReplyCancel

  • Yvette Craig - July 8, 2016 - 8:36 pm

    So obvious which is which great testReplyCancel