Adventures in Wedding Photography

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Ten prom girls go dental

A while back when we were shooting the amazing Chessie and Leon at the Bear (see below) I was asked by Sarah at Gowns of Distinction if we could recreate an old Chanel picture she loved. Hmmm.. recreate? Well we don’t want to copy but we could be inspired by. The biggest problem was finding a local venue with a room big enough and a chandelier. As it turned out we found neither but school holidays wait for no location scout.

Sarah loves the dentist. I don’t. Having had a bad experience as a kid and having moved a round a lot over the years, for me, dentists are a necessary evil and it’s always hard to find a good one. However now I have been recommended one that has been described as a “birthday treat” things may change. I hope so. Staring at the light and trying to go to my happy place while ignoring the sweat and screaming drill has never been on my birthday list.


My vision of the dentist.

So where do the prom girls fit in? Well, we took them to the dentist. They didn’t seem to mind. Luckily it was a Sunday and the place was empty.

Sevenfields Dentistry had kindly let Sarah use their fantastic building for our shoot (and they had a chandelier). Being holiday season (or roadworks season) I had trouble with casting for make up and this meant that Holly Andersen was the only MUA on board and with ten girls she had her work cut out (but she’s awesome so I knew we’d be ok). Luckily Cerianne who you may remember from our Steam Shoot (If not catch up below) was also on hand as a stylist and helped out with the hair. So our small team consisted of Me, Sarah, Cerianne and Holly. Bring on the girls!

Sarah had invited sixteen girls and ten managed to make it. It’s always best to oversubscribe (I had invited four make up artists and one turned up).

As each girl was finished in make up I taught them how to walk and pose (getting my wiggle on to much hilarity) and we started to shoot each one in turn. Everyone did a great job of walking and posing to really swish those dresses. Then we moved on to the stairs with the chandelier.

Now the great thing about the chandelier was, although it was small, it could be raised and lowered. So we set the girls up on the stairs and lowered it. As soon it it moved the lights went out. Back up – lights on, back down – lights off. Marvellous. So in the end the chandelier got some photoshop electrics.

As it turned out the room wasn’t really big enough to recreate the Chanel shot and being a waiting room was quite cluttered (spot the tea machine) but we gave it a whirl and shot the girls on their ipods and phones to bring it up to date. The last on the list was an outside shot of the girls in the windows but we had to abandon that as the house was south facing and in blazing sun all day. As always not everything works but we can only gain by trying new stuff and there’s always plenty to go on the lessons learnt log (I’m gonna need a bigger notebook).

All in all we had a great day and loads of fun. The individual and small group shots turned out exceptionally well as did the large groups on the stairs.

As always if you want to look and feel fantastic give me a shout.








Amber and Eva (nearly six)

Amber and her sister Eva (nearly six) were a delight to shoot. Both of them did exactly what was asked and smiled right on cue. We had an awesome afternoon down by the canal and also found a cornfield to get lost in. Luckily we didn’t get abducted by aliens in the cornfield and no-one got wet – even when Eva spotted a rope swing over the canal.

If all children and family lifestyle shoot go this well then I have a lot to look forward to.

Here are my favourites.




Max

A couple of weeks ago I got to shoot the delightful Max at Aspire Training up in the Lakes. It was a portfolio builder for me as I felt that my website was lacking family and children photographs. The day was run by Kate Hopewell-Smith who is an awesome family photographer and a fantastic trainer.

Family lifestyle shoots are a really fun way to spend an afternoon and get some great family photographs. The shoots last around 2 hours, maybe a little more and I try to get the best out of everyone, whether it’s just the kids or the whole family. We will spend some time getting to know each other, we will discuss the outfits, you can choose the location or I can suggest one. This is not just a run of the mill family portrait. This is creative, contemporary, artistic and great fun and the results are amazing.

Following the shoot, after about a week, once the photographs are edited, we will sit down and chat about the best way to display your favourite images. Whether it’s a small intimate frame or a large canvass for the living room wall, all my products are carefully chosen to present the photographs in the best possible way.

Oh.. and currently I am running a special promotion. It won’t be around for ever and is first come, first served so give me a ring or email me today.

The offer – A free photo shoot session and image review (normally starting from £65) and 25% discount on any frames, canvasses or acrylics – Frames and acrylics start from £125. Canvasses from £175.

Here’s some of Max.




Business Village

Recently the breakfast networking group I attend, “Business Village,” opened a new chapter at the Crown Inn at Stratton St. Margaret. I offered to shoot it in case they needed any publicity photos. It was a great success and attracted over 40 local businesses. At 7am it’s lucky I didn’t just take pictures of my ears but there was a great buzz and I got some good shots.

Here’s some of the best.




Triumph 125

Last weekend I was asked to cover Triumph International’s 125th birthday celebration. It was organised by Planet Pursuits and held at Purton House. The event, for their 300 staff included loads of activities and displays throughout the day and ended with a catwalk show.

Apart from a few spots of rain in the morning it was a glorious day and everyone had loads of fun. I was assisted all day by Andy Griffiths. We had to cover the event and run a photobooth where people could dress up and have their photo taken in front of period styled boards. Later in the day we shot the catwalk show presenting the latest range of underwear.

Full marks to Simon and the team at Planet Pursuits for their excellent organisation.

We provided full coverage on the day and followed up with all the best photographs on DVD and made available for the staff to download in the client area on my main site – www.kevinbelson.com

Here’s a few from the day.







All photography – Kevin Belson, Andy Griffiths.

Business card portrait

A couple of nights ago I asked my wife Carol to take some portrait shots of me for some new business cards. I set up the shot and then handed the camera over. I think she did really well.

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Boudoir with Becky

It was back to the Bear again this week for a boudoir photography shoot with the beautiful Becky Wall. This time we shot in the cellar bar which was a little tricky as it’s very small, dark and lit with spotlights. Make up was provided by the fabulous Holly Andersen

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The Bear

Last Monday I shot Leon and Chessie in the fabulous ballroom at the Bear Hotel in Devizies. The Bear is a fantastic place and I’m looking forward to next time.

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Wandsworth wedding

It was great to meet up with Debs and Steve again for their wedding in Wandsworth a couple of weeks ago. They were a fantastic couple to photograph and we had a really fun day. The weather was perfect and I think it was the most relaxed wedding photography I have ever shot.

Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding


Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding

Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
Kevin Belson Photography Wandsworth wedding
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Steve & Debs – Hampton Court pre wedding shoot.

I had the pleasure of a pre wedding shoot for Steve and Debs last week at Hampton Court. As you can see from the photographs we had the place to ourselves (not). It was full of school children on day trips and tourists but luckily we managed to get some creative portraits and keep everyone out of frame. One couple however wanted to get in the frame. When we shot in the doorway with the gold leaves one couple stood aside and waited for us to finish. When we went to move they asked Debs if she would take their picture – Obviously having thousands of pounds worth of camera equipment in my hands didn’t mean I could just have a go with any old camera – She obliged and handed the camera back to the husband who gestured that he was not happy with the picture and we should take it again. I stepped in this time and shot a portrait they were happy with. I have never known anyone to have the cheek to make someone take their picture again. I should have charged them for it.

The rest of the shoot was fairly uneventful the only drama was my parking ticket expiring but I got away with it. It was great to shoot them both and they really enjoyed it which will put them at ease when I shoot their wedding next month.

Watch this space for the wedding photography.






To book me for your wedding, portrait or boudoir photography please contact me.
mobile 07582 139900 | office 01793 513800 | email info@kevinbelson.com | facebook | twitter