Steve and I are both members of the SWPP (The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) which is a great organisation as it is really progressive and actively encourages the professional development of its members.
I recently attended a course run by the amazing Lisa Beaney: "How to create the images your clients will love anytime, any place, anywhere".
The course was hosted at a Premier Inn in Bristol, and we were mostly using the ambient (or available light) at the venue, in order to show that great shots can be taken by a skilled photographer in any location chosen by a couple. We only added in extra light whilst photographing in the bar area.
You may think that this is obvious- and certainly Steve and I have photographed in all manner of locations, and always had great feedback from customers- yet there is always more to learn, and by going on professional development courses such as this, we aim to constantly improve and develop our skills, in order to deliver the best photographs to you. It is also really useful to be able to work with a 'bride' model and to have time to experiment with, so that these ideas can be put into practise seamlessly within the time constraints of a wedding day.
Here are a selection of images I took on the day. Our model Loretta was positioned in the following locations; by the window in the small meeting room, overlooking the car park; in the corridor opposite the vending machine, using only the wall light overhead; in the bar (this is the only shot with an with added light source); and in the car park.
Many thanks to Lisa Beaney, Loretta, Terrie from the SWPP, and to the other photographers in attendance, as it was a really informative and enjoyable day.
It was great to have the opportunity to meet and chat with fellow photographers, and the day was finished off with a beautiful rainbow, which is always a good sign :)
Antonia & Steve live in Somerset and have over 20 years' photography experience between them.