Avant Gard Wedding Category – UK 3rd Place
Avant Garde Wedding Category – International Runner-up 2016
This image below was taken at The Great Hall at Main’s wedding venue in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire during the summer months. What makes this place so beautiful to photograph are the gardens with well-manicured hedges all around. Once inside, the lovely rooms and small windows convey a hard light quality – perfect for my style of wedding photography.
Competition images are closely scrutinised by judges and only the best are awarded Gold.
a) symmetry b) colour c) impact d) fun
Avant Garde Wedding Category – June 2013
Storr’s Hall in the Lake District has a dome at its centre (see below) – a very unusual feature and every wedding photographer has tried this shot in one form or another. However, the 100% symmetry is what makes this image work. It is difficult to get all the elements centred during the pressures of a wedding I would say: for example, here the bride and groom had to be coaxed to lean right over the banister and stretch their arms out to make a V shape in order to see their faces.
The 4 chandeliers help to centre the eye into the middle of the frame; and to finish, I lightened the ceiling and cleaned up the cracks in Photoshop. This has to be one of my favourite images I have; not only that I’ve taken but because of the post-production work that went into the image. I used a Canon 5dc + my 18mm a very wide angle lens at 800asa @ 1/30th.
Gold award Avant Garde wedding category – January 2016
This image was taken at The Villa hotel, wrea green, Lancashire during the evening reception. The face board/ photo booth which was constructed by the groom’s father (ex.ship builder) beautifully crafted from wood and presented to them as a present. I took 3 images of them quickly only asking the bride and groom not to smile, other than that they did their own thing.
The smaller framed pictures are family members of the groom such a cool idea and a bit different to the norm. Finally turned into a B&W image in Photoshop CC (there wasn’t much colour in this shot originally) the shadows areas have been made lighter using the dodge tool and the frames straightened up in places.
Gold award Avant Garde wedding category – August 2013
The below image was taken at Meols Hall in Southport during the evening reception. The face board/ photo booth, constructed by the groom’s father (an ex-ship builder) was beautifully crafted from wood and presented to them as a present.
I took 3 images of them quickly, only asking the bride and groom not to smile! Other than that, they did their own thing! I got a bit lucky here – the expressions are wonderful; Sarah has pouted her lips beautifully; the light is so soft you could mistakenly believe that it was taken in a portrait studio! Behind them was a white netting from the marquee, it keeps the background neat and tidy and enhances the illusion.
The smaller framed pictures are family members of the groom; such a cool idea and a bit different to the norm. Finally, I turned it into a black and white image in Photoshop CC (there wasn’t much colour in this shot originally). The shadow areas have been made lighter using the dodge tool and the frames have been straightened up in places.
Avant Garde Wedding Category -May 2013
The below image was taken at a Wrightington Country Hotel Wedding in the reception area during a Wedding. After moving the sofas to expose the marbled floor I positioned the chair underneath the painting, having previously explored the venue a huge canvas and marble floor in the reception area caught my eye. With a magazine positioned over the grooms face to echo the same shape of the canvas and interest.
The reflection on the floor was enhanced with more contrast and a large prominent window cropped from the right side of the picture area to keep the eye focused on the man. This is one of my favourite wedding images I have taken because it is so different to anything I have taken previously, but more importantly seen.
Avant Garde Wedding Category – August 2016