Posts Tagged ‘Isle of Wight wedding photographer’

Trash the dress on an Isle of Wight beach

July 15th, 2013

A trash the dress photoshoot is something that I’ve been dying to do since beginning my journey as a creative wedding photographer. I’ve always thought that the Isle of Wight was the perfect setting for it with miles of sandy beaches, gorgeous woods and other beautiful locations so all I needed to do was find […]

 

A trash the dress photoshoot is something that I’ve been dying to do since beginning my journey as a creative wedding photographer. I’ve always thought that the Isle of Wight was the perfect setting for it with miles of sandy beaches, gorgeous woods and other beautiful locations so all I needed to do was find a bride who was keen to get involved…

So what is a trash the dress session?

Also known as a rock the frock, fearless bridal (or the less damaging version is called a cherish the dress); a trash the dress session is a photoshoot where you get to dust off your wedding dress one last time and give it a final outing to somewhere you wouldn’t dared to have gone on your wedding day through fear of getting your perfect, clean white dress dirty!

You can go as crazy as you like. You might want to do a cherish the dress photoshoot where you pick a picturesque location that you’d loved to have had your wedding photos taken in and we create something beautiful for you. Or if you’re like Danielle, you might want to do something that’s a total contrast to your perfectly clean wedding day photography.

Danielle is an amazing bride who got married two years ago and fully embraced the concept, wanting to create some awesome photos and give her dress a good send off at the same time. We exchanged excited emails whilst planning her trash the dress photoshoot that were full of crazy ideas, each one taking it a step further until finally we had our concept.

At this point I enlisted the help of two incredibly talented wedding businesses on the Island – Donna Jones (wedding hair) and Jo Lofthouse (wedding makeup) to see if they were up for getting involved. Luckily for us, they were, and each planned Daniellie’s hair and makeup ready for our shoot.

The day finally came and we excitedly headed out for our trash the dress session. As you can see, it began as a cherish the dress creating some beautiful post-wedding portraits in the golden evening sun, (and we were even able to borrow a Porsche!) but then things changed quite dramatically.

We moved locations at this point and Jo and Donna created their second look for the night re-doing Danielle’s hair and makeup on location (these girls really can work anywhere) as we headed to the beach. I’ll let the pictures show you what happened next. Enjoy!

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P.S. If you’re interested in doing a trash or cherish the dress of your own then please do get in touch!

Porsche wedding photo Isle of WIght

Golden hour wedding photography Isle of Wight

Trash the dress boat Isle of Wight

Cherish the dress Chris Cowley IOW

Trash the dress bridal portrait Isle of Wight

Trash the dress Isle of Wight Chris Cowley

Isle of Wight beach trash the dress

Trash the dress on the beach Isle of Wight

Bride in the sea in the wedding dress IOW

Bride in the sea Isle of Wight

Trash the dress TTD Isle of Wight

Beach trash the dress wedding photo Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight beach wedding photo TTD

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Boring business cards SUCK

April 3rd, 2013

Business cards – BORING. Let’s get creative! I’ve had a few different sets of business cards over the past couple of years but they were more function over form and didn’t really catch my eye so this time I set out to do something a little different. I gave awesome graphic designer James Marriot the task […]

 

Business cards – BORING.

Let’s get creative! I’ve had a few different sets of business cards over the past couple of years but they were more function over form and didn’t really catch my eye so this time I set out to do something a little different.

I gave awesome graphic designer James Marriot the task of coming up with a design for me that was a bit alternative because let’s face it, if your business cards don’t slot together to make a massive never-ending pattern, then they suck:

Chris Cowley Isle of Wight wedding photographer business card

Chris Cowley wedding photographer contact details

P.S. Let’s meet up to chat about your wedding

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The secret of getting the best wedding photos

October 18th, 2012

Want to know the secret of how to get the best wedding photos? Book me– that’s it. OK, that was a joke but seriously I’m going to let you in on a little tip I give all my couples about how to get some awesome photos of the two of you looking your best on […]

 

Want to know the secret of how to get the best wedding photos?

Book me– that’s it.

OK, that was a joke but seriously I’m going to let you in on a little tip I give all my couples about how to get some awesome photos of the two of you looking your best on your big day.

The secret of getting the best wedding photos

 

Whilst meeting all the different wedding co-ordinators involved in the planning of your dream day you’ve probably already started thinking about a rough timeline of events. That’s great and will really help you to organise timings for things like the wedding breakfast, first dance etc. but how is this related to getting the best wedding photos I hear you ask? Bride and groom portraits, that’s how.

Throughout the day I’ll be there documenting events as they happen and capturing the natural moments, but the photos that are most likely to end up being your favourites usually happen when the bride and groom take 20 minutes or so out away from everyone to relax, let their hair down and just enjoy being together in front of the camera.

Allocating some time (the more the better) for portraits of just the two of you not only gives you a chance to take stock of the day (as it all goes FAR too quickly) but it gives me a fantastic opportunity to capture some amazing images of yourselves which you’ll cherish forever.
Imagine one being framed up on the wall at home- it’s your favourite photo and takes you straight back to that wonderful moment every time you walk past.

So sssshh.. Don’t let everyone in on the secret but this is one of the many ways I ensure you get the best wedding photos and all you have to do allow time to enjoy yourselves.

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Island Business Magazine wedding feature

October 10th, 2012

September seemed to fly by and with it came the latest issue of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce’s Island Business Magazine. On the cover of it you will have seen a wonderful East Dene wedding I featured recently and a great write-up inside. Thank you to Wight Wedding Days and The Isle of […]

 

September seemed to fly by and with it came the latest issue of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce’s Island Business Magazine. On the cover of it you will have seen a wonderful East Dene wedding I featured recently and a great write-up inside. Thank you to Wight Wedding Days and The Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce for the cracking feature.

Island Business magazine Chris Cowley feature

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Creative natural relaxed wedding photography

September 11th, 2012

I met a lovely creative couple a few weeks back who asked me to describe my natural style of photography in three words. Just three words! I looked down at my sample wedding album which the couple were flicking through and simply said without thinking: “Creative, natural and relaxed. My style of wedding photography is […]

 

Creative wedding photographer Chris Cowley

I met a lovely creative couple a few weeks back who asked me to describe my natural style of photography in three words. Just three words! I looked down at my sample wedding album which the couple were flicking through and simply said without thinking:

Creative, natural and relaxed. My style of wedding photography is creative, natural and relaxed.”

I wrote a blog post recently talking about the various styles of wedding photography as a guide to try and help readers decipher the jargon used in magazines and on photographer’s websites. In it I talked about there being three main styles: Traditional, Contemporary and Reportage but I found that didn’t fit in to one section so I added a fourth one just for me: Creative wedding photography.

So what is creative wedding photography and why am I using it to describe my work?

My style is certainly influenced by the three main types of wedding photography but I don’t sit comfortably being labelled solely as one of them. My instinct for a photo has evolved from years of festival photography in which I’ve photographed all kinds of characters, some famous, and some just plain crazy!

I’ve never had any kind of photographic training, I just like to have fun, be creative and do things a bit differently so I use my camera to show the world how I see it- full of colour, happiness and love.

My approach is unobtrusive and my goal is to capture the love and happiness that you share with your partner, family and friends, as well as the whole atmosphere of the day. I hate posed, rigid photos and so love to try and do something a bit more creative that captures your personality naturally.

Maybe there is some pretty woodland near your reception? Let’s go exploring! Perhaps there is going to be a fantastic sunset tonight? Let’s capture some romantic photos in it! Do you love rolling fields stretching in to the distance? I do – let’s make use of the beautiful landscape the Isle of Wight is blessed with!

Well I’ve poured my soul out to you now and confessed all. I am a creative wedding photographer; and I hope you like that 🙂

Creative, Natural and Relaxed wedding photographer Chris Cowley

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Lakeside wedding Eva and Aaron

August 18th, 2012

Weddings at Lakeside Park Hotel – as the name suggests – take place in a fantastic outdoor spot right beside a lake in Wootton. That’s right; you can marry outside in their purpose build wedding area alongside the lake. Sound perfect? Earlier in the year I photographed the lovely wedding of Eva and Aaron. So […]

 

Weddings at Lakeside Park Hotel – as the name suggests – take place in a fantastic outdoor spot right beside a lake in Wootton. That’s right; you can marry outside in their purpose build wedding area alongside the lake. Sound perfect?

Earlier in the year I photographed the lovely wedding of Eva and Aaron. So here’s a little snapshot of their Lakeside wedding photography.

Lakeside wedding ceremony outside

Lakeside Isle of Wight wedding ceremony

Lakeside Park Hotel wedding photos

Lakeside Isle of Wight wedding photography

 

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Why hire a professional wedding photographer

August 1st, 2012

Why hire a professional wedding photographer when you’ve probably got a ton of friends and family who have awesome cameras and can take good photos? It’s a good question and so I thought it might make an interesting discussion blog piece. Now, I totally understand that spending thousands of pounds on a wedding photographer simply […]

 

Professional wedding photographerWhy hire a professional wedding photographer when you’ve probably got a ton of friends and family who have awesome cameras and can take good photos? It’s a good question and so I thought it might make an interesting discussion blog piece.

Now, I totally understand that spending thousands of pounds on a wedding photographer simply isn’t possible for everyone, however I want to write a bit about what a professional wedding photographer brings to the party that a friend with a nice camera simply won’t. This post isn’t meant to bully you in to using a professional and hey, maybe your wedding photography isn’t that much of a big deal to you? That’s fine, I’m not here to try and tell you otherwise but it would be great if you took a moment to have a read and think about the reasons why you should hire a professional wedding photographer 🙂

Experience – Weddings are a whole different beast to most other types of photography. You have to work fast, remain calm and composed and provide amazing customer service at all times whilst being an artistic storyteller, a risk manage­ment specialist and a professional bow tie straightener. Oh, and most importantly, do all this whilst ensuring the happy couple have a great day! Getting good at it comes with experience which a friend or relative may not have
Service – Working with friends at any time in life can be hard. You’ve got a solid relationship but if you weren’t happy about something it’s difficult to bring it up with a friend through risk of potentially losing a friendship. In life we hire professionals for their service to ensure that we have an enjoyable experience. This starts at the booking stage and continues right the way through to delivery of your wedding album, and on your wedding day nothing makes more sense than this.

Equipment – All that expensive camera gear a photographer uses comes as a price, but for a good reason. Whilst digital photography is getting more and more affordable, a family friend wouldn’t necessarily think about bringing spare cameras, lenses, flashes as well as all the usual stuff like batteries and memory cards – because you never know when something might break
Insurance – It’s one of those things that you should never have to use but a professional photographer should have Public Liability insurance as an absolute minimum. On top of that, my equipment is fully insured and for peace of mind I have Professional Indemnity. This is the kind of insurance that your solicitor or accountant might have and is there to protect and guarantee that the quality of my work be at the standard you expect

As I write this we’re in the midst of trying to decide who’s going to be photographing OUR wedding so I appreciate that it’s a tough job.
I’ll end on this thought:

Your wedding is a once in a lifetime moment and your photographs will be treasured forever – is it really worth not hiring a professional?

  Professional wedding photographer ninja

P.S. These guys aren’t real ninjas. Well, at least I don’t think they were….

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Garden wedding for Leah and Dave in Portsmouth

July 12th, 2012

With all the rain we’ve had this ‘summer’ I thought I’d post a little reminder of what a sunny day looks like before I crack on with some new weddings! To me there’s not a better place to be than a garden in the summer and Leah and Dave chose a perfect spot to get […]

 

With all the rain we’ve had this ‘summer’ I thought I’d post a little reminder of what a sunny day looks like before I crack on with some new weddings!

To me there’s not a better place to be than a garden in the summer and Leah and Dave chose a perfect spot to get married in last year. These photos were taken smack-bang in the middle of Portsmouth and believe it or not, at the Registry Office. How beautiful are their gardens?! You’d never have known it was there and I was flattered to have been commissioned to come over from the Island to capture their day.

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Garden wedding group shot

Garden wedding fun portraits

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How to choose a wedding photographer tips

February 26th, 2012

Finding a photographer to suit you, your style, your budget and your personality can be tricky but finding the right one is vital. Your wedding photography is going to be one of the most important aspects of your day. Long after the cake has been eaten and your first dance seems like a distant memory, your […]

 

Finding a photographer to suit you, your style, your budget and your personality can be tricky but finding the right one is vital. Your wedding photography is going to be one of the most important aspects of your day. Long after the cake has been eaten and your first dance seems like a distant memory, your wedding photos are the one thing that you can keep forever and look through again and again.

So with so many to choose from, what do you need to look for when choosing a photographer and what are the important questions to ask to help you pick the perfect person to capture your day?

Style

There’s a ton of inspiration out there on the various wedding blogs and in magazines, so take some well-deserved me time to sit down to have a flick through to decide what sort of style photography you like. Once you’re settled in a comfy chair go through and pick out photos that you LOVE. Don’t get distracted by the latest trends and buzz words floating around or the style of wedding in the photos, forget about it all and just pick out photographs that you are drawn to simply because you like them. It won’t be long before you notice a trend in the style of photography you like ranging from posed and formal traditional photos to relaxed and natural, artistic reportage shots. (If you’re doing this online then a great website is Pinterest where you can pin photographs you love to a board.)

Research, research, research

Creative wedding photography Once you’ve got an idea of the style of photographer you are looking for then ask for recommendations from friends, spend some time on Google, look at articles on wedding blogs, this is your chance to see what photographers are around and if they fit your budget. There are some amazing (and likewise not so amazing) photographers at every price bracket so spend as much time as you can and when you find a photographer you love, check out their prices and decide if this works with your budget remembering that these images will be your lasting memory of your day.

Meet your photographer

You’re going to spend a lot of time with this person throughout your wedding day and so once you’ve found some photographers you like, give them a call or drop them an email and arrange to meet up. You’ll know from the offset if you’re with someone who makes you feel comfortable and relaxed, and this is the key to looking great in your photos.  Choosing a photographer whose work you think is great but you don’t get on with is never going to work. If you want those relaxed smiley images where you REALLY smile then you need to book the photographer who can get the best out of you.

A great way to really get to know your photographer is to have an engagement shoot and aside from being great fun it’s a perfect way to get used to having your photograph taken and will mean that you’ll be a lot calmer on your wedding day.

Questions to ask when you meet the photographers

  • Why does the photographer photograph weddings? This is a great question and will tell you a lot about them as a person. Enthusiastic people who really love what they do are very good at their job and so working with them is going to be much more fun.
  • What is their style? Ask to see an album showing a whole wedding and not just selected shots. Hearing the photographer’s thoughts on their style is an interesting way to learn more about how they work.
  • Who has the rights to the photographs? Whilst the photographer automatically owns the copyright to the photos, will you get copies of them, and can you print them for your friends and family? Or are the photographs only available to order directly from the photographer?
  • Does the photographer have insurance? A professional should have Public Liability insurance as well as Professional Indemnity.
  • What is the timescale after the wedding? When should you expect your finished images? If you’re having an album, how long does the design process and delivery take?
  • How long will the photographer stay for? When does your coverage begin and when does it end? Some charge by the hour, some offer all day packages.
  • Extras? Lots of photographers offer extras such as engagement shoots, additional wedding albums for parents, prints etc. If the photographer doesn’t mention something you would like then ask if they can provide it.

Hopefully I’ve given you some things to think about and this helps you to choose the perfect photographer for your day!

 

 

P.S. If you found this post useful then feel free to share it with other couples that may appreciate it.

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in the Isle of Wight County Press Feb 2012

February 20th, 2012

I bought the Isle of Wight County Press yesterday (well Bex kindly bought it for me) to have a look through for a feature about the Royal Hotel wedding veil photoshoot we did the other week. I had a nice surprise though as not only was there a great feature on that, but there was […]

 

I bought the Isle of Wight County Press yesterday (well Bex kindly bought it for me) to have a look through for a feature about the Royal Hotel wedding veil photoshoot we did the other week. I had a nice surprise though as not only was there a great feature on that, but there was a whole load of my photos used and some nice credits throughout the paper!

Woohoo! Thanks to everyone involved and the IWCP team.

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Chris Cowley featured in the County Press

Isle of Wight bridal feature

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Priory Bay, Union Inn IWCP feature

County Press Royal Hotel feature