Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

Looking back at 2013

January 1st, 2014

There were so many awesome weddings on the Isle of Wight last year! Join me on a look back at some of my favourite photos from 2013 but before you scroll down I just want to express my appreciation to everyone I’ve met, worked with, chatted and drank tea with over the last year. Massive […]

 

There were so many awesome weddings on the Isle of Wight last year! Join me on a look back at some of my favourite photos from 2013 but before you scroll down I just want to express my appreciation to everyone I’ve met, worked with, chatted and drank tea with over the last year. Massive thanks go to my friends and family who once again have been a huge help and helping me photograph another busy year of weddings!

Most importantly though I want to say a massive thank to all the wonderful couples who entrusted me with the honour of photographing their weddings. You are all awesome and it’s thanks to you guys that 2013 has been such an amazing year.

So here we go. This was 2013. Roll on 2014!

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P.S. Most of these weddings haven’t been blogged yet as I’ve been fully booked all year but watch this space over coming months where I’m going to be sharing many more photos.

Bridal photoshoot in bluebells IOW

Dark sky wedding photo Isle of Wight

Bride and Groom reflection at Bowcombe Lodge

Bride shoves cake in grooms face

Appuldurcombe house couple portrait at night

Blue wedding dress bride IOW

Bride and boat Bembridge Isle of Wight

Abandoned building wedding photo smashed

Couple on open top bus wedding

Couple splash in puddle

Winter snow wedding photo Osborne House

Young couple just married in a field

Guy fist bumps groom Isle of WIght wedding

Creative puddle wedding photo

Groom kisses the singer at wedding

Yurt wedding at night IOW bunting

Golden Hour bridal photo in a field Isle of Wight

Interesting cake cutting photo

Green dress wedding photo in the woods

Groom carrys bride on shoulders in sunset

Wedding couple romantic walk in the street

Isle of Wight handfasting portrait

Lisle Coombe wedding couple Isle of Wight

Paddle boat wedding Calbourne Mill IOW

Priory Bay wedding entrance

Smokey first dance Isle of Wight

Polka dot dress and braces wedding outfit

Snow globe wedding photo

Sunny summer wedding photo Appuldurcombe House

The Duver Isle of Wight wedding photo

Ventnor Botanic Gardens Chris Cowley Isle of Wight couple

Wedding bus transport couple IOW

Wild dancing bride Isle of Wight

Horse riding bide and groom wedding

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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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USB of wedding photos

June 11th, 2013

“How do we receive our wedding photos after our day?”  – I present a USB containing the high resolution copies of your wedding photographs to cherish forever Over the past few years I’ve carefully created a number of wedding photography packages and all of them include a beautifully packaged USB with high resolution copies of your finished […]

 

“How do we receive our wedding photos after our day?”  – I present a USB containing the high resolution copies of your wedding photographs to cherish forever

Over the past few years I’ve carefully created a number of wedding photography packages and all of them include a beautifully packaged USB with high resolution copies of your finished wedding photos. Why do I do this? Because that is what I would want (and all of the couples I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with felt the same way too!)

In days gone by wedding photographers use to run businesses where you had to purchase each and every print directly from the photographer. I hated this concept and thought it was way outdated when it came to wedding photography, so when I started my business I sat down and thought about what I would want as a couple getting married. After our wedding album the next most important thing was those treasured files. The digital copies of our images to keep forever and share with your family and friends.

Why don’t I present your images on DVD? Not only is each USB more environmentally friendly in its production, it also comes beautifully presented in luxurious 100% recycled packaging and is less fragile than a DVD which is easily scratched (however I do recommend backing up your digital photographs in a secure location also).

If you’re thinking about booking one of my wedding photography packages which includes a USB of your pictures then you have this freedom. Each of my packages includes a print license giving you the freedom to print and share your wedding photos with your family, friends and guests as much as you like – they are YOUR photographs after all so why be restricted?!

Here’s how your USB of images will arrive:

Chris Cowley USB photography packaging

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Best of 2011 review

January 8th, 2012

It seems crazy that 2011 has been and gone, and we’re already well on our way into the New Year. As you can probably tell by the lateness of my post (and distinct lack of blogging), 2011 has flown by for me. So I’ve decided to take a moment to sit down, take it all […]

 

It seems crazy that 2011 has been and gone, and we’re already well on our way into the New Year. As you can probably tell by the lateness of my post (and distinct lack of blogging), 2011 has flown by for me. So I’ve decided to take a moment to sit down, take it all in and share a few words and photos with you.

I had a fantastic year capturing beautiful weddings in picturesque gardens, grand country houses and some exclusive venues. Two of my personal highlights included a whole weekend of festival weddings and photographing a very happy pair of newly-weds dancing in the carnival procession! Weddings are fantastic and I have the best job in the world capturing all the passion, energy and excitement.

I feel so privileged to have been let in to so many peoples’ lives and would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of my 2011 couples and everyone I’ve worked with. So much laughter; so much love, and I feel very lucky to have been chosen to capture all those special moments for eternity.

Looking ahead, 2012 is set to be even more awesome, so I hope you will join me in raising a glass (or mug) to toast all the lovely couples getting married on the Isle of Wight in 2012.

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Festival wedding bride Isle of Wight

Bride and groom portrait IOW garden wedding

Bride dancing in Isle of Wight Carnival

Appuldurcombe Isle of Wight first dance

Garden wedding IOW confetti

IOW festival wedding Bestival

P.S If you’re having a festival theme or outdoor garden wedding then get in touch as I’d love to have a chat!

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On Rock ‘n Roll Bride – Bestival inflatable church weddings

September 28th, 2011

I am delighted to announce that I have been featured on the amazing Rock ‘n Roll Bride wedding blog! Why is this so exciting you might ask? Well the internationally renowned Rock ‘n Roll Bride is the No. 1 wedding blog in the UK and has been featured in newspapers and magazines such as Cosmopolitan Bride, […]

 

I am delighted to announce that I have been featured on the amazing Rock ‘n Roll Bride wedding blog!

Why is this so exciting you might ask? Well the internationally renowned Rock ‘n Roll Bride is the No. 1 wedding blog in the UK and has been featured in newspapers and magazines such as Cosmopolitan Bride, The British Journal of Photography and The Guardian. It is also considered to be one of the most influential blogs in the world, inspiring brides to think outside of the conventional wedding norms and put their own mark on the day.

The site has a huge following and has been described as a ‘Mecca for gorgeous photography and inspiring real weddings’ and is ‘a little haven of kick ass weddingness’ so I’m incredibly honoured to grace its pages.

In Kat Williams own words “Rock ‘n Roll Bride promotes individuality and general awesomeness within a cookie cutter, pastel and puke-worthy wedding world. Don’t let the wedding industry define your day – let *you* define your day.”

Amazingness. One of my ambitions was to be featured by Kat, and here I am – a very happy Isle of Wight wedding photographer featured on Rock ‘n Roll Bride. Click here to read the full article: http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2011/09/48-couples-marry-at-bestival-in-the-big-love-inflatable-church/

P.S. It would be wicked if you could take 5 minutes to check out the feature, leave a comment and have a look around Kat’s site.

isle of wight wedding photographer on rock n roll bride bestival