Wedding Venue – Fontwell Park

Linda and I visited Megan Thomas, the Events Coordinator at Fontwell Park racecourse in Sussex, to make our preliminary visit to the venue as a part of our preparation for the wedding photography of the forthcoming wedding of Chantelle and Lewis.

The ceremony room in Fontwell House is intimate and charming – all guests will feel a part of the wedding ceremony, while the adjacent reception room has brilliant white tuile sweeping down from the ceiling to portray a dazzling tented  feel to the room.

We also had a good walk around the pretty grounds to reconnoitre for locations for the outdoor shots; there are some excellent backgrounds available – which also include the race track and winners enclosure, – and if on the day the weather should take a turn for the worse, the large group photos can all be taken in the covered grandstand.

 

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Fontwell Park Racecourse | http://www.fontwellpark.co.uk | Telephone:  01243 543335

 

Posted in Wedding Photography

Maisie Rose Porteous

Maisie Porteous’ Mum and Dad, Gemma and Chris, commissioned me to take Maisie’s baby photos.  With Gemma and Chris’ permission, here are a few of the photos taken at Maisie’s photoshoot.

 

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Posted in Baby Photography, Photography

On a Matchday….

I think that I am so lucky to be able to do the job that I do, working as one of the Club Photographers for the Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club.

Here’s a few photos which provide a glimpse of some of what I get up to on a matchday at the American Express Community Stadium.

(Image 2 © Paul Hazlewood, image 3 © Pete Gawlik. Others © Geoff Penn. All rights reserved.)

Posted in Corporate, Football, Photography, Sport

Open Shutter Night at the Woolpack

Last night was ‘Open Shutter Night’ at the Brighton & Sussex Photography User Group at the Woolpack pub in Burgess Hill; and ‘open shutter’ it was! Bulb setting, tripods, woolly mits and warm hats were the order of the rather cold night.

A fire breather (previously known as a fire-eater) had been arranged to perform for us in the pub’s car park; he was keeping himself warm by spouting flames from his mouth, juggling with fiery batons, twirling flaming orbs, and – reminiscent of the Balrog in Lord of the Rings – cracking a flaming whip – all for our benefit.

Here are a few of my shots from the night. Exposures times were between 1 and 4 seconds; ISO mostly 100, some at 320; aperture f/4 to f/8.

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Following the fire-breather, the group looked at using a Speedlite as a strobe, painting with light, and making ghost figures.

The next event is The Psychology of Wedding & Portrait Photography with Daniel Venter on Monday 12th March at 7:00pm.  Drop me an email if you are thinking of going, and I’ll see you there.

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How to find if your online photos are being stolen…

If you want to search for one of your photos on the internet, use Google images!  It’s so easy…

  1. open the image you want to search for,
  2. open Google Images  (see below) – www.google.co.uk, then click Images,
  3. drag your image onto the Google Images window, and a ‘drop your image here’ box will appear.

Google will now show you the websites containing your images!

I have started by trawling the web to look for any unauthorised use of my photographs which have been published on my Flickr account – and there are quite a few!  This crowd photo has been used a couple of times…

I have asked a number of sites to make a payment; they pay their staff, they pay their web host, they pay the sandwich lady, and they make a living out of trading on their websites – so why should they feel it’s OK to rip off my pictures?

I would like readers to appreciate that there are a number of causes – charities, sports, and the like – that I am quite happy to support with my photography (they know who they are), and I’m quite happy to share photos with my friends (they know who they are too); but like anybody who uses their time and equipment to make and sells things for a living – I’m not going to stand by to have my products stolen for someone else’s gain.

UPDATE: One company has apologised for the oversight and has paid my PayPal invoice. Go for it!

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