New Year, New Beginnings

January is notoriously a very quiet month for photographers, but January 2019 seems to have taken a busy turn for us – happy days! Here’s an update of what we (Phil and Vicky) have been up to.

Taking Image Viewings to a New Level

It’s taken some time, 2 years to be precise, but we have finally moved Vicky (me) in to the 21st century!! I am the first to admit I am not very technical savvy, and doing image presentations on the big screen used to drive me nuts. I would get so muddled up and angry with the software during image viewings that I wanted to throw the laptop against something hard (mainly Phil). So I decided to move to a more traditional approach by using proof prints. Which had its advantages – main one being no confusing software – but it was still not versatile enough to really demonstrate how amazing your family portraits will look at home. So, after lots of research we have finally found a user-friendly ‘Vicky-friendly’ software. The big screen TV is back, with slideshow to music, easily select your favourite images, and even see how your images will look in you own room at home.  The first family to test it out on was the Clifton family. They chose a stunning 4 image multi-frame and were able to see how it will actually look.

Photo Shoot Session with the Hall Family

One of our first shoots of 2019 was with the Hall family, who came to the studio on 7th Jan. The shoot was a Christmas gift for the grandparents with their two grandchildren aged 7 and 4. When they arrived, straight away mum made Phil aware that one of the children is on the Autism spectrum. This allowed Phil time to talk to mum to find out a little more about likes and dislikes, and how to get the best out of him. The shoot was great fun and a great experience, which showed in the final images. Grandma and Grandad were over the moon.

Wedding Fayre Season

Wedding Fayre season is upon us. With newly engaged couples over the festive period, starting to plan the most magical day of their lives. On Sunday 20th January, we exhibited at the beautiful Middleton Hall. Along with great local wedding suppliers, we were greeted by loads of excited Bride’s and Groom’s to be. We’re looking forward to being at Lea Marston Hotel on 3rd March, and Ramada Sutton Coldfield on 24th March.  For our top tips on how to ‘survive’ wedding fayres, click here .

Traditional or Candid Wedding Photography

A Combination of Traditional and Candid Wedding Photography

If you have clicked on this blog, I am guessing you are getting married? CONGRATULATIONS!! I am also guessing that you looking at photographers, thinking I didn’t realise there are so many to choose from, and I have no clue what I want! Should it be traditional wedding photography or candid wedding photography!

Here is my breakdown on the styles of photography to hopefully help you choose your preferred style, allowing you to take a more informed look at your local photographers.

Traditional

Traditional is capturing the key elements of your day, including signing of the register, cutting of the cake, and group shots with parents, bridal party, and guests. The bride and groom portraits are beautifully posed and structured images of looking at camera, looking at each other, and having a little kiss. 

Candid

Reportage / candid style photography follows your special day as happens. Candid images are not setup or directed by the photographer. The photographer follows the day’s events capturing natural smiles, giggles, and those intimate moments.  If looking straight at the camera makes you feel uncomfortable this could certainly be the style for you.

Combination of traditional and candid

If you like the sound of both styles, then have both! Personally, this is our preferred style of capturing our couple’s special day. A mix of both traditional and candid captures your wedding in it’s entirety. Candids are great for bridal preps, ceremony, and enjoying your day with your guests. The traditional group shots captures your family and friends to look back at for years to come, and beautiful Bride and Groom photos will take pride of place in your album and on display in your home.

I know how overwhelming choosing your wedding photographer can be, so I hope this blog has helped. I am always happy to answer questions and offer guidance. If you would like to talk to me about your wedding photography, please click here.

Images from Amy and Steven’s wedding at Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield

Do We Need Two Photographers at our Wedding

Two Wedding Photographers Vs One Wedding Photographer

As a husband and wife team, we are often asked by Brides and Grooms if both of us will be there on their wedding day, and if they do in fact need two photographers.

Not all weddings require more than one photographer. Here is our guide for determining if your wedding would benefit two photographers, or if one is plenty:

  • Are you having bridal preps and groom preps? You will definitely need two photographers, one with the Bride and one with the Groom.
  • Are the Bridal preps a distance from the ceremony? A second photographer would be an advantage. As the first photographer will be with the Bride, there would be very little time to travel to the venue to meet the Groom for pre-ceremony shots. The second photographer can be at the venue to meet with the Groom and Groomsmen to capture the pre-ceremony nerves.
  • Do you have more than 80 guests during the day? Two photographers would certainly help with the organisation of group shots, especially of the entire wedding party. Also a great opportunity to capture candid shots whilst the first photographer is taking group and bridal shots.

The other benefit to having a second photographer is during the ceremony. With one positioned at the front and one at the back, you will receive two view points of the most important part of your day.

Ceremony at St Chad’s Church, Hopwas

Ceremony at The Waterfront, Barton Marina

As mentioned earlier, for many weddings one photographer is plenty. If you are having a small, intimate wedding with your closest family and friends, having two cameras pointing at them could make your guests feel a little uncomfortable. More so if you are having a videographer too.

With our years of experience, knowledge, and passion for wedding photography, we are always happy to offer guidance and advice to couples. If you have any questions about your wedding photography, do not hesitate to contact us. To see more of our work, click here to visit our webpage.

 

 

Wedding Photography at Shustoke Farm Barns

Rebecca and Andrew’s Special Day at Shustoke Farm Barns

On 12th April 2018, we had the pleasure of capturing Rebecca and Andrew’s wedding day at St Cuthberts Parish Church, followed by Reception at the stunning Shustoke Farm Barns.

The wedding was a lovely mix of English and Scottish traditions. The Groom is from central Scotland, so of course the traditional Kilt in Blackwatch tartan was a must, worn by all of the Groomsmen. As a surprise for the Bride, a piper was at the church ready to pipe the guests and Bride in to church. The ceremony was lovely with lots of personal touches including readings, blessings, and a guitarist. With both Phil and Vicky photographing the day, we captured shots from both the front and rear of the church.

Following the ‘I do’s’ we all went just a couple minutes down the road to the stunning Shustoke Farm Barns. Such an elegant wedding venue with so many backdrops for portraits, we were spoilt for choice. With numerous external and internal features, unique doorways and courtyard we could have shot there for hours. Following the meal, speeches, and cutting of the cake, the guests kick started the evening celebrations with a ceilidh (traditional Scottish dance) which was certainly full of energy and laughter.

We would like to thank Rebecca and Andrew for choosing us to record your special day and wish you all the best as Mr and Mrs Gardner. Here are just a few images from their day.

If you would like to talk to Phil and Vicky about your wedding photography, please call us on 01827 215 707 or click here.

St Cuthberts Parish Church, Shustoke

 

Shustoke Farm Barns

Cars by Celebration Wedding Cars

 



Wedding Photography at Nuneaton Registry Office

Wedding of Helen and Glen at Nuneaton Registry Office and Wishaw Country Club

On 7th April 2018 we had the pleasure of providing the wedding photography for Helen and Glen. The ceremony was held at Nuneaton Registry Office, followed by Reception at Wishaw Country Sports Club.

The day started a little bit wet. Well more accurately, it was chucking it down just before the ceremony, whilst we took shelter under a tree. Thankfully, just as the guests were starting to arrive, the rain stopped. The bride and groom arrived together with their two boys, which was lovely to see the family start the proceedings all together. The ceremony was beautiful, surrounded by their family and closest friends. Following the I do’s, the registrars opened the front doors which lead straight out in to Riversley Park. The park is beautiful, providing many different backdrops for photos. A few group shots were taken before the wedding party moved on to the Reception.

 The reception was held in the barn at Wishaw Country Club. This is a stunning barn conversion for weddings with bar area, and large function room. The room was decorated with the couple’s vintage country theme throughout, with a few personal touches too. The driveway was a great location for the bridal portraiture.

Below are just a few of the images from the big day. We would like to thank Helen and Glen for involving us in your special day and wish you and the boys all the best for the future.

If you would like to talk to us about your wedding photography, please contact the studio on 01827 215 707 or click here.

Message from the Bride: “We can highly recommend Philip Charles Photography. From day one of enquiry we were treated in a friendly yet professional manner. Phil and Vicky have answered all the questions I threw at them and were even kind enough to adapt to our day and give us our own special package to suit us. No other local photographer would be willing to do this! On the day they were fab, straight away put our nerves at bay. Throughout the day they took lots of photos some group, couple and my favourite the natural ones. Thank you Phil and Vicky were looking forward to picking our album up soon.”

The Ceremony

Waiting for the Bride / Mum

The Kiss

Portraiture at the Reception

Cheeky Chappy

The Cake  



Wedding at Moor Hall Hotel

Wedding of Sarah and Adam at Moor Hall Hotel

On the 29th December 2017, we had the pleasure of providing the wedding photography for the lovely Sarah and Adam. The ceremony was conducted at St Michael’s Church in Boldmere, followed by Reception at the beautiful Moor Hall Hotel in Sutton Coldfield.

The day started off at home with the Bride, Bridesmaids and family getting ready for the special day ahead. Racing ahead of the bridal party, we joined the Groom and Groomsmen at the Church, in time for their last few words of encouragement. The ceremony was lovely surrounded by their family and friends.

Once we arrived at Moor Hall Hotel, with it’s vast grounds and extraordinary features, it was time for us to really get to work. With so many stunning backdrops for wedding portraits, we were truly spoilt.

Once the meal was devoured, and nervous speeches done, night had fallen, therefore the perfect opportunity for some night time portraits. The Bride and Groom had also arranged some sparklers for a bit of fun with the Bridemaids and Groomsmen.

We would like to thank Sarah and Adam for choosing Philip Charles Photography to record your special day, and wish you all the happiness for the future.

Here are a few images from the day. If you would like to talk to us about your wedding photography, please click here to contact us.

Bridal Preparations

Here Come the Boys

The Ceremony at St Michael’s

The Confetti Shot

Wedding Portraits at Moor Hall Hotel

Cutting of the Cake

Night Time Portraits

Sparkler Fun

First Dance



Wedding at St Mary’s Guildhall

Mel and Paul’s Wedding Ceremony at St Mary’s Guildhall

The historic St Mary’s Guildhall in Coventry hosted the wedding ceremony of the lovely Mel and Paul on 25th August 2017. We had the pleasure of providing their wedding photography.

St Mary’s Guildhall was built over 700 years ago, and you truly do feel like you step back in history. The venue is amazing, providing a stunning backdrop for photographs. As a superb addition to the venue, directly opposite is the ruins of the former Cathedral Church of St Michael.

The ceremony was held in The Great Hall, which was filled with love, laughter and lots of happy tears. Following the ‘I do’s’ we all headed to the courtyard in to the glorious sunshine to capture the couple’s family and friends, and also the Bride and Groom’s portraiture shots. Using the ruins of the former cathedral was a must for some of the portraiture shots.

Thank you to Mel and Paul for choosing Philip Charles Photography to capture your special day. Below are a few of our favourite images.

If you would like to talk to us about your wedding photography, please click here to contact us.

Ceremony in The Great Hall

  

The Courtyard

  

The Former Cathedral

 

 

 



Wedding at The Alexandra Court Hotel

Amy & Andrew’s Wedding at The Alexandra Court Hotel, Congleton

On 5th August 2017, we had the pleasure of capturing the wedding of Amy and Andrew, held at The Alexandra Court Hotel in Congleton.

This is a little further afield than our other wedding venues, but it was certainly worth the journey. Amy and Andrew are such a lovely couple, we would have travelled even further to be part of their day.  We provided full day coverage from the bridal party getting ready in the hotel, through to the first dance. The ceremony was conducted outside in the beautiful grounds, luckily the weather was glorious. The couple wanted very relaxed, candid photos recording the day as it happened.

The showstopper had to be the cake! Amy and Andrew love books, therefore the theme was based around their favourite novels. The table centre pieces were stacked books, and the cake …… take a look for yourself in the images below from the day.

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Getting Ready

  

Arrivals

 

The Ceremony 

   

Confetti 

The Cake

 

 



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