English Wedding Awards

English Wedding Awards,
Wedding Photographer Of The Year 2018

OVERALL WINNER

Not one for self promoting, but for once I just thought I’d share some news. I was entered into a national award by a past client recently. The voting stages all took place on social media where votes and reviews were gathered by the organisers on their social media channels. This all took place without my input or knowledge.

After several weeks I was then contacted to be told I had made the final rounds. This was then judged, along with a body of supporting evidence I had to supply, testimonials, charity work...portfolio etc...by a panel of peers.

On the night of Wednesday 14th November 2018 the ceremony took place in Birmingham.

I was unaware of the results until late that night, as due to personal reasons, I could not attend. So in my absence I was awarded these amazing honours.

West Midlands Wedding Photographer Of The Year

Midlands and Southern Regions, Overall, Wedding photographer Of The Year

I really cannot express how thankful I am, to all my lovely couples, as, I know it's clichéd, but without their support I would really be doing something entirely different.Here are a just a few moments from my past years weddings.Love to you all.

Phil

 

 

Ok...I admit, this following image is not a wedding photograph at all, but I love this so much, and Allie is a past bride too....so I "shoehorned" it in here...and I make no apologies for doing so :P 

 

 


Sally + Matt : An Iscoyd Park Love Affair

Iscoyd Park

Somewhere In Shropshire

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Somewhere in Shropshire is the amazing and wonderful Iscoyd Park...truly one of life's wonderful places to get married. This is where Sally and Matt chose for their special day. Surrounded by their family and friends, many of whom had known me from past weddings. It is always an absolute pleasure bumping into couples whose weddings I have captured over the year...many whom I am lucky enough to count as friends. This was to be no different, an absolute beautiful day at one of Shropshire's finest wedding venues. Matt and Sally were, are, one of life's great and beautiful couples, chilled and relaxed with two of the most adorable children. One of whom really has a fun character as you will see.

My style of photography was perfect for these guys, relaxed, natural, not to fussy, but above all, honest. If you are considering getting in touch about your wedding...then please do. I would love to hear from you and meet up to discuss your hopes, and aspirations, for your wedding day.

In the meantime, here are a few images from Matt and Sally's beautiful wedding.

Phil

 

If you liked Sally and Matt's beautiful wedding, why not check out these links below for more lush weddings at the wonderful Iscoyd Park.

The Absent Loved

Charlotte + Simon 


Seeking The Light

Seeking The Light

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When I look for images to capture,  I always look for the light first and foremost. Using light in this way enables me to capture images that are both authentic, but also uniquely creative too. This I believe is but one of the many things that tends to separate my work from that of others, especially in my home county of Shropshire. This comes about from my past as an illustrator and artist. I didn't move over to photography from another field of expertise, it has always been a part of what I do, an extension to my illustrations and drawings. It was only when I finally setup PbArtWorks that my more creative photography came to prominence. Now I love taking my camera, my creative eye, and capturing what I hope are images that will inspire and be loved, for years to come.

Above we have a simple scene, bathed in glorious light, Matthew and Natalie are one of life's most gorgeous of couples. They booked me an absolute eternity ago...I have only just finished editing their wedding, here are a few more from their stunning wedding at The Wroxeter Hotel.

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I truly live my life around my images...drawing, painting...capturing beautiful people on their most special of days. Life is truly blessed. Here is more of that sumptuous light...as Natalie reaches down to collect her bouquet I spied that light...this is just so heavenly.

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Light, The Light...It's All About The Light

This is so true, but it's also about you...my couples, these images are for you, and create something special I will. Those perfect moments that make up a wedding day are so important to me that I honestly will not rest...this is true come rain, come shine.

A beautiful moment between a bride and groom

Heidi and Dan taking a stroll at their recent wedding. This is so beautiful as the light was perfect, but so too was the setting on Dan's parents farm over in North Wales.

Another recent image, again over in North Wales, this time for Matthew and Jennifer's big day. I always ask permission prior to the wedding, explaining to the officiator how I work, how unobtrusive I am. They nearly, though not always, allow me to work my magic. Signing the register can be a bit of an issue. But as you can clearly see, this is a picture of a beautiful bride on her wedding day...no registers were harmed in the making of this image!!

I have often been told my images have a beauty about them, a sense of time and authenticity. This is who I am, I capture natural, unforced, moments of joy.

Sadness too...but also pride:

Genuine and honest wedding photography is the order of the day, zero interference just candid and natural with any eye for light. Here is a tender moment between Father and daughter. Each time I capture this it is with a sense of empathy, empathy with the Father. who's love knows no bounds, and with the daughter who's love is, like her Father's, one that is given unconditionally.

Read more about Natalie's Story here, with even more beautifully lit images from just one section of her gorgeous wedding day  > NATALIE'S STORY

 

What! No Light?

What if it rains, what if the light is flat and boring?

Simples, I bring my own light.

 

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Emily + Chris enjoying a quiet moment at the amazing Tyn Dwr Hall, for more on their wedding please check out their blog here > CHRIS + EMILY

Caeley + Jack at the formidable Mill Barn's, for more about their beautiful wedding please check this out > CAELEY + JACK

Shropshire + North Wales Wedding Photographer

Sensitive and beautiful, the mists after rain storms....using a passing car's headlights helped me to create something rather magical. Check out Alastair's and Sarah's big day here > ALASTAIR + SARAH

 

As you can see, I love light, I love using it to create something so special for all my couples. It is something I have used for many years as a tool to create drama, atmosphere and ambience. I hope you have enjoyed this brief look at my more creative work. If you have any questions please do leave them below in the comments and I will get back to you.

Now go find that light!!


Natalie's Story

A Wedding Day Story

No flash please

I love nothing more than telling a story, for me a wedding day is a book...it has a beginning, a middle, and an end....and within those chapters are the pages. 

Candid Photography is about stepping out....taking a look back, anticipating and being ready, seeing the image before the image happens is key.

Observational moments.

Here Natalie is creating her own moment as she spies on her Husband to be and all their guests. I am sure over the years Natalie will look back at this image, recall how she felt...and remember it exactly as it was. That is the true power of photography....and the beauty of natural, unforced, story telling. Flash would kill the ambience, the atmosphere, the love, it would...trust me.

 

 

As the story progresses we move to the preparations for what is undoubtedly one of my own personal favourite parts of the day....the reveal. Wether this is to your Dad, Brother, Mother...best friend. Whomever...those first moments are always beautiful. 

 

Time To Lament 

A Window In Time

Documentary Wedding Photography

 


A Thundery Shropshire Wedding In Ellesmere

Sarah + Alastair's Ellesmere Wedding

North Wales and Shropshire Wedding Photography

A Thundery Ellesmere Wedding

 

 

What a day of contrast this was, a perfect wedding with the most amazing thundery skies. All across the country people witnessed these storms, the likes of which I'm pretty sure we have not seen for a long time, and most likely won't see again for quite a while.

Given the heat of the Summer we all enjoyed, this was indeed on the more cooler side of things. Thankfully the wedding was simply just beautiful, the marquee was stunningly decorated and the service was to be held in my own hometown of Ellesmere, at the incredible, Ellesmere College. 

All this was just perfect and rightly so, with Sarah making for an  amazingly beautiful bride and a very sincerely gorgeous one too.

Alongside her was her equally wonderful partner, Alastair, and their lovely little daughter, Ottilie.

Here a massive thunderclap drew our short "couple" session to a close...we could see the dark ominous clouds gathering, and the distant rumbles...then suddenly it was overhead....BOOM!!!!

The Storm Passes

 

As the clouds and rain departed, we were left with the most amazing mists, as a car drove along the road behind them, this was the effect, pure magic!


 


This was one of the last images from this evening walk, and to this day remains one of my firm favourites too, Sarah and Alastair wanted their photography to be relaxed and informal but also slightly creative. I do hope you guys feel they got exactly what they longed for, I know they have some beautiful moments to treasure and to look back on in years to come.

I will leave you to enjoy the remaining images I have selected to show off this gorgeous couples amazing Shropshire wedding. If you are interested in chatting about your own special day, please do get in touch.

Phil x