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

 


Bride and groom at Goldstone Hall, captured by shropshire wedding photographer PbArtWorks

Goldstone Hall Wedding

Kim + Ryan
A Goldstone Hall Wedding Day

Bride and groom at Goldstone Hall, captured by shropshire wedding photographer PbArtWorks

 

One of my own personal favourites from Kim and Ryan's beautiful winter wedding at Goldstone Hall

A Winter Wedding

Most of my entries here are about weddings, and this is no exception, except this is an example of an album that I have just today finished. The wedding itself took place at Goldstone Hall, in Shropshire, way back in February of this year. Kim and Ryan booked me for  just a few hours for their beautiful intimate winter's wedding. It was a bit wet, it snowed a little, but the images we created still are just wonderful. These are  but a  small selection of their images from the wedding , that made their way into the album.I always encourage couples to have something more permanent for their memories to be put into, albums are very affordable and always make for beautiful keepsakes. Just call me old fashioned, but I like nothing more than that tactile feel, the coolness of the photographic paper, the soft leather, the aroma as years go by, of the cover as the box is opened by eyes that have yet to see it, and by those who have seen it for many years.

I do hope you enjoy seeing these few images taken from a more comprehensive selection. It is always a joy to create an image that resonates with my couples, and will hopefully help you see that as well as being creative and artistic, the more natural images are aslo captured as well as some more "formal" ones too.

For more information on my approach please do check these out:

Why Choose Me?

This is Me!

Phil

 

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Bride signing the marriage certificate captured by Shropshire wedding photographer PbArtWorks

A Window In Time

Telling The Story

Bride signing the marriage certificate captured by Shropshire wedding photographer PbArtWorks

Let's talk influences....if you're a photographer or another creative, who are yours? Mine come from the little dutch masters, Rembrandt being an obvious one..but also Vermeer alongside such notable great Brits like Hogarth.

As far as photographers go....I really don't have any whom I really look to apart from a few obvious ones.

Here's a very recent edit that shows my love of Chiaroscuro which features heavily in my work.

This gorgeous light was typical of this past summers weddings. I was so pleased when I spotted the signing table, it’s perfectly positioned for my creation to happen. Being in the right place just as the beautiful Jenny reached down to sign was my decisive moment. Asking permission and explaining to the wonderful vicar how I would work in the church that day, allowed me the freedom to take this...discreet and respectful at all times 👌

For the technical people out there this image was taken using a new Sony A73....a mirrorless camera that really has taken my approach to wedding documentary and turned it upside down. More on this beautiful little camera later. In the meantime please do let me know your thoughts in the comments below 👍

P

 


Bride and Groom at a Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding

Emily + Chris : Tyn Dwr Hall

The Tyn Dwr Hall Wedding Of Chris & Emily

 

 

Another amazing day spent in the company of this beautiful family, I last captured Chris's brothers wedding a couple of years ago at the Albright Hussey. This was to be over the border in North Wales. An equally amazing wedding venue and one I truly relish working at, the fabulous Tyn Dwr Hall.

It is however, tinged with great sadness as I sit here and write this. The passing of a beautiful lady, who's personality shone throughout the day. Chris's dear grandmother left us, and with her a big gap appeared in the lives that surrounded her. I often say to my couples, photography is not for the here and now, it is for the tomorrows. If we can but grasp those memories, the joy, the tears and the laughter. Hold them close and never ever let them go, then that is what we must do. Immortalise those transient happenings in what has become a digital negative, then immortalise them we shall.

This is what being a photographer is all about.

I received this message a little while ago, it was sent to me in the form of a review, and was posted by the Lady's daughter:

"This is a very personal account of how brilliant Phil is, my mum has been very ill over the last four years. When her first grandson married she was reasonably OK and Phil took some lovely pictures of her and dad. Over the last six months mum has declined greatly but in April she managed to attend another grandson's wedding with Phil once again taking the pictures. Phil had no idea how poorly mum was but he took a series of pics when mum and Dad arrived, to say they were stunning is such an understatement!! They were so natural, capturing mum's delight on the day. Three weeks ago my mum passed peacefully away. I can't begin to tell how much those photos mean to us, everyone who has seen them agree they are so special.

Thank you Phil. Xxx"

I am so blessed to have joined many couples, throughout my career in Shropshire and beyond, in capturing weddings and other social gatherings, and it is these moments that I strive to capture at each and every wedding. For me, it is the journey, the story. Emily and Chris's wedding, in that respect, was no different. I love what I do and do what I love.

I hope this is conveyed in my work, and look forward to each and every wedding with the drive and ambition my couples deserve.

Much love to Chris and Emily, thank you for allowing me to join you on your journey.

Phil x

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