Anna Durrant Photography: Blog en-us (C) Anna Durrant Photography (Anna Durrant Photography) Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:57:00 GMT Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:57:00 GMT Anna Durrant Photography: Blog 90 120 8 ways to keep your smallest wedding guests entertained.

Candid child photography at a wedding

The picture is mine, but the words have been taken from a blog written by The Tudor Barn, a beautiful wedding venue in Bucks. 

Every wedding has certain guests. There’s the portly uncle who struts around the dance floor like Patrick Swayze. The quiet ‘Goth’ cousin, sitting in the corner, who you only invited because your mum told you to. And the tipsy bridesmaid who has a little too much prosecco… at 9.30am.

But there’s one kind of guest who can make or break a wedding. The child. They can be either delightful or demonic. So how do you keep the kids engaged so that they don’t ruin your special day? Here are some ideas…

  1. Treasure hunt – The grounds are huge here at The Tudor Barn, Burnham. A treasure hunt will keep them occupied for a good hour or so as they follow the clues. Make sure everyone gets a prize too, so no tears.
  2. Goody bags – Get activity packs together to keep them busy at the table, including puzzles and colouring. Tailor them depending on their ages. But stick to crayons, not felt-tip pens. Many venues (including ours) don’t allow pens as they can damage the linen tablecloths.
  3. Disposable Camera I-Spy game – Give every kid a cheap disposable camera and a list of things to photograph. And off they go…
  4. Garden games – You can hire all kinds of games through The Tudor Barn. From giant Jenga and Connect 4, to crazy golf and table tennis. Guaranteed fun. Just ask us what’s available.
  5. Arts & Crafts table – Organise a table full of creative things to do. Beads, tubs of Lego, loom bands… Maybe get one of the older kids to oversee everything.
  6. Dance off – Set aside 10 minutes of your disco time for a kids dance competition. It’ll also wear the darling little cherubs out. Bonus.
  7. Face painter – Always popular with kids. You might get one or two grown ups having a go as well (like that tipsy bridesmaid we mentioned earlier).
  8. A big cage – Kids just love being confined to a cage in a soundproof room! (That’s a joke, of course. It doesn’t have to be soundproof!)

If you have a wedding to organise, I hope this has been helpful.


]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) children wedding photography weddings wiltshire wedding photographer Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:57:10 GMT
Family photography in the snow Don't you just love when it snows? That excited feeling waking up in the morning and knowing that it's snowed without looking outside, because of the special quietness after a snowfall.

I took my long 75-300 mm lens along with my sister and dog to try and get some real action shots. We chose a spot with lots of snow and a reasonable background and Jane started throwing snowballs at Dora the dog. It's much harder than it looks! I kept the aperture fairly small (f7.1) because I know from experience that I won't be able to get sharp images when the dog is moving so much. I put the camera on burst shooting to maximise my chances of getting a good shot, but then found that the focus point was sometimes moving on to the background. So I put the lens on manual focus which worked well, so long as Dora stayed roughly in the same plane. Here are a few of the images I got:

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Running with the dog in the snowRunning with the dog in the snow

There was quite a bit of fiddling necessary in Lightroom afterwards as the contrast was huge with white snow and a dog that's nearly black! I lifted the shadows quite a bit, increased the clarity and warmed the images up a bit as it makes me feel better! I hope you like them.

]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) pet photography snow photography wiltshire portrait photography Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:22:54 GMT
Why I love this picture A wedding couple sitting in front of a muralA wedding at The Vineyard Hotel and SpaA private moment This picture was taken in front of a wall mural at The Vineyard Hotel and Spa at Stockcross near Newbury. The mural depicts, as is written on the hotel website:

"Judgement of Paris

In 1976, in small room in a Paris hotel, a strange thing happened.

Something that changed a centuries-old status quo and rocked the 'civilised' world to it's roots.

A cataclysm, or a revolution, depending on your point of view.

In a blind tasting with some of the leading French wine aficionados of the day, Californian wines were chosen over France's very best. Big names were knocked right out of the park in a comprehensive whooping."

On first looking at the photo the background appears to be guests, with very strange expressions! I love the young couple's oblivion to their busy background - they only have eyes for each other.

There were many beautiful places inside and outside to take pictures of the bridal couple and I have many more favourites from this wedding!

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Photographing the wedding ceremony This is a difficult one to get right - the photographer/s need to be close enough to be able to see what is going on but far enough away not to impose on proceedings. I tend to come in with the bride and stay towards the back of the aisle to get full length shots of the couple and the room (be it a church or register office). 

shooting down the aisleshooting down the aisle

My assistant comes in with the groom and stays towards the front to get pictures from the other side. Sometimes these two angles line up brilliantly!

shooting from in frontshooting from in front

Simon has kept the depth of field small to let maximum light in, but you can still see the lovely expressions of the bride's family in the background.

From the back of the church I use my long length lens which is perfect for zooming in to get "closer" to the action.

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This church was a very colourful Catholic church on a hilltop town in Italy.

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For smaller registry office weddings I don't bring an assistant along and try to be as discrete as possible by keeping back from the bride and groom but using my zoom lens again. 

Posed pictures are really nice to have, but I love capturing the emotions of the day through photographing not only the bride and groom, as above, but also family and guests sharing the celebrations with their loved ones. 

Tears are not always bad!Tears are not always bad!

Capturing the emotionCapturing the emotion

Tears are not always bad! 

Photographing the wedding ceremony is not always easy as we don't use flash, which would be far too intrusive. Instead we have to work with whatever light there is and make the most of it. 

shooting against the lightshooting against the light

Isn't it great to be able to document these amazing times in a person's life? I often have tears in my eyes, even when I've only met the couple once or twice! I feel very privileged to be a part of these days. 

]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) bride and groom church weddings exchange of vows wedding ceremony wedding photography wiltshire wedding photographer Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:51:38 GMT
What a difference the light makes Last Saturday I took some pictures of Mayella, who is in the process of building a new website for her healing business. The pictures had to be natural looking, show Mayella's spirit and sense of fun and also, of course, to make her look good! We went to Lacock as I know the good spots for background and light as I teach portrait photography there with Lacock Photography.

For this first picture I got Mayella to turn her face towards the light; the shading on her cheek gives good definition and helps to narrow the face. The shade of a tree takes away light from above. 

Portrait photographPortrait photograph

We then moved into the open and I put the sun behind Mayella. To give sparkle to her eyes I shot through a metallised reflector to light the face. 

Back lit portraitBack lit portrait

What a different shot! The light is softer and more even which is good for more mature subjects. The sun makes the hair appear white. The background is far enough way to make it appear soft and diffused. The reflector is an important part of getting the light right, but you could use anything that reflects light back into the face - even a white t-shirt on the photographer would help! 

For this next shot we walked down to the stream in Lacock and had a little play. Hands are often difficult to photograph well - what do you do with them?! Leaning against something helps, especially if your model also leans towards the camera which makes for a flattering picture. 

Relaxed style photographyRelaxed style photography

On our way back to the car we walked up an alleyway at the top of the village and stopped by the gate for a picture. The light here was good, but not quite where I wanted it, so I asked Mayella to look towards the light and laugh hysterically - it sounds ridiculous, but you have to wait until a natural laugh takes over - try it! I moved Mayella around  so the background bushes would frame her. The lighter background gives depth to the image. 


An example of narrow lightingAn example of narrow lighting We had a lot of fun taking these images, and many more, and Mayella loved Lacock, which she had never seen before. I look forward to seeing them on her new website. 

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Bath Botanical Gardens wedding Last Friday I photographed a wedding in Bath Botanical Gardens. I was really looking forward to this wedding as the location is fabulous - so luxurious, verdant and romantic! However, the day started with the rain just pouring down. With the promise of a free lunch I persuaded my sister to come along to be my umbrella holder and we arrived with 4 white golf umbrellas for the wedding party photography and 4 multi coloured umbrellas that I borrowed to try and get guests to come outside for photographs.

As soon as Leilai arrived just before 1, the sun came out and it stayed out the whole time I was there - it was the most perfect afternoon! 

Wedding photography in BathWedding photography in Bath The ceremony was in The Minerva Temple which only holds around 35 people, so there was a gazebo outside to seat the rest of the guests. Access to the couple was not easy but I love this wide angle shot showing the newly married couple and the family in the temple.

Wedding ceremony in the Minerva TempleWedding ceremony in the Minerva Temple I apologise to the guest with the bald head whom I accidently clobbered with my lens hood whilst trying to find a good vantage point. He and his neighbours then got the giggles during a quiet bit of the ceremony! 

As the weather was so beautiful the drinks were served outside and there was plenty of opportunity to get pictures of the guests enjoying themselves and the lovely surroundings.

Minerva Temple and marqueeMinerva Temple and marquee

I plan to start the group pictures shortly after everyone has had a drink, but am always ready to jump in and take any pictures that the bride wants!

Bride and friendsBride and friends

I love taking the confetti throwing pictures - we organise 2 lines of guests and ask the bride and groom to walk through, with guests throwing the confetti up in the air and not, hopefully, straight at them. 

Confetti throwingConfetti throwing I'm always on the look out for taking unposed pictures of the bride, especially, as posing can sometimes look fake. This is one of my favourites. The colours of the flowers in the herbaceous border of the Bath Botanical Gardens really compliments Leilai's flowers. The flowers were from The Wild Bluebell florist and were beautifully fresh and natural and totally complemented the Botanical Gardens.

Natural bride photographyNatural bride photography

I always make sure there is time to take the bride and groom away for a few relaxed, posed pictures and we were spoilt for choice in the gardens.


Bride and groom walking awayBride and groom walking away

I love taking "walking away" pictures with the couple looking at each other. Getting movement in the dress always looks amazing and the connection between the couple is important.

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Such a lovely couple and such a lovely location, especially when the weather is good! 

]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) bath wedding photography wedding photography weddings in bath botanical gardens wiltshire wedding photographer Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:50:12 GMT
Rainy day photography When it rains, most of us put our cameras away and hide from the wet weather. I know I miss many opportunities because I don't want to get the camera wet and/or I don't think pictures will look good. But everyone has pictures of lovely sunny days, blue skies and fluffy clouds - let's try and do something different! On our holiday in Denmark last recently we had the lovely sunny weather with fluffy clouds, and I took lots of pictures of family members socialising and playing.

Toddler balancing on rocking horseChild photography

But some of the clouds were a little darker and heavier and brought some heavy downpours and we got caught in a heavy shower; there wasn't time to get Isla out of her pushchair so Jane made sure the umbrella stayed over her and the pushchair. The older children came and hid under the umbrella because it was exciting and they were all so happy... apart maybe from Jane!

Children hiding under umbrella in rain stormRainy day photography

I slowed down the shutter speed to make the rain trails show up and took several pictures of the hilarity of a bit of rain! 

]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) children family photo session rainy day photography wiltshire portrait photography Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:38:20 GMT
Easy natural light photography Last weekend I was taking pictures of Kate and George and little 6 month old Jonah. With it being August the light is strong outside so to make sure that Jonah (and his parents!) were able to comfortably open their eyes, I positioned them on a chair by an open doorway, to get some lovely directional light. This was one of the resulting pictures:

Natural window lit baby portraitBaby natural light photographyThe warm tones of the background are a bit too fiery for my taste!

Whilst the lovely warm colours of the interiors are quite friendly feeling I think they were too distracting. One way around this is to turn the picture into B&W:

B&W photography of 6 month old baby on father's lapBaby photography WiltshireTurning the picture to B&W gets rid of colour distractions.

I was still not happy with the distracting background; whilst I wanted an informal picture using natural light I wanted a bit more focus on the baby, so I used my white pop up background and propped it up behind Jonah and Kate:

Baby photography WiltshireBaby photography WiltshireBeautiful mother and baby portrait Much better! You can use any clean sheet or large bit of card or foam to give the same effect. 

Baby sitting on mother's lapBaby photography WiltshireA plain white backdrop helps to concentrate the eye on the subjects. A mother and baby cuddlingBaby photography WiltshireA little baby cuddle! B&W family portraitBaby photography WiltshireFamily portrait

Try to experiment with window light in your home - the light can be amazing! 



]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) family photographer wiltshire portrait photography Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:06:07 GMT
Why I love this picture Good wedding photographs are triggers for bringing back so many memories from your wedding day; this wedding was very much a DIY wedding - with the bride working so hard in the months leading up to the wedding making dresses and decorations and organising lots of games for the reception. The bride's dress was made from old tablecloths found in charity shops - it was a work of art!

On the day the weather was perfect and it was such a fun, joyful wedding. I love this picture as it shows the alternative nature of the bride! Jodie and Adam love their jumping pictures, so of course we had to do one with the bridesmaids. I chose this location, with the sun behind, so that the girls could open their eyes. The dark green hedge means that their dresses show up really well. And I love the streams of sunlight coming through - perfect! 

Bride and her bridesmaids jumping with sun streaming behind them. Jumping for joy!

]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) Wiltshire wedding photographer bride and bridesmaids jumping for joy wedding photography Tue, 04 Jul 2017 17:56:51 GMT
Wiltshire wedding Charlie and Ric got married in Chippenham Register Office back in April. It was a small family affair, but that didn't make it any less special. The bride wore a yellow short length vintage dress that was perfect for a spring wedding. 

Wedding at Chippenham Register OfficeWedding at Chippenham Register Office

On the way down the stairs after the ceremony I quickly took a few pictures making the most of the lovely window light on the stairs.

Wedding couple portrait taken using window lightWedding couple portrait taken using window light

The wedding breakfast was at Calcot Manor. A perfect place to get some lovely outdoor photography.

Bridal couple fun portraithaving fun at Calcot Manor Bride and groom natural light portrait in front of treeWedding couple portrait

We also had a quick photo session back in Hullavington to make the most of the late afternoon sunshine - the first of the day!

Bride and groom portrait back lit by the sun, in front of a willow treeBride and groom portrait


]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) wedding photography Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:48:50 GMT
Vintage portrait session Howard and Sue wanted pictures taken for a display at the Violette Szabo museum in Wormelo in Herefordshire. They are dressed as Violette and her husband, Etienne. A very sad story: Etienne was killed in the war 3 weeks after marrying Violette. Violette went on to have a baby, but then joined the SOE and on her 2nd mission was captured, tortured and inprisoned. She was shot 3 days before the end of WWII, aged just 23. A very brave woman.

Violette and Etienne Szabo re-enactmentViolette and Etienne Szabo re-enactment I love all the effort that Howard and Sue have put in to be as authentic as possible, from the map handkerchief that could be stuffed down clothing if necessary to hide from the enemy, to the 1940's spy camera. A really interesting afternoon!

Vintage portrait photographyVintage portrait photography

The full length picture will be shown at an exhibition at the Violette Szabo museum in Wormelo in Herfordshire.


]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) Wiltshire portrait photography vintage portrait photography Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:21:24 GMT
Narrow lighting versus broad lighting The way you light a face has a big impact on how we see it.

Narrow lighting (an example is shown below) is achieved by photographing the side of the face away from the main light. In this case the light is coming from an open doorway; the background appears almost black because the room behind is much darker than our model's face. 

An example of narrow lightingAn example of narrow lighting

Narrow lighting makes the face appear slimmer as the eye sees what is lit; shadow can be a good friend! 

With broad lighting the face is photographed on the side of the face that is lit; an example is shown below:
Broad lighting a faceBroad lighting a face

Martha looks gorgeous in both pictures, but you can see how the face appears broader when it's fully lit. 

Children generally look great with broad lighting, but more often than not most adults will appreciate having narrow lighting on their faces. The same applies to a body - if it's lit then the eye sees it, so if you want to fool the eye for a flattering image then use narrow lighting. 

I teach this and many other aspects of portrait photography on my Portrait Training day courses at Lacock Photography.

]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) Lacock Photography Wiltshire portrait photography looking for the light Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:36:24 GMT
Photography training We recently had the first of this year's portrait training days at Lacock Photography, and this time Martha modelled for us. She is a keen photographer herself so it was interesting for her to see what we were doing and to be on the other side of the lens. The April weather was beautiful - real summer warmth, and it made the whole experience even more enjoyable. As usual, we started off in the training room and then we walked around Lacock, stopping when potentially good lighting and background opportunities arose. Because of the nice weather it was REALLY busy, and one of the tourists asked if Martha was someone famous!

Practicing photographing people using a young female modelPractice with modelsMartha in Lacock bus shelter


Practicing photographing people using a young female modelPractice with modelsBeautiful back light with a fill in reflector giving the eyes a catch light

For this picture we placed Martha with the sun behind her, giving her hair lovely rim lighting. To light the face we then used a reflector to camera left, as can be seen in the catch lights in her eyes. 


Practicing photographing people using a young female modelPractice with modelsModel photographed in a doorway using natural light

The cluttered background of the training room becomes dark as Martha has much more light on her than the background. We remembered to turn the lights off, which helps a lot!

Practicing photographing people using a young female modelPractice with modelsA high key portrait using natural light

This was taken in Lacock bus shelter using available light! You really don't need studio lighting to get good results.

Thanks, Martha, for giving us some great picture opportunities and we look forward to seeing you again at Lacock Photography next month.


]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) Lacock Lacock Photography Wiltshire portrait photographer model photography Fri, 05 May 2017 14:37:39 GMT
Sedex Conference 2017 Last week I spent 2 days in central London at the QEII Conference Centre photographing the annual Sedex conference. Sedex is "home to the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains." Many of the talks were too detailed for me to want to listen to, especially all the stuff about auditing! But Vincent from France gave a very interesting talk on how to feed the world of tomorrow with safe and responsibly sourced food. He was a good speaker and photographed well too, which is a bonus for me!

Sedex speakerSedex speaker Sedex speakerSedex speaker Sedex speakerSedex speaker Sedex speakerSedex speaker I didn't want to distract the audience by using flash so had to carefully set the exposure to blow out the back light from the window and get the correct exposure on Vincent's face. I used the clarity control, when processing in Lightroom, to give that extra punch.

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Portrait photography training The next Lacock Photography portrait training day is this Sunday, so it got me thinking about putting a few pictures from the last session on my blog... and then I saw how long ago I last blogged! Oh dear. My Facebook page gets a lot more attention. 

Philippa modelled for the first time for us in October of last year and here are a few of the pictures I managed to get, in between helping the students and holding the reflector. 

Lacock Photography training dayLacock Photography training day

Such an elegant woman and pose! It was taken in the doorway of the training room using natural light. 

Lacock Photography training dayLacock Photography training day This picture was taken just outside the door of the previous shot. I love the lines and colour of the wooden slatting.

Lacock Photography training dayLacock Photography training day Philippa changed into more practical clothing for our walk into Lacock village. We had many stops all around the beautiful village looking for good light and background. This was taken against one of the old stone walls. It's such a photogenic village and with a young photogenic lady to model for us, what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Thanks, Philippa! 

]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) Lacock Photography Wiltshire portrait photography portrait photography training Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:25:37 GMT
Winkworth Farm wedding Looking back to last month's weddings I wanted to share this one with you. It started off very wet and windy - why were most Saturdays this summer wet?! But the family were all very excited about the wedding and the bride had a relaxed time preparing with family and bridesmaids at home, regardless of the rain outside. Rosie was radiant. 

A pensive brideA pensive bride

I love taking candid pictures during the preparations - I think they are much more evocative than most posed pictures.

Black and white bride portraitBlack and white bride portrait

The bride listening to her proud mother.

We all managed to get into the church with a lot of fiddling with umbrellas. The service was very moving, with a few tear being shed.

The exchange of rings in churchThe exchange of rings in church

After the ceremony it was still raining so we stayed inside to take some more formal pictures of the wedding party.

Bride and groom full length formal pose in churchBride and groom full length formal pose in church

A fun family pictureA fun family picture I usually take pictures of everyone looking at me but then like to mix it up with more informal pictures where some natural smiles develop. 

Black and white fun picture of ushers with bride and groomBlack and white fun picture of ushers with bride and groom A tender moment between bride and groomA tender moment between bride and groom

I made the most of the lovely light in the church to get some close up bridal couple shots.

Couple by bridal car outside Winkworth FarmCouple by bridal car outside Winkworth Farm Luckily it stopped raining once we arrived at Winkworth Farm so the rest of the pictures could be taken outside. This lovely old car was a surprise for Rosie and Ollie from Rosie's parents.

Bride and groom fun picture through ivy heartBride and groom fun picture through ivy heart

There are lots of lovely places to take pictures at Winkworth Farm.

Confetti shotConfetti shot One of many confetti shots which I love to do as expressions are never fixed!

Bride and groom close upBride and groom close up

Whilst the wedding guests were all going in to be seated ready for the wedding breakfast I took Rosie and Ollie away for 10 minutes of bride and groom photography. It's so important to make sure that I get good pictures of the bride and groom together with good lighting and a little posing.

Bridal couple in hay barnBridal couple in hay barn

The barn in Winkworth Farm is a great place for photography with some lovely light. I could easily have stayed there for an extra hour just taking pictures!

Wind blowing veil over bride and groomWind blowing veil over bride and groom

As I was busy taking different pictures of the couple the wind blew Rosie's veil over both their heads. I sometimes take pictures like this but it can look a little cheesy, but this was completely unplanned and gave some great expressions after this shot!

Thanks for inviting Simon and me to be your wedding photographers. We really enjoyed the day and wish you both the best for your future lives together.


]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) Wiltshire wedding Winkworth Farm wedding photography Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:30:10 GMT
A perfect country wedding Last Friday I photographed a wedding with the ceremony in Malmesbury Town Hall and the reception in a marquee in the bride's parents' garden in Minety. A few years ago, big sister also had her reception in the garden, and it was a real treat to see the family again and meet the 2 new children. The weather was perfect for lounging around in the garden, drinking and talking with friends and family. The bride and groom didn't want many posed group pictures so there was plenty of time to get lots of candid pictures of guests enjoying themselves and I captured a lot of laughter. Here are just a few of the pictures from the afternoon.

Bridal portraitBridal portrait

The bride's beautiful dress was a creation of her aunt's, Sally Lacock, who has a shop in London. It looked stunning on Holly.

Holly was keen to get in and marry her man!

The newly married coupleThe newly married couple

The bride and groom had a moment to themselves as the witnesses signed the register.



One of the confetti shotsOne of the confetti shots

The confetti shots are always fun, as there's no posing and lots of smiles! Holly's little nephew was keen to join in.

A posed bride and groom pictureA posed bride and groom picture

We managed to snatch a few minutes of time for some bride and groom photography. A family member held a reflector to give a bit of extra light into the faces as the sun was behind the couple. 

Good luck for the future, Holly and Toby, and for your lives together. 



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Family photo shoot Take a lovely English summer's late afternoon, and a family with their dog in their garden looking its best and with the sun shining, and these are a few of the resulting pictures. 

Back lit, natural couples portraitBack lit, natural couples portrait

With the sun behind the couple, I used a reflector to brighten the eyes with a little extra light.  Family with their old dog in the back garden on a warm summer's evening

It's not easy to get the family dog to sit and look at the camera - they usually run over to sniff the lens. Jessie was very well behaved!

Gemma with her chicken

And even the chicken was easy to photograph. The beautiful evening sun was a real bonus. 

]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) Wiltshire portrait photography family photo session Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:22:52 GMT
A Portrait training session with Lacock Photography Last Sunday was another teaching day - portrait photography at Lacock Photography. We had a full house with 6 students, who were all good fun and keen to learn. The morning was spent in the classroom going over the most important points of how to take good portrait pictures, with examples of what NOT to do as well as what works well, and lots of images to demonstrate. After lunch Leila arrived and we tried out different techniques in the classroom, using window and door light. We then headed out into the village, stopping at any places that looked like the light was good, together with a suitable background. We're spoilt for choice in Lacock! Here are a few images that I took on the day, although I did't take too many with so many students. 

Seated poseSeated pose Leila in the bus shelterLeila in the bus shelter Portrait against wooden plankingPortrait against wooden planking Relaxed photo in clover fieldRelaxed photo in clover field Peeping out from behind a treePeeping out from behind a tree


]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) Natural light photography Wiltshire portrait photography portrait training Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:32:22 GMT
Wedding in Wiltshire Last week I photographed a small wedding, the ceremony being at the registry office in Chippenham and then the reception at The White Horse Inn in Compton Bassett. It was a lovely family and close friend's celebration; the weather was perfect and the May countryside was shown to its best. Here are a few pictures from the day:

Bride and groomBride and groom Outside Chippenham Registry OfficeOutside Chippenham Registry Office

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young bridesmaid runningBridesmaid The geese were a great attraction for the children, although fingers had to be kept away from those beaks! The weather was perfect for the guests to fully enjoy being outside in the garden for drinks and canape before the Wedding Breakfast. Relaxing in the gardenRelaxing in the garden Bride and groomBride and groom

I always insist on taking the bride and groom away for a few minutes photography, usually whilst guests are getting seated for the wedding breakfast. Many couples like the idea of candid, documentary pictures, but there is the danger that there will be very few pictures of the happy couple shown together if no posing is planned.

Close up of bride and groomClose up of bride and groom

]]> (Anna Durrant Photography) Chippenham Registry Office Wiltshire wedding photographer wedding photography Sat, 04 Jun 2016 14:43:07 GMT