Wedding Photography

Summer Wedding

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When I first met Ali and Mick in December last year to discuss their wedding, their wish was for an informal, relaxed, dry and sunny day.

On the 9th of July I turned up at Dunsley Hall, Kinver for the wedding of Ali and Mick. It is a beautiful location and I was keen to ensure that the photographs captured the beauty of this location as a backdrop for Ali and Mick, in addition to the usual wedding photographs.

It was a full day of photography, capturing the pre service preparation, the service itself, the speeches as well as the post service socialising.

As you can see from the photographs, the pre wedding was a relaxed affair and I was able to capture Ali’s silhouette in the window that was allowing the strong summer sunlight to come through.

With the groom, Best Man and Usher photos taken it was onto the ‘main event’ and the wedding of Ali and Mick.

In a wood panelled room, Ali was played in by Mick’s son Josh playing his acoustic guitar and so began the emotional roller coaster. After the service some formal group shots were taken on the steps and then onto a specific request given to me by Ali. The ‘Heart Shaped’ group shot. This particular shot took quite a bit of planning, and then encouraging the guests to get into position. However the end shot (as you can see in http://www.thjphotography.jamesfarley.co.uk/portfolio/ali-and-micks-wedding-july-2015/) was exactly how Ali and Mick wanted. It’s very important for me to capture photographs that people especially request, and I was pleased to be able capture this one.

It was then onto the formal group and couple shots in the magnificent surroundings of the hall, with the speech shots being taken after ‘Afternoon Tea’. As well as the usual speeches, special mention was made of absent relatives, who were represented in the room by having their photographs attached to the bottom of balloons. It was very poignant indeed, when Ali was surprised with a special little ceremony organised for her by her family to release these balloons into the early evening summer sky. I don’t think there was dry eye in the house at this point.

Onto the evening and it was time to do the first dance, and then some shots of the couple with the hall providing the backdrop as dusk fell.

As you can see from the photographs the day was informal, relaxed, dry and sunny…..exactly how Ali and Mick wished for back in December.


Late Spring Wedding

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IMG_9478-2The month of May saw me photographing the late spring wedding of Sally and Luke. After photographing ‘camera shy’ Luke at his ‘Surprise 30th Party’ organised by Sally in January, he was a relaxed groom as he arrived at the church with his Father as Best Man and the Ushers.

Prior to this I had spent the morning photographing Sally, her bridesmaids and flower girls as they got ready for the big day. It was a very relaxed, calm environment to photograph them, the dresses and the details throughout the morning

There was a lot detail that went into the day and you can see from the photographs on http://www.thjphotography.jamesfarley.co.uk/portfolio/sally-and-lukes-wedding-may-2015/ that this started with wild flowers in jars lining the path up to the church and these were carried on into the church itself, as well as at the reception at the Moat House.

One of the great things about this wedding, as with all weddings, was the preparation that went into it, and this also extended to the style of photographs that Sally required. Personally it was a challenge that I relished and it was a great source of satisfaction when Sally and Luke gave me their positive feedback.

The detail continued at the reception, and it complimented a relaxed day full of laughter and love shared with Sally and Luke by their families and friends.

Both St Mark’s Church in Great Wyrley and The Moat House at Acton Trussell provided stunning settings for the photographs and I was honoured to be asked to photograph this day.



Live Music

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Collage 1Live Music

As well as photography my other passion is music, and in particular live music. Therefore it was a dream come true when I was commissioned by Dean of Rattle & Drum Promotions Limited to photograph The Mersey Beatles at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, Cannock, Staffordshire.

The band come from Liverpool and “……since 1999 they have been recreating the sights and sound of the Fab Four with a very authentic Beatles tribute”. The band tour extensively throughout the year and this particular gig was their last in the UK prior to going to America for a series of dates.

The night consisted of songs from all the eras of The Beatles, and throughout the evening I was able to take photos from different vantage points around the venue.

As you can see from the photos, I’ve processed the images sympathetic to the 1960’s era where appropriate.

With PA Hire (http://www.cannocksoundhire.co.uk) providing the sound system the music was perfect for the capacity crowd to enjoy.

The first half consisted mainly of pre Sgt. Pepper songs and if you closed your eyes you could imagine yourself being back in the 1960’s.

The second half were songs from the post Sgt. Pepper era and as you can see from the photos on http://www.thjphotography.jamesfarley.co.uk/portfolio/the-mersey-beatles-april-2015/, the crowd were dancing in the aisles.

This was a top night’s worth of entertainment and I would thoroughly recommend you try and catch The Mersey Beatles when they’re at a venue near you. For further details please go their website at http://www.themerseybeatles.com/.

Spring Wedding

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April is a very interesting month weather wise, where you can get four seasons in one day. April was the month of the first wedding of the year and the week leading up to the 11th April was perfect warm and dry, spring weather.

The day itself?…….started a little damp but as you can see from the photographs (http://www.thjphotography.jamesfarley.co.uk/portfolio/karen-and-daves-wedding-11-04-1/) turned out perfectly.

Karen and Dave are regular clients of THJ Photography so I was delighted when they asked me to photograph their special day.

This was a full day of photography starting with the pre wedding preparations, the service itself at Walsall Registry Office, then onto Walsall Arboretum for the group and couple shots, finishing off at Darlaston All Active Centre.

It was great to capture the atmosphere prior to the wedding, and then to capture the service itself. It is clear to see how much love Karen and Dave share between themselves and their families. The couple fully engaging their families in the preparations, and the day itself

Walsall Arboretum in spring provided the perfect backdrop for the group and couple shots, and this come through in the photographs.

As you’d expect for such a popular couple there was a tremendous turnout for the evening reception, and you can see this with some of the photos. And as stated earlier you can see how much of a tightly knit family unit they are.

I hope you enjoy looking at the photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them.

If you know of anyone who’s planning to get married please don’t be afraid to drop them my contact details, as I’d love to have a chat with them to see if we can be a part of their day capturing those special moments.



Christmas Wedding

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As we move into Spring I would like to take you back to last winter and in particular Christmas time.

After a heavy snow fall on Boxing Day evening, it was with some trepidation that I awoke on the morning after, as this was the day of Sarah and Kevin’s wedding.

Snow levels on the ground weren’t too bad and so arrived at Sarah’s house for the pre wedding preparations in good time. After a very relaxed morning taking photos of Sarah and her daughter Naomi, it was onto the venue for the service which took place at Lichfield Registry Office.

It was here the photos of Kevin and Aaron (Best Man) were taken before the arrival of Sarah and Naomi. The service itself takes place in a beautiful room, overlooking a picturesque scene. Although it was bitterly cold for the outdoor group and couple shots, everyone was enjoying themselves with plenty of humour flying between the couple, family and guests, and this comes through in the pictures.

As an aside and as it was mid-Winter, as part of my preparations I visited the venue the week before (as I do for all weddings I shoot) to find the best locations for the photos and to gauge what the light will be like at the time of the wedding, particularly as the light fades fast at this time of the year.

And so onto Sarah & Kevin’s reception which took place at Burntwood Rugby Club. The joy and humour continued long into the night, and it’s easy to see how much this couple love each other. ‘Slash’ made a guest appearance during the couple’s first dance, and the cake cutting shot was one with a difference as you can see from the picture.

Overall it was a fantastic day, and I was proud and honoured to be asked to photograph Sarah and Kevin’s ‘big day’.

Please feel free to have a look at the Wedding (http://www.thjphotography.jamesfarley.co.uk/portfolio/sarah-and-kevins-wedding-december-2014/) section to view some images from the day.


Sarah Kevin Wedding (246)

Website Support

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Hi everyone, I hope you’re enjoying the website.

When I decided to set up a website for my photography, I never realised the amount of work required to get it up and running. The site itself would not have been possible without the support of a number of people.

Last Summer I attended a ‘Big Shoot Experience’ hosted by Damian McGillicuddy (http://www.damianmcgillicuddy.com). This was a fantastic experience in itself where I learnt a lot of skills that I try to implement into my photography every time I shoot.

I didn’t know it at the time but there was also another benefit of attending this event. I came into contact with Eifion Williams and Lee Iggulden who run Welshot Imaging. I have since come to appreciate how fortunate I was to come across these people.

Through the power of facebook I made contact with Lee and after a couple of conversations I was convinced that Welshot (http://www.welshotimaging.co.uk) could help me develop (excuse the pun) my photography to another level. Welshot is a group that provides….”academy evenings, photography workshops, experience days, software courses as well as other events in a friendly and affordable way….”. They are also a great networking group as well as offering business advice. Through Lee she advised that I need a Logo and a website in addition to my facebook page.

Consequently I contacted Nick Marsh of Nick Marsh Design (http://www.nickmarshdesign.co.uk), who was fantastic and very professional in helping to come with ideas for my logo that appears on my website, facebook page and my administration paperwork. I would recommend Nick to anyone that requires online and offline designs.

Back to Welshot and I was put into contact with James Farley (http://www.jamesfarley.co.uk), who is a photographer and a member of Welshot, as well as Website designer. After much hard work James designed the Website that you’re now looking at. Once again I would recommend James if you’re after a Website of your own.

So, as you can see there is a lot of effort and support that has gone into this site, and for that I would like to say….Thank you

As always if you have any comments please feel free to contact me.