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Friday, 3 June 2011

Laura & Mike Part deux

It's been a busy week for me editing the images from Laura & Mike's wedding, the disc is almost complete.

With over 300 images edited my graphics tablet has been on fire!
Mark has been using a selection of the images to put together an album, which I think we will use as our presentation album for the summer. The RMA Sandhurst is such a great location it was hard to select only 80 images for print.

I will keep the text brief for this blog post, and let you get on with the image viewing.

Can I also take this chance to announce that we are concurrently building a new website in the background, Mark is busy building our new wordpress site + blog.
We soon realised that our original site had flash based coding, thus alienating a lot of our viewers on mobile device's and for that we apologise.
We will officially launch the site and inform you of the new address and instructions on how to get the best from it later next week................exciting times


Sunday, 29 May 2011

Wedding of Laura & Mike Simpson

Saturday 28th May saw us covering the wedding of Laura & Mike at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Surrey (RMA).
the RMA Sandhurst is where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibilities of leading soldiers.

This weekend saw RMA having a slightly more important role for it was the stunning venue for the wedding of new Mr & Mrs Simpson
The service took place inside the stunning Royal Memorial Chapel , an immaculately kept chapel in the centre of the academy grounds.
This would of been the very chapel that both Prince William & Harry would of attended regular church service whilst conducting their own training for officer selection in recent years.

Thankfully the weather held its nerve for the day, with only a minor threat of drizzle around 16:30 when we were outside taking the second of the formal group photographs.
what did happen for us though, were some fantastic clouds as shown below in the image, producing that perfect light for the couple shots.
some assistance was helped along with our Quadra's for one or two of the images.

Its always a pleasing moment for a photographer when the ambient light is so good, for portraits you couldn't ask for anything better, the bride & groom look amazing where ever you decide to position them, and you are lucky enough not to have to resort to taking every shot in open shade - which is always a good thing.

As per the norm for us here at Cap2ure, we like to tease the newly wed couple with a single image before going onto produce their album over the following weeks, and we also like to show the rest of the world our work.

we present you the new Mr & Mrs Simpson

Friday, 27 May 2011

forever yours of rye

today we were commissioned to shoot an image for a bridal boutique in the cinque port town of rye, east sussex.

Emma beaney the owner of forever yours of rye required a specific image for an advert that is due to go to print next week in the Hastings observer.

this was a fairly simple image to produce, especially when the model and dress are flawless.

working to exact measurements for the advert, we discussed with emma the exact details on what she required, what was to be included from the editorial team and file types needed for final print.
of course it's always our aim to provide the client with as many options available within the time frame and we shot a number of pose positions, using both natural light and the quadra's.

Our deadline is tuesday, however in our normal speedy fashion we had a draft edit out within 1 day.
all in all it was another successful commission and we look forward to working with emma again on further design work.

Monday, 23 May 2011

The Wedding of Donna & Craig

What a Weekend!

Cap2ure covered another fantastic wedding this weekend, this time travelling up to a beautiful part of the country, Ulverston in the Lake District...

We had the privilege to be commissioned to cover Donna and Craig, the new Mr & Mrs Sewell's big day. As usual we made our plans, having been in regular communication with the supremely organised Donna. We decided that due to the huge distance of over 350 miles each way to be driven we would travel up on the day before and camp nearby!

Prior to arriving we found a cracking little site, very quiet, all the amenities we required and the added bonus it was close to town. We pitched tents and went out and about to carry out a recce of the Church and Venue.

On arrival at the outstanding Abbey House Hotel in Barrow in Furness we knew we were in for a treat. It is a beautiful grand building set in amazing grounds, a great location for images. If the weather holds out!! During the recce we identified a number of areas we could use for both the family shots and the more intimate images of the newlyweds.

The following morning the weather looked OK! however we constantly checked the Iphone for an up to date forecast, looks good till late afternoon....

All aspects of the day were given the usual 110 percent, Donna and Craig looked great as did all the guests. The Service held in St Mary of Furness was one of the few Catholic Services I have been to and the first Cap2ure has covered. Donna kept with tradition and was "slightly late" However everyone else kept their calm and all went to plan!

As soon as we arrived back at The Abbey House Hotel we snapped in to mode and cap2ured the images of just the newlyweds, due mainly to the fact the weather was looking as if it was about to break and we wanted to utilise the fantastic areas we had recce'd the day before.

We moved fast and managed to get all the images we wanted in less than twenty minutes, just giving us a bit of time to grab a few of the family group shots before the heavens opened, they pretty much stayed open for the remainder of the day and long in to the evening.

Not to be outdone we found a few spots within the Abbey to do the remainder of the groups.

Following the wedding breakfast, the evening entertainment began with Ceilidh dancing, disco and ended with a fabulous fireworks display.

A long, yet rewarding day! Thanks go out to Donna and Craig, for hosting us all so well. It truly was a great day.

All that remained was for us to trudge our way back to our campsite, still raining, but too tired to care and rest our weary heads before the long drive home........

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Ashford Rail works with Emma Harrower.

With Emma Harrower breaking into the early days of her modelling career we felt the need to go and have a mess about inside Ashford Rail Works.

The site which is more of a derelict graveyard for Network Rail, houses some great shoot locations.
We had to seek permission from a chartered surveyors in London in order to use the premises, but it is so worth it.

We are one of the first and only photographers allowed to shoot in there, and anyone thinking of poaching the spot....remember who was first!....anything you do is plagiarism.

Back to the shoot, we had the ever wonderful Charmaine Wallbridge of Beautilicious Makeup
hand working her magic with the makeup brushes and lippy.
Working a majority of the shots with a 105mm prime things were pretty simple, allowing Emma to strut her stuff.
Lighting provided by two Quadra's until the battery died! - back up plan 1 x SB900 with a shoot through umbrella.

Remember if anyone wishes to have this style of shoot we are available for booking at a cost of £75 for the two hours.

please enjoy the images.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011


So far this year we have shot over 3,000 images, a lot have been seen on the blog and a lot never made the grade!
Should we admit that?........Well any photographer that can shoot 100% perfect imagery every time is lying.
Photography is and always has been a learning process, even for seasoned Pro's.

Every time we go out with our camera's I can guarantee one of us will learn something new, a slight tweak here and there, or the light was acting in a different way than expected and we had to adjust accordingly. Afterall some of our best work has come through spontaneity, cap2uring that unexpected moment.

Turning photography into a full time profession is probably one of the best jobs in the world, admittedly trying to make a living out of it has it's own challenges! but the opportunities of getting to meet and work with different people daily, and shooting great images of them is the best feeling. There is nothing better than the moment you reveal your final images to your clients, seeing the look on their face when you know deep down you have done the best you can from the cap2ure stage all the way through to the print is brilliant.

We want to share with you a selection of portraits taken from both of us over the past few months, some have gone through radical editing, and this something that is unique and very personal to the eye of the beholder - This is the beauty of photography - it is very subjective, nothing is neither right nor wrong.

We are now offering a 2 hour portrait session for the price of £75.
This offer is your opportunity to have us both for 2 hours at a location of your choice, with all eyes on you, we can promise you will come away with a stunning selection of images.
You will also receive an 8x12" print free.
We supply canvas prints, acrylic blocks and wall mountable acrylics, and a selection of framed prints.
You can find more details on the website, or simply book us via

we specialise in pre-wedding shoots, engagement shoots, children and adult portraits and can even offer a full portfolio service, as well as a Cherish/Trash the dress style of shoot after that special day has passed.
We are also able to undertake large formal groups, sporting groups and corporate portraits.

please enjoy viewing, and feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the post.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Wedding Fair @ The Hilton, Maidstone.

Today we were invited to shoot images at the Hilton Hotel, in Maidstone for one of their annual Wedding fairs for 2011.

It was jam packed from the minute we arrived until the minute we left, crammed from wall to wall with exhibitor's too.
It seems no matter how hard the recession is supposed to be hitting us, weddings will always have their place.

It felt great to be working at our first wedding fair, in an event photography role.
We were there on behalf of Wedding Guild working with the wonderful Tracey & Amy.

Our main effort was to cap2ure the fashion show, this was setup for Tiara & Tails of Mersham le Hatch.

The Bridal Fashion show proved to extremely popular, all seats filled with over spills taking refuge on the floor, me included!

Three seperate catwalk parades were conducted, finishing off with the rather swanky Owen ( how he held his nerve upon that catwalk with all of those girls looking so glam beats me)
A large round of applause to all those involved.

Well done Lena ( Tiara & Tails) for all of your hard work - let's hope you get some bookings.

Today was also a very important day for cap2ure, as it was our chance to present Lena with our 36x24 canvas for her will have to pop in and see it, believe me it's worth it.

oh well, let me get some images posted up to show you all what you missed.

can I please give one more mention to a legend of a guy, and that is Chris Harding.
Chris works as a full time professional close up Magician in and around the Kent/London area.

Please take a look at his website for more info HERE

Owen holding his own amongst the models.