Photography

Steven & Andrea's Wedding | Birmingham city centre | Wedding Blog by scott stockwell

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I didn't shoot bridal preparations for this wedding although instead I joined Steven and the majority of his wedding party at The Alchemist Bar In Birmingham which was a nice change. I loved shooting the relaxed atmosphere while the guests enjoyed a drink and capturing Steven nervously taking sips from his whiskey glass :)

The Birmingham Registry office was just around the corner where Andrea arrived looking stunning! After the ceremony we made our way over to Marco Pierre White Steakhouse for the wedding breakfast which has amazing views over Birmingham. This was then followed by a trip to Sutton Park Where we did a few more shots of Steven & Andrea on their own. Steven chose this beautiful spot to propose to Andrea, it was nice that Steven & Andrea were willing to take the extra time away from their guests for a few snaps at this location. The finishing stop was The Green House where guests were welcomed by an open bar and band playing through out the night.

Great day with amazing atmosphere throughout, I wish you both the best for the future!

Lifestyle Shoot at Alfrick nature with the Mace family by scott stockwell

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I took photos of the Mace family a few months back now but what a lovely day we had. The shoot was held at Alfrick nature reserve which has a lovely trail to follow around the reserve, children love it! Beth also brought along her best friend Sophie the dog, they made a great team during the photoshoot striking poses together :)

 
 


Josh & Naomi’s wedding at Priors Tithe Barn by scott stockwell

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I had the pleasure of shooting Josh & Naomi's wedding back in August, the sun was out in full force and was probably one of the hottest days I have shot a wedding. Priors Tithe Barn dates back to the 13th century which features a beautiful manor house and barn, nestled in the countryside surrounded by gardens full of roses and wild flowers. When Josh & Naomi and I first met at the venue Naomi told me that king Henry VIII was rumoured to have stayed here with Anne Boleyn! 

I have added some photos of the day below. I wish Naomi and Josh all the best for the future :)

Trip to Morocco by scott stockwell

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I had a bit of a gap in my work diary and found some cheap flights and accommodation so decided to book a 10 day solo trip to morocco. I flew to Marrakech where I stayed for 3 nights and also travelled to Fes where I stayed for a few nights with one night where I slept out in the desert.

The main reason I wanted to do this trip was to take photos of the people of Morocco not so much the beautiful buildings and landscape. I like to take photos of people with out them knowing, this seems a bit weird but there is something about taking a photo with out the subject knowing the photographer is present, it makes the subject look so much more natural.

Although this all back fired a little with the fact Im quite tall with pale white skin so I stood out from the crowd quite a lot, so was spotted as soon as I pulled my camera out. Also the people of Morocco are quite strict muslims and really really do not like having their photo taken (especially by a tourist). I was shouted at least five times by different people before I had even taken a photo, with two people running over to me demanding money because I pointed a camera at them and someone actually came up to me asking to delete the photo even though this was not possible as I was shooting with film.

In the end I just totally lost the confidence to take photos of people and felt like I had to be a bit more respectful of their culture. I did try ask people for a portrait but they either said no or wanted a stupid amount of money. Overall though was a great trip with so much to see and do :)

I have posted a few of the photos I did mange to take of people below. All photos are shot on Kodak Portra 400 film.

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Film multi-exposure fun by scott stockwell

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I have quite a few shoots I still need to write blogs about, although I thought it was about time I did a blog post about what photography I do in my spare time. To those of you that know me you probably know I have a bit of a fascination with shooting film on older cameras. When I was younger I remember my dad buying me my first point and shoot film camera and taking shots of anything in front of me like film was infinite when really your only limited to 36 shots. Then having my film developed at boots to find half the pictures either blurry, underexposed or the flash has made your whole family look like red eye demons, which I think was quite a common family photo look back in the day. But this was all part of the fun of shooting film!

Any way back to what I have been up to with shooting film. I recently have been experimenting with multi-exposure photography. A lot of people some times do this by accident where they haven't wound on their film properly and have two images overlapping to give a ghostly double exposure frame. Most digital cameras now have this multi-exposure feature built in, this is not as fun as the film method. You can also quite easily do this in photoshop using two different images you find off google (cheating).

I wont go into explaining the technique but heres a wikipedia article on how it works https://goo.gl/m1iO7v, to put it in basic terms its shooting two shots on one frame so they overlap. The fun with shooting this on film is that you can't see how the two images are going to meet together, you really have to use your head to remember what part of the frame you took your previous shot. This is because the shadows and highlights of your first images will also effect how your second overlapping shot will show up on the next negative. Shadows will show more of your second shot while highlights will not show as well on the second images as this part of the negative is already exposed.

I have posted some images below (they are not photoshopped)

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Next 5 images Kodak Tri-x 400

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last 5 images Ilford sfx 200

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Katie & Victoria's wedding by scott stockwell

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After meeting Katie & Victoria for a quick chat about their wedding over coffee & tea I could tell they were both such a lovely, friendly, down to earth couple and that shooting their wedding was going to be lots of fun. We had some beautiful weather on the day, which was perfect because the ceremony was held at Sandwell registry office which has a lovely garden for photos. The ceremony was then followed by drinks, food and dancing at the Strathallen Menzies Hotel.

I have also included some of the engagement shoot photos with this post as I seem to have missed writing a blog about it. The engagement shoot was held at Sandwell Valley.

I wish Katie and Victoria all the best in the future :)

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John & Hannah's Engagement shoot, Colwall by scott stockwell

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with John & Hannah for their engagement shoot. They were a bit stuck for ideas so I suggested a country style shoot in the sleepy village of Colwall. I know Colwall quite well because I use to work there for a while and love cycling along the quiet back lanes so had some good ideas of where exactly I wanted the shoot to take place.

They also both told me an interesting story of how they first met.They were both young and met in the medical room at high school, I don't know what their symptoms were. Hannah told me that John was chatting & comforting her while they briefly met which Hannah thought was really sweet of him. Then John told me that he had looked after her because he thought Hannah would look "fit" when she's older :-D .They then met again later in life where Hannah spotted John and asked if he remembered her from high school. Quite a nice story to tell :)

John and Hannah were a great fun on the shoot and I can't wait to shoot their wedding in December.

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Tom & Emma's Wedding, Birtsmortan Court 25/05/15 by scott stockwell

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   I have wanted to feature Tom & Emma's wedding at Birtsmortan Court on my blog for a while. Surrounded in beautiful countryside with its eye catching buildings and lovely gardens along with Tom & Emma's personal touches it did make the whole day feel real special :).

I first heard from Tom & Emma about a year ago when I was starting out my business and we were connected through friends of friends of friends etc. Emma's father also use to be a pro wedding photographer but now a photo enthusiast, so it did feel like a bit of an honour to be chosen to be the photographer for the day.

Tom & Emma are a lovely couple who I hope have a happy and long future together & it was a pleasure to shoot there wedding :)

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