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End to 2017 |The wedding photos you didn't see | Wedding Photography | Scott Stockwell Photography by scott stockwell

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2017... What a crazy year its been!

I've noticed lots of people on social media sharing their most popular or best photographs from 2017, but I wanted to do something a bit different.I'm always trying to show you my best images on my social media pages and blog posts; but for my look back through 2017 I want to show you the pictures that I would not normally post but I was pleased I captured.

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Happy new year :) 

 

 

 

Matt & Sarah | Aston Marina, Stone, Staffordshire | Wedding Blog by scott stockwell

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The day started at Matt's parents home, where Sarah and her band of bridesmaids were getting ready. I then joined Matt who was waiting nervously at Stafford Elim Christian Centre.The nerves soon seemed to disappear as soon as he saw Sarah walking down the aisle towards him. It was very atmospheric with music playing throughout the ceremony. 

Once the ceremony finished guests enjoyed food & beverages at Aston Marina in the boat house. A lovely venue nestled in the Staffordshire countryside with a marina proved a perfect backdrop for photos. A break in the clouds was welcome as well as catching photos during some picturesque golden hour light taking us into the evening.

It was a pleasure to capture Matt & Sarah's great energy and I wish them both 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)

First image Agfa vista colour 200

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Next 5 images Kodak Tri-x 400

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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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Adam & Ria's Wedding, Curradine Barns, 18/05/15 by scott stockwell

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A new blog post for a newly married couple the lovely Adam & Ria or Mr & Mrs Phelpotts :)

I have really been looking forward to sharing this wedding with everyone. I already knew Ria so it was really nice to celebrate this day as a guest and a photographer. Their day started off with lots of dark clouds and rain, I could tell Ria was slightly worried during her bridal preparations about the rain.  However as the guests started to arrive the sun made an appearance, and along with the summery theme of sunflowers it felt like a warm summers day.

The venue was lovely and intimate; and their personal touches such as sunflowers and morroccan lanterns created a magical setting. Overall was a fantastic Wedding and wish Adam & Ria a long happy marriage and the best for the future.

Ria is a Jewellery designer and made her own wedding rings they were really unique you can see more of her designs here :http://www.riapoyntondesign.co.uk/

I have posted a few images of the day below for you all to view :)

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Spring Light by scott stockwell

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The blossom was out, the rapeseed fields were turning a bright yellow & we had some beautiful weather on our side. Perfect time for a portrait shoot and Ali was kind enough let me take a few portrait shots of her around Malvern :) I took a mix of digital and film on the day.

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Mamiya 645 / 150mm 3.5 / Kodak Portra 160 film  (1 stop Push):

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Finally Ali's shot of me on film :p

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