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Jon's Apple Photography Blog

A diary of my work (and more) which will hopefully give you you an insight into my clients and my photography. I'd love to hear your feedback so please feel free to leave comments at the end of each post.

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Wedding Gift Vouchers

I shot a wedding on Easter Monday. The Bride and Groom opted for a Braeburn digital only package but added Photography gift vouchers to their gift list to cover the costs of the Album. For the vouchers themselves the guests gave me their personal messages and we used shots from the engagement shoot for the vouchers.

This is how how one of the vouchers looked:




Eliza & Damien's Wedding Photography at St Michaels Manor, St Albans, Hertfordshire

I often get asked about the advantages of having 2 photographers at a wedding so I thought I'd post a couple of previous weddings that I've done with other Photographers.

Eliza and Damien got married at St Michael's Manor in St Albans, a stunning venue with beautiful gardens. They had booked two photographers to cover their wedding day and I was shooting with Hannah McGregor of Funky Photographers. Hannah spent the morning with Eliza photographing the bridal preparations at her parents home. Damien's little boy was the best man so I spent the morning with the two of them while they were getting ready.   


While Hannah was organising the group shots I wandered around looking for candid / reportage type shots:


We often shoot with different lenses from various angles and locations, in the shot below I ran round the lake to take advantage of the wonderful reflections whilst Hannah shot from the left:


Daniel & Kylie Family Portrait shoot near Silchester, Hampshire 

I had the very great pleasure of photographing Daniel and Kylie and their family in a "Life Style" family shoot at Pamber Forest near Silchester. As well as the 2 children, the Grandparents and Auntie Beryl came along! We did some family group shots along with lots of the children running around the woods and having fun in the mud.

Despite getting covered in mud, I had an absolutley brilliant time and am looking forward to presenting the images to the family in the next few days.


Laura & John, Engagement Photography at the Botanical Gardens, Oxford

One of the many things I love about being a wedding photographer is the fantastic and diverse range of locations I get to shoot in. My previous engagement shoot was at an aboretum in Surrey this time we are at the Botanical Gardens in Oxford.The gardens are just beggining to come alive with spring flowers and buds, with its walled gardens and facinating greenhouses it's well worth a visit.

Having spent the morning with John and Laura I'm really looking forward to the wedding in May at "Matara", a stunning wedding venue in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.



Laura & Chris, Engagement Photography at Winkfield Aboretum, Surrey

Laura & Chris are getting married on Easter Monday at Ufton Court, a beautiful Elizabethan venue located near Newbury, Berkshire.
They chose the Winkfield Aboretum in Surrey for the engagement shoot because Chris had actually proposed to Laura here ( on the bench at the top of the steps in the picture below!). Chris, you picked a beautiful spot to pop the question.

I think Chris and Laura were a little nervous to start with but soon relaxed and we had a great time wandering around, chatting and taking pictures. I'm mounting one of the images in a signature mount to use instead of a guest book at the wedding.

Thanks for a great morning and I look forward to seeing you next week!





Catherine & Grant's Wedding Photography, Pencarrow House, Cornwall

Catherine & Grant chose Valentine's day for their Wedding Day, and as both originate from Cornwall they decided to go home for their Wedding.

Having visited Pencarrow House on the Saturday afternoon and seen the spectacular grounds I couldn't wait to get started. The weather had been a slight concern, we had shot the engagement pictures on the Saturday at Perranporth and whilst the rain had held off it was pretty cold and windy. We needn't have worried, Sunday was a beautiful day!

I arrived at Cat's parents house to do the Bridal preparation shots in the morning and it was like a summers day. Catherine and her bridesmaids looked gorgeous and I knew we'd get some fantastic shots!

My thanks go to Cat and Grant and both their families (particularly Harry!) for making it such a beautiful day.





CPT Insight Day, Staveley, Cumbria

Friday was an exciting day for me, Firstly I've never visited the Lake district before and secondly having met Catherine and Jane from CPT on their 3 day training sessions at the SWPP last year I new what a great day was in store.

I decided to drive up on Thursday afternoon planning to arrive in time so that I could  take some pictures around the lakes at sunset, unfortuneatley the M6 was a disaster area and it was pitch black by the time I arrived! So, I grabbed some dinner and checked into Li'le Hullets for an early night.

I slept like a log but woke early, so rushed out with camera before breakfast to explore.

The scenery was simply breathtaking, I was so excited! I thought about driving to Windemere, but with only half an hour available I decided just to pull over half a mile from the B&B and walk over the hills. The views were stunning, what a way to start the day!

After Breakfast (thanks Anne) I headed down to CPT. Jane, Catherine and the team were excellent! They very quickly covered every concern I had about the course and showed that they have an amazing understanding of professional photography. In the afternoon Andrew Collier and Stewart Randall, (both previous students) gave powerful testimonials about their CPT Bespoke experience.

I came away with enthusiasm, ideas and extra confidence, and that's before I've even started the course....

So thank you and all being well I'll see you again in May.

Just to finish off here's a couple of the pictures I managed to take before breakfast.



Jane, Chris and Family Lifestyle Photography at Hungerford Marshes, Berkshire

I met Jane, Chris and the girls on a cold, frosty Saturday morning. They chose Hungerford Marshes for their portrait photography not just because it's a beautiful location, but it also gives the pictures context. They spend so much time her with the children and walking the dogs too they thought it would be lovely to have a record of their time here.

Despite getting a wet foot in the river I had a great time so thank you for a lovely morning!!

Here's a small selection of the shots:


Cat and Grant's Engagement Shoot at Perranporth Beach, Cornwall

I had the very great pleasure of spending the Valentines Day Weekend in Cornwall. Cat and Grant were getting married on Valentines Day at Pencarrow House near Bodmin and we had arranged to do an Engagement shoot on the beach at Perranporth on the Saturday. I drove down from Hampshire on Saturday morning and met up after lunch. It was overcast and freezing but we had a great time, Cat and Grant were very relaxed and soon became accustomed to having their picture taken! 

Here's a small selection of the pictures from the day, I'm currently working on the wedding pictures so look out for those in the next few days too.

Forgot to mention the car! They had booked an Aston Martin DB6 for the wedding which we went to pick up after the shoot so I felt I had to include one shot.

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Sue and Mark's Engagement shoot at Wasing Park

Sue and Mark are getting married at Wasing Park in April this year and chose to do their engagement shoot there too. Wasing is a fantastic venue and great for photography! All sorts of buildings, wonderful gardens, and plenty of indoor light, offer plenty of opportunity for a wedding photographer.

We met at 11:00 on a cold damp February morning, and wandered around the gardens shooting for about an hour. Here's a small selection of shots from the session.

I'm really looking forward to the Wedding in April and just hope it's a little warmer!



Elaine and Kye's Wedding Photography, Carbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall

What a difference a couple of weeks makes! On the 7th of February I was photographing a Wedding in Arctic like conditions and here we are on the 21st and it's like a summers day!

I was lucky enough to be booked for the full day for Elaine and Kye's wedding, and due to the distances involved, (St Ives in Cornwall) I went down on the previous day. When I arrived Kye and the groomsmen were off surfing so I tagged along to get some shots.

The Ceremony wasn't till 4:00 pm so I was a little concerned about the failing evening light and having enough time to go for a walk with the Bride & Groom. After talking things through at the planning meeting we decided we would go for a walk immediately after the ceremony, do the big group shot first and then move indoors and use the studio lights for the all of the family shots.

I was delighted with the results and had an absolutely fantastic two days!

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Katharine and Andrew's Wedding Photography, Tylney Hall, Rotherwick, Hampshire

Tylney Hall, Rotherwick, Hampshire

The weather is always a cause for concern at weddings, but it shouldn't be. You can't change it so don't worry about it! In fact get the umbrellas and wellies out and emrace it.

The Bride and Groom did exactly that on this snowy February day in Rotherwick, Hampshire. Katharine put on her bridal trainers and Andrew carried her out into the snow for some beautiful shots. For the group shots we used studio lights indoors and took advantage of the gorgeous wood panelling that makes Tylney Hall such a wonderful venue.

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