12 Sep 2008

Center Parcs - WARNING: I HAD A PINT OF BEER BEFORE WRITING THIS

Center Parcs - ummmmm...??? Now, before we get too far with this blog it's worth mentioning that prior to going to Center Parcs I wasn't sure I was the kinda guy who'd like it. Now upon my return it is fair to say that indeed it's not exactly my cuppa tea, although palatable.

Anyway for want of making this an unnecessarily long blog, in short the Davis' along with a couple of friends decided to dip our toes into the world of 'packaged' holidays - with the main reason being toddlers. Yes, CP (as we'll call it for short) is geared up to families with kids - or so they say.

Well, we did have a great few days, although it blinking well rained on a couple of them (what's that all about - come on, give me a break). It does offer plenty of activities; face painting, glueing, sticking, soft play, swimming,blah, blah, blah. But god damn it's pretty expensive. I've done painting with Daisy before and it certainly worked out a lot cheaper than a CP session!

So, without going on and on and on, here's some photos that sum up the few days we had last week relaxing (hah yeah right, with two toddlers & a baby!) at CP.


You'll notice a few photos along this theme. It's called painting with light and involves me & Dave messing about with a torch and a camera whilst the girlies look on in disbelief as to what an earth their hubbies are up to. Note: there is no Photoshop trickery here, it's all done in camera with a long shutter speed, torch and a flash. (was that too techie for you by the way or do you all know what a long shutter speed is?) Above was my best attempt, below is one of the many earlier failures where I struggled with the concept of writing the letter 'G' back to front. Note: this is harder than it looks!



Just cute Daisy - ahhhhhh.



More trickery with a flash gun and long shutter speed - spooky huh! LOL. Ohh that's CP in the background by the way - that's the PLAZA...woooooow.


So, whilst on baby sitting duty (as the girls were off pampering) Dave & I took it upon ourselves to learn more about 'off camera flash' (Zzzzzz, boring Matt, I hear you all say!!!). But no, it's all very relative as one day you'll be on the receiving end of my off camera flash and wouldn't you like to look as fine as Dave and I do in front of the camera? OK, so we're not the best at posing....that's because it's all about the camera settings, not the pose! PS - these were the two I chose to show on my blog, other out-takes are available but not for general viewing!


Ahh yeah, (above) that's Dave & I looking after the kids. Dave taking pics of them, me taking pics of Dave taking pics of them. Who exactly is looking after them you may ask? We too had the same concerns...well for a second, then got on with taking more photos!

Here's my little Pocahontis.







Ahh, Dave on child care duties AGAIN. Both eyes firmly on the tv, what a loving dad! Daisy (below) with square eyes, clearly from watching too much TV.



Ohh look, I did take a pic of the place we stayed - there you go mum, you'll like to see that. It's the one on the right hand side of this row. Daisy rather liked the puddles out the front.



PS - as a note, Ali aka BIMPY (my wife) and Clare (Dave's wife) did come with us on holiday, yet we apparently neglected to take any photos of them. Ooops, sorry girls, I mean ladies! They must have been off pampering all the time, that's why...yeah, that's it! :-)

Gloucestershire Wedding Photography - Manor House Hotel, Moreton-In-Marsh

Last weekend was a little wet to say the least (yeah, I know I go on about weather, but where was summer this year?). However, Sat was the drier of two days I worked and thankfully we managed a few outdoor shots around the Manor House Hotel, which has beautiful gardens & grounds set amongst it's ye olde buildings.

Keith & Nicola had a great wedding with some nice personal touches. I especially liked the Polaroid photos with an album to slip them in and guests comments alongside their shot. The boys shooting these were right fun too, so top marks for the organisation there!

Anyway, without further a do, here are a few photos from their day, where I covered bride preps through to first dance.

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....I really think you should put a dress on rather than the stripy shirt!?

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Keith & Nicola specifically requested that I was allowed to take photos during the wedding ceremony. This shot was certainly a great one I was pleased to catch.

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.....and the wedding slideshow



I had a few words of thanks from Keith's mum yesterday so thought it nice to include these alongside their slideshow. Here's what Eleanor had to say.

"Good Morning Matt, Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful pictures of Keith & Nicola's wedding - they really are 'something else' can't stop looking at them. Thank you so much for turning a wonderful day into a wonderful memory".

8 Sep 2008

Wedding Photography Manor House Hotel - keith & Nicola


Keith and Nicola - 7th Sept 2008

As I'm off this week, I thought I'd put up a few taster shots from yesterdays wedding at The Manor House Hotel, Moreton-In-Marsh. I'll hopefully find time to include a slideshow on my return next week but in the meantime I hope you enjoy these.



Love that french polish set against the black eye liner - sweet.




Rain? Rain on a wedding day, that's not meant to happen!



Doesn't matter if it's raining when you're in the pub right?



Cute bridesmaid dress.









Polaroid cameras at a wedding - smart idea boys.



Wedding bubbles - are they for the kids or the adults?


Ohh the shame of wedding speeches - great!


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