Claudia and Adam Wedding Sneak Peek | Salterns Harbourside Hotel | Wedding Photography by Robert Whetton

by Robert Whetton 22. July 2012 00:04

Just back from a great day with the wedding of Claudia and Adam at Salterns Harbourside Hotel.. Wow what a day, the weather held great, I have the top of my head to prove it too!
Anyway after backing up the shots from today, this shot really struck me as a great Sneak Peek. I whisked Claudia and Adam away from the crowd for a few minutes to capture the fantastic sunset we had!

Claudia and Adam pose in the sunset over Poole bay, Sandbanks - Wedding Photography Dorset

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Lowe!!

And I realise that I haven't blogged previous stuff too.. all that will come in time..

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New Born Baby Session | Mucha Family | Portrait Photography by Dorset Photographer Robert Whetton

by Robert Whetton 7. February 2012 14:15

Mad families, I have no idea how they find me, but they do! It's great! Makes for such fun sessions..

Lead singer and guitarist, Stu from The Skinny Skulls has a younger sister Anna. She has two beautiful daughters and a mad Fiancé, Nick! When Eve was born, Anna arranged for me to come see them and get some shots of the family together as Nick was home on leave from the Navy.

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

Nick was a blast, such a fun guy, and it rubs off on Georgina, much to the dispare of Anna.

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

Oh, great shot hold it there.. *Nick leans in and kisses Anna!* Fun times!

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

What happens when mum leaves the room? Calls asking what all the laughing is about and she wants some nice photos please!

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

Nicks Mum came down from Scotland to see her Grandaughter, so I got some shots of her with Eve too

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

New Born Baby Portraiture by Dorset Portrait Photographer Robert Whetton

Anna and Nick are getting married at the end of March, Can't wait to photograph your big day guys!

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Bournemouth Portrait Session with Body Paint Artist Pixie Lawrie | Studio and Location Shooting

by Robert Whetton 1. February 2012 16:48

Before Pixie set off to France for her season of Body Painting, she wanted to spend some time having her photographs taken professionally for her and her portfolio. So she contacted me and we talked about her needs and threw some ideas around..

We arranged a time for her to come down from London and spent the time being creative in the studio and out on location.

The morning was out and about in the woods near Wareham forest getting Pixie warmed up to the camera because she told me that she hadn't done anything like this ever!

Pixie warming up to the camera - Professional Portraits Dorset

Pixie warming up to the camera - Professional Portraits Dorset

Pixie comfortable in front of the camera - Professional Portraits Dorset

It didnt take long for Pixie to become comfortable infront of the camera. Shot after shot was a 'keeper'.

Stunning shot of Pixie with her coat around her arms - Professional Portraits Dorset

With Pixie warmed up we headed to the studio for some more controlled lighting and to get the shots that Pixie had talked about during the consultation.

Pixie blowing dandy lion on the way back to the car - Professional Portraits Dorset

I grabbed this candid of Pix on the way back to the car.

Studio head shots, with a hat! - Professional Portraits Dorset

Starting with a head shot and a simple 2 light set-up, I got Pixie to sit on a stool and shooting tethered we started to capture shots and getting the instant feedback of seeing herself on screen we were able to move quickly though getting the shots needed.

Studio head shots, with a hat! - Professional Portraits Dorset

The next part of the session we had to think about carefully, Pixie wanted to do some Face/Body painting for some of the shots.. she also wanted to be in a sink full of bubbles.

But first on the list was an implied nude. So this shot was taken with bikini top and bottoms with body parts and hair used to hide any sign of clothing making Pix look nude in the shot. Again shooting tethered we were able to assess imediately if the angle was right, the body parts were in the same place etc. and it pretty much matched the photo we had seen and talked about. Lighting on this was a little more complex and also took some time to get just right.

Pixie seeming to be naked, but in fact in a bikini - Professional Portraits Dorset

Next on the list, Bubbles in a sink! This idea came about from a photograph that someone had taken of Pixie while she was studying at university and she wanted to re-inact the shot, but with a little more shazam.. So half a bottle of washing up liquid later and we had enough bubbles to sit in and cover the important parts.. Again this was an implied nude shot with Pixie still in her bikini.

Pixie sits in a sink of bubbles - Professional Portraits Dorset

Next on the cards.. Some body painting, after drying herself off Pixie went to work on a background for the shot, and then painting herself.

Pixie paints herself with body paint - Professional Portraits Dorset

Pixie paints herself with body paint - Professional Portraits Dorset

The afternoon was running away with us and we had 2 more locations to hit before we were finished. Pixie had an amazing hoddie with Disney characters on, so our next stop was one of the only places that still has graffiti in the area.. While Pix washed the paints off, i packed up the studio lights and backgrounds and we hit the streets once more.

Pixie leans against a graffiti'd wall - Professional Portraits Dorset

Wide angle of Pixie against a graffiti'd wall - Professional Portraits Dorset

The light fading fast, I wanted to try one more thing with Pixie at this location before moving to the beach. A jump shot!

Pixie jumps though the air - Professional Portraits Dorset

Pixie used to work for the BBC props department, working on Eastenders and picked up a wedding dress in one of the auctions they have. So with a quick costume change in the car we were onto the beach to finish the days shoot.

Pixie posing in an Eastenders wedding dress against a blue beach hut door - Professional Portraits Dorset

We had some amazing light to work with that evening, timed to perfection.. The sun was setting and there were wispy clouds in the sky, couldn't have asked for better!

Pixie poses on the beach against the settnig sun - Professional Portraits Dorset

Moving down to the sea was to be the downfall for my flash.. I hadn't anticipated being so close to the sea for shots, and didn't put a freezer bag into my lens bag to put the flash in (I carry freezer bags in my main bag to protect my flashes and triggers from rain and water). I figured it would be ok to put my light stand on the sand for a couple of shots, but the sea came up and the sand gave way.. The light took a tumble into the water and died... But, I managed to capture this before it did!

Pixie poses on the sea front against the settnig sun - Professional Portraits Dorset

After kicking myself for not bagging the flash, I turned everything off and broke out the Sigmalux (50mm 1.4) and went for some ambient light shots to finish off the session.

Ambient light head shot of Pixie using the Sigmalux (50mm 1.4) - Professional Portraits Dorset

Thank you Pixie for choosing me to be the photographer to capture your beauty and spirit. Hope we can work on some projects again in the future.

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Wedding of Marie and Dave - 1st Oct 2010. Supporting Vikki Poole with her first wedding

by Robert Whetton 7. October 2010 01:39
Last Friday saw me 2nd shooting and supporting Vikki Poole a keen ameteur photographer that I know from when I shoot The Longest Day gigs. She informed me that she was going to be shooting her first wedding, I asked her how much experience of wedding photography she had and got the answer of "None". Alarm bells rang and I knew that I couldn't let her shoot the wedding by herself, and offered my services. She imediately said "Yes Please!".

So I started the ball rolling by giving her a list of things she should be asking the Bride and Groom about the day. The day was looking good, timings etc. Then the thing that all photographers hate, the weather looked grim for the day. It was going to be a wet wedding!
We went ahead and scouted out the venue for the reception. The wedding was held at Poole Guild Hall (they give you 15 minutes after the ceremony to get shots - so that was out of the question on a wet day).

Looking around the venue - Riveira Hotel in Branksome, it wasn't looking great for a large group shot.. 90+ guests, there was only one place outside where that could happen and the weather was gong to have to give us a break to get that shot (we didn't get that break). So small groups it was.
I then looked around for places to shoot the Bride and Groom, several places looked like good spots. Unfortunately I didn't take into acount that being a wet day, cars would be parked all over the place and we never got the chance to shoot any of the locations because of cars..

The big day arrived, I picked up Vikki and we headed to the brides house, my iPhone satnav worked like a charm and we arrived in good time. Entering the house, it was a typical brides morning, chaos ruled. We got there as the bride Marie was having her hair done and the bridesmaids were doing their makeup, and so the photography started.

2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Dad sewing on a button.
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
An awesome Jag, the driver owns quite a few cars and restored this one over 4 years after finding it in a farm field.
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
I didn't spot the paparazzi at the back when shooting Marie walking down the isle.
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
The Registrar said that the responisiblity of the Marriage Certificate was the brides, but she gave it to Dave to look after as Marie didn't have anywhere to put it. Dave thought of a place!
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
Time and weather was not on our side. Litterally 5 minutes with Marie and Dave before we had to do the group shots.
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer
2nd Shooter wedding coverage and support for Vikki Poole. Photography by Robert Whetton Photographer


I don't think Vikki thought there was as much work involved in shooting a wedding as there actualy is..

Thanks to Vikki for allowing me to help you out, and thank you Marie and Dave for accepting me on the day.

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