Nottingham Photographer And The Grundle Family

Well my November resolution is still going to plan and my blogging is is well and truly on a roll.

last night in the studio I had Paul Grundle Magician and his family with his Grandson for their family portraits, it's extremely rare I ever capture family portraits due to my Wedding photography bookings.

However as it was Paul Grundle I could hardly say no, I mean you never know this guy could actually turn me into a frog !!!!

Paul Grundle and his family were here around 90 minutes for their family photos, 10 minutes in everyone was relaxed and the smiles were free flowing (even Paul was on form tonight)

Paul I have now known you since 13th December 2014 where we met at Nottinghamshire Golf And Country Club, Paul knowing you has been an amazing journey of entertainment, smile and a great friendship.

 I can still to this date remember when we were stood outside my house and you stopped some random lady in the street and performed one of your close up magic tricks on me where the lady actually was part of it, I will never forget the moment that lady knew the card I was thinking off, I just wish someone had video'd the sheer amazement on my face as i'm stood in the street with a whisk rotating on my forehead !!

It gives me great pleasure to post just a few images from your portrait shoot in my studio.

Thank you 

Austen Blakemore 

Nottingham Council House Bridal Photos

Model: Becky Wrench

Venue:Council House Nottingham

Makeup: Lilly Monroes

Hair: Lilly Monroes 

On Wednesday I had the Nottingham Council House to myself along with the stunning model Becky Wrench and a beautiful dress from Brides And Gowns.

This shoot had been booked with Jenny and the team for over a month, the plan was to capture a WOW image within the Nottingham Council House for their new website that is currently in the design stage.

This building has so many beautiful locations to to photograph in, you really could just spend the entire day photographing here (oh yes sorry we actually did)

We had an amazing day and captured some absolutely stunning images within this grand Nottingham Wedding Venue.

As a full-time Nottingham Wedding Photographer I have photographed so many wedding here throughout the years but now I finally managed to spend the entire day here rather than just my average 90 minutes.

Below are just some of the images we captured along with a few images showing how the images looked without and off camera flash lighting.

Thank you Jenny and the team for making us all feel so welcome.

Austen Blakemore

Beeston Photoshoot

Yesterday (Sunday) I was booked for a photoshoot with property experts Robert Ellis who are based in Stapleford, the idea of the photo shoot was to capture a relaxed handover of the keys to the new home owners of this beautiful property in Beeston,

We started at 10am an was wrapped up by 11am and on our way back to our nice warm homes in Stapleford, yes it was absolutely freezing doing this shoot but we had so much fun in the process.

For this shoot I had a live connection to my MacBook pro, as I captured an image Paul one of the Directors of Robert Ellis could actually see what was being captured there and then, this was a great way for them to visualise how the images taken would look as the header placement for their website.

Here are just a few images we captured on yesterdays one hour photoshoot in Beeston.

Oakmere Golf Course Bridal Shoot

Now I know they say to make a new years resolution in January but I never manage to keep them to I opted for the November version !!

What was my November resolution ?

To blog more !! and wow I have blogged more in the past week than I have in nearly 9 months.

In October I was hired by Oakmere Golf Course to photograph the stunning Becky with her Groom around the stunning grounds of this Golf course that is now available to hire for your wedding day celebrations.

We shot for nearly 5 hours, obviously breaking for a well deserved lunch break in their bar area, here are a few images that were taken on the day.

The lovely vintage car was supplied by Karen at Scrumptious cars in Nottingham,

I hope you like these as much as I do.

 

 

Austen Blakemore

Nottingham City Centre Portraits

Last night I decided to make my way into Nottingham with Becky and capture some evening portraits around Nottingham with the Christmas Market being on I was sure to get some great bokeh in the background.

We only stayed out shooting for around 90 minutes as the wind was horrendous, in fact so bad even my assistant poor Jessica was almost blown over as she was holding the lastolite Ezybox.

We were using just one Canon speed light inside the Lastolite Ezybox being triggered wirelessly by the Canon ST-E3-RT and a Canon 1dx Markii.

Hare are a few portraits we took around Nottingham city centre before the heavens opened and the rain came pouring down.

Mr And Mrs Dudley The White Hart Inn

Venue: The White Hart Inn

Bride:Nicole

Groom:Ryan

Wedding Date: 18th November 2017

Date Booked: 10th January 2016

Most memorable moment: Holding hands before the ceremony

 

Yesterday I was at the White Hart Inn where I captured everything from bridal prep - 1st dance, I arrived at the wedding venue at 9am ready for a 9:30am start.

Nicoles Wedding ceremony was at 12:30pm (a great time for a winter wedding) their wedding breakfast was at 3pm so time was on our side.

From start to finish their wedding was full of atmosphere and emotion, everyone was having such a great time, there were smiles in every corner of the room with people beaming from ear to ear.

Before the wedding Nicole's main request was to hold hands with Ryan and have an intimate moment where she could hold his warm hand and exchange words, this really was so emotional and EVERYONE (including myself) had tears in their eyes as they both stood holding hands.

12:30 was the ceremony time and Nicole can be seen walking past the tunnel that would later be used as their WOW shot to finish off their wedding day celebrations with an amazing night shot.

Although it was cold we stayed outside to capture the family group photos and then went into the warm of the friendly White Hart Inn, we had over an hour remaining so we went around the guests capturing those always treasured candid moments.

We now had around 25 minutes remaining before the guests would take their places for the wedding breakfast followed by the speeches, I went to the car and grabbed my think jacket so Nicole could wear this between portraits, 20 minutes later and we were all done and wrapped up with some absolutely beautiful portraits of Nicole and Ryan.

Below are just a few images from their wedding day to highlight the fun, emotion, passion and love that went into their wedding day celebrations.

Austen Blakemore is a full time Nottingham Wedding Photographer with a passion for capturing those stunning candid moments.

Text "is my date available" and your wedding date to 07976654321

 

Austen Blakemore 

 

 

 

The Alsop Family Portraits

Last week I photographed the Alsop family in the studio, I don't normally photography many studio portrait sessions due to being a Nottingham Wedding Photographer.

However I did photograph Michelle and Mark's wedding on 21st May 2011 and have always been there when they wanted their family portraits updating throughout the years as their children have grown up, they also have a new edition to the family Baby Izzy so how could I resist but oblige in capturing this wonderful family.

Here are some of the images from their Portrait Photography booking in my studio in Stapleford.

 

 

 

 

 

Live proposal In Arnold

Today I was so lucky to Photograph Rebecca proposing to her partner Jennifer LIVE at Arnott Hill park in Arnold.

We had arranged that I would meet Rebecca at 1pm to discuss where she would propose so I would be able to get my kit ready and prepared for when they arrive at 2pm.

At 2pm Rebecca and Jennifer arrived and went for a lovely walk around the lake they have there, I was in the coffee shop just opposite where they would be stool as Rebecca proposes to Jennifer.

The cafe were really helpful and allowed me to hide behind the till in the staff area allowing me to keep out the way and capture the moment.

Here are just a few images from their proposal in Arnold today.

 

Upgrading to Synology DS1817+

For the past 4 years my storage and back up plan has always involved my DS414 (4 bay) and then the external drives I use to back that up, its served me a s fantastic hard drive and has never missed a beat since the day I first powered it on.

However the time has come where I need something bigger and with more storage as my business has grown and I also want to have the option of 2 redundent drives and not just the one I was able to have at the moment.

For months i'd researched fit is should go to just a 5 bay or go all out and have an 8 bay, well the photographer in me decided to go for bigger and better so I jumped in and purchased the DS1817= 8gig RAM

I backed up all my data to both my spare backup drives so should this migration fail I was fully covered with two backups and the RAW images were still on my 256gig memory cards so if the worst was to happen my data was more than adequately backed up.

My DS1817+ arrived from Amazon priced at the time at £899 (excluding drives) and my one extra WB Red 3TB drive which after the upgrade would allow me to have 2 drive failures at any one time.

I was nervous about the proposition of all this going ahead smoothly but seems as though my DS414 hadn't missed a beat Synology was a brand for me to trust.

Like a big kid I opened the box and pulled this bad boy out, it's about twice the size of the DS414 and as like the DS414 all the important components were housed in a metal casing, this time there is no plastic housing on the front, you can just see all the drive slots.

It all seemed pretty straight forward according to Synology website, take the old drive out and slot them in the new DS1817+ in the same order (this is critical).

Power it on and instantly both rear fans spool up along with your hard drives, you are instantly greeted by a screen prompting you every step of the way through this EXTREMELY easy process.

Let it be known I'm no computer buff so achieving this screen is somewhat of a good start for me, soon as I saw this images i was on the right track and followed the screen prompts as and when they needed my attention, at no point was I ever stuck no knowing what was happening (yet) I did make one mistake but I will cover that shortly.

Everything is clearly prompted

Everything is clearly prompted

Having selected the correct prompt my new DS1817+ was doing its bit and migrating my images and files for use on this new drive.

Roughy 30 hours later and 6 TB of information and my drive was ready to use !!

Now I was always happy with my DS414 but wow this was quick, instantly I found that loading up files and accessing information was so much quicker, I mean I never really had an issue with my DS414 but wow this thing showed me what I was missing out on !!

Anyway here is where I went wrong.......

I slotted in my 5th drive ready to expand my volume allowing me to then have 2 redundant drive should the situation ever occur.

WRONG !!

I was so wrong here so don't make the mistake I made, rather then EXPANDING the volume I needed to change the RAID but it was all too late and some 30 hours later i'd gained more TB's than I knew what to do with, in fact I could have probably backed up the entire roads computers ha ha

As soon as I realised I still only had the option of one redundant drive I spoke to Synology Helpdesk who within 1 hour of me making contact had told me where I went wrong and that I need to change the RAID volume and NOT EXPAND.

so...........

Yep you guessed it I was back on Amazon ordering yet another 3TD WD Red (now making 6 drive)

My new drive arrived and I slot it in and changed the raid and hey presto my DS1817+ now has the availably to withstand two failures .

Am I happy with my upgrade and purchase ?

Yes I can tell instantly the speed difference when accessing files, its still very quite as long as you don't have the fan on full speed, if you do have it on full speed you can hear it but don't expect it to be like an RAF Tornado in your office it's just like a small office desktop fan thats all, me personally I have mine on the middle setting.

 

 

 

 

Documentary Wedding Nottingham Wedding Photographer

Wedding season is now here in full flow, I'm currently shooting an average of 3 weddings a weeks, for some photographers I'm sure they will laugh at this amount and brag about the 5 a week they are doing, for me I just enjoy what i'm doing and offer a great service in the process for my clients.

As you all know i specialise in photojournalism and capturing fantastic candid moments, these will be memories that will be treasured for generations.

I will capture love, life and the personalities of you and your wedding guests throughout the day and into the evening.

I'm a passionate Nottingham Wedding Photographer and would love to hear from you if you like my style.

Text "is my date available" and your wedding date to 07976654321

These fantastic memories were captured at Breadsall Priory

Nottingham Wedding Photographer Mr And Mrs Stafford

Venue: Springfield Hall Sandiacre

Bride:Hollie

Groom:Harry

Wedding Date: 8th April 2017

Date Booked: 30th March 2016

Most memorable moment: Talk of the day was that Lastolite Scrim

 

8th April we knocked on the door at Hollie's bridal prep, we were greeted by a extremely nervous and anxious Hollie who looked like she had the weight of the world on her shoulders.

15 minutes later.......

The glasses were clinking and the smiles were out, Hollie and her bridesmaids were in full swing and the atmosphere was electric, everyone was in such a fantastic mood, even Gatsby the cat had to escape the mayhem and get outside for some peace and quiet.

Hollie's Mum soon turned up with supplies of fresh sandwiches and more alcohol for the girls, Hollie's sister Harriet was in full swing and now currently taking the alcohol by intravenous drip !!

The sun was beating in through their patio door and casting large un sightly shadows so out came the Lastolite scrim to soften that harsh sunshine and gave us some nice soft usable light.

Harry (Groom) sent flowers and a lovely letter to his Bride, Hollie stood reading this out as everyone including myself had a tear in their eyes, the love, passion and emotion in the letter was beautifully written.

During the bridal prep we got wind that Harry was down the road in the pub with his best men so we decided to grab ours cameras and make a quick dash for the pub and capture 15 minutes worth of images with the Groomsmen.

Hollie and Harry said "I do" at Trowel Church and then made their was to Springfield Hall in Sandiacre for their evening reception.

Hollie and Harry how can I sum your day up........

You are such a lovely couple and were an absolute pleasure to work with, Hollie your smile could light a room, thank you so much for choosing Austen Blakemore Photography as your preferred Nottingham Wedding Photographer to capture all those lovely candid moments.

 

Austen Blakemore 

 

 

Nottinghamshire Golf And Country Club Paige And Connor

Venue: The Nottinghamshire Golf And Country Club 

Bride:Paige

Groom:Connor

Wedding Date: 4th February 2017

Date Booked: 3rd December 2015

Most memorable moment: Photographing the car (Those in the know will understand)


What a way to start February off other than capturing Paige and Connors wedding day on the most sunniest day we've probably had in the UK for probably nearly 4 months.

Over 4 years ago I also captured Paige's Dad's wedding so it was nice to catch up with Lynn and Andy on the day as well.

Their ceremony was at All Hallows Church in Nottingham and then on to The Nottinghamshire for their drinks reception and of course the speeches that the Groom and Best men were so looking forward to.

If you are looking for a Nottingham Wedding Photographer who will capture those candid moments and tell the story of your wedding day exactly how it was I would love to hear from you.

Text “is my date available” and your wedding date to 07976 654321 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate headshot Emily's Touch

Last week I visited the girls at Emily's Touch in Mapperley where I was to set up and photograph their corporate headshots for their website and social media presence.

This nail bar and beauty salon is huge, there are over 10 people that work here, all the staff were friendly and a pleasure to work with.

From start to finish the who shoot took just over one hour, there was very little waiting around as Emily the lady who owns Emily's Touch had booked me in so all their treatments would all fall in nicely with capturing their headshots.

If ever you are passing by pop in and have a look round, you can even grab a coffee if you arrive early for your treatment, they even have a hairdressers as well, although no good for me !!!!

Thank you Emily and all the staff.

Austen