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Rich Lawrence Photography
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Just been put into the top ten Cornish Wedding Photographers by Easy Weddings, very pleased indeed.
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A few of my favorite photos from 2017.
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21/03/2018
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Wedding photography in Cornwall at The Vean, Caerhays Estate, Gorran, Cornwall.
Sep 29, 2016
Well, the weather cleared from a dull and damp start to a beautiful day as I arrived at the Vean. What a fabulous setting for a wedding, a shooting lodge deep in the heart of the countryside. (Many thanks to Google, I would be lost without it) Pheasants everywhere! but they were safe as this was a wedding, and what a wedding. I got there early to get preparation shots, everyone was so warm, friendly and welcoming, the three young bridesmaids were great, so photogenic and natural in front of the camera which really helps the photo process. It was a long day but I got plenty of super photos to tell a story of Joanne and Tristan's special day.
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11/10/2016
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Wedding photography, Cornwall, at St Neot Church.
Aug 31, 2016
I have just the pleasure of covering a lovely wedding in Cornwall between Ellie and Stewart at St Neot Church with the reception at the beautiful Trevenna Barns. The horses and carriage (supplied by Ben Ford) performed beautifully to taxi Ellie to church and back to Trevenna with Stewart. As usual, the staff at Trevenna were wonderful and helped make the event really special.
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11/10/2016
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Vicki and Paul's wedding at China Fleet Club
Aug 12, 2016
July 29th, 2016 wedding photography in Cornwall.
A lovely wedding between Vicki and Paul at the China Fleet Club in Saltash, the weather held out for us and the whole event went without a hitch.
As usual, I arrived early to get a few preparation shots, then we all went in for the ceremony after which we got a few group shots outside, it was a very relaxed wedding, no stress whatsoever for either the couple or myself.
We set off in two golf buggies to get some special shots in the beautiful grounds at the China Fleet Club which have glorious far reaching views across the golf coarse and the two large ponds.
Afterwards we went back for the wedding breakfast, I took a few "fake cutting the cake" shots and then I left everyone in peace to enjoy the rest of the wedding and returned home to upload the photos onto the computer ready to be optimized.
Wedding photography in Cornwall doesn't get much better than this, it was a great day.
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11/10/2016
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New camera, vintage lens.
Jul 21, 2016
I wanted to recreate the beautiful creamy and dreamy photographs of old. There are a few ways of doing that, buy a 100 year old camera, find some film, (if you can) process and print, a simpler way is to to use software, the Nik filter collection is excellent and free from Google (at the point of writing) but at the end of the day it is still only a filter effect. How about a specialist lens? something like the new Triopan 50mm f2.9. It is made in different mounts to fit most new digital cameras and is based on a design well over 100 years old, but at a price of 999 euros that is well out the question for a lot of people including myself. So what I did was buy through Ebay a 1922 Ica Trona, a German camera with a 135mm f4.5 Zeiss Tessar lens, I would have liked a shorter focal length, something closer to 50mm, but back then most folding cameras were fairly large format, the Trona being 9x12cm which is three times the area of, say a 6x6 Rolliflex TLR. All I simply had to unscrew the lens from the camera bellows and attach it to some Nikon fit bellows via a home made adaptor, you need bellows as the lens has no means of focussing otherwise. To take the photos I simply opened the shutter on the lens using a "Z" setting on the Compur shutter (which still worked beautifully) and then used the camera in apature priority. Quality wise, it's not great, it isn't overly sharp and being uncoated the contrast is flat but it's a real joy to see the photos on the computer screen and the bokeh is wonderful. For my photos I worked at full aperture (f4.5) and shot directly into the sun for a few as well, I used Photoshop and Nic filters to complete the desired look. The best bit is, it only cost me £16 on Ebay, compare that with 999 euros for a new specialist lens, Hmm, you do the maths. Having said that, my wedding photography here in Cornwall would look great with a lens like this, perhaps it's the way to go.
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Do You Need A Professional Wedding Photographer?
May 30, 2016
In a word, yes, a wedding is a one off event, a photographer has only one chance to give you a beautiful set of photographs, it cannot be retaken and many top photographers do not even entertain the idea of wedding photography as it is too intense and stressful.

You spend a small fortune on the perfect location, a nice limousine, fine food and wine, fabulous wedding dress, smart suits for the groom and best man, then there's the bridesmaids, flower girls, pageboys, oh the list goes on forever and everyone seems to have their hand out; so this is the point where a lot of people think "lets save some money by getting a friend to photograph the event," and for many people that is where it all goes wrong. All you have left after your wedding are memories so it's vital to have a beautiful set of photographs to remind you of your special day, so why leave it to chance?

This is where experience is everything, Facebook is flooded with "Weekend Warriors" who have a half decent camera and think that justifies calling themselves professional wedding photographers, THEY USUALLY ARE NOT! everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon as they think it's easy money, OK, they have to start somewhere and if they have a great portfolio for you to view then perhaps they can offer you a good deal and some people are naturally very talented, but proceed with caution.

The modern trend is natural photographs as they happen which is great, the old idea of everyone standing to attention for every shot is long dead (thank goodness) but a few photographers are taking that to an extreme and offering a service of simply mingling amongst your guests and photographing your wedding from the sidelines, totally natural, and you will barely notice them. WHAT A TOTAL COP OUT! Just give a reasonable camera to your 12 year old niece, and she will give you exactly the same photographs!

What I do like though is a beautiful, arty, almost fairytale approach, some people seem gifted along those lines, they are usually a young photographer who has been to college, studied photography as an art and totally deserve recognition as a wedding photographer.

My personal style is a little of each, I think you need a mixture of formal and contemporary to make a balanced album, families only tend to meet up at weddings and funerals so it's important to get the formal shots, but weddings are all about fun and your album should reflect the excitement and atmosphere of the whole event.

It is a good idea if possible to meet up with your prospective wedding photographer, you can see who you are dealing with and make sure you are happy with his/her style, it's very important to see a complete wedding album as well as a portfolio, it's no good just seeing the best of the best.

A few things to watch out for are,”I take roughly 3000 photos at a wedding" WHY! To me, that says two things: One, I am not a confident photographer and Two, I am shooting jpegs rather than raw which to a pro should be a big no-no. Each photograph should be optimised individually which takes time and 3000 images would take forever. I personally take 350-500 at most weddings.

Some photographers do not use flash to keep a "natural look", to me that just suggests a lack of experience, (not every photographer though as some people are real masters of light) but a bit of fill in flash reduces harsh shadows in bright sunshine and just adds a little bit of sparkle to your photos but it has to be well balanced to look real which is not an easy task to do well.

A pro photographer is going to work with several cameras and flash units (I use 2 of each and have an extra spare) you can't risk equipment failure.

All this is a generalisation though and does not apply to a great many decent professional wedding photographers who do an excellent and highly stressful job, they have a real flare and passion and do it properly, and when it all comes together, then and only then, it the best job in the world.

So, if you need a professional wedding photographer who can do justice to your wedding photo dreams, and give you a truly great album for a lifetime, choose Rich Lawrence Wedding Photography in Cornwall, Plymouth, Devon.
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11/10/2016
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Richard and Nicola's wedding at Hannafore Point Hotel, Looe.
May 18, 2016
A great start for my new blog, a really nice wedding between Richard and Nicola at Hannafore Point Hotel in Looe on Saturday. After a slightly shaky start the weather held out for us and everything went to plan.

I arrived an hour and a half early to get the usual "hair and make up" shots, but, it was already done! Nic and the girls were so calm and collected just sitting around sipping champagne and admiring the beautiful view over Looe Bay, usually when I arrive people are in absolute turmoil with children running round the walls franticly looking for lost shoes, lippy and the always elusive, under arm spray!

The next stage for me was to photograph the ceremony, it used to be held in a back room, with no windows, no light just rather dim centre lighting which is a wedding photographers nightmare! but now in a front room with loads of big windows, all south facing, couldn't be better. I put my camera into silent mode and I can take as many photos as I like with absolutely no shutter noise, no flash and no distractions.

Now it's time to relax a bit, the photographers pressure has dropped from "off the scale" to "yep okay, now breathe" we all have a glass of Bucks Fizz and troop outside for a group shot before the wedding breakfast which was followed by some really great speeches from the father of the bride and the two best men. Rich and Nic were good enough to include me, it was going to be a long day so dinner was most appreciated.

After dinner we went outside and got all the group shots followed by the romantic "walk by the sea" shots and before long people were arriving for the evening do, I went home shortly after the first dance to get the photos uploaded and backed up on the computer, only then can I relax, but this is only the start, I still have to optimise 500+ raw photos, burn them to DVD, create an album etc etc, BUT for now I am happy, all the photos are safe and I really need a break.

A big "thank you" goes out to Richard and Nicola for putting your faith in my work and Hannafore Point Hotel for being such a great wedding venue.
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11/10/2016
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