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Thursday, 26 May 2011

Andrew & Amanda - New PhotoVideo

Amanda & Andrew's wedding at St.Mary's, Basford, Stoke-on-Trent, May 2011. Contemporary wedding photography by Staffordshire based wedding photographer Andrew Billington.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Sneak Peek of Andrew and Amanda's Wedding

Half way through the edit on Amanda and Andrew's day at St.Mary's Church in Basford, Stoke-on-Trent. Looking forward to getting back to the second half now. I love wedding photography , even when it chucks it down as it did here :)

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Morag MacDonald Seminar

I spent a day yesterday in the company of Bristol based photographer Morag MacDonald. I think it's invaluable to see how other photographers work and be inspired by their experiences. Morag and I have a similar approach to shooting wedding days - very story and people driven - but produce very different images, which is a good thing!
I was very interested in her use of light and her talking about it and walking through some set ups have lead to the images below. I like to keep things simple and was very interested in the idea of subtracting light from a room in order to create an image (I am usually obsessed with the mount of light that is available). I probably won't try to create these images for every wedding I shoot - the one with the veil is not necessarily my style at all - but it's great to have these ideas in your head to draw upon for inspiration when the situation dictates.
The main interest in the day for me was the afternoon where she was talking about her business and how it's structured - she was very open and sharing and insightful. It's great to see that you can run a photography business using ethical business practices and not always be trying to 'up-sell' every time you talk to a client. I want to be a photographer (it's what I love) and not a salesman and so often when you go on business seminars it's about the customer as a money pit and not a valued client. I think if you give a good product, a good service at a reasonable price you will have a business, and sleep at night!

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Magnum and Leica

I'm neither a Magnum photographer(!) or a Leica user but I loved this advert for the power of photography.

A core principal which framed the establishment of Magnum Photos in 1947 was the belief that photographers should have a point of view in their imagery that transcended any formulaic recording of contemporary events. This tradition continues today with the new series of photographic essays being produced by Magnum and Leica.

Burning curiosity breeds evocative expression and it is precisely this spirit which Magnum and Leica will be supporting through this new agreement to create and publish new multimedia essays that will take a deeper look into the stories behind the photographs.

The stories will cover new works by Magnum photographers addressing contemporary themes as well as investigations into the archives of photographers career-long obsessions to share Magnum photographer's individual journeys and unique ways of storytelling.

The voice on this movie is that of Alice George, former head of Magnum.

New stories will be presented on online at, and

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

GF Smith 'Inspired' Training Day

Just got back from an full day's seminar in Liverpool with photographers Kevin Wilson and Mark Lawrence. A lot of fun was had by all and it's always great to touch base with other photographers and have a good old chat. There were a couple of practical workshops but I just enjoy seeing how other people work and stealing any good ideas!

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Royal Wedding Weekend

I've just spent the weekend shooting another equally important day in the lives of Mike and Debra - a beautiful wedding on the West coast of Scotland at the Ardanaiseig Hotel on the banks of Loch Awe. I'll spend the next couple of weeks editing the day (I don't like to rush at it and might wait for the day's shooting to fade in the memory before coming back to the images afresh).
The image below is not from the day but seemed to work with the watery theme!