Martin Pawlett Photography: Blog en-us (C) Martin Pawlett Photography (Martin Pawlett Photography) Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:01:00 GMT Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:01:00 GMT Martin Pawlett Photography: Blog 90 120 Caroline and Craig Willington Hall Pre Wedding Photoshoot Back in September we met up with Caroline and Craig for the pre wedding photoshoot at their chosen location, Willington Hall near Tarporley in Cheshire. This also happens to be their Wedding venue, which is absolutely stunning! 

The late summer/early autumn sun kept appearing and disappearing behind the clouds throughout the photoshoot so we took advantage when we could. Caroline and Craig appear to be naturals in front of the camera, I can't wait to photograph their wedding shortly.

Here are a few of my favourites from the day.

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Photographers Camera Kit Photographer Kit, whats in my bag?

A question I often get asked while photographing at Weddings and other events, what kit do I use? Sometimes theres a bit of Camera kit envy with the guests too when they see what kit you have!

So, heres my current Camera body and Camera lens kit. Note I occasionally hire in other kit too, such as another camera body or camera lens.

Canon 5D Mark IV Body

This is currently my main camera body, released last year it offers amazing quality, low noise, a near silent shutter and so many other features. I love this camera body and the photographs I produce from it.

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Canon 5D Mark III Body

This used to be my main body, until the 5D4 was launched. Another amazing camera, used as a backup body and also during the ceremony so I can use two different lenses without the need to change mid way through.

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Canon EF 17-40mm f4L USM Lens

A great wide angle lens often used to photograph the venue setup photos, the large group photo, and the wedding breakfast room photo. Its also one of the main lenses used in my landscape photography, with a great wide angle view that can capture even the most vast of landscapes.

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Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM Lens

A great all round workhorse often used during the ceremony, and also for some of the group photographs. The zoom range enables me to stay virtually still during the ceremony and to be unnoticed by everyone. Great depth of field with the f2.8 aperture too.

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Canon EF 50mm f1.2L Lens

One of my all time favourites lenses, with a f1.2 aperture - its like someone turning the light on in a dark venue/church. The depth of field on this is immense, however it has to be used with care. The slightest breath, and you will lose focus. The bokeh (blurry background!) this is produces is stunning too.

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Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM II Lens

Another great workhorse allowing me to capture moments without you seeing, with the vast zoom range. Its a heavy chunk of glass and metal (and its known as the beast!). Amazing bokeh from this one too, another firm favourite from me.

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Canon EF 135mm f2.0 L USM Lens

The newest addition to the lens family for me! This one needs a bit more thought composition wise as its another prime (fixed focal length) lens. However the results it produces are truly stunning, with its wide f2 aperture.

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Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro USM Lens

One of the least used lenses, mainly because my second photographers often photograph the rings with their Macro lenses while with the groomsmen. However its a cracking lens for the money, again needs to be used with care as do all macro lenses.

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Canon 24-105... ok its not really, its a Coffee Cup!

Extremely useful for holding coffee when editing! Keeps it warm too :)

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CF and SD Cards

Finally, the vast selection of SD and Compact Flash cards I use. My camera bodies have dual slots and I use both all the time, as a backup in case of card failure. I use a mix of Sandisk Extreme and Lexar Professional - in a mix of 16Gb and 32Gb. Plenty of storage for an entire wedding or two! 

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Photographers Copyright Copyright... there is confusion amongst photographers and people buying photography services on who has copyright. Here is a brief overview.

All photographs are given copyright protection under UK law, everything from a holiday snap to a professional wedding photograph. As the author of a photograph myself, any photographs I take or are taken by my company are the copyright of me, I own the copyright as I own my company. That isn't something made up by me, this is fact according to the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. The photographer will own the copyright to their photographs for their life plus 70 years.

As a photographer, I have the following exclusive rights with regard to photographs I have created –

  • The right to reproduce the photograph
  • The right to distribute copies of the photograph to the public
  • The right to rent or lend the work to the public
  • The right to broadcast the work to the public
  • The right to make an adaption of your image

Copyright is automatically granted as soon as the photograph has been created. You do not need to register a photograph for it to have copyright. In the UK there is no public authority with which to register photographs.

However as a copyright owner, I have the right to assign your copyright to another person or body. This gives the other person that I have assigned the copyright to the same exclusive rights that I had as the first owner, but I have now lost because I have assigned them to someone else. That is why a photographer will never give away copyright.

If a photographer says they are granting you copyright free of charge - that is incorrect. They will never give them away. It would be like a chef giving you his secret recipe, or a major fast food chicken company giving you the Colonels secret recipe. It will never happen!


Photographs taken after 1st August 1989

Under UK law, only the copyright owner can licence the copying of a photograph. This means reproducing the work in any material form, which includes storing the work in any medium by electronic means. Only the copyright owner can licence the issuing of a photograph to the general public.

There are no usage situations where a client might wish to put a photograph which cannot be covered by an appropriate licence for an appropriate fee, and such licences should be agreed at the time of commissioning new work, or of seeking permission to reproduce existing photographs.


Be careful what is promised, and if in doubt check.


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Kate and Andy Pre Wedding Wychwood park We met up with Kate and Andy at Wychwood Park for the pre wedding photoshoot, on a rainy summers day - however that didn't stop us capturing some great moments during the walk around. Such a fantastic couple I can't wait to be back at Wychwood Park Golf Club for their wedding in August!

Here are some of my favourites from the day,

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Hannah and Jonathan Pre Wedding Lyme Park A few months ago back in April we met up with Hannah and Jonathan for their pre wedding photoshoot at their chosen location - Lyme Park near Stockport. Avid walkers they wanted to go for a stroll around the stunning grounds that make up Lyme Park. The day was sunny, but with a cold wind and we initially headed towards the Hall and the Cage but then decided to head away from the crowds into the stunning countryside the surrounds.

With only a few days before they get married at the amazon Combermere Abbey - I can't wait!

Here are some of my favourites from the day.

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Susan and Steve Wedding Arley Hall A few weeks we met up with Susan and Steve for their wedding at the stunning Arley Hall in Cheshire. With its listed buildings, amazing gardens and vast grounds, it was a great choice to celebrate their special day. The weather was on our side allowing the guests to enjoy the gardens after the ceremony.

Susan and Steve decided to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK and the RNLI, charities close to their hearts, instead of ask guests for presents or money, and over £3,000 was raised for each charity! What a fantastic achievement!

Congratulations to you both and all the best for the future!

Here are a small selection of my favourites from the day.

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Hayley and Martin Pre Wedding Delamere It was Hayley and Martins pre wedding at Delamere a few weeks ago, and a chance for us all to meet up again for a walk around the forest chatting about their upcoming wedding. I never tire of going to Delamere Forest throughout the different seasons seeing the ever changing colours - this day was no exception.

Their wedding at Rookery Hall in a few months is going to be a good one!

Heres a few of my favourites from the day.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) cheshire deliverer engagement forest photography pre-wedding wedding Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:45:00 GMT
Michelle and Lee Pre Wedding Anderton Boat Lift A few weeks ago I met up with Michelle and Lee for their pre wedding photoshoot at their chosen location - Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich, Cheshire. Rain...rain and more rain fell from the sky that day, and during the photo shoot it hardly stopped! Choosing our moments to venture out from under shelter we managed to get some great moments.

I can't wait to photograph their wedding at the absolutely stunning Chateau Rhianfa in Anglesey. Having never been before, I had a visit a few weeks ago - OMG! Its fantastic... A photographers dream and I'm counting down the days!

Anyway, back to their pre wedding photoshoot - here are a few of my favourites.

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Lorna and Matt Pre Wedding Queens park The day after the bonfire night celebrations in 2016 we met up with Lorna and Matt for their pre wedding photoshoot at Queens Park. With the smell of smoke still in the air, and the bonfire still smouldering we want to a wander around the park - crisp leaves and the cold autumnal backdrop provided us with some great locations.

Their wedding at Slaters Country Inn is only a few weeks away - another fantastic location with so much potential!

Here are some of my favourites from their photoshoot

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Susan and Steve Pre Wedding Arley Hall I met up with Susan and Steve for their pre wedding photoshoot at their chosen venue, Arley Hall in Cheshire. I love this venue, its a photographers dream with so many choices of location for all kinds of photos.

I can't wait to pre back there in a few weeks for the wedding.

Heres a selection of from their photoshoot.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Arley Arley Hall Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Wedding photography Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:00:00 GMT
Buttermere Photography Workshop My photography isn't just about photographing people and special moments of a lifetime - occasionally I like to get out and about and photograph landscapes.

Every year, Andrea my wife asks me what I want for my birthday - and the answer is always something photography related! So this year I decided to choose a photography workshop in the Lake District - thats two of my favourite things 1|) Photography and 2) The Lakes.

Now I've followed Phil Buckle on his Facebook page and website for a while now as I admire his work. Obviously photographing weddings and people, I know the technical aspects of photography and how to use my camera, and so the aim of attending the workshop was to get inside Phils head (not literally!), to see what he see's and how he see's it - as its easy to visit a location and walk straight past what could be a cracking photograph opportunity. Another reason was to visit some new locations, as even though I've spent many hours, no weeks in the Lake District, theres always somewhere new to visit.

Landscape photography, in my opinion is best either first thing in the morning for a sunrise, or last night at night/early evening, for a sunset. For this reason I decided to attend one of Phils workshops on 1st April - mainly due to timing - its out of the peak wedding season, and the weather shouldn't be too wintery.

After photographing a wedding the day before, Myself and Andrea arrived in Keswick on the Friday -the day before Phils workshop. We often stay in a B&B right in the centre as we did this time too. The weather forecast for the following morning changed everytime I looked on my phone app. Would it rain, or would we get a decent sunrise.....

I woke up the following morning, all set for the workshop.... to rain bouncing off the B&B window....Ahh well, this is the Lakes, what did I expect - something needs to keep the Lakes topped up! I crept down the stairs trying not to wake the other guests or Andrea, and was greeted by the rain.

Driving through the rain and mist, I met Phil at his meeting point near Buttermere, shortly followed by Ruth and John and we made our way to the first location, the Lone Tree. With no chance of seeing a sunrise, Phil made us look around for a decent shot before even getting the gear out. Something most of us never do, we just get the gear out and setup.

After deciding on my shot, with me stood half in and half out of the Lake I setup the tripod, camera, lens and ND filters. The surroundings changed, with clouds appearing, disappearing every few minutes. Magical to see!

I love the blueness of the sky in the early morning, with the clouds hiding some of the background. ND filters used on most shots here to remove the rain droplets in the water.


45 mins or so later, with the rain still falling the scene changed completely. With little colour in the sky, opted for a mono conversion on this one.


Walking back we took a line of trees from the other side of the lake, capturing the reflections.


We then made our way to the Sentinels, a popular spot with photographers! Again, the every changing scene meant every photo, and each shutter press was different.

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As the others headed off to capture different viewpoints, I had to take these :)

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Having visited Crummock many times in the past, Phil pointed out some interesting opportunities - many of which I have missed in the past.The island for one, see how within a few minutes the colours change (and the birds moved on).

These two photographs below were taken 25 minutes apart. Its always worth having around at any location.


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and even further around the coastline, what looks like you could be in the Savannah! I love the sunlight on the reeds.

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Despite the rain, as you can see it did eventually stop whilst at Crummock, I had a fantastic day as did the others. Phil has some great local knowledge of the area and his tips and tricks really did make a difference.

I thoroughly recommend his workshops either click on the links at the top of this post, or click here to go to his website

Thanks again Phil, see you soon!

The photographs above, along with many more are available to purchase via the following link  If you don't see the size or option available, please let me know.



]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Buttermere Crummock Lake District Phil Buckle photography workshop Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:36:31 GMT
Lydia and James Delemare Forest Pre Wedding Photoshoot The very Autumnal Delamere Forest was the location for Lydia and James' pre wedding photoshoot back in November last year. The rain held off for us, and it was fairly warm for November too!

Delamere Forest is a stunning location whatever the year and whatever the weather - and this day was no exception. The Autumn leaves were just starting toter from yellow to orange/brown - and they provided a perfect backdrop for the start of the photoshoot. The forest is the largest wooded area in Cheshire, and perfect to these shoots.

I can't wait to photograph their wedding at the fantastic Sandhole Oak Barn in a few weeks.

Here are some of my favourites from the day.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Delamere Forest Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:06:31 GMT
Photography Business Brand Every so often I update my website with a fresh new look and feel, and recently I thought about updating the logo too. My current 'frame' logo was created 5 years ago by a designer friend. I gave him a brief along the lines of 'nothing too cheesy, no aperture blades, no cameras, something modern, striking but still gives the hint of photography'.

So for anyone who wants to know the background behind my current logo heres the thinking behind it. To work our how a photograph might look before you take it, you can create a frame with your hands like this, and then close one of your eyes to look through the frame you have created..... 


and thats what the grey frame represents in my logo below.


I've thought about a 'signature' font to replace my logo, but after testing a few ideas on social media - it became apparent that the logo and text are what I am know for - after all it is my 'brand'.

So after careful consideration and a lot of work I have decided to stick with my current logo.

Thanks again for everyone who helped! Social media is a godsend.

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Brand Business Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Photography Portraits Wedding photography Sun, 12 Feb 2017 19:21:02 GMT
Glitz and Glamour Chester Races Charity Photography Back in November I had the privilege of attending the Glitz and Glamour event organised by Claudia from Keedays, in aid of the Helsby Golf Club Powered Wheelchair Appeal. Chester Races was the venue for the evening, and the room looked stunning, decorated with flowers from Jacqui O Fairytale Flowers.

Claudia and her team put a huge amount of effort to pull this event off, and I know every single person had a fantastic time, myself included! She managed to lay on;
*Red Carpet Arrival
*Arrival Drinks 
*Three Course Dinner, Wine, Tea/Coffee
*Live Band
*Live Auction
and myself as the onsite Photographer with my white backdrop Photobooth setup

There were even a few celebrities there too: Daniel Brockleband from Coronation Street, Lucy Meacock from ITV News and Emma Cunniffe from ITV, and over £7000 was raised on the night. In fact the night was that successful, I'm sure there will be even more in the future!

Here are a few photographs from the night.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Cheshire Photographer Chester Keedays Races photography Mon, 02 Jan 2017 17:30:00 GMT
Northwich Christmas Fayre 2016 After the success of last years Christmas Fayre organised by Keedays, I was delighted to be asked back this year.

Setup with my festive backdrop, here are a selection of photos from the event

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Christmas Court Fayre Memorial Northwich photography Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:39:00 GMT
Queens Park Family Portrait Photography A recent family photoshoot at Queens Park in Crewe, where the late autumn sun made very very brief appearances - which made it quite pleasant walking around with the great family. 

Queens Park is renowned as one of the finest Parks in the North West and is a traditional Victorian Park currently undergoing renovations to bring her back to its former glory. Within its45 acres are walkways, trees, shrubs, planting, children’s play area, crown green bowling, ornamental lake, grassed areas, memorials and Lakeside Pavilion, and so it was a fantastic location for this kind of shoot with many photo opportunities along the way.

Here are a few of my favourites from the day.


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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Crewe Photography Portraits Queens Park autumn photography Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:15:00 GMT
Family Portrait Photography at Queens Park A few weeks ago when the weather was a bit warmer, and the autumn leaves were still on the trees we met up with a fantastic family for a photoshoot at nearby Queens Park in Crewe.

Of all the years I've lived around here, I've never been here in the daytime, only at night for bonfires, so it was a pleasant surprise to find such a great park only a few minutes drive away.

As the sun briefly shone through the clouds every so often, we took a stroll around the park together capturing some great moments. Here are a few of my favourites!

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Crewe Queens Park photography Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:30:00 GMT
London Street Photography Its not often I'm seen without a camera in my hands, and so when we went to London for a break a few weeks ago I took a few cameras with me - namely the Mirrorless Olympus OM-D E-M10 and my trusty Canon 5D Mark iii.

Street photography is an art in itself, capturing moments of everyday life in around the hustle and bustle of a major city like London. Trying not to be seen is difficult, but then again thats half the fun. On a few rare occasions when I have been spotted, I just pretend to be taking something else and walk off :)

Here are a few from my travels;

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) London Street Photography photography Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:30:00 GMT
Emma and Matt Manor House Wedding Photography Back in July we had the privilege of photographing the awesome wedding of Emma and Matt at the Manor House in Alsager.

Our day began with Emma, her parents and the lovely bridesmaids all getting ready at Emma's parents house just down the road.

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Some of the details from the wedding breakfast room.


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After the wedding breakfast, we managed to prise Emma and Matt away from their guests for 10 minutes to grab some awesome photographs outside in the stunning grounds in and around the Manor House.


Finally the time came for Emma and Matt to dance to their "First Dance"

Congratulations to both of you!

Martin & Chris

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Alsager Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Manor House Wedding photography Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:37:08 GMT
London Fashion Weekend 2016 Being invited to photograph from the photographers pit at London Fashion Weekend has been one of the highlights of this year so far. When I received the email saying I had a place, to say I was excited was an understatement. I have tried for many years to get a privileged place, and this year my wish was granted.

This year, the event took place at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London.

Standing in the pit for the first time, you realise just how small the space is, even more so when sharing it with 29 other bodies and their camera gear. I managed to grab a spot right at the back, high enough up to avoid the glare of the lights at the far end of the catwalk. Once you get your spot, thats your spot for the next few hours. Surrounded by other photographers all photographing he same action, all in our unique style - plus the TV cameras at the front too.

Next you realise just how long and narrow the catwalk is, and how close the public are. My spot at the back meant some serious glass was called for, so I opted for my Canon 5D Mark iii teamed up with the Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 IS II lens. Quickly deciding on what manual settings to go for as a starting point, I was armed and ready. The yellow glow of the lights didn't help!

It was warm, even before the pubic were allowed in, looking above my head I realised I was right below the huge gantry of super bright lights, yet to be turned up to the max.

Here are some of my favourite photographs from the event;


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Catwalk : Edel'ine L'ee


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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Edeline Lee London Fashion Weekend Photographers pit canon photography Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:50:24 GMT