Martin Pawlett Photography: Blog en-us (C) Martin Pawlett Photography (Martin Pawlett Photography) Tue, 24 Aug 2021 12:11:00 GMT Tue, 24 Aug 2021 12:11:00 GMT Martin Pawlett Photography: Blog 90 120 Photography Training During Lockdown Photography Training During Lockdown

Don't waste time in front of the TV, or browsing through social media - dust off you camera and make use of the time by learning how to use it. You don't even need to venture outside the confides of your house. Pop into the back garden, grab members of the household you are isolating with, take photos of the plants - anything!

Heres a very quick guide to help you get the most from your camera.

1. Know how to hold the camera

Knowing how to hold the camera can reduce camera shake.



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  • Use your left hand to grip and hold the lens from underneath, while your right hand operates the shutter. Hold elbows into body.

  • When using auto modes, the camera may not warn if shutter speed used will result in camera shake.

  • As a general rule you will not be able to hold the camera steady below 1/50 sec.

  • Always round up the focal length to the next shutter speed. Eg 300mm > 1/350 sec   50mm > 1/60 sec

  • If the camera or lens has image stabilisation, use it – unless using a tripod, in which case turn it off.

  • Use a tripod or monopod (but turn off stabilisation and turn on mirror lock up) .

2. Understand the Exposure Triangle

  • Once you know your base setting, plus 1 of the other setting, you can work out the other 2. Your base may be the ISO, eg 100.

    • For example if you want to capture some fast action, you'll need a fast shutter speed, therefore you can set this next.

    • If you want to photograph something with a blurred background, you can set a wide aperture (small number)

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3. RAW vs JPG Photos

Most cameras offer the ability to shoot RAW or JPG.

  • Think of RAW photos as an undeveloped film, where the camera operator tells the camera what and how to process the photo, however these require editing afterwards but can often produce much better results.

  • With JPG photos, these may not need editing afterwards as the camera will process the photo itself, however may not always give the best results. Also, each time you save a JPG, the photo gets compressed again and this results in a loss of quality.

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4. Which Lens to buy/use

  • Wide - Shorter than 35mm

    • Useful for landscapes and interiors. 

    • Give great depth of field

  • Standard, similar to human eye – 35 to 55mm

    • Useful for general use and portraits

  • Telephoto, longer than 55mm

    • Useful for sports, portrait headshots and wildlife.

    • Give shallow depth of field

  • Fixed, prime

    • The best quality

    • Single focal length

Lenses at either end are known as “ultra”. Any lens with a range of focal lengths is a “zoom” lens.

As a rough guide, for portraits, use 50mm* and above...

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…and for landscapes 10mm* and above depending on the situation


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*Crop factor

  • A round lens produces a circular image circle—not rectangular. The sensor captures a rectangular portion of this image circle.

  • Some DSLR’s have a crop factor

  • A 35mm lens on a camera with a 1.6x crop factor APS-C sensor (eg Canon 70d) gives a field of view equivalent to that of a 50mm lens on a full-frame or 35mm film camera.


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Use the correct lens/focal length, to get the result you want. The subjects (3 soup cans) are kept in the same position (about 10 inches apart from one another) in every photo...


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Hopefully this has given you some inspiration!


Remember, stay at home and keep safe

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Lisa and Steve Capesthorne Hall Wedding It was a pleasure to be Lisa and Steve's wedding photographer on their special day at Capesthorne Hall, just outside Macclesfield, Cheshire. It is set amazing grounds, with so many opportunities for fantastic photos, and I love working at places with a fresh perspective. I am very honoured to work in such fantastic locations as a wedding photographer in Cheshire.

I started the morning photographing Capesthorne Hall from the sky with our drone, with such amazing weather it was an opportunity not to be missed. Aerial photography with a drone gives you a perspective that you just can't achieve from the ground.

I then met Lisa at in the Potting Shed accommodation as she got ready for the day. I really enjoy photographing bridal prep as it gives you a chance to get to know the bridal party a little better while Neil met Steve and the lads as he prepared for his big day. 

Lisa finished the bridal prep in the main building, and headed down the amazing staircase to the ceremony. Photographing these special moments just before the ceremony adds to the story, showing the emotions and nerves of the moments ahead.

Afterwards the reception was a success and everyone had a smile on their face, with the guests and happy couple enyoying the stunning surroundings Capesthorne has to offer.  All the moments I photographed are worth a thousand words, it was truly a special day. 

Everyone loves a good Summer wedding, and I'm no exception. We had a really sunny day, which put a smile on everyones faces, and it made taking the photographs a joy on the day. 

Lisa and Steve's wedding was one of the most amazing weddings I had photographed recently, and it was so hard to pick just a few of my favourite photographs to showcase their day.

Photographers - Martin Pawlett Photography
Venue - Capesthorne Hall
Caterers - Vanilla in all Seasons
Cake - Buttercup Cakes
Venue dressing and flowers - White Room Floral Design
Pianist - Richard Millington
Violinist - Micheal Montifroy
DJ, Electric Saxophonist and Electric Violinist - Six 15 Events

Here are some of my favourite photos from the day;


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Amanda and Rob Willington Hall Wedding Amanda and Rob were married a couple of weeks ago and they picked a fantastic venue to get married in, Willington Hall near Chester, Cheshire. This was not the first wedding I have shot at Willington Hall, being one of their preferred photographers too. Having your wedding here is always a magical experience, the venue and surroundings are amazing and the staff really friendly too.

I started the day photographing the amazing venue with my drone as it makes for an exciting and different way to begin the story. Shortly afterwards I met up with Amanda and the girls for their bridal prep, while Neil met Rob and the lads for their groom prep - as it was also perfect venue for the Rob to prepare for his big day too.

As Amanda came down the stairs on her way to the ceremony, she looked really excited and nervous to finally get married to Rob. I think Rob was more nervous though! Amanda and Rob decided to celebrate their wedding in the amazing Orangery, a great fairly new addition to Willington Hall where friends and family were touched when the newlyweds said their emotional vows.

It was a lovely atmosphere and everyone really enjoyed themselves afterwards at the reception, making use of the outdoor terrace while the sun was out. Just walking around the venue you can see how much effort Amanda and Rob had put into making their day extra special.

I love photographing summer weddings as the scenery can be spectacular, and the surroundings at Willington Hall make this a pleasure. Amanda and Rob were lucky to have a sunny (but breezy) day, which was a blessing and all the guests were able to enjoy the grounds. 

During the speeches, I get to listen to some incredible stories of couples when photographing wedding ceremonies in Cheshire - Amanda and Robs was no exception.

The happy couple finished off their celebration with a Star Wars take over, and then onto their first dance. Shortly afterwards we left them to party the night away.

I knew it was going to be a fantastic wedding when Amanda and Rob booked me to photograph it and I won't forget that one in a long time.


Their suppliers were;

Photographers – Martin Pawlett Photography

Videographers - The Creative Wedding Agency

Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue - Willington Hall

Venue Dressers - Cheshire Venue Dressing & Lighting (...and Amanda!)

Hair - Hair Fantasy

Make-up – Terri Grisdale

Flowers - AM Flowers

Cake - Willow Cottage Kitchen

Band - Baker Wicked


Here are some of my favourite photos from their day;

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Rachel and Mike Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Rachel and Mike were married a couple of weeks ago and their wedding took place at Sandhole Oak Barn in Congleton Cheshire. I have photographed here many times before and the scenic nature of the venue makes photographing at the Sandhole Oak Barn a delight, you couldn't ask for a more fantastic venue to get married at. It is always great photographing magical moments in venues like this when working with great couples like Rachel and Mike. 

Haslington was a perfect place to begin Rachel's wedding photography, as the makeup was applied and everyones hair was finished off I photographed the small details and the developing story.

Sandhole was a perfect place for the Mike to prepare for his big day along with the guys in the amazing new Shepherds Hut just by the lake at Sandhole. Such a great additional, and well though out.

Once all the prep had finished Rachel arrived at the ceremony and took a deep breath as she made her way towards the venue. It was fantastic to watch Rachel and Mike demonstrate their commitment to each other during their ceremony at Sandhole Oak Barn. 

After the ceremony we did took the newly married couple off for some informal portraits - Rachel and Mike took it in their stride and were definitely enjoying this moment among their beloved ones. 

The food and service provided by Top Table and Sandhole was second to none, they never fail to impress me!

This was a fantastic wedding and we made sure we got some lovely portraits at the venue at various points through the day. Clouds filled the sky on the day, this acted as a large soft box, which is great for photographs and I even managed to grab some amazing aerial photographs using my drone.

After the first dance, we left Rachel and Mike to party the night away with their friends and family.

Congratulations to an amazing couple!

Their suppliers were

Photographer – Martin Pawlett Photography

Wedding ceremony and reception venue - Sandhole Oak Barn

Food - Top Table

Dress - Brides of Chester

Piano - Sarah Green, Girl and Piano

Band - The Kickstarts

I really enjoyed photographing Rachel and Mike's special day and I thoroughly enjoyed telling their story. Here are some of my favourites from their day;

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Amy and Simon Alderley Edge Hotel Wedding I had a fantastic time a few weeks ago at the wedding of Amy and Simon. The happy couple celebrated their special day at Alderley Edge Hotel in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. I've always wanted to photograph at Alderley Edge Hotel but never had the chance until now, but I really loved working there and I can't wait to photograph another wedding there soon. Amy and Simon are very fortunate to have their wedding photographed in such a fabulous venue. 

All wedding stories begin with bridal prep and Amy's story started at their house Crewe. Photographing Amy as she prepared for the day was an exciting way to begin the story. Simon and the guys got ready nearby in Sandbach.

Whilst Simon made his way to the Church, Amy was finishing getting ready and was en route to St Peters Church, in Elworth - again a fantastic place to photograph all the moments of Amy and Simon’s wedding ceremony. 

After the ceremony, we all made our way the the amazing Alderley Edge Hotel where Amy and Simon partied the night away.

Amy and Simon really know how to create a fantastic wedding and I thoroughly enjoyed telling their story, as well as working with some great suppliers.

Their suppliers were;

Photographer – Martin Pawlett Photography

Videographer - Ian Anderson

Wedding ceremony - St Peters Church, Elworth

Wedding reception venue - Alderley Edge Hotel

Dress - Aisle of Brides

Hair - Locks that Rock

Make-up – Sarah Dunn

Flowers - Woodend Flowers

Singer - Tony Hassall


Here are some of my favourite photos from their day;

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Congratulations to you both!

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Drone Photography Cheshire Always on the lookout for new and existing ideas to bring to Weddings, Martin is a fully qualified and accredited CAA approved PfCO drone photographer in Cheshire.

Drone photography is weather and location dependant, and for this reason no guarantees can be made that the drone will be able to operate on your special day. Drones cannot fly in adverse weather conditions such as rain, wind, fog or mist - and some locations just aren't practical for flying.

That said, when we do get top use the drone, the results are stunning Here are a few recent examples;

The video below is best watched in HD.

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Lorraine and Stu Wedding Cranage Hall It was a pleasure photographing Lorraine and Stu's wedding ceremony. De Vere Cranage Estate in Holmes Chapel was a perfect choice for their wedding. Since the first time I came to De Vere Cranage Estate, I've always wanted to come back, I enjoy working there. It is a fantastic place. 

The day began with me photographing Lorraine whilst she got ready at . As the makeup was applied and everyones hair was finished off I photographed the small details and the developing story. The air at was filled with excitement as Stu prepared himself for the day. 

As Lorraine came down the stairs, she looked really excited to finally get married to Stu. De Vere Cranage Estate was a fantastic place to photograph all the moments of Lorraine and Stu’s wedding ceremony. Cheshire has some of the best wedding locations!

Lorraine and Stu shared some photo moments with the guests after the ceremony before proceeding to the reception. The guests were chatting happily, as they enjoyed drinks of their choice. I enjoy drifting among the guests to take the best shots and witness the stories unfold as the hours go by. 

There's some real advantages to getting married in Winter. It was a mainly cloudy day, helping create lovely soft light, and soft light is the best kind of light for flattering photographs. 

All in all I had a blast at Lorraine and Stu's wedding and I just know they will build a fantastic life together.


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Amy and Simon Pre Wedding The Edge We've had a few storms in the last few months, and typically one right in the middle of our first planned pre wedding photoshoot with Amy and Simon. We decided to cancel and re-arrange and I'm so glad we did as the weather was amazing. Sun and warm February...Unheard of!

The Edge at Alderley Edge was their chosen location, and due to the weather the place was packed. I've never seen it so busy, however we did manage to photograph some great moments in and around the crowds.

I can't wait to photograph their wedding at The Alderley Edge Hotel in a few weeks. Here are their highlights;

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Amanda and Rob Pre Wedding Denzell Gardens Denzell Gardens near Altrincham was the chosen location for Amanda and Robs pre wedding photoshoot. This is a hidden gem that I have photographed at before, and we are often the only people there!

Amanda and Rob are getting married next year at the stunning Willington Hall near Tarporley - another of my favourite venues.

Here are a few from their photoshoot.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Sun, 30 Dec 2018 16:30:00 GMT
Lucy and Tom Wychwood Park Golf Club Wedding Covering Lucy and Tom's wedding was a real privilege as a wedding photographer at Wychwood Park Golf Club in Weston, close to Crewe in Cheshire. Wychwood Park Golf Club is a fantastic place where I always look forward to going back to, I enjoy working there.

Once all the bridal prep had finished Lucy arrived at the ceremony and took a deep breath as she made her way towards the venue. Lucy and Tom exchanged rings and said their vows in a fantastic ceremony at Wychwood Park . Cheshire has some of the best wedding locations. 

The reception was a success and everyone had a smile on their face. The atmosphere at the reception was perfect for entertaining the guests. I enjoyed photographing the reception, the moments shared were lovely.

I love Autumn weddings, and it was a lovely sunny day, which is what all brides wish for on their wedding day, and all the guests were able to enjoy the grounds. 

As well as having a thoroughly fantastic day, it was just a joy to photograph Lucy and Tom's wedding and I hope they have a happy life together.

Here are some of my favourites from their day.

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Rachel and Michael Pre Wedding Alderley Edge Autumn is an amazing time of year, more so when the autumn colours are in full flow. A few weeks ago we met up with Rachel and Mike for their pre wedding photoshoot at The Edge, in Alderley Edge - this is another favourite location of mine, as the views can be stunning over the Cheshire countryside. Often you can even see Manchester too.

Rachel and Mike are getting married next year at Sandhole Oak Barn in Congleton, another amazing venue, I can't wait!

Here are a few photos from their photoshoot.

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Leanne and Daman Wedding Wychwood Park I loved photographing Leanne and Daman's wedding a few weeks ago. The venue they were married in was St Giles Church in Newcastle. Such a charming place! 

Daman could not hide his joy when he saw Leanne walking down the aisle in her amazing dress. St Giles Church is a fantastic place to photograph all the moments of Leanne and Daman’s wedding ceremony. Shooting in places in and around Cheshire and Staffordshire remind me of how fortunate I am as a wedding photographer. 

Leanne and Daman enjoyed spending quality time with their family and friends and loved every bit of their reception Wychwood Park Golf Club, the bride and groom definitely picked the perfect place. The reception was full of fantastic energy and joyful laughter. 

Summer weddings let me get the best of each moment. It was a sunny day, which can make a big difference on the day, and meant we could all spend some time outdoors. 

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Gautami and Adrian Wedding Crabwall Manor Covering Gautami and Adrian's wedding was a real privilege as a Wedding photographer. They took their vows at Crabwall Manor in Chester Cheshire. Crabwall Manor is a fantastic location that I always wanted to photograph, I hope that I will get more opportunities to photograph weddings there in the near future. Working as a wedding photographer in Cheshire, presents me with great opportunities to work with lovely couples like Gautami and Adrian, in perfect locations like this one. 

Gautami began her day at Crabwall Manor with her bridesmaids and both Mums. I really enjoy photographing bridal prep as it gives you a chance to get to know the bridal party a little better. Adrian prepared himself at Crabwall Manor. It's always interesting how different groom prep is to bridal prep. The biggest difference is usually the time it takes. 

Crabwall Manor was a fantastic place to photograph all the moments of Gautami and Adrian’s wedding ceremony. 

Gautami and Adrian shared a few moments together before heading back to the reception at Crabwall Manor. There was a feeling of happiness and joy in the air as everyone enjoyed themselves. I enjoyed photographing the reception. The moments shared were lovely.

Everyone loves a good Summer wedding, and I'm no exception. It was a bright and sunny day, which I was really pleased about, and meant we could all spend the majority of the time outdoors. 

Gautami and Adrian pulled off a fantastic wedding! Here are some of my favourites from their day.

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Jenkins Family Lifestyle Photoshoot I’ve been doing a lot of family lifestyle photoshoots recently and tmuch prefer these to photographing in a studio. Everyone is more relaxed, and I can capture some amazing natural photographs - as most of the time you won't even realise I'm around.

Here are some photographs from a recent shoot I did at Memorial Park and Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge with the Lindsey, Ben and their daughter.  It was a near perfect day – warm, still and slightly overcast which gave plenty of soft light, perfect for amazing photographs.

I photographed Lindsey and Bens wedding back in 2015 at Heaton House Farm and it was great to meet up again!

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Nepenthe A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of being invited down to the Dorset coast with my cameras and drone to take photos and video onboard an amazing wooden sailing boat called Nepenthe, that was built way back in 1903. After a 6 hour drive, I finally made it down to Portland Marina just as the sun was setting...gutted!

Dan, the current owner of the boat met myself along with Dave and we headed back out to his stunning boat where his cat was waiting. Looking at the weather for the next day, we decided on a plan which was to grab an early start the next morning, and make our way along the Jurassic towards Lulworth Cove, with a brief stop near Durdle Door. This was our original plan anyway, weather dependant. 

My pre-planning beforehand showed we were unable to fly over the land by Durdle Door, or Lulworth Cove due to drones not being permitted on Lulworth Estate. Not a problem, as we would be taking off from the boat and only flying over the sea. I emailed Lulworth Estates out of courtesy and they replied the next day saying what I wanted to achieve was absolutely fine as they don't own the airspace out at sea.

The next problem was the airspace to the right of the Cove, as the right hand side as you look at it from the sea has a firing range that operates during the day and this airspace goes out into the sea. Again not a problem as we would be keeping to the left and away from that particular section of airspace. I isssued a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) anyway to tell others of our intention to fly.

As you can see, careful planning is required in order to fly a drone safely and within the law.

After a decent nights sleep onboard, with the waves gently lapping against the boat and the ruder moving against the sea, Dan got the boat ready while we grabbed the drone for a few shots in the harbour while it was quiet. Dave was on lookout, and he was also the launcher and catcher of my drone as you cannot just take off on board a boat! We discussed beforehand how we would take off and land, and this worked out really well with great communication between each other. Landing was a bit trickier with a moving boat, and I'm sure Dan caught the drone at least once during the trip.

Setting off just after sunrise we were able to make the most of the quiet seas, amazing weather and blue skies for most of the journey. A decent wind meant we were able to use both the sails for the majority of the outbound journey. There is something about sailing - the peaceful, chilled journey through the blue ocean, I can see why Dan bought this amazing boat. I could listen to the stories about the boat, and its characteristics all day. For example, Dan mentioned part of the wood in the boats kitchen was from a hotel door, and it still had the door number on! Fascinating.

Anyway, onto the reason I was aboard - taking photos and video from the journey. Here are the best bits!

Best viewed in HD!

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All photos and video taken with a Canon 5D Mark IV, Go Pro Hero 2018 and DJI Phantom 4 Pro, and edited in Final Cut Pro X

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Gautami and Adrian Pre Wedding Photoshoot Delamere Forest It was Gautami 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 love going to Delamere Forest both for photoshoots and for general walks - we even managed to dodge some of the rain showers this time!

Their wedding at Crabwall Manor in a few week is going to be a good one!

Heres a few of my favourites from the day.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Fri, 11 May 2018 08:00:00 GMT
PfCO Flight Test 4. PfCO Flight Test and Preparation


As part of writing the Ops Manual, you have to write your own procedures and checklists which you will use on your flight test and commercial jobs one you receive your permission. In brief, these define how you will plan a job and operate the drone. You must learn these procedures!

Next was to arrange insurance, which needs to be EC 785/2004 compliant - again there are lots of companies offering drone insurance and as you would with any insurance I shopped around to get the most suitable for my business.

Once the test is booked in you are given a mock job which shows you the location of the test - which you must plan as if it were an actual commercial job, from planning, risk and site assessments right through to the actual test itself. I used all the resources and maps we had been taught how to use on the course to plan and complete site and risk assessments for the chosen location - and submitted this paperwork to Uplift for review. The remaining prep would be done once on site and before the test.

Logged Hours

Note the CAA only require 2 hours of logged flight time in the last 2 months and Uplift recommend 5-10 hours before the test, however I had 15 hours of flying time at this point. I would have liked more but due to the British weather over the winter, flight time had been limited, however I was confident in flying the drone at this stage.

Apps and websites

As part of the planning, I also used various website and apps such as NATS Drone Assist, UAV Forecast, WeatherPro, Windy, SD Light and AirMap

I also use DJI GO 4, DroneLogbook apps / websites.

Drone appsDrone AppsThe apps I use for my drone and the PfCO


For the test, and also to be used by me on commercial jobs going forward, I purchased the following required equipment - note the products aren't recommended, but you do need fire fighting equipment, a first aid kit, signs etc as a minimum. As you can see there is more than what you expect.

PfCO flight test equipmentFlight test equipment for your PfCOEquipment needed for a PfCO flight test PfCO Drone Warning SignWaring Sign Drone PfCODrone Warbing Sign PfCO

Here are links to the exact products I purchased;

Fire Extinguisher
As far as I know, there are no publicised guidelines on what type of extinguisher you need for a Drone, some recommend a C02, some recommend powder based. I chose this one as it was a general multi-purpose one, and if you do use it your drone will be a write off anyway.

First Aid Kit

Hi-Vis Jacket
I already had one from previous photography work. They are readily available online and in high street shops such as Halfords.

Wind Anemometer
As good as apps and websites are, its always good to know the wind speed at ground level, to judge if it is within the drones limitations. It is one of the first things you check once on site, before even unpacking your drone.

Drone Warning Signs

Navigational Maps
Luckily Uplift provided the latest maps of the local area, although these do change every year and you would be best to purchase these when they are updated.

Other equipment (some not specifically required for the test, but I had anyway)

3 DJI batteries (2 extra on top of the supplied battery to give me about 90 mins max flight time, in reality its about 70-80 mins)

Flight Case - I already had this for the drone and batteries etc, and I chose this one in particular as it enables the drone to keep its props on while being transported.

Flight Case P4PFlight Case for a Phantom 4 ProFlight case for a Phantom 4 pro

Lipo Battery Charging Bags
Not required for the flight test, however I would recommend them for charging and transportation as Lipo battery fires can be extremely quick to start and the advice is to let them burn out, but put out the surrounding area. Search online for Lipo battery fire to see how bad they are...

Landing Mat
Not required, but useful when landing on dusty or sandy ground, as it stops the dust entering the motors and drone.

The actual test

While driving from home to the test location, I was quite excited and not overly nervous at this point. The weather was perfect, blue skies with very little wind. Perfect flying conditions. I met Darren who would be my flight examiner at a nearby location and we headed to the test site. Darren put me at ease and we made a start.

The test is divided into 2 sections;

1. Briefing

Darren explained what would be required and assessed such as pre flight, in flight and post flight procedures. Then asked me some questions around hazards, risks airspace and flight distances. I then briefed him on my operating procedures, and asked him to be my observer (as part of my Ops Manual, I would always use an observer where required).

2. Flying

Darren explained the layout of the test site, which I guess was around 100m x 100m. He asked me to continue to follow my procedures while carrying out various manoeuvres such as a continuous yaw (spin), a figure of 8,  a square in GPS mode and the same square in ATTI (manual) mode and then at some unexpected point demonstrate my emergency procedures. Even though I was fairly relaxed during the test, nerves did kick in every so often - as to be expected. I did my post flight checks and packed up my gear.

The flight test is there for you to demonstrate you can safely and competently fly the drone in GPS and ATTI mode - its nothing to worry about providing you can. My advice would be... Know you drone, know how to fly safely, know your operating procedures and checklists and you will be fine.

Phew...the test was complete, and Darren debriefed me along with the words... "I'm pleased to tell you, you have successfully passed"

Result! All that hard work had paid off.


The final stage was to apply to the CAA for my permission and pay for the first year. This was straight forward again with help from Uplift. The estimated wait to receive the permission from submission is about 6 weeks, and so I was shocked when I received the email after just over 2 weeks!

"Please find enclosed your Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO)..."

Thats it, I've finally done it!

Now to start earning some money.



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PfCO Ops Manual 3. PfCO Ops Manual

Officially known as a UAS OSC, but more commonly known as an Operations manual, or "Ops Manual", writing this is the final step before the actual flight test.

When you first start looking at the Ops Manual, it can be quiet daunting - however Uplift provide some well written templates based on CAA guidelines that you can use as a guide. The templates cannot be used as a copy/paste exercise - the manual must be written by yourself, about your company and about how you will operate your drone(s).

The Ops Manual consists of 2 volumes (or 3 if you require extended permissions), for me the 2 volumes would suffice.  

  • Volume 1 - Your business and how it is comprised and setup, from the health and safety policy to company structure and who the accountable manager is. This also covers your own operating procedures, how you plan a job, how you ensure it is safe to operate, setting up of your equipment, risk assessments, check lists and emergency procedures etc
  • Volume 2 - This is specific to the aircraft you will be using on operations, with details on specifications, failsafe facilities, single points of failure etc



I started writing my before ground school, straight after I had completed the online learning material, as there are guides online on how to complete this. I wanted to wait until after ground school before finalising and submitting mine just to see if there were any other nuggets of information I had missed.

With Uplift, once you have written your Ops Manual, you send it to them to check and if anything needs changing they advise you on what the changes are. This, I found really helpful, as I submitted mine and it was assigned to Col who came back really quickly and advised of a few very minor changes which I did.


Next time, the final blog post, 4. The flight test in detail

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PfCO Training 2. PfCO Training

So the course has been booked and paid for, and now the hard work starts...

As soon as you place the order with Uplift Drone Training for the course, you get access to their e-learning site which is part of the Fast Track course I booked with them. The Fast Track PfCO course comprises of 3 elements; Ground School, Flight Test and Operations Manual.

The e-learning covers the same subjects as the ground school, but you do need to have done the e-leaning prior to attending the ground school;

  • Air Law
  • Maps and Charts
  • Airspace
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft
  • Airmanship
  • Human Factors
  • Operating Procedures

I did initially look at the e-learning once I bought the course, but as the ground school wasn't until March, I decided to leave this until after Christmas so it was still fresh in my head. January came and I started reading the online material, as well as making lots of notes on Onenote - if you haven't used this before, Its a fantastic way of keeping notes, as it is designed just like a note pad with sections and easy searching, best of all its free and works on a Mac too!

The online material goes into lots of detail, but with good explanations and diagrams - so I chipped away at each of the subjects over a few weeks making sure I understood what everything meant. There were tests at the end too, to ensure everything you were being taught actually went it.

A few days before ground school started, I read through the online material and my notes once again just to refresh my memory.

The morning of ground school came, and I arrived at the hotel near Knutsford along with the other 7 students and we got chatting over a coffee and also met our trainer for the two days, Matt. A quick introduction by all showed that everyone had different reasons for being there, and some had never flown a drone before too - so there were all ages and abilities.

Now down to the hard work of learning the material...

Uplift provide a printed copy of the training material, along with a current flight planning map of the area and flight reference cards - essential for flying a drone as we would learning along the course.


Matt certainly knew his stuff, and answered all the questions fired at him from all the students. The 2 days passed quickly and I certainly learnt a lot from it, with a quick flight planning task at the end just before the theory exam at the end of day 2.

The next day I found out I had successfully passed the theory, phew!


Next time blog post number 3. The Ops Manual



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Starting the PfCO journey Drones have become hugely popular over the last few years, being used both by professionals and hobbyists and so I thought I'd write up my journey into the world of using drones for commercial operations, from a wedding photographers point of view. Please note through these blogs, all views are my own.

1. Starting the PfCO journey

Back in November 2017 I decided that after purchasing a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone six months earlier, I could see a great opportunity to use this in my Wedding photography business to add an extra element. The Phantom 4 Pro is an amazing piece of kit once mastered, and the integrated 4K camera produces stunning results. Being a professional photographer image quality is key, and thats why I decided to go for this particular drone out of all the ones currently on the market. Those who know me well, know how much research I do into anything!


After spending a few hours researching exactly what was required, watching youtube videos and reading blogs etc it turns out you need permission from the CAA (not a license as some people think, as this doesn't actually exist) if you wish to use a drone for commercial purposes, or in fact if you intend to make money or any kind of reward. This permission is called a "Permission for Commercial Operations", or in short a PfCO.

In order to get the PfCO, you need to be assessed by an authorised training provider (NQE's to give them their correct name - National Qualified Entities). You'll see a lot of acronyms whilst training!

Some people may prefer to study themselves, but I decided to do the training via an NQE and so the next step was to research nearby NQE's. Luckily there were quite a few training locations nearby from various companies - Knutsford, Chester, Uttoxeter to name a few. After comparing lots of NQE's taking into consideration price, location, course dates and more importantly feedback from previous students, I was swaying towards Uplift Drone Training who had a training location near Knutsford. Perfect for me, as it is only 25 minutes drive away. I had a couple of questions, and decided to use their online chat facility - to which Lyndsay replied instantly and helpfully answered all my queries. Having good support was a big plus point for me in choosing the right NQE.

The decision was made...

Uplift, although not the cheapest or most expensive seemed to offer everything I wanted, and proved helpful when I had a query - and so with all this in mind and a training location nearby I bit the bullet and booked onto their Fast Track PfCO Course there and then via their online booking system. This particular course consisted of 2 days of ground school, a theory exam, assistance writing the Operations Manual, a flight test and support before, during and after. The date was set for March 2018.

Things were now getting real!


Next time blog post number 2. PfCO Training


]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) cheshire cheshire wedding photographer drone permission for commercial operations pfco photography starting the pfco journey training udt uplift drone training wedding Wed, 04 Apr 2018 16:25:08 GMT
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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Caroline and Craig Willington Hall Wedding Willington Hall near Tarporley is a grade 2 listed former country house, built in 1829 and now privately owned. From a photographers point of view, this is a dream to work at. The grounds and views are stunning, as it the newly built orangery. I am proud to be one of the recommended wedding photographers at Willington Hall.

Caroline and Craig chose this venue for both their pre wedding photoshoot and also their wedding, and I can see why. From the bridal prep to the first dance, the happy couple remained relaxed. Taking them away a couple of times for a few minutes, we were able to take some informal but relaxed couple photographs in and around the amazing grounds.

Craig didn't escape the speeches, with the best man and ushers showing a selection of old photographs he'd probably rather have forgotten!

The sunsets at Willington Hall are stunning, but unfortunately the clouds rolled in exactly as the sun was setting and so we couldn't get that particular photograph, never mind there are still lots of others!

Choosing a small selection of photographs for a blog post is difficult enough, but even harder with so much choice! It has taken a while, but I've finally done it.

Their suppliers were;

Photographer – Martin Pawlett Photography

Wedding ceremony and reception venue - Willington Hall Hotel

Hair and  Make-up – Harry Jon

Cake - Flora's Delights

DJ - Decades Discos

Here are some of my favourite photographs from their special day;

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Alderley Edge Family Photoshoot The Edge, near Alderley Edge was the chosen location for this family photoshoot. With the autumn leaves in full flow, even the sun made a few brief appearances. There are so many different things to do and see here, its great from my point of view and talking of views - they are stunning, with views over to Manchester and beyond on a good day.

What a fantastic family, great fun to photograph and all great in front of the camera. Anyway here are the highlights from their photoshoot.

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Formby Beach Family Photoshoot A few weeks ago back in October on a surprisingly warm autumn day at Formby Beach, I met up with an amazing family for a photoshoot. Walking from the car park over to the dunes, you could see the delight in the kids faces. I knew this would be a fun photoshoot, with the eldest daughter being a natural in front of the camera. The youngest daughter was a little camera shy at first, but we soon managed to capture some amazing photographs fo the entire fanuly.

Here are some of may favourites.

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Sue and Steve Chimney House Hotel Wedding I was Sue and Steve's wedding photographer a few weeks ago. They picked an incredible venue to get married in, The Chimney House Hotel in Sandbach, Cheshire. I was happy finally to photograph a wedding at Chimney House Hotel, it's a very picturesque place and literally just down the road from where I live. It is a joy to photograph awesome couples in incredible locations like this. 

The ceremony was held at Chimney House Hotel which is an awe-inspiring location. It was the perfect setting for Sue and Steve to say their wedding vows and tie the knot. 

Guests took photos with the couple while at the reception. The atmosphere at the reception was perfect for entertaining the guests. Chasing each special moment with my second photographer for the day, Rob.

I always fall in love with spectacular Autumn weddings. It was quite a rainy day, but that didn't stop Sue and Steve making the most of their wedding day, it was never going to spoil this wedding. 

All in all we all had a blast at Sue and Steve's wedding. Here are my favourites from their day;

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Kate and Andy Wedding Wychwood Park Photography – Martin Pawlett Photography

Wedding reception – Wychwood Park Golf Club

Make-up – Make-Up by Gemma

Dress – Roberta's Bridal

Flowers – Marie's Flowers

Cake – Tiers of Affection

Ice Cream – Lanza's

From the moment I met Kate and Andy, I knew their wedding was going to be a blast. Photographing at Kate and Andy's wedding was one of the highlights of the season. They picked a wonderful venue to get married in. It was Wychwood Park Golf Club in Weston, Cheshire. As their recommended photographer, this wasn't the first time I had shot a wedding at Wychwood Park Golf Club, it is an extraordinary place to create such brilliant memories with so many locations around the grounds for amazing photographs. 

I love my job as a Cheshire wedding photographer, I couldn't ask for better opportunities than shooting stunning couples like Kate and Andy and working at spectacular venues like Wychwood Park Golf Club. 

Kate prepared herself early in the morning for her wedding over at the Wychwood Park Hotel. She had her hair and makeup finished and I shot the story as it developed. Andy was at  making himself look very dapper, donning his suit and applying the final touches with the guys over at the Golf Club. Their colour theme for the day was pink, and what an amazing choice, everything just worked so well together, a credit to Kate and Andy (although I suspect mainly Kate!) for their creativity.

The reception was decorated beautifully and was the perfect spot for the newlyweds to welcome their guests. The drinks flowed freely as the guest quenched their thirst. I mingled around the wedding party with my second photographer, Neil capturing the guests candidly whilst they enjoyed their drinks. 

The more Summer weddings I photograph, the more I enjoy them. Clouds filled the sky on the day, this acted as a large soft box, which makes lovely photographs. Kate and Andy decided to go for a drive around with myself and Neil on the golf buggies provided by Wychwood Park, and what fun we had! 

Unfortunately the sunset wasn't as good as we would have liked for the final couple portraits, but we still made the best of what was given to us! 

All in all I had a blast at Kate and Andy's wedding and I'm so glad they invited me along. 

Congratulations, and here are some of my favourites from their day.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) cheshire cheshire wedding photographer photography recommended photographer wedding wychwood park wychwood park golf club wedding Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:15:00 GMT
Hayley and Martin Wedding Rookery Hall Photography – Martin Pawlett Photography

Wedding reception – Rookery Hall

Make-up – Sarah Meredith MUA

Dress – Roberta's Bridal

Flowers – Flowers by Alison

Cake – Sugarcloud Cakes

Evening entertainment – Hipswing

Hayley and Martin celebrated their wedding recently and I was their chosen photographer after meeting them at a wedding fayre. I was so happy to be part of such an awesome celebration. A amazing venue for a wedding,  Rookery Hall located just outside Nantwich in Cheshire definitely gave a special vibe to the event. Such a charming place, it's refreshing to come back to Rookery Hall, it is such a stunning place to create such breathtaking memories. I am very blessed to work in such delightful locations as a wedding photographer. 

I started shooting at Rookery Hall where Hayley and her bridesmaids were getting ready for the day. Bridal Prep gives me an opportunity to get to know the bridal party a bit more and gives lots of opportunity for storytelling as Hayley was having her hair and makeup finished. I was keen to photograph Martin's story too as it began to unfold here, and so I sent my second photographer, Rob down to meet him and the guys.

The ceremony was stunning, the photographs I took of it definitely have a "love is in the air" vibe to them. 

After the ceremony we took some portraits of Hayley and Martin in and around the amazing grounds, they where definitely enjoying this moment among their beloved ones. It was a lovely atmosphere and everyone really enjoyed themselves. 

The season can really have an impact on a wedding and I find Summer weddings are some of my favourite. There was a lot of clouds in the sky about on the day, this acted as a large soft box, which really help with photographs. I think we just about managed to dodge some of the rain clouds!

It was a long time in the planning but Hayley and Martin pulled off an amazing wedding and I'm sure they will be really happy together. 


Here are some of my favourite photographs from their day;

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Laura and Lewis Mollington Banastre Wedding Chester Laura and Lewis were married at St Marks Church in Chester on an amazingly sunny day, with their reception at the nearby Mollington Banastre Hotel and Spa shortly afterwards.

Here are some of my favourites from their special day.

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Michelle and Lee Wedding Chateau Rhianfa Anglesey Chateau Rhianfa, in Anglesey is an amazing Grade ll-listed French-style Château set in a stunning location with breathtaking views looking out across Snowdonia.

Arriving the night before the wedding, the weather was awful, with rain lashing down and the wind blowing a gale. However everything changed in the morning of the wedding day, with sun and blue skies!

The Chateau is a maze of stunning rooms and surprises around every corner. Although this wasn't my first visit, it was my first wedding here, and from the moment Michelle and Lee booked me to photograph their special day, I couldn't wait to that day to arrive!

I don't think I've laughed so much during a wedding, as Michelle and Lee are just the perfect happy couple!

Photography – Martin Pawlett Photography

Wedding reception – Chateau Rhianfa

Here are a few special moments from your wedding day;

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Lorna and Matt Wedding Slaters Country Inn This was my first wedding at Slaters Country Inn, however we had met Lorna and Matt here a few weeks prior to their big day to have a look around and discuss options for photographs.

The wedding house set in private gardens is a stunning venue for your ceremony, and has great opportunities for photographs inside and out. Matt was very nervous before the ceremony, however afterwards he soon relaxed and enjoyed the day. Such a nice couple, we had a good laugh with Lorna and Matt throughout the entire day.

Wandering around the venue later on with the happy couple, we explored even further afield to find some great locations for their couple photographs. Its always nice to take the couple away from their guests for 10 minutes where they can relax and we can capture some amazing portraits with them.

Photography – Martin Pawlett Photography

Wedding reception – Slaters Country Inn

Here are a few of my favourite photographs from their day;

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Hannah and Jonathan Wedding Combermere Abbey Combermere Abbey is a stunning venue on the borders of Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and North Wales, and was the venue of choice for Hannah and Jonathan a few weeks ago.

I've photographed many weddings here, and each time been in different parts of the venue for the bridal prep and groom prep. There are so many options for photographs here, and again each time I find something new.

Their suppliers were;

Photography – Martin Pawlett Photography

Wedding ceremony and reception venue - Combermere Abbey 

Hair and  Make-up – Chloe Taylor

Dress – Abigail's Bridal

Flowers – Hayley's Flower Studio

Cake - Sweet Jem's Bakery

Ceili - Night and Day Music Agency

DJ - Groove Noise


Here are a few of my favourites from their day;

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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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Dionne and Oliver Wedding Wychwood Park Dionne and Oliver were married at Wychwood Park Hotel in Crewe back in June, and as a recommended photographer at Wychwood Park, and having been married there myself a few years ago, I know the venue inside out. Its a great venue with so much potential for stunning photographs no matter what the British weather throws our way.

They are an amazing couple, and I couldn't wait to photograph their special day, from the moment I met them both at a wedding fayre last year.

I knew this day was going to be a great laugh, as they both have a wicked sense of humour, and their friends and families were great too. They didn't disappoint!

Their suppliers were;

Photography – Martin Pawlett Photography
Wedding ceremony and reception venue – Wychwood Park
Evening entertainment – Hipswing

I had a hard time choosing just a few of my favourite photographs, but here they are;

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) cheshire wedding photographer Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:00:00 GMT
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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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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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) cheshire cheshire wedding photographer engagement photography pre wedding wedding Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:11:05 GMT
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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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Arley Hall Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Wedding photography Tue, 04 Jul 2017 15:48:42 GMT
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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Lydia and James Wedding Sandhole Oak Barn A few weeks ago we met up with Lydia and James for their wedding at the amazing Sandhole Oak Barn, in Congleton Cheshire. Although quite breezy, the rain held off for us. Both Lydia and James seemed fairly relaxed, taking everything in their stride.

Their suppliers were;

Photography – Martin Pawlett Photography
Videography - GOSH! Weddings
Make Up - Emily Woosey
Wedding ceremony and reception venue – Sandhole Oak Barn
Flowers - Williamson Flowers
Catering - Top Table
Venue dressing – Flossies Weddings
Evening entertainment – The Rush

Congratulations to you both, and here are just a few of my favourites from your special day.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) cheshire cheshire wedding photographer photography sandhole oak barn wedding Wed, 24 May 2017 17:30:00 GMT
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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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) cheshire cheshire wedding photographer crewe queens park wedding Wed, 10 May 2017 16:30:00 GMT
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
Emma and Aaron Alma Lodge Wedding Photography A few weeks back on a sunny day in May this year, we met we Emma and the girls at her parents house for the bridal prep. Natalie from Mint Productions UK was on hand to capture their day on video.

Here are a few highlights from the day;

Capturing the dresses and accessories, and the cute little dress and suit for the youngsters.


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Emma was relaxed, and as Emma was having her dress laced up, Jacob decided to pop upstairs to see what was going on - he did cover his eyes awww! 2016-08-19_00032016-08-19_0003

Heading off to the stunning St Georges Church in Stockport to capture a few photos of Aaron and the lads before the ceremony. 2016-08-19_00042016-08-19_0004 2016-08-19_00052016-08-19_0005

After the ceremony, the group photos took place outside the church and then we all headed off for a few photos at the Alma Lodge just a few minutes walk down the road. 2016-08-19_00062016-08-19_0006

We then left the happy couple to party the night away with their friends and family.

Congratulations to Emma and Aaron!


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Becky and Lloyd Village Hotel Cheadle Wedding Photography A few weeks ago we were delighted to photograph the wedding of Becky and Lloyd at All Hallows Parish Church in Cheadle, Cheshire.

We met Lloyd and the guys at the Church, shortly followed by the girls and then Becky, who looked stunning in her dress.

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After the Church we headed to the Village Hotel in Cheadle, just down the road from the Church - to photograph the guests and the formal groups.
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Briefly taking the happy couple away from the guests for 5 minutes, we managed to take some fantastic shots of the two of them.

Finally onto the speeches, where Lloyds speech must have been one of the quickest I've ever seen! 2016-10-14_00072016-10-14_0007

At this point we left the happy couple to enjoy married life.

Congratulations Becky and Lloyd.


Martin & Chris

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) All Hallows Cheadle Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Village Hotel Cheadle Wedding photography Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:30:00 GMT
Lake District Landscapes Aside from photographing weddings, portraits, events and houses - I'm more often than not wandering around with a camera in my hand somewhere!

Last week my wife and I headed off for a quick break in the Lake District. After the recent floods much of the Lake District we decided to keep our holiday local this year, and pump some money back into our own economy. We have both always been a fan of the Lakes and visit at least once if not twice a year anyway.

All the photos you see below, and more are available to purchase online via 

Here are some of the highlights of our recent trips to the lake District;

Blea Tarn, very early start for this sunrise, with the light hitting the pine trees

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Calm water at Loughrigg Tarn early dawn

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Half way up Brant Fell, in Bowness waiting for the sun to set with views out over Lake Windermere

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Sunset on a rather cloudy evening at Millerground near Bowness. If you look closely you will see some wet foot prints left behind from a couple of brave swimmers to came out of the water as I was taking the photographs.


Miller ground again slightly further down the coast with the after glow of the sunset, with 2 swans swimming by admiring the view.

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The well photographed jetty on Derwent Water, near Ashiness Bridge.

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Millerground again, with another fantastic sunset

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Buttermere reflections very early one morning

Boats on a calm Derwent Water in Keswick as the sun sets for another day

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Why is professional wedding photography expensive? Why is professional wedding photography expensive?

This is a question that can crop up when planning a wedding, and something that couples think they can cut back on, after all everyone has a camera these days right? Well that might be true, but smartphones are no match for a professional DSLR. So why choose professional wedding photography when Uncle Bob or your friends sisters boyfriends Dad has a "good" camera - again it all comes down to knowing how to use the camera, and how to use to in different situations for example you might be in a dark room one minute and in bright sunlight the next - knowing how to handle the camera in these situations is the difference. Let your friends and family enjoy your special day, and let me take the photographs.

Why do some photographers charge a few hundred, while others charge over a thousand for the same thing?

What I offer is a personal and professional service, a quality range of finished images and a wide range of ways of displaying the end result, be it stunning albums, canvas, acrylic, aluminium or simply a framed print. I guarantee no hard sell, after all I want you to be happy, cherish the end results and show off your images to friends and family.

I have overheads such as equipment, backup equipment, fuel, camera kit insurance, public liability insurance, indemnity insurance, training, sample albums, wedding fayres, advertising etc. I also have to take a wage, pay my staff and pay the tax man - all this costs money.

Photographers that charge just a few hundred pounds might sound like a great bargain but how can they be making money? Are they setup as a legit business, do they pay tax? Are they insured? What happens if they go bankrupt?

Take discount sites where you can buy wedding photography for an amazing 70% off or more. It may seem like a fantastic deal and a great way of saving money, but did you know with most of these sites the photographer only gets 50% of the actual price you pay? For example, say the advert is £1000 wedding photography for £300. You pay £300 for this amazing deal, but the photographer only gets £150, the discount company takes the rest. Put another way, £150 for an entire days photography plus all the editing etc afterwards? Would you work for less than the minimum wage - £150 / 50 hours = £3 per hour!

There are far more choices for those who opt to have a professional photographer, and my photographs will be taken to reflect you, and your requirements. I'll discuss beforehand what you would like to achieve from the end result and guide you with these choices.  

How about the time spent taking the photographs

The time and money I invest in your wedding photography is only a small portion of the time and money involved, for example;
• When you book your wedding with me, time is also spent meeting you as many times as you wish, to chat about you and your wedding, such as the group photographs, couple photographs, timings and best locations.
• All equipment including Cameras, flashes, studio lighting, and all back-up equipment is tested prior to your wedding.
• Setup of the equipment needed for the wedding
• Preparation time at the start of the wedding to go through the shoot with you, and discuss and further ideas.
• The actual wedding itself (which can be anything up to 14 hours for me and my second photographer) - Depending on the type of collection booked.
• Time to take travel to and from the wedding venues, including bridal and groom prep locations too.
• Transferring the images from the memory card to the computer, and backing these images up.
• Selecting and editing the RAW images to present to you in a polished state that you can view, i.e. jpg format. Unfortunately, people think that once the photograph is taken, thats our job done - this isn't the case as every image is individually edited by myself in my own unique style. This takes time not only to edit, but also to learn the skill involved.
• Exporting, resizing and uploading the online proof gallery for you and your friends/family to view. Exporting ready for printing.
• Checking the order for final photos, and releasing to the printers.
• Shipping or hand delivering the order/album.

As you can see from the process above, its not just a case of taking the photography, and passing it you you. A lot of work goes into providing you with the best possible images from your photoshoot. It takes hours, not minutes. Images straight out of the camera are similar to negatives from film cameras, they have all the detail and information, but don’t have any of the 'polish'. I edit the images to give that polish. Please also bear in mind that your monitor may not show the exact colour of the images. My monitor is calibrated using some of the latest technology to show the image exactly like my chosen lab will print them.

How many times have you taken a photo, and never done anything with it? Let professional photography change this, and impress your friends with a large canvas hung in your living room, or a stunning wedding album that you can admire with your friends, family and children for a lifetime.

With so many choices, you'll be spoilt for choice!

Why wait, book you no obligation chat now. I guarantee no hard sell!


]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Photography Wedding Why is professional wedding photography expensive costs photography wedding Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:45:00 GMT
Emma and Aaron Vernon Park Pre Wedding We met up with Emma and Aaron at Vernon Park in Stockport a few weeks prior to their Wedding day to capture some great moments of them together before the big day.

Vernon Park is Stockports oldest public park, and is well known in the area. It is also a fantastic location for a pre wedding photoshoot, as another photographer and her couple were also having the pre wedding shoot here at the same time. Great minds think alike!

Here are a small selection of the photographs captured on the day.

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Emma and Matt Pre Wedding Photoshoot at Delamere Forest A few weeks ago we met up with Emma and Matt for their pre wedding photoshoot at Delamere Forest.

The weather forecast for Delamere was for a dry start to the day with rain later. The forecast was wrong however In between dodging the showers we managed to capture some great moments with Emma and Matt. Heres some of their highlights;




I can't wait to photograph their wedding in a few weeks at The Manor House in Alleger.

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Delamere Delamere Forest Photographer Pre Wedding Wedding photography Mon, 16 May 2016 09:00:00 GMT
What is a Pre Wedding Photoshoot What is a pre wedding photoshoot?

A pre wedding or engagement photoshoot is a chance for me to get to you you both before the big day and to answer any questions you may have. It usually takes place at a location of your choice within a reasonable distance to Sandbach, Cheshire (around 25 miles max). Past locations have included Delamere Forest, Abney Hall, Marbury Park, Brereton Country Park, Keele Hall, Buxton Pavillion Gardens and even in the couples back garden before now! Usually we find it best to go to a location other than the wedding venue.

Its a fun way to build rapport between each other and to make you feel at ease with us, also its a chance for us to give you tips ahead of the big day. They can take places at any mutually convenient time, but generally no later than 1 month prior to your wedding date. Some couples choose to use the photographs to send out the save the date card - in which case their photoshoot took place many months before their wedding date, or even a year or so before.

All full day collections include the pre wedding photoshoot as standard, and you will receive all the edited images from the day on the USB drive once your wedding photographs have been edited They will also appear on my website as a gallery, and as a blog post too.

Also, if you would like to use one of the photographs in your complementary signing board, let me know at least 1 month prior to your wedding date to give me chance to get the photograph printed and mounted.

Below are a selection of photographs from past pre wedding photoshoots.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Photography Wedding What a engagement is photoshoot pre wedding Mon, 02 May 2016 09:42:00 GMT
Suzanne and Matt Wedding Photography Cranage Hall I met Suzanne and Matt at a wedding event held at Cranage Hall last year, and I was delighted when they chose me to photograph their wedding. They had their special day a few weeks ago in January, and here is their story.

We met up with a chilled out Suzanne and the girls for the bridal prep in the morning.



We then headed out to the Church just down the road, where we met up with Matt and the lads.



A very quick car journey later and Suzanne arrived looking stunning in her dress.



Then we headed to Cranage Hall where the sun was out one minute and hidden the next!


The stunning grounds in and around Cranage Hall provide a wide array of photographic locations, and we took advantage of the glorious day outside.



Their intimate reception and wedding breakfast took place in the Appleton Suite, kitted out with their own custom liqueurs for each quest.


The speeches were entertaining, with plenty of laughs all around the table.


Then finally onto the first dance, where Suzanne and Matt partied the night away.


Congratulations to a wonderful couple, and all the best for the future!

Martin & Chris

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Cranage Hall photography wedding winter Sat, 02 Apr 2016 10:10:44 GMT
Wedding Fairs For a list of wedding fairs/fayres I'll be attending make sure you regularly check

I have products on display, and am available to book a no obligation consultation to chat about your big day. 



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Suzanne and Matt Pre Wedding Keele Hall Suzanne and Matts pre wedding shoot took place at the stunning Keele Hall, on a reasonably warm autumn day back in October last year. Making use of the fantastic grounds outside and even inside (thanks Suzanne!), they were both naturals in front of the camera as we leisurely strolled around.

Here are a few photographs from their day.





I can't wait to photograph their wedding at Cranage Hall in a few days!


]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Keele Hall Pre photographer photography photoshoot wedding Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:30:00 GMT
Wedding Photography at Tideswell Cathedral and Palace Hotel Buxton Stacey and Jason's wedding took place on a warm day in September last year. We met Stacey and the girls at The Palace Hotel in Buxton for their bridal preparations. The stunning grand Victorian country house hotel, dating back to 1868, is set in acres of landscaped gardens and provides fantastic views into the surrounding Peak District National Park.

We left a very relaxed Stacey after she finished practising walking down the aisle to the music, in the hotel room!


We arrived at the George Inn where Jason and the groomsmen were enjoying a pre wedding drink in the pub next door the Tideswell Church.


Tideswell Church is known as the Cathedral of the Peak as its is the largest and most beautiful church in the area, and this provided the location for their wedding.


After the ceremony and group shots outside the church, we headed back to the Palace Hotel to continue the celebrations.


The stunning landscaped gardens provided fantastic backdrop for the happy couple.


Finally, after the first dance we left Stacey and Jason to enjoy married life!



Congratulations to a wonderful couple.

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Buxton Cathedral Palace Hotel Photography Tideswell Wedding Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:30:00 GMT
Hebden Green School Christmas Fayre 2015 Hebden Green School Christmas Fayre 2015

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Northwich Christmas Fayre 2015 Northwich Christmas Fayre 2015

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Christmas fayre Court Memorial Northwich Photography Portraits Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:45:00 GMT
Sarah and John Wedding Photography Pryors Hayes Sarah and John's wedding took place in June on a typical warm summers day, luckily the rain just about held off.

We met Sarah and the girls in the Nobel Fir log cabin for their bridal preparations. These log cabins form part of the Hollies Lodges complex in Little Bedworth, and are set in stunning forest surrounds.




We then headed off to the ceremony venue of Pryors Hayes Golf Club just down the road, where we met John and the lads. As the weather was just about on our side, the ceremony was held outside.



Once the ceremony had taken place we took Sarah and Joh  for a spin around the golf course for some couple portraits and a few fun ones too.


John is a local chef, and produced a fantastic "Pork Pie" tiered cake which went down a treat with the guests. I must admit, its the first time I've seen this in all the weddings I have photographed but I can see why he did it. Great effort John!


Congratulations to the happy couple, and all the best for the future.

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Pryors Hayes photography wedding Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:15:00 GMT
Fashion Show For Cancer Research A few months ago I was approached by Katie Holmes who asked if I would like to come along as a photographer to a charity fashion show, in aid of cancer research. A cause very close to Katies heart, and unfortunately many other people too I accepted Katies request without hesitation! As many of you who know me will know, I do a lot of work for charities and am always willing to help where I can.

Katie organised this event along with Claudia from Keedays, with a ladies fashion show provided by Mille Belle Boutique and lots of stalls selling everything from ladies fashion, cakes, jewellery and more. Along with the raffle with prices from local people and businesses, Katie managed to raise over £740 on the night!

Here is a selection of photos from the night;




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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Katie Holmes cancer research fashion show photography Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:30:06 GMT
Family Lifestyle Photoshoot in Lavender Fields A few weeks ago I met up with Jasmine and her family for another photoshoot, this time at a lavender field in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. The field was full of butterflies, the occasional bee and even a couple of grasshoppers.

Kasmine was on a mision to capture a butterfly in her hand, and this kept her occupied during the photoshoot. I don't know where she gets all her energy from, and she barely says still for more than a few seconds. However Mum and dad told her to stay as still as she could so she could catch one! To her credit, she did -  Well done Jasmine!

I really do like these lifestyle photoshoots, as it allows the parents and children to be themselves, without the confines of a studio type setup.

Heres my favourites from the day.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Lavender family lifestyle photoshoot Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:30:00 GMT
Pavilion Gardens Pre Wedding Photoshoot A few weeks ago we met up with Stacey and Jason for their pre wedding photoshoot at the fantastic Pavilion Gardens in Buxton. The location was entirely their choice and I can see why. The surroundings are stunning, with plenty of scope for photos.

Stacey and Jason are a great couple to work with, and I think we all had fun on the day.

Heres a small selection of photos from their photoshoot.







I can't wait to photograph their wedding next week!

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Pavilion Gardens Photoshoot Pre Wedding Sat, 19 Sep 2015 12:50:49 GMT
Lifestyle Family Photoshoot Congleton A few weeks ago I met up with a family for a lifestyle photoshoot just down the road from me in Congleton. We headed off to a local field on a lovely warm sunny afternoon (rare for the UK), sharing the field with a couple of cows a lot further down from us.

With these lifestyle photoshoots, I can capture children having fun rather than in an unfamiliar studio type environment  - and this is what Mum and dad had asked for.

Watching Noah walking, and often jumping through the long grass made us laugh, as the grass was nearly as tall as him - while Felicity took the easy option for the majority of the walk on the shoulders and arms of Mum and Dad!

Noah was a natural in front of the camera with very little prompting from me, often walking right up to the lens. A few games of hide and seek in the long grass gave me ample time to get some cracking shots of him.

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Felicity on the other hand was on a mission not to stand still, checking out the surroundings and everything else going on. We finally managed to catch her attention, and she delivered her cheeky smile!

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Onto a more chilled out Felicity where she sat or stood still just long enough to capture her lovely personality, and again her cheeky smile and mischievous grin.


Towards the end of the photoshoot, I think both of them had run themselves out of energy.



If you'd like to have a photoshoot like this, just drop me a quick email via the contact page

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Congleton Lifestyle Portrait Sandbach photography Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:27:25 GMT
Lindsey and Ben Wedding Photography Heaton House Farm Lindsey and Bens wedding took place back in May at the stunning St Marys Church in Nether Alderley, and the reception at Heaton House Farm, as with all couples we met up a few months earlier at the venue, Heaton House Farm, and myself and Chris also had a quick visit to the church beforehand too.

On the wedding day itself we met up with Lindsey and the girls first thing in the morning at Lindseys Mums house for the bridal prep. Chilled as ever, Lindsey was taking everything in her stride.

Lindsey had a really well thought out blue theme with the flowers, bridesmaids dresses, blue Beauford, and blue suits/ties for the guys.


The bridesmaids provided many laughs thought the day - and this was going to be the precedence for the day.


We left Lindsey and headed off to one of their favourite drinking holes, The Wizard in Alderley Edge (Just near the Edge - do you see all the connections now!) to meet up with Ben and the guys.


After a brief stop with the guys, we left for the Church where it wasn't long before Lindsey arrived along with the sun.


...and onto the the ceremony.

With two photographers, it allows us to provide a much greater range of photos from all angles as I'll usually be confined to the front but Chris can move around unobtrusively.



Once the ceremony and formal group shows were complete, we set off for Heaton House Farm for more formal shots and onto the taking advantage of the stunning surroundings with the happy couple just before the rain started.

The blue theme carried on inside, with blue uplights which Heaton House farm can provide to pretty much any colour as you'll see shortly, and the blue table and chair accessories.


Lots of laughs were had during the speeches, many of them aimed at poor Ben with the double act of his best men/ushers.


Onto the evening, where the rainbow lighting came into its own, lighting up the stunning evening and dance area for guests to party the night away.  Lindsey and Ben had even provided an aptly named beer pump complete with pre wedding photograph. Stormy Point is one of the areas at the Edge, and the one where Ben proposed!


Finally onto the first dance and beyond, with some unexpected bubbles.


Ok, so not quite finally.....

At one of our pre wedding meetings with Lindsey, we discussed the possibility of having photos taken with them both at the Edge, as this is where Ben proposed and also where their pre wedding shoot took place a few months earlier. After looking at the timings on the wedding day, and the distance it was, we agreed we would try our best, but time would be against us. Time unfortunately was against us and so I suggested if Lindsey was up for it and she wanted to wear the dress again at a later date, and we'd meet up at the edge to take the photos.... and so thats exactly what we did in front of a huge crowd of spectators! 


When I say a huge crowd, little did we know when we agreed the date to meet up at the Edge, that the Vulcan bomber would be taking its final flight shortly afterward our agreed meet up time, and be flying directly overhead. It had drawn crowds of hundreds, and Lindsey and Ben received many many "congratulations" while walking though the forest to the photograph locations in their full wedding attire - good on you both for carrying on and getting the photographs you so wanted! It certainly paid off.

Heres my blog post about the bomber.

They were a fantastic couple to work with, all that is left to say is congratulations to Lindsey and Ben, and all the best for the future.

Martin & Chris


]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Heaton House Farm Photographer Photography Wedding Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:58:34 GMT
Glitz and Glamour 2015 I've worked with Claudia from Keedays on many occasions over the last few years, and when she first told me about her "Glitz and Glamour" idea I was really keen to come on board and help. I've brought my Photo Booth to many events including weddings, proms and charity events, and so it seemed fitting to bring it along to this event at Cranage Hall to raise money for a charity close to Claudia's heart, St Lukes Cheshire Hospice.

Over the course of the night, a fantastic £3300 was raised from the auction, raffle prizes, my photobooth, and donations!

A few weeks prior to the event we met up at Cranage Hall for some publicity shots that Claudia could use online and in the media to promote this event.


Onto the night itself, with arrival drinks and a stunning 3 course meal - a free casino from GB Fun Casinos, amazing table decorations and flowers from Jacqui O fairytale flowers, Oly from King of the Rhodes Disco DJ'ing, Drew Ikin singing and Ice cream was provided by Vitalianos


Some more publicity shots, and some of the guests turned up in this green car, so it was rude not to have Claudia stand beside it for a photograph! Thanks to Wayne and Claudia running the auction and raffle.



More action from the Casino, raffle and auction


Then onto the Photo Booth which is always well attended, some guests up for a laugh with the props, but also some wanting a more formal photograph to celebrate the evening, after all its not that often you can have professional photographs while suited/booted or wearing a stunning dress.



Claudia is already planning next years event, so get those tickets booked soon!

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Cranage Hall RSVP The stunning Cranage Hall hosted an RSVP event for future couples looking to get married at the Venue. Claudia from Keedays organised the successful event, along with a host of recommended suppliers.

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Sarah and Johns pre wedding shoot at Marbury Park Sarah and Johns pre wedding shoot took place at Marbury Park on a busy bank holiday. We managed to dodge the crowds and find some quiet space to take some photos of the happy couple along with their dog, Izzy.

Sarah and John soon got into the stride, and were the perfect couple to photograph. Izzy on the other hand was a bit shy in front of the camera!

Here are a selection of their photographs from the day.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Marbury Park Pre wedding photoshoot Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:00:00 GMT
Vulcan Bomber XH558 Final Flight The Vulcan Bomber XH558 on its final farewell flight over The Edge, Alderley Edge in Cheshire.

I didn’t plan to take photographs of the Vulcan, I just happened to be there at The Edge photographing a post wedding photoshoot with a bride and groom! It just so happened at the end of the shoot, the Vulcan was due over so I hung around with the large crowd that had gathered and took my spot.

We were treated to a flypast in the distance, and then to a spectacular low flyover right over the top of our heads. It was an amazing site, and an honour to see the beast on its final flight.

Here are some of my photographs from the day.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Alderley Edge Bomber Farewell Final Vulcan XH558 flight Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:11:05 GMT
The Cake Jeanie A few weeks ago I took part in a business exchange service called Pay It Forward, and organised by Amanda from Cheshire Ladders. The aim of Pay It Forward was for small businesses like myself to give something in exchange for something else.

There were lots of posts including mine, and myself and Jean from The Cake Jeanie (you can also find the Cake Jeanie on Facebook) decided to exchange. We agreed for me to photograph Jeans stunning cakes and show Jean how to make best use of the camera equipment she had in order to photograph her own cakes in the future while Jean offered to make me a cake for my Nan's birthday! Win win!

In order for my photos not to stand out, I opted not to use all my fancy lighting, as Jean wouldn't be able to re-create that style going forward. I simply used one of my DSLR's, a tripod and a pop up background - making use of Jeans stunningly light and airy kitchen.

Here are some of my photos of jeans fantastic cakes, with full length shots and details too.


Jeans masterpiece show stopper, and a few arty shots from me showing the kitchen to give a background to the photos.


When Jean asked me what kind of cake I'd like, I simply said just a small plain jam sponge, with a few flowers. What Jean made was absolutely fantastic, and the level of detail was impressive - way beyond what I had asked for. Needless to say all the family were hugely impressed, and my Nan loved it! Everyone commented how great it tasted and how real the flowers looked. All credit to Jean.



Thanks once again to Jean for the stunning cake, and Amanda for starting the pay it forward event.


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Lauren and Matt Wedding Photography Stanneylands A few weeks ago we headed off to photograph Lauren and Matts wedding at the Church of the Annunciation in New Mills, and the Stanneylands Hotel in Wilmslow.

We met Lauren and all the bridesmaid at the Stanneylands Hotel to start the bridal preparations. Lauren was taking everything in her stride as we photographed all the little details that her and Matt had spent so long organising and making. The grey and green theme was apparent throughout the entire day, and worked fantastically well. 

The bridal prep room was pretty packed with all the bridesmaids, Mum, MUA's, hairdressers and all the kit that comes along too (hair straighteners, hair dryers etc!).

ps: Those origami flowers were stunning!


We then headed off to the church to meet Matt and the lads, and then photograph the ceremony. 


Once the ceremony had finished, we took a few more photographs outside in pretty windy conditions it has to be said, and then made out way to Stanneylands where the green and grey these continued. Lauren and Matt had really thought about decorating the room and surroundings, even getting friends ands family involved making origami, and what a great idea for the table names with each guest taking their name and finding an origami figure to make.

The bridesmaids and groomsmen all received personalised Converse shoes as a thank you - obviously in keeping with the colour theme!


Everyone then partied into the night, with Lauren throwing some nifty moves!



Huge congratulations to Lauren and Matt, and all the best for the future!


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Lindsey and Bens pre wedding shoot at The Edge Lindsey and Bens pre wedding photoshoot took place back in the summer of 2014 at The Edge in Alderley Edge. I always ask couples where they would like to have their photoshoot, and to choose somewhere which has some meaning. Lindsey and Ben chose the Edge as this is one of their favourite places, plus Ben proposed here and so what better place to have their pre wedding shoot!

What a fantastic backdrop of Cheshire, I can see why they both love this place.  I have been here myself many times, however this was the first pre wedding shoot up here.


As it was a Bank Holiday in the UK, The Edge was pretty busy and we had an audience - not that it put Lindsey or Ben off. 


The aim of these pre wedding shoots is to see how we all work together, to meet us (myself and Chris if not already) and to have an informal chat about how the actual day will go. All couples say how relaxed the shoot was, and how great the photographs our! Exactly how we want them to go!


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Michelle and Robs wedding at Rookery Hall Michelle and Robs winter wedding took place at the stunning Rookery Hall in Cheshire back in December, a few days after Christmas. On a bright crispy morning, we met up with a very chilled out Michelle for the bridal prep nearby. After photographing the girls, bridal prep and the dress we headed off to Rookery Hall to catch up with Rob and the lads.


Michelle kept a nervous Rob waiting (only a short while!) before arriving in a fantastic 1930's vintage Beaufort from B Classy Cars


Dodging the frequent showers, we managed to whisk the happy couple off for a few more photographs outside the grounds of Rookery Hall, before taking on the speeches and first dance and finally leaving Michelle and Rob to dance the night away.


What a great couple to work with, both relaxed and a pleasure to photograph from the pre wedding shoot at Delamere Forest all the way to the first dance.

Congratulations to Michelle and Rob, and we wish you all the best for the future.

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Rookery Hall photographer photography wedding Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:57:41 GMT
Card1 cannot be accessed error The error on your camera/computer you never wish to see!

Half way through a shoot the other day I had a dreaded card error on my camera.

Not to worry, I just changed cards and continued with the shoot knowing that although the card was probably corrupt, I still had the backup card in the camera and the images would be on that.

When I got home, the original card was in fact corrupt and unreadable, but that was fine as all the images from the day were still on the backup card as I expected. Nothing lost, yes ... nothing at all was lost!



This is what separates professional photographers from amateurs or friends who have a "good camera". I have numerous backup camera bodies, backup lenses and dual card slots in the camera bodies - so in the event of kit failure, I'm still covered no matter what. Imagine if this happened on your wedding day, that your "friend" was photographing - no backup kit or cards would mean no photographs from your special day, and its not as though you can re-enact the day!

Hire a professional like myself to do the job.

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Helen and Kierans Wedding at the Place Manchester It seems ages since I first met up with Helen and Kieran for a drink in Knutsford to discuss their upcoming Wedding, and as with all Weddings they come round so quick.

Helen and Kieran were both nervous about posing for photographs at their engagement shoot, but myself and Chris soon put them at ease, and with Helens impeccable timings and level of detail on her actual Wedding day - everything ran like clockwork! Helen must be one of the most organised brides, in fact people, I know.

Onto the Wedding day itself, and what a fantastic sunny day in was in Manchester, where we met Helen and the girls at The Place Hotel getting ready. Part of the enjoyment of photographing a wedding is the unexpected little details that couples put into the day - how fantastic do those crochet flowers look.


We left Helen and her girls and caught up with Kieran and the guys down at the local - where else - and shortly afterwards we all made our way to the St Vincents Church in Altrincham.

During the ceremony itself, Chris snapped a  picture one of the guests on FaceTime to a guest the other side of the world who could't make it - and we later realised what the mask of someones head during the bridal prep was for!


Once the group shots we taken, we all headed off for the partying to begin at The Place Hotel in Manchester. Helen and Kieran had organised a fantastic live "fiddler" band who kept the guests entertained before the Wedding breakfast. The huge H & K letters looked great too, and something I haven't seen before were the records for the table plan - and each guest could sign a message onto their tables record.


Finally after a long but great day, we headed home for a few beers ourselves!

Congratulations to Helen and Kieran and all the best for the future!


]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Manchester Photography The Place Wedding photographer Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:53:11 GMT
Corporate photoshoot First impressions are everything, especially true when it comes to marketing and social media for business. Poor avatar photographs are often worse than no photographs at all, and so when it comes down to business - first impressions on corporate websites and sites such as LinkedIn are key.

I was approached by Carl to take some corporate headshot for his business. Carls brief was for corporate style portraits on a plain background of himself and business partner Steve, for web and marketing use, and also for social media such as LinkedIn

I travelled down to meet Carl and Steve and setup my lighting kit and grey portable background, and here are some of the results.



If you would like corporate headshot like this, please contact me for pricing as each job is unique.

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Corporate headshots LinkedIn Photographer Portraits photography Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:46:37 GMT
Lauren and Matts pre wedding shoot in New Mills A couple of weeks ago we met up with Lauren and Matt for their pre wedding shoot at their Church in New Mills, this gave us a chance to have a look around the Church before the big day, something we always do with any new venue or location.

On a cold but sunny day in January, we walked over the road to the local park to have a relaxed walk around while photographing and having a laugh!

Lauren and Matt are a great couple to work with and I can't wait to photograph their wedding in May. Here are a small selection of images from their photoshoot.



Thos who know where Lauren and Matt used to work will appreciate the car reference in the photographs below, although I can't see this model appearing on a UVL!


]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Wedding photography pre-wedding Sat, 14 Feb 2015 13:42:45 GMT
2014 Highlights Its always a difficult job going though the last 12 months of images, not only due to the volume captured, but its so hard to chose a selection to show the highlights from 2014, as there have been so many! From Weddings and Christenings to Family Portraits and Charity events - hopefully there are some of your favourites too below!

Anyway, I've done it and so here is a selection of my favourite images, apologies if I have left any out!

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Thanks to all the couples, families, charities and everyone else who has made the last 12 months possible. Heres to another fantastic year!


]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Wedding Photographer Thu, 01 Jan 2015 19:07:42 GMT
Family lifestyle photoshoot Bramhall Hall Early November saw another lifestyle family photoshoot with the two cheeky twins Rose and Paige, at Bramhall hall in Cheshire. It didn't seem two years ago since our last photoshoot at Bruntwood Park but wow have they grown!

A surprisingly warm day for November also saw the sun making the occasional appearance, and I managed to capture some of the girls cheeky characteristics.

Here are some of my favourite images from the day.


Lifestyle photography is becoming more and more popular, as the children can run around without the confines of a studio - it also means I can capture the natural expressions as most of the time they don;t know I'm taking the photographs.

If you'd like to have a lifestyle photoshoot, drop me an email or phone call to discuss

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Bramhall Hall Family lifestyle photoshoot Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:56:59 GMT
Michelle and Rob Pre Wedding Delamere Michelle and Robs pre wedding photoshoot took place on an unseasonably warm October day at their chosen location, Delamere Forest in Cheshire. The autumn colours around the forest were pretty good considering the recent warm weather, as the colours haven't been as good as previous years although we did hunt out some fantastic colours.

They are a fantastic couple, up for a bit of fun on the shoot and I can't wait to photograph their wedding next month - Michelle is hoping for some snow to make her dream white wedding! Lets hope!

Here are some of my favourite images from their photoshoot.





]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Delamere Engagement Forect Pre Wedding Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:25:48 GMT
Karen and Adams Wedding at the Village Cheadle On Saturday 6th September 2014, Karen and Adam were married at the Village Hotel in Cheadle. The weather was threatening rain, but it just about held off for their special day.

Although Adam would have loved a Batman themed wedding, I'm not sure Karen would have let him - although he did manage to get the Batman logo into the wedding, by way of the cake topper!

Here are some of my favourite photographs from their day.

We started outside the hotel capturing the guests and groomsmen.


A relaxed Karen was getting ready a few rooms away, while a nervous Adam was waiting in the ceremony room.


A still nervous Adam waiting for the first glimpse of his stunning bride, Karen.




Onto the speeches, Adam managed to get through them delivering an emotional speech.


Congratulations to you both!

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Adam Cheadle Karena The Village Wedding and photographer Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:41:06 GMT
Linda and Charlie The Ashes Wedding Linda and Charlies fantastic wedding at the award winning venue The Ashes - winning the awards for Best Wedding Venue, National 2014 and also Best Wedding Venue, West Midlands 2014 - and rightly so.

The venue is a stunning converted barn, located in Endon, just about side Leek, and is a photographers dream with endless photographic opportunities.

On their wedding day the weather was fantastic and the entire day was a well thought out, well planned masterpiece from Linda and Charlie, with attention paid to all the little details. I remember Linda telling me at one of our pre wedding meetings about how she planned to get the flowers and candles in the exact colour she had in mind -and of course she pulled it off!

From the Zoo2U animals that Melissa from Zoo2u brought along to the bucking bronco in the evening, there was certainly something for everyone to get involved with.

As with any of my blog posts, its so difficult to choose a very small selection of images to showcase their day, but here are just a few of my favourites.

We started the day with the bridal prep, with a relaxed Linda - in fact I've never seen a bride so relaxed!


We then made our way to the Ashes to meet Charlie and the lads.


Linda arrived nice and early, in fact very early! Linda and Charlie both wanted to hold each others hand before the ceremony but not to see each other. Always up for a challenge, we made this happen for them on one of the corners of the barn. Linda mentioned afterwards that she could feel Charlies hand trembling! Such a great idea, and definitely one to remember.


Onto quite an emotional wedding ceremony in the stunning barn, and again something different with the rings being delivered by one of the Zoo2U owls courtesy of Charlies son.


Even the cake was stunning, its always nice to see the level of details people go to.


The emotions were running high again during the great speeches, and as expected the laughs were none stop.


After the speeches we took a walk around the gorgeous surroundings that make the the Ashes venue, and a chance for Linda and Charlie to show what a great couple they are. Having brought their champagne out with them, finding a place to put the glasses down proved a challenge and not wanting to waste a drop, Charlie decided to drink the lot in one go -problem solved! 


Finally onto the cake cutting (such a shame to cut such a great cake, but it has to be done) and the first dance. A great end to a great day, and definitely one to remember.


Congratulations to Linda and Charlie, and thanks for asking me to be part of your special day.


]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Linda and Charlie The Ashes Wedding Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:38:22 GMT
Family Lifestyle Photoshoot Denzell Gardens near Altrincham was the chosen location for our latest family lifestyle photoshoot, and the weather held out just long enough me to get some fantastic natural photos of the family. There are so many hidden treasures at Denzell gardens, everywhere you turn theres a new opportunity. With any lifestyle photoshoot, I find the best photos are when the family are unaware I'm around and so I tend to shoot with a long lens and capture from a distance.

Its always so difficult choosing images for the blog, but here are a small selection from the day.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Denzel Gardens Lifestyle Portraits Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:28:25 GMT
Jo and Phil Tytherington Club Wedding Jo and Phil were married at St Michaels & All Angels Church in Bramhall on what couldn't have been a nicer August day. The weather was perfect as was the entire day. Their reception was held at the fantastic Tytherington Club near Macclesfield.

Here are some of the photographs from their special day.

We met Phil and his groomsmen at the Church for their photographs, and later Jo, her Dad and her Bridesmaids.


After the ceremony we took some of the guys photographs before heading onto their reception venue at the Tytherington Club,


Being a keen golfer, Phil was up for a bit of fun on the golf course, I'm not sure who enjoyed it more - Phil or Jo!


Wedding speeches are always fun to shoot, and I think Phil took the brunt here!


Towards the end of the night, with the sun setting we took Jo and Phil outside for a few shots. Unfortunately the sunset wasn't on our side but we managed to capture some great moments.


Congratulations to Jo and Phil, and all the very best for the future!

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Macclesifled Photographer Tytherington Club Wedding Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:19:57 GMT
Melissas Christening at St Helens Church Northwich Melissa was christened at St Helens Church in Northwich a few weeks ago, and although the day started with typical British weather, i.e. rain - Melissa lifted everyones spirits in her own cheeky way.

Heres a few of my favourite images from the day




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Sarah and Matt Albrighton Hall Wedding Albrighton Hall Hotel in Shrewsbury was the venue for Sarah and Matts wedding, on what was one of the hottest days of the year. The mercury reached 30 degrees, which meant we could take full advantage of the stunning grounds that make up this stunning location. Unfortunately the heat did mean we were all melting inside the hotel!

The hall is a stunning 18th century manor house complete with 15 acres of gardens and a lake, and turned out to be a great choice by Sarah and Matt.

Here is a small selection of the photographs from their special day;


While I photographed the bridal prep with Sarah and her bridesmaids, Chris photographed the guys outside.


Sarah looked stunning in her dress, as did her bridesmaids.

What a fantastic couple, who never stopped smiling!


A fantastic end to a fantastic day...


Congratulations to Sarah and Matt, and enjoy married life!

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Albrighton Hall Albrighton Hall Wedding Photographer Photographer Photography Wedding Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:32:33 GMT
Linda and Charlies Pre Wedding Linda and Charlies pre wedding photoshoot took place a few weeks ago at a couple of locations including Brereton Heath Nature Reserve just as the sun was setting. We all had a great laugh at the shoot and I can't wait to photograph their wedding at the stunning Ashes Exclusive Country House in a few weeks.

Heres a couple of images from their shoot.









]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Brereton Cheshire Pre Wedding Shoot Reportage Sandbach Wedding Photographer Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:53:38 GMT
Lifestyle Photoshoot Cheshire A recent lifestyle shoot in a field in Cheshire, just before sunset on a warm July evening. The aim of the shoot was to capture Jamie just as the sun was setting, with the sunlight illuminating the field of crops, while an external battery powered light provided the lighting onto Jamie.



]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Lifestyle Photoshoot Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:01:02 GMT
Karen and Adam Pre Wedding Photoshoot Last weekend we met up with Karen and Adam for their pre wedding photoshoot at Abney Hall in Cheshire.  Despite the torrential rain the night before, the weather on the morning of the photoshoot was kind to us.

Abney Hall was built in 1847 and is the focal point of the park. Its grand structure and landscaped gardens tell of the wealth of the first owner, a former Mayor of Stockport and cotton magnate. Karen used to work at Abney Hall, and they both often visit the grounds  and so this was a great choice for their photoshoot. Here are some of the images captured on the day.



]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Abney hall Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Pre Wedding Photoshoot Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:40:20 GMT
Reportage Wedding Photography Cheshire I'm often asked how I would describe my style of photography, and although its a cliche I'd say its reportage with a hint of documentary. So, what exactly does this mean?

To me...
"Reportage photography is a documentary or photojournalistic approach to photography that tells the story of the event through images."

So really, what does this mean? Well in real terms it means I take a back step and shoot the images from a distance often without you knowing and that way I can capture the pure emotions of the day rather than fake un-natural smiles. It allows me to see the real you, and not the posed you. Don't get me wrong I will take a some posed images for you unless you tell me otherwise but the majority of the day will be you enjoying the day you have a planned for so long.

If you would like me to photograph the bridal prep, I'll arrive, introduce myself along with my second photographer and will briefly chat to you while taking "candid" photographs. 

Clare-James-1Clare-James-1 I won't ask you to pose, nor will I ask the make up artist to "just do that again" as once the moment has passed, you can't recreate it again.

I may ask you or the bridesmaids where your dress is, or the shoes or any accessories and quietly go off and photograph those.

I'll explain how the day will run again, just to refresh your memory but always in a relaxed manner.

You might be having a quick sip of champagne while thinking about the day ahead, and I'll try and capture that moment.

The flowers will probably arrive while I am there as will the videographer if you have booked one, all these will form part of the photographs that we'll take.

You will look back and may not even remember some of these things happening - thats where the photographs come into their own.


For the ceremony I'll give you some guidance but generally will take the photos as they happen. I'll capture the car arriving if you are having one, and then you in the car and walking down the aisle. If there is time, we;ll capture the guests arriving and groom prep if requested.

Apart from that, I'll let the ceremony run as though we are not there, but I'll still be capturing the moments as they happen. My second photographer will be doing the same from the back of the venue.

If you have requested group shots, we'll get those done at a location agreed with you beforehand, and we'll be as quick as we can as we know how people can disperse to their rooms, or bar. Don't forget to email me the group list before the big day.

While the groups are being photographed, we'll also be taking candid shots of the guests, again in a natural way capturing the real day.


Lizzie-Gaz-Mono-435Lizzie-Gaz-Mono-435 For the speeches, again we'll take a back seat and watch the action happen, listening out and watching for the roars of laughter from guests and the bridal party. Once the food is served, thats our cue to take a quick break and bite to eat if provided.

If there is time, we can do some more group photographs of just photographs of the happy couple. We can take you aside and capture some of those intimate moments. This is where we will get the wow shots depending on the weather etc, with moody skies, stunning backdrops of the venue and beyond.

Finally the first dance is another chance for us to capture the emotions of the day, and often where we can unleash some more creative juices. Again, you won't be posed unless requested and we'll go with the flow of the dance. 

The majority of clients choose an album, and I'll always photograph with an album in mind, in a storybook, reportage way.

I hope that gives you a good insight into how our photography minds work, and how we work with you to achieve those stunning images.












]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Reportage Reportage wedding photography in Cheshire explained photography wedding Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:52:05 GMT
Nantwich Christie Hospital Support Group Ball 2014 When I was approached last year by the Nantwich Christie Hospital Support Group to provide a Photo Booth for their ball and 21st Birthday event, I had no hesitation in accepting. Most of my work comes from recommendations and referrals and this was no different after being recommended from my previous photo booths I have run at the Knutsford ball. What a fantastic night it was with great entertainment, a casino and great atmosphere in a stunning room and all for a fantastic charity.

The Nantwich Christie Hospital Support Group are a Nantwich based group that raises funds for The Christie in Manchester, in particular all the money they collect goes to help develop the new Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC).

Heres a small selection of images from the photo booth from the evening;

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) 21st Birthday Cheshire Wedding Photographer Nantwich Christie Hospital Support Group ball Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:03:00 GMT
Knutsford Primary Schools Ball 2014 I was really please when I was asked back to take my Photo Booth to the Knutsford Primary Schools Ball 2014, and what a fantastic evening it was. This year we had great weather (it rained last year, although were inside its never nice when it rains!)

Heres a small selection from the night

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Wedding Photographer Portraits Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:06:00 GMT
Pre Wedding shoot with Sarah and Matt A small selection of photos taken at Sarah and Matts pre wedding shoot, which took place at the Quarry in Shrewsbury.This was my first visit to the Quarry, and its a fantastic 29 arcre park a few minutes walk from the centre of Shrewsbury. I'll certainly be back!

Sarah and Matt were really good and relaxed to work with, even despite the other members of the public in the park wondering who we were! The weather was great too, really sunny and warm - perfect day!

I can't wait to photograph their wedding in July at Albrighton Hall.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Wedding Photographer Park Pre Wedding Shoot Quarry Reportage Sandbach Wedding Photographer Shrewsbury Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:16:00 GMT
Wedding of Clare and James at The Place Manchester I've been so excited to share these photos from The Wedding of Clare and James, that took place at St Mary's Church in Cheadle village, and then at the uber cool "The Place" in Manchester city centre.

The weather wasn't on our side (after one of the biggest storms for a long time had just finished in the days leading up to their wedding day), however we didn't let that spoil their special day.

Its been really hard to narrow down just a small selection of the moments captured in our reportage wedding photography style, however here they are;

We started the day with the bridal prep, and spotted the oh so cute sign that Lenny has going to hold walking down the aisle. 


Then it was on to St Marys Church to a nervous James, and later where the vicar had everyone in stitches!


After the ceremony the drinks reception took place onto the uber cool The Place Hotel, with so many opportunities for photographs in this converted warehouse, which although keeps its history has a fantastic modern touch.


Some more images of the bistro, while the drink reception was taking place upstairs in the Atrium.


...and finally the speeches and dancing the night away.


A perfect end to a perfect day. Congratulations Clare and James!

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Sandbach Wedding Photographer manchester photography photos reportage the place wedding Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:40:15 GMT
Lomography Project Part 1 At the start of 2014 I set myself a personal project to build myself a film SLR of some kind, and so I started researching LomographyLomography is a community of Lomographic photographers who advocate creative and experimental film photography.

So after a search on google, I found the Konstruktor kit that contains everything you need to build an SLR including a 50mm lens.

The build

The kit...


All the components and instructions.

Let the fun begin, 1-2 hours they reckon :)


First job, have a quick flick through the instructions and work out all the different bits.



Part way through, 25 mins in and on far


The completed camera completed in 1hr 45 including a couple of dismantles and head scratching (excluding numerous coffee breaks!).  To say it was a frustrating build is an understatement. I must have had to dismantle the camera and rebuild it at least 3 times because the instructions are pretty basic.  After a frantic google, I found some more useful detailed videos on the website that came some more hints of what went where.

Anyway, after all the effort - this is the result, and I'm pretty proud :)


The build process gives you a great understanding into film photograph,  and constructing the camera yourself gives you a solid understanding on the mechanics of how cameras work. The fixed f10 aperture and 1/80 second (or bulb mode) exposure settings mean you don't have to do much more than focus, and shoot.

Check back soon for part 2, once the ISO 400 lomo film has been developed!

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Lomography SLR analog analogue project Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:52:07 GMT
3D Configurator for Albums With so many choices to upgrade your album, I can now show you all the different options using a unique 3D configurator. In this example image, the album cover is shown in a garnet red leather, with a steel grey leather spine. So many possibilities!

I can show you virtually every combination imaginable in a 360 degree view.


Blending technology & design, 3D configurator allows me to create and preview a your wedding album in a few clicks, selecting the design among the over 100 different materials available and customizing cover, back & spine.

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) 3D Album Sandbach Wedding Photographer configurator wedding Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:12:38 GMT
Highlights of 2013 So we are now in 2014, and as usual heres a look back at some of the highlights of 2013 and what a year it was. So many great images captured and memories made to be treasured for life!

Thanks to everyone who booked me last year, I hope you had a great time capturing those memories. Thanks also to those who have already booked for this year and beyond, I can't wait!

It was hard making a selection from the tens of thousands of images I have taken over the last 12 months, but here are "some" of my favourites.



]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) 2013 highlights Wed, 01 Jan 2014 15:14:13 GMT
Clare and James Pre Wedding Shoot Last weekend saw the last pre wedding shoot of 2013, with the fantastic Clare and James. They choose a great location with lots of "urban-ness" and some unexpected horses who kept following us around. In fact at one point I reckon one of the horses was trying to get in the picture while the others tried to view the back of the camera!

The award for the great find of the day has to go to Clare, who spotted the "Who's Da Boss?" graffiti while walking back!

I can't wait to photograph their wedding next year at The Place in Manchester, as it is a stunning venue with so many great pictures to be had.

Heres a small selection of images from their pre wedding shoot;





]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Manchester Photography Pre Reportage Sandbach Wedding Photographer Shoot Wedding Sat, 21 Dec 2013 09:36:26 GMT
Michelle and Lloyd When I was approached by Nadia of Nadia Fortune Photography to second shoot at a wedding for her I jumped at the chance. I'm always looking for new photographers to work with and after several emails and a chat over a drink at a local pub I agreed to second shoot for her.

Michelle and Lloyd were the lovely couple, who were married at the Marriot Worsley just outside Manchester.

I started with the groom prep with a nervous Lloyd and his brother, while Nadia captured the bridal prep with Michelle.

Here are a few of my own favourites that I took on the day.


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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Sun, 08 Dec 2013 20:09:00 GMT
Social Media As well as Facebook, I'm also on



Google Plus



Feel free to follow!

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Street Photography Dublin I'd describe my photography style as documentary/reportage, creating a story of your special day, capturing "moments" in a hands off approach. This style enables the bride and groom to relax and enjoy their day. I tend to shoot on a long lens, enabling me to go unnoticed as I feel you capture more of the person than with posing.

Often, when on holiday or just while walking around I can be found with a camera attached to me and I'll capture moments in the street. This type of photography is known as "Street Photography" and nearly always processed in mono. This goes hand in hand with my style of wedding photography, and here are a few of my street photography shots from a recent trip to Dublin (during what seemsed like monsoon season!).



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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Dublin Street photography Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:09:47 GMT
jpg vs png for Facebook Images If there is one thing that really gets to me about posting images on Facebook, its what Facebook does to the quality. I guess as a photographer this means much more to me than someone uploading quick grab shots from their smart phones. If you then start adding text to an image, then the quality gets even worse!

Now to get a bit techy

.png and .jpg (or jpeg) are image file types.  png files are a lossless compression format which means the file will not get compressed to save space. jpg files however are a lossy compression format which means the image is stripped of data and compressed to make them as small as possible. Each time you save the jpg file, it will compress the file again.

Take a look at the examples below;

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Its not that easy to tell from the images above, but have a look on facebook by clicking here 
Look at the text for a better idea, see how the text looks almost fuzzy on the jpg file?
Each file is the exact same dimension, 960 x 640 px (another of Facebook's random file sizes!) Also, the file sizes differ due to the compression. jpg 432KB vs png 760KB
Now you may understand why as a Photographer who spends a lot of time getting the image right in camera, and then processing it afterwards, Facebook has to make things difficult!
So, if you want Facebook to display your images as best it can, save your images as png at either 960px or 2048px wide.
For further information, please see Facebooks explanation here
]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) facebook facebook images image jpg vs png quality Tue, 08 Oct 2013 18:07:41 GMT
Brett Harkness Training I am always looking for new ideas and expanding my creativity with Wedding photography in order to go to the next level with my images. So last week, I spent the day with Brett Harkness, one of the best Wedding photographers in the UK today. Brett has his own unique style with flash, and that was what I wanted to tap into.

The venue for the day was the stunning Arley Hall in Cheshire, with two fantastic models.

Here are some of the images I took on the day, with guidance from Brett.



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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Sun, 06 Oct 2013 13:40:41 GMT
Crosville Charity Night Last night saw a fantastic charity night organised by Jen, complete with live music, a DJ and our Photobooth. Jen put a huge amount of effort into the night raising over £2500 for the Caudwell Children Charity from ticket sales, a raffle and also the photobooth.

Here is a small selection of the image from last night.


More images from the night are available for viewing and purchasing at Images from last nights Charity night are now available online at Remember a % of all profits raised from the sale of the images from last night and online sales goes back to the charity.

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Chairty Photobooth Sun, 22 Sep 2013 09:51:29 GMT
Studio Workshop Last Sunday myself and Owen Lloyd ran a studio lighting workshop at a local village hall, for members of Holmes Chapel Camera Club. The aim of the day was to show the members what can be achieved with a variety of lighting setups, including hi-key and low-key.

We had 3 setups, including a lastolite hilite for the hi-key setup, and black collapsible background for the low key setup, and Owen brought along his grey background. Heres a quick iPhone grab shot from the day;


Thanks to the fantastic models including Ellie, Laura, Bex, Fansaty Siren and Belisana.

Here are few of my images from the day;

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) HCCC Portraits Studio Sun, 11 Aug 2013 14:44:34 GMT
Batman Its not often you are asked to photograph Batman, and so with the help of Owen Lloyd, his backdrop, lights and smoke machine we setup the kit in preparation for his arrival.

Unfortunately for poor model Laura Norrey, and fellow photographer Chris Davies, Batman decided he wanted everyone off set for his photoshoot!


After we managed to wrestle everyone apart, heres my final image. All smoke, no mirrors! 2013-08-06_0001


Thanks to Owen for providing his studio kit, the smoke machine and setting up the lights.

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Batman Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:20:34 GMT
Laura Norrey Yesterday saw a studio photography workshop organised and run my myself and Owen Lloyd, with various models including the fantastic Laura Norrey. I have worked with Laura before, and can honestly say she was fantastic to work with. She is passionate about, and specialises in vintage style. Everyone on the workshop gave a glowing report about Laura!

Here are a few images from the day, using various studio lighting setups.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Laura Norrey Portraits Studio photoshoot vintage model Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:38:53 GMT
Carl Gottlieb When Carl asked me to take some photos for him, I must admit I wasn't sure what I was letting myself in for, I mean photographing a guy with his top off!

I arrived at Carls house, and we got chatting about the shoot and the images he wanted. He explained what the image was to show, and then he took me to his home gym where the shoot would take place. It wasn't the biggest space I've every had to work in, and with a bright orange floor it was going to be a challenge, but then thats half the fun of a photoshoot and what I enjoy.

The super black background came out for the low key shoot that Carl wanted, and the downlighters went off to cut any hint of orange. To shows Carls abs off to the best, I used a single light and silver umbrella to camera left, and soft silver reflector to camera right to bounce a small amount of light back to Carl. See the lighting diagram image below

Here are a couple of images chosen by Carl.

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You can read what Carl went through on his 11 week journey following Nick Mitchell’s 12 week body plan on his website

The image below was created by Carl using his "before" image, and my "after" image.


Well done Carl, amazing result!

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) 12 Week Body Plan Nick Mitchell Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:39:56 GMT
Family Photoshoot When Tina asked me if I would do a family photoshoot for her and her sister, I knew it was going to be a fun shoot. I setup my studio equipment in Tina's front room, and we had a great laugh taking all the images. She was literally spoilt for choice when I showed her the selection of images we captured.

Heres some of the images chosen by Tina.

2013-07-26_0013 2013-07-26_0014 2013-07-26_0015 Tina knew she wanted a large, wooden chunky frame to go above a fireplace, and she chose this stunning frame, with a 35" x 18" image. I must admit, it looked superb! Heres a mock-up showing how the image looks in the chunky frame.2013-07-26_0016


]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) family photoshoot Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:58:47 GMT
Sandbach MX On a fantastic, sunny day in Sandbach, I ended up going along to the Motocross just down the road for a bit of MX action with Sandbach MXC at Warmingham Lane.

Heres a couple of action shots from the day;

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) MX MXC Motocross Sandbach Warmingham Lane Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:22:21 GMT
Knutsford Primary Schools Ball 2013 Last night was the annual Knutsford Primary Schools Ball held at Toft Cricket Club. After an eventful start to the night, being involved in a 3 car shunt on the way to the event (not our fault!), we finally got to the venue. Luckily the majority of my kit in my boot survived the impact of a pickup truck and a Merc hitting my Golf in that order. Luckily all parties were fine.The crash did put us behind a bit setting up the studio, but we got there in the end and had a fantastic night with a great crowd.

The image in this blog post are the images purchased on the night, and will soon be on their way to the relevant schools. These and other images (some out-takes!) from the night can be viewed and purchased from


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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Sat, 29 Jun 2013 14:14:08 GMT
Home Studio Setup A question I am often asked when people want a portrait session in the comfort of their own home is, "Is my room big enough?" So, I thought I'd write a blog post to give you an idea of the area I need to work in. Here is a pull-back shot from a recent portrait session in a clients kitchen. All we did was move the dining table out of the way, and I had enough room.

home-studio In terms of size, I need at least 7' height, 8' width and ideally 8' depth. Depth being the distance from the back of the background, to where I stand with my camera. Ideally I need a hard floor, or fairly thin carpet.

The image above shows the setup for a 'head and shoulders only' portrait. The image below shows what can be achieved with a setup similar to above. Please note, an additional light was used to produce the image below but similar results are possible with the setup above.

Father and Daughter


If you wanted a full length image, I'd need slightly more depth to accommodate the vinyl floor. The diagram below shows a typical setup of a full length portrait image. diagram-vinyl

The image below shows a typical full length shot;

Finally, I need at least one mains plug socket in the room where I will setup my equipment.

If you are still unsure, feel free to contact me to discuss other options.

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Home studio Studio Sun, 16 Jun 2013 18:31:36 GMT
Wedding of Lizzie and Gaz at Adlington Hall The Hunting Lodge at Adlington Hall in Cheshire was the stunning location for Lizzie and Gaz's Wedding a few weeks ago. We caught up with Gaz getting ready at a local hotel before heading off to photography the bridal prep at Adlington Hall.

Heres are a few images from their special day.










]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Adlington Hall Adlington Hall Wedding photographer Cheshire Hunting Lodge Wedding Photography Adlington Hall Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:02:01 GMT
Tabley House Photoshoot The stunning location of Tabley House in Cheshire provided the backdrop for the recent RPS photoshoot with Laura Norrey
Laura was a breeze to work with, she is passionate about, and specialises in vintage style.

Here are a few images from the day;

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) tabley house vintage Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:06:24 GMT
Wedding of Sharon and Colin at Hartford Golf Club Myself and Chris had a great day Photographing the Wedding of Sharon and Colin at Hartford Golf Club in Northwich, and what a great couple they were. I've never seen a bride so relaxed before the ceremony! Sharon told me they were singing all sorts on the way to the ceremony.

When I first met Sharon and Colin at their house, they explained about Sharons red dress, and that she was coming down the aisle to "Bat out of Hell", I knew it was going to be a great wedding.

Congratulations and all the best for the future!

Here are some of the great moments we captured on their special day.

Hartford Gold ClubSharon-Colin-1 Sharons red wedding dress and flowersSharon-Colin-9 Andy getting the family and friends readySharon-Colin-45 Sharon and Colins reactionSharon-Colin-46 The group shot and the kissSharon-Colin-88 The happy coupleSharon-Colin-134 KissSharon-Colin-149

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Hartford Golf Club Northwich Photographer Sharon and Colin Wedding Mon, 20 May 2013 17:41:09 GMT
Lizzie and Gaz Pre Wedding Shoot Cheshire Last Sunday saw the latest pre wedding shoot, this time for Lizzie and Gaz who are getting married at the stunning Adlington Hall in May. On what was forecast to be a great weekend weather wise turned into blustery gales. Here are a few from the day.  Lizzie-Gaz-Pre-Wed-23


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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Photography Photoshoot Pre Wedding Sandbach Wedding Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:13:36 GMT
Wedding of Gemma and Sam at Cranage Hall A couple of images from a recent wedding of Gemma and Sam at Cranage Hall, where I was a second shooter assisting Chris from Carpe Diem Photography.


]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Cheshire Wedding Photographer Cranage Hall Wedding Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:36:14 GMT
Photography Copyright Copyright doesn’t just mean the right to copy a photograph, it also covers such things as the right to email, publish online, upload to social media sites, sell for profit, print the photograph, edit or even the right to crop a photograph.

No professional photographer will ever hand over copyright to your photographs. Instead they may give you a license to print the images for personal use, that way they will still own the copyright.

A licence needn’t be worded in legal sense, for example if the photographer gives you a DVD with full size images, then you arguably have the licence to keep this DVD and make prints from it as long as for personal use.

A licence is usually specific, therefore assume that you are not allowed to do anything other than what is written or communicated to you in this licence.

If you are given a licence with images on DVD, and the licence grants you the right to print for personal use, this means you may not edit (even crop) or change those photographs in any way. This would count as transforming or adapting the work. Also, unless specifically granted, you may not email or post photos to social media sites, as this would count as publishing or distribution.

Unless otherwise stated, I will usually grant you a licence to print the full sized images for personal use, and use the low resolution watermarked images on social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter. This licence does not allow you to edit the photographs in any way.

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) copyright law licence Fri, 04 Jan 2013 10:19:47 GMT
Highlights of 2012 Nearing the end of 2012, and what a year it has been. So many great images captured and memories made to be treasured for life!

Thanks to everyone who has booked me this year, I hope you have a great time capturing the memories. Thanks also to those who have already booked for next year, I can't wait!

It was hard making a selection from the thousands of images I have taken over the last 12 months, but here are "some" of my favourites.

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Thanks again, and see you next year! Martin

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) 2012 highlights Sun, 23 Dec 2012 15:03:08 GMT
Real Estate Thinking of selling your home, and want some professional photographs? Contact me for more information and a quote.

Here are examples of the images I can produce you you to really show off your house;


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Dining room interiorTaylor-Wimpey-2 Kitchen interiorTaylor-Wimpey-3 Bedroom 2 interiorTaylor-Wimpey-4 Master bedroom interiorTaylor-Wimpey-5 Living room interiorTaylor-Wimpey-6


Contact me for more information and a quote.



]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire House interior photography Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:42:56 GMT
Demise of the Print How often have you taken lots of photos on holiday, or at a party and then done nothing with them? In this digital age, its so easy to be trigger happy and then either copy the photos to your computer or just leave them on the memory card. Before the advent of digital cameras, people used to get their photos developed and put them into to albums.

Why not make use of sites like flickr, smugmug or even cloud stoage that comes free with some broadband packages. If you do decide to upload your images to the internet, be selective in what you post to facebook, don't just upload hundreds of holiday photos as very few people will want to look at every single one. Put some thought into your favorites and just upload this small selection.

Print your images and display them in your house. be proud of what you take I really enjoy processing images and seeing the final output in print format.

Visualise frame

Contact me to arrange a photoshoot, and display your family portrait images at home!

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Tue, 04 Dec 2012 19:02:24 GMT
Toddler Photoshoot with Jasmine at Dunham Massey Toddler Photoshoot with Jasmine at Dunham Massey.

Such a fast mover, but we all had fun playing in the autumn leaves in what turned out to be perfect weather for the photoshoot.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Dunham Massey Toddler Photoshoot Sun, 11 Nov 2012 17:30:30 GMT
Wedding of Steff and Stephen at Wincham Hall A couple of images from a recent wedding of Steff and Stephen at Wincham Hall, where I was a second shooter assisting Chris from Carpe Diem Photography.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Wedding Photographer Northwich Wedding Wincham Hall Sun, 04 Nov 2012 15:47:45 GMT
Why choose Professional Photography? Why choose Professional Photography?

Why choose Professional Photography when Uncle Bob has a "good" camera, or you can pop down to the local high street photo lab chain?

What I offer is a personal and professional service, a quality range of finished images and a wide range of ways of displaying the end result, be it canvas, acrylic, aluminium or simply a framed print. I guarantee no hard sell, after all I want you to be happy, cherish the end result and show off your images to friends and family.

There are far more choices for those who opt to have a professional photographer, and my images will be taken to reflect you, and your requirements. I'll discuss beforehand what you would like to achieve from the end result and guide you with these choices.  Unlike the local high street store, it won’t be about simply standing against a white background in the middle of a shop in full view of everyone.  You can choose from having your photos taken on location, in a studio setup, or even in your own home.

Rose-Paige-3 The time I invest in your photoshoot is only a small portion of the time involved in your session, for example;
• When you book your photoshoot with me, time is also spent talking to you about your photoshoot such as the theme, clothing and location.
• All equipment including Cameras, flashes, studio lighting, and all back-up equipment is tested prior to your photoshoot.
• Setup of the equipment needed for the photoshoot
• Preparation time at the start of the session to go through the shoot with you, and discuss and further ideas.
• The actual photoshoot (1 to 2 hours) - Depending on the type of photoshoot booked.
• Time to take down all the studio equipment and drive back to the office.
• Transferring the images from the card to the computer, and backing these images up.
• Selecting and editing a wide range of images to present to you. Image retouching and manipulation is a skill that has to be learnt over many years. There are no quick fixes. People new to photography do not realise this. Much of the time images need to be created with post-production or Photoshop in mind.
• Taking the images from a RAW state to a final finished image
• Exporting, resizing and uploading the online proof gallery.
• Editing through the final image selection from you and exporting ready for printing.
• Checking the order for final photos, and releasing to the printers.
• Shipping the order.Angels in Chaos Framed

As you can see from the process above, its not just a case of taking the photography, and passing it you you. A lot of work goes into providing you with the best possible images from your photoshoot. It takes hours, not minutes. Images straight out of the camera are similar to negatives from film cameras, they have all the detail and information, but don’t have any of the 'polish'. I edit the images to give that polish. Please also bear in mind that your monitor may not show the exact colour of the images. My monitor is calibrated using some of the latest technology to show the image exactly like my chosen lab will print them.

How many times have you taken a photo, and never done anything with it? Let professional photography change this, and impress your friends with a large canvas hung in your living room that you can admire with your friends and family for a lifetime.

With so many choices, you'll be spoilt for choice!

Why wait, book you session now.

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Why choose Professional Photography Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:17:10 GMT
Toddler Location Shoot with Rose and Paige With Autumn now in full swing, and great weather forecast, we decided to take advantage of the autumn colours and head to Bruntwood Park in Cheshire, for a location shoot/family portrait with twins Rose and Paige (nearly 2 years old!!)

Rose cooperated from the start, and after a quick bribe with a chocolate biscuit, Paige was full of beans and raring to go too.

Here are some of the images captured during the photoshoot. Toddler Location PhotoshootRose-Paige-1 Toddler Location Photoshoot Bruntwood Park, CheshireRose-Paige-2 Family Portrait Bruntwood Park, CheshireRose-Paige-3 Autumn Toddler Location PhotoshootRose-Paige-4 Autumn Location PhotoshootRose-Paige-5 Family Portrait on LocationRose-Paige-6


]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Bruntwood Cheshire Family Portrait location location photoshoot toddlers twins Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:46:25 GMT
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Christmas Card Photohoot, New for 2012


Are you fed up of sending the same boring Christmas cards to friends and family, year after year? How about using yourself or your family as the subject?

The idea is, I come to your house or we go for a walk in the local park of your choice, and using Christmas props if you want, I take some great photographs of you, you and your partner, the kids, or the whole family. Its entirely up to you!

A couple of days later, you will be able to select the image or images you want to appear on your personalised cards, you can also choose the standard message on the front and inside and I do the rest. Two weeks later the cards are delivered to your door for you to write out and send to freind and family.

The costs are as follows;

30 minute session - £25
25 Cards including white envelopes, all cards using the same image - £40 (Thats just £1.60 per card, delivered to your door!)
25 Cards including white envelopes, with two different images (12 of 1 image, and 13 of another) - £50 (Thats just £2 per card, delivered to your door!)

The cards are approximately 100mm x 150mm, made of thick 350gsm, FSC credited paper. They have a satin coating on the outside, and the inside is left uncoated, making it easier for you to write your own personalised message.

The Photoshoot must be booked and taken before 23rd November 2012 and the 30 minute session price is within a 25 mile radius of Sandbach, additional mileage may incur additional costs. 

Contact me, or email me to book your session, and you too could have some great unique Christmas cards this year.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Christmas Christmas Card Christmas Card Photoshoot Portraits Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:10:19 GMT
Importance of Backups The Importance of Backups.

Most people never ever backup their files saved on their PC's and Laptops, and this includes photographs. I've heard so many stories of people saving all their images on a laptop or PC, and nowhere else. When that laptop or PC fails, all their photographs are lost. Sometimes they can be recovered, but often for £100's.

How important are those photographs to you? Are they of loved ones? How would you feel if you lost these memories? Imagine you have a flood, are broken into, your house is struck by lightning, you accidentally delete your photographs - everything could be lost.

Taking backups could just save the day, and its simple to do.

Backup options

More and more Internet providers are providing free "cloud" storage with their Broadband packages. Take BT for example, they provide you with 5GB of storage via their BT Digital Vault. 5GB will be enough for around 2000 photographs from a standard compact camera. If your internet provider doesn't offer free storage, try Amazon again they offer 5GB free.

You can buy usb pen drives these days for a few pounds, and external hard drives for less than £50. Backing up your photographs is priceless.

The 3-2-1 system

The 3-2-1 system is that you have at least 3 copies of files that you backup, on 2 different types of media (such as DVD's, Hard Drive or Cloud storage) and have 1 copy kept offsite. Now by offsite, I mean physically away from your home - this could be at a relatives house, basically anywhere away from your house or street otherwise all that hard work you have done to backup in the first place could be lost.

Myself, I store all images on 2 hard drives, an external hard drive, backups on DVD's, another external drive offsite and also use cloud storage. This is probably overkill for most people, but as a photographer I insist on this backup policy to give me as many options as possible.

Finally, its all good and well taking backups, but remember to take them often to keep everything up to date.

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) 321 Importance of backups backups images photography Sun, 07 Oct 2012 12:14:30 GMT
Andrea Outdoor location photoshoot with Andrea, this time at Brereton Country park in Cheshire. The leaves hadn't quite started to change colour, so I'll possibly re-visit this location in a few weeks once the full Autumnal colours appear.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Location Sat, 06 Oct 2012 15:29:35 GMT
Blaire Images from Photoshoot with singer Blaire

You can follow her on Facebook

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Blaire Portraits Studio Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:56:18 GMT
Justine Photoshoot with singer Justine Hughes at CG Studios in Pontefract. Justine wanted a mixture of looks including "rock", and heres the outcome!

You can follow Justine on Facebook

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Band Justine Hughes Singer Studio Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:07:57 GMT
Angels in Chaos Meet Angels in Chaos, and exciting and stunning girl band from Yorkshire, consisting of Ellie Kate-Hill-Brown, Yasmin Walker and Ashley Clegg. The girls, managed by Georgina Hill-Brown are currently working on their first e.p.

You can follow them on facebook

A video from the photoshoot can be found on their youtube channel.

Here are a selection of images from their recent photoshoot.

Angels in Chaos JumpAngels in Chaos Jump

Angels in Chaos getting readyAngels in Chaos Makeup Angels in Chaos FramedAngels in Chaos Framed Angels in Chaos FlowersAngels in Chaos Flowers

Angels in Chaos Girl BandAngels in Chaos

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Angels Angels in Chaos Ashley Clegg Band Chaos Ellie Kate-Hill-Brown Georgina Hill-Brown Girl Band Vocal Tutor Yasmin Walker in Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:32:31 GMT
Mollie We recently had Mollie in for a photoshoot and she brought her Nan along, so here are a couple from the day (one with Nan too!).

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Mollie Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:37:00 GMT
Alex & Kirsty A couple of images from yesterdays photoshoot with Alex and Kirsty;


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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Alex Kirsty Photoshoot Sun, 16 Sep 2012 14:59:03 GMT
Lenny Meet 7 week old Lenny! He spent most of the photoshoot on his back, asleep (thanks to the white noise app!).

Heres a couple of images from the photoshoot



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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) 7 Weeks Baby Lenny Tue, 11 Sep 2012 18:56:29 GMT
Team Grayson Photoshoot Finally we all managed to meet up for the "Team Grayson" photoshoot ahead of their Motoscape Rally starting on 1st September 2012. After the recent wet weather, the shoot had been postponed a couple of times, so on Sunday when we arranged to meet up and the rain started, we thought it was game over again. Luckily it had stopped in time, and the shoot got underway in Delamere Forest.

What is this about?
Nigel Hulse and Greg Bolshaw are taking part in the 2012 Motoscape 'banger rally'. They will be driving over 2,500 miles through 10 countries in 7 days in a 17 year old BMW 5-series bought for £333.

You can follow them on Facebook and donate here

Here are a small selection from the day;

Team Grayson Motoscape RallyTeam Grayson - Long Road Ahead Greg and Nigel from Team GraysonTeam Grayson - Greg and Nigel Team Grayson Motoscape Banger RallyTeam Grayson - Myla Greg and Nigel ... lost on the Motoscape Rally?Team Grayson Lost Team Grayson and Action Medical ResearchTeam Grayson Decals Greg and Nigel of Team Grayson, Motoscape Rally 2012Greg and Nigel Team Grayson Motoscape Rally Team Grayson back seat driver!Motoscape Team Grayson Back seat driver Greg and Nigels BangerTeam Grayson PUSH! Team Grayson Hulse and Bolshaw Motoscape RallyHulse Bolsh Greg and Nigel of Team GraysonNigel and Greg Motoscape knackered Greg and Nigel from Team Grayson with their BMWMeet Team Grayson

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) BMW Banger Greg Motoscape Nigel Rally Team Grayson Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:11:40 GMT
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Decals Picked up the decals today for Team Grayson's Motoscape Rally car.

Nigel and Greg are taking part in the 2012 Motoscape 'banger rally'. They will be driving over 2,500 miles through 10 countries in 7 days in a 17 year old BMW 5-series bought for £333.

You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter


Thanks to Greg Bolshaw from "Team Grayson" in the Motoscape Rally for applying the decals and taking the picture below! Not long now guys!

Team Grayson Rally Car DecalDecal on car

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Team Grayson Mon, 02 Jul 2012 12:33:21 GMT
Camera Kit Following on from a previous post about studio kit (lights, backgrounds etc) Equipment I Carry I thought I'd show what camera kit, lenses etc I use.

Camera kit I useKit



Main Camera : Canon 5D Mark iii (Full frame)
Backup Camera : Canon 450D (1.6x crop)


Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
Canon EF 17-40mm f4L USM
Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II


Sekonic L-358 Light Meter
Technoline BL-700 Charger
Canon Speedlite 580EX II
Flash with Stofen Diffuser attached
Yongnuo YN460-II Flash
Yongnuo transmitters/receivers
LED Lenser Torch
Hoya Pro1 Digital UV Filter
B+W 10 Stop ND110 ND Filter

Sandisk 16GB Extreme 60Mb/sec CF Card
Sandisk 4Gb Ultra 30Mb/sec CF Card
Spudz Microfibre cleaning cloth (and grey card)
Canon RC1 Remote

Integral CF Card Reader
Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Card Reader
Sandisk SDHC Card Reader

Hama Battery Tester
Loads of AA and AAA batteries (Duracell and Eneloop)
3 Way Spirit Level
Rocket Blower
Loads of cables
Lastolite Ezybalance Grey Card
Expro RF-153 8-in-1 Reflector


Couple of other things not show in this image,

Various Flight cases
Kata 3n1 30 Bag with elements cover
Manfrotto 190xprob Tripod with Manfrotto 804rc2 3 way head

...and of course not forgetting my trusty Canon Powershot A710 that took the image above!


]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Camera Kit Lenses Portrait Camera Kit Sat, 30 Jun 2012 11:07:19 GMT
Congleton Networking Some images taken at a recent networking event arranged by a new studio in Congleton. Most of the images were inside and due to the number of photographers there, they have been taken with either natural light, high ISO or studio lighting.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:20:45 GMT
Forecast Meet Forecast, an alternative rock band from Cheshire consisting of Ralph Lea - vocalist/rhythm guitar (on occasion) Ben Higson - Lead Guitar Niall Griffin - Drums Oh, and Joe.

Follow them on Facebook at

Heres a few images from a recent photoshoot, you can see the full set at

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Band Cheshire Forecast Forecast the Band Portraits Studio Sun, 03 Jun 2012 14:09:26 GMT
New Website now live New website now live, complete with new logo and new look!




]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Sun, 03 Jun 2012 12:50:46 GMT
Crewe Olympic Torch Relay A couple from todays Olympic Torch Relay through Crewe in Cheshire.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) 2012 Cheshire Crewe Crewe Olympic Torch Relay Olympics Torch Relay Thu, 31 May 2012 10:14:27 GMT
Gaz Richard and Paul  

3 Members of the band The Possible Truth from Sundays model portfolio shoot. Natural light, no flash.

Check out their songs at

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Model Portfolio Portraits Tue, 29 May 2012 19:42:21 GMT
Equipment I Carry One question I get asked a lot if what lighting equipment do I use, and what would you bring to our house for the photoshoot.

Well here is a pull back shot from a recent photoshoot, showing my equipment – and yes it all fits in a standard small family car (a Golf in my case)

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Behind the Scenes Thu, 17 May 2012 17:00:00 GMT
Emma I recently held a training session with another photographer to show other photographers the basics of taking Portraits. This was Owens lighting setup with the grey background, softboxes and blue light on the background. Thanks to our Model for the day, Emma.






]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Emma Model Model Portfolio Portrait Portraits Studio Training Sat, 12 May 2012 07:23:56 GMT
The Possible Truth The Possible Truth, made up of Richard (Drums), Gareth (Guitar, Piano and Vocals), Paul (Bass) and Jenny (Vocals)

Check out their songs at


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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Band Cheshire Portraits Studio The Possible Truth Mon, 07 May 2012 10:11:53 GMT
Frequency Girl Band Meet “Frequency”, an exciting 4 piece girl band made up of Ellie-Kate, Jesskaa, Mia & Ashleigh.
You can follow them on facebook

Here are the images from their photoshoot!

Frequency Jump -  Ashleigh, Ellie-Kate, Mia and Jesskaa Frequency band Frequency - Jesska Frequency - Ellie-Kate Frequency Girl Band group shot Frequency Fun Frequency - Mia Frequency - Ellie-Kate Frequency - Ashleigh Frequency - Jesska Frequency -  Ellie-Kate, Mia, Ashleigh and Jesskaa Frequency -  Ellie-Kate, Mia, Ashleigh and Jesskaa Frequency -  Ellie-Kate, Mia, Ashleigh and Jesskaa

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Ashleigh Ellie-Kate Frequency Girls Jesskaa Mia band frequency girl band Tue, 01 May 2012 12:41:00 GMT
Be PoP You may remember back in February I took some images for girl band Be Minor, well last night they appeared on Britains Got Talent, and got through to the next stage, well done girls!. Since the shoot they have changed their name to Be PoP, and back to Be Minor again!!

You can follow them on Facebook



]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) BGT Band Be Minor Be PoP Britains Got Talent Girl Band News Portraits Sun, 29 Apr 2012 01:53:11 GMT
DVD Presentation Tins I’ve recently changed supplier for my DVD presentation boxes, and this is the final design. I’ve had great feedback on the tins, the quality is great and they just look so much better than plastic.

DVD Tin Closed

DVD Tin Open

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) DVD DVD Presentation Tins News Tins Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:31:45 GMT
Canon 5D Mark III So Canon have finally started shipping the new Canon 5D Mark III / 5D3 with the kit lens, but still haven’t started shipping the body only yet. At a £2999 launch price, its a huge leap from the 5D2 launch price and even the current 5D2 price of around £1499. The queue to see the new camera at Focus on Imaging this year was huge, and I can understand why. The 5D2 was a benchmark for professional photographers and I suspect the 5D3 will follow suit.

I’ve been keeping an eye on the rumours for a long time now, but the price has put me off upgrading yet. Until it comes south of £2500 its not even an option for me even with the vast new features. Its certainly an expensive time for photographers at the moment with Nikon, Canon and Adobe all bringing out new products and upgrades – I suppose thats the problem with being a photographer, the expense!

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) News 5d3 Canon 5D Mark III Canon 5d3 Sat, 17 Mar 2012 09:17:33 GMT
Lightroom 4 So Adobe have released version 4 of Lightroom, at around half the price of version 3? It seems they rushed to get version 4 out into beta and then onto full release, I guess to compete with Apples Aperture! The main difference being Lightroom works on a Mac and a Windows PC, Aperture only works on a Mac – I think thats where Adobe have the upper hand.

As a convert to Lightroom a year or so ago, its great news for me as I can upgrade for much less. However reading the reports on the internet there appear to be a few bugs in version 4, so I’m hanging on until they iron most of them out. I can’t afford the downtime if v4 messes with my images.

With so many free apps appearing all the time, and now even mobile apps it was only a matter of time before Adobe had to realise their pricing needed to come down. In the world of IT, most people buy a version, skip the next, buy the next etc and thats how I feel about photography software, however at this latest price I will definately upgrade. I doubt I’ll be alone.

If you look at the new features such as video editing, geotagging via google maps at around £100 for the full version you can’t go wrong. Lets hope more companies follow suit.

Go on you Adobe!

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) News Adobe Lightroom Thu, 15 Mar 2012 12:09:17 GMT
Katie-Jayne Katie-Jayne had done some model work a while ago, and wanted to update her portfolio. So heres some from the shoot. We shot a few inside and braved the cold for a couple outside.



]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Katie-Jayne Location Model Model Portfolio Portfolio Portraits Studio Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:12:58 GMT
A couple more from Be Minor A small selection of the individual portraits from the recent band shoot with the girls.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) BGT Band Be Minor Britains Got Talent Daisy Ellen Elli Girl Band Paige Portraits Studio Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:00:00 GMT
Be Minor I had the pleasure of photographing up and coming girl band Be Minor, 4 very talented individual singers who have joined together to create a vocal harmony girl band. Consisting of Paige, Daisy, Ellen and Elli. Last year they managed to get down to the final 50 of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent 2011, and the group take part in many talent contests all over the UK.

You can follow them on facebook at

Heres some of the fun we had!

Firsty of all a fun group shot with the girls in their performing gear. This just screamed out for the white blown out background look.

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) BGT Band Be Minor Britains Britains Got Talent Daisy Ellen Elli Girl Band Got Paige Portrait Talent Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:00:00 GMT
Father and Daughter One from todays Father and Daughter photoshoot

Father and DaughterFather and Daughter

]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Dad Daughter Father Father and Daughter Portrait Portraits Studio Sun, 12 Feb 2012 13:00:00 GMT
Harvey & Codies Christening Today, I had the pleasure of photographing Harvey & Codies Christening in Crewe. Harvey had a great cheeky grin! Heres a small selection;

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]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Cheshire Christening Codie Crewe Harvey Sun, 25 Sep 2011 11:00:00 GMT
Gilly and Sarah's Wedding A couple from a recent wedding of David “Gilly” and Sarah at Tatton Park, and Cottons Knutsford. I wasn’t the official photographer, but an Usher, so couldn’t resist taking a few shaps while there! All images were taken on the fly, I didn't ask them to pose - they were more candid than anything.

Gilly-Sarah-Wedding-2 Gilly-Sarah-Wedding-14 Gilly-Sarah-Wedding-16 Gilly-Sarah-Wedding-30



]]> (Martin Pawlett Photography) Wedding Mon, 05 Sep 2011 18:00:00 GMT