Norton Hall Cotswolds Wedding

Norton Hall Cotswolds Wedding

A beautiful sunny day welcomed me to a fabulous Norton Hall Cotswolds wedding. This was my first time photographing at Norton Hall and on arrival I was impressed with what I saw, a great backdrop everywhere I looked. It was obvious to see from the outset that Lucy and Martin were two very popular people and it took me all of ten seconds to realise why. I hadn't met the couple though I was made to feel very at home, firstly by Martin (known to his friends as Bertie) at the Churchill Arms where he stayed with his groomsmen the night before. Then I headed over to the venue with the ladies who carried on the hospitality.

The joyous nature continued all the way through the day, which was a pleasure to capture throughout. An emotional but at the same time fun ceremony, great entertainment, awesome speeches and some top moves on the dance floor made my job an easy one. Just see the images below and you can witness for yourselves.

A big thank you goes to Anna (wedding planner) from Golden Pineapple who recommended me to the lovely couple.  I also have the privilege of capturing her wedding at the same venue very soon :). Others that played their part were the London Essentials who helped make the day such a fantastic atmosphere throughout. It was also ace working alongside Gary (Videographer) from Gorgeous Films.

For the fellow camera geeks out there. This was all shot with two Nikon D850's with the 24 1.4, 35 1.4 and 85 1.4 lenses. With the Nikon SB910 flash to light the dancing.

Lucy and Martin thank you once again for having me along to capture your very memorable special. If you're interested in myself capturing your Norton Hall Cotswolds wedding please contact me here.

 


Chateaux Rigaud Wedding

Chateau Rigaud Wedding

This Chateau Rigaud wedding was an absolute joy from start to finish. Even the thirty nine degree heat couldn't stop Laura and Philip having the most amazing wedding. A stunning venue close to the famous French town Saint Emillion, famous for its wine if you couldn't guess. These two super lovely and super chilled people headed over from Dubai, though both originate from Ireland. It's fair to say that the Irish craic lived up to all expectations. They even shipped over their own priest father Michael who entertained from the outset right up to the last dance when taking over the bands microphone to give his rendition of AC/DC's "You shook me all night long". Obviously achieving legendary status in the process. See the photos below to see what a great destination wedding this was. Laura and Philip thank you once again for putting your trust in me and i'm sure our paths will cross again hopefully some day soon :)

Those who helped make this day so good were especially the guests who travelled from far and wide and the very talented wedding vendors: venue -  Chateau Rigaud hair - Moira Borg, make up - Ariana Rose, band - The shuffles, also a shout out to Peter Hughes who helped me on the day along with Rodolphe of Best Day Productions on video.


Grittleton House wedding

Grittleton House wedding

This was my first wedding at the stunning Grittleton House. An absolute Cotswolds gem.

Built in 1660, this venue is steeped in history and was even the home of Grittleton House School until 2016. However, I’m glad this is now a venue as it truly is a Cotswold-wedding gem.
Photographing this wedding was an absolute pleasure. From a photographers point of view I was completely spoilt for choice with the breathtaking architecture and beautiful gardens. As well as being in a truly picturesque setting, I also received a very warm welcome from the couple. Nina and Steve were completely nerve free and certainly knew how to relax and have fun on their wedding day. I’m fact, it didn’t really feel like work for me at all as I spent most of the day laughing along with this vibrant couple and their fun loving family and friends. What a party! You can see some of these moments in the photographs below. Nina and Steve, thank you again for having me along to capture your special day.
I’m excited to say that I’m already going back to Grittleton House later in the year. And as always, it was lovely to work alongside Mr and Mrs Productions on video.

For the photographers out there, this was captured using two Nikon D850's with the 24, 35 and 85 1.4 lenses. The dance shots using a few Good AD200's which are great.


Wedding photography workshop Cotswolds

Wedding Photography Workshop Cotswolds

The Wedding Photography Workshop Cotswolds was held at my home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. This surprisingly didn't stop some people travelling from all over the U.K which is a great effort and being a sell out was very humbling. The aim of the game was for me to be an open book with no secrets and answer any questions that came my way. Some of the topics included in the workshop were off camera and on camera flash, capturing moments, editing and how I photograph couple's portraits with a live shoot where we walked around the streets and stopped when something grabbed my eye.  I didn't want to use models, so we could have a real world scenario to show what I look for and how I get people to relax and be themselves. Two very good wedding photographer friends, Eve Dunlop and Rob Tarren stepped in and basically pretended to like each other for an hour :). A lovely bunch of photographers who braved the cold weather also had the chance to take some photos of the not so in love couple. The sun was super harsh so a great tester and one situation that sometimes requires a little more thought process.  A big thank you also goes to Pixellu for sponsoring the workshop and offering a free year subscription to the awesome Smart Slides and Smart Albums.

Here's some feedback from a few photographers that attended.

"I have just completed a wedding photography workshop with Dan Morris. Not only is Dan an exceptional photographer, he is also an excellent teacher.
Dan is approachable and willing to answer all questions, offer advice, tips and knowledge. The days was so relaxed and all those niggly things I'd been trying to work out just clicked!
It was great to spend some time practicing with our cameras and putting into action some of the elements we had discussed earlier in the day. Dan really helped to make me think in a more creative way and  understand the benefits of using on and off camera flash.
Thank you for an excellent and enjoyable workshop which I would highly recommend."
Hannah Buckland Photography
"What a great day. Was made to feel so welcome and comfortable. I had visions of what I would take from the day but took away much more than I could have imagined. I've always been a fan of Dan's work, his creativity and ability to catch those special moments draw you in. It's not until you spend time behind him, watching him work you see his creative eye and ability to see things you don’t. I can not wait for wedding season now to practice what I’ve learnt. Thoroughly recommended".
Adam Beale Photography
"I had the pleasure of a day with Dan, learning about shooting within the photography wedding world! Awesome day, gained loads of information and had a great time. Met some great people also. Dan also took us out around Cheltenham to give us an insite to how he does what he does as a practical exercise. Well worth it and and couldn't of asked for a nicer guy to learn from. What more can I say except thanks".
Graham Davey Photography

Wedding Photography workshop Cotswolds


Dan Morris Photography Best of 2017

Dan Morris Photography Best of 2017

Dan Morris Photography Best of 2017

Well that went quick! 2017, what a pleasure it was. A year of capturing lots of amazing memories for couples, their families and friends. It really has been a privilege.

Trying to decide which photos to include is never easy. Certain photos stand out to me at certain times, none more so than the first image and last image that I selected. The first photo wasn't actually taken last year and is of a lovely man called Naresh. I posted this on Instagram towards the end of summer 2017 and commented on it exclaiming "It's me :)" I asked him how he was and unfortunately he had found out that he was in the late stages of cancer ,which I had no idea about. Sadly he passed away at the end of August :(. An amazing man who was the same age as me. Sad stories like this resonate with me and truly emphasise the importance of our roles as wedding photographers. As for the last photo, well you can see for yourself :).

This year I have been lucky enough to visit some new wedding venues in the Cotswolds, all over England, back home in Wales, Ireland, Austria and finishing off 2017 photographing a crazy six day wedding alongside Tim Bishop in Dubai. So far next year I have some lovely new local venues, plus camera club is taking me to Thailand, Holland, France and Spain so far. Obviously all work :).

This year I also had another great experience of running a second wedding photography workshop alongside good friends Aga Tomaszek and Erik Halvorsen, this time at my home in Cheltenham. Helping others is very humbling and watching their progression throughout the year has even been inspiring. Another personal highlight was being asked by one of the world's best photographers, in mine and many other's opinions Ross Harvey to second shoot for him at what can only be described as an unbeleivable wedding at Blenheim Palace.

This coming year is already looking fantastic so here's to 2018. If you're interested about hearing my availability for your wedding please contact me here.

 

 

Dan Morris Photography Best of 2017


Braxted Park wedding

Braxted Park Wedding

Gorgeous blue skies welcomed me for an amazing Braxted Park wedding over in Essex. Two super lovely people, Eliz and Tolga welcomed me like one of the family from the moment I arrived. My first Turkish wedding and I certainly wasn't disappointed, with so much fun and tradition it made my job an absolute pleasure. I hadn't met Eliz and Tolga before the day and during the initial phone call I remember Eliz saying that they both weren't a fan of having their photo taken. Once I had met them I thought they must have been winding me up because they both looked fantastic. You'll see exactly what I mean below.

The day started for me with morning preparation, as mentioned the welcome was lovely and I had free reigns to capture the day as it unfolded. The early magic moment for me was having the privilege of capturing Eliz's dad seeing her for the first time in her beautiful wedding dress. Moments like these can never be replicated. The next moment that I was lucky enough to capture was seeing Tolga's grandmother showing him how proud she was. This was one of those weddings with so many special moments throughout. A mixed joyous and emotional ceremony that took place with two people so obviously in love. As for the aftermath, well! This was some party based around some amazing Turkish traditions and some serious moves on the dance floor.

A big thank you to Rideout Wedding FilmsKristina Gasperas Make upBrowns Blooms and Balloons and Jennifer Cakes who were all great to work alongside.

For the wedding photographers out there, this wedding was shot lane using two Nikon D750's with a 24 1.4, 35 1.4 and an 85 1.4. The dancing captured using an SB910. Please enjoy the images below as much as I enjoyed photographing this wonderful wedding. Eliz and Tolga thank you once again for having me along to capture your Braxted Park wedding.