This page is dedicated to the people that helped make this project possible, their help is very much appreciated.
After the success of the original Wedding Photography Blueprint DVD's, we wanted to build on that success by creating a product that addressed all the questions asked by its users as well as covering all the new techniques and technology that have made an impact in this industry over the past few years.
This was such a huge undertaking that help was inevitably needed. In no particular order:
We couldn't have wanted for better models.
Gareth and Lauren were exceptional models on the day and were totally cool, easy going and very natural in front of the camera. They are newlyweds who had married just 6 months earlier in the very hotel in which we held the course which was a massive boost to the realism in the photos.
Lauren even used her own wedding dress for the shoot...great stuff and a good excuse to wear it again!
The original DVD's were filmed by two young technology students from Budmouth College in Weymouth and because they did such a great job, we decided to use students again but this time from Weymouth College.
Not only would this help keep the costs down but it would hopefully help the students in the future by giving them a solid case study and excellent product as testimonial to their skills and achievements.
The amount of equipment we used on day two whilst filming on location meant that in no way could I do this alone. A massive thanks to Nicky Cripwell who helped me with all the gear, setting things up and generally being a good egg!
The fact that Nicky was a keen photographer herself really helped.
Tracey is the events and functions manager at the Prince Regent Hotel in Weymouth, right on the sea front along the Esplanade. Tracey was invaluable when organising the course and was solely responsible for finding Gareth and Lauren (the wedding couple) and arranged for us to use the venues set up for an actual wedding taking place during the course.
She even got clearance for us to photograph the actual couple that were getting married that day...on the beach at night watching the November 5th Fireworks!
Jeremy is a professional wedding photographer that I met when living and shooting weddings in Spain. He shoots weddings not just in Andalucia but all over Spain, Europe and even Barbados! His work is inspiring in a true reportage style and he is a member of the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association).
In his interview , Jeremy gives us an insight to how he works with some great advice to new and beginning wedding photographers.
Melanie runs Bellissimo Weddings and Beach Weddings Bournemouth in Dorset, England. She is accredited with being the person who brought weddings to the beaches of England for the first time in 2012 and was featured on ITV breakfast TV.
Melanie is renowned for her meticulous attention to detail and has the testimonials from many happy couples to prove it.
In her interview, Melanie talks about how she got into organising people's wedding days and tells us exactly what she thinks of the industry now and in the future. She also gives some great advice as to what both she and couples look for when booking a wedding photographer.
Sam and Henry were married recently and allowed us to interview them in relation to how they went about choosing both a photographer and videographer for their big day. They give valuable insight that should assist new wedding photographers to approach couples when looking to get booked.
You will be surprised at some of their answers.
Andrew runs the UK branch of Asukabook, a Worldwide company producing high quality photobooks for photographers and wedding photographers in particular. He was the pinnacle in bringing the company to the UK shores. I used to use the USA branch of Asukabook and was overjoyed when they finally reached the UK...made my life a lot easier.
Andrew talks about and shows us Asukabooks' wide range of products whilst giving his thoughts on the industry and how he sees it progressing.
Huge thanks to Julian and Irena Hall for letting us use the images and video clips from their wonderful wedding that I photographed and videoed in Torquay as an example wedding with training narrative. The day was really something special.
It involved the ceremony itself outside in very windy conditions under a gazebo, photos on the rocks, a train ride through Torquay in the rain and a boat ride along the (CLOSE to the) rocky coastline of Devon...all finished off with one of the best first dances I have seen!
Thanks to Fiona Penny for supplying the gorgeous bouquet that we used (and trashed) on the location shoots. The bouquet was beautiful and incredibly durable as it withstood some heavy battering as you will see in DVD 5.
"All going well here. Had a productive first wedding season with 12 weddings all in all and quite a few booked for next year. It's been a very enjoyable learning curve and something I wouldn't have been able to start on without your excellent course! - Clive Nolan"
"Just wanted to say thanks. I got the DVD course at the end of last year in preparation for a friends wedding. I gave them the photos last week and they are absolutely thrilled. Definitely could not have done it without your help. The basic camera setting you recommend in the DVD was worth the price on it's own. I didn't get a single badly exposed shot " - Lee Brookes, UK."
"Nick, Thank you very much. I purchased your Wedding Blueprint last year. Last Saturday, I did my first wedding. I used a lot of your tips and everything went better than planned. Thank you, your DVD's gave me the confidence I needed to do the job. The photos turned out better than I could of expected. Now all I can think of is, Roll on wedding number two, three,......etc etc. - Mick Lumley, IRELAND "
"I am so glad that I got that problem with PayPal sorted. I received the discs a few days later and all I want to say is "Wow, probably the best tutorials I have ever bought". The professionalism of the videos, the way it then cuts to show the result in Photoshop is awesome. You've a great manner and no ego and I can see you really want to get it across to your students. - T.H. Dublin."