Chatsworth House Wedding Shoot

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During October, Jason took the opportunity of some free time to attend a workshop at Chatsworth House with three of the countries top photographers. We’ll try and do a piece about each one over the coming weeks to review what was learnt from the different days as their styles and techniques were very different and it was a case of cherry picking the parts which were relevant to use and help adapt our photography style.

On the first day a short drive across Cheshire and in to Derbyshire brought me to Chatsworth House before 9AM. As you wind your way around the driveway and the house comes in to view across the River Derwent, nestled amongst the low hills of the valley you realise what a majestic venue this really is. There are pictures from the gardens which I will share in a future article and some from the second day of shooting which will give you some idea if you have never been there before.

Day one was spent with Gordon MacGowan who is one of the most respected, innovative and imaginative photographers in the UK. His style is very contemporary, heavily fashion influenced and extremely distinctive. Gordon believes that the wedding photography industry is in need of a major quality improvement due to the number of low end DSLR owners setting up as wedding photographers with little or no experience or formal training. Gordons approach to perfect posing, minute detail of hand and body placements and lighting helped immensely.

We appreciate not everybody wants a ‘high fashion’ wedding shoot, or to win photography awards / be featured in magazines from their wedding but we will adapt some of this in to our wedding day workflow and I’m looking forward to using his ideas and techniques to help future Brides and Grooms look as fabulous as possible in their photographs.

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All the above pictures took no more than 2 mins each in Photoshop to process – this one took a little longer as there were security cameras and a ticket booth to remove to get it to look like this!

All in all, this was a fabulous day and we have learnt so much from it – definitely some great techniques for big dramatic shots and some hugely important posing information to help create them.

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