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The Monday Musings: Small Dog the Sniffer Dog

matt-avatar WhitenedToday’s Monday Musings are rather later in publishing than usual owing to a small problem we’ve experienced this morning, namely the loss of my car keys preventing us from getting to work. 

You know that feeling when you lose something important? The feeling as your slightly addled brain tries desperately to retrace your steps and you realise firstly that there aren’t that many places that a key can possibly be and secondly that you probably should have done more with your weekend. After turning the house upside down and checking every possible location (including my most visited spot: the teapot) where a key could possibly be I came agonisingly to the conclusion that the key must have been dropped whilst walking Small Dog the previous evening.

Now I know what you’re thinking. “Surely though Small Dog, being an (ahem) loyal, faithful and above all heroic companion would have spotted you had dropped the key and alerted you to the situation?” Well you clearly haven’t met Small Dog. Quite aside from his obvious tendency to willingly accept bad things happening to me, he was probably distracted by the other heroic pursuits my father-in-law assures me he’s always getting up to like rescuing small children who’ve fallen down wells or, you know, peeing on everything to keep away badgers…


But, I thought, perhaps Small Dog could nonetheless be the answer to my problem. Having established that the key was not in his cage nor was it small enough for him to have consumed it we decided to put him to work as we set off re-tracing our steps on the previous night’s walk, our trusty sniffer dog beside us. Instantly Small Dog was muzzle to ground scouring the path intently, his nose twitching away as that powerful nose did its important work. He sniffed and sniffed before racing along before us barking wildly. We raced in pursuit – clearly he had found the lost key.

Or rather he had found a shifty eyed squirrel that he clearly suspected had stolen the key. Or alternatively he’d just found a squirrel. Thanks Small Dog. We continued to trace the path, including the final section where Small Dog and I had raced each other in a great sprint to the finish line the previous day and where I suspected the key may have fallen from my pocket. There was nothing to be found.

Finally in desperation we went to the local police station, possibly the smallest police station in the world as was proven when we discovered that the police were in fact out for lunch. Upon their eventual return though we were greeted with the news that THE KEY HAD BEEN HANDED IN AND ALL WAS SAVED!! Finally I would be able to set off to my exciting destination of… work. Bugger.

_getImage.phpSo thank you to the good people of Pickering and specifically the person who found and handed in my key, you’re a wonderful human being (or squirrel if Small Dog’s theory was in fact correct) and have my heartfelt gratitude. The moral of this story though is if you need a sniffer dog, Small Dog is not to be trusted, and more importantly no good can EVER come of running.

Time for a celebratory bacon sandwich methinks… much safer.

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Story Frames – The Hand of God

Story Frame

Kids are often at the centre of the funniest moments at weddings and this little fella at Claire and Chris’s Lartington Hall Wedding caused more than his fair share of hilarity! Running amok in his exciting new surroundings he was eventually captured by the stern ‘hand of god’ but with that cheeky smile we were far from convinced he planned to calm down, particularly as his audience were clearly enjoying every minute! The cheeky chappy went on to entertain us all evening, whatever the hand of god had to say about it!

Photo by Lartington Hall Wedding Photographer
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The Spring is Springing Inspiration Board!

Spring is finally (and perhaps slightly cautiously) edging its way into the air and so today we thought it was high time we offer a little Springtime wedding inspiration! So here are some of our favourite finds from the world of Pinterest this week!


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The Friday Fight-Out: Photography and Videography – Film Vs Digital

When it comes to both photography and videography for many years now Digital has been king. After some initial scepticism at the birth of the digital revolution nearly all wedding photographers and videographers jumped on the digital bandwagon, but recently we’ve been talking to more and more photographers and videographers who are bringing analogue film back into their work either to capture just a few shots or even the entire wedding. So is digital truly king or is there still a place for film work in modern wedding photography and videography? Let’s see what our experienced debaters have to say on the matter!


In the Red Corner, fighting on behalf of analogue film, having had to search through the biggest selection of old negatives I’ve ever seen and a pile of developing gear recently I can assure you she knows a thing or two about analogue photography, it’s Dom “The Tog Bride”

In the Blue Corner, he only turned his hand to filming weddings professionally upon realising the quality that was achievable using digital SLR cameras for video compared to their camcorder counterparts, it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”

Film Vs Digital

Dom: There’s something just magical about the way film pictures look. Most digital photographers these days spend hours on the computer trying to create a film-like look for their digital images but you can never beat the purity and beauty of the real thing.

Matt: But with new technology it is quite possible to more or less recreate the look of old film digitally but with more flexibility to put your own stamp on the finished look, reduce or increase grain, alter colour balance etc.

Dom: Taking amazing quality analogue photographs is generally more challenging than with Digital as virtually everything is manually controlled and you have to really know your camera backwards to get great results. Consequently when you book someone who shoots analogue you know you are probably getting someone top notch!

film vs digital

Matt: Digital is much more user friendly and offers more flexibility in terms of achieving the specific look you want rather than having to scan individual frames or simply deliver the product straight out of camera.

Dom: Many photographers find that they feel more of a connection with more traditional film cameras which can often really show in the photos and improve the creativity of the work!

Matt: When something goes wrong with film there’s almost nothing you can do whereas many modern pro level cameras have dual memory cards to act as instant backup as well as more means of recovering the files.

Dom: With digital the photographer can find themselves taking shots that they know probably won’t be good enough simply because they can, whereas with analogue film every shot you take costs time and money to develop and therefore has to really count!

Matt: With digital you can check on your shots as you go and make sure you have everything covered whereas with analogue you don’t know what you’ve got or whether anything is going wrong until it’s too late to change anything.

Dom: There are some film looks that are so unique they are incredibly difficult to truly recreate digitally, for example Super 8 Videos have such a nostalgic feel about them that can be easily lost when just trying to create an artificial effect.

Matt: But each different film type generally has qualities that you don’t particularly like which can easily be removed when creating your own digital look as you’re starting from a clean shot then adding effects rather than starting with an affected shot and trying to remove things.

So those are our arguments but where do you stand? Would you be happy for your photographer to use analogue film for your wedding or would you actively prefer someone who uses digital? We’d love to hear your thoughts so join the debate via the comments section and don’t forget to place your vote in our poll below!

The Great Film Vs Digital Debate!
Wedding Photography and Videography - Film Vs Digital
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A Photographer’s Thoughts: The Post Wedding Shoot

dom the tog bride finalone2Last week in our photographers thoughts we offered some top tips for how to get the best out of an engagement shoot and today I’d like to talk about another type of wedding shoot that you may not have considered, this time taking place after the wedding: The Post Wedding Shoot.

Post Wedding Shoots come under various titles from “Rock the Frock” to “Trash the Dress” to the “Day After Shoot” and whilst each photographer may have a slightly different take on the idea of a post-wedding shoot the overall premise is the same: a chance for the newlyweds to get some photos together, usually (but not always) in their wedding outfits, that for various reasons may not have been possible on the wedding day itself.

Post wedding shoots aren’t necessarily for everyone but they can be an amazing opportunity to get some really incredible photographs. Some photographers use the post-wedding shoot as a chance to get some additional wedding photos if, for example, it rained on the day and outdoor shots were impossible but for us a post wedding shoot should be so much more than that. Come rain or come shine your day will always be magical and having sunny photos on a day you remember as being rainy will fool no-one, including yourselves, but the post-wed shoot does offer you the chance to do things you would never dream of on the day.

On your wedding day there is inevitably limited time for photographs, after all you are the centre of attention for all your guests and of course you will want to spend your time with them too making it difficult to disappear for any lengthy periods or indeed go any distance away from your guests. But it’s more than just limited time that restricts what is achievable on the day…

On your wedding day your natural instinct is probably to want to look your absolute best and in particular keep that dress absolutely pristine and perfect. As we’ve said before in previous posts there’s probably a little compromise involved if you want to get the very best shots but that protective instinct on the day is certainly more than understandable. Once the big day is over though the dress is only going away in the cupboard and gathering dust so this is the time to take the opportunity to be a little more adventurous without the fear of damaging or dirtying your outfits. It’s the time to cut loose without the worry, the time to climb over rocks or jump in the water, to go barefoot, to mess up your hair, to get yourselves muddy or just adopt those poses you were worried would crease the dress. You can even go to the extremes of a trash the dress shoot where it’s no holds barred in getting some crazy shots with no intention of keeping the dress afterwards…

The post wedding shoot

Photography by Ed Peers

Having a full day to shoot also means you can travel to multiple locations and get completely different types of shot. You might start off at your wedding venue and end up in a forest somewhere or walking the city streets. These are the types of shot that may not even be appropriate for the wedding day itself as they’re completely out of context, but in treating it as it’s own separate shoot none of that matters. It’s just about getting some awesome shots, allowing your photographer to have free-rein to explore their creativity and having a lot of fun in the process!

It’s also a grand farewell to your wedding dress and a chance to extend the celebrations for one more day. You’ve probably spent an awful lot of money on that dress and this is your opportunity to get more than one day’s use out of it. If you’ve travelled some distance for the wedding it’s also a chance to find some cool locations and have a cool day out together doing something you wouldn’t normally do. Having already had the experience of being photographed throughout your wedding day (as well as having got all those wedding nerves out of the way) you’re going to be completely relaxed and able to just enjoy it as well as still being unbelievably happy having just got married and that can really make for some awesome and unforgettable photographs.

So if you hadn’t considered the post-wed shoot it’s certainly something to think about. It’s definitely not for everyone and of course there may be additional cost implications but who knows, they might just become some of your favourite photographs and a day you look back on with only the fondest of memories.

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Wedfest – Emmie & Daniel – Blake Hall

Here at Bride Vs Groom we love weddings of all shapes and sizes from the most classical elegant affair to the most rock n’ roll, and Emmie & Daniel’s Blake Hall Wedding definitely falls into the latter category! The fun-loving pair wanted their wedding to really reflect their personalities and so they put their heads together and, having fallen in love at V-Festival some years before came up with their dream festival themed wedding, a.k.a. Wedfest 2013!

The moment you see your groomsmen arriving on 60′s Mod scooters you know you’re in for something a little different and Emmie & Daniel’s day doesn’t disappoint! With their guests sporting wedding passes around their necks, an outdoor ceremony (only fitting considering the groom proposed in a muddy field!), rustic setting and awesome VW Campervan this was a wedding brimming with personality and quirkiness. Above all though this really is a wedding that’s all about the headliners: Emmie & Daniel.

Thanks so much to the always fantastic White Dress Films for sharing this awesome Rock n’ Roll wedding film with us, you can find out more about White Dress Films and view their wedding portfolio via the links below:

Blake Hall Wedding

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