Cherish The Dress at Hampton Manor ~ 44 Pictures

Sep 27, 2009 | Flash, Location, Wedding | 15 comments

Lisa Marie and Sean pictured here will be with me in Tuscany for my passion on the strets workshops in a few weeks time.

I love red dresses! Lisa Marie and Sean pictured here will be with me in Tuscany for my 'passion on the streets' workshops in Sienna in a few weeks time. They are absolute stars and the shoots promise to be remarkable.

Here are 21 more of my pictures from the Cherish The Dress shoot and then 22 of Chris’s pictures for equal measure.

In the bathroom. The reflection is from a shower screen and the shot is lit with a Speedlite in a silver brolly

In the bathroom. The reflection is from a shower screen and the shot is lit with a Speedlite in a silver brolly triggered by infra red.

The same set up as above.

The same set up as above.

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Lit with my Arri Junior 300w spotlight. I'll have these available from the Lovegrove Consulting website soon.

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Lighting as above. Processed with a slightly harder look.

Lighting as above.

Lighting as above. The white balance was set to 3800K

Next it was into the bar for this frame lit with one Speedlight from the left. I took this frame with the camera over my head.

Next it was into the bar for this frame lit with one Speedlight from the left. I took this frame with the camera over my head.

The same lighting set up as above but this time the camera was on a glass coffee table.

The same lighting set up as above but this time the camera was on a glass coffee table.

Hampton Manor is bang up to date with funky interiors. It's certainly worth having a weekend away there.

Hampton Manor is bang up to date with funky interiors. It is certainly worth having a weekend away there.

A change of viewpoint gives this shot an advertising look. Imagine a perfuum bottle in the bottom right of the shot and a simple caption.

A change of viewpoint gives this shot an advertising look. Imagine a perfume bottle in the bottom left of the shot and a simple 'brand' caption. I deliberately kept the post production calm in order to add a classy feel to the dress and decor.

I lit this frame with 2 Speedlights on stands and fitted them with Honl filters.

I lit this frame with 2 Speedlights on stands and fitted them with Honl filters.

Low angle shooting into the light without any sky is a Lovegrove style trait.

Low angle shooting into the light without any sky is a Lovegrove style trait.

I snuck in some time to get close ups of Lisa Marie and Shawn ahead of Tuscany.

I snuck in some time to get close ups of Lisa Marie and Shawn ahead of Tuscany. Shot on a 135mm f/2 Canon prime lens.

The 135 is a good lens when you want to get right in there!

The 135 is a good lens when you want to get right in there!

I used a Speedlight on a stand for this shot too.

I used a Speedlight on a stand for this shot too.

This was lit with natural light and I wanted the group to experiment with massively increased exposure.

This was lit with natural light and I wanted the group to experiment with massively increased exposure.

A closer shot lit as above.

A closer shot lit as above.

Ramping up the passion ahead of Tuscany. The high key look caused by exposing the shot so much that it nearly screamed.

I then ramped up the passion a bit ahead of Tuscany. The high key look was caused by exposing the shot so much that it nearly screamed.

Elegance and style backlit by evening sunlight.

Elegance and style back lit by evening sunlight.

As above

As above

It was then time for a bit of movement and a twirl of the dress.

It was then time for a bit of movement and a twirl of the dress.

And this is my final frame of this set.

And this is my final frame of this set.

I’d like to thank everyone involved for what was a special time at Hampton Manor. So much work goes in to put this kind of event on and the results speak for themselves. Chris and I fire on all cylinders to outdo each other for picture styles and all along delegates can see the creative process from start to finish. We don’t aim to shoot the obvious on a workshop like this, quite the opposite. When faced with ‘the normal’ we aim to create the special, after all, that is what the Cherish brand is all about. Shooting 40 or so striking pictures for an album or book plus large framed pieces, acrylics or canvases.

Here are 22 frames from Chris Hanley. I’m going to let the pictures do the talking…

Please feel free to comment on the pictures or the experience if you were there.

If you would like to attend the next Cherish the Dress workshop on Monday 23rd November, click here for details.

15 Comments

  1. damien

    Thanks all for your kind words.

    John, It’s Chris Hanley’s shots that exhibit high saturation. Mine are as calm as usual. I shoot sRGB and edit in Adobe RGB then upload to the web or send to print in sRGB.

    I hopes this helps,

    Damien.

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  2. Jon Allen

    Hi Damien
    Apologies for the late response, Please may I ask if you are using a different workspace within photoshop to execute some of the post production as I have noticed of late how bright and saturated some of the colours are, in particular the red? are you using LAB for example?

    Warmest Regards

    John Allen

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  3. KarlB

    Awesome as usual damien, see soon…

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  4. Jules Cardozo-Marsh

    Hi fabulous photographs, any chance you could send them to me as I would love these on my website for The Designer Wedding Show this weekend, largest format possible please. Jules x

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  5. Pat Bloomfield

    Wow these are great pictures.

    I love the more fashion/glamour shots and your post processing.

    Pat
    PatB Wedding Photography

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  6. Chris

    Thank you everyone for the nice comments, it’s really appreciated. Our final 2009 cherish in Manchester in November will be quite special, I’ve got some extra ideas :)
    Might be worth packing a tripod too.

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  7. damien

    Wow! Thanks all for your warmhearted comments.

    Hi David, I’m sorry you missed the bookings for the last Cherish workshop. There won’t be any more Cherish The Dress workshops at Hampton Manor this year because we rely on reasonably warm weather to make the shooting process comfortable for our models. A client shoot is over in a couple of hours but our models have to endure seven or more hours. We don’t mind a bit of rain.

    At the time of writing there are just 6 places left on the final Cherish the Dress Workshop of 2009 to be held at the Hilton hotel in Manchester. The Hilton workshop is all interiors and is not weather dependent. It makes really good sense to work with a venue that gives you enough options to shoot whatever the weather. It’s tougher for us teaching, but you get to see more lighting techniques.

    David, If you set the Mini TT1 away from ‘Auto’ sensing in the software and set it to your camera model, no test shots are needed. If left on Auto (default) the Mini TT1 needs 1 test fire to ascertain what Canon camera it is on and to set a corresponding value for sync timing.

    I hope this helps, Damien.

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  8. David

    Superb pictures from both of you! again!
    Hampton Manor more typical of venues in my area so, wondering any more cherish the dress shoots planned at this location ? missed the last one by 2 days !
    On another subject just received my miniTT1 and flexTT5 from you! Do I understand correctly that each time you put the miniTT1 on the camera you need to fire a shot off to calibrate or just for the first time?

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  9. Fjona

    wow guys, these are fantastic. Damien, your natural light photos really radiate, how every bride hopes to be photographed capturing their energy and passion. Chris, that floor shot is awesome, your postproduction is something to be admired and love the flash lighting on the bench!

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  10. Tara Taylor

    Both sets look great – I can’t wait for Tuscany!!

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  11. Will Pateman Photography

    What a contrast in shots between both photographers..great lighting and locations yet totally awesome shots from both….love the contrast from Chris and the lighting on the bride swirling the dress..
    Great as ever always look forward to viewing your images.

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  12. Pete

    A remarkable day!!! That was the best course I have been on to date. Loved the contrast, between yourself and Chris, as well as the banter. Learned loads, you’ve both taken my photography, confidence and expectations to a whole new level. Loved the enthusiasm for your art that you both displayed…. almost as much as that red dress….. stunning

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  13. Derek mc Auley

    Well done Damien and Chris, stunning photos
    brilliant venue with super models as well
    Tuscany will be faboulous no doubt, enjoy
    Derek

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