Getting to Know – Martin Beddall Photography

Martin Beddall of Martin Beddall Photography

Interview With: Martin Beddall

Company Name: Martin Beddall Photography

Website: www.mcbweddings.com

Location / Coverage: Based in West Sussex but will cover nationally and abroad.

Bride smiling during a wedding speech by Martin Beddall Photography

How did Martin Beddall Photography get started and how long has the business been going? Have you always wanted to be a photographer?

Photography for me began at University shooting demos and the like for the student newspaper. I spent much supposed study time in the darkroom instead. After completing a Diploma in Photojournalism at the London College of Printing I began my career at The Times. Shooting weddings started about 12 years ago, as readers and colleagues asked me to shoot their weddings based upon my work they saw in the paper. I can’t imagine being anything but a photographer, and with my face I know which side of the lens I’m meant to be!

Bride having her wedding dress ironed by Martin Beddall Photography

Who works for Martin Beddall Photography?

Just me – I prefer to work alone. I think a single photographer is more discreet and if they are good you’ve no worries about getting enough coverage.

Bride running by Martin Beddall Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

Being based in West Sussex, much of my work is in the South East and London. However, as in the past, I am happy to work anywhere, here or abroad.

Bride and groom laughing together by Martin Beddall Photography

How do you think your service sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

Photography isn’t about having some letters after your name, it is about your eye, how you see and how you capture it forever, so I would hope it is my style and approach that sets me apart. Not being dependent upon Photoshop actions or effects, but capturing the day in an honest way that will make people smile many years from now when they look back at their album.

Bride and groom hugging by Martin Beddall Photography

What are the best and hardest parts of your job?

The best thing for me is the satisfaction of having caught moments that many people missed and seeing the pleasure that gives people. The hardest – long days, hot days – a cold beer solves that though.

Page boy pulling a funny expression by Martin Beddall Photography

Does Martin Beddall Photography have a specialist area or style of photography?

Wedding photography is overloaded with jargon and terms, many of which you have to also use. So reportage/documentary/relaxed/informal/photojournalism – what it is not is contrived.

Wedding guests laughing by Martin Beddall Photography

What is your view on engagement shoots?

These have become very popular recently, although not everyone wants them or has the time to do them. If they help people relax in front of the camera that’s great – if nothing else they are a chance to get to know the photographer you have booked and get some nice couple shots.

Random question… What are you most afraid of?

Baked beans – hate them!

Bride throwing her bouquet by Martin Beddall Photography

Do you have a favourite picture you have taken (If you can choose!)?

This is one of my favourite weddings shots for two reasons. Firstly the expression – this is just after the couple’s first dance had finished, and as the guests rushed onto the dance floor I followed, and with a fast wide-angle lens got in close to catch this ‘quiet’ moment between the couple – I think the bride’s face says it all. Secondly, from a technical point of view, there is no flash. Such a shot would not have been possible before digital had matured as it has in the last two years. It did help that there was some ambient light on the dance floor and so wasn’t completely dark, as so many DJs are fond of doing.

Bride and groom after their first dance by Martin Beddall Photography

What’s your top tip for choosing a wedding photographer?

Judge a photographer upon their vision, their manner and their experience. Look at the style of their work and imagine these being your wedding photographs – did they capture the day? If photography is important to you then don’t choose the lowest bidder, but the one who will capture the moments, the emotions and the character of your day – there is no second chance.

Where can I find out more about Martin Beddall Photography?

My website is www.mcbweddings.com or call me on 07973 407330.

Visit the Martin Beddall Photography supplier page on The Wedding Community.

Daisy Wedding Ideas – Moody Monday

Daisies make a wonderful spring and summer wedding theme, and using different shades of yellow will create a beautiful fresh feel. You could use different shades of yellow with pale creams and ivories for a more subtle and feminine wedding colour combination. A big bunch of daisies make fabulous wedding bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids and look beautiful against a bright yellow bridesmaid dress. Choose a wedding cake decorated with daisies and use daisies for your decorations to bring the style together.

Here are some of our favourite daisy wedding ideas.

Daisy Wedding Ideas Mood Board

Daisies and Rings – Picture by Marianne Taylor Photography

Daisy Wedding Dress – Lyn Ashworth

Daisy Bouquet – Picture by Belles Images by Sandra, Flickr

Daisy Wedding Cake – Maisie Fantaisie

Daisy Sticks – Martha Stewart Weddings

Yellow Bridesmaid Dress – Dessy

Big Daisy Floral Decorations – Heather’s Glen Blog

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

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Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish 100mlI have been using this product for three weeks so I could let you all know my thoughts, and if you are looking to start a new beauty routine to help your skin look clear and radiant on your wedding day I can highly recommend Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.

I have to say I’m not great at sticking to beauty routines (I have tried many). Mine usually consist of using a face wipe and the occasional face scrub, but using the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is so easy! A pump-action bottle of the cleanser comes in a beautiful bag with two muslin cloths. You simply need to apply one pump of cleanser to dry skin and then use one of the muslin cloths, wet with hot water, to wipe away.

The cleanser has a two-phase action; phase one cleanses and removes traces of face and eye make-up and phase two polishes the skin. Using the muslin cloth gently removes dead skin cell and helps to reveal clean, soft and radiant skin.

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Since using Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser I have noticed a dramatic difference in the radiance of my skin, it really does feel softer and looks healthier – now I’m hooked!

I have the Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in a 100ml pump starter kit (which also has the two muslin cloths) and after three weeks using day and night there is still about ¾ of the bottle left. Priced at £13.25 I personally think this is amazing value compared to other products that I have tried before. This product is available in different sizes.

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