Martin Johnson Photography: Blog en-us (C) Martin Johnson Photography (Martin Johnson Photography) Fri, 01 Sep 2017 18:25:00 GMT Fri, 01 Sep 2017 18:25:00 GMT Martin Johnson Photography: Blog 93 120 Mark and Julie wedding Gower golf club What a wonderful wedding that I covered recently at the Gower golf club. 

The rain held off for most of the day and we had a great opportunity to take to bride and groom portraits before any of the guests arrived.

Both Mark and Julie were very relaxed and the ceremony was full of love. They had friends travel from far and wide such as Holland and Australia and everyone had a great time.

The staff and the Gower golf club were fantastic and nothing was too much trouble for them and the layout of the room for both the ceremony and the reception was lovely.

There was a huge football theme to the day due to Mark's love of the game and there were some really funny speeches about the newly weds.

Here are a couple of images from the day


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Jemma & Kristian wedding What a lovely wedding I covered a couple of weeks ago at Stradey Park Hotel  in Llanelli where Jemma & Kristian tied the know in front of all of their family and friends.  I started nice and early doing the bridal prep and it was very calm in the room with all of the bridesmaids having their hair and make up done with the odd glass of prosecco.

The ceremony was very emotional with all of the bridesmaids having a little tear as Jemma walked into the room to meet Kristian who was looking very smart in his blue suit and had a quick glance over his shoulder as his bride came to meet him.

The couple had booked to go to Stradey Castle for their photos as, in February, you can never know what the weather will bring. The castle is a beautiful heritage home that has many rooms that can be used as well as wonderful extensive gardens.

When we arrived back at the hotel prior to all the guests sitting down for a wonderful meal they were entertained by the mesmerising and unbelievable Luke (close up) Magician who really had his audience wondering how he could perform such amazing magical tricks. 

I really enjoyed photographing this wedding as the couple along with their guests were so relaxed and were enjoying their day.

Congratulations and best wishes for your future together

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Virgin Atlantic masquerade ball Last weekend I was asked by Virgin Atlantic in Swansea to photograph their masquerade ball in the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. We had a choice between the photo booth or the formal portrait option. We decided on the formal option and all of the guests thought that this was the best choice. We had some lovely photographs of the management and staff from the contact centre really enjoying themselves. They also had some great entertainment from the live band and the roulette tables to keep them occupied.


Here is a selection of the photographs taken

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Kings & Queens clothing I was recently asked to take some photographs for a new company in Swansea selling designer menswear. Kings & Queens clothing have some of the latest fashion wear available to purchase with some great deals available all year round.

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New products I have been on the look out for a company that provided the finest quality wall products that I could offer my customers.

After many trade show visits and visiting many of the company's stands to view what they had to offer I have finally found a company that offers some of the best products on the market. A UK based company with an eye for the up to date modern wall product I can now offer my customers some superb items to adorn their walls.

Some of the samples that I have purchased are the framed HD acrylics that is a 3mm HD acrylic that is inset into a precision cut aluminium frame with a small stepped rebate for a really sophisticated finish

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The HD acrylic is the premier product on the market and is printed using 12 colour technology and the fine white backing seals the image in 5mm plexi-glass which protects it from heat and moisture

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The standard canvas is printed using 320gsm bright white canvas with high definition 12 colour giclee printing. The canvas is stretched over 38mm pine stretcher bars with corner tensioning wedges. This product is hand finished by skilled craftsmen to ensure a truly professional feel and finish.




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Oxwich Bay wedding What a beautiful wedding for Emily and David. After all of the rain that we had over the winter the one Saturday that we had a dry day was to celebrate their marriage at Our lady star of the sea, Mumbles and then to the reception in Oxwich Bay hotel 

I arrived at Emily's house to take the bridal preparations and all was calm in the household. Both Vince and Wendy (Emily's parents) were very relaxed and looking forward to the day. The bridesmaids were busy getting their hair finished and final touches to their make up.

I arrived at the church, which as usual the biggest challenge was trying to park in Mumbles on a Saturday, and was greeted with a few of the guests who had arrived early to get their parking spaces. The service was lovely and Emily's dad, Vince, also played a part which was really nice to see.

En route to the Oxwich Bay hotel we stopped off to have some photographs near Three Cliffs bay which was really nice as when we arrived at the hotel all of the guests were eagerly waiting for the new ' Mr & Mrs Jones' to arrive in style.

The guest photographs were taken and then we had a little stroll down to the beach to capture some memorable images of the happy couple.

Best wishes to you both and thank you for booking us.


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Reasons to have an engagement shoot ( E shoot) 1.  The chance to get to know your photographer.

When a couple meets their wedding photographer one of the things that they usually say is " I don't really like having my photograph taken" or " I'm not very photogenic" and they sometimes feel nervous about the fact that on their wedding day they will be centre of attention for the camera. An engagement shoot allows the couple to get to feel at ease with their photographer and as these sessions are usually short they will allow the photographer to show them that they really do look good for the camera. A good working relationship with your photographer is so important as the better this relationship is, the better the photographs will be.

2. Get to know the photographers style

This allows the photographer to have a "dry run" before the wedding day of a couple of poses that they are likely to use and to help the couple feel relaxed in front of the camera. During the E shoot the couple can have fun dressed up in casual clothes and really have a laugh and they will have some great photos to show their family and friends.

3. For a smooth running on their wedding day

Your wedding day is for you to enjoy with your guests and this is why you spend so much time and money in making sure that it is just the way you want it.  By having an e shoot the couples will know what type of poses their photographer will aim to achieve and less time will be spent trying to convince the happy couple about how they will look in the photographs. This is also a big benefit for their guests as many photographers take the bride and groom away for hours and the guests hardly see them and in some instances the couple miss many important parts of their day.

4. Use the photographs that are taken.

E shoots are very useful to use on your wedding day - you may want to have some of the images on a slideshow for your guests to see, a signing book or frame is a great addition to any wedding so that your guests can leave messages for you that you will cherish for ever and you could use some of the images for "save the date" cards or anything that you want.

5. Why not? Its your wedding, treat yourself and have fun

With all of the stress of planning your big day this is one way of relaxing and having fun as a couple who are about to embark on one of the happiest times of their life. Its nice to have professional photographs taken of yourselves and its a great way to meet up with your photographer and feel comfortable in front of the camera. Swansea engagement shoot

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Lifestyle portraits Thinking of having some up to date portraits ?

Why not have a lifestyle portrait session in and around Swansea. We have some wonderful beaches, parks and other great places to have outside portraits done just in time for Christmas gifts.

You can choose where you want to go and the sessions usually last one hour.

Prices start at £ 25.00

Give me a call to book on 07522 920329


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Swansea beach wedding Suzanne and Tony contacted me to photograph their wedding after seeing one of Suzanne's friends wedding that I did in 2014. They were very relaxed about the whole day and wanted me to capture the beauty of Swansea beach and its surroundings. Fortunately we had a lovely sunny day although a bit windy and both were happy to have some photographs taken on Swansea beach - Suzanne even took her shoes off.

The reception was in the wonderful Norton House Hotel, Mumbles where all of their family and friends enjoyed a really nice family wedding.

Congratulations to you both


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Father's Day offer Looking for the perfect gift for Father's Day ?

Why not have a portrait of the children and give them something to cherish forever.

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Goodbye 2014 - Hello 2015 2014 was a glorious year - we had great weather, met lots of fab people and our photography and photo booth business was really booming.

If you are looking to book your wedding for 2015 we have a limited number of dates available for both photography packages that start from

£ 495 and photo booth packages from £ 295.

We have a special offer on at the moment that if you book a photography package and a photo booth for your evening reception we have a great price of £ 795 up until 13th February 2015.

We have worked in some lovely places during 2014 such as The Towers Hotel & Spa, The Gower Hotel, The King Arthur hotel, Marriott Swansea, Court Coleman Manor, Bridgend, The Heronston Hotel plus many more and we look forward to visiting these venues again this year.

If you wish to discuss either your wedding photography package or your photo booth hire please do not hesitate to give me a call on 07522 920329


Many Thanks and best wishes for 2015




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Welcome to Martin Johnson Photography Thank you for visiting Martin Johnson Photography's blog.

Creative wedding and Portrait photographer covering Swansea and surrounding areas.

There will be new posts, hints and tips and many other pieces of information coming soon.

We also provide Photo booths for your wedding, birthday or any special event


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Wedding photo booth Are you looking to have some great fun at your wedding party. Then why not book one of our stylish photo booths with instant UNLIMITED photos printed out on the night for your guests to take home with them. We provide a wide range of fancy dress props along with a 'Green screen' background in order to have photographs with some iconic landmarks in the world as well as themed backgrounds.

We can also supply a guest book for your guests to sign after placing a photo in the album - great to look at for many years to come to remind you of how much fun everyone had at your wedding party.

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Winter portrait sessions winter sessionswinter sessions Looking to have some portrait sessions for Christmas gifts. We have limited spaces available for our winter portrait sessions which are priced at £ 25 for an hour session and a 10" x 8" image of your choice.

Please call on 07522 920329 to book your appointment


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Why it is important to hire a professional photographer Many couples spend thousands of pounds every year to make sure that their wedding is as perfect as can be. Some of the only things to have left after their wedding day will be the rings and their wonderful photographs to bring back so many happy memories of this special day. But what if the couple did not hire a professional photographer to capture these memories and "Uncle Bob who has a nice camera" took their photographs and they are so disappointed when they receive his images.

One of the things that couples should consider after they have chosen their date and venue is to start looking at some professional photographers work to see if they like their style of photography and are happy with their quotes. You should always ask to see full wedding coverage and not just the photographers best shots of a wedding. This will give you a good overview of the different types of images that you could expect of your memorable day. Remember that photographers often get booked up early so once your date is set, start phoning around to avoid "Uncle Bob" having to take your photographs.

Check to see if the photographer has some sort of insurance cover to protect against any unforeseen mishaps that may occur during the day. Ensure that they have public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance to cover any accidents against some of your guests or the venue that you have your wedding breakfast at.

Find out how long they have been a photographer for and more importantly how long they have been photographing weddings for. This is so important as taking the photographs of someone's special day is a big responsibility and you should have a photographer who has experience and not someone who has had a good camera and just likes taking pictures.

At the end of your day, apart from the vows that you made to one another, the rings and the photos are all you will have to look back on. All of the money that was spent on your dress, flowers, cars, decorations and catering ...... its all gone. If you decide not to hire a professional photographer because you want to save money it may be the one thing that you regret on this your magical day.


Martin is a member of and has professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance.


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