It’s spooky but I was only thinking a few weeks ago I should really do something for Halloween…

…and lo and behold I get asked to do a bridal photoshoot! This was great news because I’d not done one for a good while and I like to go back to my fashion and beauty roots from time to time.

Flowers .. literally everywhere!

The main aim of the shoot was to show Red Florals autumn bouquets and flowers … which were stunning! I was amazed at how they put it all together and the attention to detail.

Strong, dark makeup and hair up was the order of the day for the styling, which created a mood and usually smiley Kim did a fantastic job of bringing that mood to life.

Mat and the guys spent the morning and most of the afternoon getting ready for an evening wedding networking event which was being held at new wedding venue Dorfold Hall. See more of that here.

But for now… on with the vampy show!

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It was such a fantastic and fun shoot! I love the styling and the results that we managed to achieve together. No doubt we’ll do another one soon.

Watch out for it!

The magic of video..

And here’s a little video showing us all at work .. including me!

Dorfold Hall Creative Shoot – Behind the Scenes Film from Marry Me Films on Vimeo.



Photography: Phil Drinkwater (me, obviously!)
Venue Dorfold Hall
Florist Red Floral
Florence Dress from Sassi Holford, provided and modeled by Kim from Kimberley Anne Bridal Boutique
Cake by Suzanne from The Frostery
Accessories by Eleventh Heaven
Video by Marry Me Films
Hair and make up Flossy and Leigh
Shoot coordination Andrea from Fabulous Day  and Debbie from Better Together Weddings

Thank you all for your hard work!

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Well, 2015 was absolutely fantastic! I worked with some amazing couples, made some great friends and took some of my favourite photos!

Weddings everywhere!

This year saw me in London and the surrounding area quite a few times. It often surprises couples that wedding photographers work so far away from their home, but it’s quite common when you find a photographer who is just right for you to bring them to work in your area.

I mix fine art documentary, artistic details, classic portraiture, high quality lighting and an innate ability to flatter subjects.

From a photographers perspective, this is fantastic as you get the opportunity to see some new places. It’s a lot less important these days for photographers to be intimately aware of the venue, so choose your perfect photographer and bring them to you would be my advice!

(and by that, I mean choose me, right?)

What’s my style?

My work is a modern combination of styles. I mix fine art documentary, artistic details, classic portraiture, high quality lighting and an innate ability to flatter subjects. I teach other photographers in the fundamentals of photography since I believe these skills are essential for any photographer working in weddings.

So, on to the photographs. I’ve split these into Morning, Afternoon and Evening, just to give them a little structure. Otherwise, they’re just a mix of some of my favourite photographs.



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Thank you to all of the couples who chose me in 2015 and I look forward to working with those of you who have chosen me in 2016!

If you like what you’ve seen, get in touch to discuss your wedding photography.

Happy New Year to you all!
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    Some pretty amazing images there Phil, looking forward to seeing what you produce for 2016!!

  2. Dan Ward

    This is fab man, looks like you had one hell of a year! Like it alot 🙂

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    Lovely work. An amazing set of images. Both natural and posed.

  4. Sunita Sharma

    Thanks for Sharing such a wonderful marriage shoot . I like the article. Thanks for is…….

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SEO is incredibly and increasingly important for photographers as customers move away from more traditional routes of finding wedding and portrait photographers.

Sadly, most lack even the basic understanding of how SEO works and the Facebook rumour mill has propagated information which is – quite simply – incorrect.

Fortunately, each year SearchMetrics (a giant in the SEO world) publish the latest set of ranking factors to help explain the elements of SEO which are still relevant to Google.

Google is changing all of the time. What worked last year might not be so important today and certainly what worked more than three years ago is probably out of date now.


Therefore staying as up to date as possible with the trends in SEO is incredibly important. Spotting trends before your competitors and making changes can be the difference between success and failure.

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Searchmetrics findings

Searchmetrics have used the mass of data which they accumulate in order to check the most important elements of a site which Google seems to deem important.

The most essential points for photographers are detailed in the infographic below.

It’s important to highlight that these factors are not everything you need to know about SEO; it’s one thing to understand something matters, but in many cases actually doing it effectively requires more understanding.


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  1. Sean Gannon

    Nice post. SEO seems to move so fast that most business owners that have a business to run dont always have the time to dedicate and by the time we do, the goalposts always seem to have moved yet again. Appreciate the visual graphic as well. Its always more interesting with graphics than just words.

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    Thanks Phil, interesting post. This is something that is always at the forefront of my mind with my web site and I’m always working on trying to improve SEO. Although, almost most of the time I’m working on other stuff too. Need to spend more time on this. 🙂

  3. Matt Wing

    Thanks Phil, very interesting and useful. I’m constantly finding ways of making my own site more interesting and relevant, this has come in very handy.

  4. Gary Derbridge

    Thanks Phil, very interesting post. You’re right, it’s hard to keep up at times!

  5. Genyphyr Novak

    Hi Phil – I’ve really enjoyed reading several articles on your site. The ones about cheap wedding photography particularly hit home. I’ve been a photographer for many years but have only started focusing on weddings in the past few years and am building up my business here in France slowly. I do get a lot of people finding me on the internet since I live in a place that people choose as a destination for their wedding. And SEO content is something I also struggle with. I’ve been using a WordPress plug in that seems to do a decent job of it. The truth is that you must work on this every 3-6 months and check your local rankings all the time no matter what system you choose to try to help you judge if your site is still being found. Of course beyond SEO, word of mouth is still a great way of getting work and we can’t forget that either! Even if some word of mouth these days also means “word of social media” – it’s basically the same thing. Thank you for taking the time to reach out to photographers as well as clients ! Your wedding shots are amazing.

  6. Patrick Sampson

    Hi Phil, Great article, and thanks for the helpful infographic! The ever changing way in which Google decides who to rank highest makes it an ongoing struggle. For those just starting out in photography, there is a lot to learn about SEO, as well as taking good pictures.

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