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    Hello - My name is Ben and I'm the photographer & owner behind Touch Photography (see random pic). Here you can find my latest wedding photography shoots & pre-shoots and occasionally some personal photos or interesting commercial shoots; with the odd random thought, insight or anything else that may tickle my fancy.

    Please also view my PORTFOLIO website. (esp if it's your first visit here?)

    So whether you’re recently engaged, past client, friend, fellow photographer or simply just browsing that big wonderful web – then thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!

    Thanks Ben x

The RMW – Editorial Campaign Shoot

You’ve probably already seen all the gorgeousness over at Rock My Wedding today!?….. but for those of you who haven’t, then might I suggest you get your booty over their quick sharp to have a look at all the yummy styling, plus they’ve got  make-up tutorials & stationary guides coming your way soon too… I promise it’s worth it – oh and they’re all a really lovely & helpful bunch too :)   ……so go on take a butchers at RMW now!

I suppose… I’m mostly, what you would describe as a ‘people’ photographer… whether that be for wedding photography, fashion, beauty, portraits, PR or events,  as much as I can shoot ‘still life’ it’s not exactly what I mainly get hired for… I shoot people, illustrate a story or a look / feel. So I will show you the images where lighting the subject (the model) properly was paramount… and I suppose the end product as far as my preference is concerned.

The brief was… Hippie / Gypsy /  Boho / 70′s  ……Charlotte (blog queen of Rock My Wedding) already had a good idea of the styling & look she wanted, which is great when working with any art / styling director, so together (along with the team) we made it happen:)

I’ve also included a few extra b&w’s versions….. so you can see how it further adds a different feel & look to the images too.

Thanks to everyone involved on the shoot – you were all fab and I can highly recommend any of them if you’re perhaps looking for a… make-up artists, hairdresser, florist, cake-baker or even perhaps a cute vintage caravan etc.

MUA – Kylie McMichael
Hairdresser – Lucy Spary
Florist – Lilly & May
Cakes – Buttercream & Dreams
Caravan – Florence

And of course the lovely Rock My Wedding team… Charlotte, Adam, Lolly & Lauren:)…thanks for letting me be a part of it – big love to you guys xx

     
  • Dan and Melissa01/07/2013 - 17:34

    Beautiful shoot! Lovely work.ReplyCancel

  • Cam Grove25/08/2013 - 14:25

    Beautiful location, beautiful girl – hard day’s work?ReplyCancel

  • Delia McDonagh01/12/2013 - 22:40

    Stunning images. The light is just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly20/01/2014 - 20:58

    Taking pictures can be such a pleasure when a day is as beautiful as that. With a model as good as that.ReplyCancel

  • Paul Keppel06/02/2014 - 15:55

    Such beautiful light in these photos, great use of back lighting with lovely soft editing. I can wait for a few days of sun!ReplyCancel

Sunshine & Smiles in the City of London

This fab wedding pre-shoot of Emma & Ben took place one rather early Sunny April Sunday morning. We decided upon the square mile in the City of London.

Emma & Ben were great, started out a little nervous… but that soon faded away as we spent an enjoyable Sunday morning exploring the city.

Having shot numerous times in the city… I always find it rather tranquil & peaceful to shoot on the weekends. You can wonder through all the back alleys and streets pretty much on your own unperturbed . What’s equally great about shooting in the city of London is that you always find  new & interesting perspectives, of course the light  (dependent on the time of day & the seasons)  is always going to be different etc… which makes all that more wonderful. I just love exploring and finding new & interesting scenes and that contrast between the old & new… the old cobbled streets & original shop fronts set against the new striking lines of the ever expanding sky scrappers, like the Gherkin & Tower 42 (aka – Natwest Tower).

So as you can see, we were certainly blessed with plenty of sunshine…… Oh and plenty of laughs & smiles too:)

x

     
  • Rob10/12/2013 - 22:59

    This is great. I love how you use the cityscape in these images!ReplyCancel

2012 Retrospective – One Super Duper Wedding Day!

So let me pre-face this post, …due to unforeseen personal circumstances for the second half of last year…… I admittedly got a little bit behind on the old blogging front.

……But hopefully all can be forgiven as I’ve got a veritable treasure chest of gorgeousness to show you lot :)

 

So this is it folks ……finally some images to Oooohhhh & Arrrrggghhhh over from 2012…. what turned out to be yet another amazing year – filled with wonder & delight and lots of memories!

You better be ready, just like the 2011 wedding highlights  – it’s pretty mega!   Probably a little too big, actually it’s probably quite a lot BIG! …..but hey, it kind of makes up for the last 6 months or so.

I will try and get round to blogging some of these weddings individually in their own merit, they certainly deserve it – with their own unique stories to tell.

I just want to say a massive heartfelt THANKS to all my lovely couples who tied the knot too…… as without you – yes YOU!   ……none of this would be possible.

I’m humbled & honoured to have the job that I do; getting to meet all these lovely people in the world and be able to photograph their wedding day – is really special!  ……nothing gives me greater pleasure and for me my No 1 goal – is to have happy clients who LOVE their wedding photos… nothing else matters!

(hopefully that doesn’t sound too cliché or like I’m receiving an Oscar!)

 

So that’s why my wedding photography, as illustrated in this 2012 review, highlights, retrospective – whatever you want to call it!….. is never about trying to go all out crazy, jumping on the instagram-styley filter effect band wagon, subscribing to gimmicks or any other latest trends that will date faster than a having a Betamax video-tape cassette in your collection… as to how the photograph is produced & taken – No!……

……This is photography with Soul, Heart & Truth!

I doubt you will find a 2012 review with more happy & smiling faces, laughter & tears exhaled & shed, nervous gazes, and of course emotions & love in abundance – REAL moments that make up any wedding, ……not just a collection of fancy pants ‘portrait’ shots (though of course they’re present too – with a touch of soul ;)) ….that don’t actually show what the day was about!?   …whereas my criteria for choosing was approx 10-ish images from each wedding across the whole of the day!

I decided to place the images into some kind of chronological order too…… so just like a wedding day – you have a beginning and an end of the story.

…It’s like a big super duper wedding day rolled into one!

Hopefully for you – the viewer – it means you know where you are and what direction you’re travelling, so if one decides to jump to a section of sorts…. you can :)  …..loosely defined by – Getting Ready, Ceremony, Celebration, Portraits, Speeches, First Dance, Dancefloor Action, Last Dance & Finale.

Thanks…….. Enjoy xx

P.s Look out for the pre-shoot one soon, plus it will be far shorter too – I promise!

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  • Gavin Farrington27/03/2013 - 06:13

    LOVE that shot of the baby sitting on the floor watching the bride get ready!ReplyCancel

  • Adam Houseman27/03/2013 - 06:58

    Really really love the way you see things. So many layers and so much thought behind your comps.ReplyCancel

  • David McNeil27/03/2013 - 09:02

    Such a lovely review of the year, and its great seeing some sunshine – have totally forotten what that was like! Great moments captured and intriguingly different compositions found :) ReplyCancel

  • Rachael27/03/2013 - 09:21

    Too many great images to choose a favourite but really love the first shoe shot! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Tomasz Wagner Mananetwork27/03/2013 - 15:59

    Damn that was a great roundup!ReplyCancel

  • Sam27/03/2013 - 18:04

    2012 was a great year for you. Just beautiful work all over.ReplyCancel

  • Albert Palmer27/03/2013 - 21:33

    Beautiful – the soundtrack suits it perfectly. Thanks for sharing and here’s to 2013!ReplyCancel

  • shari27/03/2013 - 22:18

    I love how thoughtful your compositions are and how absolutely gorgeous the end results are. You had a heck of a year!ReplyCancel

  • Eric Ronald27/03/2013 - 23:47

    What a creative perspective you have – brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Noelle28/03/2013 - 12:45

    There are some absolutely fantastic shots in that recap- well done and many more happy years to you!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael10/04/2013 - 13:45

    Incredible Ben, love love your photos. We’re continuing to recommend you far and wide! Hope you’re well and life is good!ReplyCancel

  • Steve & Sandra11/04/2013 - 20:52

    Wow, what a great year, some really beautiful images, love the last dancing shots, they look so much fun, Stunning work, Steve & Sandra.ReplyCancel

  • cineluxfilms21/04/2013 - 15:13

    Splendid couples, splendid use of light, splendid shots!!

    Regards,
    cineluxReplyCancel

  • Derek Martinez03/05/2013 - 17:39

    Such an amazing year, beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Rob08/06/2013 - 08:50

    WoW! Just stumbled across your blog. Divine images every one from concept to execution…absolutely superb!ReplyCancel

  • Red Diamond30/07/2013 - 11:31

    Wow Lovely Bride…………….. an awesome location http://t.co/G8vy2zE5Gq.ReplyCancel

  • Chris13/03/2014 - 13:43

    Wow, just stumbled across this through Google. Ace work throughout.ReplyCancel