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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

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

  • Chris13/03/2014 - 13:43

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

VOUTIQUE… Something old, …new, …borrowed, …blue…

…and maybe even a silver sixpence in her shoe!

Yeah I know… I’ve only gone and disappeared off the blog radar again – it’s been a crazy busy season so far, and it’s only getting busier! ……which is great for me, but of course my blog takes a hit when I’ve got a mega backlog of editing to do, and a hundred and one other things to do.

Though things are in motion – to be able speed up everything, this will result in an even better service for my clients and being able to blog more regularly… which means you get to see more lovely photos, more often 🙂

Anyway – in amongst wedding summer madness!  ……you may or may not know, that I also run a commercial company – called simply – TOMLIN (though it’s currently being re-branded at present)

So I thought rather than post some wedding images today…. I thought you might like to see something a bit different, but hopefully just as interesting? ……Fashion photography! – certainly the skills gained over the years in this field – translates when I’m shooting the portrait shots of a couple at weddings & pre-shoots, of course not every wedding has 6″ something models, MUA, Stylists,…. and a plethora of Profoto studio lights, …though occasionally I have been known to get out a beauty dish, softbox or two in the past – if the time, light & situation all fall into place.

So here’s a selection of banner/headline images – I’ve been shooting for a new company called – VOUTIQUE…… if you love vintage clothing, homeware, bridal, basically anything vintage – you need to check this out – and then tell all your friends too 🙂

It’s the UK’s only online marketplace – dedicated to all that’s vintage… with some of the best independent shops & traders from around the country signed up… it’s the place to find that unique one off at the click of a mouse button… I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be BIG – though hopefully not too big 😉

Oh and before I forget…… if you fancy winning £300 to spend at VOUTIQUE,  the lovely peeps over at ‘Control The Riot‘ …are offering their readers the chance to WIN £300.

The brief has been varied for the shoots so far… and the locations has of course dictated to some extent, the direction, styling and the lighting set-up used… plus the retouching orientation. The one thing I’ve always tried to keep in mind was that they needed to be visually strong as one-offs rather than a collection and they needed to work in the specified crop ratio for the banners… hence why they are all horizontal images.

So without further ado…

 VOUTIQUE - vintage fashionHouse of Hackney - VoutiqueVintage dress - voutique

 

 

  • Steve17/02/2013 - 20:07

    Wow! Some amazing images, love your work, Steve & Sandra.ReplyCancel

  • Bec27/03/2013 - 11:57

    Ben, so many seriously amazing images in here. What a set! You are fabulous! Definitely following you in 2013!ReplyCancel