Carmell and Mark by phil_howcroft

Carmell and Mark

On Saturday I was the photographer for the Wedding of Carmell and Mark.

Carmell had seen some of my photographs on social media and contacted me a few months ago to ask me if I did wedding photography and if so could I do her wedding.

I told Carmell that I was an amateur not a professional photographer. However, I said that I could photograph her wedding if she made a donation to charity rather than a payment to me.

I told her that my granddaughter attends a toddler playgroup at the Salvation Army and it would be really nice if she could donate my 'fee' to the Sally Army. So we agreed on a donation amount and yesterday was Carmell's big day.

Her husband Mark is a big mod fan and drove to the wedding on his scooter. He wanted a bride and groom shot by the scooter, so here is my fave of several that I took.

Mark told me he wanted a big black and white print for the wall. I converted this to mono but I prefer the colour one which captures the beauty of the pagoda roses.

I hope you like this picture, it is taken in the grounds of the rose garden at Arnot Hill Park (The Duck Park), followers will recognise the location as it is a regular location for walks with Willow and Ruby

Wow, it's gorgeous Phil. I love it! I hopethey like it too
May 22nd, 2022  
@busylady thanks Judith , it was a lovely wedding to photograph, on my doorstep too, so I know the park and location well (the register office is located in the park)
May 22nd, 2022  
A gorgeous image and how lovely that they donated your ‘fee’ to charity. You are very generous.
May 22nd, 2022  
A beautiful capture Phil!
I am doing a similar thing ( with Phil) next month for one of the care staff that I used to work with. She asked me over a year ago & like you, I said as long asyou understand I am not professional.
May 22nd, 2022  
@carole_sandford You will be OK Carole, you are photographing a friend. I arranged to meet Carmell a few weeks before the wedding and we did a few shots in the park, so we got to know each other before the event.
May 22nd, 2022  
@dide thanks Diane , I am pleased you like the shot
May 22nd, 2022  
A wonderful photo of the pair with the scooter , Phil , - they should be over the moon with your photography ,if this one is anything to go by ! And how kind of them to agree to donate your fee to your charity ! fav
May 22nd, 2022  
@beryl thanks beryl , it wasn't a big fee, but it will certainly help the toddler group where willow attends (and I attend)
May 22nd, 2022  
Great capture. So glad you were able to help them out and the Salvation Army received a donation
May 22nd, 2022  
What a great photo! And with a certain meaning for the couple. You have talent for portrait photography and I’m not surprised that people trust you for their special day. Congratulations to you!
May 22nd, 2022  
A wonderful picture and a great story to accompany it. Well done in all ways!
May 23rd, 2022  
What a different wedding capture! I like it and you probably should be doing weddings and getting paid for it. You are certainly a great photographer.
May 23rd, 2022  
@marlboromaam mags, thanks very much , I don't want to be a professional photographer, it's my hobby, if I did it as a pro, it would probably take away the fun , besides if I get paid , I need to set up a company and all the hassle that goes with it. Thanks for the kind words though
May 23rd, 2022  
@allie912 thanks Allison , much appreciated
May 23rd, 2022  
@phil_howcroft Sad. No barter either?
May 23rd, 2022  
Super cute! That is exactly how I take payment for my photography. You are right about the professional part ..no fun there. Weddings are a lot of work! I've done my last one...just too hard especially if you are a single shooter. I am sure they are pleased because your photos are always great!
May 23rd, 2022  
love it - especially that scooter :)
May 23rd, 2022  
It could be an amateur's photo but looks very professional to me, Phil. Well done and I 'm sure they are very happy with this and all the other pictures you took at the wedding. And what a great gesture you did for the donation! Fav.
May 23rd, 2022  
Wow that's really great photo and how generous of you to donate a fee!
May 23rd, 2022  
Nice shot Phil I'm sure they will love it!
May 23rd, 2022  
Looks great. They had a nice day for it.
May 23rd, 2022  
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