Blog - What a Picture Photography


  • Sat, 10 Jun 2017 13:55:36 +0000

    Our world is changing

    We have been trying out a studio space for the last few months as it was something that we always wanted to do. A review of the results suggests that we will be able to better serve our clients by doing location portrait sessions as it is a more flexible business model and a bit more foun for the younger subjects who love to run around.

    All portrait sessions from now on will be in the location format.

    Nothing changes with the equine, wedding and dog photography genres of course.

    We look forward to seeing some of you during the summer school holidays.

    You will also notice that we have a nice new logo.

    Keep an eye on the website at  and our facebook page at Whatapicturephotography

    vows by What a Picture PhotographyOur happy couple exchanging vows make up touch up - What a Picture PhotographyMake up being carefully touched up getting ready - What a Picture PhotographyGetting the garter right needs some help with balancing
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  • Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:00:47 +0000

    London Olympians Weightlifting Combine

    Last Saturday, 21 January 2017, I was invited to the Muscleworks Gym in Bethnal Green for the London Olympians British American Football Team pre season weightlifting Combine.

    The athletes were to take part in three disciplines, straight lift, bench press and squats.

    Normally you expect players in this sport to be heavily built. It was surprising to see many who were quite slightly built, but boy did they have some strength.

    Towards the end the lifts got to the 175-180kg mark (almost 400lb). To give you something to compare against I weigh about 105kg.

    The determination to beat personal bests showed, as did the encouragement from their team mates and the coaches. Just look at the strain showing in the images below.

    Without doubt an amazing evening.


    London Olympians weight lifting combine




    Filed under: Sport Tagged: gym, London Olympians, Muscleworks Gym, Sport, weightlifting
  • Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:34:29 +0000

    Little Miss sessions

    My apologies for a lack of posts for a while.

    Our post Christmas offering has been our Little Miss sessions. The first of these was on Sunday 22 January 2017.

    Alissa, Shavika and Shivani came along to see us and we had a great time with them including getting their mothers involved in our special box shoot.

    We still have availability for these sessions if you know anyone who may be interested.

    Click this link for more information

    Alissa, Shivika and Shivani came along to see us.

    Little Miss CollageAlissa, Shivika, and Shivani came in recently for a Little Miss session
    Filed under: Family Portraiture, photography, portraiture Tagged: Family Portraiture
  • Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:50:48 +0000

    What time should we book Our Wedding

    “What time shall we book our wedding for?” An odd question you may think.

    When you go through your wedding planning an often missed question is, “will there be enough light for the photographs that we want after the ceremony?”

    For example at this time of year in the Midlands it is dark around 4 pm . A 3 o’clock wedding might mean that you have to rush to get any photography done after the service let alone everything you want.

    To help you work on this fortunately there are a number of smart phone apps that will let you put in your desired date and see what time sunset occurs.

    Once you have this important piece of information you can consider how many group shots you need (and how long it will take to wrangle the required guests for each shot) and how long you would like to have for a bride and groom portrait session before needing to head for the reception.

    Having done all this you can arrive at a best wedding time.

    Of course if it’s a civil ceremony at a venue then you can also consider whether there are indoor locations that you could use. These should also be considerations for the bad weather plan for church weddings as well.

    We also have to have a bad weather plan. This involves carrying powerful lights, checking out the venues in advance and planning with the venue staff.

    Isn’t it nice to know the score of a fixture in advance – here’s one for you.

    Bride 1 : Weather 0

    Happy planning.

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  • Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:11:08 +0000

    Charlie and Tom’s Redhouse barn Wedding 30 September 2016

    An early start to the day for this wedding at a new location for us. Redhouse Barn is a designed for purpose wedding venue in Stoke Prior, between Bromsgrove and Droitwich. The building merges new build with some components from the 1700’s.

    Charlie and the bridesmaids made an early start with hair and make up, with short breaks to sample the pastries provided for breakfast.

    We were able to get a number of getting ready images before it suddenly became time for Charlie’s Dad to come and collect her to take her to the ceremony room.

    There were lots of little details around the location that had been hand made by Tom, The seating plan board, a box of flip flops for people to use in the evening to discard formal shoes, table settings.

    The ceremony room had confetti lines marking each side of the aisle.

    After the ceremony we went outside for group shots after a brief heavy shower almost caused us to use plan B. It was great to be able to shoot down from the brides dressing room onto the assembled guests to get a different viewpoint.

    Whilst the guests enjoyed their wedding breakfast the ceremony room was converted to a soft play area for the children.

    Thanks to everyone at Redhouse Barn for their help during the day.

    The  vendors that I have details for are:-

    Venue – Redhouse Barn

    Florist – Wyre Florist 5 New Road Kidderminster DY10 1AF 01562 741900

    Dress Supplier -Your Wedding Shop – 1839 Pershore Road Birmingham B30 3DJ

    DJ details – Wedding and Party DJ’s 79 Friar Street Worcester WR1 2NT

    and here are a few images of the day

    the wedding dress by What a Picture PhotographyCharlie’s wedding dress hangs ready for the day Fixing the grooms buttonhole by What a Picture PhotographyTom gets his buttonhole fixed by Theo getting ready - What a Picture PhotographyGetting the garter right needs some help with balancing make up touch up - What a Picture PhotographyMake up being carefully touched up vows by What a Picture PhotographyOur happy couple exchanging vows ring exchange by What a Picture PhotographyCharlie puts Tom’s ring on his finger first kiss by What a Picture PhotographyFirst Kiss confetti shower by What a Picture PhotographyThe confetti shower bride and bridesmaids by What a Picture PhotographyThe bride and bridesmaids bride and groom by What a Picture PhotographyBride and Groom take a rare moment to themselves father of the bride - by What a Picture PhotographyFather of the bride’s speech garden alone time by What a Picture PhotoraphyA quick kiss in the garden Tom carrying Charlie a little close to the water - by What a Picture Photography“Don’t you dare drop me in the water” Garden session by What a Picture PhotographyCharlie and Tom in the gardens


    Filed under: Wedding Photography, Wedding Venue Tagged: photography, wedding
  • Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:35:28 +0000

    The Little Black Dress sessions

    What a Picture Photography are part of a National group of studios known as the Xperience Group.

    Between now and Christmas the group intends to undertake around 1000 sessions with Women in their Little Black Dresses. The idea is a celebration of women and their fashion favourite “The Little Black Dress”

    What an opportunity to get some pictures just for you or to give as a gift. We can offer products to meet every need.

    why not get in touch and talk to us about YOUR session. Please tell any of your friends who may be interested. The sessions will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays

    Little Black Dress advert - What a Picture PhotographyThe little black dress advert
    Filed under: portraiture Tagged: Little Black Dress, What a picture photography
  • Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:04:35 +0000

    Cara and Morgan’s Sheldon Wedding

    Recently we photographed the wedding of Cara and Morgan.
    We thought that it was going to be a great day with all going to plan. Boy did mother nature throw us a curve ball later.
    After the ceremony we did some images requested by the couple to show the link between the family and the church.
    After those were done we all headed off to the reception at Nailcote Hall Hotel.
    Once we got to the hotel mother nature struck with a monsoon the likes of which I hadn’t seen for many years. The ushers had to leap from the limo into the rain and long jump over the puddles.
    It was quite late into the proceedings when the rain stopped for long enough for us to go out onto the golf course for a couple of bride and groom portraits.
    I asked Cara a few questions about how she and Morgan got together.
    First Meeting: Morgan was in the year below me at school and was friendly with my sister before I knew him properly.
    I was out on a night out in town and Morgan was there with some friends, we got chatting and exchanged numbers.

    First Date: We went for a drink in a bar local to where we live, very laid back, so we couldn’t bump into anyone we knew! It was all very casual to begin with.

    They’re the one: We got on really well and it progressed from there, the rest as they say is history! Pretty soon after being together we knew that we had something that could last. We got on really well and had a similar group of friends.

    The proposal: Christmas Day, at my mom and dads house. Very personal and special that my mom and dad could share the proposal. I was very shocked as I thought we wouldn’t ever get engaged, we’d been together over 7 years and had a little boy. But it was a lovely surprise.

    One thing about each other: Morgan is a brilliant Dad.
    Morgan says He loves how caring I am.

    Theme inspiration: I love vintage things, so having a vintage style wedding seemed the obvious choice. I went to quiet a few vintage wedding fairs and got lots of inspiration from there. My wedding notebook was my bible for the 2 years after booking the wedding.

    One thing I wish I’d known earlier: How much work is involved and how time consuming it is! Especially when you try to do a lot of it yourself!

    The bridal partyThe bridal party The garter is handed down to each bride in the family as the something blue.The garter is handed down to each bride in the family as the something blue. How the garter becomes the something blueHow the garter becomes the something blue Bridesmaids Laura, Kate, EllieBridesmaids Laura, Kate, Ellie Last message to Morgan before the bride arrivesLast message to Morgan before the bride arrives A proud dad escorts his daughter down the aisleA proud dad escorts his daughter down the aisle The happy couple congratulated by their friendsThe happy couple congratulated by their friends The church means a lot to the familyThe church means a lot to the family "We want you"“We want you” ad's speech  has obviously got an amusing anecdote about Caraad’s speech has obviously got an amusing anecdote about Cara The happy couple at Nailcote HallThe happy couple at Nailcote Hall Cara and Morgan come down to the receptionCara and Morgan come down to the reception The rain finally stopped so that we could do a quick session outsideThe rain finally stopped so that we could do a quick session outside Loads of little gazebo's and shelters in the grounds to useLoads of little gazebo’s and shelters in the grounds to use Don't they look happyDon’t they look happy another kissing bench to tryanother kissing bench to try Great to see a bride with a veil . Had to throw it didn't weGreat to see a bride with a veil . Had to throw it didn’t we Mom and dad enjoying the receptionMom and dad enjoying the reception The nights headliners,The GlamophonesThe nights headliners,The Glamophones Cara meets the GlamophonesCara meets the Glamophones


    Filed under: Wedding Photography, Wedding Venue Tagged: Cara Dowling, Kings Norton Wedding Photography, Morgan Dowling, Nailcote Hall Hotel, St Thomas More church
  • Tue, 06 Sep 2016 07:33:45 +0000

    Website error

    I’d like to apologise to any of our viewers who tried to access the scratch to win promotion via the website recently. There was an error which re-directed visitors to another page.

    All the links are now correct.


    Here’s the direct link SCRATCH TO WIN

    Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: website, What a picture photography
  • Mon, 05 Sep 2016 20:30:36 +0000

    Upcoming Wedding Fayre

    If you are looking for wedding suppliers – including us why not pay a visit to the Westmead Hotel at Hopwood on Sunday 18 September 2016


    preview flyer wedding fair the westmead hotel 18th september

    We would love you to come and say hi and stop for a chat whilst you are having a browse. This is a nice venue for your wedding and is well located if you have guests traveling from far afield.  If it’s a nice day why not have a walk down to the canal whilst you’re in the area.

    Filed under: Wedding Photography, Wedding Venue Tagged: wedding, Wedding Fayre, Wedding Venue, What a picture photography
  • Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:20:40 +0000

    Kirsty and Carls wedding at St Leonards Church, Frankley

    This wedding was definitely the full princess occasion. Horse and carriage, dove release and the sweep as well.

    It was a pleasure to go to work for this wedding as the families were great fun to work with.

    Before I show you some pictures from the occasion I asked Kirsty a few questions about her and Carl.

    Here’s what she said:-

    Where did you meet? – At the bottom of the green hill in Weoley Castle.

    When did you know Carl was the one? – As soon as we met each other.

    How did Carl propose? –  We had been together for 2 years , he gave me a little green box and,  when i opened it, it said “Kirsty I love you will you marry me ”
    Again last year we went to skegness for a holiday and he called me up on stage and asked me to marry him.

    From meeting them I have no doubts about how close they are, virtually inseparable.

    One special thing about each other?  Kirsty: i love that his eyes and has a peachy bum aha
    Carl: your smile and eyes

    Theme inspiration: Our brother Les picked the theme colour

    One thing I wish I’d known earlier: Nothing

    Tell me something quirky about each other: Cant think of anything

    The carriage came from Victorian Carriages

    The sweep was Jon Turner

    So on with the pictures. Here are some from the day.

    Mother and father of the bride - What a Picture photography
    Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Princess Carriage, St Leonards Church, wedding, wedding photography, What a picture photography