New year, new logo

February 3, 2014 by Tony

I’m very pleased to reveal a brand new logo for my photography. I think it reflects my geekiness, my excellent sense of humour (you may disagree) and generally straightforward approach to photography.

Tony Whitmore Photography Logo

It was a fun but challenging process to collect together ideas that might influence the design. “Describe yourself” is always a difficult question to answer, but gradually I collected a pinterest board full of things I feel describe my aspirations and that I admire: Classic design, comedy heroes, retro computing.

My photographic style has developed so much since I started photographing weddings back in the dim and distant past of 2011. This new branding reflects the clearer understanding I have of my style, but also who I am as a person and a photographer. I’m not going to be in your face and demanding, but I will be smiley and chatty. I won’t filter, airbrush and process your photos until they look completely artificial: I will produce natural looking images that show your personalities. I won’t try and pose every tiny aspect of your photos: I will create a space where you feel comfortable and can act naturally.

My new branding was designed by the brilliant Tom Holmes and I will be using it for my wedding photography as well as other photography and video work (about which more soon!).

I think the little fella should have a name though. Any suggestions?

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    Helen Thompson

    January 27, 2014 by Tony

    This isn’t my usual sort of blog post, so please bear with me.

    Last summer I worked for Neil Thomas Douglas as second photographer at a wedding in Oxfordshire. James and Helen had put a lot of thought and effort into their day. From the outdoor ceremony where Helen’s pupils sang, through the meal cooked by family members and served to guests seated on hay bales, and onto the evening with live bands, swings and tug-of-war, the whole day was alive with their personalities. It was clear just how much Helen loved James. Her short, powerful speech sent shivers down my spine.

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    Helen died suddenly last month.

    Even though I only knew her for a day, it was clear that Helen was a caring, lively and compassionate person. Someone who wanted to make the world a better place to live in. It was a privilege to be a part of Helen and James’ wedding day.

    The fundraising campaign that Helen had set up to raise just £200 for voluntary aid workers in the Philippines has been flooded with donations and is currently at over 9000% of the target. This immense response shows just how loved and respected Helen was. If you can give anything in Helen’s memory, please do.

    Thanks to James and Neil for letting me write this post.

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      Big Finish Day 4

      January 20, 2014 by Tony

      I had a great time at the weekend, taking photographs at Big Finish Day 4. The event is for fans of the audio production company, who make audio plays of Doctor Who, The Avengers, Dark Shadows, Blake’s 7 and much more. I’ve listened to Big Finish audio plays for years, mostly their Doctor Who range (of course!). The production standards are superb and one of their recent releases is up for a BBC audio drama award. I’ve been lucky enough to do some work for them over the last few months, and was asked to go along to capture some of the event.

      In the morning I was wandering around taking candid shots of people enjoying the convention and the panels. It was rather like taking wedding photographs although slightly more relaxed. There are so many different moments to capture in a short time during a wedding ceremony, but a convention panel is a little more static and a good deal longer. Fortunately the urbane Nick Briggs kept the crowd laughing through the morning, and there was a really great atmosphere through the whole event.

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      In the afternoon I set up a portable studio to take some photos of various Big Finish actors. I was rather pleased with this set up, especially as it all managed it fit in my car! Apart from the background roll.

      Big Finish Day 4

      I really enjoyed working at Big Finish Day, catching up with some of the very nice people I’ve met at recording sessions, and hope to be asked back again!

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        Oh yes they did!

        January 13, 2014 by Tony

        This weekend I had the pleasure of watching my parents do something I’ve never seen them do before. Acting together. On a stage. In front of people who have paid to be there.

        The church that they attend resurrected its annual pantomime this year, for the first time in probably fifteen years. Conversation over Christmas was about little else, and they have clearly put heart and soul into it since August when rehearsals began.

        I went along to the performance not knowing too much about what to expect, apart from embarrassment. Dad has been a dame before and something tells me he was near the front of the line of volunteers, offering to don the wig and heels again. It is a measure of his commitment that he shaved his ankles and forearms for the role. Mum claims she was roped into playing the baddie’s son who gets to woo a milkmaid with enormous buckets.

        My parents are, I hope they won’t mind me saying, both in their sixties now. Yet you wouldn’t know it if you had seen them throwing themselves around on the stage. Dad actually did a forward roll, in heels. Mum sang and danced and looked so different in the costume and wig that I didn’t recognise her at first!

        Of course, there were plenty of other people in the cast doing their bit. With a script and songs written especially for the run, this was not an AmDram production that did things by halves. Particularly impressive were the costumes, even the chorus dressed in consistent and plausible outfits. Clever use of moving lights kept the lighting rig small. But above all it was fantastic to see my folks having a ball on stage, clearly loving every moment of it. Congratulations. 🙂

        Stage at St Matthews Redhill

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          A message for fans of Sherlock (spoilers!)

          January 7, 2014 by Tony

          For fans of Sherlock, I’d just like to make it clear that although I am a wedding photographer, I’m not a psycho murderer dude. And I almost never use flash during the daytime. I just do stuff like this…

          Greece wedding photographer

          Greece wedding photographer

          Greece wedding photographer

          Greece wedding photographer

          These photos are from Stuart and Zoe’s fantastic wedding in Greece last autumn. I will be writing more about it soon!

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