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2021 Weddings – the key dates

2021 Weddings – the key dates HM Govt has announced the proposed key dates that would enable post lockdown weddings to take place this year.

2021 Weddings – the key dates are as follows:

8th March – Weddings can take place with up to 6 attendees
12th April – Weddings can take place with up to 15 attendees
17th May – Weddings can take place with up to 30 attendees
21st June – All legal limits will be lifted on weddings

This will hopefully inspire more confidence in those couples who have already booked dates and those who have been waiting for the green light.

Since the Covid-19 restrictions came into effect last year I have introduced a new wedding photography package to better serve those with smaller weddings and changed plans.

NEW COVERAGE BY THE HOUR
£250 per hour (min 2 hours)
£200 per hour thereafter
Retouched hi-res pictures via download link
Option to upgrade to book later

Book with confidence. If your booked date is forced into cancellation because of new government restrictions I will transfer the deposit to the new date. If that new date is already taken I will return your deposit in full.

For further details please contact me here.

Hopefully it won’t be long until I can start photographing your own special day and scenes like these.

Newly married couple in a rural setting

Daisy & Will after their Tealby, Lincolnshire wedding during a brief relaxation on weddings in 2020 ©michaelpowell.com

 

Lincolnshire Outdoor Family Portraits

I managed to shoot some Lincolnshire outdoor family portraits between lockdowns and tier restrictions. I’m quite happy shooting family portraits in my studio but location photography is what I’ve been doing throughout my 36 years as a press photographer. A typical job for The Times involves me travelling to a location new to me to shoot a person I haven’t met before and creating a strong page-leading shot for publication. Outdoor family portraits are not that different especially as all my newspaper shoots now have to taken outside anyway during the pandemic.

I find the variable lighting more an opportunity than challenge. The studio may offer a completely controlled environment (and it’s warm and dry) but I still prefer controlling daylight and introducing supplementary lighting (usually flash). Throw in a dramatic location or sky and we’re really getting there. As an aside, I am still offering one to one photography tuition vouchers on my site.

I spent a morning in December shooting Lincolnshire outdoor family portraits in a village near Lincoln. I immediately spotted a wonderful field with mature trees and traditional stock control fencing. Here’s a picture I particularly like shot with very powerful flash using a gold reflector and the low morning sun as backlight. I shot lots of tight family portraits and smiling faces too but this is my favourite and I now have a framed A2 print on display in my studio. It’s the sort of page-leading shot I might take for The Times.

To book your Lincolnshire outdoor family portraits please contact me here.

 

Lincolnshire family portraits of brother and sister sitting on fence in field.

©Michael Powell

Last Minute Christmas Gift – Photography Tuition

Here’s a great last minute Christmas gift idea, give a photography tuition voucher. I’ve been doing one-to one photography tuition sessions for about ten years now. Learn how to stop that camera bossing you around and how to control it and understand light and composition better. Order at michaelpowell.com

 

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Covid-19 Weddings – Photography Coverage by the hour

 

Pic shows champagne glasses overlaid with postponed rubber stamp text

 

Covid-19 weddings rules have effectively shutdown wedding ceremonies in UK until further notice. Weddings are being postponed and cancelled. My diary has melted. So here comes a new simplified Covid-19 weddings photography option.

Wedding photographer now unavailable for your new date?
Downscaled your wedding? Expecting just a dozen guests?
Last minute wedding plans for when weddings are back?
Worried about a possible second lockdown?
Midweek availability only at venue?
Register office wedding?
Wedding this year and a big party next year?

NEW COVERAGE BY THE HOUR
£250 per hour (min 2 hours)
£200 per hour thereafter
Retouched hi-res pictures via download link
Option to upgrade to book later

For further details please contact me here.

Of course I’ll be operating responsibly, safely and adhering to guidelines and best practice. I’ve not been rusting away these last few months. I’m also a press card carrying newspaper photographer so have been able to continue working responsibly during lockdown.

Hopefully it won’t be long until I can start photographing scenes like these.

 

 

Covid golf restrictions have been eased

The very first golfers to play at Market Rasen Golf Club in Lincolnshire after lockdown restrictions were relaxed for the sport

Covid golf restrictions have been eased in England so I went down to Market Rasen Golf Club on a beautiful morning to photograph the very first two ball of Keith Borst and Ted Cruttenden who teed off at 8am. The new English Golf Union covid golf guidance includes: not touching the flagstick, using clubs and feet to smooth bunkers, tee time bookings, one and two balls only, arrival for play just in time, changing shoes in the car park, hole liners in the cup, removal of seating and ball washers and more spaced tee time slots.

The very first golfers to play at Market Rasen Golf Club in Lincolnshire after lockdown restrictions were relaxed for the sport
Golf courses have reported huge demand though the three day notice of openings has clearly caught some courses out and staff have had to work very quickly to interpret and instigate new working practices. Some courses have been rather neglected where too many ground staff have been furloughed. Better staffed clubs have had a unique opportunity to make repairs and improvements during the growing season with no golfers to interrupt and increase wear and tear.

After filing the pictures I went out and played my first round in a long time at my club, Forest Pines and what a joy to finally walk down a fairway again.

The very first golfers to play at Market Rasen Golf Club in Lincolnshire after lockdown restrictions were relaxed for the sport

The very first golfers to play at Market Rasen Golf Club in Lincolnshire after lockdown restrictions were relaxed for the sport. Keith Borst plays the third hole.

Keith Borst plays the third hole.

The very first golfer to play at Market Rasen Golf Club in Lincolnshire after lockdown restrictions were relaxed for the sport. Keith Borst plays the sixth hole.

The very first golfers to play at Market Rasen Golf Club in Lincolnshire after lockdown restrictions were relaxed for the sport. Ted Cruttenden plays the fourth.

Ted Cruttenden plays the fourth.