A bleak Weymouth Day

I shot this small series while shooting for a uni project I was working on.

my Aim was to show the bleak reality of a coastal town out of tourist season. A contrast from the busy beaches and bustling shops.  To shoot this one i decided to use my new lens baby muse, and limit it to just a f5.6 aperture. This is a very soft lens and gave itself well to the concept i had. the images have then been edited in LR to reflect a moody and grainy scene, with dark blacks and lots of film grain added.


I think it works Really well, this here is a small selection of what was shot  on the day, I may as time goes on release more, or i may not. Who knows.


I may also revisit in the summer with the same kit and same idea but shoot weymouth at its busiest and compare the two.













And thats it, I hope you have enjoyed looking at these, Any prints or questions please ask!






Free Engagement shoots!

Hey everyone,


For this month only I am offering a free engagement shoot with any full days wedding photography when booked by the end of the month.


so take advantage and book through my website

http://www.danbristowphotography.com Amanda&ChrisLRBWV-27



Dorset wedding photography: winter west bay wedding

A little while ago this one now. Back in november i shot a wedding in west bay dorset. The venue being the haddon house hotel. A lovely place to stay!

The weather was a bit sour! Big 40mph sw winds and driving rain made outdoor pictures difficult to say the least. Group shots done inside with use of the hotels christmas decorations. We then braved the outdoors some pictures around west bay in the dark. Shooting on the side of the harbour with the rain and wind was a challenge but we did it! Some lovely images. We then shot in the arcade and the launderette! Yes thats right.. we were passing and the door was open so rude not too!

So here are a few pictures from the day






So that was the last one of 2015! First wedding of 2016 is coming up this weekend. So look out for some more nighttime images from that one too

Thanks for reading


Nightime fashion photography

Hi all

Something a little different for you here.

Have had a couple of weeks with no weddings so thought id shoot something a bit different to my normal work.

This shoot took place in yeovil town centre early evening. The model was a tann marie. She can be found on fb or purple port under model miss marie.

Simple lighting set up with one speedlight and a white umbrella up high on a stand.

Shooting with a 50mm 1.8 allowed some great bokeh of the christmas lights still in place




Thanks for looking


Somerset Wedding Photography

Hello me again,

This is going back to the 31st of October this year. I shot a wedding in Taunton in Somerset. Church and reception being on the grounds of Taunton School, a private school with some amazing grounds!

With bridal prep at a local hotel, the bride arrived on a horse drawn carrige. The church its self was incredibly dark, with the obvious no flash rule it made life tricker than it could have been. really had to push the cameras to the limit on the ISO speed, with the 1ds having to be maxed out at 3200.  This still only gave me a speed of 1/25th at best at F/4. So to those who know you’ll see just how dark it was. Still some amazing shots of course, the inside was stunning!


And heres a few images of the rest of the day.






Thanks for Looking



Newly Designed Website

Hi all


My website had been out of date for some time, due to just being too busy to spend a lot of time on the site. Plus now i have an office space with a beautiful iMac finding time doesn’t seem so bad anymore!


But please follow this link and you will find my new website, with new gallery pages and updated text,




I hope that it will show my work off a little better than the old site and still allows visitors to view images large with minimal clicks.



Dorset Wedding Photography: Hannah & Chris

Hi all,


This was a wedding shot back in September of this year. A Really fantastic couple who both like the camera. Which is always a Bonus!


I won’t bore you with to many words for this one, But it was a wedding on Portland again, with the church on Easton Square being where the ceremony took place. This is a really lovely church, big very bright and built from portland stone which with its light colours makes for great images.






This last picture was great, We went up to portland bill for the pictures of hannah and chris. And unknown to us it was national speak like a pirate day!  So these rather friendly pirates from the Portland Bill visitors centre came and did some pictures with us




Dorset Landscape Photography: S A V I O U R II

Hi all


Never realised I hadn’t shared this image with you all! Shot back in September when I had a day off from the day job.

Having moved house recently (might I add never in wedding season again!) I’m within walking distance of the Nothe Fort area of Weymouth.

The day was very overcast with broken clouds, the sort I love for Long exposure work. The wind started off seeming promising as the clouds were moving quickly, so would create some great shapes. However it was probably gusting 40mph! not great for keeping a camera shake free for 2min plus!.

Any images I had shot at the end of the pier where there is a large metal viewpoint with a great spiral staircase, were completely unusable due to the vibrations through the camera being buffeted by the gusts.

So back up plan in place, I retreated to the base of the pier sheltered by the fort itself. Where there is a Life Buoy attached to the railings. I’ve shot similar LE’s before.

Shot on the Canon 5dMKii, 17-40 @20mm, ISO 50, F/14, 99 seconds


Available as a print or canvas


Dorset Portrait Photography: Conceptual Arts Swanage

Hi all,

Once again it’s been FAR to long since my last blog post, all for good reasons I will add though. Plenty of weddings, and odd bits inbetween. My last wedding of 2015 was shot the weekend just gone.

But onto this post, I was asked to take some promotional images for the swanage conceptual arts and drama group, for their upcoming production of Alice.

Going with a idea in my mind of some dark low key images, to fit with the theatre and drama that the group provide.

Simple one light set up to the right of the subjects and a black backdrop. All shot on my Canon 5dmkii on the 50mm prime. (ISO 100, F/9, 1/200th). Settings ensured maximum sharpness and detail, with the low iso and narrow F stop cutting out most of the ambient light leaving the flash head to do the work on 1/8th power. Lighting once again was simple with a single head with a large white umbrella providing a soft but detail catching light. A Gridded beauty Dish would have done the same job but creating a different catch light and narrower light source. But being a small 45cm dish, the light would have been narrow and I would have lost some of the detail in the costumes.

This shot of the Mad hatter is my personal Choice from the shoot.


My next posts wont be so far away this time. And with no weddings until the start of January I have a little time for writing and general updating I’ve been so relaxed on recently.


Maybe even a landscape!



Dorset Wedding Photography: A Couple from over t’ Pond

Here is a small write up from a wedding from june, A Lovely couple from America.

The day started with the preparations in a lovely country house, just next to the moreton walled gardens.


Next up was a couple of pictures with the groomsmen at the Black Dog in Broadmayne, for their pre wedding beer. A fantastic little country pub. Then onto the church just up the road.


A lovely church, And Looks great in Mono with that Sky! (perhaps one to revisit with the landscape kit this winter), Great service with some lovely moments.

Then the final stop of the day for me which was the Corn exchange in Dorchester, oddly again a fantastic venue. And the outside is great for some striking portraits too.


Quite a bit behind with the wedding blogs, so there are many more to come Soon,

And any bookings come over to my website