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BRISTOL HARBOUR FESTIVAL, JULY 15TH-17TH, 2016

NewsPosted by Jon Cooper Tue, August 02, 2016 20:46:01

We are fast developing a reputation for covering gigs in Bristol and Bath, with both photography and reviews, the Bristol Harbour Festival being one of the highlights of our calendar. This year we covered three days of the Harbour Festival. Echo and the Bunnymen, rock legends for several decades, entertained the crowds on Friday, we got close up shots from the photo pit.

The same close up and wide angle photography allowed us to get the best of the performance of Talisman on Saturday, Root and Reggae artists, and the popular Don Fox Scandal.

Sunday was more about the family entertainment and maritime activities, which are as iconic to the festival atmosphere as the music.

Check out the festival photography here

http://www.icarusphotography.co.uk/large_images/music/album/Bristol%20Harbour%20Festival%202016/index.html



Cotswold Water Park Four Pillar Hotel, July 2 2016

NewsPosted by Jon Cooper Tue, August 02, 2016 20:45:02

Icarus Photography were at the Cotswold Four Pillars Hotel during the first weekend of July. The hotel is a popular venue for weddings and business events, located near South Cerney in the beautiful Cotswolds region.

We were covering a birthday party, a celebration that involved more than one hundred guests. Icarus offers photography for family events, such as birthdays and christenings, allowing us to offer more scope to our clients.

The birthday party was a success and the client more than happy with the photography. We hope to cover more such events in the future, supplementing our portfolio of weddings.

The gallery, showing the highlights of the night, can be found here

http://www.icarusphotography.co.uk/large_images/weddings/album/65th%20Birthday%20Party%20at%20Cotswold%20Four%20Pillars%20Hotel/index.html

Steve and Jon



Wedding Photography for 2016

NewsPosted by Steve Owen Fri, January 22, 2016 11:40:25
Hi everyone,

Just an update of what Icarus Photography have been up to over the past few months and what we are planning for 2016.

The past few months have been ones of reviewing where we are and laying the groundwork for future business.

With this in mind, we decided to sharpen our marketing and advertising in wedding photography by partnering with UK Bride. UK Bride is one of the most successful and largest wedding planners and social networks for brides to be in Britain. We became a member as listed photographers several months ago and have not looked back since.

We have provided a constant stream of quotes to brides to be in the region, and already have gained a good deal of interest and even one or two appointments. This has been very encouraging and has allowed us to reinvent our marketing strategy. A result of the marketing are further updates to our website and Face Book page with new offers.

A new flyer has been created, outlining who we are and has been sent to all those potential brides showing interest. We have rejigged our main wedding packages and also offer an engagement photo shoot as an extra option or as part of a package.

Further to this, we are offering a free photo book or canvas print with our Emerald and Sapphire packages respectively for brides who book with us by the end of March.

All this is keeping us very busy. Of course we are still covering live events and music gigs as we endeavor to promote this side of the photography as well. Epica and Reverend And The Makers were recently covered and reviewed in Bristol, galleries can be found on the website.

Watch this space for further news...
Steve and Jon
Icarus Photography

THE SELECTER AND THE TUTS

NewsPosted by Jon Cooper Wed, April 22, 2015 19:11:05

THE FLEECE, BRISTOL, 21st March

We moved from the O2 Academy to The Fleece in Bristol just two days later, Saturday 21st March. The Fleece is a popular venue and on this night hosted The Tuts, who supported none other than The Selecter. The Tuts are an all girl indie punk band from West London, again we were covering the event with photos for the website and a review for (Music Trespass­). The Tuts contributed to an enjoyable night of music, the photos can be seen here. (link).


The Selecter first formed in 1979 and have been performing ska and 2 Tone music for approaching three decades. They are one of the most iconic bands of the ska and 2 Tone movement and have produced many hits over the years, such as Missing Words and On My Radio. Fronted by Pauline Black and Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson, they are more popular than ever and tour throughout the UK.

We at Icarus captured the best moments of the performance, using the back drop of strobe lighting to good effect. The compact stage at The Fleece provided an intimate setting for both The Selecter and The Tuts, and allowed for the photography that can be seen here. (link) So, another successful night for Icarus as we continue to cover the local music scene. Look out for further blogs.



THE STRANGLERS AND REZILLOS

NewsPosted by Jon Cooper Wed, April 22, 2015 19:08:10

O2 ACADEMY­ BRISTOL, 19TH MARCH 2015

We found ourselves at the O2 Academy on the evening of Thursday 19th March providing photography and a music review for (Music Trespass), follow the link to their site. A memorable night was had by all as new wave and punk group The Rezillos provided support for The Stranglers. The Rezillos, formed in Edinburgh in 1976, performed a feisty brand of punk and new wave that struck a chord with the audience. We managed to get a whole range of shots that showed what this band was all about, the gallery can be viewed here. The Stranglers need little introduction, forming originally in 1974, their mixture of punk and rock music has earned them 23 UK Top 40 singles and 17 UK Top 40 albums. They entertained the audience with classic hits such as Golden Brown and No More Heroes and some of their newer material. Again Icarus took a range of shots that show the spirit of The Stranglers, the gallery can be seen here.





Why Hire a Professional Photographer?

NewsPosted by Steve Owen Sat, February 28, 2015 09:35:06

When you and your partner plan your wedding day, photography is high on the list of requirements. This is your special day, full of memories for years afterwards that needs to be treated sensitively by the photographer.

Only a professional photographer can do this, a person who has an instinctive knowledge of the camera which will bring the best out of the wedded couple and their guests.

With the widespread use of digital cameras now it is tempting to ask family or friends to take the photographs. However they may not have the necessary detachment, equipment or eye for the best shots a professional will have.

A professional photographer knows how to use aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings to find the best shot time after time. The photographer will know how to use light to their advantage and instinctively know when flash is required. What is more the professional will have the SLR cameras, flash guns and lenses which are necessary to bring the best out of the people and occasion. He or she will also have the social skills to gain the best group shots which are favourites for the album or photo book, and of course know when to take the reportage shots.

Post wedding the professional will have the best software and facilities to edit and produce the shots you will come to love, complemented by the photo books and albums that will capture all those memories. So when you are planning your wedding, leave nothing to chance and hire a professional. Safe in the knowledge your wedding photography will be in safe hands.



NEW YEAR, NEW OPPORTUNITIES

NewsPosted by Steve Owen Sat, January 31, 2015 18:09:47

Icarus Photography enter 2015 with new ideas for all of our clients out there. 2014 was a productive year for us, with coverage of live gigs, a wedding at Bath Priory, photography of Bath Rugby in action and all the other photography and events which define us as Icarus. This year will see us embrace new ideas that will take our photography to the next level.


For a start, we will be giving our photography a continental feel as we explore more of Europe, people, places and culture. After exploring the rich culture and places of Bulgaria (please take a look at the gallery), the Iberian Peninsula may be next on the list with a visit to Lisbon or Spain. Watch this space as Icarus explore and photograph the essence of Portugal or Spain. We also intend to take in the beauty of the South of France with trips to Avignon and Marseille. We also hope to follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh with a trip to Arles, hoping to discover just what inspired the artist.


We will continue to develop our music and event photography as we cover further gigs this year. The Selecter, already a favourite of ours, perform in Bristol in March and we will be there to cover them. Other events and gigs to be announced, keep an eye on the galleries and blog.


And of course there are the weddings and the couples who we hope will experience the best of Icarus Photography. We are putting in place our weddings diary as we speak and developing new marketing and relationships with local business to bring in the bookings. If you are getting married this year then please get in touch. We would also love to hear from couples who would like a photo shoot before some of the iconic landmarks of Bath, such as the Royal Crescent.


That is all for now, watch this space and keep an eye on the website and blog as we take you through 2015.

Steve and Jon

Icarus Photography