Stow on the Wold

Stow on the Wold

One of the most historic towns in the Cotswolds, Stow on the Wolds.  Known for it's final battle in the English Civil War in 1646.  The slaughter of the Royalist was such that blood flowed down Digbeth Street at the lower end of the square.  The old stock still remains in the top end of the square outside the The Old Stock Restaurant Inn.

Another interesting feature other than the stunningly beautiful architecture is the Church door to the rear of St Edward's Church.  It was said that J. R. R. Tolkien took inspiration of this spectacle into his Hobbit books.  Find out for yourself and pay Stow a visit now by going to my new update library for Stow on the Wolds.  More images will be uploaded soon 

Cotswold Photography Tours have now started!

Cotswold Photography Tours have now started!

I have been waiting a long time for the moment to transform my passion into a learning process while at the same time continuing to fulfill my desire for the beautiful Cotswolds.

From September 3rd 2017 I will be starting my Cotswold Photography Tours. A maximum of 4 like minded photographers and lovers of the Cotswolds will embark on a mystery tour to some of the most scenic and idyllic locations the Cotswolds has to offer.

Having spent the last 3 years photographing the North Cotswolds I am so confident that if you don't enjoy the experience you will get your money back guaranteed.

From a mini 4 hour tour covering 2-3 locations or a 8 hour tour covering 4-6 locations you will be taught some of the best ways to get amazing pictures that you can hang on your wall!

Just starting out in photography? ...... Perfect then this is for you as you will get plenty of one to one tuition on how to best use your camera.  

For details about the tours please visit Cotswold Photography Tours

See you there!

Anthony

Wedding Drone Service from £195

Wedding Drone Service from £195

Who would have thought that small flying objects would one day dominate the skies.  Well this is actually not true.... YET!

Drones are becoming very popular from flying hobbyist to commercial operations.  It is therefore no surprise that drones are going to play an important role in collecting memories at weddings and other events.  As a wedding photographer myself I would find it extremely difficult to operate a drone as well as my wedding photography on the day!

Being a CAA qualified and PfCO approved Drone Pilot I would now like to offer a drone only service for couples who are getting married and also for photographers.  

To film a wedding you will need to be CAA Qualified and PfCO approved

The results are cinematic, epic and will totally wow your friends and family.   

Please get in touch about creative drone footage at your event.

Visit Drone Services for more information

Cotswold Post Cards

Cotswold Post Cards

Do you run a gift shop in the Cotswolds? Then you may be interested to hear that I am now selling beautiful Cotswold Post Cards to trade customers. These photo cards are only available from The Picture Taker.

visit my image library and if there are any pictures you want to see on a post card then let me know. http://www.cotswoldimagelibrary.co.uk

COTSWOLDS AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMATIC VIDEO

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COTSWOLDS AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMATIC VIDEO

As a passionate experienced photographer I can now help you with your aerial photography or video. For property profiles and venue promotions anywhere in the UK get in touch about your aerial coverage today!

No expensive rigs! No heavy helicopter fees! totally flexible and no high running costs to produced cinema style footage that will impress your clients.  Professional quality footage you can use time and time again to help promote your land, property or event.

I am really excited to provide this service and have already had produced great footage for my clients like this Estate House in Derbyshire, Callow Hall.

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Press Release by the Cotswold Tourism Partnership

Press Release by the Cotswold Tourism Partnership

Ensuring the Cotswolds are picture perfect!

Release date: 20 July 2017

Cotswolds Tourism has been working with local photographer Anthony Inwood (also known as ‘the Picture Taker’) to assemble a portfolio of high quality images that can be used to entice even more visitors to sample what the area has to offer.

Photographs of local towns, villages and rural scenes that Anthony is taking throughout 2017  are now appearing on Cotswold Tourism’s website, promotional material, and social media accounts – and feedback has been extremely positive.

Sally Graff of Cotswolds Tourism is very pleased with the results so far:

“Pictures are always much better than text to highlight what this fantastic area has to offer, and we have been very pleased with the work Anthony has done to capture the essence ofthe Cotswolds as the seasons change through the year.  The partnership has been very successful so far and we look forward to further collaborations so we can create widespread interest in the area - as well as inspiring local residents to get out and explore places on their doorstep.”

Anthony is also enthusiastic about the collaboration:

“As a photographer based in Bourton on the Water I am privileged to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes, towns and villages.   I was awarded joint first place in the Landscape Photographer of the year 2016 competition run by Cotswolds AONB and, since then I have been overwhelmed by the connections I have made - most significantly with the Cotswold Tourism Partnership after I was awarded a tender for major 2017 project.  

“There is no greater challenge than the weather so when the sun shines then you may see me photographing your town, village or countryside.  I like to draw my viewers in, give them a sense of ‘I want to be there’ or ‘I want to walk down there’.   I also love to photograph people having fun and children playing.  During the next few years I hope to build my client base here in the Cotswolds to provide strong meaningful images that will promote this area we all love. For my Cotswold Image Library please visit www.cotswoldimagelibrary.co.uk(opens in a new window) or my general websitewww.thepicturetaker.co.uk(opens in a new window)

One local firm that has engaged the services of the Picture Taker is Cotswold Grey of Moreton-in-Marsh.  Ben Slater of the company comments:

“As a contemporary homeware company we have to present ourselves in a professional and aspirational manner. Our imagery needs to be sharp, current and shot in a flexible way to allow us to use it across multiple publishing platforms of screen and print. Anthony considered all our requirements and produced a great stock of images for us to launch with. It’s certainly helped our shop, website and boutique accommodation offerings get up and running.”

About Cotswolds Tourism

Cotswolds Tourism is the official Destination Management Organisation promoting and marketing tourism across the Cotswolds. Cotswolds Tourism is a partnership of tourism businesses, supported by local authorities of Cheltenham Borough Council, Cotswold District Council, Stroud District Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council, West Oxfordshire District Council and the Cotswolds Conservation Board.  Cotswolds Tourism’s priority is to grow the area’s Visitor Economy by raising awareness of the destination and generating additional tourism visits and spend. 

Sally Graff  

Cotswolds Tourism

Tel: 01285 623000

Sally.graff@cotswold.gov.uk

The BIG Picture

The BIG Picture

Large fine art print of lavender field at Snowhill

Filming your wedding venue

Filming your wedding venue

With some kind permission from Callow Hall in Derbyshire I was able to provide my wedding clients with this piece of cinematic footage.  The venue is magnificent and is well and truly fitting for any bride & groom.  The footage shows mainly the frontage but there is much more to be seen around the back.  This short film provides an example of what can be achieved by filming with a drone.  

I am more than happy with the finished footage and has now paved the way to offering this service to my customers.

Tour De Britain

Tour De Britain

Had my catch up today with the Cotswolds Tourism Partnership and found out that I need to get a Press Accreditation for the Tour De Britain sprint run into Bourton on the Water.

Further good news is, I will working well into 2018 with projects throughout the Cotswolds.  I am available for short and long term projects for commercially promoting the Cotswolds in pictures. 

Old Manor  - Chipping Campden

Old Manor - Chipping Campden

Been a while but was out today around Chipping Campden again. Needed to go back to capture the rear of the Church where the Old Manor House sits.

On entering the walk way I came across this dead tree and seems to make good forward interest.

Getting that good feeling of watching the late night harvesting!

Getting that good feeling of watching the late night harvesting!

I took this shot last year at Upper Rissington in Gloucestershire and have always been fascinated by bales of hay in fields.  It makes a good composition in different lighting conditions at this time of the year.  My favourite is however to capture them as the sun goes down just like this one with the light just glistening around the hedges of the hay bales. 

Portrait in the Poppies

Portrait in the Poppies

Well this year we have really been treated to an amazing collection of poppies in Fifield.  For the amount of times I have visited, there have been photographers in abundance.  It is really nice to see other photographers interpretation of the poppy field but I thought I would have a little subject matter to mine.

This is Tracey my fiance who kindly offered to act as my model for the evening.  Initially I had some issues with my Godox Strobe but then realised it was my D800 that was at fault so I quickly changed to my D500.  As the sun dipped we had limited time but I enjoyed every minute and so did Tracey.

The images came out really well and after a little back end processing came up with 4 of the best shots.

Poppy field in Fifield

Poppy field in Fifield

Well I have seen a lot of you have managed to find this stunning collection of poppies just outside Fifield. There have been some great photos taken. Just waiting for a nice sunset and an evening without wind before we lose them to get some portrait shots with my fiance.

I took many shots as you would but this one stood out as I managed to find this small cop of grass flower for me foreground interest.

A true representation of the Cotswolds

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A true representation of the Cotswolds

I finally got to Snowshill this evening to try and capture the sun going down over St Barnabas Church. I literally stood there for 1 hour waiting and took loads of shots. This one stood out a mile and since feeling the emotions running through me at the time this is sure a representation of my moment in Snowshill.

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Unspoilt Bourton on the Water

Unspoilt Bourton on the Water

You really have to get up early to capture the pure essence of Bourton on the Water.  It was around 05.45 am as I packed my camera gear and drove the short journey down to the centre of the village.  Not a sole to be seen not a sound of delivery drivers or coaches just me and the ducks.  It will only be a matter of time before the morning turns to chaos and the sound of thousands of visitors echo the banks.   

In the 17th century the river you see in this picture was actually channelled from the original river running round the village.  This was to power three mills which one is now the Motor Museum but little did they know just how much beauty they created for us all to see today.

Capturing these shots do require patients and be prepared to get your wellies on!

If you would like to see more picture like this then please visit my Cotswold Image Library

 

 

Field of hope

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Field of hope

It is that time of year when we are reminded by the sea of red that represent our wars of past. But so much beauty and elegance can only give us hope that we seek all so much.  Combined with a beautiful sunset we feel emotion and open our hearts to those that needs us most.  I want my photography to make people smile, to enjoy and to feel that out there is a wonderful World we know and share.

This shot was taken on the fields just outside Upper Rissington and so this year I am looking for those poppy fields "popping" up again.  

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Thinking of coming to the Cotswolds this summer?

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Thinking of coming to the Cotswolds this summer?

Out of all the places to visit in the Cotswolds it would be impossible to fit it all in just one weekend or even a week come to think of it.  
 

So where do you go ?

Well, there is Bourton on the Water but can get crowded and then there is Broadway Tower, Castle Combe, Lower Slaughter, Bibury and many more!  

Deciding where to walk can be one of the biggest challenges as you never know what to expect.  Until now there has been a little number of pictures taken of the less popular places in the Cotswolds.

From 2014 I started from the North of the Cotswolds and have taken a large number of pictures of places that often get visitors.  These places have secret walk ways to stunning scenery, rivers and historic mills.  I have tried to capture the views that I know you will enjoy.

Gradually making my way South of the Cotswolds, I look forward to many more years bringing the Cotswold to you.

So, if you are planning a trip to the Cotswolds then feel free to pop over to my Cotswold Image Library for some unspoiled beauty. 


www.cotswoldimagelibrary.co.uk

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Winson - Gloucestershire

Winson - Gloucestershire

Out of many of the villages that I have photographed there is one particular village that stands out.  Winson, a small quaint little village full of vibrancy and some unexpected hosts!  With the sun beating down the village, although quiet, was shouting out Cotswolds!  Around the back there is a small thatched Cottage that leads down to a small brook and there a bench that is perfectly positioned for a quiet moment.  There are also a couple of nice walk ways near the river that lead you into the woods. 

If you've not already been it is a very pleasant place to walk as well as getting to meet the village animal life.  

Visit my full collection of Winson Images

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Supporting businesses throughout the Cotswolds

Supporting businesses throughout the Cotswolds

It has been a fantastic year so far!

Providing the Cotswold Tourism Information Partnership with a whole new updated image library of the Cotswolds.  I have been travelling up and down the Cotswolds since Spring this year visiting many towns and villages and enjoying the stunning scenery.  Most of the images in the library have been shot while off the beaten track and venturing down some of the most amazing walk ways.   

The Cotswolds certainly has some surprises in store for those that are willing to walk.  As the history suggests it's common to stubble across many shallow rivers that are filtered by some beautiful dated Mills.  Evident of it's woollen past there are plenty of low raised bridges and thatched cottages lining the river bank.