Monday, 26 August 2013

Semi re-branding.

For the more eagle-eyed amongst you some of you might have noticed a slight change to the website and the logo.  As you're aware from reading the ABOUT US page weddings and some portraits are undertaken by myself and Emily, my wife. Despite the URL for the main site staying the same for the mean time and the Twitter and Facebook pages also not changing (because of the links that are spread around the web everywhere) we've come up with a new logo.

It retains the same font as the Justin Krause Photography so hopefully, subconsciously, the company name will be recognisable for our existing customers.

It shows that Emily is very much a part of the photography business, for weddings especially where we shoot it from 2 angles; for example prior to the wedding ceremony so our brides & grooms can see what the other was up to before they met at the Church or Venue. We've found this to work really well and it's great to see our brides & grooms faces as they relive their biggest day through our photography from various angles that they might not have seen.

Whilst you're here,  here's a teaser from a beautiful wedding we shot last Sunday at the Limpley Stoke Hotel near Bath.

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013


Apologies for the lack of blogging recently! We've been so busy with weddings, portraits and other work (commercial bookings including website photography work for various sites, band photography and web maintenance) that it's not left any time to share what we've been up to recently! Rest assured we will upload some new photographs VERY soon!!

We've recently acquired a new URL which is acting as another gateway to our website. It's aimed primarily at our more local brides & grooms in Somerset but will serve to link to all aspects of our work when I get time to add more to the landing page. There's so many other talented photographers in Somerset (and some very shoddy ones also) so we're doing our best to get near the top of the pile on the search engines so new, prospective brides and grooms can choose the right photographers for them!

Check out the new URL

Here's a couple teasers from one of our recent weddings - Amelia & Paul at The Shrubbery in Ilminster, Somerset.

Such a great couple, lovely wedding, great wedding, fun guests, amazing weather and lots of fun and memorable times including a Vintage double-decker red bus which was awesome even though the majority of us had to get off and walk up a hill as the old beauty was having none of it fully laden! But that's a story and photos for another blog post!!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

UNBELIEVABLE!! Livid Bride kicks off on guest about her gift and demands receipt !

Ever had a gift given to you for anything and thought....hmm, ok, could've done better, not a terrible effort but not great but I'll get on with life....this Bride didn't...

According to the article she text her guest (presumably "ex"-friend now)  and told her the gift was bad...

Bad manners we think!! I've never heard of people having the most extravagant wedding and then EXPECTING to be able to finance it by their guests giving them money. Maybe the bride should have sold tickets for the wedding/event instead of sending out invitations; least her guests would have know where they stood! Emily and I would've LOVED that hamper! Sweets and Marshmallows? GET IN !
As always, don't don't hesitate to get in touch regarding anything wedding or photography related! Have you seen a good article and think it should be seen by more people? Send it over to us!
Don;t forget, if you know anyone getting hitched, anywhere in the world and they require Award Winning Photographers show them our work! We shoot all over the UK and Internationally.


Thursday, 23 May 2013

Wedding PhotoBooth fun !!

Natalie & Chris' Wedding PhotoBooth - Northover Manor, Ilchester

There's more information on our PhotoBooth add-on here:

If you like the track in the video feel free to check it out and buy (only 70p !!)  here:

Thursday, 16 May 2013

If you could do your wedding all over again…(21% of Brides said they'd spend MORE on their wedding photography)

So you've had your BIG DAY! 


Did it all go well? 

Every wedding has it's own unique moments and story and way it will be remembered; the brides beautiful dress, the moving speeches, the ushers forgetting the buttonholes, the bride getting dropped during her first dance, the Bestman having a flat tyre, the vicar getting the brides name wrong in the ceremony. Those all make your wedding special and personal to you. But would you change anything from your day?

I know we're based in the UK, but I think this is still applicable and relevant for future brides to see so bear with me.

Back in March 2013 New York Magazine published their yearly "New York Brides" feature which had over a 100 brides from around New York area being asked what they'd do differently if they could have their BIG DAY all over again. 

Out of everything you can have on your day we're honestly not surprised to see that PHOTOGRAPHY led the way.

21% said they would spend MORE on their wedding photography if they could do it all again.

We all know that all the other parts of the wedding puzzle are very important and add to your day to make it the magical day you've dreamt of, but in reality, when it's all said and done the flowers die, the food is eaten, the champers is drunk, your cake is demolished and your dress gets drycleaned and put back in its box (or sold). The only thing you have left are your photographs and maybe video.

We're with you all day, for 10 hours sometimes (mostly - it's the package we prefer as we really love to tell the story of your whole day). Taking photographs of your nearest and dearest all in the same place, having the day of your life, looking the best you ever have. How often in your life will this happen? Can you really afford NOT to book a professional photography team? Even if it's not us we urge you to book a professional wedding photography company. If that particular wedding photography team is out of your budget at the moment, get the calculator out (app on your phone, silly) and think, do we really need that chocolate fountain? (no offense to the chocolate fountain people, we're massive fans of your work!). Honestly though, you can probably make it up somewhere in the budget.

Emily and I understand. We've been there. We've been married for nearly 3 years and had to pay for our wedding ourselves. If you've seen our work and REALLY want to work with us chances are we really want to work with you also so drop us a line - come to our studio for an informal chat, have a coffee or tea and see more of our work. Or we can arrange a call over Facetime or Skype if distance is an issue so you can get to meet us. The most important part is knowing your photographers so you feel relaxed around the cameras and getting on with them so you can get the great photographs you deserve. We include a pre-wedding shoot and 12x8 print with our packages for this very reason.

Remember, your photographs will last forever (and we don't just upload them for a month to your private gallery, they're up there until...well...until the internet implodes).

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Awarded at the Wedding Expert Awards! Pretty stoked!!

Justin Krause Photography awarded:
Best Photographer - Bridgwater

Best Photographer - Somerset
Finalist: Top 100 Best Photographer
England - Ranking: 24 of 100
Worldwide - Ranking: 62 of 100

To be honest it's a shock! We only saw the awards and within 2 days the support from you all was outstanding so THANKYOU to everyone who voted for us!
The awards are an annual competition recognising some of the most popular wedding vendors at a local, national and international level.

We'd do what we do regardless of award status and always to our utmost quality and dedication but it means so much more to have the support from you all for something we love doing!

Thankyou again to everyone who voted and supports us in what we do.

Justin & Emily


Monday, 29 April 2013

Verity & Gary's engagement shoot!

Hi everyone! Very sorry for the total inactivity here on the blog but we've been so busy it's unreal. Given the choice to update the blog or do shoots/edit all the shoots I've obviously had to do the latter.

It seems the baby photography along with it, our sister company Little Bear Hand & Feet Castings has really come into it's own but more on that in a future post...maybe in a few days if you're lucky ..who knows !?

In the mean time here's some shots from Verity and Gary's engagement shoot or more accurately a 'pre-wedding' "get to know us and how we work and for us to see how they react to the camera and to see how comfortable they are being the centre of attention with a massive camera in their face" shoot!
verity and gary pre wedding engagement shoot Bridgwater somerset photography by justin and emily krause

Even with a little bit of rain we had a LOT of fun along with some interesting comments from some locals and Verity and Gary both passed with flying colours just being so relaxed and a good laugh.

We can't wait to shoot your wedding next month!

As always, if you have any friends getting married, don't hesitate to recommend us so they can get in touch to chat about their wedding photography! We shoot all over the UK and Internationally. email:

Monday, 25 March 2013

ooop noooorth

We trekked up through beyond vile weather on friday afternoon to Rotherham/Sheffield as I had a gig up in Sheffield on the Saturday night (join my music page here: and stayed with some of Emily's family who hadn't met Matilda yet.

The snow hampered our journey up to Rotherham and once we were there it made it's self a bit of a nuisance but in all it was nice to see some proper snow again! Just a couple photos from the iphone.

Heading to the pub on friday night with one of Emily's cousins to meet the other cousins and their other  (better) halves!

I also took the opportunity on Sunday to take some photographs with my newest aquistition, my Halina Viceroy medium format 120 film camera. 

It really makes you slow down your photography, think about the settings, compose the shot (it's backwards in the viewfinder so a bit weird getting used to lining things up) and think about the actual shot more rather just firing away like is possible with digital. 

The only thing I'm a bit worried about is that the shutter is 1/60th of a second which is pretty slow and it was quite cold so maybe going to have some camera shake in the shots but I guess that's half of the excitement as we'll find out when they get developed...

I've got a few more frames to shoot (only 12 shots on a roll) so will get them developed soon as possible!! 

Obviously whilst up there I did take a few shots with the 5dm2 and our newest lens, Canon's 85mm f/1.8 USM. 

I've got to flabber has been well and truly gasped by it!!  The speed and silence of focus really does pay off against the heavier, slower f/1.2 version especially considering the outrageous price difference between the 1.8 and the 1.2. I think we have one of the best lenses available and would willingly choose the 1.8 over the 1.2 again knowing how good it is and what we'll be using it for mainly - primarily purchased the f/1.8 85 for weddings, using in low lit venues/churches we needed it to be quick and quiet but without compromising image quality. Check out the photos below...I can't see any compromise there.  We have the 50mm f1/.4 USM and I was hoping it was going to be from the same stable (pardon the pun), it is! 

2 Photographs from different ends of the aperture.

Canon 5dm2 + Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM - 1/60th, f/16, ISO400

Canon 5dm2 + Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM - 1/320th, f/2.8, ISO400

and this one just because it's cute...

Canon 5dm2 + Canon 50mm USM - 1/1000th, f/1.8 ISO400

 I'll do another post on the 85mm f/1.8 soonish with some more photographs.

As always, if you have any friends getting married, don't hesitate to recommend us so they can get in touch to chat about their wedding photography! We shoot all over the UK and further afield! email:

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

My first foray into Medium Format...

...and I CAN'T WAIT !!

I've managed to bag myself a 1960s Halina Viceroy 120 Film Medium Format TLR (Twin Lens Reflex - pseudo TLR?) for a bargain off ebay. The seller has been very helpful in answering, what must be to him, some stupid questions and has also thrown in a black and white film to get me started! 

I'm looking forward to having to really look for the photograph rather than have the ability to just go mental and snap away as can be the case with digital.

The simplicity of this camera is what has appealed to me mostly (that and it looks too cool and retro for words). 

It has no light meter or focusing. Only three aperture options ( 8, 11 and 16) and two shutter speed modes: 1/60 and Bulb.

Film: 120 Roll Film with only 12 shots...non of this 16gb of card space to play with!!

There's more info on the Halina Viceroy HERE.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Ardtornish Estate on BBC Radio

I found this quite by accident as I was showing some prospective brides and grooms places we'd shot weddings at as they were after ideas for venues.

We shot a wedding up at Ardtornish, in the western Highlands of Scotland back in March 2012. It's simply beautiful with great people running it and is surrounded by some of the most incredible landscape (more photos of Scotland here), not only in the UK but in the world.

I thought I'd also take this opportunity to put up some previously unseen photographs from Jenny & Andy's wedding day we shot up at Ardtornish.

The evening reception included a ceilidh and as some might know you can't just photograph a proper ceilidh, it can be chaos and it's brilliant fun! So I filmed it on one of our Canon DSLRs with a 50mm lens.