Monthly Archives: April 2015

Mark Twain Love Quotes – Laura & Faye’s Wedding

With an almost imperceptible hint of nerves, Laura began:

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“I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;

I cannot promise you riches, wealth or gold;

I cannot promise you an easy pathway

That leads away from change or growing old.

But I can promise you all my heart’s devotion;

A smile to chase way your tears of sorrow.

A love that’s true and ever growing;

A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow”

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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One of the most beautiful poems ever to be read in a wedding ceremony.  Made all the more special by the woman reading it, Laura.  Who, according to her new wife, Faye, had taken 11 years to be escorted down the aisle!  Yet from my privileged position as their wedding photographer, I simply saw two amazing women completely at ease, totally in love and extremely happy to be standing side by side, exchanging vows and beautiful, heartfelt poetry.

It can take every ounce of restraint not to get too caught up in the emotions that sweep throughout a wedding ceremony.  My role is to capture those emotions so they will live on forever.  Wedding photographers walk a fine line between feeling emotions and merely observing and capturing them.  I think to truly capture those moments you do have to immerse yourself in order to be able to ‘surf’ the waves of emotion and anticipate their next ‘special moment’.

Laura and Faye’s wedding provided many waves of emotion, from tears to laughter; panic to elation.Hampshire Wedding Photography, Same sex wedding, lesbian wedding, LGBT wedding photography

Panic number 1 – ‘dress-gate’ and some swift seamstress skills required, panic number 2, their stunning cake was really close to where I would normally stand to capture the main ceremony – I can be clumsy at the best of times so I took the brave decision to change positions and the cake seemed to breathe a sigh of relief!

Laughter and elation were in abundance throughout the ceremony especially during the slideshow speech given by the best man, where some dodgy fashions were revealed in times gone by in hilarious old family photos.   Laughter when the bride’s nephew, revealed he was a true Scot in a silly ‘kilt-flapping’ session (the photos didn’t make the main gallery and I kept my eyes closed throughout!!)

  All these moments and more were captured, so that Laura & Faye can look back on their wonderful day and remember the bits they’d forgotten.

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Naked men raise money for charity in a photoshoot

Two years ago, me and my team photographed 8 firemen for a very special calendar to raise money for charity – we eventually raised over £500.fireman-calendar-mark-tina-bolton-photography-0547

It was a tough job, but someone had to do it and together with several rather scrumptious firemen and a dedicated team of ‘assistants’ – we shot some great fireman-calendar-mark-tina-bolton-photography-0621images and had a ton of fun in the process.  Now it’s your turn…if you would like to be a part of our photographic team assisting on our next Gorgeous Men calendar shoot, we want to hear from you.  We are photographing some seriously gorgeous men (already selected – sorry chaps!) from all walks of life and want to ensure that this calendar is jammed full of images YOU want to admire throughout 2016 – but still be something you can, just about, hang on your walls!08 the making of August

To be in with a chance to win a day assisting  on the shoot with me and my team, tell us what pose you would like us to create for the calendar?

Send us your request to by describing it in less than 200 words.  The winner will be selected by the models and myself.  You will then be invited to come along on the shoot and assist with the posing, lighting and accessorising your favourite image – we’ll even make sure it goes into your preferred month.  PLUS, you’ll also receive your own signed copy of the calendar when it’s published.  As this is a fundraising campaign, each idea must be accompanied by a donation of £5 to  Steve’s Gambian project (link below)

So what are you waiting for – come and join me and the team for a great day’s shooting!  Or in the words of Katy, my assistant, ” The best fun with my clothes on, EVER!”

So, what are you waiting for?  Donate here – please ensure you put your name and the word: ‘calendar’ so we know it’s a competition entry donation.  Send your requested poses to

Entries close 30th May 2015 – the shoot will take place late June/early July 2015 in or around Petersfield, Hampshire.

And, thank you for taking part.  See you there!08 Augustbw


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Terms and Conditions:

All entries must be accompanied by a £5 donation to the Gambian project above, donating more won’t increase your chances of winning BUT it will be very much appreciated!  There is no limit to the amount of entries, but each one must have a £5 donation

Judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Lewd, pornographic or overly suggestive entries will not be considered – keep those ones to yourself, please!

Entries to be sent to the above email address by the 30th May 2015, any entries received after this date will not be considered, but we will be very grateful for your donations.

All entries will be given careful consideration, we reserve the right to utilise some or all of the ideas.

You will cover your own travel costs to and from the shoot location which will be close to Petersfield, Hampshire, UK

Over 18’s only

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