Photography in Dorset and Around Bridport this October.

Written by Steven Powell. Posted in Bridport Events Photography, Bridport Photography, Photography

I have been very busy again this October and have had a lot of varied contracts in Bridport and around Dorset

Bridport Portrait Photography,abi the witch Portrait Photography,

Event Photography,

Product Photograph,

Night Photography,

Private Photography tuition.

I will Start with the Portrait Photography for the past October in Dorset I seemed to be in great demand,
with family portraits, Commercial portraits and my favourite, some spooky special Halloween Portrait photography sessions in Bridport and Dorset.

I must say all that I have photographed where a joy and I have met some wonderful people.

Dorset portrait photography. I covered only one Event this month which was the “First Miss Beaminster beauty pageant”,

This Event was organised to raise money for the amazing charity Brain wave and was a joy to give up my time and Photograph this Event for free.

Dorset Event Photography Miss Beaminster by

Dorset Event Photography Miss Beaminster

It was great to see that our news papers published a few of the photographs from this event too.

I was also working hard this past month of some more Night Photography creations,

capturing the MilkyWay above Bridport,

The chaple in the woods near Abbotsbury,

The old coastguard cottage on the coast road between Bridport and Weymouth,

and also combining my portrait photography skills with my night photography skills to produce some amazing portraits capturing the Milkyway as a back drop.

I was also contracted to undertake some Product photographs, my favourite of which where photographs of products that will go pn sale for this Christmas!

I seem to have found my Christmas spirit early this year.

I also had time to fit in some private photography tuition too with my clients ;earning new skills and going home very happy with the images they photographed.

All in all this October has been very busy for me , but very enjoyable too. Night portrait photography

Portrait Photography in September

Written by Steven Powell. Posted in Bridport Photography, Photography


As  September has ended and October is upon us I thought I would keep you all up to date with the Portrait  Photography work I have produced this past September.

It started with an amazing Pregnancy Photography session with the beautiful mum to be Rowan, and her ever so nice husband and proud dad to be Mike. This portrait session was extremely enjoyable to photograph as the two subjects were great in front of the lens, which gave me the chance to capture some wonderful and very creative photographs. Showing rowan in all her womanly glory, Celebrating her magical time, and the beauty of pregnancy. I was then commissioned to photograph the very happy couple of Dan and Kay on the day of their anniversary celebrating the day of their first date. This portrait session was photographed on east beach in west bay, as this was the location of Dan and kay’s  first date. We timed the session so we could capture the sun setting behind the lovely couple creating some amazing reflections in the sea as it gently lapped against the shore line. This made the couple shine like movie stars. I also had some studio work with the delightful Aida and the beautiful Emily whom was in various costumes that she had created. This made for an interesting portrait session that was joy to photograph.

Weymouth Photography.

Written by Steven Powell. Posted in Bridport Photography

A donkey portrait photographed on Weymouth Beach while she was taking a break from the mid-day sun, photography by Bridport photographer Steven Powell

It was a wonderful day in Weymouth, the sun was shining, the light was perfect for photography.

My day of photography started on the fabulous Weymouth beach which is a gently curving arc, very wide and gently sloping, with golden sand and shallow waters normally with gentle waves that lap on the shoreline.

There are some amazing attractions of a traditional English seaside resort, including donkey rides, Punch and Judy, trampolines and a small fun fair all which took my mind back to when I was a child.


All the amazing attractions all made great subjects for my photography.

Donkey rides on Weymouth beach have been an important attraction for many years although there was a break in the attraction when The Downton family who run the rides for generations retired from Weymouth Beach in 2000.

Mrs Maggie Aldridge re-introduced Donkey Rides on Weymouth Beach in May 2005 much to the residents and tourists of Weymouth pleasure and delight.

Maggie’s Donkeys have also won Best Donkey Group in the Southern Region and came runner up in the Best Group in the Country.

The donkeys where very well behaved and made great models for my photography too.

feeding donkeys

I then had a slow walk to the wonderful Weymouth quayside where you can see the hustle and bustle of the many working fishing boats landing their catch of the day, the sights sounds and smells of this working quay are truly wonderful.


Again I had many opportunities to take various photographs in many styles from landscapes, to creative art photography, wildlife photography and a few portraits too.

the quarterbell

In particular interest to me was the most important vessel in the harbour, the ‘Ernest and Mabel’ who is a SEVERN class Lifeboat that has saved many lives along with its extremely brave crew.
Weymouth is one of the busiest Lifeboat stations on the coast, undertaking around 100 ‘shouts’ a year.


All in all my day of photography in Weymouth was a wonderful day full of amazing light , colour and wonderful subjects for my photography.

Bridport Photographer Exhibits a sellection of work.

Written by Steven Powell. Posted in Bridport Photography

Bridport Photographer Steven Powell Exhibits a selection of work

It was a early start on a warms summer morning, the hustle a bustle of traders getting ready for the day was full of excitement and anticipation.
What would a day in Bridport town centre bring in terms of business?
it took a while to build and make ready my exhibition stand, but with time and care I managed to display a large number of my work including examples of my Landscape Photography with scenes and locations that I photographed including;
West Bay ( Bridport Harbour),
Charmouth Beach,
Lyme regis,
Golden Cap,
Eypes Mouth,
Also on display were examples of my Night Photography including Landscapes at night of;
Colmers Hill Bridport,
West Bay,
Lyme Regis and its Famous Cobb,
Portland Bill Light House,
various shots of Lyme Bay,
I also displayed a large selection of Macro Photography including Photos of colourful Flowers That captured my imagination from around the Dorset, West Dorset and Devon areas,
I exhibited examples of my Pet Portrait Photography, displaying photographs of Cats ,Dogs and birds, Also few bigger pets too, including some of my equestrian Photography.
I also gave the public viewers a taste of my Creative Photography showing a selection of my Art Prints.
I must say all the hard work and care that I took to display my Photography paid off , as the response from the Public within Bridport was amazing!
There were also lots of people whom travel into Bridport from the surrounding areas all who stopped gave me wonderful feedback and many purchased a Photographic Print that would be enjoyed by them for many years to come.
I will be Exhibiting my work again in Bridport on Wednesdays and Saturdays, So if you are in the Town centre come and say hi Have a look at my prints, all are available for sale at reasonable prices, also they can be ordered as limited addition canvas prints in may sizes.

You can also find details about other my other Photographic services that I provide Including Wedding Photography, Portrait Photography, Event photography, Photography Workshops at various levels from the very basic to advance techniques.

If there are any other Photographic needs that you require please feel free to contact me via my Website, telephone or indeed in person


Colmers Hill Bridport.

Written by Steven Powell. Posted in Bridport Photography

Bridport photographer Steven Powell Landscape Photograph of Colmers Hill taken in silhouette during early spring near Birdport Dorest The main landmark in the village of Symondsbury is the distinctive Colmer’s Hill,It is highly visible from the main street in Bridport and all roads into the town, its significance extends back to around AD 987. The village has a pub The Ilchester Arms, which is a 15th century village inn, its own pottery and also a wonderful primary school. The Doomsday Book suggests that ownership of the West Bay area around the 11th Century was split between Symondsbury, holding the west bank for the Abbey of Cerne and Burton Bradstock holding the east bank for the Crown. However, medieval records indicate disputes over both beach and harbour involving a third party upstream on the River Brit for the Borough of Bridport. The ‘Right of Wreck’ was always a contentious issue, the Abbot of Cerne and the Prior of Frampton for Burton Bradstock often took legal action against the ‘Borough of Bridport’ for removing wrecks from the shore of Bridport harbour. Currently The village is still the head of Symondsbury Parish which extends from the village of Eype and West bay in the south, to the Marshwood Vale in the north. The village is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. By the mid 18th Century, cider production had become very popular, apple orchards were prolific in the surrounding areas of Bridport, Symondsbury, Chideock and Beaminster. Many orchards were attached to houses and cottages, In 1999 the Apple Project was set up by two local families in order to restore an old cider orchard in Symondsbury, Dorset. colmershill landscape The two families were dismayed that trees laden with fruit where going to waist as all the fruit was destined for a compost bin. later in 2004/5 The Symondsbury Apple Project undertook research into Dorset’s Orchard and cider history discovering that in the Symondsbury parish there were over 100 acres of orchard in 1839. Only a couple of small production orchards still exist, with the remains of a handful of others. In the charter of Cerne Abbey, it was stated that ‘Aeschere’ is the ancient name of Symondsbury. When the Vikings invaded from Scandinavia the local villagers lit beacons as a warning. legend has it that a Viking chief called ‘Sigismund’ landed and saw the beacon on Colmer’s Hill and announced it would be called ‘Sigismund’s Berg’ Later it became known as Symondsbury.  

Colmers Hill in Dorset, England, one and a half miles west of Bridport town.

  Colmers Hill takes its name from the “Colmer Tenement”, This family were tenants of the Dukes of Somerset and Earls of Ilchester,Then in the 17th and 18th Centuries and the Rev. John Colmer was the rector from 1805-06. It was during World War I that Caledonian Pine trees were planted on the summit by Major W P Colfox MC, which I can assume is a tribute to when the Vikings had invaded. Colmers Hill is now an iconic subject for artists and photographers alike and is much loved by all who live near it .