Poppies in Cardiff Bay

Poppies in Cardiff Bay

One of the many positives of being a professional photographer in Cardiff is the diversity of the landscape that surrounds you. I was on a recent walk in Cardiff Bay barrage and wandered into a ‘field’ of poppies.

Cardiff Bay Photography

Cardiff Bay barrage is a delightful walk from Penarth, from it’s industrial beauty to the vast Severn Estuary “plains’ it is a source of photographic inspiration.

Having a young boy of three, his energy levels constantly amaze me, so stretching his legs across the barrage, past the sails and into the sandy playground in the bay is a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning.

Let me know where you like to spend your Sunday morning and perhaps we can meet up and take some photographs of your beautiful family. Get in touch here.


Portrait photographs of newborn Gwen

This a beautiful Gwen.

It is also a lovely story of a couple who’s wedding I photographed a few years ago, getting in touch for new photographs of their first addition to the family.

The weather was a beautiful sunny morning, so we took full advantage of Adam and Claire’s conservatory and used the available natural light for some beautiful newborn photographs of Gwen and family.

We also shot a few close ups of Gwen and the couple have a lovely Sepia canvas of their wedding day on the wall, so I processed these in a similar style to the wedding canvas I had photographed a few years earlier.

Shooting photographs like this is a delight, naturally shot, no flash photography at all. Patience, patience and patience is the key to good newborn and child portraits. I spent the entire morning and photographed in between feeds and sleeps to ensure the baby and parents were comfortable and relaxed.

If you wish to commission me for a newborn, child, family or portrait shoot, please get in touch. Alternatively like Adam and Claire did, if you have a up and coming wedding please give me a call and we can talk through all the available options.

Finally, I am still offering Spring vouchers for purchase, if you wish to buy a lifestyle portrait session as a present or treat a family member or close friend.

Keep smiling,



Neil Mansfield Photography Cardiff Life Advert

I am absolutely delighted to see my magazine advert in print this month. You can see the ad in this months Cardiff Life and take advantage of the offer* if you quote the following NMPAD*

wedding and portrait photography by Neil Mansfield

The offer can be used against any wedding or portrait base package and also can be used in conjunction with the Spring Portrait voucher promotion.

Please click the following links to see examples of my wedding, portrait or landscape work.

Watch this space for some very exciting news on a new project coming soon!

I have to say a HUGE thank-you to a certain individual who shall remain nameless, he knows who he is! Massive thanks for helping with the design and styling of the advert.


Miskin Manor as a Wedding Venue

Miskin Manor hotel, Cardiff, offers something a little different to your wedding. It is a Grade II listed, AA four star hotel set in a massive 25 acres. The distance to Cardiff and Swansea are both a reasonable 20 minutes and with the M4 less then a 5 minute drive it makes the location perfect.

Photography at a Miskin Manor Wedding with the bride and Groom

The grounds with the manor are well presented. It even has a helicopter landing pad!

This shot is taken from the grounds at the side of the manor. The reception spills onto the patio area  and made a superb canape and champagne reception.

The manor itself has a variety of entertaining rooms  which include a wood panelled lounge. The bedrooms have four posters and the views are tremendous, looking out onto the extensive grounds of the manor. There is plenty of on-site car parking space and for the wedding party looking for some pampering, there is a full health club and swimming pool. In 2011 the grounds of Miskin Manor won the Wales in Bloom award for the gardens.

Wedding Day at Miskin Manor, nr Cardiff

The layout for most ceremonies held in the Minstrel Hall looks similar to this, the wooden trusses and wedding chairs are fabulous and the room requires no marketing, it is beautiful. The photograph below shows a typical set up for the wedding breakfast in the Cedar Room, it makes a really terrific venue; warm, cozy and accessible.

Miskin Manor Photography Wedding

There is plenty of natural light for good photographs during the wedding ceremony in the Minstrel Hall and also reasonable light in the Cedar Room. Later in the day you will most likely need flash, if, as expected the speeches run on later, as the only natural light comes from a bank of windows at the back of the room.

Wedding in the Minstrel Hall Miskin ManorWedding Photography with bride at Miskin Manor

If you need a photographer for your wedding, please get in touch. I’d love to photograph your wedding at Miskin Manor, or any other venue, so please do get in touch with me at or click the contact buttons below.

Groom speeches, kisses bride at Miskin Manor Wedding

If you are looking for a wedding venue be sure to visit Miskin Manor