Kevin and Sarah had chosen the most fantastic church I’ve worked at, St James church in , Coundon was amazing and the architecture was breath taking.
Its been a while since I worked at the Stables in Whitby. It didn’t disappoint. Situated on the outskirts of Whitby the location is perfect as the backdrop to any wedding.
Dan and Nicola's Rushpool Hall Wedding
Another local venue to the studio, Rushpool Hall, it's nestled in Saltburn Valley. With the views out to sea its stunning. On this particular day the weather seemed against us, the rain poured and poured.
This didn't damped any spirits though. I don't think anything could, Dan and Nicola are such a fun loving couple.
Their ceremony was wonderful, they even had a lovely reading by Pheobe, their daughter, who never missed a beat while reading.
I like to kidnap the bride and groom , just before the first dance and take them to a location. Obviously this depends on the venue and surrounding landscape. In this case an old barn int he field adjacent to the hall worked really well especially with the evening sunlight. Once the weather had decided to shine for us.
Once we had returned it was time for the first dance. I had made a joking comment in their pre-wedding meeting that they should do the time warp! That's exactly what they did with the whole wedding party, however once the song changed to the baby shark song Dan had enough... it was time for the bar. :)
Bill Gates 75th Birthday at Wynyard Hall.
It's been a while since I've worked at Wynyard Hall. It hadn't changed, it was still as beautiful and as enchanting as I remembered. Even in the pouring rain. The rain seems to be featuring a lot in my events recently.
Have to take a picture of the car at these venues.
Bill and his wife, Judith, were busy putting final preparations to the rooms when I arrived. I love working at venues like this, the size of the rooms allows me to work around, without getting in everyone's way.
I really felt a real part of the day, capturing old football team mates, friend and family from all over the globe. I really was a privilege be there.
With the weather being against us, again, the few family shots that I'd being asked to capture had to be taken inside. Luckily the inside is wonderfully beautiful.
Mel and Tracey's Hunley Hotel wedding.
Hunley Hotel golf club, has to be my most local wedding venue. I only live just over the back from the putting green. It's also a venue I've worked at for many a year.
Today was no different, apart from the weather. This is only the second time I have worked at the venue when its rained. I poses a difficulty due to the lack of locations for guests hots. However with a little but of furniture removal, we managed top capture some fab family images in the corner of the restaurant.
The ladies had a really simple affair, which was amazing and fun to capture. The ceremony flowed beautifully and I was able to use flash too!
I had a flash, excuse the pun, of inspiration as i walked into the venue, that day. It was the entrance, The seating and the light. So when it was time to grab the ladies and tease them a way from their guest, this was one shot I wanted to capture.
It was only a short wedding for me as once the speeches were over It was my time to exit and let the ladies enjoy the rest of their day. A massive congratulations to them both.
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Paul Contacted us from the Big Apple, which is where both Caroline and himself live. It felt really strange to be chatting across the other side of the world to a client. But I've done it twice now, the first was for a wedding happening not far from the studio, but the client resides in Australia (blog to follow in august).
Jess and Callum's wedding at Danby Castle.
Danby Castle Weddings.
Danby Castle is one of the most beautiful wedding venues I get to work at. Situated in the famous North York Moors National Park, with the river Esk meandering it's way towards the seaside town of Whitby down below. The sheep bleating in the surrounding fields and occasional steam train passing by. What more do you want in a venue?
Danby Castle Weddings
The medieval castle provides a perfect backdrop to any event, especially on day like this, bright warm sunshine makes the venue extra perfect. Both Carolyn and Phil always make you feel welcomed and looked after. I should know, I've sampled their hospitality on lots of occasions over the past 11 years. This time I was treated to a beautiful Steak pie and vegetables - now that's what I call wedding food.
The Ceremony room is very intimate and is always decorated gorgeously. Callum and Jess's wedding was just that. The ceremony is a very emotional time. Plenty of laughter, love and or course tears. The first glace of Jess as she walked down the isle was one of love, the smile returned from Jess was beaming. These guys are so much in love.
The ceremony a very emotional time.
Jess and Callum were the model couple, Callum looking as dapper as ever and Jess taking everyone's breath away with how beautiful she looked. It just added to the perfect day.
Natural confetti looks so much better
I also had the privilege to work alongside Sooze from Applewood Films. We both agreed that after the festivities, we had to utilise the weather and the surrounding countryside. A quick trip was organised to the surrounding moors just before the first dance.
It was lucky, in which case, that I had spent the evening before valeting the car........
Luna the SMAX
The early evening light was uninterrupted and beautiful on t'moors. Well worth the effort.
I love capturing clients before their big day. This Rushpool Hall pre-wedding photo shoot was no different. I have worked with Nicola before and knew how crazy she could be.
Portrait photography is something I've been capturing for the past ten years. I love it. I get to meet so many different families. From small families, new families and families that have been spread out all over the place. All coming together for a precious family portrait.
Jonathan & Emma pre-wedding Whitby photoshoot
I love Pre-wedding whitby photoshoots, It's somewhere that I've been going since I was a small boy. The Micro locations within Whitby itself are fantastic, the pier, beach, cobbled streets and of course the beautiful abbey.
However on this very cold and sunny day, we chose the pier for the focus of our shoot. Still with views of the abbey in the background. It was remarkably quiet too which was nice, the pier was almost ours for the taking.
It was lovely to catch up with both Johnathan and Emma, especially as their big day is happening at the Stables Crossbutts, and is just around the corner. They are really natural together and a very fun loving couple. This makes my job a little easier, as the images speak for themselves. I simply have to capture their emotion and laughter.
If you would like me to capture your wedding day then drop me a line.
The first dance is always a nervous time for the bride and groom. Over the past year, I've seen an increasing amount of brides and grooms inviting the guests up halfway through the dance. This I think takes the focus off them.
The first dance is a wonderful part of the wedding day, steeped in tradition. It's there to signify the official opening of the dancing on the evening and in early days was considered a fertility ceremony. The handing of a bride from her father to her husband.
For me , as a photographer, it either goes one of two ways. The bride and Groom do the shuffle. Where they stay together and literally sway. Photography wise, this is hard to capture, it like a constant hug. The other way is when the bride and groom really get into the swing of things and show some real emotion and some fun.
Now that gives me some interesting emotion to capture. I've had everything from the real slim shady to the loving songs of Ed Sheeran. Yet no one has ever taken on the time warp! now that would be a first dance worth capturing........ Challenge anyone?
A wedding is all about capturing emotion. The father of the bride dance give a real opportunity for just that. That proud mum in the background.
If you're interested in me capturing your first dance, along with the rest of your beautiful wedding day, then drop me a line.
Callum and Jess's Pre-wedding photoshoot
For a pre-wedding photoshoot on location you need nice weather. It was meant to be one of the warmest weekends of the year so far or so they said. At 9am on a February morning walking along the promenade on Saltburn sea front. It certainly didn't seem it. Mind you it woke me up a little.
It didn't seem to phase Callum or Jess, perhaps it's an age thing, but let not go there.
Their wedding is next month, as with most wedding clients, I like to do a pre-wedding photoshoot. I feel it settles any nerves in front of the camera before the day.
I usually team it up with a nice cuppa to have a chat and get to know the clients a little better plus find out some more details of the wedding day.
Trust me a cuppa was well earned on the pre-wedding photo shoot and the nerves. They hadn't any you can see by the images they are so much in love. I could of had several camera around them and it wouldn't have phased them.
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How much should you really pay for wedding photography ?
Wedding photography, Well, lets start with what your paying for firstly shall we? after all a wedding photographer just taking pictures don't they? ... Any photographer produces a product. That product no matter what quality has a cost, agreed?
That overall cost of the wedding photography will depend upon the quality of the final product and which photographer your booking....this is were it becomes a little complicated. Lets try and simplify this a little.
When your wedding photographer is just taking those pictures you hired them to take, this is what your actually paying for........
Firstly, the photographer's time to actually turn up for meetings, the wedding day, pre-shoot and any further associated meetings.
Secondly, there's the travel to said meetings and wedding day in a reliable car so they can get to those meetings without breaking down. That car requires servicing, fuel, insurance and tax.
Most importantly, The photographer needs some camera kit, working on a low budget camera equipment will limit the lighting it can be used in, limit the clarity of the final image and then there reliably to consider. Where as a good quality camera will counteract all those points. So theres The camera body, lens, tripod, memory cards, laptops, flashes, batteries etc. But they cost money and to carry two systems like any good wedding photographer should - that's double the money.
Then there's the computer systems to buy to process the images Whether it be a PC , MAC or laptop then require will require something fast and have lots of storage. Not forgetting the hard drives to make back-ups, online accounts to pay for, memory cards etc.
The time and cost involved in processing the images from back -up stage, lightroom and photoshop to proofing and completion. This again depends on the photographer, I've heard stories were this doesn't happen, in my eyes there should always be time to look over the images and do minor adjustments. After all they should be perfect its your big day.
The photographer will require some promotion to bring new bookings in and a website. The only way to work in this technologically advancing modern world. but they cost money.
A phone line and broadband so you they can answer your messages on everyones beloved social media.
In some cases an actual place of work, for example a studio. I've personally always worked from a studio and never from home, this I feel gives a better and more professional front for my business. But that leave rent, electric, business rates that need paying.
Accounting fees and of course the lovely tax man get some of your money.
The photographers living expenses, they may have children to support and feed. They will need a wage!
now you never see all that listed in a wedding photography package do you?
So your paying for all that! You should really question a photographer who only charges £300 for a whole day wedding photography package!
So just stop, think and remember a photographer is still a human being and they don't just take pictures.......
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Matthew and Vicky's wedding was very intimate affair and took place in the conservatory of the Gisborough Hall. Its a really special place at christmas, the warmth of the christmas lights and the smell of pine from the tree, presumably cut fresh from the estate, tucked neatly into the corner really brings a cosy feel to the evenings wedding.
I love Pet photography and for those of you that don't know the studio, me or the business. I have a two very pampered pooches that come to the studio everyday with me. They sit in the office and occasionally get a fuss of clients.
Sam & Sarah | Crathrone Hall Weddings
I love Crathorne Hall Weddings, especially this time of year. It was a lovely crisp winters morning, the snow was freshly laid. The bitterly icey wind blew around the court yard at Crathrone Hall. But that didn't put Sarah off when she arrived in style and stepped out on to the snow.
Sam already looked very dapper awaiting the arrival of his beautiful bride inside Crathorne Hall.
The weather gave me a chance to capture parts of Sam and Sarah's day a little differently. I found myself becoming obsessed with footstep and undisturbed snow. The early even light gave a little warmth to the images too. However just after the image below Sarah had a little mishap and fell. Luckily my finger was on the shutter and snapping away.
This was the result......
Which got a fab interaction on my Facebook page.
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I don't like to over complicate my child portrait photography. You see these images on facebook and other social media with fake backgrounds and false christmas trees. To me that detracts the viewer eyes away from the most important part of a image, the subject. Beit a child, a pampered pooch or a model.
So he's proposed to you and lucky for him you said yes. The first things you'll want to do is choose the wedding venue. The single most important thing you choose for the wedding in my opinion. More than the dress!
Well this is a tricky blog to write, one that I feel I need to write. Obviously, I can’t speak for any other wedding photographer, but I've heard stories from various clients that some photographers just copy the images from their camera direct to disc or USB and present them.
Ben & Jade - The Arches Country House
The Arches Country House, had to wait until the guest had endured the bitterly cold start to the day. Through the warmest of jackets the winter wind was piercing. Awaiting the arrival of the beautiful Jade the guests and Ben were huddled together in the church entrance . Luckily the church was warm and inviting on such a cold day.
The church gave a grand backdrop for the first set of photographs captured. Churches are a great love of mine. They give such a dramatic backdrop to the bride and groom's images but especially when converted to black and white. They really are amazing pieces of engineering with their huge windows and tall ceilings.
The reception was nestled in the scenic North Yorkshire coast. The Arches country house is one of my all time favourite venues. Based in Brotton, almost on the cliff edge, the views are usually fantastic. Unfortunately on such a cold day as Ben and Jades wedding they didn't really get chance to benefit from them. The venue matched exactly what everyone needed for the day, it was small intimate and cosy and was somewhere to spend the evening.
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