It's not often I get booked to capture just a wedding reception, however in Kyle and Claudia's case that was just right. You see they had been married earlier in the week in a very intimate ceremony at the beautiful Gretna Green, hence their wedding reception was held at the Golf club in Saltburn.
Laurence Jackson Leavers Prom 2016.
I'm passionate about my job, and when I get asked to capture teens heading to their prom its a proud moment. Its a once in a lifetime event, once they have left school, they wont be doing it again. So for me to be asked to cover their grand entrance its is the utmost honor, something I pride myself in doing. Both Elle and Jack looked stunning, dressed up according to the latest styles, and ready for a night to celebrate their achievements and celebrate the end of their school time.I was lucky enough capture their big sister Abi last year, so its almost become a family tradition.I wish them both every luck in the future.
So your gorgeous other half has popped the question and you've chatted about the date. First thing you'll do is look for a wedding venue. Now if your'e looking in the North East of England, Thats Teesside, North Yorkshire, maybe even the Middlesbrough area, You have so many to choose from. Certainly over the last few years I've been doing wedding photography, I've seen an increase of smaller venues obtaining their wedding licence.Now I always look when starting out at a wedding at placement of things within the wedding venue. For example one (of which I wont mentions any names) has the register signing table backing onto a fire door, so behind your shot you have a fire alarm break glass, a fire extinguisher, and a fire exit. The other side of the room , a lovely wallpapered wall. So why not move the table to the other side? Most of the wedding venues, have fire exit signs and odd placed oddments on the wall or a situation where you cant get away from having a doorway in the background. But when these new venues are setting up why can't they think about the photography aspect? You see its not the photography that will suffer per-say, it will be you the wedding client. Afterall they are your images and of your wedding day.So why can't you the wedding client look to backdrops for us photographers? You have enough on your plate just making sure great aunt Mabel can get there and not fall too many times at the bar. It should be responsiblitly firstly of the venue and secondly there should be good communication between photographer and the wedding venue.Now I get to work at some of the most beautiful wedding venues in the area, my favorite of all time is no secret to anyone , Grinkle Park Hall hotel in Easington. The setting is beautiful, the staff are friendly and no matter what you do wrong you are always treat as part of the team. Now a very close second goes to Gisborough Hall, Guisborough, Rushpool Hall, Saltburn and Judges, Yarm. All have wonderful staff and great surroundings and I love working at any of them. But Grinkle has something I can't put my finger on, that one thing I see to be a hairs width different to other venues. Of course the smaller venues like the Arches Country house, Brotton and The Spa, Satburn, Danby Castle, all fit into that beautiful category, we are really blessed in this area to have so many new, old and indifferent wedding venues. All of which provide a perfect backdrop to you wedding day.Further a field I've had the privilege of carrying out wedding photography at Wynyard Hall, Crathrone Hall, Hardwick Hall, The Treebridge Hotel, The Wainstones hotel, The Whitehouse Hotel and the Crossbutts hotel, Whitby and many more. They say variety is the spice of life and in the North East thats exactly what we have and I love working all of them as a wedding photographer.
I'm Stuart and I'm a photographer.
Firstly lets start with an apology, my ugly mug.Let me introduce myself, Although you could read the "about" page on this site, this is me. My father has always been into photography and trains. My mum Wildlife, so it was only natural that I took an interest from an early age in all, however as soon as I could I got away from the trains. My father hasn't see www.raycam.co.uk as proof. Photography has developed into my passion, I now run my own Studio in Guisborough and have sponsorship for my wildlife photography from Jack Pike. (www.stubrownphotography.co.uk).The early day saw me and my father heading to the darkroom , our loft, to develop his images and the smell of the chemicals still triggers those memories. Although these day the darkroom is digital, I still long to create my own darkroom again and spend the time in there with my son. It saw my taking my interest a little further and entering competitions, which I won. These days I don't get much chance to enter competitions but its time to start again I think.I am a proud family man with two gorgeous children, Jace and Leah, both of which love playing up to the camera and, Jace has even become , by definition, a professional photographer at the age of 3. When he picked my SLR up and snapped a shot of a clients baby, which they later purchased.Discovery Photography has been running from 2008, started when I had my landscape work in my own gallery. This lead to exhibition around the north east and lead to the North York Moors National park asking me to cover some events for them. Although this has stopped now due to government cuts, they still use my images in their publications today. Because people got to know I was covering events for them, I was asked to cover some weddings, they are just events I thought, and low and behold Discovery Photography was born.Photography as become and consumed my life, a day doesn't go by that I aren't reading something online or checking out new accessories or equipment. I literally live photography. Kirsty my other half has referred to the business as my mistress, which to be honest it is.My true interest has become black and white documentary photography, I believe its timeless and the pure raw beauty of the contrast, shadows and detail astound me.For the technical geeks out there I started my life with an Olympus Trip 35mm one of which I still use occasionally today, from there it has been Canon AE1 AE1-Program, EOS 1000F, EOS 5, EOS 10D, EOSE 30D, EOS 5D mk1 (still use as my second camera today) EOS 1Ds mk2 (my main camera) and finally the latest addition the Fujifilm X20.You see having OCD the details in everything i produce have to right, they have to portray the emotion and tell the story I'm capturing. So each and every client, job, brief, fashion shoot or teaching session has to be right and have my full attention.So that's me, if you would like to chat more then why not either call by the studio for a cuppa or contact me. [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="16" gal_title="Stuart Brown Wedding photographer"]
After the successful photo shoot on Monday night it was only right to launch the fantastic arrange and Cherie did it in a glamorous, Charity filled event at the Dickens Inn, Middlesbrough, With live music from the fab Jamie Grey. The evening was a success even though i was only there for just over an hour everyone seemed to enjoy it and the clothing range recived a fabulous welcome. Well done to everyone who put the event together.
Wedding fairs are always a difficult one. Loving meeting new people like we do, we love to chat to perspective clients and it's nice to hear everyone's ideas for the big day. However not everyone wants a photographer. So people blatantly walk by not evening lifting a head to glance at your stand.It's just nice to be in a beautiful venue chatting about what we are passionate about - photography.I always make a point standing by our exhibit to greet each and every person passing by what can I say you're important to us whether you book us or not.
I've been putting this blog off for a while now, the extra large banners of Jacqui around Gisborough Hall stand clear in my mind as if she was there in person.We've been supporting the Pink ladies quest to kick cancer into touch with their charity events for the past few years. This year was no different with pinkfields festival already covered earlier in the year. This was the last time we saw and spoke to the lovely Jacqui, she was suffering with a brain tumor, although positive because the surgeons had decided it was worth operating, she was always so up beat and bubbly, something that made the events go down with a bang. However Jacqui lost her battle a few months ago, this made the Pink Ball extra special and extra emotional.Claire and the girls had gone all out this year, rightly so. It was with a heavy heart, even though the mood was light, I captured the event. The weather reflected this with the torrential rain lashing against the windows outside. The appearance of Claire. Jo, Mandy, Tracey and everyone else there looking beautiful Jacqui would of been proud, especially with Tracey as she wore Jacqui's dress with pride (minus the glittery bits). A guest appearance from the one and only Bernie Slaven gave the lads of the evening something to concentrate one while the ladies emanate from the ora of their beautiful dresses.The evening went by with the greatest of success, I left after a couple of songs from the fabulous Last Anthem but I got the feeling Gisborough Hall was in for one hell of a party.My last thought was the glance I had to the banner with the larger than life image of jacqui on situated in the conservatory, It stood alone and proud. Her eyes pierced straight through me and seem to follow me as I walked by, her smile beaming as if she was their in person - this really hit home as I sat in the car for a good ten minutes before setting off.
RIP JAC MAY YOUR LEGACY LIVE ON THROUGH OTHERS THAT SUPPORT YOUR CAUSE YOU ARE SADLY MISSED BY ALL x.
Well it's come to the time we have closed the door on one adventure saying goodbye to the galley part of our business and open a new door to adventure by expanding discovery photography our main business doing wedding photography, portrait photography and corporate photography all over the North Yorkshire and Cleveland.Since moving the business from Redcar to the beautiful market town of Guisborough we have just become busy and busier with appointments and weddings, meaning we just didn't have the time to keep on top of the gallery as well so we knew it was time to put all our effort and time to what we love photography!So we decided to go ahead full steam, with a full refit, redecorate , revamp and open up with a grand relaunch due to be on the 4th October.Today work really began ripping out the old to make way for the new so anyone passing our studio will have to excuse the way we look at the moment I promise it won't look like that for long. So wish us look and look forward to seeing you all on the 4th October for the grand relaunch with loads of family fun, we have a magician, live music, balloons, guess name of bear, all FREE !!!! So what's to loose come and meet the faces behind the business keep a look out for updates on our progress .......
Having had various chats with Sharon who manages The Arches Country House in Brotton regarding wedding photography lead to he mentioning Pinkfields Festival in aid of cancer awareness.This year been its first year , it was a festival in its infancy.We are always interested in investing our time to help local charities especially one that have a personal touch - check out Kirsty's blog.Pinkfields was held at The Arches country house in Brotton on the gorgeous north east coast. The weather was again a factor that everyone had to take into account, it had been raing for a few days previous and not just light rain, it was HEAVY rain, everywhere was completely saturated and soggy.So with wellys old jeans, waterproof and camera kit we arrived ready to cover the event. The live music, beer tent and kids activities where all in full swing even with the threat of rain.This event been a family event to begin with was a great event for us, no baby sitting we actually had the children with us, Jace enjoying the mud and generally running around.
Most of our blogs are about what we do such as wedding photography or in the studio or other events we cover. This one does include an event you may of already seen the Pinkfields event photo's we shared on our Discovery Photography facebook page. In All of our charity event blogs we miss out an important part, which is our personal reasons why we want to cover such charity events like Pinkfields(cancer awareness). many people might think we do it just for publicity or that we get paid to cover it, This isn't true its not all about money and publicity in business, sometimes such as this event, its personal and close to our hearts, we just simply want to help and want to get involved to raise as much awareness and money we can for the charity.This Charity 'Cancer Awareness' or more specifically' Breast cancer awareness' is one very very close to my heart. Many of us have lost a very close, special person due to some type of cancer, its a heartbreaking event to go through, knowing there is not much you can do but be by their side till the angels take them away.I lost my Gran to this terrible illness after her long battle of breast cancer, i know there was nothing i could do then, but i can try to help others now so they don't go through the same by raising money for research to one day beat cancer and kick its butt.This event stood out more than any other charity event we have photographed because this one we took the kids! yes i know some might say we were working we shouldn't have took them, but let me tell you i have never been prouder of my son Jace-James, he didn't just enjoy playing in the mud he also helped raise money for the charity at just 3 years old he took a charity bucket and a hand full of pink flowers and with his cuteness and cheekiness sold the flowers, ok yes it was abuse as the ladies couldn't say no to his big blue eyes and cheeky little smile, but he sold more flowers in 30 mins than they had sold all day. He also sold a few of his kisses too the little flirt. He was a little star and i am very proud of him and i am sure my gran would be too watching from above as he got a lady to buy him a drink (a soft drink) lol. He even had a go with my SLR camera and got some fantastic shots little photographer in the making :)
This event reminded me that it doesn't matter what age, background or ability you are, this event brought so many people together to do their part and it shows everyone can do their bit and every little helps get one step closer to a cure for cancer
MISS YOU GRAN CISSY RIP
Well Selfies?Selfies~ pictures taken of oneself while holding the camera at arms length. also known as being camera raped, where one person takes many pictures of themself on anothers camera ( ref urban dictionary).Every one does it and everyone has their opinion, I myself take them on a regular basis. They tend to be when i'm out teachingphotography or having a meeting , and they tend to have me in the foreground, tongue out, eyes straining and trying to concentrate on getting the best from my picture. Most people want to take them on their way out for the night or whilst out on a night in a club showing every one what they are up to and how they look, social media is a fab way of getting these instant images out there.Well heres my take on one them .... and of course my radio interview.... ( Just click the link below) BBC Radio Tees interview
Every year a charity ride for the Great North air Ambulance happens in Guisborough forest organised by Guisborough MTB (www.mtbguisborough.ning.com) Which i just so happens that Rory one of their main members is also our sports model when teaching sports photography and a good client, so I owed him a favour.The ride starts from Pinchinthrope visitors centre and heads along the old railway line before doubling back through the town centre and back to the centre. There some people peel off and head back out over the moors for a good mornings ride. Luckily the weather was fine and sunny, a little chilly but riding a in a santa suit ( or present or an outfit for that) will keep you warm enough. We always like to support local charities especially the ones you might use at some point.
Well, we've finally done it. Our very own studio and gallery, its taken two weeks of hard work with help from family and friends to create it, but finally we got to officially open it yesterday for the first time.We had someone who is very special to us to do the honour of cutting the ribbon and declaring it open. Keith Moss has been a personal inspiration to me and last year we had his support in the way of mentor-ship funded by Redcar & Cleveland Council.So to have him open our new studio and gallery seemed very fitting. I remember looking at Keith's website and seeing a bride sat on a piano stool with a grand piano behind her and the chandelier above her, taken at Wynyard Hall. Still, even now it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. That image inspired me to create the very best wedding photography I could and it still does!Keith's mentorship enabled us to tweak things in our business to create the very best we could, he set us on a line in which we could develop our own business but in the right direction.So I would like to thank both Keith and Pat very much for ALL their continued support and friendship, not forgetting Kirsty's Dad, Step mum, Uncle Dave, my mum and dad, Cashel and Sarah, Kirsty's mum, Step Dad and Nana, everyone who helped paint, feed, clean, put up signs...... we couldn't have done it with out all of you.THANK YOU!
Well tonight saw another fantastic line up at redcar bowl. Sherry and the rest of the team have worked so hard to get this event of the ground its nice to see Redcar getting something good happening. Although the council and Tees Valley lesiure seem not to be interested in helping Sherry develop theevent or promote the event, I think she has done a fsntastic job in getting this far. I just hope she doesn't give up.The bands tonight where Paul woods, The Panoramic, The method - there second set due to technical issues on the first one, Raging Jupitor, Default and the KillWe would like to congratulate the winner The Method and The Kill, even though The Method finished ten minutes early they where deserved winners. A gallery and link to the images site will be published when we recieve the model release forms back from Sherry... we have chased her so please keep a look out or contact uswww.discoveryphotography.co.uk/heat2
[singlepic id=252 w=320 h=240 float=left]Well the other night saw the start of the Battle of The Bands 2012 and it certainly saw a good turn out and some amazing bands too.We spent the night with ear plugs in our ear standing right next to the speakers. Sherry from Roundel Events has really made an effort and is trying hard to transform the Redcar Bowl back to its former self. Brining some of the country's top bands to our sleepy little town.Redcar Bowl has seen some of the greats of the years Ozzy Osborne been the one most people want to talk about. So well done to Saints & The Sailors and James Arthur for been joint winners.This heat saw Panda Lasagne, The Method, The Blitz, James Arthur, Rough Justice, The Stroll, Chasing Wilson and Saints & Sailors go head to head.For more information see www.roundelevents.co.uk or for more info on the images see www.discoveryphotography.co.uk/heat1[nggallery id=11]
Well its been a while since we have had chance to blog, we seem to have been busier than ever over the past month. Taking images from Cat & Dogs to family and children for christmas gifts we dont seem to have stopped its certainly been our busiest season yet.Throw into that mix the fact we have been teaching to full booked groups too, there doesn't seem to have been enough hours in the day to fit it all in!!!So rather than adding seperate blogs for each shoot in the gallery blow are a mix of images from both the teaching and our shoots....HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!![nggallery id=10]