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).
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.
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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.......
Interested in me covering your wedding photography? then drop me a line.
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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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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From the moment I arrived I knew it was going to be a beautiful wedding, the bridesmaids and Bride looks out of this world.
I've covered 35 weddings in 2018, it's been hard work, but with a couple like Robert and Laura it made me realise why I do what you do.
I Couldn't of asked for a more model bride and groom. They certain picked the venues perfectly too, St Mary's Church in Norton for the wedding ceremony then on to Grinkle park Hotel for the reception and the nights events.
Alex and Michelle's whole wedding day was at The Arches Country house hotel in Brotton, from start to finish.
Its been too long since I worked at Walworth Castle Hotel. But I couldn't have been picked to capture such a beautiful wedding.
I don't very often get to work in Loftus, the Market town holds a lot of memories for me as a child, but it's not a place I get to as an adult.
OW! first time I've worked at Acklam Hall and suitably impressed. Anna, the lovely young lady that was looking after the wedding, was beyond words, I really felt part of the team and part of the day
Danby Castle | Wedding Photography
It's been a while since I've worked at Danby Castle, although I have known Carolyn since she started the venue back in the day. Danby Castle as a wedding venue has really moved forward over the year. With the opening of the new barn conversion I was really impressed.The new barn gave a very warm, friendly and rustic feel to the reception. Especially as the weather on the North York Moors can be more than unforgiving as we found on the day. There were regular trips outside when the heavy showers had stopped. Peter and Emma were really lucky with the weather, late that evening the skies cleared and left some beautiful cloud formations to frame the view down the Esk valley.It was a perfect end to a perfect day. One of the most enjoyable wedding i've done this year.
St Nicholas Church, Guisborough| The arches Country house | Nick and Abigail
Arches country house was booked for the reception, but first St Nicholas Church in guisborough.
I love working at St Nicholas Church in Guisborough. It always has such a welcoming and warm feel to it. Nick and Abigail's wedding ceremony was no different. The size of the church works well for long distant shots giving some lovely perspective shots as well as letting in some sumptuous light, all leading to some emotional moments.
Nick and Abigail being such a loving couple, it was easy to connect with them and create beautiful images for their day.
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It was lovely to work at Rushpool hall again. It's such a beautiful venue and for such a lovely couple, family for that matter. Mark and Monica had such a relaxed and smooth running day. That gave way to some really relaxed wedding photographs. Just the way I like them. I don't like posing couples too much. I ideally stand them in a location or backdrop and let the love and natural interaction take place. This way I'm not intrusive at all as a wedding photographer.If you're interested in booking me to cover your Rushpool Hall wedding? which don't forget I offer 15% off at Rushpool Hall, then drop me a line or call the studio on 01287 639117.Interested in Rushpool?