For those of you who know me I don't like using my own children as examples in my portfolio, studio windows, website or on the walls of the studio.
HMS Trincomalee Hartlepool Wedding photography | Mark and Bev
Mark and Bev booked one the most unique venues I've worked at in many a year. The HMS Trincomalee, based in Hartlepool. It gave some very different wedding photographs, both on and off the deck. An intimate wedding, and the venue suited that, the guest all ate in the captains cabin, the first dance was on the lower deck and it gave a really friendly and close feel to the day.Here's just a few images for you to enjoy.
Hunley Hall Golf Club Wedding Photography | Niall and Penelope
It's always perfect working at local venues and it helps to have knowledge of the area, that way you know what to expect. Niall and Penelope had their wonderful day at Hunley Hall Golf Club in Brotton. I know that with every wedding I'm looking to capture emotion and fun. The love between these two was unconditional and fun? Well there was plenty of that throughout the day with the guests, bridesmaid's and of course Nan playing up to the camera. Here's a few from the day for you to enjoy.
Grinkle Park Hotel Wedding Photography | Bryan and Katie
Grinkle Park Hotel has been one of my favourite venues for sometime, I've had the pleasure of working there for the past ten years, I see it as a privilege to work there. It's so friendly and inviting. Bryan and Katie's wedding was no different, when they asked me to capture their wedding at Grinkle Park I couldn't wait. The weather held out for us and even the last few Daffodils kept their blooms for the wedding.The photo opportunities at Grinkle Park are perfect and fit every wedding I have ever covered there. The warm interior to the spacious gardens, Bryan and Katie enjoyed the time away from the guests to capture some images out and about around the grounds, there is certainly plenty of breathing space.Here's a selection of images from the day for you to enjoy.
Black and white photography
You might have seen I have a passion for black and white photography, it captures detail, contrast and offers stupid amounts of clarity. These are things I love to portray in my images, whether it be a family portrait or documenting the story of a wedding day.I see Black and white, unlike the almost fake vintage look Photoshop automated action you see everywhere at the moment, as been timeless. No matter if it is 100 years or captured yesterday Black and white photography is simplistic and elegant.It lends itself to a variety of situations and admittedly it doesn't always work, for example if I have a bride that is sat in a colorful garden, it would be meaningless to have the image black and white, you would loose the feel and the depth of the image.But when I do get chance to shoot Black and white, its not just an "effect" ~ I shoot all my Portraits and weddings using a file format known as RAW, this way the images I capture are pure with minimal processing done by my camera and in the biggest file format I can. This way when I get back to the studio I have the opportunity to "develop" the image manually using Photoshop. and as mentioned before with my Black and white photography, I NEVER use presets, actions or any automating, I process each image individually to make sure each and every image that I produce is exactly what I have in mind.Using this process, although might be time consuming, but it gives me chance to adjust contrast, highlights, shadows, clarity, detail of each image rather than simply pressing a button and Photoshop simply applying an effect. Call it a digital darkroom if you may. I make reference to my early years in photography when I accompanied my father to our darkroom in the loft (see the about page), well these day unlike then, I sit in front of a calibrated PC and Photoshop is my darkroom.To discuss Black and White wedding photography or Portrait photography further contact Stuart.