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Father of the bride…

I didn’t want to get to the eve of my daughter’s wedding and be staring at a blank screen, filled with emotion, with a heart overflowing with love and pride and then to find I was suffering with father of the bride writer’s block.  So clutching heaven and hell (my mobile phone), I started making notes.  Armed with the book I’d bought on writing I followed their first masterclass tip, just let the words flow!  Don’t worry about punctuation and spelling (why start now), childhood memories, music we’ve shared, quotes, poems, poached ideas from weddings I’ve photographed and tick box …

Our Visual Culture…

Photography changed the world and it’s how we remember modern history. A compact camera would always come to Whitby with the family for our Summer holiday, ice cream surrounding a smiling face (standard shot) and a combination of family groups in a beer garden with pint pots dominating the foreground, if the weather was good there would be a buried sibling beach shot. The film would stay in the camera from sunshine to snow and by January the film would be popped in an envelope and posted to Truprint. A week later 36 glossy 6″x4″ prints would drop through the …

Yorkshire Wedding Barn

I arrived early at The Yorkshire Wedding Barn wedding of Toby & Kirsty, I’d never photographed there before so I needed plenty of time to take in all the beautiful backdrops for photography.  The Yorkshire Wedding Barn is based just outside Richmond North Yorkshire in the village of Gilling West.  I love photographing weddings at new venues. there is something exciting about new surroundings.  Toby & Kirsty knew instantly that this was the venue for them and I can see why. The room the girls got ready in was like a New York loft apartment with plenty of velux windows …

Laine wants an elephant at her wedding…

Children possess something that all adults have lost, the quality of innocence. I’m going to blog a selection of wedding based questions that I’ve asked children who have been at weddings I’ve photographed and I’m hoping some of that innocence shines through. Thank you to Lanie and Ethan (it was his Mum & Dad’s big day) who were flower girl and pageboy at the wedding of Sarah & Michael at Crathorne Hall. First name – Lanie Age – 8 years old 1) How old will you be when you get married? 24 years old 2) Who will you marry? Ryan …

The things that chilren say…

The things that children say offer an unexpected glimpse into a world that is all their own. Children possess something that all adults have lost, the quality of innocence. I’m going to blog a selection of wedding based questions that I’ve asked children who have been at weddings I’ve photographed and I’m hoping some of that innocence shines through. Thank you to Ava & Isla who were flowergirls at their aunty Sally & uncle Ben’s wedding at Headlam Hall First name – Ava Age – 5 years old 1) How old will you be when you get married? 50 years …

out of the mouths of babes…

What did the alien say to the garden? Take me to your weeder… If you didn’t laugh at this, it’s safe to say your childhood is behind you. Children possess something that all adults have lost, the quality of innocence. I can remember with clarity when my youngest daughter started to lose that quality. She was playing with dolls under our bay window, hidden from the outside world. When I asked why she was huddled with her Barbie, complete with pink VW beetle in such a tight spot, her answer was that she didn’t want to be seen by other …

Goodbye Summer. Hello Autumn…

  Autumn, a season of falling leaves and shorter days… A lifestyle shoot on location at this time of year calls for a great location and the correct light.  When I’m shooting outdoors at this time of year I’ll use everything I can to get the best light and saturated colours from the season.  A reflector or a burst of soft flash combined with a  flame red backdrop or a coppertoned leafy panoramic vista will compliment a location portrait session.  Every year I scout out new local locations that work during the Autumn months, I have also built up some old favourites over the …

The Big Birthday Surprise…

So when your wife announces 3 months before her big birthday that the only present she’d like would be an up to date portrait of her 2 daughters and 2 nieces, as the last one taken was 7 years ago… The girls all agree(1st hurdle), we sort a date(2nd hurdle), the date and time changes a number of times(these girls are busy young ladies).  Fast forward to shoot day(time of shoot changes a further 3 times). The girls have discussed the look and clothing that they like and with permission sorted we head over to Crathorne Hall, I’ve got a …