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Our Visual Culture…I've always loved photography

visual bride and groom at sunset, with text over the image
Capturing visual moments is my business.  Just before Maisie and Alan danced together at Le Petit Chateau, we popped outside as the sun dipped enough to catch the top corner of their embrace and 5 mins later we were back indoors for the moves…

Photography changed the world and it’s how we remember modern history.

visual bride close up portrait, shot overhead and the bride is holding a champagne flute at Middleton Lodge
visual close up of bride and groom walking from church in the rain
visual bride and dad entering the room at Crathorne Hall, groom in the foreground emotional

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 letterbox (about 8 of these photos would be keepers) and you’d get a free AGFA roll of 35mm film that would last you another year.

visual bride and groom silhouetted against a winter scene at Charlton Hall
visual Groomsmen walking through a woodland to get to church
brother and sister toddlers at a window at Le Petit Chateau
I love these quick captured candid moments…

fast forward to mobile phone photography where you can take 100 visual images and keep none or possibly one, once you’ve put it through a slimming app (what a time to be alive). The value of the outtakes increases tenfold (loads) over time, but if every image has to be perfect, the finger partially covering the lens shot will be lost forever.

bride and groom at sunset, with the viel blowing at Le Petit Chateau
groom and ushers playing croquet on the lawn at whinstone view
bride and groom stood by twinkle lights at Whinstone View

when I’ve shot and then designed a wedding album I love turning the pages and seeing my images in print.

2 flowergirls running on the lawn at Lartington Hall
bland and white image of bride and dad hugging in the bridal suite at Yorkshire Wedding Barn

“Images in our lives have not lost any of there significance, we just need to look after them better.” – Gary Walsh

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind

 

 

Amazing wedding photographer North East… 

Yorkshire Wedding Barnworking at a new venue is exciting

yorkshire wedding barn silhouette of bride and groom outside barn colour image of the bride and groom embracing in a field at the yorkshire wedding barnI 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 to allow the daylight to stream in and with a private rooftop terrace.  Ideal for candid photography of the girls applying their finishing touches, indoors & out on the terrace.

The groom and his boys where in a cottage far enough away so not to see his bride pre ceremony, but close enough for me to cover his final preparations and get back to the bride before she set off for their outdoor ceremony.

The 2 barns are a brilliant way to have your drinks and hugs over at one barn and then when you’re ready to eat the wedding breakfast is served over at the other.  A very relaxed, but organised flowing day.

From my point of view The Yorkshire Wedding Barn is a lovely mix of stylish contemporary and rustic charm.  I can’t wait to go back and shoot another wedding there (this coming Friday as it happens)…

If you’d like me to photograph your wedding at The Yorkshire Wedding Barn, please get in touch.

Laine wants an elephant at her wedding…(she'll need to pack a trunk)

page oy at Crathorne Hall holding a case with the wedding ringsflowergirl photographed at Crathorne Hall using window light

Flowergirl with her dress hung up in the foreground using window light at Crathorne Hall

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

3) What would you like to eat at your wedding?
Chicken dinner

4) What colour shoes would you wear at your wedding?
White

5) What flavour wedding cake would you have?
Plain

6) What favourite song would you play to dance to?
Pretty Girl by Maggie Lindermann

7) Would you have any animals at your wedding?
an elephant

8) Where would you go on holiday after your wedding?
Disneyland

9) How much do you think your wedding will cost?
£1000

10) If you promise to be married forever, how long do you think forever is?
1000 years

First name – Ethan Age – 5 years old

1) How old will you be when you get married?
5 years old

2) Who will you marry?
No one

3) What would you like to eat at your wedding?
A sandwich

4) What colour shoes would you wear at your wedding?
Brown

5) What flavour wedding cake would you have?
Chocolate

6) What favourite song would you play to dance to?
I think I want to marry you by Bruno Mars

7) Would you have any animals at your wedding?
A Cheetah

8) Where would you go on holiday after your wedding?
Spain

9) How much do you think your wedding will cost?
£21

10) If you promise to be married forever, how long do you think forever is?
22 hours

The things that chilren say…hilarious, cute & unexpected

little girls running on the lawn at Headlam Hall in black and whiteThe 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 old

2) Who will you marry?
My boyfriend

3) What would you like to eat at your wedding?
Cake

4) What colour shoes would you wear at your wedding?
White

5) What flavour wedding cake would you have?
Vanilla

6) What favourite song would you play to dance to?
Shut up and dance

7) Would you have any animals at your wedding?
wouldn’t have any

8) Where would you go on holiday after your wedding?
Las Vegas

9) How much do you think your wedding will cost?
£58

10) If you promise to be married forever, how long do you think forever is?
26 years

First name – Isla Age – 4 years old

1) How old will you be when you get married?
20 years old

2) Who will you marry?
My boyfriend

3) What would you like to eat at your wedding?
Soup

4) What colour shoes would you wear at your wedding?
Pink

5) What flavour wedding cake would you have?
Banana

6) What favourite song would you play to dance to?
Little Mix

7) Would you have any animals at your wedding?
A unicorn, but just a mini one

8) Where would you go on holiday after your wedding?
Las Vegas

9) How much do you think your wedding will cost?
100 pennies

10) If you promise to be married forever, how long do you think forever is?
20 years

out of the mouths of babes…wedding questions answered by children

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 children (she was 21 years old after all, that’s an old joke, but still funny).
When I’m walking down the street listening to my tunes I’d love to burst into song and even bust a couple of moves, but sadly my childhood innocence is long gone and has been replaced with adult self-consciousness.
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. The first lot of my wedding based questions have been answered by 8 year old Mia. I photographed her Mum & Dad’s wedding at Wynyard Hall earlier this year.

First name – Mia    Age – 8 years old

1) How old will you be when you get married?
* 28, 1 year older than my mam

2) Who will you marry?
* Mason my friend from school

3) What would you like to eat at your wedding?
* Chicken dinner with chocolate cake for dessert

4) What colour shoes would you wear at your wedding?
* White

5) What flavour wedding cake would you have?
* Chocolate and strawberry

6) What favourite song would you play to dance to?
* Linkin Park – One more light.. (Not going to lie Mia has great taste in music)

7) Would you have any animals at your wedding?
* Yes, a dog

8) Where would you go on holiday after your wedding?
* Mexico

9) How much do you think your wedding will cost?
* £100 (haha is she having a laugh)bride and groom with their daughter, photographed in black and white, montaged with an image of little girl holding a plastic camera.

10) If you promise to be married forever, how long do you think forever is?
* All your life

Goodbye Summer. Hello Autumn…my favourite season

 

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 years and these will subtly change year on year.

I have a handful of props that I bring along to help with the natural finished look of a portrait and sometimes I will just use the environment and props provided by mother nature.  Choice of clothing will play a huge part in the styling of a session.  Scarves, hats and woolly jumpers.  Duffle coats, cardigans and wellington boots. I can help and advise, but I find mum’s know best.

Autumn half term is the last school holiday before Christmas and a great opportunity to book a daytime children’s session, we also have some limited weekend options that are going fast…

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 boot full of photographic equipment and the girls have brought retouch make up.  The next hour was the fun part, using Mum/Aunty Lynn’s big birthday as the reason for 100% cooperation from Emily, Lucy, Evie, Sophie, they threw themselves into the session, casual posing and no cheese was the order of the day!  Once the location shoot was over we all had to arrive back home at different times and not mention a word to Lynn, which proved very difficult as we spend a lot of time talking to her about our day.

02/10/16 at 8.30am a large single colour portrait framed in a broad rustic dark wood frame is handed over to the birthday girl, quickly followed by tears(good ones).  My work here is done and once the birthday celebration dust has settled this portrait will have pride of place in our house.  A moment has been captured  and the value of this will only increase with time…

We had a timeline for this session to take place which is why it happened when it did, but it would have been easy and with good intention to keep putting this off because life kept getting in the way.  All that effort was worth it in the end… x

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