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Getting Weddy…

Is there a better feeling than finding the exact thing you’re looking for, even though consciously, you don’t know what that is?  I’m not talking about a future V&A exhibition of cultural iconic inspirational style (although my tartan bondage trousers from back in the day underpinned my fashionista status).  I’m talking about walking into a high street shop and hanging from the racks, like the grapes growing for a cabernet sauvignon, is the best outfit you’ve seen all day, all week or even all year. Then to try it on and for it not to feel like it’s as tight as a sausage skin or as loose as a dewlap. If it fits and it fits well then there is no better feeling as you walk tall to the till. (yes you will have a bag and if you’re paying top dollar, you want it wrapping in tissue, tied with a ribbon and a bow like they do on Pretty Woman, when they realise she’s a sex worker with a rich punter).  A new item of clothing makes me feel good, it gives me confidence and the whole experience makes me happy.

Getting wedding ready or as I like to say getting weddy (literally just made that up), whether it’s formal, semiformal, cocktail or casual, there is no better feeling than pulling tags off clothes, stickers off shoes and that little stitch that you can’t snap with your bare hands for fear of damaging your new socks.  This feeling isn’t gender specific it can happen to any of us and I’m thankful for it.  The downside (there has to be), is when you wear this outfit again for another wedding where none of the guests from the previous wedding will be in attendance, you will NOT feel that same spark you felt the first time.  So enjoy, savour and bask in that feeling, until the next time and there will be a next time. In the words of Calvin H, I put on my shoes and I’m ready for the weekend, I put on my shoes and I’m ready for the weekend, I put on my shoes and I’m ready for the weekend, I put on my shoes and I’m ready for the weekend, weekend, weekend, weekend…

father and son getting ready for the wedding, grandad in the background checking his tie.

it’s only weather…

Bride looking over her shoulder and Groom looking at the camera, backdrop is a snow scene drive at Woodhill Hall, the drive is tree lined and the couple are hugging
Danny & Charlotte on the driveway at Woodhill Hall…
Bride and Groom at Woodhill Hall, silhouette against a Winter blue sky, bride is holding onto the groom and they are looking at each other
Danny & Charlotte looking at each other, looking out from Woodhill Hall…

It only rains twice a year in the North East of England, April to July and September to November, this is of course a joke, but we do spend way to much time worrying about the weather and even more so when we have an important event on the horizon. We have apps, websites, news bulletins throughout the day and we can even pop our heads out of the door.

The speed at which weather fronts move can vary and the fronts can also change direction and weaken, so the further ahead the forecast is predicting, the less reliable it is likely to be. The Michael Fish Effect, is a term used by British weathermen, which is to predict the worst case scenario to avoid embarrassment (google him for the full Fish tale).

I recently photographed a beautiful wedding at Woodhill Hall in Otterburn Northumberland. The temperature varied from 3 to -3 degrees outside, but the wedding was heart warming all day. Danny and Charlotte loved the fact that their wedding day was cold, crisp and bright and all their guests made it from Teesside to Northumberland.

The groom (Danny) was important, but the bride (Charlotte) was my priority when it came to shooting outdoors. A man in a 3 piece suit isn’t going to feel the cold as much as a lady in a stunning wedding gown. Thankfully Charlotte was brilliant and there was no way I was leaving Woodhill Hall without a selection of outdoor location images (It would have been like visiting Middlesbrough and not trying a parmo).

The moral of my ramblings is that a wedding day is a story and every story is unique, the weather will add to your day and determine how your story is told, but there will still be a start, a middle and an end.

Eat, drink and be merry…

I don’t enter awardsvery often...

MPA award winning images Bride looking up to camera surrounded by her bridesmaidsMPA award winner young boy with his ponyMPA award winner Little girl in bluebellsMPA award winner studio portrait of a young boy in bracesMPA award winner studio shot of a baby laughing in black and whiteIt’s been four long years since I have entered a photography competition.  TBH (to be honest, if you’re over 40), I’m rubbish!  I struggle with the selection of images, then I struggle with the IT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH curse and finally I hate not coming away with a win…  This year I decided I’d be more proactive on the competition front and for starters I’d enter the MPA North East Region awards (The Master Photographers Association (MPA) is THE qualifying body for professional photographers).  For the North East regions awards I decided that I’d use social media to help me with my selection (that means you, if you like or view my stuff).  So I went through my recent posts on all platforms (including views on Instagram stories) and gathered a mix of portrait and wedding images that had the most likes and views.  With my collection complete I sent them via the internet to North East MPA headquarters and waited for judgement night.

I’m aware as a professional photographer that judges of these competitions are looking for more than emotive images that parents love, the judges are looking at great lighting, hand positions, composition and overall image quality.  The outcome of this little social experiment is that a great image is a great image.  The judge awarded me a number of awards of excellence and the overall winner of DOCUMENTARY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR for the North East Region 2018.  So I’d like to buy you all a drink (obv a joke that I threw in to make sure you’re still reading) and I thank you for your continued support of OUR (mine & Lynn’s) little photography business on Norton High Street.  If you’ve not been in for a while, maybe it’s time you had some new family or children’s portraits taken.

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

Pretty as a pictureat Headlam Hall

bride and groom image taken at Headlam Hall colour image usig gelsI’ve photographed and seen many changes over the years at Headlam Hall.  I remember when the stable lounge was a swimming pool (true story).  My itinerary of wedding venues over the past couple of years has been scattered like feeding corn to hungry ducks.  From week to week and wedding to wedding I’ll find myself in Northumberland then Teesside and back again.  Discovering places and venues from sat nav to real life.  These are exciting times for a creative wedding photographer, my work is changing and improving with every new location and every visit back to an old favourite.  I’m seeing new angles for wedding photography and learning new techniques to implement when the opportunity arises.  From a technical point of view, I’ve changed all my lenses and I’m loving the lowlight situations I can now create in. Thank You to all my lovely couples for coming on the journey with me and booking me for more exciting times ahead… x

Even the cake is in tiers…wedding photography at Newton Hall

bride and groom captured during the speeche both have tears in their eyes.When I have my pre wedding chat with every couple I photograph, we cover timing’s on the day, first names of the immediate party, any specific must have images to be taken, which other top class wedding suppliers have been booked to help the day run smoothly and any surprises factored into the day.  I’ll then process all this wedding day information and make handwritten notes, which gives me a blueprint of the days festivities.  Each wedding is photographed using this foundation information as a guide, the structure that surrounds the day will come together as each unique day unfolds.  With all my wedding photography experience, I find every wedding has its own groove and I’ve learnt over the years which dancing shoes to pop on.  My favourite images are the ones that could never be planned, these images are about staying on your toes and keeping your eyes open.  As much as I love dramatic stylised images, I still don’t think you can beat a very real moment captured well and this is the reason I still love wedding photography.  If anyone seen me taking this image, I had something in my eye…

Rudby Hall Thank You…Mr & Mrs Shishmanian

At this time of year the only mail we receive through the studio letterbox tends to be either bills or more bills, but this morning our postie hand delivered an envelope with what felt like a card inside (too early I thought for the start of my steady stream of Valentine’s Day cards).

I was correct and the handwritten card inside was a THANK YOU card from Mr & Mrs Shishmanian (Phil and Emma) who had a very stylish wedding reception in October last year at Rudby Hall, Hutton Rudby, North Yorkshire.

Dear Gary,

Just a little note to say a big thank you for all our amazing, wonderful wedding photos!  We love them all and can’t wait to have a wedding album full of them!

Thank you for being wonderful and fun on the day- making us feel totally at ease on the day and adding to the enjoyment of our special day…

Wishing you and your family a very happy 2018.

Love Mr & Mrs Shishmanian.

How good is that!!!

If you’re looking for a photographer to tell your Rudby Hall story, email me with your date and details!

Check out Rudby Hall’s website rudbyhall.com

 

bride and groom embrace at the entrance of Rudby Hall colour image taken at dusk

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