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a beautiful winter Woodhill Hall wedding

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 …

I don’t enter awards

It’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 …

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 …

Pretty as a picture

I’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 …

Even the cake is in tiers…

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.  …

Rudby Hall Thank You…

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 …

Wynyard Hall Wedding Preview

One of the many things I love about my job is finding new places to shoot and different creative techniques to try.  Aimee & Josh were married in the chapel at Wynyard Hall in the North East of England on Feb 3rd 2018.  The weather went from wet to wetter, but I had a lovely time with them covering the story of their day.  Wynyard Hall has loads of character inside and out, so there was no shortage of indoor places for creative wedding photography. If you are looking for a photographer to tell your Wynyard Hall story email me …