Well, this wedding reads like a “Who’s who” of the North West wedding industry! And what a bloody pleasure it was to be involved in from start to finish! I LOVED shooting Donna and Wayne’s West Tower Wedding Photographs – the day was literally amazing
It’s here! The blog post all about my recent Masterclass in Locations, Lighting & Posing. This work shop does what it says on the tin. It was all about choosing great locations, using lighting creatively (a mix of natural light, video and constant light sources, off camera flash and location lighting) and posing your subject.
Me, TWENTY photographers, an amazing team working with me – it was always going to be a blast!
We started off early doors prepping our model, the gorgeous Sarah, for the day ahead. We’d been bold. We wanted to do three full changes on the day, including a bridal look and we knew we didn’t have much time to spare in between shooting. But that’s where the awesome team comes into play. Paisley Gamble Hairdresser and Kerry Baker Make Up Artist alongside my gorgeous wife Emma (from LOVE Bridal Boutique!) ensured that Sarah looked amazing and was ready in an unbelievably short time!
Massive thanks have to go to Jenny from The Lowry for letting us use the interior of this amazing building, Howard Wing for working with the photographers on all things marketing and networking and generally how to be an amazing wedding supplier, to Joe & Karin from Pinchjo’s Tapas bar and restaurant in West Didsbury for hosting the ‘after party’ and to Andy Murphy DJ for spinning the tunes and ensuring that everyone suitable embarrassed themselves singing karaoke
So to start off, some instagram ‘behind the scenes’ photos courtesy of Howard, Kerry and Emma…
Getting things started – this is what I shot on the day…
Some of the attending photographers have been kind enough to share some of their images from the day – I LOVE seeing how differently everyone has framed images, processed them and really put their own stamp on them
And then it was party time….it started off relatively sensibly as overall, this was part of the workshop to encourage a little bit of ‘networking’ – amongst the attending photographers and all the involved suppliers as well as some of my other wedding supplier friends I’d invited to join us for the evening – it was great to see Sian from Didsbury Flower Lounge, Tom from Silk Wedding Films, Helen and Pete from We Are Life, Ben and Kate from Thyme Out Deli and Catering and Helen from Macleod Bradley
But then the rounds of jagermeister started and it all got a bit nuts…!!!
…and got ridiculous quite quickly…!!!
Finally, a huge thank you to Jo Eardley for assisting on the day and shooting the party images for us – great work Jo!
Keep your eye on my Facebook page for more Workshops, Masterclasses and Training experiences (not all finish with a party I’m afraid!)
Words can’t actually describe how much fun this wedding was – Jack & Stephen like to party. So do their friends and family. Hard. As a complete bonus I was also working with some of my favourite people in the wedding industry, Silk Wedding Films, Howard Wing, Precious Things and Flossy & Leigh. It doesn’t get much better! I laughed from minute one of the day and didn’t stop until I was halfway home that night – a truly brilliant wedding.
Jack & Stephen – thank you so much for having me along to take your Shrigley Hall Wedding Photographs. I had an awesome time with you guys
This was an ace wedding from start to finish. Styal Lodge Wedding Photographs are always special. It’s amazing how sometimes even from week to week it can look so different depending on the weather, what’s sprung up in the garden, whether people are having their drinks reception inside the amazing wooden lodge or basking on the terrace – it’s just such a stunning venue. I was also excited to be working with my great friend and recently crowned “Best Wedding Entertainer in the UK” in The Wedding Industry Awards, Howard Wing. I was also working with another great friend and also award winning – Andy Murphy, “Best Wedding DJ in the North West” in the same awards!
For the past couple of years I’ve done a round up of my favourite photographs from the previous 12 months, from weddings, pre-wedding shoots, other wedding related styled shoots and personal stuff.
I seem to have shot more than ever this year and with so many amazing things happening this year (Opening Love Bridal Boutique with Emma, winning North West Wedding Photographer of the year in The Wedding Industry Awards, working closer than ever with some of the UK’s top venues and wedding suppliers) I’ve decided to dedicate this blog purely to weddings. I didn’t want to water down the amazing wedding experiences I’ve had this year and so I’ll be adding 2 or 3 more ‘A year in…’ blog posts over the coming weeks…so watch this space…!!!
So, I’m sticking rigidly to the formula I’ve always used for these ‘Best of’ blog posts – only ONE image from each wedding I’ve shot in 2012 is allowed.
Which is hard.
I’m lucky enough to work consistently with brides and grooms who are 100% excited about their day. Not just about the photography, but about their venue, their entertainment, their videographer, their ceremony, their florist.
Which makes my life really easy.
I don’t have to convince people that certain things are a good idea – they’ve got their own ideas that they involve me in and we work on ideas and are creative together.
This is an awesome way of working And this means that I shoot A LOT of images at every single wedding that I absolutely love. And to cut them down to my very favourite, single image from each wedding is something that breaks my heart! But I do it because it’s fun too!
Some of the choices are really hard but I make these decisions with my head AND my heart.
What I love about them from a technical point of view in some cases, but more often than not, what I love about the moment, the look, the tears, the laughter, the feel of the photograph.
And there they are below.
Some of them were easy, some of them were really hard, for very many different reasons.
Some of them don’t feature the groom, some of them don’t feature the bride – some of them feature neither! (And they’re the REALLY difficult ones to actually finally make a decision on – but it’s just because something grabbed me that represents the overall day)
So one image, from every wedding this year, with a single line to describe why I love that image (and they’re in no particular order!)
Katie & Mark’s wedding at Manchester Town Hall and The Lowry Hotel. Seriously? You need me to tell you why I love this photograph?!?!? How much fun?!?!?
Katie & Kelvin’s wedding at Mitton Hall. I love this because Katie and her bridesmaids had brought umbrellas and wellies in case of rain – and then insisted on wearing them even though the weather was gorgeous!
Katie & Andrew’s wedding at Eaves Hall on New Year’s Eve. I’d promised them something spectacular ahead of the day…and didn’t quite know what that was going to be until it went dark…
Gemma & Matt’s Bartle Hall Hotel wedding. Because sometimes you’ve just got to embrace our wonderful British weather…
Carly & Ian’s wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn. Because we got weather like this in FEBRUARY!!!
So a very brief thank you to all my brides and grooms for being nothing else but awesome! And thank you for continually giving me the opportunity to have such an amazing day ‘at the office’ every time I shoot a wedding
…Jonny Draper Photography!!! How awesome is that?!?!
A massive thank you to all my amazing brides and grooms who voted for me to be shortlisted initially and a huge thank you to the judges at The Wedding Industry Awards for recognising what I do
It is a huge honour to have won – I was standing shoulder to shoulder with some of the best wedding photographers not only in the North West, but in my opinion, the UK, and to be judged as being the best is something that I can’t quite get my head around…
This blog post contains a single image from each wedding that I shot within the voting period (which was REALLY hard to choose!) as an extra thank you to my amazing brides and grooms for trusting me, for pushing me to raise the bar at every wedding, for not thinking I’m a little bit mental with some of the suggestions I sometimes make and for voting for me in these awards. Thank you so much to each and every one of you
These images are in no particular order – I love them all equally
So here we go:
A big thank you once again to all of my amazing brides and grooms and a special thank you to the following people for all of their help, love, advice, support, constructive criticism, recommendations and mickey taking (not necessarily in that order and all of those things don’t necessarily apply to everyone in the list below
Chris & Pete Draper
Jo, Paul, Megan & Jake Pike
Kate & Ant Roberts
Keith & Pauline Latham
Lisa, Simon & Jacob Johnson
All of our respective extended families!
The Higham family at Styal Lodge
Tom Harrington from Silk Wedding Videos
The Heath family at Heaton House Farm
Annette, Rene & Nic from Top Table
Jane & Jason Thompson from Flower Design
Collette Northover from The Belle Epoque
So now on to the national finals in January in London! I’m excited to be heading there with some of my great wedding industry friends who won their own respective categories, most notably my great friend and TOP entertainer, Howard Wing, to see how we get on against the best in the country…we can dream can’t we…???
Happy Easter! Here’s a little peek at Becky & Dave’s pre-wedding shoot in Castlefield from a couple of days ago…
Becky & Dave get married at the amazing The Great Hall at Mains in July and it’s going to be a belter! My great friend and Dad for the 2nd time as of this morning, Howard Wing (congratulations Howie & Sam and your new addition, little Lincoln!) will be doing his thing – always incredible – and everyone is sure to have the best day ever! Can’t wait!
Here it is! My TOP60 of 2011! (I tried to make it TOP40 but I just couldn’t cut it down any further!) Another amazing year at Jonny Draper Photography filled with awesome experience after awesome experience. Another year of meeting some of the loveliest people you could ever possibly wish to meet and another year of working at some of the best venues and with some of the best suppliers in the wedding industry. To all of my brides and grooms and to all of my wonderful wedding friends – thank you for making 2011 an absolute joy. I’m looking forward to more of the same this year!
So without further ado, my favourite images in no particular order. As with my 2010 review, I set myself a couple of simple rules so as to (hopefully!) not bore you to tears reading this blog post and instead let you just look at and enjoy the images. The rules were: Only 60 images (I worked out that I shot over 100,000 images last year so it’s been a bit of a task to cut them down again!) and only a simple line about each one. Here we go…!!!
The gorgeous Poppy at Styal Lodge modelling for our ‘Future of Vintage’ shoot as featured on English Wedding (you can see the whole shoot HERE) We could have been in Ibiza the weather was that good! One of my iconic images of 2011 – so much so that it is about to be hung on our lounge wall!
Katie & Colin’s Grange over Sands wedding – I love a happy and full dance floor!
Bev & Phil’s pre-wedding shoot. Seedy? Nah….!!! I love the colours! (And so did they!)
Bev & Phil’s wedding at The Ashes in Staffordshire. Taking a few minutes out at their stunning venue…
I’ve heard rumours about photographers not allowing guests to take pictures at weddings they shoot – obviously I don’t roll like that, but even if I did, I’d have struggled to stop Lisa & Eric’s guests at Thornton Manor!!!
Alexis & Adam’s wedding at Mitton Hall. Wowsers. What a gorgeous evening for the the most gorgeous couple. Ali & Adam REALLY loved everything about their wedding and the photography and were so keen to use their amazing venue to it’s full potential. As with all the images in this post, I could have used hundreds of images from their wedding, so it was tough cutting it to this one. But I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a worthy entry!
Another Mitton Hall wedding, this time Jenna & Chris’s big day (that’s not Chris on the left by the way!) – I just loved Jenna & her bridesmaid’s matching Vivienne Westwood shoes!
Ridiculous gin based behaviour at Kate & Ant’s wedding. Love it!
Chips by the river for Carrie & Rob and their bridal party at their wedding at Oddfellows in Chester – don’t think I need to say anything else!
Chrissie off of Chrissie & Louis at their pre-wedding shoot at Tatton Park – how gorgeous?!?!
Catherine from Catherine & Will arriving at church. Who cares that it’s raining? This is a gorgeous shot!
Awwww…Jacqui & Will at Styal Lodge – I love them so much! They are the nicest couple in the world!!!
Vicki off of Vicki & Stuart having a race with her bridesmaids at Browsholme Hall. As you do!
One of my all time favourite images. The gorgeous Ruth at The Ashes in Staffordshire. It’s just so ethereal and beautiful!
Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Just because it’s so iconic.
A rather special moment at Louise & Tom’s wedding in Bristol where the ‘do not climb on the cow’ sign was very much ignored…
The first shoot I did for Black White Denim in Wilmslow, Cheshire. My favourite model who’s not a model, Ella…
Jess & Mike’s Manchester pre-wedding shoot. Because it doesn’t get cooler than this…
Charlotte & Teddy’s (and Ellie-Belle Balbier!) Tatton Park engagement shoot. The loveliest couple on a stunningly beautiful and colourful autumn day…
Another of my all time favourite images taken at Hannah & Jason’s Styal Lodge wedding – I LOVE a moody sky!
Big red wedding bus at Steph & Kris’s Manchester Town Hall wedding! Love it!
I think it’s the colours that do it for me. And the expressions on Ali & Adam’s faces! A BRILLIANT pre-wedding shoot at Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury…
Because people only smile like this when it’s the best day ever… Polly and Paul’s Albright Hussey Manor wedding…
Rebecca & Andrew taking 5 minutes out on the beach on their way to Lytham Hall. Because they could. I love a bride who loves her dress but doesn’t worry about it!
Mrs Angela Doran. Because Emma & I love you!
One for the boys AND girls. A sports car (Lotus Exige for anyone who’s a car geek like me!) AND a man in uniform! What’s not to like?! Mike from Jess & Mike outside Styal Lodge…
Lisa & Alex’s ‘secret’ West Didsbury wedding! I love this shot of them enjoying fish and chips inFrankie’s Fish Bar on Burton Road!
Laura & Simon’s Thornton Manor wedding – you can feel the atmosphere in this shot, I just love it…
Louise & Andy’s Mitton Hall wedding – Bags of attitude!
Vicky & Jamie at The Lowry Theatre – how cool is it that we were allowed to shoot in the theatre?!?!
My great friend Howard Wing getting a ‘Love Train’ going at Paula & Andy’s Barton Grange wedding – that was before the speeches had even started! That’s how good he is!
Little Lola Fox. Cute as you like!
Hayley & Matthew’s Blackpool pre-wedding shoot. The wanted the glitter ball to be a feature. So that’s what we did! Ace!
Rachael’s portfolio shoot in Manchester. Because we got her to sit on a wall on the 5th floor of a carpark and she was up for it…
Dawn & Phil’s Sandhole Oak Barn wedding. We shot some gorgeous images of them after the wedding breakfast and this one of them having a few minutes to themselves is one of my faves. What a lovely couple they are too…
Catherine & Richard. It’s all in the look…
Emma & Pete and a couple of their hilarious mates – what’s not to like about this pic?!?!
Jess & Terry’s wedding. Another wedding where I could have used hundreds of images for this post, but this was my fave (sorry you didn’t feature Tez! Although you DID like it so you DID go and put a ring on it!!!)
Jordana & Ben at the windmill on the green in Lytham. Because Jordana still has it as her profile pic on Facebook – I’m glad she loves it as much as I do!
Nicky & Graham at Styal Lodge. I wanted to give them a different perspective to the now famous ‘platform’ at Styal Lodge – and it worked beautifully!
Louise from Louise & Andy on their pre-wedding shoot at The Inn at Whitewell. They wanted to do something a bit different. So they got REALLY dressed up and then we went for a walk in the country! Cool hey?!
Tiz & Rich – once again, it’s all about the look…
Andrea & Andy’s Inn at Whitewell wedding. Just to prove that even hotel corridors look awesome in wedding photographs…
Ashley Margolis shoot (Ricky from Hollyoaks) Ash wanted something a little bit cooler than his usual headshot/agent card images so we spent a morning shooting some properly cool stuff around Castlefield…
Mel & Jivko’s Conwy Castle wedding. Check that view out!
Katie & Nick’s big finish to their first dance at Albright Hussey Manor! As choreographed by my good friend Ailsa Baker!
Tanya & Paul’s Bartle Hall wedding – I love them stealing a minute away from it all just before their first dance…
Check out that smile on Nat’s face! Proof that rain doesn’t dampen spirits on anybody’s wedding day!
Jamie & his groomsmen at Stirk House having a little loosener before the ceremony!
Recently featured on their wedding ‘sneak preview’ on my blog – I love this shot of Ali & Adam kissing under the mistletoe at The West Tower…
Another Black White Denim shoot – featuring the very lovely Charlotte. Simple, elegant and incredibly beautiful…
Weddings are all about interactions and reactions – I love the look on Maria’s face as her and John are applauded into the room at Rookery Hall…
Sophie in a stunning gown from The White Closet at The Styal Lodge Open Evening. Because it was such a fun evening!
Julie & Jamie’s pre-wedding shoot in Liverpool. A ‘Friends’ moment…!!!
The gorgeous Stacey on The Vintage Wedding Dress Company shoot forThe White Closet at Willow Pool in Lymm. As featured on Love My Dress HERE!
Carly & Ian’s Manchester pre-wedding shoot. Because they drink alcohol that is on fire. And they’re particularly gorgeous and lovely!
This seemed a particularly appropriate image to end on! Lucy & Ian’s friends at their Lyme Park wedding getting stuck into Jagerbombs! Cheers!
So there it is. My 60 favourite images. Beautiful brides and grooms, wonderful moments, new friends, I loved every minute.
A huge thank you to the following people for their continued support and for contributing so much to such an incredible year:
Chris & Pete Draper
Jo, Paul, Megan and ‘Bump’ Pike
Katie & Anthony Roberts
Keith & Pauline Latham
Jane & Jason Thompson
Richard, Sarah, Georgie, Poppy & Franny Higham
Nikki, Rich, Jessica & Charlie Graeme
Charlotte Balbier & Ed Bedford
Jo Davies, David Bell, Charlotte, Lucy and all the girls at Black White Denim
Helen Corr & Pete Ruane
The Northwest Photographer ‘drink up’ massive
My lovely mates
And last but my no means least, all of my amazing brides and grooms!
This wedding was so much fun! And was soooooo emotional! In fact, it had every single positive emotion you can think of attached to it – it was ace!
Jess & Terry were married at The Oaks Hotel in Burnley and I was lucky enough to work with two of my favourite wedding people (one of who I’m married to…but I’m not saying which one!)Howard Wing, entertainer extraordinaire and Emma Draper Make-Up Artist (TOP make-up artist!)
I arrived as bridal preparations were fully underway…
Terry was busy downstairs saying hello to all the guests…
How about that for a sequence full of emotion?! I was in bits down at the front!
My main man Howard Wing doing his thing…
After the wedding breakfast Jess, Terry and I sneaked off for a few minutes to get some awesome images just of the two of them…
First dance time!
Second dance time! All the hens…can you guess what they’re dancing to???
Terry DID like it so went and put a ring on it! Nice work girls – brilliant performance!
Congratulations Jess & Terry – I hope this posting finds you well on your honeymoon?!?!