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2011 – A year in photographs…

Family | 05.01.2012

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!!!


Kelly & Mike’s Inn at Whitewell wedding – stunning.  That’s it.


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?!?!


My fave shot from Charlotte Balbier‘s Candy Kisses launch party at Great John Street Hotel in Manchester – a stunning collection and an honour to be involved.


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 in Frankie’s Fish Bar on Burton Road!


Leona.  Beautiful.


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 for The 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:

Emma Draper

Chris & Pete Draper

Jo, Paul, Megan and ‘Bump’ Pike

Katie & Anthony Roberts

Clare Draper

Keith & Pauline Latham

Jane & Jason Thompson

Olivia Jones

Richard, Sarah, Georgie, Poppy & Franny Higham

Tom Harrington

Nikki, Rich, Jessica & Charlie Graeme

Charlotte Balbier & Ed Bedford

Sheree Reece

Howard Wing

Judith Blacklock

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!

Here’s to 2012!


Boston and New York

Personal | 23.06.2011

A few images for your perusal from our recent trip to Boston & New York…

I was shooting for a magazine in Boston and Emma and I were lucky enough to turn the trip into a short break and sneak in a few days in New York on the way home (as well as a couple of days in Boston doing the touristy thing!) Of course, I had my camera with me for work and what a great opportunity to shoot some stuff just for fun while we were there!

Starting in Boston with the statue of Washington that had been turned into a Boston Bruins fan especially for their run (and victory!) in The Stanley Cup. Go Bruins!


Spot the tourists on the Duck Tour (Quack, quack!)


On to NYC…


Will Smith in Battery Park!  Shooting MiB3 – Emma and I just happened to be having lunch as he walked past!


Local basketball league near to our hotel in Soho…


We walked the Brooklyn Bridge back from Brooklyn to Manhattan…





New York City

Commercial | 08.06.2011

Emma and I were lucky enough to be able to turn an amazing wedding shoot in New York last October into a few days away on top of the wedding and as our excitement builds ahead of us flying out to Boston this Sunday for a magazine shoot I realised I never shared any of the none wedding images I shot whilst in NYC last year.  I’m reminded of New York as we’re lucky enough to be able to fly home from Boston next week via 3 nights in New York – which we’re VERY much looking forward to.  Even if it is currently 99 degrees in the shade…

So here’s a handful of my favourites from New York last October.  Don’t be fooled by the blue skies – the temperature was around freezing for most of our time there, so this years trip will be a bit of a contrast!



I want to be a part of it….


2010 – A year in photographs…

Fashion | 10.02.2011

So at long last, when new year and Christmas seem a lifetime ago, I’ve finally put together my list of favourite images from 2010. I had intended to blog this in the first week of January, but I have to say, 2011 has got off to a flyer and I literally haven’t had the chance! But I can’t leave it any longer – here it is, my TOP 40 images from the last year. I’ve given myself a couple of rules – firstly limiting my post to 40 images (nice round number!) and also that I can’t choose more than one image from any one shoot. So it’s been tough – nobody is more critical of my work than myself, but at the same time, as a photographer you often fall in love with so many of the images you take (especially beautiful wedding images) so I’ve been really hard on myself and MADE myself choose! The list isn’t exclusively weddings – it really is a flavour of everything I did last year.

One last thing – in a rather geeky way, I worked out that I took around 75,000 photographs last year. So whittling it down to my favourite 40 was no easy task. But be thankful I haven’t made you sit through all of them!!!

So let’s start with the very beautiful Laura & Ewan’s New Year’s Eve first dance…


Cat & Pete.  The Inn at Whitewell (I got married there!  Have I mentioned that before???)  Taking five minutes out at the bar.  Love it.


Arthi & Jon’s Castlefield wedding.  LOVE the local gangsta pimping it past the bridal party…


Ahhhh – the GORGEOUS Alexis!  Her fiance, Adam, is equally gorgeous, but, rules are rules and I LOVE this one of just Alexis, which means sadly he doesn’t get a feature…


From a very cool bridal shoot I organised at Twelve Restaurant in Thornton, Lancashire.  Love the David Fielden gown from The White Closet – Amy looks soooo cool!


Self indulgent?  Me?  So obviously I didn’t take this one (the studio director did!) but I processed it!  And it reminds me of an awesome weekend in Ireland last year…


Livy off of Livy & Owen – theirs was the first wedding that I shot at one of my favourite venues in the whole world, the amazing Styal Lodge, and it was just the most beautiful day.  I love this shot from the morning of the girls fussing round Livy…


Steph & James on the beach at Lytham.  In FREEZING January last year.  But how beautiful is that scene?


Sometimes you get lucky…;0)


The most perfect snowy scene at Singleton Lodge for Emma & Karl’s wedding!  I love a bride who isn’t scared to get her feet cold!


Another Styal Lodge image – the very beautiful Poppy Higham wearing a stunning gown from Timeless Bride – and what about that Flower Design bouquet?!


NYC baby!


A very special wedding from last year – Linz & Rick (our very, very good friends) got married at The Swan at Newby Bridge and I photographed it for them.  I love this – best man Mike stepping up and delivering the best speech ever!


I love Sarah & Matt!  I had such fun with them throughout their entire wedding journey and just adore this shot of them in Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury…


Cat & Pete’s pre-wedding shoot at The Inn at Whitewell – the stepping stones are truly an iconic part of the area and I love this moment between them…


Livy & Owen’s pre-wedding shoot.  This is when you realise just how well you’re going to get on with your bride and groom!


Doesn’t Michelle just look so perfect in this setting?  No posing, just the perfect location, the most beautiful gown – it just works beautifully…


A recent favourite of main from Cate & Mike’s pre-wedding shoot.  The shadows were too cool to walk past!


A genuine moment of reflection, calm and nerves all rolled into one on Charlotte & John’s wedding.  Gorgeous…


Danielle turned into a bridal gown model for a moment…!!!  Stunning!


Dawn & Phil at Dunham Massey.  I love how unintrusive this image is, yet at the same time has so much atmosphere and emotion…


One of my iconic images of the past year.  An image that was conceived with the input of the bride and groom which is exactly the way I love to work.  Claire and Andrew wanted something really cool and dramatic that was all about the part of the world they were in.  Claire’s stunning Ian Stuart gown was made for this kind of image…


Moments like this are what weddings are all about – Diana and Louisa and Luisa just enjoying themselves!


Ella.  Attitude.  Amazing.


Emma giving it both barrels on hers and Karl’s pre-wedding shoot – cool as!


A beautiful tender moment between Fran & Joe on their gorgeous summer wedding…


Emily backing up my ridiculous statement that Uggs were going to be big with wedding dresses this winter!  Love this shot from Gibbon Bridge!


A timeless image from Jo & Mark’s spectacular Tuscany wedding…


Karey & Kate’s pre-wedding shoot in NYC.  I won’t tell you how long we had to wait for a yellow cab to come past!  In the movies it looks like the city’s full of them!


Washington Square Park Memorial, New York City.  Another couple with creative ideas of their own that came up with this location and actually wanted this shot so badly that we left their reception at night, jumped in a cab and went and got this image.  How cool is that?!


And another couple who really understood the role of photography at their wedding.  Kirsty & Stuart had idea after idea for locations in St Andrew’s they wanted to use – music to my ears!  I love the fact that we’ve got the whole bridal party with us for this…


Laura & Ewan’s pre-wedding shoot on a miserable day.  But what a moment…


Weddings are all about moments.  And capturing those moments is so important.  This spontaneous laughter was due to the congregation setting off at the wrong time in the hymn they were singing – cue the WHOLE place falling about laughing and nobody able to get it back on track!  But Lisa and Tom will remember that moment forever…


Louise & Olly.  Confetti.  Soooooooo happy!  That’s why I love it!


Manhattan skyline in black and white.  Very cool.


Olivia at dusk wearing her art project.  See, everyone thinks that dresses that light up were invented by Big Fat Gypsy Weddings!  Olivia was designing them a year ago!


Sarah & Dan steal a moment on King Street just after they’d got married…


A very special shot from Sarah & Matt’s wedding at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire.  Shot especially on the car park – just for them!


A really cool image from Steph & James’s post-wedding shoot in Northumberland!


And finally – Vicki & James sneaking a moment together on the beautiful terrace at Styal Lodge…gorgeous…


So there we have it.  40 images.  Lots of beautiful people in love.  Lots of moments never to be forgotten.  What a year.

Special mentions to those who contributed to making my 2010 a particularly special one.  Huge and sincere thanks for all the support you gave me – you all know what you did which means so much…

Emma Draper

Pete & Chris Draper

Jo, Paul & Megan Pike

Katie Draper & Anthony Roberts

Clare Draper

Keith & Pauline Latham

Jane & Jason Thompson

Olivia Jones

Jonathan Harris & Christine Ware

Ella Warhurst

Andy Cheetham & David Bell

Julia Gaffey

Bridget Pelicias

Tom Harrington

And last but certainly not least – all of my amazing brides and grooms and brides and grooms to be!

Here’s to 2011!


Engagement at The River Cafe, Brooklyn NYC!

Portraits | 11.12.2010

So this is a slightly unusual post in that it’s actually a genuine engagement portrait, taken straight after this gorgeous couple got engaged.

Emma and I were in New York to shoot Karey & Kate’s amazing wedding celebrations and took advantage of the fact that we were over there and stayed for a few days after the wedding. Monday 1st November saw us head across Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to the amazing River Cafe for dinner. Now, although I hadn’t been before, I knew roughly where the restaurant was in relation to the river, bridge and Manhattan skyline, so of course took my camera, a mini tripod and a flash gun along for us to have ‘a play’ with on the terrace of the River Cafe (at the end of the night, AFTER our romantic meal!)

We were outside, shooting the skyline and setting up some shots of the two of us on the timer when we were joined by two couples who were wanting to take some pictures of themselves. Emma and I quickly realised that one couple had literally just got engaged and so I offered to take a shot of the two of them and gave them my details to email me so I could send them the image.

I was straight back into weddings as soon as we got back from New York so it was a nice surprise when I got an email from Christina last week asking if she could see the picture I took of her and her brand new fiance – the very dashing Luis! I sent it over and to my delight she emailed me back saying how much she loved the image!

So I thought I’d blog it, to show the ‘other end’ of weddings – the part that I don’t normally get to see! The very beginning…


Congratulations guys!  Hope to speak to you soon!


Karey and Kate’s New York pre-wedding shoot

Pre-wedding | 19.11.2010

“If I can make it here….”

What more do you need to say?! I have well and truly fallen in love with New York – everybody who goes says the same thing. “It’s amazing! You’ll love it!” But I was worried I’d be let down by the hype – how wrong can you be?! Everywhere is beautiful (in a concrete jungle kind of way) – but I am a bit of a city boy at heart. I love living in Manchester, Emma and I got engaged in Paris and we’ve been there a number of times now, and now I think New York will play a part in our lives for a long time to come…(don’t tell the Ugg store though, or they’ll be including our visits in their annual forecasts…)

So when Karey & Kate said they’d love to do their pre-wedding shoot there, the day before their wedding, I was all over it! Normally pre-wedding shoots happen a little bit more than the day before (!) but the opportunity to do it in ‘real’ New York – all the little places that Karey & Kate know – was too good an opportunity to pass up!

Here’s a few of my favourites…


They don’t pay much attention to Halloween in the States…


What a start to our New York adventure!  Coming very soon – the highlights from the day itself, including something VERY special…


Karey and Kate’s NYC Wedding – Sneak Preview!

Weddings | 31.10.2010

I love my job!  A truly spectacular and magical day yesterday in New York City!  There’s so many amazing stories and images to share, but for now (and as Emma and I are on the way out the door to go and watch the New York Jets vs Green Bay Packers *In the style of Joey from Friends – “Jets Rule Baby!”*) here’s a little sneak preview from last night – we jumped in a cab outside the venue, popped down the road to Washington Square park and grabbed this.  Pretty cool hey?!

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So congratulations Karey & Kate – it was an amazing couple of days shared with you in New York!


Sneak preview of Karey and Kate’s New York Pre-wed shoot!

Pre-wedding | 29.10.2010

What a start to the NYC adventure! Emma & I met up with Karey & Kate in the West Village this morning (home of The Magnolia Bakery off of Sex and the City fame – tucking into a Red Velvet as I write!) for their pre-wedding shoot…the day before their wedding!  So it’s all systems go this afternoon, a quick blog post and then getting ready to go and join in the pre-celebrations this evening at the Bowery Bar before their big day tomorrow!  Can’t wait!  In the meantime, a look at NYC in the ‘fall’ as they call it!

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Good luck Karey & Kate – can’t wait for tonight and tomorrow!