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Wedding Photography Workshop / Locations, Lighting and Posing

Masterclass | 29.05.2014

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 :)

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HAYLEY BAXTER

 

KATE SCOTT

 

NEIL PARRY

 

AMANDA BALMAIN

 

DANIEL BARNBY

 

GARY OAKLEY

 

GEMMA MCAULEY

 

TOM BIDDLE

 

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!)

- NEW DATES WILL BE RELEASED VERY SOON…!!!

 

 

Didsbury House Wedding Photographs – Karin and Joe

Weddings | 05.11.2013

This is a special wedding :)   Amazing venue (Didsbury House Hotel) amazing couple (our great friends Joe & Karin who own one of our favourite restaurants in the whole world, Pinchjo’s in West Didsbury) amazing dress (from LOVE Bridal Boutique) and amazing flowers (from Didsbury Flower Lounge) – it was so lovely to be involved and I had a LOT of fun with these guys!  :)   I genuinely loved shooting Joe & Karin’s Didsbury House Wedding Photographs – Here’s the story of their amazing day…

 

Congratulations again guys!!!

 

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2people1life photographs in West Didsbury

Weddings | 08.02.2013

A very quick blog update – about our lovely friends at 2people1life – or Lisa & Alex as they’re known in real life! Lisa and Alex’s adventure is now about 18 months in (in a very brief nutshell – Lisa & Alex are travelling the world getting married almost everywhere they go in order to experience different cultures and meet loads of awesome people. Then, in another 18 months or so, they’re going to go back to their favourite place and do it for real! To really get your head round what they’re doing, check out their blog here :)

I was lucky enough to be involved in the very first 2people1life wedding way back in June 2011. And seeing as though they were passing through Didsbury a few weeks ago before they headed out to South Africa on the latest leg of their journey, I thought it would be a shame not to grab a couple of photos of them back where it all started – Burton Road in West Didsbury, Manchester.

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What a gorgeous and genuinely lovely couple!

Can’t wait to see what they get up to next and I’m seriously hoping that they give plenty of notice as to when their real wedding will be – as I’d LOVE to be there (not to photograph it – to PARTY with them!!!)

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Lowry Theatre Wedding Photographs – Gemma and Dave

Weddings | 09.10.2012

Ace wedding, top venue, gorgeous couple! :) Gemma & Dave knew what they wanted from their day. They wanted to spend time with their family and friends, get some great photographs that truly captured that and enjoy the party – and what a party!

It was great to see some lovely, familiar West Didsbury faces there too! Bill & Emma, proprietors of the number one restaurant in Manchester, Burton Road’s The Rose Garden, were there. Alex, their top restaurant manager was one of the ushers and it was great to see Kate & Sarah, The Silver Apples ladies, letting their hair down at a wedding for a change instead of catering it!

I love photographing weddings at The Lowry Theatre – stunning architecture and a real ‘wow factor’ for anybody who’s not been there before – a truly beautiful urban setting…

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Amazing day!

Congratulations again Gemma & Dave!

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Didsbury Wedding Photographs – Kate and Ben

Weddings | 05.09.2012

This was an AWESOME Saturday night! Ben (Owner of the home of the best breakfast in South Manchester, West Didsbury’s Thyme Out Deli) and Kate were married in Portugal earlier in the summer and were having a ‘return leg’ evening of celebrations for all their friends and family who couldn’t make it out to Portugal and they asked me if I could photograph it for them. I was VERY excited to be able to say yes. Thyme Out Deli is a favourite hang out of mine and Emma’s so I was really excited to be involved!

I LOVED Kate & Ben’s wedding photographs in Portugal – just stunning, naturally lit images. So I wanted to shoot something that was a bit different, a contrast to their initial celebration that really told the story of their party at The Albert Club in West Didsbury.

So we started off meeting at Thyme Out Deli where the weather was pretty typically Mancunian…

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And on to West Didsbury’s The Albert Club…

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Some of the gorgeous outside catering options that Thyme Out Deli offer…!!!

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Congratulations Kate & Ben!!!

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West Didsbury Christmas Lights Switch On!

Events | 21.12.2011

My lovely friends from Didsbury Life asked me to grab a few shots of the big switch on a couple of weeks ago – West Didsbury Olympic hopeful, Andrew Steele was drawing the raffle and Simon Rimmer off of ‘Something for the Weekend‘ and more importantly to us West Didsbury types, owner of top vegetarian restaurant, Greens, was pressing the big red button to light the Christmas tree up! Crowds gathered excitedly as the kids from Cavendish School sang carols to get everyone in the Christmas mood and then the countdown began…

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Merry Christmas!

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And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon Xmas Goodies!

Events | 29.11.2011

And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon is one of my favourite places on Burton Road in West Didsbury – it’s an awesome concept, a really cool brand and it’s bursting with lovely people and just as lovely cakey things!

I shot some of their Christmassy delights this morning and couldn’t resist sharing them on the blog. Check out what you can get in there this Christmas…!!!

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The stands and candles are supplied by the very lovely ‘For The Love of Vintage‘…

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Some great little Christmas pressie ideas…!!!

xxx

Top 20 of 2011 – So far…

Weddings | 20.07.2011

How about a ‘midseason’ review then? I thought I’d showcase my favourite 20 images shot at weddings so far this year. The rules? Only one image per wedding is allowed and I’m not allowed to waffle on for ages about boring technical things! A simple sentence with each image to explain why it’s my favourite from that particular wedding.

I’ve been very lucky again this year to work alongside some of my favourite wedding friends at so many of these weddings and all these images feature them. Not in shot. In true ‘Jerry Maguire’ style, they are somewhere just out of shot! So a big thank you to my great friends at Styal Lodge, Silk Wedding Videos, Flower Design, One and Only Bridal Couture, The Coolers, Rowley’s Catering, Timeless Bride, Green Earth Flowers, Lytham Hall, Charlotte Balbier, The White Closet, Top Table Events, Emma Draper MUA, Didsbury Life, The Flower Lounge and And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon to name just a few!

The images are in no particular order – I love them all equally!

So we start with a gorgeous shot of Ruth of off Ruth and Andy who were married at The Ashes in April.  I love it’s ethereal (ness!)  That is all!

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Dawn and Phil and the surprise organised by her friends at school – this is Dawn’s class forming a guard of honour with hockey sticks on her arrival at church!  What’s not to love?!

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Emma & Pete.  Drinking with a helping hand from their friends.  Need I say more?!?!

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Jacqui & Will at Styal Lodge.  A beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple.  They’ve gone back to London now and I miss them.  Sniff….

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Sarah (off of Sarah & Martin) and her girls giving it both barrels on the bowling green!  Love it!

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A timeless portrait of the quite simply stunning Neelum (Neelum & Shabab) at Haigh Hall.  Gorgeous.

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Leona and Will at Sandhole Oak Barn.  This was a hell of a wedding!  I was lucky enough to sit on the bridesmaids table for the wedding breakfast – what an experience!  (Thanks to CB for looking after me and Katy and Katie for frightening me to death!)

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Carrie & Rob at Oddfellows in Chester.  Uber cool.

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Sian and Dave at The Inn at Whitewell.  I actually saw one of their friends comment on Facebook that this shot summed up their day.  The weather, the happy vibe, the excitement.  So that’s why it’s here!  ‘Cos I agree!

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Mel & Jivko‘s Conway Castle wedding.  This shot is all about Jivko’s flick of the veil!

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My sister and her husband.  Kate & Ant at our favourite Italian restaurant, The Tarantella in Poynton.  What an amazing day…

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Jordana & Ben and their awesome bridal party.  Cool as anything.

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Jenna & Chris at Mitton Hall.  Because this is the shot that Jenna and I had talked about for months leading up to their wedding.  And we nailed it exactly as she imagined.  Perfect!

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Hannah & Jason on the platform at Styal Lodge.  Taking advantage of the moody sky and proving that it’s not all about bright sunny days!

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Catherine (off of Catherine & Will) and her girlies.  Sometimes waiting until a little bit later in the day for certain shots is totally worth it…

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Sam & Aaron at Duncombe Park in North Yorkshire.  Because they look amazing in what is a completely amazing venue.

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Nicky & Graham at Styal Lodge in Cheshire.  Because I got nettled!

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Laura & John at The Villa in Wrea Green, Lancashire.  They had a table for two at their wedding breakfast!  How cool?!

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Catherine & Richard and their gorgeous bridal party at Lytham Hall.  Owning the place.

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Lisa and Eric at Thornton Manor.  Does this shot need a reason?!?!

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Possibly the closest wedding I’ll ever do to my front door!  Lisa & Alex’s ‘Secret’ West Didsbury Wedding.  This shot just sums up everything about the coolest part of South Manchester…

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So that’s it so far!  Gorgeous couples, gorgeous venues and all round gorgeousness!  Plenty more to come the rest of the year which I’m sure will be just as fab as the first half of the year has been!

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West Didsbury Wedding Event – Sneak Peek!

Events | 20.03.2011

Yesterday saw the very first West Didsbury Wedding Event happen and I wanted to share a few images with you as a little sneaky preview ahead of showing the full set, including a few ‘behind the scenes’ ones.

Organised as a joint effort by Didsbury’s top wedding experts, proving that it is possible to ‘shop locally’ for the biggest day of your life, it’s been an absolute pleasure working with some of my lovely wedding friends to put this event together. Hosted at Rhubarb by Lisa and her amazing team, myself, Didsbury Life, The White Closet, Didsbury Flower Lounge, And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, Emma Draper Makeup Artist, Mcleod Bradley, Silver Apples, Pearls & Lace Films, Silver Sixpence in her shoe and Zoe Chiotis came together to put on a wedding event with a difference. No ‘selling’, no pressure, no scary atmosphere, just a room full of lovely people ready to chat to gorgeous brides and grooms to be about all things wedding!

One of my very own beautiful brides, the absolutely stunning Alexis (who gets married this August! Can’t wait!) came along to wear some of The White Closet’s beautiful gowns so that brides could see a real girl in the most amazing bridal gowns and who they could chat to about how it felt to wear a White Closet dress.

I of course had brought my camera along as it’s great to shoot a little bit of what’s going on and also shoot something specific to the event. It was all about West Didsbury, so we decided that we would shoot a series of images along Burton Road to really highlight that it doesn’t matter where you are, what ‘look’ you are going for on your day, whether you’re quirky or vintage, contemporary or traditional, you can always shoot absolutely stunning images if you’ve got the right wedding experts involved in your day.

So a little look at what we shot on Burton Road yesterday…(Remember as well – Alexis is a real bride, not a model and will look stunning on her own big day, as she does in these images!)

As a bride you can shoot images that are completely natural and tell the story of your surroundings…(Alexis is wearing Claire Pettibone’s ‘Yolanda’ in the middle of Burton Road, West Didsbury!)

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You can do seriously cool, high-fashion style images if that’s the kind of girl you are…(in the alley between Folk and the co-op)

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In the middle of Burton Road, West Didsbury…(Alexis is wearing David Fielden’s ‘Wallis Simpson’)

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If you’re a little bit quirky…(In Silver Apples on Burton Road, West Didsbury…)

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(In Burton Road Bakery, Burton Road, West Didsbury…)

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You can do the seriously cool vintage look (shot in The White Closet, Burton Road, West Didsbury)

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And a vintage vibe in And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon…

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The same bride, a couple of different dresses, some very different locations and looks = whatever you want!!!  It’s so important for brides to be in love with all of the details of her day and the team of wedding people she has around her on the day so that she’s left safe in the knowledge that they know her, understand her and can interpret all of her ideas and contribute to making her day as amazing and memorable as she’s always dreamed.

A massive thanks to all my amazing wedding friends yesterday, it was great to work closely with some seriously cool and creative people and come up with ideas that we could shoot throughout the course of the day.  It was great fun and this is only the start of the West Didsbury Wedding Event!  Watch this space!

Loads more images coming soon too!

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