I’m chuffed to say I’m an award winner with Wedding Photography Select! Thank you WPS and the judges for this submission. It was fantastic news when my portfolio was accepted into this exclusive club but to have won an award is amazing. That only 3% of all the images entered get awarded just makes it truly special. It’s also brilliant to be named amongst other award winning photographers who are fellow peers and whom I admire. Well done to those guys, too! Many thanks, also, go to Cheryl and Joe for letting me be their photographer – without them I wouldn’t have this. This photo also goes out as a big thanks to all of my past couples. For me photographing their wedding was the ultimate award and, personally, there’s one of these photos in every one I’ve done. It’s also about the inspiration of future couples, too. I want to create special images for everyone I’ll be with and whenever I hear about a couple’s story and ideas this type of photo begins right there.
This is the tale of Ash and Sam’s wedding at The Out Barn in Clough Bottom, Clitheroe.
To be a wedding photographer at The Out Barn, Clough Bottom is to immerse yourself totally amongst this unique place in the Ribble Valley countryside and all of the wedding guests that shared Ash & Sam’s day. Add a humanist ceremony to the mix a for the personal touch and I had the ingredients to create a wonderful story that only personal, natural documentary wedding photography can. From the view of Pendle Hill on the horizon to the star studded moonlit sky which lights the elliptical cedar clad shaped barn, there’s the perfect blend of nature and farmland with contemporary architecture and design for a bride and groom and their guest to spend the perfect day. The Out Barn is family owned and run and has its original roots in the 17th Century as a traditionally stone built barn. How fitting that Ash and Sam, and Taylor their son, decided to do the legal wedding beforehand an then on the day have a ceremony that was all about their family, traditions and roots.
The perfect start to shooting the wedding day took place at The Old Dairy Wedding Cottage for all of the bridal preparations. Just outside the barn itself it has it’s own private lane. There I met a very excited Ash and mum Karen and the bridesmaids. As well as the hair and make up the proseco, tears and laughter were all in full flow. I love to photograph personal effects and the letters swapped between Ash and Sam were so heart felt. This is photography that is truly authentic and tells a real story. Sam wasn’t so far away with his best man, Pete. The lads were staying in the village Waddington which was five minutes away. With only five minutes sleep the night before the lads had a quick brush up, a nip and a splash of after shave and they were out for a few groomsmen photos. I was a bit like Reservoir Dogs had come to Waddington.
After a nervous walk down the aisle the humanist ceremony from Jo brought out all of the emotions. Through my lens I often see and feel the event unfolding with a few goosebumps and the odd lump in the throat. None more so than here. Then that emotion just spilt out into the rest of the day and this is where The Out Barn is so perfect. People can be outside or inside but you always feel together as a wedding party. Once the wedding breakfast was set it was time for The Singing Waiters and the speeches. IF the singing waiters caused an outrageous amount of dancing that felt like we were already in the early hours, then the speeches were something truly unique. The best man, Pete was a Kiwi of Māori decent. When there’s a wedding they Māoris perfrom The Haka and Ash and Sam had their very own haka. I have never had such a rush in photographing a spontaneous, authentic moment at a wedding (he could have warned me beforehand!). Wow! Just, wow! It was so electric and full of emotion that after everyone just chilled out side in the summer sun and I was able to just go with a mix of family photos and just those pure documentary shots that capturing wedding family and friends just having a great time unposed.
Ash and Sam were having such a brilliant day and it was time to have a few photos together. As with all my weddings I like natural photography that is un-staged and unposed. That doesn’t mean you can’t ask anything of them to get the perfect composition and light, so a little guidance as to where to be and stop as they spend some time away from the crowd together is just perfect. I could feel how they were just enjoying the day and I just let that unfold in front of the camera lens. So beautiful. They even had Pendle Hill as a backdrop and in a spontaneous moment we captured one of my favourite bride and groom portraits as the lens looked to the hill and left them just out of focus and their own moment in the foreground.
And so the evening drew in and the party just went on. Italian and Mexican food with plenty of champers kept the wedding guests fuelled and so to the cake cutting and first dance. Surrounded by everyone the purple lights of The Out Barn provided the perfect ambience saw Ash and Sam take to the oval barn’s intimate dance floor with special moments for the family. More partying ensued with people partying on and I was still part of the whole day; swept up in all of the emotion I then took a breather outside and then saw the shot to complete the story. The moon gazed down at this wonderful, contemporary wedding venue and the people within it. The dark but clear skies above the Clough Bottom and Clitheroe landscape at dusk provided the perfect contrast with the purple lights of the cedar barn. Wedding photography is about creating and capturing someones wedding day by telling their story – truly – from beginning to end.
This is Katy & Daryl’s story. From the pre-wedding shoot to the big day and their wedding photography at Falcon Manor.
As with all of my pre-wedding shoots I wanted Katy and Daryl to be in a place where they love to be and important to them. Just like the photography on the big day at Falcon Manor the engagement shoot was just as relaxed. Katy and Daryl chose some beautiful spots near their home in Halifax. Beautiful country lanes, woods and the grand vista of a big reservoir made it easy. It was a simple walk and chat in a lazy summer afternoon and once they had forgotten I was there with the camera and we captured some really spontaneous moments then the photography at the wedding was just going to be a breeze..
I have been a regular wedding photographer at Falcon Manor, Settle. I never go without my camera to The Yorkshire Dales because it is so beautiful. So it’s an even bigger buzz to be the wedding photographer at a venue in the heart of The Dales. As with all James Places you get to photograph historic architecture, contemporary chic decor and all classically sophisticated. On the day we just hit the ground running – wedding photography at Falcon Manor was so easy after the engagement shoot. I went between Katy and Daryl’s rooms to get both the build ups. Excited nerves, the swapping of notes, gorgeous dresses, red socks and a deconstructed set of flowers gave the opportunity for some quirky, spontaneous photography. Katy looked absolutely stunning in the bridal suite silhouetted in her dress and Daryl was taking it easy with the lads after a few cheeky beers with the night porter the night before..
And so to the ceremony and party. The wedding ceremony room at Falcon Manor is so perfect. Intimate and beautifully set I, like all of the wedding guests, had a wonderful view of Katy and her dad as the doors opened and she walked down the aisle. They had a fantastic bunch of friends and family and the party began straight after the ceremony. The champagne flowed as did the sunshine and it felt so easy to be amongst the newly weds and capture the day as it happened – true documentary photography! The portraits were shot in a perfect little lane by the side of Falcon Manor and the gorgeous lawn. The photography was even easier because of our pre-wedding shoot! The bridesmaids and ushers were a top laugh and got together for their own mini shoots. So cue umbrellas, confetti and jumping off walls to add to the laughs and then onto the first dance and the party. What brilliant energy! Just the right mix of romance and ripping it up on the dance floor. I really didn’t want to leave.
If you like my wedding photography at Falcon Manor then take a look at my pre-wedding shoot offer and get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!
Part of being a professional wedding photographer is making sure you are doing the best for your couples. I love what I do and to measure myself against the best I want to be part of the best and be at the cutting edge of image making for my couples.
I’ve just had my portfolio reviewed and have been accepted as a member of Wedding Photography Select! This is what they say:
“We are an international wedding association passionate about great wedding photography, great wedding photographers and inspiring couples all over the world. At WPS you will find the world’s best wedding photographers showcasing the most amazing wedding photos. If you are as passionate about your wedding photography as we are, you’ve come to the right place. All our photographers must first be given the stamp of approval by the WPS Team which ensures you are searching only the very best in the industry.”
So on top of being a member of Fearless and The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers I’m really, really chuffed! So, a massive thank you to all my previous couples who have inspired me along the way to be part of such an organisation 🙂
Here are a few photos that were submitted:
Here is more of my work submitted to the ISPWP and Fearless.
Last year I became Fearless Photographer. Fearlessphotographers.com is a directory of the best 3000 wedding photographers in the world! I’ve longed to be part of this community of well respected artists, falling in love with the photography it promoted straight away! As with the ISPWP I want to win awards with my couples as they are the true inspiration. Below are some of the images that go a little way to show my philosophy; simple, natural and truly about the energy and emotion of people on their finest day and in their finest hour.
Check out my wedding below of Rachael and Kyle. I met these two at a wedding fair and the rest they say, is history…
It was my first time photographing a wedding at the Lakeside Marquee at Thornton Manor in The Wirral and I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to be with than Rachael and Kyle. Now, they were fun!! It all started up by the Thornton Manor lodges where all of the bridal and groom prep kicked off the day. Then down from the Groom’s Cottage and Bridal Suite there’s the Lakeside Marquee situated in the grounds. What an amazing place to have your wedding breakfast and party and what a place to be a wedding photographer at Thornton Manor. There was the boat trip around the lake for a unique experience, the decking all around for the bridal party and the wedding guests to chill out on and the the super huge marquee for a beautiful light and bright ceremony, the breakfast and then a big party under the starry dome of the marquee at night. And this lot knew how to party. What a brilliant bunch!
The beauty of photographing in the marquee is that all the events that make up a wedding day are around you. And when you have such brilliant, chilled out wedding guests then the two combine for the perfect blend of real, natural documentary wedding photography that creates the best memories. Rachael, Kyle and I went off mid celebrations for a quick wander and found a little monument plus a bank and massive hedge, and together, those made for some really unique wedding portraits. Just while I was shooting those and without looking up from my camera, a flock of geese from the lake flew over the hedge and, bam – got it! I wasn’t long before we were partying away. The first dance started with a big reveal of “R&K” on the dance floor under a starry roof and it was easy to photograph because everyone just piled onto the dance floor full of energy and the shots – both from the camera and from the bar – kept flowing!
Ellis and Matty’s wedding was on this day in 2016. Happy anniversary! I thought I’d post a little about it because, apart from them being top people, their wedding had all the elements that represent me as a wedding photographer and what I look for.
I met Ellis and her bridesmaids, mum and dad for a few bridal prep shots at The Turnpike in saddleworth. At that point I knew it was going to be the best day. Fun. No-one stopped laughing from start to finish and that humour was mixed with the perfect elements: emotion, a big dollop of comedy, beautiful people and portraits. These all the elements a documentary wedding photographer can wish for. St Bartholomews church is a beautifully big church and holds two of my favourite shots ever. Matty looking at Ellis when she arrives at the alter and then the signing of the register shot here – that tall, grand and a classic seminal moment in anyone’s wedding ceremony.
I love to photograph at different venues because you’re always fresh. Southwood wedding venue in Halifax is a hidden gem. It’s set out perfectly for lots going on in various rooms for different part of the day; the ceremony and wedding breakfast room, the gardens for perfect portraits and for everyone to spill out to and just have a good time. Ellis and Matty’s wedding was high on octane on the party side; such a good laugh as well as the perfect family occasion! I’ll never forgot Matty’s mask, mum’s given a fireman’s lift on the dance and the odd baby lying around…..And all captured in the natural way that wedding should. And a big shout to Cheryl (love you on the decks in the evening!) & Dean whose wedding a photographed the year before and was how I came to meet Ellis & Matty.