Moments of 2017

2017 has been such a brilliant year for many reasons. It’s been a full year as a Fearless Photographer. There have been more wonderfully unscripted times, fantastic people and places and that’s give some great memories. There’s a video montage and then the photos with a little bit about them. They’re numbered but not ranked in any way and not meant to be “the best”! Just click on their names if you’d like to see some more from their day.

Here’s the vid,

Here are the photos,

1. Ashleigh & Sam. One of my faves. How giddy are these two!? As well as a feeling of simple happiness this photo has our man Sam right in the centre – I love that. I like it when fellas take centre stage more, sometimes..

2. Caz & John. Ahhh! Soooo full of energy. They had that energy for every second of the day… even when they were alone.  When checking out the evening room they just jived without any guests there. This photo tells me how much fun they were always going to have.

3. Emma & Craig. Top of a mountain in Sorrento, Italy, at sunset on their wedding day….doesn’t get much more idyllic. Literally, a high of the year.

4. Hattie & Allan. In the midst of August the rain came. I’ve always thought that it’s people and personalities, rather than place and weather, truly reflects the day. And in this shot that was so true. Such a wonderful chemistry that beat all the showers.

5. Nik & Dan. Even though people are at the heart of everything, place, well, has it’s place. I was with Nik, Dan and their friends and family for a unique weekend in the Scottish lowlands. I love being out in the hills and dales, and this all came together at Friars Carse.

6. Laura & Greg. First time for me in all my days to experience a “first look”. Beautifully emotional and will never forget it.

7. Rachael & Daniel. Love a quirky shot. Trust them to be from my home town….

8. Monalisa & Philip. An African wedding with all the colour and energy you’d think but I will always look at this photo – taken in the street away from the party – and think of their story and how humble, thankful and what wonderful people they are.

9. Katy & Daryl. Beautifully romantic! The day at Falcon Manor with these guys was awesome – went in a blur. The set of portraits in the edit, just keeps me transfixed and this is one of the best.

10. Jen & Chris. The partying is all part of it. This went on…and on…and on. What a buzz!

11. Ashleigh & Sam. The moment Pete, the best man, did the Haka – unannounced – for Sam and Ashleigh at his wedding. Unbelievable rush of emotions personally and professionally.

12. Lauren & Robert. Love this moment because I took shots unbeknown to them through the doors. But this one stood out because you couldn’t actually see them, but you can feel it.

13. Sam & Will. I’d just come down from a family holiday in The Lakes; straight to Lytham St Annes. Nothing like a brilliantly fun couple like these two to keep the happy, upbeat feeling going.

14. Olivia & David. Right at the start of the season. Just letting these two get on with it and the lovely bridesmaid comes in to do a bit of fluffing. How well she fluffed it; just made it flow right through the image.

15. Victoria & David. Loved the architecture of Manchester Town Hall and all that gave but will never forget the ace response to the hecklers on a walkabout outside. Up yours, mate!

16. Abi & Lee. The getting ready on this day was so full of emotional moments and around one of the things we hold dear. Family. An inherent driver to why I do what I do, I love this moment when the girls in the mirror are about to read the message that Abi has read from her mum.

17. Sarah & Michael. The portraits with both of them were so enjoyable and easy going – and plentiful! But as we chipped through the corridors of Carden Park Hotel, I shot this. It was shot on the move just randomly, and I knew it had a big chance of it not coming out, but it did (just) and I love it.

18. Laura & Mike. Just love this moment because it reads like they just can’t believe that they just got married…in a very good way! Straight out of the service into the car. What have we done!?

19. Stella & Reece. It’s not just about the bride and groom. It’s about everyone having a great time! From the young….

20. Tash & Shaun. To the older….

21. Zoe & Liam. Just love the energy of these two and they drove the whole day to one massive crescendo (and my frame count) and this shot of Zoe has all that charge.

22. Becky & Jamie. Fun, fun, fun from start to finish but this moment in the middle was really beautiful.

23. Megan & Paul. I spent a weekend in Scotland at Tullibole Castle with these guys and people from all over the world. I passed notes between them that were for each other and this was Paul reading his.

24. Amy & Tom. So many great spaces around Inglewood Manor and looking for a different angle I spotted all the chairs ready for the ceremony from a balcony. And there she is; a very eager guest that can’t wait until it’s all underway. Made the shot.

25. Jo & Chris. This shot is about time. It was shot in Jo’s old room at her mum’s. It still had a lot of the things that Jo collected growing up. As her bouquet lay on the window sil, all of the figurines – ranging from very young to young lady – seemed to look at the flowers marking how time had passed.

26. Laura & Greg. As grooms go Greg was pretty bouncy. I love that. Loved it even more when he did this..and I got it. Well, he’s happy….s’what it’s all about, eh!?

If you’d like to check out more highlights through out the year you can take a look at Spring 17, Summer ’17 Part One and Summer ’17 Part Two.

 

 

 

Fair Dates – Come and See For Yourself!

The best way of finding the perfect answers to your wedding day needs, wants and desires is a wedding fair. It’s not just photography but you get loads of ideas about all the things that make your day special and different. If you are able to see me, you can look first hand at the albums and the portfolio and ask all the questions you need to. September marks the start of the new fair season and so I’ve listed a few dates and fairs that I’m showing at. And as it’s a new season I’ve got a new stand…it’s pretty bold and big so you wont miss it…

This Sunday is The World Bridal Event. A super multicultural event which is sooo inspiring! So many colours, cultures and fashions! Get FREE tickets via this link!

Then I’m at Kilhey Court with Little White Books on Sunday 1st October.

Then it’s

Sunday 15th October – Park Hall Hotel, Chorley
Sunday 29th October – Towneley Hall, Burnley
Saturday 13th January – Eaves Hall, Clitheroe
Sunday 21st January – Kilhey Court, Wigan (TBC)
Sunday 25th February, Ashfield House, Wigan (TBC)
Sunday 18th February – Towneley Hall, Burnley (TBC)
Sunday 4th March – World Bridal Event, Macron Stadium, Bolton
Saturday & Sunday 9th/10th March – The National Wedding Show, Manchester
Sunday 4th April – Bartle Hall, Preston (TBC)

 

If you do fancy meeting at the show then maybe let me know and I can make sure we get some time together!

 

When Do I Book My Photography?

I get asked this many, many times by couples so I thought I’d just share my experiences with you! The simple answer is “as soon as you can” .i.e. when you get your date.

If I average out my booking times it comes in at at least 18 months. I’ve just taken two bookings for 2020! It seems a bit crazy but there are very good reasons to book “asap”. The key reason is to get the photographer you want. After the cake and the confetti have been eaten and swept away, your photos and your album will become your way back into that day. That’s it; one shot at it. You need to trust your photographer and I have to say those you can do book further in advance. The next reason is to fix the price. Prices may go up as styles and products develop, so getting your photography sorted a year out or more means you get the current prices.

Another snippet of advise is to check you day and see if it’s a special date. I wont be with you on Christmas Day but days like New Year’s Eve, Bank Holiday weekends and of course the middle summer months are very popular. Even days that have a ring to them. I’ve had double figures in inquiries for 18/08/2018. Maybe it’s just a coincidence but it just has that ring to it! (forgive the pun).

No matter what supplier book a meeting before you get your date, or at least get in touch with a them so they know you’re around. See what their diary is like. I’ll happily meet couples and then let them decide in their own time.

So, I’ll leave you to google “when should I book my photographer”. This post is not about you booking with me but I’m always gutted when I meet folk and they come back to me a few weeks later and the date is gone.

Oh……and the photo is of Stuart (on the left). He’s the father of LeAnn, the bride (on the right). Stu was very organised and got it all sorted and booked way in advance. Not sure here whether he’s laughing or crying. Either way I know he was glad he’d made LeAnn very happy..

 

The Natural In Nature

I’m really into colours and colour combinations and always love the different choices that people make for their wedding palettes. I’ve written articles before on how colours go together well but never really about how they’re found. Well, I think maybe they are something you just know or stumble across. I was out for a family hike and amongst much grasping and grappling I found this on a summer’s mountain side.

How beautiful! A patch where the moss and rock met the lovely shades of pinkish purple heathers, green ferns and oranges just illumated by the sunlight. It all fitted; naturally..

Rather than choose colours you think may work if you look to nature then you can find perfect colours that create palettes for the perfect day!

Fearless Women

It’s International Women’s Day and there are some amazing female wedding photographers who inspire me and others and for whom I have the upmost admiration for. Here are a few photographers who, like me, are part of the Fearless wedding photographers group. Striving to bring to the world a forward thinking philosophy where great photography meets the true nature and energy of a couples’ day, these women are truly talented. Thank you for the beautiful, the quirky, the unique, the vision and the love!

Radhika Pandit – India

 

Sabina Mladi – Romania

 

Julia Frantova – Russia

 

Isabelle Hattink – Netherlands

 

Elisha Stewart – Canada

 

Citlalli Rico- Mexico

 

Danette Pascarella – USA

 

Beena Shah – Kenya

 

Christelle Rall – South Africa

 

Paula Boto – Spain

 

Andrea Giraldo – Morocco

 

Maira Erlich – Brazil

 

Erika Mann – Canada

 

Cati Schmidt – Germany

 

  Donatella Barbera – Italy

Autumn Love, Light and Palettes

Not only is my birthday at the start of autumn, which makes it pretty good, but we turn over gradually to autumnal light. There maybe more hours of light in the summer but autumn sees the start of sun stay lower in the sky for longer, so it’s dreamy light to shoot into. Mix that with some beautiful people and palettes and you have some sumptuous images and memories.

So, whilst tucking into a cinnamon and raisin bagel (any excuse), I thought I’d share some post-summer people, pictures and palettes with you. So below are three of my weddings from autumn just gone, all with a slightly different twist for you to compare. Then there are some palette cards to have a look at to see what might work for you.

First up was Lorna and Paul’s day at the end of October. Plenty of pumpkins and lots of love and warm reds and oranges! Classic, punchy and full of lots of lovely stuff.

Then there’s Sarah and John’s day on Halloween all with a gothic twist. Sarah’s palette had less orange than Lorna’s and was deeper in red. She then went into the blacks with a Tim Burtonesque touch. In the autumnal light the darker side to the palette still works like magic with the natural colours in the late October sun. So distinctive but still with a soft, sumptuous feel. So, take a look at these palettes before we go to the last wedding. Take three key colours close together and then try to use a contrasting colour of the same tone. So you can see that even though you might have three warm colours such as orange, red and brown they can all be set of by a blue or grey of the same tone – or weight. So Lorna’s has a blue thistle and the blue of Paul’s suit and Sarah’s has more a charcoal grey to black. After these we go into late winter light which is even softer. Have a look at the palettes and then have a look at Sophie’s palette for early December at the end. The colours start to reverse the first two palettes with purples, blues and grey that is then accented by the warmer pink. So gorgeous!

So here’s Sophie and Lawrence’s wedding at the beginning of December (still technically autumn!) and she has a really soft palette which the soft light of early December has really picked up. It can work as a really warm palette and be set off visually with a warmer vintage colouring, or, it can work with blue – like the suit of the very dapper Lawrence – to give the whole palette a soft yet cooler feel. The cool neutral sky with the shot of the girls in their gorgeous outfits also compliments the warmer palette and sets it off beautifully (plus the girls were totally warm and lovely too!)If you’d like to chat palette’s just drop me a line. I’d love to know what you’re planning and I’d be happy to help. Don’t forget to see all the weddings above in full. Check them out on these links and you’ll get the sense of the colours that set the day off.

Just love autumn!

Sophie & Lawrence

Lorna & Paul

Sarah & John