Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Oulton Hall

Back to Oulton Hall on Saturday for the wedding of Danielle and Chris. I had photographed them a few weeks ago for their signing photo and we had a great time doing that, so I knew that the wedding was going to be even better! Danielle had arranged a Corvette as a surprise for Chris, so I was under strict instructions to get that when Chris arrived at Oulton Hall. After the ceremony in the Repton Suite Danielle and Chris went for a little drive in the Beauford that they had hired from Rolls Hire. I have worked with these guys many times in the past and they are great. Richard, their driver, suggested that he pull off onto an open grassed area and we got some great shots there, particularly a reflection shot that Danielle had said that she wanted. We then got to work on the groups shots and finished with 30 minutes to spare, allowing Danielle and Chris to relax and enjoy the day whilst being entertained by Matt Stacey on Saxaphone. Matt is one of the Oulton Hall regulars and always goes down well. Danielle and Chris are a really fun couple - just look at the cigar shot. We rounded off the photography and video coverage with the releasing of some lanterns which just looked great with their vivid yellow colour against the dark blue night sky - a perfect end to a perfect day!

Friday, 23 July 2010

Model Portfolio - Hannah

Another mid-week model portfolio shoot before Danielle and Chris's wedding at Oulton Hall tomorrow. This time for a change we went down by the river in Wakefield. Hannah is a great girl and lots of fun to work with. I got the chance to play with some off-camera flash lighting set-ups and between us we got some great photos! Playing with lighting set-ups like this is great practice for wedding photography, where the pressure is fairly full-on and you have to get the shots quickly so that the bride and groom can really enjoy their day but also have some great images to look back on.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Waterton Park Wedding

Another visit to the Waterton Park Hotel for the wedding of Rachael and Paul. Rachael and Paul are both police officers. We have photographed and filmed many weddings for police officers over the years, including one just last month at the Woodlands Hotel in Leeds and quite a few at Waterton Park, and every time they are great weddings! I don't know why it should be, probably something to do with the job that they have to do, but they always have a great sense of humour, are always great fun, and really know how to party, as the first dance photo clearly shows! Thanks must also go to Shane Daley, the DJ at Waterton, for the great light show he provides with his disco. His lights really make the photograph!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Holdsworth House

A new venue for our wedding photography this week at Holdsworth House at Halifax. We have been there many times over the years for our weddings videos but this was the first time for photography. Holdsworth House is a really attractive venue with some really good opportunities for some great wedding photos. The day started very early, having to get up at 6am to be with Sabrina getting ready for 8, before the ceremony at 10. Sabrina and Paul had been worried that their guests might have been distracted by England playing in the quarter finals of the world cup, but after England's dismal performance against Germany they had no need to be worried. The weather was fine and we got some great photos. We even found the time to put together a slide show of some of the wedding photographs in the evening that were very well received - including a request that we travel down to London for a wedding there next year. We finally got home at 11.30. It had been a 16 hour day but the whole wedding party had been a great crowd and the time just flew by!