Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Wedding Photographers Oulton Hall | Rachel and Matthew's Wedding

Rachel and Matthew booked us to be their Oulton Hall wedding photographers for Easter Sunday, at that beautiful time of year when everything is bursting into bloom.  The weather in April can range from freezing cold to scorching but Rachel and Matt really did get lucky, enjoying a lovely warm and dry day which couldn't have been more perfect.

After getting ready photographs and the boys' portraits outside, we returned to Rachel and the girls.  She was in her stunning vintage style lace dress and an extremely proud dad was waiting to greet her at the bottom of the stairs.  The civil ceremony was a joy to capture and full of laughter.  Everyone then came outside into the sunshine to congratulate the new Mr and Mrs Hoyle and enjoy a Buck's Fizz and Pimm's reception whilst we completed the group photos.

The weather was so good that after the wedding breakfast and some hilarious speeches, including a cracking one from our bride, the couple opted to stay outside and make the most of the evening sunshine before heading back into the Oulton Suite for their first dance.

Thank you so much Rachel and Matt for choosing us to provide your Oulton Hall wedding photography.  Here are a few images from your beautiful day which we really enjoyed sharing with you and your families and friends.

Please feel free to leave a comment and share the images but please do so with our logo on them.  Thank you.  Getting married at Oulton Hall?  What a spectacular venue it is and we are proud to be one of their recommended photographers.  Please call us on 01977 730159 to enquire about our services or email us for more information.  

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Wedding Photographer Oulton Hall | Cheryl and Stuart's Wedding

Our 2015 season got off to a brilliant start with Cheryl and Stuart's big day.  As recommended wedding photographers for Oulton Hall we always enjoy working at this spectacular venue, which offers so many opportunities for lovely photographs, both inside and out.  It's also one of very few venues where, if the weather isn't too kind, you can do absolutely everything indoors.  At this time of year you do expect it to be on the cold side but we were so lucky because considering this was February, we couldn't have wished for a more perfect day.  

Cheryl looked amazing in her beautiful Sofia Tolli gown which suited her perfectly, and after the civil ceremony in the Repton Room, the new Mr and Mrs Clark and their guests enjoyed champagne and braved the chill outside for a few group photographs before everyone else hurried back into the warmth of Oulton Hall and we enjoyed some time photographing the couple and making the most of the daylight and the grounds.  Cheryl and Stuart returned to the reception, Hannah sang and played guitar, and we captured some images of the Repton Room so beautifully dressed for the wedding breakfast that it brought tears to Cheryl's eyes as soon as she walked in.  

Our bride had given us some special requests for her Oulton Hall wedding photographs as she was blown away by some images she'd seen in our albums.  One image in particular is quite a challenge but with careful planning, a very enthusiastic bride, extremely helpful staff and wedding co-ordinator, and invaluable assistance from a brand new member of our team, Tor, everything came together for us to create some gorgeous bridal portraits in the main lounge and some romantic, twilight photographs of the couple on the lawn before everyone made their way up to the Claret Jug for the evening celebrations and Cheryl and Stuart's first dance, complete with confetti canons.

A huge thank you for allowing us to share your beautiful Oulton Hall wedding.  You guys were such a pleasure to work with and we had a wonderful day.  We hope you love this preview of just of few of your images and we look forward to showing you the full collection when you come back from honeymoon.

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If you're interested in booking us for your Oulton Hall wedding photography we would love to hear from you so please call us on 01977 730159.  

Monday, 2 March 2015

Baby Photography Castleford | Erin's Baby Portraits

Much of our Castleford new baby photography work comes through personal recommendation from our lovely clients and this was the case when Lauren and Ciaran, Erin's mum and dad, saw a photograph from their friends' baby boy, Oscar's recent newborn photo session.

Lauren got in touch with us to enquire about a session for Erin but she was concerned that at four weeks' old, Erin was well past the new baby stage.  We never want to disappoint our clients so we arranged for the family to come into the studio, factored in plenty of time, and promised to do our very best to get some beautiful images of Erin, regardless of how long it took.  

As we expected, Erin refused to go to sleep curled up on her tummy so we resorted to different ideas, one of which resulted in the gorgeous image here.  We used a fur bowl stuffer in some of the photos but we loved Erin's own beautiful blanket in rich, warm colours, which perfectly complimented the wooden bowl and flooring.  Erin obviously approved too because after feeds, cuddles, nappy changes and bucket loads of patience, she finally drifted off to sleep.  

A four-hour session later and this image is the one her proud parents have chosen.  A Studio Box Framed print is being hand-made for them and it will take pride of place in their home.

To book us to photograph your precious bundle of joy call Janet now on 01977 730159.  

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Baby Photographer Castleford | Oscar's Newborn Photo Session

It's always wonderful to welcome proud new parents to our studio and do some Castleford baby photography.  It's even more special when a couple whose wedding you photographed several years ago come back to you when their baby is born.  

As new born photographers in West Yorkshire it was our absolute pleasure to see Rachel and Todd again, first for a maternity photo shoot and soon afterwards, a new baby session for their much longed for and very precious son, Oscar.  

These are just a couple of our favourite images from his perfect portrait session during which he was an absolute star, sleeping a lot despite being moved to different "sets".  His proud mummy and daddy have chosen a beautiful image to take pride of place on a wall in their home and later on, a selection of their favourites from each session will be designed into a book which will become a treasured keepsake.  Session three, when Oscar is sitting, will be here before we know it and we are really looking forward to it!

If you are looking for a baby photographer in West Yorkshire we would love to hear from you on 01977 730159.   


Monday, 15 December 2014

Waterton Park Hotel Wedding Photographer - Emma and Liam

The end of the season always brings with it mixed feelings as we photograph our final wedding of the year.  Mixed because after a very busy wedding season we are definitely ready for a break to recharge our batteries, enjoy Christmas and the New Year, and look at exciting new products to add to our range before starting wedding photography again in 2015, but we're also a bit sad that this will be our last wedding for a few weeks, as we really love photographing them!

As recommended Waterton Park wedding photographers we first met Emma and Liam at an Open Day, and having caught sight of them as they looked around this stunning venue, we had our fingers crossed that they would come and chat to us.  Sometimes everything comes together perfectly because they did come and chat to us, we got on like a house on fire, they loved our work, we were free on their date and they booked us.  Happy days!

Their winter wedding couldn't have been more beautiful.  It was cold, as you would expect in December, but not as cold as it could have been, and it stayed dry.  Our main concern was daylight because with a 1.30pm ceremony we knew that we would be close to the last of the daylight by the time it was over, but Emma and Liam factored in a generous amount of time to allow us the best chance of fitting in as much as possible before the wedding breakfast, knowing as we did that it would be completely dark by the time everyone was seated.  It was obvious just how important their wedding photographs were to them from the way that they worked with us, going along with everything we suggested whilst ignoring the cold.  They and their families and guests were a joy to be around and we were blown away by the happy atmosphere that ran through this gorgeous wedding.

Emma got ready with her mum and bridesmaids and we captured some pretty detail shots including a pair of exquisite Christian Louboutin shoes.  We were made very welcome and enjoyed being in the midst of the girls' preparations for the ceremony.  Emma had let us into a secret that she had bought Liam a very special wedding present, a spectacular Breitling watch, which her dad would be presenting to a delighted groom during the boys' photo session.

After the civil ceremony we headed back over the bridge to quickly complete the small number of family group photos and bridal party shots before we were left with Emma and Liam.  The grass was wet but the lakeside photos taken in beautiful light that you only get at this time of year made it so worthwhile.  During our chats with them, Emma and Liam had looked through our albums and said that they loved our arty posed images.  They understood that these images take time and patience to create and those guys worked their socks off!  After some couple shots we let Liam go inside for a warm and a drink whilst we worked with Emma on some gorgeous bridal portraits, and with careful planning and brilliant assistance from Pauline, the wedding co-ordinator, we managed to capture some snowy pictures at the entrance, the Walton Suite dressed for the wedding breakfast and the room details before having a quick chat with the couple about seizing the opportunity for those time limited, twilight photographs, which was met with much enthusiasm and a mad dash outside again as the guests sat for dinner.

Hilarious speeches and the cutting of the cake followed the wedding breakfast and afterwards the new Mr and Mrs Rodda were ready for some more evening wedding photography at Walton Hall on the staircase and with the Christmas tree, before the party started in the Boathouse downstairs and Emma and Liam hit the floor for their first dance.

Thank you for making our last wedding of the year such a fabulous one, for being absolute stars to work with, and for the wonderful compliments we received from David and Margaret, Emma's mum and dad.  Emma and Liam have chosen our top of the range Cristal album and it is going to be a stunner!

To book us for your Waterton Park wedding photography, please call us on 01977 730159, follow us on Facebook at and enjoy the images which are copyright Alex & Janet Durasow.