Thursday, 29 October 2009

Yorkshire Portrait Photographers

Nik, Vicki, Sophie and Jake

We had a very enjoyable time today at the Theatre Royal Wakefield in the company of young actors Nik, Vicki, Sophie and Jake, taking some headshots for each of them. The theatre is actively supporting and encouraging young talent and they asked us to come along and take a variety of shots so that these very talented young people will have some professionally taken photographs as a start to their portfolios. They were all great to work with and we were delighted with the results we got. Hope you like the shots guys!

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Yorkshire Family Portrait Photographer

Today we made a round trip of 123 miles to Litton in the Yorkshire Dales for a family portrait session for 17 lovely people. It was a very long way to travel for a portrait sesssion but Kate hired us quite a while ago to do this, as a special gift for her parents' ruby wedding anniversary. The family hired a cottage in this spectacular location for a week and they thought that as they don't all get together very often, being spread all over the country from Wales to Southampton to Yorkshire, it would be great to take the opportunity to have some photographs taken together. We were privileged that Kate chose us to do this and we'd arranged to work outside if the weather was kind, which is wasn't! Driving along the winding roads through a mixture of drizzle and fog, it wasn't looking good for photographs outside but we kept our fingers crossed for a break in the weather. By the time we arrived at the cottage, it was still very wet underfoot but it had at least stopped raining and we really wanted to make the most of the beautiful backdrop outside. Everyone was brilliant, adults and children alike and got their coats, boots and wellies on to trudge through the wet grass to the spot we'd chosen. After taking some big family group shots of everyone, we took the smaller groups which the family had requested before heading back to the cottage for coffee and the most delicious homemade cake! Thank you for making us very welcome. We really enjoyed your company. It was well worth the long journey and the wet feet! We hope you enjoyed it too.



Monday, 26 October 2009

West Yorkshire Wedding Photographer

We were delighted to receive this today from Caroline Mason's mum, Enid. We were privileged to be chosen to share Caroline and Gary's special day in May when they married at Hunslet Methodist church in Leeds, followed by a reception at Rogerthorpe Manor in Badsworth. They chose a storybook album and Caroline's mum bought a smaller copy for herself. Enid's comments sum up perfectly what we are about and how important our clients are to us.

"I have had to send this message to let you know just how much we love the finished album of pictures from Caroline and Gary's wedding. It is beautiful!! The happy atmosphere of the whole day is captured from start to finish. Every time you look at it you notice details that you haven't noticed before. I am so pleased that we ordered the smaller version and will enjoy the day many times over as we proudly show it to everyone. Memories are so important to us all and these albums will keep Caroline and Gary's wedding fresh in our memories always. Thank you so much for your hard work and the care you have taken. It is much appreciated. Best wishes to you both." ENID HARDING

Yorkshire Wedding Photographers

It may seem a long way off but we are already planning for our spring wedding fairs. We will be exhibiting at the following wedding fairs early next year -

31 January 2010 - Ossett Town Hall

7 February 2010 - Hazlewood Castle

21 February 2010 - Rogerthorpe Manor

We look forward to seeing you there!


Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Woolley Hall Wedding Photographers

Nicola and Darren's wedding at Woolley Hall, Wakefield on 17 October 2009

The lovely autumn sunshine continued for the wedding of Nicola and Darren at the beautiful setting of Woolley Hall. We arrived at the couple's house for Nicola's preparations and we knew from what Nicola had told us that her dress was going to be something very special and it certainly was - a stunning Spanish design with an amazing ruffled skirt. On arrival at Woolley Hall with it's frontage covered in spectacular red foliage, we were greeted by a chimney sweep who had been hired by Nicola's sister, Diane, as a surprise for the couple. We spent some time with Darren, his sons Joshua and Cameron and best man, Stuart (who was so helpful to us and kept everything running smoothly - thank you Stuart), taking some relaxed photographs around the grounds before Nicola arrived by horse drawn carriage accompanied by her friend Suzanne, son Tom and daughter Eli, whose privilege it was to give her mum away. The ceremony was full of emotion because Nicola and Darren had been teenage sweethearts who then went their separate ways only to be reunited years later and there were lots of jokes that it had taken them twenty-five years to tie the knot! The brief for the day was for only a few group photographs and the rest to be informal and fun but Darren did admit that he had really enjoyed the relaxed posing! With the after dinner speeches covered and the daylight gone, we finished the photographs inside Woolley Hall with our lovely couple on the staircase. The first dance to "Reunited" was very romantic and very appropriate. Thank you Nicola and Darren for letting us share this very special day with you. We were delighted to be your wedding photographers and we wish you a fantastic honeymoon in Mexico!

Friday, 16 October 2009

Wakefield Wedding Photographer

Sarah and Paul's wedding at the Hotel St Pierre, Newmillerdam, Wakefield on 10 October 2009

Today we were the wedding photographers for Sarah and Paul. This special day started with a warm welcome from Sarah's mum and dad, Rita and Graham, when we arrived at their house for Sarah's preparations. The weather was warm too - a lovely autumn day! Whilst we were taking photographs of Sarah's gorgeous white dress which had the most beautiful silver embroidery and her accessories including a very important Leeds United garter, Sarah arrived relaxed and calm from the hairdressers and helped her bridesmaids get ready (thought it was supposed to be the other way round!) Before leaving, we got some shots as Rita and chief bridesmaid, Alison struggled to fasten Sarah's dress and it was also nice to be able to take some portraits of our lovely bride ready. We then left for the Hotel St Pierre in Newmillerdam to meet Paul and his attendants for their photographs. A white garage door as a background for a portrait of Paul complimented the elegant black, white and silver colour scheme which the couple had chosen. After a chat with the very kind and accommodating registrar, we knew we'd have no problem getting Sarah and Paul some images to treasure from their marriage ceremony. She told us that we should just do the very best we could for the couple - our sincere thanks to her on behalf of Sarah and Paul because this is what our fantastic job is all about. After the ceremony, we left the guests for a while to go to the lakeside in Newmillerdam for photographs of the couple together. The location we chose makes such a nice backdrop for the pictures and is the same one we used for Sarah and Paul's engagement session a few weeks ago, from which they chose a photograph to display at the wedding with a signature mount for their guests to sign. Thankfully, the weather was much kinder on their wedding day! Arriving back at the hotel, we got all the guests involved in a big group shot, followed by confetti throwing and then some fun shots with the couple, chief bridesmaid and best man, before completing the family groups. After dinner and speeches, we spent some time with Sarah and Paul in their bridal suite taking some special, romantic images for them. A fabulous day in the company of a fabulous couple ended for us after their first dance. Thank you for choosing us to share your very special day. It was a privilege to join you and your lovely families.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photographer

We will be exhibiting at the beautiful location of Hazlewood Castle on Sunday, 11 October 2009. Please come along and meet us, browse through our sample wedding albums and have a chat. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

North Yorkshire Wedding Photographers

Melissa and Charles's wedding at Helmsley Church and the Black Swan Hotel on 26 September 2009

Melissa married Charles on a blazing hot day in the pretty church in the picturesque market town of Helmsley and the weather made it hard to believe that this was the end of September! After taking a few detail and accessory shots for Melissa at the Black Swan Hotel, we met up with Charles and his attendants downstairs for their preparations, drinks and fixing of buttonholes before heading to the church. With the church literally at stone's throw away, Melissa walked to the ceremony with her proud dad, John. After the ceremony and congratulations outside the church, we walked back to the Black Swan Hotel for the drinks reception and after completing the group photographs, we left the guests to enjoy the sunshine whilst we headed off with Melissa and Charles to the ruins of Helmsley castle. The couple's preference was for classical style photographs and we were very happy to oblige as this style is timeless and elegant, but with such a fabulous location we couldn't pass up the opportunity to create something with a "wow" factor for the lovely Melissa - she looked just amazing! The short time we had passed all too quickly and we had to get back to the Black Swan in time for the start of the wedding breakfast. We would have loved longer taking photographs around the castle ruins - what a stunning location it is! After dinner, speeches and the cutting of the cake, we made the most of the last of the daylight for informal and candid shots outside before Melissa and Charles took to the dance floor, Melissa having swapped the ivory bow on her silk gown for lovely black one. We hope you are enjoying your honeymoon in America and thank you so much for choosing us to record your special day.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Chevin Country Park Hotel Wedding Photographers

Catherine and Paul's wedding at Chevin Country Park Hotel, Otley on 25 September 2009

It was our pleasure to return to Chevin Country Park Hotel in Otley for the marriage of Catherine to Paul. It was such a privilege to share this very special day as we were the photographers at Paul's sister, Lisa's wedding in May last year and for Paul to choose us to be part of his big day too is just fantastic and means the world to us. It was great to see the Beaumont family again! We arrived to a calm, relaxed atmosphere for Catherine's preparations and were greeted by a few familiar faces! After meeting up with Paul and his attendants for their photographs, it was back to Catherine for her final preparations and photographs with her dad, Glynn. She looked elegant and beautiful and Glynn must have been so proud. An intimate, candlelit ceremony was followed by celebrations in the lovely lakeside surroundings of Chevin. After the group photographs and fun shots, we spent some quiet time with Catherine and Paul around the venue, taking some relaxed and romantic photographs of the couple together before heading back inside for cake shots, table details and speeches. Thank you for choosing us to share your special day in the company of such lovely people. We look forward to seeing you on your return from honeymoon.