Monday, 13 December 2010

Portrait Photographer in West Yorkshire

Portrait photography for Becky and Mark

We first met Becky when she came along with her close friend Donna whose children we have photographed on a regular basis.  Donna came in to view her children's portrait images and Becky decided to book a portrait session for herself and hubby Mark to get some lovely couple photographs of the two of them together.  The brief for the style of photography was for anything at all, as long as Becky could have black and white photographs because she loves them!  We had a really enjoyable photo shoot with Becky and Mark, switching from traditional portraiture using a black background for a low key style, to a relaxed and informal photography style with the couple sitting on the studio floor, finally finishing the session with some contemporary images using just the studio wall as a backdrop.  We ended up with a lot of great images and when Becky and Mark came in for their viewing appointment, they ended up with nine images which they loved and had to have.  One of these will be a Christmas gift for a certain special person in Becky's life (other than Mark!) and the remainder - all black and white images - will be presented in two stunning black frames with silver edging to be displayed in the couple's new conservatory which will have a black and white scheme.  We offer loads of different frames to choose from and our multi frames are extremely popular, offering fantastic value for money, as they can accommodate several images in one frame, meaning that clients don't necessarily have to narrow their choice of photograph to just one.  We were delighted with Becky and Mark's images and we look forward to presenting them with their finished framed prints.

Wedding Photographers in West Yorkshire

Wedding photography Waterton Park Hotel - thank you 

Today we were very happy to receive a lovely thank you card from Sarah and Tom Cass whose wedding we photographed at Waterton Park in the summer. 

"To Alex and Janet
We would both like to start by saying a HUGE thank you for everything you have done for us.  Our wedding pictures are stunning and everyone we show them to can only echo this.  We are so glad we chose to have the storybook as it really does show off the images to their best.  You have both made us feel so relaxed right from our first meeting, to our engagement shoot and of course on the big day.  Our guests have commented how lovely and how professional you both were on the day.  We are so glad you were recommended to us and we will definitely recommend you to anyone looking for a photographer.  You have given us memories which we can treasure for a lifetime.  Love from Sarah and Tom Cass x"


Friday, 10 December 2010

Wedding Photography Wentbridge House Hotel

Wedding photography Bradford and Wentbridge House Hotel - Chloe and Sam - 4 December 2010
When Chloe and Sam booked us as their wedding photographers, they expected that being a December wedding, it was likely to be cold.  What they didn't expect was the thick snow which descended on the country at the end of November - much earlier than we usually get it!  So Chloe's dad, Bryan, had the unenviable task of clearing the snow outside the church to make it easier for the wedding cars to get access.  We arrived at Bryan and Janet, Chloe's mum and dad's house to a hive of activity as the girls got hair and make-up done.  Leaving the hussle and bussle for the quiet haven of Bryan and Janet's bedroom for a while, we set to work on photographs of Chloe's beautiful princess dress, her shoes, perfume, jewellery, flowers and wellies!  A text message from Chloe the evening before the wedding day confirmed that she was well and truly prepared and something as trivial as eight inches of snow wasn't going to stop her getting the photographs she wanted.  Leaving the ladies, we met Sam and the boys at the church.  The colour scheme the couple had chosen, along with the snow, the holly tree in the church grounds and a nativity scene inside all added to the festive theme of this winter wedding.  A quick chat with the kindly vicar and permission to photograph the wedding ceremony from both the front and the back of the church was granted.  The arrival of a Hummer full of bridesmaids in wellies caused a lot of laughter and shortly afterwards, Chloe arrived with her proud dad.  This is the first time we've seen a change of footwear in the church doorway - from bridal wellies to bridal shoes!  Following the ceremony, the family groups were taken care of inside the church before Chloe and Sam headed out to be showered with confetti.  At this point, it started raining and it was still raining when everyone arrived at Wentbridge House.  As professional wedding photographers in West Yorkshire, the weather is something we have to take in our stride but eight inches of snow and freezing rain is something of a challenge.  However, Chloe was an absolute star - pulling on her wellies in the car and stepping out with a big smile ready to take on anything!  She was so delighted to see the stunning snowy landscape of the gardens at Wentbridge House Hotel and she was adamant that no matter what, she and Sam were having their photographs taken in the snow.  She only shouted at Sam a couple of times for not holding the umbrella over her properly!!!!!  Sam - you were brilliant too, going along with whatever we suggested but at least you were wrapped up a bit more warmly than Chloe.  It must have been a spectacle - a beautiful bride in a huge wedding gown, carrying a red umbrella, a handsome groom and two photographers struggling through the deep snow.  Freezing is an understatement!  But it was well worth it for the amazing images we got.  After a few photographs around the Christmas tree in the hotel reception, we left Chloe and Sam to join their guests, drink champagne and thaw out whilst we photographed the wedding breakfast room which looked fabulous in its red and gold colour scheme.  Even the favours for the wedding guests had a Christmas theme - red Christmas tree baubles, individually personalised by hand - beautiful.  After the wedding breakfast and the speeches, we had a little time before the evening guests started to arrive and as was still raining, we decided to be kind to Chloe and Sam and work indoors.  A visit to the bridal suite and a short trip around the hotel resulted in some romantic images for the new Mr and Mrs Pickles before they took to the floor for their first dance.  Thank you for inviting us to capture your fabulous winter wedding.  Snow can be unwelcome but on this occasion, it made Chloe and Sam's wedding day and their pictures all the more special.  Hope you're enjoying a fabulous honeymoon in Mexico where we suspect it's just a bit warmer.   

If you attended Chloe and Sam's wedding, please leave a message - thank you.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Wedding Photography Yorkshire

Thank you 

In August we were the wedding photographers for Emma and Scott Dickens when they married in North Elmsall before celebrating at Wentbridge House.  Last week they collected their fabulous Graphistudio storybook wedding album from us and we were delighted to be presented with a beautiful, handmade thank you card which we very much appreciate.  We were over the moon with it and with the lovely comments which Emma had written inside.

"To Alex and Janet
Thank you so much for the wonderful photos, we couldn't ask for anything more.  It was a pleasure having you photograph our wedding day.  From the first day we saw your photography we were truly amazed and said we wouldn't have picked anyone else!  Thank you again." 

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Family Portrait Photographers in Castleford

Nicola, James, Caroline, Glynn, Ryan and Baxter

We were very fortunate to have been Nicola and James's wedding photographers at Aldwark Manor this year and having enjoyed a fantastic day with them, we were looking forward very much to their family portrait session.  This session included sisters, Nicola and Caroline, husbands James and Glynn, Caroline and Glynn's son, Ryan and Nicola and James's baby Westie, Baxter, who was suitably dressed for the snow in his stripey scarf.  The brief was for natural, relaxed and fun family photographs.  Not a problem.  To include Baxter if possible please.  OK, we don't mind a challenge and a bit of bribery involving Baxter and some doggie treats did the trick!!!  In less than an hour, we had a selection of great family photographs in the can, working on various group photographs to include shots of everyone, Nicola and James with Baxter, Caroline, Glynn and Ryan and also Nicola and Caroline together.  We then had some fun with Ryan who was a star!  We think he really enjoyed the opportunity to play up to the camera and have a laugh but in all honesty, it was us who were laughing the most!  Baxter on the other hand thought being photographed was very tiring.  This is his "I want to go, I'm tired" shot!

Children's Photographer in Castleford

Amy and Josie

As professional children's photographers in Castleford, we photographed Amy as a baby a couple of years ago.  It was a pleasure to repeat this with Amy's younger sister, Josie and also brilliant to be able to capture photographs of the two sisters together for their proud mum, Wendy who is a good friend of ours and a very talented florist.  Wendy runs Triffidz Funky Florist in Castleford with her sister Lesley.  Following Amy's photography session, Alex designed a montage of Wendy's nine favourite images and personalised it with Amy's name.  Wendy chose nine images from Josie's photo shoot and again, Alex created a personalised montage for Josie so that Wendy has something beautiful and very special to celebrate each of her gorgeous little girls as babies as well as having some fantastic photographs of her children together.


New Baby Photography West Yorkshire


In September last year, we had the pleasure of being the wedding photographers at Chevin Country Park Hotel, Otley for Catherine and Paul, Neave's mum and dad.  How things change in just a year!  We were delighted to hear the news that Catherine and Paul were expecting a baby and even more delighted to meet their beautiful daughter when they brought her to the studio for some baby portraits.  At just five days old, Neave was the perfect age for new baby photographsBabies between newborn and around ten days old have that lovely new baby look and they sleep a lot (usually!)  This only lasts for a very short time before they get bigger, stay awake for longer and wriggle more, so before ten days' old really is the best time to capture these special images to treasure.  True to this theory, Neave obliged by sleeping throughout most of the session, only waking for a quick supper break!  This made it easy to "pose" her and to capture those cute photographs of her tiny hands, feet and ears.  Gorgeous!

Baby Photographers in Castleford


As professional Castleford baby photographers, it's always a pleasure to welcome our youngest clients to the studio and our recent baby photography session was no exception as we met beautiful Mia and her proud parents, Terrie and Dean.  At five weeks' old, Mia was well past the new baby photographs stage.  Mum Terrie said she'd always wanted a photograph of baby Mia lying on dad, Dean's outstretched arm.  Reasonably easy to achieve with a new baby when they're asleep and floppy but it proved a bit more difficult this time as Mia stayed awake throughout that part of the session and refused to turn her face towards the camera except for a split second!  We look forward to welcoming her back when she's sitting and she's bringing along her big sister next time so that they can be photographed together.