Friday, 27 April 2012

Wedding Photographer Ripley Castle | Adele & Ryan's Wedding Photography

As Ripley Castle wedding photographers, it was lovely to return to this beautiful wedding venue for Adele and Ryan's 4 pm civil ceremony in the library of the East Wing. Weddings are always very special occasions but theirs was made all the more so because Ryan is originally from South Africa and his family made the long journey over to attend the wedding.

Adele got ready with her bridesmaids and both mums at The Boar's Head and arrived for the ceremony in a spectacular horse drawn carriage.  After the ceremony, the couple had a few minutes to themselves and went for a ride before returning for group photos, confetti and couple shots.

Ryan's attendants really excelled themselves with the speed and efficiency with which they gathered together the guests for groups.  As it was very cold and as we had limited time before the wedding breakfast, this made such a huge difference to the smooth running of the group photo session and we are very grateful for their help.  Thank you guys!

The stunning architecture of Ripley Castle just had to be featured in the wedding images and we asked the bridal party to join us for a few minutes so that we could pose them within the arches and have some fun.  As everyone sat for the wedding breakfast, we stole the new Mr and Mrs Lotter for some photographs together on the staircase in front of the beautiful wedding window.

The finale to Adele and Ryan's wedding was a firework display which included a heart shaped firework right at the end.  Fireworks are very challenging to photograph in any case but could we capture the heart?  

Thank you for asking us to be your wedding photographers at Ripley Castle.  Here are a few images from your special day.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Hazlewood Castle Weddings | Wedding Photography Hazlewood Castle for Victoria & Jon

Our second wedding of the Easter weekend and with bridal preps in Horsforth, groom preps in Yeadon and a very early ceremony meant a very early start to Victoria and Jon's Hazlewood Castle wedding photography but getting up at the crack of dawn was well worth it!

We arrived at Victoria's parents' lovely house where we were made very welcome, the girls were getting ready and there was a brilliant atmosphere.  Even Victoria's dad's announcement that it was throwing it down outside did nothing to dampen anyone's spirits.  

Our second port of call was the Premier Inn, Leeds and Bradford airport, where we were met by one of Jon's best men who very kindly showed us the way to the room where our groom was getting ready.  After some shots of Jon putting the finishing touches to his outfit, we set off just ahead of the boys so that we could arrive at Hazlewood Castle before they did.  Jon wasn't too far behind and by now, the rain had stopped.

Victoria arrived in a fabulous car just before the civil ceremony was due to start at 11.30 am in the Old Dining Room.  This room is great because it has big windows which let in lots of daylight.  Once the ceremony ended, we spent a few minutes outside taking photographs of the couple with not one, but two beautiful classic cars, before the guests came out to enjoy the champagne reception.  Two very efficient and helpful best men meant that the group photographs were taken care of quickly, allowing us to take Victoria and Jon away for a few minutes for some couple photographs.

An early wedding means lots of time for everyone to enjoy the day and we knew that Victoria and Jon were up for a laugh so some bridal party fun shots were on the cards as long as the weather played ball for long enough.  

We were looking forward to spending a bit of time after the wedding breakfast with the couple and we were very lucky that although it did rain, it managed to do so when it didn't matter and as recommended wedding photographers for Hazlewood Castle, it was wonderful to be able to make the most of the variety of locations for Victoria and Jon's wedding photographs and to work with a couple who were so enthusiastic about getting as many images as possible, so much so that they delayed their first dance so that we could get the beautiful evening shots in the courtyard for them.

Thank you Mr and Mrs Monk for choosing us to photograph your lovely Hazlewood Castle wedding.  We've seen lots of different things at weddings but yours is the first where the bride was sawn in half!

Waterton Park Wedding Photographer | Walton Hall Wedding Photography for Katie & Rob

The first of a two wedding Easter weekend saw us taking wedding photographs at Waterton Park Hotel where we started the day with Katie getting ready with the girls. Rob had a beautiful Pandora bracelet, complete with a wedding cake charm, delivered to his bride who, apparently, had dropped plenty of hints!  Katie, we know what you'll be getting for Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries from now on!  

Once we'd covered all the important bridal prep shots, we left Katie and went to meet up with Rob and the guys across the bridge to take wedding photographs at Walton Hall where they were getting ready.  It was nice to be able able document cufflink fixing, cravat tying and general leg pulling before we went outside to take the more formal photographs.

Back across the bridge for the ceremony and confetti throwing and then back again for the group photographs and some of the new Mr and Mrs Jackson before it was time to capture the lovely details inside just before the wedding breakfast.  An Easter wedding called for an Easter theme and Easter eggs were very much in evidence around the room.  These must have gone down a treat!  

The day was pretty overcast and gloomy but great for photographs.  The drizzle we got in the evening certainly wasn't great but Katie and Rob were brilliant, came outside, had their photographs taken and completely ignored the weather.  Katie even decided to throw her bouquet to the single ladies.  

As Waterton Park wedding photographers, we know what stunning locations there are for photographs including the backdrop of Walton Hall itself and, of course, the archway. We made the most of these before we all went inside for Katie and Rob's first dance.

A lovely Easter wedding complete with April showers.  Thank you guys for asking us to be there to capture it for you.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Baby Photography West Yorkshire | Jasmine's Baby Portraits

How time flies by!  It doesn't seem long since we welcomed a tiny newborn baby nicknamed "Peanut" to the studio for a baby portrait in Castleford and only a few weeks before that, her mum, Gemma, for a maternity photography session.  

It's been a pleasure and a privilege to photograph Jasmine starting when she was a baby bump, to a tiny newborn, to this, her six month portrait session.  As professional bump to baby photographers in West Yorkshire, it's lovely to be given the chance to document something so special - the first year of a baby's life and the relationship between a new family.  We've shared this family's story and we know why Jasmine is very precious indeed.

Jazz is gorgeous and was great to photograph, hardly objecting to several changes of clothes and staying pretty chilled out throughout her time in the studio.  There is one more portrait session to go and then Gemma and her hubby, Paul, will have the task of finalising their choice of images which will be designed into a digital album which will, we're sure, become a treasured keepsake for this lovely family who we've grown extremely fond of.

A baby portrait session costs just £35.  If you'd like to book yours, please give Janet a call on 01977 730159.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Boudoir Photography West Yorkshire | Steph's Boudoir Photo Session

Steph wanted to give her boyfriend a very special surprise gift so she booked a boudoir photo session with us.  Having been shopping, she arrived with a bag full of beautiful underwear and we worked through quite a few different ideas for photographs.  Steph wasn't really sure what she wanted but after viewing her images, decided on one of our stunning boudoir books which are fantastic to showcase a wide range of photographs and can be personalised with any text you choose.  

These are few of our favourite images from Steph's boudoir session and as professional boudoir photographers in West Yorkshire, we think she looks amazing!

To book your boudoir photography session in our Castleford studio, please give Janet a call on 01977 730159.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

New Baby Photographer West Yorkshire | Chloe's Newborn Photographs

Chloe's proud dad rang us to arrange to have some baby photographs in Castleford taken of his two week old daughter.  As professional new baby photographers in West Yorkshire, we recommend that in order to capture forever that brand new baby look which disappears so quickly, newborn portraits should be taken as soon as possible.  However, Chloe arrived six weeks early so her baby portrait session actually took place a month before she should have even been here.  A beautiful baby, she slept most of the time, allowing us to "pose" her little hands and feet and get some gorgeous images.  She even stayed asleep whilst we photographed her with mum and dad, Sarah and Scott.  Mums often say they don't want to be photographed this soon after having a baby and this is understandable but we think it's lovely to have some family photographs with the new arrival as these will be treasured so much when your baby is grown up.

To book a newborn or a family portrait session, please call Janet on 01977 730159.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Hazlewood Castle Wedding Photographer | Louise & Andy's Wedding Photography Leeds

As professional Leeds wedding photographers, Louise and Andy's wedding was one of those which reminds us of all the reasons why we love our job so much and Louise's smile which greeted us as soon as we arrived at her parents' house was the first of those reasons.  Her beautiful smile never left her face all day long, plus her mum and dad made us very welcome and fed us breakfast of scones, Danish pastries and croissants - delicious!

When we arrived at All Saints' Church in Barwick in Elmet, Andy was just arriving too, meaning that we could crack on with a few photographs of him whilst we waited for a couple of the guys to arrive.  Louise's bridesmaids soon followed so we had an opportunity to capture some portraits of them together before our bride arrived with her dad, just as it started to rain.  Thankfully, it didn't develop into more than a short drizzle.  

It was great to work alongside Alan Macmillan from Macmillan Films.  We really enjoy working with him and we know what a brilliant job he does for his clients.  We also know that Louise and Andy will have a wonderful DVD of their fabulous wedding day to look forward to. 

A quick peek outside at the end of the ceremony confirmed what we'd hoped for - it wasn't raining.  Louise and Andy greeted their guests as everyone exited the church, we had a few minutes for photographs, everyone congratulated and threw confetti at the happy couple and we left for the wedding reception at Hazlewood Castle.

We knew from the beginning that Louise and Andy would be a brilliant to work with and they were very enthusiastic about having some fun and about trying out some different ideas for photographs.  After the group photo session was finished and with a few couple shots in the can, the bridal party met us for some fun photos and the sun came out.  Just what Louise had been hoping for!

As Hazlewood Castle wedding photographers, we knew the Great Hall would look spectacular all set up for the wedding breakfast and so we set aside a few minutes to photograph it, along with all the little details, so that Louise and Andy have a record of how beautiful the room looked dressed in cornflower blue with touches of pink.  The speeches before dinner were very entertaining and Guy, the best man's, was hilarious.

Our favourite time at a wedding has to be when we can spend some time with the couple, go away with them for a while, usually after the wedding breakfast, and create some gorgeous artistic and romantic images. All we need is time and a bride and groom who are as enthusiastic about their wedding photographs as we are.  Louise and Andy gave us plenty of both.  Perfect!

Our sincere thanks and best wishes to the new Mr and Mrs Flynn for choosing us to capture their amazing wedding day, for giving us the time to create some images for them which we are really proud of and for smiling all day long.  We hope you're having a fabulous honeymoon!