Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Oulton Hall Wedding Photographer | Andrea & David

Our final wedding of 2013 saw us as Oulton Hall wedding photographers for a great couple, Andrea and Dave.  When Andrea came in to book us we knew we'd have a good time because she loves our artistic style and she said she couldn't wait to pose like a model.  Music to our ears!  We're not sure whether Dave was quite as enthusiastic but he willingly gave us plenty of time so that we could get some beautiful couple shots around this spectacular venue.  

We're very privileged to be one of the recommended wedding photographers for Oulton Hall and as Andrea stayed at the venue the night before, we started our coverage of the day as she got ready in one of the bedrooms upstairs.  It has to be said that our bride looked amazing in her gorgeous vintage style lace dress and she was a star to photograph! We were really pleased that the weather stayed dry so that we could photograph the boys outside, although Oulton Hall is one of those wedding venues where the weather isn't too much of a concern, offering as it does, so many great locations inside.  

After the civil ceremony in the Repton Room and with such brilliant luck with the weather, we managed to persuade everyone to gather outside for photographs and we stayed outside right up to the time when the room was ready for the wedding breakfast.  With speeches before dinner, we stayed on the capture them and then we left everyone to enjoy the meal.  When we returned, we spent some time with Andrea taking some artistic bridal portraits and we decided to feature the beautiful Christmas tree in some of these, before Dave joined his bride for romantic couple photos on the staircase and gallery and for something that Andrea particularly wanted - photographs in the lift!  It's not the first time we've photographed a couple in a lift but usually there is a way of making the doors stay open for long enough.  Not this time!  It's a huge challenge when you're trying to get the pose right, create the right atmosphere for intimate and passionate expressions on the couple's faces and get out of the way fast enough to rattle off a sequence of images before the doors shut!  It was good fun though and the images are well worth all the hard work!

The couple's daughter, Mia, played a huge part in her mum and dad's big day and after working at break neck speed to get the lift shots, it was lovely to slow things down and capture some photographs of mother and daughter together, which we are sure will be very precious to Andrea.  

With the couple's evening guests due to arrive, we headed up to the Claret Jug to capture Mr and Mrs Garner's first dance together.  It was fabulous to end our 2013 wedding season on such a high and we sincerely thank Andrea and Dave for being such a joy to work with. Thank you also for your patience with the lift shots guys!    

If you're getting married and looking for an Oulton Hall wedding photographer, with us you get two, so please give us a call on 01977 730159. You can also follow us on Facebook at and if you were a guest at Andrea and Dave's wedding, please feel free to leave a comment.

All images are protected by copyright Alex & Janet Durasow.  Thank you.  

Friday, 6 December 2013

Theatre Photographer Yorkshire | Cinderella Panto Photography for Cast in Doncaster

Being an experienced theatre photographer in Yorkshire and having a lot of experience taking photographs of many productions over several years, including pantomime photographs, musical theatre photography and a variety of stage production photos, it was fantastic to be booked to capture images at the dress rehearsal of the Cinderella pantomime  at Cast in Doncaster, the evening before the show opened.  

The marketing department really needed professional pantomime photographs, not only to advertise Cinderella to the public, but so that before next year's pantomime comes round, they will already have great images to show off which will give people a bit of a taster of what a brilliant performance they can expect to see.

This was our very first visit to Cast, which only opened its doors in September, and so this was their very first pantomime.  This beautiful contemporary theatre is just breathtaking and we were made very welcome by Oliver and Graham, who we have to thank - Oliver for booking us and Graham, who remembered us as Theatre Royal Wakefield photographers and who very kindly recommended us.  He also looked after us really well throughout and was very enthusiastic about the images Alex was capturing.  

We enjoyed this project enormously, loved the production and the theatre and we hope that we will have the pleasure of working with the guys at Cast again soon.  

If you need a commercial photographer in Yorkshire, our rates are very competitive so please give us a call on 01977 730159.