Peebles Wedding Photographer - Nicole and David

Nicole and David travelled up to Peebles from the Lake District to get married at Neidpath Castle. The pair know the area, being mountain bike mad, drawn here by the trails that criss cross the Tweed Valley. This was my first wedding at the castle and proved to be a perfect venue for their friendly and intimate wedding.

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Nikki got her hair and make up done at the Peebles Hydro, whilst friends and family dropped in to make sure preparations were right on track. Like most outdoors people there was a good helping of canine support too!

We moved down to the castle to get the final touches done and finish getting ready. No shortage of stunning spots to show case Nikkis dress.

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Congratulations to Nikki and Dave on a great day at Neidpath Castle.

Lake District wedding - Esther and Paul

I was lucky enough to be invited down to the lake district to photograph the wedding of Esther and Paul in the truly beautiful location of Loweswater.  With Paul being a tree surgeon and Esther recently qualifying as the first female tree surgeon in the Lakes the whole day had a theme of trees and wood and a really personal, natural feel. Absolutely loved it. I hope you enjoy the photos.

Esther choose not to have me attend her getting ready, a decision a really respect so the first job of the day for me was capturing the guest arriving and the getting some shots of the boys before the ceremony.

 

Esther arrived in style in the back of her Dad's Landrover Defender

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Peebles Family Photographer - Toddler early riser sessions

I'm really pleased to now offer early riser sessions for Toddlers.  Having a toddler myself has made me realise that their best time of the day is quite often the morning.  Lets face it most of them get up fairly early too don't they!  I always thought it was a shame to miss the lovely evening light with young kids as they are often tucked up in bed or at least getting tired by that point of the day.  The good news is the mornings have their own fair share of nice light too.

So why not take advantage and join me for an early riser sessions.  Just £50 and you will get the top 5 images yours to keep on digital download.

Megan and Phil

It's always lovely to be invited to photograph a wedding, it's really nice when its an old family friend though.  Although I did have a wee tear in my eye during the ceremony and that certainly didn't help me focus the camera.  Well done guys and wishing you many happy years together x

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Auchen Castle Wedding - Kirsty and Colin

A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to photograph Kirsty and Colin's Auchen Castle Wedding.  I knew from the fact that these guys were both Project Managers it would be a super organised and slick run affair and I wasn't disappointed! Not only that though, it was relaxed, fun and full of lovely people, just like a wedding should be.  Kirsty and Colin have the most amazing chemistry and I hope that comes through in the pictures, I really did enjoy working with them.

Details, details and of course shoes! Usually my first job of the day.

Getting ready was a relaxed and fun affair.

It's always great to spend some time with the boys in the morning as well.

Colin keeping an eye on the time.

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Sometimes rain is a good thing, some lovely glint on the rocks.

That moment just before....

Kirsty and Colin share a love of travel and choose it for the theme of their day.

Sometimes I get to jump on someone else photo opportunity!

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Especially when their phone isn't playing ball!

Aachen castle provides a stunning backdrop for portraits.

I love this one, Colin and Kirsty making their entrance to their reception, it just shows how much fun they are!

Speechs and smile :-)

Give a boy a big sword to play with....!

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Catch!

First dance and then lots more, great party!

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Congratulations Mr and Mrs Armstrong x

Edinburgh Engagement Shoot - Kirsty and Colin

I headed out into a lovely corner of the Pentland hills at the weekend to capture Kirsty and Colin a few months before their big day at Auchen Castle in April.  There was certainly a wee nip in the air but despite that and a bit of a breeze we had fun and they got that all important chance to relax in front of the camera. Although they were both a little nervous initially it was soon clear to me what a lovely natural couple they were and I really can't wait to work with them some more at their wedding!

Vicky and Owen

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Mr and Mrs Hara 11/07/2015

A quick trip back down to Yorkshire for this Peebles Wedding Photographer for the wedding of Vicky and Owen in Bewholme.  I was lucky enough to team up with a good friend of mine Nick of Nick Robinson Photo for this one.  I don't shoot with a second very often but the extra coverage and alternative angles that Nick was able to provide have really added to the story of the day.  I hope to do it again soon!

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Chloe one of the bridesmaids kept us laughing all day!

Chloe one of the bridesmaids kept us laughing all day!

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Vicky departed and arrived in style on her horse drawn carriage.

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I love it when you capture the little looks between people, i think this one shows just how happy these two are!

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Lots of lovely little details throughout the day which all matched in with the blue and white theme.

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I'm not a huge fan of formal portraits, I'd much rather get people relaxed and smiling, just like they would be if the camera wasn't pointing at them all.

Vicky's lovely flowers were produced by Glenholme florists.

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Let's get the party started!

I think this little fellow has a future on the dance floor.

So a huge congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Hara, a lovely day and thanks for inviting me a long.

The best of 2014

I'm just about to make the move North of the border to my new home Peebles in the Scottish Borders.  It's an exciting move and one I'm really looking forward to.  However, it's been a great year here in Yorkshire and I will miss this fantastic county.  I have no doubt I will be back to visit on plenty of occasions.

So here's just a small slice of my 2014 weddings....

It's hard to pick a favourite wedding of the year but if I had to it would be Claire and Phil's.  Starting in Whitby and holding the main party in Dalby Forest it had pretty much everything going for it.  Great people. great weather and a great party! All organised by the fab Woodland Weddings.

One of my favourite venues this year was the little BnB, Millgate House that Catherine and Paul discovered in the centre of Richmond.  What a gem and what a lovely intimate wedding. The gardens gave me so much opportunity to shoot some of my favourite portraits of the year.

Although not in Yorkshire the wedding of Nicole and John gave me a chance to get down with the cockneys, I'm afraid some of the rhyming slang was lost on me but this cross continental love affair was a great day.  The best part of the day for me was the amazing retro hair salon, Rockalilly cuts that the ladies spent most of the morning in.

The wedding of Donna and Benoit in Harrogate early in the spring introduced me to spray on make-up for the first time as well as one of my favourite shots, mother and daughter.

It might have been a cold October day but the sun shone for Christine and Peter at the stunning Ravenscar hotel, overlooking Robin Hoods bay.

The Martin Family

I was privileged enough to be asked to photograph the Martin family whilst they were all visiting the UK from Canada.  They wanted to plan their shoot around a visit to York so I suggested museum gardens as it's nice and central and provides a great backdrop!  We had a great hour with a variety of different shots taken and I think it really shows how much you can get out of just an hour if you get a family group together.

Uncle Simon is pretty proud of his new nephew Sam!

Uncle Simon is pretty proud of his new nephew Sam!

Lorraine and Andy

Lorraine and Andy were married at York registry office a few weeks ago. I like the registry office at York because it has such nice light and no dated carpets! We headed round to the museum gardens for a photo session after.  It was just a quickie but what a lovely heartfelt day and great peeps! Here's a few of the portraits.

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I was really looking forward to Claire and Phil's wedding at Dalby forest.  It's a place I spend a lot of my free time in and I was excited to shoot my first wedding there.

The photography coverage actually started at their intimate registry office service in Whitby before they headed back down to Dalby for the main event.  Claire had decided not to have me along for her 'getting ready' part of the morning.  It's a decision I really respect actually, the choice to keep that special part of the day private to just close friends and family!

Despite the weather threatening a bit it actually turned out nice for the service and a few portraits down on the seafront afterwards.

Then we left the beautiful seafront of Whitby behind and headed down to Dalby forest.  Claire and Phil went off to get there glad rags on and I headed off to meet some guests.  I knew they had a glamping set up and I was really impressed with the whole layout from Woodland Weddings. It was great fun capturing the guest getting their tents set up and starting the drinking!

The details were simple but beautiful, just the way they should be!

Thankfully the wind dropped and the sun shone as Claire and Phil arrived for their hand fasting ceremony.  Just like it was meant to be!

Part of the ceremony was receiving the elements of earth, wind, fire and water (or beer) from their close friends.

Then you jump a sword and it's time to party!

You don't have to go far as a Dalby forest wedding photographer to find an amazing spot for a portrait.

The competition for the best cork popping quite literally went up with a bang!

Fun and heartfelt speeches and thank you's followed.

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Then the party really started!

The dance floor was never empty and kept rocking late into the night.

A huge thanks to Claire and Phil for inviting me along and congratulations and wishing many happy of years of marriage to the new Mr and Mrs Smith, thank you for letting me be your Dalby Forest wedding photographer.

Catherine and Paul

I was privileged enough to be invited to photograph a small part of Catherine and Pauls day in Richmond a few weeks ago.  It seemed like fate as my name is Catherine and my husband is called Paul, so I knew it was going to right up my street.  I wasn't disappointed as this small and perfect little wedding was at such a great venue and I had a great tim producing some of my favourite portraits I've done in a while!  Great day to be a Richmond wedding photographer.

The wedding ceremony was at the registry office and just a short walk from the amazing Millgate house.  Here's just a small selection from this great venue to be Richmond wedding photographer and I hope you enjoy them!

A fantastic dress and lovely details just finished off a great afternoon.

Smiles with your family are one of the best things about weddings and Catherine and her sister were no exception.

So huge congratulations to Catherine and Paul, what a perfect day and thanks very much for inviting me along!

The wedding photographers kit bag

I get asked quite a lot by potential clients if I have the right equipment to photograph their wedding, especially when it comes to the UK weather.  So I thought I'd put together a little post whilst it's sunny in the garden about what is in my kit bag and why it is in there.  So if your already a client or your thinking about becoming one you can see exactly what I carry in my bag of tricks, hopefully explained without too much technical jargon and camera wizardry!

This is what I turn up with on my back for most shoots.  I have a few little other emergency items which stay in the back of the van but the small person with the huge heavy bag on...that's me!

So open it all out and it looks like this. 2 digital camera bodies, 5 lenses, 3 flash guns, 3 radio transmitters, 2 memory card cases, batteries (lots of), 2 honeycomb flash adapters, 3 flash diffusers and feet, 2 flash clamps, 2 flash stands and umbrellas and my Granda's old film camera!

The first and I guess most important piece of kit I carry are my 2 Nikon D600s. A perfect wedding photographers camera, full professional capability contained within a small discrete package. Why 2? In my opinion every wedding photographer should carry 2 cameras as a matter of course.  The most important reason is just in case 1 goes wrong.  As annoying as it would be for me to have to change lenses all day long it's not going to be as bad as you missing out your wedding photographs.  The second reason is the extra versatility it gives me with lenses.  I can have two different lenses fitted meaning I can be photographing the same part of the day with lot's of creativity and variety.

Lens choice is something that is personal to every photographer and there is no right or wrong answer as to which ones to use.  Some choose to shoot on 'prime' lenses only with no zoom and some can shoot the whole day on just 2 zoom lenses.  After a bit of experimenting I find a combination of the two approaches works best for me.  I find when things are a bit more static in the morning of a wedding I get the most out of my prime lenses (an 85mm 1.4 and a 35mm 1.4 if your photographically inclined) which give me the chance to capture both candid and portrait work in pretty much any space and light. Once things start to get a bit fluid then the versatility of the zooms is usually what I'm craving and I will almost always swap over to them from the ceremony onwards. (70-200mm 2.8 and 17-35mm 2.8, if your interested!)  I can now let the camera do a lot more of the moving for me so I can be discrete and a bit more flexible as people move about. So that only accounts for 4 of the 5 lenses.  The 5th is my macro (makes little things look big), something which I guess I could manage without if I wanted to.  However, it's something I choose to carry even though it only ever takes those few shots every wedding, the details just wouldn't be the same without it!

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So let's talk light.  There are purists out there that won't use flash, it would be great to take the moral high ground and only use natural light, (my kit bag would be half the size and loads lighter for starters!) but I'm afraid sometimes it gets a bit dark and rainy in this country and with the best will in the world I can't control the sun (however much dancing I do). So even though I do prefer to use natural light whenever I can sometimes there is no avoiding it, I have to get a bit flashy!

I carry three flash guns.  One I use on my camera and two of them to use off camera.  As well as the need just to light things in a simple and effective way because it's just a bit dark or there aren't any windows taking the flash off the camera means I can get a bit creative with it as well. That night time shot, with the rain drops all lit up? Thats off camera flash.  It's all done through the magic of Pocket Wizards, unfortunately I don't carry a miniature Gandalf around with me to ward off demons, just some radio transmitters to fire my flashes.

I also like to make use of some honeycomb grids to keep the light going just where I want it too. Spillage is just embarrassing!  With my stands and clamps I can pretty much put my flashes wherever I want them so if you see me standing on chairs clipping things to window frames and curtains that's what I'm doing.  Last but not least a couple of umbrellas come in handy on rainy days just to make sure everything is nice and bright when the photography has to move indoors. Nobody wants a dull group shot after all.

There's a few other emergency items in the back of the van, real umbrellas (not flash ones) to keep off the rain, great if your willing to embrace the weather and go for a rainy shot. A blanket for you or sometimes me to sit or lie on and lot's of spare batteries on top of the ones in my bag, you can never have too many! 

So if you were wondering if I had all the right equipment to photograph your day, whatever the weather then I hope you will agree with me that the answer is yes I do.