There is no better way to enjoy your photos than a proper album. Period. Hand bound in Yorkshire , printed a top quality matte fine art paper, lay-flat pages meaning there is no interruption of images spanning the centre fold.
It’s where photos are supposed to live.
Click the image to scroll through Kerri & Sam’s album design:
It's no great secret that this time of year is pretty quiet for weddings, so I've been keeping myself busy building a photography studio in the co-working space I run in Meanwood, Light Space.
I thought I'd share a handful of images I've shot in there over the past week, it's a lot of fun trying out new things, and as photography is literally all about light it's great to be learning more about making my own light!
I've got limited availability for shoots this month so do get in touch if you're looking for some studio shots!
Flying back from Qatar to Yorkshire to get married at Alex's family home surrounded by their loved ones, Alex & Toyan's was certainly a wedding to remember! Beautiful people who *seriously* know how to dress, heaps of emotion, and the mother of all parties - inevitable when a DJ marries an artist. All in all it was a joy to photograph!
Back over to Sheffield for another beautiful wedding at the Wood Lane Countryside Centre, always a treat to start the morning with the ladies from Jenn Edwards & Co! The bagpiper Aenea & Pete had hired to soundtrack their walk down the aisle had been given the wrong time, so appeared halfway through the ceremony and just went for it full blast, which had the whole room in stitches!
A proper Yorkshire festival wedding with proper Yorkshire weather!
Having seen Luke DJing around various clubs in Leeds I knew this one was going to end in an epic party, but honestly the whole day was just incredible from start to finish! The Yorkshire Dales are as beautiful a place as you'll find in the country, or anywhere else, a perfect setting for the day. Check out the groom's arrival, and the bridesmaids'! The weather looked as though it was going to hold off just long enough for the outdoor ceremony so it got underway, with the wonderful Luisa Starr leading the ceremony. They got about halfway through an incredibly emotional (and hilarious) ceremony when the heavens opened, and opened hard! The sprint for the marquee was brilliant, and things soon continued, even more emotionally. Suppliers:Celebrant: Luisa StarrFlorist: Sam WilliamsMarquee: Wills MarqueesSinger: AlyshahBand: The Rebel SoundsDress: Daughters of Simone
Well, after the longest few weeks keeping it a secret, I'm now finally allowed to tell the world I've been named one of Rangefinder Magazine's 30 Rising Stars of wedding photography! Rangefinder is a New York based print magazine read by photographers all over the world.It's all a bit surreal to be honest, I never usually enter competitions, but having been nominated by a previous winner (thanks Marianne!) I thought I'd better pull together a few of my favourite photos and send them off. Certainly wasn't expecting to be listed, reading through the previous years winners is pretty mind-blowing, so many of my super talented friends from all over the world!I've never hidden the fact that I fell into wedding photography entirely by accident, so it's nice to have some validation that I've somehow ended up doing something I'm pretty good at! It's very easy as a wedding photographer and creative to be hard on yourself, so this is a great boost at the end of a very busy year.Rangefinder's 30 Rising Stars is unique in being peer nominated and judged by a panel of wedding photography industry experts.Obviously the most important feedback is the thanks I get from the couples who's weddings I get to shoot, but it's really great to be acknowledged by my peers!Without going all Gwyneth-Paltrow-at-the-Oscars, now seems a good time to thank a few people who've supported, encouraged, and guided me. Marianne for nominating me, Jamie, Emma & Pete, Jo Brown, Kristian, Lizzie, Laura and the whole SNAP family, and all the other people who've helped me along the way. Check out the full list of Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography 2018 here. Here are the images I submitted:
Mostly I like to do pre-wedding sessions outside, especially when it's sunny in Leeds, but bloody hell it was just too hot last week to be shooting outside!Fortunately my pals at former-church-now-nightclub, inventively named 'Church' (who I've been shooting a lot for ahead of their launch as Leeds' most exciting new wedding venue!) let us escape the heat, and while different, I couldn't be happier with the results!Katie & Tom are a dream to photograph and there's nowhere I'd rather be this coming Wednesday than their wedding (not even Moscow).
A windy walk around the Cow & Calf rocks at Ilkley Moor is an excellent wedding hangover cure. That and a pint at the Cow & Calf pub over the road.All the greenery made an interesting change from my usual urban-industrial pre-wedding locations, always good to mix things up!Sonia & Sean were great company, really looking forward to shooting their wedding at the recently renovated Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey.
So, turns out Glossop is more than just the road from Buxton to Leeds! It's actually really bloody lovely, especially in the sunshine. Stacey & Daniel were great fun to spend the afternoon with, met them at theirs and walked straight to the pub, down a seriously impressive hill. God knows how they get back up it after a few! Daniel's commitment to 'getting-in-the-bush' was something to behold. Really looking forward to shooting their wedding at the Pavilion Gardens in my old hometown of Buxton next week!
Absolutely loved this one!! Leeds is SO MUCH FUN to photograph in when the sun's out, so much yummy light bouncing around all over the place! Helen and Sam were great to shoot, really excited for their wedding now! Met them in a coffee shop (Laynes Espresso, seriously good!) then started out by getting high. Ten stories high on top of a carpark - always a quiet place to begin, up above the busy city streets. Then headed down under the train station - look out for the bonus bicycle - and out to the canal. Pro tip - walking backwards while taking photos right next to the canal is a really silly idea, just managed to catch myself but I really nearly dunked myself!
BLOODY HELL I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHING IN SHEFFIELD!!Got well giddy running round with these two, there's such a wonderful variety of places to play!Pete: "Do you always get this excited?"Me: "LOOK AT ALL THE LINES!!!"
I didn't think it was possible for me to be more excited for this pairs' wedding (reasons to follow, keep reading!) but after a hilarious wander around Leeds in ACTUAL MOTHERFLIPPING SUNSHINE, more excited is exactly what I am!I've been hoping to shoot a wedding at the utterly incredible Abbeydale Picture House in Sheffield since I first set eyes on it, shooting a gig there a while back. Fortunately the events side of things there are run by my pals at Inner City Weddings who after working together in the past knew that I'd be the perfect fit for the first full day wedding there.Insanely cool venue aside (and seriously exciting plans for it - sushi ftw) , what makes weddings fun to shoot is the people, and Steph & Jamie could not have been more fun to spend the afternoon with, as these photos hopefully make clear!
A short highlight video set to fully licensed music can be added to any wedding package for just £700. This is not intended to be a replacement for a traditional wedding video, just another way of capturing the feeling of the day in a way that fits with my stills work. I love making them, and I'd love to make one for you!
The wedding with no ceremony that had me convinced I'd blacked out in the bog.
I knew Tasha and Stew were going for a super relaxed Scarborough barn wedding with their nearest and dearest having legally tied the knot the day before. However I still assumed they'd be having some sort of ceremony. Not these guys! They rocked up to Stepney Hill Farm, made a grand entrance, a couple of speeches were made then straight into the partying! Once I'd got over the panic and ascertained that I'd in fact not missed anything, capturing the festivities was a blast, the setting sun making for awesome photos streaming through the barn. The sun though, bloody hell, it was so hot that day I actually nearly died.
Over to Tasha & Stew:
How did you get here?
The love story began many moons ago. Me and Stew worked next door to each other, I worked in the vets and Stew in the motorbike shop next door. Romance blossomed after Stew throw a snowball to my face. We were together many years before the engagement happened. Stew had gone on a lads snowboarding holiday (I think to avoid the leap year) but I asked him to marry me via a Whatsapp picture message -how could he resist?! Stew then surprised me whilst out walking at sunset with my beautiful ring and the rest is history.
I had always wanted to marry in a local country house close to home but when we had a look around it, we found it was too formal. We visited Stepney Hill Farm in Scarborough on a wedding open day and fell in love. The views were to die for and the barn was a blank canvas to add our own style. We married the day before in a small service, leaving the big celebration to the Saturday. Stepney was everything we wanted and more.
WHAT DID YOU WEAR?
I really didn’t enjoy wedding dress shopping, there was just nothing that did it for me. I knew early on I wanted something simple and separate. I visited Once Upon a Dress in York and they helped design and create my dream bespoke dress. They were amazing to work with and gave me the excitement that I had been expecting. I didn’t wear many accessories, a beautiful Swarovski bracelet my friend had bought me, a silver choker chain, and white gypsophila in my hair and how could I forget my gold sequin shoes. Stew chose to wear trousers and a waistcoat, with black braces and a bow tie, the waistcoat soon came off as it was crazy hot. He looked amazing. The groom, best man, the bride’s brother and father wore pins made by a friend with pheasant feathers, which were beautiful. One of my first buys were the bridesmaid dresses, I knew I wanted them to wear something simple and comfy and had always wanted them to wear black, these were a massive bargain in the Monsoon sale. I accessorised the ladies with a rose gold belt, shoes and necklace, it worked perfectly against the black.
HOW DID YOU STYLE THE BARN?
We wanted to show our personalities through the decor. We used an old bike wheel for our table plans, and had old cameras and books for the table decor. We wanted to use plants rather than flowers, so had cacti and succulents in beautiful copper lanterns for the table centre pieces. My mum made our beautiful table runners which looked fab alongside our cutlery finished with dried lavender. My brother is a welder and made our table numbers, which added to the rustic look. I brought a lot of things from home to add to the look of the barn, my beautiful start light, pictures and VW toy cars. My talented friend Marie at Dolly Harlot Bouquets made my amazing bouquet, we added broaches and badges that reflected my personality (Boxing gloves for my Muay Thai, film badges for my photography). I used this beautiful creation over our two days of celebrations and now I can always keep it.
Our first dance was Special Brew, by Bad Manners. We are both love Ska and the song just felt right and will always be special to us.
“FROM THE MOMENT I SCROLLED THROUGH TIM’S WEBSITE I KNEW HE WAS THE PHOTOGRAPHER FOR US, WE LOVED HIS STYLE AND FELT IT WOULD REFLECT US PERFECTLY. WE FIRST SPOKE TO TIM VIA FACETIME AND INSTANTLY FELT LIKE WE HAD KNOWN HIM FOR YEARS.”
I arrived at The Normans on the morning of Kat and Dan's wedding, walked in the open front door of the cottage to find breakfast in full swing. Cheerfully introduced myself with the usual smile and explanatory wave of my camera. Was met with stunned silence. Wrong house entirely. Oops!Having found the right cottage I found Kat and her bridal squad having a brilliant time, I love that bridal prep at The Normans is right next door to the ceremony room, makes for a very relaxed morning for everyone.And the ceremony room, wow, what a perfect spot!
Spent a great afternoon wandering round the bottom of Leeds with these two, found some great patches of light on our travels! Just goes to show with the right people and the right light you can create beautiful photographs just about anywhere! Although yeah, the Corn Exchange is a pretty stunning backdrop too! Planning a wedding in Leeds? Or anywhere else? Get in touch!