Studio Sessions

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!

Rangefinder 30 Rising Stars Winner

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:

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Leeds Pre-wedding Charlie & Chris

Charlie and Chris drove for two hours to hang out in a car park with me.I reckon it was time well spent!Can you believe there are people who don't even have a favourite car park?! 

Ilkley Moor Pre-wedding Session: Sonia & Sean

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. 

Stacey & Daniel High Peak Pre-wedding

Stacey & Daniel High Peak Pre-wedding

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! 

Helen & Sam Leeds Pre-wedding session

Helen & Sam Leeds Pre-wedding session

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!   

Aenea & Pete Sheffield Pre Wedding

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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!!!"  

The Normans Yorkshire Wedding

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! 

Kayleigh & Simon Leeds pre-wedding

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! 

Louise & Marvin Leeds Pre-wedding photography

Spent a beautifully sunny Sunday in Leeds with these three, started in the Belgrave then took a wander up past the arena to the university and back. Had a lot of fun with them, excited to be shooting their wedding next week! 

Sophie & Johnny Leeds pre-wedding photography

After a few month of chatting to these guys as they travelled around South America it was great to have them back in the country and finally meet up on a delightfully 'Yorkshire' day for their Leeds pre-wedding photography session. By 'Yorkshire' I obviously mean grey and drizzly which I'm sure had novelty value for them if nothing else! By 'pre-wedding photography session' I obviously mean a couple of beers and a wander round town getting to know each other a bit so it's all a little more relaxed come the wedding.Colourful Leeds pre-wedding photoI actually really enjoy having something challenging like a rainy day to work with, it's good for the creativity! Johnny used to live in Leeds, but left ten years ago, which coincidentally is around the time I arrived here - at least I think it's a coincidence!  It was interesting seeing how it had changed since he'd left.Spent a fun afternoon ducking in and out of doorways and carparks trying not to get too soggy, I love how the photos came out, particularly the window lit ones towards the end of the set, taken in the Trinity Kitchen food court hidden behind a taco van so the security guards didn't kick us out haha, I love finding little patches of light in places where you're not really supposed to be taking photos, keeps me on my toes!Really looking forward to their wedding in Cracoe, which they have now assured me is in Yorkshire and not Poland, which I'm pretty pleased about! Will be the first wedding I've shot where the celebrants are all four of the couple's brothers, sounds like it's going to be a right laugh!I'm fairly certain not very many people at all read all the way to the end of these, and my Google-juice-expert friend says I have to write three hundred words, which thanks to this paragraph I've now done. If you're still reading do comment and let me know!If you're interested in having a Leeds pre-wedding session with me (rain or shine!) then get in touch!

Amy & Alex York Pre-wedding

Spent Monday afternoon pounding the pavements of York with Amy and Alex. I love a wander round it's windy streets anyway, but getting  a tour from Amy who grew up nearby was great, it was so much fun combining her local knowledge with my tendency to wander off down interesting looking alleys! By their own admission they'd rather live up here but currently their work means they have to be down in London. I've never noticed the amount of geese around, but Amy certainly did, she was not a fan! Like most couples who book a pre-wedding session, they were pretty nervous about it beforehand, but once I'd explained that cameras are stupid and can't tell the difference between nervous laughter and genuine joy they soon got into the swing of things! They told me afterwards that they'd felt super self-conscious at the start, but by the time we'd laughed and joked our way round half of York (the Whippet Inn?! Really?!) they were happy busting out the PDA's in the fairly busy train station. I think they were just happy not to be standing next to bins for a change (honestly, so often the best photos are by the bins!). Really looking forward to their wedding in Nunburnholme in a few weeks, if you start in York it's on the Highway to Hull, and another step closer to my dream wedding destination of Wetwang. Honestly, look it up, it's an actual place!

Tasha & Stew Leeds Pre-wedding

Had a right laugh with these guys, my kind of people! Been working flat out getting Light Space Leeds, a new co-working space for creatives in north Leeds ready for our opening party on Thursday so asked them to meet me there, finished wiring up the lights just as they arrived so was very grateful to have a good reason to go to the pub and then for a wander around the carparks of Meanwood (started with Asda then went upmarket with a bit of Waitrose!)Can't wait for their wedding in Scarborough in a few weeks time, think I'll be wearing my dancing shoes!   

Lucinda & Jonny Ripon Pre-Wedding

Loved wandering round sleepy Ripon with these guys, started at Ripon Cathedral where they first met. Got given hot cross buns by some nice people on the market square. Nearly went home with both of their phones in my bag but fortunately they remembered just in time! All in all a pretty good way to spend a Friday afternoon.

Bex & Pete Derby Pre-wedding

Second trip to Derby in a week to meet up with Bex and Pete (the first was to visit Format, a fantastic bi-annual photography festival), had a great time hanging out with them both, and found a gorgeous little Sam Smith's pub just around the corner from their wedding venue which was good to know! 

Sarah & Joe Leeds Pre-wedding

Spent a beautiful sunny day - one of the first of the year - having a beer or three and wandering round the bottom of Leeds with Sarah & Joe, before heading up to our very much work-in-progress new co-working space in Meanwood. All in all a pretty great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

London Family Photography - Leigh & Emmerson

I often get couples asking if they could/should bring their kids to their pre-wedding session. The answer is 'yes, if you have someone who can have them for the first part of the session.' Fortunately, Leigh and Emmerson's friends were kind enough to help out, which meant as well as their gorgeous couple session, we were able to then get some great family photos of the three of them together on London's South Bank.