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honest love: say hello to slice of pie photography

March 9th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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This morning we’re getting snap-happy on the blog by catching up with our fabulous Sponsor and talented wedding photographers, Mark and Laura of Slice of Pie Photography.

Covering weddings throughout the North West and beyond, this dedicated duo considers it an honour to capture the most important day of a couple’s life and pride themselves on their “honest” images that stand the test of time.

As a special gift, Slice of Pie are offering Brides Up North readers who book them, a free guest book featuring their pre-wedding shoot photographs (worth £150), so be sure to mention this when enquiring with Mark and Laura. Now let’s hear more from them about their images and approach…

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Tell us a little about your background… 
slice of pie say: Having backgrounds in art and design and marketing meant that a creative career was a natural choice for both of us. After Mark’s time being behind the lens and directing photoshoots for advertising campaigns eight years ago, it seemed the right time for us to turn our love of photography into our own business in the wonderful world of weddings.

What attracted you to wedding photography specifically?

We love that each wedding is as unique as the couple themselves. We could do lots of weddings at one venue but no two would ever be the same. There is so much opportunity for couples to put their own stamp on their wedding day giving us the scope to produce new and unique images all the time, which keeps our work fresh and our creative juices flowing.

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And what is it about your job that you love?

Even after all the years of photographing weddings, we often say to each other in the midst of a drinks reception; “We’re at work!” We still pinch ourselves that we basically get to photograph parties where people are on top form having a great time, it’s also a huge honour to be such an important part of the best day of someone’s life!

How would you describe your style of wedding photography?

When people ask us this question we always tell them that we are great believers in honest images. Filters and overworked photographs will age quickly but a beautiful crisp image will stand the test of time. Many of our images are natural and contemporary in composition but at the same time we produce some more traditional yet relaxed images. We listen to what our couples want but guide them if they feel daunted by the whole prospect of being photographed. Having flexibility in style and taking the time to get to know our couples helps us to make sure they get what they want from their wedding photographs.

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What is the feedback like from your clients?

The feedback we get is phenomenal. We often joke to each other that we must be good but we never get complacent, every time we go to a wedding we look each other in the eye and say “this wedding must be a show album”, which we believe shows our passion for what we do. Most of our brides tell us that it felt like a friend was photographing their wedding and that they were able to relive the whole day, which is our main aim after all.

What is the top piece of advice you would give to camera shy couples?

The key to relaxing in front of the camera is to have fun and remember that you have picked a professional photographer whose job it is to make you look and feel relaxed and happy! Most couples aren’t used to being photographed, which is why each of our packages include a pre-wedding shoot. The last thing we want is to be the strangers with the big cameras on the wedding day. The pre-wedding shoot is so valuable in building a relationship between us before the wedding, which always shines through in the photographs. Having the opportunity to see the photos before the wedding also gives couples the confidence that they will look fabulous on their wedding day!

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Are there any weddings in particular that you’ve shot that stand out to you?

Loads as we are very lucky to have photographed so many great days. One of our favourite shots was taken in Manchester City Centre on King Street Zebra Crossing, Mark was lying in the middle of the road while Laura stopped a bus (it wasn’t going fast) the driver and passengers just smiled when they saw what we were doing. We have great memories, taking pictures across the lake at the beautiful Capesthorne Hall, in the garden at the fabulous Belle Epoque, a stunning 1920’s themed wedding at the Alderley Edge Hotel, bridesmaids andushers shots under the T-Rex at Manchester Museum, confetti canons exploding in Manchester Art Gallery followed by the procession of bridesmaids dancing down the aisle, the elegance of a French Chateau to a golf club in Mallorca. Oh, and we always remember an emotional groom standing at the end of the aisle waiting for his beautiful bride!

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If you could shoot a celebrity’s wedding whose would it be and why?

Let’s go big and say a royal wedding! Imagine the honour of capturing Kate and Wills’ wedding. We would have loved all the grandeur, tradition, elegance alongside the crowds in Union Jack hats! Oh, and Kate’s wedding dress designer Sarah Burton grew up in the same village as Mark!

And where would be your dream location to shoot?

We wouldn’t complain if we were asked to photograph a wedding at a Californian vineyard bathed in golden light as the sun dips down before the reception begins. Or a villa in the Majorcan hills, or the Highlands of Scotland – the list is endless!

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Is there a specific part of a wedding day that you enjoy photographing the most?

Between the ceremony and wedding breakfast the couple have the beaming ‘just married’ smiles and the celebrations can begin. It’s always a joy to capture the bride and groom laughing and creating special memories with friends and family when they don’t realise they are being photographed. We also love doing couple shots, it’s always a pleasure to briefly whisk the bride and groom to one side so they have some time alone when we can get those all-important creative natural couple shots which will stay with the them for the rest of their lives.

What do you think are the most important elements for couples to bear in mind when deciding on a wedding photographer to capture their day?

It might sound obvious, but make sure you like the photographs – everyone has a different style and it has to be right for you.

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What can couples who book you expect on the day?

A personal approach to capturing your wedding day, from bridal preparations to your first dance, and a lot of fun! Laura will be with the bride about two hours before the ceremony and Mark will be at the ceremony venue about an hour before it starts. Laura is there until you sit down to eat and Mark stays right through to your first dance.

What is included in your photography package?

The Apple Pie package includes the pre-wedding shoot, coverage up to your first dance and all your final edit photographs in full resolution on a USB. The Blackberry Pie and Cherry Pie packages simply add to the Apple Pie package with a choice of beautiful album. This means that whichever package you choose you know that your coverage and images will be the same.

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Can you give us an idea on price and can you do any exclusive offers for Brides Up North readers?

Our prices start at £1,495 and if you mention Brides Up North we will give you a free guest book featuring photographs from your pre-wedding shoot worth £150.

How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you/ see more examples of your work?

Visit www.sliceofpiedesigns.com, email us at sliceofpiedesigns@me.com or phone us on 01625 574102

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Julia Braime
Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…

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