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A Masterclass With Jonny Draper Photography

May 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This time a fortnight ago I was doing what I do best… talking my socks off.  I was over in Cheshire to address the attendees of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jonny Draper’s Two Day Masterclass in Wedding Photography

After a full day of shooting at Jonny’s right hand, through the editing process and onto the business of wedding photography (it’s not just all about taking a few pretty pictures and spending the rest of the time in the pub you know!), it was time for me to take the floor.  My input?  It was all social, baby!  The power of blogs, social media and real life relationships on your business, the impact that building relationships through these mediums can have, how to harness that power for good, staying “real” and how to work with the pacesetters and trendmakers to further your own success.  I was talking about what I look for in a Real Wedding, feature or sponsorship submission, how to succeed at wedding exhibitions and about picking your team wisely.  And boy, can I talk! Tips, tricks and tales of the trade… nothing is sacred anymore!

I also learnt a lot from watching Jonny and the wider team at work and hearing from the floor, too.  What I loved about the day was that I felt able to be myself, contribute, question and bounce off the others in the room.  It made for a very inspiring session and one very weary blogger, ready for a nice cold glass of something grape related at the end of the day!

Like at the Masterclass itself, I’ve probably gone on too long… let’s hear from the man himself, and see some of his images from the day (all shot, edited and submitted on location in front of the class, no less).

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Jonny says: The Two Day Masterclass in Wedding Photography is the very first wedding photography training workshop that I put together and it’s still one of my absolute favourites.  Having run it four times now, the Masterclass just goes from strength to strength and has continued to evolve each time we’ve run it.  Day One is the shooting day where I walk the attending photographers through how I shoot a wedding from bridal prep through until the first dance and Day Two is the business day. 

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Jonny Draper Photography Training

Jonny Draper Photography Training

Jonny Draper Photography Training

Jonny Draper Photography Training

This time we were lucky enough to have Julia Braime (readers – you will know her very well!) with us on Day Two talking to us about all things social media, blogging, marketing, wedding exhibitions and events – she was an amazing addition to our ‘core team’.  Sarah Heath from Heaton House Farm and Emma Draper from LOVE Bridal Boutique also join us on Day Two to talk about working with photographers from their perspective. 

Julia’s involvement has helped to put new ideas into place for the next Two Day Masterclass and also for some brand new training experiences (more on that later!).

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Jonny Draper Photography Training

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From a personal point of view, I love these workshops.  I encourage them to be conversational rather than me just standing in front of people for two days talking.  By encouraging all the photographers to talk with each other as well as me, we all get to learn some awesome new things!  I love how much I’ve learned from other photographers who have attended the Masterclass – and that is absolutely key to it’s success.  It’s a level playing field.  No one will ever be the finished article and our willingness and desire to learn is what makes us all get better and better at what we do.

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Jonny Draper Photography Training

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Overall, the reason I started doing the photographer training is because I want to be surrounded by great photographers in our industry.  I want brides and grooms booking an amazing photographer to be the norm.  I don’t want to hear any more stories about how a bride and groom were so disappointed with their wedding photographs.  I want every bride and groom out there to love their photographs. 

And this isn’t a money thing.  There are so many different markets within our industry that require very different pricing structures which is absolutely fine – everyone has a budget to work to and that must be respected.  But regardless of whether a bride and groom pay £500 or £5,000 for their photographer, there should be one stand out consistency – and that is the quality of the work and the level of service that the photographer provides.  That’s what I want to change in the industry, I want those two things to be expected and demanded of every photographer.

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Jonny Draper Photography Training

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Vive la revolution!

More shots from the day – and those on the course – coming soon. 

To find out more about Jonny Draper Photography – either his wedding photography or his training courses – visit his website.  He’d love to hear from you.

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A Year On Film. Supplier Showcase: Jonny Draper Photography

January 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I’m letting my great friend, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and absolutely amazing (jah-mazing!) wedding photographer Jonny Draper Photography hijack these pretty pages with his round up of the year that was.  What do I mean “letting him”?!  This man would find some way to do it anyway!  

In any case, it’s a win-win, since for me, Jonny’s favourite selection of images from 2013 brings home what a fantastic year the last one was here on the wedding blog too.  I spot more than a few Brides Up North Real Weddings in his selection!

So many love stories, so many gorgeous brides, handsome grooms, happy families, beautiful settings, touching moments, rip roaring celebrations, hi jinks, laughter and excitement.  I’m all about a recap, but here’s hoping that 2014 has even more of all that good stuff (And even more of it) to come:  behind Jonny’s lens, on Brides Up North and in your very own wedding days and special times too. 

Let’s get going. 

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Jonny says:  2013.  What a year.  I shot some of the most amazing weddings you could ever imagine, LOVE Bridal Boutique had an immense first full year and I launched Jonny Draper Photography Training, which was absolutely brilliant.

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I’m so excited for 2014 – I’ve got a diary packed with incredible weddings, there are some VERY exciting plans where LOVE Bridal is concerned, I’m just about to release dates for spring Masterclasses in wedding photography along with one or two other very exciting things that are in the pipeline – it’s going to be an awesome year! 

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So before I get properly stuck into 2014, I wanted to look back on 2013, on the weddings that I’ve shot and the wonderful moments I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in.  And who better to share that with than Brides Up North?

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Meet The Masters! A Showcase From The Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

May 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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A little while ago I blogged about our Featured Supplier Jonny Draper Photography’s amazing professional photography training Masterclasses.  Now Jonny and his Class of 2013 are back to share some stunning results… I can’t wait to join Jonny and the team for something special later this year.  Watch out for more news soon!

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Jonny says:  When I first considered offering wedding photography training, there were a number of things that I was determined to get right.  I really didn’t want it to be all about me.  I didn’t want to spend hours talking attendees through images I’d taken in the past and bore them with technical jargon.  I wanted them to feel that they could get stuck in right from minute one, shoot some amazing images that would inspire them to try new things and develop their style going forward and I wanted to spend a day of genuine inspiration where business is concerned.  Because for me, getting the business side of things right is the only way you can then go on to make a career out of being a wedding photographer…

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Finally, I was always aware of the importance of having a great team involved in the day.  An amazing venue that would allow us to really push ourselves from the photographic point of view as well as being able to host us in a wonderfully comfortable, technology laden environment on the business day.  Two great models, who wouldn’t be intimidated by more than one photographer pointing a camera at them.  Amazing dresses and accessories for us to shoot.  And a brilliant make-up artist who would be able to create a number of looks throughout the day, giving us a wider range of images than any of us though possible.  And I was lucky to be able to nail all those people down.  A massive thank you to all the team, who’s details can be found below.

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What was involved in the two days?

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Day One was all about how I shoot a wedding.  Not just from a photography perspective, but how I interact with other suppliers, guests, friends and family.  I walked the Masterclass attendees through a full day from bridal prep through until the first dance and gave them my full approach to the day.  There was of course, plenty of opportunity for all the attendees to shoot some amazing images of their own too!

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Day Two was all about the business of wedding photography.  Generating enquiries, dealing with brides and grooms, establishing and building relationships with other wedding suppliers.  We also looked at editing images, workflow and streamlining workflow so that you’re not constantly tied to your computer!  Social media was a big part of the day and we were also lucky enough to have two guest speakers!

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Sarah Heath (Marketing and Business Development coordinator at Heaton House Farm) spoke on the business day about working with photographers from a venue’s perspective.  Emma Draper (LOVE Bridal Boutique) spoke on the business day about relationships with photographers from other wedding suppliers points of view.

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The overall ethos of the two days was that we wanted it to be ‘conversational’.  I didn’t want to spend two solid days talking at people, I wanted them to ask questions, talking points to build into conversations and everyone to have the opportunity to have all of their questions answered.  At the end of each day, we retired to the bar for a cheeky beer and a more relaxed chat about what we’d been doing that particular day.

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Post Masterclass, the attendees have been invited to join a private group on Facebook where we continue to talk about the Masterclass, techniques we’ve learned, equipment questions and thoughts and generally be part of a network of like-minded, enthusiastic and knowledgeable photographers – and it’s busy in that group let me tell you! 

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After the Masterclasses, it’s been amazing to hear from the guys who attended and it’s really given me great confidence that we’re doing things the right way.  Here’s some of the things they’ve had to say, as we share some of their work from the two days:

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Kate Scott:  I have honestly never learnt so much in 48 hours – it was the best course I’ve ever attended and such incredibly good value. I particularly enjoyed using off-camera flash and can’t wait to try out some new tricks/techniques. I was so inspired by Jonny’s approach both creatively and personally – he was open and honest and couldn’t do enough for us not only on the course itself but ever since. I’ve made a stack of new friends who also happen to be incredibly talented photographers and an amazing support network. When’s the next one?!

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The business day in particular was amazing. I couldn’t believe it but it was just as good as the shooting day, which I certainly did not expect it to be. Revelation after revelation. We were introduced to tools and techniques that will save hours of time.  It was also useful to hear Emma and Sarah’s perspectives – and the social media/networking tips. Great stuff.

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Deborah Stott:  It was brilliant to have Emma’s and Sarah’s point of view.  I picked up loads of ideas and excellent points form both of them.  But the best for me was the editing side of things!  That has changed my life!  Totally excellent value for money, in fact I think you could charge double that and it would still be value for money.

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Ffion Hughes:  Boy am I glad that I managed to secure one of the few remaining spots for the Jonny Draper Wedding Photography Masterclass! I’ve come away feeling very clever indeed and the creative juices are flowing! I must admit, I did feel a tad nervous on the day … after all I was going to be learning from the wedding photography maestro himself and I’d seen photos from the first masterclass, which set my expectations high – on myself as much as anything!

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Jonny made the day an absolute breeze and amazing fun – covering the bridal preparation, ceremony, first dance, editing of pics and the business side! He shared much more than I could have dreamt of, and I’ve regained weeks of my life through improved workflow! I now also have the confidence to use off camera flash and have generally been chomping at the bit to re-create what I learnt on the day!

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I truly can not tell you how great an experience this was! It was one of the most well thought out photography courses I have been on, both in terms of structure, delivery and associated partners which made it top quality (yet very down to earth) throughout – Heaton House Farm, Love Bridal Boutique, Didsbury Flower Lounge, Gemma Hallowell Make-Up Artist, Jen Brook and James Taylor (our fabulous bride and groom models!) I really can not emphasise enough how much fun this was. I absolutely forgot, most of the time, that I was on a training course – I got completely sucked into the world of wedding photography and it left me wanting more! Can’t wait until the next Masterclass!

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Hayley Baxter:  Amazing! I have nothing but praise for this Masterclass… everything from the superb organisation, fantastic venue, amazing models, outstanding styling and probably most importantly Jonny’s infectious enthusiasm and skill of explaining everything in such a simple and understandable way.

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Only those who have been on the course so far will believe me when I say that the amount of knowledge I have picked up is unbelievable. There was a real mix of experience & knowledge in the room and on Day 1 I was nervous and scared I would be out of my depth.  That lasted about 15 minutes then I was off!

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The final commendation I would say on the course is that once the two days are finished – its far from over. You will build up a whole support network of like minded people to call on for advice & support and that really is priceless.

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Ayesha Rahman:  Having recently attended Jonny’s two day masterclass, I have nothing but positive things to say about it.  Day 1 included practical shooting tips in a non-techy or scary way, giving me the confidence to go and put these techniques into practice.  Day 2 was informative, inspirational and has already made a huge impact in how I work!  Jonny’s style is real, practical and non-jargony which is refreshing. He is also very open which I valued immensely. If you’re thinking about stepping up your game and want to attend a masterclass, then Jonny Draper is the man for you.

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Amanda Balmain: I had the pleasure of attending Jonny’s first masterclass at Heaton House Farm and I’m so happy that I made that investment.  Jonny is a great teacher who managed to demystify off camera flash and give me confidence in loads of different lighting situations.  The business day was full of practical down to earth advice gained by experience in the wedding industry not just by Jonny but by other industry suppliers as well.

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I learnt some valuable lessons that will help me develop my business. I loved that Jonny and the team were flexible and that it became a discussion rather than a lecture. Thanks Jonny. 

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Gary Skerratt: It was both inspiring and informative-and above all great fun! The days incorporated a live mock wedding shoot with professional models, editing and lighting techniques and marketing discussions which I found invaluable for my business. I highly recommend this Masterclass – it’s a must for wedding photographers.

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Martin Cahill:  This course restored my faith that there are people out there pushing themselves to work hard for their clients, go beyond expectation and do the little things that make all the difference.  The Masterclass was outstanding. There was so many pieces of advice that I will take with me that will save me 100s of hours and £1000s of pounds. For that, I will be eternally grateful.  This is not an expenditure. This is the best business decision will you make all year.

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James Jebson:  The business day was awesome! Even down to the location and the technology used was brilliant, with Sarah & Emma allowing an awesome insight that just is very rare to be given.

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And a final word from Jonny?  I loved hosting the Masterclasses and I can’t wait to do them again!  We’ll be releasing dates later this year for more Masterclasses in 2014 – but keep your eye on Brides Up North as there will be one, very special, final training experience a little bit later this year which isn’t to be missed!

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And what could that be?  Watch this space people!

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Dresses, shoes and accessories – Emma Draper from LOVE Bridal Boutique

Flowers – Didsbury Flower Lounge

Make-up – Gemma Hallowell MUA

Model – Jen Brook

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Venue – Heaton House Farm

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Enter The Master: Jonny Draper Photography Training Presents The Masterclass

April 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now as well as you lovely brides to be, and you others who just love beautiful weddings, and you others who are hoping he might put a ring on it soon (YES! Hello you – I was one of you, and he will!) I know that there are a lot of wedding industry types who visit these pretty pages, and this feature is for them.  Particularly those of them who like to carry a camera about…

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jonny Draper Photography (click here to read an interview with him and to see more of his stunning work) is offering just 8 exclusive places on his latest two day “Masterclass” in photographing weddings & the business of wedding photography in association with Heaton House Farm & Love Bridal Boutique on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th April 2013.  

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Due to an overwhelming response to the original Masterclass in March (which was planned to be a one off) this second two day Masterclass has been arranged.  Jonny (The Wedding Industry Awards North West Wedding Photographer of the Year) is will be hosting the Masterclass and shooting experience at one of the UK’s top wedding venues, Heaton House Farm in Cheshire.  

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Jonny will guide you through a full wedding day, from bridal preparations through until the first dance and you will get the opportunity to photograph a ‘bride and groom’ throughout the course of the day.

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You will be entitled to use the images on your blog, website, Facebook and Twitter – this is an amazing opportunity to shoot at one of the UK’s most popular bespoke wedding venues under the direction of one of the country’s most talked about wedding photographers.

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Jonny will spend the first part of the morning demonstrating how he edits his photographs.  Using images that he will have taken on day one alongside you, he will show you how he runs his workflow, ensuring he maintains a time-efficient, yet bespoke process so that each and every wedding is unique.

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“The Business” of weddings and wedding photography is the Masterclass’ overall theme

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How best to generate & convert enquiries?  How to establish and build relationships with venues, bridal shops, wedding planners and other photographers?  What part can social media contribute to your business?

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Do have a look at these two blog posts from two of last week’s attendees to show the kind of thing you will have the opportunity to photograph and to actually hear things from the attendee’s point of view: Ayesha Rahman Photography & Amanda Balmain Photography. 

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Sarah Heath, Heaton House Farm’s Marketing and Business Development Coordinator and co-owner, will speak from the venue’s perspective

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What does a venue look for in suppliers when deciding to add people to their recommended list?

What can you do as a wedding photographer to establish and develop relationships with wedding venues?

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Attendees will also hear from Emma Draper, owner of Cheshire’s most exclusive bridal experience, LOVE Bridal Boutique

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Often, a bridal boutique is the very first place brides-to-be get in touch with. Emma will explain why it is crucial for wedding photographers to have a great relationship with bridal boutiques and how they can generate regular enquiries through these relationships.

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Over the course of the two days, Jonny will be demonstrating how he creates his signature images, where he finds his inspiration for each wedding shoot, how he forms his relationships with his clients and how he continues to grow his business through networking, referrals, social media, word of mouth and through a whole host of other marketing techniques.  There will be time on each day for Q&A sessions and Jonny promises that no question will go unanswered.

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The two day Masterclass has been designed for wedding photographers who are ready to take their business to the next level.  Whether they’re just starting out in weddings or are keen to push their business further than they have before, Jonny Draper’s infectious enthusiasm, passion and commitment to all things wedding, will leave them chomping at the bit and desperate for their next wedding to come round so they can put into practice everything they have learned!

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This is the final Masterclass planned for 2013 and places are strictly limited to 8 attendees.  This will ensure that each and every person gets individual attention across both days.

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What previous attendees have said:

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“The 2 Day Masterclass in Photography was outstanding. I couldn’t have imagined it being any better. It was a penny spent for a pound of value in return. There were so many pieces of advice that I will take with me that will save me 100’s of hours and 1000’s of pounds. For that, I will be eternally grateful” (Martin Cahill Photography)

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“I completely appreciate and value how honest and open you were and thank you for sharing how you do things in the way you did. Years of googling would never have given me what just those 2 days gave me, so thank you!” (Ayesha Rahman Photography)

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“I loved the off camera flash part of the day – which I will be doing on my next wedding :)On some courses I have attended before, this simple operation was met with loads of equations and formulas which you simplified to a tee. You put things over so the average Joe Bloggs like me can understand and use efficiently”  (Gary Skerratt Photography)

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“The business day was awesome! Even down to the location and the technology used was brilliant, with Sarah & Emma allowing an awesome insight that just is very rare to be given” (James Jebson Photography)

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“When we used the off-camera flash, it got me thinking differently at that stage. I know I was really keen on learning about this before I came along but I have to say it surpassed my expectations completely and you made it seem really easy. Your style was straight-forward, no-nonsense and avoided techy jargon which is when I switch off so well done! I loved all the lighting stuff and it was great that we all got to have a go too” (Ayesha Rahman Photography)

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“Wonderful experience. Just what I needed before my first big wedding, I came away excited, inspired and raring to go. Jonny was extremely generous with his knowledge and experience and I don’t think you can overlook the value of meeting like minded photographers and suppliers” (Amanda Balmain Photography)

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The Masterclass will take place on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th April, 2013 and places are available on a first come, first served basis, so drop Jonny an email (info@jonnydraper.co.uk) for further information and to book your spot on this not to be missed wedding photography experience!

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Fabulous Photographer: Jonny Draper Photography

April 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Consider this little introduction to a guy that I consider to one of the best and most exciting wedding photographers in the business my Easter egg to you.  And yes, it’s the first of April, but this is no April fool!

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When you book Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jonny Draper Photography for your wedding day, you know you’ll get a set of clever (yes clever!) and stunning images: full of beauty, emotion and also some humour – and therefore the best possible record of your big day.  High accolades, true, but I am wholly confident that Jonny’s work speaks for itself. 

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Plus, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him in real life – at my North West Tweet Up – and anyone who likes a glass of wine as much as I do (previously unheard of) can’t be bad in my book.

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Let’s meet Mr Draper…

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I think like every other wedding photographer I know, I kind of fell into it!  To cut a very long story short, my ‘proper job’ used to be filming and editing viral films, corporate videos and adverts for a creative ad agency and one day somebody who I worked with asked me to film their wedding because "I filmed and edited stuff"!!!  I’d never even been to a wedding never mind filmed one, but I instantly fell in love with capturing the story of the day, being around people who were all there to have a great time and the adrenaline rush of knowing that you only got one chance at every part of the day.  That was over 10 years ago and I flipped over to stills around 5 years ago.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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Even now, having been involved in weddings for over 10 years, I still get nervous the day before each wedding.  Then in the morning as I’m getting ready to leave the house the excitement and anticipation starts to build and as soon as I arrive at the bride’s house the adrenaline rush starts that doesn’t let up until well after I get home – what an awesome feeling!  That, coupled with being given the opportunity to ‘do my thing’ week in, week out for brides and grooms who fall in love with weddings they’ve seen I’ve shot – what’s not to love?!

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What is your biggest professional achievement to date?

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I’m honoured to have won The Wedding Industry Awards – North West Wedding Photographer of the Year this year.  This finally feels like an awards body has arrived that is truly credible which made me even more delighted to have won.  The voting process begins by your brides and grooms who’s weddings you have photographed in the previous 12 months voting for you.  If you achieve above the average points total for your category you then get shortlisted.  I was stunned to even get shortlisted as I was up against some of the best wedding photographers in the UK in my opinion.  I was even more stunned when I found out I’d won!  The shortlist is judged by a panel of industry experts (again, this is where I felt the credibility really became obvious as these judges were all hugely well known and respected in the industry, so it was an honour to know that they were even discussing my work, never mind deciding that mine was the best!) and I’m still trying to get my head round receiving such an amazing accolade. 

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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I do a pre-wedding shoot for all my brides and grooms and this is where getting them to relax starts.  Giving them the opportunity to experience what it’s like to have their photograph taken professionally ahead of the day, so that they have a real understanding of what actually happens when the camera comes out the bag on the wedding day morning.  And it’s a great reassurance for them that I’m not going to have them doing anything daft or anything they’re uncomfortable with.  I also get to understand how they want to be photographed so that I’m approaching things in the right way for them on the day of their wedding.  And it’s brilliant just being able to spend a couple more hours with them ahead of their day so that I really get to know what they’re like, not just as a couple, but as individuals too.

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Any advice to any brides who don’t like to have their picture taken?

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Again, one of the reason’s I do the pre-wedding shoot is to help brides and grooms get over that kind of feeling.  I honestly think that most people don’t like having their picture taking – in fact, I think I’d be worried if I met with couples and they said "We LOVE having our picture taken"!

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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There’s too many to list!  From weddings in New York, Tuscany, Santorini and France, through to weddings right on my door step in Manchester and Cheshire, every single one is special and different.  I’m so lucky to work with the kind of brides and grooms who I work with – everything is important to them, from the photography to the flowers, to the entertainment to the food, they’re never just ‘ticking things off a list’.  Every decision they make is a carefully considered one, which means they genuinely care about every single detail of their day.  Which includes the photography.  They book me because they love how I shoot and how I approach a wedding and that is a wonderful feeling to know that a couple have chosen you to capture their wedding because they want you to capture it your way.

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Are you married? Tell us about your day.

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I am married, to my amazing wife Emma (who is also a Brides up North sponsor with our other wedding business, LOVE Bridal Boutique – shameless plug!)  We were married at The Inn at Whitewell in Lancashire in December 2007.  It was an amazing day and trying to keep focused on things photography related, it was one of the most amazing learning curves I’ve been on as a wedding photographer.  The rain was RELENTLESS all day.  In a torrential manner.  I learned two massive lessons.  Number One:  As the groom – did I care about the weather?  Did it ruin anything for me?  (And I can speak for Emma here too)  The answer is no.  We were surrounded by our friends and family in an amazing venue and we didn’t care about the weather.    Number Two:  As a photographer – did the weather ruin our pictures?  No.  We had an awesome husband and wife photographer team (Jonathan Harris Photography) who were calm, who helped us with umbrellas, who looked after our guests and who shot amazing photographs.  I learned more about how to handle bad weather in one day by being right in the middle of it myself and it’s really shaped the way I approach weddings.  Jonathan and Christine are my original photography mentors and Emma and I are very lucky to be able to call them our friends now too.

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Go on then Jonny, tell us about LOVE Bridal Boutique

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Emma and I also own Cheshire’s most exclusive bridal experience – LOVE Bridal Boutique.  We opened the doors in August 2012 and it’s been an amazing experience so far – Emma and I already have a growing number of mutual brides, they love that they’re getting a service from a family owned and run business and we’re loving working with them!  

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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I’d like to think the overall approach to how I work with my brides and grooms is unique.  From where I meet them to chat about their day, to how we work together through the pre-wedding shoot and in the overall build up to the day onto the wedding day itself.  I don’t worry about what other photographers offer, I only want to know about what my brides and grooms want from me and how best I can fit into their day.

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What can a couple who book you expect on the day?

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They can expect to spend lots of time with their friends and family.  I hate the idea of dragging a bride and groom away from the party for hours on end and if I let them get stuck into their drinks reception and give them the chance to actually spend time with people, then I get the opportunity to shoot all those wonderful moments between people.  Excited faces, hugs and kisses, tears and laughter – this is what my brides and grooms want to see photographs of.  Of course, we’ll shoot the all important family group photographs that they require, but I like to fit these into the day when it feels right to do so, rather than worry about doing them all at a certain time.  This helps us avoid a formal feeling to the proceedings (I hate the idea of being that photographer who stands on a chair and shouts names off of a list!  There’s ways of approaching group shots without having to be interruptive and invasive and I work really hard at ensuring everything feels relaxed, not just for the bride and groom, but for all their guests too.

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What is included in your "package"?

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My attendance starts at whatever time in the morning the bride wants me to arrive and I shoot right through until after the first dance.  This enables me to really tell the story of the day with no compromises.

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The attendance fee includes a disc of hi-res images with permission to print/distribute.  I also include lo-res versions to make it easy to email/Facebook etc!  I also supply all of the shots from the day on a DVD slideshow set to music of the bride and grooms choosing – this is a great way to show friends/family the story of your day without always having to carry an album around!  The attendance fee including all of the above is £1,995.

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

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There are lots of ways…

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Anything else we should know?

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A new string to my bow – I won’t go into too much detail (as details of Jonny’s next two Day Masterclass in Wedding Photography will be appearing right here on Brides Up North very soon!) but right now, check out Jonny Draper Photography Training for details!

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girls only. this weekend: the wedding edit

October 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Sponsor Emma of Love Bridal Boutique would like me to extend a fabulous invitation to my readers (because she knows you’re pretty fabulous too) to the wedding edit.

The Wedding Edit

Happening this weekend – clear your diaries – on Sunday 26th October 2014, from 12pm at Styal Lodge, Cheshire, this event is your chance to see Love Bridal Boutique’s stunning new gowns in their catwalk show from some of Brides Up North’s favourite designers including Stewart Parvin, Raimon Bundo, Alan Hannah, Enzoani, Terry Fox, Mia Mia and Maids To Measure.

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Emma says: It’s going to be an amazing catwalk show, showcasing all our designers’ new collections (including bridesmaids) and then there’s a unique opportunity to chat with all of our wedding friends who are there to offer their advice about all things wedding planning. There will also be a lot of prosecco and canapés!

Strictly no boys allowed. 

This event is guest list only.  To reserve your place, please email hello@lovebridalboutique.co.uk.

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Images by Jonny Draper Photography 

the circle: be a wedding industry insider

September 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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A glittering press party at Media City, Manchester this Wednesday night saw the launch of The Circle - a brand new concept in creativity, training and connectivity for wedding and lifestyle businesses.

I’m so proud to stand along my industry friends (who also just happen to be the very best entrepreneurs in the business), Charlotte Balbier, Jonny Draper and Howard Wing, as we launch our new concept.

Finally… I’m allowed to talk about it! (It’s been killing me).

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Just so you know who you are dealing with here, Charlotte Balbier is one of the UK’s leading bridal gown designers; Jonny Draper is an award winning photographer and boutique owner; Howard Wing is the most in-demand wedding entertainer in the UK and I’m the Editor In Chief of one rather lovely wedding blog… all four of us have won numerous coveted awards and are recognised for excellence and experience in our specialisms within the industry. (*blush*)

Over the years (and over the odd cocktail or ten!) we’ve discussed the need for a club or collective – an inspiring and exciting space, comprising a combination of special events, practical training and online membership – where wedding industry suppliers can meet to exchange insider ideas, secrets and knowledge with the aim of boosting business and raising standards, profiles, contacts and turnover.

Our answer?

The Circle. Founded 10th September 2014.

Following Wednesday’s big reveal (an exciting and nail biting evening explaining the scope of our plans to assembled press luminaries like editors from Brides Magazine, Perfect Wedding Magazine… and other industry big wigs – official photos and lots of thank yous coming soon!) The Circle are now proud to announce our exclusive inaugural event, strictly limited to just 100 initial The Circle members.

Attendees should forget anything they ever knew about training days and get ready to transform or refresh the way in which they do business.

The first ever full day event is suitable for experienced industry professionals and start-ups alike and sessions packed full of insider tips and strategy will tackle topics such as brand evolution, blogging, social media wizardry, killer sales, effective networking and management, before ending the day with a VIP After Show Party.  More in-depth info about the event, The Circle’s founders and pricing info can be found over at our brand spanking new website, just live:

www.theweddingcircle.co.uk

Inspiration is guaranteed, and surprises come as standard.

As an attendee at the February event, delegates will automatically become a year-long member of The Circle’s essential online support networks, gaining exclusive access to an immediate, priceless forum in a private space to share ideas, make referrals, win business, solve problems and generate goodwill.

When you’re in The Circle, you’re one of us.

We’d love to see wedding businesses old and new, fresh and familiar faces at our first event, strictly limited to just 100 places. Since the website went live yesterday our inbox has been pinging with booking confirmations, so we’d urge you to move quickly to avoid disappointment.

This is going to get epic, and quickly…

 

the 100 club

Tuesday 10th February 2015

Styal Lodge, Cheshire

9:30am till 5pm

Then After Show Party

One day to transform your wedding business.
Inspire. Apply. Connect. Elevate

Book now at www.theweddingcircle.co.uk

 

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Film by Silk Wedding Films

get ready for the launch

September 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This evening sees the launch of a project I’ve been working extremely hard on behind the scenes for the majority of this year.

Those of you who have been regular readers and supporters of Brides Up North for the past four years will know that I believe wholeheartedly in the value of carrying on the online conversation in real life. This goes for both brides to be during our busy Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition season and members of our fantastic regional wedding industry.

Those wedding suppliers who have already used our annual Brides Up North “tweet ups” and networking parties to come together to share a few cocktails, ideas, business cards and recommendations will know just how beneficial events like these can be to business.

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Well, we’ve decided to take things a bit further than that.

You know we don’t like to sit still here at Brides Up North HQ, and this year I’ve joined forces with an amazing team of industry leaders to bring industry connectivity and creativity to the next level.

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This evening, I’ll be standing (in my sequins!) alongside the fellow directors of this exciting new vehicle – Charlotte Balbier, award winning wedding dress designer; Jonny Draper, award winning photographer and boutique owner and Howard Wing, award winning entertainer – to reveal our pet project to a select group of industry friends, sponsors and press, including the biggest bridal titles on the newsstands.

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I’ve never been very good at keeping secrets, and can’t wait to reveal all on these pages.

One thing that’s guaranteed?  You’ll ALL be invited. 

More very soon.

 

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fancy footwork. the designer series: Charlotte Mills Bridal

September 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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A relative newcomer to the bridal design scene, Charlotte Mills is a bit of a genius.

Launched to huge acclaim within the industry, the talented designer (and all round lovely North West lass) offers affordable luxury to style conscious brides giving them a more fashion forward option to traditional wedding shoes.

We like her style.

And we want her shoes.

With images by Jonny Draper and Sarah Saddler (see little white book for full credits)

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Charlotte says: We create beautiful, elegant, fun, romantic designs we hope brides will fall in love with and want to wear again and again after their wedding day.

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What were your inspirations for this collection?

Love hearts provide the inspiration for collection each style incorporating them in a unique and individual way.  I love art deco and art nouveau, so studied heart shapes and also the lines used in the architecture of these era’s and gave them a modern twist to create the designs.  For as long as I can remember I have always has a passion for shoes. I couldn’t imagine designing anything else.

It amazing to be able to design something which some one will love and want to wear on their wedding day to show a little bit of their personality. I find this really inspiring.

Each shoe is hand finished with a silver sixpence and the leather sole is embossed with the phrase ‘Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.’

We have covered all bases. The Sixpence is also the Something Old, the Something New is the shoe, the Something Blue is detailed on the insock and the Something Borrowed will be inside the shoe box. Brides love this old tradition. This detailing is unique to Charlotte Mills Bridal shoes.

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What shapes, materials and embellishments were chosen for the collection?

The collection has been created using laser cutting, appliqué and embroidery techniques. Each shoe is handmade in Spain using finest materials such as Italian Kid Suede, silks, tulle or metallic and pearlised leathers and is embellished with large structured bows, embroideries, appliqués or Swarovski crystals.

What is your average retail price?

£250.00

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What does 2015 hold for Charlotte Mills?  What are you excited about?

I am busy designing lots of new styles to add to the range and working on a top-secret collection.

Seeing images of all the ‘Charlotte Mills brides’ is so exciting and as we have only just launched there is a time delay because people tend to buy so far in advance for weddings. It will be amazing to see our shoes featured in someone’s special day.

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What are your ‘best things’ in life?

Shoes Shoes Shoes!

My husband, family and friends, my dogs Meg and Coco, pink, holidays, cake, weddings and fashion – I could go on and on…

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Where can Brides Up North find out more about Charlotte Mills? 

You can visit our website at www.charlottemillsbridal.com, follow on Twitter or like on Facebook.

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LOVE Bridesmaids. a Maids To Measure event popping up near you soon

August 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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On Sunday 29th June Brides Up North Featured Supplier LOVE Bridal Boutique hosted an amazing launch event at Styal Lodge in Cheshire for their new ‘LOVE Bridesmaids’ offering in conjunction with London based bridesmaid designer Maids to Measure.

The first large scale bridal event purely for bridesmaids in the North West, the day celebrated the launch of LOVE Bridesmaids/Maids to Measure ‘Pop-up’ Events… days that you’ll be wanting to put in your diary for you and your favourite ladies.

Images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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Let’s hear from LOVE Bridesmaids’ founder Emma about how it all went and how you can get in on the pretty…

Emma says: I’m pleased to report that the event was a resounding success, we had so many fabulous comments from brides and of course bridesmaids on the day about the event itself plus of course the range of dress styles and colours to choose from, and how they stand apart from a lot of bridesmaid dresses currently on the market. They really loved being able to come to an event like this and being able to share it with their maids too!

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The event looked amazing, who was involved?

When we first decided to be a Maids to Measure stockiest we knew we had to make a big splash and launch it properly with a fabulous event in true LOVE style! We looked no further than Styal Lodge, a venue popular not only with us, but with a lot of our brides who have chosen it for their big day too! The wonderful Higham family at Styal Lodge were just as excited as we were when we first spoke with them about it and helped to make the event a huge success with their wonderful hospitality.

The brains behind the amazing Maids to Measure brand, sisters Sinclair and India, helped us to host the event, giving styling advice to our guests on the day, not to mention styling our models and helping backstage with the dressing for the catwalk.

A whole host of our wedding friends helped to make it a great day too including Gemma Hallowell, make-up artist, and Paisley Gamble, hair stylist, who worked their magic on our models back stage and created some stunning looks. Sian at The Flower Lounge blew us away with her dressing of the catwalk and flower styling around the venue – lots of brides were eyeing this up as a great way to dress their aisle for their big day! Hipswing provided the fabulous glitzy backdrop for our catwalk, Francesca from the Cheshire Cat Cake Company made the most amazing macarons which were given out in our goody bags. A LOVE event would never be the same without LOVE letters from The Word Is Love, and these letters lit up the entranceway to the Lodge. Our guests were kept entertained by singer Kirsty Rogers who sang throughout the day – brides loved her so much that they booked her for their big day! Sam Fitton magician went down a storm too and also the fab photobooth from Forever Photobooths who captured some hilarious moments with our guests!

Not to mention our gorgeous models, Ailsa, Jill, Natalie, Izzy, Lizzie and Sarah who showed off the dresses beautifully and looking so stunning! Thanks so much to Ailsa (of Ailsa Baker Dance) for choreographing our show too.

Our very own Jonny Draper Photography was on hand with his camera to capture the day’s events, culminating in an exciting photoshoot at the end of the day, and some hilarious Austin Powers inspiration during our catwalk show… this had to be seen to be believed!

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So, when will you officially start your LOVE Bridesmaids/Maids to Measure ‘Pop-up’ Events at the boutique?

We have actually already had our first fully booked event in August which went brilliantly and resulted in lots of brides and their maids choosing dresses! We will be holding the events monthly on a Sunday; our next one will be on September 14th and this is fully booked already but we are still taking bookings for October onwards. Our next dates include Sunday 12th October, Sunday 9th November and Sunday 7th December. 2015 event dates to be released very soon.

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How can brides find out more and potentially book an appointment?

For more information and to book in for one of our events please contact

bridesmaids@lovebridalboutique.co.uk

or call 0161 941 6446.

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