April 26th, 2018 | Julia Braime
If you have your heart set on a wedding photographer that will capture your day in a relaxed and natural manner, documenting all the emotions as they unfold then we know just the lady for you – our fabulous North-West based Sponsor, Amanda Balmain, who we are catching up with on the blog today.
As a regional finalist in last year’s Wedding Industry Awards, Amanda’s couples are keen to praise her for the utterly gorgeous and highly emotive images that she delivers from the big day. Blending into the background and putting her brides and grooms above all else, it is Amanda’s main priority to make sure that her couples have “the best day ever”.
A self-confessed hopeless romantic, Amanda’s images are filled with love, energy and joy that brings the special day back to life in an instant.
So, if you too are all heart-shaped eyes over her images be sure to read on for all the details on how this lovely lady works and also take note, as Amanda is kindly offering a free engagement shoot to Brides Up North readers who book her for their wedding. How amazing!
With images by Amanda Balmain Photography.
When did you first start photographing weddings and what was it that attracted you to the industry?
amanda says: Back in 2012 I was photographing children and babies. My only experience of wedding photography was a bride in 2000 when my wedding was shot on film in a classic style. A friend dragged me along on a wedding photography course that I thought would just be good photography experience and a bit of fun. It was so much more than that! Wedding photography has changed so much since switching to digital and the more I learnt, the more I fell in love. Digital technology has allowed wedding photographers to become so much more creative and diverse in their styles.
How would you describe your style of photography and the approach you take to capturing a big day?
My style is somewhere in between documentary and modern creative. Some would call it lifestyle. I shoot mostly candidly with minimal direction focusing on authentic emotion and connection. I love all the details that make up the story of a wedding day but its the people and their emotions that matter the most.
What is it that you love most about your job?
Simply getting to go to so many weddings and hearing people’s stories. I nearly always cry at the speeches. I’m a bit of hopeless romantic at heart, don’t tell anyone!
In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which photographer to book for their wedding?
What do they want to see when they look back at their photographs in ten years’ time? What pictures will be most important to them? What style of pictures do they really like? What do they like about them? Check that the photographer they are looking at has those sorts of images throughout their portfolio not just once. Also think about the experience of the wedding day. Do they want a photographer who is quiet in the background or the life and soul of the party?
What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?
I put the wedding day experience for my couples above all else. I work with them to make a plan and we discuss how much time to a-lot for photography depending on their requirements. But on the day, I always go with the flow and work around how they are feeling at the time. I do whatever I can to make sure my couples have the best day ever.
What is the feedback like from your couples?
My couples are often surprised at the shots I get without making any fuss. They love the natural looking images and moments that they may have missed on the day. They like the fact that I fit into their day, that I will chat with their guests and that I’m generally very calm and relaxed.
Do you have a favourite part of the wedding day to capture?
One of my favourite moments is straight after the ceremony when the bride and groom get those first moments alone. They look at each other and the reactions are amazing. They’ve done it, they are married and the happiness on their faces says it all.
What area do you cover and is there somewhere in particular that you would love to shoot a wedding that you’ve not yet had the opportunity to do?
All of UK and I’d love to do some destinations. Iceland is on my wish list and I’d love to shoot more in Scotland. But I also love my home county of Cheshire. There are some amazing venues here and it’s always great to be near home.
May 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We’re getting your week off to a beautiful start with another helping of pretty, rustic wedding inspiration in the form of Beth and Rob’s big day.
Tying the knot in an intimate ceremony at The Yellow Broom in Cheshire, bride Beth decided to complement the setting with a simple rustic theme, featuring lots of twine and ethereal woodland themed décor.
As groom Rob is allergic to fresh flowers, Beth went for a pretty paper boutique which we think adds to the overall daintiness and charm of this sweet celebration.
With images by Amanda Balmain Photography.
beth says: Rob proposed on Christmas Eve 2014. We took the dog for a walk (I thought he was very quiet) and when we got back, he had disappeared telling me he had to wrap some more presents. A few minutes later, I got called upstairs to find my dog with a little Santa outfit on, with ‘will you marry me’ stitched on the back – I turned around and Rob was down on one knee with a beautiful ring! It was a complete shock and needless to say, the best Christmas Eve ever!
We set the date for 20th February 2016. We decided we’d prefer a winter wedding, but we were conscious of daylight hours and the usual English winter weather, so we thought February would be a suitable month!
We got married at The Yellow Broom in Cheshire. I only wanted a very small wedding and we also wanted a civil ceremony. After a lot of searching around, we found that we could do both at The Yellow Broom. After a visit, we saw it was such a light, beautiful venue and decided that it would be perfect. We were offered a brilliant deal on the wedding because it was in the winter and the wedding manager there Nathalie, took care of pretty much everything for us, which was exactly what I needed!
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