Charlotte Balbier

the real moments: introducing venn photography

July 20th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Haydock Wedding,

You will often hear us remark on how imperative we consider a professional wedding photographer to be, in order to capture and record your big day, with fabulous images to look back on forevermore. That said, we do totally understand that some couples are camera shy – or downright terrified of having their photo taken!

There is a compromise however – a pro photographer that specialises in natural and relaxed shots that are discreetly captured throughout the day with the couple in question barely even noticing. One such photographer to embody these skills, is our brand-new Sponsor, Robbie Venn of Venn Photography.

Based in the North West, Robbie takes a photo-journalistic approach to weddings capturing the “real moments” of the day while remaining unobtrusive. This work ethic results in honest and natural photos with at-ease brides and grooms enjoying their special day, and the album of beautiful images that follows.

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Tell us a little about your background and how long you have been in wedding photography for?

robert says: I first became involved in photography after I left school in 1999 and went on to complete a HND in photography; this was in the days of analogue photography and I have always continued to take film pictures for my personal use.

After becoming a digital photography convert I travelled around Asia for six months, doing a lot of street photography and portraits which was a great learning experience. Back from travelling, a friend asked me to photograph their wedding as a favour and I ended up really enjoying the experience. That’s how I started my career in wedding photography and I haven’t looked back since!

What attracted you to wedding photography specifically?

I’m really interested in the fact that you have to have so many skills as a photographer; from being a good documentary photographer to capture all the candid moments in the day to being like a fashion or portrait photographer for when you have time with the couple to shoot some more artistic couple shots and even a product photographer when photographing the details like the flowers and the ring. I believe you can really test yourself as a photographer as there is so much involved in wedding photography.

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And what is it about your job that you love?

Well just taking photos really! I love the fact I have free rein to take photos all day and in such a nice setting. Being able to share people’s wedding day with them is great, such a nice time to share with people and to document their wonderfully creative days.

How would you describe your style of wedding photography?

I see myself more of a documentary wedding photographer, I like to keep things natural and un-posed, I’ll try to blend into the background for the day and make myself unnoticed and capture those candid moments. I also use natural light mainly, which adds a particular look to photos. I like to give the couples simple, good documentary photos that will stand the test of time when they look back at them in ten, twenty or thirty years’ time and they will help reminisce about the day.

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What do your clients love about your approach, service and images?

The feedback has been great so far, people particularly love the natural documentary style of photos which I present to them. The main comments have been about how I capture the emotions perfectly which is something I’m really happy with, and how calm and relaxed I am to work with. The wedding day can be stressful to plan and also can be on the day so I like to be as organised as I can to make the day go smoothly.

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

I’d say that you should try to have some fun with each other, I like to keep things natural and un-posed during the couple shots and this creates a more natural image. It’s better to try and forget about the camera (and me) and concentrate on each other. Also, I try and be as discreet as I can throughout the day so the couples usually don’t notice me taking their photo so that’s not a problem!

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Right Royal Giveaway – Hannah Dornford May Photography (CLOSED)

April 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Lovely lady and Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Hannah Dornford May Photography is playing Easter bunny today with a Right Royal Giveaway for Brides Up North that is much better than any old chocolate egg!

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Hannah Dornford May Photography is offering one lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win a couples’ photoshoot worth £120!

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Just leave a comment on this post to enter!*

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Click here to read an interview with Hannah

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Competition closes on 23 May 2011. 

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right royal giveaway bonanza

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Click here for the chance to win your WEDDING DRESS (worth up to £1,200!) with Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear.

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Click here for the chance to win gorgeous Royal Wedding inspired stationery by Cards By Sophie.

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Click here for the chance to win a bed and breakfast break at Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham with a bottle of champagne!

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Click here for the chance to win an  free engagement shoot, a free 14 x11 mounted image for signing and a free storybook album worth £350 with Lee Brown Photography.

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Click here for the chance to win one of 10 personalised magazine covers from Blue Friesian.

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Click here for the chance to win a portrait session and free 10×8 print from Karen McGowran Photography worth up to £150.

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Click here for the chance to win a bespoke hair accessory from Tiararama worth up to £250.

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Click here for the chance to win a bed and breakfast break at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham with a bottle of champagne!

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Click here for the chance to win a vintage style couples shoot plus a 24 x 32 canvas of your favourite shot, worth £470, with Mandy Charlton Photography!

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Click here for the chance to win a “Finesse” Pearl and Crystal Bracelet from Purple Princess Designs.

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Click here for the chance to win 50% off your wedding cake (or cupcake tower) with Cakes By Beth.

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Click here for the chance to win a mini boudoir shoot worth £99 with FYEO Portraits.

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Click here for the chance to win 50 French macaroon wedding favours with The English Rose Bakery

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Click here for the chance to win a 20% discount voucher on any order with The Cupcake Studio

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Click here for the chance to win your wedding photography worth £750 with Matt Ethan Photography!The prize includes a full day of wedding coverage with a digital DVD album.

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Click here for the chance to win a personalised wedding paper lantern from Papaver Designs plus 25% off their whole product line.

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Click here for the chance to win an engagement shoot and supply of images in an online slideshow set to music worth £295 with Sean Elliott Photography.

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Click here for the chance to win a bespoke table plan and 25% off on the day stationery from their gorgeous Save The Pennies range with XOXO Stationery.

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Click here for the chance to win a gift voucher for 50% off a gorgeous cake from Heaven Sent Cupcakes.

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Click here for the chance to win 50 popcake wedding favours covered in sparkly sugar to match the colour theme of the winner and the ‘Mr & Mrs’ popcakes for the special couple with Popcake Kitchen.

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*Winner will be drawn at random.  Entrants will be automatically be subscribed to the Brides Up North monthly newsletter. No cash alternative.  Travel costs will be covered by Hannah Dornford May in the North West, elsewhere a reasonable travel charge will apply.

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Fabulous Photographer: Matt Ethan (plus a great DISCOUNT offer exclusive to Brides Up North!)

April 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North catches up with my latest Featured Supplier, fabulous photographer Matt Ethan Photography.  Watch out for a Real Wedding coming soon from Mr Ethan.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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Well. I guess my qualifications are completely unrelated. I used to be a Biochemist. After I finished Uni, I realised that I’d been following the systematic formula for life; school, college, Uni, graduate job… I got tired of ‘boxes’ so I left that and went to get a photography job in a studio (check out Trendy Art). Looking back it was pretty risky to think I could have got work after only having picked up a camera 6 months previous. But I got the job, and it was a little bumpy to start with, but the rest is, as they say, history.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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At First, it was because I enjoyed the challenge, and appreciated the happiness of the couple. But then my girlfriend and I attended a friend’s wedding down South. That’s when I realised how awesome weddings are. Just to be a guest, feel the anticipation, the joy. It was great. The wedding was super chilled out. No pretence, just honest emotion. Great to see family and friends excited to be with each other, celebrating love. On top of that, the institution of marriage and all it represents, is something close to my heart. More of us should do it! If I can be involved in promoting happiness and family, I’m all for that!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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To be honest, I love knowing that a couple have a story, and are starting a journey with a lot more story yet to write. It can be pretty high pressure too, which is quite fun. I often feel like I’m one of the brides family on the day as I’ll be with her and the groom probably more than anyone else on the day, so it’s quite intimate.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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First of all, I make sure we get on really well. Its one of our core values at Matt Ethan Photography to be ‘as close to friends as professionally possible’. First I’ll take potential clients out for a coffee, or up to the studio, and that way we can discuss their ideas, and see if we gel. Then we’ll do an awesome engagement shoot. This is an opportunity to get great pictures for the couple… most people say they’ve not got good pictures of just themselves.  This is really important for them to feel comfortable on the day.

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

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I realise a lot of girls are self conscious about having their picture taken, but you really shouldn’t be. I’ve never met a girl (or guy for that matter) who doesn’t have good angles. I know it sounds cheesy, but every bride looks beautiful on her wedding day, be proud of yourself! I guess its my job to represent that in the images. In the lead up to your wedding I hope to build your confidence, at least a little, and an engagement shoot is really important for that.

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?

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Just don’t wear too much. Good make-up artists are always great to have if you can, but if you can’t afford one, then clean, simple, and elegant is way better than anything else.

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Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?

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I call it ‘laughing backwards’ (pushing your chin down into your neck), loads of people do it without realizing but there’s nothing’s worse than a quadruple chin! Try laughing with your chin forwards and you’ll look super hot and super natural!

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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I would have loved to have shot Jamie and Jools Oliver. I reckon they’d have been a right laugh to spend the day with. Obviously I only know them from TV, but they seem super focused on family and friends, and that’s what I’m all about. I’d have loved to capture some of that atmosphere, and join in the fun!

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If you were photographer at the Royal Wedding, what advice would you have for the couple?

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There’s a royal wedding…? :-)

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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My first wedding, I took the pictures for free, it was for a couple from my church who had almost no money (budget £200 I think?!). It was amazing. Everyone chipped in a bit. A couple of the girls made cakes, one lady did the flowers. Some of the dudes played music. But because it was on the fly, it totally reminded us of why we were really there. Full of emotion and full of happiness. Its part of the reason I use Claire and Migs’ pictures for my portfolio. It reminds me of what it’s all about.

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Are you married?

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Not yet… but I’m pestering local photographer extraordinaire Ken Lam to shoot my wedding.. Just saving up! Check him out. www.kenlamphotography.com.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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To be honest, most of us have a similar skill base, maybe different styles. So it can be tricky to differentiate. I think for me, it is the quality of relationship developed, the attention to detail and desire to capture emotion more than technical perfection. I’m good at the technical perfection too by the way! Honest!

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

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We don’t faff around with time limits or anything like that, so if you’re there, I’m there. I’ll get some images of bridal preparations, right through to the first dance etc, but I’m available for the whole day for you. So, if like some of my friends you go surfing in the morning and want some pictures of that, I’ll be there too! I tend to take a break during the wedding breakfast (if anyone knows why it’s called that…?!).

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[Brides Up North: *Waves* It’s because it is the couple’s first meal as man and wife, Matt!]

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What is included in your "package"?

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Erm…my wedding “package” is super-simple. I always meet with potential clients before they decide to book. Then we arrange an engagement shoot. Like I said before, I’m then committed to being there for the full wedding day. Images are then presented in an awesome Digital Portfolio CD, with an online gallery too.
Everything after that, like albums, are optional and I have a great supplier. There’s loads of scope for doing things differently, so if couples have got crazy ideas, then I encourage them to get in touch so that we can make it happen!

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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Yep, 2011 bookings are at £750. My incredible albums start at around £150-200.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Absolutely! I tell you what… if you book a wedding for 2011 and tell me it’s through this website I will give you an amazing £100 off! That’s £650 for the whole day!

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

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You can head to www.mattethan.co.uk, or email at info@mattethan.co.uk, or phone on 07988 628 133 -so many options!

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Anything else we should know?

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Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married…! How awesome is that?!

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Fabulous Photographer: Emerson Photography

March 20th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Are you having a good Sunday?  To get the evening off to a good start, Brides Up North talks to Featured Supplier and fabulous photographer Jamie Emerson of Emerson Photography about what makes him tick, and what makes him click!

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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Quite late on in life, I woke up one day and decided to ruin a perfectly good hobby by turning it into a business. Four years later, I left university armed with a slightly increased skill-set, a massively increased appreciation of art and a BA (Hons) in photography.

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Friends started asking me to shoot their weddings so I spent another year soaking up every wedding-related thing I could find. I carried photographers’ bags and made their coffee – in fact, sometimes I still do!

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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Good question! But who wouldn’t want to be a wedding photographer? I’m trusted to encapsulate one of the most memorable days in a couples’ lives. They’re surrounded by people who want the very best for them from the start of the day, until the magic of the first dance. It’s a happy job! I’ve always been fascinated by human rituals – especially the big ones; the celebrations, the rites of passage, so wedding photography feels like a very natural choice of career.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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The couple’s first sight of each other on their wedding day. That look only ever happens once and it’s magic. Pure gold.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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Often, there’s no need. The bride, her mum and her bridesmaids are usually enjoying a glass or two of fizz and revelling in the occasion. Grooms tend to be wearing a stiff upper lip. They’re nervous but they pretend they’re not. Nerves are nature’s way of keeping us on our toes. I love the smell of adrenaline in the morning! .

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

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Many of my brides-to-be bring this up. I understand: I hate being on the wrong side of the lens. It’s one of the reasons that I shoot in the way I do. It’s why you’ll barely see me on your wedding day, unless you’ve requested formals or we’re shooting some dramatic wedding day portraits.

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?

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I may be a bloke, but it only took a few weddings to realise that brides who hire a good make-up artist are much more likely to look good all day. Try not to see it as being “fussed over” – you’ll be glad of it when the photos show you in your best light.

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Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?

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Ask for honest advice from the dress shop. Even if it means leaving your family and friends at home, and going for a sneaky solo visit. The ladies in most dress shops will have seen it all and will be able to advise based on years of experience. Try to choose non-reflective fabrics for your bridesmaids’ dresses. Most wedding photographers use a flashgun at some point and some fabrics reflect flash light in a very odd way. Grooms: if you can get away with not shaving on the actual morning of your wedding, then don’t. Murphy’s Law guarantees you a rash or a good few shaving cuts!

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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I suppose it would be a huge honour to be asked to shoot the wedding of a famous wedding photographer!

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If you were photographer at the Royal Wedding, what advice would you have for the couple?

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I’d advise them to have a second wedding in Antigua, fly me out there, dress in jeans and tee-shirts and have an amazing time on the beach. I can’t imagine many things worse than being made to line up bazillions of stiff, formal shots for posterity.

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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One which really stood out for me occurred last summer, in a field outside London. It was the marriage of an old school friend who has overcome some huge obstacles in her life, including serious illness. It was a two day festival wedding. So laid back, yet so emotional. The sense of support for the couple was palpable. The venue itself was a huge ex-circus big top and a surrounding tented city. At night, there were fireworks, a huge bonfire and the whole site was lit up by coloured spotlights. Unconventional, but beautiful.

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Are you married?  Tell us about your day…

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I am married to an incredibly helpful and supportive lady. We married in Aberdeen, at the Norwood House Hotel. One piece of advice I always offer to couples is to enjoy every second of the day because it’s over before you know what’s happening! A good friend told me this at the start of the day – I was mindful of every moment and have some fantastic memories of the day. Photography was taken care of by James Burns who has sadly now moved down to Bath, depriving the North East of a great talent!

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Any funny stories to share?

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Yes, but I’d probably get sued if I told them on a public blog!! I’ll tell anyone who’ll listen any number of humdingers in private conversation!

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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My Joie de Vivre! I love life, I love my job and it shows. Anyone can be enthusiastic but the true passion I feel for my work grows as I develop my skills – I’m utterly confident I’m in the right line of work. The years of study and technical know how mean I can just “get loose” on a wedding day and let the creativity take over, barely thinking about composition, camera settings or lighting set-ups.

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

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On the day? Hopefully they’ll forget I’m there for a large chunk of it! I blend a true documentary, fly-on-the-wall style with some really super-dramatically lit portraits. Couples really do get the best of both worlds. There are occasions where a bit of guest organising is required and I do know how to herd large numbers of people efficiently if needs be.

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What is included in your "package"?

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Most couples go for eight hours cover, a 30 sided album and a DVD of all the full size, edited and processed images. Each and every photo on the disc is given meticulous, individual attention so my processing time is a little longer than most – usually three weeks in high season.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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The package above is £1180 but I’ll happily provide a whopping 10% discount if you mention Brides Up North at our first meeting.

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

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The website gives a good idea of the way I work. It’s www.emersonphotography.co.uk. I can be contacted by email; info@emersonphotography.co.uk. And also by phone; 07866 12 77 32 or (0191) 584 5442

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Anything else we should know?

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I do tend to end up with some off-the-wall weddings (I’ve a Hells’ Angels wedding booked this summer!). I’ve no idea why – perhaps because the slightly eccentric clients see a little of themselves in me! My ideal clients are a lot of fun – happy types with a sense of adventure.

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Fabulous Photographer: Assassynation

February 15th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Sassy by name and by nature, this cool chick tells Brides Up North about her art and at the same time shares some wonderful images, both of Real Weddings and portraits.  I adore.  Get this gal booked.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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I actually started taking photographs seriously for my sister in law who is a dress designer and progressed on from there.  I ventured into weddings shortly after and have loved it ever since.  I have no formal qualifications in photography just passion.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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I do undertake non wedding photography work however there is just something about photographing someone’s big day.  It’s a huge honour to be chosen as a couple’s photographer.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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I love couples in love and I really enjoy hearing all their details and plans.  Typically with the type of weddings I shoot the ideas are usually pretty unique!

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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I would say that I tend to photograph couples who find my personality puts them at ease.  I am just myself which means I approach the day with a sense of fun and excitement.  My main aim is to fit in so that it doesn’t make having the camera pointed at them all day so scary.

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?

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I would love to photograph Kat Von Dee or Dita Von Teese’s weddings.  Both such beautiful ladies but in very different ways.

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

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?


To be honest we all know that certain makeup does help but it’s not the be all and end all.  The most important thing is to feel comfortable.  If you are used to being fresh faced don’t pile on the makeup because you feel you have to.  Be true to you!  Regardless of the type or amount of makeup if you feel yourself then that will show through and ensure you look gorgeous.

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Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?

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I would say the one thing that can be tricky is having disco lights that project flecks or different shaped lights on you during the first dance.  It can really throw off the pictures and make you look a bit odd with green flecks all over you both.  Instead opt for the usual fixed spot light style lights (coloured is fine) and then fire up the wacky lights after the crucial first dance photos are over.

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Be yourselves! Don’t give in to the pressure to hold a wedding that suits the relatives or public.  My must have shot would be a great shot of the Bride and Groom alone, perhaps something a bit fun (but not cheesy) as it would contrast with their serious regal formal images.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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

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I photographed a wedding in Norwich where we headed to a steam carousal for some fun bride and groom shots.  I was sat backwards on this horse and it took everything I had to stop myself sliding off.  I am sure the bride and groom thought it was hilarious to watch.  Be careful people those steam carousals are actually pretty fast!

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I have been really lucky and have captured lots of memorable weddings.  It’s virtually impossible to choose a favourite as I loved them all in different ways.  One wedding that I was in love with was a couple called Gemma and Dan.  It was a really emotional day as they married in the church that her parents married in and sadly Gemma’s mother couldn’t be there but it was heaps of fun as well and she did it all on a tiny budget!  The photo’s really show how chilled out and cool they were as a couple.  This was actually a northern wedding and took place on a farm in Lincolnshire.

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What is included in your "package"?

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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It really does depend on what the couple want, I can tailor my service around most budgets.  Some example of my pricing can be seen on the prices page on my website.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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I can indeed, as I predominately take on weddings that are unconventional (Vintage, Gothic, Same Sex….anything that screams uniqueness) I can offer 20% for anything truly unconventional.  Don’t worry if you are not sure whether your wedding is unconventional or not just drop me a message. I do have slots set aside for the more conventional weddings and I am happy to offer a Brides Up North discount of 10% on these.  Just let me know when you are enquiring that you have come from Brides Up North.

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I don’t think so…just please be yourselves and have the day you want.  Whether its a big fat gypsy style wedding or a tiny intimate garden party.  Never feel pressured into doing things to keep other people happy.  Just remember it is all about you and your partner and should be a representation of you both.  It’s easy to get carried away with things you think you should have rather than things you actually want!

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I am indeed married!  Our day was a tricky one to balance as my husband is fairly traditional and I am really not.  We opted for a Christmas themed wedding and we made all the invites, orders of service, table centres etc ourselves.  I also decorated the village hall myself with my friend including putting up and decorating a real Christmas tree.  Our colour scheme was gold and burgundy and my bridesmaids wore dresses custom made by my mother in law which had two layers of fabric, one of gold satin and the other was a burgundy silk chiffon over the top so that they shimmered in the light.  Having our bridesmaid dresses made was a must as my three bridesmaids were all very different shapes and sizes.  My dress was very unusual and it was a combination of the creative genius of my sister in law and a wonderful corset company called Angels Carrying Savage Weapons, it had over 50 flowers pinned to it, all individually hand made by my sister in law and matched to my colour scheme.  The flowers had crystals, pearls and beads in the middle and I gave some away after the big day to close family and a couple of friends as a thank you for their help…so they ended up owning part of my wedding dress!  At the time I had long burgundy hair which fitted in quite nicely with the colour scheme.  We hired a choir for the ceremony (no-one needs to hear my singing!) and had Christmas carols whilst we signed the register.  Instead of favours I created 6 stockings packed with random goodies and then went round the tables asking each person to draw a stick.  The winners each got a stocking to take home.

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

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Simply head to my Facebook page (search for Assassynation) or go to www.assassynation.co.uk

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Assassynation

Sassy, unconventional photography for weddings, trash the dress, cherish the dress and fashion shoots

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Will travel throughout UK

07968 948 144

sassy@assassynation.co.uk

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Fabulous Photographer: Nicky Chadwick Photography

February 12th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier and fab photographer Nicky Chadwick Photography tells Brides Up North about the lady behind the lens, and showcases some of her best Real Wedding work.

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How did you get into wedding photography? What is your background?

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I have always loved photography but didn’t take it up seriously until about 15 years ago. I was on maternity leave and wanted something to do so went and did what was then City & Guilds qualifications in photography. This covered everything from the darkroom to location to studio.  I then photographed my brothers wedding out in Portugal and was hooked! Someone saw the work that I had done for him and 
recommended me the their friend and that was the start of the business.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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I have done other photography and still do select commissions when asked, but I just love weddings – every one is unique and I love being  able to capture all that for the bride and groom.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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I guess I’d have to say the variety, everyday is different. That and  the moment when the bride first see’s her images – that part is magical!
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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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I always offer a pre-wedding shoot for the couple a few months before the wedding so that they can get used to me and vice versa. I find this helps to make them more relaxed. But also I make sure I take time 
to get to know them, find out what they like and dislike so on the day itself they are like friends.

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

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I think nearly every Bride who I meet says at some point that they don’t like having their picture taken! I try to find out what the reasons are because sometimes it could be something as simple as they have had a bad experience in the past. All brides look stunning on their wedding day, it’s up to me to make sure that the images I take show them off to their absolute best. That’s why the pre-wedding shoot is useful because we can get to see what angles work best, whether the bride likes her profile etc.

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What sort of makeup should a bride wear to look great in her pictures?

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We always suggest a really natural covering that makes the skin flawless.  It depends on the bride but most make up artists that I work with go for a natural look. It helps with the images to show their key features without losing the real them.

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Anything to avoid which might look bad in the wedding pictures?

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One thing I always have to do though is remind the Bride and Groom to take the price labels off the bottom of their shoes!

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Which celebrity wedding would you most like to photograph and why?      

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I would love to photograph Scarlett Johansson so I guess her wedding would be good.

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If you were photographer at the Royal Wedding, what would be your "must have" shot?

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Something private that meant something to them – not one for the media but one that they might like on their wall at home to show how special their day had been. 

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Any memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I can honestly say that I have loved all the weddings that I have photographed, but there are always some that surprise you like when the groom cried and I’d thought he was as tough as old boots or when 
the couple have been so in love that they are almost lost in their own world.

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Are you married?

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Not yet! My wedding day is the 19th February 2011.

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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I always try to understand the requirements of the couple and make sure that I can fulfil them before agreeing to photograph their  wedding. I look to build a relationship with them throughout the booking and pre-wedding process so that they get the very best images for their albums.

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

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I always discuss with the couple how long they want coverage for so this can vary from wedding to wedding, but I will happily cover bridal preparations through to first dance or just a couple of hours, whatever suits them. My style is quite relaxed so I do tend to ‘go with the flow’ as much as possible but I always make sure there is time set aside at some point for any group shots that the couple may want.

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What is included in your "package"?

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I don’t have set packages, preferring instead to work a bespoke package out for each wedding. This means that the couple only pay for the elements they really want and don’t pay for those they don’t want. If someone wants all day coverage and a beautiful album then they can have that, but equally, there are plenty of couples that only want a few hours coverage and often a small coffee table book or even a CD so I work around that too.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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As everything is bespoke it is difficult but I would say that the majority of my couples pay between £1,000.00 and £1500.00 depending on the number of hours that I cover and the type of album that they choose.

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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Yes, I am pleased to offer a 5% discount on coverage if your readers quote that they have seen my work on Brides Up North.

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

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The best way the see more of my work is on the website or blog.  The blog is updated regularly with the latest weddings and other shoots so that’s probably a good place to start. After that email me and I’ll 
happily meet them for coffee to show them samples and discuss their day in more detail.
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Nicky Chadwick Photography

Covering Leeds, York, Harrogate, Wakefield and further afield

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01274 611686

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info@nickychadwickphotography.co.uk

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