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vibrant love. supplier showcase: Sarah Beth Photography

September 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This morning I’m thrilled to formally introduce one very talented lady to the pages of the wedding blog, the lovely Sarah Aylward of Brides Up North Sponsor, Sarah Beth Photography.

Sarah’s work is right up my street – light, natural and full of emotion and radiance.  I know you’re going to love her style too.  Let’s say hello.

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How did you get into wedding photography? 

I’ve always been interested in photography since I was little. I was always the one friend or family member in charge of the camera (I think everyone knows one of these people!). My home made family videos and large photo collages which adorned the walls of my bedroom were something to be marvelled. So it only seemed natural for my 21st birthday to asked for a DSLR camera and after graduating from university I decided I wanted to take things a little more seriously so invested a lot of my time learning and studying about photography.

Why wedding photography specifically? 

Finding your feet with photography can take you in all sorts of different directions, I started professionally shooting as a nightclub photographer and then ventured into music photography including photographing for local music venues. I still enjoy photographing bands, I love music so it enables me to combine my two passions and I get to meet some interesting characters! However, after photographing my first wedding I soon realised that I was hooked, I love the energy and emotions that come with a wedding day and It really is a privilege to feel like your photography is meaningful enough to last for generations.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

My favourite part is getting to know my couples and seeing how they plan their wedding day. I have been very fortunate to photograph some absolutely beautiful weddings, from completely wacky to small and intimate, I love how every wedding day is different. Every wedding I have photographed I always feel like I’ve walked away with a new set of friends, often keeping in touch with many of my past brides and grooms. Its a great feeling being able to feel like not just a photographer for the day but also a guest too.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

With all my couples I get to know on a more personal level first before I stick my camera in their faces! With my wedding photography package I offer a complimentary and totally optional pre-wedding photo shoot so my couples can start to feel more relaxed in front of the camera before their big day. It is a great opportunity to get to know each other and also have some lovely photographs which can be used to decorate your reception area or used for thank you cards or favours.

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

I assure you I am exactly the same when it comes to having my photo taken so I total empathise with brides, or even grooms who feel nervous at the thought of having their photo taken. Over the years I have found it better to be photographed naturally and when I am not expecting it, so when photographing a couple I like to take on this approach also. My advice would be to enjoy your day, do not stress about having your photo taken as on your wedding day you will feel completely different. Enjoy your day and enjoy each other, there is nothing more beautiful or natural than a bride and groom in love.

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

Make up should be as flawless and natural looking to compliment the brides features. I would always advise booking in with a make up artist before your wedding day so they can guide you through the process and find a look you love.

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

I am not particularly fond of poses which look forced or uncomfortable. I find it important that the couples I shoot are as comfortable as possible and would never put them in a pose or situation in which they feel otherwise.

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

If Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gorden-Levitt were actually a real couple, it would totally be their wedding. How amazing would that be?

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

In 2013 I had the privilege of photographing a wedding in the Amalfi Coast, Italy. I fell in love with Italy after visiting Venice a few years before, so was extremely excited to be photographing a beautiful wedding there. Every where you turn in the Amalfi Coast there are photo opportunities, with soft sandy coloured houses and a backdrop of blue skies. This day was particularly moving and emotional as Emily’s mum unfortunately couldn’t be there due to illness. I was able to surprise Emily and Sam with a short video of the day to show her mum so she could re-live the day without feeling missed out.

See the full wedding here on Brides Up North.

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Are you married? 

Not yet, hopefully one day! I would love to plan a fun destination wedding to Las Vegas.

Any funny stories to share? 

Sometimes I get too involved in taking the photo and once stepped back and ended up sitting on a candle! Its safe to safe the dress I was wearing was ruined…

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

My style of photography is very natural and genuine, I love shooting reportage and capturing those little candid moments which you may never have seen on your wedding day. I won’t ask you to pose endlessly for the camera while forcing you to smile, I’m all about real emotion and showing how ace you both are together.

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

On a wedding day I usually begin at the brides house photographing all the little details. The morning preparations are possibly one of my favourite parts of the day, there is so much nervous energy and excitement which is great to capture. From there I usually visit the boys (we can’t leave them out can we!) this is usually at the venue where I can also prepare for the brides entrance. Although I love to photograph the day as it happens I also believe in the importance of capturing more formal photos of the bride and groom with their families. I like to keep this part of the day fun and quick so they can get back to enjoying their day.

This is based on a wedding day with just myself however I do offer the option of a second photographer.

However I’m not just the wedding photographer on the day, I also have some very helpful skills I’ve acquired in the past two years such as dress carrier, buttonhole pinner, bouquet holder…. The wedding day can be quite stressful as well as fun and after experiencing a few weddings in my time I am happy to lend a hand wherever needed.

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What is included in your “package”? 

I offer a full day package, with coverage from morning preparations to your sit down meal with the option to add extra coverage for your evening reception. I also include an optional Fun Photo Booth for your evening coverage to get your wedding guests joining in the fun by getting dressed up and doing some silly poses.

In my package I also include a complimentary pre-wedding photo shoot with 20 high resolution images, this is a great way for couples to get used to being in front of the camera and to see how I work. I usually organise this for 4-5 weeks before the wedding day and team it up with a pre-wedding consultation to catch up with my couples and talk about their day.

All the images that my couples receive I make into a lovely little slideshow which is set to music, it is a great way to view your images of the day but definitely keep the tissues handy!

My package includes all digital high resolution copies of your images with royalty free licence (so you have full access to printing and sharing your images) I deliver these on a beautiful hand made wooden USB stick with presentation box which looks lovely around the home.

Can you give us an idea on price? 

My wedding photography package currently in 2014 stands at £800.

However I would advise strongly to all couples looking for a wedding photographer try not be swayed on price, I understand every couple has a budget but when looking for your photographer keep in mind these are lasting memories of your day.

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

My website can be found at: www.sarahbethphoto.co.uk

You can find me tweeting over at @photosarahbeth, on Facebook or pinning my dream Vegas wedding.

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Anything else we should know?

I am currently based in Yorkshire, UK but specialise in weddings all over the UK and abroad. If you are planning to get married abroad, please get in touch for a bespoke quote.

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Twinkle & Bloom! A Real Wedding In Cheshire – Kirsty & Wayne

April 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

James Jebson Photography

Following the fashion frenzy of the last week (dahlings!), I think it’s about time we got back to basics here at Brides Up North.  It’s what we do best – Real Weddings from real Brides Up North and their talented local suppliers.  Real, regional and really, really gorgeous.  I jolly well hope you’re thinking local for your big day!

This afternoon’s wedding was sent to us by real bride Kirsty and Brides Up North Featured Supplier James Jebson and has all the elements of the best of big days – tons of sparkle, big blooms and lots of laughs. 

Enjoy!

James Jebson Photography

Kirsty says: We got engaged in October 2012 at Mottram Hall and were married on 14th December 2013 at St Anne’s Church in Woodplumpton by our fabulous village vicar Revd. Brian Whitley, followed by a reception at Beeston Manor in Houghton.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

We chose our venue as it just felt very ‘us’.  With its countryside setting and manor house feel, Beeston Manor is beautiful. Furthermore the venue was completely private and meant we just shared our day with our family & our guests.

James Jebson Photography

I chose a Mori Lee wedding dress with lace and diamante detail from Dan Kerr Brides. It was a really sparkly dress and I loved it from the moment I put it on. All my jewellery, accessories and my shoes were from Lottie’s Bridal Boutique in Lytham.

Our bridesmaids wore gold dresses by Ronald Joyce, again from Dan Kerr Brides. Wayne and the ushers all wore grey suits, ivory waistcoats and ties to match the girls’ dresses from Moss Bros, and the Mother of the Bride and page boys were dressed by Lottie’s Bridal Boutique – along with the bridesmaids’ fur shrugs.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

We travelled in a Range Rovers on the day all dressed by our florist Margaret Mason with ivory ribbons – they looked fantastic.

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson Photography

My bouquet was made of mini Calla Lilies and had diamonds amongst the flowers. It was simply stunning

James Jebson Photography

James Jebson, our photographer, was simply sensational on our wedding day. His attention to detail, his professionalism, & his incredibly infectious personality, accompanied with his awesome photography put him in another league.  In the words of my new husband James is ”simply a different kind of gravy” and his photography service was extra special from start to finish. 

We were over the moon with our wedding pictures as they capture the best day of our lives from every angle. James didn’t miss a thing and even caught images of moments we had missed! We have the most wonderful memories of our wedding and I cannot stress how important a good photographer is.  When your wedding is over your photos are the one thing you have left and I cannot thank James enough for our amazing images. He is simply fabulous!

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Girl’s World. Supplier Showcase: Abbie Sizer Photography

February 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Abbie Sizer Photography

Happy Friday Brides Up North!  Enjoy that hey-it’s-Friday-the-inbox-can-wait cuppa you’ve got there and take some time out to catch up here on these pages.  It’s been an action packed week with lots of exhibitor introductions to make planning your big day that little bit easier, but this weekend the goings on doesn’t stop there. 

We’re gearing up to open our season with a very big and very beautiful Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel this Sunday 23rd February 2014, 12pm till 4pm, Free Entry, and can’t wait to see you there.  This is going to be good.  We’ve professional catwalks, 60 + luxury exhibitors and two (huge) hotel suites filled with wedding inspiration and we’re raring to go!  

One lady who will be joining us on Sunday is Brides Up North Featured Supplier Abbie of Abbie Sizer Photography, so whilst I finish stuffing 250 VIP Bride To Be Goody Bags, I thought I’d let her say hello here first!  I’ll leave you with Abbie and see you on Sunday!

Abbie Sizer Photography

Hello Abbie, would you like to introduce yourself? 

Hi, I’m Abbie and I’m a professional freelance wedding photographer. I have had an interest in photography for as long as I can remember but it was at the age of 17 whilst at college that I began to study photography at a professional level. I finished Cleveland college of Art and Design with two A Levels in photography and a BTEC National Diploma in media moving image. I then studied photography at Honours degree level and graduated from University in 2010. Since then I have worked alongside numerous wedding and family portraiture photography companies and established Abbie Sizer Photography in early 2011.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

I love wedding photography. I love the romance, the individual creativity and the magic of each couple’s special day. Weddings allow me to be creative and to try new techniques and ideas. No wedding is the ever the same therefore my job is forever changing, challenging and exciting.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

I get ‘front row seats’ to lots of lovely weddings! In particular I like the wedding morning. Most brides invite me to spend the morning photographing the bridal preparations; I get to see the nervousness, the last minute preparations and the build up of the excitement.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

My wedding day photography package includes a pre-wedding photo-shoot. This can be an engagement shoot, a family photo-shoot or even a pet photo-shoot! I use this as an opportunity to get to know the couple, find out their likes and dislikes, what style of photographs they like and how they prefer to work. The most important thing and the main aim of the pre-wedding photo-shoot is for the couple to feel comfortable in front of myself and the camera.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

Last year I photographed a wedding which took place in a marquee on a family farm on the North Yorkshire Moors. The wedding was simple and perfect. Everything was lovingly handmade, even the bunting that ran the full length of the huge marquee. The happy couple had provided their guests with wellies ready for the outside dancing under the fairy lights and stars. The evening showcased a live local band and the whole day felt magical.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I like to spend time getting to know you before your big day. We head out on a separate engagement photo-shoot session, we work together on your ‘essential photo-list’ and we discuss photography likes and dislikes.

Each part of your wedding day is as important as the other, from bridal preparations into the evening celebrations, I will start when you want me start and finish when you want me to finish.

I bring a female photographer’s perspective to your day. You can guarantee that I will not miss those diamond earrings or your Jimmy Choos. I will photograph the extra lace detailing on your bouquet and your something borrowed and blue.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

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

Couples who book with me can expect quality, attention to detail, reliability and a happy, memorable, wedding day photography experience.

What is included in your "package"?

Here at Abbie Sizer Photography we have just one wedding day photography package. This package includes all the ins and outs and there are absolutely no hidden extras.

· On your wedding day I will arrive when you ask me to arrive and finish when you ask me to finish, whether that be joining you early morning for those very first preparations or staying into the evening until your first dance.

· Two fully qualified photographers to capture your wedding day from all angles. Photographing all those special moments and those natural, off camera, so easily missed moments.

· A pre-wedding consultation where we can get to know each other, discuss ideas and put together your ‘essentials photo list’.

· A bonus engagement photo-shoot. A brilliant idea for discovering how each other works, your preferred style of photography and to have you feeling at ease in front of me and the camera.

· Full professional processing work on all of your images with a mixture of colour, black & white and sepia imagery.

· Every image will be then presented to you on copyright free, presonalised DVD’s inside beautifully handcrafted presentation cases.

· You will be able to print from your disc at your leisure and use on the Internet without watermarks.

· New in 2014 your very own ‘Bellissimo Lifestyle’ wedding album.

Can you give us an idea on price?

Our full day wedding photography package is priced at £990.

Abbie Sizer Photography

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

If you’re interested and would like to arrange a no obligation meeting then get in touch at www.abbiesizerphotography.co.uk or call 07896 816 634.

Abbie Sizer Photography

Abbie Sizer Photography

Anything else we should know?

I work closely with Strike A Pose Wedding Videography. Although a photograph speaks a thousand words, there are some moments of your wedding day that even a photograph can’t capture as well as a video.

Your vows are a moment that you will want to relive, as are your speeches and maybe even your first dance! Strike A Pose Wedding Videography are a team of videographers that creative beautiful wedding day movies for bride and grooms. They’re unobtrusive in their filming and they have a talent for helping guests feel at ease in front of the camera. Their wedding movies typically last around 30 minutes, are edited to the couples’ very own soundtrack and portray all the emotions, excitement and laughter of the wedding day perfectly.

Abbie Sizer Photography and Strike A Pose Wedding Videography offer a combined photography and movie package so that you can have the best of both worlds.  They will be exhibiting together at The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel this Sunday 23rd February 2014.  Click here to reserve your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag. 

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Fabulous Photographer: James Tracey Photography PLUS £100 Off For 10 Lucky Wedding Blog Readers!

February 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

James Tracey Photography

He may be a self proclaimed NKOTB, but ex police officer and Brides Up North Featured Supplier photographer James Tracey knows his stuff!  As well as these beautiful images speaking for themselves, a lot of others think he’s pretty great too – he was a Regional Finalist for Best Northwest Photographer at The Wedding Industry Awards 2014 and was also shortlisted for Best Newcomer.  He’s also featured in Lucy Tobin’s new book From Yes to I Do: A Modern Guide for the Modern Bride, giving advice to couples on how to pick their wedding photographer.

And guess what, the first ten Brides Up North readers to book James’ Album Package album will receive £100 off the full price.  Forget SWAT teams, add him to your SWAK* team.  

With images by James Tracey Photography

*sealed with a kiss

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

How did you get into wedding photography?

I suppose you could say I’m something of the new kid on the block. Although I went to design college and even studied photography, I left my creative side behind after eight years in image editing to join the Police. I then spent the next 10 years of my career dealing with some pretty interesting situations; rescuing a woman from a burning house, talking someone down off a motorway bridge, attending murder scenes and riots and even being part of a close protection team for the Prime Minister! Needless to say, about as far away from wedding photography as you can imagine. At the same time as this, I had started to take more of an interest in photography and I invested in a Nikon DSLR which I used to take to friend’s weddings. Not only did I love taking photos (and found it generally a lot safer than Police work!), but more and more people started using my images for their thank you cards and in their albums. Everyone told me I should be a wedding photographer – I was hooked. I started doing a small number of weddings whilst continuing work for the Police but the bookings came thick and fast and in the end I decided to ‘quit the day job’ and turn full-time professional photographer in 2013. In my first year I was nominated for Best Northwest Photographer at The Wedding Industry Awards – I haven’t looked back since!

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

I love the spontaneity – you never know what’s going to happen next and there are no second chances. Some people find it stressful when things don’t go to plan, but I suppose I’m used to thinking on my feet and reacting quickly – I’m pretty ‘unflappable’! On top of that, being involved in the best day of someone’s life is just fantastic. I’ve spent a lot of my career dealing with the negative things in life and so I will never tire of the joy at people’s weddings!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

Knowing that my pictures are the one thing that the couple gets to keep after their wedding is over. I love my own wedding photos and how they immediately take me back to the wedding day and how I felt. I hope that my clients feel the same way about theirs.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

All my couples have the option of a complimentary “E-shoot” (Engagement shoot) before their big day. We can meet up, talk through what the couple want, and more importantly don’t want, from their wedding photography. They get used to what I’m looking for, they relax in front of the cameras and we all get to know each other a bit better. You want your wedding day to be perfect, not spoilt by a bossy photographer who thinks it’s all about them, so on the day I don’t ask my couples to do anything they don’t want to do.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

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

They’re not alone. Lots of my brides complain that they don’t take a good photo, yet when they’re not being made to pose they look great. So if you’re uncomfortable being photographed, scrap the formal poses and choose a documentary style. Everyone prefers the photos which they didn’t know had been taken and you’ll be happier and relaxed. If my brides don’t notice me on the day, I’ve done my job properly.

James Tracey Photography

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

Keep it simple and classic, your make up should make you look the best version of you. Don’t do anything too loud or current as this will either be distracting or dating. Remember your wedding photos will be around forever, so keep it natural!

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

I’m quite open-minded and I like couples who break the rules, so I’m open to anything new on the day. The important thing is to have the wedding day you want and to enjoy every second, the rest is down to me to capture. What I do hate though are cheesy effects in post-production, like colour splash (where the whole image is black and white except for one colour), it just cheapens the image for me. I’m also a bit wary of the vintage filters a lot of people are choosing, as I can’t help thinking these will date and end up looking gimmicky in the (not too distant) future.

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

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

Tough one, but I’d say any celebrity that is getting married in New York. I absolutely love the city and the dream would be to photograph a wedding in the streets of Manhattan. My wife would probably say Kit Harrington’s wedding (Jon Snow from Game of Thrones), I think she loves him more than me. She’d probably come to that one.

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

I shot Lisa and Graham’s wedding last September in Huddersfield after meeting Graham when he refitted my bathroom. It turned out Lisa’s 13 year old daughter, Bailey, had been diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumour and at the same time, totally unrelated, she also was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Lisa and Graham had to postpone their wedding so Bailey could undergo treatment and it was really touch and go, they even had to live in the USA for a while whilst Bailey had pioneering treatment. Fortunately, Bailey’s condition is now stable so Lisa and Graham quickly arranged their wedding on Friday 13th September (they said they couldn’t possible have any more bad luck) and when Graham said it was a small family affair, I offered to do the wedding for free.

It was one of the best weddings I’ve ever photographed as it was totally joyous and broke every rule possible. The post service drinks were in a pub at Huddersfield Railway station and the whole wedding party got a train back to Mirfield for their reception in a local Deli. The speeches were done in the style of a Norwegian wedding where anyone can stand up, at any time, to tell their own story about the couple. It was an emotional yet triumphant wedding and one I’ll always remember! (if you want to know more here’s my blog). 

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

Are you married? Tell us about your day.

I’m lucky to be married to Laura and we got married in Saddleworth in June 2012. We chose a converted church, so even though it was a civil ceremony it kept the parents happy! We got engaged in New York so we had a hint of NYC running through the day, with a genuine NYC cab and NYPD cruiser as the wedding cars, tables named after places we visited in the city and an NYC inspired cake made by Laura’s mum! We just wanted an informal, fun wedding. We wrote our own reading which poked fun at ourselves (as all the others seemed a bit twee) and had mini Jager bottles as favours. I substituted Champagne for Jager bombs for the toasts, so as you can imagine, it got a bit lively. The weather was awful so in typical British style we headed for the bar and from what I can remember, it was one of (if not THE) best days of my life!

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

Any funny stories to share?

I once photographed a wedding which was being filmed for the BBC Three television show Don’t Tell The Bride. With the TV crew there, the day was much longer than a normal wedding and the first dance didn’t take place until midnight. By then my feet were killing me so I put my Converse trainers on for the last ten minutes of the day. I had managed to dodge out of the way of the ten-strong camera crew for more than 15 hours, only to be filmed taking a photo of the first dance – in my trainers. I was slaughtered on text, Facebook and Twitter by all of my friends for being a scruff. This was one of my early weddings and I can reassure couples I’ve bought more comfortable (and smart!) shoes now.

James Tracey Photography

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I think being new to the industry gives me a different perspective on what people want and expect from their wedding photographer. When it comes to my photos, I’m never complacent. I’m always experimenting with modern styles, angles and the best equipment to deliver the highest quality images I can. I also want clients to get the best service they could ask for, right until the day I hand over the photos. It’s a crowded market place out there, so hopefully my easy going style, natural photos and my customer service is what sets me apart. It drives me mad when people don’t get back to me quickly, so I always reply to my clients messages within 24 hours. If they’re asking a question, they need an answer!

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

James Tracey Photography

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

A relaxed, suit wearing photographer (with comfortable shoes) who is there to blend in most of the day, but who can step up and keep the day running to time if needed. I work hard but I like to have a laugh during the couple shots and I find it helps the couple relax. I also avoid anything forced and cheesy.

What is included in your "package"?

I don’t mess about with lots of packages, I have two. Full day coverage from Bridal preparation to the first dance, no matter how long that takes. I ‘leak’ a few sneak peeks the day after the wedding on my Facebook page and then all your hi-resolution JPEG images will be delivered on a USB within a month of your

Can you give us an idea on price?

2014 prices are £895 for the photos on USB and £1295 including the album.  The first ten Brides Up North readers to book the photos and album and will receive £100 off the full price.

James Tracey Photography

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

On my website at www.jamestraceyphotography.com or on Facebook . I also tweet @jtraceyphoto. To get in touch and discuss their wedding, brides can email me at james@jamestraceyphotography.com or call me on 07793 680263.

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Vibrance & Joy. Fabulous Photographers: Dotmoxee Photography PLUS Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

February 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

 Dotmoxee Photography

Whilst there’s nothing I like better than getting stuck into blogging a full Real Wedding feature for an individual couple (and you can see that we have covered quite a few – ok, hundreds – of those over the years), but recently I’ve enjoyed putting together our Fabulous Photographer features too.

Each supplier showcase gives an insight into the photographer’s work and personality, but also opens the door on lots of gorgeous wedding days that we might not otherwise share. 

It seems a Dotmoxee Photography bride and groom can expect a wedding day full of wide smiles, vibrant colour, special touches, quirky details, and most of all – an amazing set of images at the end of it all.

So let’s meet Emilie & John-Paul, the duo who together make up Dotmoxee Photography, our newest Brides Up North Featured Supplier. 

 Dotmoxee Photography

How did you get into wedding photography?

After both studying photography at university, we were introduced through mutual friends one Christmas Eve four years ago in our local pub. The conversation instantly took off as we began sharing our interests and love for photography and film.

After a few meet ups and many ideas later, we began planning our photography business partnership. It wasn’t until we were asked to photograph a friend’s wedding that we caught the wedding bug and haven’t looked back since.

 Dotmoxee Photography

 Dotmoxee Photography

 Dotmoxee Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

Although we both come from very different photographic backgrounds (fashion, music and advertising) we were both heavily involved with documentary and street photography. Weddings offer a perfect environment for us to tell a story and we love the unpredictability each moment has. Also the fact that each wedding is so different, it’s a new challenge for us to approach with a fresh pair of eyes.

Dotmoxee Photography

What is your favourite thing about being wedding photographers?

The fact that we have constant excitement where it’ll take us, and all the incredible places we get to photograph. Also meeting our couples, who are all amazing and unique in their own way. We love hearing about their plans and being part of the journey and excitement – a journey that leaves them with our photographs. That’s pretty special in our book.

Dotmoxee Photography

Dotmoxee Photography

Dotmoxee Photography

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A Romantic. Fabulous Photographer: JB Creatives

January 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jane of JB Creatives is one of the loveliest girls I know (do I say that about all my Featured Suppliers?  Only when it’s true)!  She’s a dab hand both at the wedding stationery table – check out her website for more details – and behind the camera too.  Today, we are concentrating on her wedding photography talents, so lets meet her and check out a rather stunning sample of her work.  Oh, and she might just have flung a little freebie in there especially for Brides Up North readers too…

JB Creatives is offering a free engagement shoot to those couples who book their wedding photography with Jane before 13/03/14.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking.  

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

How did you get into wedding photography? 

I have always loved being creative and doing all things arty. I studied my art foundation course at Leeds College of Art and Design, where I took a more detailed interest in what had always been a hobby. I then went on to study Graphic Communication at Uni in Cardiff. As well as studying Design principles we used SLR cameras and learnt how to develop our own film in the dark room, which was an amazing thing to have done. 

Many years after finishing my degree, whilst working as a graphic designer a good friend asked me if I would photograph her wedding. I was terrified and didn’t sleep for weeks before their big day! I read so many books on wedding photography, practiced on every willing friend I had and made sure I was fully prepared before their wedding day… the day came and went so quickly and I absolutely loved it. It felt really lovely knowing that I’d captured their moment in time, that it could be revisited for years to come. But best of all they were over the moon with the photos!  And so began my thirst for capturing perfect love stories.

One of the guests at that first wedding asked me to photograph their wedding and so the ball started rolling.  Since then I have photographed just over 50 weddings, enjoyed every one of them and now I have the privilege of doing it full time!

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Why wedding photography specifically? 

I’m a romantic and I love photographing people. So doing what I do means I get to see so many beautiful people on one of the most important days of their lives. To be able to tell their beautiful love story through the photos is a real honour.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

There are so many things I love about being a wedding photographer, it would be hard to pick one favourite thing. I obviously love taking photos, composing a picture and telling stories with them. But I also love all the emotions that come with a wedding day: the father’s face as he proudly walks his little girl down the aisle; the groom seeing his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle towards him; all the smiles and laughter; the speeches; I love all the small details that put together make every wedding unique… It’s hard to pick one specific thing as it’s more a collection of all the little things that together make it such a special thing to be able to do.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

I’m a gentle, friendly sort of person. I talk to all the couples I have the pleasure of photographing as if they were friends. I meet all the couples before the wedding day itself to get to know one another beforehand. You’d be surprised how many people forget I have a camera with me.

An engagement shoot is also a great way to get used to the camera before the day itself. I find it helps a lot of the couples I photograph as they have already spent time in front of the camera together and seen the results.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

Just relax and enjoy your day. After all the preparation and planning your day has finally arrived, you will look beautiful so will have nothing to worry about. 

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

Someone once said your wedding makeup should be the best version of your self, so don’t wear anything you wouldn’t normally wear. Have a make-up trail before your wedding to ensure you’ll be happy with it on the day. But most of all a bride should wear whatever makeup she feels comfortable and confident in wearing and whatever makes her feel beautiful, her inner beauty will then shine out and that’s what will make the photos great.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

I would have loved to have photographed Kate and Will’s wedding!! Kate being the fashion icon she is and Will being our handsome prince, that would have been something to be proud of!

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

I know most weddings follow the same structure but it’s so lovely to see how each couple make it their own. I photographed a wedding on a gorgeous day last August at The Cheerful Chilli, Otley, the bride and groom, Hayley and Adam, decided on the day to have the speeches outside which was beautiful as everyone just sat in the venue’s garden with their glass of sparkle, as the speeches were given in the sunshine. It was lovely.

At a different wedding at Wood Hall, James, the groom, knew he would get emotional (and possibly cry) as he spoke about his bride, so he wrote everything down on big sheets of paper before hand then held them up for everyone to read. He did it really well, I don’t think there was anyone in the room that wasn’t moved by it.

Another summer wedding was at East Riddlesden Hall Barn and Rachel, the bride had a Wuthering Heights theme. She hand made so many amazing little details that filled the barn with colour and texture.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

With a background in Design I like to think I compose a photograph well. I don’t limit the number of photos I give my clients but give them as many photos as possible so I can tell the story to its fullest.  I also design and make wedding stationery so I am sometimes involved from an earlier stage in the planning process and get a better idea of how the wedding will look on the day. But perhaps the best way to answer this question is to direct you to my testimonials page on my website.  I’ve had some really amazing feedback.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

On more than a couple of occasions I’ve been described as a photo ninja! I don’t do any kind of fancy foot work or back flips anywhere, I’m just very discreet, and apparently seem to be in more than one place at the same time! The only time I would lightly direct any photos is for the bride and groom photos and if the couple wanted any group shots. My style is very much documenting the day. I don’t like to be intrusive and so am very much a fly on the wall for most of the day.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

What is included in your “package”? 

I will be there to capture the story of the day from the excited bridal preparations in the morning through to the romantic first dance. The couple will then receive the high resolution edited images, usually around 600-800 photos about 6-8 weeks after the wedding day. A selection of the images will also go onto an online password protected gallery the details of which can be passed on to friends and family to view the pictures and purchase prints. You can add on an engagement shoot, select from a range of albums and lots more lovely extras if you wish.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Can you give us an idea on price? 

Photography coverage on the day starts at £1,250. Please get in touch to receive more information and the price guide.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

I can offer a free engagement shoot to those couples who book their wedding photography with me before 13/03/14.  Please quote Brides Up North when booking.  

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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

You can see examples of my work on my website my blog is updated regularly www.jbcreatives.co.uk

or you can follow me on Facebook or on Twitter. 

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

Anything else we should know?

Not only do I have the pleasure of photographing so many beautiful weddings but I also design and make bespoke wedding stationery, you can see examples of these on my website.

JB Creatives Wedding Photography

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Good & Honest Memories. Fabulous Photographer: James Jebson

January 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

James Jebson (1)

I adore James Jebson.  Not only – as you can see from these images – is this Brides Up North Featured Supplier a brilliant wedding photographer (have you booked him yet?), but he’s also an all round nice guy, doting new dad, friendly face and party animal.  Even without all that, anyone who names the tables at their wedding after their favourite shots is a-ok with me…  let’s say hello…

James Jebson (2)

How did you get into wedding photography/?

Photography has always played a massive part in my life and having earned my ‘apprenticeship’ from assisting other professional photographers which then led to ‘second shooting’ – I learnt a lot of do’s and don’ts of not only the technical side of photography, but also how to photograph a wedding day in a relaxed and low key manner!

I always had the plan to have two separate photography businesses and after a lot of hard work this became a reality – my wedding photography business, where I’ve captured weddings from Scotland to Brighton as well as my commercial photography business where I’ve been commissioned by companies such as Manchester United FC and Thwaites Brewery. By having two different disciplines, I remain really creatively challenged – something which I feel is very important for all photographers so they don’t fall into ‘autopilot’. I really found my own style while studying the first year of my Photography degree at Blackpool and the Fylde College, something which I feel sets me apart from other wedding photographers that are out there.

James Jebson (3)

James Jebson (4)

Why wedding photography specifically? 

I absolutely LOVE weddings, there is no better environment to be in. The day is always full of love, laughter and often some (happy) tears, so to able to capture all those genuine emotions and tell the story of one of the best days of your life, is ridiculously fulfilling. That combined with the end result when my couples receive the photography from their day and seeing how it brings back all those emotions – really does make it the best job ever.

James Jebson (5)

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

Wedding photography has really changed massively in the last five to ten years and (thankfully) gone are the days of a ‘generic photo album’, where a massive part of the day is taken up by posing for very formal and stuffy shots. I love meeting my couples, hearing their stories and their journey to becoming married and just generally really getting to know them and then exceeding their expectations once they receive the images. I also love the reactions I get once my couples see their images – especially for the first time. There is nothing quite like it.

James Jebson (6)

James Jebson (7)

How do you get couples to relax on the day? 

I’m a strong believer that each and every wedding couple is very different in how they want their day, so I spend a lot of time building an honest and trusting relationship leading up to it. I really believe that getting to know each couple and building a really good, natural rapport is essential and truly goes a long way to making sure my couples both enjoy their day and are as relaxed as possible, safe in the knowledge that they know ‘I’ve got this’.

James Jebson (8)

James Jebson (9)

James Jebson (10)

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

Be yourself and keep reminding yourself that your look beautiful – there is no such thing as an ugly bride! Some brides really love having their picture taken and could happily pose all day for photographs if I let them – however these brides are very much in the minority. I include a pre wedding shoot for this exact reason as not only do you get some great keep sakes, but more importantly you experience having your photograph taken professionally. My aim for every pre wedding shoot I do, is to make sure that not only have we had a laugh, but you also look at your photographs and think ‘actually, I really look good there…’ This means that not only have we spent more time together building on that all important relationship, but you’ll also know exactly what to expect on your big day – meaning it’s one less thing to worry about. So in short – make sure you pick a photographer that you are 100% comfortable with and that you trust – if they’re doing their job right, then you should (dare I say it) enjoy having your photo taken!

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

Every bride’s ‘look’ as well as the style of their day is often very different but the makeup can really make a difference. I’d always recommend to use a professional make up artist, they really are worth the investment as not only will your make up be perfectly flawless, but it also goes towards the whole ‘wedding experience’ which is so important. Make sure that they include a make up trial which is industry standard and as always, make sure it’s someone you like and have a connection with.

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

The only thing I’d suggest is to avoid choosing anything that isn’t ‘you’. Be yourself.. You’ll find that during the planning stages of your wedding day a lot of family and friends will readily give their input and opinion on how they think you should have the day or what dress you should have, who you should invite, etc. My advice with this is to politely nod then go with exactly what you want because as with most decisions you will genuinely get ‘a feeling’ when you find the right photographer, venue, dress, etc so as long as you follow your instincts, there wont be anything that looks bad in your wedding photographs – simple!

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

It would have to be Prince Harry’s as not only would it be one heck of a celebration, but I think he’d be one of the few royals that would go against protocol and what was expected but in turn really have the day how he wanted it!

James Jebson (15)

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured? 

I’ve loved each and every single wedding that I’ve had the honour of being involved in, but one of the most stylish weddings has to be when I was involved with capturing a ridiculously cool wedding in the centre of Manchester. The ceremony took place at the stunning Manchester Town Hall and once complete, the couple and all of their guests marched through Spinningfields to the reception venue which was the ridiculously cool Australasia restaurant which had been completely hired out.  A very stylish and awesome day which finished off with a packed dance floor and is a prime example that the best weddings are always the ones where the couple have done exactly what THEY want and really let their own personalities shine through.

   James Jebson (16)

Are you married? Tell us about your day. 

I really learnt some very valuable lessons from my own experience of getting married. Really seeing what a couple go through completely changed my own perspective of both the day and the wedding photography so I often reflect on this. Gemma and I have been together since early 2003 and she did me the great honour of marrying me on the 29th April 2011 at the superb Inn at Whitewell. This date may ring a bell with some people as it was also the Royal Wedding Day. Now for the record – we booked ours first (two years earlier in fact) but it brilliantly brought in a whole different element for us as the whole country was caught up in ‘wedding fever’. Due to my wife working in PR we were bizarrely featured in different newspapers, websites, interviewed live on BBC Radio Lancashire’s breakfast show and ridiculously Channel 7 News based in Australia sent a reporter and a TV crew up from London to film us for two days as a feature for their Royal Wedding coverage – crazy!

The day itself (even though I’m clearly biased) was perfect. We had the day exactly how we wanted it and ensured that it really reflected our tastes and us as both individuals and as a couple. Even down to the meal we had Bangers & Champ as our main course and as both us and our friends and family have been known to like the odd tipple we decided to name each table after a particular alcoholic drink (for example The Jägers, The Kir Royals, etc). Each guest was carefully located on a table where their beverage was synonymous with them and when it was time to ‘toast the happy couple’, each guest promptly received ‘their’ drink – meaning to toast our marriage, some people downed a shot and others sipped a brandy. Perfect.

James Jebson (17)

Any funny stories to share? 

Much like the doctor-patient confidentiality, what happens on my couple’s wedding day… stays on their wedding day…

James Jebson (18)

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers? 

Aside from my own individual photography style, I feel that my approach on the day also sets me apart from other photographers. I ensure that I maintain an extremely low profile throughout as my aim is for the guests not to be conscious that I’m actually there taking their photograph. This in turn produces brilliant results by creating and capturing images that show the real and genuine emotion of the day and its guests. I also work very quickly and efficiently, especially when it comes down to group shots. I understand the need for group shots (especially to please mums and dads) but I’m very conscious that it is a wedding day and not a photo shoot. I maintain my low profile by drafting in the use of the bridal party to gather the required guests in a very low key manner. I made a promise to myself very early on in my career that I will never find myself stood on a pair of step ladders, with a list in one hand and shouting for ‘Uncle Bob and Aunty Norma’ – it is simply not me or what I want for my couples. As well as the day itself, I also firmly believe that the planning stages of a wedding are just as important as the day itself and that every element of the planning should be fun and genuinely really enjoyable – especially meeting and choosing your photographer!

James Jebson (19)

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

My couples can expect a photographer who tells the true story of their wedding day in a very low-key and relaxed approach, ensuring that they feel completely at ease and can focus on having one of the best days of their life. Aside from the awesome imagery, my couples also find that as we have built what can now be described as a great friendship, that I’m also there to ensure the day flows effortlessly and I’m there for any support or guidance that may or may not be needed on the day.

James Jebson (20)

What is included in your "package"? 

Included in the package is the all important pre wedding shoot followed by coverage of the big day from ‘bridal prep’ in the morning, right through to the first dance (and a little bit after). This is then followed by a disc of high resolution images along with full copyright permissions and some other lovely bits & pieces.

Can you give us an idea on price? 

I keep my pricing as simple as possible so to discuss this or to ask any other questions just simply get in touch.

James Jebson (23)

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

They can visit my website at  www.jamesjebsonphotography.com, or come and find me on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest

James Jebson (24)

Anything else we should know?

I know and understand from my own experience how stressful organising your wedding day can become. I pride myself on the fact that I class each of my couples as friends and each one has received photography that truly tells the story of their day in a stylish, modern and honest way. Have a good look at my website and really get a feel for what I can do for you – I promise you won’t regret it…

James Jebson (26)

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A Year On Film. Supplier Showcase: Jonny Draper Photography

January 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography

Jen & Jim

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. 

Jonny Draper Photography

Abi & Tom

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.

Jonny Draper Photography

Ella & Lee

Jonny Draper Photography

Ash & Paul

Jonny Draper Photography

Jenny & Ross

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! 

Jonny Draper Photography

Ange & Mark

Jonny Draper Photography

Emma & Chris

Jonny Draper Photography

Fiona & Giles

Jonny Draper Photography

Jenny & James

Jonny Draper Photography

Karin & Joe

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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Fabulous Photographer: Mark Newton Weddings PLUS A Special Christmas Treat For Wedding Blog Readers!

December 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Mark Newton Weddings

One of the things I adore about curating these pretty pages is the opportunity to introduce you lovely lot to people like this man: Mark Newton Weddings.  Brides Up North Featured Supplier Mark can capture your big day beautifully, and he’s got an early Christmas pressie up his sleeve for you lucky things too. 

Read on. 

Mark Newton Weddings

How did you get into wedding photography?

I started out as a music and portrait photographer. Shooting gigs, and band promo portraits, I originally trained as a Graphic Designer getting a degree which was heavily photography focused. This has led to my style of photography having a very strong graphic feel. Picking up some details that might normally get missed, and through the experience gained shooting gigs using low and available light to capture moments as they happen naturally. I think that this has helped me to become a very relaxed wedding photographer, and happy to work well in a range of different venues. Helping the day run smoothly without getting in the way.

Mark Newton Weddings

Why wedding photography specifically?

After shooting my first wedding I was hooked. It’s a long hard day, but great fun, seeing all the hard work and effort that’s been put into the planning all coming together friends and family catching up and generally having a wonderful day. There’s nothing better than photographing excited and happy people.

Mark Newton Weddings

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

The best thing about being a wedding photographer is sharing the photos after the day and hearing how happy the couples are. (Especially if they lead to tears of joy).

Mark Newton Weddings

Mark Newton Weddings

Mark Newton Weddings

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

On the wedding day I try to keep everything as relaxed as possible, covering what happens naturally on the day. I aim to be their as an extra friend for the day.

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

The best thing I can say is try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Every bride looks wonderful in her own way. You want photos that capture you both as a couple. Enjoy yourself and don’t think about having the pictures taken at all. That’s why I’m there.

Mark Newton Weddings

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

I love shooting weddings where the bride and groom’s characters and personalities come through. Trevor and Linda-Mary’s wedding earlier this year in Manchester Northern Quarter was lovely bringing together loads of little details that summed them up. A english/swedish mix up bringing together elements from each of their home countries as well as plenty of personal details. Linda-Mary even brought her leather jacket along for a few photos. Being at the NQ2220 gallery Trevor and his friends all DJ’ed between them and the evening was a great party with all the closest friends and family dancing away right into the early hours.

Mark Newton Weddings

Mark Newton Weddings

Mark Newton Weddings

Are you married?

Me and my Fiancée are getting married in the new year at the wonderful Victoria Baths in Manchester. It’s a totally unique venue and we’ve got full control of what we want to do which is exciting. We’re going for quite a vintage feel to tie in with the venue, we can’t wait to share our day with all our friends and family.

Mark Newton Weddings

Mark Newton Weddings

Any funny stories to share?

Plenty, but a good photographer doesn’t kiss and tell!

Mark Newton Weddings

What is included in your "package"?

With my package I keep things as simple as possible. I offer a single package which allows couples a full days coverage. This normally runs from Bridal/groom preparations in the morning right through to the evening celebrations, and covers everything in-between. After the wedding I edit all the images and supply them to the Bride & Groom to keep forever, along with offering a wide range of beautiful Luxury Albums and high quality prints. Extras include the popular pop up photo booth which is a great way of getting shots of all the evening guests. The cost of this is £1300.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

As a special Christmas (almost) treat, I’m currently offering a special 10% discount to Brides Up North readers that confirm a booking before the 16th January 2014. 

Mark Newton Weddings

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

To see more examples of my work head on over to my website at www.marknewtonweddings.co.uk where I’ve got examples of previous weddings I’ve covered along with a few other projects I’ve worked on. It facebook and twitter are more your find I can be found over at facebook.com/marknewtonweddings and @marknewtonphotos

Mark Newton Weddings

 

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Fabulous Photographer: Clive Doyle Photography PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

November 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Clive Doyle Photography

We are so lucky at Brides Up North to have the very best sponsors.  When I started shouting about all the brilliant talent in the Northern wedding industry (think local girls, think local!) back in 2010, even I had no idea about the breath and depth of skills and services available to us regional gals. 

Today I am proud to introduce one of my brilliant Featured Suppliers, the talented Clive Doyle.  Yes his style is relaxed and unobtrusive, but its also so damn beautiful.  Cool and unique, but very high quality – for me, that’s a wining combo.  Get him signed up to record your big day, pronto. 

Oh, and did we mention he’s offering a 10% discount and some other treats exclusively to Brides Up North readers?  Read on to find out more and remember to quote Brides Up North when booking. 

All images by Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

How did you get into wedding photography?

I’ve always loved the idea of having a career that is creative. Whilst studying Media as a teen in Dublin, I first got hooked on all things photography. The idea of getting a roll of film (yeah, film, I’m 37 and sound ancient!), getting out, taking pictures and then spending the day in the darkroom developing the images. The whole process felt so arty to the teen me who’d only just left school and was like a rabbit in the head-lights at this whole new world opening up.

Once college was completed I followed a great Irish tradition… leave Ireland! Along with the masses, I headed swiftly for Sydney, Australia. It was here I first got introduced to wedding photography. I was working in a professional lab at the time (where billboards and such are made) and one of the photographers I worked with asked me if I’d like to come along to a wedding and “capture some ‘snaps’ of the guests mingling and enjoying themselves”, while he captured the more traditional family shots. Reluctant at first, I actually thought it was great, I loved the idea of capturing a wedding in a natural unobtrusive style… this lesson has always stayed with me.

I’ve now been photographing my own weddings for over 10 years, but it was that first introduction to a reportage style that shaped my own work which has been fine-tuned and refined over the years, so that my clients receive the best in reportage, un-obtrusive, natural photography.

Clive Doyle Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

I love to document people and real moments in unforgettable situations; trust me, there’s no better place for this than a wedding! It’s all going on…the beauty of the bride, the pristine guests, the tension before the ceremony, tears of joy and the laughter of family and friends gathered together for this very special day.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

That’s an easy one. The best thing is that I’m honoured the opportunity to create images with real meanings. These photos will be able to stir up emotions for the couple and their loved ones in years to come. Who hasn’t looked at their parents wedding photos? Who hasn’t coo’ed over their friend’s first dance picture? Who hasn’t shed a tear at a photo that’s power goes far beyond the paper it’s printed on? The fact that I’m a crucial part of these emotion-evoking images is truly amazing to me and I take the responsibility seriously as well as relishing it.

Clive Doyle Photography

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

Firstly I let them know that I’m not the director of their day; I won’t tell them to smile, kiss or hug… after all it’s their day, I’m there to capture and nothing else. By working quietly and unobtrusively in the background the bride & groom, along with their guests, very quickly forget that I’m there. However at some stage of the day, usually sometime during the drinks reception I like to spend a few minutes with the bride & groom to capture some relaxed natural portraits. Usually by this stage, the couple are relaxed, happy and actually grateful to steal a few quiet moments away from their guests.

Clive Doyle Photography

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

People look their best when they are relaxed. So when it comes to choosing a photographer choose one that’s right for you. Start by looking through a photographers work and if you can envision yourself in the images then that’s a good sign. For example if you are someone who would rather spend as much time as possible with your guests on the day, it is best by far to choose a photographer who can truly capture you and your guests looking natural and relaxed style when, for most of the time, you are not conscious of photographed.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

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

This is one of those tricky female questions isn’t it?! I’m probably not the go-to person for make-up advice! However I think keep it real to who you are as a person, this will not only look more natural, but you will feel more relaxed on the day which, in turns makes for great pictures!

Clive Doyle Photography

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

No matter how extravagant or low-key a wedding is, I sincerely believe that if a couple plan their wedding based around who they are as a couple, nothing will look bad in the pictures, everything will look great, as it will be a true reflection of who they are.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

It sounds cheesy but every single one has been unique and special – it’s a wedding, if it ever became ‘just work’ I’d have to stop as the passion would have gone, and this would come through into the images.

There’s been so many different factors that have made some of them memorable; from shooting at a spectacular venue such as Castle Howard to capturing guests dodging the rain in a busy Sheffield City centre, or photographing the bride & groom at sunset in the snowy Peaks of Derbyshire, or simply listening to a moving emotional speech from the father of the bride – who could choose?!

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Any funny stories to share?

Plenty. At one wedding the bride & groom had hired an old vintage car to take them from the church to the reception. However as they were set to leave the church the car wouldn’t start no matter how many times the driver tried in vain. So instead of getting all stressed and not wanting to causing a fuss, guests stepped in and pushed the car all the way to the reception… which was luckily only about half a mile down the road! The guests thought it was great, the bride & groom loved it and I got some great images. The driver’s embarrassment waned when he saw how delighted everyone was about it!

Clive Doyle Photography

What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

I’m genuine when I say my style is unobtrusive. But these aren’t snapshots that your mate could pull off. My years of experience in wedding photojournalism gives me the ability to seek out the images, anticipating them before they occur. I can promise you images that are artistic, beautifully crafted and ones that will hold the power to stir up emotions around your day for years to come.

It’s my passion for what I do that I hope is evident in the images couples see. To me photos are a valuable art-form, the most personal and precious possible. This day happens once, so I take my responsibility to capture it perfectly and naturally extremely seriously.

Clive Doyle Photography

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

My clients want the best in photography, but they also want the day to unfold in a relaxed and enjoyable way for all. My job isn’t to interfere (after all it’s their day not mine), but to capture the story as it happens. I’ll get these images in a relaxed and natural way. I’m passionate about getting the most emotion-provoking work possible, but this is my responsibility, all the bride & grooms job is just to kick back and enjoy.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

What is included in your "package"?

Couples can choose have me there from when the bride is getting ready to either the start of the wedding breakfast or first few dances in the evening. Included is the digital files that are fully edited and ready to print and share on the internet. This gives couples the option to create their own album and unlimited printing.

I also have a selection of albums to choose from if couples would prefer for me to design and put together their album.

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Clive Doyle Photography

Can you give us an idea on price?

Current prices start at £950.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Yes, happy to… all Brides Up North readers that visit and like my Facebook page will receive a 10% discount and not only that if they book me for their photography before 30th November 2013 they will also receive a set of 20 10×8 prints of their choice from their wedding day which would normally be worth £300!  Please quote Brides Up North when booking. 

Clive Doyle Photography

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

The best place to keep up to date on what I’m up to and for all the latest offers is my Facebook page.

To see more examples of my work visit my website www.clivedoylephotography.com

To get in touch email me at clive@clivedoylephotography.com or call me on 07771 566 854. 

Clive Doyle Photography

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