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telling the story of your day: jenny maden photography

June 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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If ‘photographer’ is the next task to complete on your wedding ‘to do’ list then this morning’s post just might help, as we’re introducing you to our fabulous new Brides Up North Sponsor, Jenny Maden Photography.

Having fallen in love with photography from a young age, Yorkshire-based Jenny was committed to making her passion her full time job and is now thrilled to witness and document couples’ big days for a living.

Filled with enthusiasm, Jenny loves to get to know her couples and all their plans, striking up a real connection with her clients that encourages them to relax in front of the camera.

To explain more about passion, we’ll let Jenny do the talking…

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How did you get into wedding photography?

jenny says: My love of photographs goes back as far as I can recall. As a young child, long before I took photos, I’d love digging out the family albums and I could spend hours rummaging through holiday snaps. I then went on to take pictures myself – initially on a film camera and then on my first digital camera; a Casio Exilim.

It was in early adulthood that I became a real photography enthusiast. I was bought my first semi-professional camera as a birthday present and taken to Knowsley Safari Park to photograph the animals. My love and appreciation for photography grew from there. I enrolled on a photography course and spent many weekends on photography workshops, with other professional photographers, to really get inside the technicalities and hone my photography techniques.

As my skills developed and my portfolio grew, the bookings came and I’ve really never looked back! My passion is my job – and that’s pretty awesome!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

There are so many things I love about being a wedding photographer!

I love getting to know my couples before the big day; getting a feel for their personalities, how they like to spend their time, what they have planned for the big day etc. I’ve stayed in contact with many of my couples, long after their weddings, in fact I’m meeting one of my ‘brides’ next month with her brand new baby!

I just love weddings! The dress, flowers, jewellery, shoes, table décor, cake, the food and drink, venue, bunting, games on the lawn, musicians – you name it! Sometimes couples incorporate quirky and unique touches into their wedding day, which I’ve perhaps not photographed before, which is a real treat for me.

Lastly, and I think perhaps my upmost favourtite thing, about being a wedding photographer, is capturing the emotion of the day; happiness, laughter and love. The feelings between the bride and groom are so evident, but the love between them and their parents, siblings and friends, is so clear to see too.

I get to witness this close-hand and document it. Being a hopeless softie with a passion for photographs, this is an absolute pleasure!

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

Have a giggle and allow the couple to just be themselves. It’s worked a treat so far.

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treasured forever: bethany clarke photography

June 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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What makes a great wedding photographer? Someone who can capture emotion whilst being discreet, someone with creativity and flare or someone who can think on their feet and calmly adapt to any situation? Preferably we’d like all three, and we thankfully we know a lady who can deliver just that.

Introducing new Brides Up North Sponsor, Bethany Clarke Photography. Having hacked the intense pressure of being a photojournalist for some of pretty impressive news titles, Yorkshire-based Bethany now uses her skills and experience to capture couples’ weddings in a relaxed and emotive documentary style.

Reading situations and anticipating reactions is Bethany’s forte, and so she’s always in the right place at the right time to photograph emotions that pass in a moment, so they can be kept and treasured forever.

We’ll now hand over to the lady herself to explain more about her individual style and approach…

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Tell us a little about your background?

bethany says: I am a United Nations award-winning photojournalist and have worked for some of the world’s most prestigious editorial clients. Getty Images, The Times and The Daily Telegraph have trusted me to cover a huge variety of work, from breaking news events to state occasions. I have produced iconic pictures from sensitive features, documented post conflict stories and captured striking images of celebrities, top politicians and royalty.

During my career I have worked in almost every kind of light, weather, environment and emotional situation you can imagine – all to the minute-critical print deadline of the front page. After having lived in London and worked internationally as a successful photojournalist I am now based in North Yorkshire and use my experience to document your wedding day.

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What attracted you to wedding photography specifically?

Alongside my photojournalism, I have always photographed weddings due to demand from people who knew my work and liked my photojournalist style. I love being invited into people’s special day and having the creative freedom to capture elegant and timeless images that tell a couple’s story. During a wedding there are so many wonderful interactions, reactions, people and details to capture – events and emotions that pass in a moment, but can be kept and treasured forever.

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How would you describe your style of wedding photography?

I have an unobtrusive approach and blend into your day to be able to capture subtle interactions and tender moments that will transport you back to the day for years to come. Many people these days claim to shoot in a “documentary” or “photojournalist” style, and if you want that style, ensure you book someone who has the genuine experience necessary to produce beautiful imagery whatever the situation.

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

My clients often comment that my friendly approach made them feel very relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera and that they didn’t notice me taking photographs. People also appreciate that I capture many special moments and details that come from being discreet and watching people – reading situations and anticipating emotions and reactions.  

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its a family affair. pops of pastel for a spring themed wedding at eaves hall – steph & matt

June 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Today’s real wedding couple Matt and Steph, fell in love with their chosen venue at first sight knowing that it would be just perfect for the family focused big day they had in mind.

Pops of pastels were picked to complement their springtime theme, while personal touches were added to remember their most nearest and dearest, resulting in a pretty and sentimental celebration.

And if you like the look of Matt & Steph’s wedding images, we have some excellent news that might just make your Monday. The photographers who photographed the day, the fabulous Katie and James from Fairclough Photography, are offering our readers an amazing £200 off their full day wedding package for those that book before 30th June 2016. Just quote ‘BUN16’, when enquiring/booking.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Fairclough Photography.

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steph says: We got engaged at the end of March 2014. We had arranged what I thought was a birthday meal for my sister in the restaurant we had our first date in. We had a gorgeous meal and a few wines and suddenly ‘our song’ came on in the back ground. I pointed it out to Matt and he just made this silly grin at me, and then there he was down on one knee in the middle of the restaurant with the most gorgeous ring in his hand. Neither of us spoke we just cried (like the big softies we are) – I’m not sure I’ve technically said yes yet.

We were married on 6th April 2016. We picked this date as it was the same date as our engagement party and we wanted it to be in the half term as Matt has two daughters and my sister works in a school. Generally, we just wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the build up to the wedding with us.

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Our wedding venue was Eaves Hall in Clitheroe. I fell in love with it at first sight, it’s the only place that we looked at because in my mum’s words “it just doesn’t get any better than this”. It was intimate and cosy, just perfect for the family filled wedding we wanted.

The theme was spring, we just wanted it to be pretty and understated and a little bit country, so this worked well. To complement the theme we chose pastel shades for the colour scheme and incorporated lots of different pastel flowers and some gorgeous daffodils, adding a lovely splash of colour.

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My dress was a lace A-line design, and lots bigger than I thought I would of picked! The train at the back was gorgeous and I spent most of the day swishing it around. I knew it was the dress for me when the lady in the shop went to help me out of it and I cried. My shoes were glittery blue shoes with a bow on the front from Irregular Choice. They were a gift from my sister (who was my maid of honour) as my something blue.

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one cool creative: say hello to ed godden photography

June 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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There’s capturing a wedding day and then there’s capturing the real emotion of a wedding day. Today we’re delighted to be introducing you to fabulous Nottinghamshire-based wedding photographer and Brides Up North Premium Sponsor, Ed Godden Photography, who is a total pro in the latter.

Having been shooting weddings for almost two decades, Ed has an amazing amount of experience and knowledge under his belt and has developed his own unique style, which is favoured by his clients for being relaxed, different and cool. Looking at Ed’s incredible work, we have to agree! As the true love and feelings of those in front of the camera shines through – excitement, love, commitment, joy and passion; all is documented beautifully.

So without further ado, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to the main man himself to give you more details on the Ed Godden style and approach…

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Tell us a little about your background… 

ed says: I photographed my first wedding nearly 20 years ago, when I was 19. But for the first 12 years of my photography career I was a press and sports photographer, shooting for agencies and national newspapers.

What attracted you to wedding photography in particular?

For the past five years I’ve concentrated on only shooting weddings, and I think what made me choose to make the cross-over into only shooting weddings was the fact that the needs of couples getting married were changing. Nobody wanted the stuffy, posed, fake images that weddings had been known for. Instead couples wanted cool, stylish, relaxed photos of their wedding day. This excited me, as this is totally my style of shooting!

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And what is it about your job that you love?

Every wedding is so different. And every couple are so different too. I could have a wedding in a field in Yorkshire one weekend, then a city wedding in the heart of London the next – I love the variation this job brings.

How would you describe your style of wedding photography? 

Stylish, creative, honest, different – wedding photography from the heart.

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Have you won any awards for your photography?

Yes. During my time as a newspaper photographer I won quite a few press awards. And since going over to just shooting weddings I’ve won the 2013 Professional Photographer of The Year (wedding category). In the past two years I’ve also been shortlisted in the Best Wedding Photographer category at the National Wedding Industry Awards, the Perfect Wedding Magazine Awards, and this year the UK Wedding Awards.

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

I love getting feedback from my couples. They love my relaxed approach, and the quality of customer service I provide. I never want to turn up to a wedding and feel like I don’t know the couple I’m photographing. I’ll always go out of my way to find out what the couple love, and what their expectations are.

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natural & emotive: introducing andy hirst photography

May 30th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the blog we’re thrilled to be giving a big Brides Up North welcome to our new Sponsor, Andy Hirst Photography.

This talented Lancashire-based photographer has been described as a “ninja” by his bride and groom clients in the past due to his ability to get up close the action for natural and emotive shots, but without being noticed by those around him. Now that’s skill.

Keen to strike up a good relationship with his couples, Andy is also incredibly dedicated to his work and goes above and beyond to create the perfect story of every big day that he covers.

And as if that’s not enough to tick boxes, Andy is offering Brides Up North readers a fabulous 10% discount on his photography packages for bookings made in 2016. So what are you waiting for, read on to find out more about Andy and view his fabulous work…

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

andy says: I started in TV in 2004 as a camera operator and moved onto freelancing for a few years and started to work with some wedding cinematographers around 2007, which is where the wedding bug started to catch. In 2008 I married the lovely Clare after being together since the age of 16 – cue the awww! At this point I started to see the importance of a wedding photographer who could be discreet but still capture all the events of the day; the cogs turned and here I am!

What was it that attracted you to wedding photography specifically?

I have always loved photography and every wedding I do reminds me of my own in some way. I just love being married so it’s a great combination.

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And what is it about your job that you love?

Meeting the couples and seeing how excited they are, not only about what they are going to do, but about photography. For me it’s all about the photographer/couple relationship that gets the best images.

How would you describe your style of wedding photography? What makes you stand out from others?

I suppose the word is documentary, although I’m not someone who likes to label things.  I have been called a “ninja” by wedding guests. My style is heavily influenced by street photography, where the aim is take pictures of people without them knowing and being close to them. I have gotten very good at this over the last few years and gotten some great images as a result. What makes me stand out is that I can do all this whilst going largely unnoticed. “It’s your wedding, not my photoshoot” is my motto.

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What is the feedback like from your clients? What do they love about your service?

Clients always refer to how hard I work on the day, I like to start early and finish late. They also love how their enjoyment and experience is what I put first and foremost. And then when they get their images, they love the story I have created for them.

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city lights. roses & gypsophila for a neutrals based wedding in manchester – caroline & matthew

May 16th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Elegant Wedding in Manchester (c) Zen Photographic (26)

This afternoon’s real wedding is all about simplicity, elegance and class!

Taking place in Manchester, Caroline and Matthew chose the city’s stunning town hall for their ceremony followed by a reception at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel.

Keen to stick to a simple and neutral palette, Caroline chose beautiful white and green flowers and mink bridesmaid dresses to complement her stunning ball-gown style dress, which made her look every inch a princess!

With images by our talented Brides Up North Sponsor Zen Photographic.

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caroline says: We got engaged while on holiday in Mexico. One evening, just before it went dark, we were walking along the beach to dinner, it was a beautiful evening and there was no one around. Matthew asked me to move a large palm tree branch out of the way to take a picture. I moved it to reveal the words ‘marry me?’ written in sand on top of a large leaf, I turned around to find Matthew on one knee with the ring in his hand. When we returned back to the hotel our room had been filled with rose petals, champagne and chocolates. It was perfect!

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We got married on 8th August 2015 at Manchester Town Hall. The building is so beautiful we fell in love with it as soon as we went inside. We lived together for the first time in the city centre so it felt like a special place to get married. The wedding breakfast and reception were held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel just a stone’s throw away from the town hall. We loved the look and feel of the hotel and the history of all the musicians who had performed there when it was the Free Trade Hall.

We didn’t have a theme as such, we wanted to keep in style with the elegance of the Halle Suite at the Radisson so chose white flowers and lots of candles. Our colour scheme was a mink colour for the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s cravats. We wanted everything to be neutral.

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