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Little Adventures. A Real Engagement At Castle Howard – Laura & Daniel

March 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ally Byrom Photography

Its been a while since we’ve had an engagement feature here on these pretty pages, so Brides Up North reader Laura, fiancé Daniel and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Ally Byrom Photography are here to set that right.  And when you’re planning to tie the knot somewhere so splendid as Castle Howard, where better to head for some shots to capture the moment?

Let’s hear their love story. 

Ally Byrom Photography

Laura says:  We were on holiday in Barbados having a relaxing day on the Sandy Lane beach when Daniel proposed. He bought the most beautiful ring from our friends who own Aurum Gold in London, I couldn’t have chosen a better one myself. I was so dazed by it all and I needed to sit down, but I forgot that I was paddling ankle deep in water and still wearing my dress! So I didn’t look like the most glamorous fiancée trudging back down the beach with a sopping wet dress!

Ally Byrom Photography

We are getting married at Castle Howard in June 2014.  We arranged to have an engagement shoot at the venue as we thought it would be a good way of getting to know our photographer Ally and a great way of finding our favourite locations for the photographs on the wedding day.

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

The engagement shoot was brilliant fun. We didn’t know what to expect and thought we might even be uncomfortable but Ally did a great job at making it really relaxed and enjoyable. We now can’t wait for the wedding day shoot! We will have a few of a favourite photos framed and hang them in our lounge, I suspect parents will also want them too!

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

Daniel and I met at university 8 years ago, and I think we both knew it was something special straight away. On our first date we went to a little restaurant in Oxford for Valentine’s day.

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

I knew Daniel was the one when we were watching sunrise over Oxford one morning before hehad to set off for a Hockey competition.

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

We have so much fun together, we are very chilled out.  We both love being active and love that we can have lots of little adventures together.

Ally Byrom Photography

Ally Byrom Photography

I love Brides Up North because it’s great for inspiration and ideas. It also reminds me of all the little things I still need to organise!  We’ll be back to share our Real Wedding photographs soon. 

Ally Byrom Photography

Congratulations Laura & Daniel!

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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.

Abbie Sizer Photography

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.

Abbie Sizer Photography

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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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Abbie Sizer Photography

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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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Enjoyable Photography. Supplier Showcase: Cat Topham PLUS Win Your Wedding Photography Worth £1,350 Or 10% Off!

January 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Cat Topham Photography

She’s a relative newbie to the wedding photography game, but we love to support emerging talent here at Brides Up North and what Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat Topham lacks in years, she makes up for in skill, personality, fun and life experience.  Here she showcases some images from her most recent wedding, and lets us into her world.  Oh, and she’s running a pretty cool competition too… read on!

Let’s say hello. 

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I think my journey to being a wedding photographer has been pretty unique! I started out like lots of little girls desperate to ride horses for a living and despite best advice from my parents about getting a ‘proper’ job that’s what I trained to do from school. After realizing I loved it but my dad was probably right (damn!) I decided I ought to do something more worthwhile, so I bounced around a few sales jobs in search of my career and eventually ended up in the Army. I was lucky enough to be selected by the Intelligence Corps, although my dreams of being a female James Bond were quickly shattered with report writing and briefings it suited me well as I never was that military and shouting at people and standing in line never really was much my style! Two operational tours of Afghanistan later and I realized I’d become a bit jaded dealing with all the bad things in life on a day to day basis. I thought I was pretty handy with a camera and I knew that photography could give me the flexibility to spend time with my friends and family which was important to me after being away from home so much over the past seven years. So I set about becoming a photographer…

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Cat Topham Photography

Why wedding photography specifically?

Because weddings are happy! I knew I wanted to be a photographer and over all the jobs I’ve dipped my toe into it was always the people that made them what they were, good or bad. So I knew I wanted to photograph people. I also wanted to do some proper training, as being good at what I do is really important to me. I found a company called the The Trained Eye who provide top quality training for budding wedding photographers and over the past year I’ve been lucky to train and work with the best wedding photographers this country has to offer.

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Cat Topham Photography

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

There’s so much effort goes into a wedding and so many smiles and emotions to capture, the photos are the main memory of the day. I get to be the person who gives that to the couple and the family, it’s great.

How do you get couples to relax on the day?

I’m pretty relaxed myself (once described on a school report as horizontal!) and that’s a great place to start. I hope that by adding in some fun and creativity to the photos and making an effort to get couples involved with that as much as possible keeps people at ease. It’s always easier to be relaxed when your involved and you know what’s going on then when someone’s just directing you about the place I think!

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The Winter Boudoir. A Sweet Reveal shoot by Cat Hepple Photography

January 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Cat Hepple Photography

Boudoir photography has a bad name, and this is no-one’s fault but it’s own.  All to often, boudoir photography is tacky, hard, artificial, awkward and the absolute opposite of soft and and sensual.  Would I book a boudoir shoot?  Absolutely not. 

But what about a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Handled in an entirely different way at the hands of our wonderful Featured Supplier Cat of Cat Hepple Photography and her team of creatives, these shoots are less of a present for his bottom drawer, and more of a present to yourself – for your armoire or bedroom window seat.  Affirming, confidence building, celebratory and oh soooo sexy, would I book a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Well, maybe I already have…

Cat Hepple Photography

That’s for me to know, but for now, here’s Cat and her team (watch out for Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Victoria Farr and Story Of Your Day Wedding Films too) to ease you into this very good idea, as they present their “Winter Boudoir” shoot.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat says:  Sweet Reveal shoots are stylish boudoir shoots with an editorial feel- they look like something from a glossy magazine. I created this style of boudoir for my brides who often asked for a boudoir shoot but with a more subtle and romantic feel than typical images you’d expect from a lingerie shoot.

The Winter Boudoir from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

I always work around a theme, a styled look for each shoot, carefully crafted around the woman I’m going to be working with. Recent shoots included a Bond Girl influence, a boho look, and a Carrie Bradshaw styled look. It’s an individual as the woman.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

For this shoot, I wanted to use ballet as our inspiration, we weren’t looking to recreate a ballet scene, but to use elements of dance to soften the feel and give it a fashion edge. Firstly the lingerie choices were so important, soft laces, high waisted knickers, tulle skirts, body stockings, all gave a nod to the world of ballet. I brought in the expert help of Jayne Winn from Sheer Bliss lingerie boutique, who sourced the beautiful lingerie pieces used in the shoot. Added to that  we sprinkled a little extra glamour using gorgeous necklaces and hair decorations. These pieces added that all important editorial feel to the finished look.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

I asked Charlotte Miller from Eden and Eve to style the shoot for me. Charlotte has a lot of experience at styling and understands how to bring a concept to life. She added warm sumptuous fur throws and ballet ribbon to our scenes and suggested one necklace be worn as a headpiece to go with some beautiful sleepwear in the softest blush rose pink. The key for this shoot was not to make it look too cutesy. Women having a boudoir shoot want to look sultry, sassy, sexy and chic. So we didn’t want the look to become too fluffy. This is where Victoria Farr our hair and make up artist became so important. She created hairstyles which you wouldn’t expect to see in the ballet room, so keeping the look more edgy and fashion conscious. The whole mix works so well together.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Many women are scared of boudoir shoots, feeling that everything will have to be on show and that they can be completely unforgiving to most women, but this simply is not true. These carefully crafted shoots are about exploiting the best parts of a woman, and giving her confidence to feel and look amazing. The transformation between a woman who arrives for the shoot feeling nervous and when they leave looking and feeling radiant and confident, is one of the best things for me about The Sweet Reveal. It’s amazing to do that for someone.

The Sweet reveal shoots make a great Valentines day gift. Imagine surprising your partner with the most beautiful little album filled with gorgeous shots of you. Currently if you book for Valentines, hair and make up is included in the price too, making it a great way to do something amazing for someone very special.

Cat Hepple Photography

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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. 

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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

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Snap Happy! Brides Up North Wants You To Love Your Wedding Photographs

October 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Unveiled Autumn Winter 2013

After he’s up off one knee, you’ve bought your first bridal magazine, subscribed to a half dozen wedding blogs and thought about setting a date, what’s next? The dress? A honeymoon somewhere exotic? Or how about 200 hand knitted heart favours that your guests are sure to treasure forever?

Stop right there.

Every wedding will have a budget and whether large or small, it’s up to you to spend it wisely. After a venue, a pretty frock and something good to eat, I’d say that a quality photographer should be right at the top of your shopping list.

This wording comes from a feature I wrote for the Autumn/ Winter issue of Unveiled Magazine, but I thought that you lovely lot might benefit if I was to share it on these pretty pages too.  Please do leave me a comment to let me know if you found it useful, or if you are a professional photographer reader (howdy!) I’d love to know what other advice you might offer our brides. 

With images kindly provided by Jonny Draper Photography

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As a professional wedding blogger, I receive a lot of real wedding submissions and believe me, there is a big difference between a just-ok photographer and a really good one. A bad photographer? Let’s not even go there.

But why are good wedding photographs so important anyway? Aren’t your memories of the big day enough?

The reality is, wedding photographs are your memories. Crack open your album and your big day will all come flooding back. For better or for worse. If done right, they’re also memories that you can share – with future children, grandchildren, family and friends. You want your images to be as beautiful as the celebration itself.

So, that friend who’s just keen with a camera? Ask him to take some fun shots of the party instead and book the best professional that your budget will allow. You’ll be so glad that you did.

Now that’s clicked, where to start?

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Start Early

It’s simple: the best get booked, and fast. If there’s a photographer whose work you already know that you love, you want to be securing their services as soon as the date is saved. If you do miss out, then ask them to recommend a trusted industry colleague with a similar style.

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Narrow Your Options

If you’ve no idea where to begin, wedding blogs like this one and personal recommendations are your best bet. Decide what look you like, then search out the photographers who deliver consistently within that style. Ask online and across social media platforms for reviews and honest commentary.

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Do Your Homework

Once you think you’ve found your man (or woman), request to see a variety of examples of their work. Rather than a load of great photos from lots of different days, you should be looking for a few excellently captured complete weddings. It’s relatively easy to get one lucky shot, but a whole day’s worth takes real skill. While you are there, check out your options for aftercare and albums and that you like your photographer’s editing style and presentation choices.

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Budget For The Best

It’s a big ballpark, and very dependant on location, coverage and experience, but a photographer at the top of their game usually costs between £1,000 and £2,500. When discussing prices, check what the total figure covers to avoid any nasty surprises. How long will the photographer be there on the day? Does the price include an album? What about digital images and who will own the copyright to the photographs? What sort of timescales does the photographer work to and how soon after the wedding will you see your proofs?

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Practice Makes Perfect

I’d recommend an engagement shoot to everyone. Even if you’re already a pro in front of the camera, you can practice your make up, get to know your photographer better and check that you get on. If you’re a little more hesitant in front of a lens, a warm up shoot can really help to relieve pre wedding nerves and instil confidence.

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Smile For The Birdie

Once the big day arrives, remember to relax. You’ve done your research and paid a fair price. Trust that your photographer will do a good job and let them get on with it. Strike a pose!

 

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Fabulous Photographer: Bay Photographic

September 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This morning I am proud to introduce you to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Chris of Bay Photographic, who works right across the regions from North West to Yorkshire.  Not only does this man take a nifty picture, but he talks a good talk too.  So I think I better leave things to him…

Chris says:  When people ask me how I became a wedding photographer I always seem to stumble a bit over the answer. I suppose I ought to rehearse a really cool sounding response like ‘I was drawn to the work of Jerry Ghionis. Do you know Jerry? I was talking to him the other day…’ or ‘I express myself through the interplay of light and taffeta’…

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In reality, I became a wedding photographer because the opportunity arose to photograph a wedding with a friend who was (and still is) an established professional (Paul McDowell) and as soon as I took my first few shots of the bride arriving with her bridesmaids and her father, I was absolutely and totally hooked in a way that no other hobby, job or activity has ever done before. Before that day, I had been a semi professional landscape and news photographer for thirty years and I had sold photographs to magazines, newspapers, web designers, advertising agencies but nothing had ever captivated me quite so much as the conundrum of recording a wedding day for a bride and groom.

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As a wedding photographer I am privileged to be allowed to attend the most important time in their relationship and I get to make images of people, venues and moments of happiness that give them pleasure for years and decades to come. If that makes me sound like an old romantic then I am guilty as charged. I find weddings intoxicatingly romantic. They can be charming, lavish, extravagant, personal, unpredictable, dignified, windswept, cosy, funny, inspirational, elegant, exciting, surprising or just plain wacky. But they are always romantic, because they are personal to the two people who are getting married.

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I have photographed weddings in churches, hotels, registry offices, castles, country houses, marquees and in architectural monuments but no two have ever been even remotely similar. Except that they reflect the couple, their aspirations, their family and friends and their love for each other. And that means that my day at the office is always changing, always fresh and always about recording something which is good and valuable and decent and beautiful.

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When I am photographing a wedding, I have one central mission. That is to take photographs that the couple will look at in the future, which will remind them of what they did, how they enjoyed it, how happy their family and friends were for them and (this is the really tricky bit) which will remind them of their feelings on the day. If all I had to do was to remind them of where they were and what they did, I could train my two year-old Cocker Spaniel, Basil, to carry a camera and record the day. I don’t mean to suggest that I have some mystical talent that makes me better than ‘Uncle Bob’ (or Basil) but it could be argued that a good professional wedding photographer can make images that transport a couple back to their wedding day in an instant and which make them smile at each other in the way they did as they said their vows. Uncle Bob tends to just remind them of who was there when they did so. When couples tell me that the photographs I have taken are ‘Amazing’ and ‘Fantastic’, I think it is unlikely that they are talking about their technical merit. It seems much more likely that they are telling me that I have managed to fulfil my mission.

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My clients so far have come from every walk of life, and from most parts of the North West of England. They may not have been celebrities in the ‘Hello’ sense of the word, but they have all enjoyed the celebrity moment that a modern wedding provides. Because that moment is so generously, kindly and unreservedly given, with the best wishes of two families as well as the love of a new marital partner, it can be enjoyed by all. By the shy, retiring and uncertain as well as the gregarious, confident and naturally outgoing. For this reason and, I suspect, because I use that fund of goodwill and my own relationship with the couple to bring out the inner confidence and serenity in them, I have yet to photograph a couple who are uncomfortable while I am doing so.

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When I am photographing a wedding, I am completely dedicated to the task of producing the best photographs that I am capable of and maximizing the photographic opportunities of the setting and the day itself. I am totally ‘on my game’ from the moment the day starts to the time I have all the images securely backed up and uploaded to my computer that evening. I used to think that my previous career as a teacher (I spent 27 years in special schools for pupils with emotional and behavioural problems) was demanding of my highest levels of concentration. Compared to photographing a wedding, it was like a walk in the park with Basil. The following day, I start editing images in Lightroom and Photoshop and aim to have a small preview gallery (of around 50 images) online by that evening. I try to have the DVD with all the client’s images on it, edited and corrected, by the end of the week. Once they have chosen the images they want in their Photobook, I create the pages in Photoshop and then email them to the client for their approval before sending them to the print studio.

Bay Photographic

I believe that my prices are quite competitive. My ‘top’ package, which includes photography from the bride’s preparations through the day until the evening and a large and a small copy of the Photobook, currently costs £750. Other packages are described on my website. I rarely discount my prices, but I might quote a slightly lower price for a wedding out of season. In recent years, I have photographed an average of around 30 weddings a year, a level of bookings that gives me the opportunity to focus on my clients and give them the attention that they deserve.

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In the early days of my wedding photography career, a prospective client once asked me ‘Why should I book you?” I replied “Because I’m good and I’m available”. I wasn’t trying to be rude, just honest and concise. Unsurprisingly, she didn’t book me. I hope today’s feature will provide you with a rather better answer.

There are more examples of my photographs on my website, www.bayphotographic.co.uk and on my Facebook page

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Bay Photographic

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Fabulous Photographer: Karli Harrison Photography

July 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I’m proud to introduce a lady who’s pretty nifty behind a Nikon… amazing wedding photographer and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Karli Harrison Photography.  If you’re on the hunt for an artist to capture your wedding day, then look no further – this gal has passport, will travel. 

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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It was the birth of my daughter (now nearly three) that made me realise that I wanted to take photography seriously. I’d been interested since I was little, and at one point had a dream of being a photographer for National Geographic magazine. But I never did anything about it, until my little girl came into the world. I found myself frustrated when my pictures didn’t do her justice. As I improved as time went on, others started commenting on my photographs and asking me to take pictures for them, it was then that I realised I could turn it into a business. The rest is history!

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I am completely self-taught, and am proud to say so. Some people have a knack for picking things up naturally, and quickly. I’m fortunate to be one of these people. I’m very passionate about what I do, and I love every moment.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

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There’s something about being with a couple on their wedding day. Their love and happiness is in abundance. Each day is packed full of a huge variety of emotions, which I love to capture.

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It can also be very challenging, as things rarely go exactly to plan. Light conditions are constantly changing, timings can get behind… I honestly think this has helped my photography to improve and evolve so much in a relatively short space of time. I like the challenge each wedding day brings!

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

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Getting a picture that would have been missed in the blink of an eye: the Father of the Bride’s face as he sees his little girl as a bride for the first time. A groom’s eyes filling with tears when he sees his bride walk down the aisle. The best man’s cheeky look as he gives an embarrassing speech about the groom. All of these little moments are gone so quickly, but to capture them forever for the couple, that’s a true privilege.

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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Be myself! I’m usually a happy and relaxed type of person, and on the day itself I try my best to blend in with the background, go with the flow, and keep directing to a minimum. I think this helps couples feel more at ease with me, as I’m not up in their faces barking orders constantly. I’m a firm believer that a wedding day is about the couple, not the photographer!

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

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Pretend I’m not there. Especially during your portraits as a couple, look at your gorgeous groom and think about your love for each other. I will ask you to stand in a certain position and in nice light, but that’s it. I ask you to look at each other, to kiss, to chat, to have a little cuddle, to whisper in each other’s ears. You may even enjoy it more than you realise!

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

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Definitely choose makeup that suits your skin tone, and something that is still quite natural. Obviously it’s your wedding day and you want to look beautiful, but you also still want to look like you!

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

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I don’t like giving out style advice to brides, but do try not to go too overboard on the fake tan, this can end up looking orange in photographs which probably isn’t your desired effect.

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What areas do you cover? Are you willing to travel?

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One of the perks of my job is being able to travel so much. I’m rarely at a wedding close to home. I’ve already been to Scotland, Wales, and all over England so far this year with many more trips to follow.

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Any really memorable weddings that you have captured?

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I have photographed so many weddings now that it’s hard to say, as they are all so different and wonderful in many ways! I love how unique the mood can be at each wedding. Sometimes it’s a relaxed and happy atmosphere, sometimes everyone is very merry and breaking out the champagne extra early, and occasionally the mood is more quiet and thoughtful. What I tend to remember more are the people. I’ve had the privilege of joining so many wonderful, friendly, caring couples. The people make the day!

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Are you married? Tell us about your day.

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I am married to the most wonderful, patient, supportive and loving husband in the world! I may be slightly biased! We have been married 8 years now, and I couldn’t do what I do without him. He also happens to be my biggest fan. His support means everything to me.

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Our wedding was rather large, our reception was held at the Marriott hotel in Preston, and we had about 180 guests. I think if we got married again we’d do it all differently, probably a much smaller wedding on a beach somewhere. The grass is always greener…

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Any funny stories to share?

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Recently during a large group shot at a wedding in Portmeirion, Wales, I shouted out "On the count of three cheer! One, two…" and at this point all the guests went wild cheering and laughing. I thought, wow, the best reaction ever! A few minutes later I found out that one of the guests in the hotel behind me had come to the window in just his underwear.  Upon seeing 60 or so people staring up at him, he made a hasty retreat to the back of his room!

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What sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

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I don’t just stand there and take pictures all day. I work as hard as I can to capture your wedding day as artistically and beautifully as I can. I know there are many photographers who also do this, but I try to keep my style unique to me, blending photojournalism and creative wedding photography to show people how I view the world through my lens.

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

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I take lots of natural photographs of you and your guests from bridal preparations through to first dance, with just a few posed shots.

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I’ve received many comments from my couples about how people didn’t even know I was taking their photograph, how much the guests enjoyed my company, and how I always seem to be in the right place at the right time. I view these as huge compliments as they describe what I always aim to do each wedding day.

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What is included in your "package"?

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I like to keep my packages simple and straightforward, couples have enough to think about without trying to work out confusing options with extra hidden costs. I usually provide full wedding coverage, but am more than happy to offer bespoke packages for couples wanting me for just a few hours. I always provide a disc with all images professionally edited. I also offer the ‘ultimate’ package with an engagement shoot included. Beautiful fine art albums are available upon request.

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If you could shoot a wedding anywhere in the world, where would it be?

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I would love to have the opportunity to shoot a wedding in Australia, it’s such a beautiful county with so much character. But I’m happy to travel anywhere, and always have my passport to hand.

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Anything else we should know?

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People are often confused by my accent. Some think I’m Irish, some say Australian (I wish!) some have no idea at all. I’m actually American, originally from Seattle Washington. I moved over here 16 years ago with my family, and since I was still quite young at the time I adopted half a British accent as well as keeping half my American accent.

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

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My website is at www.karliharrisonphotography.com.   I have a couple of galleries, but if you look under my ‘Blog’ section you can click on each individual picture which will take you into a blog post full of favourite images from many weddings I’ve photographed.

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You can contact me through my website, or email me directly at info@karliharrisonphotography.com

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I’m also on Facebook as Karli Harrison Photography, please pop by and say hello!

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