Charlotte Balbier

the power of posing. cat hepple photography

February 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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It’s no secret that these pretty pages are a big source of inspiration, not only to our bride to be readers (who we love very much) but also to our wedding industry followers.  I love that this creative industry of ours is – in general – such a fabulously supportive environment in which to work.  I know that I owe a lot to the wedding industry friends who have championed my blog and brand over the years, so I hope you’ll take a break from the wedding planning (get some work done!) as I direct this morning’s feature squarely their way.

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One such friend, and someone who is always prepared to give so much back to others in our field is the beautiful Cat of Cat Hepple Photography.  Always one of my favourite ladies to work with (she created the stunning set of images for our rebrand back in April of 2014) and on my personal speed dial for advice on making things look really, really pretty, she certainly is one clever Cat.

I’d like to welcome Cat to the pages of the wedding blog today as she shares her latest achievement with us: she’s only gone and published a book! “The Power of Posing: win clients, create perfect poses and boost your business” is a guide for photographers, written to help them boost their skills and book more clients. This 28,000 word downloadable guide is designed to show photographers all the steps they need to take to put their clients at ease and to teach them to trust, so they take direction and the result is gorgeous images full of emotion.

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I know that our photographer friends (*waves!*) will be reading with interest, as might any enthustiatic amateurs and anyone who just wants to take better personal pictures, so I’ll hand you over to the lovely Ms. Hepple.

Take it from someone who has been “posed” by Cat and loved the results: this is a tome that everyone needs in their creative library.

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cat says: In the four years I’ve been a professional photographer, there’s one question I get asked more than any other by people in the industry: “How DO you get people to look so magazine worthy and yet so natural?”

To me it’s always seemed to be a strange question because posing my clients and getting them to look sensational has been one of my favourite parts of being a photographer, right from the start. I can’t imagine having it any other way. I’ve never done it any other way.

I’m not saying I’ve always known exactly what to do with them, how to guide and direct them but I have been certain from the very beginning of how I want them to look and feel and I’ve worked very hard to create techniques and routines which really help me achieve that.

I love posing people. I know that puts me in the minority in the world of photographers ( a bit like how much I love public speaking, again I know that probably makes me a bit odd!) but I get enormous satisfaction from creating a beautiful image which not only looks fabulous but captures a mood too. Because without emotion, your photographs are just poses, and nothing more. Emotion and mood are critical to connect an image with someone’s soul. So many photographers worry that by focusing on posing the emotion will be lost. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

So I’ve studied hard, not just how to pose someone by moving their arms and legs, hands and feet, but the psychology of working with people. I’ve learnt a lot about trust, building a client’s confidence in me and how to make that work on a shoot. I’ve studied people, considered ways to work with different body shapes and confidence levels and I’ve applied what I’ve learnt to my work. And now it’s all in a new book I’ve written for photographers.

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The chances are you currently:

  • feel nervous about posing people
  • don’t have time to think about posing on a shoot
  • feel you always get clients who look nervous and won’t take direction from you
  • sometimes have no idea on a shoot what you are going to do next
  • lack confidence in taking the lead and directing
  • struggle to pose people you don’t think are typically beautiful
  • don’t ever get enough emotion into your shots

 

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My book will help you to:

create

A simple process you can rely on.

A way to gain confidence.

Trust from your clients so they do what you ask them to do.

demystify

The art of winning people around.

The ways to guide people into poses.

The secrets to getting natural images.

promote

Yourself as a posing expert.

Build a reputation for incredibly natural images.

Be in demand and get more bookings, because you make people look and feel amazing.

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In addition to the book, Cat is now available for one to one mentoring sessions to help you develop even further and look in depth at your own specific business needs.

Visit her new website to buy the book and for more details of Cat’s mentoring offering.

And if you’re a bride to be reader who stuck around and has liked what you’ve seen, you can book Cat for your own wedding by getting in touch here.

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real wedding recap winter 2014. suit & tie. a stunning classic wedding at Castle Howard – laura & daniel

December 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Merry Christmas! Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break for the festive season, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.

Usual service will recommence on Monday 5th January 2015 (with some big news!) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks for 2014.

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Today’s real wedding at the amazing Castle Howard near York is all kinds of beautiful. Elegant and classic, with unexpected touches and an overarching feeling of full on luxury, this is my kind of a wedding day.

Twinkling candles, layers of scent, stunning blooms and a black tie theme. Sensational.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Ally Byrom Photography.

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laura says: We got engaged in Barbados two years ago. We were on holiday and Daniel suggested we went to the Sandy Lane beach for the day, a beautiful pristine beach attached to the well known hotel. We were walking along the shore when Daniel got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

We got married on 21st June 2014. We knew we wanted an early summer wedding.

We got married at Castle Howard. If you have ever been there you will know how stunning it is. We had also been there the previous year to race in a triathlon. The views during the drinks reception and on arrival at Castle Howard are lovely.

We had black tie dress code but we didn’t have any special theme. I don’t think you really need to add anything else to Castle Howard, otherwise it might detract from the beautiful venue. We had matte silver colour scheme. We went through endless bridesmaid dress colour swatches before we settled on matte silver! We think it looked chic and elegant on my gorgeous bridesmaids.

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I had an Enzoani dress. It had an elegant racer back with some delicate thin lace detail on the neck line and back, fitted to just below my hips and then straight down with a train; and in white of course!

My hairdresser was incredible. Carrie at Urban Hair in Boroughbridge managed to create the exact style I wanted and was so nice and relaxed on the day. I highly recommend her.

My hair accessories were from Flo and Percy, they had a great selection and made each accessory to order. I also got miniature versions of my headpiece for my bridesmaids to wear.

My shoes were from Harriet Wilde, she had a sophisticated, elegant selection of styles. I am quite fussy on shoes but Harriet came to meet me at her London shop to help me choose the right ones.

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Daniel wore a Moss Bros dinner suit with a white waistcoat and white cravat.

The bridesmaids wore JLM Couture dresses in matte silver with each of the five bridesmaids in different style dresses. They each chose their own style from a shortlist I gave to them. All the dresses were floor length and fitted with a black beaded waist belt and beige court shoes.

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Ally Byrom was my photographer. She did an amazing job! We were very relaxed having our couples shots and she captured the moment perfectly without other guests even realising they were being snapped! I would highly recommend Ally!

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Kymm Queen was our florist, I carried some beautifully scented, white peonies and white roses with freesia and lavender hidden around the base (because I love the smell of lavender but didn’t want the colour on display!).

We had white peonies, white roses, lilac freesias and lavender in the centre of the candelabras. We had dried rose petals scattered on the wedding breakfast tables too.

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a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (22)

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a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (34)

Kirsty Guest at Piece of Cake Harrogate made our impressive four tier (Baileys, Limoncello, Fruit and Chocolate and Guinness) cake with intricate lace design (to match my dress) and little bikes around the base (to keep the husband happy). We also had real flowers between two of the layers.

We had Sloe Gin miniature bottles with personalised ‘Laura and Dan’ stamped labels that we made ourselves. We also filled the miniature bottles ourselves, which was a messy job, but we had plenty of volunteers to help us!

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We supplied our own individual types of beers from the countries we had visited together over the last 8 years and had fun little additions with a pick and mix table and giant chocolate letters that spelt out our names.

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Our singer Tommy Ludgate (contact through www.michaelhallmusic.co.uk) was sensational and made our ceremony the highlight of the day with acoustic renditions of modern songs which we chose.  We really can’t recommend her enough.

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (46)

a classic wedding at Castle Howard (c) Ally Byrom Photography (52)

My favourite part of the day was the ceremony, but we hadn’t expected it to be. We were looking forward to drinks reception so we could relax but it was just so incredibly special, it was easily the most memorable part of the day. The atmosphere in the great hall at Castle Howard was perfect.

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For our honeymoon we visited Lake Como, Tuscany and Sicily.  We took our bikes and explored the lakes and Tuscany on them. We enjoyed some wine tasting and amazing meals.

We took a private helicopter trip over Mount Etna for a close up look into the crater.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be don’t get hung up on minor details, they aren’t that important, as long as you have the main things in place you will have the best day.

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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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Painted Faces. A Real Engagement In Yorkshire – Amy & James

May 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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There’s a dreadfully cheesy bit in the movie Titanic that the teenage me used to (absurdly) absolutely love.  You know, that cringey scene where Rose (Ms. Winslet) slips off her crinoline and whispers to Jack (Mr. Di Caprio) to “Paint Me Like Your French Girls…”

Well, I’m pleased to say that the paint job that fun loving couple Amy & Jack had in mind to celebrate their engagement is nothing at all like that.  Thank God.

Although (paint brushes aside) I’d still be partial to a bit of Leo. 

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sarah Mason Photography.

Side note – a Google Images search of “Paint Me Like Your French Girls” brings up some very amusing and not entirely work place appropriate results.

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Amy says: We got engaged in September 2012 on the first day of our holiday to Las Vegas. We’d gone for a brunch at the Belagio and had a suspiciously amazing table right in front of the fountains. The fountains move in a display every 10 minutes to music and James proposed in the first ‘display’ after we’d sat down. After I’d said yes and the rush had died down, I realised he’d proposed to a Celine Dion song (nooo!) but he said ‘Sorry I couldn’t wait’.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We’re getting married at the end of this month! The wedding is at St Michael & Our Lady Church in Wragby and then we’re having a marquee reception at James’ parents’ house.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We met when we were were both working at Oulton Hall Hotel in Rothwell. It was Christmas and I had to dismantle a parquet dance floor single handed. James was passing so he came and helped me and we just got chatting.

Our first date was a night out on Greek Street in Leeds. I was slightly alarmed that he’d worn a full suit (!), but by the end of the date we realised we really liked spending time together.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

I knew he was the one when I went off to university and missed him loads. We just love having fun together (like on the shoot)!  Our biggest wish for married life is many happy years ahead. 

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

We decided to have an engagement shoot to get us used to having photos taken. Most people haven’t had a photo taken since school and I didn’t want us to look really awkward on the day. We chose the paints because we wanted to do something a bit fun and different.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

The shoot was brilliant! Throwing the paints was so much fun and the colours looked amazing.

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

I like the Real Wedding articles on Brides Up North. They’re great for other couples wanting a bit of inspiration and we’ll be back to share our own shortly…

Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography

Congratulations Amy & James!

If you’d like to share your love story, engagement news, Real Wedding, er, paint fights… here’s how!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Sarah Mason Photography

Sarah Mason Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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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.

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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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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 James Tracey Photography

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