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telling the story of your day: jenny maden photography

June 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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

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

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

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

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How did you get into wedding photography?

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

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

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

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer? 

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

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

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

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

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

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How do you get couples to relax on the day?

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

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treasured forever: bethany clarke photography

June 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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

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

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

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

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Tell us a little about your background?

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

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

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What attracted you to wedding photography specifically?

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

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How would you describe your style of wedding photography?

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

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

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

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our love story: sarah & dave

May 24th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A City Engagement in Leeds (c) Jenny Maden Photography (16)

Sometimes things are just meant to be – and judging by how today’s couple got together we’d say it was written in the stars for these two.

Taking place in the urban surroundings of Leeds city centre, husband and wife-to-be Dave and Sarah, wanted their pre-wedding shoot, which they are sharing with us today, to be cool, edgy and fun. Given all the giggles, smiles and laughter, it looks like their photographer Jenny, nailed the brief.

With images by Jenny Maden Photography.

A City Engagement in Leeds (c) Jenny Maden Photography (12)

sarah says: Dave proposed while we were in Ibiza at a beautiful restaurant called Sa Capella, which we return to each year! It was a complete surprise to me, and very emotional, as I’d always said after losing my dad I couldn’t do it without him walking me down the aisle.

We plan to marry on my dad’s birthday this year at Leeds Town Hall and will then move onto The Liquorist for the reception. We don’t want lots of fuss – just a cool event to round together everyone we love and who has had a positive impact on our time together.

A City Engagement in Leeds (c) Jenny Maden Photography (11)

We first met 16 years ago in a club that neither of us have ever been back to! I was with the girls, hitting the dancefloor – and that’s where I met Dave. We laughed and chatted most of the night – my first words to him were “Ooo you’re a mover”! We never kissed or exchanged numbers. However, after that night he had a work placement in Leeds (the only time he’s ever worked in Leeds city centre) and he walked past Toni & Guy where I worked at the time, hoping to catch me. He saw me through the window, laughing with a client and sent me a calla lily with a note asking to see me again.

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ready for your close up? stan seaton photography talks pre-wedding shoots

April 20th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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From speaking to wedding couples day in day out we know the volume of brides and grooms that suffer pre-wedding photography nerves – and trust us, there’s a lot!

The case is often that individual doesn’t like having their photograph taken full stop, never mind during a ‘once in a lifetime’ occasion that will be looked back on for many years to come. As a solution to this common fear, many wedding photographers now offer couples the opportunity to have a pre-wedding shoot, providing a practise run in front of the camera, ready for the big day to come.

For those photo phobes out there what’s important to remember is that the guys capturing your wedding day are professionals – it’s not your mum or dad behind the camera with a shaky hand and bad lighting, these guys know all the tricks in the book to make you look and feel amazing on your big day, leading to both stunning and natural photos.

Two photographers who are big believers in the power of a pre-wedding shoot to calm any camera-shy couples’ nerves are Stan and Jane of Stan Seaton Photography. And so to find out exactly what’s involved and how couples can get the most out of such shoots, were putting our pre-wed questions to the pros…

With images by Stan Seaton Photography.

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Can you explain what a pre-wedding shoot is?

jane says: A pre wedding shoot is an opportunity for us as photographers to meet with our brides and grooms prior to the wedding day and see how they interact together. At our first couple of meetings the discussion is usually geared towards nitty gritty things like pricing, albums and coverage, so it’s really lovely to get to know a couple as people (after all that is what we are going to see and capture on their wedding day).

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Where and when do you advise couples to have their pre-wedding shoot?

We usually recommend that couples choose a location that is special and personal to them, often this is the place where they got engaged or somewhere that they like to go regularly. We have covered shoots in Paris, London, Oxford, as well as many local beauty spots such as Fountains Abbey and Seaham beach. Once we have decided on location we fix a date and time, usually six months prior to the wedding day.

There isn’t really such a place as the perfect location for a shoot, many contributing factors can make a good shoot, this could be good lighting/sunlight, a foggy day or fresh untouched snow and as the shoot date is usually arranged well in advance we really don’t know what we are going to get. However, we always say to couples that living in Britain the same could be said for their wedding day, so if we can get some great shots of them on a  beach, on a blustery February day then their minds are at rest that we will get some amazing photos on their wedding day.

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What about styling? What outfits should couples where and is this a good time for brides-to-be to have their hair and makeup trial?

We usually recommend that couples wear toning complimentary outfits, scarves and hats usually work well and wellies are good, if appropriate. All black isn’t good as this can have a tendency to look like two shadows in the pictures.

Some girls do choose to have hair and makeup done prior to the shoot and while there can be benefits of this, often it’s lovely to have a set of images which are of the bride and groom in their relaxed natural environment and not necessarily with full makeup and styled hair.

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capturing memories: richard perry photography

February 29th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon we have a little something for those of you on the hunt for your perfect wedding photographer as we’re introducing another of our very talented Brides Up North Sponsors, Richard Perry Photography to the blog.

A doctor turned photographer, brides and grooms hiring Richard to photograph their big day can rest assured they are in safe hands.

Richard prides himself on delivering exceptional customer service whilst capturing natural moments and emotions in his photographs that will go on to become treasured memories.

Not only that, Richard is offering our readers a huge 20% discount (leaving you more cash to splash on the honeymoon). Whoop! Just mention this Brides Up North blog post when booking. 

So let’s take a look at some of Richard’s work while finding out what made him swap a stethoscope for a camera…

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I suppose my background and path into wedding photography is a little unorthodox. I have always had an artistic flare and an eye for composition. So, I have always had a camera nearby since the age of ten. However, the camera took a back seat whilst I went to university and studied medicine. I graduated with honours in 2008 and since then I have become a specialty doctor in accident and emergency. It was whilst working in A&E that I rediscovered my love of photography and artistic expression initially as a way of unwinding after a busy shift. This therapeutic hobby quickly became a passion. I still do some work in A&E but my passion for photography became too great to ignore and so the wedding photography is now the bigger part of my professional working life.

Why wedding photography specifically?

I initially photographed a lot of landscapes and cityscapes. However, after being asked to photograph the christening of a friend’s baby I realised that people interested me. More than that though, it was photographing emotions and capturing special moments that I really loved. Weddings provide hundreds of these moments and I wanted to be the photographer who captured them.

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What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

Wedding photos last forever and can be shared from generation to generation. I truly love the idea that I get to capture and deliver what are effectively ‘memories’. It is quite humbling to think that one day these ‘memories’ may become a treasured link to someone’s past.

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girl on film: lissa alexandra photography

February 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon on the wedding blog we are introducing you to one of our talented industry buddies, the beautiful and brilliant Ms Lissa Alexandra.  Lissa will shoot your day with a smile in her own, stunning & unique style.

Better yet, she’s offering new Brides Up North reader clients £100 off all wedding albums when referencing the code ‘BUNFEB16’.  

Let’s say hello.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

I’d shot photography for years as a hobby, mainly landscapes & animals. You could say I’m mostly self taught but then wanting to fine tune my skills I decided to take some evening classes. I ended up doing 6 years of them; from black & white film processing to advanced photoshop. I was never really interested in capturing people but then a friend asked me to shoot their wedding and that day changed my life. This will sound really cheesy but I fell in love! After years in the printing industry reproducing artworks for other artist’s and photographers I found a way of creating my own art that I knew the clients would love. My first client’s reactions to the photos and how it made me feel was magical. My life overnight took a complete change of direction and I’ve never looked back, I owe that couple so much, I’m very grateful.

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Why wedding photography specifically?

Variety! There’s nothing like the thrill of a wedding day, you never know what’s going to happen, it’s so exciting! Plus, I find the whole experience a huge honour to be part of a couple’s most precious day. Weddings nowadays are so varied, the levels of style and creativity you see is just stunning, I’m a real sucker for details! They’re emotional, creative, fun and romantic, who wouldn’t want to shoot weddings?

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

There’s no way I could pin point one thing, it’s too difficult! There’s the bond you form with your clients, the privilege of being the one who’s asked to capture their big day. The variety in types of photography from detail shots to freeze framing funny moments to timeless romantic images, I just love it all!

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