Hotel du Vin Wedding, York – Lee and Caroline

  When I did my recce for Lee and Caroline’s wedding, the obvious standout feature that the Hotel du Vin had to offer me as a photographer was it’s fabulous wine glass chandelier suspended over the main staircase. How to incorporate it into a formal portrait shot of the couple would be a prominent focus… Read more

Marriott Hotel Wedding, York – Michael and Camilla

  Overlooking York racecourse, the Marriott International is a mixture of country house and modern hotel. My recce for Michael and Camilla’s wedding venue had revealed plenty of photogenic “hotspots” both inside and out for attractive wedding photography and as a new locale for me, it was a gig I particularly looked forward to. I… Read more

St. Wilfrid’s Church Wedding, York – Tom and Kathryn

  St. Wilfrid’s Catholic church in the centre of York dates from the mid 19th Century and was constructed in a revival Gothic style, a copy of 13th-14th Century styles. The arch over the main door is the most detailed Victorian carving in the city and it’s interior is rich with paintings, sculpture and stained… Read more

Barley Hall Wedding, York – Daniel and Kirsty

  Barley hall is a reconstructed medieval townhouse, located just off Stonegate in the centre of York. The oldest part of the hall dates from about 1360 and was built by monks as the York townhouse of Nostell Priory, which is located near Wakefield, West Yorkshire. It was extended in the 15th Century and became… Read more

All Saints Church Wedding, Settrington – Charlie and Vicki

  One of the things I enjoy about my job is in the consultation stage, I get to hear couple’s stories of how they first got together. Often it’s the case that the meeting happened through work, but with Vicki and Charlie, I discovered they met through an online dating service, something that’s worked for… Read more

Burn Hall Hotel Wedding, York – Simon and Amanda

  At the initial consultation, one of the things I ask prospective clients is if they have a particular colour scheme in mind for their wedding. When I arrived at the Burn Hall Hotel, which is about 10 miles north of York, I took a walk around the venue and the first thing that caught… Read more

Fountains Abbey Wedding, Nr Ripon – Michael and Kathryn

  One of the top wedding venues not just in Yorkshire, but in the country,  Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal estate offers couples the opportunity to get married within the splendour of a World Heritage site, and for not as much money as might be expected. When I met Kathryn and Michael at their consultation,… Read more

The Merchant Adventurer’s Hall Wedding, York – Tom and Katy

  A very popular venue for weddings in York, the Merchant Adventurers Hall is one of the finest medieval guildhalls in the world. Built over 600 years ago by a local fraternity, it is the largest timber framed building still used for its original purpose in the UK. It comprises The Great Hall, where medieval… Read more

Cameras, lenses, settings: How I shoot a wedding

  “Gear doesn’t matter” is an oft repeated phrase I hear, usually made by professionals and quite often with the most cutting edge equipment nearby or hanging round their necks. The truth is, while you don’t have to be a gear-head, equipment does matter. It’s true that anyone can get lucky and take an amazing… Read more

Grays Court Wedding, York – Viv and Rod

  Viv and Rod’s wedding is in my top 3 weddings that I have photographed so far. It was an occasion where all the stars seemed to align: the couple, the venue, the weather, the guests, an all day shoot from bridal prep to first dance that exceeded my expectations in the results I achieved…. Read more

Flash Technique in Wedding Photography

    I was originally going to call this post ‘Flash v Natural Light’ (as in artificial v natural) but when I reflected on the subject more closely, I decided that the two qualities of light were not in opposition to each other. Unless a difference is intended, with skill, the two light sources can… Read more

York Registry Office and Churchill Hotel Wedding – Sheri and Donovan

  Sheri had been bridesmaid at Helen and George’s wedding and had been sufficiently impressed with my work that she and her partner Donovan decided they wanted to hire me to photograph theirs. Which of course I was delighted about.   The ceremony and reception were split between venues – the Registry Office and The Churchill… Read more

The Recce

It’s a reckless photographer who goes to shoot a wedding without having done the requisite preparatory work before hand, and that includes checking out the venue, or venues, where the wedding ceremony and reception will be held ahead of time. I can’t imagine shooting a wedding without doing a recce, even if it’s at a… Read more

The Grange Hotel Wedding, York – Helen and George

  While every wedding follows an essential, common time line of events, they all have their own quirks and idiosyncrasies that make them unique in their own way; differences that reflect the personalities of the bride and groom. While it was highly enjoyable for me to shoot, some of those choices in Helen and George’s… Read more

The Northern Star

I thought for blog post number one on my new site, the best topic would be to write about photographing person number one at any wedding: the bride. If someone were to ask me what’s the best way to photograph a wedding, I would say, just follow the bride. She is the Northern Star I… Read more