Thursday, 30 June 2011

Wedding Slideshows: Esholt Wedding, St Pauls and Hollins Hall

Hi All,

Thought I'd take the opportunity to showcase one of my favourite offerings in my Wedding Service - the wedding slideshow (See video at the end of the blog).

I use the best slideshow presentation software on the market to tailor bespoke presentations that can be viewed online as part of a web package as well as on a DVD in the more traditional format.

Having asked the couple for a few favourite tunes I set to work telling the story of their day. The combination of imagery and music can be very evocative. I'm not just saying that. One of the earlier ones I did was for my cousins wedding and I ended up in floods of tears (and that's not due to the endless IT issues that seem to happen when you start to transition your work to moving pictures!).

Anyway this wedding montage is courtesy of James and Victoria, a fab couple who were married earlier this year at St Paul's Esholt (right next to The Woolpack if you know a bit of Emmerdale trivia), with a reception at Hollin's Hall over the road. So thank you both for allowing me to show this, I absolutely loved shooting your wedding and your music choice is just awsome.

Have a look and see what you think.

If you are getting married and want something like this then do get in touch - in fact if you are already married and have your images on disk and fancy something along these lines then give me a shout and we'll see what we can do.

All the best


Tel: 07949148059

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Communion at St Annes Cathedral in Leeds

Hi All,

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to take pictures of a delightful young boy at his first Holy Communion in Leeds at St Annes Cathedral. The family were keen to capture some images to help celebrate the occasion and wanted some candid shots as well as formal ones as the ceremony progressed. The images were then put to music in a DVD slideshow as well as published in a book as a memento fo the day.

If you have never been St Annes is a wonderful place to visit, and for a photographer its a real treat. It's extremely spacious (as you would expect), well lit and the clergy are fantastically friendly and welcoming.

The ceremony itself was extremely atmospheric. Smokey incense and echoing choir; really quite fabulous.

Here's a few pictures of the event, see what you think.

All the best


Thursday, 9 June 2011

Music photography at the Wardrobe Leeds: Hurray for the Riff Raff and Abigail Washburn

Hello there,

I did a few shots a couple of weeks back for the Wardrobe in Leeds. Really nice low key event, candles on tables, appreciative crowd full of cool cat digging Hurray for the Riff Raff and Abigail Washburn.

I must say I was particularly impressed with the the Riff Raff. There were moments where it seemed like Alynda Lee Segarra (below) had worked some kind of New Orleans Voodoo - everyone was just mesmerised!

Anyway, see what you think. If you're a band or solo artist and need some PR shots or album artwork just give me a shout.

All the best


Tuesday, 7 June 2011

A postcard from an English country garden


Something a bit different today. Pictures of flowers for postcards. Not my usual bag, but as with all my photography projects I just lost myself in it for a little while and here are some of the results.

A few people asked me why I did this, as if maybe I should be taking pictures of cars or power tools or something. Well the reason is simply that I'd been asked to do it as a favour (no not a bet), to help raise some money for charity. But truth be told I do some every year simply because I love photographing beautiful things.

This set is from three different locations. My garden, my mums astonishingly beautiful garden and the fabulous gardens at Wentworth Castle Gardens.

All the best


Thursday, 2 June 2011

Fine art wedding, reportage and a gothic twist

Hi All,

Back in Spring I had the opportunity of taking pictures for a fabulous couple, Kirsty and Richard. Their wedding involved three exciting venues as well as the promise of a little bit of playful experimentation on the creative front.

The venues were Leeds Town Hall, Kirkstal Abbey with a finish at Mint Hotel. Kirkstal Abbey was earmarked to be our playground for one hour directly after the service. In order to make the most of the opportunity I spent an afternoon with a friend of mine planning many of the shots that would be taken in the hour.

I wanted to give the couple a number of different image options, ranging from traditional, to fine art to outright gothic strangeness. The couple had only just been at the live telivised performance of Frankenstein the week before and so were totally up for it.

Time was of course factored in for more traditional shots at the Abbey which means that the couple have the usual wonderful collection of candid reportage shots that I've always loved to shoot.

Many of the planned shots required romote lighting to get the right effect.

With out a shadow of a doubt the whole experience was an absolute joy and a real privalege to be part of. I absolutely love doing weddings anyway, but when you're given a bit of leway to go for it, well it just takes it to another level.

If you fancy upping the anti and going for something a bit different or would just like beautiful and considered images as well as some cracking reportage pictures then do give me a call. Believe me, I can't wait to hear from you!

All the best