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The Societies Photographer of the Year 2015 – Winner!

In late January I attended The Societies of Photographers annual awards evening in London. The Societies is an international and well respected photography organisation with several thousand members from around the world. I’d been nominated in two categories, Landscape and Wildlife.

Landscape was the first of the two to be announced and although I did’t win I did come second with my Lake District Photograph from near Buttermere. All my hopes were now pinned on Wildlife, I was overjoyed to be placed as the winner of the Wildlife category with my underwater image of a diving Kingfisher.

As the night continued and the further categories were announced the awards reached the climax with the overall photographers of the year awards for third to first place . I’d genuinely never imagined I stood a chance of being placed and so it was with complete shock that out of over 10,000 images mine was judged as the overall winner of the annual competition.

Its easy to call yourself an award winning photographer, but to be honest this award trumps all others, so its with head held high I can sign off this post as UK Photographer of the Year!

Award-winning-kingfisher-photographThe Diving Kingfisher photograph. Winner of Wildlife Photographer of the year and also the image that saw me crowned as UK Photographer of the year.
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Second Place Landscape photograph of the year, the Bothy overlooking Buttermere.

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The Diving Kingfisher image made the front cover of Image Maker magazine and was used widely in the photographic press after the awards ceremony.

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A selection of wedding photographs from Katie and Paul’s wedding at Cartlton Towers near Selby late last year.

The majority of these images featured on our same day slideshow which we play during the evening reception. The slideshow and full day’s attendance are part of our wedding packages, further details of these wedding photography packages can be found here. 
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To view more wedding photographs from Carlton Towers weddings please click here

Bagden hall wedding photos

Bagden Hall Wedding Photography | Donald and Stephanie’s Wedding photographs

Donald and Stephanie were married in a civil wedding ceremony at Bagden Hall early Spring. We began our day with photographs of bridal preparations in the bridal suite with Stephanie and her bridesmaids before catching up with Donald for photographs before the wedding ceremony which took place in the restaurant.

Although cold the weather thankfully played ball and we were able to venture outside for some family photographs including the large group from a slightly different angle and method to usual (more of that in another blog to come). Soft ground inevitably meant sticking to the paths and walkways, certainly easier than rescuing a bride whose heels are stuck in the lawn. Bagged Hall’s Folly is a must use location for wedding photographs, the small bride, old building and imposing trees make for a stunning backdrop.

The following images include many of those we played during our evening reception slideshow (included with all our wedding album packages).

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After dark at Bagden Hall. Late night wedding photographs come alive at Bagden Hall, so many great locations to chose from.

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To view more image from weddings at Bagden Hall near Huddersfield click here

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Andrew and Sarah at Allerton Castle

John and Sarah at Bagden Hall

Krystina and Christian at Bolton Abbey

Chris and Ali at Carlton Towers

Jess and Richard’s wedding at The Devonshire Arms.

Holly and Steve at Goldsborough Hall

James and Sally at Hazlewood Castle

Adam and Charlotte at Hazlewood Castle

Chloe and John at Hazlewood Castle

Albert and Claudia at Hazlewood Castle

Fran and Richard at Hazlewood Castle

Hayley and Garry at Hazlewood Castle

Hayley and Garry at Hazlewood Castle

Leanne and Chris at Hazlewood Castle

Luke and Vanessa at Hazlewood Castle

Mark and Tracy at Wood Hall

Richard and Lisa at Hazlewood Castle

Sean and Ebony at Malton Hall

Amy and Frank at Monk Fryston Hall

Becky and Michael at Monk Fryston Hall

Laura and Andy at Rudding Park

Paula and Niall at Swinton Park

Catherine and Joel at Waterton Park Hotel

Matthew and Faye at Waterton Park

Kerry and Alex at Waterton Park Hotel

Mark and Andrea at Wentbridge Hotel

Jenna and Ian at Wentbridge Hotel

Natalie and Alex at Wentbridge Hotel

Martin and Nicola at Woodlands Hotel

Chinese wedding photography in Leeds

Woodlands Wedding Photography : Hing and Michelle Wedding Photographs | Chinese Wedding Photography

Hing and Michelle were married at Woodlands Hotel near Leeds before celebrating at Maxi’s Chinese restaurant and again at Woodlands Hotel.

Our day started bright and early with Hing and his groomsmen’s preparations before we joined Michelle getting ready nearby. Michelle and her bridesmaids were working to a 8AM deadline as this was the time Hing and his groomsmen were due to arrive to play the traditional Chinese door games. A series of challenges designed to test the mens loyalty and prove the grooms worthiness of marrying the bride. With an assortment of challenges complete Hing then had to negotiate with the bridesmaids and Michelle’s mum before he was allowed to enter the house to collect his wife to be.

Before the games began we joined Hing and his groomsmen for some preparation photographs before heading to Michelle to capture last minute make up and dress before the guys arrived. Door games complete and a short tea ceremony we had five minutes down by the river for a few photographs before we made the trip across Leeds to Hing’s parent’s house for the second tea ceremony of the day.

The civil ceremony was being held at Woodlands Hotel near Gildersome so with several cars in tow we headed over for Michelle’s second round of make up and dress number two, a white western style wedding dress. Following the civil ceremony we made use of the grounds behind Woodlands for the formal and informal images before rain moved us indoors for the last of the bridal party images. The wedding banquet took place at Maxis restaurant in Leeds and it was soon time to make the short drive down ahead of Hing and Michelle who would be changing back to her red dress again for arrival and meet and greet at the restaurant.

Fourteen courses of wedding banquet followed for around 500 guests. Just before the Lobster the Hing Michelle, parents and bridal party visited each table to propose a toast. That’s a lot of tables and a lot of brandy consumed, Each table tries to force the groom to drink a large glass of brandy in a drinking challenge but thankfully it’s customary for the best men to take most of the grooms drinks and so Hing was still sober at the end of the toasts.

Following the meal we quickly complete a number of formal photographs before Michelle changes into dress three for the journey back to Woodlands ahead of the evening reception and speeches which will take place at Woodlands.  With speeches, a sleeping (and very drunk) best man, first dance, cake cutting and gusts dancing out of the way we say good night and head home, 2000 photos and around 16 hours later! Lots and lots of fun but ready for bed.

Just some of the wedding photographs form Hing and Michelle’s wedding day.

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The door games, the groom has to prove his worth to marry the bride and so bridesmaids set a number of challenges for Hing and his groomsmen to complete before they are allowed inside the house.

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The toasts at Maxis restaurant in Leeds.

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engagement photography, pre-wedding photos. Chris ChambersKate and Andrews pre-wedding photo shoot | The Mansion Roundhay Weddings

I met up with Kate and Andrew earlier today at Newmillerdam on the outskirts of Wakefield for a pre-wedding photo shoot ahead of their wedding at The Mansion in Roundhay Park.  Pre-wedding photoshoots are included with all wedding photography packages and are a great way to learn more about having your photos taken and relaxing in front of the camera whilst I share posing tips to help you get the most from your wedding photographs.

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For more details about Pre-wedding photo shoots and my wedding photography packages click here. 

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Rossington Hall Wedding Photography : John and Helen’s Wedding at Rossington Hall : Rossington Hall Wedding photographers

John and Helen were married earlier this month at Rossington Hall on the outskirts of Doncaster. Although quite mild for early December the country was in the grips of storm Desmond which was wreaking havoc with strong winds and heavy rain. Thankfully we avoided the heavy rain and just had the strong winds to contend with.

Our day began as we joined Helen at Rossington Hall for bridal preparation photographs before John and his best men arrived shortly before the civil wedding ceremony.  John and Helen had extended their drinks reception and wanted to keep the whole day low key so with the minimum number of formal photo requests we were able to spend a long time inside with the guests photographing the drinks reception before we braved the winds and headed outside to use some of the grounds around Rossington Hall.

The lower gardens were thankfully sheltered from the worst of the winds and so we made our way down there for some quick wedding photographs of the bride and groom before we re-joined the guests before wedding breakfast.

Later in the evening with the first dance complete and band playing we snook out for some late night after dark wedding photographs using Rossington Hall’s brightly lit exterior as a backdrop to wedding photographs that will make a stunning end to their storybook wedding album.

The photographs below include many of those we played during the evening reception on our large screen, the slideshow is included with all of our wedding photography packages. For more details click here 

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Surviving and Lighting Winter weddings | Wedding photography training course

Wedding photographer winter wedding training course and wedding photographer portfolio day

In January we will be hosting a winter wedding photography training course at Hazlewood Castle. The days wedding photography training course will be focusing on shooting and lighting winter weddings. During the course of the day we’ll explore a number of locations and lighting styles including the use of off camera flash, video light and daylight.

Working in the cold and dark winter months is a challenge for photographers, the ideas and techniques we’ll be using are real world methods of working that help create those wow shots. The workshop is limited to just eight photographers, full details available here 

Examples of the photographs we will create on the winter wedding photography training course

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Winter wedding photography training. Courses for winter weddings. Hazlewood Castle wedding photography

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Wedding photographer winter wedding training course and wedding photographer portfolio dayThe following day we’ll be at Hazlewood Castle again for an off camera flash day with a different bridal model.  Off camera Flash wedding training course details here