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Pre-wedding Photographs taken at Nostell PrioryScott and Sarah’s Pre-Wedding Photo shoot – Nostell Priory wedding

I recently caught up with Sarah and Scott for a pre-wedding photo shoot ahead of their wedding at Nostell Priory. We met up just outside Wakefield for a relaxed walk along the lakeside stopping off for a number of photographs on the way before finishing off with coffees and talking through their wedding plans.

pre-wedding shoots are available with all wedding photography packages. For details of the packages for Nostell priory and other venues click here 

Pre-wedding Photography taken at Nostell Priory

Pre-wedding Photographs taken at Nostell Priory

2014 Review – Babies, Children’s and Family portraits

At the end of December 2013 we took the keys for our new studio at Hazlewood Castle and began offering our newest service,  newborn baby and portrait photography. Since then we’ve photographed a lot of babies, lots of families and lots of children.

It’s really nice to see so many of our past bride and grooms coming back to us for newborn and family photographs. Over the last year around 80% of all bookings have been from couples whose weddings we have photographed and this years diary is filling up very nicely with around the same percentage. In preparation we’ve been busy sourcing new props, planning ideas and looking for new exciting products.

Below are a selection of our portraits, maternity and newborn sessions. Full details of our newborn and family portrait packages can be found here. Maternity photo shoot details are available here. Shoots take place at our Studios within the stunning Hazlewood Castle. For summer portraits we also have the opportunity for outdoor shoots making use of the castles amazing grounds.

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Above: Where it all began. our first ever newborn shoot was with Baby Harry back in December 2013. Harry came back into the studio recently….

And of course, there are times when the children just don’t want to have their photograph taken….

2014 Review – Some Personal photography projects…

2014 has been a busy year for us here at Chris Chambers Photography. With our new studio establishing well over at Hazlewood Castle with lots of newborns and family portraits (a blog post coming very shortly), training courses and of course a full wedding diary. With such a full diary it’s been a little harder this year to squeeze in the personal projects.

Below are a selection of images from 2014. I’ve focused just on landscapes and birds for this blog post, I’ll add Aviation and other work soon.

Red Kite in West Yorkshire. Leeds Red kites. Harewood House

Red Kites: Driving to the studio each morning we regularly see Red Kites looking for food along the A1 and A64.  A few times over the year I’ve stopped off here and other locations to photograph these normally shy birds.

Red Kite in West Yorkshire. Leeds Red kites. Harewood House

Lake District Landscapes – Whether to photograph aircraft low flying or landscapes I managed a number of trips over to Cumbria. Stunning scenery and occasionally great weather combined for a number of personal favourites.

High in the mountains, an old hut has one of the best views in Cumbria.

Sunset in Keswick, the Lake District. Ashness boat landing. keswick Jetty.

Sunset at a jetty overlooking Derwent Water near Keswick with a view towards Cat Bells and Bassenthwaite.

Blea Tarn lake District Cumbria

Moody skies over Blea Tarn.

Ullswater, a long exposure has flattened the water and streaked the clouds.

Buttermere – another cold and wet day overlooking Buttermere.

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Continuing on from the Kingfisher photography of Summer 2013, I found a new location closer to home for these photographs.

London – At the beginning of the year a small group of us ventured down to London for a couple of days of landscape photography taking in key locations along the way.

A little different to my normal style, this multi-exposure photo of Piccadilly Circus was taken at lunch time with several hundred people walking through.  Some in camera trickery has made the streets look empty except one lone London Bus streaking through the frame.

2014 was also a good year for birds of prey photography with a number of  wild and captive birds photographed at various locations around West Yorkshire.

In July we headed out to Florida for a family holiday. With no interest in rides I was able to make the most of the time in the theme parks shooting landscapes, buildings etc. July is stormy season and the weather didn’t disappoint. Above, storm clouds brew over the Epcot ball.

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Lightning strike at Hogwarts. Sheltering from the heavy rain at Universal Studios I was able to shoot the lightning over Hogwarts Castle.  For the technically minded, this was shot hand held (I’ll take a tripod next time) and is two exposures combined.

Humber Bridge at Sunset, a quick grab shot that proved remarkably popular on Facebook.

In June I ventured north to the Farnes to photograph Puffins. As well as several thousand puffins the colony is also home to other birds such as the Arctic Turns (above). These have the distinction of nesting close to footpaths and as you walk past will literally fly up and try to dive bomb your head. Surprisingly good fun and some interesting angles for photographs.

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There’s just something about winter weddings, the cold crisp days, cosy interiors, great skies and stunning photo opportunities that make them such a pleasure to photograph, especially when the wedding venue you are working at is Swinton Park near Masham in North Yorkshire.

Our day started bright and early with time for some exterior photographs of Swinton Park and grounds before we joined Fiona for her bridal preparation photographs.  The lake appeared calm and looked perfect for reflections, it was only after getting closer we realised this was because the upper surface was actually frozen!

We were able to cover both bride and groom preparations as Fiona was getting ready in the bridal suite and Andrew arriving almost ready finished off in Swinton’s billiard room. The wedding ceremony took place in the library before we quickly ventured out for a large group photograph before guests made their way to the drawing room for the drinks reception.

Following wedding breakfast and speeches in Samuel’s restaurant guests made their way back to the library for the evening reception. Following first dance and some music from a live band we finished off our wedding photography coverage with outdoor photographs using sparklers for the bride and groom and all their wedding guests. The floodlit Swinton Park turret making an ideal backdrop to the photographs

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Swinton Park near Masham. North Yorkshire wedding venue

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Swinton Park Library set for the civil wedding ceremony.

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Relaxed bridal preparations with Fiona and the bridesmaids in the bridal suite.

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Waiting for Andrew on the Billiard table at Swinton Park included gifts of  Brandy and a guide book of how to be the perfect husband.

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Winter weddings, the low sun can cause a number of problems but can also create stunning effects with long shadows and clean crisp light.

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The wedding ceremony in the library at Swinton Park.

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Stunning venue and winter skies. Andy and Fiona on the lawn outside Swinton Park. Wedding photography Chris Chambers

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Wedding drinks reception in the drawing room at Swinton Park.

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Samuel’s Restaurant set for the wedding breakfast.  Swinton Park wedding photography.

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Bride groom and wedding guests with sparklers after dark at Swinton Park.

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Walton Hall Wedding Photography – Laura and Ben’s Winter Wedding

Ben and Laura were married between Christmas and new year at Waterton Park Hotel near Wakefield before celebrating on the island at Walton Hall. A clear crisp winters day was the perfect weather for their winter wedding. The wedding photographs below include many of those we used on the large screen evening slideshow we played during the evening wedding reception.

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The stunning island wedding setting of Walton Hall at Waterton Park Hotel near Wakefield.

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Bride and groom in the watergate at Walton Hall

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A perfect setting for a winter wedding – Walton Hall wedding venue near Wakefield.

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Gary and Nicola were married in a civil wedding ceremony just before Christmas at the amazing Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire.

We seem to have been quite lucky with weather throughout December and Gary and Nicola’s wedding day was no exception. marrying later in the day meant we didn’t have much daylight to play with before sunset and so following their wedding ceremony complete with wedding ring delivery by barn owl ( see photographs below) we headed straight outside to Allerton’s memorial garden for a number of photographs before confetti and back inside to make use of the stunning drawing room for the small number of family groups Gary and Nicola has requested when we met up for their pre-wedding shoot.

With wedding breakfast, speeches and other formalities out of the way guests were able to enjoy the first dance and evening reception complete with a firework display. Some of the many wedding photographs from Gary and Nicola’s wedding day at Allerton Castle.

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Allerton Castle in the low winter sun.

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Allerton Castle’s Great Hall. A Stunning wedding ceremony location.

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The wedding ceremony at Allerton Castle. Viewed from the gallery in the great hall.

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Wedding ring delivery by Barn Owl. Allerton Castle wedding photography

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An amazing wedding venue – Allerton Castle with bride and groom

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The Ballroom at Allerton Castle all set for wedding breakfast.

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Waterton Park Hotel Wedding Photography : Nikki and Marshall’s Wedding Photos

It was back to one of our local wedding venues for the winter wedding of Nikki and Marshall who were married in a civil wedding ceremony at Waterton Park Hotel near Wakefield.  With both bride and groom getting ready at Walton Hall we were able to cover both sides of preparation with Nikki and the bridesmaids and Marshall with the best man and ushers.

Although cold we were able to make use of the stunning winter light for a number of bride and groom photographs as well as some of the formal groups. A number of photographs below were included in the evening large screen slideshow. For more details of Waterton Park Hotel wedding photography packages click here 

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The large group photograph with all wedding guests. Walton Hall as a backdrop.

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Nikki and Marshall outside Walton Hall. Wakefield wedding venue

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In the watergate on the island at Walton Hall. Wedding photography from Chris Chambers.

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Waterton Park wedding venue near Wakefield. Bride and groom outside the wedding venue after dark.