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19 Aug 2016

Videography Lives

Thankfully, the days of a 2 hour wedding video accompanied by an Elton John or Phil Collins soundtrack are over. However, there is a growing demand for quality highlight films which can be shared amongst family and friends. Let’s be honest it may not necessarily be a good thing to hear the same speeches over and over again, but the Bride & Groom and families will regularly watch a 3-5 minute short cinematic film on a Saturday night before Strictly […]

04 Jul 2016

Halfway through 2016

2016…what a year and we are only half way through it. I thought it worthwhile looking back at my own experiences as a photographer and sharing some of the ups and downs taking each month at a time. I spent January mainly editing weddings that had taken place in December. One of the reasons why it can take a couple of months for wedding photographs to be delivered is that photographers have to give some space between the event and […]

12 Jun 2016

Photography on the Big Day

Here are 10 top tips for getting the most out of your photography on your wedding day. 1. Don’t keep everyone hanging around….Suggest to the photographer that short sessions of 15 minutes might be better for everyone, with the exception of the bride and groom shots, which should be around 30 minutes. 2. Behind the scenes shots are important too….During the Bridal preparations everyone may be full of nervous anticipation. This is a great opportunity for a good photographer to […]

07 Jun 2016
Empire State Building NYC

City Photo Tips

Having recently visited New York for the first time, it is probably worth sharing a few thoughts on Photography in a City. If you are new to Street Photography then I would not recommend pointing your camera at complete strangers as their reaction may not be welcoming. Whichever City you are in then there is enough around you to capture the mood and the sense of scale. It is not always necessary to have everything in focus and this is […]

23 Mar 2016

Brides – 3 Top Tips

“With your Kiss, My Life Begins” – Wild is the Wind by N. Washington Having attended numerous weddings, here are my 3 top tips for future brides 1. The Bridesmaids At a recent wedding, two bridesmaids accidentally put on each other’s dresses but did not realised until they were about to get in the bridal car. They thought this was hilarious, unfortunately this resulted in a very stressed bride, who was 40 minutes late for the ceremony. Tip: Everything will […]

28 Jan 2016

Guyzance Hall Wedding

Despite that fact that I am a Newcastle Upon Tyne based photographer, last year I photographed weddings in York, Scarborough, Huddersfield, Loch Lomond and Leeds as well as local venues. I have learnt that each wedding is different and comes with hiccups, laughter, nerves and love. David and Catherine’s wedding ceremony was held at Sacred Heart Church in Gosforth, and the wedding breakfast & evening reception was at Guyzance Hall in Northumberland. It was held close to the shortest day […]

04 Dec 2015

IDDP Disability 2015

I have worked with an organisation called Disability North on a number of occasions. They are a free Independent Living Service which promotes social inclusion, independence and choice for disabled and older people in the North East of England and Cumbria. They were event organisers for the International Day of Disabled People 2015 held at the Sage Gateshead on 3rd December 2015. The event featured speakers, artists and stall holders. It managed to balance debate about very serious issues and […]

27 Nov 2015

Which Camera for Christmas

In recent years, mobile phone technology has seen vast improvements in image quality, however they do have their limitations. If you are looking for your first DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses, there are a number of great options including the mirrorless Sony and Fuji cameras. Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sigma and others have models within most peoples price range. If I was starting out in photography, I would probably recommend something like the Nikon D3300 or a used D700. Think of […]

26 Nov 2015

EEF Photo Awards

I am delighted to be shortlisted in the EEF/Made in Britain Manufacturing Awards for a selection of 5 photographs taken at Tharsus Ltd, Egger UK Ltd and Zytronic Ltd. The photographs are going on display at the House of Commons during December 2015, with the winners announced on the 10th December. The competition aims to raise the profile of modern UK manufacturing by showcasing the industry’s creativity, diversity and heritage through inspiring photography.  I do not think that I will […]

06 Nov 2015

Claire and John’s Cameron House Wedding

I was delighted to be asked to photograph John and Claire’s wedding at the stunning Cameron House (www.cameronhouse.co.uk) on the banks of Loch Lomond.  The CH team did a great job and did their best to ensure that the day went well.  A number of John’s family and friends had flown over from South Africa to join the couple in celebrating their special day. Claire was remarkably calm and chilled, and all appeared to be running smoothly.  Claire and the Ladies […]