The Laughter – Why I love this Wedding Photograph.

The Laughter – Why I love this wedding picture.

I thought I’d start a sequence of posts that take a look back at some of my favourite photos from weddings both recent and old. I’m not going to name it, for example, throw back Thursday or other similar catchy titles as I’m rubbish at putting blogs out on a regular basis. So, for now, I’m simply going to talk about an image that I like, explain why I like it and discuss, perhaps, a little about the technicalities behind the shot.  I hope you enjoy my ramblings…..

So, this shot was taken in March this year at Andrea & Scott’s wedding at Ribby Hall, Wrea Green.  This picture is not about Scott, the groom, although he is in the picture. But, rather it’s of one of the groom’s men and whilst editing it struck me for a number of reasons.

You know what I like most about the picture?  The laughter.  There is an element of photography that is all technical…… composition, depth of field etc., but to be totally honest, I will rarely allow any of those “rules” affect me taking a picture that I think will capture a moment of that day – forever.

During the reception there was a magician amazing the guests with his card trick. When I saw him interacting with the groom and his friend, and having seen the affect the tricks had on other guests, I knew there was going to be a great reaction.  I like the fact that the grooms man is framed by Scott and the magician, but that’s partly coincidental. I converted the image to black and white as I wanted all the focus to be on the grooms man and his reaction and didn’t want anything else to distract from it.  To me the image is all about the smile and the happiness…… and that’s what wedding photography is all about right?

Shot on a Canon 5D MkIII, it’s one of my favourite photos from this year, so far.

Technical Details:

Camera:  Canon 5D MkIII
ISO: 200
Exposure:  1/250 second at f/6.3
Flash:  Did not fire

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The Hallmark Hotel Wedding Photography – Sharon & Stephen

Wedding Photography at The Hallmark Hotel Leyland

Sharon & Stephen contacted me some 14 months before their wedding to see if I was free to shoot their wedding at The Hallmark Hotel in Leyland. Of course, I jumped at the chance, not just because I have photographed many weddings at this venue. But also because I had previously photographed one of their family members wedding back in 2015, and knowing what a fantastic wedding and family they were, I was keen to meet up with everyone again.

I arrived to find the guests arriving and socialising in the bar area, excited and looking forward to the celebrations.

After taking a few photographs of the interactions I headed over to the incredible ceremony room to capture guests taking their seats and to get ready for the entrance of the bride.

The ceremony was both beautiful and emotional. Once the ceremony was over, we all spilt into the bar area and then outside to make the most of the spring sunshine.

It was a really lovely spring wedding and after a few group shots and formal photos I left knowing that the celebrations would go on till late into the night.

Sharon & Stephen’s Hallmark Hotel Wedding was a real pleasure to photograph.

The Hallmark Hotel Leyland Wedding – Some of my Favourite Stills

Here is a small selection of my favourite stills from Sharon & Stephen’s Leyland Wedding.

I hope you like them.

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Ribby Hall Village Wedding Photography – Andrea & Scott

Wedding Photography at Ribby Hall Village

Andrea & Scott tied the knot at Ribby Hall Village in Wrea Green, Lancashire. I arrived to find an excited bride with her bridesmaids and mum.  I knew the morning celebrations were going to be exciting, fun and relaxed when I saw the room that the Spa Hotel had provided for the couple. The room was huge, more like a suite, with tones of natural light flowing in from the many windows. When Andrea was ready to leave, the hotel provided a Rolls Royce for the Bride and her dad to be transported to the ceremony.

The ceremony was amazing, with a few tears of joy shed as the vows were read. Andrea chose to add in some of her own vows which touched all of their guests emotionally. Following the ceremony the happy couple and their guests ventured outside for the confetti toss and some group photographs.  It was such a beautiful spring day, we were really lucky with the weather. The guests were entertained by the very talented Darren Robinson, a magician, who kept the guests amused until it was time to sit down for the wedding breakfast.

The speeches were hilarious and had everyone in stitches, while guests took a sweepstake on how long the best mans speech would be. The winner of which very kindly donated his winnings to charity. Following the wedding breakfast, the evening guests arrived and the evening entertainment began. The party kicked off with the couple cutting their wedding cake, the bride and her father sharing a father and daughter dance and finally with the bride and groom taking the floor for their fist dance as Mr & Mrs.

The day went as smoothly as you’d ever want and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, including me! Anyway, enough from me. Here are some of the wedding photography from their amazing wedding day at Ribby Hall Village:

 

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Birthday Celebration Event Photography

Michelle’s 40th Birthday Celebrations

I first met Michelle and Brandon in 2014 when I photographed their Wedding. I was over the moon when, some 6 years later, Michelle got in touch to ask if I would photograph her 40th Birthday Celebrations. She was having a family get together at Lucianos at the Millstone in Anderton and wanted some family group photos, as well as some documentary style shots. Michelle had hired a flower wall too, which made for a fantastic backdrop for the formal photographs. Here are my pic of pics….

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