I cant quite believe we are here again, the beginning of a brand new year, hello 2019!
Okay, so I’m a few days late with my 2018 wedding photography highlights because we started the year with no internet connection in our house! So as well as being late to the game with my 2018 roundup, I’ve not been able to watch the new episode of Luther or find out what all the hype is over Birdbox and Bandersnatch on Netflix! It’s been torture!
2018 completely whizzed by. They do say ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ and that is very true of this year!
2018 has been my busiest year to date in terms of wedding photography and it has been such a great pleasure to look back over the last 12 months and put together this blog post. It is a selection of images from weddings throughout 2018, including lots of my favourite moments, although by no means all! There’s a real mix of all the things I love about shooting weddings; behind the scenes moments, real laughter, dancing, and the connections between family and friends.
I’m so excited for what 2019 has in store for me and my little business. If you are currently on the hunt for a wedding photographer in Manchester, the North West (or anywhere for that matter!) please do drop me a message here. I do still have dates available for 2019 and 2020 is booking up fast!
I would like to say a huge thank you to Roberta and Bronte for shooting with me this year and to all the amazing venues, vendors, planners, designers, florists and videographers who make my job so fun to do.
As ever, the biggest THANK YOU goes to all the amazing couples who have given me the opportunity to capture their memories for them, it has been an absolute pleasure! Lots of love and all the best for the future and here’s to a very happy 2019!
If you like what you see in this blog post and would like to enquire about my availability for your wedding date please drop me a message here!
I first met Laura last year while photographing her best friends wedding in Bolton. When she contacted me a couple of months later to do a maternity shoot I couldn’t be more thrilled!
We headed slightly out of Bolton for Laura and Gareth’s bump shoot to Rivington, a lovely little village and civil parish, just next to Chorley in Lancashire. It was a pretty miserable day (weather-wise) and both Laura and Gareth did an ace job of pretending they weren’t absolutely freezing for the whole hour we were shooting!
Below are a few of my favourite shots from the shoot. Laura looked absolutely radiant and Gareth is going to be one very doting Dad!
Sarah and Steven had a lovely, relaxed wedding at The Lodge in Mesnes Park, Wigan. I absolutely adored their summery, yellow theme and Sarah looked gorgeous in her beautiful, scalloped v-neck dress. I was only with the couple for a few hours on the day but my favourite part was definitely when the Vespas came out to play! Seeing the excitement on Steven’s face as we were able to get some photos with them. After the ceremony their guests strolled over to the lovely Italian restaurant Franco’s where they had a relaxed and happy afternoon reception with food, champagne and cake. Such a great day in the Autumn sunshine and a very cool wedding!
Hannah and Paul had a lovely traditional wedding at Christ Church in Ainsworth, Bolton. Hannah Stunned everybody as she entered the church in the most beautiful wedding dress and it was a pleasure to caputure the look on Pauls face as she made her way down the aisle surrounded by so many family and friends. The ceremony was filled with both laughter and emotion brought in part by chief bridesmaid’s lovely reading to her little sister, which can be read here.
The reception was held at Bolton School, one of the oldest schools in Lancashire, and was a perfect choice of venue for Harry Potter fan Hannah. With its castle-like exterior, old stone corridors and staircases we could have believed we were at Hogwarts as we shot some beautiful photos around the school.
An absolutely gorgeous day filled with laughter and lots of dancing! Here are some of my favorites from the day…
There’s been a trend sweeping social media for the last few days that involves using software to generate a best 9 list on Instagram. Well here’s mine!
Here is a quick overview of my most liked Instagram photos of 2015, starting at the top left:
1. At the beginning of the year I set up a little workstation in the corner of my bedroom for photo editing and blogging. It served me well but I’m currently in the process of moving house and shall have my own little office soon! Not to mention a brand spanking new computer. Very exciting!
2. Like a proud parent I set up this photo back in March to show off my new camera. I’ve been so happy with my Nikon D800 since I got it and it has accompanied me to every wedding since. This year one of my resolutions is to master it’s video function.
3. A montage of details from Fay and Alex’s gorgeous wedding back in September. You can see more of their wedding here.
4. I decided one afternoon to make a little fort for Graeme and I to hide out in. I was pretty chuffed with it even if it did make me feel like an eight year old. I think Graeme was secretly impressed too. We ended up eating our dinner in there while watching Age of Adeline before falling asleep. I must say I did wake up with a bad back…I’m not as young as I think I am!
5. This was the awesome breakfast Graeme and I had whilst staying at Roslyn House in Pateley Bridge last September. My goodness it was good! Roslyn House was a lovely B&B too. The owners Judith and Bob made us feel right at home and upgraded our room for us on arrival. I’d highly recommend it for anyone looking for somewhere to stay while exploring the Yorkshire Dales.
6. A lovely photo of Hannah and Paul’s first dance at their wedding at Bolton School last year. Hannah’s dress was just amazing.
7. Same wedding! Graeme doing a sterling job working the Photobooth at the evening reception. Good lad.
8. A snap of the Eiffel Tower from our trip to Paris last April for Mums 50th Birthday. I could go back there time and time again.
9. Working hard in a coffee shop getting Kim and Alex’s wedding images ready. Oh and a sneaky granola square too 😉
So its been a week since I set myself the Twitter Tweet Challenge. My aim was to post 2 tweets a day in the hopes of kickstarting a more regular use of Twitter.
So how did I do? At the start of the week I was doing pretty well, remembering to share my Pintrest boards and Instagram posts with a few random tweets thrown in between. I did start to dwindle towards the end of the week but I have definitely got in the habit of checking my Twitter feed more regularly, which is good. I now follow alot of interesting photography related pages which I like to keep updated with.
Some of the new pages I now follow:
The British Journal of Photography – This one is my favourite for photography news from the editors of the British Journal of Photography (a monthly magazine for professional photographers).
Magnum Photos – An archive of iconic Photographs produced by Magnum photographers, updated daily with new work from all over the world. Good for when you’re in need of some inspiration.
Feature Shoot – Showcases new projects from emerging photographers as well as established photographers. I really like reading about photographers ideas behind thier projects so this one is a good one for that.
Jasmine Star – My absolute favourite wedding photographer, I follow her on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram so now I can complete the collection!
PetaPixel – I enjoy this feed for daily nuggets of interesting, quirky and undiscovered examples of photography and photo art.
So at the start of the week my tweet count was on 11. Today it stands at 28. Meaning I did an average 2.48 tweets a day throughout the week! I’ll take that! I also gained 52 Followers, result!
This was the first wedding I had photographed at The Manchester Monastery in Gorton and I was truly stunned by the venue!. The main hall took my breath away as soon as I walked in and provided the perfect backdrop for an elegant and sophisticated wedding such as Claudine and Alva’s.