Kirkstall Abbey – Jess and Joe Portraits

April 6, 2014

When it comes to locations in and around Leeds we really are spoilt for choice but there are some places that pop up time and again and Kirkstall Abbey is one of them. It must be one of the most photographed locations in Leeds and whenever I’m there I’m always trying to look with fresh eyes and find new images.

I met up with Jess and Joe at the Abbey for their pre-wedding portraits. I’m looking forward to joining them next month for their wedding day.

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Jenny and Craig Portraits

March 25, 2014

Two pre-wedding shoots in one day are a rarity, but after checking in with Nicola and Peter at Grove house I headed up to Helperby to meet Jenny and Craig. As this was my first time in the area I arrived early to scout out some locations and was really pleased when the guys made similar suggestions! Here are some of my favourites.

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Grove House Harrogate – Nicola and Peter Portraits

March 23, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, on a beautiful sunny Sunday I got the chance to catch up with two of my couples getting married later this year. The sun was shining and it felt like spring was finally here. First up was Nicola and Peter who’ll be getting married at Grove House in Harrogate. Here are some of my favourites from their shoot. Enjoy!

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Teachers

February 21, 2014

Some photographers specialise in a particular type of wedding or try to attract a particular type of bride. This isn’t something I’ve ever tried to do as I enjoy the variety that comes from weddings large and small, far and wide, and exploring how my style of photography reflects on each of them.

However, if I did have a niche, it would be teachers! I don’t know what it is, it’s not like I offer any particular educational discount, but my last three weddings all had brides who were teachers and I’ve shot many more besides. I’ve even had the pleasure of listening to one bride’s former class sing during the ceremony.

I am married to a teacher and also have lots of friends who are teachers so maybe that has something to do with it. I certainly understand the pressures, rewards and hard work involved in teaching, albeit second-hand, and I’m incredibly proud of the work that Rache does.

All of this is on my mind today thanks to a book which arrived in the post. It was written by Nigel Pickard, my former English teacher who died far too young, aged just 45, back in 2011. He was one of those teachers you remember. People behaved in his class because he enthused them. He gave you confidence in your own creative abilities and encouraged your to explore your imagination.

When I was in my final years of school I worked for him on a summer school designed to help children improve their literacy before arriving at secondary school and had the opportunity to create a documentary about it. I remember sitting for hours with a VHS machine capable of insert edits and audio dubbing but I had to get it right first time, this was destructive editing! It was one of my first forays in to visual story telling, leading me to many more short films during my studies at college and University.

I didn’t realise until after his death that Mr Pickard published two novels  but after standing uninspired in my local bookshop last week, the thought popped in to my head and I placed the order for ‘One’, his debut novel.

I’ve got a few days of relaxation planned with Rache as we head in to half term and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with Mr P through his book. I wonder what he might have left to teach me?

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