A few weeks ago I had the awesome honour of shooting the beautiful wedding of Joanne and David.
The entire day was held in Whitley Hall, a beautiful 16th Century mansion set in the countryside on the outskirts of Sheffield. I've been looking forward to shooting here for a while - the place is an ivy-clad beauty with lovely grounds full of wandering peacocks.
The day started a bit different to most - it was my eldest boy's 16th birthday. So after a cup of tea, we dragged his lazy teenage bum out of bed and forced him to open his presents before I left. I'm pretty sure he went back to bed afterwards!
Jo didn't want any bridal prep, so upon arrival I had a little nosey around the grounds as the guests were arriving. David soon appeared so I snapped a few shots before everyone was ushered into the ceremony room.
Once the coast was clear, Jo and the girls made their way down and it was time for business.
Pretty soon the vows were said, kisses were kissed and the happy couple headed out into the glorious sunshine.
The day was an absolute belter - beautiful blue with a blazing sun. I'm pretty sure everyone almost had to be dragged back inside for the food! Once the meals had been had, it was time for the speeches - and the best man was looking a little green! Despite the nerves, he pulled a belter out of the bag.
Along with some pretty incriminating photos of the Groom!
Everyone had a good laugh and it was back into the gardens to soak up the rest of the sun.
Well, after the surprise birthday cake that is!
After enjoying the rare Yorkshire sunshine it was soon time to head back inside for the cake cutting and the first dance.
People laughed, people loved and people lived. Pretty much prefect.
Thanks for having me guys - it was awesome.
Here are a few images from their day.
A few weeks ago, I had the awesome pleasure of shooting the wedding of Victoria and Duncan in the village I grew up in - South Kirkby. Which has a Pontefract address and a Wakefield postcode - just to confuse everyone about where it actually is!
I love going through Kirkby. The sights always bring back memories. Lots of the places I remember have gone, but a few still remain. One of which was the church where I was shooting. Right at the bottom of my old street!
The day started with Bridal prep at the couple's home. I use the term Bridal prep loosely - I pretty much photographed everyone getting ready except the Bride. We even had a little birthday cake surprise!
The prep was complete chaos - everyone and everything was everywhere!
It was brilliant!
The time soon ticked on, so it was into the Roller and on to All Saints Church - where I've actually never been before! (Maybe I once went with school as a nipper, but I can't remember it.)
Duncan was waiting patiently at the altar, and pretty soon his Bride-to-be came swishing down the aisle. Looking absolutely radiant.
Proceedings got under way, and it wasn't long until little Mielle decided she wanted to get in on the action, so the rest of the ceremony was spent with babe-in-arms, until Victoria passed her over to the Vicar for her Baptism. And cold water on a baby's head only ends with more tears! Victoria soon dished out some magic mamma-milk to save the day.
I've got to say, one of the things I find most beautiful in this world is seeing a Mother feed her baby. Watching a Mother feeding her baby during the magic of her wedding day was absolutely sublime.
Things were soon wrapped up at church and it was on to the beautiful Hostel at Hooton Pagnell. Where eating, drinking, dancing, laughing and loving was the order of the day.
And a bouncy castle. Obviously.
I loved every minute of this wedding. Thanks for having me guys - you were both awesome!
Here are some images from their day.
Trafalgar Day is the celebration of the victory of the Royal Navy over the combination of both the French and Spanish fleets during the Battle of Trafalgar on the 21st October 1805.
The Battle of Trafalgar by Clarkson Frederick Stanfield
Every year, close to the date, the Sea Cadets hold their Trafalgar Day Parade. My little Cadet missed it last year, so was quite excited to do this for the first time - especially since he's now got his new uniform!
We took the little monkey along, who got bored, frustrated and excited in the first 20 minutes - as only a 3 year old can do! But, he watched his big bro and walked his little legs off alongside the parade.
I had a proper proud dad moment watching my lad as he marched through the streets. To be honest, I was proud of everyone that was there and took part. They all looked amazing.
As usual, I took far too many photos. Here are my snaps from the day.
The Sea Cadets offer brilliant opportunities for kids. Check them out HERE.
Went out to the Rockley Engine House and Furnace for a bit of fresh air (and for Alfie to wear his new classic army pouches!)
I like Rockley. There's not much there, but the woods have cool trees, there's mega vines everywhere, there's a little stream, it's always quiet and the ruins are cool.
The furnace is from 1700 and the engine house is dated 1813, but reported to be older. The engine house once housed a pumping engine that kept the local Iron mines dry.
And it looks a bit like a castle with the castellated top - so kids love it!
Freddie's favourite part of the day was 'trampoline log bouncing'. And yep - he fell off. Laughing.
Here's some snaps.
Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2, Samyang 12mm, Fuji 35mm 1.4,
Some snaps from a little walk around the wharf area as the sun went down.
Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2, Samyang 12mm, Fuji 35mm 1.4, Fuji 56mm 1.2
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting the awesome little intimate wedding of Michelle and Richard over in Rotherham.
The day started with a little bit of Bridal prep at the Holiday Inn before we jumped into the cars and headed into Rotherham for Michelle to get into her dress. After wowing everyone in the house, Michelle and the Bridal party jumped into the Daimler and we battled the traffic through Rotherham centre to Clifton Park Museum. (Where I promptly got told off for taking photos in the reception - pesky museum rules!)
I whipped the camera away and went to check out the two rooms I was allowed to take photos in, the ceremony room and the waiting room - where I found Richard nattering away (and looking a little nervous!)
We were soon ushered into the ceremony room, ready for the Bride to make her entrance.
And she did. Looking radiant.
Richard smiled like the cat that got the cream!
The vows were soon said, kisses were had and smiles-for-miles were the order of the day.
After being kicked out the side door*, we headed down into the park for some photos before heading on to the pub, where food, drink, dancing and singing awaited.
Complete with the cutest little karaoke girl ever!
*Seriously venues - if you're going to run weddings like a conveyor belt, at least have some class rather than shipping the couples out as quick as you can! #rantover.
Thanks for having me guys - you were awesome!
Here are a few photos from their day.
Everyone has been stuck in the house for a few weeks - with non-stop runny noses, sniffles and all the other little general things that go round and round making everyone feel rubbish. So the other morning, while mummy was seriously under the weather, we tucked her back into bed and went for a little walk in the local woods - to get some fresh air back into the lungs.
The boys wanted to take their toy guns to run around with - but as you can see, Alfie went full on Assault Team Ginger...
Sometimes that bit of fresh air is all it needs to perk you back up. And it's always beautiful in the woods this time of year.
This afternoon we had a little home-ed trip to Heeley City Farm in Sheffield.
It's a pretty small place, with about 3 million chickens, some pigs, goats, and other livestock.
There's a few reptiles and spiders too, but they were mostly hiding away.
There's a little cafe on site and a little play area for the kids. And a little petting zoo. And a little garden centre. And a little veg stall.
Like I said, it's a little place!
Alfie had some animal photography to do for one of his projects and Freddie Jay enjoyed looking at everything and going crazy in the playground.
Oh, and it's free entry! Pop in and have a nosey if you're passing by...
Click Here for more info.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting the lovely wedding of Jane and Matt over in Stockport.
The day started with Bridal Prep at Jane's Mum's. As usual, a house full of women, a bit of booze and a strange fellow taking pictures of it all led to a good laugh being had by all. Well, after the initial disappointment that I wasn't a stripper!
After prep we zoomed to Flowery Field Church in Hyde, where I was quickly ushered to a little balcony in the far corner of the church and told to stay there. I felt a bit like a cross between Harry Potter and a peeping Tom as I spied on everyone from the little cupboard over the stairs!
Jane soon came down the aisle to join Matt at the front. Vows were said, songs were sung and kisses were kissed.
The happy couple walked back out into the sunshine as man and wife - and started chugging champers straight from the bottle! My kind of people!!!
Smiles and hugs were everywhere. We took some snaps and then headed on to the reception venue - Ashton Masonic Hall.
Magicians did shows, the kids ran riot, food was had, speeches were said, drinks were drunk, songs were sung, people danced, people laughed and people loved.
A proper awesome wedding day.
Thanks for having me guys - I had a blast.
Here are a few images from their day.
Last week we had a few days away having a bit of a road trip round the Scottish border areas.
We stayed in Lower Burnmouth and had a little adventure round the area, calling into the little seaside ports and villages, and also popping back down into England to drive over the causeway onto Holy Island off the Northumberland coast.
Luckily, our little Freddie Bear wasn't in a sling this time, so he enjoyed climbing the rocks and throwing stones with his big bros!
We visited Castles, Priories, Beaches, Parks, Ports and Marinas. We ate Ice Cream, Pizzas, Teas and Cakes. We watched Seals, Gulls and lots of other wildlife.
We also did our usual favourite thing - we walked our local beach every evening until the sun went down before heading back to our house to warm back up by the fire.
A lovely bit of family time.
Here's a few (too many) snaps.
As usual, we booked our holiday house through Airbnb. If you've not used it before, click HERE.
Thought I'd start this little blog to let people know what we get up to. Some personal stuff thrown in the mix too.