My littlest monkey is currently obsessed with krakens. Well, krakens, octopuses (I thought the plural of octopus should be octopi, but apparently not), squid and all things cephalopod.
So, to try and keep him entertained for a while, we went for a visit to The Deep in Hull.
If you don't know about The Deep, it's a massive aquarium with over 3000 creatures including sharks, sawfish, ray fish, sea turtles, jellyfish and much more. They've even got penguins! They've got pretty much everything except an octopus...
For more info on The Deep, click HERE.
We hadn't visited since not long after it opened about 16 years ago, but to be honest it seemed pretty much the same - only in my mind it had been bigger the last time. The place was still packed, the restaurant still crowded and noisy and the ticket prices were still an arm and a leg. Although they do last for a year - handy if you're local, but not so much when you're over an hours drive away.
Reading that back all sounds super negative, but I'm a grumpy dad - we love to moan! Apart from that, my little dude loved it. Although I think he loved the gift shop most of all - he managed to fleece me in there too!
After a couple of hours there, we went for a wander round town to see the sights and grab some food. We also called into the Hull Maritime Museum and gazed at the exhibits - the most impressive being a massive whale skeleton and also a couple of polar bears. There's lots of fishing heritage in there and a staggering amount of memorials of sailors lost at sea. Quite heartbreaking to see - especially when a lot of them were younger than my eldest.
My other half used to live in Hull as a student, and we followed her idea to search for the smallest window in England. We ended up having to Google it and found it about 2 minutes walk from where we were! I was initially disappointed it didn't match the image I had in my head, but had to admit it was kinda cool.
That's enough waffling - here are some snaps.
Gear used: Fujifilm XPro2, Fuji 18mm.
A handful of weeks ago I had the awesome pleasure of nipping up to Harrogate to photograph the wedding of Kelly and Dale.
The day started with bridal prep at the Castle Inn - a lovely village inn on the hight street of Spofforth. This was by far the most intimate bridal prep I've ever had, with less than a handful us of all together in the room. After a couple of hours of laughs and trying-not-to-be-seriousness, I jumped back in the car and headed two minutes down the road to the couple's home to grab a few pics of the groom and the kids. I say two minutes down the road - my satnav took me two miles down the road before suggesting I did a u-turn - their house was literally less than a minutes drive away from the inn!
After a few snaps at the house, it was into the car again and over to Harrogate to Bilton House for the ceremony.
The happy couple rocked the vows like superstars!
After the kisses had been kissed and cheers finished cheering, we popped out onto The Stray for a few snaps, before heading on to the reception venue.
The rest of the day was held at The Bingley Arms in Bardsey - Britain's oldest pub. It's not every day you walk into a pub and see a suit of armour standing in the corner!
The rest of the day was spent in good company, with good food and a good old knees up, with lots of laughs.
Cheers you two - you were both awesome!
Here are a few images from their day.
A handful of weeks ago, I had the awesome pleasure of heading over the hills to Stockport once again to shoot the wedding of Rachel and Nick.
The entire day was spent at the lovely Mottram Hall.
I'd photographed Rachel's sister's wedding a while back, so meeting up with everyone again was like a little re-union. By that, I mean I got picked on by a room full of women once again! ;-)
The day started with bridal prep. As usual, this consisted of too many people in too small a room all falling over each other! Prep is always a good laugh though, and this one didn't disappoint.
Apart from boiling to death.
The morning drizzle had morphed into a blazing sunshine filled day - which is all good and well, unless you're in a bedroom with about 12 others!
The day soon flew by and before we knew it the registrars were knocking on the door, and after doing the legal bits, we headed down for the main event.
Nick was waiting patiently, and soon enough his beautiful bride came down the aisle.
They vowed, they laughed, they married, they kissed, we cheered.
The happy couple had tied the knot like a boss.
The rest of the afternoon was spent drinking, eating, singing, laughing and loving. With a couple of speeches thrown in the mix.
I'm pretty sure the Viking drinking horns were the star of the show though!
The evening crept in and it was soon time for cutting the cake and hitting the dancefloor. And I'll tell you one thing - the love between these two was brighter than the DJ lights.
Thanks for having me guys - you were both awesome!
Here are a few images from their day.
A few weeks ago I had the awesome privilege of photographing the wedding of Lucinda and Luke over in Huddersfield.
The entire day was held at the lovely Old Golf House Hotel.
The day started with bridal prep - which was the usual mix of fun and the awkwardness of a strange man taking pictures of people getting dressed! After getting over the confusion of everyone calling the bride a different name, we had more fun than awkward though.
Pretty soon the couple's girls came in to keep us all on our toes too!
The time flew by, and before you knew it - it was time for the main event.
Luke was waiting patiently (and a little nervously) at the end of the aisle waiting for his bride. As you can see from the photos - he had his hands full too!
His wait was worth it though - pretty soon Lucinda appeared and she looked absolutely stunning.
The registrars did their thing, and pretty soon the vows were spoken, rings were on fingers and the blessing was sealed with a kiss to the cheers of everyone there.
The happy couple left the room as man and wife.
A very smiley, happy husband and wife!
The rest of the day blew by filled with love, happiness, smiles, laughs and hugs. And a few more kisses. And a few more drinks! There were also some pretty emotional speeches thrown in to bring a few tears to the eye. Not mine though - I just had something in my eye...
There was some pretty awesome dancefloor action squeezed in at the end of the night too!
Congrats to you both guys - your day was absolutely awesome.
Here are a few snaps from their day.
The weather's been miserable again, but we donned our jackets and went deer spotting for an hour to get out of the house.
I'd only recently learned that these were close by, so stuck the camera in the bag and went for some snaps.
These were a bit rushed - as my 4 year old is not the most patient companion, so hoping to return soon for some more.
Gear used: Fujifilm XPro2, 50-230.
Christmas is over, everything is back to normal and it's pretty safe to say that everyone has the rubbish-weather-post-Christmas-blues. So, we decided to remedy this by nipping to Scarborough for some fish n chips!
It was a proper flying visit - we basically drove there, walked on the seafront, had some chips, walked down the harbour and marina, went in the arcade, walked back along the beach and drove home!
The weather was half decent for us - it wasn't too cold, but the wind made it colder. It stayed dry all day though.
It was also surprisingly busy - I guess plenty of others were clinging onto that holiday feeling!
Here are some snaps.
Gear used: Fujifilm XPro2, 35mm 1.4
A few weeks ago we jumped into the car and headed up North to the top of Cumbria.
We stayed in a little caravan park in Silloth - a little town on the shores of the Solway Firth.
I was up there to do a charity walk along Hadrian's Wall, spending a few days with the fam before and after the event. Unfortunately, I had to cut the walk short after an ITB injury, but every cloud has a silver lining and it meant I got a few more days with the fam before we headed home.
Although I had to hobble everywhere...
We did our usual stuff - exploring the hills, beach walks, sea side towns, fishing villages, wildlife spotting, stone skimming, trying to keep the kids entertained when it rained...
And of course, we ate lots of chips!
The last night there was beautiful. We sat by a campfire on the beach while we watched the sun go down and the stars come out. Perfect.
Going home is always the worst bit, so we turned it into a little bit of a road trip and visited Keswick in the Lake District, then on down to Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales.
As always, I took too many photos...
Gear used: Fuji X100F, Fuji XPro2, 35mm 1.4, 50-230, Samyang 12mm.
A few weeks ago I travelled down to Leicester to photograph the awesome wedding of Anna and Matt.
The day started with Bridal prep (and a teeny bit of Groom prep!) at the Ullesthorpe Court Hotel. This was the usual fun of far too many people in one room trying to hide from the weirdo with a camera! It was all a good laugh, the time flew by, and everyone was soon looking beautiful and loaded into a gorgeous 1964 VW bus for the trip to the main venue.
The rest of the day was held at the lovely Shearsby Bath.
Matt was waiting patiently in the lovely oak-beamed old Spa Room and before you knew it, his beautiful Bride came walking down the aisle to take her place by his side.
Smiles-for-miles is one of my favourite words to describe a wedding day - and the moment these two saw each other, it was once again the phrase that sums it all up!
Vows were soon spoken, rings were exchanged and kisses were kissed.
There may have been a few laughs and giggles in there too!
The new Mr and Mrs walked out hand in hand into the sunshine.
The afternoon was spent basking in the sun with ice creams in hand, the kids were busy in the gardens and the adults were keeping well hydrated. Well - you've got to stay safe in the sunshine after all!
We managed to sneak a few photos in too.
It was soon back inside for food and speeches, the afternoon turned to evening, and before you knew it - it was time to get down on the dancefloor!
A perfect wedding day.
Thanks for having me guys - you two were awesome!
Here are a few snaps from their day.
A few weeks ago I was back in Pontefract to photograph the awesome wedding of Lauren and Dan.
The entire day was held at the lovely Kings Croft Hotel.
We started off with Bridal prep - which, as always, was a good laugh. Instead of being all squeezed into one room though, this time we had two. Which was a good job, as there were lots of people in there! There were also a couple of videographers in for the day too (a cool guy by the name of Adam - check him out HERE) so we were leapfrogging over each other between rooms all morning!
Time soon ticked on, so then it was time to head out to the pavilion for the main event.
Dan was patiently waiting at the end of the aisle for his Bride to arrive. Which thankfully, she did! It was pretty easy to see her coming to be honest - the multicoloured line of approaching bridesmaids was pretty long!
Smiles for miles was the order of the day, and pretty soon vows were spoken, rings were exchanged, kisses were kissed and the happy couple walked out into the sunshine as man and wife. Perfectly serenaded by the awesome 24 Live who sang throughout the rest of the day.
The rest of the evening was laughs, love and fun in the sunshine. Oh, and some pretty cool dancing!
A good ol' Yorkshire wedding.
Congrats you two, and thanks for having me. Your day was ace.
Here are a few snaps from their day.
A few weeks ago I was back over in Stockport again to shoot the awesome wedding of Kellie and Rich.
The entire day was held at the Cheadle Village Hotel.
The day started with Bridal prep - which was the usual fun of too many people squeezed into a room for two. Add a few kids to the mix and we were falling over each other all morning! As always though, Bridal prep is good fun and loosens everyone up. (And gets them used to me sticking a camera in their face!)
The time flew by, and it was pretty soon time to head down for the main event.
Rich and the boys were downstairs in the bar, but got ushered into the wedding room before Kellie and the Bridal party came down.
Gotta say - Rich was looking cool as a cucumber. That look soon turned into 'the-cat-that-got-the-cream' look when Kellie walked down the aisle!
The registrars did the business, vows were spoken, rings were exchanged, kisses were kissed, cheers were cheered and the happy couple walked out as man and wife into the sunshine.
The day was glorious. Blue skies and sunshine and perfect British summertime Beer Garden weather.
And enjoy it everyone did!
The rest of the day waltzed by with lots of love, laughter and some good old emotional (and often hilarious) speeches. And plenty of drinking, obviously.
A perfect day that was finished off with a mega, everyone-involved first dance.
The love was shining more than the sunshine!
Congrats guys and thanks for having me. You were both awesome.
Here are some of the images from their day.
Thought I'd start this little blog to let people know what we get up to. Some personal stuff thrown in the mix too.