Sarah and Ross - wedding photography at Aldwark Manor, photography in York

Sarah and Ross - wedding photography at Aldwark Manor, photography in York

Photography at Aldwark Manor is amazing! I love this venue! Sarah and Ross's day was perfect.

I started up in the room getting bridal preparations. The Dales Suites are just amazing! While bridal prep shots are very candid, when I am working at Aldwark Manor I always like to pose a few up of the bride in the room as I love the windows and the staircase so much!

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Emma and Dan - wedding photography in York, photography at York Pavilion

Emma and Dan - wedding photography in York, photography at York Pavilion

Emma and Dan's wedding was amazing! The Pavilion Hotel in York is one of the venues I work at the most, and I love it. It is perfect for larger weddings, like Emma and Dan's, as well as smaller weddings.

Emma and Dan had their ceremony and reception at The Pavilion, so I went along early to cover bridal preps up in the room. Emma's dress was gorgeous and she looked beautiful. She had 2 flowers girls and 2 pageboys who were so cute and very well behaved!

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Interior photography - Dawnay Arms Pub York, commercial photography York

Interior photography - Dawnay Arms Pub York, commercial photography York

As much as I love wedding photography I also do a lot of interior photography for b and b's, pubs, restaurants and hotels. This type of work is fab, and very rewarding!

I realised there was a need for this type of work a while ago, when I researched various websites in the area. Many sites looked great and the photography was spot on, however, some sites I looked at were let down by poor images. I think many businesses perhaps try and save the cost of a professional photographer and do the photos themselves. However, this is not a good idea! With businesses such as guest houses, b and b's pubs etc, professional images to showcase the establishment are imperative. Great pics will make a huge difference to any website.

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Rachel and Pete, Walmsley Christ Church, Egerton and Bolton School, Bolton wedding photography

Rachel and Pete, Walmsley Christ Church, Egerton and Bolton School, Bolton wedding photography

I was really excited about Rachel and Pete's big day! Although I love wedding photography in York, and there are so many beautiful venues, I was looking forward to working at a new venue. and Bolton School did not disappoint!

I started off doing bridal preps and then on to Walmsley Church. The church is beautiful and situated at the top of a big hill. Pete and the lads looked very smart and Rachel looked gorgeous! After the ceremony we did most of the group shots in the church doorway. This is perfect as it means once guests arrive at the reception venue they are not bothered by loads more photos, they can just enjoy the day.

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Booking your wedding photographer, and asking the right questions

When booking the photographer for your wedding it is imperative you get it right.  Your photographer is someone who will be with you for a long time on your big day, and the photos are one of the few things you will keep after the wedding. There are so many photographers out there, where do you start?

I have put together a few tips that may help you when you start looking ...

  1. Personal recommendation if possible. Do you know anyone who has recently got married? Who was their photographer and were they happy? If someone you know can recommend a photographer personally that is a good start. Do you know anyone in the industry?
  2. Look at different photographer’s websites to compare styles and packages. Are they more traditional or contemporary in the way they work? Not all will have their prices on their website, so contact 5 or 6 to get an idea of cost. Read More
Philippa and Denn - St George's Church, Middletons Hotel, York wedding photography

Philippa and Denn - St George's Church, Middletons Hotel, York wedding photography

Philippa and Denn's wedding day was fab! They are a really relaxed couple and a pleasure to work with. The day itself was fine, although a little cold - only to be expected in February!

St George's Church is a gorgeous church in York - especially beautiful from the inside. After the ceremony, we did some group shots in the doorway then it was on to Middleton's Hotel (formerly Lady Anne Middletons). The hotel is great - some really quirky spots for photos!

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Emily and John - The Engine Shed, Wetherby wedding photography

Emily and John - The Engine Shed, Wetherby wedding photography

Emily and John's wedding day was amazing! I was working at two venues I have never worked at before, both fab! St Martin's Church, Chapel Allerton, and The Engine Shed, Wetherby. Although I am based in York, I am more than happy to travel, and wedding photography in Wetherby is great!

Emily looked amazing, and I was pleased she asked me to cover bridal preperations. Luckily the weather was fine, although cold with it being February. After the ceremony we did all the gorup shots at the church, as the light was fading. By the time we got back to The Engine Shed, we just had a few minutes to get some lovely shots of Emily and John before it started getting dark.

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Alexandra & Jonathan - St William's College, York wedding photography

Alexandra & Jonathan - St William's College, York wedding photography

I love being a wedding photographer in York! There are so many beautiful venues, and I am so lucky to be able to do wedding photography at St William's College as I love the venue.

Alexandra and Jonathan are a fab couple. They had already been married in California, and this was their "second wedding celebration"! It was a fab day, and Alexandra looked beautiful. Jonathan also looked amazing in his kilt! We did the group shots at St William's College and then went to the gardens by the Minster for bride and groom shots.

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Meg and Tom - wedding photography Beverley - PapaKata and St Mary's Church

Meg and Tom - wedding photography Beverley - PapaKata and St Mary's Church

I have to say this was one of my favourite weddings! I covered bridal preps to the first dance, which I like, and not only are Meg and Tom a lovely couple, their venues were amazing!

Wedding photography Beverley.... I started at Meg's parents house, doing the photography in Beverley. They had an awesome PapaKata set up in the back garden, and photography of Papakatas is such fun! It was set up in a vintage style with a real country feel, which I love. After bridal preps, in was on to photography at St Mary's Church, Beverley. Tom and the guys looked very smart, and I met them in the pub first! St Mary's Church in Beverley is a very impressive church, almost a Minster. So I couldn't help get some great shots during the ceremony and then outside afterwards.

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Amy and Tim, Rudding Park

Amy and Tim, Rudding Park

As a York wedding photographer I am spoilt for choice with the venues I work at, however, having studied photography in Harrogate, the city is almost as close to my heart as York. I have worked at the beautiful Rudding Park in Harrogate many times before, doing society events, but I had never done a wedding and always wanted to.

Weddings at Rudding Park are amazing events as the venue is stunning. Imagine my delight when I was recommended by a lovely couple, to another lovely couple, who were getting married at Rudding! Amy and Tim are great and we immediately got on well. I was so pleased they chose me to be their photographer, and I met them at the venue so we could look round before the big day and I could view it through a wedding photographers eye! There are so many possibilities for wedding photography at Rudding Park that I needed to prioritize the shots.

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Top tips when choosing your wedding photographer

When booking the photographer for your wedding it is imperative you get it right. The photographer is someone who will be with you for a long time on your big day, and the photos are one of the few things you will keep after the wedding. There are so many photographers out there, where do you start? I have put together a few tips that may help you when you start looking ...

  1. Personal recommendation if possible. Do you know anyone who has recently got married? Who was their photographer and were they happy? If someone you know can recommend a photographer personally that is a good start. Do you know anyone in the industry?
  2. Look at different photographer’s websites to compare styles and packages. Are they more traditional or contemporary in the way they work? Not all will have their prices on their website, so contact 5 or 6 to get an idea of cost.
  3. Don’t necessarily go for the cheapest option. In fact, often there is a reason if someone is much cheaper than others. This could be a very good photographer just starting out who cannot charge established prices. But do make sure you know first.
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Why I set up the Wedding Industry Network ...

I set up my business in 2001. When I first started I had no experience of “networking”, indeed I didn’t even know what it was. One day, out of the blue, I got a phone call from a financial adviser, telling me he was part of a networking group “who were looking for a photographer to pass business to”. I thought it was too good to be true so I went along to one of the meetings.

And indeed it was! The joining fee of £500, plus monthly dues of £35, was way out of my league as a new business. However, having just left college, with no real business contacts and not enough money coming in, I knew I had to do something to grow my business. It was a “take a risk or go under” situation.

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Why I love being a wedding photographer so much!

I am one of the few lucky people that can honestly say “I love my job!” If I wasn’t doing it to earn a living then I would still be doing it as a hobby ... I am a freelance photographer specialising in weddings.

Photography – capturing a moment in time and preserving it forever. Creating visual memories of people, events, landscapes, details ... This is my passion.

When I first set up in business in 2001, I will be honest, I said I never wanted to do wedding photography! It is such a huge responsibility, and I did not feel ready! However, after doing a few “freebies” for people I knew, I began to enjoy it. The more weddings I did the more I began to love doing them. What is not to love? I am taking photos, which is my passion, and I am a part of one the happiest days you can have.

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Tina and Andy, Haxby Church and York Pavilion Hotel

Tina and Andy, Haxby Church and York Pavilion Hotel

I am so lucky to be a photographer in York. There are so many beautiful venues to work at! I have worked at The Pavilion Hotel in York many times before and love the relaxed and personal feel to it.

I was chuffed to bits when Tina and Andy asked me to be their photographer. Andy is one of my younger brothers! I was determined to do as professional a job as I would for anyone else, but I also wanted to enjoy the day as a guest.

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Baby photography - newborn photography in York

Weddings are the main part of the work that I do, however I am lucky enough to also photograph children and babies. Being a mother myself, I understand the importance of baby photography and child portraits - they grow so fast and change so quickly! Those special times need to be captured forever ...

Baby photography is a real passion of mine. I love it when I get a newborn shoot. If the baby is 10 days old or less it is perfect for the shoot! A really young baby is easier to position, and the younger the better. I totally understand that having just given birth, women have other things to concentrate on - like the baby! - rather than thinking about a photoshoot (I didn't give a professional baby photo shoot a second thought when I had Mia!). However, for the best results, to capture those "crunched up" poses, those beautiful positions with the little legs tucked up and the sleepy head reasting on the tiny hands, 10 days old or less is the key!

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Katy and Rich, Aldwark Church and Aldwark Manor

Katy and Rich, Aldwark Church and Aldwark Manor

A beautiful winter wedding!

I was so pleased to be asked to be Katy and Rich's wedding photographer in York last December, as they are a great couple and very down to earth. I have been a wedding photographer at Aldwark Manor many times before and love the venue. Aldwark Church is equally lovely and it was great getting the bridal shots of Katy at the hotel first, then on to the church for photos of the lads.

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It's all in the eye ...

The eye makes the photographer, not the camera….

Some words of advice to anyone thinking of booking a wedding photographer ... I had an enquiry from a lady the other day who wanted to know how much I charge for wedding photography. I told her (my price is no where near as high as some!) and she said that was way out of her budget. Apparently her friend got married lately and paid only £350 for a full day of photography, plus an album!!! Be aware!

There are an increasing number of people claiming to be wedding photographers, and undercutting the professionals such as myself. I studied at college for 4 years and have been in business for 13 years now. You pay for quality and experience. I am not saying everyone cheap is no good - all businesses have to start somewhere.....

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