Category Archives: Wedding photography

Wedding photography - York Wedding Suppliers photo shoot at The Artful Dodger

 

I set up York Wedding Suppliers about 8 years ago as I wanted to be a part of a group of local wedding suppliers who could work together and recommend each other. The group works so well as we meet on a regular basis so know each other personally and can recommend each other with confidence. Obviously our industry has been affected  massively by Covid, but we have keep the meetings going on Zoom, and even done a virtual wedding fair. Recently we were able to organise a photo shoot in person and it was brilliant to be able to do this again!

One of our members, The Artful Dodger down Micklegate in York, have diversified over the lockdown period and are now offering their venue for small weddings. It is a beautiful space in the centre of York and we made the most of it for our shoot, to showcase the venue and also some of our member's services. 

Have a look at www.yorkweddingsuppliers.co.uk for more info about our group.

Venue - The Artful Dodger, York

Dress - Bridal Reloved

Model - Amy Sandy

Flowers - Gayflowers and Lottie Roberts

Jewellery - Jo Bagshaw Jewellery Designer and Maker

Styling - Treasured Occasions 

Favours and candle - PQ Soy Wax Candles

Celebrant - Anne-Marie Ledson

Lighting - Night Owls Disco

Cake - Sweet Chic

Photography - Nikki Bowling Photography 

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Wedding photography - Thicket Priory

I think I can safely say that in over 20 years of being in business I have never had a year with so few weddings! A total of one, since the first lockdown began! Until the other day, when I did my second one in a year! I absolutely love working at weddings - big or small, long or short, I love every single one! I am so lucky that during the pandemic I have been very busy with property photography and have managed to keep going. However, I have really missed weddings, so Michelle and Martin's special day was a real pleasure. 

 

Michelle and Martin had originally booked me for another date, but, like so many others, had to rearrange. Their new date the other day was perfect weather wise, bright but not too sunny. Michelle looked gorgeous, and the venue was amazing. Thicket Priory, near Wheldrake, is a fairly new wedding venue, and I have to say that it is absolutely stunning. So many opportunities for photos, I could have spent all day just getting pics of the bride and groom! From the building itself, to the lake, the bridges, the woodland, the driveway. Not to mention the amazing huge staircase inside, with mirrors, gorgeous windows, stunning bedrooms, and even it's own chapel. It is a photographer's dream! 

Michelle and Martin were fab to work with - so easy going and lovely, and my natural style of working fitted perfectly as part of their day. It was so nice come back to wedding photography after such a long time. I have a few more weddings to look forward to this year and I cannot wait! I think 2022 might be a very busy year, when hopefully all restrictions will have eased. It is however, at the moment, perfectly possible to have a gorgeous day in Covid times, and with such a beautiful venue it couldn't have been better. 

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Booking your wedding photographer, and asking the right questions

In these difficult times I really feel for all those couples who have had to rearrange their wedding. I hope this process has been as easy as possible for everyone and these couples are now able to look forward to their new date. I think the next couple of years will see a surge of weddings, so we all have something to look forward to!

I think now is an appropriate time to just give a few tips for anyone looking for a wedding photographer. When booking your wedding photographer 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?

In these times it is more difficult to make an appointment to go and see a photographer in person, so I am talking to couples over the phone initially, and if they are interested after a detailed phone conversation I am happy to hold their date until we are able to meet up in person.

I have put together a few tips that may help couples when they 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.
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Wedding Photography - details of the day

Wedding photography is my greatest passion when it comes to my job, and I am so lucky to be involved in so many lovely happy days!

My style is very natural and informal and whilst I am happy to capture group shots, I never let them take over the day. I spend time with each couple getting lovely artistic yet natural shots of them, and I also allow time to capture the informal candid moments. It is also important to get shots of the lovely details of each day, so the couple can remember the little touches that made their day unique forever.

Bridal preps start with set up shots of the dress, shoes, flowers, jewellery etc, and I think this is a perfect way to start the day. Then I move on the groom and his party, and capture button holes, cuff links, shoes etc. Throughout the day I am always looking out for those special details, such as signs, pillar boxes, table decorations, favours, bunting ...

Details of the day are what makes each wedding unique and make sure I capture as many as I can on each lovely wedding day.

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