Much of my work in recent years is property photography. I work for various local estate agents in York, as well as owners of guest houses and b and bs. Professional property photography is so important to showcase each place at it's best. Hopefully each property will be nice and tidy when I arrive (it's not always, but usually!) It's important to declutter as much as possible, and little things like putting away towels, toilet rolls, pet bowls and bins, really do help.
I use a wide angle lens, 10mm - 20mm and a monopod, which I love! I used to use a tripod, but the camera I currently use is brilliant with low light, so I don't need to use a really slow stutter speed, hence a monopod is enough, and it allows me to get in to tight corners, as well as capture high up exterior shots.
In most property shoots, I also provide a fully measured and detailed floor plan. This is recent skill that I have taught myself, and something I really enjoy doing. The biggest floor plan I have ever done was a 20 bedroom hotel, showing all rooms, fixtures, fittings and communal areas - which was a challenge!
I love doing property photography and think it a really important thing for anyone selling, letting or advertising a property.
Looking back over the years of some of my favourite weddings…..
Christmas weddings are so lovely, so I was very excited to get the booking from Rachel and Adrian for their wedding on Christmas Eve. The day came and although it was cold, it was lovely and bright – the perfect winter day. I met Adrian at the register office in York, and noted the amazing tailored suit straight away. Rachel arrived a little later and she looked gorgeous! The dress was beautiful and the flowers perfect for the time of year.
York register office is such a fab venue, with beautiful natural light coming in through the large windows. After the ceremony everyone went outside for photos in the garden. Once the group shots were done, the guests made their way to the reception venue – a particular favourite of mine, the hidden gem that is Bedern Hall. I really don’t think Rachel and Adrian could have picked a more perfect venue for a Christmas Eve wedding!
Rachel, Adrian and I took a less direct route to Bedern, and stopped off at some favourite York locations en route. As much as I love doing the candid, informal images at each wedding, I think the thing I enjoy the most is spending time with the bride and groom, getting beautiful, natural images of the two of them, using the landscape and scenery around us. I am very passionate about York and feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful city, so the walk to Bedern Hall, stopping off for photos as we went was just amazing! Rachel and Adrian are such a lovely down to earth couple that we had real fun. It was strange seeing all the people bustling around us doing last minute shopping or going to the pub, while we were there in bridal finery and with camera….
Once at Bedern, the fact that it was Christmas Eve really hit home. The décor of the place was just beautiful and so festive. I stayed throughout the meal, which is always nice as I feel I capture the whole of the day. And I wouldn’t have missed listening to Rachel and Adrian playing with their brass band – certainly a first for me to watch a bride playing in a band on her wedding day! It was the perfect end to the perfect day. I went away from this wedding with such a lovely warm feeling inside and I feel so lucky to have been a part of it.