December 23, 2008

It just remains for me to say...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2008 is almost over and I can't let it pass without saying "thank you" to all the couples and people I've worked with this year.

You have all helped make 2008 my most successful year to date. I feel very privileged to have been invited into the lives of some great couples on their special day, to have shot at some beautiful wedding locations and it's been such fun too! I LOVE my job!
Looking forward to 2009 and it's already shaping up to be an even more successful year. For one thing I'm now almost booked up! There are still some dates available though, especially for anyone looking to get married in February, March, November and December. And I'm already excited to be be planning my first Trash The Dress (TTD) shoot too. If you don't know what TTD is, it's a fun name for an excuse to get your wedding dress out again for some magazine-style location shots! Can't wait! My new wedding album books are proving popular too, and I'm looking forward to working on more of those in the coming year, and to seeing the faces when I hand them over!
Of course it may be the main focus of my work but it's not all weddings and I've enjoyed a fair bit of portraiture and event work in the year too. Flax Books and Litfest have provided me with some great opportunties, More Music Morecambe  inviting me to photograph their Hothouse activities was fantastic, and more besides.

Here's to 2009!

December 13, 2008

Who is this young man living in my home?

Last weekend my eldest lad Stanley turned 14, yes 14! He is now taller than I am, wears size 10 shoes, is shaving regularly and has a deeper voice than me.
Did I blink?

2005 / 2006 /2007 /2008

November 25, 2008

Look at the view!

On my walk around Williamson Park this morning my eye was caught by some elderly tourists enjoying the morning sunlight and the beautiful Ashton vista.
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The gift of relaxation

Mrs Beanphoto has been asking me these last few weeks for me to produce her some gift vouchers in readiness for Christmas. So this morning when the postman delivered this lovely little gift box I thought aha! and set to work.
Now we just have to wait for the printers to deliver them!

And if you are short of an idea for a christmas present, I can heartily recommend a gift voucher from flow therapies for a nice bit of perfect pampering.
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November 18, 2008

Wedding Venues

I've been reminded this last year of how this area has some beautiful, if not stunning wedding venues to offer. I've photographed this last year at the fantastic Ashton Memorial in Lancaster several times,and made a return visit to the stunning Netherwood Hotel in Grange Over Sands,
but also at a number of new (to me) venues, including, Stanley House, Broadoaks Country House, Ribby Hall and the Inn on the Lake in Ullswater.
Ashton Memorial, Lancaster The Wedding of Alison & Mark SG100345 SG105010 Kieran & Diane SG107150

And next year, I'm already looking forward to seeing some more new venues when I cover weddings already booked at Hipping Hall, Springfield House, Mitton Hall, Ripley Chapel, Lancaster Cathedral (return visit) and the charming Inn at Whitewell.

November 17, 2008

Party Fun & Games

Mrs Beanphoto had a bit of a party last weekend, something of a retro affair with lots of old vinyl and it gave me a chance to grab a few snaps of some of the guests to add to my ongoing LP Cover Art portrait collection.
So here's presenting Cindy Starlight, Missy Martha and my own little fella Stanley Hernandez. Available from all good record stores.*


November 12, 2008

Halloween A-Go-Go

I'm a tad late posting on Halloween's goings on this year, mainly because it fell plonk in the middle of Lancaster Litfest and so I was somewaht otherwise engaged, however I'm not one to let the chance of some pumpkin carving and ghouling go by and here are this years efforts, the first one by me, the spider by my eldest spookster Stan and the third (it's Frankenstein's Monster!) by young cousin Ned who was staying for the week.

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November 03, 2008

New for 2009! Wedding photo books

I've been planning to offer wedding books for a while now and I'm pleased to announce that for 2009 I can now do so. These lovely books are available in softback, hardback with dust jacket or as imagewrap (which is the cover image printed onto the actual cloth - very nice!), and in varying sizes too (7" x 7", 10" x 8" either landscape or portrait format or as large format 13" x 11").

Prices are yet to be fixed, but I can let you know that after the initial order, additional copies (for family & friends) can be ordered directly from the printers at very reasonable prices.

I have made up sample books from a couple of recent weddings and you can preview them now. Take a look - I think you'll like them!

And let me know what you think!
31st August 2008
By Jonathan Bean

By Jonathan Bean

October 27, 2008

Musical Youths

It was a nice surprise, turning the pages of the Lancaster Guardian this weekend to see one of my photos taken at The Hothouse for More Music being used to promote an upcoming event. You can get more details on the event from
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October 20, 2008


This morning I received a link to a rather fun site (wordle) for creating word clouds. Don't know what a word cloud is? Well here are a few examples I created earlier which I think are kind of rather nice...

October 06, 2008


A few weeks back I was photographer at Richard & Sara's wedding, a great couple, their wedding was a delightful and quirky day. This was their favourite shot from the day...

... and today I was interested to hear from them that they have just set up in business together offering uniquely individual event invitations. A nice idea I thought, then I took a look at their website, and realised that it was a lot more than that.

These guys are really creative - go on, give them a try - and tell them I sent you!
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September 20, 2008


I've just spent some time working on actor, Ian Blower's headshots taken earlier in the year, and so it seems as good a time as any to post a reminder for any actors and actresses in the North West looking to update their headshots that I am available at very reasonable rates to do the job.