December 31, 2009

Morecambe from Hest Bank

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Snow over Lancaster

The snow over the last couple of weeks has brought us some lovely scenes on the hills above Lancaster, and last week I was persuaded by Mrs Beanphoto to take her out for a drive and some photos.

December 30, 2009

New Look, New Year

Happy New Year everyone, let's hope it's a good one!
I'm giving the old blog a facelift for the New Year, and trying harder to give pointers towards places of interest for anyone planning a wedding - over on the right hand side you'll see new lists - for Local Wedding Vendors and Local Wedding Venues, both are actively growing lists, and an All Things Weddings list, of nice blogs and websites from across the web, that you may enjoy. Let me know what you think, or if you'd like something added.

It's been a really mixed year for me. I've enjoyed some fabulous weddings, photographed some wonderful couples in some great venues and enjoyed a very full diary. Unfortunately, I also had a bad knee injury which is know thankfully recovering nicely, and in November my father sadly passed away. I've avoided mentioning it in this blog till now, as I wasn't sure it was the right place, but in fact it was my dad who, as a passionate amateur photographer, gave me my love of photography, shared his passion with me, passed on some wonderful gear, and encouraged me to start this business. I shall miss him greatly.
Dad was a very accomplished watercolour artist, and this is a portrait I took of him at work in his studio for his website.

December 22, 2009

Camper van wedding fun!

Dawn and Chris' wedding a few weeks back was such a fun shoot, Dawn arrived in great style aboard "Pebbles" an original 1960's VW Camper Van from Morecambe and Wize. I just adore camper vans and Pebbles was a real beauty! Chris and Dawn were a great couple and the day was filled with laughter. The ceremony took place at the Lancaster Cathedral with reception afterwards at a new venue for me, Thurnham Hall. I certainly hope to go back there again. Wow! Lovely venue. Best wishes to you both!

and here's the slideshow...

December 14, 2009

I heart faces photo challenge

This week's challenge is Pets!
OK Toby that's your cue...

... and a chance for me to re-post some fun montages using the above picture...
...the montages were made using the website.

November 26, 2009

Celine & Seb's Wedding

Celine & Seb married last week at The Garstang Country House Hotel. Despite some truly shocking weather all week, we actually saw a fair bit of sunshine on the day. The footy loving pair were great fun and Celine's team-mates even came in their kit for some of the photos!
I was joined for the day by Dave Sayers who had asked to come along in order to get some experience, and it was nice to have the company and a second camera for the day.
I bought the chalk board a few weeks back thinking it may be something to use on a rainy day sometime. Well there's certainly been a lot of rain lately, so it came out sooner than planned, and it sure seemed to be a big hit with the guests.
Congratulations to you both!

November 23, 2009

I Heart Faces - Sun Flare Photo Challenge!

This is my first contribution to the iheartfaces photo blog which I've only recently come across it. This weeks theme is sun flare, so here's one from the recent wedding of Catherine & Paul.

November 16, 2009

Digital Camera Photographer of the Year

The shortlist for the Digital Camera Photographer of the Year Award has just been released and I was tickled to see in the "This is Britain" category, this picture by Andrew Higgins, which features our wonderful local theatre company Inner State. It gets my vote for that alone!

November 09, 2009

The Wedding of Suzy and Dave

Suzy and Dave's wedding at the ever-lovely Ashton Memorial in Lancaster this Saturday was originally set for August, but on discovering Suzy was due to give birth on that same day (!) was moved back to November.
Some awful weather kept us indoors for most of the day, but everyone was in fine mood to celebrate, and after a fun (!) bus drive across the Trough of Bowland to the fabulous Inn at Whitewell, they did just that in a gorgeous candle-lit marquee.
Suzy looked amazing in a dress made by her mum and Dave kept amazingly calm throughout. What a great couple. Thanks for inviting me to record your day!
Here's a few shots...

And here's a look at Suzy & Dave's book...

October 25, 2009

A white sheet and an orange t-shirt

A few weeks back I posted some shots of my young nephews shot simply in the rear yard with a white sheet background and natural light.

Today's post is another from that series, featuring a young friend of my lads who popped by just at the right time!

The Ian McMillan Orchestra at Litfest09

I had been intending to present some daily pictures from this year's litfest events but an unexpected illness in the family instead kept me largely away. But here anyway is a snap taken during rehearsals of the Ian McMillan Orchestra event from last Saturday held at The Dukes.

New Wedding albums

I've created a few sample storybook wedding albums recently with a simple, one picture per page design to offer clients choice and as an alternative to my traditional style album.
Let's contrast and compare...

The 'Traditional' style album.
A 40 page (11" x 9") album which holds up to 40 7" x 5" prints, loosely inserted into the album and held in place by traditional non-permanent mounting corners. Prints have a thin white border on black pages, and can be removed for framing etc. Window on front to hold cover image.

The 'Storybook' style album.

A 44 page (7" x 7") professionally printed book which holds 40 images printed onto the book pages. Printed cover front and back. Suitable also as a parent album. Additional copies can be purchased directly from the printers. To preview some samples click on the boxes below.

September 20th 2009
By Beanphoto

September 13th 2009
By Beanphoto

October 12, 2009

Meet the family!

Although it doesn't seem it, it's actually 2 years since I photographed Andrew and Lesley's wedding, and recently they called me up to say they now had a one year old - Iona - and could I take some shots of the 3 of them together. Absolutely! And here's a couple of faves from last weekend's shoot. And thanks to Mrs Beanphoto for the editing on these! Girl done good!
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