June 25, 2009

Abi & Mark's glorious mixed faith wedding

My third wedding for May this year was a real stunner, Abi and Mark's wedding at Trinity United Reformed Church in Lancaster was a real pleasure to attend.

Not only were these guys great, and the day a fascinating mix of faiths, but I absolutely fell in love with the church itself, a little treasure tucked away in the City Centre, and it felt very special that Mark's father, the Reverend of the Church was conducting the service.

After the ceremony there was a real English summer tea party feel as drinks were served in the church courtyard. Abi, Mark and myself (with Suzy along again for the day) took a stroll through the nearby sun-drenched park on Dallas Road for some lovely portraits, then back to the Community Centre for a Sri-Lankan wedding breakfast.

A little video from the day...

Thanks Abi & Mark for having me along to record the day.
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Alice Hawkins at The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Last week whilst enjoying an anniversary jaunt around the North West coast with Mrs Beanphoto (a rare treat!) we had the wondrous pleasure of seeing the Alice Hawkins Exhibition at The Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool. And I was knocked out! We both were. Her portraits of Blackpool entertainers were brilliant. It reminded us why we love to visit galleries and see exhibitions. And it reminded me how I need to make time to shoot more personal work.

It was my first visit to the Grundy and hopefully won't be my last.

June 22, 2009

something a bit quirky, a little offbeat...

A couple of weeks back (okay so I'm a bit behind with my workload!) I was asked to produce some business portraits for a client starting out in his own consultancy business and wanting "something a bit quirky, a little offbeat", we agreed on trying something out and here's a sample from the shoot.
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June 18, 2009

Summer Picnic - Trash the Dress!

Oh, what fun we had!
Back in January I photographed Scott and Catherine's wedding, but it was some time before that when Catherine and I had first talked about doing a Trash The Dress shoot some time later in the year, when the weather was warmer!
It's something I've been wanting to do for a while but just not got around to, plus you need a bride who's up for it!

Well that time came around last week, and so I took Catherine, her sister Claire and niece Tallulah up to the Forest of Bowland for a summers picnic (cupcakes and cherries and lemonade!).

Suzy (see recent posts) came along too for the experience.

The weather was windy but sunny and the girls braved it for the cameras in fine style. After the picnic Catherine and Suzy played a little Badminton, and then went for the full-on water pistol fight! Afterwards I took them along to a beautiful buttercup-filled meadow in Abbeystead, to let them dry out and chill out!

It was great fun, and if anyone else out there fancies something similar, just get in touch!

See the full set of pictures here

June 13, 2009

Jenni & Marc video

A quick slideshow of Jenni & Marc's day

And a link to preview Jenni & Marc's storybook...
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June 12, 2009

Jenni & Marc's Wedding

Jenni & Marc's wedding was really quite something.
As mentioned in a previous post, I was unsure I would be recovered in time from my knee injury, but with Suzy to assist I was delighted to be there for the first part of the day as Jenni prepared for the day ahead, and then at Ellel St. Johns Church near Galgate for the service. After that it was a handover to Kevin Lindeque to cover the reception at the Elms Hotel in Bare, Morecambe, and what a great job he did!

I'm not sure why all the ones I've selected today are in b&w, but they show the spirit of the day.

Thanks again to Suzy (have a great 3 months in Canada!) and to Kev (I owe you!), and all the best to a great couple, who took everything in their stride and had a great day!

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June 05, 2009

Portrait prize winner

I mentioned a few posts back that I had offered a free portrait session and print to the Multiple Sclerosis Society (Lancaster, Morecambe & District Branch) Spring Ball charity auction and raffle to help raise funds.
Here's one of the shots that came out of that session when I went to photograph the winners on Monday evening.
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