December 23, 2010

So long 2010, hello 2011

Another year nearly over, and it's time to say a big 'Thank You' to all my lovely clients this year. People often say to me, "you must get a bit fed up of weddings", and "don't they all get a bit the same after a while?", but despite shooting some 19 weddings in the last 12 months, I can honestly say each and everyone of them was a joy to attend and uniquely different. I love shooting weddings, we have some great venues and countryside in this area, I've met and made friends with some great couples and wedding vendors, and I love and respect the trust that people continue to place in me when they ask me to photograph their most special of days. 
So thank you to all the lovely couples who made 2010 the most successful year for me so far. I Love my job!!
But I hope it won't offend anyone if I select one wedding this year as a stand out, because just 2 weeks ago, my dear friend and sister-in-law Angie, finally tied the knot, after 27 years with long term partner Martyn in front of their 3 boys, family and friends. We had snow, carol singing, ukelele's, guitars, tears, laughter and everything in between! I even sang (together with Mrs Beanphoto) and that's a first!!
Looking ahead, 2011 is now almost fully booked up, and already I can see some fab weddings and clients lined up, at some great new venues and I can't wait!
So Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year!

December 16, 2010

A beautiful wintery portrait shoot at the Crook O' lune

It seems a liitle hard to believe  but I've been waiting around two years to do this portrait shoot with Jenni & Marc!
Jenni booked me for her wedding to Marc back in 2008, and the deal included a pre-wedding portrait shoot, which sadly was postponed early on because of the difficulty in finding a time when we were all available! Marc works offshore and is only back for short periods. Then I almost missed the wedding itself after sustaining a knee injury! I made it for half the day, arranging for a colleague to shoot the second half! Later attempts to find a spot in our busy calendars were hampered by bouts of illness and then both Jenni and myself losing close family members. In the interim, baby Daniel arrived to Jenni and Marc and we decided to wait a while till daniel was a little older.
So, last week we finally made it, and it was well and truly worth the wait. The Crook O' Lune was Jenni's choice, a fave spot for walking with their dog Radley, and with the recent cold spell, was looking stunning. Here's a few faves from the shoot...

December 11, 2010

The Word Girl

As a part of Lancaster's Literature Festival back in October, Litfest came up with the idea of a dress made out of words, and commissioned dress designer Jennifer Pritchard, based in The Storey to make The Word Dress. I came up with the idea of using the pages from Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales as the fabric for the dress, as a new adult fairy tale was also being commissioned by local writer Claire Massey. Claire launched her story at the Storey as a part of Litfest2010 where she read it aloud actually wearing The Word Dress. It was a pretty fabulous event!
Recently, wanting some more pictures of the dress, we asked Lancaster actress, Hanneke Blower to model it for us and took some new pics. It's not that easy to move in, so we stayed within the Storey and used the (then) current art exhibition as a prop too.
Here's a sneak preview in triptych form.

December 08, 2010

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December 03, 2010

Street Photography Now #9

I've not been so good lately, so missed instruction #8 completely. I hope to snap something for it later, but for now it was onto instruction #9

I was in Morecambe briefly yesterday for Mrs Beanphoto's birthday, and whilst there took a few moments to look out for pairs and three's of a kind.

Morecambe is such a great location for street photography, so maybe I'll be back there soon for the next instruction, just issued today...

November 19, 2010

Street Photography Now Project #7

Its week 7 in the Street Photography Now Project and this weeks instruction is...

It's actually quite a tough brief, and ending having me think about things coming in three's and repetitions, rather than strictly good, bad and ugly. Anyway, I had next to no time again this week (why are November and December always so damn full of stuff that eats your time up?), but, I found a few minutes yesterday, just a few yards from the office and snap! here's my entry... I loved the discarded brolly in the alleyway, but when I moved into the alleyway to shoot from a different side, and noticed the red, green and yellow of the brolly repeating in the pavement and suggestive also of the traffic light colours, I knew that's what I wanted, then it was just a wait for someone with another brolly up to come past - just a shame it was a black one!

November 10, 2010

Never overlook a cliche - street photography now project #6

It's week 6 in the Street Photography Now Project, and a tricky instruction from Artem Zhitenev...
I've had precious little time for taking pictures this week, so grabbed a few minutes over a lunch break today, and was attracted to the pigeons in Market Square. Pigeons are a pretty well used subject matter in street photography, so I decided not to overlook them and snapped away. This was my fave...

November 08, 2010

Jennifer Pritchard Bridalwear shoot at The Storey

Jennifer works in the office next door to me during the day and recently asked if I would photograph her beautiful 2010 dress collection using The Storey (where she recently located her work to) as the backdrop. The Storey is a great building, so full of quirky features, we realised when we finished the shoot that we could have done it all again and used a completely different set of backdrops!
It was a blast, so thanks Jen for asking me, and thanks too to Karen for modelling, and to Dalton Square florists for the flowers.

October 31, 2010

Street photography now project #5

Instruction #5 in the Street Photography Now project that I've been enjoying so much, reads...
"get lost in a thicket of signs and structures" - Wolfgang Zurborn
And my response, not really a strong picture, but can there be anywhere else in the world with a witch on a broomstick sign?!

October 22, 2010

Zoo Cafe Portrait Shoot

I've been a little busy with this, all this week, so a bit behind in sharing Anna & Darren's recent portrait shoot. Anna & Darren picked a new spot for me, the rather quirky Zoo Cafe on Heysham's Half Moon Beach. But it proved a fun location with some great views and their dog Oscar certainly enjoyed his beach romp!

October 18, 2010

Alyson & Adrians vintage Underley Grange wedding

This most recent wedding of the year was quite a short one for me, but a real delight! Underley Grange, near Kendal was a new venue for me, and a beautiful one too. The sun came out after days of rain and poor visibility.
After a few shots around the venue, of Alyson and Adrian getting ready along with son Calum, we all boarded the gorgeous 1948 AEC Regal vintage bus (a former star of Heartbeat!) for a fab, but bumpy ride to the very pretty Kendal Unitarian Chapel, hidden just off the high street.
After the service it was pretty much straight back onto the bus for the ride back to Underley Grange, some formal and informal groups, and then off back home. Alyson and Adrian could not have been more relaxed, and little Calum (and 'his girls') was a real hoot! Here's some faves...
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