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December 09, 2011

Big smiles, lots of laughter at Kim & Matthews Remembrance Day wedding {Lancashire Wedding Photographer}

Kim & Matthew chose Remembrance Day for their wedding at Whoop Hall Inn just oustide Kirkby Lonsdale in Lancashire. This year Remembrance Day had the very memorable 11/11/11 date, so no excuses Matt for forgetting any future anniversaries!
It was a lovely gesture to mark the occasion that all guests wore poppies and contributed to a Royal British Legion collection box.
It's quite possible that Kim and Matthew might just take the prize for biggest smiles of all my clients this year - Kim, I'm betting that your jaw ached the next morning from all that laughing!
A grey day, but the lovely Cumbria hills were still visible through the murky skies, and no rain - Yippee!
These two were such a fun couple to photograph and it really shows in their pictures.
On a technical note - boy! but it was dark in the ceremony room, and with Kim and Matthew lit by a single overhead spotlight, there were some tricky exposures to handle. Aw heck - it's good to be challenged now and again!
Here's some of my faves...



... and you can see the full set here (but you'll have to ask Kim or Matthew for the password!)

December 01, 2011

A nice quiet Winter {Lancashire Wedding Photographer}

After a hectic summer of weddings, it's rather nice to settle down in the winter to a different (but still hectic) way of working.Winter usually finds me planning madly for what I want to do next year with my business, new directions, new offers, new kinds of work, new people to work with. And I always have plenty of plans! Some come to fruition, some don't and that's fine.For next year I've already teamed up with Phil at Tall Order Photography to cater for clients who would like to get the ultimate coverage of their big day with two photographers, and I'm exploring making improvements to my wedding albums with a local graphic design company.

I'm already busy preparing lots of clients wedding albums right now, and that's a nice chance also to review the work I've done over the summer and see where I've improved or need to get better.

I also get to work on a few more portraiture and commercial jobs, and recently that has included a whole day shooting different cuts of meat for Mansergh Hall Farm nr Kirkby Lonsdale for their recent web makeover, a morning shooting wedding card stationery for Kelly at Perfect Touch a local wedding stationery designer, and a morning reacquainting with a previous client for some baby and family portraits. Coming up, I'm looking forward to a possible shoot with the bell ringers in Lancaster Priory, another portrait shoot, a bridalwear collection shoot and a vintage shoot for Mrs Beanphoto, whom I now have to refer to in her own right as co-owner at Itsy Bitsy Vintage.

In March, I'll be taking a stand at a wedding fair for the first time ever, running a short course in social networking for small businesses, and if I'm lucky, I might get to spend some time on doing some personal work! In that respect, I'm currently looking for willing participants in a portraiture project, shooting 50 year olds (interested? get in touch!); I also have a fun ongoing side project called Slingfilm, in which I'm collecting and using vintage cameras with undeveloped film still in them; and I'm hoping to get things moving again on a co-project connected to the old Moor Hospital in Lancaster.

It's time also to start looking at ways to start selling some of my personal work. I'm always shooting things for myself as opposed to shooting for clients and slowly some of that work is starting to sell too.

Work slowing down in the winter? I don't think so!