February 26, 2012

Blake Morrison at Lancaster Castle

On Friday I had the pleasure of shooting some portraits of the writer Blake Morrison for Lancaster Litfest for an upcoming project. What a lovely chap he is! Here's a few from the session.

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February 21, 2012

My first Wedding Fair {Lancashire vintage wedding photographer}

On Sunday I set up my Lancashire Wedding Photographer stall at the very lovely Vintage Wedding and Design Made Fair in Kendal, organised by Thea and Jan of Vintage Revival. I really had no idea what to expect, but given that my stall was placed next door to my lovely wife, who was there with her Itsy Bitsy Vintage (vintage china hire and vintage styling) business partner Carole, and with my old pal and fab wedding dress designer Jennifer Pritchard Couchman just across the room, along with plenty of other familiar faces on stands throughout the building, and with a cornucopia of vintage delights to please the eye I knew whatever happened I'd have a lovely day amongst friends.

As it turned out, it was also a chance to meet and talk to quite a few lovely couples, greedily enjoying planning and visualising their own weddings. I'm almost pretty much booked up for 2012 (just a few dates left in spring and autumn) so I was hoping it wouldn't be lots of enquiries about dates I'm already unavailable for, and therefore curious to see if the couples going to wedding fairs would be last minute planners or those planning beyond this current year. Turns out, it was mostly the latter, which I think shows great common sense given how fast the best suppliers are always snapped up.

I wanted my stand to have that vintage feel in order to fit in with the whole theme of the day, but given that it's so absolutely my kind of thing anyway, it probably won't look much different by the time I do my next fair at Slaidburn Village Hall in March.

It was also a nice chance to meet and put faces to a couple of other local photographers Andrea Pickering and Lorna Coates. I even met a couple of potential sitters for my Fifty Faces project - wowser!

Anyway here's a few snaps of my stand, vintage cameras, prints, old bindings, wedding albums, vintage photographs, flowers and all. What do you think? Go easy on me, it's my first time at this!

February 17, 2012

Fifty Faces {Lancaster Portrait Photographer}

I thought today I would share a few shots from an ongoing personal project.
"Fifty Faces" is simply a collection of portraits of people turning or just turned 50.
These were all taken in Lancaster in October 2011 of comedian, Dr Who lover and stereoscopic photographer Nygel Harrot.

50 is unquestionably a milestone, and one that can provoke wildly differing responses from people. If you are turning 50 soon or have just turned 50 and would like to be a participant in the project, or if you know someone who might be interested I'd love to hear from you.

February 06, 2012

Introducing... Perfect Touch Wedding Stationery

It's another post in my "Introducing..." series today, the spot in which I introduce some great wedding suppliers from the Lancaster and Morecambe area. I first met Kelly from Perfect Touch Wedding Stationery last year, when she asked me to photograph her latest collection of gorgeous wedding stationery.

I was immediately impressed by the quality and precision of her work and the passion which she has for it. This is a woman who clearly loves what she does. Enough from me, I'll hand you over now to Kelly who can tell you about Perfect Touch Wedding Stationery much better than I can.

Perfect Touch Wedding Stationery
Hi there, my name’s Kelly, I live on the outskirts of Lancaster with my partner Ste, my daughter Chloe-Marie (11) and my son Charlie Jack (12 months). My business is Perfect Touch Wedding Stationery, working from home creating stunning handmade stationery.

Perfect Touch Wedding Stationery creates stunning and unique handmade stationery using only the finest materials. I am a definite perfectionist, and every single piece of work is completed to the highest standard. You can choose from one of our collections which can be tailored to match your colour theme or together we can create something bespoke especially for you. My stationery ranges include save the dates, wedding and evening invitations, RSVPs, order of service/ceremony, table plans, place cards, table names/numbers, menus, favours, post boxes and thank you cards.

I offer a free consultation within a 20 mile radius of Lancaster. When travelling outside this area a small amount is charged but is refunded once an order is placed.

I started out creating a scrapbook for my daughter 7 years ago, then in 2007 made my brothers wedding stationery. This became my hobby and I started putting different designs together and decided to make my hobby my full time career.

It’s hard to choose a favorite, every time I create a new design it becomes my favourite but I guess my simplicity range would come top as it’s elegant and classy. For me less is definitely more.

As a rough guide my prices start from:

Pocketfolds (these include 3 inserts, e.g. the wedding invitation, gift/accommodation details, RSVP) £3.40

Standard card style invitation £2.20

Order of service/ceremony £2.50

Place cards (printed) £1.00

Table names/numbers (double sided) £1.90

Table plans £35.00

Post boxes £15.00


Place an order in February for more than £300 and recieve a FREE matching Table Plan worth £40.

Contact details:

phone: 07843753210

The final words must go to one of Kelly's many, many happy clients...
"Thank you so much for all the invites, table names and table plan. They looked great, and you are such a perfectionist, they were all perfect, we loved them."

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