JoanneGower
Wedding Photography

Month: May 2018

Yorkshire Wedding Photographer at Lazaat, East Yorkshire

As a wedding photographer in the Yorkshire region, I always enjoy the variety of venues that we get to work in, and on Sunday we were at St Mary’s Church in Beverley and afterwards at Lazaat, for the wedding of Helena and Thomas. It was another bright sunny day when we arrived at the brides house and the ladies were busy getting ready. The early part of a wedding day is one of the nicest parts for the wedding photographer, as it tends to be very relaxed and it is a privilege to be party to this section of the wedding. We started our photography for the day, with images of the all important details including Helenas lovely wedding dress which was from Bridal Reloved in Beverley. Once Helena was ready, and her hair and make up were complete, we did some beautiful bridal portraits of her inside, before heading out into the garden to make the most of the good weather. Tom arrived at the church in a chauffuer driven, Aston Martin, and we completed some quick photographs of him and his best man Matthew and ushers Oliver and George. The guests were all bright and early and headed inside the cool church to await the arrival of the bride. Helena arrived in a vintage car accompanied by her dad David. As always, we worked quickly to grab some quick natural photographs of the bridal party before the bride made her entrance in the church. Following the service, guests headed out into the sunshine and we were able complete one of the most challenging parts of a photographers day; the formal group photographs. We managed to find a shady spot to do our photography and soon guests were on their way to celebrate at Lazaat, near Cottingham. The reception room looked amazing with a beautiful display of cupcakes that were supplied by Mary Baker of Driffield. I must say a very big thank you to Helena and Tom as we were lucky enough to join the guests for a wonderful meal! After dinner came the all important speeches that provided many laughs for the aseembled guests. We had a really wonderful day with Helena and Tom and we wish them every happiness in their future life together.

Preview wedding photography with Sophie and Ryan

For every wedding photographer, the weather is always a concern for each and every wedding, but on Saturday, we were lucky to have some lovely spring sunshine for the wedding Sophie and Ryan, who were married at St Peters Church, in Bilton. Our day began when we met up with Sophie and her bridesmaids Kimberley, Daniella, Annie, Amy and Katy, at her parents house. The early part of a wedding day is one of the nicest parts for the wedding photographer, as it tends to be very relaxed and it is a privilege to be party to this section of the wedding. Karen and Ian made us feel very welcome and the girls were busy getting ready when we arrived. We started our photography for the day, with images of the all important details including Sophie stunning wedding dress which was from Bridal Boutique in Hull. Once Sophie was ready, and her hair and make up were complete, we did some beautiful bridal portraits of her in the garden before heading off to meet Ryan and his brother and best man, Craig, at the church. From this point in the day, the work of a wedding photographer becomes very pressured and there is absolutely no margin for error but we were put at our ease by vicar Maggie. What a pleasure it was to work with Maggie, whose good humour and kindness made our job so much easier. Before long guests started to arrive and after some hugs and kisses, Ryan headed inside to await his bride. Sophie arrived in style in a vintage car supplied by Pickering Cars, and was accompanied by her dad Dave. As always, we worked quickly to grab some quick natural photographs before the bride made her entrance in the church. Following the service, guests headed out into the sunshine and we were able complete one of the most challenging parts of a photographers day; the formal group photographs. It is safe to say that we breathe a small sigh of relief once the group photographs are done, and everyone else can get on with the business of enjoying themselves! The couple held their wedding reception at the wonderful Tickton Grange; one of our favourite venues in the Yorkshire region. Over recent months the venue has undergone a stylish refurbishment both inside and out and it looks really stunning. The reception room looked amazing with a beautiful cake that was decorated by Sophie’s friend Amy, providing the perfect centrepiece. Sophie and Ryan opted to break with tradition and had their speeches before the food so that everyone was able to enjoy their meal. Once the guests sat down for their meal, we were able to take a much needed break, before checking through the photographs and making sure we had not missed anything on Sophie and Ryan’s list. Whilst the weather was lovely for guests, it was far from ideal for photography and so after the celebrations the bridal party joined us outside in the gardens and we were able to conclude our work. I must say a very big thank you to Sophie and her bridesmaids who were fantastic sports and didn’t bat an eyelid when I trampled though a few nettles and asked them to follow me! The girls followed without hesitation and we were able to take some really lovely candid photographs of them amongst the bluebells. From start to finish this was a truly wonderful wedding. It was a really happy occasion and Sophie and Ryan are such a lovely couple. Their patience and good humour was unending and I hope they feel that their goodwill has been rewarded when they look through their photographs. This was our first wedding of 2018 and it was a totally fantastic way to start. Thank you Sophie and Ryan; we loved being part of your special day, may you continue to love one another and live your own happy ever after!

Yorkshire Wedding Photographer at Dunedin Country House with Natalie & Robert

As a wedding photographer it is so important to have a good connection with the people you are photographing, and yesterday we had such fun working with Natalie and Rob, who are getting married later on this year at the fabulous Dunedin Country House. It has been a while since we photographed a wedding at Dunedin, so it was great to be back there again. Unfortunately it was a rather cold and windy evening, but undeterred we went into the garden to do a quick pre wedding photography shoot with this lovely couple. All of our full day wedding photography packages include a free pre wedding shoot. It provides a fantastic opportunity for our couples to get used to being in front of the camera and ensures that they are confident on their big day. It also ensures that we can familiarise ourselves with the timing and the plans for the wedding day and can plan our coverage to ensure that is blends seamlessly into the day. The majority of the wedding day is captured naturally in a documentary or reportage style. This means that we basically record the day as it unfolds rather than trying to organise and pose people. This style of working is popular these days, but we often get asked to deliver some formal (or traditional) family groupings as well. On a good day the traditional family groups take us around 20 minutes to complete which means the guests are not standing around for hours waiting for the photographs to be taken. In addition to the traditional groups, we also take lots of candid shots of the happy couple and their guests enjoying the celebrations, and one of our favourite sections of the wedding to photograph is the speeches. This is the perfect time for us to capture people when they are least aware of us and delivers the most natural photographs since usually people have had one or two drinks by this stage. We are really delighted that Natalie and Rob chose us as their wedding photographer, and are very much looking forward to being part of their special day!

Pre wedding photography with Amy & Michael at Rowley Manor

As a wedding photographer, I always enjoy our pre wedding photo shoots with our clients, as it provides the perfect opportunity for us to get to know the couple a little better and to understand exactly what they are hoping for from their wedding photographs. As part of our bespoke service, we provide a free pre wedding photography shoot for every client booking us for the full day. On Wednesday we met up with Amy and Michael at the fabulous Rowley Manor for their pre wedding photography shoot. It was a lovely warm evening and we had our meeting in the cosy bar at Rowley Manor. It is such a lovely venue for a wedding photographer to work at. Not only are the grounds and the house beautiful but the welcome from Amanda and her team is always warm. I have seen just how much care and attention they put into making each and every wedding special for all of their clients and have always found them supportive in helping David and I, to weave our photography magic! It is genuinely one of our favourite places to work as we are very much made to feel part of the ‘Rowley’ team; not something I can say of every venue! After our chat about the arrangements for the big day, we headed outside into the gardens with Amy and Michael to do their photoshoot and what a pleasure it was! Amy and Michael were very relaxed and natural with each other and with us, which made our job so much easier for us. The hard bit was choosing a location from all that Rowley has to offer. Amy and Michael are a lovely couple and we are very much looking forward to photographing their special day!

If you are looking for a wedding photographer who is focussed on providing the best possible service from start to finish, then do get in touch. We are now taking bookings for weddings in 2019 and 2020. If you are getting married in the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region and are looking for a wedding photographer, we’d love to hear from you!

BNI Kingston Bevan Group – Hull

Recently I joined the BNI Kingston Bevan Group in Hull. Its a local business networking group that meets very early every Friday in Hull and when I was first invited to join, the prospect of getting up with the lark each Friday didn’t really appeal very much. Having been a member now since the beginning of February, I can honestly say meeting up with this amazing group of people is now one of the highlights of my working week! They are a fantastically friendly bunch and we have so many laughs during our meeting. The support that I have had from members within the group, has been amazing and my business is going from strength to strength as a consequence of my renewed energy and focus, that has most definitely come from being a part of this group.

JoanneGower
Wedding Photography