Lancaster Engagement Shoot – Ben and Anna

Anna and Ben – A Lancaster Engagement Shoot

Lancaster Enagagement Shoot

I recently had the pleasure of this wonderful and fun Lancaster Engagement Shoot with Ben and Anna. Now with this one I am a little biased as Anna is my sister-in-law, but these guys are so good together and just natural in front of the camera.

We met up on a Saturday afternoon and went into the Williamson Park for a bit of a wander and to find some nice spots for photos. One of the nicest things about the day appart from being able to spend quality time with family and take some gorgeous photos was to hear Ben speak about how he used to play in the park as a child and about the best spots for sledging in winter. This is one of the main reasons I like the couple to choose the location as it normally somewhere of significance for them like this was for Ben and Anna.

After a hefty walk around the park and up and down numerous hills we had found a few cool spots for photos and got some nice relaxed photos which can be seen below. Again Ben and Anna were natural and easy in front of the camera and when it comes to the wedding day whoever has the job of capturing the wedding will have a pretty easy job.

Being able to capture these moments was a great pleasure and something I love doing however when it comes to thier wedding day I have been instructed to take the day off and to enjoy the wedding and party!

Finally I just want to say a massive congratulations to Ben and Anna and that I am so happy for them both and can’t wait to have another brother-in law!!

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Wedding Photography Bolton // Dan and Emily // A D.I.Y Wedding


I have known Dan and Emily for a while now and when I heard the plans for their DIY wedding I got really excited! Hearing about a small intimate day with all handmade touches to put a personal stamp on the wedding got me thinking about all the creativity that would be flowing around the wedding.

On the morning of the wedding day I spent my time with Emily in her and Dans family home which was bustling with bridesmaids, parents and Dan and Emilys two little girls, one of whom wasnt feeling too well but it wasn’t something a little calpol and excitement couldnt cure!

I think Emily was a little nervous but as the ceremony came round this seemed to subside a little and then as she walked down the isle to meet Dan you could see the calm. As I said before I have known Dan and Emily for a while and it was an absolute honour to be able to capture thier day, the ceremony especialy. So much love and emotions poured into the ceremony and the vows written by both Dan and Emily just showed how much they are meant to be together. That paired with the way Dan looks at Emily with so much love and adoration, these guys are just perfect together.



After the ceremony everyone poured out of the church into the grounds of the village hall that had been decorated by hand and its not everyday you see a table plan made to look like a Dr Dre record with all the tables named after the tracks on the record but its these little touches that make a wedding. As the sun shone everyone enjoyed drinks out in the garden before an awesome meal of mexican street food.

Later on into the evening lots of friends of Dan and Emily took to the DJ decks to keep the party in full swing after some amazing live music from Northern Souls, and had everyone dancing into the early hours.


Supplier Shout outs!

Flowers – Flowers By Kiye

Dress – Because I Love You

Band – Northern Souls


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Wedding Photography Bolton // The Willows at San Marco Wedding Photography // Natalie and Ste

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Natalie and Ste were my first wedding of 2016 and it was certainly a great way to start my season with thier Willows at San Marco wedding

I have known Natalie since high school. We drifted out of touch around 2003 when I started college but seemed to bump into each other every now and then. About 12 months before Natalie and Ste were to get married, I got a message out of the blue from Natalie asking about photography for their wedding. When we met up it was great to catch up and talk about old times but it was also great to meet her two little boys and her (at the time) Husband to be.

When Natalie and Ste decided they wanted me to photograph the wedding I couldn’t have been happier. I love weddings but to be involved with capturing the wedding of an old friend is something a little more special. Not only did it mean I could catch up with Natalie a bit more but on the day it also meant I got to catch up with some old school friends, all whilst working of course!

The day started off nice and relaxed at Natalie’s sister, Beth’s house. Arriving just in time to see McDonalds breakfast being delivered and Natalie being too nervous to eat anything. As the morning went on Alfie, Natalie’s little boy began to get excited for Mum and Dads big day and I think this wore off on Natalie. It was either that or the prosecco, because as the morning went on I could see Natalie relax and start to get giddy.

The service took place at the beautiful St Marys church in Horwich and then we moved on to The Willows at San Marco in Blackrod where the party pretty much started as we arrived courtesy of the amazing Alex Birtwell and Fantasticastle. The Bouncy castle went down a storm and not just with the kids. After the speeches Alex kept the party vibe alive and the dance floor full with some amazing tunes and even starting a dance off between the bride and groom.

It was such a great day and a great way to start my wedding season. Congratulations again to Mr and Mrs McHugh!


Supplier Shout Outs!

Ruth Howarth Hair and Make Up // Alex Birtwell // The Willows at San Marco // Love Rosie Venue Decor // Wed2Be Bolton // Westwells Florist // Fantasticastle //


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Riki Dalal and Noya Bridal Styled Shoot // Sandhole Oak Barn

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Sandhole Oak Barn is a pretty amazing space and I recently got to spend a day there thanks to Bill and his amazing team for letting us use the space for a one of a kind shoot. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the best but we live in England and there is always that risk but we made the most of it.

Working with an absolutely top notch team from top bridal boutique The White Gallery from Ramsbottom. They organised and curated an amazing team for hair and make up. Hair stylist James Roberts of James Roberts Hair and Beauty was on hand to create some great styles and the make up was provided by the awesome Ella Norris and flowers were provided by Rose Hip florists.

Model Leila wore the dresses so well and it was an absolute privilege to work with her and to be shooting such amazing dresses designed by such an amazing designer. The dresses were supplied from The White Gallery by Riki Dalal and Noya Bridal. These are such amazing and exciting dresses from a relatively new but such a sought after designer.

As Riki Dalal says “As years pass, bridal designers are getting bolder, due to the fact that many Israeli wedding gown designs are paving the way for a new era of bridal couture. Daring backs, tight rears, deep necklines, and intricate detail have become the newest string of wedding gowns, and Riki Dalal has become amongst the top designers in Israel to sell her dresses across the globe.”

I absolutely loved my time at Sandhole Oak Barn and working with The White Gallery and this won’t be the last colaboration with such a cool boutique. I can’t recomend these guys enough, such a great and dedicated team and I can’t wait to see what we cook up next time!



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Engagement shoot // Andy and Rach // Stoke

I recently met up with Andy and Rach for a catch up, good walk and good food all whilst shooting some cool engagement photos for an awesome couple.

I have known Andy for a few years, maybe 5 or more but it’s a bit hazy as most of our time hanging out involves heavy drinking and partying. I met Andy from the days where we were both in bands and aiming to be the next best world dominating rock band. Safe to say neither of us “made it” but we had fun trying!

We first met when the band I was in supported Andy’s band, Screwloose, on the Manchester leg of thier tour back in April 2009. Since then we have met up lots and become really good friends and I was so happy when I got the news that he had asked Rach to be his wife as the past 12 months for Andy and Rach haven’t been the easiest.

So just over 12 months ago, I found out from a mutual friend that Andy and Rach had been involved in a pretty horrific car accident. An almost head on collision had landed them both in hospital with horrible injuries that I will not go into but it wasn’t pleasant and didn’t look great. Andy was out in a week with multiple broken bones but Rach would be in and out of hospital for months after the accident. Like I said I’m not going into it in detail but months went by and Andy and Rach recovered amazingly (as you can see below) and then Andy mentioned they had planned a trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights and to celebrate their recovery.

Now when I heard about this once in a lifetime holiday I turned to my wife Laura and said “Andy is going to pop the question”. Being in the wedding industry, I like to think my senses to this sort of thing have been heightened! I wasn’t wrong either, seeing pictures of them under the Northern Lights and with Rach’s new ring. I honestly couldn’t have been happier for them. After all the crap they had been dealt over the last 12 months, they really deserved the happiness.

On hearing the news when they returned we knew we were overdue a catch up which gave us the perfect opportunity to head out and get some gorgeous photos and I hope you agree they do look gorgeous and the plastic surgeon did an amazing job on Andy’s face*


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Rock The Frock A Post Wedding Shoot

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Recently I decided to do something a little different and something not alot of photographers do and that was to collaborate with another photographer. I had met Kate from Squid and Pearl Photography on an earlier shoot where she had decided to jump in front of the camera (Blog here!). Through out shooting with Kate obviously both being photographers we got chatting and decided to work together on a shoot.

With us both having different styles but wanting to do something with a bit of a twist I suggested we head to a location I have shot at before and love but would be a little different from your normal bridal shoot. Huncoat is an old abandoned powerstation covered in graffiti and it has been left to fall appart.

When my wife, Laura, heard what I was planning she immediately wanted to help out. We have explored huncoat together before and even before we got married Laura had suggested wanting to go back to have a shoot in her dress. Its not often my wife offers to stand in front of the camera for me but I think the fact it gave her opportunity to rock her frock again was too good to pass up and I have to admit it was pretty cool to be able to photograph my wife in her dress as she wouldnt let me take any pictures on our wedding day 😉

Alongside Kate and I we built up our little dream team of suppliers to help us out. Michael from Satin Pictures came down to capture some awesome behind the scenes footage and put together a little video which can be found at the bottom of the blog. Michael is an awesome guy and knows his way round a great wedding video and I cant wait to work with him again. Make up was provided by the lovely Kat Horrocks and flowers by the awesome Bliss Flower Art who again both come highly recomended.

I really hope you enjoy the pictures from the shoot!


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Wedding Photography // A Neil Redfern Workshop

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I feel as a wedding photographer that there is always something to learn and there is always someone to learn from whether it be from someone who has been photographing for years or from someone who has a cool technique or even if it is to learn how not to do something.

I recently attended a workshop run by Neil Redfern at Hoghton Tower. Hoghton Tower is such a beautiful place, cold, but beautiful. Neil is a great and creative photographer who has some amazing skills and techniques to pass on. I have admired his work for some time and to learn from him was an awesome experience. Throughout the day we played around with alot of off camera lighting techniques and working with available light but thinking outside the box.

On days like these it is also a great way to meet other industry professionals, make up artists, florists, dress designers and boutiques and also other photographers who are all at different points in thier careers which comes back to constantly learning and picking up tricks and tips from one and all which brings me back to constantly learning. It helped to have some great models to work with such as Kit and wedding photographer James Jebson and his wife Gemma.

Learning from Neil was an amazing eye opener into things I had never thought of or things I had wondered how things were done but could never quite wrap my head arround and Neil managed to allow me to think differently and talk through ways and means of doing things.

I am glad I attended the workshop as I managed to learn so much which I hope I will get to put into practice at upcomming weddings and shoots to help produce some images like the ones below for my future Brides and Grooms and I really look forward to working with some of the awesome people I met on the day.

Suppliers from the day:

Workshop by Neil Redfern

Hair and Makeup by Flossy and Leigh

Flowers by Laurel Weddings

Dresses by Lulu Browns

Venue Hoghton Tower

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Manchester Wedding Photography // Styled Shoot at The Ainscow

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Ainscow-0161I recently had the pleasure of being invited to The Ainscow Hotel to work on a styled shoot alongside a cast of amazing wedding suppliers.

The Ainscow is an awesome hotel right on the edge of Manchester and is a relatively new wedding venue but looks like it will be getting very busy very soon! On the day I met up with Petals In Love who brought along some cool LOVE letters stuffed with silk flowers which were completely different to most of the light up letters seen at most weddings. They also brought along a wicked trike with ice cream and champagne pops.

Our models for the day were the gorgeous Kate and Shannon and hair and make up was provided by the talented Danielle Horan and dresses were supplied by Philipe Marques Bridal which were stunning and matched the high quality venue dressing provided by Qube Events and topped off with some beautiful stationary from The Mont Blanc Stationers.

The theme for the day was city chic which our brides pulled off so well as I am sure you will agree.


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Manchester Wedding Photographer – 2015 A Year in Review

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So as we look forward to the year ahead I wanted to post a blog about the year that has just gone. This is only my second ever blog because 2015 was a big year and I want to share some of that with you. Every wedding that features here will be blogged on its own in its full glory over the next few weeks.

For me 2015 was my first full 12 months as a wedding photographer and this is one of the reasons that my second ever blog is a look back for a few reasons. Over the past 12 months I feel I have grown as a photographer and constantly been learning and developing. One main thing I learnt was websites are awesome but also hard work and blogging is key, I learnt this a little late into the year hence this blog now.

Before 2015 I had photographed some beautiful weddings but had never considered this was what I wanted to do long term, it was only at the back end of 2014 when I received some kind words from a few close friends that made me think this is it, this is what I want to do so I put the wheels in motion and in 2015 I photographed some great weddings and hoping 2016 will be bigger and better!

My First wedding of the year was with Julia and Scott in Staffordshire. The rain was a bit pesky but didn’t stop plans for some great shots.

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My next wedding of the year saw me at Astley Bank Hotel in Darwen with Craig and Neisha tying the knot. Such a great couple with some amazing personal touches put into their day. Keep an eye out for thier blog hitting the site in the next week or two.

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Hannah and Ashley invited me to Northampton to photograph their big day which was such a great celebration.

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Next wedding of the year was over to the Wirral for the wedding of Ashley and Pete, Working alongside North Star Digital.

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Louise and Peter had me a closer to home with a small family affair in Bolton. lovely ceremony and a great couple who couldn’t take themselves seriously and were a little cheeky!

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Sharlene and Damien got married out in Spain but had a party for friends who couldn’t make it when they got back and asked for party coverage at Ridgmont House and who can say no to a party!

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September and October saw me head back to the venue where my wife and I got married. The awesome Heaton House Farm for a styled shoot and a two day masterclass. It was great to catch up with the staff and also to learn so much from Jonny Draper who is someone whose work has always inspired me.

The masterclass was styled by Love Bridal, hair by Paisley Gamble, Make Up by Gemma Hallowell and  flowers provided by The Flower Lounge.

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The Styled shoot I co-ordinated was styled by Something Blue Bridal Boutique and John Francis Menswear and flowers were provided by Rose Hip of Bolton. Hair and Make up by Jazz from The Make-Up Company.

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My final wedding of the year was down in Nottingham for the wedding of Julia and Mike. Such a wicked and fun couple who invited me to stay and party with friends and family once I had clocked off!

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That was my 2015. Not a massive amount but it kept me busy and gave me a lot to think about for the year ahead. Happy New Year and if you are getting married in the years to come feel free to drop me a message to discuss your plans should you need a photographer.

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Heaton House Farm – Bridal Shoot and Wedding Masterclass

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In the past month I have revisited the venue I was lucky enough to book for my own wedding. Heading back to Heaton House Farm brought back a lot of amazing memories from my own wedding but also gave me the opportunity to explore an amazing venue with lots of great shooting space.

My first of two visits was for a styled bridal shoot working with Something Blue Bridal Boutique who provided two stunning tea dresses for our model Samm, flowers were provided by the wonderful Beci at Rose Hip, hair and make up were expertly done by Jazz from The Make Up Company and finaly not forgetting the suit which was kindly supplied by John Francis Menswear modeled by Chris.

It was great to get out and into the space and be able to shoot at such an amazing and beautiful location.

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My second visit to Heaton House Farm was for a wedding masterclass run by Jonny Draper who shared an amazing wealth of knowledge not only about how he goes about shooting a wedding but to the business side of the industry introducing myself and the 4 other photographers to Julia Braime of Brides Up North, Jonny’s wife Emma who runs Love Bridal Boutique who also provided the gorgeous dresses for the shoot day. We were also introduced to Sarah from the events team at heaton house and Sian from The Flower Lounge who also provided flowers on the shoot day.

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Spread out over two days focusing on shooting a wedding on day one working with awesome models Alex and Joel  and then how to run an awesome wedding business (Jonny’s words not mine) on day two. So much to take onboard and run with and to use in the planning going forward. Total value for money and cannot recomend the class to anyone highly enough considering going into the wedding industry.

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