A few weeks back we headed over to Liverpool for Hollie + Mark’s Love Shoot. H+M wanted to do something in the city as that is where Mark is from. We have done Liverpool engagement shoots before but we barely scratched the surface of what Liverpool has to offer so this time we ventured into new territory.
We started at the Albert docks before walking up into the city and to Matthew St home of Beatlesmania. We then headed back to our cars and headed out to Stanley docks to shoot some more gritty stuff before heading across to Grafton St to use some of The Liverpool street art that’s going on.
H+M were pretty awesome subjects and up for whatever we threw at them!
We’re super duper excited for their wedding. They are getting married in Lythm St Annes and then having their reception and paaarty at The Villa at Wrea Green. They have some awesome things going on and want to do something crazy too so keep your eyes out later in the year for that.
These are our favourites from the shoot…
Dave + Amy-Jean got married back in November in The wine cave at The Angel at Hetton followed by food and celebrations at the awesome Utopia Wedding venue which is nestled in a beautiful walled garden within the Broughton Hall estate near Skipton.
When Dave + Amy-Jean first met with us they said they wanted their wedding photography to be like the camera is just another guest capturing the day as it unfolds in front of their eyes. That for us is just how we want to document the day for people, huddled amongst the groomsmen as they all smoke their celebratory cigars (yes that is my hairy bearded face in the shot) or stood next to the brides father as she takes those first steps down the stairs to the eagerly awaiting bridal party.
Dave got ready with all the guys at Eden which is another wedding venue in itself and also within the grounds of Broughton Hall whilst Amy-Jean and the girls did their thing at a lovely little B&B in Carleton.
Amy-Jean’s dress! What can we say about the dress… Totally gorgeous and hand made too by the brilliant Scarlet Poppy based at Pudsey near Leeds. A-J couldn’t find the perfect dress so opted to collaborate with Scarlet Poppy and have it made. Great choice we think!!!
These guys had a day to remember having their nearest and dearest around them as they removed most of the traditional formalities and went for that celebration feel. Yep they ditched the group shots, they ate yummy burgers and chips courtesy of GFS catering, they chose to bite into their Hummingbird Bakery red velvet wedding cake rather than cut it and rather than a first dance the whole wedding party flash mobbed the dance floor and grooved to the beats of Tina Turner being played by the awesome Func on the Rocks. <<Want a wedding band?? Check these guys out!!
Because D+A-J married late in the afternoon it left little time for any bridal portraits so we asked them if we could pop back the day after and do some shots of them in and around Eden, being as awesome as they are they agreed. It was great to get some cool shots of them on their own but also fun to see all their wedding guests with extremely bad hangovers.
This was most definitely a candidate for our wedding of 2012 but we reckon any Utopia Wedding is going to bring some of the raw ingredients to make for a great wedding.
These are our faves…
The day after the awesomeness before…
A few weeks ago we hopped in the super Skoda and headed along the M62 to Manchester to shoot Hannah + Neil’s Love Shoot. We have wanted to shoot a Manchester Northern Quarter engagement shoot for some time now as its an area that we have a bit of a fascination with and we’re so glad we’ve had the opportunity.
The weather was pretty awesome and it was the first day this year I felt I didn’t need my massive coat on. Light today was pretty directional so we wanted to utilise it where possible then hide from it in other areas.
We met Hannah + Neil in a coffee shop just round the corner from Affleck’s Palace but we wont go into that too much as it was THE worst coffee in the world but hey ho! Hannah looked gorgeous in her black jeans and heels while Neil looked a bit cool in his herringbone Jacket and denim shirt, GAME ON!!!
There is tonne of street art, graffiti and all things urban in the Northern Quarter and it’s pretty much our kind of shooting play ground. Whilst shooting this area we popped in the odd shop that was screaming for us to go in, camera shops selling Leica’s, Mamiya’s and all things retro and a crafty shop which had loads of cool stuff to buy and that very cool retro photo booth which we used in the shoot.
After a while of shooting the Northern Quarter we decided to head across Manchester and shoot some stuff outside Manchester Art Gallery before heading to Deansgate and shooting some more cool stuff down by the canal and railway bridges. Again the direct sunlight was used here to get some shots that we are mega proud of!
Hannah + Neil were awesome throughout and Hannah even did a handstand in the middle of the street for us (it didn’t make the blog though) now that’s what we call ‘up for it’.
H+N get married in June at the little chapel at Broughton Hall near Skipton and then celebrating things over at Utopia within the grounds of Broughton Hall, MEGA AWESOME VENUE and we are super looking forward to this one!
These are our faves from the shoot…
What can I say about Cathy + Chris.. Complete fun from the get go and totally up for a laugh, and thats just how we like our Love shoots to be.
C+C wanted to start the shoot at the place they met which was Jerwood Space. This is cool place just off South Bank which has facilities for Performing Arts rehearsals and has art exhibitions running too. When we arrived Cathy looked cute as in her blue dress with hooped skirt and converse whilst sat reading her Dennis the Menace comic. Chris on the other hand was feeling a little tired after that morning visiting Covent Garden flower market with Cathy to look for wedding flower inspiration, tiredness wasn’t going to deter this dude though!!
Our couples often ask us what they should bring with them and we usually say to bring some props if they want just to use in a few photos as they can often relieve any nerves from people. Cathy + Chris weren’t nervous about the shoot but they still had a bag full of amazing props like wigs, hats, ears and even a couple of Ukulele’s. We made great use of the props throughout their Love Shoot.
No London Love shoot could be complete without utilising it’s public transport so that’s what we did starting just off South Bank before heading to Borough Market for spicy chutney tasting, London Bridge for something more architectural, and finally Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Spittalfields for the urban. Whilst in Shoreditch C+C had a race in the park (you can see the race at the end of the images in GIF format) and then we visited Spittalfields City farm which was well worth the visit just to meet the goat (can’t remember the dudes name) with the awesome teeth, it’s in the images below so look out for it!
Finally Cathy + Chris took us to The Breakfast club for proper American breakfast at 3pm in the afternoon! The food was amazing and we totally loved its retro vibe with old Sega mega drives, neon signs and old changing room benches as the dining booths. This was somewhere we had heard about but probably would have never visited if it hadn’t been for C+C.
Cathy + Chris get married in July at Northorpe Hall. Its going to be a MEGA wedding!!
We loved hanging out round London with all 3 of our couples and its great to see the non touristy side of the place.
These are our faves from the shoot…
Back in October we shot Joanne + Tony’s wedding, we know it’s been too long in appearing on the blog but it’s certainly worth the wait. This wedding was beautiful. It was full of love, happiness and a tonne of vintage and DIY wedding details which were all created by Joanne herself.
Joanne + Tony were married at Keighley New Church in Braithwaite Village and then they travelled by a friends beautiful Morris Minor up the road to Laycock Village hall to celebrate with friends and family.
Joanne + Tony wanted a really cosy wedding which had a village fete vibe going on. Joanne is no stranger to a good charity shop and made great use of them to bring her wedding ideal into reality. Vintage crockery, table centres all picked from local charity shops. They asked guests to bake cakes and bring them along for all to share.
Joanne also spent months creating all the small details which included the buttonholes, papermache heads, a wonderful guest signing book handmade from lace and various types of beautiful papers, lace and wooden love hearts for the backs of the chairs (which Joanne kindly gave us one for our stairs), her very own homemade brides handbag and most importantly her handmade wedding bouquet which was made with various fabrics and brooches which likely came from a charity shop too. The quality of it blew us away and because it was handmade I wanted to photograph it back in the location it was created, Joanne’s crafting table.
The wedding cake was fantastic, it was full of fun and personal detail to J+T. Things like Tony’s car (with operational headlights), their favourite places to visit and Joanne’s many handmade handbags she has. All round brilliance!!!
Hand picked wild flowers continued the DIY wedding theme and were used to fill the teapots and jugs as the table centres and Joanne’s handmade bunting was hung all over the village hall.
Hog Roast was served to the guests into the evening by The Spitting Pig and you really can’t go wrong with a good hog roast.
This was one of our favourite weddings of 2012. Big Thanks to Joanne + Tony for asking us to capture their day for them.
These are our faves from the day…
Naomi + Dave were our second London Love shoot, but first we needed cake and after Dave + Amy-Jean’s wedding in November there was only one place we could go… Hummingbird Bakery!! After finishing the shoot with Michael + Aimee we asked them to point us to the nearest Hummingbird shop and we are so glad they did, a slab each of red velvet washed down with a good coffee and we were recharged and ready to go again!
Navigating London on a bank holiday monday is not the easiest of things but we eventually arrived at Green Park station where Naomi + Dave greeted us. We quickly got to shooting and walking mode, I dont think we’ve ever covered so much distance on a Love shoot before, down Regent St, Carnaby St, China town and then down onto South Bank and finally on to The Tate Modern and oxo building.
Once we finished the shoot Naomi + Dave accompanied us to get our case from Kings Cross and take it to our hotel at Covent Garden. A quick change of clothes and we were off out for amazing mexican street food from Wahaca followed by Mojitos, beer and wine. Naomi + Dave were great company and we know we have made great friends.
These are our faves from the shoot…
Last week was a crazy busy week travelling all over the country shooting Love shoots with our 2013 couples, the start of the week had us travelling to London to shoot 3 Love shoots in two days.
First up was Michael + Aimee, we ditched our bag in Left Luggage at Kings Cross and headed out by tube to Shoreditch High St to meet them.
Michael looked super cool in his tweed jacket whilst Aimee looked cute in her red coat which had Kelly jealous as it was from her favourite shop!
M+A picked Shoreditch as they love a bit of street art and used to live nearby so it was a great choice, we thrive off urban locations as there are tonnes of backdrops and textures to work with.
We started the shoot around Shoreditch and utilised the street art which we also managed to capture being done whilst there and then we headed down Brick Lane (via the G-Shock shop) and into Spittalfields market for some fun shots around the vintage stalls they had. Finally we headed to some familiar streets for me where I shot almost 3 years ago and before we ventured into wedding photography.
Michael + Aimee were the most fun couple to hang out with, we almost didn’t want to leave them! These guys get married in June at Lartington Hall near Darlington and I cannot wait!!
These are my faves from the day…
A few weeks ago we headed out over the big hill into Lancashire in search of some sun for Rachel + Rob’s Love Shoot. Our plan was thwarted as there was none so we had to make do with grey, cold and a little bit of drizzle but that wasn’t going to deter us!
There may not have been sun but there certainly was warm welcomes when we arrived at R+R’s house, their too cute dog Poppy stole our hearts the minute we walked in with big hugs and licks all round! Whilst there we also got to have a sneak peek at Rachel’s creations for the wedding favours, we won’t spoil any surprises but when Rachel has her own business creating delicious wedding favours you know its going to be awesome! Check Rachel’s company out here… A Jar of Happiness
So with dog leads attached and coats on we headed out for the shoot to Alkincoats Park just round the back of R+R’s house in Colne. Poppy was making friends and enjoying herself far too much for photographs but we got some cool shots of them all together including the Elliott Erwitt inspired shot, check out Elliott’s work… Amazing photographer!
Once finished in the park we took Poppy back home so she could warm up whilst we headed out again into more industrial parts of Colne for some cool shots of just Rachel + Rob together.
Afterwards we headed back to R+R’s house for tea and a whopping great piece of Rachel’s incredible brownies (she also sent us home with a stack of them too wahooo!!)
Rachel + Rob get married next month (actually on my birthday so there better be a slice of cake) at St Helen’s Church in Waddington and then they head off to Browsholme Hall for food, drinks and a tonne of celebrating. CANNOT WAIT!!!
These are our faves from the Love shoot…
On Saturday we headed to Leeds city centre for Natalie + Steve’s Love shoot. We always have fun wherever we shoot but this one was full of the stuff. N+S are a lively couple and totally up for a laugh, but I’m sure they’ll agree that they noticed a massive improvement once the edge had been taken off their nerves with a very good real ale courtesy of Brewdog.
When we arrived at some local graffiti in the centre there were quite a lot of cool youngsters hanging out with each other and instead of being the gate crashers we decided to get them involved too so keep your eye out in the pictures for that shot. It was great fun!!
These are out favourites from the shoot…
Today I ventured out to Leeds City Centre on my own to meet with Suzanna and Ben. ON MY OWN! This is the first time I have ever done a love shoot without Paul.
After Christmas I said to Paul that I needed to push myself more with the business and my photography. When he mentioned that I should go out and shoot a couple on my own I just laughed him off and said that I didn’t need to. I do the grooms prep at all our weddings and assist Paul with most of the love shoots so why the heck do I need to shoot a couple on my own? I always shoot with Paul on the love shoots and feel very comfortable assisting him as a second shooter. Not today. I was the lead. I had to think on my feet, be creative and I needed to make Suzanna and Ben feel comfortable in front of the camera. It was really weird me taking charge and not assisting and you know what, I really liked it. (Watch out Paul!)
Paul dropped me off at the station and waved me off to Leeds ON MY OWN.
When I met Suzanna and Ben they were really excited. I was too but I was also scared and wanted to push myself. So, off we trekked around the city centre.
It was freezzzzing, snowing, sunny spells and gales. The perfect weather for a spring shoot….
Suzanna and Ben were awesome. I couldn’t have asked for a more willing, gorgeous and happy couple.
Thanks guys I hope you like your images.
So here they are…My first ever solo Love Shoot images. Taken and processed all by myself.