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Baby Autumn was a lovely baby to photograph. So content and very curious as to what I was doing. I photographed the wedding of her parents Michelle & Chris a few years ago and it was a privilege to also be asked to photograph their baby. I love it when I continue my relationship with a family from wedding to family its one of the best parts of being a photographer.


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I thought it was about time I took some photographs of my wife Katie. It was time she was in front of the camera instead of always behind it helping me.

These were all taken on either my Nikon 85mm or my Tamron 70-200 – both brilliant lenses for portrait work




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Tips to look your best in wedding pictures

Thank you to Best for Bride for the guest article below.


On your wedding day, you will find yourself in front of the camera a lot! Every photograph taken on this day is important, for it will be a precious keepsake of your lifetime celebration. So, not only should you look aim to look good, it should also be reflected in your pictures. Fortunately, it isn’t too difficult to get it right when you plan in advance.

Here are some tips from the Best for Bride team of wedding experts in Canada, to help you get ready for your wedding day photographs.


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Find the right pose that will capture your best profile. For this, scan through previous photos or ask your photographer for tips. Identify your best facial profile and recognize the right poses. Then practice it well in front of a mirror. This will make it easier to settle into position when it is time for a photo. Stay relaxed, but angle your face and shoulders, and settle into the right posture quickly to look picture-perfect every time.

Choose photogenic makeup

On your wedding day, apply slightly more makeup than you normally do. Nevertheless, remember that not all makeup translates well on camera. Although a hint of glitter will help you shine in person, it can make you look sweaty in a photograph. Similarly, spray-on tans are notorious for causing orange complexions. Have a trial makeup run before your wedding and click a few random pictures to see how it looks. You can tweak or adjust it if you aren’t satisfied with what you see.

Plan your photos into the wedding schedule

When your wedding day progresses smoothly and time is budgeted for each task, your photos will turn out well. Plan your wedding day time-line with inputs from your photographer. Schedule enough time for group shots and portraits, so everything progresses smoothly. Set aside enough time for important shots like getting ready pictures and family photos. It is also a good idea to designate one of the wedding party members to get everyone in place for the family portraits. It will be much smoother this way, and you can avoid delays.

Your Couple Shots

Your photographer will have already found the best locations for photos in and around your venue but of course you can suggest others. The background for your photos, especially your couple portraits, will greatly impact the quality of your pictures. Pick places where you can relax and be yourselves. If these spots are away from the actual venue, make sure you schedule enough time for the pictures and don’t rush them so you can relax and enjoy yourselves.

Keep your emergency touch-up kit handy

Since it is impossible to have your makeup and hair in place all day, carry an essential touch-up kit. You must have your hair and makeup essentials in it. Use the contents at regular intervals throughout your wedding day. Add tissues, Q-tips and blotting paper to the kit, for any emergency fixes that may be necessary. For more details on all that you should include in it, check out this guide on the Knot website. Restore your makeup and straighten up your hairstyle every time before a photo session, and you will look fresh and amazing in your photos.

Ignore the camera

Candid and natural pictures are usually the best. Trust your photographer to capture you in the best way possible and avoid being conscious when the cameras focus on you. Simply ignore it unless it is a portrait shot, or your photographer asks you to face the camera. Photos drenched in natural light look very nice but your photographer may suggest other areas that are not so obvious for more dramatic or stylised shots so trust your photographer to get the best possible photos

Say it with your eyes when it is impossible to smile

You will have to smile a lot on your wedding day. So, have those pearls polished and whitened to give you a dazzling smile. Try to smile in all the photos, but never fake a grin. If you are too tired to smile at any point, let your eyes do the talking. When you are happy, your joy will reflect in your eyes. Relax your facial muscles and simply smile with your eyes. Your photos will be much better than with a grin that is totally fake.

Don’t obsess over it

You will have so much going on at your wedding day that you shouldn’t obsess about your photographs. Just be yourself and relax every time the camera is pointed at you. Feel free to enjoy yourself and have fun. Photos that show you in your natural element will come out well. So, don’t worry about looking perfect. Involve yourself in the celebrations of the day and enjoy the experience. The memories of the day will then reflect in your photos.

Author Bio: Best for Bride is Canada’s topmost bridal destination, specializing in bridal dress collections and a wide range of wedding services. Apart from designer wedding dress collections, they also carry bridesmaids dresses, dresses for the entire wedding party and outfits for special occasions. Their online shopping service caters to brides from all over the world. For more details on their collections and services, visit the Best for Bride website.

Samantha & David


A few weeks ago we photographed our last wedding of 2016 the wedding of Samantha and David at Bowburn Hall Hotel. The wedding was later in the day meaning all the photos were captured in the dark and it was VERY cold out there especially for Sam with her short sleeves but she never complained once and we walked around the garden in the dark capturing photos as we went.



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New products for our packages

We are very excited to announce that we are updating our wedding packages. The gold package will now include a magazine style album with Fuji crystal archive paper handmade in the UK. This album is stunning and my photos of the album don’t do it justice… it is a thing of beauty. The prices will of course reflect the new higher quality products and more details can be found HERE


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Both the silver & the gold packages now include a personalized wood presentation box with a wooden USB.  Below is the silver package box


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The gold package comes with the larger of the two wooden boxes (below) and will also hold a selection of 6X4 prints


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We are also very happy to offer as an option with the gold package new parents albums which are a miniature copy of the main album and to the same very high standard.


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Wedding in Newcastle

When we first met Kathryn & Robb Katheryn was a little worried about were would be able to take photographs as she was getting married at Newcastle Registry Office she felt that the area around the registry office was not very photogenic so suggested we stop somewhere on the way back to Durham where they were having their reception in Rob’s parents house. Katie and I went to the venue and immediately saw the potential for some great photos and photos that were a little different. We photographed Katheryn & Robb around the registry office and we also stopped at a park we found close to Durham for some photos with greenery in as Kathryn requested.


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Feeding the Deer

We photographed the wedding of Brooke and Sean at Whitworth Hall and we just had to feed the deer. Well when a venue has its own deer park like Whitworth Hall Hotel and the deer are so tame you just have to. We took Brooke and Sean into the deer park being careful with Brookes stunning wedding dress and managed to capture some great photos and one of them is shown below.


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Steam–Punk Wedding

I really enjoy weddings that are a little bit different and unusual and different and Laura & Dan’s wedding was such a wedding. They had a steam – punk wedding theme. The stand out features for me was Laura’s dress and the cake. The cake was stunning being bright and vibrant and very quirky as you can see below.


The wedding was at the town hall right in the middle of Spennymoor and later in the Penny Gill pub were loads of fun was had on the karaoke. But in between Katie and I decided to take Laura and Dan off to Hardwick Hall were we got some great shots of them in the park which has some stunning scenery and is very popular with many visitors.

As Laura is especially a big fan of Alice in Wonderland and anything magical I decided to try and make Laura & Dan’s photos a bit magical and different with softer lighting and letting the sun create some lens flare to add a bit of magic here and there



This first photo below was actually taken in spennymoor at the rear of the town hall next to a garage door with a kind of shutter in front. I used it as I liked the texture and the colours suited the colour scheme of the wedding.

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