Monday, 20 June 2011

Babies, Toddlers and Families!

Here are some more portrait photo's from shoots that I’ve done this year. I’ve had a great time meeting new people whilst photographing their families. Plus I've have had the chance to catch up with some former wedding clients after they’ve had some new arrivals!

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Friday, 17 June 2011

Bride To Be, Bridal Wear, Prestwich, Manchester


I'm delighted to announce a new bridal wear shop is set to open in Prestwich, Manchester called Bride to Be. The Boutique, owned by the lovely Hannah Lois, is on Bury New Road in Prestwich village. It offers a large variety of wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses to brides to be, who are looking for the perfect dress to wow the one they love on their big day. All the staff have a friendly and down to earth approach to allow a good browse whilst enjoying yourself; sipping on some fizz, or coffee & cupcakes in order to find the wedding dress of your dreams and to make sure you look amazing on your special day.

The Bride's collections include wedding gowns from Alfred Sung's Always and Signature Collections, Jasmine Couture and Jasmine Colllection, Jade Daniels, Mikaella by Paloma Blanca and a Plus Size range from Callista for beautiful brides with curves. There is also a fantastic range of bridesmaids dresses from Jasmine's B2 and Alfred Sung's Lela Rose Collection. There are a great range of sizes and styles to suit all tastes, and with a large price range for wedding dresses, the boutique caters for every budget too.

Bride to Be has flexible opening hours to suit everyone, opening 6 days a week. Appointments can be made from Tuesday - Sunday or you can call in anytime for a browse. The boutique opens on the 25th June and Hannah is holding an official launch event there on Saturday 2nd July 10am - 6pm. Prospective brides can visit the boutique and enjoy champagne, canap├ęs, coffee & cupcakes, mini manicures, pedicures, acoustic music and much more!

Some of my own wedding photographs will be up on the walls in the boutique and you can look through one of my wedding albums too, which will be on display to be browsed through.

Visit www.bridetobebyhannahlois.co.uk for more information.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Claire and Chris’s Wedding at Walton Hall, Warrington, Cheshire

The final wedding that I covered in my mad month of May was at Walton Hall in Warrington, Cheshire. It’s the first time I’ve photographed a wedding here and not the last, I sincerely hope. The venue is a big stately home in the middle of a beautifully kept park. As nice as the Hall is, the wedding was due to be held in the grounds, north-west weather dependent of course!

The skies were dark and threatening rain around half an hour before the service. The venue dressers had set out the indoor room for the service as it looked to be rained off. A mild tussle was going on as the registrar wanted it indoors but the venue coordinators were insistent that is was going to be outside as planned. The anticipation of what was to happen was nearing fever pitch (am I building this up dramatically enough for you here?)….

Anyway, about 10 minutes before the service, the clouds parted and the Cheshire sun started shining down on the park, starting a mad dash to set up the bandstand for what was to be an amazing ceremony. Claire and her bridesmaids looked amazing as they walked down the aisle in the sun. The park proved to be a splendid backdrop for the group and portrait shots, as did the staircase of the venue itself. The evening reception was held up by the Champions League final with the bride and groom's first dance happening at half time, again outside on the bandstand: Awesome stuff! The match result wasn’t quite what a lot of the lads would have hoped for, but it didn’t spoil what was a fantastic day. Highlights below!

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Congratulations to Claire and Chris. Hope you love looking at your photos as much as I loved taking them (and looking at them again actually!).

Friday, 3 June 2011

May Portraits!

May has so far been my busiest month this year. On top of the weekly weddings, I’ve squeezed in a few studio and location portrait shoots. I’ve been playing around with different lighting and post production stuff and have worked with a make-up artist to get variety to my portfolio. Here’s a few of my favourite shots taken.

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Thanks to my willing models Micah, Claire, Natalie and Emma for letting me order them about on the days. Thanks to Jodie Dean for the excellent make up work on Claire and Natalie. Thanks to Len at Elegance Photography Studio in Bury (www.elegancephotography-studio.com) for allowing me to mess up his studio and thanks to The White Room in Whitefield (www.whiteroom.uk.com) for allowing me in before they opened up to do the shoot with Micah.