Primal Yoga Photography // Keri Lincoln

Primal Yoga Photography // Keri Lincoln

Primal Yoga Photography Manchester

Recent work for Primal Yoga & Pilates Specialist Keri Lincoln

One of my recent non-wedding commissions was some Primal Yoga Photography for ‘The Elastic Lady’ Keri Lincoln – whose personality and charm are only bettered by her incredible flexibilty. I almost expected her to arrive in a small suitcase –  like a circus act when we met at Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle for the shoot. I’ve never been up close and personal to a Yoga instructor before (yes, I can hear you laughing already!), but Keri and I have worked closely together once before – on a very special day! 😉

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Meeting up at The Baltic Triangle, we used the skate park as location number one, where Keri showed me a set of moves from one of her Yoga / Pilates lessons. Impressive stuff. Especially barefoot on cold concrete on a not-so-warm day in Liverpool!

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After lunch we carried on shooting in Camp & Furnace – in the gallery upstairs. The staff there were very helpful, and just let us get on with things for an hour or so. Thanks guys!

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From Camp & Furnace, it was off to Grafton Street and The Old Higson’s Brewery for location three. Keri was still in full stretch with her martial arts-esque moves. Impressive to watch, especially ‘on the street’…

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By now the sun had moved around, so we were back to the skate park for more gritty, urban images. Not normally my usual style, these images were shot on my lovely Nikon D750’s and processed through Capture One for a very specific look.


Keri’s website has just gone live!  You can see it HERE  And….though I say it myself, the design work looks great, and my images really work as part of the branding 😉

If you’re in the Liverpool / Ormskirk / Southport area, why not check Keri’s website and book some classes for yourself. She really is ‘The Elastic Lady’. So…will I be attending one of Keri’s classes? Nah, I’ll be watching her online tutorials from the sanctity of my settee, with a doughnut… 😉

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REVEALED!! The new Little White Books October 2014 Front Cover…plus a few behind the scenes images as to how the little white books cover shoot evolved during the day.

This shoot was way back in November 2013 at Wycoller Country Park, near Colne; a beautiful, picturesque hamlet in deepest Lancashire. Perfect for our plans for a new front cover, featuring wedding attire by Charlotte from Legend Bridal Designs, hair &makeup by the talented pair Kerry Baker MUA and Duncan Fisher from L’Hairport, floral arrangements by Clare at Blush Rose – plus our very brave and talented models, Michelle Carter & Rowan Lewis Mitchell. The idea for the shoot was developed and organised by Maxine and the team at Little White Books – who, incidentally run the phenomenal Great Lancashire Wedding Show twice a year….a fantastic exhibition of Lancashire’s and Great Manchester’s finest wedding suppliers – well worth checking out if you’re planning your wedding.


So, duly we arrived at the location mid morning, to catch as much of the low winter sun as possible, for a more dramatic effect. Though the sun was out, it was still November and bitterly cold. Luckily there’s a cafe in Wycoller, so we set up camp there with hot tea and coffee to get us going. And boy, did we need it! 😉

Kerry and Duncan set to work on our brilliant models, who, incidentally braved the temperature on the shoot through gritted teeth, coats and more hot tea. Thanks guys! We had the idea already for the front cover, but our brief was to shoot extra images for editorial use for both the Little White Books magazine, plus publicity and advertising stills for the Great Lancashire Wedding Show. From website, social media, through to location banners and even billposters, our work was going global.…well, all over the North West 😉


We had to work quickly, since the sun was already starting to fade – even at 12.30pm, and with the temperatures falling further, it meant I had to shoot very quickly too, which, to be honest I prefer…and so did the models! The style of the shoot was a little outside my normal style, so I opted to work with reflectors, rather than location lighting. This gave me a much more natural look, and saved precious time on the day.


From the ‘couple’ shots for the GLWS, came our star, Michelle to be featured for the front cover. The light was perfect. Michelle was possibly two degrees from falling into a coma, and even I was cold. And I don’t feel the cold! In ten minutes we nailed it, with the expertly-timed (and obligatory!) warm coat being handed to Michelle in between ‘takes’ by Kerry and Charlotte. Ten minutes, nailed, in the bag…then the light was gone…

LWB_MCP_FABLE103LWB_MCP_FABLE098LWB_MCP_FABLE094….and, HERE IT IS…..our cover image. We knew just looking at the back of the camera we’d got what we came for!

LWB_MCP_FABLE090LWB_MCP_FABLE074These images are a collection of alternative takes (sorry, once a TV director, always one!) from the morning and early afternoon shoot, forming into a collection for the GLWS library. Watch out for the images to hit social media any day now. If you come to any Little White Books events, you’ll see them printed as large banners and posters around the venues. I’ll also be at this year’s GLWS on November 9th – why not pop over and say hello?



With the sun fading quickly, we changed location and shot some images for the Great Lancashire Wedding Show – teasers, flyers, in-magazine advertorial etc. I as thanks again to our brilliant models, who braved tremendously unfriendly temperatures to give us images like these…


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My thanks especially go out to ‘The Team’ for producing this in such limited time and non-summer weather!


Concept by Maxine at – LITTLE WHITE BOOKS

Wedding attire by Charlotte at LEGENDS BRIDAL DESIGNS

Makeup by Kerry Baker at KERRY BAKER MUA

Hair by Duncan Fisher

Flowers by Clare at BLUSH ROSE

And special thanks to our models Michelle & Rowan


Amarjit and Andrew are getting married soon in Manchester, with a reception in Dunham Massey. I’m going to be their Dunham Massey Wedding Photographer – but first I had to be their Stanage Edge E-Shoot Photographer! For their Engagement (E-Shoot) they chose Stanage Edge in the Peak District for their folio. Being the lithe, athletic type myself, I jumped at the opportunity of climbing a ridge in 60mph winds – simple! When we arrived at base camp – a suitable car park, allowing for ‘couch climbers’ like me, the cloud level was too low to see anything – an almost total white-out. So, undeterred, we ventured back down towards civilisation and a stunning forest to warm us up. I was travelling light, using the new Nikon D600 on this occasion. The small, lightweight stature of the camera meant I could travel light too – just a trio of lenses in my tiny Crumpler bag. Wish it was like this on wedding shoots!

In keeping with my style of shooting, I just let Amarjit and Andrew be themselves – they knew the territory better than I, since they walk there most weekends. The mist was beginning to lift, and we got some great images in the bag, with virtually no direction from myself. After half an hour we ventured back up to base camp to attempt the ridge shot again. Good news! The mist had gone, replaced with a constant blustery wind which meant everybody was walking around at 45 degree angles. This was going to be interesting! Up we went, to the top, which only took a few minutes, granted, but my word, was that wind strong. The little Nikon did ever so well with the 24-70mm, 85mm  and 20mm lenses, and even at fast shutter speeds I was getting camera shake. It really was that rough – laughably enjoyable at the same time too….it was like being a kid again, trying to focus through streaming tears and a flapping North Face jacket. But we nailed it, and the images don’t really show the full force of the weather, but are perfect for what we were after –  a raw representation of Stanage Edge.

I just hope it’s not as windy when I’m their Dunham Massey Wedding Photographer.




I love my job. I really do. Even when it’s hard work, the pressure’s on and the sometimes seemingly endless 16 hour days working on the weddings and people shoots I undertake throughout the year make me a little grumpy (yeah, yeah…get the violins I hear you say…) But it’s shoots like this that make the days go a little easier. Spring sunshine, location shoot, no time constraints and a lovely ‘crew’ to work with make for a very pleasant day’s work. Work….sometimes it doesn’t feel like it on days like this… 😉

Lynn from Hairbows Wonderworld booked me with my ‘Wedding Photographer Manchester’ hat on to shoot some of her new 2014 product range. Armed with a couple of models, a suitcase hamper of product…(plus the same again with sandwiches, cake and coffee!), all under the careful direction of talented make up artist Jodie A Smith we set up camp in  a beautiful park in North Manchester. Being a Thursday, it was quiet and we had the place to ourselves. The day started with quite dense fog, which would have looked quite atmospheric, but we waited until noon, for it to burn off and have some sunshine. And we did…too much! I know, I know…us photographers are never happy, eh? For the first half of the shoot, we set up in a conservatory, a classic Victorian glasshouse. Armed with a single flash, fired via radio trigger through a large silver umbrella, I wrestled with the big yellow ball in the sky to get something of any quality. But we did. And I know Lynn loves a touch of vintage…so she got some in these final images…not too much though, didn’t want to spoil her!


You’ll have to forgive the lack of information on each of the featured items…I’m a man, what would I know? You’d need to speak to Lynn via her WEBSITE, or via her ETSY shop to discuss options for your wedding day. But I do know she makes the most exquisite bouquets, hand made hairwear and other accessories – “Pretties” as she nicknames them. Have a look at her work, you’ll love it!


From the glasshouse, it was outside to battle the afternoon sun, not fazed, models Monika and Malwina braved the cold (yes, it’s still only March!) and performed beautifully for camera, with little direction from me. Good…it was my ‘day off’ and I didn’t want to be pointing and gesticulating like a bad mime act! Thanks ladies… 😉



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Here’s another example of my Family Photographer Manchester work. Little Nanci was photographed both at her home, and down the road at the local park. Mum commissioned me for the two hour session, wanting some really natural shots of her little girl, since (like all children) she was growing up so quickly…

So, armed with a couple of Nikons and a few lenses, I went over to Nanci’s home and made friends with her. She was shy at first, but after ten minutes, she was telling me all about her cups and saucer set, taking me by the hand to see her ‘hidey place’ in the kitchen…oh, and her new yellow wellington boots!

It has its place,  but it’s not top of my list the sterile white backgrounds, fluffy rugs and posing stools for babies and children shoots. I do shoot studio work, but prefer to photograph families and kids in their natural environment, using as much natural light as possible. Sometimes it’s not possible – half of these interior images had flash on them, triggered remotely via radio triggers – set to boost the (fairly poor) natural light available, and not look obvious. Hopefully you’ll agree…


So…armed with her new wellies, her bag packed full of teacups and teapot, young Nanci decided to leave home, No reason, she just waved us all bye bye and left. It was hilarious…


So, onto the park, braving the wind, and Nanci, Mum Catherine and Dad Martin were on full lookout as the little ‘un tried everything she could get to…or at least attempt it! She was in her element, waving to me constantly and giving us all a running commentary (in toddler-speak) as to what she was doing. She lasted a good half hour before hunger and tiredness kicked in (see the last image). But we got what we wanted. Mum and dad are well pleased. And Nanci? She’s happy – she has new wellybobs and a teapot..oh, and these images to potentially appear on her wedding day… 😉


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 Here’s an example of some of my Bride Photographer Manchester portfolio. I’ve known and worked with Laura Mayers from The Bridal Make Up Team for a few years now (too many, she’ll say…) especially back to our previous career in TV commercials when Laura was our No 1 choice for ‘face painting’ (ha ha..). Recently, the BMT’s website has been updated, and we have shot some new images for both our folios. Recent examples include Paula Cruz Folio, and a recent folio shoot for Laura’s company. The Bridal Make Up Team are one of the premier hair & make up suppliers in the North West – and not just to the wedding industry, nope the BBC and TV production companies still keep Laura’s diary regularly filled.

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With regards to the overall ‘look’ of the folio- each bride had her own colour grading and style, all very subtle, but different to create a three-part collection. We love these images. They show off Laura’s talent, plus my ability to plug a lamp in and get an exposure… 😉 Sometimes…when it’s cold outside, the allure of a nice warm studio environment with a never-ending supply coffee just ticks the boxes. Quite a contrast to my next few winter weddings coming any day now…

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If you drop in on The Bridal Make Up Team’s website, you’ll see these images ‘for real’…that is unless Laura has been too busy to update it…

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