Spread Eagle Sawley Wedding Photographer – Styled Shoot

Spread Eagle Sawley Wedding Photographer – Styled Shoot

Spread Eagle Sawley Wedding Photographer

A Styled Shoot at this stunning Ribble Valley wedding venue

Spread Eagle Sawley Wedding Venue

The Spread Eagle was the location for a recent styled shoot for Little White Books, enabling me to be a Spread Eagle Sawley Wedding Photographer. Described on their website as “An unassuming but attractive coaching Inn nestling within the Forest of Bowland, an Area of outstanding natural beauty, in the heart of the Ribble Valley”, the description is spot on. This charming Inn provides a brilliant opportunity for being a Spread Eagle Sawley Wedding Photographer.

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On board for the shoot were some great people; Kerry Baker on Makeup duties, Carly from Carly’s Creations on Hair, with dresses supplied by Bridalwear by Emma Louise. All things floral were left to the ‘Creative Madman’ that is Mat Hepplestone at Red Floral Architecture. The incredibly rare 1950’s Porsche 356 was kindly supplied by The Lovebus Wedding Company, while all the day was expertly captured by Paul from In Love Wedding Films. Our real life couple Su & Louis, together with Coco, the Terrier were brilliant to work with, so thanks to them. Finally, there was the team from Little White Books…and myself, complete with Nikons and obligatory fishing hat… 😉

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Little White Books Styled Shoot

The location was chosen to shoot the new front cover of the Jan-July 2017 edition of this incredibly popular wedding magazine. Little White Books specialise in promoting the finest wedding suppliers in Lancashire and surrounding areas, and it’s always an honour to shoot the cover. The brief for this shoot was to go for a simple, clean slightly vintage look. No gimmicks or trendy Instagram-style effects…just pure standalone images. Here are two images which didn’t make the final cut…

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..and here’s the final front cover image, taken after a break to allow the sun to move round.

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Sawley Abbey Ruins

Some of our shoot was taken with kind permission from the English Heritage Organisation, across the road in the ruins of Sawley Abbey. Sawley Abbey ruins are ‘the remains of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1148, set against a backdrop of dramatic hills. After its dissolution in 1536, the monks were briefly returned to the abbey during the Pilgrimage of Grace. They remained in possession until the insurrection’s collapse and the execution of their abbot. Sawley Abbey is full of history and a magical site – just even to sit and enjoy the tranquility of the location.

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Hospitality at The Spread Eagle Sawley

The Spread Eagle Inn is a perfect wedding and events venue, just off the beaten track, but easy to get to. I have already been booked a for a wedding there in 2018, so really looking forward being a Spread Eagle Sawley Wedding Photographer, and to seeing the place in full flow. The staff are very friendly, the rooms spacious and private, whilst the food is stunning too. We weren’t in a rush to go home! Suffice to say, I would throroughly recommend shortlisting this particular venue for your Ribble Valley wedding…

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From the sunny exterior, it was time for a short break and a cup of tea…or a welcome pint Guinness for Louis. Well, he had earned it after all…

 

Why not pop over and have a look at The Little White Books ‘Behind The Scenes’ Blog post HERE

 

ROLL CALL

Venue –The Spread Eagle Inn

Production Team – Little White Books

Dress – Bridalwear By Emma Louise

Makeup – Kerry Baker

Hair – Carly

Flowers – Red Floral Architecture

Car – The Lovebus Wedding Company

Big shout out to Su & Louis (and Coco!) for their brilliant input to the shoot…

 

 

Get in touch to discuss your Spread Eagle Sawley wedding…

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On The 7th Wedding Photography – Styled Shoot

On The 7th Wedding Photography – Styled Shoot

On The 7th Wedding Photography

A Styled Shoot from this unique Manchester Wedding Venue in Media City

On The 7th Wedding Photography in Media City

One of my recent projects was an On The 7th Wedding Photography project in conjunction with Little White Books. This was to be a personal project, working with some of the finest wedding suppliers in the North West. I produce a considerable amount of On The 7th Wedding Photography each year – it is one of my favourite wedding venues, and such a unique place in which to produce my On The 7th Wedding Photography.

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Since On The 7th is such a sought-after and unique wedding venue, why not work alongside some of the most sought after wedding suppliers in Manchester and Lancashire? I felt very lucky to have Samantha from The Dollz team for Hair and Makeup, (plus props for the shoot too by Dollz Events) flowers by the uber-talented Mat Hepplestone at Red Floral, dresses by Lee at The Bridal Lounge of Accrington, with Paul from In Love Wedding Films capturing the shoot as it happened. And big thanks go out to Becky Gore for being our stunning and VERY patient model! The whole shoot was co-ordinated by Sarah at On The 7th, and the team at Little White Books too. Here is a link to their blog regarding the shoot.

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Bride photos at On The 7th in Media City

Becky our model for the day was brilliant to work with. Full of enthusiasm, and boundless energy. She even tolerated several hours of my sarcasm. Impressive! The team worked tirelessly to create setups and help with styling, props etc wherever possible. I still managed to get dirty though from hours spent crawling (and laying) on the floor, 😉

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And yes – just as we were in full flow, the shoot was photobombed by everybody’s favourite Richard Madeley. He kindly stopped for a quick snap then left us too it. Cheers Richard!

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Stunning wedding photos at On The 7th in Media City

This was ther image I had in my head all day. Becky draped in fairy lights and lit with a small spotlight. We had to wait till dusk was falling so we could get the effect I was looking for. Becky stood very patiently, statuesque as the slow shutter speeds kicked in. This was the result. Only took 10 minutes too! For the photographers out there I was using a Nikon D750 with 20mm, 24mm, 50mm and 85mm lenses, with lighting provided by Elinchrom studio heads and a DEDOLIGHT kit (my favourite lighting from my TV Commercials days).

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Roll Call

Venue – On The 7th in Media City

Shoot Co-ordination – Little White Books

Dresses  – The Bridal Lounge of Accrington

Flowers – Red Floral Architecture

Hair & Makeup – The Dollz

Props – The Dollz Events

Video – In Love Wedding Films

Model – The lovely Becky. Thank you!

Why not get in touch and tell me about your On The 7th wedding?

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Manchester Wedding Photographer Styled Shoot

Manchester Wedding Photographer Styled Shoot

Manchester Wedding Photographer

Styled shoot in Manchester City Centre

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Every so often I get to work on a styled shoot – normally with a makeup artist or bridal dress supplier, creating folio images for all the team involved….creating a new title –  Manchester Wedding Photographer Styled Shoot. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the new images taken for the Summer 2016  Little White Books magazine  front cover, and for editi=orial and publicity throughout the 2016 wedding season. These aren’t the final choice of the Editorial team, but have been released for blog usage. The images were taken back in May of 2015….seems a lifetime ago now, since my year has been so busy! Shot in and around The Great Northern, using signage as backgrounds for the two Great Northern Wedding Shows held in April and September at Bolton Arena. The brief was to create something urban, film-like and slightly retro, without being vintage. I think we nailed it. I say we, as there was a brilliant team on board for this shoot…

‘The Dress’ – Legend Bridal Designs
Make up – Kerry Baker MUA
Hair – Bridal Hair by Sam Gateley
Bouquets & Buttonholes – Red Floral Architecture
plus Little White Books in conjunction with Great Northern Wedding Show

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And here’s one of the posters for the 2016 GNWS…

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And another…

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WILLINGTON HALL WEDDINGS – HBW STYLED SHOOT

Willington Hall Wedding Photographer

Styled shoot at this fine Cheshire wedding venue

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I get to work with some really talented and interesting people in the wedding industry in my day to day job. Sometimes, too, we get together on ‘a wet Tuesday’ to shoot a styled project at a top location. The team gathered all have their collective and creative input into what’s photographed, so we all get images for our folios (and blogs) to promote our talent. Yes, talent… 😉

This shoot was organised by Lynn from Hair Bows Wonderworld at Willington Hall. Neither was it a Tuesday, or a wet one at that. Nope. It was going to be the hottest day of the year!

Lynn makes THE most incredible bridal accessories….all by hand, and all bespoke to her clients. From simple pins and hair accessories, through to the most stylish and stunning head wear, bouquets, jewelery and accessories…you really need to drop in on her website and see the quality of the products for yourself!

This shoot was to feature some new feather bouquets, along with matching hair wear – all from her new 2014 collection.

On hair and makeup duties with the uber cool Sophie from Make Up By Sophie, with our willing Models, Monika & Rafael, Malwina plus our ‘new girl’ Katie

Thanks everybody for all your help – especially Natalie, Simon and the staff at Willington Hall

Hope you like the images…

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This blog post is running in tandem with Lynn’s on her website…..check it out here

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Why not drop in to the Hair Bows Wonderworld website and see for yourself…in the meantime, here’s a couple of snaps of Katie with ‘big sis’ Pauline, and Lynn with her incredibly helpful (and patient!) husband Duan…

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Willington Hall is a fabulous venue for your wedding, with stunning gardens – expertly run with a fantastic menu…highly recommended as a Cheshire wedding venue. Trust me…

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Wedding Photographer Manchester // Styled Shoot in Morecambe

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Styled shoot on location in Morecambe

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Part of my being a Manchester Wedding Photographer is to occasionally work on styled shoots. When the team at Little White Books asked me to be a part of this, there was NO way I was going to turn this down. A shoot…back home in my beloved Morecambe? Count me in! Rewind to a hot July day last summer, on Morecambe Promenade. And I mean hot! A great crew were gathered for this one – Mat at Red Floral for the bouquets and buttonholes, Kerry Baker on Make-Up duties, complete with Duncan from L’Hairport on hair. Clothing was kindly supplied by Bridalwear by Emma Louise in Bolton, with Slaters Menswear supplying the ‘groom’ outfit. All calmly looked after by Maxine & Helen from Little White Books. And why not be calm – they were in good hands after all. A totally professional crew, who knew exactly what they were doing, and what we were looking for.

Oh…and me (in fitting sun hat) with a couple of Nikons….laden with 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses 😉

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We gathered at The Midland Hotel late in the day, since sunset wasn’t going to be around 9pm anyway, and we were looking for that late afternoon summer feel.

Our Bride & Groom for the shoot, Vicky & Mark, were a real-life couple too, and soon to be married, so a brilliant opportunity for a dry-run – in the sun… 😉

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With hair and makeup done in the Midland, Mat and myself began the shoot photographing a stunning collection of some of his new bouquet and button hole designs, before we ventured out onto the Prom. Location number one ticked all the boxes for the first part of the shoot. Opposite the classic Clock Tower, Vicky & Mark settled into their deck chairs and just chilled out, laughing like they were already on honeymoon. With Emma, Kerry and Duncan on standby in case of sun or sand-inflicted ‘repairs’, we let the cameras get to work. The chemistry was fantastic; our couple needed very little direction, and the images came rolling in.

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From location one, we were off to ‘meet’ Eric – or ‘The Ho! Ho! Man’ as my daughter calls him. Ably assisted by Emma’s husband, David, we set up an off-camera flash with a large bounce reflector to combat the harsh sunlight. Thanks for that David – you were a diamond geezer pal! By now Vicky was in full tilt, and dancing with Eric like a natural. It was brilliant to watch!

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Shoot the rehearsals – an old trick of mine from my TV days…you just never know!

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And…we got THE SHOT. Very quickly. The front cover image for the new Little White Books magazine nailed in 15 minutes.

I’ll take the credit for that one then….erm…only kidding! 😉

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Whilst still next to Eric’s statue, we calmed the mood down a little, with a few gentle portraits of Vicky, dressed in that stunning floral arrangement…

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…plus I really wanted to shoot this relaxed portrait(?) of the couple looking over the bay.

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Back to The Midland for a well-earned coffee, whilst Vicky’s hair and makeup were adjusted for the final shots…

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…and we had it, in the bag. Sunburnt, tired, but happy, I left Morecambe behind to start work on the images that evening..after a well-earned shower and a couple of beers, of course…

So – a big thank you to everyone on this project:

Maxine & Helen from Little White Books

Mat Hepplestone from Red Floral

Kerry Baker  – Make Up Artist

Duncan Fisher from L’Hairport

Emma & David from Bridalwear by Emma Louise

The guys at Slaters Menswear and The Midland Hotel

Not forgetting Vicky & Mark, for their incredible patience and hard work!

Thanks gang!

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Stanneylands Wedding Photographer // Styled Shoot

Stanneylands Wedding Photographer // Styled Shoot

Stanneylands Wedding Photographer

Styled shoot at this fine Cheshire wedding venue

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Sometimes I get to photograph a ‘styled shoot’ – one where a few select specialist suppliers meet on location to create a folio of images for ourselves and the venue, to use in a variety of ways and purposes.

This shoot was a little different, being one that I called. I wanted to shoot on location with studio lighting – not that I can’t already, but wanted the self-imposed pressure of creating images in a live hotel location. Stanneylands Hotel kindly let us use their reception area, suites and grounds. Thank you first and foremost, Adele!

In conjunction with Maxine at Little White Books, Debbie from Glamour Bridal Bolton, Laura Mayers from The Bridal Makeup Team, Will & Eric from Art of Weddings and Events...and our lovely model Joanne from Simply Bows and Chair Covers, we arranged our shoot on a ‘classic’ Weds morning, where the weather started well, but deteriorated rather classically too… 😉

The first half of the day was spent with the Elinchrom heads and a studio environment in reception…complete with cast from a TV drama rehearsing their lines from time to time. Random.

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Jo was a perfect choice for this project, and for me being a ‘Stanneylands Wedding Photographer’.

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The second half of the shoot was outside in the grounds, using a combination of reflectors and radio-triggered flash, to fill the shadow areas, but keep things looking natural. Yep, happy with these…not a hint of it to be seen anywhere!

(For the photographers out there, I used a couple of Nikon D700 cameras with 24-70mm, 50mm and 85mm lenses. Lighting was Elinchrom D-Lite 4s and Nikon SB800’s via radio trigger)

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I’ve gone for classic Kodak film looks with all the images – muted colours, reminiscent of the 1960s. The look suits the overall style perfectly I think…

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Back inside, and total studio lighting on these images. I used a large silver umbrella to replicate sunlight from an off-camera window (there was just a wall!) The mono images are created, again with Kodak film stock emulation.

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So there you have it, our little project. Of course, we all work at Stanneylands on ‘proper’ wedding duties too, so why not check what we have to offer for your wedding?

Special thanks again go to…

Location – Stanneylands Hotel

Liaison – Maxine at Little White Books

Dress – Glamour Bridal Bolton

Flowers – Art of Weddings and Events

Makeup- Laura at The Bridal Make-up Team

Model – Joanne at Simply Bows and Chair Covers

If you’d like to discuss your Stanneylands wedding photography, please get in touch…

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Willington Hall Wedding Photographer Styled shoot at this fine Cheshire wedding venue   I get to work with some really talented and interesting people in the wedding industry in my day to day job. Sometimes, too, we get together on 'a wet Tuesday' to shoot a styled...

Wedding Photographer Manchester // Styled Shoot in Morecambe

Wedding Photographer Manchester Styled shoot on location in Morecambe ***** ***** Part of my being a Manchester Wedding Photographer is to occasionally work on styled shoots. When the team at Little White Books asked me to be a part of this, there was NO way I was...

Stanneylands Wedding Photographer // Styled Shoot

Stanneylands Wedding Photographer Styled shoot at this fine Cheshire wedding venue   Sometimes I get to photograph a 'styled shoot' - one where a few select specialist suppliers meet on location to create a folio of images for ourselves and the venue, to use in a...