A French style wedding in Yorkshire

This was a truly wonderful wedding and like a dream-come-true for everyone, including me: A combination of French style and ambience, with proper Yorkshire countryside and lovely lovely people. Emily and Owen have lived in Paris for five years and wanted to bring their love of France to their wedding at Emily’s parents’ home in Nafferton in East Yorkshire. Not only did they achieve this with incredible aplomb with more fantastic details than I’ve ever seen, Emily designed and made her own exceptionally beautiful dress (she’s a talented fashion designer). She topped it off with a yellow cardi. Utterly perfect. The couple spent the day having such a wonderful time together and with their families and friends and were so lovely and happy it was an absolute joy to photograph them. I was delighted with their cunning plan to get back to the reception early and go for a photography adventure before anyone realised they were there. They were fantastic sports, donning wellies to tramp through the (amazing) gardens to get to the pond, having a cosy moment in the honeymoon tent they were bravely camping in later, climbing over a style to get to where the vintage MG was hidden then ‘arriving’ (again – nobody knew) in style. The marquee from Shades of India was spectacular and like everything you could see, adorned with bunting handmade by Emily and her mum. Torrential rain was forecast but it magically held off and even if it had rained, every detail had been so taken care of, it really wouldn’t have mattered. The day was topped off by some fantastic speeches from the four best men, followed by a ceilidh in the barn. I was totally spoilt for choice but here’s my selection of favourites from the day.

Monique | French Wedding Style - What a fabulous wedding Susie, so many wonderful details and moments and love how you have captured them!

Daisy and her dad

Daisy’s mum was so thrilled with her portraits she decided to commission a second set of Daisy and her dad. Daisy isn’t able to spend as much time with him as she’d like so these will mean a lot to her as she grows up. Back to Meanwood Park we headed, with mum and the crazy dog once again in tow. But this time we concentrated on father and daughter. What a very loved little girl Daisy is.

We came across a wish tree as we were finishing up. I wonder what Daisy wished for…

Family portraits – Saltaire

This super family was photographed over two sessions. The first time we visited Saltaire it was a bitterly cold day. We got some lovely shots around Salts Mill, the River Aire, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and Roberts Park but I didn’t feel quite the same excitement about them as I normally do after a shoot. I think it was the cold, combined with the fact that I couldn’t actually see out of my camera eye at that point (those of you who know me will know the story of why, as well as the fact that modern medicine has pretty much fixed the problem, so I won’t bore you with that) and my gut told me we should do a second set. I’ve never ever done this before and was in a complete quandary about whether I should put my clients to the trouble or indeed spend a lot of time myself doing the work again. Luckily for me these fantastic people were incredibly patient and totally up for a second go. This time it was much warmer and everyone was in a happy mood, especially me as I could see what I was shooting! I’ve included some images from the first shoot here as doing two shoots actually ended up with a great varied selection for them to chose from. Here’s day one to start with…

And now here’s the second shoot. I’m glad we did it. What do you think?…

Marie and Mark – pre-wedding shoot at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I am so excited about Marie and Mark’s wedding in the summer. They are getting married in the heart of the Grande Champagne region in France at a fabulous-looking venue called Bellevue. They wanted a pre-wedding shoot as they both claim to be novices about having their pictures taken but they were absolute naturals. It was also a privilege to photograph their two sweet little dogs Ollie and Morris who unfortunately aren’t invited to the wedding itself so we lavished them with attention and they seemed equally at home in front of the camera. As always, Yorkshire Sculpture Park provided the perfect backdrop.

A walk in the woods – portraits of Daisy

This is Daisy, her mum and their crazy dog. We went for a walk in Meanwood Park to get some portraits, mainly of Daisy because she’s nearly ten and that is a great age to be and she is very lovely, but also of all them together.  We got a glimmer of spring sunshine and had lots of fun finding strange trees, secret glades and rope swings. I love Meanwood Park. I walk Digby there every day and it’s the perfect place for portrait photographs with lots of variety of woods and open spaces and quirky little spots to discover. Daisy was a dream to photograph (not to mention her sidekicks) and I was spoilt for choice with what to blog. Here they are…

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Mother, daughter and dog look truly awesome

Lesley Prescott - & also try Next model management, Monsoon, Boden, Models One & Storm as they might be interested too. Love the photo’s, Happy Birthday sweetheart. A L xx

Jan Forward - Wow, beautiful pictures! Mum and Daze Top Models and Mr. Nook Top dog. Missing those walks and tree climbing in the park with you all. Have a great day tomorrow Daze.