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A new wedding venue for us was Priory Cottages near Wetherby, although there have been plenty of wedding photography enquiries for the priory Cottages, this was the first time we were actually available.

Emma and James were marrying outside, the courtyard structure and open fronted barn allows cvil ceremonies to be almost completely outdoors, just the bride and groom and registrars inside the glass doors and well within sight and ear shot of the intimate wedding party. The brief for the day was for a more relaxed and informal set up with a minimal number of group photographs to take, we had plenty of time to create the natural candid wedding photographs that Emma and James had requested.

Thankfully in such beautiful surroundings as the Priory Cottages and expansive farmland Emma and James were happy to pop out for a short photo session after the meal, making the most of the glorious evening light and sunset to create a quick set of wedding photographs that will look amazing in their wedding photograph album.

You can view our range of wedding photograph albums and packages available for Priory Cottages and other wedding venues here

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Surrounded by hundreds of acres of Farmland the Priory Cottages are ideally located for country weddings and for bride and grooms willing to make the most of the rural location there are many many photography opportunities.

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Early evening we took Emma and James for a short stroll to create a set of wedding photographs of just the two of them, The stunning evening light and sunset helped create a superb set of wedding photographs.

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For more information on booking your wedding at Priory Cottages visit their website.

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Dan and Joanne were married at St John The Baptist church in Normanton before celebrating at Woodlands Hotel near Leeds. The following blog post includes many of the images we played on a slideshow during their evening reception.

Our Day began with groom preparation photos as Dan and his groomsmen prepared for the day ahead. Typically lasting around thirty to forty minutes, some images of the guys getting ready always make a superb couple of spreads in our Exclusive storybook wedding albums. Following groom preparation we headed off to Ackworth to join Joanne and her bridesmaids as they were finishing off their preparations and with make and hair dressing in full swing we had plenty to photograph.

It’s always good to have a priest who allows photography during the wedding ceremony, this meant I was able to position myself near the front whilst Sophie was photographing the wedding from the back of church. Working discreetly and keeping out of the way means we can still capture the key moments of the wedding ceremony without being too obtrusive.  The light and bright interior of St John’s works really well.

Following a little windy confetti throwing we made our way to Woodlands Hotel near Leeds for the wedding reception and rest of the days activities. Photographs with the wedding car followed by a number of family groups before everyone made their way indoors to complete the drinks reception before the wedding breakfast. The ideal opportunity to capture some candid moments as guests relaxed in the bar and public rooms of the hotel.

Wedding breakfast, speeches and evening reception all took place in Woodlands’ marquee which had been dressed in a classic and elegant white colour scheme with large illuminated D&J letters supplied by our friends at Elite Sound

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It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and one we try and capture at as many weddings as possible. Father of the bride seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time, lots of emotions in the room but a series of wedding photographs that will always make the wedding album.

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After first dance we took the opportunity to pop outside with Joanne and Daniel for a couple of photographs within the grounds of Woodlands including using smoke and a number of coloured flashes to create the wedding photograph above. Our wedding photography coverage ended with all the guests outside the hotel for a sparkler exit tunnel photograph.

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Leeds Wedding Photographer | Marc and Sara’s Wedding Photographs | Yorkshire Wedding Photography

Following Marc and Sara’s recent  pre-wedding shoot It was good to catch up with them again on their wedding day. The weather on the pre-shoot had been bright, warm and sunny and it looked like the wedding day would benefit from the same fortuitous weather with high temperatures and clear skies forecast. Perfect for their wedding and wedding photographs. I know a lot of wedding photographers don’t enjoy photographing in bright sunny weather but for me the bright weather presents an opportunity to be come creative with the lighting and images and if worked correctly can deliver amazing results, hopefully you’ll agree as you scroll down to the wedding photos below.

Our day began with groom preparation photos as we joined Marc and the groomsmen as they prepared and finished dressing for the wedding.  Jeffery West Shoes and a Michelsberg tailored suit was the order of the day and great that Marc had gone with my recommendation and two of our favourite brands.  Preparation photos with the groom and groomsmen are available with our Exclusive Storybook albums and allows us to capture great images of the guys before they leave for the wedding.

With the groom preparation photographs complete we headed over to join Sara at her parents house a short journey away. As well as the location for Sara’s wedding day preparations, the wedding celebrations were also to be held here with a large marquee in the rear garden of the house.  Sara was in high spirits and her wedding day preparations were well underway as we joined her which meant we had plenty to photograph as well as the bridal details such as Sara’s stunning wedding dress, flowers and other items. Following make up photographs it was time for Sara to dress and an opportunity for us to steal a glimpse inside the amazing marquee provided by Coopers. 

The wedding ceremony took place at the nearby All Saints Church in the small village of Ledsham. Arriving at church in good time allowed us to photograph the wedding guests and also some more photos of Marc and the guys before Sara’s arrival planned arrival at 1.30. A friendly vicar allowed us the opportunity to photograph the ceremony from both the front and back of the church and so meant we were able to photograph more of the wedding ceremony, the dark wood interior of All Saints Ledsham working really well as a contrast against the bright sun coming through the windows.

Following the wedding ceremony and a few quick formal images outside church we had a window of time to take the photographs of Marc and Sara before we joined the rest of the guests back at Sara’s parents home. The pre-wedding shoot had allowed us to plan in a number of locations and given me some ideas for photographs so we were able to maximise the time and ensure our bride and groom were able to spend time with their wedding guests.

The wedding marquee was custom designed and planned to fit in with the landscaping of the garden allowing exposed flower beds and features to be incorporated into the layout and making it one of the best wedding marquees we have ever photographed. The bride interior also helped with the photographs of the speeches before the dance floor and darker portion were revealed ready for the first dance and evening celebrations. For the evening reception a large screen had been placed on the wll behind the bar to display our slideshow and same day edit, allowing Sara, Marc and their guests a sneak peak at a number of edited wedding photos.

Our wedding day coverage ended with our twilight images, the clear skies affording some wonderful views of the stars and hopefully a final wedding photograph they’ll both love. (Edit – they did it made the wedding album cover! )

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Groom preparation comes as standard with our exclusive storybook wedding albums. For more details about our packages click here

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The wedding ceremony took place at All Saints Church in the village of Ledsham close to Leeds.

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Although small grounds around All Saints at Ledsham, there were plenty of photo opportunities for wedding photographs of the bride and groom.

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The amazing wedding marquee designed to fit onto and around the rear lawn and flower beds of Sara’s parents home.

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First Dance in the darker portion of the marquee. the DJ smoke and some extra flashes helped me create one of my favourite first dance wedding photographs of the year.

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Well into the evening celebrations we slipped away with Sara and Marc. From the days photography session I had a final image in mind and so with the help of multiple flashes we created the award winning wedding photograph below.

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Dan and Leanne were married earlier this year at  Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.  The stunning castle wedding venue boasts amazing interiors,  architecture, grounds and so so many photo locations. Dan and Leanne chose a civil wedding ceremony which took place in the Great Hall before drinks reception on the courtyard lawns.

Following wedding breakfast and speeches Leanne changed dress for the evening reception and dancing, following first dance we were able to sneak away with them for a few photographs in the Wine Cellar and then outside as darkness fell. The illuminated castle making the perfect backdrop for their end of album wedding photographs.

The following wedding photographs include many of those we played on the large screen slideshow during the evening reception. For more details about this and our wedding packages please click here.

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Peckforton Castle’s Great Hall set for the wedding ceremony. Flowers from Matt at Red Floral 

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The Wine Cellar just before sunset, the small intimate room adds a certain charm to the wedding photographs.

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As darkness fell, we popped out onto the courtyard lawn for a final photo session with Dan and Leanne

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In early 2018 I was awarded the Guild Of Photographers “Wedding Photographer of the Year” the award comes form a year of image submissions, every month submitting three wedding photographs for judging against several thousand others. The highest scoring photographer at the end of the year is awarded overall winner.

With plenty of amazing bride and grooms that have allowed us to photograph their weddings we’ve not only created wedding photographs that they’ll treasure for the years to come but also plenty of award winning wedding photographs too.

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My wedding photographs below are a selection of those that received awards in the competition. (You can view our full selection of award winning photographs in the Awards section here )

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This end of night wedding photograph from Marc and Sara’s wedding near Leeds scored an impressive silver in the awards.

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A Bronze for this simple silhouette sunset wedding photograph taken at Allerton castle.
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Selby Abbey and a very impressive veil, this wedding photograph of Lisa picked up a Silver award.

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Groom preparation photograph of Marc from late summer, this photograph was also awarded a bronze.

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Hazlewood Castle, this wedding photograph taken in the stunning Flemish Hall at Hazlewood Castle was awarded a Silver.

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Gemma and Nicks wedding at Sutton Hall in Lincolnshire, this image was awarded a Gold.

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Another from Sutton Hall from the wedding of Gemma and Nick and a photograph inside of Selby Abbey from the wedding of Mike and Lisa. They were scored Silver and Bronze respectively.

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Amy and Aaron’s beautiful wedding at Waterton Hark Hotel in the summer, this black and white wedding photograph scored a silver.

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I was lucky enough to catch a double rainbow at Aaron and Amy’s wedding but sadly the photograph only scored a Bronze in the wedding awards. Regardless this photograph taken at Waterton Park Hotel in Wakefield took pride of place in their stunning Italian Storybook wedding album.

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A Bronze for this wedding photograph taken at Wentbridge House early summer.

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These two wedding photographs from Consiton Hotel in Skipton were both awarded Silvers.

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An early 2017 wedding at the stunning Waterton Park Hotel near Wakefield, this wedding photograph scored a silver.

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Bridal portraits, Amy at Hazlewood Castle and Ros’ wedding at Rudding Park Near Harrogate. Both of these wedding photographs scored bronzes.

Jonny and Amy’s blistering hot summer wedding at Burntwood Court hotel, this black and white wedding photograph was awarded a Silver.

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Julian and Hayley’s exclusive storybook wedding album to display a large selection of photographs from their wedding at Allerton Castle.  The Exclusive Storybook and matching parent copies can be seen above along with the large matt laminated photo box to keep their wedding album safe. Julian and Hayley also ordered an Eros Album to go with this storybook. (post coming soon).

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Above and below: Marc and Sara who were married at the end of August chose a large square Exclusive Storybook complete with metal cover to display their end of night starry sky photograph. The Exclusive album comes from the same supplier as our regular Italian Storybooks but features a number of extras to add even more wow to what is already a stunning wedding phonebook.

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Below: Lindsay and Jame’s Exclusive Storybook from their wedding at Woodlands Hotel features a soft grey leather cover with triangular acrylic photo insert, embossed names and a hand stitched split spine where the album cover is made of three separate pieces of leather, the front, spine and back are then hand stitched to create a different look to the wrap around covers. The hand Stitched split spine will become and option on all our Exclusive Storybook wedding albums.

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An exciting recent delivery from our Italian album manufacturer Graphistudio  included a new and improved EROS hand made wedding photo album presenting Julian and Hayley’s wedding at Allerton Castle. The Eros is one of our most popular wedding photograph albums and the new and improved version is sure to cement that status.

The landscape album featured a dark oak wooden cover with laser engraving and a Sequoia leather spine and back in mokka, all encased in a white wooden box with clear gloss varnished names. The EROS album features a mix of classic style overlays and flush mounted full page images. Our latest sample of this album due to arrive shortly.

Click here to view our wedding albums, packages and pricing information.

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The white box features a maple interior and has the bride and groom names added to the lid with raised clear gloss varnish. Very subtle and stylish.

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The mix of overlays and flush mounted pages works brilliantly in landscape format.

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Aaron and Amy were recently married at St Paul’s Church in Monk Bretten, our day began with some photographs of Amy and her bridesmaid’s when they had finished dressing for the wedding day; before we joined Aaron at Church for some photographs of him and the groomsman ahead of the wedding ceremony. Although the day started as overcast and wet, thankfully the weather had cleared by the time that we left church so we were able to take some wedding photographs in the grounds of St Paul’s Church. Before we made the journey to Walton Hall at Waterton Park Hotel.

We’ve only been lucky enough to capture a rainbow with the bride and groom on wedding photographs twice before, today we were fortunate enough to photograph Aaron and Amy with a double rainbow over the island at Walton Hall.

The wedding photographs below include many of those we used on our same day slideshow (included in our wedding packages) several of the wedding photographs from Aaron and Amy’s wedding day also won awards with the Guild of Photographers.

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We have photographed over a thousand weddings’ since we founded our business, and have only been lucky enough to photograph two bride and grooms with rainbows; Aaron and Amy became our first bride and groom to have their photograph taken under a double rainbow.

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Marc and Sara’s Engagement Photo Shoot | Pre-wedding Shoot Leeds | Pre-wedding Photoshoot

I recently caught up with Sara and Marc for their engagement photo shoot. Marrying at All Saints church Ledsham near Leeds and celebrating in a marquee in the grounds of Sara’s parents home, we used little local knowledge to select a location for their pre-wedding shoot that would also allow us to look at locations we maybe able to use for their wedding photographs.

Pre-wedding shoots are available to book for all our bride and grooms and include either a signature frame or high resolution files. For more details on the Engagement photo shoots click here

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I’d not entered any photography competitions for almost a year, it became one of those jobs that you put off and then find something less important to fill your time, before you know it the deadline has passed and you’ve missed the boat.  I’m going out of character here and into gloat mode, so please bear with me…. Last year I won The Societies Overall Photographer of the Year, (quite an achievement with around 18,000 images entered from around the world). This had followed on from the previous years success with the Guild of Photographers where I won Wedding Photographer of the Year and Overall Photographer of the Year. I suppose after two successful years I felt able to sit back and not feel pressured into entering, I’d kind of justified myself.

Whilst entering competitions I’ve found it has improved my photography, sharpened me up and prevented lazyness creeping in. Certain disciplines became the norm and as a result my photographs were stronger. There’s always an argument amongst photographers that good client photographs don’t make good competition photographs i.e an image that a bride and groom / Facebook will love isn’t necessarily a good one for a competition. But, a strong competition image will almost always be loved by a bride and groom.

So with the above in mind I set myself a target this year of entering competitions. Starting in April with the Guild of Photographers and May with The Societies, yes it was almost half way through the year but at least I’d entered!  The initial results weren’t too bad. The Guild of Photographers awarded me four Silvers for wedding and pre-wedding photographs and The Socieities awarded me a Gold for a Kingfisher photo and a Highly Commended (it’s like a booby runner up prize but not an award) for one of my recent landscape photos from Venice. ( I did also receive two bronzes from the Guild, but I don’t really shout about those).

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Hazlewood Castle wedding photograph, chris chambers wedding photographer. Bride in the flemish hall at hazlewood castle

Above: A Silver from the Guild of Photographers for this wedding photograph of Amy at Hazlewood Castle. Amy and David were married earlier this year at Hazlewood Castle. The dark wood paneling and chequered floor make the Flemish Hall a must use location for wedding photographs at the Castle. We used the window light as our main light source and added a small amount of flash to help lift the shadows.

Kingfisher - wildlife photographer Chris Chambers

Above: This Kingfisher photograph was awarded a Gold by the Societies. Taken in March the bird is bursting from the water with a fish to take back to the nest. Pre-planning and firing remote cameras enabled me to catch this split second action without disturbing the bird.

Paris pre-wedding photo shoot. Paris photographer

Above: A Silver with the Guild of Photographers – During a Pre-wedding shoot in Paris with Kenneth and Eve. This was an early morning shot taken before the crowds gathered around the Trocadero overlooking the Eiffel Tower. A speedlight has been used to provide fill light on the overcast morning.

Pre-wedding shoot with a bride and groom. Chris Chambers Photography

Above: A Silver with the Guild of Photographers. Kenneth and Eve again on a pre-wedding shoot. This was the first day of their mammoth pre-shoot that saw us photographing them over four days in Yorkshire and Paris. We collected them from their hotel at 3.45AM and started shooting at 4.15AM. This photo was taken around 5.30AM, again beating the public and crowds to locations often requires an early start. A low powered speed light is providing fill flash.

Venice Gondolas at St Marks Square. Landscape photography from Chris Chambers

Above: The Societies awarded this photograph a Highly Commended, that’s competition speak for not quite right but close. It’s always annoying when you pick up an almost ran but I’ve learned to use these as an aid to learning, helping us improve our photography, re-looking at the image to spot areas where it lost points and what we could do to improve in the future. This was a natural light long exposure image using a mixture of filters to create the 30 second exposure and retain sky detail.

Waterton park Hotel wedding photo. Walton Hall Wakefield wedding photography from Chris Chambers

Above: A Silver with the Guild of Photographers for this wedding photograph taken at Waterton Park Hotel during the wedding of Leah and Steven in March this year. We have photographed around a hundred weddings at Waterton Park, each wedding we look for something different we can do and try new ideas and techniques. This was our first wedding with smoke where we kind of knew what we were doing. Three Speedlites have been used to create the wedding photograph. We cover similar techniques on our speedlights for weddings training courses – details here

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