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Posted on December 26, 2012 by Admin under Magic Moments photo and video, st. mary's church riccall, Wedding photography selby, wedding photography yorkshire
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As a wedding photographer there are times when you wear the hat of a portrait photographer, at times a fashion photographer, at times a landscape photographer to name but a few.  However, one of my favourite hats is that of the architectural photographer.  I’ve always had a great love for history, so when I have the opportunity to photograph a beautiful Norman church then I try to make the most of it, arriving well before the wedding party to have the time to walk around the church to look for the best angles.  Last month I found myself in Riccall for the first time for a wedding and the church of St. Mary’s is a real gem.  Riccall is famous as the landing place for the Viking fleet in 1066 prior to the Battle of Stamford Bridge, which preceded the Norman invasion and the Battle of Hastings.  The church of St. Mary’s was built shortly after the Norman conquest on the site of an Anglo-Saxon church.  The doorway dates back to 1160 and the lovely three stage tower was added on 1180.  The church itself is very typical for this particular part of Yorkshire, being built from local Tadcaster magnesium limestone, giving it a very light coloured appearance.   It really is lovely and is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Wedding at Waterton Park, Wakefield

Posted on November 18, 2012 by Admin under Magic Moments photo and video, Wedding Photography Wakefield, Wedding Photography Waterton Park Hotel, West Yorkshire
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Yesterday’s wedding was just down the road at the Waterton Park Hotel at Walton near Wakefield.    Stacey and Tom had seen my wedding photographs in the Waterton Park wedding brochure and had got in touch with me from there.  Due to the Wakefield registrars being busy on their wedding day (can’t imagine why!) they were only able to offer Stacey and Tom a 3 o’clock slot.  Since it now starts to get dark just after 4 then it didn’t allow us much time to get in some photographs in the daylight.  It was decided that the best course of action would be to capture the couple and wedding party photographs outside in the daylight before moving into the library for the family photos.  One of the great benefits of Waterton Park is that they always keep this room available, so we can always take great group shots whatever the weather.  Besides getting all of our couple shots done while it was still light, we were also very fortunate to have the benefit of a decent sunset.  After the meal we took the opportunity to get some rather special shots around the hotel, including a rather unusual shot in the bedroom that they requested, before Stacey and Tom joined their evening guests in the Squires to make full use of Shane’s fantastic lights on their first dance.

Brides Smiling Down the Aisle

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Admin under Masham. Wedding photographer North Yorkshire, Wedding Photography at Swinton Park
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One of my favourite parts of a wedding is the bridal procession down the aisle.  Occasionally there are tears, which is great for me as a photographer as I love to capture these moments of real emotion, but more usually the bride walks down the aisle with such a great big smile on her face.  This is Emma walking down the aisle at Swinton Park near Masham last week.  Not only has she got a great big smile on her face, but her mum has too!  Once I finish editing her wedding photos I will hopefully try and find the time to post some more photos from her wedding at Swinton Park.

Beautiful Yorkshire Churches

Posted on October 23, 2012 by Admin under Wedding photography Barnsley. Wedding photographer West Yorkshire
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Just editing the images from Saturday’s wedding and I felt compelled to share this photo.  Being a wedding photographer is just a fantastic job to do, but when places like this are your workplace, then it’s just the icing on the cake.  There are some truly beautiful churches in Yorkshire.  This one is practically in the centre of Barnsley.

A 2 Hour Wedding in Wakefield

Posted on August 25, 2012 by Admin under Wakefield Registry Office, Wedding Photography Wakefield
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Last week-end was our busiest of the year so far.  Alex and I were at Thorp Park on Friday photographing a wedding while Yvonne had a video at The Old Golf House at Outlane, Huddersfield. Saturday saw us at The Village in Leeds for another video whilst Sunday was long day at the beautiful Oakwell Hall in Birstall.  The long week-end finished with a very different wedding – 1 couple with 5 guests at Wakefield Registry Office, followed by photos in Thornes Park in Wakefield.  Now at every wedding that I attend I like to challenge myself.  Quite often if it is a venue that I attend often, such as the Waterton Park Hotel, then I always try to think of a new photo to take every time.  In this case, it was to be how many good quality photos we could take in the two hours that we were going to be there  for.  I was hoping for around 150 or so.  In the event the wedding party were a really nice crowd and we had a lovely, relaxed wedding and managed to get 341 good photos. Result!  Here are a few of them.  Today it’s a video at Wentworth Castle whilst Alex is at Waterton Park,  tomorrow wedding photography at Wentbridge House.  Busy, busy!

Wedding Photography at the Thorpe Park Hotel, Leeds

Posted on August 18, 2012 by Admin under Magic Moments photo and video, Wedding Photography Leeds
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The Magic Moments team split up yesterday, with Richard and Alex going north to Leeds to photograph a wedding at Thorpe Park, while Yvonne set off to Huddersfield to video a wedding at The Old Golf House.  The weather forecast was for rain all day, so Alex and I filled the car with studio lights for indoor photos and umbrellas for any outdoor photos.  In the end we needed neither of them, as it only rained when Jo and Andrew were having their meal.  We had already taken the group shots before the meal and then managed to get outside again after the meal for some rather special couple shots.  As usual Alex worked his magic on the ring photograph.  To-day we have a wedding video at Woodkirk Church, tomorrow it’s photography and video at Oakwell Hall, followed by a wedding on Monday in Wakefield.

Sunshine at Kings Croft, Pontefract

Posted on August 10, 2012 by Admin under All Saints' Church Pontefract, Kings Croft Pontefract, wedding photography west yorkshire
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Just got home from to-day’s wedding with Lisa and Steven at All Saint’s Church in Pontefract followed by a reception at Kings Croft.  It made such a pleasant change to be photographing sunrays rather than raindrops.  It seems to have done nothing but rain for the last two months!

Wedding Photography in the Yorkshire Dales

Posted on June 28, 2012 by Admin under wedding photograhy yorebridge house, wedding photos Hardraw, yorkshire dales wedding photography
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Our wedding on Saturday is at St. Mary and St. John’s Church at Hardraw, followed by a reception at the Yorebridge House at Bainbridge.  We have never photographed there before so to-day we made the 2 hour trip up to the Yorkshire Dales to have a look around the two venues.  I know a lot of photographers would not bother to do this but I think that it is essential that a wedding photographer thoroughly knows the venue at which he is shooting in order to ensure that he gets all the best shots possible.  It also gave us the opportunity to get some shots of the venue in between the rain showers – and wow, what rain showers we had.  I was pleased that we have a 4×4 to get to weddings whatever the weather, as in places the road had turned into a river!   I hope we have better weather on Saturday!

Brollies at Bagden Hall

Posted on June 22, 2012 by Admin under Scissett. Magic Moments Photography and Video, Wakefield., Wedding photography at Bagden Hall
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I cannot believe how much rain we have had in June.  Vanessa and Wayne got married at the start of the month and it never stopped raining.  However, if you’ve got a set of white wedding umbrellas (we provide these – all part of the service!), a couple who are determined not to let a bit of rain spoil their day, and a wedding party who are game for a laugh, then you can still get some great photographs!  The church at Birstall had bunting up for the Jubilee, which added a really patriotic touch to some of the shots.  From here we moved onto Bagden Hall at Scissett, which has really great grounds for the wedding photographs.  I hope you will agree that you can still get a great set of wedding photos even if it rains all day long!

Waterton Park Pre-Wed Shoot at Newmillerdam

Posted on May 27, 2012 by Admin under Magic Moments Photo and Video Wedding Photography, Wedding Photography Newmillerdam
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Emma and Chris are getting married very soon with their wedding reception is to be held at the nearby Waterton Park Hotel.  They decided a couple of days ago that it would be nice to have a professionally taken photograph to use in a signing mount at the wedding so we popped down to Newmillerdam which is only 5 minutes from our studio.  When we arranged this I had no idea that there would be an unbelievably hot sun shining from a cloudless sky, which always makes photography more difficult.  I think that we must have found every piece of shade available.  We don’t include a pre-wedding shoot in any of our wedding packages as not everybody wants one, but we are always very happy to do this when asked as it’s a great way to get to know one another and it alleviates any anxieties that the couple might have about the photography before the day.


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