Weston Park Museum, Sheffield Wedding Photography – Neen & Tim

December 19th, 2012

I love it when I get to photograph a wedding at an unusual venue, and Weston Park Museum in Sheffield certainly fitted that bill.

Polar bear? Check!

Wooly Rhinocerous? Check!

Butchers Shop? Check!

Neen & Tim’s wedding was such an enjoyable one to photograph for many reasons beyond just the quirkiness of the setting.  It’s always wonderful to photograph a couple who are so obviously in love with one another and that was certainly the case with Neen & Tim.  There were so many loving glances between them, it really was a joyous occasion to photograph.  Neen was also 7 months pregnant at the time, and the wedding bump has now become a bouncing baby Lulah, congratulations on two counts Neen & Tim!

Here are my favourite images from the day:

 

Lower Damgate Farm, Ilam Wedding Photography – Kate & James

November 21st, 2012

Kate and James invited me to Lower Damgate Farm in Ilam to photograph their wedding.  The wedding had a wonderfully rustic feel to it.  All of the main events of the day took place in a converted barn and we were surrounded by farm animals and the beautiful rolling Peak District hills.

Kate and James had been married at Bakewell Registry Office earlier in the day and we’re having a ceremony more personal to them and with friends and family in attendance at Lower Damgate Farm followed by a hog roast, ice cream van and ceilidh, my first since leaving Scotland for Derbyshire.  The whole day had a real fun, open and welcoming vibe to it and was a joy to photograph.  As well as capturing the main celebrations part of my brief was also to capture other goings on away from the main wedding celebrations and there was certainly plenty happening!

I should also draw special attention to the cake featuring a whole family of mice individually and lovingly made by Kate & James themselves, it really was quite amazing!

Without further ado, here and my favourites from the day:
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Ashbourne Wedding Fayre

May 28th, 2012

Free Range Photographic stand at the Ashbourne Derbyshire Wedding Fayre

Our stand at the Fayre

Thanks to everyone who came to see Free Range Photographic at the Derbyshire Wedding Fayre at Ashbourne Town Hall yesterday.  It was great to chat to you all and hear about your wedding plans.  Please get in touch if you would like more details or to discuss booking Free Range Photographic for your wedding.

Jo & Garf at The Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

February 10th, 2012

This is another wedding from last summer when I was up and down between Edinburgh and Derbyshire almost every week covering weddings booked from before we moved to Ashbourne.

Jo & Garf were married at the opulent Royal College of Physicians, a truly amazing venue that really speaks of a different time with ornate fittings, wood panelled walls and a library filled with interestingly titled books.

There was always so much going on at their wedding with family and friends in abundance.  It was a real pleasure to photograph and the day went incredibly smoothly thanks to Jo’s expert planning.

Follows is a selection of my favourite photographs from the day.

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (1)

The day started early where Garf the groom hosted a bus tour around Edinburgh. We were treated to Edinburgh perma-drizzle which did nothing to spoil the tour.

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (2)

Next up I went over to the hotel where Jo was getting ready for some photos there. I do like to capture some of the details at this point and particularly like this photo of Jo's shoes.

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (3)

Jo's beautiful art deco inspired dress hanging

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (4)

Toasting the bride!

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (5)

A calming glass of champers

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (6)

Jo looking out over Edinburgh

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (7)

Arriving at the Royal College of Physicians

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (8)

A loving look during the ceremony

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (9)

During a reading

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (10)

Exchange of rings with Mum looking on

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (11)

Signing the register

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (12)

Married!

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (13)

Everyone!

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (14)

Portrait of Jo & Garf

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (15)

Walking from the library. This is my personal favourite from the day.

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (16)

The Groom's speech

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (17)

Enjoying the Best Man's speech

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (18)

Ceilidh time!

Jo & Garf at Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (19)

The dancing continues into the night

 

Laura & Pete at Crichton Kirk & Mavis Hall Park

January 3rd, 2012

OK, I admit it.  I am a bad blogger.  However, 2012 is going to be different!  And to make amends here is a wedding from last summer to lift everyone’s spirits during the dark winter months.

Laura & Pete were married on a scorching hot day in June, blue skies from start finish – a real rarity in Scotland!

The day started at the stunning Crichton Kirk where Laura & Pete had a humanist ceremony.  The ceremony was one of the most heartfelt that I have ever had the privilege to witness.  There were many touching and personal moments throughout, at times I struggled to keep my eyes dry so that I could still see through the lens!  I really do enjoy photographing couples who are so open with thier love for one another, Laura & Pete were the epitome of this.

The ceremony was followed by a reception at Mavis Hall Park, another favourite venue of mine.  I love its rustic charm, there’s not many wedding venues that feature chickens freely wandering amongst the guests!

It was a wonderful, relaxed day that Laura & Pete really made theirs – a pleasure to photograph from start to finish.

Here’s what Laura & Pete had to say about the photos:

“Thanks for doing such a fantastic job on the photos – they were a lovely mix of group shots captured moments and wee details.  Just what we wanted.  We had a brilliant day and are very grateful to you for making the photo taking so relaxed and stress free – definitely helped keep everyone in great spirits!”

These are my favourites from the day.

Crichton Kirk

Crichton Kirk

Church Warden having a quick rest

Church Warden having a quick rest

Laura arriving

Laura arriving

Lighting the candles

Lighting the candles

A moment

A moment

The ceremony

The ceremony

Leaving as a married couple

Leaving as a married couple

Guests chatting

Guests chatting

Chickens and flowers!

Chickens and flowers!

Entering for the wedding breakfast

Entering for the wedding breakfast

Watching the speeches

Watching the speeches

Pete's speech

Pete's speech

Best Man's speech

Best Man's speech

First dance

First dance

Guests at night

Guests at night

Celebrating my 3rd Anniversary Today

November 22nd, 2011

I am celebrating 3 wonderful years with my wife Viv today.  We were married on a chilly November day in 2008 at Whirlowbrook Hall in Sheffield.  I have many fond memories from a really fun day shared with friends and family.

John & Viv wedding at Whirlowbrook Hall

A lot has changed since, at the time we were living in a flat up in Edinburgh and we are now living down in a cottage in the Derbyshire Peak District and have a 15 month old daughter.  Life just seems to continue apace at an ever increasing velocity, I love it!

Our friend and fellow wedding photographer Paul Preacher was our photographer for the day, he did a great job and we have a wonderful set of photos to look back on.

It’s been an amazing three years and I can’t wait to discover what the future brings.

Happy anniversary my love!

 

Gallery updated

October 24th, 2011

Just a quick one to say that the gallery has just been updated with some fresh images from 2011.

I’m really pleased with the new set of images, brings back many happy memories for me of all the great weddings I have covered over the last few years.

If you are considering Free Range Photographic for your wedding the gallery should give you a really good idea for what to expect.

Head over to the gallery and take a look!

Why smaller is better when it comes to memory cards

October 2nd, 2011

Speaking to one of the guests at the wedding I was covering on Saturday he told me that their wedding photographer had lost the memory card with all of the photos from their wedding on it!  For a start I was pretty amazed to hear that a fellow pro photographer would manage to lose the card and that they had only used one card to shoot the entire wedding.

My memory card strategy

Ever since I started photographing weddings I have always used a greater number of smaller capacity memory cards rather than just one or two high capacity cards.  I do this so that in the worst case scenario where a card became corrupted and was unrecoverable then I will only have lost a smaller portion of the wedding photos.  Thankfully this situation has never happened to me and I hope that it never will.

I also only use high quality Sandisk extreme III memory cards – I wouldn’t think to let wedding photos near an el-cheapo card!  Sandisk cards have proven reliability and quality, that’s why I use them.

Until the photos from a wedding are safely transferred to my computer they stay physically on my person in a Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket memory card wallet that attaches to a belt loop on my trousers.

My backup strategy

Of equal importance is a backup strategy for after the wedding.  The first thing I do on returning from a wedding is to transfer the photos onto my computer.  The next thing I do is back them up onto DVD which are then sent off-site (to my Dad!) so that should there be a fire in my office then the original photos are still safe.

I use the online backup service carbonite which continually backs up all of my photos and I also run a nightly backup to an external disk.  This ensures that my in-progress work on the photos is saved.  Carbonite did save me once with some personal photos when the hard disk that they were on failed and was not recoverable – I was very glad that I had signed up to it then!  I was once told that there are two types of hard disk – those that have failed, and those that will!

Once editing is complete I copy the finished photos to another DVD and send that off-site.

Conclusion

I don’t think you can be careful enough with data security and backups.  I’m pretty happy with my strategy and I think that it covers pretty much any eventuality.  In summary it is:

  • Use a greater number of smaller capacity cards
  • Only use high quality branded cards
  • Keep cards on your person until they have been safely backed up
  • Backup off-site, online and locally before and after editing

What’s your data security and backup strategy?

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House

September 19th, 2011

Still catching up blogging the weddings from summer now that things are a little calmer!  This was another wedding booked up in Scotland prior to my move down to Ashbourne.

Lora and Andrew were married at the stunning Traquair House in the Scottish Borders.  Alas, the weather gods were not smiling upon us and it rained pretty much the whole day.  Not quite the weather you would choose for a marquee wedding!  Lora and Andrew took it all in their stride and had a wonderful day regardless of the weather.

This wedding was the first Humanist ceremony that I have covered (to be swiftly followed by the second later in the year).  I loved the honesty of the ceremony and how the couple could express their love for one another in their own words.  I’m very much looking forward to covering more Humanist weddings in and around the Midlands and Derbyshire in the future.

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Getting ready

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Lora arriving at the ceremony

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

During the ceremony

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Loving looks during the ceremony

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

The ring

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Signing the register

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Lora & Andrew leaving the ceremony

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Lora & Andrew triumphantly leave the ceremony

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Showing off the ring

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

I'd love to know what Lora was saying here!

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Having fun during the group photos!

Lora & Andrew Humanist Wedding

Yup, it was wet!

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

I loved the surroundings of Traquair House, it was the perfect setting for a traditional and elegant portrait like this one

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Portrait inside Traquair House

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

The best man's speech was a cracker!

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Simple & elegant cake

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Outside during a rare break in the weather

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

We took the opportunity for some outdoor portraits when a rare break in the weather presented itself. I really love this photo, Lora & Andrew look so in love and happy - just wonderful to see.

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

The first dance gets underway

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Lora & Andrew were excellent dancers

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

The cielidh gets underway, here the best man shows off his moves!

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

Dancing the night away

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

More dancing

Lora & Andrew at Traquair House, Scotland

The happy couple embrace

Thanks Lora & Andrew – I loved photographing your wedding and wish you every happiness in the future.

Karen & Rob at the Grassmarket Apex

August 29th, 2011

I’m finally catching up with myself and managing to blog photos from recent weddings!  The relocation is going well and the 2012 bookings down in Derbyshire are coming in nicely.  I still have a lot of bookings from before the move and this is one such wedding.

Karen & Rob’s day was a real pleasure to photograph.  It was a fantastic family occasion with much laughing and fun to be had.  Even the fickle Edinburgh weather was playing nice for the day, for which I am always grateful!

Karen & Rob were married in Lothian Chambers and the reception was held at the Apex International on the Grassmarket.

Here are some of my favourites from the day:

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (18)

Karen & Rob had a fantastic cake, I loved the attention to detail with the white rose for Yorkshire lad Rob and the Scottish purple heather for Karen

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (17)

Rob & his brother walk through the old town to Lothian Chambers

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (16)

Rob & his brother walk through the old town to Lothian Chambers

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (15)

Guests waiting for the ceremony to start

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (14)

A quick glance at Mum

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (13)

During the ceremony

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (12)

The kiss!

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (11)

Getting well photographed signing the registry book

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (10)

On their way out as the new Mr & Mrs Errington!

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (9)

Down the stairs

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (8)

Walking back to the Grassmarket

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (7)

Karen, Rob & the Castle

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (6)

We had some fun doing the group shots as you can see here!

Karen & Rob, Edinburgh

I forget the significance of the gnome, but regardless, there should definitely be more gnomes at weddings - they're a very under-represented group at the moment!

 

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (5)

At the end of the best man's speech

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (4)

The younger dancers set the early pace

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (3)

Cutting the cake

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (2)

The girls show them how it's done

Karen & Rob wedding in Edinburgh (1)

And Karen & Rob cielidh the night away...