Top 10 UK Wedding Photographer and top 20 in the WORLD! – Wedisson.com
North West Best Female Photographer 2019 – County Brides
Speechless! Gobsmacked! Over the effin moon! At the North West Wedding Awards 2019 I scooped ‘Best Female Photographer’ and that was just a couple of weeks after I managed to sneak into the top 10 UK wedding photographers with Wedisson – a worldwide wedding photography contest. I am literally battling with the best wedding photographers not only in the UK but the whole wide world! To say I am chuffed would be an understatement! Thank you so so so much to all of my incredible couples who have walked through fields of sheep; adventured to cliff edges; stood outside in minus temperatures to get the shot. Without all of you amazing brides and grooms who go along with some crazy ideas and embrace the madness I wouldn’t be where I am today! I thought I would share some of my award winning images from 2018/2019 with you and give a little insight into how I created each of them.
Rome Wedding Photographer
I have been absolutely buzzing with excitement for over a year for the wedding of Victoria and John. Who wouldn’t want to be photographing weddings of beautiful couples in one of the most beautiful cities in the world? I took this image at the infamous Vatican City. After their wedding party we all managed to get back to our hotels for the smallest of nanna naps (i had less than 2 hours) and headed back out for a chauffer driven tour of Rome between 4 and 7am. This was one of the final shots of the shoot and we were just so lucky to have such a beautiful sunrise and tourist-free setting! You can see the full sneak-peek blog post by clicking here 🙂
The next award winning photograph that has been selected from Victoria and John’s beautiful Rome wedding was from the world famous Spanish Steps in Rome. This was one of our first locations we shot at and would have taken this image around 4.30am.
Dorfold Hall Wedding Photographer
From the moment I first found out that the beautiful local landmark and was becoming a wedding venue I looked forward to the opportunity to shoot there. I was so ridiculously lucky to be one of the first photographers granted access to the hall to do a styled shoot in preparation for launching and advertising the venue. It wasn’t until 2019 that I finally got my first wedding booked there and I was over the moon to pick up this award. Chloe and Harry had a fantastic and wonderfully relaxed wedding day. They were so pleased to just go along with any of my ideas no matter how crazy they might have appeared. When the sun began to set and we were able to see such vivid colours in the sky I knew I had to quickly grab them and make something before the light was gone. We weren’t able to get a clear shot of the sunset/horizon so i placed them near the edge of the walled garden, underexposed the image so that I could get the most amount of colour and detail from the sky and popped a flash behind them facing the wall. I used a full CTO gel to match the warm orange glow of the sky. The reflection was created by simply holding my phone against the lens. Apologies to those who nothing about photography and have no clue what the last few sentences have been about. I get lots of messages from photographers asking about how I create my images so that was a little geeky moment for my fellow photographers!
Cheshire Marquee Wedding Photographer
Well I have to say that if I had the opportunity to go to this wedding again i’d be telling them to book someone else to do their photos just so i could be a guest! Only joking! Maybe! Not sure! I know that Harry and Megan along with their guests had a bloody fantastic celebration. When you have a large Irish contingent jigging before you’ve even sat down for food and the bride and groom dancing on the tables during pudding you know you’ve had a wonderful day! My rugby playing, party animals did me proud, getting down from their table dancing to quickly grab some photos of the sunset. There was no point trying to pose these nutters at all – they sang, danced and laughed all the way through which was amazing. You also have to love that Harry would literally throw Megan over his shoulder and carry her anywhere she wanted to go so that her heels didn’t sink in the field!
Wirral Wedding Photographer
This is the image that has projected me into the top 70 wedding photographers on the entirety of planet earth and number 8th in the UK. Georgie and Sal tied the knot at St George’s Hall, Liverpool. This particular photograph was taken inside the Great Hall where scenes for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them were filmed. Other parts of the building have also been used for one of my fave shows Peaky Blinders. As soon as we were given access to the upper corridors that run either side of the hall I was like ‘I have to get down there!’ There was absolutely no way on earth I was leaving before getting this shot. The chandeliers, huge organ, ceiling detail etc – it’s one of the most spectacular locations I have ever shot in! Thank you so much to my beautiful brides for looking so darn beautiful and allowing me to shoot in a location that many photographers ignore because the lower area has no natural light. A nightmare for lots of photographers or a dream for me because i can make my own! I shot the image using two AD200s. One was placed under the organ pointing up on lowest power – I wanted the girls to stand out from background so needed to light this space to help separate them from the background. The other light was placed camera right on 1/32 power and had a magmod grid to help contain the light spill. It was cloned out in post. Enough geeking over the technical bits – I just LOVE it!!! You can view more of this stunning wedding on the sneak-peek blog which you can view by clicking right here!
Bromwich Park Photographer
This photograph was taken at my first wedding at a stonking new venue called Bromwich Park in Shropshire UK. The venue is surrounded by lots of gorgeous farm land and fields for as far as the eye can see. To get this shot I was basically unglamorousy squatting in the ditch full of sheep and nettles! I decided to place the couple at the top of the incline so I could make the most of the gorgeous evening sky and quickly photograph the bride and groom not only lit with flash but silhouetted super quickly. I love placing my brides and grooms in areas where I can do that as I can get two completely different images in seconds and then let my couple get back to their party (or in this instance, let the groom join his groomsmen for a quick ‘lets flash our bums in our kilts’ photo) 😉
Sandhole Oak Barn Wedding Photographer
Sandhole Oak Barn is well known for having the most incredible sunsets. Where possible I try to bring a sense of movement and fun to my images. Taking the bridal party for their portraits after speeches provided the perfect opportunity for this silhouetted image in the middle of the Cheshire countryside. You can see more of my work from Sandhole by cicking here.
Carden Park Photographer
I love nothing more than a sunset. I am stupidly lucky that my couples do too! My bride and groom gladly leapt into a golf buggy just after their first dance to race up to this location overlooking the Cheshire plains. I love to include lifts, spins and any kind of movement in my images, however we decided doing that on the edge of a cliff wasn’t the greatest idea! I’m really thrilled we managed to capture the sunset though 🙂
Cheshire Wedding Photographer
Bridal prep is often my absolute favourite part of the day. Enjoying the morning with the girls, having a relaxed start, photographing the little details etc. As soon as I know I have a ‘safe shot’ for hair and make-up though I like to push things a bit further and get creative. Lighting the hairspray isn’t really a new concept but as soon as I saw both the hair and make up artist making their final touch ups before Kelly got in her dress I knew I had to get them both in action!
Crewe Hall Wedding Photographer
I absolutely adore shooting weddings at Crewe Hall. There are so many parts of the building that lend itself to creative lighting and ideas. I got my bride Megan to throw her veil in the air. As soon as I saw this image on the back of my camera I began to jump up and down with excitement. She looks like an angel!
Award winning photographer in Cheshire
This photo was actually taken right at the end of our portrait session. The bride and groom had thought that I had finished snapping them and took this from hip level. A bit of a lucky accident I suppose! You can see lots more images from the glorious Sandhole Oak Barn by checking out my blog on this very special venue.
Armathwaite Hall Photographer
I was so incredibly nervous shooting this wedding. The Groom himself is a multi-award winning wedding photographer (and an amazing friend of mine) so the pressure to produce award winning work on his wedding day was HUGE! I will admit though that he was very relaxed about it all and I put most of the pressure on myself. After a day of non-stop rain in the Lake District we managed to get some time outside after dark and this is the result 🙂 x
Heaton House Farm Wedding Photographer
I was absolutely thrilled to receive an award from the brilliantly fun wedding of James and Emma at Heaton House Farm. This winter wedding was absolutely stunning and I was really lucky that James and Emma were happy for me to get creative with their evening portraits. This particular image was a multiple exposure that I did in camera (no photoshop required) and I am really happy with how it turned out!
Nunsmere Hall Wedding Photographer
I was over the moon to be awarded my first Wedisson of 2019 for this shot at Lauren and James’ wedding at the magnificent Nunsmere Hall Hotel.
The day was absolute perfection with beautiful sunshine and a good dose of snow. When you added the delightful Lauren and James into the scene, it was always going to look extra special! You can see further highlights from this beautiful day on their blog which i have linked for you here!
Portmeirion Wedding Photographer
I have to admit that it wasn’t only my Groom, Des and Bride, Cheryl who were in tears at this moment. Good job my camera does a great job of focusing because there was definitely some water in my eye blurring my vision at this point!
I was so thrilled to have picked up my first ever https://nine-dots.co/category/ninedots-awards/
This beautifully emotional image was taken at the wedding of Des and Cheryl at one of my favourite venues and places in the whole world – Portmeirion in Wales.
As much as each and every award means the world to me, nothing is more important than my couples loving their images. You can find some rather lovely words about me from my couples by clicking here!