Stacey & Mark a snapshot

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Admin under Weddings
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Stacey & Mark

 

A brief snapshot of Stacey & Mark’s wedding, held at St Michael’s church and reception at the Gardeners Coniston.

Just 40 images to give an idea of a most enjoyable late Summer’s day.

All images taken on the Fuji XT1 and the 23 and 35 lenses.

 

 

GR Photography Hull Registry Office “special offer”

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Admin under Weddings
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Hull Registry Office ‘Special’

 

My Registry office special was a great success last year,  so I will continue with this rather special offer:

2 hours coverage to include brides’ arrival, the wedding service, and further photographs in Queens Gardens

Around 80 images supplied on USB £120

Please message me for any other information.

 

The Registry Office is still an extremely popular place to get married especially for couples who wish to have a quiet ceremony.

The Hull office is situated within the rather grand Guildhall, a huge improvement on the previous building thankfully now demolished!

Besides the impressive building, just outside, is Queens gardens a great location for those all important group pictures, and more intimate bridal portraits.

The short video less than 2.5 minutes gives a glimpse of my Hull Registry Office service, I do hope you enjoy it.

 

Wedding Sarah & James

Posted on July 15, 2016 by Admin under Weddings
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Sarah & James at the Kingston Theatre Hotel

Up to now the weather hasn’t been overly kind to me this year on wedding days, and at the start of Sarah & James wedding day it seemed the rain gods were dancing on my parade again! However by the time James arrived in the Aston DB9 the wet stuff was down to a drizzle and when Sarah (rather late it should be noted!) arrived in her Mercedes the clouds were parting and a strange rarely seen yellow ball was appearing in the sky. ( wedding Sarah & James )

James arrival was to the sound of the delicious exhaust note of an Aston Martin DB9 volante, he did look rather pleased with his mode of transport and rightly so.

The bridesmaids looking gorgeous in Cadburys purple came next and their driver said that traffic was at a standstill due to a road closure, it seemed the bride would arrive traditionally late, but with the wedding being officiated by the good staff of Hull Registry Office would it still be able to go ahead?

By good fortune our officials did not have another ceremony to perform and were happy to wait her arrival, (God bless the Hull R.O staff)

Sarah finally arrived half an hour late, but was unfazed by all the drama, and, with her brother who was giving her away walked elegantly in to the hotel.

It has been some time since I covered a wedding at the Kingston Theatre Hotel, but nothing has changed (except the master of ceremonies we now have a Peter, not an Alf) and that is all to the good, everything still runs like clockwork and the staff are as friendly as ever.

The ceremony over we arranged a few shots with the Aston as the driver elected to stay to allow a few pictures, and then went to the theatre gardens where all the group shots were taken, the toast master then ushered all the guests back to the hotel ready for the wedding breakfast.

Sarah & James had kindly offered me a meal with the guests so I happily tucked in to a traditional roast chicken dinner and a chocolate cheesecake which was to die for.

After the meal I took the newly married couple back to the gardens and took the couple shots, it’s always good to have a couple that will give some time for these shots, no rush, nice and relaxed…….. Wonderful.

I stayed on for the start of the reception and the all-important first dance.

As ever the pictures were taken on my Fuji XT-1 used with a combination of the 16mm f1.4 23mm f1.4 and the 50-140mm f2.8 lenses. Flash when used was the Cactus RF60 fired manually.

Dress by Samantha’s Chanterlands Ave.

Make Up Sarah Davidson.

If you would like to discuss your wedding plans please do get in touch.

I hope you enjoy the short video (2 minutes)

Wedding Mercure Grange Park Hotel

Posted on January 27, 2016 by Admin under Weddings
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Wedding Mercure Grange Park Hotel

wedding Mercure Grange Park Hotel

“First Kiss”

 

My first outing for this year was to photograph Katie & Joe’s wedding at the Mercure Grange Park Hotel, after all the wet weather we have had to endure since the start of the year I was very relieved (as I am sure Katie and Joe were) that the day stayed dry and bright.

Katie and Joe had booked me for the full day commencing with some final preps and running through the day to include their first dance as a married couple.

I thoroughly enjoy covering the preps, there is laughter, stress, tension, and sometimes even flashes of anger all mixed together which creates a wonderful atmosphere and the end result is always worth the effort.

I even managed to grab a few shots of Joe and his ‘bestie’ as they were also getting ready at the hotel, although young Charlie the bride and grooms son wasn’t having any pictures taken, not ever, no way no how! ……………Got him later!

The ceremony room at the Grange Park is dark with no natural light at all so flash was the order for all the images taken, I have recently changed my Fuji flash to a Nissin I40 and it is performing well, certainly more consistent than the Fuji.

Once Katie & Joe were married we moved quickly outside to grab the usual group shots whilst there was still sufficient light, it gets dark at 4 during early January.

I will take this opportunity to say a word about group shots: a number of local photographers have poo pooed group shots as out dated and not in style with the modern wedding. Really! When brides come to view their finished pictures it is inevitably the group shots they look at the longest and make most comments about.

Speeches were held before the wedding breakfast and went well, not too long, and full of humour, memories, and some tears, a good mixture! Unusually the bride also stood up and said some words which reduced a few people on the top table into emotional wrecks.

The reception entertainment was a disco, plus a photo-booth was also included and proved very popular with guests.

Equipment used was my faithful newly serviced Fuji XT1, and this was the first outing for my new, (well second hand), 23mm f1.4 lens and I think possibly half of the images were shot with it a wonderful piece of glass! the remainder were shot on the 16-55mm f2.8 zoom, the Samyang 8mm was used for the dance floor images.

I hope you enjoy watching the wedding images (it takes less than 3 minutes)

Vintage Life Magazine Photo shoot

Posted on January 6, 2016 by Admin under Portraits
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Vintage Life Magazine Photo Shoot

 

Vintage Life Magazine Photo shoot

Something a little different for me was a photo shoot organised by Sarah Clayton of Hair Majesty for an article which has appeared in the January issue of Vintage Life magazine.

The article entitled “My Look” shows a detailed step by step guide to a hairstyle know as Sweetheart hair.

 

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My brief was to photograph each step whilst Sarah wrote the instructions. Some further images were taken to show the finished style. The model was Catherine Day and her dress was supplied by Lil Miss Vintage.

The shoot itself took place in Sarah’s salon known as Hair Majesty, her premises are like a step back in time with a huge display of 1950’s and 60’s posters, furniture, and other paraphernalia your mum or nan would instantly recognise, (sadly for me I also spotted many items which were in my mums bedroom!)

All the images were shot on the Fuji XT1 with the 16-55 f2.8 lens. Lighting was provided from a single Lencarta 300 flash fitted with an Elinchrome softbox.

Sarah’s web site www.hairmajestyhull.co.uk

Lil Miss Vintage web site www.lilmissvintage.co.uk

Working with Sarah is always a pleasure and our next project has now been planned and dates are being finalised.

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Hallmark Hotel Wedding Emma & Will

Posted on December 14, 2015 by Admin under Weddings
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Hallmark Hotel Wedding Emma & Will

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hallmark Hotel Wedding Emma & Will.  Early July saw me at the Hallmark hotel to photograph the wedding of Emma and Will. The weather was excellent and Emma looked fabulous in her dress supplied by Bride & Co in Hull.

As Emma was staying at the hotel I managed to get some images of the latter stages of her getting ready, one of my favourite things to photograph, I enjoy the bustle and the nervous tension.

After the wedding ceremony the usual group shots were taken and then some of the bride and groom both in the field and on the swing. Once the formal shots were finished the guests moved back into the bar area giving me the chance to take some candid shots of the guests, always a favourite with the bride and groom when looking at their finished pictures.

Like most photographers I have preferred venues for photographing a wedding (and some that aren’t preferred) the Hallmark Hotel in North Ferriby is certainly one of my preferred locations.

If the weather is pleasant there is a huge field at the rear overlooking the Humber and on into North Lincolnshire and if the weather isn’t playing ball there is enough space inside to take reasonable sized groups. Another plus is, if the wedding ceremony is held there is more than sufficient natural light unlike some venues who use rooms totally devoid of windows! Why oh why do venues think this is good?

I hope you enjoy the short video (less than 3 minutes) which I think tells the story of the day.

As ever images taken on the Fuji XT1 mostly with the 16-55 f2.8 lens.

If you would like me to take your wedding photographs or would like to discuss your wedding plans please get in touch.

 

 

Family Portraiture

Posted on May 5, 2015 by Admin under Portraits
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Back in the days before computers and mobile phones, a family would head off to their local photographer to have a family portrait taken, this would happen perhaps every two or three years and would be a pretty major event for the family. The resulting image would be framed and either hung on the wall or placed on a piece of furniture for all to see, and in the fullness of time would become a wonderful reminder of that families history

Nowadays it is far rarer, as often just getting your family together can be difficult with our modern 24-7 life style, this a shame as the history of your family group isn’t being captured for posterity. Personally I love looking at old photographs of my family spotting familiar faces of long gone relatives and loved ones.

Many of us will have portraits of our mums, dads, grandparents, perhaps even great grandparents. These pictures will often take pride of place in our homes, and rightly so. This being the case; why not treat yourself to a portrait sitting in the relaxed comfort of your own home, or perhaps you would prefer an outside location like East Park or the Foreshore.

I appreciate that you will have maybe thousands of images tucked away on your laptop or phone, but lets be honest they will almost certainly never see the light of day. Please see a previous blog on this subject. Why you should print

On a personal note I much prefer black & white to colour portraits, I feel black and white creates an ambience of permanency and history, but of course the choice is yours.

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Family Portraiture by GR Photography

Standard Portraiture 1-4 people: My charges differ from many photographers, as my session fee is kept very low just £15 but no images are included within that fee. After the session I will upload between 20-30 images onto a private gallery within my web site and it is your decision whether to purchase any or not. The number of persons in a ‘home shoot’ group is governed by the space available. A standard session will last for between one and two hours.

Family Portraiture

 

Baby Portraits: I can use either a professional baby poser which will help to keep the little person safe, or perhaps some different props. For hygiene reasons I ask that parents provide any blankets that may be required. Whilst most mums love the new born photos, when the little one is four to six months old some very characterful images can be captured.

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Lifestyle Portraits. How about a walk in the park with the kids, just letting them do what they do, they will soon forget about the camera and some great candid shots should be possible.

 

Family Portraiture

 

Photo Noir: A personal favourite and there is no session charge!!

This style of image speaks about emotion, depth, and absolute simplicity.
The ‘Photo Noir’ session is always planned with complete simplicity in mind, clothing is kept dark to maximise the impact of the image. The idea is for the faces to be the main feature of the portrait, with the eyes being the point of focus.
This is a most emotional style of portraiture and is always presented in black and white.
The sessions can be done at either your home or mine, but please note the room must be very dark. The session will last about an hour, the images will be head and shoulders and some maybe half-length portraits. Sitters are asked to wear black or dark unfussy clothing. Limited to two people in each image.

Family Portraiture

 

Model Shoots: Very often these can be done on TF basis please contact me for details or if you have any requirements.

A few days after the photo session a gallery of images will be loaded onto my web site which you will be able to access with the code I have given you. It is then down to you if you wish to purchase prints, canvas’s etc. All payments are made to my PayPal account directly. If you require a print in a size not listed please contact me direct.

Prices for prints and other items can be seen on the portraiture page.

Please note my prints are produced by the country’s leading professional Lab. They are photographic prints! Not home-made ink jet or super market prints.

 

Clothing Suggestions and ideas

The selection of clothing is a very important factor in preparing for a successful portraiture session.

Dark clothing seems to slim the body, whilst lighter clothing appears to add weight.

Very bright coloured clothing attracts attention thus moving the emphasis of the portrait away from the face. If you choose lighter colours please pick pastel shades, but try to avoid pinkish tones. May I suggest pale yellows and blues?

Single coloured garments always work best, prints and patterns again are a distraction away from the persons face.

Long sleeved clothing on adults is always a better option.

A scarf loosely tied helps to frame the face.

It is a good idea for the clothing below the waistline to be darker than that worn above, as it helps attract attention to the upper portion of the body.

A higher neckline is normally the most flattering, open necklines tend to thicken the neck, V necks are ideal and again frame the face well.

Hair & makeup is very much a personal decision, but normally ‘less is more’

Favourite Images Chantelle & Alex

Posted on April 28, 2015 by Admin under Favourite Images
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favourite images Chantelle & Alex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lazaats in Cottingham is an extremely popular venue for weddings and receptions and I am most definitely photographing more weddings there than ever. One of its major selling points is the gardens, and if the weather is at least dry some great images can be obtained.

This picture of Chantelle and Alex was taken during the late afternoon using one of the two Pergolas as a backdrop, although there is nothing particularly spectacular or clever about the image there is a certain harmony to it plus of course it does show a couple who only have eyes for each other – which is just how it should be.

Favourite Images Chantelle & Alex  Taken on the Fuji X Pro1 with the 35mm F1.4 lens.

 

 

 

Rudstone Walk Wedding Ami & Alex

Posted on April 12, 2015 by Admin under Weddings
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Rudstone walk wedding Ami & Alex

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rudstone Walk Wedding Ami & Alex

I had the privilege of photographing Ami and Alex’s wedding at the lovely Rudstone Walk back in March. It has been sometime since I was at this venue, and I’m pleased to report it is just as picturesque as I remember it, situated on the Yorkshire Wolds it has stunning views across the East Riding and beyond. Rather unfortunately, the weather although dry was cold and a bitter wind was whipping across the wide open space, which I recall was the same the last time I was there!

Ami and Alex used Rudstone for their ceremony only, shortly after the photographs they and the guests made the short drive to Drewtons farm café for a buffet style meal which featured an amazing amount of cake!

Ami had requested some pictures of her preparations something I always enjoy doing, it’s a great opportunity to get some candid and natural shoots, not just of the bride but also the bridesmaids.

Despite the wind and cold Ami & Alex were more than happy to pose for a few pictures outside luckily Ami had a shoulder shawl to help keep her from catching frostbite! A friend provided his vintage Austin (a Heavy 12 Berkley) which brought some memories back as I used to own an earlier version of this car.

The Bridesmaids looked lovely in their unusual but delightful black and white dresses trimmed in red, the theme colour. Ami’s dress came from Bridal Reloved in Beverley, always a good bet for some great deals.

I followed the couple to Drewtons farm café and covered the speeches and then got the chance to sample some delightful chocolate cake!

The majority of the images were taken with Fuji XT1 together with the 35mm F1.4 lens. Pleased to say Debbie was with me on this wedding and she acted as second shooter using the X Pro1 with the 18-55mm

Hope you enjoy the short video!!

 

 

 

Alcrest Academy Shoot

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Admin under Local Businesses
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Alcrest Academy Shoot

Alcrest Academy Shoot

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It’s nice to be remembered!! Last September I was asked to shoot two amateur models on behalf of a stylist at the Alcrest academy, well one of those models is now training herself to become a stylist and she asked if I would pop down and take some images of her work together with a couple of other young trainees.

All the models are relatives or friends of the budding stylists and I think they should be applauded for getting involved.

The models were Natalie Denholm, Marie Brewin, May Brewin, Stephanie Dyer, Amelia Jordan, Chloe Lowther, and Kerry Blanchard. The stylists all first year were Lucy Platten, Becky Brewin, and Chloe Liddell.

Head and shoulders is all that is required for their course work, and no more than half a dozen were taken of each of these willing ‘guinea pigs’

I used a white paper background but deliberately did not blow it out to pure white, this is a personal preference (I hate the pure white look) and also took a couple using my Lastolite black velvet background, no doubt I will process a couple for myself in my favourite black and white for my website.

Camera was the Fuji XT1 coupled with the 18-55 F4 lens, almost the last time I will use it as I have upgraded this lens. Lighting was provided by a single Lencarta strobe and reflector.

 

Alcrest Academy Shoot

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As ever thoughts and opinions are welcome!!



 

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