Autumn family portrait shoot in Derbyshire

Had great fun with Liam and Hayleys family in Derbyshire making good use of the remaining autumn leaves. We headed into a local trail in Matlock which I know is always a nice spot for photography but even more so in autumn when the sun is shining. Liam, Hayley and all 3 children were fantastic and really enjoyed the little wonder around.

Here are a few of selection.


Wedding album ready for Chesterfield newlyweds

I absolutely love wedding albums, they complete the wedding story and are able to show your day back in a beautiful storytelling way. So I was once again super excited to design another wedding album, this time for Judy & Paul from Chesterfield who’s wedding I photographed back in May this year. The wedding took place at the New Bath Hotel in Matlock Derbyshire and was an amazing day, everyone was fantastic and so it was great to back and design Judy & Paul’s album. The best bit is handing it over for the first time!

Here are a few photos of Judy and Paul’s leather covered album, printed on lustre paper in a layback style.

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Amanda & Matts Church Wedding in Dethick Derbyshire

Amanda and Matt’s wedding started at an amazing looking church in the small village of Dethick in Derbyshire, a popular hiking spot for them both. I had visited this church once before but up until now never had the chance to photograph a wedding their so it was safe to say I was really looking forward to it, as well as the lighting and space challenge. I find all weddings special with each one having their own unique special moments, one of these moments at this particular wedding was the ceremony itself as it was Matt’s (the groom) father who was to marry them both that day. It must have been a true memorable moment for them all, especially Matt and his Dad.

After the beautiful ceremony and some formal photos on the church grounds we all headed off to the New Bath Hotel in Matlock Bath for the wedding breakfast. Having photographed a few weddings at the New Bath I feel lucky to be familiar with the grounds and surroundings which we made good use of on the day as the weather was amazing.

Both Amanda, Matt and all the guests were fantastic throughout the day and I wish them both all the best on their new journey ahead as a married couple.

I have put a selection of images up for viewing which can be found here.

Holly & Lukes Farming themed wedding, Tansley Derbyshire

All weddings are rememberable but this one will always stand out, this was Holly & Lukes farming theme wedding.  I had a fantastic two days photographing Holly & Lukes wedding, starting at holly’s parents house for some bridal photos then to Tansley Church in Derbyshire for a wonderful ceremony. As I waited for the groomsmen to arrive I got a heads up that they will be arriving via tractors and I don’t think I will ever get another opportunity to photograph a wedding where we had five tractors attending, it certainly made for a change and a challenge. The sun was shining and everyone attending were a joy to photograph especially Holly and Luke who did amazing, everyone one smiling all day including myself.

The second day I took the bride and groom over to Matlock Park gardens where we had some photos with Luke’s second companion, his farm dog, who was extreamly well behaved! This also allowed for a few more photos of Holly & Luke together before we headed over to the the football club in Matlock for the evening party to start, where their were lots of guests!

Here is a small selection of photos from the two days.



Local dog walk around Matlock, Derbyshire

Having seen this little walk a few times whilst passing I have never actually been up despite being on my doorstep. Darwin forest lies on the moors of Derbyshire and offers some amazing woodlands which are perfect for autumn shots when their leaves start to drop, with the right light you can get some amazing “outdoor” photos. So this weekend with rain clouds passing and the odd break of lovely light in between I was determined to get up there and with a bit of bribery I managed to get my “not so little any more” son away from his iPad and out with our little dog for a wonder.

There are some super spots and lots of them, with lovely long trails and high trees to give a lovely smooth background this is a perfect spot for them outdoor family shoots. £10 lighter and another rain cloud rolling in we headed home with a nice set of portraits for the wall, an hour well spent!

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Framing & Prints

Its always nice after a photography shoot to hear the customer would like a framed photo. To me photography is much more than just taking photos and processing them, I always feel when handing over a memory stick or sending a link to their online gallery that its just not the end product.

I love the idea of first capturing the photo through my lens and finally seeing it presented in a lovely suited frame, which looks amazing compared to viewing it on a computer screen. Of course for photographers this helps in presenting the photo(s) as we shot them as our monitors are calibrated for printing but it also helps viewers feel the emotion in the photo rather than being another nice photo among the many others on the computer.

I also enjoy the challenge of printing and professionally framing photos, I use nothing but the best lustre paper and traditional archival framing methods in order to make sure the framed photos last the testing times of hanging, sunlight, moving house, cleaned, boxed and everything else that framed photos often go though.

I use a local framing company to manufacture the frame to any size I want, I then print and frame the photo myself in-house, and its always a joy.


Haddon Hall Wedding In Derbyshire – Smallest one yet!

When I got the call from Debbie asking if I would photograph there wedding at Haddon Hall in Derbyshire I was more than happy as I personally love Haddon. I new it was going to be extra special when I found out the wedding consisted of only 6 people including Debbie & Paul, the bride and groom. Not only that but the ceremony was to be out in the newly licensed garden pavilion which I never even new was possible. We met up before hand at Haddon which gave us the opportunity not only to meet each other for the first time but to discuss styles and locations.

Having seeing the garden pavilion I soon realised having only 4 guests was perfect for this wedding, I also found out on the day that this was the first ever ceremony in the garden pavilion!

The day came and the weather was on our side and I must say, whilst a tight squeeze the ceremony was beautiful, very intimate and one I will always remember.

After the ceremony we made use of the gardens and long gallery for some formal & family shots.

Debbie, Paul and the 4 guests did amazing on the day, it was a real pleasure to witness something quite different.

New Bath Hotel – 70th Birthday Party

Although only a for a few hours, I had a lovely time capturing some memories of a 70th birthday party at the New Bath Hotel in Matlock Bath. The family who all now live in different parts of the UK came together to celebrate at the New Bath which held some long lasting memories for many of them. They decided to contacted me and see if I would come along and capture some group and in-formal photo’s for a short time before there meal, the sun was shining and it was a pleasure to do so.

Sarah & Trevor Wedding Rowsley Church Whitworth Darley Dale


Although we had rain in the air nothing was going to stop Sarah & Trevors wedding going just as planned. Starting at St Kathrine’s church in Rowsley and moving onto the whit worth hotel & park in Darley Dale in Derbyshire, this wedding was an absolute pleasure to be photographing. Both Sarah & Trevor were absolutely amazing along with all other family members and guests who put up with the rain and ventured out what ever the weather.

The Whitworth Park is a regular occurrence for myself and my family being so close to home and somewhere where I have always wanted to have a wedding to photograph. With this in mind I was super excited about this day and although the weather did hinder us a little It made me realise how lovely and amazing the park is for wedding photography and I look forward to my next one. 

Rachel & Stephen’s wedding Makeney Hall Belper Derbyshire

makeney-hall-wedding-303Via a recommendation from a previous wedding I was more than happy when Rachel & Stephen decided to let me photography there special day at Makeney Hall in Belper, a venue I had not yet had the opportunity to photography. With rain clouds hovering around as well being forecasted I made sure I was there nice and early early with a rain plan and umbrellas at the ready. Luckily it stayed away nearly all day and we even had some sun to help capture the day in all its glory.

Both Rachel and Stephen were amazing to work with and the whole day went just as planned with Makeney Hall giving us plenty of photographic opportunities. It was another wedding that came to an end to fast, whilst tired and ready for a beer myself I was sad to leave.

It really was a privilege to photograph Rachel and Stephens wedding and wish them both a happy journey ahead.

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