I spent a very enjoyable evening on Wednesday for the engagement shoot of Sarah & Chris at Nether Poppleton. We met at St Everilda’s Church and Tithe Barn which is the location for Sarah & Chris’s wedding in October. Initially exploring Millennium Green in Nether Poppleton and the surrounding area and riverside walk, we took some time to take some very natural and casual photographs, so that Sarah & Chris could get used to having their photographs taken so they are relaxed on their wedding day. It is a very pleasant spot, and completely unexpected, being so close to York outer ring road and the main east coast railway line. With the open green space, the river Ouse and a lovely riverside walk, the area is ideal for an engagement shoot, and especially for a wedding day.
I look forward to photographing their wedding and in the meantime here is a selection of photographs taken of their pre-wedding photoshoot.
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography, Wedding Photographer York
I spent yesterday evening in the wonderful surroundings of Brimham Rocks with Jennifer & Paul on their pre-wedding photoshoot. It is one of the only times I have been to Brimham Rocks when it has been sunny and choosing to be there in the early evening meant the sunlight was absolutely amazing in places. It created some stunning colours on the rocks and foliage, allowing for some creative photography. It is also challenging as the sunlight streaming through the foliage can be difficult to meter to get the exposure correct. Also with bright sunlight and dark shadow, cameras cannot cope with the two extremes of light and dark, so creating a correctly exposed photograph is particularly difficult. I have to consider what I want the photograph to be like before I take the photograph. I can create some lovely silhouette shots but it is though experience of knowing what to meter from to ensure the exposure is correct is where my experience as a professional Yorkshire wedding photographer really helps. Avoiding flair, or using the light and aperture to control flair, can be difficult and it is only through experience where a pro York wedding photographer can capture the shot in challenging circumstances. Shooting in manual mode allows me to completely control the shot and the image produced. Assess what ISO to set the camera to, think about the depth of field, and then whether you can hand hold the camera at the shutter speed required to capture the image as you want it are all things going through my head for every single photograph. Before I then take the shot focusing on the subject, and composing the photograph, are all split second decisions I have to make in order to ensure the photographs is captured without spending ages thinking about all these things and the couple waiting for me to take the photograph. Experience counts for an awful lot in wedding photography to ensure the results will be achieved.
Jennifer & Paul were great to work with. They are a lovely couple and it was a very enjoyable evening. They get married in August and this was a good introduction for them to get used to having their photograph taken. I am very much looking forward to photographing their wedding and in the meantime here is a selection of photographs from their pre-shoot for you to enjoy.
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography (Yorkshire Wedding Photographer)
This evening, after an amazingly hot day, I met with Heather & Alastair for their pre-wedding photoshoot in Museum Gardens. The temperature was still quite high and the sun was shining which meant Museum Gardens was fairly busy, so we kept to the quieter areas of the gardens and also used the riverside for the shoot. Working with the evening sunlight makes for some great photography. Often the camera camera cannot cope with the two extremes of light and shadow leaving either the light or dark areas with no detail whatsoever. Getting the exposure right is essential which is why I choose to photograph in manual mode only. Leaving the camera in automatic mode when the light is so bright, and the shadows are so dark and chances are no more than 75% of the photographs will be usable as the exposure will be incorrect. Working in manual mode I can control the exposure and choose what I want to meter off to ensure I capture the photograph that I want. Only experience can determine that the results will be as I want them without taking lots of test shots first. The results are great, with the exposure exactly as I want them, and the detail is still in the areas of the photograph that I want them to be. Professional photography is an art, and with an interest in fine art photography, shooting in manual mode allows me to be creative. The results are in the photographs which can be seen below.
I am very much looking forward to photographing Heather & Alastair’s wedding but in the meantime here is a selection of photographs for you to enjoy.
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography, Wedding Photographer Yorkshire
What a lovely pleasant morning to be photographing the pre-wedding photoshoot of Emma & Daniel at the stunning Castle Howard. Castle Howard is always popular for photography, and a pre-shoot on a day like today is just idyllic. With so many different areas to the grounds, and such extensive grounds, it is easy to take a variety of different photographs, and to also not be disturbed too much by other members of the public.
Emma & Daniel are a lovely couple. They are very natural together which made it easy to not have to give them too much guidance in posing them for photographs. My style if a very natural style of photography and I captured some really lovely moments between them. They are getting married at Allerton Castle in September so now is the ideal time for the pre-shoot prior to their wedding day. I am very much looking forward to photographing their wedding but in the meantime here is a selection of highlights from their pre-shoot today.
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I can tell we are in the height of the wedding season as this afternoon saw me photographing the fourth pre-wedding photoshoot this week. This time for Dawn & Michael at Aldwark Manor where they are due to be married in a few weeks time, and what a day. Four shoots on the trot and the weather has been amazing for them all. Who would have believed it.
Aldwark Manor looked stunning today in the glorious sunshine and the golfers were out in force. We therefore decided to use part of the public footpath that takes you from the idyllic Aldwark Church across and along the river towards Aldwark Bridge. Although I have walked that path before it is the first time I have photographed along this pathway and it really was a stunning photogenic location. Being the height of the day the sunlight was particularly strong which does create very light highlights and incredibly dark shadows which any camera will struggle with as there is only a limited exposure range the camera can cope with. The exposure therefore has to be very accurate otherwise detail is lost in either the highlights of shadows. Shooting completely manually means I have complete control over the exposure, overriding what the camera wants to do. In such bright sunlight the camera will expose to approximately 75% accuracy, but for a photographer who has the experience and knowledge of how a camera work and what to meter from to get the exposure correct, the accuracy increases greatly. Not many photographers shoot completely manually, but I like to have complete artistic control over my depth of field, exposure and shutter speed so that I capture the photographs I want.
Dawn & Michael were great and very relaxed about having their photograph taken. We worked well together and it was great to meet with them, discuss what they are planning for their wedding day and share ideas. I was able to give them some advice from my vast experience of photographing weddings what works better and what does not so that on their wedding day we are all fully aware of what is happening and when, and the day can run to time, in a very relaxed manner.
I look forward to photographing their wedding day and in the meantime here is a selection of photographs from their pre-shoot today.
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography (Yorkshire Wedding Photographer)
What another stunning evening for the pre-wedding photoshoot of Kelly & Andrew. Museum Gardens in York was the location of choice and at this time of year with the beautiful sunshine it was a stunning location for a photoshoot. With the gardens being in full bloom, the colours in the photographs are so vibrant and rich. At that time of day also there were less people about, and the light is so much nicer early on a morning or in the evening than at midday. The photographs therefore reflect what a beautiful location Museum Gardens is. There is also quite a diverse range of places for taking photographs and with it being a public place, if the couple are apprehensive about having photographs taken, then it is the perfect environment to help them get used to being photographed so that on their wedding day they are much more relaxed.
Kelly & Andrew are a lovely couple and we had a very pleasant evening strolling around the gardens and making the most of the evening sunshine. They marry at the Talbot Hotel in Malton in August which is a relatively new wedding venue since its recent vast refurbishment. It will be an interesting place to work as a new venue in Yorkshire, and being a top class hotel it is likely to be stunning. I only hope the weather is the same as it was this evening as it will have the makings of a perfect wedding day.
A lovely selection of photographs taken at today’s pre-shoot can be seen below.
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography (Yorkshire Wedding Photographer)
The second pre-wedding photoshoot today was for Carrie & Ross at the Valley Gardens in Harrogate. Initially we had planned for an alternate day at Fountains Abbey, but on the day the weather was so poor we changed the date to today. Fountains Abbey was the location of choice but unfortunately was closed this evening, so a decision was made to choose the Valley Gardens, and what a fantastic location it turned out to be. The gardens look stunning at the moment. Everything is well cared for and the colours in both the flowers and the leaves in the trees meant that for an evening pre-shoot when the sun is lower in the sky, the photographs are vibrant with colour. Even though this is so some photographs look great in black & white, which is such a timeless style of photograph. At this time of day there were less people in the park so we were able to use a lot of areas that if we had been there are midday would probably have been busy with people.
The light combined with the colour has made for some vibrant and colourful images, and it is so much nicer to photograph when the sun is shining than on a dull grey overcast day. We were very fortunate that it was such a lovely evening and the photographs reflect the great time we had.
It was nice to meet with Carrie & Ross again prior to their wedding in September. They get married at St Mary’s Church, Goldsborough and then on to Goldsborough Hall for their wedding reception, one of my all time favourite locations. I love working at Goldsborough Hall, and I am very much looking forward to photographing Carrie & Ross’s wedding. Here is a selection of photographs from their pre-shoot for you to enjoy.
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography (Wedding Photographers Harrogate)
A busy week this week with the first of four pre-wedding photoshoots taking place at Rountree Park in York for Jo & Nick. What a week to be able to photograph Jo & Nick, with beautiful summers day weather, the photographs are so much nicer when the weather is nice. As a photographer who shoots everything on ‘manual’ setting on the camera a sunny day is much more difficult to get the exposure correct. With very bright highlights and very dark shadows, a camera cannot cope with the two extremes. It is only through experience and a thorough understanding of how the camera works can a professional photographer capture photographs to their best. Some photographers simply prefer a dull day as the exposure is so much easier, but you cannot beat the vibrant stunning colours on a glorious summers day. The whole photograph comes to life.
A summers day also tends to bring people into the park and there were a lot of people enjoying the glorious weather. However for a pre-shoot it is better to concentrate on the couple and try to avoid others being in the photograph, and the resultant photographs taken do not show there to be many people about at all.
It was great to work with Jo & Nick and find out what they are planning for their wedding day. They have a church ceremony in July with wedding reception at the Merchant Adventurers Hall in York. Here’s hoping for a beautiful summers day as it was for them today. In the meantime here is a selection of some of the photographs taken from their pre-shoot.
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography (York Wedding Photographer)
I am not long back from a great morning photographing the pre-wedding photographs of Caroline & Daniel at the stunning Castle Howard. Having only spoken with Caroline & Daniel before via Skype, it was lovely to finally meet them and spend some time photographing them in stunning surroundings.
The morning threw four seasons at us in just over an hour, from lovely sunshine, to driving bursts of rain. The weather though made for an impressive sky and beautiful light which is then evident in the photographs. All too often photographers wish for a mediocre dull day as it is so much easier to photograph on a dull overcast day, but photography is all about light. Light can make the difference between a good photograph and a great photograph. Bright sunny days create dark shadows which can be used to a photographers advantage. Sunny days also make colours sing, especially the green colour of leaves and grass. Shooting into the sunlight creates beautiful halo light around the people being photographed to create some depth to the photograph. Having individual clouds in the sky creates interest in the sky and although means the light is constantly changing as the sun disappears behind a cloud which makes it much more challenging for a photographer to get the exposure correct, a photograph can be so much more creative and exciting.
I tried photographing directly into the sun today to try something different, using the sunlight to create flair. It is easy to create flair in a photograph but not very easy to control the flair. Sometimes a happy accident occurs, but often the flair dominates the photograph and the photograph produced is not really a good quality image. By controlling the aperture of the camera, flair can be captured in such a way that it makes for a very creative photograph.
It was great to work in such beautiful surroundings of Castle Howard and to meet and work with Caroline & Daniel. They are a great couple and it was interesting to hear about what they are planning for the wedding day. I am very much looking forward to photographing their wedding and will post a selection of photographs here for you to review. In the meantime here is a small selection of photographs taken today for you to enjoy.
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography – Wedding Photographer York
This week I photographed the pre-wedding photoshoot of Jennifer & Scott in Topcliffe, and although a relatively cold and overcast day, was a great location for a pre-shoot. We were able to utilise a rural pathway along the river, as well as the church grounds. It made for an interesting photoshoot which is very much in keeping with my style of photography. It was great to meet with Jennifer & Scott again prior to their wedding in September at Middleton Lodge and here is a selection of photographs from their pre-shoot for you to enjoy.
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography (Wedding Photographer Yorkshire)