Natural and Relaxed Wedding Photography in West Yorkshire
As a professional wedding photographer, I am very fortunate to have covered weddings at some incredible venues throughout West Yorkshire. Having been born and bred in the county, this will always be my home.
The West Riding of Yorkshire stretched from the southern borders of Sheffield to the now Cumbrian town of Sedbergh in the North in the Lake District. Places such as Skipton and Harrogate, now part of North Yorkshire, were all part of the old West Riding. As well as towns like Barnoldswick, now part of Lancashire.
West Yorkshire came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974. The new West Riding is now a multi-cultural urban area with a population of around 2.2 million people. Most of the wool and cloth-making industries have gone, but the area is now one of the most important financial and legal centres outside Greater London. Leeds has become the largest city in Yorkshire and is home to a vast array of retail, culture, and services, some not found anywhere else in the county.
Planning Your West Yorkshire Wedding
So, you’ve just gotten engaged. Congratulations! Now the real work starts.
And if you’ve already started planning your West Yorkshire wedding you’ll know just how much there is to do. From picking your venue, your wedding photographer, the song for your first dance – the list might seem overwhelming. But breathe, remind yourself you’ve got this, and here are a few tips to help you keep on top of things.
Write a list of everything you have to source/oragnise. Then re-write the list in order of priority to you. The venue is going to be the first thing on the list for most couples, and after that I’d like to think that your wedding photographer would be number two – although perhaps I’m slightly biased.
Project management platforms like Trello can be great for organising all your thoughts and tracking your progress. In fact, here’s a nifty The Ultimate Guide To Planning A Wedding With Trello to help you.
West Yorkshire Wedding Photographer Style
There are many different types of wedding photography style, from light & airy, to dark and moody, from a vintage look, to a more modern feel, from a very posed style, to a photo-journalistic style –
My style as a West Yorkshire wedding photographer is to keep things as relaxed and natural as I can. I consider myself the storyteller on a wedding day, being there to capture the story of your wedding day. I won’t spend hours using the same old poses that you’ll see over and over – my focus is to capture images that are unique and special to you. I know being in front of a camera can be daunting, and I won’t expect you to carry out pose after pose, but will give you subtle guidance where I can to get those breathtaking images you will want on your mantelpiece.
I put as much effort into post-production as I do on your big day. I spend hours individually going through your images, colour correcting, tidying, and choosing between colour and black & white – all your wedding photographs will have my signature style to really show off your big day.
Why Wedding Photography Is So Important
Memories fade, that’s a sad fact of life. But wedding photography has a magical ability to capture a moment in time and keep those memories alive. A photograph never changes, even when the people in it do. At the end of your wedding day, the venue will pack up, the cake will have been eaten, and the flowers will wilt – your wedding photographs are what will remain.
That is why, as a professional wedding photographer, I feel so blessed to do what I do. I gift people images that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.
How Much Does A West Yorkshire Wedding Photographer Cost?
How much does a car cost? How much does a pair of trainers cost? The answer is, it is variable. And like many things in life, you usually get what you pay for.
Let’s not beat around the bush. An experienced professional wedding photographer will not be cheap. If they are cheap, then something is amiss. We spend years training and honing our crafts, we have a lot of expensive camera and computing equipment, as well as backups of everything should anything go wrong. We have to have the proper insurance, and a number of other expensive business overheads to allow us to do our jobs.
I’ve been very transparent and explained the number of hours I spent working on each wedding, and the costs involved to create your wedding photographs in this article – Why Is Wedding Photography So Expensive?
I’ve heard too many people say that they regret not having a professional wedding photographer at their wedding. You hear those horror stories, of people who simply ask their uncle who happens to have a camera to document their big day – only for all the images to be blurry. It’s not worth the risk.
It is recommended that you spend around 10-15% of your overall budget on your wedding photographer, more for small weddings and elopements. What you are doing, is investing in your memories. You should consider your wedding photographer one of the best investments you will ever make.
How I Became A Wedding Photographer
I stumbled into it by accident. True story.
I trained as an actor. And during my first summer break at drama school I got bored – so I picked up a cheap camera and taught myself how to use it. When I arrived back at drama school I was inundated with requests to take photographs of this play, and to take headshots of actors for their resumes.
I continued to work as a photographer on the side, as I went from one performing job to another, until in 2019 friends of mine that I had worked with asked me if I would be their wedding photographer. Halfway through that wedding, I realised what a privilege it was, and seeing there reaction to their photographs made up my mind that it was what I wanted to do with my life.
Reviews For Previous Couples
“From beginning to end Sam was fantastic. A true professional with a real eye for photography. The photos document our big day perfectly, we’ve seen things we wouldn’t have seen if it wasn’t for Sam”
– Stevey & Dani
“Sam captured images of us looking happy and enjoying our day – which is exactly what we wanted our day to be out” – Alex & Brandon
“We’re so glad you were able to capture our special day and make it even more memorable”
– Katy & Sam
What Are The Best West Yorkshire Wedding Venues For Photography?
Whether it be Leeds, Keighley, Halifax, Wakefield, or elsewhere, West Yorkshire is blessed with some incredible wedding venues. As a West Yorkshire wedding photographer, I have the pleasure to work at a number of them – with more on my wish list.
If you’re looking for a venue that gives you those country vibes you should take a look at Chilli Barn, and The Old Barn at Esholt. If you’re wanting something that leans towards West Yorkshire’s industrial heritage take a look at Ponden Mill & The Venue in Halifax. If you’re looking for an elegant venue you can’t go wrong with Waterton Park Hotel or East Riddlesden Hall. For something a little different check out Holmfirth Vineyard.
Of course, there are so many more great wedding venues in West Yorkshire. I can’t wait to explore them. If you want advice about how good your dream venue is for wedding photography, just drop me a message and I’ll check it out.
Wedding Hints & Tips
Here are some useful article’s and resources to help you as you begin to plan your dream wedding:
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Finding The Best West Yorkshire Wedding Photographer
Am I the best West Yorkshire Wedding photographer? That is a bold claim that I would not feel comfortable making.
There are a plethora of talented wedding photographers in West Yorkshire, and I know that trying to find the perfect wedding photographer can be overwhelming. See here my article on How To Choose Your Wedding Photographer if you find yourself wondering how to choose one over another.
What it boils down to, for me at least, is three things. Price, style, and personality.
Throwing a wedding can be expensive, and everyone has a budget. Work out how much you can afford to spend on your wedding photographer. Second, choose a style that gets you excited, setting up a Pinterest board will help you gauge what type of photographs your eyes is naturally drawn to. And lastly, and most importantly in my opinion, sit down on a Zoom call and have a chat with photographers before booking. Your photographer is going to be there with you all day long, from when you get ready, through the smiles and tears of the ceremony, and as you party into the night. It’s vital that you get on and can feel relaxed around them to make sure you get the best wedding photographs possible.
Storytelling Wedding Photography
You should get in touch with me for a cuppa and a chat if:
– Wedding photography is one of your top priorities
– You want photographs that tell the story of your wedding day, to keep those memories alive forever.
– You like my style of photography and the way I work, relaxed photographs without having to worry about posing.
– You like puns and the occasional dad joke (optional extra)
I’m all about storytelling, capturing those candid and real moments. The tears, the laughter, the joy, the tenderness. The little moments that you do not see in what can be a whirlwind of a day. Your story captured in that moment and preserved forever for you to look back on.
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