Fish2 Photography: Blog http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Fish2 Photography (Fish2 Photography) Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:07:00 GMT Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:07:00 GMT http://www.fish2.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u627600961-o594167576-50.jpg Fish2 Photography: Blog http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog 120 80 Preston Family Farm Shoot 2017 edition http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/8/preston-family-farm-shoot-2017-edition It’s Saturday 26th August and I’m back with one of my favourite families at their Farm in Hutton. We first did a shoot here in 2015 when they were just a family of three Rachel, Matt and Arthur. Albert was born last year months and is now ready to get going for his first photo shoot.

It was great fun being back at the farm, we wanted to recreate some of the shots we did last time but also capture lots of natural family moments. The farm is such a wonderful location and with the sun just popping its head around the clouds we had such a fun time.

I love seeing families I photographed before and it’s such an honour to see them grow. Here are some of my favourites from this shoot. If you want to check out the first one you can here> Preston Family Farm Shoot 2015

 

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(Fish2 Photography) family farm farming photography preston wedding wedding photographer http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/8/preston-family-farm-shoot-2017-edition Sat, 26 Aug 2017 10:22:00 GMT
Nikki and Jon's Engagement Shoot http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/8/nikki-and-jons-engagement-shoot Jon and Nikki met at the church they attend. It was a moment that would change both their lives forever. Nikki is a professional trumpet player and music teacher and Jon loves playing the bass and they both play in the church worship team. There seemed to be a spark that flew over the instruments and made them unable to ignore it. And so in a typical Lancashire way, even though Jon is a southerner, they met for a brew.

It was a difficult time in both their lives but there was something between them, a spark, a pull that they couldn’t ignore even if their brains told them it was not the right time their hearts knew different and I am so glad they followed their heart.

That first brew date they couldn’t stop talking even as the chairs and tables where tidied around them, the staff waited patiently to go home but time for Jon and Nikki had stopped still. They could have stayed and talked for hours like a movie storyline you remember from the age when love really meant love in movies.

The brews didn't stop nor did the talking and their love blossomed as they got to know each other over time. Sneakily Jon had picked the perfect engagement ring for Nikki, it was a vintage ring from a little jewellery store in Brighton Lanes. He had hand carved a jewellery box from a piece of wood he had salvage on a holiday in Wales.

They decided one day to take their dog Jake on a walk along one of their favourite beaches in St Annes, Lytham and now was the time for Jon to ask the question. Most Men get scared but excited to ask but Jon plucked up the courage and Nikki said yes. It was the perfect moment for this outdoor loving couple.

I have been given the honour of photographing their wedding but first, we did a little engagement shoot with them in a local woodland. Here are a few of my favourite photos from the day.

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(Fish2 Photography) country photography preston wedding wedding photographer http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/8/nikki-and-jons-engagement-shoot Sat, 05 Aug 2017 20:14:00 GMT
Rachel and Jonathan's Wedding Day | Stirk House, Clitheroe http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/7/rachel-and-jonathan-wadsworths-wedding-day-stirk-house-clitheroe Rachel and Jonathan’s friends are both crafty and great matchmakers. They first met when Rachels’ friend Jenna invited her out for drinks and her brother in law invited Jonathan out as “she’s bringing a friend”. Jonny was intrigued so he went along, Rachel none the wiser went out for a drink too. They chatted over some Pernod’s and Black and he managed to get her to agree to go to a PNE match with him so it must have been love at first sight.

Their first official date wasn’t the football but a walk up Tockholes with Rachels dog, who decided to test  Jonny to see if he was a good match and get stuck in the Stream where Jonny had to rescue him from. Passing the woof test they went out for a meal.

A little while later and Jonny, having bought Rachel a helicopter ride for her 30th, was taking her to her first helicopter ride in Yorkshire. Waiting patiently for them to pass over the Emmerdale set in the helicopter Jonny plucked up the courage and proposed. Rachel, of course, said ‘Yes!’.

I met them both about a year before they got married. We decided a coffee at Starbucks would be the best way to meet. I’d photographed a good friend of Rachels wedding back in 2015, Helen and Adam when she was a bridesmaid. They loved my photos and wanted me to cover their special day which I was more than happy to do.

Their wedding was at Stirk House, a lovely 400-year-old house in Clitheroe. It’s one of those venues which has lots of nooks and crannies in where you can turn a corner from modern luxury to old-world beauty, luscious gardens and rustic charm. Rachel was getting ready in a large Suite upstairs perfect for Brides and all their bridesmaids to get ready in. The atmosphere was very calm, Rachel was just taking one thing at a time, the bridesmaids where very excited especially as the day was clear and dry (always a bonus in Lancashire).

Jonny and his best men were the opposite, he was nervous so the boys decided to calm down with a quick beer, as most grooms do. A pint later everyone was relaxed and ready for the day ahead.

The ceremony was beautiful, a white room filled with friends and family all very excited about these two getting married.

It was such a lovely day, such a great couple and such a wonderful wedding. It was hard to pick which photos to go in the blog as there are so many lovely ones of special moments but I hope you have enjoyed a few of my favourites.

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(Fish2 Photography) clitheroe. country lancashire photography preston stirk house wedding wedding photographer http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/7/rachel-and-jonathan-wadsworths-wedding-day-stirk-house-clitheroe Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:19:00 GMT
Meeting Alexander http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/7/meeting-alexander  

I first met Becky and Robert at their first gorgeous little boy Arthur’s newborn shoot. He was six weeks old at the time and thick locks of black hair and stunning blue eyes. They emailed and asked me to come and do a family shoot with their newest addition Alexander, of course, I said yes!

Arthur has grown into a wonderful little boy and Alexander had all those wonderful eyes and hair just like his older brother had as a baby. Arthur was busy running around, playing football and practising his Judo moves on dad. Alexander was hungry and having a little feed. I decided to take some photos of Arthur as he showed me his moves.


Once Alexander had had his brunch I got the family together to take some photos, Arthur suddenly became shy but we managed to get some wonderful memories captured for them. Here are a few of my favourites.

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(Fish2 Photography) family house newborn photography preston wedding wedding photographer http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/7/meeting-alexander Sat, 08 Jul 2017 10:22:00 GMT
Helen and Ben's Wedding | MItton Hall, Clitheroe http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/6/helen-and-bens-wedding-mitton-hall-clitheroe I remember the very first time I met Helen and Ben. It was in the Starbucks at Middlebrook and it was cold enough to have a hot chocolate, although when is it ever warm enough to not have one? They’d found me online and wanted to meet up and chat through a few things which is absolutely fine. I always like to meet people before they decide to work with e. I love getting to know people's stories and personalities.

Helen and Ben first met at work where at first they were just colleagues then one Christmas party with a few drinks and an evening of talking and getting to know each other something changed and the rest, as they say, is history! Ben proposed on a family holiday to Barbados, he’d sneakily asked his dad to bring the ring out so Helen wouldn’t find it. They decided to go for a walk along the beach at sunset and he got down on one knee and popped the question and of course she said yes! The morning after wasn’t as great as after a few too many drinks the night before a bit of sickness filled the air.

The ceremony was at Mitton Hall a lovely little country house in Clitheroe. One of those buildings that is packed to the rafters with old world charm and modern chic. Helen and her bridesmaids were excitedly getting ready for the day, while the boys did what all boys do and get ready slowly and carefully with a beer. Helen’s dad, however, was getting very lost on his way to where everyone was getting ready and only just made it in time but when he saw his daughter in her dress all his stress and worry evaporated.

It was so lovely to see so many of Helen and Ben’s family and friends there, there was even one Grandma who was watching via Skype! The ceremony was so full of joy and laughter, they just didn’t seem nervous at all the second they saw each other.

Ben surprised Helen with some giant Mr & Mrs lettering that she really wanted but decided they couldn't afford. She was so excited and suprised when she walked into the room to see them there. 

Helen and Ben's wedding was just filled with joy and laughter. It was the perfect day for such a wonderful couple.

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(Fish2 Photography) country mitton hall photography preston wedding wedding photographer http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/6/helen-and-bens-wedding-mitton-hall-clitheroe Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:57:00 GMT
Anna and Nigel's Wedding - Fulwood Free Methodist Church - Ferraris Country House Hotel http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/2/anna-and-nigels-wedding---fulwood-free-methodist-church---ferraris-country-house-hotel I’ve known Anna for over 10 years and we’ve been close friends for about the same amount of time. She’s been there for all the good times and bad times and I for her so when she asked me to photograph her wedding I jumped at the chance. There was one little snag though as I would be 9 months pregnant (and 2 weeks off my due date) on the date of her wedding not something I would normally agree too but this was no normal wedding or any other client so I said yes!

Being the responsible photographer I am I chatted with my friend and colleague Janet from Janet Wareing photography she agreed to come onboard and bring her second Conny to help (as my usual second is Anna’s brother so he was a little busy that day being best man). I’ve worked with Janet many times and it was great to work with her again and to try and understand Connys thick Yorkshire accent as a Lancashire gal.

The ceremony took place at Fulwood Free Methodist a church I have photographed at many times. Such a lovely venue with the wooden ceilings and stained glass inserts makes it very dramatic.

I do love confetti shots, they have got to be my favourite series of photos with people just enjoying themselves and celebrating with the couple. Did you know the tradition comes from Italy where they used to throw candies, petals or grains of rice?

Nigel and Anna love walking around the lake district, in fact anywhere, they are always posting photos of the grand and beautiful places they end up walking to over the weekend and they had included this shared love in the little touches in the reception. The cake looked like they had taken it straight from the surrounding of their latest walk.

My usual second photographer at weddings was the best man and he along with Nigel and Anna's dad John did a great job of the speeches even though he was incredibly nervous!. I always hear great stories about the couple during the speeches although I can't spill any beans on this one Anna would kill me haha.

I do love this photo it makes me chuckle, Annas niece is just fed up and ready for food during her Grandad's speech. 

My second Si still getting a photo in even though he's off duty.

Congratulations Anna and Nigel! You are a lovely couple and wonderful people.

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(Fish2 Photography) Country Ferraris Fulwood Free Methosidt Church Hotel" House photography preston wedding http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/2/anna-and-nigels-wedding---fulwood-free-methodist-church---ferraris-country-house-hotel Sat, 04 Feb 2017 14:39:00 GMT
Tabitha Grace Newborn shoot http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/11/tabitha-newborn-shoot I first worked with the Maddocks family at their wedding in 2012. I have had the privilege of photographing their little boy, Benjamin, for his newborn session and today I got to meet their latest addition a little girl called Tabitha and do her newborn shoot.

Benjamin, who is now almost two, is running around as we arrive playing games with his dad as mum is feeding Tabitha. I set up and give mum the choice of what outfits she would lie Tabitha to wear and once she has finished her breakie we get started. 

I always find newborn shoots really interesting, generally poo filled as well but it is always an adventure. You never know what will happen. I have an idea of what generally will happen, at some point someone will wee on or near me, occasionally poo too, someone will be sick and someone will cry. Usually that someone is always the baby and today that is still true (thankfully). 

I find new babies really interesting because you are meeting this new person, who a lot of friends haven't met yet, someone who is discovering everything for the first time. They haven’t developed their personality yet and it's a time no one remembers. I always wonder what they are thinking about and what they see.

Anyway the shoot goes really well and we get some great photos here are a few of my favourites from when I met little Tabitha..

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/11/tabitha-newborn-shoot Sat, 05 Nov 2016 18:41:00 GMT
Jon and Alisa Mini Maternity http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/9/jon-and-alisa-mini-maternity It’s not often I get to do maternity shoots, mainly because most people don’t think about capturing photos of themselves and their bumps, so it was a real treat to do a maternity photo session with Alisa and Jon.

Alisa was 8 months along on the day of the shoot and ready to go on maternity leave but running a successful business she had lots of work still to do before she took a little break. After a lot of discussion we decided to do the shoot in a small studio with the weather being awful - it always seems to rain in Preston - as with this shoot we were definitely on a strict time limit with no idea of the deadline as babies seem to be the only ones who know when they want to come and meet people. 

Being pregnant myself at the time of this mini maternity shoot it was lovely to capture such an important moment in their lives and talk bumps and baby things. Here are a few of my favourites...

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/9/jon-and-alisa-mini-maternity Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:05:00 GMT
Josh and Steph Wrights Wedding - Fulwood Free Methodist | Garstang Golf Club http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/9/josh-and-stephs-wedding---fulwood-free-methodist-garstang-golf-club I've been waiting to photograph this wedding for months! After photographing their engagement (engagement shoot) I was really looking forward to photographing their special day.

They had unintentionally picked a gorgeous sunny September day, just the right kind of weather for a wedding sunny and not too bright so everyone squints in photos (never a good look and one I always avoid). As Steph was getting ready at her parents there was a buzz about the place. A mix of excitement, unknowing and waiting, waiting for the most exciting day of their lives to start. The girls were all getting ready and were excitedly chatting about what was about to happen.

This photo (below) sums up everything I love about photography. Paul (Stephs Dad) had been banished while Steph got ready and after all the finishing touches were applied I called him back in, he walked to the living room door and just stopped as he saw Steph, a moment that took his breath away, his youngest daughter looked stunning there is nothing else happening but that moment. They went to hug and as they did the moment seemed to flow over to the bridesmaids and they welled up, a sister, sister to be, close friends all realised what that one look meant, what the hug meant. It was a moment you cannot truly explain or pass by as a thrown away comment, it is one that sticks with you. A moment that you tell your children and grandchildren and a photo you cherish - this is what I love about being a wedding photographer.

Josh on the other hand had been getting ready at his parents with all his groomsmen and mum and dad. I always find men take a lot less time to get ready. The have a lot less pampering and preening to do but the little details like ties and suits always have a lot of time taken over them to make sure they are just right before they head of to the church to wait for what seems like an age for their bride to arrive.

I do love the moment when the bride walks down the aisle, you never know what the groom's reaction will be - will he cry, laugh, or smile sweetly? Josh was a mixture of both as his beautiful bride walked down the aisle towards him, it was a day they had both waited years for. For the wright person, at the wright time, the wright one (see what I did there? - their surname is Wright - Sorry I'll stop now).

Josh and Steph decided to cut the cake at the church so that everyone who had attended could see which I thought was a lovely thing to do.

The reception was great, a lovely mixture of friendly jabs in the speeches, friendship and family. It was especially poignant as a few days after the wedding Josh’s grandad sadly passed. It was amazing that he was at the wedding and could enjoy it.

It’s always hard to pick photos from a wedding but this one was especially difficult as there were so many favourites. I had to stop myself as this blog was getting massive! I hope you have enjoyed a small peak into Josh and Steph’s day.

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/9/josh-and-stephs-wedding---fulwood-free-methodist-garstang-golf-club Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:53:00 GMT
Emma and Jonathan's Wedding, Charnock Farm, Leyland http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/8/emma-and-jonathans-wedding-charnock-farm-leyland I first met Emma at my very first wedding fayre early last year. I hadn't ever done wedding fayres before as I have always worked from recommendations previously but I managed to get a slot, set up and met some lovely people. Emma came back to speak to me again and we arranged a little meeting so I could meet her Fiancé (Jonathan) and her amazing son (Joshua) and of course we could talk all things weddings.

A few meetings and almost a year later the day had finally arrived there was a little rain in the air but that didn’t damper the mood of the bride and her bridesmaids. They had rented a lovely little house in Leyland which had a traditional farm cottage look to it. Such a nice place to take photos and not having to worry about tidying up before too!

How gorgeous are these dresses?

The boys on the other hand where in the land of superheroes as they got ready. The boys were getting ready as the best man finished his speech. I love the superhero cufflinks and custom art. The special touch was the ring bag that was made out of a shirt from Emma's grandad who sadly passed away before the wedding. I love little touches like this. It makes the day even more special and significant.

The Church was lovely, high ceilings and gorgeous stained glass. A wonderful location for this amazing couple to tie the knot. With their family and friends around them they read their vows and exchanged rings. I always enjoy the ceremony whether it is a civil or church ceremony. People are declaring their love for each other and how they will always be there no matter what. Emma and Jonathan are a very strong couple and a lot has happened to them just in the past year since they booked me and I don’t know of a couple who when they state their vows they look so determined to live them out.

I must admit I am a sucker for a good confetti throw and I love Jonathan's expression in the last photo.
The reception was at Charnock farm, a location I have photographed before, the staff are still as friendly and welcoming to all the guests and us too. The speeches go of without a hitch although at one point Joshua declares “when are these going to end?!?” I think hunger has set in :). He doesn’t have to wait to much longer to which he is very happy.

Last but not least here are a few of my favourites from the day. The first one is shot in front of Emma's grandads restored truck she travelled in to her wedding - epic lady!

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/8/emma-and-jonathans-wedding-charnock-farm-leyland Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:28:00 GMT
Anna and Nigel Engagement Shoot | Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/8/anna-and-nigel-engagement-shoot-dunlop-bridge-lancashire It’s a sunny Saturday in late July and I’m waiting at a lovely cafe in Dunlop Bridge for a lovely newly engaged couple to arrive for their engagement shoot. I’ve never photographed here before but it is a gorgeous location, the kind you imagine in a small Lancashire village, green leafy trees, a slowly flowing stream, old brick built buildings with cyclists and walkers enjoying their day.

Anna and Nigel arrive slightly nervous just like most couples not sure what to expect as it’s not every day you get your photos taken. We head to the first location and talk about their wedding plans. I love hearing about different couples day’s, that every wedding isn’t the same.

Dunlop Bridge has a beautiful stream and fields the perfect location to do a couples shoot. Romantic scenery and a wonderful couple always help. Anna and Nigel relax into the shoot and we get some great photos. It’s so exciting to mark a part of someone's lives with photos, to remember and to share with their family and future generations it’s one of my favourite, if not my favourite part of taking photos.

I can’t wait to photograph their wedding in February, but for now here are some of my favourite photos from the day.

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/8/anna-and-nigel-engagement-shoot-dunlop-bridge-lancashire Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:58:00 GMT
Simon and Rachel | Heskin Hall, Chorley, Lancashire http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/7/simon-and-rachel-heskin-hall-chorley-lancashire Rachel and Si are a couple I first met last year. They were looking for a wedding photographer and they picked me! They had first met at work when Si inhaled helium from a balloon and serenaded her winning her over instantly.

Today is their wedding day, Rachel is relaxed and calm as she and her bridesmaids get ready. Makeup and hair are done as they open the champagne.Cupcakes and food are served and with an hour to go Rachel gets in her dress.

Si on the other hand is panicking about everything wanting it to be perfect for his bride. Getting boys ready is always a challenge but Si seems to have them sorted.

The venue is a really interesting one, an old hall with gardens that are full of character. The weather is perfect, sunny and warm but not too bright, the camper van pulls up and a buzz goes through family and friends who are waiting. Si is stood nervous at the front but as the music starts and his bride walks down the aisle it all fades till all he can see is her.

I love all the individual touches Rachel and Si have decided upon. I loved how they had lovingly made paper aeroplanes to walk through instead of confetti. It was a really fun touch and everyone loved it.


Rachel and Si look stunning and so do their wedding party. It was a amazing day and great clients. I love that they are up for a bit of fun and it comes across in their photos.

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/7/simon-and-rachel-heskin-hall-chorley-lancashire Sat, 02 Jul 2016 15:28:00 GMT
Bluebell Wood - Josh and Steph's Engagement http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/6/bluebell-wood---josh-and-stephs-engagement-shoot I have know both Josh and Steph for years, I remember working with Josh at Sainsbury's just after I finished my degree (gosh! almost 13 years ago) and Steph used to be one of the kid dancers at my Mum's Sunday School, yes Steph I went there haha don’t worry there are no photos here anyway. They are a great couple and I am very excited to be photographing their wedding. It’s always an honour when friends ask you to photograph their special day.

 

After chatting with them in their first client meeting I went away and talked to my assit-band (assistant/husband) Rob and we decided that after knowing them both separately and together for around 20 years (yes I am that old) we would go ‘off list’ and give them an engagement shoot as a wedding present. After all I’m sure it’s ok to go off list when it’s not one of those awful photo frames you would never use or 90’s microwave (yes we got offered one when we got married, I politely told my Grandma thank you but we had one).

 

It’s an unusually sunny Friday afternoon mid May and we are meeting at Bluebell wood in Calder Vale, Lancashire. It’s not a place I have ever been but it’s a gorgeous location in the middle of nowhere hidden around the back of an old church. I couldn’t have picked a more beautiful location and this is why I leave that up to my clients, they know where is special to them, where means most and they have never disappointed me yet!

 

The suns stays out as we photograph in a few locations around the bluebells, great light is coming through the trees. I had such a great time and we stayed out a little longer than we had planned but it was worth every minute and I went home thirsty, hot and dusty so I treated myself to an ice cream (after all why not?).


Great clients + Great location = Epically amazing photos. Here are a few of my favourites, it was incredibly hard to choose though!

 

 

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/6/bluebell-wood---josh-and-stephs-engagement-shoot Mon, 06 Jun 2016 10:22:45 GMT
John and Vicky | Dunkenhalgh, Accrington, Lancashire. http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/5/rutherford-wedding-dunkenhalgh-accrington-lancashire They met at a friends dinner and started talking. They went to this meal as friends for months but got on like a house on fire. One night as John walked Vicky to the car she finally asked, in that typical Lancashire lass way, if they were ever going to kiss. They have never looked back and I was given the honour of photographing their wedding.

Vicky is getting ready at the Dunkenhalgh with her bridesmaids around her and her soon to be step daughter Ellie (who is VERY excited). There is Prosecco, make up, dresses and shoes all around the room and excitement is in the air.

John is downstairs getting ready with his ushers and best men. I love the guys suits, John is in tweed suit and the boys all in blue. Beer and good company is there to calm the nerves as they boys prepare. Soon family and friends start to turn up.


 

The ceremony is beautiful and Zach (their son) is soooo very happy to see his mum as she walks down the aisle. John sheds a little tear as they exchange their vows. I love how much weddings mean to the couple getting married, it's not just a piece of paper you are signing, you are giving someone your heart and you commitment for life.


Although it has rained all day it hasn’t dampened John and Vicky’s spirits after all what is a little rain in Lancashire? We take some lovely photos outside before it starts spitting again just in time for everyone to head in for the wedding breakfast.

The reception is filled as it should be with laughter, jokes about the groom and the even the bride. John's best men embarrass him every chance they get, the guests even chip in shouting remarks and joining in. It's such a family feel, I love it!

It may not be the sunny spring day you expect in May but it's still a wonderful wedding with a gorgeous couple who are so clearly in love. I had such a hard time picking photos from the day but I think this has to be my favourite...

 
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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/5/rutherford-wedding-dunkenhalgh-accrington-lancashire Sat, 28 May 2016 13:10:42 GMT
Rowena and Frank | Ramada Hotel Southport http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/5/rowena-and-frank-ramada-hotel-southport I first met Rowena and Frank one winter night in January. It was cold and dark but the Ramada, Southport was warm and cozy all ready for a meeting to talk about a wedding. They filled me in with all their wonderful ideas and family concerns they had about the big day but it was a great first meeting and I was excited to be a part of their wedding.

May arrived and the big day came closer, and closer. Although they had been engaged for a while they hadn’t lost any excitement about finally tying the knot. It was the week glorious sunshine and torrential rain but Saturday came and it was dry, well so far. Rowena was getting ready with all but one of her bridesmaids in a lovely room with a wall of windows on one side so you could look over the river and out to the sea. Hair and makeup was being put on, panicked phone calls from other halfs came and went, torrential rain poured, glasses of Prosecco were being poured and handed around, shoes were flying along with jewellery but everything stopped for a moment when Rowena put on her wedding dress.

Frank was downstairs sorting guests and keeping calm but all too quickly the moment had arrived and everyone filtered into the now sun drenched room the ceremony would take place in. The whole room turned and looked as Rowena was walked down the aisle by her son, Frank beamed as his bride smiled at him. This was the moment they had waited 5 years for. The whole day had a party atmosphere, a celebration with family and friends both old and new.


Rowena and Frank had planned many surprises one of them being singing waiters just after the meal had finished. I have never experienced it before and it was rather fun. Family members were up dancing, swinging serviettes around their head and singing along.


Thankfully the rain subsided and the sun came out meaning we could utilise the lovely surroundings and take photos next to the river and along the pier. I had such a great day photographing this wedding, the couple were wonderful and the weather cooperative.

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/5/rowena-and-frank-ramada-hotel-southport Sat, 21 May 2016 15:07:00 GMT
Grace Abigail Newborn Photos http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/5/grace-abigail-newborn-photos It’s a warm spring day and I’m packing the car to take the 5 minute trip to visit one of my favourite clients. It’s one of those Spring days where you can feel the summer is really close but not close enough to not wear a jumper.

Rachel and Dan have just had a little baby girl called Grace Abigail. I first photographed the family last year for Joshua’s first birthday and I’m looking forward to catching up and meeting the newest arrival.

Grace is beautiful and SO very tiny. At just over five pounds she is the smallest baby I have ever done a newborn shoot for. After setting up and picking some outfits with Rachel we get going. Grace has just been fed so is happy and asleep, Joshua and Dan are happily watching CBeebies and Rachel is sat beside me.

It’s a great photo shoot and Grace is a star! Joshua isn’t so sure though when it is his turn as he would much rather play than have his photo taken, I don’t blame him really :), we played a bit of peek a boo and with his cars (great excuse).


I had a blast and it was hard to pick some of my favourites to put in this blog but here they are. Enjoy!

 

 

I do wonder what Grace is pondering so deep about here...

 

Little teeney tiny feet...

Such a big yawn for such a small girl.

 

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2016/5/grace-abigail-newborn-photos Wed, 18 May 2016 10:00:00 GMT
Sally, Ayman, Hugo and the Pumpkin Farm http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2015/10/sally-ayman-hugo-and-the-pumpkin-farm I do love Saturdays in Autumn. The colour in the leaves and trees are amazing and I do love photographing in Autumn. My good friend Sally Fazelli (check out her blog at www.sallyfazelli.com) called me and asked if I could do a photoshoot with her and her gorgeous family at a local pumpkin farm of course I immediately said yes! I love working with Sally and when our schedules allow it’s always good to get together and do a shoot. 

Saturday morning we headed out to the farm, which still had a few pumpkins left even in mid October. Sally had told me they grow the biggest pumpkins around and she wasn’t wrong. We started with the little pumpkin patch in the field as the grey sky looked menacing in the distance. Hugo did a great job as always he is standing pretty much unsupported so was excited to be standing next to these weird orange ball shaped things. After doing some photos outside we moved inside as Sally really wanted some with the one MASSIVE pumpkin that was left. It was the size of a kids ride around car! 

Hugo just wanted to explore around the farm and the pumpkins. It's like a toddlers paradise! Some of the chickens from the small pen next to the greenhouse had escaped and were running around, excited to see what was going on. 

Near the end of the shoot I wanted to make sure we had got some great family photos of all the family together. We took a little detour to the side of the farm where there was as lovely grove of green trees and a beautiful blue sky. It was the perfect spot to finish the shoot and get some wonderful photos. 

Below are a few of my favourites, head on over to Sally's blog to see hers!

 

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2015/10/sally-ayman-hugo-and-the-pumpkin-farm Sat, 17 Oct 2015 20:02:00 GMT
Robinson Family http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2015/9/robinson-family It's a slightly damp and gloomy September Saturday afternoon and I am heading to meet up with the Robinson family to do a Photoshoot. Steve (the Dad) had received a voucher for a Photoshoot from his kids for Christmas and as sometimes happens their busy life's had taken hold and it had taken till now to organise the shoot with them all. It has special importance as their son Mark is heading off on a round the world tour and today is one of the last Saturday's all the family can do. We decided to do the shoot at Rivington as this was a place the family had visited many times over the years and it's also a place Rob, my assistant-band, and I have walked around throughout our relationship so I know it well. 

Today was not a great weather day. It had rained all week but had brightened up some for the day even if the walkways were incredibly muddy but it was a good excuse to get out the walking boots. We headed down the trail to the river, I really wanted to do some fun things with the family. First on the list was rock skimming, a great activity for the family and a fun way to start the shoot and get rid of any nerves the family may have. 


Sometimes it's hard to photograph families with grown up children. You have to be a little more inventive than with littler ones. However I love this shoot, I think we fit everything to the families personalities, fun, silly and a few serious ones for mum! Here are a few of my favourites...

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2015/9/robinson-family Sat, 12 Sep 2015 16:38:00 GMT
Preston Family Farm Photoshoot http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2015/8/preston-family-farm-photoshoot Preston Family Shoot: 8th August 2015

It’s a Saturday early August and we are heading to Rachel's family farm to do a family photo shoot with her and her wonderful little family. It’s one of those gorgeously sunny warm summer Saturday's that come along way to rarely. The farm is such a wonderful location, fields, sheep, old tractors, who could ask for more from a location.

Rachel, Matt and little Artie have just arrived and are excited. They had asked for a photo shoot voucher from Rachel's mum for Christmas but had wanted to wait until Artie was walking properly and they couldn’t have timed it better. 

We walked around the farm taking some photos near the little lake with its own island, posed with sheep and in the vintage looking blue tractor. Artie was a little tired and unhappy but I put my trusty assistant, my husband Rob, to good use playing peek a boo and bubble machine operator extraordinaire to keep Artie entertained and more importantly helping to make sure he was having a great time. 

It was such a lovely photo shoot and it’s so hard to pick my favourite but here are a few of them!

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2015/8/preston-family-farm-photoshoot Sat, 08 Aug 2015 19:30:00 GMT
Owen House Wedding Barn - Hiney Wedding Photography http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2015/6/owen-house-wedding-barn-hiney-wedding-photography This love story begins - as so many do - in a pub. Lewis was meeting friends, and when Becky walked through the door with the very people he was meeting, he literally stopped in awe of the beautiful lady he saw. After talking all night, Lewis couldn’t wait the standard ‘3 days’ to message Becky on facebook and get in touch again. It snowballed from there. They fell completely in love and a year to the day after they started dating he popped the big question on holiday in Mauritius. A year later they were getting married and I had the privilege of photographing their day.

 

It was a glorious sunny Saturday in early June and bridesmaids were calmly getting ready, Becky was getting her hair coiffed and styled and breakfast and champagne was being handed out while people laughed and talked about the day ahead. Little bridesmaids appeared, excitedly had nails painted and ate snacks. Soon it was time for Becky to don the dress she had custom designed herself and get ready to set off for the church.

 

 

Meanwhile, Lewis was enjoying a similar morning. Good hearty breakfast at the hotel, champagne with the groomsmen and after getting ready he headed to the church and waited patiently for the love of his life to arrive. Nerves were starting to build as the time she was due to arrive came and went. She was on her way, delayed in traffic and a little stressed but calming down as the church got nearer.

 

 

She had arrived; the buzz went around the church and Lewis was ready. As the music started, Dad stole one last kiss from his daughter as the bridesmaids led the way down the aisle to a vocal only performance of Amazing Grace. The bride was stunning and the groom was handsome. They said their vows, declared their love, exchanged rings and all too quickly the ceremony was over. Time for cupcakes, confetti and some formal photos.

 

Most of the guests then climbed aboard the double decker bus to get to the gorgeous reception venue to celebrate this fabulous couple. There was a relaxed and delicious meal, plenty of laughter and lots of dancing. Every part of their day was tailored very much to who they are as a couple and to their personalities. It was lovely to meet their families and see the love Becky and Lewis have for each other. It was a privilege to be a part of their day.

 


Here are a few of my favourite photos. It was hard to pick! Enjoy!

 

 

 

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2015/6/owen-house-wedding-barn-hiney-wedding-photography Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:59:51 GMT