Fish2 Photography: Blog http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Fish2 Photography (Fish2 Photography) Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:31:00 GMT Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:31:00 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 Amie-Lea and Zac's wedding at The Last Drop Village, Bolton, Lancashire. http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2018/6/amie-lea-and-zacs-wedding-at-the-last-drop-village-bolton-lancashire Zac and Amie-Lea seem to have known each other all their lives even though they only remember really meeting at High School. They started dating when they were just 14 and have been together ever since then. They are definitely original high school sweethearts with University and work life not keeping them apart.

Before Amie-Lea turned 21 Zac knew it was time to propose and so he went shopping for the ring and picked one he knew Amie loved. Knowing she is a traditional girl he plucked up the courage to ask Amie’s mum and dad for her hand in marriage to which they happily agreed.

The day had finally come and they were on holiday in St Ives. Zac was off his food and couldn’t eat properly with all the nerves floating around. Going for a walk after their evening meal they headed to Smeatons Pier overlooking St Ives Harbour. Zac pointed out the lights of the church trying to distract Amy as he fidgeted looking for the ring as Amie turned around to ask what he was doing he wasn’t stood next to her but on his knee. Not being able to see clearly in the dark Amy took a step forward and the lights bounced off the shiny ring and he asked her to marry him. She replied with “are you cereal?” (no not a spelling mistake just a little inside joke they both have). Amie, of course, said yes and Zac could finally relax and enjoy the rest of the holiday.

I first met Zach and Amie-Lea at a wedding Fayre in Bolton about two years ago and they asked me to meet up with them and discuss their wedding day to which I happily agreed. They are such a lovely and genuine couple I couldn’t wait to photograph their wedding.

The day finally arrived and the sun was shining all over Lancashire as I drove to the Last Drop Village in Bolton. Amie and her girls were getting ready and just enjoying the morning.

I love this father and daughter moment when he first sees her in her wedding dress.

Meanwhile Zac and his boys were nervously getting ready back home.
I love the joy and happiness that just emanated from every part of this ceremony, not just from the couple but also the friends and relatives that were there.It made for such a special moment. 

The reception was beautifully designed by Amy and her mum. You could tell they had put their heart and soul into it. 

I love this sequence of photos, it just makes me smile every time I see them. Not many brides do a bouquet toss anymore but it was a lovely moment, how excited it the lady who caught it? 

 

 

Finally a few I love of the gorgeous couple themselves:

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(Fish2 Photography) country family photography preston wedding wedding photographer http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2018/6/amie-lea-and-zacs-wedding-at-the-last-drop-village-bolton-lancashire Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:30:12 GMT
Tim and Becky's Engagement Shoot http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2018/5/tim-and-beckys-engagement-shoot Becky and Tim first met at a university residential for the long distance uni they attended. Becky saw Tim across the room and thought he was really very handsome and he just lit up the room with his sense of humour. Tim on the other hand just noticed her bum and how good he thought it looked.

Despite these first impressions they became friends but after a year Tim couldn’t stand being just friends and he asked her on a date. They went bowling and Tim saw nothing wrong with thoroughly beating her at two games of bowling and 2 games of pool. Becky let that slide and they went on another date and another and another.

This little coffee shop became the place Tim would ask Becky to marry him. Tim had booked out the whole of the upstairs for them both and Becky not expecting a thing suddenly found him down on one knee proposing. She couldn’t stop smiling as they made calls to family and friends to tell them the good news.

It wasn’t till a little later when they were walking around Tatton Park talking about how their new life together that what had just happened sunk in and Becky realised she was getting married and she was going to go wedding dress shopping and she started to squeal! Thoroughly confused Tim wasn’t sure what all the excitement was over a dress.

I’m really excited to be photographing their wedding in a months time but for now here are a few of my favourites from our engagement shoot:

These deer came to say hi so we had to get them in a shot or two.

I just love how joyful these two are together, there are so many little moments where they just laughed with each other it's amazing.

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2018/5/tim-and-beckys-engagement-shoot Mon, 14 May 2018 15:33:09 GMT
Meeting Harry http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2018/3/meeting-harry  

I remember photographing Mark and Alex’s wedding as if it was yesterday, I also randomly remember a cow trying to muscle in on our photos of them in the barn, anyway, skip to 4 years later and I’m photographing their little boy Harry. He’s 4 months old and super cute. He definitely looks like a great mix of both his mum and dad and even has that cheeky little smile most boys seems to be born with.

I do love watching my clients families grow and that I get to be a part of capturing these memories.

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2018/3/meeting-harry Sat, 10 Mar 2018 15:19:00 GMT
Amelia and Harry John's Engagement Shoot - The Chevin, Leeds http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2018/1/amelia-and-harry-johns-engagement-shoot Harry John and Amelia met at Bradford Grammar School in 2008 when she joined the sixth form. Harry John was the Rugby captain and Amelia says she had some competition but she got her man in the end.

After a whirlwind high school romance they both headed of to university, HJ headed to Nottingham and Amelia headed to Sheffield but distance was no obstacle for these two and they kept their long distance relationship alive and in 2015 bought their first house together.

I think I should let Amelia tell you the rest of the story as I think it’s pretty perfect...

“We’d be getting the marriage questions for about a year before he did it....I always thought he’d be a blubbering mess when he proposed as he’s quite a sensitive guy but he completely threw me by surprise!

On November 3rd 2016 - I’d had a bad day at work - I’d rang HJ when I was driving back from Newcastle - he was at the gym with a friend of ours who was living with us at the time - I basically told him not to annoy me off cos I wasn’t in the mood. When he was leaving the gym he just casually decided to tell our friend “tonight’s the night - I’m gonna do it” which caused our friend to freak out as he didn’t want to be in the house to “ruin the moment”... he proceeded to hide in his room for the evening!

They made a detour to Morrisons to buy me some flowers - so as I walked in HJ handed me a lovely bunch of roses and gerbera flowers - I wasn’t suspicious as I thought he was trying to cheer me up, which I thought was cute because he’s terribly allergic and can’t stop sneezing around flowers. He then said he had another small gift for me but he’d said it’s upstairs - he told me to sit on the bed as close my eyes - so I obliged - this isn’t meant to sound like a load of dirty innuendos by the way. He was rustling around in the room next door and me being me I was getting all restless and told him to hurry up (terrible upon reflection).

Eyes still covered, he came back into our room and I felt him standing in front of me and he said “you know how much I love you don’t you” and I said “yes” - he then said open your eyes and had the box open in front of me ... which I looked at and then looked at his face, to see him with a beaming smile and then he said “will you marry me?” To which I actually said are you f###ing joking?!?

To which he said ‘Amelia no!’ Then I screamed and said yes...and told him to get down on one knee which he refused haha.”

I love this couple they are so much fun and we had a great time celebrating their engagement with this session. I can't wait to photograph their wedding.


 

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Meeting Arran http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/12/meeting-arran It's almost Christmas and I’m driving to Blackburn to meet Grace, Matt and Arran for a photo session. This is a lovely present form Grace’s family, I’m photographing her sister’s wedding in August, they wanted to do something special for her first baby so bought her a photo shoot with their new little week old baby boy.

I arrive and meet this new little family. Aaron is super cute, he has a gorgeous smile and doesn’t even seem bothered by the prospect of photos. Mind you at a week old he has no idea what is about to happen.

After a bit of setup we start taking some photos. He completely works the camera pulling some great faces at me. You can see his little personality coming out in the photos. Mum Grace is watching on while Dad Matt makes everyone a brew. Arran decides he also needs a drink so we pause for milk and a clean nappy.

I love taking photos with new families, it captures a moment in time most new parents don’t always remember with the mix of sleepless nights, constant feeding and nappy changes. Babies are only tiny for so long and then they start to stretch and change as they get older.

It was a lovely photo shoot with such a wonderful family. Here are a few of my favourites from the session:

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Meeting Joel http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/10/meeting-joel  

I photographed Lewis and Becky's wedding in 2015 and it was so lovely to go back and photograph the next big milestone in their life when baby Joel arrived. I love being a part of my clients lives and seeing their families grow and it’s great that I get to be a part of it.

He is super cute and it was lovely to capture family life just as it is starting.

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Nikki and Jon's Wedding http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/9/nikki-and-jons-wedding Jon and Nikki met at the church they attend. Nikki is a professional trumpet player and music teacher and Jon loves playing the bass and they both play in the church worship team.

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 but they eventually got kicked out.

A while later Jon 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. 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 which you can find here > http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/8/nikki-and-jons-engagement-shoot

It was a lovely day in September the sun was out and shining and Nikki and her girls were getting ready at her Mum’s house. The place was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. Meanwhile, the boys were being their typical relaxed selves and Jake the dog was getting his outfit on too.

The wedding was at Crossgate Church in Preston, the church they both attend, which was decorated with gorgeous watercolours and  festival decorations transforming the space entirely, it was beautiful.

The reception was at a local farm in Preston, the owner owns and restores old steam engines and fairground rides which made for a great backdrop for photos. Nikki’s school band came and played whilst people played on the carnival games and tried some of the coffee from the cart.

One of my favourite parts of the day was when Nikki's Mum, who plays the trombone, and some friends marched into the venue playing their instruments. It was so much fun and Nikki was so surprised.

 

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(Fish2 Photography) http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/9/nikki-and-jons-wedding Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:09:00 GMT
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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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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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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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
Helen and Matt Haley - Bartle Hall, Preston http://www.fish2.co.uk/blog/2017/5/helen-and-matt-haley---bartle-hall-preston  

Matt and Helen are one of those couples that people just don’t remember a time they weren’t together. Having been together for years before they got engaged family and friends were really excited about the day.

It was a glorious sunny day in Lancashire. Matt was getting ready at his parents in Lytham and Helen and her girls where at her parents in Blackpool.

The girls all gathered together as Helen opened a lovely gift from her bridesmaid. It was definitely a talking point of the morning.


Meanwhile the boys were busy getting themselves ready and playing a bit of snooker.

The Ceremony was held at Bartle Hall, a lovely bright and light venue especially on such a gorgeous day. The sun was shining through the windows as Helen made her way to a very nervous looking Matt. There was no need to worry the ceremony went without a hitch and it was a perfect celebration for this lovely couple.

The reception was great, a lovely mixture of friendly jabs, friendship and family. The speeches were great fun and full of wonderful stories although there were a few technical hitches it didn't dampen the mood.

 

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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