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  • Writer's pictureJames fowler

May Madness

Well where can I start, May has been a really busy month for us and we are still feeling dizzy from it. We absolutely can't complain as we have been able to celebrate all these great milestones in our clients lives and we love that. From smashing cakes to practicing our Greek in Santorini we have done it. Take a peek below at just a snap shot of Mad May!

My lovely couple Kate and Jonathon chose St. Micheal's church to exchange their vows. It was smiles all round once bride Kate made her entrance, and a few tears of joy of course as well.

From there we headed over to Northorpe Hall for the rum punch reception to be enjoyed in the glorious sunshine. Kate, Jonathon and I took ourselves away to take some more intimate shots whilst the guests enjoyed the chilled out sounds of the steel pans.

On the same day James was busy capturing Mandy and Simon's special day at The Village Inn. It's clear from their faces that their day was a dream come true for them. There were endless opportunities for great photographs, beautiful blush pink flowers matching the lovely bridesmaids, Mandy's glamorous dress and vintage style veil and the wonderful countryside backdrop to top it off.

James loved getting to know these two from their first photo shoot in the city centre of Leeds right up to the 'I do's'

Congratulations to both our couples may you have a long and happy life together.

A week later we took a break from weddings and had a weekend of family photo shoots and pre wedding shoots.

James has taken photographs of Naomi and Emma's kids for a while now and clearly they are not afraid of being in front of the camera. We love taking photographs of pretty much anything but being asked to photograph someones family is a real honour. As we all know our kids grow up so fast, so to document even just a silly moment like this can bring back so many fun memories for when they are older.

Then it was time to pack our bags and take ourselves to the airport. Santorini here we come!

As you can see this was Penelope's chosen mode of transport throughout our trip. We absolutely love Santorini so after visiting the wedding location we took ourselves off to Thira for a little site seeing. There was no time to relax though as the big day was just around the corner.

Okay so when people hear your photographing a wedding in Santorini I'm sure they think it's a walk in the park. Stunning views, almost predictably beautiful weather, everyone's so relaxed because their on holiday, right? All of this is true I suppose but it was crazy hot! We always like to look smart and blend in with your guests so James was smartly dressed, as always, including tie and that photography kit is not easy to lug around. Just making me feel warm just thinking about it! Don't feel too bad for us as it was a truly incredible experience. Above Natalie looked effortlessly stunning standing on her balcony. She looked every bit the princess as she walked down the aisle with Mum Tina.

This photograph speaks for itself really. Breathtaking view, beautiful couple no edits required.

Here Natalie and Darryl sneak a little time away from the party to reflect on their day. As the sun went down it made for a gorgeous vanilla sky style background and therefore a great opportunity for some intimate photographs of the new Mr and Mrs Essery.

As soon as the wheels of the plane touched down back in Manchester I was charging up the camera's and ready to go again for the nuptials of Sara and Chris in the lovely village of Saltaire.

I didn't know shooing away goslings was going to make up a big part of the day but I guess we were on their turf.

Even though I have walked past this church countless times I had not actually been inside until I was invited to photograph Sara and Chris and what a surprise. With it's ornate ceiling paintings, grand pillars and huge chandeliers it was reminiscent of our visit to the Sistine Chapel. Congratulations to you both.

Not 24 hours later James was in full swing at the wedding of Gemma and Richard at Falcon Manor in Settle, Skipton. The ceremony and wedding breakfast took place at this elegant country house which was surrounded by immaculate gardens. Inside the hotel has a very grand wrap around staircase which was a fabulous location to showcase Gemma's stunning gown.

When you have this many groomsmen all decked out in full 3 piece suits looking sharp it would be rude not to indulge in a magazine style posed shot.

I don't want to give too much away on this particular job as their collection is still being put together so more to be added later.

And last but not at all least, I had the pleasure of meeting back up with Tony and Annie and little Atlas for his cake smash shoot.

That cake didn't stand a chance and in truth neither did my backdrop but it was totally worth it to gain this image....

I had to be quick on the button for this little fella as he didn't waste any time getting stuck in. I only hope the sugar high wasn't too insane for his parents :)

I love doing these kind of photographs as you just don't know whats going to happen and it's always a memorable experience.

Happy 1st birthday Atlas!

June has also been just as busy so keep your eyes peeled for the next blog to keep up with what j-foto have been up to.

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