A moody black and white pre-wedding session with Regan and Conor in the North Sea

I know that these photographs will put off many couples who are looking to hire me for their wedding or couples session. And that's okay with me. They are marmite images. Some people love them and some people hate them.

They definitely won't appeal to 'Barbie' brides.

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A fun and emotional Kirklevington Hall wedding with Rachel & Chris

Judges at Kirklevington Hall is a traditional country house hotel with rich fabrics and elegant rooms, set in mature, English gardens. The highlights of the wedding venue for me are the sweeping terrace, the gazebo (where Rachel and Chris ceremony took place) and the 31 acres of idyllic, landscaped gardens and woodlands, graceful lawns that sweep down from the Hall’s sunny terraces to the tiny river, which meanders across the estate via waterfalls and under ornate bridges.

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Sarah & Billy's pre-wedding session at Kielder Forest and Water Park

Kielder Forest and Water Park is one of my favourite places to photograph a pre-wedding session. The terrain is so varied, from dense forest to open water, and the light is totally different from one hour to the next, that I feel like I could go there every week for the next 10 years and still not exhaust it's possibilities.

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An Alice in Wonderland themed wedding at Wallsend Hall with Jen & Joe

An amazing thing happened at Jennifer and Joe's wedding. We headed off to the bridge in the grounds of Wallsend Hall to take some portraits just after the ceremony.
Jen said 'I wish our dog Bailey could have been here.' Who should come bounding toward the bridge at that very moment?

Bailey of course.

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Pricing for weddings, couples shoots and children and families

My Dad always said if you go into a shop and there are no prices on anything you can't afford anything, and I felt like that looking at photographers websites. I think I missed out on working with some potentially great wedding photographers, that could have been perfect for my wife and I, because they didn't share their pricing from the start.

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A Kielder Water and Forest Park pre-wedding session with Zoe and Liam

Given the choice, I'd far rather make pre-wedding photographs at somewhere like Kielder Water & Forest Park than a local park. It just brings you nature on a grander scale. The views are bigger, the night sky brighter, the trees taller. It's the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and, at over 250 square miles, the largest working forest in England – all in the heart of Northumberland just an hour and a half drive from my front door.

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