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So last Sunday, Debbie of Debbie Stogden Photography and myself took a road trip down to Focus on Imaging 2013, which is held once a year over several days at the NEC, Birmingham. We arrived in the afternoon, and decided to check out the last couple of hours of the exhibition.

It was great to have a look around at a quieter time to prepare for the big day of the exhibition on Monday… The following are just snapshots from my compact camera and iPhone (& Instagram… new love of mine) … it was so busy with lots to see and I didn’t want to be weighed down with my camera!

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I loved these pink pom poms on display at the Artsy Couture stand..

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I loved the Canon stand, they had a tree and lots of “wildlife” (seagulls, owls) and some clouds… and some lenses and cameras of course!

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Light Blue is a great software that’s available for photographers to help run their businesses and the admin side of things.. I’m definitely thinking of investing in this soon..!

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Left: The Nikon stand… all those little black things are actual DSLR cameras!! Seriously…. Anyone want to count them? Right: Debbie found a new friend but she was a bit miserable to be honest and not much of a talker so we left her to it! Debbie checked out the Nikon speedlite demo and was very impressed and inspired.

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I was thrilled to find my new album range at Focus on Imaging, and am very pleased to be working with such an amazing company for my new albums. Sample albums are being made as we speak, and I cannot wait to get my hands on them ….

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The day went past really fast, and after making big decisions on the albums to order,  having some lunch, watching a couple of demos, catching up with a couple of other photographers and buying a couple of small gadgets towards my lighting kit, it was time to go home!

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I spotted this lovely clock on my way home at Darlington train station, I love it!

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Helen & Chris got married last July at As You Like It in Jesmond, Newcastle. They were after some relaxed and quirky wedding photography, and were keen also to get some lovely family photographs with their two children.

Helen got ready at her home, and it was a lovely calm atmosphere when I arrived, and lasted throughout (not the usual on hectic wedding mornings!) 

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Her bouquet arrived, a beautiful fragrant bouquet which just smelled amazing!! It was from the wonderful Foxtail Lily Flowers  as were the button holes.

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After getting into her fabulous one-shoulder dress, Helen and her Dad headed off to As You Like It in a fabulous 1960’s VW Beetle car they’d hired.

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Everyone was gathering in the Frangapani Room downstairs excitedly awaiting the bride. There are various room set ups at As You Like It for weddings, and they were married facing the window, which lets in a nice amount of natural light for the fairylit/spotlight lit ceremony, which was perfect!

I just love the look between Chris & Helen’s Dad as he brought her down the aisle.

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As you can see from the above, As You Like It is one of those places that lets guests thrown confetti actually INSIDE the venue, which really captures the fun, excitement (& great photos) of the bride and groom walking back down the aisle once married!

We then went onto the rooftop terrace to capture some relaxed group photographs of the couples’ lovely friends and family…

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Hows that for a family photograph?!

We then went to do some bride & groom photographs around the building and outside. Chris & Helen were worried at first about where to have their photographs taken, at their pre-wedding meeting a few weeks before we had a good look around together to scout out some locations for quirky urban shots, which is what they were after…. and on the day this was the result:

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Roads and a 1960’s grey office block? No problem!

 I just love a bit of Britishness in wedding photographs, hence the lovely iconic red post box!

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Believe it or not, the two above photographs were taken in a car park, I just found a lovely stone wall to make a great textured background.

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The couple had a relaxed small dinner for close family and friends, with lots of DIY touches, including the table plan and cute gift bags.

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 How fab are the personalised Love Heart sweets please!? They were very popular with guests!

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As You Like It Jesmond, As You Like It Wedding, Small Wedding, Quirky wedding venue, wedding photography newcastle, northumberland wedding photographer, urban wedding photography, alternative wedding photography,fun wedding photographs, AYLI, Jesmond, children at weddings,PINIMAGE I had an amazing day with Helen & Chris and their families, just looking through the photographs here brings back a lot of happy memories of the day!

Wishing them all the best for a long and happy life together:-)

If you’re planning a quirky, relaxed wedding and are looking for a wedding photographer  to match, please get in touch via my website Katie Byram Photography. I am based in Newcastle upon Tyne and cover weddings all over the UK.

I have limited availability left for 2013 and taking bookings for 2014 too!

All photographs and text (C) Katie Byram Photography. Please do not use images without permission. 

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Last Wednesday I met Faye & Robin in York for their pre-wedding shoot. They are having a church wedding in Clayton West, Huddersfield in August, followed by their reception at Bagden Hall, which is in the next village to where I grew up! Back in January 2010 I shot the wedding of Hannah & Sam, At Anvil Hall in Gretna Green, and Faye & Robin are good friends of the couple, who recommended me to shoot their wedding, how lovely!

Faye is a keen wedding blogger herself, (See her blog here) and was very keen to have some photographs that showed their personalities and interests. The couple got engaged in York, and have spent lots of time there. It’s a very special place to them and during the afternoon we got chatting about lots of memories they’ve had there.

Here is just a small preview of the pre-wedding shoot, with more to come soon. After a quick coffee and chat, we went to the Museum Gardens, which houses the Hospitium, which is a popular York wedding venue, then walked around the city centre, the Shambles, Cliffords Tower, York Opera House, the River. It was a dull day weather wise so I was looking for lots of colour to add in. They stopped at the market to buy some orange gerberas which are Faye’s favourite, and these added a nice touch to the photographs and were very vibrant against Faye’s dress.

I had a great time and am thoroughly looking forward to their wedding in August!

I will blog some more images from this shoot too!

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I actually went into the shop to move some suitcases around for the above shot, hehe!

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Above is the glorious York Minster  which is one of my favourite places in York, absolutely stunning architecture and a very special place.

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All photographs (C) Katie Byram Photography 2013.

Please do not copy the images or use without permission.

If you are looking for fun, relaxed and quirky wedding or civil partnership photography, please visit my website here to find out more information.

 

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Becca & Matt are getting married this May at St. Mary’s Church in Ponteland, followed by their reception at the wonderful High House Farm Brewery, Near Matfen. They are planning a relaxed wedding with some bright colours, and I’m very excited about being part of their wedding day.

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For their pre-wedding photoshoot, the couple chose the fabulous seaside town of Tynemouth, about 20 minutes from Newcastle upon Tyne. Matt had proposed on Tynemouth beach when they were out for a walk (They are both into the outdoors, walking and cycling so this was a very fitting proposal!). We had planned to go onto the beach, but on the day, it was between 0-1 degree celsius and very windy, with patches of snow around (I sound like a weather girl now hehe!). The biting wind meant the beach would have been even colder, so we decided to go around the town instead.

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Thank you so much to the lovely couple for braving the wind and freezing temperatures to have fun in front of the camera.

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We found the park nearby which still had a touch of snow left, and had some fun with snowballs and got creative for ‘the ring shot’.

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We then popped into a lovely cafe for coffee and cake to warm up and chat over a few more wedding plans.

 We all got on so well with lots of laughs, and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding!!

If you’re interested in finding out more about the wedding photography packages I offer, in a fun, relaxed and quirky style, please contact me via my website .

 All Photographs (C) Katie Byram Photography 2013 and must not be copied or used without permission.

 

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So this week, it’s snowed A LOT!!!

A lot a lot, schools are closed, people are struggling to get out and about and kids are having a whale of a time building snowmen and going sledging.

On Friday, I met Amanda and Beth at Jesmond Dene House which is situated within the lovely grounds of Jesmond Dene, Newcastle. It was extremely snowy and the flurries were on and off. Now usually, when I go to shoots, I try to dress practically but smartly… this time it was just practical. I had to wear walking boots, about 5 layers of thermals and my bright pink waterproof coat. Added with the kit and the umbrellas and the snow, it was a challenge!

Amanda & Beth wanted to capture some relaxed photographs of them together, showing their personalities and just having a fun afternoon out in the snow.

We went into Jesmond Dene and first off went for the waterfall. It’s a place i’ve photographed a bride & groom wedding photograph here before, but it looked completely different in the snow…a snowy wonderland…

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Amanda’s lovely red hair and Beth’s fabulous orange scarf stood out amazingly well in the snow.. I had asked them to wear something bright, and they decided to implement this in their accessories, which worked so well!! (Beth actually took up the offer of borrowing my beloved Cath Kidson wellies for the shoot too!)

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We walked around the park and got the last of the light, plus had some fun with a mini snow-ball fight.

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 I loved getting creative with the snow! I love the photo above on the left where the snowballs are in focus and they are out of focus.. just think it’s a bit different:)

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 I haven’t really done a lot of close up looking straight into the camera type shots on my couples shoots.. as normally try to keep them as natural as possible… staring into the camera is not really my style… however I’ve found that once people are into the photoshoot and a bit more relaxed, it’s always nice to get a photo like this, and plus, the snow here made a fantastic reflector!!

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It started to snow again, very heavily, so we cracked out the umbrella (I carry a range of umbrellas and chose this purple one for the shoot as it went so well with their colours and stood out well in the snow too!

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We took shelter in the park building, and had some fun with props

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Love the red brick!! As you can see it was snowing so heavily at this point I could hardly see them! (Lots of other photos are just white!) So we decided it was an appropriate time for a coffee and cake break…  At the Sage, Gateshead, which has a lovely cafe with homemade goodies, and also a fab gift shop!

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 We hung out and chatted for a bit until it was dark, then we ventured outside again (much colder now!)

We had fun taking some portraits outside in the dark and snow, which was a bit of a challenge, but I thin they turned out well!

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I absolutely love the Baltic Art Gallery so had to grab a shot with this in it.. just love how there’s the silhouettes of another couple walking in..

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Amanad & Beth have to be one of the sweetest couples i’ve had the pleasure of working with. they were extremely lively and fun, and sooo happy together…

Thanks to them for braving the cold weather and trusting me asking them to do a few crazy things in the snow!

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