Friday, 30 November 2012

Photo Friday #40


Occasionally I do location portrait sessions and this is one of my favourites from a recent session. I had got big brother in place and was positioning the camera before getting little brother in the shot, when he popped his head into my frame. I clicked because it looked fab and natural. What do you think?

Monday, 26 November 2012

Dissington Hall Album Design

This is a recent Storybook Deluxe album design from a wedding I photographed at Dissington Hall, Northumberland. The couple had 125 photos to choose.

I arrived at the bride's parents' house to do some photos of the bride after she was ready.

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Then I joined them in the final preparations at Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

Dissington Hall

This couple didn't want too many background photographs which is why there are quite a few plain backgrounds. They made a few changes to the layout and were absolutely thrilled with their finished album.

To view the pages larger, please click on the first image.

Gillian Cross Photography

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Friday, 23 November 2012

Photo Friday #39

Newton Hall Wedding, Northumberland

The bride arriving at the front of the ceremony and greeting her groom. She kept asking him if he was alright.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Minsteracres Wedding, Northumberland

The beautiful church of St Elizabeth's is at Minsteracres Retreat Centre in Northumberland. It was consecrated in 1854 and dedicated to St Elizabeth of Hungary who lived in the early 13th century.

The interior of the church still retains many it's original features including stained glass windows and the marble statue of Mary. The decoration on the ceiling contains the coat of arms of Henry Charles Silvertop who had the church built.

On the morning of the wedding, we'd had an unseasonably early sprinkling of snow, but the ceremony was late in the afternoon and thankfully the roads were clear.

It was lovely for me to arrive in clear weather, as earlier in the week I'd done my reccie in the fog and the church had loomed at me out of nowhere.

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The couple only required me for the ceremony so I arrived a little early to make sure I got photos of some details.

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There were chickens from the retreat wandering around.

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The bridesmaids had arrived early as well and we keeping warm inside. I whisked them outside for a quick shot.

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A glimpse of the wonderful painted ceiling.

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All along the lengthy drive were these magnificent redwood trees. I tried to capture their enormous scale by keeping the car small in the shot.

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The bride walked up the aisle, and I dashed upstairs to the handy balcony for "aerial" photos.

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Not only did I get a bird's eye view of the ceremony, but a great angle for some detail photos of the beautiful decoration.

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During the ceremony, the couple lit one single candle from their baptismal candles to symbolise their lives coming together as one.

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A quick kiss at the door...

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...then back inside for the group photos from the choir loft.

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By the time we'd done the group photos it was getting darker outside...

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...which gave a lovely glow from the back lit stained glass windows.

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Just a couple of portraits of the bride and groom. They were happier being in group photos.

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Still time for some detail photos.

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Before hopping into the wedding car for the couple to go and enjoy scones and a ceilidh.
I got a quick pic of the church all lit up in the cold dusk.

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Friday, 16 November 2012

Photo Friday #38

St Elizabeth's church, Minsteracres

This is the beautiful painted ceiling of the Parish Church of St Elizabeth at Minsteracres, Northumberland.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Sneak Peek ~ White Swan wedding

North East wedding photographer Gillian Cross has just had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Kayleigh and Darren at the White Swan Hotel in Alnwick, Northumberland.


The White Swan, Alnwick

More images to follow.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Autumn Catch Up

Usually you would think of wedding photographers being busy during the late spring and summer months. This year, now seems to be particularly busy for me. I've had two weddings at the beginning of half term, (therefore less time for working) and I also have a Storybook Deluxe album design in. With another wedding next weekend, I'd like to have everything finished more or less before then.

I also took some autumnal photos while out and about during half term, so somewhere down the list is looking through those and choosing some to sell on my Fine Art website.

So I'd better stop blogging and get on with some work. Coming soon will be an insight into what processes the wedding photos go through after the wedding - when I've finished my current to-do list!

Belsay Hall, Northumberland
An Autumnal Walk
The photo above is available to buy as a print. Prices on my Fine Art website. Contact me for ordering.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Sneak peek ~ Minsteracres Wedding

North East wedding photographer Gillian Cross, has just had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Ruth and Richard at Minsteracres in Northumberland.


Minsteracres, Northumberland

More images to follow.