Rossington Hall Wedding

19th August 2017 saw the wedding of Luke & hayley. Ive known this lovely couple for a few years now, they had been to my studio for shoots then booked there wedding way in advance. (a good idea)

This was my first wedding at Rossington Hall, near Doncaster. So I was looking forward to seeing what great images we could get. I had photographed a prom here before though. But it was all indoors. The weather was very strange. Rain, Sun, Wind, all within 1o minutes. But this didn’t put us off. If it had rained all day we would have still got amazing shots using rain and umbrellas.

We used lots of locations for shots, using the great hall in the background to catching the water fountain in the background back lit by the sun. Some shots were using off camera flash, some natural lighting shots. Either way creating a vast choice when viewed in there private online gallery. If you would like to hear more about how I photograph weddings please get in touch.

Lee

Update, the images are ready so here is a highlights collage.

Quick update – News

Hi there, again a long time since my last post. But it has been really busy. As those who are regular will know, I closed the studio in May.

This means Im not doing family shoots, cake smashes or newborns. Although I may do newborns in home. However,  it has given me time to focus on Weddings and the commercial and fitness

work I do too. In order to push this further, I’m really excited to be going in the Ido Wedding Magazine for Sheffield and south Yorkshire, which also marks there 10th Anniversary. So if you get this magazine at any wedding fayre etc, you’ll see my half page ad. I was also looking at doing one of there wedding shows, but there booked up until next year, so will do one of those.

I recently had my first front cover on a new magazine for fitness work. I’ve had other covers but for this mag its the first. Having work published has always been exciting.

Looking ahead I will be focusing on the Wedding side of things, as well as a growing contract I have visiting recently built or renovated pubs/restaurants to photograph for websites. This has taken me all over the country. Sometimes driving through the night, then back home. But these are the things we professionals have to do. 

One last thing, I’ve a new online brochure. If you know your wedding date and would like to see it, please get in touch. Also, a meeting to chat about your wedding is free, no obligation to book me.

Have a great week.

Lee

Rise Hall Wedding 2016

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Jess and Matt were great clients. They were so easy to work with and with it being such a great venue and great weather I had a lot of ideas for photographs. I was there from the morning until the evening, and every minute was a pleasure. From the Harpist for the ceremony to the DJ in the evening, everything was perfect for the lovely couple.

The venue couldn’t do enough for them. I will add a collage of photographs below, please get in touch if you have any questions.

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How simple wedding ideas can be Beautiful.

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The wedding I’m going to show you is from Rachel & Paul’s at Otley. The wedding was at a Church first, but then onto a campsite in Otley… Yes a campsite. Now they did hire a marquee and it looked gorgeous. The view from the field was simply breathtaking. For some of the shots you’ll see I used a powerful portable studio light. This helps to really get the sky detail and make the shot look powerful.

Also at the wedding was a fantastic Ice Cream van giving out handmade ice cream. You really cant go far wrong giving your guests (and photographer) ice cream. Later that evening a fish and chip van arrived. As you can see there is a pattern. Guests love to eat. Well, doesn’t everyone. Weddings can be long and well fed guests are happy guests.

To keep the guests busy there was Hook a Duck, Bowls, coconut shy and other traditional outdoor games. Its the little touches that make a day even more special than it already is. I hope you like the highlight images. If you would like to know more about my wedding photography, please click the contact tab above.

Lee Archer

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Wedding Photography – Update

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However, bookings for weddings are coming in fast. 2017 going well and alot of interest in 2018. Ive changed the wedding package a little.

I now bring a 2nd photographer who doubles as my assistant. This means I can have someone capture different angles with me, and get random shots throughout the day. Also, someone to help with the lighting I like to use for couple shots etc. I think this is now essential to offer a higher level of service. And also the creative things I like to do are hard to do alone. More so the lighting

If you would like a brochure or no obligation meeting please get in touch, im happy to answer any questions you have.

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Katie & Lee Cobb Hellaby Hall Hotel Yorkshire

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It was a pleasure when they asked me to be there photographer. And the day went perfect. The weather was like mid summer, warm and bright. Luckily the sun was always in a good direction so didnt interfere with photographs.

The hotel seems to be under new ownership, the grounds have changed a little. I did notice how friendly the staff were, and also very helpful. As soon as I arrived I was greeted with a warm reception from staff. Its good to see great customer care back in some hotels.

Anyway, on with the photographs. Below are the highlights of the day. Well, some of the highlights, I could have added so many more.

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Lauren & James Wedding – Tankersly Manor – Barnsley

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Just to briefly expand on that, bright sun means squinty faces with eyes closed. Not great for photographs. So you’ll notice we will place you with the sun behind you.  It does seem crazy I know. The sun can be used greatly in just the couple shots.

Anyway, the venue was very good, nice staff and seemed organised. Which is really important. I had a lovely time taking the couple out for there romantic shots, this venue offers alot of choice for that so we had alot of fun. Best man Adam helped as lighting boom boy.  And he loved it. Thankyou for having me.

So without any more waffle, here are the highlights.

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Sarah & Alex Wedding Holdsworth House-Halifax

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By the evening I felt I knew everyone really well, such a happy group of people. After the day the Best Man booked me for his wedding, which was a huge compliment. The evening reception was like a scene from Step Up, so much dancing, dancing, dancing. Im sure 90% were up after the first dance.

They did have a band too, who were very good I must say. I’ll provide a link when I find out who they were.  So below you’ll see the highlights photographs, its only a small selection of the 650 images they received.

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Mandy & James Wedding -West Retford Hotel

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Last month I covered Mandy & James’s wedding at West Retford Hotel, Nottinghamshire. Until I arrived I expected just a normal day, the same as I do most weeks. However, once I met the gents, i knew we were in for a different day.

James and his groomsmen were a good bunch of guys. Like me, they loved films and geeky things. So they already had me laughing just doing a few pre-wedding images. Its always good if you can find a common ground with clients. Why?, well relaxed people take better photographs. Laughs, smiles etc look better when real.

This doesnt mean its normal to mess about or always be a joker, because that isnt me. But finding a way to relax people is key. It wont always happen of course, but its best to try.

So the say went great, the weather tried to stop things, but we were too good for that. And went out anyway and still created some great shots. The West Retford is a good wedding venue. Large grounds, lovely interior, nice staff. And great food. The family were very kind and invited me to eat with them, this too is a lovely way to build bridges let guest get to know me. Unlike some, I don’t insist on food provided. But its is very welcome.

As I mentioned at the start, James is a bit of a geek. So it comes as no surprise that for the first dance he would appear as Superman. And he did pull it off well. I wasnt sure if Mandy would go crazy, or love it. Just before the dance, she knew we were arranging something, and said “He’s doing something crazy isn’t he, but i love him” this was a great thing to hear. As a couple will love the crazy things about there partners.

So here are the highlights.

 

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Jessica & Zack – Wortley Hall Wedding

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I was there from the bridal prep until a little after the first dance. I find the first dance the a great time to capture people having fun, usually people who dont normally dance will dance.

In the highlights that Il post at the end, youll see ive added just a selection of images. It sums the day up really. If you would like to see more of what I do, or see how a wedding looks in print. Ive a selection of wedding albums in studio.

Here are the highlights.

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