BACK TO THE TETLEY
This year has seen me taking photographs in beautiful woodlands, Coastal scenics, Enchanting grand interiors & even onlooking the rolling vistas of the Pyrenees Mountains. But theres nothing like coming back to my roots in the down & dirty urban sprawl that over the years has given me my own voice in telling your story.
A little while ago I was back at the absolutely Incredible Tetley in Leeds. This neon lit beaut of a venue is easily one my favourites & every time I’m booked for a wedding there I’m so frickin excited at the potential to create something different. The magnificent Chloe & Craig started their day over at Leeds Town Hall for their ceremony before heading down to the Tetley in their magical White VW Camper van from the fab guys at All Luv'Dub VW camper wedding hire. Just check out how lucky we were for the Town Hall to be so empty on a Saturday. Nope I haven't actually removed one single person in Photoshop it really was that empty.
As the sun went down I took Chloe & Craig & their bridal party out for some funky night portraits in those little hidden spots around the Tetley. Last time I was here I was allowed on the roof of the building with the couple but due to work being carried out we weren’t allowed this time around. But one double exposure later & its all good. We will just bring the roof down to us.
An epic sparkler exit later and the party truly began kickstarted by the amazing Deadbeat Brass. Wowza if I brought the roof down, those guys raised the roof right back up with their funkalscious sounds.
& as I left to the sound of fading brass, chucked my kit in the boot of my VW Polo, Put the heating on full whack & took 5 minutes to soak in the days events. The stark halogen bulbs of the car park glimmered & one thing stood out in the light. I love the city & for Chloe & Craig on this night.
This city was theirs.
LOST & FOUND
It's back to the heart of the city for this week in a Leeds centre wedding with the incredible Chloe & Craig at The Tetley. I've recently become a recommended supplier over at this beaut of a venue & have to say I'm over the moon as every time I shoot there it just blows my mind with opportunities for creative storytelling. I can't wait to get back in May to explore some more but in the meantime it's all about Chloe, Craig & those otherwise unseen moments that may not have seen the light of day.
Ladies & gentlemen, strap yourself into your skis, plant your cold buttocks on this sledge of satisfaction. It's this weeks Lost & Found.
In photograph one I was exploring the many & varied pockets of urban awesomeness in & around the Tetley with the Bride & Groom. I was immediately taken by the black & yellow hazard stripes contrasting with the blue glass of the office structure behind. I loved how the scene was spilt into vertical thirds each containing varying lines. The yellow parking bay lines on the concrete floor. The hazard stripes that frame the couple & finally the grid pattern of the office windows. They all interplay in a way that I found pretty jarring yet have a flow that draw the eye to the couple.
Has Hell frozen over? Has the fiery crotch of Satan himself revealed itself to thaw the snows on this the whitest of Wednesdays? Yes I am sharing a group shot. Because despite what a lot of people presume about the way I shoot. Family groups have as much of a place as the weird & wonderful when it comes to coverage of your most special of days.
I adored the vibrant yellow of this nearby storage container & had to take a family photo to utilise it. Aside from the obvious "Everyone get close" I took the opportunity to separate out each family member with a little bit of space in between to fill that sunny backdrop. I adore this image as the individual personalities come right through. Plus of course... THAT YELLOW THOUGH!
This third & final photograph is a different perspective on an image that was in the previews from Chloe & Craig's big day a little while back. It was one of those creative shots that took time to make happen. Made easier by having such an amazing bunch of people willing to climb stairs in the middle of the night for the sake of the moment. I positioned the bridal party on different steps & took this from outside the office stairwell as they looked out into the bleak.
I adore this set of images & this is one of my favourites. It reminds me of those cross section books I used to get as a kid. Massive illustrations of boats, spaceships & other cool stuff with cutaways that portray the inner workings of the subject. Of course as everyone was individually compartmentalised, I applied a hot & cold edit to further set them in their individual scene. Pre visualisation mixed with an incredible bunch of peeps always leads to the biggest rewards.
Until next time Xx