Bride and groom on red sofa - Picture by John Charlton Photography

Picture of the Month – May 2012

And the winner is… John Charlton Photography!

Bride and groom on red sofa - Picture by John Charlton Photography

Congratulations to John Charlton Photography, the winner of our May Picture of the Day vote. This fantastic picture beat off some very strong competition to become the fifth picture to go through to our Picture of the Year vote.

Kath from John Charlton Photography told us how the couple, Ben and Kristen, won their services by raising a large amount of money for Cash for Kids

“This picture was taken at Ben and Kristen’s wedding at Malmaison in Birmingham on 21st August 2011.  Alongside several other wedding suppliers we offered our services for free as part of a competition run by Kerrang Radio, where one lucky couple could win their wedding.  To win, Ben and Kristen had to raise as much money as possible (through legal means!) within 7 days; all money raised went to a great local kids charity called Cash for Kids.  Ben managed to raise one of the largest amounts of money by riding a space-hopper for 3 miles; now that is what I call love!

“Their wedding day was fantastic. It was a transatlantic wedding, as Kristen is originally from Minneapolis; it was great that all her family could make it over, especially as it was all arranged at quite short notice.”

To see more of John Charlton Photography’s work visit www.johncharltonphotography.co.uk.

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Silhouette of a bride and groom kissing in front of a beautiful sunset - Picture by Jonny Draper Photography

Picture of the Month – April 2012

And the winner is… Jonny Draper Photography!

Silhouette of a bride and groom kissing in front of a beautiful sunset - Picture by Jonny Draper Photography

Congratulations to Jonny Draper Photography, the winner of our Picture of the Day vote for April. This beautiful picture received the most votes from our readers, and is the fourth picture to go through to the Picture of the Year vote.

Taken at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire, the picture was the result of Jonny and the couple being prepared to seize the perfect moment. Jonny told us how the picture came about…

“Carly and Ian hadn’t booked their February wedding for the weather, but somebody, somewhere, was smiling on them. The day was stunning; their Champagne reception at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire was outside (on the 25th February!), and as the daylight started to fade, it looked like we might get lucky with a sunset.

“I mentioned this to Carly and Ian and they were VERY excited. They instructed me to grab them whenever I thought the light was best, even if it meant interrupting their wedding breakfast (I love clients like that – who really care about their photographs and are excited about what we might get as a result of their commitment).

“Unfortunately the moment did come in between courses, but I knew exactly where I wanted them in order to get the shot, so we literally popped outside for 2 minutes and the result is what you see!”

To see more of Jonny Draper Photography’s work visit www.jonnydraper.co.uk

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Bride smiling at groom - Picture by Olivia Shaw Photography

Picture of the Month – March 2012

And the winner is… Olivia Shaw Photography!

Bride smiling at groom - Picture by Olivia Shaw Photography

Congratulations to Olivia Shaw Photography, the winner of our March Picture of the Day vote. Olivia’s picture received the most votes from our readers, and becomes the third picture to go through to our Picture of the Year vote.

Olivia told us a little bit about the picture…

“‘Sarah and Toby got married on 15th January 2012; it was a beautiful, crisp, winter’s day. The intimate modern vintage wedding took place at St Michael’s Manor in St Albans. I took this photo during the reception, by the lake on the hotel grounds. Even though it was a freezing cold day, they quickly forgot and were very excited to explore and find the best locations for the photos.

“I love the gaze between them in this photo, capturing their beaming happiness at a very special moment between a newly married couple. They laughed together as I took the photos and made it very easy for me to show their wonderful connection with each other. They were a great couple to work with, so fun and relaxed and it was such a privilege to be part of their big day. I am pleased so say they love this photo as much as I do!”

To see more of Olivia Shaw Photography’s work visit www.shawshots.com

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Bride and groom walking through corn fields - Picture by Chasing Moments Photography

Picture of the Month – February 2012

And the winner is… Chasing Moments Photography!

Bride and groom walking through corn fields - Picture by Chasing Moments Photography

Congratulations to Chasing Moments Photography, the winner of our February Picture of the Day competition. This stunning picture received the most votes from our readers and becomes the second picture to go through to the Picture of the Year vote which will take place in January 2013.

A very excited Suzie Jay from Chasing Moments Photography gave us her thoughts about the picture…

“Liz and Tom were married in July 2011 in a church in Fairfold, Gloucestershire. Their reception took place at The Stone Barn, near Aldsworth, where this photo was taken.

“Whilst I would describe myself as a documentary wedding photographer, I always ensure that a small portion of the day is dedicated to a few directed shots, usually away from the hustle and bustle of the wedding party. It’s an opportunity for a moment of calm in an otherwise whirlwind day.

“For me, this image combines compositional harmony with a quiet sense of timelessness. The beautiful setting speaks for itself. With her gaze towards the camera, we see what this moment means to Liz. As Tom and his graceful bride cross the field towards the horizon, it captures the joy and anticipation of the journey they are about to embark upon.

“Huge thanks to Liz & Tom for being such a fantastic couple.”

To see more from Chasing Moments Photography visit www.chasingmoments.co.uk and http://chasingmomentsuk.blogspot.com

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Bride and groom under arches - Picture by Jamie Penfold Photography

Picture of the Month – January 2012

And the winner is… Jamie Penfold Photography!

Bride and groom under arches - Picture by Jamie Penfold Photography

Congratulations to Jamie Penfold Photography, the winner of our January Picture of the Day competition. Jamie’s beautiful picture received the most votes from our readers, and becomes the first picture to go into our Picture of the Year vote which will take place in January 2013.

Jamie was delighted to hear he had won and told us a little bit about the picture…

“The image was shot on Newcastle’s historic High Level Bridge in October 2011.  Darren and Victoria were married in a church in the centre of Gateshead with their reception held in a small venue nearby.  During our planning meetings they were worried about the bridal shoot as they wanted a picturesque backdrop but felt there was nothing nearby to the church or venue; they also wanted something a bit different.  I had some ideas and a list of possibilities ready for our final meeting a week or so before their wedding, but then watching ‘Get Carter’ I had a eureka moment; the High Level Bridge.  I rang Darren to tell him what my idea was:  “I love it!” was the reply.  He said he loved the industrial heritage of  Newcastle and Gateshead and this would reflect it.

“I had a number of shots in mind using the ironwork and arches but on the day itself the sun was shining through which also created so many intriguing shadows.  Out of all the shots on the day, this was my favourite.  I framed Darren and Victoria in amongst the arches and used the perpendicular shadows to create some added interest.  What was great was out of shot on the left we had an audience of people stood watching as we did the shots”

To see more from Jamie Penfold Photography visit the website www.jamiepenfold.com and blog http://jamiepenfold.blogspot.com

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