Tiree Dawson Photography: Blog http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Tiree Dawson Photography info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:07:00 GMT Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:07:00 GMT http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u44943492-o1062024674-50.jpg Tiree Dawson Photography: Blog http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog 120 80 A glamorous wedding at Augill Castle http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/11/a-glamorous-wedding-at-augill-castle

 

People often ask me if I get bored of photographing weddings day in and day out…and the answer is no. One of the things I love about them is their total diversity – the people involved, the light, the style – no two are ever the same.

“Intentional” is not usually the first word that springs to my mind when I’m describing a wedding, but I think it’s an important word if I’m going to tell you about Danica and Dean’s big day...

Danica and Dean’s wedding was meticulously planned and styled, yet full of life. It was glamorous and sedate yet brimming with warmth. It had all the perfection of a styled shoot, yet with the authenticity and emotion that can only come from two people saying “I do”. Danica and Dean are a confident couple, and were quite happy to shun tradition where they didn’t feel it suited them.

They did their couple photos first, then group shots…so that they could enjoy the ceremony (conducted by a close friend) and reception without interruption – clever huh?!

The evening ended with dancing to the wonderful music of Kimm and then smores in the rain, not quite the Floridian style Danica was used to but it was actually just perfect.

Venue and catering – Augill Castle

Wedding co-ordination and styling: Kate’s Handmade Weddings

Pianist and Singer - Kimm

 

 

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) augill castle wedddings autumn wedding ideas wedding photography http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/11/a-glamorous-wedding-at-augill-castle Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:05:20 GMT
An intimate wedding at Another Place Ullswater http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/11/an-intimate-wedding-at-another-place-ullswater

Tiny is sometimes tremendous, and this wedding was just that. Natasha and David declared their love for each other with just their two sons and the family dog making up the wedding party.

When I arrived they were all still wet from swimming in the lake, which is just fantastically (and literally!)  chilled on your wedding morning don’t you think?! It was a bit of a blustery autumn day but they were more than happy to brave the elements in the name of photographs. Everyone was relaxed and at ease against the backdrop of Ullswater - one of the many benefits of Another Place is the fact it's gardens lead right down to the lake side. This is one of the first few weddings hosted there since their complete refurbishment. Another Place is totally gorgeous. Some adamant fans of what was formerly The Rampsbeck seem to be a bit sad about the changes, but old buildings need to be cared for and updated and personally I think they've done a wonderful job. It's airy, fresh and bright but still retains heaps of character and the interior design is classic yet quirky. There's a great mix of formal and informal, even having two separate restaurants that reflect this, so you can pitch up in your walking boots with a wet dog, or enjoy glamming it up in heels and a cocktail dress and not feel out of place either way. Add to this a staff team who couldn't have been more helpful and you're on to a winner!

It was lovely to be a part of an intimate wedding that was so focused on this family foursome (plus dog!), a really special day that their two boys can look back on and be glad they were a part of.

Venue: Another Place Ullswater
Gorgeous Autumn flowers: Green Wheat Flowers
Makeup: Jaye Adams

 

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) another place ullswater wedding wedding photographer http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/11/an-intimate-wedding-at-another-place-ullswater Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:02:33 GMT
A gorgeous Autumn wedding at Eden Wedding Barn http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/11/a-gorgeous-autumn-wedding-at-eden-wedding-barn

There’s something very calm and serene about a small intimate wedding, and at 20 or so guests Kate and Tom proclaimed their love in front of their very closest friends and family. Every part of the wedding was carefully planned down to the last detail, from the rustic chic dining table to the bride’s beautifully elegant hairpiece.

I loved being in a brand new place at Eden Wedding Barn hosted by the wonderful Cliff and Carolyn, what an ace venue. Kate and Tom had carefully sourced the very best suppliers for the look they wanted and I was delighted they had asked me to capture all the calm preparations on the wedding morning, I thought it just made the day feel even more special.

At this time of year (or any in fact!) the weather and light is very changeable but the stunning colours, textures and backdrop of the farm just made for such memorable photos. A special day to treasure forever.
 

Venue:Eden Wedding Barn
Florist: Roseberry Floral Design, Dalston, Cumbria
Stylist: Wilde and Romantic
Amazing lighting hire: Typical Type
Make up: Jaye Adams - Lake District Makeup Artist
Cake: Cutiepie cake company
Catering: Southcott Events Catering - a MASSIVE thank you for feeding me with complete perfection, what a huge difference it makes, you were perfect to work with.
Kate's dress: Pronovias
Ceilidh band: Drams Ceilidh Band
Hairpiece: www.debbiecarlisle.com

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) barn eden lakes photographer wedding weddings http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/11/a-gorgeous-autumn-wedding-at-eden-wedding-barn Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:59:31 GMT
A perfect English summer wedding at The Laura Ashley Belsfield, Windermere http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/8/a-perfect-english-summer-wedding-at-the-laura-ashley-belsfield-windermere

Bethany and John celebrated their perfect English summer wedding at The Laura Ashley Belsfield – a stunning boutique hotel right on the shores of Lake Windermere. My first visit of 2017 to the Belsfield was to photograph Clare and Jason's winter wedding, with a jewel-like frost on the grass and deep winter berry colours. Fast forward to the summer and the gardens have sprung to life and the lake is dotted with sail boats, which alongside Bethany and John’s gentle, sophisticated choice of whites, greens and deep blues made for the perfect backdrop for their big day.

There was a whole lot of laughter, a few happy tears, tip top food, drink and dancing and plenty of time for catching up in the evening sun. The perfect wedding recipe I’d say!

 

Venue: Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel
Dress: Mears Ghyll Bridal
Florist for Bouquets/buttonholes/corsages: Brackens of Bowness 
Make-up: Jen Ferguson Makeup 
Hair: Zoe Rafferty
DJ: Dancefloor Couture
Celebrant: Heather Brown 
Cake: Catherine Rumney - Bride's Aunty 
Stationery: Tom Grattan (bride's brother) at Factored 

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/8/a-perfect-english-summer-wedding-at-the-laura-ashley-belsfield-windermere Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:27:39 GMT
Steph and Adele's stunning intimate wedding near Richmond, Yorkshire http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/8/steph-and-adeles-stunning-intimate-wedding-near-richmond-yorkshire

You’d think that small weddings would be a lot easier to photograph than large ones. Whilst that can be the case, the thought of spending 10+ hours with only a very small wedding party can leave you stressing that you won’t be able to find enough to take photos of, that there won’t be a great deal happening and that you’ll struggle to blend in to get all those candid shots that the couple have booked you for.

Steph and Adele had just 19 people at their wedding party at Greenbank Barns, but I need not have worried at all. Whilst they had chosen to only invite those very close to them, they certainly hadn’t cut back on anything when it came to the care they put in to every tiny detail. It was one of the most beautiful, stylish and intimate weddings I’ve ever photographed, and I loved everything about it.

Steph and Adele both work in graphic design and their creative talent was evident everywhere you looked. It sounds wrong - too corporate perhaps - to describe their wedding as “on brand” – but it really was - in the most beautiful and pleasing way. A gentle, scandi-inspired palette was given the odd pop of colour here and there, minimalist fonts thoughtfully pointed the way to every activity and the whole venue seemed to smile with gratitude that it had been filled with such perfectly balanced beauty.

The day itself was everything they hoped for. The pace was laid back and informal, yet with plenty to do. The rain soon cleared off and the lawn games came out. Later in the day gifts were opened, the dancing began and the children were treated to the big reveal of the secret cinema room. Ghostbusters on the big screen was the perfect way to take the edge off the sugar fuelled craziness!

Thank you Steph and Adele for letting me be a part of your amazing day, and for trusting me play round with my creativity too J

Venue: Greenbank Barns

Hair and Make Up: Jenn Edwards & Co.

Florist: Ivy, Pip & Rose

Stylist: Nina Marika

Dress: Sarah Seven from LOVE Bridal Boutique

Cake: Sadie May Cakes

Celebrant: Heather Brown at The Ceremony Company

Catering: Sage & Honey

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/8/steph-and-adeles-stunning-intimate-wedding-near-richmond-yorkshire Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:43:31 GMT
Jack and Gemma's homemade spring wedding at the Ashton Memorial and Lancaster Brewery http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/8/jack-and-gemmas-homemade-spring-wedding-at-the-ashton-memorial-and-lancaster-brewery

What an amazing group of friends and family Jack and Gemma have - so much fun all day! The Ashton Memorial is always such a pleasure to photograph at - such a stunning location with perfect light whatever the weather - and those steps and pillars are one of the best places for group photos! After a few shots in the butterfly house and grounds we headed down to for the wedding reception at Lancaster Brewery. Nestled at the back of an industrial park, the brewery is a real hidden gem of a venue. It has so much character inside, and I absolutely love the slightly more urban feel of the surroundings, which can give a fresh, quirky twist to some more couple and group shots. Should you feel the need for a bit more greenery, there's now a newly developed woodland area which had some lovely blossom. I also did a little yelp of delight as I came across the old dry sledge run in the undergrowth - we used to visit Hornsea Pottery there back in the day and whizzing down that sledge run at 100mph was one of my favourite things to do! The concrete tracks can just be spotted amongst the plants and flowers if you look closely enough!

I hope these images show just how much fun we all had - not least thanks to comedian Kriss Foster - was was 100% hilarious!

Venue: Ashton Memorial and Lancaster Brewery
Deliciously random singer/comedian/Very Small Museum proprietor: Kriss Foster
Ace band: Munch
Awesome food: Kelly's Kitchen

  

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) ashton memorial lancaster brewery http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/8/jack-and-gemmas-homemade-spring-wedding-at-the-ashton-memorial-and-lancaster-brewery Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:14:56 GMT
A midsummer wedding at Askham Hall with a vintage Austin Healey and wildflowers galore http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/8/a-midsummer-wedding-at-askham-hall-with-a-vintage-aston-martin-and-wildflowers-galore

 

 

Emily and Sam ave got to be one of the luckiest couples getting married in the Lake District this year...they WON their wedding at the fabulous Askham Hall! You don't get a more generous venue than that!! I am always happy to provide reduced coverage packages for mid-week weddings, and I was only with them for a few hours, but it was enough to capture all of the main parts of the day - from the relaxed preparations and intimate ceremony in the atmospheric Medieval Hall, to confetti and drinks in the gardens and then pre-dinner speeches. The whole wedding had a very relaxed countryside feel - and the flowers provided by Green Wheat matched the brief perfectly - tumbling hedgerow style blooms with all the heady scents of the Lake District in the early summer. Such a perfect day :)

 

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) askham hall http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/8/a-midsummer-wedding-at-askham-hall-with-a-vintage-aston-martin-and-wildflowers-galore Thu, 03 Aug 2017 10:51:06 GMT
A stylish early summer wedding at New House Farm Lorton and Crummock Water http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/7/an-stylish-early-summer-wedding-at-new-house-farm-lorton-and-crummock-water

 

As I drove the scenic route up to Lorton through the Lake District for Belise and Peter's wedding day the rain was falling and the damp mist was hanging low - but I had faith in the forecast that things would brighten up - and they certainly did! We all had a fantastic day at New House Barn Lorton - a truly stunning wedding venue in one of the most beautiful parts of the Lake District. The barn and immediate surroundings are full of character and opportunities, and, just a short drive away, there is the awe inspiring backdrop of Crummock Water. It really is a perfect place to get married! 

Venue: New House Farm

Flowers - Floral Boutique, Cockermouth

Decorations for barn - Janet Wilde from Wilde and Romantic and Jennie Hird from Hird of Love

Food- Karen Rhodes Catering and Lindsay's Butchers of Cockermouth

Dress- Jesus Peiro from Marrime bridal wear in Kendal

Belise's shoes - Kate Spade

Peter's Suit- Walker Slater, Edinburgh 

Hair- Rachel Kendrick, Keswick

Make up - JAMA make up artistry, Jaye Adams 

Favours - Roly's Fudge, Keswick

Cake - Laura in the Lakes, Keswick

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) new house farm http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/7/an-stylish-early-summer-wedding-at-new-house-farm-lorton-and-crummock-water Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:36:20 GMT
Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2017: I'm a finalist! http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/4/pink-lady-food-photographer-of-the-year-2017-im-a-finalist

I was SO excited (yep, look at me in the photo above!!) to attend a swanky awards do in London this week, having had two images selected for the finals of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2017!

Now in it’s sixth year, the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year is the world’s leading food photography and film awards. The contest celebrates all aspects of food in culture across the globe and over 25,000 images have been entered since the awards began.

This is the fourth year that I’ve entered this competition, so it was a dream come true to have two images selected for final exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London.

I enter quite a lot of different photography competitions, with varying degrees of success, but the Pink Lady awards are definitely one of my favourite. So many competitions these days are more like popularity contests, relying more on attracting votes through your network rather than being judged on talent. Although there is a “People’s Choice” section to these awards, in the main part the decisions are made by a highly skilled panel of judges representing a wide cross section of the world of food production, cookery, photography and press. I’m just so pleased that my two little pictures from the depths of the Lake District made the final cut!

My first image was for the “Apple a Day” section, which is a category for portraits of Pink Lady apples. Although the final image was fairly simple to take, I spent a lot of time planning and designing the different elements of it. I wanted the image to portray the way so many generations have enjoyed eating apples, which are such a basic but brilliant fruit. It’s particularly moving for this one to be hung on a wall in a gallery, as it features my late mum’s beloved cookery notebook. This is one of my favourite keepsakes of her – a real treasure trove of recipes, notes, advice from friends and wine recommendations scribbled on the back of fundraising flyers and school letters. Every crumb-filled, tea-stained page tells a story of past memories and future plans. 

My second finalist image was in the “Food for Celebration” category. It is from a shoot I did for the wonderful Bakery at Number 4 in Kendal. It shows the talented Maz putting the finishing touches to one of their stunning wedding cakes. I’ve photographed over 250 wedding cakes, but it was nice to do something a bit different, showing the careful work that goes on behind the scenes:

I thought it would be nice to share the other images that I entered that didn't make the finals. I have had so much fun photographing food in the last year, from Michelin starred restaurants to brand new businesses getting their talent out into the marketplace for the first time. I can't wait to see what the next 12 months brings!












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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) Food http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/4/pink-lady-food-photographer-of-the-year-2017-im-a-finalist Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:50:48 GMT
Dawsons Do Ibiza http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/4/dawsons-do-ibiza

We are just back from an amazing 3 days in Ibiza. With flights at just £25 return from Manchester, and accommodation at Ibiza All Suite being great value, we decided it would be rude not to! It's the shortest trip abroad that we've done with the kids, but it worked really well. Obviously we'd have loved longer in the sun, but 3 days was all we could squeeze into a busy Easter schedule - and it was definitely worthwhile. The kids are (on the whole!) a total pleasure to travel with and see it as all part of the adventure.

Looking back through these photos made me realise that I'm probably never going to grow out of my habit of telling people to stand in front of nice bits of wall and doorways, but I guess there are worse habits to have! It's also interesting seeing how the kids change over time when it comes to holiday photos - they're now that bit more self conscious and super aware of social media and trends, babes certainly grow up fast these days!

We all loved the Postcard Challenge - for once I was organised enough to order some vintage postcards before we went (I think I'm the only person who buys the postcards before the holiday!) - we had great fun tracking down the beaches and re creating the scenes - you can spot them below. I love the thought of generations upon generations enjoying the sand and the sea in the same spots that we visited :)

Can't WAIT for our next adventure...Poland! :) x

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) Travel http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/4/dawsons-do-ibiza Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:19:49 GMT
A 1970s Disco Inspired Wedding Shoot in the stunning ruins of Kirklinton Hall http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/3/a-1970s-disco-inspired-wedding-shoot-in-the-stunning-ruins-of-kirklinton-hall

Our recent outing to the wonderful Kirklinton Hall saw us doing two styled shoots in one day. The 17th Century ruin of Kirklinton, set amidst a vast 14 acres of gardens, is an amazing place for a wedding. It's rustic, rough-edged and packed full of romance. The team there are brilliant and there was a huge amount of work underway to upgrade everything ready for the new season - they have exciting times ahead! Our morning was spent enjoying a gentle and fairly classically styled elopement scene, with a hint of all things French. Then afterwards....well, we went a bit loopy with disco balls, metallics, a peacock palette and general 70s-inspired craziness! It was great fun to show how, in the right hands, a venue can be styled so completely differently!

As ever it was an honour to work alongside an amazing cast of suppliers from across the region - all of whom you should definitely check out if you are planning a wedding any time soon!

Venue: Kirklinton Hall
Make up: Aimée Chorley Make-Up Artist
Hairstyling: Gareth at Aqua bridal hair
Dresses: Legend Bridal Designs
Co-ordination, Disco balls and backdrop: Typical Type
Florist: Brackens of Bowness
Styling: Wilde & Romantic
Mirror: Neat Creative
 

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/3/a-1970s-disco-inspired-wedding-shoot-in-the-stunning-ruins-of-kirklinton-hall Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:38:08 GMT
A Perfect English and Scottish wedding at Ingleton Church and Underley Grange http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/2/a-perfect-english-and-scottish-wedding-at-ingleton-church-and-underley-grange

It’s not often you start a wedding day with a shoot of the groomsmen in a hot tub – and it gets even more odd when you quickly discover you were actually at university with the groom!
 
Later that morning, when I arrived at Underley Grange, it was a hive of happy activity, with friends and family all pitching in to put up the decorations, set up the bar and make all the final arrangements. It was a warm summer's day and children skipped around the gardens while adults enjoyed a picnic lunch on the terrace. It was British perfection!
 
Before long it was time to head up the road to the church at Ingleton, a pretty, bustling little village where everyone stopped to see the arrival of the beautiful bride. A lovely church service was followed by my first ever shinty-stick-confetti-tunnel which was great fun!
 
Back at Underley Grange the party was soon in full swing, a piper, the speeches, whiskey in the evening sun and then, the perfect end to the perfect day: Bahookie! I've been recommending them ever since - such an amazing band - you won't believe what they'll have all your guests doing - well worth every penny!

 

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Venue: Underley Grange, Kirkby Lonsdale and St.Mary's Ingleton

Hair and Make up: Faye from Beau Rouge Make Up

Bride's Dress: Pan Pan Bridal, Edinburgh

Florist: The Buttonhole, Kirkby Lonsdale

Ice Cream Van: Graham's Family Dairy

Wedding Car: Cumbria Classic Wedding Cars

Band: Bahookie

 

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) Underley Grange http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/2/a-perfect-english-and-scottish-wedding-at-ingleton-church-and-underley-grange Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:57:58 GMT
A Festive Winter Wedding at The Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel Windermere http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/2/a-festive-winter-wedding-at-the-laura-ashley-belsfield-hotel-windermere

My first wedding of 2017 and the Christmas decorations were still sparkling for Clare and Jason’s corker of a wedding. The Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel is an amazing wedding venue at all times of the year and in every weather, but The Singletons really did strike it lucky, with a super frosty, sunny winter’s day you could only dream of. I knew my first shot would just have to be of the low winter sun shining through the frosted grass on the main lawn – even if I did get some funny looks as I kneeled down on my scarf with my bum in the air!

The couple’s great sense of style touched every part of the day, from the beautiful palette that tied together all of the flowers, feathers, dresses and tweeds, to the boarding school elements (check out the prefect-style badges!) which were a nod to the place they first met. The evening celebrations brought sparklers, fairy lights and candy-filled baubles for a magical festive feel.

The night ended in the best possible way with the tunes of the amazing DJ Gary Mills, who had the dance floor pumping and the moves busting!

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Singleton, may your lives be every bit as wonderful as your wedding was!

Hair: Aqua Hair and Beauty
Make up: Bowness Beauty
Florist: Brackens of Bowness
Cake with hand made sugar flowers - Ro the Cake Artist, Liverpool.
Menus-  Harriet at Amoretto
Balloons - Kelly at Balloons in the Lake.
Programmes, signs and m&m's bauble favours - Bride's own work
Bride's nails - Alison at decadence nails, beauty and training Cheshire.
Dress – Maggie Sottero from Aurora brides Isle of Man.
DJ: Gary Mills
 

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) Belsfield http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/2/a-festive-winter-wedding-at-the-laura-ashley-belsfield-hotel-windermere Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:53:42 GMT
Barcelona Street Photography http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/2/barcelona-street-photography I'm just back from an amazing few days in Barcelona with nine other sweet-as wedding photographers. We had an amazing time, walked miles, ate endless tapas, drunk a lot of beer and wine and a few flaming shots, shared thoughts and ideas and didn't even have to part with that many Euros along the way. I love Spain more and more every time I visit.

On the photography side of things, street is a lot harder than it looks. It's a really odd mixture of off the cuff lucky shots mixed with patiently framing and waiting (often in vain) for something to happen. Do you submit to a total lack of control, or do you interrupt a random person and ask permission, only to risk momentarily breaking the bubble in favour of getting that bit closer? It's an interesting challenge, especially for a wedding photographer who bases their art on building up relationships and understanding their clients so that they can gain the intimacy they need. 

I hardly knew any of the 9 other people on this trip, but we shared some great times, and along with the micro-moments I had with people on the streets there's some memories to keep forever, that's for sure. I loved the little boy in the ice cream shop who laughed at me pulling faces that no one else in the world saw, I loved the lady with the beautiful blue eye shadow and coral lips that matched her scarf, who brushed away her pie crumbs and happily let me take her photo. Most of all, I loved the guy in the brown jacket and the cap, who said "no" when I asked if I could take his photo, but who then changed his mind and came running after me shouting "si, si" then stared into my lens for all he was worth.

I missed my husband and kids. I had an amazing time. I learnt a lot.

 

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) travel http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/2/barcelona-street-photography Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:51:24 GMT
Family holiday fun in Carcassonne http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/2/family-holiday-fun-in-carcassonne

It makes me so happy looking at these photos. Family holidays are quite simply the BEST thing! I always wonder about whether to take my camera, but never regret it. These shots are from last summer, when we visited Carcassonne and Cap d'Agde, staying at the amazing Cap Pirate - we'd never done anything like that before!

Just after I had sorted through these photos, quite by chance, I confirmed a booking for a wedding in Carcassonne this coming summer - I can't wait to return! :)

(Shot on a Canon 5D Mark 3 and Olympus TG4)

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/2/family-holiday-fun-in-carcassonne Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:06:34 GMT
A Perfect Winter Wonderland Wedding at Askham Hall, Cumbria http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/2/a-perfect-winter-wonderland-wedding-at-askham-hall-cumbria

My last wedding of 2016 and what a way to end the season! It was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with Claire and Joe and their families. I love the unexpected colours winter brings, surprisingly rich reds and browns, especially at the beautiful stately home of Askham Hall, which is one of my all time favourite wedding venues. It's just the perfect little village too, with an idyllic pared back church and a great pub for those pre-ceremony drinks (not for me of course, I'm not that bad!!)

Claire and Joe are such a stunning couple, and perfectly matched. I loved how they incorporated their passion for travelling into their wedding style - it brought across their personalities without taking over or feeling too contrived - everything looked super stylish and was a joy to photograph.

To top it all off, I just found out I won a Wedisson award for the final image in this blog - yippee! I hope 2017 is as good to me! :)

Congratulations Mr&Mrs Vain, you rock!

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) Askham Hall http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/2/a-perfect-winter-wonderland-wedding-at-askham-hall-cumbria Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:36:13 GMT
Staying Inspired - How to avoid getting stuck in a creative rut http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/1/staying-inspired---how-to-avoid-getting-stuck-in-a-creative-rut As technology advances, the mastery of the mechanical and scientific side of photography is becoming increasingly easy to achieve. Because of this, our creativity is more important than ever. Sometimes, in a crowded marketplace, individual style is the only real differentiator.


If you see yourself as a highly creative person then you may not see this as a worry. But what happens when creative ideas, well, just don’t happen? Maybe you’re faced with a blank frame and you can’t think of how to fill it. Maybe your clients book you for your bright ideas, but your mind is feeling a little less shiny than it was last week—what happens then? Sometimes these moments pass quickly:  a few floundering attempts at composition or posing, some muttering under your breath, and you’re back on your way, clicking happily. Other times the lack of ideas becomes more concerning.


There’s no surefire way to avoid these darker moments, but here are a few suggestions that can minimise the chances of them happening.
 

Getting stuck in a creative rut is simply part of the process. Aiming to never to fall into a creative rut is as futile as claiming you’re going to drive a car all your life and never get stuck in traffic. You can take routes to avoid getting in a jam, but sometimes the odds aren’t in your favour, and through no fault of your own the journey you are on (creative or otherwise) may run a little slower than you hoped.

Top Tip: Go easy on yourself, know that you’re doing the best that you can, and trust that things will soon get moving again.

Be aware of your own well-being and be sure to take time out. I find it helpful to take a break from working before I get stuck—when things are flowing well. It can be hard to take time out, but it certainly makes it easier to go back.

You may also find it useful to have several projects going at once. Try building flexibility into your workflow where possible. That way if you’re not feeling inspired to shoot at a certain time then editing or marketing can be another option.

If you are really struggling with something but have to get it done, then try to squeeze in a quick break or change of scenery. Even in a high-pressure environment like a wedding shoot it is usually possible to grab a few minutes to centre yourself and re-energise, whether that’s by having a strong coffee or doing a brisk lap of the gardens. When you feel under pressure on a shoot, be confident enough to know that you don’t have to be taking photos constantly to do a good job. Your clients should trust that you will do what is right for them—and this could mean taking breaks, pausing and thinking rather than running round at 100mph releasing the shutter at every opportunity.

Top Tip: Know how you work best and gently communicate this to everyone in advance of the shoot.

Facing a lack of creativity can be hugely demoralising. If you’re feeling disheartened, try writing down some of the things you’ve achieved with your photography in the past year. Perhaps you’ve been featured in some publications, been shortlisted for an award, taken more bookings than the year before, or simply met your clients’ expectations while keeping your family fed, watered and loved.

Top Tip: Looking back through your past work can also provide an emotional lift when you’re feeling down. Track your progress and congratulate yourself on the new skills you have learned and the confidence you have gained.

Surround yourself with brilliant and funny people who are great at what they do. This brings endless inspiration and support. Join a local networking group, or if you can’t find one you fancy, then set one up yourself. It’s great to spend time with other photographers, but sharing challenges and best practice across industries can also be very valuable.

Top Tip: To give a networking group focus and energy, try setting up a tangible project to work on together, like a styled shoot, or a co-written blog piece. 

 

Spending time with others is important, but so is making time for yourself. A personal photography project can really kick-start your creativity. Ironically, it’s often the imposed constraints of a finite project that help. By limiting yourself to a certain lens, a certain subject or a tightly restricted palette, you can give yourself the opposite of that overwhelmingly blank canvas. Be as strict as you like—you’ll be surprised at the ways your creativity will come out!

Top Tip: Why not document a day in the life of someone close to you, commit to taking a shot at exactly the same time each day for a month, or visit a local not-for-profit organisation and work together to design a project that will allow you to be creative while helping others.

Create a series of source books in a way that suits you. I find Pinterest the easiest, with different boards for clients, genres, ideas and plans. Take photos on your phone of anything and everything that inspires you—when you’re reading, travelling or just going about daily life. It could be a photo in a cookbook, a shadow across the path, a shop window, or someone’s outfit. Whatever it is, don’t rely on just mentally remembering it; get it captured in one form or another and file it away in a useful place. When your mind does go blank, you’ll be glad you kept a tidy library packed full of all those ideas!

Many people set up a Pinterest/mood board after they start a new project. Try to preempt this by gathering ideas before you even get the booking. Want to do more food photography? Then pin the kind of images what you want to shoot. Start getting together the right props and setups—the booking will come, and when it does land in your lap you’ll be ready.

Top Tip: In addition to storing the images, take time to think about them critically. Why are you drawn to them? Is it the composition? The colours or textures? The subject? Make notes on these observations and aim to introduce similar elements into your own work.


Experiment constantly. I strongly believe that even in your most important client work—especially, in fact—you should be playing and experimenting. If you’re afraid of pushing the boundaries when working for clients, then you need to find a way to get over this. Making sure that you have technically mastered all of your kit can help—that way you know you can get a few “safe” shots up front and still have time left to play. When it comes to the first dance at a wedding, I’ll shoot wide with a flash to make sure I have the standard shots covered, then I’ll allow myself to play around with wider apertures and more inventive lighting, reflections and angles. If your clients are likely to notice you acting weirdly (holding a collection of strange things in front of the lens, rolling around on the floor, or spinning your camera around, then I'd advise being honest with them up front - I tell them I've got what I need, but I'd like to try something a bit different, if that's OK with them...I tell them it might work, it might not, but let's spend a few minutes trying just in case it's the coolest thing ever! 

Top Tip: Always try to stay fresh. If things are working and you’re getting good feedback, it can be hard to be brave enough to change anything. Just remember, even if you’re doing well, if you’re not changing anything then you’re in a rut.

When all else fails, this is the one that helps me. Remind yourself of why you’re a photographer. Spend time looking at old family photos. Dig out your wedding album and pour a glass of wine. Celebrate the fact that you have an honourable job: to communicate meaning, feeling and stories in a way that is internationally understood. Take pleasure from the capacity and responsibility you have to enlighten, influence and educate others.

Top Tip: Contact some of your clients and ask them to share with you which of the images you took for them are the most important and why.

 

Remember, when your energy is low there’s no shame in feeding off the excitement of your clients. Whether you’re photographing a wedding, a handmade cushion, a plate of food or a tennis match, you’re documenting that scene because someone loves it. Somewhere along the line, at least one person has poured their passion, determination, energy and resilience into making that thing in front of your camera what it is at that very moment. What’s more, you can bet that at some point on their journey they felt tired, dejected and uninspired. But they did it. They made it happen, and so can you! 

 

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) Advice http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/1/staying-inspired---how-to-avoid-getting-stuck-in-a-creative-rut Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:07:43 GMT
Matthew and Anays: A stunning French and English wedding at Askham Hall http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/1/matthew-and-anays-a-stunning-french-and-english-wedding-at-askham-hall

The weather wasn't perfect, and it might have been a slight shock to the system for those guests fresh in from the 40 degree heat of the South of France....but it mattered not. Anays and Matthew's summer wedding was the perfect marriage of all things French and English. As anyone who follows my blog will know, Askham Hall is one of my favourite venues, and it was as idyllic as ever. Following an amazingly passionate ceremony at Penrith Methodist Church, we all flocked back the the Hall. The music and dancing was some of the best I've ever seen and heard, these guys totally know how to strut their stuff on the dancefloor! Over all though, I think my favourite part of the day was the moment when Anays found out that her best friend, who hadn't been able to come over for the wedding as she was heavily pregnant, had given birth back in France at the exact time they were saying their vows! Spot the moment the news came through in the images below! 


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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) Askham Hall Wedding http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/1/matthew-and-anays-a-stunning-french-and-english-wedding-at-askham-hall Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:32:25 GMT
A Wonderful Wedding Tour from New House Barn Lorton to Threlkeld Tipis http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/1/a-wonderful-wedding-tour-from-new-house-barn-lorton-to-threlkeld-tipis

If ever there was an award for The World's Most Quintessentially English Summer Wedding then this would definitely make the shortlist. Claire and Richard were blessed with perfect Lake District weather (yes it does happen, in fact it happened a lot in 2016!). We had a grand tour of the Lakes, with preparations in Cockermouth, a ceremony at the Beautiful New House Farm, Lorton, and then a stunning trip past Crummock Water and over the Newlands pass before heading down into Keswick and Threlkeld for a tipi reception at the Cricket Club. It was tip top perfection!

Photography: Tiree Dawson

Ceremony: New House Farm, Lorton

Tipis: Special Event Tipis

Venue: Threlkeld Cricket Club

Catering: Bespoke Catering Cumbria

Dress: A Charlotte Balbier dress from Songbird Bridal Boutique, Keswick

Flowers: Bespoke Flowers by Stephanie Marrs

Rings: Form Bespoke Jewellers (Leeds)

Transport: Vintage bus from Cumbria Classic Coaches

(the hire of the car was a gift from a friend's uncle, David Roberts)

Suits: Moss Bros

Stationary: Sam Kippax Graphic Designer

 

 

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/1/a-wonderful-wedding-tour-from-new-house-barn-lorton-to-threlkeld-tipis Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:43:50 GMT
2016 - End of year round up by Tiree Dawson Photography http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/1/2016---end-of-year-round-up-by-tiree-dawson-photography

2016 may have been a rollercoaster on a global scale, but in my little slice of the world I saw many wonderful things. Thank you to all my lovely clients and couples, and most of all to my husband Sam and gorgeous family and friends for putting up with me being a creative loon.

To get to a point where I feel like, even just for now, I'm doing what I am meant to do, is pretty flipping special.

 

2016 Tiree Dawson Photography from Tiree Dawson on Vimeo.

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info@tireedawson.co.uk (Tiree Dawson Photography) Commercial Wedding http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/1/2016---end-of-year-round-up-by-tiree-dawson-photography Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:42:14 GMT