Tiree Dawson Photography: Blog http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Tiree Dawson Photography (Tiree Dawson Photography) Tue, 08 May 2018 15:03:00 GMT Tue, 08 May 2018 15:03:00 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 Martina and Adam's London Wedding at the stunning Asylum Chapel http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2018/5/Londonwedding

So this was quite an adventure - in a rare and bizarre sequence of events I left the Lakes for a wedding and had a great time down in the big old smoke of London Town!

Martina and Adam had originally planned on a northern wedding - just 1 minute from my house - but then things changed...I could tell via the power of email that they were simply ace so insisted they take me with them to their new wedding venue....the stunning Asylum & Maverick Projects chapel - a wedding photographer's dream come true!

Everything about this wedding was just so freaking cool - the gothic-esque backdrop, the glowing candles, the shabby glamour, the London skyline lit up around them...so many wonderfully different atmospheres all in one day. I love seeing a freshly wedded couple strolling through the streets, watching the look on people's faces - and what better place than the banks of the Thames see this in action.

The only (tiny!) downside about the whole thing was that this wedding during Lent - and although I'm not particularly religious I'd decided to give up meat and fish....meaning I had to photograph and NOT EAT the amazing namesake canapes at The Oyster Shed...can you even IMAGINE?! Look at those delicious bad boys! I am so going back!!

Ceremony Venue: Asylum, Caroline Garden's Chapel (Maverick Projects)
The dress: Fräulein Trau Dich, Regensburg (from Martina's hometown) 
Engagement Ring, Wedding Rings and Martina’s Earrings: Tiffany & Co 
Martina’s bouquet and venue flowers: Gardenia Wimbledon Village 
Cake: Hummingbird Bakery
Reception Venue: Oyster Shed 
Retro bus: London Retro Bus Hire 
Hair and Make-up: Jessica Short 


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Kicking off the 2018 wedding season in style with Stacey and Anthony http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2018/4/kicking-of-the-2018-wedding-season-in-style-with-stacey-and-anthony


Stacey and Anthony kicked off my 2018 weddings in great style. I don't know where to even start describing these two, they are SO FLIPPING LOVELY that I only have to think of them and my eyes go all shiny. As a mum you just hope and dream that one day you get to witness your kids finding that perfect person and being so damn happy and adorably grateful for it too. Oh my giddy aunt we might all start crying again!!

Right, we need to take a moment to TALK ABOUT THE CAKE. I never in a million years would have guessed this was made my the groom's mum!! It was utterly amazing, as were the treat she conjured up later in the evening - I'm not sure if you remember the Brambly Hedge books, but this was like a magical feast of their winter ball standards - sugared almonds decorated with tiny iced bows, filigree laced shortbreads and twinkling encrusted marshmallows - simply beautiful, what an amazing talent!

Every guest at this wedding was so blooming happy and gorgeous, it was a pleasure to capture each and every expression. Stacey looked so glam, I love a full lace dress, and she embraced the weather wearing wellies out on the pier. The whole wedding twinkled with warmth and happiness, I'm just happy I was part of it too.

Venue: Broadoaks Country House Hotel
Make up: Makeup by Polly
Hair: GemmaLouise Hair and Makeup
Flowers: Brackens of Bowness
Dress: Donna Lee Brides
Singer: Alana Rose Musician
Band: The Deltatones
Cake: Kristina Parkinson
Chair covers: Sitting Pretty

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Jeanette and Alasdair's 'Proper Cumbrian' Wedding http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2018/3/jeanette-and-alasdairs-proper-cumbrian-wedding

I think it took about 5 seconds for me to fall in love with Jeanette and Al. This was a "proper local" wedding and there were so many familiar faces from different happy chapters of my life. The weather, which was mixed, was met with a good old Cumbrian consensus that it "cudda bin a lot worse, like". We adventured down to the pretty little church at Longsleddale, then meandered (via a detour to the family farm) over to the hidden gem that is Shaw End Mansion - a fabulous stately home full of character. This was my first Yurt wedding and it was brilliant - lovely and light and a great lay out for both partying and photographing!

Jeanette's dress was stunning. The intricate lace details, the simple neckline and the buttons down the back...it looked beautifully elegant paired with peep toed shoes for the ceremony, but the red wellies just made it for me! Add in the pop of red umbrellas, delicate flower bouquets and thoughtful touches of decor at the venue and the result was a truly picture perfect wedding!

Venue: Longsleddale Church and Shaw End Mansion
Florist: Made in Flowers
Band: The Kickstarts Band

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Rachael and Mike's Autumn Wedding at Graythwaite Cottages http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2018/3/rachael-and-mikes-autumn-wedding-at-graythwaite-cottages


Rachael and Mike are a total delight. For the entire day I was with them they reminded me of one of my favourite quotes: "If you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely".

Just look at these photos - could you have two happier people??!

Autumn in the Lakes really can be amazing, and although it was pretty chilly we had some lovely sun to enjoy in both their fabulous venues. After preparations in the lovely Graythwaite Cottages we all headed over to Coniston for a lively and cheerful church service. A couple of lakeside stop offs on the way back and then it was time to party under the canvas and stars back on the Graythwaite estate - what a perfect day!

Venue: Graythwaite Cottages
Make up: Jaye Adams - Lake District Makeup Artist
Dresses and shoes: Jenny Packham
Car: Regent Classics -Wedding Car Hire
DJ: Daniel Jones DJ
Catering: Karen Rhodes Weddings & Events
Hip Hop Chip Shop: The Hip Hop Chip Shop

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Laura and Rob's festive wedding at The Belsfield http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2018/2/laura-and-robs-festive-wedding-at-the-belsfield Weddings at The Belsfield photographed by Tiree Dawson

Laura and Rob's big day was my final wedding of 2017 - and what a fairytale end to the year it was! I enjoyed another delicious helping of fog and drizzle, the festive hubbub of pretty Kirkby Lonsdale, the twinkling glamour of The Belsfield....and my first Singing Waiters experience!

The styling of this wedding made my heart sing, - a stunning bridal party with so many beautiful colours and textures; lace, fur, pearls and roses everywhere. Plus Laura really is a girl after my own heart, teaming Hunters with her princess perfect wedding dress!

Aside from the fact that I mis-calculated clothing needs and spent most of the day in 482 thermal layers performing what can only be described as Hot Hatha Photography, it was amazing and the perfect end to a mega year of weddings! You can view my round up of 2017 here.

Church: St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale
Venue: Laura Ashley Hotels, The Belsfield
Laura's Dress: Mears Ghyll Bridal Rooms
Make up: Lucy Pearson Hair and Make Up
Wellies: Hunter Boots
Band: Hatband
Singing Waiters: The Singing Waiter Masters
Videography: CPD Film

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Weddings at The Malabar http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2018/2/weddings-at-the-malabar Weddings at The Malabar with wedding and commercial photographer Tiree Dawson

Working under my other brand - Random Chair Ltd - I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph a styled shoot to help launch the amazing wedding offering soon to come to The Malabar, Sedbergh.

The brief was pared back fusion of seasonal Cumbrian countryside with Indian influences...an extension of the whole ethos of The Malabar. We seemed to pull it off stress free, which was pretty amazing given that it was the final lead up to Christmas and most of us had brains that were 97% full of the general end of term chaos!

We weren't blessed with good weather - in fact we had freezing rain for a lot of the day, but it's such an amazing place it's beauty shone through. I can't wait for this magical place to start hosting weddings, they're going to be a-may-zing!

Venue and side car: The Malabar
Stylist: Tebbey & Co.
Florals: Green House Floristry Lake District 
Copper curtain lights and hoop: Typical Type
Dresses: Mears Ghyll Bridal Rooms
Make up: Aimée Chorley Make-Up Artist
Hair Stylist: Anna at Wedding Hair In The Lakes
Cake: Churchmouse Cheeses
Wool wrap: Oubas Knitwear
Stationery: Artcadia
Rings & Earrings: Arabel Lebrusan Jewellery
Ring Boxes: La Petit Box
Silk Ribbons: Lancaster & Cornish
Tablewares, Styling Details & Firepit: Narrative Event Hire
Benches, Barrels & Reindeer Skins: Special Event Tipis
Candles & Velvet Ribbon: Goods for gatherings
Models: Cindy and Amy

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A stunning winter wedding at Askham Hall http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2018/2/a-stunning-winter-wedding-at-askham-hall Professional and experienced wedding photographer Tiree Dawson on weddings at Askham Hall


In some ways, photographing a wedding is like a fast track course in getting to know and love two people.

You get the hype of in-the-moment emotion, the back story of the speeches and everything in between. It's a ridiculously privileged role to play and one that can never be perfected but, hopefully, can be better fulfilled each and every time.

Gareth and Jamie, you were super easy to fall in love with. You seem so different to each other but are so perfectly matched. It was a complete pleasure to be around you for the whole of your special day. You're generous, funny, driven, trusting, relaxed, cheeky, serious...pretty much all of the best things humans can be. Your marriage is going to be A1 Ace!

Can we also just talk about the absolutely stunning decor and table decorations of the reception? It was SO stylish, and the tiny twinkling touches just made the whole feel of the evening so warm and inviting. Winter weddings are just so cosy!

Venue: Askham Hall - I can't even tell you how much I love working here and their team are just brill :)
Videographer: Fab to meet and work alongside Michael Langley of http://www.satinpictures.co.uk/
Styling: An amazing job by Luxury Events Group
Band: The super duper Vibetown - Wedding & Function Band
Lit letters: The Tip Top Typical Type

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Amy and James' perfect Lakeland vegan winter wedding! http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2018/2/amy-and-james-perfect-lakeland-winter-wedding Wedding Photographer Lake DistrictWeddings Lake Windermere

I won’t lie, as much as I love the excitement of weddings, I do often feel like I’ve been hit by a bus the day after and can barely function. With Amy and James, however, I felt like I was in a little dream bubble of calmness…everything ran on time, everyone was super helpful, we laughed and smiled a whole lot and occasionally leaked from our eyes (must have been the sub zero temperatures). All in all it was a perfect Lakeland winter wedding day.

To spice things up there were felt replicas of the couple’s actual guinea pigs, an extensive cake table based on the favourites of absent friends, a personalised shoe horn, an official letter from the vets confirming the name change of their pets, a delicious and amazingly entirely vegan menu and a light sprinkling of snow. A* for marriage skillz you guys!

Venue: Belmount Hall...excellence as per usual!
Flowers: Valerie Ann's Florist
Hair: GemmaLouise Hair and Makeup
Make up: Makeup by Polly
Band: Madison

Buffet and cakes - Teatime Collective (Vegan catering and cafe)
Cupcakes - Gorgosaurus
Wedding dress: Charlotte Balbier from Bottom Drawer Bridal, King's Lynn
Shoes & Veil: Rainbow Club
(Vegan!)Suits: King & Allen

Ties & Pocket squares: Swagger & Swoon
Bridesmaids' dresses: David's Bridal

Rings - Luv Olivia
Place names: VM Bespoke
Bear stamp: English Stamp
Confetti: Shropshire Petals
Centre piece vases: Wedding of my Dreams
Additional styling items: Narrative Hire

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Top Tips for a short break in Naples, Italy http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2018/1/top-tips-for-a-short-break-in-naples-italy


I'm not long back from a fantastic visit to Naples, Italy on a homespun business retreat. Joined by my ace friends who head up Typical TypeBlade & Rose,Ginger Bakers and A Corner Of Eden, we immersed ourselves in this wonderfully bonkers city, which was an assault on the senses in the best possible way!

Highlights of our visit included:

- Spending time in the city itself. It has a chaotic, lawless feel yet everything still seems to work quite happily. It leaves you wondering if us Brits are maybe just a bit too uptight and rule abiding?! 

- A prevailing attitude that waiters and waitresses knew what we needed better than we did - they just gave us what they thought we should have. At home it would have been frustrating, in Naples it just led to much laughter, hilarity and satisfaction.

- Crazy juxtapositions everywhere: magical painted ceilings unseen above the school run, frescoes and shrines next to electrical stores with deliciously dated signage covered in random Christmas decorations that no one seem motivated to remove.

- An early morning walk to the chaotic markets to meet fag smoking fish sellers.

- A random man on the phone in a hospital which seemed otherwise deserted. The only occupied window out of hundreds...I wonder what the conversation was about?

- The Dolls' Hospital...please don't feel freaked out by the photos...I know as much as anyone how weird dolls can be, but, unexpectedly, this was one of the most emotional places I have ever been. So packed full of thoughtfulness, stories, hope and care. You should read up on the history of it and definitely visit if you are ever there. Throughout the whole city- despite the littered streets - there was an inspiring culture of mending and re-purposing.

- Herculaneum: free from crowds, eerie, sad, awe-inspiring, devastating, beautiful. I think we were all ready for an over priced beer (not the one we asked for!) and a sunset while we waited for the train back into town.

- A (rather rough!) jet boat trip to beautiful Capri, and a calmer one Sorrento, where we met the cute artist guy David waging a one-man war against mass produced tourist tat with his tiny, beautiful 3 euro paintings...and a glamorous older lady who couldn't believe anyone would want a photo of her. Both stunning places with a welcome sense of calm.

We ate great food the whole time, but Tandem deserves a special mention for the most AMAZING ragu, which quickly made it into my top 10 things I have EVER eaten!

I'm so, so lucky to be able to go on adventures like these and would absolutely urge you to grab a random group of friends and plan one. Our flights were less than £30 return and costs whilst there were hugely reasonable. We ate, we drank, we laughed a lot and we also talked about work, business, trends, challenges and successes. There's no better way to learn!


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A bumper awards year! http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2018/1/a-bumper-awards-year


2017 was a BIG year of awards for me, and as much as I hate the sound of my own trumpet I'm going to tell you about them!

Early in 2017 I had two images selected for the finals of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2017, the world’s leading food photography and film awards. They were featured in an exhibition at the Mall Gallery in London which celebrated all aspects of food in culture across the globe.

A few months later I secured a first place win in the babies and children category of PDN Faces  - hosted by US based photography magazine Photo District News. The magazine has been covering the professional industry for over 30 years, and recognises powerful portraits. My image, which is of my daughter Summer at Barkbooth nature reserve will be published alongside the other winners in the January 2018 copy of the magazine, which has a readership of 460,000.

Most recently, I also reached the final of the fiercely contested Guild of Photographers Image of the Year Competition. The Guild is a highly respected UK based association for photographers and each year it runs an on-line monthly photographic competition. JUST 12 images go forward to the annual Image of the Year Final, and my image will be featured alongside the other winners whoop whoop!

This month I will also be shortlisted at the the Society of Wedding and portrait photographers ‘Photographer of The Year 2017’ awards.

It’s a huge honour to have had my work recognised by PDN, Pink Lady, The Guild and The Society – all of which I have great respect for. I’m so lucky to be able to do a job that I absolutely love -one that allows me to spend lots of time in the amazing surroundings of home in the Lakes as well as being able to document my travels further afield.

Here's to 2018 and even more champagne! :) 

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Lianne and Liam's amazing Morecambe wedding http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2018/1/lianne-and-liams-amazing-morecambe-wedding A wedding to remember in Morecambe


Back in May I swore I wouldn't take any more Saturday weddings for 2017. Then Lianne got in touch, and I was like *GAH*, she's one of those lovely bridesmaids at Jack and Gemma’s wedding and *GAH-y GAH-face* her wedding is IN MORECAMBE!!! Oh Hi Lianne, yep I’m totally available, where do I sign? Oh hang on, yep you need to sign here..."

Now I know we all love the Lake District; the rolling hills, the craggy fells and the romantic vast moody lakes… but to me the sunny shambles of Morecambe is 100% the shizz. Some of my happiest memories are in this odd place. My soul is just so happy when I’m there. It’s a funny thing shared by a precious few who remember the thrill of our nearest seaside town with it’s exotic takeaways and urban myths of Frontier Land’s rickety Cat n’ Mouse ride. Maybe it’s because it’s less than an hour’s drive, but feels like a world away from the sophisticated, pricey tourism of home. Whatever - it gets that travelling butterfly feeling going in my tummy.

Anyway, 300+ weddings in and this is my first one in Morky!! It was perfectly fresh yet old school. Here are some random observations:


1. I love that I was included in the breakfast bap pre-order.

2. Getting ready in the family home is the best. The light is generally rubbish and there’s stuff everywhere which isn’t good for my OCD, but it just has so much more feeling and that beats everything else. I need to remember that.

3. I’m addicted to nanna’s. I sadly never met either of mine. I live in hope that I get to be one.

4. Bridesmaids are often quite useful, but at this wedding they went a step further – they donned pinnies over their pretty dresses and manned the Parisian cafe.

5. Pie, peas and pickles is an excellent wedding food choice in every way.

6. Same goes for massive wedges of Victoria sponge and pouring cream.

7. Buildings are amazing things. This Winter Gardens had so much personality I swear I could hear it sighing in happiness that it was being used as it was meant to be once again, rejoicing in every unintentional splatter of gravy and beer.


9. Lianne and Liam you are ace.

10. Did I mention I love Morecambe?



Venue: Lancaster Priory Church then Morecambe Winter Gardens
Lianne’s  dress: Justin Alexander, from The Bridal Collection Lancaster
Veil: Pink Margaret veils
Hair: Danielle Wallis Hair
Make Up: The Beauty Book, Harley Bradbury
Food: Kennedys Pies, Morecambe
Bus: Classic Bus Company, Catch 22 Buses, Blackpool
Flowers were put together by the bride, her mum and her Nanna (all supermarket!)



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This was 2017 - a round up from Tiree Dawson Photography http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/12/this-was-2017---a-round-up-from-tiree-dawson-photography  

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Lucy and Anthony's magical Autumn wedding http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/12/lucy-and-anthonys-magical-autumn-wedding Weddings at Askham Hall

Autumn weddings can have such lovely magical light, and that was certainly the case a few weeks ago when I joined Lucy and Anthony at one of my favourite venues, Askham Hall. Their wedding crowd were fantastic, the perfect mix of chilled and excitable. Oh and take note future couples - ideally please start your special day with the groomsmen in swimming trunks, yeah? ;)

Anthony and his family are Jewish and it's a Jewish tradition that the bride and groom do not see each other for about a week before the wedding day. Just before the ceremony the groom meets the bride to make sure it's the right woman (apparently the whole thing stemmed from a story many many years ago where a man married the wrong woman because he didn't look under her veil before they said their vows...). I love capturing the ‘first look’ and this couple’s was even more special, with Anthony waiting by the fire in the drawing room and Lucy floating elegantly (even in Converse!) down the amazing staircase.

The weather was kind – although it was late in the season the bravest were out in the gardens enjoying the prettiest of canapes in the fading sun. Others were inside dancing to the amazing tunes by drinks musician Dan Morgan - who was formerly Anthony’s music teacher! There was plenty of laughter and smiles and the speeches were made even more entertaining with a fun Jagermeister game.

But the best was still yet to come…..THE DANCING…!

The lights were set up…cue a romantic first dance…then BOOM we are into the Jewish dancing and, oh my days, I’ve never seen anything like it! The energy was off the scale – chairs aloft, ties swinging, feet stamping, dresses twirling – it was out of this world!

The thing I loved about these two was that they had SO much fun, but at the bat of an eyelid they could momentarily take life seriously if need me. That is one wholly admirable quality right there. Congratulations you lovely couple!

Venue and food: Askham Hall

FlowersLaura from Greenwheat flowers in Penrith

Stationery: Tracy from 'T for Two - Bespoke Wedding Stationary'

Evening band: VibeTown from Leeds

Reception musicianDan Morgan 

HairdressersKaren from Halo Hair based in Lytham St. Annes

                     Simone Whitehead bridal hair based in Sunderland

Lucy's dressBerketex Brides

Groom and groomsmen's suits: Slaters Menswear

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Kha and Bradley's stunning Vietnamese meets English Wedding http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/12/kha-and-bradleys-stunning-vietnamese-meets-english-wedding

Wow this really was one of the craziest weddings I’ve ever shot! It was an amazing meeting of cultures, starting with a traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony at the family home in Liverpool then, fuelled by carefully distributed packed lunches, a journey back up the M6 to the Lake District for part 2 at the Langdale Chase hotel in Windermere.

Let’s start with the tea ceremony…this was so interesting and I felt so honoured to witness this and discover all the traditions of a completely different marriage ceremony. Shooting pictures in a small semi-detached house so packed with people that you could barely put your camera bag down - let alone move around and take photos - was a little bit of a challenge but I felt total joy at being surrounded by so much energy, emotion and colour in every room!

After the tea ceremony we all headed to the Lakes, and this part was everything an English wedding should be. There was sunshine, showers, a boat trip with impromptu karaoke and of course a stunning big white dress.

Kha and Bradley are such a wonderful couple and so clearly in love with each other. Their energy is unbelievable. No bride can ever complain to me about the time their hair and make-up is starting….because it’s certainly likely to be later than 3.30am which is when Kha was up and at it! I think we all could have slept for a week after their wedding extravaganza but we’d do it all again in a flash!

Venue: Langdale Chase Hotel

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Street Photography in Sunny Lisbon http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/12/street-photography-in-sunny-lisbon  

"Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased". He was a clever lad was John Steinbeck.

I think I left a little bit of my heart in Lisbon. Or maybe I brought a little bit of Lisbon back in it. Either way, this magical place which wasn't even anywhere near my top 10 places to visit totally surpassed all my expectations.

This is the second time this year I've been lucky enough to travel overseas with a group of photographers - Barcelona being the first. With little more agenda than eating, drinking and taking a few photos of whatever happens to happen, it's fast becoming one of my new favourite ways to develop my photography. 

Flights were super cheap (even though, due to various issues we ended up with almost FORTY flights between the 8 of us!) and our accommodation was great value and fabulous.

It was the people I was with who totally made the trip - and I knew that was a given. As for location, I'm not sure what I had imagined Lisbon would be, but what I loved was:

- The SUN. It was still so flipping lovely and warm, even in mid November.

- The culture - a perfect mish mash. Ancient and crumbling dancing happily alongside the edgy and hip.

- The people - welcoming and consistently tolerant of 8 people with twice as many cameras.

- The food - chuffing Nora - the FOOD - a few links below but it was all just SO GOOD.

- The prices - I totally didn't expect this. It's super cheap! Amazing local wine in the sunset-view terrace bar...8 freaking euros a bottle!!


Must do things:

Take a tram ride - we only just squeezed this in at the last minute, it was a great experience

Ler Devagar Bookstore - if you do ONE THING in this city then make sure it is visiting Pietro on the top level for a tour of his amazing intentionally useless inventions. He is a dream of a human.

Eat great burritos at Mez Cais LX

Visit the calm Heim cafe for the best broccolli in the entire world (yes a whole meal of broccolli that is truly amazing...washed down with Aperol spritz)

Pop into Mercearia da Mila for all your deli detox style breakfast and lunch needs.

Spend a few hours at the world famous Time Out market - total heaven for foodies and perfect for large group eating and pleasing everyone.

**Drunkenly purchasing a large fake fur coat and a ceramic donkey head are optional but also recommended**


What I wish I'd known

The cobbled streets of Lisbon are beautiful but super steep and mega slippy - wear flat shoes with a bit of grip and expect aching calves!!


Technical details

All of the below are taken on my Canon 5d mk4 with 35mm 1.4L....apart from the framed selection at the end which are shot on film on my mum's old Olympus OM1


The talented and lovely team I travelled with

Lizzie Adams

Hannah Hall

Tim Dunk

Gavin Hardy

Will Fuller

Charlotte Rawles

Robert Watson


(Tiree Dawson Photography) street travel http://www.tireedawson.co.uk/blog/2017/12/street-photography-in-sunny-lisbon Fri, 01 Dec 2017 20:25:21 GMT
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



(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


(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

(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 

(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

(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