Wedding photography is a very important and pressured type of photography when the photographer has one chance to capture the story of the day so it is necessary for the wedding photographer Leeds to have the right equipment and the knowledge to use it. As Leeds is in the North of England you can never quite rely on the weather so experience of using the available light and the use of flash when the light is more elusive is paramount. Shooting in low light within the church is also something that needs skill and a knowledge of your camera and its abilities.
Equipment and skill aside another thing that can really help a wedding photographer in Leeds is the venue. There are some wonderful venues in and around Leeds that make it a perfect location for any couple’s big day, some of these are also excellent locations for pre-wedding / engagement shoots.
The first one that immediately springs to mind is Kirkstall Abbey, being a lover of old buildings this has got to be one of my ultimate favourites. In the spring/summer time the flowers shine their lovely colours around the old ruins making it a place with many options for wonderful photos. Inside the ruins with the old pillars on view or outside the ruins with a wide lens so you can include the abbey and a dramatic sky. There are also lines of trees with strategically placed benches which can also help create a wonderful image.
There are also some wonderful city centre hotels if having a big day in the middle of the big city is more your scene. The town hall/gallery makes a wonderful place for a shoot or down by the dark arches makes a more grungy kind of place, throw a bit of flash round the walls and you would be amazed by the images you can end up with.
The Mansion is also a definite one to consider. Set within 700 acres of spectacular parkland, this venue offers a wealth of sets for wedding photographs with impact. From the tree-lined approach to the colonnaded entrance, up the sweeping staircase to the beautifully presented suite of ballrooms, The Mansion stands as one of Leeds’ finest historic venues with an unlimited number of places to capture beautiful images.
Another favourite of mine is Hazlewood Castle. It has been sensitively restored and converted to include luxury accommodation within stunning grounds. Sitting between Leeds and York, Hazlewood Castle is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is a truly unique venue for a dream wedding.
One that I have only just discovered is Cookridge Hall. This Old Hall dating back to 1721 was previously the home of a wealthy land owner and is a beautiful listed building. It is set amongst an 18 hole golf course and beautiful grounds and makes an exquisite backdrop to celebrate your special day in style.
These are just a few examples of locations that are worth thinking about including in your wedding plans or engagement shoots. What couples really need to ensure is that they have a venue that they like, that has areas that enable some unique and dramatic photos that will remind them of their big day for many years to come. A photographer could really help you with suggestions for venues if it is something that has not been finalised, we are best placed to tell you those locations which have hidden gems of settings for those wow images that you really want to be included in your album.
If Leeds is where you are looking to hold your wedding you really should visit these venues and try to look at it from the point of view of how your photos will look. This is important because long after the suits have been returned to the hire shop, the wedding dress has been lovingly secreted in the wardrobe and the last of the wedding cake has been eaten, the images of your special day will remain and enable you to relive those memories again and again and again.