E N G A G M E N T // P R E - W E D D I N G P H O T O S H O O T with Chris Whincup & Agnieszka Whincup
I’ve known my pal Chris (Swiss) for over ten years. We’ve grown up together, travelled Australia, had insanely silly times and memories.
When Swiss met Agi a few years ago in York, he found a beautiful person inside and out. They are best friends, plus Agi puts up with Chris ALWAYS falling asleep when he’s had a tipple or two.
Their engagement couldn’t have been more perfect. Grand canyon, helicopter, VEGAS. As a wedding present I wanted to give my favourite couple an pre wedding photoshoot. We headed to the beautiful Aysgarth Falls, Yorkshire Dales
We met up in York, went on a little Road trip to the Dales. I don’t get to see these guys as much as I would like, so we headed to The White Bear, Masham (http://www.thewhitebearhotel.co.uk) for lunch and to see what the pair wanted from these photos. Also to have the a good pub lunch and a sneaky relaxing cider. I heard all about their actual wedding Plans, Flying to Poland, beautiful country estate. We then headed off on a wander to take some photos.
The majority of couples I photograph have a few worries about pre-wedding shoots. Many people feel nervous, don’t like having their photo taken, or feel they don’t look good in photos … Don’t worry it’s normal! Most people feel that way, this couple were no exception, but as with any couple, it’s my job to make you feel at ease. Which is a little easier with close friends who’ve known you a long time.
Many couples are camera shy, Chris and Agi were no exception. Luckily for them, they know how silly and goofy I am, most couples feel comfortable within minutes. It really helps you to get to know your photographer before the big day.
Swiss and Agi got married in 2017, Congratulations to one of my favourite couples in the world ANDDD A huge thank you, as it was so much fun and such a pleasure to do these photos.
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One of my favourite things to do is share the skills I have. I love helping out others with their Photography and seeing them enjoy the magic of the medium. I’ve been teaching for a while now. I used to teach workshops at The Royal Academy of Arts in London, and The Photographers Gallery. They were such lovely spaces and I met so many brilliant people whilst doing the workshops. Sharing what I know feels natural. I’ve been doing quite a few winter workshops recently. When I moved back to my home county of Yorkshire, I was quick to notice the lack of photography workshops. I really missed doing them, sharing and meeting new people who love Photography!
Monday’s can be pretty miserable, but not when you’re teaching a workshop up Penhill. The lovely Susan got in touch with me about getting her camera off manual mode and feeling comfortable with her cameras. She loves landscape and nature and is headed to Alaska later in the year. A winter workshop dealing with different light and conditions was perfect.
We started the day up Penhill, finding paths in the snow, seeing a fell runner at the top in shorts (!!), and making our way down (a combination of stealth moves and sliding down on our bums). We headed to Leyburn to go have a look at the mornings results, and importantly warm up from the minus temperatures with a tea and scone.
Next up we went to Harmby waterfull, which was in full flow. Trying out the different techniques learnt from the morning. It was only half one, and susan had got it. Next up the tripod task, getting to grips with slower motion.
To complete the day we ended up in Jervaulx hunting for snowdrops and nature in the ruins. It was a day of four seasons.
The workshop covered using the light, getting to know your camera, feeling confident on manual, editing and workflow.
Thank you Susan for a lovely attitude to learning new things and for a adventurous snow attitude!
If you’re keen to learn some new skills in a one to one workshop send me a message either on here or to email Jorebeccaweddings@gmail.com to book a place and I can send you some more information. I run one to ones which the Great Oaks package. I also run workshops for younger photographers in groups or one to one, these are the little acorns package.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Hope everyone is getting warm by the fire and has had a lovely weekend.
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Calligraphy with Sally Jane
After a hectic weekend up and down the country it was lovely to
take a lil break a Calligraphy workshop in Huddersfield. I’m an artist
in residence at Derby University where I’ve been back in my favourite,
The darkroom! I love printing and seeing the magic of Photography, but
it’s really made me think about the materiality of prints and what we
can add to them. I saw Sally’s wonderful work over on her Instagram. (https://www.instagram.com/sallyjanecalligraphy/ )
is a modern calligrapher based in West Yorkshire. Her work is
contemporary and very beautiful. The venue was Northern Tea House.
After insta-meeting Sally I agreed to do some photos at the workshop. I
really love meeting other women working in business for one, and two I
wanted to learn this craft! I was feeling a little worse for wear after
a late night working on a documentary commission in London, working in
Derby in the week and dotting about over Yorkshire in between. So when I
arrived to the light and bright space, beautifully designed, teapots
for lights, friendly staff, and lovely details. I thought this is just
where I need to be. Dragging a suitcase along in the rain warrants some
treats, a flat white and pastel pink pavlova.
The workshop was
relaxed and friendly. We were upstairs in the function room. It was
hands on and in depth. Sally was a lovely workshop leader. She was
friendly and made everyone feel at ease straight away. Learning some
basics slowly, upstrokes = light and downstrokes = heavier. I was blown
away by how relaxing it was, a very therapeutic art form.
I’m still learning the skill but will definitely carry on with
learning this beautiful lettering. Look out for some new hand made
prints combining the two soon.
If you would like to know more about Sally
If you would like to know more about Northern Tea house
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