It really was a “joyful” day at Stapleford Park Hotel, Leicestershire – the bride’s name was Joy (get it? groan…..). We all know what the weather has been like lately, but we were very lucky that it was dry as the couple had a full day planned and no weather was going to spoil it! Joy’s dress was just classic sophisication – and Chris and his groomsmen all had novelty cufflinks!
Joy’s Father gave her away in a beautiful service in the Orangery, and then all the guests quickly moved over to the intimate chapel on Stapleford’s grounds for a blessing. We were really lucky that the weather held out, so we were able to make the most of Stapleford’s fantastic grounds for photography.
There was a theme to this wedding really close to my heart – Star Wars! The couple had named every table after a planet in Star Wars (they were on Cloud City) and entered the wedding breakfast to “March of the Empire”!
The evening entertainment was a wedding rock karaoke (with both bride and groom singing – well, mostly the bride) and then they capped their Perfect Day off with Fireworks! Talk about going out with a bang!!
Stormy weather wasn’t going to affect Phil & Lynsey’s Big Day at Rothley Court, Rothley, Leicestershire – in fact the weather had no impact on this beautiful wedding at all!
Phil arrived in true style in a Bentley. Then the bridemaids and Lynsey were all coo’ing over the couples lovely boys, Harry & William, who looked very smart indeed!
The service was very special, especially as Phil nearly fell over walking backwards up the aisle! Luckly we were able to get outside for some group photos, and then it was inside for a great drinks reception full of drinking, laughter, and great expressions.
William gave an amazing speech, embarrassing his Dad - by basically asking out loud ”Why is Mum marrying Dad?”, and this cheeky lad really stole the show from the adults!
For this couple it was a Perfect Day – spent chatting, joking, and laughing with friends and family alike – the weather simply didn’t even enter the equation!
So Happy April Showers everyone!
Here at YPD HQ we’ve never thought small (We think BIG!), and have always tried to bring our clients the best, by trying out new ideas and products – some which are popular, some which are slow burners and some which really grab people’s attention!
So, we supply high end, Bespoke Wedding Photography… Photography tailored to your needs and wants…but, what if we were able to offer that outside of Wedding Photography? We already supply Engagement Shoots to happy wedded to be couples, which acts as a way to feel comfortable in front of the camera ahead of the big day and which are always popular, but what if we offered family portraiture – would this be of interest?
We’re seriously thinking of moving gradually into this market, so that as well as offering amazing Wedding Photography, we can offer contemporary portraiture as well. Babies, new borns, themed photoshoots, bump and baby shoots, outdoor shoots - anything creative you can think of! Over the last six months, myself and Rebecca (Studio Manager) have been looking at new opportunities for us, and feel that the portrait market could be great. Breaking with it’s clumsy boring tradition, it’d be shot in our very fresh and unique style, with alot of input from you guys (our beloved customers), so the images are totally unique and special to you.
All the portait photos on this post have been taken recently – And are all Wedding Photography clients who wanted that something else (For their family) after their Wedding.
Fun, laughter and great expressions are the order of the day! We’re considering (Dependent upon you guys responses) moving studio into a custom built one, with a beautiful big infinity backdrop – exciting times (or could be!).
So, big steps ahead – we’re still in the earliest stages of considering it, and would, REALLY, REALLY appreciate some feedback from people! We’ve attached some examples of the kind of thing we enjoy shooting for existing clients, so get thinking and let us know your feedback – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave us a comment on our FB page or in the comments section here.
Ok, so it’s a given that we supply great photography, right?….right?
But without great presentation, nobody is unfortunately going to see your beautiful images – even the most amazing photograph will look shabby if it’s badly printed and poorly mounted.
So we’ve always been very passionate about sourcing the best albums for our clients, and are very excited about some new product that has hit YPD HQ, that we couldn’t resist telling you about. THAT we are so sure is going to be a big hit!
We’ve named the new album “Sigma” and it’s a “storybook” style album i.e. the images are printed onto the pages, BUT the main difference is it’s more of a presentation album as it comes with its own box (handily oversized so you can keep all manor of wedding keepsakes in it!) with a printed wrap around three quarter cover!
Our sample features the same cover on the box and album cover, but there’s nothing to stop you choosing two of your fave images and have different looks! Parent albums are still available with this product (though because of their size there isnt the wrap around cover) and we think you guys will love them – can’t wait to start showing them off to wedding photography clients!
Click on one of the sample images to see the album in its full glory!
I must admit I was really worried about the weather in run up to Rachel and Dave’s Wedding – I was really praying for great weather, and boy did the big man upstairs deliver!
Come their Wedding morning, the sky was blue, the light was hazy and sexy, and everything seemed to be lit up amazingly.
The couple had an amazing day at their beautiful venue – The Ashes Country House, Wedding Venue, Nr Leek, Staffordshire - and the weather really made the day even more special. After a very informal ceromany, the couple enjoyed a lovely drinks reception with the guests taking in the great views. It was a nice mix of family and friends that shared the lovely couple’s day, and this brought me loads of chances to capture candid & romantic moments.
Sometimes everything seems to click at weddings, and it really was the case here – great weather, great location, but most of all great people just enjoying themselves!
It’s so great to be sat in the studio right now; myself and Rebecca (P.A) are planning this year, and next year, and getting very exciting about where we’re taking the business.
We’re investing heavily in new computer equipment (a very sexy new 10TB NAS backup, and WIFI routers for cloud transfer) and I’m getting very turned on with my shooting – I’m loving looking at photography blogs, magazines and anything else photographical I can consume and add to my photographic arsenal!
My new iPad really plays a big part in my on going journey into photographic technique – photography is such a broad subject, i`ve never understood how some photographers I talk too, don’t seem bothered to learn new and exciting techniques.
We’re both super happy with the new albums and presentation methods we’ve looked at – We had a visit from one of our suppliers last week, who showed us some now shiny things!, and promise that we’ve got some very special new packages on the way! Great new products that will really showcase your beautiful wedding photography by of course, Your Perfect Day!
What’s getting me excited about my photography at the minute is that I’m moving away from using my beloved flash, and embracing natural light and flare. In fact I only now use flash to create really interesting hard light looks, which is odd as anybody who knows of my fashion background knows how I’m well known for my flash strobist technique.
Vintage processing, clever design, and clean sexy layouts are also taking centre stage in our album construction at the minute, we’re so excited when clients collect from us right now, as the looks of wonder (and tears) are just priceless!
These images attached are just a little sample from this years weddings, and as we gear up for a very exciting summer, we hope our clients are as passionate as we are – trust me, as the song goes “baby, you just aint seen nothing yet”.
It’s a little over 2 weeks since Chris’ 4th Exhibition: Reclaim drew to a close at his resident LCB Depot. Chris received a great response to his work, and was so pleased with the turn out on Opening Night.
Drawing lots of interest from local press, this exhibition has really put Chris Denner on the map photographically (again!).
In case you didn’t get the chance to come down and see the photography exhibition, we’ve popped the photos onto this blog so that you can take a peek.
High fashion, magazine style photography this is, but we thought it would be nice to share with Wedding Photography clients so that you can see what Chris can do – And do for you! So if you like the style and idea – There is nothing stopping you for asking for something like this as part of your wedding photography. Just need to make sure that the wedding guests are catered for first!
Please feel free to check out our earlier blog post which give a little more information as the the where, why, and mission behind Chris’ new body of work.
Great aren’t they? Be nice to hear your comments!
Lately I’ve really enjoyed shooting upcoming clients in Pre-Wedding Engagement shoots – It is a fact that it’s always nice to see people before their wedding. We meet, usually in my studio over a cup of coffee, to gauge ideas on what they want from their wedding photography, what ideas they have for special moments for the day that I might need to capture and generally have a catch up.
For some couples, it can be a long time between our initial meeting at a Wedding Fair, to a potential booking meeting, then to the actual wedding with some couple’s ebooking 2 years in advance SO it’s always nice to take some shots and put them at ease before the big day.
Doing an Engagement Photo Shoot enables the couple to get used to the camera and really begin to feel at ease being the centre of attention. This approach also provides a great opportunity to have a great photo of your both displayed at your Wedding Reception!
What’s exciting me about these shoots is the bespoke nature of them – Some couples just want some lovely candid photography of themselves, but some come up with huge ideas and want sets, outfits and props for their shoot! It’s a great way to break the ice photographically before the big day, and i’d urge everybody to have a little think about all the fun and creative things you can do!
Sometimes its a simple wander around the area that surrounds my LCB Depot studio, in Leicester (see examples above and below, 2 different couples, the below pictures were taken outside St Georges Church in Leicester.) but some people come up with amazing ideas for picnic themed shoots, shoots in abandoned buildings, shoots literally anywhere! Inspire us, we LOVE to shoot new stuff. This weekend I’m shooting a couple down at Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, they want a picnic, shabby chic feel, and have sourced loads of props – VERY EXCITED!
Everybody loves photography – and with Facebook, Twitter and other social media it surrounds us (and a good way to brag too!), and we feel that these candid and relaxed sessions not only set you up for the big day, but they also work really nicely as “thank you” cards or even actual invitations! Whats right for you is right for you, so be it scuba diving in a shark infested tank (a little extreme in my opinion) to just relaxing in the sunshine, if you like the idea of this, dont hesitate to get in touch and lets throw some ideas around.
What will your story say?
Phew!, this year has hurtled by like a speeding bullet! A whirlwind of great clients, great photography and lots of wedding fairs and shoots abroad has meant that we’re going into Spring Summer of 2012 with some amazing momentum, and very excited about where our photography is going!
It was a pleasure working with Bina & Manish last week, as we shot the first part of their big day(s) – a civil ceromany at the wonderful Quorn Country Grange Hotel, Loughborough, Leicestershire and a reception at the Leicester Stage Hotel, Wigston, Leicestershire. With over 600 images from this part alone, it’ll be tough trying to choose what goes into their album!
We’re quickly approaching 25 wedding bookings for 2013, so very excited as new clients emerge to work with us, but most of all? They inspire us!
Your Perfect Day has been on the road…
Ok, so Rome (or Roma) is awesome. Photographically speaking its a City that demands to be explored and enjoyed by photographers. I shot so much great stuff, its hard to narrow them down to a few favourites but I’ve tried!
I can imagine that this City would be a great location for a Wedding and therefore some great Wedding photography!
Simply put, you cannot go wrong photographically in this city! I’ll upload a short Noir slideshow next week so people can see a more varied collection, though be sure to let me know what you think…
Everywhere you turn there’s barque and gothic inspiration – I loved it, the city is just crying out for all you lovely couples who are looking for the perfect “Mini-Moon”! In fact, if you do, then send us your photos so that we can feature them on this blog.
So check in with us next week for a Noir Photography Video Slideshow!
Addio per ora! (Good bye for now!)
My First Wedding Photography Shoot of 2012 was a cracker – Sam & Jonny at the beautiful Dodmoor House, Northampton. The couple had put so much effort into their day, and it really showed as I enjoyed myself almost as much as the Guests (well, they were drinking!).
The service was very emotional, and for such a cold day everybody was kept warm by the simply staggering amount of drink the couple had ready for their thristy guests!
The weather was so bright & sunny (in fact the next day it snowed!) so we were able to use the lovely Dodmoore House to its fullest advantage! Can’t wait to put their Wedding Photography album together!
The lovely couple employed some really clever ideas such as hand-written, personalised notes for every Guest and a hand-made portable photo backdrop so that friends and family can capture some silly photos using the props the couple had provided!
It was great being a part of Tracey & Kelv’s Wedding Day, especially because I’m so close to them (Tracey is considered as my partner Kasey’s “2nd” Mum!)
The wedding was held at Leicester Cathedral, and was simply… well… epic. There was an added bonus: with the couples’ son; Omar, being Baptised at the same time! See… Epic!
There really was a great feeling to this day, as old friends and family alike got into the spirit of the celebrations – even the February Leicester rain held off for us!
After the lovely service it was off to the Leicester Marriott Hotel, where guests were treated to the red carpet treatment, and a relaxed drinks reception yielded lots of candid moments!
The interaction, banter and general vibe of the whole wedding party was great, and climaxed in a great first dance – all after Kelv had been stitched up by his “2nd Best Man” Victor of course!
Now, the term “Intimate Wedding” seems to be a big buzz word with Bride’s and Groom’s (B&G’s) at the moment – However! They will have to work hard to beat Ben & Lynn’s VERY intimate wedding!
I’d met the couple at the Council House Wedding Fair in Nottingham I was exhibiting at last year (October to be precise, so you can see how much the B&G done in the way of wedding planning in this time!), and they told me that their plan was to have only two guests (their best friends) and have them double as witnesses. All good so far, BUT the twist was that the wedding was a surprise and they only told there friends the day before the actual wedding – Nobody else knew!
Now that’s intimate! With the addition of myself, that made the wedding party up to five, and it really was a honour to be asked to be apart of such a exciting project – I literally made up one fifth of the whole wedding party!
So we enjoyed a very lovely service at the Council House, and then walked the streets of Nottingham to the couples favorite Deli, Delilah Fine Foods, where they enjoyed champagne and food! How perfect?
I really wanted to capture some beautiful photography, and really feel like I’ve achieved that with this very lovely affair.
Such a romantic day, and very good idea!
All the best guys!
Well, Lucy & Rich wanted a winter wedding – a boy did mother nature supply! It was lovely that the snow held of until half way through the day so the couple could enjoy their service at Leicesters New Walk Museum, then stroll, pied piper style, upto their reception at the Belmont hotel.
Lucy & Rich are wedding regulars (Lucy is Sweetpea Florist Glenfield – http://www.sweetpeaglenfield.co.uk/ (and avid wedding biz Twitterati!) and Rich a musician in a Wedding Band) so we were always going to have a really great time with them!
The couple’s son Issac played a wonderful part in the day, and as soon as the snow started to fall the couple had to be practically dragged back into their own reception as they wanted to play in the snow!
All the guests really enjoyed themselves – which made my job very easy – and Rich really and truly got stitched up by his best men, there was some VERY shocked expressions during their speechs!
When two people get it right, it really shows to everybody around them, and makes for some great images…who says Wedding Photography is “snow” fun?
It was goodbye 2011, as we shot Alanah and Chris’ wedding on 31st December 2011. The last shoot of the year, and it certainly went off with a bang.
The venue was amazing (Celtic Manor in South Wales) and guests were definitely in a party mood! The manor lent itself beautifully to Chris & Alanah’s relaxed theme, and was a beautiful venue to work in, and on this night of party nights there was a fantastic buzz in the air!
The speeches were a photographic highlight as Chris was gently ribbed by his two best men, and Alanah was “outed” as a Science Fiction geek by Chris! The couple had booked a photo booth as well, so VERY excited to see what that produced!
Here at Your Perfect Day we just love meeting brides and grooms to be, and as such we love a good Wedding Fairs. We find this an invaluable way to chat to people, get a “vibe” of what they are looking for in regards to their Wedding Photography. But most of all it is a good way to show off our work!
This was our first time at The UK Wedding Shows, this leg was held at Ricoh Stadium in Coventry (A few miles from Your Perfect Day‘s Leicester City studio base). We exhibited using two stands facing each other so that we would have room to display all of our albums, prints and would have a chill out area for clients to have a sit down 1 to 1 with myself Chris Denner. We invested alot in the way of time (and cash!) in getting the look of the stands and their construction to be just right. We took new and never seen before display albums as we wanted to “wow” our potential new clients!
…And we certainly did that! The turn out was HUGE, with the stand getting swamped at times with potentional clients desperate to speak to us and see some work! We took a large number of bookings over the weekend (21st and 22nd January 2012) and had so many to be married couples interested in working with us that my Studio Manager Rebecca can bearly keep up!
It really was great seeing people who were very excited about getting married. The fashion show and rest of the exhibition stands were to a really high standard – Our friends a bridal boutique from Broughton Astley – Pink Confetti Brides had a very good response to their stand and gowns used in the fashion show.
If anybody we spoke to on the day is reading this, then please do leave us a little comment, it’d be lovely to hear your thoughts on what we do.
Now off to plan for the stand next year!
We’ve added a new member to the Your Perfect Day family! With myself concentrating on the creative side of the business, and Rebecca taking care of the studio management we decided that we were missing the “cute” factor in the studio – enter Indy Denner the Cockerpoo (a cross between a poodle and a cocker spaniel)!
Myself and my partner Kasey picked her up on this weekend, and she’s already filled the house with love and puppy cuddles! Her favourite hobby at the minute is biting Kasey’s toes, and she can’t get her head around Kasey’s afro caribbean hair – she keeps chewing it like its candy floss!
She’ll be coming into the studio with me every day – so look forward to puppy loves when you come to visit us! Indy may even help Rebecca get over her fear of dogs, she’s too loveable to be scared of!
We were really able to get into the Christmas spirit with shooting Tim & Sam’s Wedding on Boxing Day 2011 at Kilworth House Hotel in Leicester, not only is Kilworth a great venue to work with, we cant think of a better way to shake the “Crimbo Limbo” that by creating some stunning images.
Tim & Sam are good friends of mine, and so the pressure was really on to create something very special for this couple, who had planned a very intimate affair, with only 15 guests present to witness their big day.
Their little daughter played a big role in the day, though she seemed pretty oblivious to most of it as she was just having too much fun! Tim’s brother was the best man, who resisted the temptation to embarass his big brother, though I could tell it was difficult!
I’ve known Andy Winfield for quite a few years, as I’ve worked with him with his various bands (Andy is/was a quite highly sought after drummer) and so was honoured when he and his lovely partner Lucy asked me to shoot their wonderful winter wedding!
Andy & Lucy made their grand entrance at Beaumanor by walking down the grand staircase, which really kicked everybody into the party mood in the cosy confines of the beautiful Beaumanor Hall.
Andy had quite a few close friends playing key parts during the wedding, and this led to a frankly hilerious set of speechs that included alot of off the cuff heckling that really had everybody in stitches!
Winter Weddings can have a reputation of being dull, cold and wet but Andy and Lucy have really blown that reputation out of the water!
This xmas, we decided that here at Your Perfect Day Wedding Photography in Leicester, that we would think of those less fortunate than ourselves rather than blow ‘a-load’ of money on a Christmas party. Yes, whilst Christmas parties are great fun (trust us, we love a good party) myself and Rebecca Harvey (PA) agreed that the money would be better spent on helping others.
So, we purchased 2 guitars (I’m a musician as well, and so wanted to give the gift of music) and donated both of them to the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young Persons charity in Leicestershire as this is something and a charity that we really believe in.
Leicester’s Highcross Shopping Centre is going a long way this year to help the charity too (This is where we donated the gifts) – As well and donating presents, Rainbows are offering a present wrapping service in return for a donation to the charity.
This act made us both feel warm and fuzzy inside, as opposed to feeling queazy and hungover if we’ve had used the money in the traditional Xmas party way!
We’d both strongly ask that you all look at your Xmas budgets, and if possible, do think of other people during the fesitive period.
Y.P.D (and jesus) will love you for it!!
Merry Christmas All!
With Love From Chris x
It was very exciting working with Simon and Zoe on their Wedding Day on Saturday 3rd December which started out as a cold, dark but very beautiful morning.
The full day was conducted at the amazing Quorn Grange Hotel over in Loughborough, Leicestershire, with the service taking place in the Oak Panel room. The service all became very emotional with lots of tears!
We’d previously spoken about shooting something very special in the pagoda, as the gardens would be completely pitched black, so I’d planned to use my remote flash to fire from behind to light up the pagoda giving us a brilliant winter wedding image! What do you think?
Sparklers played a big role in some of the outdoor photography, and we really created something really special for these two “childhood sweethearts”!
It was a winter wedding to remember with all the great things like dynamic and dark images, but without any of the bad things like rain or it being very cold!
Sorry for the slight delay in blog posts, thats simply because I was away on Holiday in Mexico!
It was an amazing experience, and myself and my partner Kasey loved immersing ourselves in the cultural aspects, and sight seeing opportunities.
29 degrees everyday, and boy was it humid, Kasey was loving it (being a Caribbean girl herself) but at times I had to retreat to the shade with my books and camera!
Chichén Itzá was a great experience. That’s two of the wonders of the world I`ve seen now!
We loved snorkeling most days off the island of Cozumel in a natural reef, but mostly in natural cenotes (underground caves), that were mostly filled with fish!
It was a well needed break, and a recharge of my creative batteries, it is odd though going from wearing shorts and flip flops to full on artic gear now we’re back in the UK!
Back to normal and I’m shooting a Wedding this weekend, so will be blogging about that next week.
Sam & Jay’s wedding was firmly aimed at everybody having fun and enjoying themselves. And boy did they succeed!!
The couple own and run Zucchero World Buffet on Charles Street in Leicester, so they’re clearly used to catering to lots of different tastes!
The young kids in attendance (of which there were many, including the couples own two darling children) loved the day, as did the older guests who found themselves caught up in the infectious vibe.
We all enjoyed the Civil Ceremony at The City Rooms, Leicester City Centre (one of my favourite venues) and then everybody partied the night away in the ballroom to the great band “Angels with Dirty Faces“.
There was such a very fun and relaxed vibe during the day, it was impossible for anybody not to get into the party spirit!