Wedding Workshop 1 – Peak District

Last summer I attended my second ever wedding workshop over near Castleton, Derbyshire.  The host was the lovely Jon Dennis of S6 Photography.  He shared how he built his business up and how he attracts the wedding couples that suit his photographic style.  It was a great day and one I really enjoyed.  Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love the Peak District.  Our wedding couple were Tony and Anna (Jon was the photographer for their wedding and Tony is a photography himself with his own wedding business  over at Photography 34).

Make up and hair was by the lovely Jenn Edwards and Co. The dress a two piece  stunning gown, designed by Charlotte Balbier was provided by the wonderful Little Pearl Bridal Boutique up in North Yorkshire. Flowers were designed and provided by Kirsty of Minnie Bees Floral Design up in Scarborough.

So what did I learn?

I already knew of course how to use my camera and take lovely wedding photos.  With this wedding workshop, I wanted to get to grips more specifically with natural non posing stuff and interacting with the couple better to achieve the results that I wanted, whilst keeping the couple relaxed with no awkward posing.  I must confess, it was a lot easier than I ever imagined and I relaxed better because I wasn’t over thinking the process because there was no posing as such. I moved around the couple getting my shots at different angles all the time them interacting with each other or me, it was perfect.  I loved this new way of working and adapting to circumstances to create my style.  I just gave Anna & Tony some direction for the light and where best to place them.   The rest they did themselves which given that it was pretty windy up on Mam Tor so a huge thanks to Anna for braving that wind in just that wedding dress, they did a wonderful job!    I also learnt a few new camera techniques that I now use a lot of to this day, feeling confident and knowing that I do actually love photographing weddings all because I work so differently which has led to a more creative side of my ability as a wedding photographer!  Finding my own unique style of working, even outside of wedding photography as I specialise in horses and dogs as well plus developing my own editing workflow is so important and means I become consistent and recognisable by people which leads to enquiries, thus bookings, meaning I evolve year on year and for that I’m grateful!   I’m sure you’ve all read enough of my ramblings, so here is a selection of images taken by me from the workshop.  If you would like to know more about my wedding photography, then please get in touch or visit my website at

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