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It was a real red hot day for Laura and Ryan’s Barton Hall wedding! From the moment we arrived at Laura’s lovely family home in Walgrave to meet the bridal party, to dodging moves on the dancefloor, the temperatures were scorching!

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

We love shooting from our second base in Northamptonshire. (Also a chance for us to catch up with our family and friends there!) It’s certainly not always hotter than Tenerife though.

Walgrave is the kind of village where all the houses have names and not numbers. Luckily chief bridesmaid, Dawn was on lookout duty to wave us in – high five Dawn! Marmalade the cat kept a keen eye on things during bridal party preparations. Also photobombing a few shots, like all the cool cats do. There was champagne and plenty of giggles with the girls as the excitement built.

An immaculate Beauford Open Tourer from Warkton Wedding Cars then made the (very) short trip to Saint Peter’s Church that bit more special. Ryan played it cool awaiting his first look at Laura’s gorgeous dress.

A BARTON HALL WEDDING PARTY

After the ceremony, we all headed over to Barton Hall in Barton Seagrave, Kettering. The award-winning Northamptonshire wedding venue has an impressive Orangery and beautiful gardens. All perfect for drinking and enjoying the blissful sunshine. Fab to meet the lovely Toastmaster Tim reporting for duty.

Laura and Ryan had a choreographed first dance up their sleeves for later. Of course guests loved it. Other than a couple of minor ‘improvisations’ they get a ten from us too! Once The Bandits party band hit the stage the dancefloor was rocking all night long.

A few words from the newlyweds:

“We had Zo and Liam take our wedding photographs, and WOW they were fantastic! The photos are incredible and the service they delivered was second to none! Amazing people, so talented and amazing photographs. Thank you so much! x”

It was a real pleasure to hang out with Laura and Ryan and their crew. A four-hundred mile round trip adventure and we had a blast! Thanks for sharing your love story with us guys! (Whenever we have marmalade on toast for breakfast, we will think of your beaut of a day!)

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It was the sixth ever Tattoo Tea Party this weekend! Artists from around the world gather to show off their ink-work skills at one of the biggest extravaganzas of its kind. There were fairground rides, circus acts, sideshows, body painting, fire breathing, custom cars, strongman competitions, gentleman’s boxing and an eclectic mix of traders offering their weird and wonderful wares. Also this year, featuring for the very first time The Tattooed Wedding Collective.

INTRODUCING THE TATTOOED WEDDING COLLECTIVE

The Tattooed Wedding Collective is a collaboration with Marry Me Ink wedding blog and the fab Legend Bridal Designs. So big thanks again guys for making it happen! The two-day convention which takes place at Event City in Manchester now has a section dedicated to alternative wedding goodness. Because alt brides rock!

ALTERNATIVE WEDDING INSPIRATION AT THE TATTOO TEA PARTY

With so many great creative and talented suppliers on show, we’re really chuffed to be a part of the Wedding Collective. Our faves Paragon Floral Designs and Sonara Parker Makeup Artist were there. Also exhibiting were new friends Art & Sole, Fruitbat Textiles, Kokino Salon, Unity Ceremonies and Debbie Gillespie Cake Design. Such a great effort from all involved. Hard luck if you missed out on the goodie-bags!

FAIRGROUND BRIDAL PHOTOSHOOT

The Legend Bridal Designs crew were displaying some awesome new dresses. So we jumped at the opportunity for an impromptu photoshoot. Because it’s not every day we get to play with a bumper car backdrop. Of course the models nailed it!

We had a fab time and look forward to the next adventure! #thetattooedweddingcollective

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NEW FUJIFILM X100F REVIEW

Introducing the fourth generation Fujifilm X100 mirrorless camera. Suitably named the ‘X100F’, for those struggling to keep count and due for UK release later this month. So it was a pleasure to be invited for a hands-on first look at Fujifilm’s latest instalment before it hits the shelves. We primarily shoot using Nikon. However until there’s a lucrative sponsorship deal on the table, of course we are always interested to see what latest technologies the world has to offer.

HANDS ON WITH THE LATEST FUJIFILM CAMERA

First up, this camera sure looks a beauty. It’s compact, light and rangefinder styling will be an attractive combination to many classic camera lovers. Inside the specs pack a punch too. The new X-Trans CMOS III sensor and powerful X-Processor Pro brings a new level of performance to the X100 series. The popular Fujinon 23mm pancake-style lens remains ever-present. Also fifteen film simulation options add to the cameras appeal.

A FEW HOURS WITH THE FUJIHOLICS

The good folks from Fujifilm Events arranged to meet the gang at Calumet Photographic, Manchester. They were very helpful getting the cameras set up fresh out the box. Street photographer and Fujifilm-X ambassador Matt Hart then lead us on our merry trail around Manchester city centre. Let loose we spent about an hour getting to grips with the new gear and testing some new features.

The Fujifilm X-series cameras are becoming the increasingly popular weapon of choice for wedding and street-shooters. The more discreet size and fast focussing is ideal for capturing those unposed, real natural moments. We shoot using manual settings, therefore can’t really comment on the cameras auto capabilities. But first impressions of the Electronic ViewFinder (EVF) function with real time exposure adjustment were very good. Also as expected the pin-sharp focussing was really great.

FOURTH GENERATION FUJIFILM X100F

Available in all-black and two-tone silver and black, this is most definitely an attractive and versatile little camera. There are plenty of new features to keep the Fujifilm diehards interested too. Undoubtedly it is a high-end camera with a premium price-tag to boot.

We will certainly look forward to testing out more cameras in the Fujifilm X-series. Thanks again for having us! The X100F is currently available for pre-order and may the fourth be with you.

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Car park coolness and Bill Murray at the table? It must be Katie and Andy’s Samlesbury Hall wedding photography! They first got in touch after a recommendation from a past couple, Shelley and Glenn (thanks again guys). We loved hearing about their plans. It was fab to see Katie and Andy being so excited about their photographs.

SAMLESBURY HALL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

On the big day we met the bridal party at Iris Hair, Penwortham. Katie and her bridesmaids had totally taken over the salon for the morning. Brushes, blow dryers and bubbly! It was a short drive to Katie’s family home where the dress was waiting. Looking great and ready to roll, we all then set off for Samlesbury Hall.

CONSIDER AN UNPLUGGED CEREMONY

Katie and Andy were keen to have an unplugged ceremony. It is so cool when couples have complete trust in our unrestricted coverage of their nuptials. Most importantly encouraging guests to disarm gadgetry and share in such a special moment.

Afterwards family and friends enjoyed drinking and games in the glorious sunshine. Also exploring the historic building and gardens kept guests happy.

Table names can be a great way to express your personalities. Katie and Andy chose a theme they both love. We were also very excited to see that we share an obsession with film legend Bill Murray and director Wes Anderson! Because who would not want to sit with Team Zissou?

WES ANDERSON INSPIRED PHOTOGRAPHY

The exclusive Samlesbury Hall grounds had changed a bit since our last visit. Check out the luxury shepherd’s huts, they look amazing. Andy and the lads also had fun testing out the new Mayflower adventure playground rope bridge.

There was plenty of hilarious photobooth action as evening guests arrived. There always is with The Mighty Boof! around. Then Deckheds hit the turntables and rocked an awesome soundtrack of floor-fillers.

We hope you enjoy some of our faves from an awesome day! So take a tip from Bill, make it Suntory time!

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If you have ever wondered how to get the best from your professional wedding photographs on Instagram then read on.

FIVE ESSENTIAL INSTAGRAM TOP TIPS

When you love your wedding photographs, we know that you will want to show them off on Instagram for your followers to see, and rightly so. But for those not so familiar with the world’s most popular photo sharing app, this can be a confusing and time-consuming process. So we have put together our five Instagram top tips to help you avoid the faux pas and put the fun back in to photo sharing!

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It’s big blog time! After a whirlwind festive break and a chance to catch up with as many family and friends as physically possible, we are officially back in the blogging game for 2017.

Whist we are looking forward to the party times ahead, the New Year gives us a chance to look back at our best wedding photography and the awesome Class of 2016. We have met some amazing people along the way, working at some fabulous wedding venues and alongside some very talented suppliers.

Also we would like to take this opportunity to again thank all of our couples for inviting us along for the ride. Because it really has been a huge pleasure. We love this crazy biz and your kind words, gifts and messages have been truly inspiring. You guys rock!

AWARD-WINNING BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY LANCASHIRE

It is no secret that 2016 brought a whole new level of award success for us. We put our hearts and souls in to our work, never stop learning, experimenting, and keep pushing boundaries. So, genuine industry recognition is always amazing.

Highlights include two coveted Masters of UK Wedding Photography Awards. It was especially cool to have won an award in both rounds so far.

It has also been a marvellous pleasure for ZT HQ to take home the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) North West Region Creative Wedding Photography Gold, Creative Portraiture Gold and the Judges Choice Social Award. Three actual trophies that we have frankly loved to proudly show off to our guests all year.

NEW LEVEL-UP WITH ZT WORKSHOPS

One of our goals was to kick off our portfolio-building workshops in 2016. What a great day it was too. Such good fun with an awesome group of photographers. We think Colonel John ‘Hannibal’ Smith said it best, “I love it when a plan comes together!” We will hopefully start plotting some exciting ideas for more sessions in the future too.

BEHIND THE SCENES

We now have a dedicated home-office and meeting space. Clients are welcome to visit us for meet ups – we’ll get the kettle on and have the biscuits out.

There has been a lot of website development too. Please do have a good gander at the fab new look site. Still even more updates to come soon.

FUTURE CONFIRMED WEDDING FAIRS

For all the future brides and grooms out there, if you are still searching for wedding venues and your photographers you can catch us at these top events:

Bridal Chic In The City – Saturday 04 February 2017 – 11:00a.m till 3:00p.m – Museum of Science and Industry Wedding Showcase, Manchester

Tattoo Tea Party Wedding Collective – Saturday 04 March 2017 and Sunday 05 March 2017 – Event City, Manchester

Finally, we know that our adventures keep us busy for lots of late nights and weekends. So a huge thank you to our family and friends for your continued support and understanding. (We know we missed some great parties!)

Thanks for reading. We hope you enjoy some of our faves from the good times that 2016 brought. What an awesome adventure and here’s to many more!

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Preview – 24 frames from Ben and Abi’s winter wedding at Singleton Lodge, Lancashire.

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Awesome news! We’ve won another Masters of Wedding Photography Award to add to our collection! Hugely proud to have now scooped two awards in this independent best wedding photography contest. An exciting end to a fab 2016 too.

MASTERS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD IN 2016

The Masters Wedding Photography Award was created to celebrate and showcase the best wedding photographers in the UK and Ireland. Because only ‘the best, most exceptional and innovative wedding photos’ will win an award. The Masters are already well established in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. Bridal couples searching for their perfect wedding photographer can now find us amongst the best around Europe.

Back in October 2016 we won an award in the inaugural round. This week the UK and Ireland second round winners were announced. Being recognised alongside some truly inspiration and creative photographers is a real honour too. So super crisp high fives all round!

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After the huge success of last year’s best nine on Instagram, it’s no surprise the 2016 Best Nine trend is back. If you missed it last time, it is basically a collage of your nine most liked Instagram posts. It is becoming a pre-Christmas time tradition up there with mince pies, mulled wine and mistletoe.

HOW TO FIND OUT YOUR 2016 BEST NINE

Finding out your best nine from the year is actually really easy. Just visit 2016bestnine.com and enter your Instagram ID. The site will automatically generate your top nine posts that people engaged with the most in 2016. It will also tell you how many times you have posted and how many ‘likes’ you have clocked up in total. Some folks might find that sort of thing interesting too.

ARE YOU FOLLOWING US ON INSTAGRAM YET?

You can follow us on Instagram @ztphotography. We have really enjoyed building our little Instagram community this year. So it was fun to find out which posts have been most popular to the masses. From our seventy-six posts and apparently over seven-thousand likes, here is our 2016 Best Nine:

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  • Matthew Grainger - Only best 9?! I need to see more of your gorgeous work!! – (ps.. new instagram stalker)ReplyCancel

LANCASHIRE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS AT BEESTON MANOR

Rachael and Daniel’s Beeston Manor wedding was a corker! Over two years in the making too. They will tell you that best way to get your ‘must have’ wedding suppliers on board is to start planning early.

It was still a challenge to find a date for their pre-wedding Me and You Shoot due to busy schedules. But a few months before the wedding we eventually got to meet up at Witton Country Park, Blackburn.We all wrapped up warm ready for a chilly day out. Despite nearly losing our shutter fingers to the cold we had a great time together.

LOVE A BEESTON MANOR WEDDING PARTY

On the morning of the big day we joined Rachael and bridal party at the beautiful family home in Chatburn, Lancashire. The bubbly was flowing and Leanne Jackson Make Up was already busy working her magic. There was a classic car to take Rachael to Beeston Manor in vintage style. It was great for us to be back at the country house hotel having first shot there nearly five years ago.

It was such a fun day. Jam-packed full of Dan’s big belly laughs and Rach’s infectious smile. Guests enjoyed drinking and relaxing outside. Until the party music started and The Mighty Boof! photobooth entertained friends and family. The infamous ‘Beeston Manor sunset’ also did not disappoint.

“OUT OF THIS WORLD” WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Finally, a few words from Rach and Dan:

“Our experience with ZT Photography was out of this world and we could not recommend them enough. The whole experience was superb and they made us feel so at ease. It felt like it was a couple of your closest friends taking pictures of you…that’s how good they are at what they do. Everything was explained so well on how they would work on the day of our wedding. The pictures are brilliant. So if you looking for two fantastic people to photograph your special day then book these guys!”

Such kind words from a genuinely awesome couple. Thanks for having us along for the ride.

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