Occasionally, I come across a venue where I feel I may have a bit of a challenge with regards as to where I may do the portrait session. The Samlesbury Hotel is one of those. There is a large car park, which basically surrounds the hotel. There is a field, which I’ve used before, but it wasn’t going to work this time, as this was a November wedding, and it was dark.
The Samlesbury Hotel, just outside Preston, has some interesting locations for wedding photography, if you go looking for them.
This is Emily and Richard, who married at Gibbon Bridge in August. A beautiful venue with some stunning opportunities for wonderful bridal portraits.
This particular image was part of a bridal brochure shoot for the Marriott hotel group. They had a healthy number of wedding bookings, but there seemed an obvious lack of engagement with the Asian community. A review of their wedding marketing image quickly revealed why. There were no Asian bridal imagery displayed anywhere. It’s difficult to engage a target customer if they cannot see an established relationship with similar clients.
I do enjoy working at Eaves Hall, whether it’s photographing their food, their rooms, or as in this case, a wedding. The venue allows a vast array of opportunities for the creative photographer.
This was one of those settings that on the face of it, should have been great. Farington Lodge Hotel had recently built this gazebo at the far end of their grounds, with electricity supplied with the intention of some lighting to provide a nice romantic ambience to the setting.
This is another from Jo and Paul’s wedding, and like the gate image, this was just one of those scenarios you kinda stumble across.
It’s funny, inspiration can come from the strangest places. This is a gate at the back of the Great Hall at Mains. The Hall itself has a huge potential for photography opportunities, both inside and out. But moving just that little further afield means we can get something unique.
A fairly dull afternoon, with a wonderful view and a great couple. What a wonderful opportunity.
All wedding venues have good and bad points. Some make you work harder as photographer, whilst others can cause you to become complacent. The Holiday Inn in Bolton is a venue that makes a photographer earn his money.