Download Festival 2016

June 12th, 2016

Well, it wouldn’t be a festival would it, without the predictable mud-sloshing, plastic poncho-shrouded crowd would it!  However, the monsoon-style gushing rain, all but drowning the festival-goers, was over the top, sending hoards rushing for shelter, where there was none!

Download 2016 rain

Download 2016 during the thunderstorm as everyone rushes to escape the downpour.

Download 2016 at night with the Ferris Wheel and plastic ponchos

Yellow ponchos cover stooped shoulders and bedraggled festival-goers tramp through the mud at night, while the brightly lit Ferris Wheel lights up the sky

 Download 2016 festival goers in shorts, despite the mud and rain!

Download Festival goers optimistically arrive in shorts, but the rain just doesn’t stop!

 

Download 2016, bare flesh is the only way to sat dry, perhaps?

This young man strips off his sodden tea-shirt. as the rain continues to pour down.

 

Download 2016 where lastic ponchos are the dress code of the day!

At least this set of festival-goers have a seat in the rain.Clear plastic ponchos are cold comfort though!, as they brave the weather to listen and watch live music performances on the main stage.

 

Download 2016, alternative clothing stalls

Stalls selling alternative clothing are soon filled with cold wet bodies, desperate to get out of the rain. Such a shame!

 

Download 2016 main stage in the rain

View of the main stage over the tops of umbrellas and raincoats.

 

Download 2016 mud  and wellies

“Mud, mud, glorious mud…”

Download 2016 cat bar and mud

This huge cat-bar sculpture proves popular, despite its location in a sea of mud.

 

Download 2016 illuminated Ferris wheel as dusk falls and dismal-faced girl with long bedraggled hair.

As dusk falls the dreary wet weather washout dampens many spirits, but the Ferris wheel keeps spinning…

 

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Candian Bride by Blue House before her Wedding in Iceland

May 30th, 2016
wedding in Iceland with bride by Blue House

Outdoor wedding in Iceland. as the bride walks out of the blue house to go to her wedding in Iceland.

 

Reel Life Photos travels anywhere in the world for unusual, happy weddings,  Contact Elaine for you friendly wedding photographer

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Interracial wedding in London

May 30th, 2016
wedding confetti in London by Yorkshire wedding photographer

Confetti storm after wedding at Casa Tua in London.  The bride’s family bought a packet of tissue paper for the pound shop and spent all evening cutting it up into strips, which were then cut into pieces . Perfect!   Great money saving idea

Such a loving family the groom has too!

natural, emotional, wedding photography

Groom and his loving mother at the wedding reception in London

natural wedding picture

Little boy reaching for yellow balloons outside Casa Tua, during the wedding reception

 

Reel Life Photos travels anywhere in the world for unusual, happy weddings, as well as all over the UK, and culture, any style of wedding.  Contact Elaine for you friendly wedding photographer

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Gambian women cooking for a wedding party

April 9th, 2016
Gambian women cooking

Gambian women cooking at night for the wedding party at the groom’s family home

Bolton Excellency wedding venue always excites me with their theatrical lighting and décor!

April 8th, 2016
Bolton Excellency wedding

wedding reception in Bolton Excellency

See a little video clip of this theatrical wedding venue here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcgnkoNb5_c

Bolton Excellency wedding reception photography

Bolton Excellency wedding reception pic with theatrical lighting

wedding reception food at Bolton Excellency

The starters at wedding reception in Bolton

 

Exterior of Bolton Excellency at Night

Outside Bolton Excellency at Night

 

Beautiful table layout at wedding reception in Bolton Excellency

Beautiful table décor at wedding reception at Bolton Excellency

 

Décor in the entrance foyer at Bolton Excellency

Décor in the entrance foyer at Bolton Excellency

Bolton Excellency wedding pic with grand chandeliers

Bolton Excellency with its grand chandeliers and beautiful décor.

 

Bolton Excellency theatrical Asian weddings

Bolton Excellency with its grand chandeliers

 

Bolton Excellency wedding reception with its grand chandeliers

Bolton Excellency with its grand chandeliers

 

Bolton Excellency wedding reception decorations

Bolton Excellency wedding reception décor.

 

Bolton Excellency wedding reception dexorations

Bolton Excellency wedding reception décor.

 

Well lit wedding reception in Bolton Excellency

Well lit wedding reception in Bolton Excellency

 

wedding reception details at Bolton Excellency

wedding reception details at Bolton Excellency

Contact Elaine via Reel Life Photos main website for info on photography and video at Bolton Excellency or call 07990 867058

Wedding on a mountain in Iceland

February 26th, 2016

Earlier this year, I happened to meet a lovely young Canadian couple when they were travelling through the UK on a shoestring budget.  I mentioned that I was a wedding photographer, and that I put experiences above money, ( though of course we still have to earn our living) so was really excited when they messaged me in September about their imminent wedding plans.  They didn’t want the usual kind of wedding with family and friends around them, but opted to have their legal wedding ceremony on top of a mountain in Iceland!  Now I’ve always said that I will go anywhere – even on top of a mountain – (but not jump out of an aeroplane or dive under the sea) so of course I jumped at the idea.

The weather in October – even in the UK – is touch and go for an outdoor wedding, so it was a huge risk that they, the registrar – and the camera – would get soaked.  However we were SO lucky!  It rained – or snowed – on days either side of the wedding, but that Saturday was perfect!  Freezing cold of course, but our super romantic couple had such an adrenalin rush, they stood their with the wind in their hair, the groom in just shirt and trousers, the bride in a strapless  – almost backless –  white wedding dress they had bought at last minute from a charity shop.  Their love was shining through as was the sunshine, though it was still bitterly cold in the wind. I was fully dressed in outdoor walking gear myself though!

Unusual wedding pictures on a mountain in Iceland

Unusual outdoor wedding in Iceland on top of a mountain with just the bride and groom – no guests – oh and the wedding photographer, of course!

Unusual wedding pictures on a mountain in Iceland

Outdoor wedding in Iceland

Unusual wedding pictures on a mountain in Iceland

Outdoor wedding in Iceland with just a bride and a groom.

getting married in Iceland on a mountain

Real life wedding exchange of rings during the outdoor ceremony in Iceland

getting married in Iceland on a mountain

Real life wedding exchange of rings during the outdoor ceremony in Iceland

getting married in Iceland on a mountain

Real life wedding exchange of rings during the outdoor ceremony in Iceland

After the ceremony the couple walk down the mountain and take a few private moments to share their mutual joy.  I watch from afar…and capture this picture.

Icelandic wedding ceremonyas the bride and groom share a quiet moment

The bride and groom are in their own world…

If you are getting married in Iceland , I would love to go back there!

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xx Elaine

Wedding Engagement Photos on a Mountain in Iceland

February 13th, 2016
wedding engagement photo in Iceland - location photography

Dramatic engagement photos in Iceland on top of a red rock.

This amazing couple from Canada, decided to get married in Iceland, and invited me to be their wedding photographer. Reel Life Photos is based in the UK – so truly international!  www.reellifephotos.co.uk

natural engagement picture in Iceland

Dramatic engagement photos in Iceland on top of a red rock

outdoor wedding in Iceland

Engagement photos in Iceland  with the bride in a red dress

Fun enegement and wedding photography

Fun engagement photography in Iceland

Bride in a red dress play fights with her groom by the rock they got married on in Iceland

Fun enegement and wedding photography

Fun pic of Canadian bride and groom play-fighting for engagement shoot in Iceland.

Fun engagement and wedding photography

Is the Canadian groom going  to end up in the water, as the bride pushes him hard during a play-fight for an engagement photoshoot in Iceland?

 

For more info contact Elaine of Reel Life Photos on +44799867958

 

 

Wedding Engagement Photos at Selfoss Waterfall in Iceland

February 13th, 2016
Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

This happy couple met me in the UK when they stayed as guests in my house through Airbnb.  A few months later they contacted me to let me now that they were getting married in Iceland – secretly without any wedding guests at all.  I was delighted to be invited to be their wedding photographer – and their witness! Reportage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reportage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reprtage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Reportage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

Selfoss waterfal on a rainy day in Iceland

Reportage rather than posed engagement photos in Iceland on a rainy October day at Selfoss waterfall.

 

For more info contact Elaine via Reel Life Photos Website

 

 

 

storybook wedding photography in Dewsbury Town Hall for a Nigerian-English couple

December 2nd, 2015

A lady called me from Nigeria to enquire about her wedding photography, but it turned out that she was actually getting married in the UK, in my home town of Dewsbury.  It was a beautiful wedding, with the tables dressed immaculately with a masses of flowers following a lilac colour scheme.  OK , like most African brides.she was nearly two hours late for her wedding, so its just as well it was in the middle of winter, or she may have missed out had the registrar been busy!

After the wedding she made an appointment to come and see her wedding photos, but somehow things caught up with her, and she forgot to contact me for nearly two years.  Her English husband was still working in Nigeria, but they had by now had a second baby, so also set up a home in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Now she wants to surprise her husband with the wedding album under the tree at Christmas, but here at least is the album I designed from the photos she chose from a selection of over 600 images that I had already shortlisted for her.

Dewsbury wedding photos in storybook

Storybook cover

wedding photos designed in an Italian storybook with pictures from the wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages002-003 with the cute white baby dress and shoes waiting to be worn

Italian storybook with wedding shoes and baby bridesmaid's flowers and pictures of the groom is getting ready before the wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages004-005 wedding shoes and baby bridesmaid’s flowers in Italian storybook with the groom is also getting ready for their wedding in Dewsbury

Graphistudio wedding book design showing the groom and groomsmen getting ready for the multicultural wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages006-007 groom and groomsmen getting ready – all smiles!

storybook wedding pictures of bride putting on her wedding dress and the baby chewing her white wedding shoes

Storybook Pages008-009 How to keep a baby bridesmaid happy while her mother is putting on her wedding dress: let the baby chew her new shoes!

How the wedding photographer keeps the bride's baby happy before the wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages010-011 Novel way to keep the baby happy – with the wedding photographer’s expensive light!

wedding storybook design with the bride ready to leave for her wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages012-013 – The bride puts on her pearl necklace and walks down the stairs holding her beautiful lilac and white bouquet.

wedding storybook design as the bride rushes into the limo to travel to Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages014-015 The bride carries her baby to the waiting limo with her female friends and family.

Wedding at Dewsbury Town Hall - storybook album design

Storybook Pages016-017 The photographer waiting outside in the cold for ages to make sure she didn’t miss the shot of the limo arriving outside Dewsbury Town Hall, but as the bride got out a car passed by, obscuring the limo and hurrying bride, as within seconds the bride was already inside the Town Hall.

Bride walking down the aisle at Dewsbury Town Hall in wedding storybook

Storybook Pages018-019 The bride walks down the aisle and her groom gets the first glimpse of her in her wedding dress and fur shrug

wedding rings and kiss at Dewsbury wedding in the storybook photo album

Storybook Pages020-021 The bestman fishes the rings out of his pocket and before we know it the wedding is sealed with a kiss!

Wedding in Dewsbury by photographer Elaine of Reel Life Photos

Storybook Pages022-023 The register signing photos can be such happy ones if the photographer is quick and experienced.

Storybook Pages024-025 The witnesses and Reel Life Photos’ signature shot of the newly-weds’ hands showing their rings by the register with the bouquet for decoration.

wedding pictures in a storybook album by Reel Life Photos wedding photographer in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages 26-27 The groom’s father poses with the happy couple be the wedding register, as the bride’s best friend in the red dress looks on, before the newly weds look at each other as the link arms to walk back down the aisle together.

traditional wedding pictures in Dewsbury Town Hall in storybook designed album

Storybook Pages 028-029 The groom just manages to appear in one pic as the bride enthusiastically poses with all her friends. Well I don’t know many grooms who enjoy posing for wedding pics after all! That’s why I love natural wedding photos…

wedding tiara and Nigerian bride's wedding pictures in a storybook album by Reel Life Photos wedding photographer in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages030-031 Couldn’t resist adding in this background pic of the bride’s gleaming tiara along with the black and white photo of the bride sitting on the floor with her dress spread out.

wedding photography in Dewsbury Town Hall after the wedding ceremony

Storybook Pages032-033 The happy bride poses with her friends. The groom as usual manages to escape the camera!

wedding cake and tables laid with the starter for the wedding breakfast at Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages034-035 Traditional 3 tier wedding cake and the beautifully decorated top table al ready to begin the wedding breakfast

Italian wedding book photography and storybook design in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages036-037 Happy days as the bride poses with her friends and the groom’s grown-up son.

The wedding decorations are first class at this wedding reception in Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages038-039 The wedding decorations are first class at this intimate family wedding reception in Dewsbury Town Hall

Nigerian English wedding reception in Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages040-041 Its good to capture all the guest when its a relatively small family wedding!

Beautiful wedding pohotography in Dewsbury, showing the table layout with wedding guests.

Storybook Pages042-043 Its always lovely to see the wedding guests enjoying themselves, and to remember who was there at your wedding.

The groom's speech - wedding pics captured by Elaine of Reel Life Photos

Storybook Pages044-045 The groom’s speech

fun wedding speeches - the groom

Storybook Pages046-047 Guests cracking themselves up with laughter during the groom’s speech.

wedding cake and wedding reception wedding breakfast pictures at Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages048-049 wedding guests and the splendid 3 tiered traditional wedding cake

wedding photographer Elaine is pictured in this Dewsbury wedding too!

Storybook Pages050-051 wedding guests pose for the camera, and oh, even the wedding photographer is snapped in her African outfit, far right in this storybook design.

The groom's family - grandkids and the like and tasty dessert

Storybook Pages052-053 Oh that delicious dessert is making me hungry!

wedding toast captured in pictures by Reel Life Photos in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages054-055 Cheers! The wedding toast!

First dance wedding photography by Reel Life Photos in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages056-057 First Dance and more dancing!

Fun wedding photography in Dewsbury during the evening wedding reception dancing.

Storybook Pages058-059 Time for some fun dancing pics!

Tradiotional wedding cake pictures in as the cake is cut for real.

Storybook Pages060-061 Cutting the cake – all traditional like!

wedding photos on the stairs of Dewsbury Town Hall

Storybook Pages062-063 bride and groom on the stairs of Dewsbury Town Hall

wedding photography in Dewsbury at the Town Hall

Storybook Pages064-065 wedding guests and the groom (!) pose for pictures at Dewsbury Town Hall

confetti pics in Dewsbury in wedding storybook

Storybook Pages066-067 Confetti pics

happy bridemaid after catching the bouquet at wedding in Dewsbury

Storybook Pages068-069 The groom’s son is pretty merry as he hug and kisses his father and jubilant bridemaid after catching the bouquet .

last page of Graphistudio wedding book storybook album as the bride shows off her garter

Storybook Pages070-071 the garter and last few wedding pics

To contact Reel Life Photos full time experienced professional wedding photographer in Dewsbury call 07990867058 or visit our website:

http://www.reellifephotos.co.uk wedding photographers in Dewsbury

Asian-Pakistani-wedding-Nikah

September 2nd, 2015

Asian weddings in the UK at least, are very different from English weddings.  The bride gets married on the same day , but in a separate room  from her husband. Their Islamic wedding can even take place in two entirely separate locations, with the groom having his Nikah in the mosque, while the bride might be at home with her family.  The groom’s Nikah is usually quite lengthy, whereas the brides can simply be a few words long – a verbal agreement that she gives her consent to marry her groom.  The groom will most likely sit in a circle with all the men, and the Imam – priest – at his side or opposite him, whereas the bride will be surrounded by a few female friends or relatives, and have her head completely covered in her dupatta – ornate (usually red) shawl. She can even miss hearing her own Nikah and still be married under Islamic law… (not sure how that works though, but have seen it happen)