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Saturday’s wedding fair at Manchester Town Hall was a superb event. The place was packed with couples checking out the vintage buses, exhibitors, sampling buffet food and or course watching Melanie James’ catwalk show, which I also had the pleasure of photographing.
The audience were treated to an hour-long show where she showcased 38 of her stunning designs. Every single one was incredible; they’re all hand-made vintage wedding dresses with accessories to die for. The dresses combined with Zowie Pointing’s Hairdessing work and Emmelia Clarke's Makeup work made it a killer show.
Of course no ‘wedding day’ is complete without a hitch, luckily when the string quartet were delayed for the first catwalk session Vintage78 DJs stepped in with his decks. The models sashaying down the run way to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald suited the style of the dresses perfectly.
If photographing the catwalk wasn’t enough, I was also give special permission to photograph the dresses in parts of the Town Hall that wedding photographers don’t normally get to access. Usually at a wedding there isn’t time to do this, so I took full advantage of going behind the scenes and scouting out new and exciting backdrops for the next wedding. I can’t imagine many other wedding photographers in Manchester getting to do that before!
All in all it was a brilliant day. The eight models did a great job with so many dress and were professional throughout, Zowie’s make up was impeccable, but of course Melanie’s dresses absolutely stole the day.
On the days when I’m not being a wedding photographer you will often find me doing baby shoots around Manchester. This Sunday eight-month-old Keelan was brought in by his mum for a series of photos to help him become a baby model.
Photographing babies and toddlers is always an energetic shoot because they love to wriggle around so you have to be on your toes for that perfect snap before they crawl away, cry or fall asleep. But Keelan was an absolute delight to photograph and is probably one of the best-behaved babies I’ve worked with – he’s handsome, loved the camera and never stopped smiling – everything you want in a baby model.
The saying goes never work with children or animals but Keelan was definitely an exception to the rule. If you’d like to work with Keelan and his mum, contact me through twitter @craigeb.
Just a few pictures from todays wedding fair at Manchester Town Hall. Dresses by Melanie James
This Saturday Manchester Town Hall is opening its doors for its first wedding fair of 2013. But this time I won’t be there as a wedding photography exhibitor, instead I’m going to be on the catwalk photographing their main event – the bridal fashion show. Taking centre stage in the Great Hall is bespoke wedding dress designer Melanie James who will be showcasing her collection and unveiling an exclusive new design. As a Manchester wedding photographer this is definitely an early highlight of the year - I’ll be shooting stunning vintage dresses in one of Manchester city centre’s most atmospheric venues. You don’t have to be a wedding photographer to appreciate the amazing setting!
Even though it’s a catwalk-show it’s still going to have that wedding feel because I’ll also be behind the scenes shooting the models as they get ready with Melanie James and make-up artist Zowie Pointing.
Having had a sneak-preview of some of the dresses, it’s without doubt an event not to be missed, so much so that they’re putting on two catwalk sessions – the first at 12pm and second at 3pm.
But if you can’t make it I’ll be putting up a selection of photographs from the event on my blog afterwards.
The Wedding Fair is on from 10am-4pm, entrance is free and there’s no need to book or have tickets. For more information go to, Manchester Town Hall Wedding Fair.
Can't Wait for the Wedding Fair this week at Manchester Town Hall. further details later this week.
Wedding Photographers from the Manchester area got together at Belle Epoque in Knutsford to photograph some of the latest dresses on the market and swap and share photography tips.
The models are either photographers themselves or were partners to other members of the team.
Great day had by all and special thanks to the Belle Epoque for their hospitality.
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Further pictures at http://www.craigebarker.com/weddingphotomanchester
Here are a few pictures from last weekends wedding at the fantastic Gorton Monastery in Manchester. I do love this venue as it has all the ceremony of a cathedral but is relaxed as it's civil and the little bit of decay helps with the pictures. I love being a wedding photographer in Manchester when you get amazing venues like this. Thank you Steph and Paul for letting me be part of the day. Howard Wing the singer and compere was amazing and made the day for everybody.
Well Steph and Paul came round yesterday for a chat and a little pre shoot before the big day. It was raining yet again so we ended up in the studio.
These images are from Aisha and Steves pre-shoot a few weeks ago. I've been meaning to put them on here but as they had the images I have been a by lazy. They have had there wedding already and the shots are being processed now.
We were going to go to the venue Davenport Green Hall for the pre shoot but there had been some confusion and it was raining so we decided to stay in the studio.
They are a lovely couple and a pleasure to shoot for I hope these few images show the type of people they are.