Family photography, Calke Abbey, Derbyshire.

Family photography shoot at Calke Abbey with Dave, Cassie and Henry.

Two years ago I was contacted by Cassie and Dave about photographing their wedding just before they were due to move out to Abu Dhabi.  Unfortunately I was already booked on the date so was unable to shoot the wedding. Fast forward two years and it was lovely to get an email asking if I could do a family portrait shoot whilst they were back in the UK.

Cassie had mentioned that they were desperately missing the countryside and would like a natural relaxed shoot outdoors, in fields or woodlands, basically anywhere ‘green’ and typically British so where better than in the grounds of Calke Abbey in Derbyshire.


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Family portrait sessions cost just £50, to view more of my work click here or to book your session please email or call.

Lisa & Richard, Leicestershire Rustic Wedding

When I first met Lisa and Richard I knew I was going to enjoy shooting their rustic wedding.  Lisa works as a florist and Richard is a tree surgeon so obviously the great outdoors is a massive part of their lives and this showed throughout the wedding.  With almost everything arranged or made by the couple with help from close friends and family, the theming in the hall, the cake, the table planner, and Lisa’s amazing bouquet, everything was so them.

With the ceremony and reception taking place at St Peters Church and the Memorial Hall just opposite their home in Copt Oak, it was a great opportunity to get head in and around Charnwood Forest and Beacon Hill for some photos.  After having a scout around a few days before I stumbled across a fantastic Bluebell wood which made for a stunning setting.

Friends & Family, you can view the full gallery here.


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Win £1,000 off your wedding photography

They say time flies when you are having fun and, unbelievably, March 1st 2015 marks TEN years since I left full time employment as a press photographer and set up Darren Cresswell Photography Ltd.

To mark this momentous occasion one lucky couple who are getting married in 2015 and book me to be their wedding photographer will win a whopping £1,000 off their wedding photography!

Win £1,000 off your wedding photography


So how is this going to work?
Well its quite simple really, anyone who is getting married between the 1st January 2015 and the 31st December 2015 and books either a full day or half day package* with me will automatically go into the draw to win £1,000 off their chosen package.

*To qualify one of our 3 selections has to be booked click here to view the price list.

When will the lucky couple find out?
The draw will take place 1 month before the first booked wedding of 2015 (for example: if my first wedding of 2015 is on the 1st March the draw will take place on the 1st February, so everyone who has booked has a fair chance of winning). Anyone booking after the draw has been made will not be eligible to win.


What is a booked wedding?
Confirmation of a booking is when a deposit payment has been made and a contract signed.


What about couples who have already booked?
They have already been entered.


Who will pick the winner?
The winning couple will be chosen at random by the team over at Save The Date Magazine.


Anything else we need to know?
Its a brilliant prize so if you or anyone you know is getting married in 2015, please share this fantastic offer and tell them about it.


Any questions please drop me an email or call on 01530 413053

Lucy & Matt, Holy Trinity Church / Dovecliff Hall Wedding Photography

Another spring wedding and another sunny day, this time its Lucy and Matt’s gorgeous wedding with the ceremony taking place round the corner from my home at Holy Trinity Church in Ashby, and then onto Dovecliff Hall Hotel in Staffs for the reception.   It was a fabulous day with the bride looking amazing, upstaged only by Lucy and Matt’s little twin girls Grace and Freya, making lots of very cute pictures.

Great to work with Make up artist Lisa from Creative Touch again and it was nice to see everyone hitting the dance floor for the brilliant Oasis tribute act Oasish, I think Matt rather enjoyed joining in.

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