black & white lifestyle portrait shoot. Louise, James & Matilda

I dont post enough portrait work on the blog so to start the ball rolling heres a lovely black & white lifestyle portrait shoot I did last year with Louise, James and little Matilda.
I first met Louise and James when I photographed their wedding in 2012 so was thrilled when they called to see if I could do a baby bump session with a planned follow up shoot when Matilda was born.
Its lovely when a past client gets in touch for another shoot and what made this so nice was we did all the photo sessions at their wedding venue, Kilworth House.

On the day I had originally planned to do some of the photos outside but due to the weather turning we decided to shoot in one of the hotel rooms.  Working in a limited space but with great light and shade, I decided to keep it simple.  Louise, James and Matilda in close to each other, tight cropping in camera, and using the available light / simple reflectors to keep a depth to the photos.
Regardless of what lighting is used on a shoot it all comes down to mum, dad and baby feeling relaxed in the surroundings and more importantly comfortable with the photographer.

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Laura and Gary. Donington Park Farmhouse winter wedding

I love photographing a wedding thats full of emotion with a great atmosphere and Laura and Gary’s Donington Park Farmhouse winter wedding was one of the best of 2013, with Gary’s son Kit setting most the guests off crying by becoming overwhelmed during the ceremony, these are the kind of documentary photos I’m looking for when I shoot a wedding and these are the photos my clients love the most.

The Farmhouse is tricky venue to shoot in any time of the year and due to the cold and very strong wind we shot nearly all the photos inside the barn, but with a gorgeous sunset on its way there was no way I wanted to miss it, so we braved the weather and caught a couple of lovely silhouette photos.

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Donington Park Farmhouse black & white documentary wedding photography by Darren Cresswell.

Alex and Paul, Holy Trinity Church / Breadsall Priory wedding

Its not that often I get to shoot a wedding close to home so it was great to cover Alex and Paul’s wedding just down the road at Holy Trinity Church in Ashby and then onto Breadsall Priory in Derbyshire.

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Natural, emotional documentary wedding photography by Darren Cresswell.