Monday, 31 December 2018

BEST OF 2018:

So after another manic seasons of Weddings, trying (and failing) to kick-start the blog again, I wanted to see the year out with at least some sort of bookend to finish 2018 off nicely. 

Enjoy this little highlights reel of some of my favourite images from the year and we'll try and make a go of the blog again in 2019. With a massive website overhaul on the horizon it might be the kick start I need. Have a great end of 2018 everyone and I'll be back in the New Year with a new look blog and lots of new content. I promise!!

Robin x

Friday, 25 May 2018

Wet Weather Weddings: Wind, Rain and How to Keep Smiling

As part of my efforts to get the blog up and running again and to keep the articles flowing, I wanted to do more than just post up Real Wedding’s and ‘Best Of’ features but to also write about the different aspects of Wedding Photography and some of the scenarios I face. As well as this I wanted to look in more detail at different parts of the day, thus providing help and inspiration for couples who are on the way to organising their own special day.

One of my first ideas was to write about one of the things you have no control over on your big day…. THE WEATHER. 

While you can meticulously plan and organise every part of your wedding down to the minutest detail, the one thing you can do nothing about is whether or not the heavens open up, or if wind and rain is going to blow you away. You just have to pray, hope and keep those fingers crossed.

The most common worry for people is rain. Most couples will imagine a beautiful sunny day, where guests can enjoy drinks on the lawn and you can get some great snaps with your other half in the glorious weather, producing colourful sun soaked images of your memorable day. No one wants to be wet, miserable and stuck inside.

The thing is, it honestly doesn’t have to be like that and let’s face it, we live in little old Blighty which is pretty notorious round the world for having terrible weather, so the chances are it could very well rain on that one day of the year you really wish it wouldn’t. If this happens it happens, so the best thing to do is not worry and put a smile on it. 

The upside to the potential of rain is that it can actually work out in respect to getting some really good shots, both of yourselves as a couple and to capture moments like guests running for cover before getting soaked. The sort of thing that’s not funny at the time but that you can look back and laugh at with fondness and nostalgia.

Rain also brings out one of the ultimate Wedding Day props, the umbrella. While most people would still opt for sun, the umbrella can create a focal point for your pictures while shooting the couple. Shots of the Groom being the consummate gentleman, holding up the umbrella to shield his Bride can look chivalrous and endearing, creating a narrative that you can't capture in the same way on a sunny day.
Umbrellas can also go wrong blowing inside out, collapsing on people, getting caught on things, which is all great candid material to capture and make light of when you look back on your day. Like I say, not funny at the time but it does add to the narrative, creating a story to tell.

You don’t have to get wet either (which is also a big worry), when taking pictures of you as the couple, I can stand you in doorways, under arches, in bus stops, all of which can create unique and innovative photos. I may end up getting wet myself but that’s not a concern for you and it’s seen as par for the course for getting that great shot.

The bottom line is, don’t worry about the weather on your day, it out of your control and if it does happen we’ll work round it. With over 10 years’ experience shooting weddings I’ve seen plenty of rain and bad weather but it’s never ruined a day and we’ve still got some great shots out of it.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Want That Wedding: Real Wedding Blog Feature

Definitely one of the highlights for me in the 2017 calendar was Laura & Jon's Wedding at Ox Pasture Hall in Scarborough. Their outdoorsy, playful day was full of lawn games and laughter from a couple who never stopped smiling.
That's why it was great when Wedding Blog Want That Wedding decided to feature the day in one of their Real Wedding articles.

Read all about Laura & Jon's colourful summer wedding in full by clicking the image below:

Tuesday, 3 April 2018


Wow! It's been over a year since I last blogged anything on here which I know is absolutely criminal. Somehow 2017 totally got away from me, it's a long story and something I might get into further at a later date (in an entirely different post) but for now, back in 2018 one of my New Year's Resolutions as far as the business was concerned was to get myself out there more on social media. I've always enjoyed the success of referrals and a good reputation in what I do, but as a business I could always do more.
Since I started 83Photography & 83Weddings Social Media has become such a powerful tool and I'll happily admit I've probably slept on it a little while others have excelled.

I'm posting this on my 83Weddings Blog rather than the 83Photography one  as I'm almost certainly more known for my Wedding Photography than anything else, so wanted to share some info on how I also do work with different clients throughout the year on various other photography projects.
Over the last 6 months I’ve been concentrating on a massive revamp to the commercial side of my website updating my portfolio to include loads of previously un-showcased work.
This was a really fun process where I was able to revisit lots of old projects while selecting what to feature on the website.

With a background in Fashion and Product photography I do still work largely in these areas, as well as having a huge passion for music which does lend to me shooting bands both live and for line-up shots, as well as dipping my toe in the music video world (something I'd always love to do more of).

Recently I've also had a spate of Family, Children & Maternity Photography requests, mostly from old Wedding clients who now have kids so have returned to ask about my services in shooting the new additions. In reality this makes total sense and something I maybe should have thought about perusing sooner but without dwelling on the 'shudda wudda cudda's' it's been great to see the response to my work in this area and definitely something I'll continue to pursue now I've got the ball rolling.

To really get to the core of this post, I'm raising this awareness about all the other photography work I do bar Wedding Photography by having a little competition. As you can see from the image at the top of the page I'm offering a FREE PHOTO SHOOT to those who like my competition post on either Facebook or Instagram, as well as 'Following' me and tagging someone else who might be interested in entering the competition.

I've put links below, to take you directly to the appropriate pages as well as other examples of my work for you to check out. I'd love for as many people to enter the competition and wish everyone good luck in winning if they do!

You can enter on either Facebook or Instagram

LIKE the pinned post at the top of the 83Photography FB wall and comment on it
TAG a friend or company who you think may also wish to enter

FOLLOW: @83Photography on Instagram
LIKE the competition image and comment on it
TAG a friend or company who you think may also wish to enter

Terms & Conditions:

Good Luck Everyone!!

Friday, 9 December 2016

Beautiful Testimonials:

Recently I've received truly heartwarming reviews and kind words of thanks from some of my 2016 Clients. Words like the ones below do really do make every second of this job worth while.

"(I) met Robin at a Vintage Wedding Fair in Sheffield, and didn't think for one moment I would be booking our photographer from here given we lived near Winchester & that's where we were getting married.......

However this was the start of how brilliant Robin's services are, as this was no obstacle as more than happy to come down to do our wedding photography (this in itself had gone a long way, as it was clear it wasn't about just 'doing a job', but was a real passion, and wanting to be able to recreates peoples weddings into special memories that they would be able to look back upon.

Ian & I had a great time with our engagement photoshoot, we had chosen to opt for something a little quirky, and different and Robin captured everything perfectly, we also had a fun time, Robin helped us in preparation for our wedding photos in poses that look totally amazing.

At the wedding itself, Robin was much more than the photographer, he was absolutely part & parcel of our day, we & all our guests absolutely loved Robin, his friendly, approachable manner, and we received our wedding photos yesterday and WOW, WOW, WOW, we are blown away by Robins amazing skills & work. 

Thank you so, so, so much Robin for capturing our day as perfectly as you have done, totally highly recommend."

- Love Claire & Ian xx

"Kelly and I would like to thank Robin for all his hard work on the day, for being so approachable and friendly to our guests, and most importantly for the brilliant pictures he has taken. 

All of the emotion of the day comes through in the pictures, and myself and Kelly have had a good laugh and cry looking at the pictures. Thanks again Robin." 

- Kelly & Aaron

"Robin really listened to what we wanted. His style is so natural - we barely noticed him there on the day! 

We have just received our images in a beautiful little box and they are truly stunning. He has captured so many special moments. We will treasure these photos forever. Thank you so much Robin!"

- Beth & Dan

"We have just had our wedding photos back from Robin and they are amazing...we can't thank him enough! He listened to what we wanted and captured the day perfectly.

Nothing was too much to ask (even coming with us to Las Vegas), and in turn this put us both at ease.

Everyone has commented on how great the photos look and how relaxed us and all the guests looks in the photos, which really is a testament to Robin." 

- Thank you again, Lauren & Phill

"Thank you so much for the beautiful photos. They brought back so many wonderful memories and the moments that you captured are just magical!

You fitted into our day perfectly, never intrusive but always available to capture the moment.

We can't thank you enough and we would definitely recommend you."

- Best Wishes, Amy-Rose & Adam xxx

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Secret Wedding Blog Real Wedding Blog Feature:

It truly was an honour to be a part of Sophia & Paolo's day and to find a Wedding Blogger in Raj who championed Multicultural and Interfaith Weddings and could showcase their day in a way it deserved.

In a time when our government and the media are trying to separate and divide us it was lovely to see two different people from two different cultures and backgrounds come together over love.

One of the most honourable things about their day was their commitment to standing firm on what they wanted as a couple, something I admire (having been through this myself). It's YOUR wedding, not anyone else's and sometimes friends and family need to remember that and get on board.

It's great to have a blog out there that is championing this marital taboo. Love is empowering and encompassing, and knows no boundaries between religion and race. As a society we should use this to overcome differences and to create bridges between cultures and communities. If we could all learn to love one another like Sophia and Paolo, despite our varying backgrounds and histories the world would be a better place.

Thanks again to Raj and Secret Wedding Blog for the feature and as usual, click on the image below to go through and see the full feature.

Love trumps all, love wins. xxx

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Plans & Presents Real Wedding Blog Feature:

Kelly & Aaron's day has been one of my favourite Weddings of 2016 so far, so I was excited to be approached by Plans & Presents Wedding Blog to have it featured as a Real Wedding. Kelly & Aaron were a lovely couple who were fun and bubbly, and their personalities shone through in their themes.

There were so many beautiful little details and trinkets to shoot including the amazing 'bring your own' cake stand where everyone contributed to desert, it has to be seen to be believed!
You'll be able to take away so much inspiration from this wedding to create ideas for your own very own day, it's definitely worth a look.

Click below to go through to the feature and find out what all the fuss is about.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Brides Up North Real Wedding Blog Feature:

It's been a seriously long time since I last posted on my blog, 6 months in fact and I can honestly say I have no idea where the time has gone.
This has been my busiest (and most successful) year as a Wedding Photographer, so on some levels my inability to regularly post on here is a good thing, I'm too busy shooting weddings for anything else to get a look in!

Anyway, it's always an honour when one of the big Wedding Blogs picks up one of your Weddings for a feature and I've always had Brides Up North in my sights, but never quite found the right wedding to submit.
Luckily, Sophie & Daniels seaside wedding in Redcar seemed like the perfect opportunity to put my work forward for the blog. It was a great day with a lovely couple. I loved getting to shoot Redcar Beach as the backdrop for their beautiful day.

Click on the image below to go through and see Soph & Dan's Wedding in full.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

BEST OF 2015:

2015 was a great year for 83Weddings. I found my feet in a style I've always had in my minds eye, while the re-branding and updated aesthetic of the website really helped tie in the whole look of my work, truly portraying it's personality.
I shot loads of great weddings and had loads of fun at every day I captured. I had editorial features in Belle Bridal and Your Yorkshire Wedding Magazine, while also having huge amounts of interest in bookings for 2016.
On a personal level I've had a jam packed 2015. I've had an awesome year with my band Colour Of Spring and plans for my own Festival themed Outdoor Wedding this June are also going smoothly. I can't wait!!

Before I get into the full swing of things for 2016 I wanted to take a look back at a bunch of my favourite images from last year and to give you an opportunity to see my most up-to-date work in all it's glory.

This year is going to be a great one, I can already feel it!!