Family photography in Hardwick Park – Chris Monaghan-Doyle Photography

Here’s a selection of the images from my recent photo session with Suzanne and her family in Hardwick Park.

We were blessed with lovely weather and the park was nice and quiet. Both the kids were very relaxed in front of the camera which made the session a pleasure.

I think Suzanne is keen on a multi image frame. I have a graphic designer in the form of my very talented wife who is going to put together some layouts.

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The wedding album – the importance of printed images

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Recently my wife and I shared our 9th wedding anniversary and our little boy asked if he could see our wedding pictures. He was quite surprised when we brought him our album to take a look at, he is really only used to seeing family photos on the iPad or computer. As we looked at the pictures together it made me think about the importance of printing images and creating albums.

At present many people chose to receive their wedding images in an electronic format, such as a disc of images or a USB flash drive. Electronic storage of images is great for allowing pictures to be shared instantly with family and friends and can be accessed on any number of devices such as phones and laptops that form an integral part of our lives.

Given the convenience of electronic storage for images why invest in an album or prints?

Digital media such as USB drives and DVDs are great for transferring information, however given the rapid changes in technology will they still be the right solution in 5 or 10 years? The images that formed our wedding album were taken on film as digital photography was still gathering momentum, the printed album we have still looks fabulous and was instantly at hand for our son to look through 9 years later. Computers are now being produced without DVD drives as standard, in the future will a DVD of images be easily accessible? In addition the National Archives advise that a DVD-R will degrade over time, however they should last for at least 2-5 years (although in practice may be 10 years or more). USB drives may be a more robust storage solution, however as technology develops will they still be in use in 10 years time?

Printed images have a feeling of permanence that digital images just cannot match, a marriage is forever, and so should the images be. A wedding album provides you with a beautiful object to remind you of your special day and the emotions and moments you shared. It forms a timeless memento that will be available for generations to come whatever the future holds.

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Peter and Kathy’s Helmsley Wedding – Baxby Manor

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Kathy and Pete’s lovely wedding in Helmsley.

I caught some pictures of Pete and his brothers getting ready on their family farm before scooting over to Kathy to catch her and the bridesmaids.

The church ceremony in Helmsley was conducted by the bride’s sister which gave it a fantastic family feel and light hearted moments. Later a vintage bus took the guests and couple to the reception at Baxby Manor.

The weather wasn’t always on our side but it did’t spoil the day in the slightest and a great day was had by all!

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Summer is here! – Yarm outdoor family photoshoot

The weather has been good and I have been out trying to make the most out of it. Near to Yarm there is a great spot to grab some outdoor pictures with some beautiful scenery. The field makes a great backdrop and the colour is lovely. My wife and daughter were both very patient during the photoshoot and I am very pleased with the results. The plan is to have an image printed for the wall, I will post some pics when we decide!

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The importance of the wedding album

My wife and I just shared our ninth wedding anniversary, it’s amazing how the time has flown. It seems like only yesterday that we enjoyed that fabulous day at Matfen Hall in Northumberland.

When we told our four year old boy about our wedding anniversary he asked us about our wedding day and if he could see the photographs. We took out our beautiful album of pictures taken by Gary Walsh and let him take a look through. He was very interested to see how young his mum and dad looked as well as his aunts and grandparents.

Watching him made me think that he is not used to seeing printed pictures in this way, the majority of the pictures he sees are electronic on our computers and phones. Looking at our son flicking through the album made me think about the permanence of the printed album. Purely electronic pictures somehow feel temporary, the physical album provides something that feels permanent and timeless, something that can be passed down through the generations and no matter what the technological advances, future generations will be able to take a look at the images.

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Wedding Invites – Chris Monaghan-Doyle Photography

A few weeks ago I took some pictures of the wedding invites of a forthcoming wedding I am photographing. The cards were designed and made by my good friend Jo Purvis. I thought I would shoot the cards on an old pear crate as it seemed to suit their vintage style perfectly!Wedding_Invite_Photo_Shoot_Ingleby_Barwick_Yarm_Wedding_mdphoto