Mar 10

Lazaats Hotel Yorkshire Wedding Photography – Sue & Steve

By Ray Dixon

Julie and I had such a special day capturing Sue and Steve's memories at the wonderful Lazaats Hotel.

From the first time we met Sue and Steve, we got on so well.  We appreciated how important their wedding photography was for them.

Below is just a very small selection of what we captured for them on Friday. 

From the moment we arrived at Lazaat to see Sue for bridal prep, everyone made us feel welcome. Even the younger members of the bridal party that had to stop playing Fortnite 😂 whilst we were photographing... Sue was totally in control making sure everyone else was OK. The above image is of Sue and Steve's rings from Gladstones Jewellers.

We are sure you will all agree, Sue looks absolutely stunning! The image of Sue was captured in the corridor just outside her room. We just had a few minutes alone with her, making sure she was fine. We then had the talk... If your a professional wedding photographer you'll know which talk we mean... Low and slow, no hiding behind your flowers and walk slowly and enjoy the moment as you walk down the aisle.

As a surprise Sue had organised for Tony of Aston Wedding Cars To You, to collect Steve in his Aston Martin DB7. Well in Tony for being able to organise this with only 2 days notice 😇

The lads scrubbed up well also!!

It was then time to to see the registrars and get ready for a wedding...

I do... A very poignant and emotional ceremony, held in the Imani Suite witnessed by close family and friends. Just look at the smiles.  

Rain didn't stop play, the weather had been very unpredictable all day. But as if the weather gods had shone down on us, the moment the ceremony was over the rain more or less stopped! Outside for some group and couples photos...

As quickly as we could we got the guests back inside, and to the bar... We then had some alone time with Sue and Steve, in the grounds.

We then had to get ready for the wedding breakfast, thank you so much Sue and Steve for putting Julie and I on one of your tables for the meal. It was lovely to chat with the other guest on our table, and the love for you both was clearly evident. It meant so much to us and the food was fantastic, we could have done with a snooze after lol... We have lots more images to show our lovely couple, but we believe in keeping a lot back to show them, when they come to view their images with us for the first time. After their wedding day at our Beverley Town Centre Studio. 

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Peck. 

It was our pleasure to capture your memories.


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Feb 06

National Portrait 2018 Results

By Ray Dixon

Our National Portrait Awards 2018 Winners

We are pleased to announce our winners from The National Portrait Awards entries for 2018.

But firstly can we say thank you to everyone that has taken part in the Children's, Families and Pet's competition. Mostly captured in our Beverley Town Centre Studio, and on the beautiful Beverley Westwood

Nationally between us and the other professional  studios taking part, you have helped raise £13,120 Shared between The Lullaby Trust, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Dogs Trust and Guide Dogs. A 100% of your donation entry goes directly to the all the charities involved. 

The top prize from the National competition for each of the categories was £1000. We are over the moon to announce we came second overall in the Children's Portrait Awards, out of 650 other entries with this beautiful image.

A long with the national prizes we are offering our own studio prizes. Which are:

* 1st Place 20 x 16 print in a mount, free entry into 2019 awards and a £100 voucher off our studio products

* 2nd Place 14 x 11 print in a mount a £75 voucher off studio products

* 3rd Place 9 x 6 print in a mount a £50 voucher off Studio products.

Children's Portrait Winners

Family Portrait Winner

Pet Portrait Winners

* The prizes are non transferrable and of your winning image only. Julie will be in touch with all winners to let you know when your prizes are ready for collection. Congratulations to everyone who took part. 

2019 National Portrait Awards


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Sep 10

Katie and David’s Wedding Day

By Ray Dixon

We'll the rain tried to spoil the day, but it had no chance!!

We arrived early at Lazaat to find Katie and the girls well in the swing of things... Here are just a very small selection of what we've captured.

Thank you to everyone for making us feel so welcome. We look forward to showing you all the rest once Katie & David have seen them 🙂

Keep a look out on our Facebook page, to see when the gallery is live.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Hunter xxx

Sep 07

Sam and Matt’s Wedding Day

By Ray Dixon

Well where do we start... 

What an amazing day we had with Sam, Matt & Russell. It started with a beautiful wedding service held in Pocklington at Burnby Hall Registration Office.

Sam and Matt wanted to have some memories captured in Burnby Hall Gardens, which are gorgeous. Only one slight problem, due to the end of the service time we had just 30 minutes before the gates would be shut... Not a issue Sam and Matt were up for the challenge, as were we. For those of you who are old enough, it was like something out of challenge Anneka 😂😂😂

This is just a small selection, well done team great work (if only we had done a behind the scenes video, challenge won lol).

On to the wedding reception at Shiptonthorpe Village Hall... Which vehicle to take???? 

At the village hall now, let the fun begin...

Russell following in dads footsteps???

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Walker, it was our pleasure to capture your memories. XX

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May 09

Master Photographer Association Yorkshire Region Annual Print Awards 2018

By Ray Dixon

Recently Julie & I entered our Yorkshire Region Master Photographers Association (MPA) Annual Print Competition 2018. 

This is our chance to enter some of the past years images into various categories e.g. Portraiture, Landscape/Travel, Weddings & Commercial. We don't enter into the competition lightly, firstly we are going up against other professional photographers, who've been established for a lot longer than us within the Yorkshire region MPA. Secondly you have to pay for every entry!!!

Round One: consisted of digital entries being entered for judging. The judging was carried out by non other than our MPA President Richard Bradbury, Fellow Master Photographer Association (FMPA). From this we had 12 entries that went through to the second round 🙂 

Second Round: We then have to submit the digital images as prints. After another round of judging, then came the awards night...

We had a super night, great to catch up with other regional photographers. Blown away!! That out of all our 12 entries each one received an award, more so two images won their category!!

Thank you to all the MPA regional staff, and Richard Bradbury for giving up his time to judge the competition.

Here are our images: 


Under 5's Portrait & Landscape/Travel

Highly Commended

Under 5's Portrait, Landscape/Travel, Pets, Wedding Reportage


Under 5's Portrait


Classical Portrait, Under 5's Portrait, Architecture, Wildlife    

A big thank you to all involved with the above images. Now looking forward to the Nationals (fingers crossed).

Thank you Ray & Julie (Award Winning Photographers) xx

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Mar 16

Wedding Photography Blog

By Ray Dixon

Nicola & Paul's Wedding

Here are a selection of images we captured for Nicky & Paul's wedding held at Edinburgh Castle, followed by their reception at

The Kitchin (Tom Kitchin's restaurant in Leigth). 

Let the day begin...

Bridal prep at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh -The Caledonian

Nicola was looking truly radiant, with Olivia attending to her every need. Make up was from Sarah Baldwin (Sarah E Baldwin - Professional Make-Up), and hair by Gail Rankin International / Bespoke Wedding Hair.

Nicola's beautiful wedding dress was from Andrea Bambridge, with bespoke gown from Eliza Jane Howell. We think you'll agree truly stunning...

Let's see how Paul and the lads are getting on...

The groom and groomsmen were not harmed during the taking of the photograph below 😉 

Time to get a quick drink before heading off to Edinburgh Castle. The Devil's Advocate here we come...

Paul and guests arrive at the castle.

Nicola and Olivia are about to leave the Waldorf, but not without a quick photo with the head concierge... Nicola and Olivia holding their stunning flowers from Petals by the shore - Leigth. 

Paul is now waiting for Nicola in St Margarets Chapel...

Here comes the bride. Piped in by a lone piper..

A beautiful intermit ceremony in St Margaret's chapel, built around 1130 making the chapel Edinburgh's oldest building. Followed by champagne and canapés in the Queen Anne ante room. 

After leaving Edinburgh Castle. Seeing the Scottish weather was being so kind, we had a quick stop by Princess Street Gardens...

Finally on to the reception held at The Kitchin in Leigth, Chef Tom Kitchin's Michelin Star Restaurant. Even better the main man was in...

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Jensen, we loved capturing your memories.

Special thanks go out to all friends and family for making us feel so welcome, Lawerence Scott for his help and being a great friend.

Finally Nicola and Paul for entrusting us to capture their vision of everything they planned for their wedding day.

Lots of love

Ray & Julie xx

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