Matt and Annie Engagement Shoot in Manchester!

August 13th, 2009

Don't get me wrong, I really love the countryside, I grew up in it and I love being surrounded by nature and peace and quiet, but there has always been a place in my heart for the city in small doses.

I love the city of Bristol for example, it's one of the most chilled out cities in England in my opinion.

When Jessica and myself were dating, we'd end up in Manchester most weekends when I was up at hers and I've grown to love that city.

When Matt and Annie said that were getting married in Manchester-flippin-townhall, to be honest, it didn't really click with my brain that we'd end up doing a shoot in the city!
I've been dieing to do a shoot in Manchester in the early evening for years now, it's full of incredible, almost imposing architecture, grungy back alleys and ultra modren glass and brushed steel boxes. I love it, and it's dark sides remind me a bit of Blade Runner.
When we were looking for eachother to meet up, I couldn't work out if I recognised this guy walking towards me was a front man of a rock band, or the guest from a wedding I shot, it was of course the latter, so we hit a pub, chatted about weddings and music and started shooting.

I felt like quite the little Manc, just about knowing my way around the city! =)

So Matt and Annie were an utter pleasure to shoot, definatly very high up there with my most fun couples (no, i'm not compiling a spreadsheet)
Enjoy these (finally) urban pictures, and look out for their wedding very very soon!

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I challenge you to find someone with a bigger smile that Matts! It's awesome!!
Oh, by the way, not that you can see it, but the building in the background is the place where they will be getting married on Saturday!
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Can you believe that these guys haven't watched Americas Next Top Model? I think they lied to me!
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A random key in the background here...
I very rarely use my flash straight on, but I think with the choice of background, and their facial structure, I think it suited them very well!
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Annie has a slight Anne Hathaway look to her in my opinion. (I hope you don't mind me saying that Annie!)
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I think this could be my favorite from this series of images;
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Yes, thank you Next for lighting up your store needlessly bright at night, but next time, can you just take the signs down for me?
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Thank you and goodnight!
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I usually learn something from my shoots each time, either about my equipment, lighting, myself, and also usually I learn loads about the couple.
I'd say that this time, the lesson I learnt is that the train from Bristol gets into Manchester at 7pm, and then the last train back to Bristol is at 7 minutes past 7...leaving me approximately 7 minutes to do a photoshoot.
I work fast =)...and Jessicas family are also very good and putting me up at late notice! (Thanks Jo!)

Annie and Matt, you truly were an absolute pleasure to shoot with! I hope you both enjoyed yourself! I had a cracking time, and I now can't wait to see you both on Saturday.

  1. Pete August 13th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Stunning work and no mistake mate. Absolutely brilliant!

  2. Sue August 14th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I love the photos Joseph and that you are not restricting yourself to only one style but continuing to find new and exciting shoots. x

  3. Naf August 18th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Certainly one of my favourites yet, and i don't even know the subjects! Many great photos, i look forward to chatting to you about it.

  4. Rima (Occasion Photography) August 25th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Wonderful set of images, keep it up!

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