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The wedding of Mr & Mrs Ross ©The Riley Shot photography, Manchester

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Kiss for the bride and groom

Kiss for the bride and groom

As I drove up a winding farm track, a beautiful white lighthouse suddenly appeared above the trees –  what an amazing place to get married! I could see immediately why merchant sailor Ben and his beautiful bride Emma picked this unique spot to wed.
As the Usk Lighthouse is located near Newquay, Wales I didn’t get a chance to have a look around before the big day, so I arrived a couple of hours beforehand to have a good look around for the best spots. To be frank, I’m rather nosy and this beautiful setting was worth the early rise.
At first I joined Emma and her bridesmaids while they were getting ready. Watching the bride throughout the morning was lovely and as the hour approached the nervousness and excitement started to creep in. Once Emma had finished makeup duty I dashed off to find Ben and his friends, only to return just before the ceremony with Emma, Natalie, Becki, Becky and Jack all looking fantastic. Jack was cool as a cucumber ready to give his sister away and the bridesmaids were relaxed before the rather tough trip down a tight flight of stairs (in killer heels).
I was glad I got to spend a little time with Ben and his mates too, we had a wee walk outside and then looking remarkably calm and happy I shot him welcoming all of the guests and the build up to the ceremony.

After the lovely ceremony, watching Emma hold back the tears and for a second Ben too, it was amazing watching the little glances and kisses while they signed the register. I really like to let the bride and groom dictate how I capture their day and we agreed after a quick champagne stop to a few private shots to give the new Mr & Mrs Ross some time on their own. After a few super photos we took some time off so that the newly married couple could celebrate with their family and friends while I took some photos with the bridesmaids and couples.
It was beautiful watching a really intimate wedding where everybody was so close and happy, and as the rain approached it was time for the speeches on the lighthouse roof (not bad if you ask me). They couldn’t have timed this better if they tried, about 3 seconds after everyone started moving back inside the heavens opened and the party began.
The night ended for me as the party got started and just before I left I captured the new Mr & Mrs Ross dancing beneath the window under which they were married just 5 hours before. As the sun set and the beers flowed, it was time for me to leave the guests alone without fear of one of the signs becoming true “BEHAVE, what happens tonight, is on Facebook TOMORROW”.
Overall it was a pleasure to meet and spend such an important day with a special couple and I feel really proud to have been a part of this unique day. Congrats Mr & Mrs Ross!!!

 

 

 

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Whitby

These are a few shots I took when spending the bank holiday in Whitby. We managed to avoid the crowds by sneaking around the side streets to take in the best it has to offer.
 I love Whitby and try to visit a few times a year – like everyone we have our routine. First is a good walk up to the Abbey with a coffee in hand, sitting on the cliff top looking down over the bay. Once we have rested we stroll back down the 199 steps and stop at the Duke of York for lunch, then a wonder over to the arcades and around the harbour.
This year the crowds took us off the normal path and we decided to head up into the side streets where I tried to capture the town at its best. We had a great weekend and with Mrs Riley’s patience I was able to play around and take some street shots for the blog.
I’m booked in for some wedding photography in Keighley, Yorkshire and also in Wales in the next few months so I’ll be updating my new website and blog with some wedding and engagement shots soon.
For more info contact me on scott@therileyshot.com

Travel Photography – Kefalonia by Scott Riley ©The Riley Shot

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After spending a week in Kefalonia, Greece I was hoping to capture a few underwater shots, but as it turns out a £10 camera cover doesn’t work very well. Instead I concentrated on what I know well and shot some landscape pics that I’m really proud of.
What I found really interesting about this small Island was that where ever we went, you could see the old houses before the terrible earthquake of the 1950’s. I couldn’t help stopping at every opportunity to capture what Kefalonia has left behind.
 We had a great week travelling all over the Island from beautiful beaches to some amazing little Greek villages, my favourite moment happened on our 2nd to last day. A huge Loggerhead Turtle came into the harbor which we happened to be sun bathing near, so we decided to grab our snorkels and say hello. It was so majestic in the water – we swam around for about 15-20 minutes before it decided to take off into the open water. We found out after the swim it used to come into the harbor with another smaller Turtle every day, so I stayed around the next morning to get a few snaps on top of the water to show what he looked like.
I will keep this short and sweet and hope the shots speak for themselves. In a few days time I will upload my latest family portrait session.

Family Portrait Yorkshire – The Riley Shot Photography, by Scott Riley

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Kiss for my baby sister

Kiss for my baby sister

My main aim today was to get completely natural shots. I was under strict instruction that staged photos wouldn’t be allowed and that action/casual shots were the way forward.
With the sun shining, Poppy nice and comfy under the flowery umbrella and the 25 degree weather, I couldn’t ask for much more. We spent a few minutes getting ready and with my little helpers popping in for a kiss and a cuddle with Poppy every now and then it gave me chance to show them in a really natural way. My favourite style of photography is just to sit back and watch families be themselves and with kids you always have a fantastic opportunity to snap a unique view! After getting some great snaps of poppy in the sun she decided it was nap time, so I thought it’d be best to give her some rest and start taking some photos of the kids playing in the garden.
 Everybody knows the old cliché “a picture paints a 1000 words”, but I really believe it’s true. Watching the boys playing around in their own individual way, I was really happy to capture just how fun it is to be a kid.
Watching Harley ask to prop his toy car up on the chair and then take his screwdriver and wrench, crawl underneath the car and start to “fix” it, was priceless. I managed to capture him in full work mode and when he had sorted the Mini out, he moved onto the JCB. After taking a few more pictures we realised that he wasn’t fixing the tractor, just taking it apart piece by piece!
Everyone was having a great day and when all of the boys decided to have a go on the trampoline, it was time to try and get all three of them in an action. Earlier in the session I was told that parents were to stay behind the camera, but it was nice to capture the big kids having fun too.
All in all it was a great day and I’m happy I got take take some shots that really captured the moment, boys being boys and everyone enjoying the sun.
Next up I’m excited for my family shoot on Saturday in Halifax, and our holiday to Greece so keep an eye out for my best shots in 10 days time!