Landscape Photography – Marsden Moorland fires

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Hey. So this week I was going to do a blogpost on some of my old California shots but after the wild fires near my favourite Yorkshire moorland.  I will show you the impact of leaving a BBQ in the middle of wild heather on a dry day, instead. Hope you like it 


Beginners guide to photography – The Riley Shot.

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New start – The Riley Shot Blog.

In the last 6 months I have written 20 different drafts of what I was shooting and none have made it to my website. I don’t know if its just me but I must re read my work 100 times until I talk my self out of publishing anything. The main reason I set up my small business and this website was to shoot weddings, which I love, and to show my other work like landscape and travel photography. However, add a 40 hour job, 6 month old baby and editing the weddings that I shoot on the weekend, it doesn’t leave much time for blogging the other shoots I do..

So, I have my new aim, just to blog my latest work and hopefully share some things i have learnt over the years with people who are new to photography, simple really, just show what I am up to and what I’m learning. Thats what I’m going to do. This week you can see my latest portraits and next week I’ll be showing off some of my landscape travel shots from last year, with my aim of adding small blogs each week of my adventures. Now, adventures could be a tad misleading, at the moment I have a 6 month old baby, so I won’t be flying off to the USA again any time soon but I will defiantly be pushing my ability with a few projects lined up. I hope you start of with really simply stuff that I think will help you take better photos, then ideally we could get in to the details and I’ll explain how I learnt these things.

Next week, it will be Yosemite national park from late last year. After that it will be Portraits and hopefully (health permitted) more landscapes, for now I hope you enjoy this weeks blog.

Also, I will be adding a small shop page soon with prints for sale, however, for now if you would like a print please email me.

Yorkshire wedding photographer – The Riley Shot

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The wedding of Rebecca and Gareth

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West Yorkshire wedding photographer – The Riley Shot – Halifax wedding – Mr & Mrs Harvey

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Mr & Mrs Harvey

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Manchester Wedding Photographer – Mr & Mrs Jones – The Riley Shot ©


Mr & Mrs Jones

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Mr & Mrs

Yorkshire Family Portrait – by Scott Riley ©therileyshot Photography


It was lovely to meet such a happy family and after all of 2 minutes everybody was at ease and we were up and running with the shoot. We decided beforehand that we would try a few shots against a nice plain background, then a few out on the decking. Finally, I would try and capture some natural shots of the kids playing and having fun.
Martina and her family were all great and were really comfortable in front of the camera. There was a lot of Makka Pakka talk to raise a big smile from the little one and luckily my comedy content wasn’t needed, as the whole family bounced off each other to my relief.

It was really nice to meet Martina, Michael and the kids and hopefully I captured some memorable moments for the family to enjoy. If you are interested in Family portraits in Yorkshire or Manchester please email me at or click here for more info and pricing.


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


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!