Alex Knight Photography: Blog en-us (C) Alex Knight Photography (Alex Knight Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:26:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:26:00 GMT Alex Knight Photography: Blog 120 59 Armed Forces Day
Today was officially Armed Forces day in the UK, a wonderful chance for the British public to show their support and appreciation for the work done by British forces around the world. From large national events in Plymouth to smaller local events in towns all over the country this has been a wonderful opportunity for people to show how grateful they are to entire Armed Forces community from serving troops an their families to veterans, cadets and reserves. 
We wanted to show our support for our Armed Forces, both currently serving and veterans. We have for some time supported Military Wedding Discounts ( by offering a 20% discount off all photography services which allows members of the Armed Forces to save a fortune on their potential wedding costs. While this was great for those lucky enough to be getting married we wanted to do more! So with this in mind we are pleased to announce that we will now be extending our 20% discount to include our 'Day to Remember' portrait photography. This would be a brilliant photoshoot for any personnel being deployed who would like some photos to remind them of home during their tour!  We also offer these shoots as Gift Vouchers so that they can be sent to people overseas to claim when they come home, what better way to boost morale and give your loved one something to look forward to!  Contact us NOW to reserve a date for your Day to Remember
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Special Offer and New Directory! A quick Blog post this week, just to bring you up to date with some of our latest news! First of all we wanted to draw your attention to the new special offer that we have launched for Wedding Photography in the remained of 2012 - if you book us for any dates up to the end of 2012 we will give you free Albums worth £420. For more details of this offer see our Wedding special offers page Wedding Offers Secondly we wanted to let everyone know that we have signed up to be listed on the Your Perfect Wedding Photographer directory, they help couples to find photographers all over the UK who fit their style and budget and hopefully they will be featuring us in some interview topics and featuring some of our recent and upcoming weddings on their site! You can find out more about Your Perfect Wedding Photographer on their website  Your Perfect Wedding Photographer


]]> (Alex Knight Photography) Tue, 29 May 2012 21:27:37 GMT
Focus on Imaging - Preview
This week on the Blog we are looking forward to Focus on Imaging at the NEC in Birmingham. Focus (as it is known) is the UK's biggest photographic exhibition with over 200 exhibitors from all fields of photography. The doors open on Sunday 4th March and are open until Wednesday 7th March.

For professional and amateur photographers alike the show is a must visit event with free seminars and training sessions as well as being a great chance to see all the latest equipment from every manufacturer you can imagine. Wednesday is also a great day for anyone looking for a bargain as most exhibitors will be looking to sell off their stand display stock at discount prices!!

So what are going to be the main highlights for us? Read on to see who we will be visiting during the show and what we recommend you do not miss out on seeing during your visit!

We are full time Nikon users and members of Nikon's Professional User program so one of our first ports of call will be the Nikon stand where there will be lots of interesting new toys to look at.

The last month has seen Nikon release 2 new Full Frame camera bodies both squarely aimed the the working professional. The D4 which is their new flagship model aimed very much at sports photographers in this Olympic year and the D800 which has attracted massive critical debate about the merits of its 36 mega-pixel resolution and the effect this will have on the cameras ability to capture workable images at high ISO ratings (something vital to the wedding photographer who has dark churches and hotels to deal with)

We are looking at acquiring a new Full Frame camera body in the coming year and so the chance to try the new D4 and D800 against the existing D3s and D700 will be a great chance to evaluate the options and inform our decision. Nikon have a series of seminars demonstrating both of these cameras running every day during the show.

The Flash Centre
The Flash Centre are something of a Focus tradition these days! Their stand is always a hive of activity with people shopping for new equipment and trying to crane their necks to get a view of the speakers who provide demonstrations throughout the show from the back of The Flash Centre stand.

This year they have a brilliant line up of speakers including BjornThomassen, Mark Cleghorn, Stuart Wood and our friend and now SWPP Master Photographer, John Denton! What these guys don't know about using and crafting light is not worth knowing and their seminars are always very busy so get there early if you want to have a decent view!

The Flash Centre also have some wonderful show specials that they offer during the show (they even offer these in store and via the website while the show is on), you can view the show specials PDF at the following link Focus Flyer
The Societies
The Societies are one of the UK's most popular trade associations with training and education at the forefront of their drive to improve the professional standards and ethics within the photographic industry.
This is clearly demonstrated through their incredible range of seminars during the Focus in Imaging show. Covering everything from business and marketing skills to photographic techniques, posing and lighting there is something for everyone at some point during the show so I would recommend checking them out. Details of their seminar schedule can be found at the following links.
SWPP Sunday Seminars
SWPP Monday Seminars
SWPP Tuesday Seminars
SWPP Wednesday Seminars

Loxley Colour
We have been using Loxley Colour for our Albums now for a couple of years and Focus on Imaging will give us another chance to get a hands on look at the new products that they can offer us for 2012.

We are specifically looking for small affordable book options for our Portrait photoshoots as we know that a number of our clients are looking for cost effective photobook and similar products to remind them of their "Day to Remember".

The above is just the tip of the iceberg however as we will also be planning to visit a whole host of other suppliers, from lenses and camera accessories through album and frame suppliers to website hosting and software vendors we will be on the look out for a huge range of potential and existing suppliers with a view to developing or building our relationships and contacts!

Please leave a comment below and tell us what you are most looking forward to about your visit to Focus this year? It will be great to see what everyone else is excited about!
]]> (Alex Knight Photography) Bjorn Thomassen Focus Focus on Imaging John Denton Loxley Colour Mark Cleghorn NEC Nikon SWPP Stuart Wood The Flash Centre The Societies Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:04:00 GMT
Holdsworth House - A Country House Inspired Civil Partnership
Every couple that we meet to discuss wedding photography with is different, some are very traditional, some are extremely organised and some are unbelievably laid back. When we first met Joseph and Daniel to discuss their Civil Ceremony at the beautiful Holdsworth House Hotel near Halifax we knew that their special day was not only going to be wonderfully personal and unique but also meticulously planned and organised!

Daniel was clearly the expert planner and had detailed timetables for the days events, plans of the room layouts and table decoration plans and a list as long as your arm of little details that he needed to seek out in the months running up to the wedding - it was clear that 'Project W' was going to be an almost military operation.

The guys had decided that they wanted to dress their tables with vintage china and spent months and months searching charity shops buying up any tea cups, tea pots, plates and saucers they could find! I think there is now a Yorkshire wide shortage of un-chipped vintage china!

But that was only one small part of the work that the boys put into their big day, they grew all the table decorations themselves, made their own candles in vintage tea cups, designed an made their own wonderfully unique table plan and hunted down some vintage luggage to collect cards and presents in. 
The guys wanted to try and give the day a touch of the Country Gent, this was wonderfully in touch with the venue and its wood paneled rooms and roaring fires.

The boys wore matching tweed outfits and looked every bit the Country Gent as they posed for their couple portraits, the shot above of the boys by the spectacular fire place was one of their favorites! The wonderful dresser below also provided a great Country House feel to the photos and I think it looks fabulous!
 As if all of the details and unique elements of the day where not enough the boys even managed to bring something different to their group photos.

We had already discussed using various elements of the Holdsworth House gardens to create a range of different group photos which we did in the traditional way, but to add a little bit of fun to the proceedings the boys asked each group to strike a pose after the formal shot was in the can!

I have never had so much fun taking group photos and the end results are absolutely fantastic! After all why do group shots have to be so formal?
Hopefully you enjoyed the photos and the details of what was a very memorable day. I am sure the guys will have a wonderful future together and wish them all the happiness in the world, Thank you Joe and Dan for making us part of your Greatest Day!
]]> (Alex Knight Photography) Alex Knight Photography Civil Partnership Holdsworth House Leeds Leeds Wedding Photographer Leeds Wedding Photography Photography Vintage Wedding Wedding Photographer Wedding Photos Thu, 23 Feb 2012 03:34:00 GMT
2012/13 Wedding Prices...Launched Today!
Today we are pleased to announce the launch our 2012/2013 Wedding Photography packages. Our aim for the coming year has been to simplify our service and offer a simple 'single price' package.

Therefore every booking we take will have complete exclusivity for the date of their wedding with up to 12 hours coverage if required. This means you can be assured of our 100% commitment to making your Wedding Photography something that you can enjoy for years to come!

Along side this new simplified photography package we also offer a new range of high quality Albums, each is hand crafted in the UK and available in a range of sizes and finishes to ensure that each and every album is as unique as the Wedding they represent.

To view all the details of our new photography package and of the new Album options please visit our website where you can find all the information and prices.

Introductory Special Offer!
To mark the launch of our new packages we are also offering a special Introductory Offer.

Book your Wedding Photography with us in the next 4 weeks and receive a 10% discount on Photography only packages.

Book Photography and Album together and receive a 15% discount on your entire booking! 
This offer must end on the 13th March 2012 and is only valid for bookings confirmed with a deposit of £200 prior to that date.
]]> (Alex Knight Photography) Leeds Photos Photography Wedding Wedding Photographer Wedding Photos Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:08:00 GMT
Taylor Wessing Portrait Exhibition...Last Chance!
Just before Christmas Sophie and I went to London with a friend for a spot of shopping and to catch a show (Shrek which was brilliant!!). While we where there I was able to find a few hours to visit the National Portrait Gallery and view the Exhibition for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.
The Exhibition closes this week (12th February) and I would urge anyone who has the chance to visit in the last few days to do so. The chance to view these portraits in the flesh, printed and displayed in a gallery such as the NPG was a really wonderful experience. There is even a chance to enjoy a last minute guided tour of the Exhibition on the Evening of 10th February at 19:00 led by curator and critic Camilla Brown.
Details of the exhibition and the remaining tour information can be found here:
The images that are displayed are all brilliant, not in some cases for any specific technical ability (although some are clearly masterful works of photographic technique) but because each and every one of them conveys a story to the viewer. Sometimes it is a scene of tenderness and love, in others the aim is to make the viewer question the scene or the sitters place within it. This for me is the real heart of good portraiture, the viewer has to be drawn in and engaged by the image.

While the average family are not going to want highly experimental or time consuming portraits the need for images to capture the feeling and mood of a moment is vital to all portraits. This was the inspiration for our "A Day to Remember" shoots, we want every family to be able to have memorable and timeless images that bring back the feeling of the day they where taken every time they are looked at. To find out more please visit:
]]> (Alex Knight Photography) Exhibition Gallery London National Portrait Gallery Photography Portrait Prize Portraits Taylor Wessing Tue, 07 Feb 2012 03:44:00 GMT
A Woodhall Hotel, Winter Wedding...
As valentines day approaches and everyone's thoughts turn to love and romance I thought I would find the time to share some of the photos from the beautiful Winter Wedding of Angela and Daniel.

They had chosen to tie the knot between Christmas and New Year at the wonderful Woodhall Hotel in Linton (nr Leeds). The venue could not have been more perfect for a Winter Wedding, with the weather ever changeable the number of intimate and beautiful locations inside Woodhall meant that we could still produce some beautiful images of the Bride and Groom whatever the weather!

Below are a selection of images from the day for you to enjoy, I know that Angela and Dan are over the moon with their photos - we hope you enjoy them too!
It was a wonderful day with some fantastic memories, and we are delighted to have been a part of such a special occasion.

All that is left if for us to wish the new Mr & Mrs Marshall a lifetime of happiness and love together.
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iPhone/iPad Photo Tethering
I thought I would take a moment to share a great video tutorial with everyone this week. The video comes from the guys over at who are a collection of really great photographers who take the time to video behind the scenes at a number of their shoots and let you see some of the tricks of the trade.
This week the tip I wanted to share was something that a lot of people might want to make use of, even just for their family photos and snapshots - how to wirelessly transfer images from your camera to an iPad! (the same method will work for your iPhone too!)
How To Tether Your Camera To An Ipad Without Jailbreaking from FStoppers on Vimeo.
The tips in this video where really useful for us, we now use an Eye-Fi card at a lot of weddings and portrait shoots to wirelessly transfer images to the iPad for review by the Wedding Guests or the Parents. This means that we can get instant feedback on the images that people like and on our own shooting settings to make sure that we get the best possible images out of the time available.
I have also used this technology to allow me to upload live images from the midst of a protest at Leeds United Football Club, wirelessly transmitting images from the camera to my iPhone and tweeting the images live to world - photojournalists the world over will no doubt be able to find a whole host of brilliant ways to incorporate this into their reporting in the future.



]]> (Alex Knight Photography) Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:56:00 GMT
Mothers Day - Special Offer
Mothers Day is fast approaching (its the 18th March in case you hadn't checked) and yet again children the world over will be left asking the same question "what the hell do you get the mum who has everything?"

Well this year we think we have the answer. Our Mothers Day special offer provides you with a beautiful 8"x6" framed print for each of the Grand Mothers and a 10"x8" framed print for you (after all you deserve something out of this too!)
Mothers Day Package:

  • 1-2 Hour location photo shoot
  • Two 8"x6" Framed Prints (in a choice of 8 frame finishes)
  • One 10"x8" framed Print (in a choice of 8 frame finishes)
To take advantage of this limited special offer please contact us NOW to book a time and location for your shoot, all shoots must be completed before the 11th March to allow time for delivery of products.

Secure your shoot now for £50 deposit - call 0113 2049857 or email

]]> (Alex Knight Photography) Children Kids Leeds Leeds Photos Location Portraits Mothers Day Photography Portraits Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:05:00 GMT
10 Tips for Selecting a Wedding Photographer
So your other half has popped the question, you have set a date and perhaps you have even selected and booked a venue. Having got this far your next big decision is likely to be choosing someone to record your big day for you (either in photos or video or maybe both!)
Quite often this will be the first, and perhaps only time many people employ the services of a professional photographer so how can you ensure that you select wisely for what is one of the biggest days of your life?
Hopefully the tips below will help you to ask the rightquestions and avoid any issues, so here goes.

1. What's your style..

The first thing to think about before you start your search is what style of photography you want from your photographer, every photographers style is different but you need to decide if you want a soft dreamy vintage feel to your images or a more punchy fashion look? Do you want a photographer who excels at the formal and posed images or one who has a more relaxed, reportage style?
This is the time to get online and look at photographers portfolios, see what you like and try and start a shortlist of photographers who fit the style you would like. Once you have this you can start to narrow your search down.

2. Packages and Budgets..

Once you have a short list of possible photographers then the work really begins! Every photographer will offer different packages each with different options and it can be a mine field trying to ensure that you get what you want.
This decision has to be guided by your requirements, do you want an album or prints? Or would you prefer to have your images on a disc? How much of your day do you need photographing? These are the key decisions thatwill affect the package you choose and the price you pay.
As with so many areas of life if the price seems too good to be true then it probably is, affordable digital SLR cameras have attracted alot of part time photographers to the wedding market, many of whom are very talented photographers (a lot of full time photographers had to start parttime). However it is worth considering that if your photographer is only part time, will they have time to plan and prepare before your big day, will they have time to edit your images afterwards? If you are in any doubt ask for guaranteed image delivery timescales from your photographer.

3. Location, Location, Location..

It is worth considering if any of the photographers you have found have photographed your venue(s) before. Many churches and registrars have very specific requirements with regards to photography and booking someone who has already worked to those requirements can be an advantage.
However it worth considering that a fresh pair of eyes and new ideas can be just as beneficial, especially if you do not want your photographs to be the same as every other couple who choose that venue! If your photographer shows excitement at working at a new venue then they will share your excitement about the venue you have chosen!

4. Meet face to face..

It is important to meet a short list of possible photographers face to face, this give you a chance to see if their personality and demeanour is compatible with yours. If you get along with your photographerthen you will enjoy having them around during your special day.
This is also a great chance to see some album and print samples, be on the look out for strange colour tones in printed images, this is a sure sign that the photographer does not employ proper colour correction in their editing. Also have a good look at the quality of the Albums being offered and make sure these look like they will last a lifetime

5. Group photos..

Wedding Blogs and Magazines are always full of beautiful images from "Real Weddings". These usually feature lot of photos of the bride and groom and lot of pictures of the table decorations, flower arrangements and other details. While these shots are very popular my experience is that most people still pick a high percentage of traditional group photos for their print and album images.
Therefore it is vital that you give some thought to the group photos that you would like, and where you would like them taking. It is also a good idea to discuss group photos with your photographer, ensure that you have enough time to get all the group photos that you might want as they can often be more time consuming that you would expect! As a rule of thumb you should probably allow around 15 mins for every 4-5 group photos that you wouldlike.

6. Copyright and image usage..

If you are going to want a disc of your images then the issue of copyright is going to come up sooner or later. This is a very complex area and one that causes an awful lot of discussion within the photographic community and amongst prospective customers.
I am lucky enough to live with a qualified Law Student (mygirlfriend and second shooter Sophie) who advises me on these things. Her advice, and the approach that we have adopted is to sign an Image Usage Rights agreement.
If a photographer tell you that they will give you copyright to the images then technically they can't use those images for their portfolio without YOUR approval, with a Usage Rights agreement the photographer retains copyright to the images (should OK magazine publish them without permission for example) but you as the end user will be granted the right to print/share/upload your images (depending on the agreement terms). This is much more flexible and protects both parties far more effectively.

7. After the Wedding..

At the time of booking this might seem like the last thing to think about but it is important to find out what happens after the wedding is over. How will the photographer present you with your images, how long will they take to be presented to you. Will you get an online gallery or a one-to-one viewing? Will your guests be able to see the images online and order their own prints or would you prefer to share the images yourselves?
If you are ordering an Album (or thinking of ordering one later) it is also important to know how long you will have to wait for this to be produced and what input you will have into the layout and design, again this could be face to face meetings or exchanging of online proofs. Just ensure that you are happy about these arrangements.

8. Insurance..

Any wedding photographer should have insurance. This should cover both Public Liability (in case one of your guests trips over a camera bag) but most importantly Professional Indemnity. This means that should something terrible happen to your photos (memory card corruption, memory card stolen, etc) your photographer will be covered for the cost of re-shooting the lost images.
If this involves re-hiring suits, re-booking the venue, re-hiring the wedding car, etc the costs can soon mount up so it is really important to make sure that this is part of the cover your photographer provides. You might also want to consider taking out your own wedding insurance too as your photographers policy is unlikely to cover the cost of your time to attend any re-shoot or any travel costs that might incur

9. Backups..

Related to the topic above - nobody wants to be messing about having to make expensive and time consuming Insurance claims so find out what backups your photographer takes during and after the wedding. These days most professional cameras will allow simultaneous recording of images to 2 memory cards in-camera which can protect against memory card corruption and if stored separately after the wedding the risk from theft.
What is also important is what backups your photographer takes once the images are transferred from the memory cards. Do they maintain multiple copies to protect the images against a computer failure? How long will they retain a copy of your images in case you require additional editing of them in the future?

10. References..

One of the best ways to make sure that the overall service that you can expect is up to standard is to ask for References from your photographer. If they can provide contact details for brides that they have worked with recently (last 6 months) then you can find out first hand what they where like on the big day and after. 
If you have read this far then thanks for sticking with it! I hope that you found the tips interesting and that they have helped you to ask the right questions of whoever you choose to have as your wedding photographer. If you would like to ask us these questions with a view to booking us for your wedding then please email me at Otherwise all the best for your big day!


]]> (Alex Knight Photography) Choosing a Photographer How to Find a Wedding Photographer Leeds Photography Picking your Photographer Selecting a Wedding Photographer Tips Wedding Wedding Photographer Wedding Photos Mon, 14 Nov 2011 04:24:00 GMT
Sam and Mark's Lumley Castle Wedding
Last month we had the pleasure of photographing Samantha and Marks wedding at the beautiful Lumley Castle in County Durham. The couple met at university in Durham and chose to return to the area for their Wedding.
The ceremony was a intimate affair with only 30 guests including close family and friends from nearby Durham University there to witness the happy couple as they exchanged the vows that they had each written personally for one another prior to the day. It was a truly touching moment and I don't think there where many dry eyes amongst those gathered to hear them.
After the ceremony we has the chance to photograph the guests outside thanks to the kindness of the Great British weather! The stairs at the front of Lumley Castle make for the most wonderful photos!
We then took a little bit of time with just Sam and Mark and managed to get some lovely photographs of just the two of them. Starting outside on the staircase we wanted to make capture the wonderful detail in Sam's dress.
We then moved back inside as the weather started to turn less welcoming! During our Pre-Wedding consultations both Sam and Mark had expressed a desire to have some photos taken in the bust hall of the castle so this was our next location for a few posed images.
]]> (Alex Knight Photography) Durham Leeds Lumley Caste Photography Wedding Wedding Photographer Wedding Photos Mon, 14 Nov 2011 02:41:00 GMT
Natalie and Andy's Holmfield Arms Wedding
At the end of last month we had the pleasure of photographing Natalie and Andy's wedding at the beautiful St Mary's Church in Church Fenton outside Leeds. The church was beautiful and Andy looked very relaxed as he arrived. That didn't stop his Mum giving him a little pep talk while he waited for his bride to arrive.
When Natalie did arrive, accompanied by her father, in a 1950's Rolls Royce she looked just as relaxed and as happy as you can imagine.
The ceremony was a real celebration of two families coming together and of the love that Natalie and Andy have for one another, this was summed up wonderfully in the moment when the Vicar declared that they where husband and wife. I don't think Natalie could have looked more excited if she tried!
After the ceremony the guests all made their way back to the Reception venue, the Holmfield Arms Hotel in Wakefield. On arrival here we managed to sneak Natalie and Andy away for a quick walk in the grounds of the hotel and a chance to capture some individual portraits of the happy couple.
After this we left the happy couple to mingle with their guests and enjoy their wedding breakfast, meanwhile we where busy setting up our mobile studio lighting so that guests could all have their individual and family photos taken during the evening. As ever this proved to be a popular setup with everyone having chance to let their hair down and have some light hearted photos taken!
All that was left was for the happy couple to enjoy their first dance, and to look forward to enjoying the rest of their lives together as Man and Wife.
]]> (Alex Knight Photography) Church Fenton Holmfield Arms Leeds Leeds Photos Photography Wakefield Wedding Wedding Photographer Wedding Photos Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:02:00 GMT
Blogging for Blogging's Sake..


It seems that everyone has a blog these days, from the CEO of a multi-national organisation to your next door neighbour. I guess the basic fact of the matter is that knowledge that you take for granted is amazingly useful to someone else who does not share your experiences or background.
Hopefully that will be the case for this blog site, my aim is to share useful information and promote discussion, to help others to benefit from my experiences and to enable others to benefit from my mistakes!
As such I have some ideas of my own for future Blog entries, such as
  • Tips on selecting a Wedding Photographer
  • How to organise your Group Photographs (and how many to have!)
  • Selecting outfits for a Portrait Photo Shoot
  • The benefits of Professional Social Media photographs
However the most useful thing would be for people who read this blog to let me know what you would like to ask a professional photographer? Please leave a comment with your ideas for topics you would like to know more about and I will consider them for future article topics.
I hope you like my first ever post and that you will check back from time to time and see how the rest of the site develops.
Thanks for your support


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