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As a wedding photographer, I've had the privilege of witnessing countless beautiful moments unfold against stunning backdrops. However, there are some weddings that stand out not just for their picturesque locations but for the special surprises and heartfelt moments they hold. One such unforgettable wedding took place in the historic church bordering Trentham Gardens, a place where history meets natural beauty in the most enchanting way.

Nestled near the picturesque Trentham Estate, the historic church provided a timeless setting for the ceremony. With its elegant architecture and tranquil surroundings, it set the stage for a truly memorable celebration of love. As the bride and groom exchanged vows, surrounded by their loved ones, I couldn't help but marvel at the beauty of the moment.

After the ceremony and group photos amidst the charming gardens, the guests were whisked away to the exquisite Weston Hall for the reception. Meanwhile, the newlyweds, accompanied by their adorable little girl, stayed behind for some intimate portraits. It was during this time that the couple shared an extra special gift with their daughter – the news of their expanding family.

Capturing this tender moment between the three of them was a privilege beyond words. As they embraced each other, their joy and love radiated through every frame. It was a reminder of the power of family and the beauty of new beginnings.

Later, as the celebrations continued at Weston Hall, the groom took the stage for his speech. Amidst laughter and tears of joy, he shared the wonderful news with their guests, spreading even more happiness and excitement.

Reflecting on this wedding, I'm reminded of the magic that unfolds when love, family, and unexpected surprises come together. From the historic church and the enchanting surroundings of Trentham Gardens to the heartfelt moments shared between the bride, groom, and their loved ones, every element of this day was filled with beauty and emotion.

As a wedding photographer, it's moments like these that remind me why I do what I do – to capture love, joy, and all the special moments that make each wedding unique. And for this, I'll forever be grateful to have been a part of this unforgettable celebration at Trentham Gardens.

This wedding was covered under my partnership wedding photography business AR Wedding Photography. the photo shown is an example of my work from that day. 

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A Midlands Love Affair : Capturing Timeless moments at Brook Marston Farm Hotel https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/2/a-midlands-love-affair-capturing-timeless-moments-at-brook-marston-farm-hotel A Midlands Love Affair: Capturing Timeless Moments at Brook Marston Farm Hotel

As a wedding photographer, every assignment holds a special place in my heart, but there are certain weddings that linger in your memory long after the shutter has closed. One such enchanting celebration took place at the idyllic Brook Marston Farm Hotel in Warwickshire. From the picturesque setting to the heartwarming moments, this wedding was a testament to love, Midlands charm, and the joy of capturing life's beautiful moments.

Venue Elegance:

Nestled in the heart of Warwickshire, Brook Marston Farm Hotel is a gem that perfectly combines rustic charm with modern elegance. The staff at this venue are truly exceptional, going above and beyond to ensure every detail is flawless. Their dedication and professionalism added a seamless touch to the day, creating an atmosphere where love could flourish.

Midlands Waterways Magic:

Being a Black Country lad myself , canals have always held a special place in my heart. The nearby canal at Brook Marston Farm Hotel provided a picturesque backdrop for capturing moments of quiet romance and stolen glances. Incorporating the Midlands waterways into the wedding photography added a unique and personal touch, evoking a sense of nostalgia and local pride.

The Bride, The Groom, and the Wedding Party:

The bride and groom were the epitome of joy and love. Their connection was palpable, and it was an absolute delight to witness and document their journey into wedded bliss. The wedding party added to the vibrant atmosphere, creating a day filled with laughter, camaraderie, and heartfelt moments.

A Little Star in the Spotlight:

One of the most heartwarming aspects of this wedding was the couple's adorable little boy, who played a star role in the day. Always ready with a smile for the camera, he added an extra layer of sweetness to the celebration. Capturing his infectious joy and the genuine love within the family created images that will undoubtedly be cherished for years to come.

The wedding at Brook Marston Farm Hotel in Warwickshire was more than a collection of photographs; it was a celebration of love, Midlands heritage, and the beauty found in the simplest moments. From the canal-side charm to the heartfelt smiles of the bride, groom, and their little boy, each element came together to create a tapestry of memories. As a wedding photographer, it was an honor to be part of such a special day and to craft a visual story that will stand the test of time.

This wedding was covered under my partnership wedding photography business : AR Wedding Photography. The photo shown is an example of my work from that day 

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Love is in the Air: A Wedding Photographer's Reflection on Valentine's Day https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/2/love-is-in-the-air-a-wedding-photographers-reflection-on-valentine-s-day Love is in the Air: A Wedding Photographer's Reflection on Valentine's Day

As Valentine's Day approaches, the air is filled with the sweet anticipation of love. For many couples, this season marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards marriage, filled with engagements, proposals, and the joy of wedding planning. As a wedding photographer, I've had the privilege of capturing countless love stories, each one as unique and beautiful as the next.

This Valentine's Day, I find myself reflecting on my own journey of love and marriage, and I can't help but dedicate this blog to my amazing wife. She is not only my partner in life but also my biggest supporter in my photography endeavors. She understands the long hours spent photographing weddings, editing photos, and building my business, and for that, I am endlessly grateful.

I vividly recall the day I proposed to her, a moment filled with nervous excitement and boundless love. I had initially planned to take her to Stourhead, one of my favorite landscape locations, with its picturesque beauty and historical significance. However, as fate would have it, heavy rain threatened to dampen our plans. Undeterred, I improvised and instead took her for a romantic walk along the river in Stratford, our beloved spaniel Ziggy by our side.

It was there, amidst the gentle murmur of the river and the rustling of leaves, that I finally gathered the courage to pop the question and as she said yes, I knew in my heart that it didn't matter where we were or what the weather was like – all that mattered was the love we shared.

One of the things I cherish most as a wedding photographer is hearing the unique and heartfelt stories of how couples proposed to each other. It's a testament to the power of love and the lengths we're willing to go to make those we care about feel special.

So, as we celebrate Valentine's Day and the season of love, let us cherish the moments we share with our loved ones and the memories we create together and for those embarking on the journey of marriage, may your love story be filled with endless joy, laughter, and beautiful moments captured forever.

Being pre occupied by the proposal in a downpour I'm afraid I don't have any photos fro the proposal, I will however include a photo I took of where I had planned to make my proposal the beautiful setting of stourhead. 

Finally id like to finish by wishing my wonderful wife Emily a vey happy valentines day. 



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Unveiling the Melodies of Love: A Dive into First Dance Songs https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/2/unveiling-the-melodies-of-love-a-dive-into-first-dance-songs Unveiling the Melodies of Love: A Dive into First Dance Songs

As a wedding photographer based in the heart of the West Midlands, I've had the privilege of witnessing countless love stories unfold, each with its own unique soundtrack. From the tear-jerking father-daughter dances to the romantic sway of the newlyweds' first dance, music has a remarkable ability to encapsulate the emotions of a moment and etch it into memory.

One particular aspect of weddings that never fails to intrigue me is the choice of first dance song. It's a decision that couples often deliberate over, searching for that perfect melody that speaks to their journey together. But what makes a first dance song truly stand out? Is it the melody, the lyrics, or perhaps the sentimental value attached to it?

In recent years, I've noticed a shift in trends, particularly when it comes to father-daughter dances. While these moments were once a staple of weddings, it seems that fewer couples are opting to include them in their festivities. As a photographer, I've had the pleasure of capturing these intimate exchanges between father and daughter, and each time, it's a reminder of the profound bond shared between them.

But why the decline in father-daughter dances? Is it simply a matter of changing traditions, or is there a deeper reason behind it? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Do you believe father-daughter dances are an essential part of weddings, or are they becoming outdated in today's modern ceremonies?

Now, let's turn our attention to the main event: the first dance. According to a quick Google search, the most popular first dance songs of 2023 include timeless classics like Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" and Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love," alongside contemporary favorites like John Legend's "All of Me" and Adele's "Make You Feel My Love." These songs have undoubtedly struck a chord with countless couples, but what about you? What was your first dance song, and what made it special?

Perhaps you've attended a wedding recently where the bride and groom surprised everyone with a choreographed dance routine. It's always a joy to witness these moments of spontaneity and creativity, as they add a unique flair to the celebrations.

As a wedding photographer, I'm passionate about capturing not just the big moments, but also the small, fleeting interactions that make each wedding truly unforgettable. So, whether it's a tender father-daughter dance or a lively first dance, I'm here to preserve those precious memories for years to come.

I invite you to share your own experiences and opinions on first dance songs and father-daughter dances. What do you believe makes a first dance truly memorable, and do you think father-daughter dances should remain a tradition? Let's spark some lively debate and celebrate the diverse tapestry of love stories that make each wedding so unique.

The below photo is one I took at a wedding held at the fairlawns wedding venue in walsall of the bride and her father. 

This wedding was covered under my partnership wedding photography business AR Wedding Photography, the photo shown is an example of my own work from that day. 

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Capturing a beautiful wedding at The Hundred House Hotel https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/2/capturing-a-beautiful-wedding-at-the-hundred-house-hotel A Tale of Love and Elegance: Capturing Timeless Moments at The Hundred House Hotel in Telford

As a West Midlands-based wedding photographer, every assignment is an opportunity to witness and capture the magic of love. Recently, I had the pleasure of documenting a beautiful wedding at The Hundred House Hotel in Telford, and the experience was nothing short of enchanting. From the exquisite venue to the delightful couple and their guests, every element came together to create a day filled with love, joy, and lasting memories.

Venue Splendor:

Nestled in the heart of Telford, The Hundred House Hotel is a picturesque haven that seamlessly blends historic charm with modern elegance. The staff at this venue deserve special praise for their impeccable service and attention to detail. Their professionalism and warm hospitality created an atmosphere that allowed the couple and their guests to fully immerse themselves in the celebration.

A Lovely Couple and Their Guests:

The heart of any wedding is the love shared between the couple, and this pair radiated pure happiness. The genuine connection between them was evident in every smile, every glance, making my job as a photographer an absolute joy. The guests, too, added to the festive atmosphere, contributing to the overall warmth and camaraderie that filled the air.

Capturing Timeless Moments:

The picturesque backdrop of The Hundred House Hotel provided a stunning canvas for capturing timeless moments. From the intimate ceremony to the lively reception, every stage of the day unfolded with elegance and grace. As a wedding photographer, there's a unique thrill in preserving the fleeting expressions, stolen glances, and unrestrained laughter that define a celebration of love.

Photographing a wedding at The Hundred House Hotel was more than just documenting an event; it was an opportunity to create a visual story of love and connection. The venue's charm, coupled with the warmth of the staff and the genuine joy of the couple and their guests, made this celebration truly unforgettable. As a West Midlands-based wedding photographer, I am grateful for the privilege of being part of such a beautiful day and preserving these precious moments for the happy couple to cherish for a lifetime.

This wedding was covered under my partnership Wedding Photography business venture : AR Wedding Photography. The photo shown is an example of my own work from the day. 

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Chasing the Perfect Shot: A Wedding Photographer's Passion for Landscape Photography https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/2/chasing-the-perfect-shot-a-wedding-photographers-passion-for-landscape-photography Chasing the Perfect Shot: A Wedding Photographer's Passion for Landscape Photography

As a wedding photographer, my days are often filled with capturing intimate moments and fleeting emotions, freezing them in time for couples to cherish forever. However, in my spare moments, I find solace in exploring the picturesque landscapes of the UK, seeking out the perfect shot that speaks to the beauty of nature.

Photography, for me, is not just a profession but a passion deeply ingrained in my soul. There's an insatiable drive within me to constantly push the boundaries of creativity, to capture scenes that evoke emotion and tell compelling stories. And while weddings provide me with endless opportunities to do so, there's something uniquely fulfilling about venturing into the great outdoors with my camera in hand.

One of the aspects of landscape photography that I particularly admire is the camaraderie among fellow photographers. We share a common bond, a mutual respect for the craft, and an unwavering dedication to our art. I've learned a great deal from observing and interacting with other landscape photographers, each of whom brings their own unique perspective and style to the table.

However, as any landscape photographer can attest, not every outing yields the desired results. I vividly recall a trip to South Stack in Anglesey, where I embarked on a four-hour journey after finishing work, only to be greeted by thick sea mist upon my arrival. The golden hour and sunset shot I had envisioned were rendered impossible by the dense fog that enveloped the landscape. It was a humbling reminder of nature's unpredictability and the inherent challenges of our craft.

Yet, amidst the disappointments and setbacks, there are moments of pure magic that make it all worthwhile. One such place that holds a special significance in my heart is Tawr Mawr Lighthouse, nestled against the backdrop of Mount Snowdon in Wales. Translating to "Great Tower" in Welsh, this picturesque beacon stands proudly, its white facade illuminated against the dramatic landscape.

For me, Tawr Mawr is more than just a location; it's a sanctuary where I feel truly at peace. There's a sense of wonder and enchantment that permeates the air, as if stepping into a fairytale realm. Walking along its pristine beaches, I can't help but feel a connection to the history and heritage that surrounds this magical place. The knowledge that I've walked the same sands as royalty adds an extra layer of intrigue and reverence to the experience.

Capturing the beauty of Tawr Mawr through my lens is a labor of love, a testament to my unwavering passion for photography. Each visit fills me with a sense of gratitude and awe, reminding me of the boundless wonders that await those willing to seek them out. And while not every shot may turn out as planned, it's the journey itself that fuels my creativity and drives me to continue chasing the perfect photograph.


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Precious Moments: A Walsall Wedding Photographer's Journey into Newborn Photography https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/2/precious-moments-a-walsall-wedding-photographers-journey-into-newborn-photography Capturing Precious Moments: A Walsall Wedding Photographer's Journey into Newborn Photography

As a Walsall-based wedding photographer, I'm accustomed to capturing the love, joy, and intimacy of couples embarking on their journey together. However, recently I had the honor of expanding my portfolio in a heartwarming way - by photographing the newest addition to our family, my nephew.

Being a father myself, I understand the profound significance of documenting the early stages of a child's life. It seems like just yesterday that my own daughter, now 18, was a tiny bundle of joy. Thus, when my brother-in-law and his partner welcomed their baby boy into the world, I felt compelled to offer them the gift of immortalizing those fleeting moments through photography.

While my primary focus is on portraiture and weddings, the opportunity to undertake a newborn photoshoot was both a challenge and a privilege. It allowed me to explore a different dimension of my craft and capture the essence of pure innocence and tender familial bonds.

Setting up a mini studio in the comfort of their home, I ensured that the environment was conducive to the baby's comfort and safety. Soft blankets, and a calming atmosphere were essential elements in creating the perfect backdrop for our session and of course my wonderful partner and in-laws were on hand to assist.

The beauty of newborn photography lies in its spontaneity and authenticity. Each moment is unscripted, each expression a reflection of the baby's unique personality. As I clicked away, I marveled at the tiny fingers and delicate features, knowing that these images would become cherished mementos for years to come.

Despite the challenges that come with photographing newborns – from soothing tears to adjusting poses – the experience was incredibly rewarding. It allowed me to witness the profound love and joy radiating from my brother-in-law and his partner as they cradled their precious son in their arms.

As I edited the photos, I couldn't help but reflect on the passage of time and the preciousness of these fleeting moments. In the blink of an eye, babies grow into toddlers, and toddlers into young adults. It's a poignant reminder to savor every moment and capture the beauty of life's journey through the lens of a camera.

While my passion for wedding photography remains steadfast, this foray into newborn photography has left an indelible mark on my heart. It's a reminder of the power of photography to freeze moments in time, allowing us to relive the magic and wonder of those precious early days.

In conclusion, I am grateful for the opportunity to capture the essence of new life and celebrate the joy of family through photography. Whether it's documenting the vows of a newlywed couple or the first smile of a newborn baby, I am committed to preserving life's most precious moments one snapshot at a time.

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Capturing Timeless moments : A magical wedding at Southcrest Manor Hotel in Worcester https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/2/capturing-timeless-moments-a-magical-wedding-at-southcrest-manor-hotel-in-worcester Capturing Timeless Moments: A Magical Wedding at Southcrest Manor Hotel in Worcestershire


As a wedding photographer, every assignment is a unique opportunity to document the love story of a couple on their special day. Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing a breathtaking wedding at the enchanting Southcrest Manor Hotel in Worcestershire. Nestled in the heart of stunning grounds and boasting the elegant Laura Ashley tea rooms, this venue provided the perfect backdrop for a day filled with love, joy, and unforgettable moments.

Venue Bliss:

Southcrest Manor Hotel is a photographer's dream come true. The picturesque Laura Ashley tea rooms exude charm and sophistication, creating an ambiance that is both timeless and romantic. The lush grounds surrounding the venue offer a myriad of captivating settings, providing endless possibilities for creating magical memories.

The staff at Southcrest Manor Hotel deserve special commendation for their impeccable service and attention to detail. Their professionalism and commitment to making the day flawless greatly contributed to the overall success of the event. From the moment I arrived until the last dance, the staff's dedication to ensuring a seamless experience for the couple and their guests was truly commendable.

A Radiant Bride and Groom:

The stars of the day were undoubtedly the radiant bride and groom, whose love illuminated the entire venue. The couple's choice of Southcrest Manor Hotel reflected their impeccable taste, and they effortlessly blended tradition with modern elegance. The bride looked absolutely stunning in her gown, and the groom exuded charm in his tailored suit. It was evident that every detail of their day was thoughtfully curated to reflect their unique personalities and love story.

Families United in Celebration:

The warmth and love that permeated the air were not confined to the couple alone. The families of the bride and groom played an integral role in creating an atmosphere of joy and unity. From heartfelt speeches to tearful embraces, the familial bonds on display were a testament to the enduring power of love and connection.

Capturing the Magic:

One of the highlights of this wedding was the couple's decision to incorporate flares into their celebration. This unexpected touch added a touch of magic to the evening, creating a unique opportunity for stunning photographs. As a photographer, I was thrilled to capture the ethereal glow of the flares against the backdrop of Southcrest Manor Hotel's enchanting grounds. These images will undoubtedly become cherished mementos, preserving the magic of that special day for years to come.

Photographing weddings is not just about capturing images; it's about telling a love story through the lens. The wedding at Southcrest Manor Hotel was a testament to the power of love, the beauty of family, and the enchantment of a breathtaking venue. From the exquisite Laura Ashley tea rooms to the meticulously manicured grounds, every element came together seamlessly to create a day that will be remembered and cherished forever. As a wedding photographer, I am grateful to have been a part of such a magical celebration and to have had the privilege of preserving these timeless moments for the happy couple.

This wedding was covered under my partnership Wedding Photography business venture : AR Wedding Photography. The Photo shown is an example of my own work from that day. 

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A Sun-Kissed Affair : Capturing Love in the Sunken Gardens of Moore Hall Hotel and Spa https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/2/a-sun-kissed-affair-capturing-love-in-the-sunken-gardens-of-moore-hall-hotel-and-spa  A Sun-Kissed Affair: Capturing Love in the Sunken Gardens of Moore Hall Hotel and Spa

As a wedding photographer, every assignment is a unique opportunity to tell a love story through the lens. Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing a breathtaking outdoor wedding held in the sunken gardens of the enchanting Moore Hall Hotel and Spa in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. This experience was a true celebration of love, made even more memorable by the fantastic staff, and the beautiful couple and families in attendance.

The Sunken Gardens at Moore Hall Hotel and Spa Nestled in the heart of Sutton Coldfield, Moore Hall Hotel and Spa is a picturesque venue known for its historic charm and stunning landscapes. The sunken gardens, in particular, provided a mesmerizing backdrop for this wedding ceremony. Lush greenery, vibrant blooms, and the gentle sound of a nearby fountain created an idyllic atmosphere that set the stage for a truly magical celebration of love.

The success of any event, especially a wedding, relies on the dedicated efforts of the venue staff. At Moore Hall Hotel and Spa, the team demonstrated exceptional professionalism and attention to detail. From the initial planning stages to the final moments of the celebration, the staff ensured that every aspect ran seamlessly. Their commitment to creating a perfect day for the couple and their guests did not go unnoticed.

Every love story is unique, and this wedding was no exception. The couple radiated joy and love, creating an infectious energy that permeated the entire celebration. From the heartfelt vows exchanged under the open sky to the tender moments shared during the first dance, every element of the day spoke volumes about the deep connection between the bride and groom.

The families in attendance added another layer of warmth to the occasion. The genuine smiles, supportive gestures, and shared laughter created a sense of unity that made the day even more special. As a wedding photographer, capturing these authentic moments of connection and love is what makes each assignment truly fulfilling.

Photographing a wedding in the sunken gardens of Moore Hall Hotel and Spa was a remarkable experience. The combination of a breathtaking setting, fantastic staff, and a beautiful couple surrounded by loving families made this celebration a true testament to the power of love. As a wedding photographer, it's moments like these that remind me of the profound privilege it is to document the timeless stories of couples embarking on their journey of forever.

This wedding was covered under my partnership Wedding Photography business venture : AR Wedding Photography. The Photo shown is an example of my own work from the day. 

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The Barns Wedding Venue Cannock https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/the-barns-wedding-venue-cannock Rustic Romance Unveiled: A Captivating Wedding at The Barns in Cannock

Nestled in the heart of the West Midlands, The Barns in Cannock set the stage for a wedding that unfolded with rustic charm and love in the air. As a West Midlands-based wedding photographer, I had the privilege of documenting the enchanting union of the happy couple. Join me as we explore the beauty of The Barns, celebrate the radiant couple, and commend the venue staff and guests who made this day truly memorable.

The moment I stepped into The Barns in Cannock, I was greeted by the warm embrace of rustic elegance. The venue's exposed beams, wooden interiors, and open spaces created a picturesque backdrop for the celebration. The Barns exuded a timeless charm that seamlessly blended with the couple's vision, making it a photographer's dream.

Kudos to The Barns Staff: A heartfelt commendation to The Barns' exceptional staff. Their dedication and attention to detail ensured that every aspect of the wedding day flowed seamlessly. From the setup of the ceremony space to the coordination of events, the staff at The Barns played a crucial role in creating an atmosphere where love and celebration took center stage.

Radiant Couple, Endless Love: The happy couple were the epitome of happiness and love. Their genuine connection and the joy they shared set the tone for a day filled with warmth and laughter. As a photographer, capturing the love that radiated between the couple was an absolute delight, and The Barns provided the perfect canvas for these intimate moments.

Guests: The Heartbeat of the Celebration: A special acknowledgment to the wonderful guests who contributed to the lively energy of the day. Their smiles, laughter, and heartfelt toasts added to the magic of the wedding. The sense of community and love that permeated the air made The Barns come alive with the spirit of celebration.

The Barns in Cannock proved to be more than just a venue; it was a partner in crafting the perfect backdrop for a wedding filled with love and joy. My lens captured not only the rustic beauty of the surroundings but also the genuine moments shared between the Bride and Groom , their guests, and the dedicated staff at The Barns. It was an honor to be part of this celebration, where rustic romance unfolded in the heart of the West Midlands.

This wedding was covered under my partnership Wedding Photography business venture : AR Wedding Photography. The photo shown is an example of my own work from the day 

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Live Music Photography at The Robin 2 Music Venue Bilston West Midlands - The Playlist https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/live-music-photography-at-the-robin-2-music-venue-bilston-west-midlands---the-playlist Capturing the Harmony: A Night of Music and Photography at The Robin 2, Bilston

As a wedding photographer, my lens is often focused on the tender moments of love and celebration. However, when the opportunity arose to trade vows for chords and bouquets for drumsticks, I eagerly embraced the chance to photograph a live music gig featuring a dynamic Midlands-based band at The Robin 2 in Bilston, West Midlands.

A Gem in the Heart of Bilston

The Robin 2, nestled in the heart of Bilston, stands as a testament to the vibrant music scene that has echoed through the Midlands for decades. Stepping into this iconic venue feels like entering a realm where the walls themselves are infused with the rhythm of countless performances. The intimate space, adorned with posters of legendary acts that have graced its stage, exudes a sense of history that is impossible to ignore.

Established in 1999, The Robin 2 has become a cornerstone of the West Midlands music scene. Its two-tier layout allows for an up-close-and-personal experience with the artists, creating an electric atmosphere that resonates with both seasoned music enthusiasts and newcomers alike. From rock legends to emerging talents, The Robin 2 has played host to a myriad of musical genres, making it a cherished space for those who seek the magic of live performances.

A Symphony of Sounds and Sights

The night was set to feature a promising Midlands-based band The Playlist who had approached me to capture the event, and the anticipation in the air was palpable. Armed with my camera gear, I took my position in the midst of the crowd, ready to capture the essence of this musical journey.

The band took the stage, and as the first chords reverberated through the venue, I found myself immersed in a world where melodies and harmonies danced freely. The dynamic energy of the performers was infectious, and I couldn't help but be drawn into the rhythm of the music. As a wedding photographer, this was a refreshing departure from the serene moments I usually document.

The stage lights painted the scene with a kaleidoscope of colors, providing the perfect backdrop for my lens to capture the intensity and emotion unfolding on stage. The synergy between the band members and the audience created a visual tapestry of joy and connection that was an absolute pleasure to photograph.

A Fusion of Passions

Combining my love for live music with my passion for photography proved to be an exhilarating experience. Each click of the shutter became a beat in the musical composition, freezing moments of raw emotion and artistic expression. The challenge of capturing the essence of a live performance added a new dimension to my craft, pushing me to adapt and evolve with the ever-changing cadence of the music.

In the heart of Bilston, at The Robin 2, I discovered that the art of photography and the magic of live music can coalesce into a symphony of visual and auditory delight. It was not just an assignment; it was a celebration of creativity, an exploration of the dynamic intersection between two forms of art that thrive on capturing the fleeting beauty of the moment.

As the final notes echoed through the venue and the applause filled the air, I couldn't help but reflect on the privilege of being part of such a memorable night. The Robin 2, with its rich history and intimate ambiance, provided the perfect stage for this musical journey, and I left with a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity to document a different kind of love – the love for live music.

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Capturing Love and Milestones - Cake Smash Photography https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/capturing-love-and-milestones---cake-smash-photography Capturing Love and Milestones: A Wedding Photographer's Journey into Cake Smash Photography

As a passionate wedding photographer, I have been fortunate to witness and capture some of the most beautiful moments of love and commitment between couples. However, my journey in photography doesn't end with weddings; it extends to another significant chapter in life – the joy of parenthood. As a proud father myself, I understand the importance of documenting the precious moments of our children's lives. This realisation led me to explore a unique and delightful avenue in photography – cake smash photography.

The Joy of Parenthood and Photography: Becoming a parent is a life-altering experience, filled with immeasurable joy and love. As I navigated through the early years of parenthood, I discovered the profound impact that photographs have on preserving these fleeting moments. Just as I strive to capture the essence of love and commitment in wedding photography, I found myself drawn to freeze-frame the innocent laughter, curious glances, and charming expressions of my own child.

Privilege of Capturing First Birthdays: Being entrusted with the task of documenting a child's first birthday is a privilege I don't take lightly. Just as couples choose me to capture their wedding day, parents invite me to freeze-frame the joy, wonder, and sometimes chaos of their child's introduction to the world of sweet treats. The experience is not just about photography; it's about creating lasting memories that families can cherish for a lifetime.

The Messy Fun and Candid Smiles: Cake smash photography is a celebration of the messy side of life – the cake-covered hands, frosting-stained smiles, and the pure delight in a child's eyes as they explore the sensory wonder of their first birthday cake. The session becomes a canvas for genuine moments, unfiltered and full of uninhibited joy. It's not about perfection but about capturing the authenticity of childhood in all its messy glory.

As a wedding photographer also offering cake smash shoots, I find immense joy in capturing the multifaceted tapestry of life's milestones. From the solemn vows exchanged at weddings to the exuberant cake-covered faces of one-year-olds, every moment tells a unique story. Parenthood has enriched my perspective as a photographer, and I am grateful for the opportunity to document the beautiful journey of families as they navigate the various chapters of life. Through my lens, I hope to continue weaving stories that resonate with the enduring love and cherished memories that make life truly extraordinary.

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Even on holiday I can't be without my camera - A trip to London https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/even-on-holiday-i-cant-be-without-my-camera---a-trip-to-london Love and Lenses: A Minimoon in London's Embrace

When the confetti settles and wedding vows echo in our hearts, a minimoon to London beckons – a city adorned with history, culture, and the timeless beauty of St Paul's Cathedral. Join me, a wedding photographer who can't resist the allure of capturing love even on a romantic getaway, as my camera and I embark on a journey with my wife, sharing a passion for photography amidst the iconic landmarks of London.

Love Knows No Boundaries: For a wedding photographer, love isn't confined to the frame of a camera. It spills over into every moment, every shared glance, and every adventure. London becomes our canvas, and the lens captures the magic that unfolds when two souls, bound by vows, explore a city steeped in romance.

St Paul's Cathedral: A Symbol of Love: As my wife and I stand before the grandeur of St Paul's Cathedral, its iconic dome soaring into the London sky, the camera becomes an extension of our shared passion. Together, we frame moments that echo the resonance of our wedding day – a celebration of love against a backdrop of architectural brilliance.

A Photographer's Eye in London: Even on holiday, my camera is an inseparable companion. Through the streets of London, I chase light and love, capturing the essence of our minimoon. From the vibrant hues of Borough Market to the serene banks of the Thames, every snap becomes a testament to the beauty of shared experiences.

A Shared Passion: In the quiet moments, my wife and I find joy in capturing candid shots of each other against the city's backdrop. Our shared passion for photography becomes a bond that deepens with each click.

Conclusion: A minimoon in London is not just a getaway; it's a chapter in the story of our love. As a wedding photographer, every click of the shutter becomes a brushstroke on the canvas of our shared memories. London, with its historic charm, provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic interlude, where love, photography, and the city's timeless beauty converge in a harmonious dance.



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A Serendipitous Day at the Mach Loop: Jets, Landscape, and Meeting a Photography Icon https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/a-serendipitous-day-at-the-mach-loop-jets-landscape-and-meeting-a-photography-icon A Serendipitous Day at the Mach Loop: Jets, Landscape, and Meeting a Photography Icon

Hello, fellow photography enthusiasts!

In the pursuit of capturing moments, even a wedding photographer's day off can turn into a memorable adventure. Recently, I took a trip to the Mach Loop in Wales, hoping to photograph fast-moving jets—knowing full well that the Mach Loop offers no guarantees.

As I set up my gear, eagerly awaiting the roar of engines and the thunderous passage of aircraft, little did I know that this day would unfold into something extraordinary. Amidst the anticipation, a familiar red coat caught my eye—none other than the fantastic Gary Gough, a renowned fine art and landscape photographer I've admired for years.

Meeting one of my photography heroes was a surreal and humbling experience. Gary was not only approachable but genuinely kind. I couldn't resist the urge to express my admiration for his inspirational work, and to my delight, he graciously engaged in conversation about our shared passion for photography.

Little did I know that this encounter would take an even more surreal turn. Unbelievably, Gary later posted a YouTube video where I made a brief appearance in the background. The unexpected recognition added an extra layer of excitement to an already fantastic day.

Now, let's talk about the main event—the Mach Loop itself. As I focused on capturing the first two F15s zooming through the loop, the day unfolded into a spectacle of USAF F15s and F35s flying through. It was a stroke of luck, as previous visits to the Mach Loop had often left me with nothing more than a seagull (though the breathtaking landscape is always a sight in itself).

This unexpected meeting with a photography icon and the exhilarating flybys made the day truly unforgettable. Photography has a beautiful way of bringing people together, and this experience at the Mach Loop was a testament to the camaraderie shared among photographers, whether capturing weddings or high-speed jets.

I share this story with immense joy and gratitude, highlighting the unpredictable nature of our craft and the unexpected connections it fosters. Here's to more serendipitous encounters, breathtaking moments, and the unwavering passion that fuels our photographic journeys.

Until the next adventure!

Ryan Harris

A Passionate Wedding Photographer & Aviation Enthusiast

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"Capturing Majesty: Behind the Lens of the Award-Winning Tiger Portrait" https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/-capturing-majesty-behind-the-lens-of-the-award-winning-tiger-portrait  "Capturing Majesty: Behind the Lens of the Award-Winning Tiger Portrait"

 Welcome to the heart of my photography journey, where every frame tells a story and each click captures a moment frozen in time. Today, I am thrilled to share the tale behind one of my most cherished and celebrated photographs – an image that not only reflects my passion for wildlife photography but has also earned accolades and become a popular print. Join me on this visual adventure as we explore the story behind the lens of the award-winning tiger portrait.

The Encounter: It was a crisp morning at the local zoo, and as I set up my gear, little did I know that I was about to witness an encounter with one of nature's most majestic creatures – the tiger. With a reputation for being elusive and mysterious, tigers are a photographer's dream subject. I spent hours observing their behavior, patiently waiting for the perfect moment to capture the essence of their wild beauty.

The Perfect Shot: And then it happened. In a fleeting moment, the tiger locked eyes with my lens, creating a connection that transcended the boundaries between the captive and the observer. The lighting was impeccable, casting a warm glow on the fur, and the composition framed the tiger in all its regal splendor. It was a split-second opportunity that I seized, resulting in a photograph that would later become the centerpiece of my portfolio.

The Artistic Process: Photography, for me, is not just about capturing an image but telling a story through the lens. The post-processing of this particular photograph involved careful consideration of color balance, contrast, and saturation to enhance the inherent beauty of the subject. The goal was not just to create a realistic portrayal of the tiger but to evoke an emotional response from the viewer, a sense of awe and admiration for these incredible creatures.

Awards and Recognition: To my delight,  It earned a First Place award at my local camera club, and gained recognition from fellow photographers I have huge admiration for. The image's popularity extended beyond the digital realm, as it became a sought-after print. The honor of receiving awards for a piece that captures the spirit of the wild is truly humbling and reinforces my commitment to the art of photography.

Connecting with Nature: This photograph serves as a reminder of the importance of connecting with nature, even within the confines of a zoo. It encapsulates the vulnerability and strength of these magnificent animals, urging us to appreciate and protect the natural world.

As I reflect on this incredible journey, I am reminded of the power of a single photograph to transcend boundaries and evoke profound emotions. This tiger portrait holds a special place in my heart, not only for the technical and artistic challenges it presented but also for the connection it forged between the viewer and the untamed beauty of the animal kingdom. May this image inspire a renewed appreciation for the wonders of nature and the artistry that lies behind every photograph.

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Landscape Photography - St Marys Lighthouse https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/landscape-photography---st-marys-lighthouse  Capturing Nostalgia: A Wedding Photographer's Journey to St Mary's Lighthouse

 Beyond the realm of weddings lies a place that holds the key to my childhood memories and family bonds - St Mary's Lighthouse on the North Coast. Join me as I take a break from capturing love stories to rediscover the magic of this enchanting location, where every wave echoes with the laughter of family holidays and rock pooling adventures with my brother and grandad.

A Sentimental Escape: St Mary's Lighthouse isn't just a picturesque landscape; it's a vessel of cherished moments that have shaped my life. Taking a hiatus from wedding photography, I found solace in the familiar embrace of the North Coast, where the salty breeze carries echoes of joy from years gone by.

History Beckons: As I set up my tripod against the backdrop of St Mary's Lighthouse, I couldn't help but marvel at the rich history that surrounds this iconic structure. Originally built in 1898, the lighthouse stands tall on St Mary's Island, guiding sailors with its beacon for over a century. Today, it serves as a symbol of resilience and a timeless witness to the ebb and flow of generations.

Rock Pools and Family Tales: Strolling along the coastline, memories flood back of endless summer days spent rock pooling with my brother, my dad and my grandad. The rugged charm of the rocks, the call of seagulls, and the distant lighthouse beacon create a tapestry of nostalgia. These are the scenes that fueled my love for storytelling, capturing moments that endure like the lighthouse itself.

Photographing St Mary's Magic: As the sun begins to rise, St Mary's Lighthouse transforms into a canvas of colors. The interplay of light and shadow on the waves, the silhouette of the lighthouse against the sky – each frame becomes a tribute to the beauty of both nature and memory.

A Reminder of Roots: Taking time to photograph St Mary's Lighthouse is not just about freezing moments in time; it's about acknowledging the threads that connect us to our past. It's a reminder that even in the fast-paced world of wedding photography, there's a place for reflection and the rekindling of the flames of familial love.

St Mary's Lighthouse isn't just a subject for my lens; it's a sanctuary of memories that transcend generations. As I return to the hustle of wedding photography, the echoes of laughter and the timeless allure of St Mary's serve as a compass, guiding me back to the heart of why I fell in love with capturing moments in the first place.

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Landscape Photography - Photographing Durdle Door https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/landscape-photography---photographing-durdle-door  In the realm of landscape photography, there are few sights as enchanting as Durdle Door bathed in the warm hues of a sunset. Join me on a visual journey as I unveil the magic of capturing this iconic limestone arch just as the sun gracefully bids adieu, leaving behind a celestial sunburst behind the rugged cliffs.

The Golden Hour Unveiled: Landscape photographers understand the unrivaled allure of the golden hour, that precious window of time when the sun's descent bathes the world in a soft, golden glow. Durdle Door, standing tall against the sea, becomes a canvas for nature's grand finale, inviting us to witness the merging of light, land, and sea in perfect harmony.

Chasing the Perfect Moment: Capturing Durdle Door at sunset is not merely about pointing and shooting; it's a dance with time and nature. As the sun inches closer to the horizon, our lens patiently awaits that ephemeral moment when the cliffs become a silhouette, and the sunburst emerges, casting its radiant glow on the Jurassic Coast.

Nature's Perfect Frame: Durdle Door, with its majestic arch and towering cliffs, presents a natural masterpiece yearning to be immortalized. The convergence of elements during sunset transforms this coastal marvel into a dreamscape, a testament to the artistry that lies within the intersection of light and landscape.

The Sunburst Revelation: Timing is everything in landscape photography, and capturing the sunburst here demands precision. My lens, poised and ready, witnessed the sun's final bow, creating a burst of warmth that painted the sky, cliffs and beach below with a surreal radiance, a fleeting moment frozen in time.

Durdle Door at sunset is a testament to the poetry written by nature. As photographers, we become storytellers, capturing the dance of light and landscape in a single frame. Join me in reliving the magic of that golden hour at Durdle Door, where the sunset and cliffs unite, leaving behind a sunburst that lingers in the heart long after the day bids its farewell.

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Aviation Photography in the Mach Loop https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/aviation-photography-in-the-mach-loop "From 'I Do' to Mach Loop: A Wedding Photographer's Day Off with High-Flying Thrills"

As a Wedding photographer I have become accustomed to capturing the beauty of love, but what happens when I take some time off? Well I traded vows for vapour trails on my day off, exploring the adrenaline-pumping world of military jets in the Welsh landscape's Mach Loop. Fast-moving F35s and F15s graced the skies, turning a day off into a high-flying adventure, Its only right that I should mention I have visited a number of times previously and not been so lucky with the air craft passing through. 

The Mach Loop: A Photographer's Playground For a photographer seeking a break from wedding bells, the Mach Loop offers a different kind of melody – the roar of military jets echoing through the valleys. Nestled in the heart of Wales, this renowned spot is famous for its low-flying aircraft maneuvers, providing a unique challenge and an exhilarating photographic opportunity.

Chasing the Unpredictable: Unlike weddings, where moments are carefully planned, the Mach Loop is a realm of unpredictability. There are no guarantees of spotting jets on any given day, adding an element of excitement and challenge. But sometimes, fortune smiles upon you, as was the case for me on my day off.

RAF and USAF Unite in the Valley: On this particular day, the Welsh landscape bore witness to the dynamic display of military prowess, with both the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF) gracing the Mach Loop. The unmistakable silhouettes of F35s and F15s sliced through the sky, leaving behind awe-inspiring trails and an indelible mark on my memory card.

The Need for Speed: Photographing fast-moving military jets demands precision and agility. The speed at which these aircraft traverse the valleys requires split-second decision-making, focusing on capturing the essence of power and velocity. Every frame is a testament to the expert skills of the highly talented pilots I admire so greatly.

This day off became an extraordinary escapade. The Mach Loop, with its breathtaking landscapes and high-speed aerobatics, offered a refreshing departure from the usual romantic scenes. The juxtaposition of military might against the serene Welsh backdrop created a visual symphony that transcended the traditional boundaries of wedding photography.

From saying "I do" to witnessing the thunderous roar of military jets, my day on the loop was nothing short of spectacular. The Mach Loop, with its fast-moving subjects and unpredictable charm, provided a thrilling escape into the world of high-flying adventure. Sometimes, stepping away from the altar leads to moments that soar to new heights – where love for photography meets the adrenaline of the Mach Loop.

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A weekend break photographing The elusive Kingfisher https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/a-weekend-break-photographing-the-elusive-kingfisher  "A Weekend Escape: From Wedding Bliss to Kingfisher Bliss in Shropshire"

 As a wedding photographer, weekends are usually reserved for capturing the timeless moments of love and celebration. However, every now and then, there comes a magical moment when the hustle of wedding season takes a pause, and the lens can turn towards a different kind of beauty. This past weekend, I found myself with a rare and precious gift – a spare weekend. How did I choose to spend it? In the serene landscapes of Shropshire, chasing the vibrant hues of kingfishers along the tranquil shores of a picturesque lake.

Capturing Vibrant Moments: The Shropshire lake provided the perfect backdrop for the vibrant and agile kingfishers. Patiently, I observed their graceful dives and speedy flights from the hide, framing each moment to immortalise the stunning colors and swift movements of these feathered wonders. The interplay of sunlight on their iridescent plumage created a mesmerizing dance that begged to be captured through the lens.

A Lesson in Patience and Precision: Photographing kingfishers is no small feat. These elusive birds demand a combination of patience, precision, and an acute understanding of their behaviour. I love a challenge and this was just that, sinking into the rhythm of nature and allowing the lake's serene ambiance to guide the creative process. Each click of the shutter became a testament to the delicate balance between timing and artistry.

Bringing Nature's Beauty to Life: While weddings are a celebration of human connection, this spontaneous journey into the heart of Shropshire's natural landscape reminded me of the beauty that exists beyond the realms of love and matrimony. The resulting photographs tell a story of the untamed elegance found in the feathers of kingfishers, the gentle ripples of the lake, and the lush greenery that envelops Shropshire's countryside.

A Refreshing Perspective: This unexpected weekend escape served as a refreshing change of pace for me, with a chance to recharge my creative spirit and rediscover the joy of photography in a different context. The freedom to explore and capture the essence of nature's wonders brought a newfound appreciation for the diverse subjects that await outside the world of weddings.

Sharing the Journey: As I delved into the world of kingfishers, the images captured became more than just photographs; they became a narrative of a weekend filled with serendipity, discovery, and the pursuit of beauty. Now, these moments are shared with you, offering a glimpse into the multifaceted passion that fuels my dedication to storytelling through the lens.

 While weddings will always hold a special place in my heart, the weekend spent photographing kingfishers in Shropshire served as a reminder of the boundless beauty that awaits when we allow ourselves the freedom to explore. As the seasons change and love continues to bloom, my commitment to capturing the extraordinary remains unwavering, whether it's the exchange of vows or the fleeting flight of a kingfisher on a Shropshire lake.

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A Heavenly Collaboration: Capturing the Essence of a Fallen Angel in Birmingham https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/a-heavenly-collaboration-capturing-the-essence-of-a-fallen-angel-in-birmingham  A Heavenly Collaboration: Capturing the Essence of a Fallen Angel in Birmingham

Greetings, fellow photography enthusiasts and cherished clients,

As a West Midlands-based photographer, I find immense joy and inspiration in continually honing my skills and seeking out unique opportunities for personal and professional growth. One such avenue is attending workshops, where studio owners organise sessions bringing models and photographers together. Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in an extraordinary workshop arranged by a Birmingham-based photographer David Rann whom I hold in high esteem, and who, I am proud to say, has become a dear friend.

The theme of the day was as enchanting as it was challenging – a fallen angel. The ethereal concept promised to push the boundaries of creativity, and I was eager to delve into the world of fantasy and capture a vision that transcended the ordinary.

The beautiful and talented Katy graced us as the model of the day, embodying the delicate balance between the celestial and the earthly. Her poise and grace made her the perfect canvas for our collective artistic expression.

For me, photography is not just about capturing a moment; it's about storytelling and conveying emotions. As I embarked on the editing process for the images captured during this workshop, I felt compelled to infuse a biblical aura into the final product. Textured overlays and additions, such as subtle lightening, were meticulously applied to evoke a sense of divine presence.

I am thrilled to share with you the result of this creative endeavor. The image I've crafted carries the essence of a fallen angel – a delicate fusion of strength, vulnerability, and ethereal beauty. I sincerely hope you enjoy this unique perspective and find a connection with the narrative it conveys.

I must take a moment to express my gratitude to the talented photographer and friend who organised this exceptional day - David. His vision and dedication to fostering a collaborative community have been a tremendous source of inspiration for me. I admire him greatly, and it's thanks to his arranged model day and theme that I was able to capture this image.

It's within these collaborative spaces that our artistic souls thrive, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to learn, share, and create alongside fellow photographers and models. Together, we elevate our craft and capture moments that transcend the ordinary.

As my journey in the world of photography continues, I am excited to bring you along for the ride. Your support means the world to me, and I look forward to sharing more creative adventures and captivating images in the future.

Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey.

Warm regards,

Ryan Harris 

A Passionate West Midlands Photographer



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Hogarth's Stone Manor Wedding https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/hogarths-stone-manor-wedding Under the warm embrace of the summer sun, love found its perfect resonance at Hogarth's Stone Manor in Kidderminster. As a wedding photographer, I had the privilege of capturing the magic of a remarkable summer wedding that unfolded amidst the breathtaking beauty of this enchanting venue. From the verdant gardens to the surprise serenade by singing waiters, every moment added a unique note to the symphony of this joyous occasion.

A Backdrop of Timeless Beauty:

Nestled in the heart of Kidderminster, Hogarth's Stone Manor emerged as a dreamy haven for the celebration of love. The historic charm of the venue, complemented by manicured lawns and blooming flora, provided a romantic setting that enhanced the beauty of the happy couple's special day. I couldn't help but be captivated by the picturesque surroundings that promised to be the perfect canvas for love to unfold.

An Outdoor Affair Amidst Nature's Embrace:

The decision to hold the wedding ceremony outdoors proved to be a stroke of brilliance by the happy couple. The lush grounds of Hogarth's Stone Manor became an ethereal stage, bathed in natural light and adorned with the vibrant hues of summer blooms. Against this backdrop, the couple exchanged vows, their love echoing through the air as I discreetly captured the candid moments that defined the essence of their commitment.

Surprises Unveiled: Singing Waiters Take Center Stage:

As the celebration unfolded, the couple had an extraordinary surprise up their sleeves for the guests and, most importantly, for each other. The air was charged with anticipation as the singing waiters made their entrance, breaking into melodic harmonies that added an unexpected and delightful twist to the festivities. The surprise was met with gasps of joy, cheers, and laughter, creating an atmosphere of pure delight that resonated throughout the venue.

Candid Captures Amidst Musical Joy:

The singing waiters not only provided a unique form of entertainment but also became an unexpected treasure trove for candid photography. From the astonishment on the guests' faces to the pure joy radiating from the couple, every frame was a testament to the genuine emotions stirred by this delightful surprise. I seized the opportunity to capture the unrehearsed laughter, the shared glances, and the spontaneous moments that unfolded as the singing waiters enchanted the audience.

Complimenting the Couple in Captured Moments:

Against the backdrop of Hogarth's Stone Manor and the harmonious surprise, I endeavored to complement the couple's joy with my lens. From stolen kisses amidst the garden's beauty to the heartfelt expressions during the surprise performance, every photograph was a celebration of love, surprise, and shared happiness.

Photographing a summer wedding at Hogarth's Stone Manor was a celebration of love and surprise, with nature and melody coming together in perfect harmony. The surprise singing waiters added an unforgettable chapter to the couple's love story, and I feel privileged to have been the storyteller, capturing the beauty of this remarkable day. As a wedding photographer, I cherish the memories created at Hogarth's Stone Manor, where love, laughter, and music blended seamlessly to create an unforgettable symphony of joy.

Pictured below are the happy couple in front of the beautiful Manor House. 

This wedding was covered under my partnership Wedding Photography business venture : AR Wedding Photography. The photo shown is an example of my own work from that day 

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The Ashes Barns Wedding Venue Staffordshire https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/the-ashes-barns-wedding-venue-staffordshire I am overjoyed to recount the recent chapter of love that unfolded at the renowned wedding venue, The Ashes Barns in enchanting Staffordshire. Returning to this picturesque haven, where love stories bloom against the backdrop of serene lakes and rustic barns, was an absolute delight for me as a wedding photographer.

The Ashes Barns, with its idyllic setting, is a canvas of dreams for any couple embarking on the journey of marriage. The large lake and charming wedding barns create a fairy-tale atmosphere that never fails to inspire. As I stepped onto familiar grounds, memories of previous celebrations flooded my mind, and I was reminded once again of the magic this venue holds.

The stars of this enchanting wedding were, without a doubt, the wonderful couple who radiated love and joy. Their connection was palpable, and against the rustic charm of The Ashes Barns, their union became a living testament to the beauty of love. It was an honor to capture the heartfelt moments shared between them and to witness the love that surrounded them from their families and friends.

One exceptional touch that added a unique flair to the festivities was the inclusion of a casino for guest entertainment. The lively sounds of laughter and cheers filled the air as guests tried their luck at various games. This brilliant idea not only provided a memorable and entertaining experience for everyone but also presented me with countless opportunities to capture candid moments of genuine joy and surprise.

The large lake, reflecting the hues of the setting sun, and the wedding barns adorned with rustic elegance, created a picturesque backdrop for the day's celebrations. As a photographer, it's a privilege to work in such a splendid setting, where every corner tells a story and every moment is a snapshot of pure bliss.

To the incredible couple, thank you for entrusting me with the task of capturing your love story once again. Your day was a kaleidoscope of emotions, and it was a pleasure to be part of such a radiant celebration. To the families and guests, your warmth and genuine happiness added to the vibrant tapestry of the day, making it truly unforgettable.

As recount the memories of this return to The Ashes Barns, I'm reminded of the profound joy that comes from documenting love stories in such a breathtaking venue. Each wedding is a unique masterpiece, and this one will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Here's to love rekindled and the timeless beauty of The Ashes Barns.

Warmest Regards,


Pictured below are the happy couple Walking back down the aisle as newlyweds. 

This wedding was covered under my partnership wedding photography business venture : AR Wedding photography The photo shown is an example of my own work from the day 

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The Mill Barns Wedding venue Shropshire https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/the-mill-barns-wedding-venue-shropshire There are moments in life when I feel truly privileged, and as a wedding photographer based in the heart of Shropshire, near the picturesque town of Bridgnorth, I can't help but express the immense honor I feel in capturing the special days of beautiful couples. Every love story is unique, and being entrusted to document these moments is both a joy and a responsibility that I cherish deeply.

Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing an enchanting wedding at a stunning venue nestled in the heart of Shropshire's countryside The Mill Barns. This idyllic location not only served as a backdrop for the celebration but became an integral part of the love story unfolding before my lens.

The venue, with its graceful architecture and modern stylish appearance, was a photographer's dream. As I entered the grounds, I was struck by the beauty that surrounded me. The staff, with their warm smiles and impeccable service, added a touch of magic to the entire experience. It is not just the camera that captures the essence of the day; it's the synergy of the environment, the people, and the love that fills the air.

One cannot speak of this venue without acknowledging the breathtaking ceremony room bathed in natural light. Large windows adorned the space, allowing the gentle embrace of sunlight to illuminate the room and create an ethereal ambiance. The interplay of light and shadow added a dimension to the photographs, making each moment captured truly unforgettable.

As the wedding unfolded, I couldn't help but marvel at the radiance of the couple. Their love was not only evident in the stolen glances and tender touches but also reflected in the joy that emanated from the guests. Every smile, every tear, every heartfelt laugh became a piece of the narrative that I endeavored to immortalize through my lens.

To the wonderful couple, thank you for allowing me to be a witness to your love story. Your day was not just a celebration of union but a testament to the power of love, and I am grateful to have been a part of it.

To the dedicated staff of the venue, your commitment to excellence and attention to detail did not go unnoticed. You played an integral role in creating an environment that allowed love to flourish and moments to be eternally captured.

As I reflect on this beautiful Shropshire wedding at The Mill Barns near Bridgnorth, I am reminded of the privilege and responsibility that comes with being a wedding photographer. Each click of the shutter is not just a snapshot; it's a pause button on a day filled with love, joy, and the promise of forever.

I want to express my gratitude to the wonderful couple, the venue's staff, and everyone who contributed to making this day so memorable. It is moments like these that remind me why I am passionate about what I do – capturing love's radiance one frame at a time.

Warmest Regards,


The happy couple pictured below in the wedding breakfast room :


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Weddings at The Fairlawns https://ryanjharrisphotography.co.uk/blog/2024/1/weddings-at-the-fairlawns Capturing Love Stories: A Grateful Journey through Five Walsall Weddings at The Fairlawns Hotel and Spa, Walsall


As a wedding photographer based in the heart of Walsall in the Black Country, I have had the immense privilege of photographing five beautiful weddings at a picturesque venue that holds a special place in my heart. The joy, love, and unforgettable moments shared at this enchanting location have not only been a testament to the beauty of marriage but have also showcased the warmth and hospitality of the incredible staff and the wonderful couples and families I've had the pleasure of working with.

The Perfect Setting:

Walsall, with its rich history and charming landscapes, boasts a wedding venue that transcends expectations. Nestled in the heart of my hometown, this venue has become the canvas for some of the most exquisite love stories I've had the honour of documenting. Its manicured gardens and captivating ambiance provide the perfect backdrop for moments that are meant to be cherished for a lifetime.

Commending the Staff:

The success of any event, especially a wedding, lies in the seamless orchestration behind the scenes. I must commend the dedicated staff at this venue for their professionalism, attention to detail, and unwavering commitment to creating a magical experience for every couple. From the event coordinators who ensure smooth transitions to the catering team that crafts culinary delights, each member contributes to the overall charm that sets this venue apart.

Beautiful Couples and Families:

Every wedding I've had the pleasure of photographing at this venue has introduced me to extraordinary couples and their loving families. The genuine connection and joy that radiate from these unions have left an indelible mark on my heart. From emotional vows to spontaneous laughter, the love shared in these spaces has become the focal point of my work as a wedding photographer.

Anticipating the Future:

As I reflect on the five weddings I've captured at this extraordinary venue, I find myself eagerly anticipating the prospect of returning for more. The memories created within these walls, the shared laughter, and the joyous celebrations have created a bond that I am excited to nurture in the future. The venue's timeless charm and the incredible couples who choose it as the backdrop for their special day make each return a new and thrilling experience.


Photographing weddings at this picturesque venue in Walsall has been a journey filled with love, joy, and unforgettable moments. The privilege of witnessing the union of beautiful couples and working alongside a dedicated staff has made each occasion a truly remarkable experience. As I look forward to the weddings that await, I am grateful for the memories created and excited for the many more love stories that will unfold against the backdrop of this enchanting venue in our beloved hometown.

Pictured below are the lovely Bridal Party from Andrew and Staceys wedding 

This wedding was covered under my partnership Wedding Photography Business venture : AR Wedding photography. The photo shown is an example of my own work from the day. 



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