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Limited time offer! Full day wedding photography package only £400!

Here at Creative Captures (West Yorkshire) we are looking at expanding our wedding portfolio. In order to do this we are offering a select few bookings at a reduced price of £400 (regular price £895). That’s less than half price!

To take advantage of this offer simply pay a 50% deposit of £200 to secure your booking and price, then pay the balance up to 2 weeks before the big day.

For this price you get:

– Pre-wedding consultation
– Engagement shoot to get you warmed up for the big day
-Coverage of your wedding from Bridal Prep all the way through to first dance.
-Your images edited and supplied on a personalised USB.

Send us a message for more information.

**THIS PROMOTION ENDS 30th JUNE 2018**

Claire and David’s Wedding

Claire and David got married at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Pickering last month, followed by a reception at Kirkbymoorside Golf Club. What an amazing day from start to finish! I had such a fun time taking shots with the girls in the morning, Claire was so calm! The girls were dropped off at the Church in two sports cars which grabbed the attention of everyone in the bustling little town.  After a beautiful service, we took some family portraits in front of the church and then headed to the Golf Club. They had done such an amazing job decorating the place, it looked stunning. We took some couple shots but it was quite windy and the sun was still quite high in the sky. After a  gorgeous meal we headed out again, this time the wind had died down and the sun was lower in the sky which made for some gorgeous lighting! We took some more group photos too, one with the guys holding Claire and one with the girls holding David! After the evening guests started to arrive we headed inside for the cake cutting and the first dance. It’s safe to say, an amazing day was had by all! Here’s a few sneak peeks!

 

Anita and Graham’s Wedding at Swinton Park

Hi Guys! Sorry this is a bit late but I’ve been extremely busy with new projects and also my own wedding and honeymoon! Eeek!

Wow, where do I start with this incredible wedding?!?!  Anita and Graham got married at one of the most beautiful venues in the Dales, Swinton Park!  This was my first time shooting here so i was incredibly excited! It was the most wonderful day from start to finish <3

Anita and Graham live approx 150 miles away and chose this beautiful venue to elope to, bringing their beautiful little girl, Anita’s Father and His Partner. It made a nice difference to shooting a large wedding with lots of guests and i really enjoyed it. It meant we could focus on them and make sure we got all the images that they wanted. Their wedding day was actually the first time we had met face to face, everything had been organised via telephone and email.  When we met i felt like we instantly clicked and we had an amazing day and got some incredible images. It helped that Anita used to be a model as she was extremely comfortable in front of the camera which made my job so much easier. Literally every photographer’s dream!

 

Anita and Graham wanted the photography to be very relaxed, unobtrusive and documentary in style, which is exactly what we did!  I wanted them to enjoy being at their own wedding.  We did a few group shots and then we went for a walk around the gardens to get some beautiful couple shots, of which their daughter wanted to be in nearly all of them bless her.

Here are a few photos from their big day <3

 

Must See Hidden Gems in the UK!

There are many famously picturesque places to visit in the UK – as well as many you may not know about.

Are there any places you would add to the list?

 

Gaping Gill

Situated on the slopes of Ingleborough at an altitude of 1300ft (400m) above sea level, Fell Beck ends its course abruptly and plunges 330ft(100m) down into the limestone plateau creating Britain’s highest unbroken waterfall. (Twice the height of Niagra Falls!) It lands on the floor of Gaping Gill, the largest cavern in Britain, known as the Main Chamber. The cavern is only open to the public twice a year, so get the date in your diary!

 

Garden of Cosmic Speculation

This is a garden with a twist that is certainly a feast for the eyes and the senses. It was designed by Charles Jencks, an architecture theorist, in 1989. Because this place is only open 1 day a year this is somewhere that i haven’t been yet, but is on the list of things to do!

 

Eilean Donan Castle

Chances are, you’ve probably seen a few pictures of this castle around. As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island about a mile away from the village of Dornie, at the point where three lochs meet and surrounded by some incredible scenery. The castle has been featured in a number of ad campaigns and films, such as Highlander and Entrapment. It is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands.

 

Fairy Pools 

The Fairy Pools are one of the most visited sites on the Isle of Skye of Scotland. Why? It’s an easy walk along a series of small waterfalls with the Cuillin Mountains as a backdrop. From the parking area, it is a leisurely walk along the River Brittle. What so many people come to see is the series of small waterfalls, each flowing into its own pool. On sunny days, this is a beautiful spot. The water is aquamarine and the views along the valley are magnificent.

 

Bounce Below

The breath-taking site, in a former slate mine in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales, lets you play, slide, jump and bounce from net to net in a cavern the size of a cathedral. For more info go to https://www.zipworld.co.uk/adventure/detail/bounce-below

 

Glen Orchy

 If you’re planning a road trip in Scotland (which I highly recommend)  this is one place you can’t miss! Glen Orchy has a good range of scenery and lots of wildlife, the main interest for us were the beautiful waterfalls which sit around half way down the Glen. The rock formations here are truly amazing and depending on the water levels will always reveal or hide the details, the rocks can be extremely slippery so you will need to take care.

 

Hodge Close Quarry

Hodge Close Quarry is a massive excavation of light green coloured slate, sheer-sided and unfenced, with an originally worked depth from ground level of about 100m (300 feet). The 150 feet deep face is a favourite with abseilers, while the 150 feet deep flooded workings which extend below the surface are popular with divers. A number of divers have lost their lives in Hodge Close Quarry, mainly as the result of getting lost in the underwater tunnels.

 

The Devils Pulpit

When we were here it was pouring down and it was only about 6am in the morning which is perfect if you want to avoid crowds of people! The stairs down are really steep and slippery so be extremely careful! According to local lore, the gorge was a secret meeting place for the ancient Druids. The Devil’s Pulpit was also where Satan himself was said to have preached to the Monks below.

Portmeirion 

Although you have to pay to get in, Portmeirion is a must see! Despite the fact it was cloudy and raining when we were there you still felt like you were abroad!  It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village and is now owned by a charitable trust. Portmeirion has served as the location for numerous films and television shows, and was “The Village” in the 1960s television show The Prisoner.

 

Old Man Storr

Even if it is a bit of a hike, this view on the Isle of Skye is something you can’t miss! t takes around an hour each way but is quite steep and very muddy. Probably one of the most iconic views of the beautiful island, it attracts a lot of people every day. I would definitely recommend doing it very early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

 

 

Snowdon

Speaking of hiking… I think this view from the top of Snowdon is spectacular! You can take the train up, but then you miss out on that massive sense of achievement at the top! The highest peak in Wales is said to be the final resting place of a giant killed by King Arthur.

 

Fairy Glen 

Another contender from the Isle of Skye.. and it won’t be the last! Often overlooked on the most time-limited itineraries, we still think it is worth a stop. The Fairy Glen is a quick visit, easy to hike, and if there is anywhere you could possibly find a fairy on the Isle of Skye, it would be here.

 

Cathedral Cavern

The Cathedral quarries are a small network of inter-linked quarries above Little Langdale. The system is best known for its main chamber, which still stands forty feet in height, and is lit by two windows off the main quarry. To our surprise, we saw a goldfish fish in the water inside the cave!! If you do visit here, don’t forget to check out Slaters Bridge too! You can’t miss it…

 

 The Isles of Scilly 

Wild landscapes, white sand beaches, turquoise waters and a balmy Gulf Stream-enhanced climate – the Scillies feel like a world away but in fact, they’re just 28 miles off the southwestern tip of Cornwall.

 

Malham Cove

Sometimes we don’t always take advantage of those places closest to us! If you’re looking for somewhere to go walking at the weekend, Malham Cove would be a great choice! The vertical face of the cliff is about 260 feet high. The top of the cove is a large area of deeply eroded limestone pavement, rarely seen in England. The majesty of Malham Cove looks out over the Village of Malham and has been attracting visitors for centuries.

 

Buachaille Etive Mor Moutain

The epic view of the mountain from the main A82 road makes it appear quite unassailable and is one of the most photographed sights in Scotland. If you turn off the main road and follow the river SW you will come to this amazing view. Be prepared to fight for your place among the rest of the other photographers there…

 

Kilt Rock 

Another Beautiful spot on the Isle of Skye… Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls. Just takes a quick stop here to get a stunning shot.

 

Scaleber Falls

I couldn’t resist adding this place to the list. One of the most beautiful falls in the Yorkshire Dales!

 

Llansteffan Castle

Llansteffan Castle occupies a steep side promontory overlooking the mouth of the River Towy. The castle was built in the early twelfth century, initially in the form of an earth and timber ringwork. Throughout the medieval period, it regularly changed hands as the Anglo-Normans and Welsh vied for control which prompted regular upgrades to the structure. Just look at the spectacular views from the top!

 

Three Cliff Bay

A spectacular shoreline of sand dunes, salt marsh and of course, the signature three cliffs. A particularly photogenic part of the Gower Coast Path and a great spot to stop for a picnic. You may even catch a glimpse of some wild horses galloping across the beach like we did!

 

Giants Causeway

Okay not quite ‘hidden’ but even so… Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s first UNESCO Heritage Site, is a geological wonder and home to a wealth of history and legend. The 40,000 basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago intrigue and inspire visitors. On my list of things to see! Did you know? Legend has it that the causeway was formed by Irish giant Finn McCool who wanted to cross the Irish Sea to fight Scottish rival, Benandonner.
Read more here; https://discovernorthernireland.com/Giant-s-Causeway-National-Trust-Bushmills-P2800/

 

Cheddar Gorge 

Cheddar Gorge is a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills, near the village of Cheddar, Somerset, England. The gorge is the site of the Cheddar show caves, where Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man, estimated to be over 9,000 years old, was found in 1903. Cheddar Gorge was named as the second greatest natural wonder in Britain.

 

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20 Things you should know before visiting Iceland

Iceland is one of the most incredible destinations. Between roaring waterfalls, black sand beaches, and lava fields, Iceland really does feel like another planet…

Attracted by the wild and untouched landscapes, the unique natural encounters and the chance of laying eyes on the majestic northern lights, the number of people flocking there has been increasing rapidly. It’s a favourite destination for landscape photographers and given a growing number of travellers are choosing their next destination based on its Instagram appeal…

Here are a few things I think you should know before travelling to Iceland;

1. Iceland is not for the budget traveller
You are already probably aware of Iceland’s unfriendliness towards a tight budget. Don’t let the cheap flights fool you, the budgeting fun stops there.
You may soon be questioning whether you do actually need to sleep in a bed or eat anything besides pot noodles for the entirety of your trip.
To put this in perspective, a pint will cost you around £9, a hot drink and a pastry £20, a meal for two £70.

They are limited but here are a few tips on Budgeting:
Stay in hostels as opposed to Hotels.
Eat at fuel stations
Stock up on food at the budget supermarket Bonus.
Pack like food is limited in Iceland – bring as much with you as possible.
Don’t spend money on bottled water – the tap water is safe to drink.

2. Don’t expect decent images of the northern lights without a tripod.
One thing that really shocked me when seeing the Northern lights was the number of people there trying to take photos with their iPhone, with the flash on!
You don’t need a fancy camera, but whatever you do have – know how to use it, and how to change the shutter speed. Set it up on a tripod (doesn’t have to be anything fancy) and away you go.
(See my post on how to capture the northern lights)

3. Bring painkillers – you won’t be able to buy any in the supermarkets
The only place you’ll find painkillers is at the pharmacy, so we recommend you take them with you to save the hassle.

4. Pee now, pay next month.Yes, you heard right, you can pay for just about everything in Iceland with a card… even the toilets! If you’re like me though I still like to carry some cash around. Also, you will be expected to pay for the use of most toilets, especially in touristy areas and this charge is around 100-200isk.

5. Tipping is not required.
*Sigh of relief after you’ve just paid £70 for a meal for two* All prices, whether it’s for a meal or a taxi ride include the tip so no need to give extra!

6. Everywhere has Wi-Fi
Nearly all restaurants, buses, even rental cars have wi-fi which is great if you’re lost, or it’s been 24 hours since your last status update!

7. Don’t expect to buy alcohol in the supermarkets
Alcohol is sold in bars, restaurants, and cafes, but never in supermarkets because, believe it or not, this country once had total prohibition on alcohol right up till 1989. The ban has been lifted since, but you’d be lucky to find anything stronger than 2.25% except at the alcohol chain called Vínbúðin. If you’re wanting to drink while you’re there- save money by buying at the airport.

8. No Comfort Brands
If you’re a frequent traveller, you tend to get used to seeing familiar brand names no matter where you go, like McDonalds and the occasional Starbucks even. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), Iceland has none of the above.

9. Hold on to your hat
Just speaking from experience…

10. Everyone speaks English
Don’t worry, you don’t need to do a crash course in Icelandic before you travel.
Hvað segir þú? any ideas? … That means “what’s up?” Good luck trying to pronounce It!
Everyone in Iceland speaks English. Also, Icelanders are sharp, quirky, and full of wit, so do not be surprised if they hit you with lashes of wintry Brit-styled sarcasm faster than you can say, “Oh, so you do speak English!”

11. The Tap water is safe to drink
As I’ve said above, save money by refilling water bottles at the tap. The water tastes amazing too!

12. Get used to the smell of sulphur
If you’re not sure what sulphur smells like just turn on the hot water tap and wait a few seconds… luckily the cold water doesn’t smell!

13. Bring extra batteries for your camera.
If you travel in winter, the cold weather will drain your batteries in no time, so carry spares!

14. Expect changes in your plans – the weather is unpredictable
The saying in Iceland is, “if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.” It is so true! A bit like Yorkshire weather really… can be sunny one minute and gales and hail the next or vice versa!
I would definitely say book trips in advance but have a contingency plan in case anything happens. We had a 1 day express ice cave tour booked which was cancelled due to the weather so we booked another tour at short notice which was also cancelled! We didn’t want to waste one of our limited days in this amazing country so we hired a car instead and had an incredible time!

15. Hire a car!
Following on from the last point, if you do get the chance to hire a car while you’re there, even if just for a day I would totally recommend it! Just having the freedom to stop whenever, wherever you want…

16. The Blue Lagoon debate
Pricey? Yes. Touristy? You betcha. Worth going? Totally.
Despite some people saying it’s a waste of time and money, I disagree. If you get the chance you should go!

A few tips for the blue lagoon;

The changing rooms in the blue lagoon aren’t scary – if you’ve done research like me, you’ve probably come across blog posts saying that the changing rooms are full of nude people and they don’t have private changing rooms or showers. Yes, you will see some nude people, but they do have private changing rooms and showers so don’t panic.
Your hair will be fine- just make sure you cover it in Conditioner before and after you enter the blue lagoon
Remove any white gold or silver Jewellery.
Don’t wear contact lenses.
Consider a hat to stop your head and ears getting cold.
Bring your own food and drink to save money

17. Layers
If you are travelling in winter layers are so important! If you think you’ve got enough layers on, you’re probably wrong. Also, make sure you have a good pair of waterproof boots!

18. Book your Northern Lights tour for the first night you arrive
That way, if you don’t get to see them the first night you can just re-book it for the next night and so on… Don’t be too downhearted if you don’t get to see them!

19. Be Realistic 
We get it, you want to see as much as possible while you’re there. Bear in mind that if you go in winter you’ll only get about 5 hours daylight so seeing everything is going to be impossible! By packing too much into your itinerary you run the risk of spending far too much time rushing from place to place.

20. Take it all in
You’ll want to stop every 5 minutes to take pictures but a lot of what you see just can’t be properly captured. Sometimes you just need to look up from the camera and enjoy the view.

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Off Roading in The Yorkshire Dales

So as you’re probably already aware, me and my partner purchased a defender 110 a couple of months back. After spending a few weeks at a garage we took a bit of a risk and took it on a road trip to the Isle of Skye. Considering we’d only driven it a couple of times and both times it had broken down.. we were a bit sceptical! We had an issue with the battery while we were away, but luckily we had a spare so didn’t cause too much disruption!

Once we were back we couldn’t wait to start taking her off road! Not knowing much about the tracks round here, my partner started joining numerous groups on Facebook. One had posted an event that sounded perfect for newbies so we signed up!

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Perfect 2 day Isle of Skye Itinerary

The Isle of Skye is one of Scotland’s hottest destinations. Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the island to see its breathtaking scenery, quaint towns, and stunning coastline. So, how do you plan the perfect Isle of Skye itinerary?

Whether you have one, two, or three days (or more, if you are really lucky!), we have some great suggestions to help you make the most of your time here. Although the Isle of Skye only looks like a small island, travelling time between locations can be up to 2 hours due to the winding single track roads.

Our trip was a last minute decision and we didn’t have a set time scale, just a list of places we wanted to see. We decided just to take things as they came and spend as much time there as required to see everything we wanted. Turns out this was only 2 days!

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How to Photograph the Milky Way – 10 Easy Steps

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, we’ve just got back from a trip to the Isle of Skye. So as well as this Guide to the Milky way i will also be writing a Guide to seeing the Isle of Skye in 2 days.

After seeing the night sky up in the highlands i was inspired to write this guide to help people capture the Milky Way.  I don’t recall ever meeting anyone who claimed to not be fascinated to some degree by the night sky. There’s just something hypnotic about gazing upon objects that are billions of years old and light years away.

Here’s how you can capture the Milky Way yourself;

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