Saturday, 15 July 2017

[Wedding] Zoe and Ryan, A beautiful day full of magical moments at Waterton Park Hotel

On Friday I had the pleasure of photographing Zoe and Ryan’s Wedding.
Zoe & Ryan booked me for their Wedding Photography back in November and soon enough the date came around for them to be happily married.

I started with Zoe and her bridesmaids at her parent's house, where her Dad and brother were downstairs whilst all the girls were on the top floor of the house. Hair and makeup were already underway when I arrived so it was a complete hive of activity.

All the bridesmaids wore beautiful one shouldered baby blue dresses whilst Zoe wore a beautiful beaded dress teamed with Jenny Packman Shoes and a cathedral length veil. I love dads seeing their little girls for the first time! 

We all headed off to The Parish Church of St Peter the Apostle and St John the Baptist, Barnsley for the Wedding Ceremony of Zoe & Ryan.

There patiently waiting was Ryan and his Best Man and Brother Neil along with the bridesmaids. Of course, Zoe had to fashionably turn up late - which is apparently normal too!

Zoe was walked down the aisle by her dad, following her bridesmaids and flower girl. Where Ryan waited at the bottom to see his beautiful bride. They sang two hymns, Morning has Broken and All Things Bright and Beautiful during the service as well as having readings before heading out as Husband and Wife.

After the ceremony, we headed into the church garden for Confetti and some family photographs before a few photographs of the new Mr and Mrs as all the guests headed off to the reception at Waterton Park Hotel, Wakefield.

Once at Waterton Park, we started with the rest of the group photographs before the Wedding Breakfast waiting to take the majority of Ryan and Zoe’s portraits until after Dinner.

Speeches were held before dinner, going in the traditional order of Father of the Bride, Groom and Best Man. Lots of laughs and tears were had by all during the speeches before the Wedding Breakfast was served.

After the Wedding Breakfast, Ryan & Zoe spent some time creating their couple portraits in the softer afternoon light. So much more relaxed after the hustle and bustle of the day goes by so quickly. 

I do love photographing Weddings at Waterton Park! 

Onto the evening reception, we had dancing and fun including magic by Jonathan Paul

Thank you for choosing me to be your Wedding  Photographer! 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Why should I book a Newborn Photo Shoot?

Newborn Baby Photography has grown in popularity over the years and a lot of people see these cute sleepy babies and it makes their ovaries go poof all over again. People think that babies just sleep all the time and that these photographs are easy to achieve. Let me tell you a secret - they’re really not.

Newborn babies are delicate. They have poor circulation and are unable to control their own body temperature. So booking a newborn photo shoot with a professional photographer is something that you should consider if you are wanting the type of images that they promote.

Like any trade, there are different prices and charges, different experiences and abilities, so choosing the right photographer for you is definitely beneficial. Not sure whether or not someone is working to a high standard? Check out members of BANPAS.

Booking a newborn photo shoot can be on the “to-do” list for a lot of people, however, not everyone thinks that they need to book in before delivering the baby.

Booking in before baby arrives means that you are guaranteed a slot with your photographer for when baby arrives. Here at Blue Lights Photography we only pre-book in a set amount of babies per month. This means that we have some wiggle room in our diary for early, or late arrivals. But not only that, it means that if parents do leave it until baby has arrived we might (not always) be able to fit baby in.

Babies grow really quickly. Before you know it they’re toddling around the house and we forget how tiny they once were, especially if we have nothing to look back on. 

A newborn photo shoot is not just for the baby. It is also to create photographs with older siblings, if this is not your first baby, and to create your first family photograph. I hear a lot of parents say “I Wish I had…” and yet many parents cannot get that back. Too many times are parents sleep deprived and worry that they’ve not lost their baby weight - let me tell you another secret - it won’t happen within the first two weeks, and your baby won’t care. Don’t miss out because of what you think right now - think of the future.

Capture the memories of when they’re little - because they’re only little once.

To book a newborn photoshoot either call 01226 872491 or email

Saturday, 8 July 2017

[BLP] 25 Fun things to do this Summer in Yorkshire!

Finding something to do over the summer months can be a nightmare - there is so much to do, and sometimes what feels like so little time.

Here our are 24 Fun Things To Do This Summer in Yorkshire. Have fun and create plenty of memories!

Weekly Events

Fancy a day out to the seaside but don’t fancy just a day on the beach, then head over to Yorkshire's Biggest & Best Car Boot & Market at Strawberry Fields, Bridlington!

If you fancy visiting it is every Tuesday, Thursday & Bank Holiday Monday! Open 6am-2pm but they normally advise buyers to attend from 7:30 am!

There are 100's of sellers, a great range of quality food outlets and during the holidays; a fantastic range of kids rides and inflatables. Find out more over on the website

Let's get Crafty at Experience Barnsley.  Monday to Wednesday each week of the school holidays. Starting Monday 24 July until Wednesday 30 August (excluding bank holiday) you can try a new craft on a new theme. 11am-2pm Free drop in craft activities! What great fun! All children to accompanied by an adult

Tropical Butterfly House present to you the Amazing Animals Summer Holidays Event! Running from 22nd July to 5th September you get to discover the superhero skills of the animals, crafts in the activity centre plus lots more. Head over to the website to find out more! 

Magical Summer Fun at Studfold's Fairy and Pixie trail! Saturday 22nd July until Sunday 3rd September 2017

What a magical experience! Use your imagination to find the delightful tiny coloured fairies and pixies that help make Studfold's Award Wining Adventure Trail a truly magical place. Dress up or put on Studfold's Fairy Wings and Pixie hats make a Studfold Fairy and Pixie badge. Discover poems and stories and explore 20+ tiny fairy/pixie houses. Find out more over on the website

Head over to Mother Shipton's Cave for their Pirates and Mermaids Event!  

Fun for all the family every day from Wednesday 26th July to Friday 1st September. The Park opens 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm). There are several scenic picnic areas, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop.

Details also on the website.

Be inspired by Alice in Wonderland this summer at Harewood House.

Between Saturday 29 July – Sunday 3 September 2017 the Harewood House and grounds will come to life with fun activities inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, Alice in Wonderland. Spot the characters around the beautiful lakeside path in an exciting child-friendly trail, enjoy a game of croquet by the flamingo enclosure, and make your own Mad Hatter’s Hat in the Courtyard.

Inside the House, there will be a white rabbit eye-spy trail, as well as family friendly talks about clocks, drinking tea, mock turtle soup and more.*

*Selected activities will be taking place on the State Floor and will require a Freedom Ticket

Enjoy the Seaside in Sheffield this summer between Thur 27 Jul - Mon 28 Aug 2017 and for free! 

Head over to Eureka for their Big Summer Festival! Held between the 22nd July to 3rd September! A fabulous boredom-busting festival of tech, science, performance and play, including digiPlaySpace, new exhibition all the way from Canada!

Head over to the website to find the event highlights! 

July Events

Who doesn’t love a day out at the farm!
Trotters Farm in Scarborough has an open day on the 16th July!  Meet the piglets and a host of other farm animals. Meet the farmers and find out how they care for the animals. Be sure to take the tractor trailer tour around the farm, and find out what makes our pigs better than all the rest. Meet our suppliers, and try some of the finest food and drink that Yorkshire has to offer. There is fun for all the family, children's entertainment and games.

Head over to Yummy Yorkshire for their fabulous event on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July 2017. Open from 9am daily. Lots of entertainment planned over the weekend, plus its FREE! There really is something for everyone, little ones and grown up’s alike!
Find more over on the website

Does your little one love Tractor Ted on Nick Jnr? If so you need to head over to Thornton Hall Farm and meet the official Tractor Ted Team! 

Loads of farm fun & special Tractor Ted activities including - bouncy inflatable, tractor racing, digger den, children's grand national, all in our themed arena! As well as lots of farm fun!
Open from 10am. Head over to the website for more information!

Head over to Cannon Hall for their Falconry Weekend on July 22 and 23 to help us kick off the start of the school holidays.

Over the weekend there will be flying displays and handling sessions where you will be able to hold and take your own photographs of yourselves with our special guests.

Head over to the website for pricing and more information!

Be Thornton Hall’s Guest for this Beauty and the Beast inspired event on Sunday 30th July. Join Princess Beauty and her friends for Live Performances, Workshops, Meet & Greets & much more. Lots of indoor and outdoor farm fun too (animal feeding, egg collecting, animal petting & more!).
Tickets are required for this event - visit the website to book! 

August Events

Head over to Cusworth Hall for their Pirates and Princess Day on 1st August between 10am and 3pm!
There will be plenty to do to keep the kids entertained, including a bouncy castle, children’s entertainer, face painting, sand art, stalls, treasure trails and lots more! For more information email

Join Cannon Hall in their historic kitchens for their Children's Summer Baking Club and learn a new baking skill! Between 1pm-3pm, £12.50 per child per session. Suitable for children aged 7-11 years. All children to be accompanied by an adult.

Booking essential at

Dates are
Tuesday 1st August
Tuesday 8th August
Tuesday 15th August
Tuesday 22nd August

Join Cannon Hall on Friday 4th August in this discovery series! Each week there is a different adventure, make and discover new things. This week you can build a mini-bee B&B to take home with you. Discover how you can encourage bees to thrive in your garden.

11am - 1pm (meet at the deer shelter), aimed at 5-11 year olds,
£4.50 per person. Booking essential at

Join Cannon Hall for their Children’s Sweet Treats and Edible Delights and have a go at decorating and creating edible delights in our hour-long introductory workshops.

1pm - 2pm, £6.50 per child. Suitable for children aged 5-11years. All children to accompanied by an adult. Booking essential at

Dates are
Thursday 3rd August
Thursday 10th August
Thursday 17th August
Thursday 24th August

This is an event you are not going to want to miss! Head to Trinity Walk Wakefield on Sunday 6th August at 2pm as there is an attempt to smash the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering as people dressed as a princess!

Current Record is 419! Surely that can be beaten! Read more here to determine what is needed to make you count! 

Men, women and children of all ages are invited to take part, with FREE face painting, FREE glitter tattoos, FREE balloon modelling and other FREE activities taking place between 12pm and 4pm and the main record attempt count is at 2pm, lasting five minutes.

Head over to Fairburn Ings every Wednesday 11am-3pm between 2nd-30th August and join in on their Wild Wednesdays!

Give your children the chance to take part in guided bug hunting and lots of other wildlife activities to keep you having fun! 

No need to book, just pop into the centre between 11am-3pm. £2.50 per child.

Read more at the Website!

Join Cannon Hall on Friday 11th August in this discovery series! Each week there is a different adventure, make and discover new things. This week you can Go on the hunt for mini-beasts. Discover pond life and explore habitats around the park.

11am - 1pm (meet at the deer shelter), aimed at 5-11 year olds,
£4.50 per person. Booking essential at

Head over to Cannon Hall for their Dinosaur Experience from August 10-13th 10-30-5pm.

Dino-Farm adventure includes: Roaming Dinosaurs. Gigantic Footprints Dinosaur Trail. Jurassic Obstacle Course. Archaeology Excavation Zone – dig your own finds from the pit plus so much more! 

Ticket price includes all Dino activities plus outdoor cinema PLUS entry to Cannon Hall Farm. Advance tickets for all entrants are £9.95 and include farm entry - Tickets bought on the door will be £14.95.  Book yours now!

Discover history from both World Wars at Scarborough Castle on the 19th-20th August!. Learn about the 1914 bombardment of the castle and experience living history in our WWI and WWII zone. Children will be able to take part in interactive activities.

Read more and get prices over on the website

Join Cannon Hall on Friday 25th August in this discovery series! Each week there is a different adventure, make and discover new things. This week you can be a Wildflower Detective and create an outdoor scrapbook to capture your discoveries as we explore the walled gardens in search of beautiful flowers

11am - 1pm (meet at the deer shelter), aimed at 5-11 year olds,
£4.50 per person. Booking essential at

Head to the Streat Food and Family Fun Festival at Valley Gardens in Harrogate between 25-28th August.

The national 4-day celebration of some of the best street food from around the world, combined with fun and funky entertainment for all the family, enjoyed a hugely successful launch last year with more than 100,000 people descending on the town’s beautiful Valley Gardens – and there’s more to discover at this year’s festival.

Visitors will be served superlative street food from more than 60 handpicked traders alongside quirky entertainment from novel street performers, live music and children’s activities. 

Not only that there is the festival evening music scene too!  Read more about it here 

September Events

The Steam Fair will be at Harewood the Weekend of Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd September.

There will be a full programme of top steam fair attractions including steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, classic motorcycles, fairground organs, miniature steam engines, stationary engines and vintage commercials.

The event will also feature the Crazy Bears live on stage. These six bears will entertain the whole family at various times over the two days with singing, dancing and magic tricks.

For more information head over to the website 

Have fun making lots of memories this summer! 

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