Mr and Miss Bolton 2018 Bodybuilding Competition

On 28th April 2018 I had the pleasure of photographing competitors at the Mr & Miss Bolton bodybuilding competition.  With the permission of the promotors, Ronny and Suzie Orr, I was able to complete my documentary project, which started in July 2017 and followed several female bodybuilders on their journeys to transform their bodies into competitive standard physiques.  The project culminated with one of the ladies that I had followed achieving 2nd place in the Ladies Over 40 category.  

The whole competition was a fantastic opportunity for me to gain experience in event photography and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.  I was able to take photographs both backstage and during the competition and this allowed me to really cover the full event and capture some fantastic documentary images.



The wedding of Mr & Mrs Bishop

I had the pleasure of capturing the wonderful wedding day of Mr and Mrs Bishop at Doddington Hall, a stunning venue with beautiful gardens.

The shoot took place from the preparations before the big event up until 30 minutes after the first dance. The staged photographs on the day were pre planned so we were so lucky to have had such nice weather blessing us with amazing natural light. 

I like to make my photos appear more candid, allowing the bride, groom and guests to enjoy their day rather than being constantly aware that there is a photographer capturing their every move. I also think that it's very important to fit in with the guests and be a part of the wedding so people feel more comfortable around me. It also allows the guests and I to get to know each other more and have a laugh allowing me to document more fun aspects of the day and make myself appear less intrusive. 

Whilst photographing the event I generally stuck to using my Canon 5d Mark iii with the use of my Canon 70-200mm lens so I could capture memorable moments from the distance, along with natural portraits of the bride and groom and also the guests.

Overall the day ran very smoothly with ice-cream being provided in the garden after the ceremony for guests, following onto the speeches and wedding breakfast, to the excitement of the evening party with magicians, live music and buffet. 

I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Bishop for allowing me to document this fun filled day and wish them all the best for the future.