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Wedding Photographers Cumbria with Stephen & Caroline Pre Wedding Photoshoot

Now we have to confess we were surprised Stephen and Caroline chose us for their Wedding Photography as they are both keen supporters of Liverpool FC and we are from Manchester!  As we all know there is only one team in Manchester and they have surpassed Liverpools achievements in the League.  So it was hard work taking the photographs of them both dressed up in Liverpool’s new football strip but I just kept reminding myself of the number 19!  Sorry Stephen.  They are due to get married in April next year at the Fayrer Garden House Hotel and this will be another new venue for us, so we are really looking forward to it.  There are five acres of grounds and some fabulous features inside the Hotel so we should have a great time with the Wedding Photography.  We actually had a great time together (really) for this Pre Wedding photoshoot at Lowther Castle in Penrith and we were once again blessed with good weather.  Despite all the bad weather we have had in the UK this year on every occasion we have been out to photograph a pre wedding or the wedding day itself we have enjoyed really good days!  So the moral of the story is book Schtuff Photography if you want a good day for your Wedding!




























Schtuff Photography Awarded Licentiate by Society Of Wedding & Portrait Photographers

Just received some incredible news from the Society of  Wedding and Portrait Photographers ‘Dear Stephen – It is with great pleasure that I am able to inform you that the images (20 from 5 different weddings) have been accepted as being of a professional standard and demonstrates your ability to create images of excellence and you have been awarded Licentiate of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers’

Why is this so important to you?  Well first of all, out of the hundreds of photographers in Cumbria only four in total have been awarded Licentiate standard.  It is a guarantee to you that the standard of photographs for your wedding or portrait will be high.  Would we take a chance with a Dentist or a Doctor that hasn’t achieved their qualifications?  Probably not.  Over the last few months there have been some horror stories reported in the media where Couples have engaged the services of a photographer and been devastated when they have received very poor images.  The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers have a huge membership spanning the whole globe and yet only a small percentage have achieved Licentiate.  For Schtuff Photography this is a great endorsement of the standard we have been pursuing and will continue to look at how we improve upon.  We would particularly like to thank the Couples that have supported us by booking us to capture their wedding images, it is only through that work we receive that we can achieve our goals.

We have worked at some fantastic venues this year including Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel, Broadoaks Country House Hotel, Storrs Hall Windermere, Leighton Hall Lancashire, Langdale Chase Hotel, Inn On The Lake Ullswater, Cartmel Racecourse, Mitton Hall Lancashire, Belsfield Hotel Windermere and now as you may have seen we also have our own Studio based in Kendal.  Good times!  If you would like Ruth and me to cover your Wedding then call us now.  Regards Steve.

Wedding Photographers Lake District with Mark & Selena at Holbeck Ghyll Hotel Cumbria

Mark and Selena were married at the prestigious Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel.  Recognised as one of the best restaurants in the North, Holbeck Ghyll’s Michelin-Starred fine dining rooms form the focal-point of most visits to this country house hotel and for Mark and Selena it proved to be a superb location.  They have lived and worked  in Dubai for the last five years but the Lake District was their chosen destination for their special day.  Selena looked fantastic in her Ian Stuart wedding dress and Mark and his Groomsmen had all treated themselves to some very smart suits from Ted Baker.  The Ceremony and the Reception were both at Holbeck Ghyll so for Ruth and I it was an easy afternoon and there are so many great places around the Hotel to get memorable images. The time of the year was spot on as well as everything was turning to Autumn colours.  All in all a great day. Music was supplied by Take Cover, a band that travelled up from Liverpool.

We have also announced on our general website the opening of our new Photographic Studio in Kendal.  So if you are interested in Before/After, Portrait, Family, Lifestyle or Model photoshoots please give us a call as we now have the facility to shoot indoors as well as out on location.  There are some special offers available to mark the opening so check them out at www.schtuff.co.uk/blog.



















































Wedding Photographers Cumbria with Michael & Katie at Cartmel Racecourse Cumbria

Michael and Katie were married at St Johns Church in Flookburgh Cumbria and then went on to Cartmel Racecourse near the picturesque village of  - Cartmel!  We had carried out Michael and Katie’s pre wedding photoshoot some months earlier at Tarn Hows and for those that follow our Blog you may remember Michael had virtually immersed himself in the water.  For the Wedding however Katie was determined  we would get some romantic and intimate photos and we think everyone is happy that we got Michael to stand still long enough to get them.  The grounds of Holker Hall and surrounding areas proved just right for some special images of the happy couple.  Samantha and Laura did a fabulous job of Katie’s Hair and Make Up and you can make contact with them at Harmony Beauty Therapy.  They are also exhibiting on Sunday 7th October at Storrs Hall Hotel Windermere Wedding Fayre. After we published Michael and Katie’s photographs to their private gallery we received a lively letter from Katie’s Mum which in part read ‘ Dear Steve and Ruth, Firstly thank you for making the day brilliant and what felt like almost photo free.  Brilliant photos – made Venty and I cry again!’.  It was our pleasure Gill!

We have also announced on our general website the opening of our new Photographic Studio in Kendal.  So if you are interested in Before/After, Portrait, Family, Lifestyle or Model photoshoots please give us a call as we now have the facility to shoot indoors as well as out on location.  There are some special offers available to mark the opening so check them out at www.schtuff.co.uk/blog.














































A Wedding Photographers Advice

I hope you will not think us too forward but having photographed many weddings we have learnt so much along the way, a lot of which I believe will also be of great benefit for Brides to Be that will be looking at our website.

When you look at a Wedding Photographers website and see photographs of Grooms and Brides on windswept hills, in fields and near the lakeshore it is important to remember that these images take time to set up and sometimes to get to.  One of the most common problems we have found is the under-estimation of time needed between the end of the Ceremony and the arrival at the Reception.  As photographers we do not want to rush you, we usually allow for fifteen minutes outside the place of Ceremony to take informal photographs of you, your families and guests before we call for the formal photographs to be taken.  It is important to remember that formal shots can take a large chunk of the time you have available as it is not usually easy to ’round’ up all the people and sets you have on your list.  We always recommend keeping that list quite short so that not too much time passes.

When it comes time to go and get your intimate and romantic image with your Partner take into account that the Wedding Car you have hired may not be able to negotiate some of the roads, especially if you are looking for some of the wilder locations available.  We get round this problem by taking the Bride and Groom in our own car which is big enough to carry all the photographic equipment as well as the Bride in wedding dress and Groom.

Unless you are keeping your images confined to posing on manicured lawns  it is inevitable that your Wedding dress will get marked, sometimes quite dirty around the bottom.  For photographs this is not a problem as the marks can be erased but if you are wanting to keep your dress pristine then thought needs to be given as to where you are going.

The Hair and Make Up artist(s) really needs to be finished an hour before you are due to leave your location to travel to the place of Ceremony.  This hour is besides any travel time needed.  This will give us enough time to get the images you will want to see of yourself after the Wedding Day is over.  At that moment you are at your most perfect.  Hair, make up and dress is perfect.  As the day moves on that might not be the case.  The room also may need to be cleared of ‘clutter’ so that it doesn’t detract from your photograph.  All these things take time!  There are many more points to discuss and that is why we always make time to meet up before both the Pre Wedding shoot and the Wedding Day itself.  We want to give you Images to Cherish and that you will be delighted with, so mutual discussion helps to achieve that.

Here are some more images from Sam and Lorna’s day.