Richard Linnett Photography: Blog en-us (C) Richard Linnett Photography (Richard Linnett Photography) Sat, 28 Mar 2020 15:33:00 GMT Sat, 28 Mar 2020 15:33:00 GMT Richard Linnett Photography: Blog 80 120 The effects of coronavirus and your wedding photographs, portraits and business photography – M Dear Clients and prospective Clients,

I hope you and all your families remain in good health at this troubling time. Once this is over we can return to the happier moments like the ones pictured here.

Bubbles make a fun alternative to confetti, blowing here at Bramhall Hall

With us all experiencing this lockdown clearly I am not photographing anyone at present. I have turned my studio into a gym and yoga internet classroom and I am using my cameras to record my experience of the self imposed isolation sharing it on my wordpress blog.

It has been a difficult few weeks and the coming months over the spring and summer look equally challenging. I feel the government has let us down acting too slowly and when the guidance came it was unclear and ambiguous, leaving brides, groom and suppliers like me to make the decisions that really they should have taken. In the end I have been contacting people to offer my services for postponed dates, encouraging people to put off their weddings before the government eventually made the lockdown decision that brought a halt to weddings.

I have therefore tried to be proactive in making decisions I feel are in the best interests of my clients and myself, not to mention society as a whole.

I have relaxed my terms and conditions so that existing clients, should they need to, postpone their weddings, and I have offered to do transfer my contract with them to their new date if I am available. If I am not available I am giving a refund less my expenses up until the point of cancellation. My expenses are usually no more than the retainer paid at the original time of booking.

I am prepared to take further bookings which are hopefully after the lockdown and pandemic have passed. It is of course difficult to say when when this will be. The safest thing to say is that these will probably be for the end of this year and for next year too.

If you would like to book a free Skype consultation please message me to set up a time.

There will be an end to this, and it will come sooner if we self isolate and follow the reasonable guidance the government is putting out.

My very best wishes to all current and future clients.

Yours sincerely,


Bride and Groom departe reception beneath sparkler arch
We will return to much happier times
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Glamour at Doubletree in Chester – Summer wedding! It was a wonderful Summer wedding at the Doubletree by Hilton in Chester despite the occasional downpour, but that is British summertime weather. Did not have a chance to meet the couple before hand as they both worked overseas.

Glamour seems a good word for the day, a quality of someone or something that causes excitement and admiration because of its style or attractive appearance. There was definitely excitement and admiration for the bride and groom who carried of the wedding with style and looked great. The bride was demour and shy. and I had to coax her to have a portrait done.


Shy bride and stunning pictures
I do not worry when a bride says she does not want many pictures because she think she is not very photogenic, I generally encourage them with a few words and a smile and we end up with stunning pictures


Seven bridesmaids made a statement on my arrival and that this was going to be big and glamorous. The bride had given each a memory box of images and gifts which made a great picture. I never press for pictures, there is a lot of getting ready and if it happens it happens. They are clearly all a team although the bridesmaid on the right is giving that cheeky wink!


Seven bridesmaids at Doubletree.
Gifts for the girls from the very start with seven bridesmaids!


Watching the bridal preparations was a challenge with so many getting hair, makeup and dressed! Men usually have an easier time as and the seven groomsmen  made sure the groom was in the right place at the right time. these men wee relaxed and enjoying the day supporting in hansome fashion the groom.


Groom arrives with groomsmen
Not to be outdone the groom also had seven bestmen


And then back to the more serious stuff of what it means to get married. The bride was self-assured despite her declared shyness clearly had the whole ceremony situation well under control. There were clearly some appreciative eyes among the women in the walking up the aisle shot, fabulous bride in a fabulous dress.


Glamorous bride comes down the aisle
And then down the aisle comes proud father with beautiful daughter



Love those fairy lights at Doubltree adding a bit of a sparkle


Love those fairy lights at the Doubletree, and the added blossom mad for a busy background for the ceremony photographs. This is a special moment when rings are exchanged and capturing the exact moment is important.

Oona Linnett, harpist, was there to create a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere as people arrived and for key moments of the ceremony whether it was the bride walking down the aisle, or for the signing of the register.


Oona Linnett, harpist, performing at a Doubletree by Hilton Wedding here in Chester
Oona await for the cue from the registrar to play for the bridal entrance


The weather kept us inside to begin with enjoying that first drink, helping everyone to relax. I usually don’t go into group shots straightaway giving people that fist few minutes to relax, I just reportage the hugging and the smiling and the congratulating.


Doubletree by Hilton wedding confetti moment
Everyone loves a confetti moment and once the rain cleared we were able to get outside. I never rush the first drink anyway, people need to relax after the, for some, stressful moments of the ceremony


However there came a break so we did the group shots, confetti and bouquet throw before then organising a set of newlywed portraits. I like to get up high if I can and catch more faces. Also doing a walk down for the confetti shot means I can take a series of images and again more people are in the picture. Once the walk is over I stop the bride and groom and gather everyone around for a confetti shot while the newlyweds kiss, adding value.


A long held tradition of bouquet throwing. Not for everybody
‘Tossing the bouquet is a tradition that stems from England. Women used to try to rip pieces of the bride’s dress and flowers in order to obtain some of her good luck. To escape from the crowd the bride would toss her bouquet and run away. Today the bouquet is tossed to single women with the belief that whoever catches it will be the next to marry’. Infoplease – Wedding Lore


Always like the bouquet throw, bit of silliness but another chance to celebrate! It is a bit of a cliché but done well it gets lots of people involved in a relaxed and fun moment. Just notices that one gentleman in the background of this picture. There are no rules so why shouldn’t he get involved!


Shy bride poses at Doubletree by hilton, Chester
How many times I have heard it said. ‘I don’t take a good picture’, ‘I don’t want many of just me or us’. etc. Burt with a bit of coaxing and simple posture improving posing advice we have a winner!


And then down to some serious bridal photography and considering the bride was shy and didn’t think she would look good in any images she was a natural when it came to some simple posing. I don’t like to overdo the poses, there is not time, and when couples specifically ask not to e posed I concentrate on encouraging good posture and for them to hold each other as they normally do. This couple clearly wanted some relaxed images of themselves on their wedding day and i most the most of the minutes i had to get shots I liked and thought worthy of blogging!


Taking pictures of people under trees always adds something.
Love to take pictures of people under trees as here at Doubletree! Shelter from the rain to start with, and then there is the more diffuse light and framing, not to mention colour, texture and composition.


I had to include the groom so we went down to the lake but the slipway wasn’t open so we stuck to the trees which gave us some shelter from the inclement weather, love trees! they werte happy to talk and make each other laugh and smile and I did my bets to capture the moment without interfering too much. it is often a matter of working on the posture and letting the emotions and thought about the day come through.


Bride and groom reflect on their day at Doubletree by Hilton
Clearly happy and with an inner life showing through on a very emotional day it is a privilege to spend a little time with a newlywed bride and groom


I always do some wide angle as well as closeup. Context in one and intimacy in the other. i think the couple were relaxing here and I had just about got the atmosphere right for the newlywed portrait session. You often only have minutes withe the bride and groom so getting that ‘keeper shot’ of them can be a pressure moment. these two made it easy though.


Fairy-lights, candles and uplighting at Doubletree for wedding breakfast
Everything is set up for a glamorous wedding breakfast and speeches at the Doubletree by Hilton here in Chester. Those fairy-lights still working hard along with the purple uplights and candles


Doubletree work hard to turn the ceremony room around for the wedding breakfast adding candles and uplighting for a glamorous effect. There are those  fairy-lights again. I remember as a child being mesmerised by them when we went to seaside. Low light photography brings out the atmosphere and the detail of candles, place settings and seating can be brought out still.


Doubletree by Hilton prepares the wedding breakfast and the bride and groom receive there guests
Hugs and kisses at the receiving line, another tradition that has received a more relaxed make-over in these more self confident age


Then onto the receiving line for more hugs and kissing. After which it is a candlelit meal and speeches! Not everyone does a receiving line, some allow their guests to be seated and then make an entrance. Receiving lines do slow the proceedings down but it’s all in the planning, no-one needs to have to wait for their meal then.


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A great new tradition of bride’s and bride’s mums giving speeches, watch out groom for some serious advice!


Good to see everyone feels it is possible now to give a speech. Usually done at the end of the meal I always suggest doing them first so that once done the food and drink can be properly enjoyed without anxiety about speaking. Speech timings should be when the bride and groom want them and the venue should accommodate as long as it has plenty of warning and is part of the planning.


Tearful bride
Speeches often bring on the tears


The reaction to speeches is as important to photograph as the people giving them, This is particularly so with the bride and in this case it was mum saying things that brought out the handkerchief. Catching moments like this is very important for the bride and groom who remember what they were thinking when the tears were flowing.


Bride and groom laugh at speeches
Grooms speech over it is time to relax and enjoy the best man saying positive and wholesome things about the groom


Generally speeches go off without a hitch and as long as someone has not tried to be too clever or rude everyone can enjoy them and laugh along and toast the happy couple. I have heard a number now and as long as they are not too long and avoid being to obvious and detailed they usually go down well. My advice, especially to grooms, is to remember that everyone in the room is there to have a good time and to celebrate you getting married and everyone wants to hear that you love your new partner in life.


Moments alone forwedding day bride and groom
You have to make time on your wedding day to find moments to simply be with each other


It is often with the photographer that brides and grooms can have a few relaxed moments away from their demanding guests. I try to ensure there are moments either side of a photo session for them to have some private moments.

With this couple I finished the photography after the wedding breakfast and the speeches. I tend to tailor my coverage to those parts of the day the couple want rather than specific packages. These were fun to be with and had the glamour thing going in spades. Considering they were pretty shy in front of the camera I thought there was a strong sense of the glamorous about the whole affair.

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Tree Treasure Help the environment and plant more trees
Dunham Massey bluebells, oak tree, oona linnett,
Photograph of Oona with her cláirseach at Dunham Massey a couple of sprintimes ago. Wanted to get the bluebells in, but the oak tree in the background was very beautiful too. Trees feature in a lot of my photographs.

Something new in 2020 for both Richard Linnett Photography and Oona Linnett, harpist! Like so many people we have become increasingly alarmed for our world,  concerned about the global climate emergency. So, for every confirmed booking made with either myself or Oona, we are going to plant a tree. How this works will be that any person booking with us will receive a tree to plant as gift from us, and you can do this without your hands dirty either.

Spooky pine forest, winter in Sequoia National Park
These pines in Sequoia National Park were stunning on a frosty snowy day when we visited California a couple of years ago. image available to purchase at my Landscape, nature and fine art collection. We made it up into a stunning canvas for our home. We actually got lost in this forest it was so misty, but such a wonderfully awesome atmosphere, very primeval!

We have both joined Tree-Nation to support them in working to mitigate the effects of negative climate change. They have four large projects in Nicaragua, Colombia, Niger and Madagascar, and already have over 110 000 people and  and more than 1000 companies involved, and we believe this will get even bigger and will make a really meaningful impact on a local, regional and global scale.

Beneath a beech tree at Doubletree
I often find myself as a wedding photographer looking for a beautiful tree to photograph people beneath. In this case it was a beautiful beech tree in the grounds the Doubletree Hotel and Spa here in Chester. Defuse light and wonderful framing, not to mention bark and leaf texture, all help with the composition. it was also a bit rainy that day, so it also offered us some protection. Also included the image for the name of the hotel!

How will this work? After you have made a booking with myself or Oona, you will very shortly receive an email from Tree-Nation. The email will contain a link that will take you to our Tree-Nation page on their website where you can plant your tree. Once you’ve planted your tree, you can then reply to us with a message, you read about the species of tree you planted, its CO2 offset and what planting project you contributed to. You can also download your own tree certificate with all the information linked to your tree which is recognised as part of your CO2 off-setting. You will have officially contributed to a vital conservation project, as well as booking the music and/or photography for your event!

Sequoia National Park
I like this ‘little and large’ picture a giant sequoia in the background and the smaller pine in the foreground. Not so many people visit in the winter but all very epic for us.

We should be seeing trees as a treasure for their beauty and for their importance in helping to create in such large measure the hospitable environment that we are so fortunate to have and enables us to thrive.

‘Large-leaved lime is the rarest of our native limes and is only subtly different from small-leaved lime. The bark is darker than that of small-leaved lime, and smooth, developing flaky plates with age’. Woodland Trust

Are trees important in your work?

Let’s plant more trees!

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Party like Gatsby – Hencote’s New Year’s Eve 2020! So we enter the new ‘Roaring Twenties’! I hope this year and the next 10 are positive for you, optimists live longer apparently!

Hencote's New Year's Eve Party
Party like Gatsby! New Year’s Eve at Hencote’s

I had a great New Year’s Eve meeting people at Hencote’s where the champagne flowed and people turned out in their flapper art deco dresses and black tie. Great group for a picture to record how they looked. I have toned all these pictures to blend them with the 1920s look. It is a while since I did a 1920s theme, two weddings one of which was on a New Year’s Day, much fun too!

Hencot'e bubbly at The View
Pouring the bubbly at Hencote’s The View holding a New Year’s Eve Party

Vivienne the events planner booked me and I got myself a black tie and trilby just to fit in, the finishing touch to which was to add a press pass card secured by the hat band! Quite like dressing up myself, also indicated I was game to the people at the party and trying to add to the atmosphere.

Entertainment was provided with a caricaturist during the drinks reception, and then live music to celebrate late into the night.

I even managed to get some portrait shots at the piano making the link to the jazz music of the day. The piano was a great prop and allowed some separation from the rest of the restaurant busy enjoying the menu.

Couple portrait
Portrait at the piano, we don’t dress up often so a picture is important to capture that 1920s art deco and black tie look

The monkey with his Hencote wine bottle made it into most of the pictures which helped with the context and I am sure the venue will enjoys the extra advertising!

Art Deco dress at New year's Eve Party
‘Flapper’ piano portrait! it is great dressing up and being different

It is always difficult to know when enough is enough and people want to do something other than pose for you. I could take such pictures all day!

Flapper portrait at the piano Hencote's The View restaurant
Wonderful models happy to pose at the ‘Party like Gatsby’ New year’s Eve celebrations at Hencote’s ‘The View’

Chris Ryder the caricaturist had a lot of fun with guests at the beginning of the evening as they settled into the swing of things.

Chris the caricaturist at work
Chris the caricaturist found many willing subjects to be drawn in her witty style
Caricaturist Chris Ryder at work at hencote's New year's Eve Party
Chris Ryder produces outstanding and fun pictures
Caricatures by Chris Ryder
Everyone had fun with Chris Ryder’s caricatures

By way of music there was entertaniment from ‘Last Call’ a popular band from Manchester. They covered a number of contemporary and classic popular music favourites. Enjoyed it, and would have joined in the dancing.

Lead singer dressed for 1920s New Year's celebration
Really enjoyed listening to Last Call at the ‘Party Like Gatsby’ New Year’s Part at Hencot’s in Shrewsbury

They dressed for the occasion just like everyone else and were game fo photographs at the piano too.

Last Call performing at hencote's in Shrewsbury
Even managed to get the band to come up for a portriat at the piano. Called ‘Last Call’ they hail from Manchester and are available for parties and weddings

Many got up onto the dance floor to shake those beads and tassels after letting a Hencote’s ‘The View’ meal go down.

Manchester band Last Call

‘Last Call’ made the evening with classic and contemporary popular music

Many had come because they were looking for a live music event for their New Year’s celebration and ‘Last Call’ did not disappoint.

So if you are thinking of an event in the Shrewsbury area I can definitely recommend Hencote’s as a venue, Vivienne will do you proud. if it is amusing entertainment then Sue Ryder can draw you and your friends into her funny caricature world. As for music then you would do well to book Last Call for you special event, a pleasure to listen and dance to. Links to all these fabulous people can be found in the text above.

Happy New Year to all readers.

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Royal wedding, your wedding! Now this is going to sound a bit trite, but I think it is true, every bride is a princess and every groom is a prince. I can actually say with conviction that I would put all my enthusiasm, personality, artistic flare and technical ability into the wedding photographs of any couple, and it would be the same whether they were titled or not. Not that I was asked to photograph the recent wedding at Windsor, and not that I only turned it down because I was already booked. I just feel everyone who gets married should be getting the same level of attention and commitment from their photographer at whatever level of service has been arranged regardless.

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What a stunning bride and groom standing beneath a beautiful flower arch, in a castle no less, Peckforton Castle Cheshire. They look Royal to me.

Being a photographer I have so much fun meeting new people when I am booked to photograph them. In the case of weddings this begins with the consultation and the engagement shoot; listening and talking to the couple about who they are is vital for them to relax and enjoy the session. They find out about me too, and the mutual understanding that results always makes for better pictures then, and afterwards, especially weddings. That said, I am always amazed when I turn up on a wedding day, having perhaps only briefly chatted on the phone or by email messaging with the bride and groom that we can so quickly sync with each other. There is a lot to be said for photographers who are not just technically and possibly artistically brilliant, but are people who can create an atmosphere and rapport which means others feel safe to allow more of themselves to be revealed by the lens.

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A crowd of well-wishers gather outside the castle, in this case Shrewsbury Castle to wish the newlyweds all the very best. And yes, there was cheering.

Many photographers have that ability to create a connection, and it is clear through social media and reviews which photographers are not just doing it for the money! There are of course some ex-paparazzi, ex-sports photographers and amateurs who turn their hand to wedding photography who find this more than challenging. I came to photography as a second career and love it no more or no less than my first as a teacher. The things I learnt as a teacher have helped me to be the photographer that I am, and I continue to learn as a photographer.

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Chateau Rhianfa, a fairytale wedding venue for a happily married Prince and Princess

So, with no sense of deference I am well content to give all my clients the same level of professional service every time. What more can someone say in recommending themselves to you and your family and friends? Feel free to look across the internet for reviews and examples of my work.

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So you can be the Prince and Princess and treat the Castle respectfully as your own on your wedding day, in this case Peckforton Castle in Cheshire

And, if you happen to be of royal blood and need a photographer for your wedding, website, portrait or social media lifestyle images, feel confident that you will get that same high level of regard as I give to all!

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Fun at first sight! Engagement shoots have become an important part of preparing for a wedding, a chance to really check out the photographer, someone you may be with much of your wedding day so they need to be someone you really get on with and even like. They will also be someone who can also make beautiful and technically brilliant images, check out their website thoroughly to make sure this is true.


Black and white engagement picture takien in the studio
I love the simplicity of studio minimalism and keeping it simple in black and white.


A photographer has to be someone you enjoy being with, who is fun, and can get those images you want despite your possible shyness and lack of experience in front of the camera. I wish I had a £ for every time someone said they never looked any good in photographs, and another £ for everyone who said to me after the shoot how pleased they were with the pictures and how they looked in them!


Chester Clock a place for blind dates and engagements
Nothing like a good location for an engagement picture, this one in Chester was very poignant because this was where the couple first met on a blind date!


Springtime is a very popular for engagement shoots as the wedding season starts to really get back into gear. I am busy with them at the moment and have included examples of recent shoots in this blog.


Romantic and sensual engagement portrait kiss
Romantic and sensual, couples should be able to relax and enjoy each others company on an engagement shoot. This couple did not find it too hard to get lost in each other! It was also a chance to visit the venue and discuss the wedding, that is when they had a minute. This was taken at the Double Tree Hotel and Spa in Chester.


As part of my service as a wedding photographer I often include an engagement shoot an it is a chance to relax with the couple before the more intense day of the wedding. I say intense more because there is so much going on rather than that it is a day of stress, my aim is to take the stress out with a confident and light touch when taking the precious images that will help people to remember a happy and remarkable day in their lives.


Young couples enjoy the practice of being with each other in front of the camera.
It is all about being close and not minding the photographer being there, can take a little practice.


Engagement shoots are relaxed and are the start of the real fun of being photographed. A time to learn that the photographer is going to be an asset to the wedding, bringing a calm, confident and experienced hand at dealing with each moment as it arises. During the shoot I always talk about what the couple would like from their wedding images and how I can make that happen for them.


Meeting people in their favourite places.
One of my first engagement shoots this lovely couple enjoyed walking along the coastal path, views of Liverpool in the background.


To help couples relax we often talk not only about their wedding, but also their likes and dislikes,their background. We have a lot of fun, sharing a funny moment and doing things that make them laugh so they are not posing but being themselves. Acting out allows for more natural images even when they do actually look straight down the lens.


Engagement shoot at Ness Gardens
Ness Gardens was the venue for this couples wedding and we agreed to meet there the Spring before and enjoyed the bluebells and the bright green of the new tree leaves.


Once the shoot is over I am sure it is very reassuring to have quality prints or files from the photographer so that couples know the standard has been set and what should come with the wedding pictures. I always give a minimum of two large prints, one for each the bride and groom. I always provide a password protected online gallery from which couples choose their photos and there is always an option to purchase more usually sweetened with a significant discount for large orders!


Shy people love a shoot in the studio.
Inside the studio we can control the light and the background. It is also private so shyer people can relax and get to know me better.


Apart from simply enjoying the pictures there are two other ways that clients use the engagement shoot assuming there is enough time they can use one picture for the invitations, a very personalised card to receive. The other option is for a signing board on which people write their names and messages during the reception, it is basically a very large mount around the picture inside a simple frame.


Inglewood Manor engagement shoot
Practising being photographed on the engagement shoot at the venue, in this case Inglewood Manor on the Wirral, helps a couple imagine the day better and enjoy the build up for longer.


At the moment I am actually offering engagement shoots FREE! No extra charge!! So if you know anyone getting married in the next year, go on, pass my details on.

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