Love the Dress‘ photography shoots (or ‘Trash the Dress‘ as some photographers refer to them) is a really cool concept that has become increasingly popular over the past couple of years.

The idea of the shoot is that, after her wedding day, a bride has an on-location photoshoot wearing her wedding dress again, but whereas on her actual wedding day she would have been very protective about the dress (understandably!), on the Love the Dress shoot, she would not be as worried about the dress (that’s the theory anyway!). As a result the locations and shots can be a little more daring – what’s a bit of mud on a dress that you’re never going to wear again…?! The other advantage, especially for the wedding photographer, is that there isn’t the same time constraints as a wedding day so a little more time can be spent on the shoot.

Well, last night I did my first Love the Dress shoot …with my own wife, Michelle!

I have seen some Trash the Dress shoots where the bride has walked in to the sea or even had her dress on fire… now amazing as it can look, I don’t think the fire thing is really for me(!) so we did the shoot at sunset on Saddleworth Moor, just outside Manchester. It was a bit chilly (and muddy!) up on the hills but Michelle braved the elements and I am really pleased with the shots we got:-)

As a Manchester wedding photographer, I am keen to start doing more Love the Dress shoots, so if you are interested, please do contact me! Once I have done some more of these shoots I will add a Love the Dress shoot as an additional extra in my wedding photography packages.

Here are a few of my favourite photographs from the shoot:

  • August 2, 2010 - 6:55 pm

    Mick - Beautuful Neil, lovely work mate !!!

  • August 2, 2010 - 7:25 pm

    Inga - Beautiful photos Neil :-)

  • August 2, 2010 - 8:05 pm

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  • August 3, 2010 - 1:58 pm

    Mark Tierney - Superb work Neil. Wall hanging material :)



  • August 3, 2010 - 8:30 pm

    Kevin Mullins - Very cool Neil – lovely lighting. Good luck with moving forward with this aspect of the business.

  • August 3, 2010 - 11:39 pm

    Jackie & Andy Shinn (ma & pa in law) - Neil what lovely photo’s. Michelle looks absolutely amazing. As I said on facebook she could be a model. You must be very proud of those shots and of course your gorgeous wife.

  • August 5, 2010 - 8:49 pm

    Nikki Foster - Wow Wow Wow. I just love these images and the idea of popping your dress back on and really being able to spend some time ‘Loving it’ again. As someone who was disappointed with their wedding photos I would relish the thought of getting some good ones.

  • August 7, 2010 - 10:45 am

    jo ingle - she look fab Neil… well done bro …

  • August 18, 2010 - 11:04 am

    martin crombie - Very nice set of images Neil. Excellent lighting skills.

  • October 23, 2010 - 9:50 pm

    Katy Lunsford - Wow Wow WOW!!! These are incredible, and you have a very beautiful wife! The dress & veil are amazing – I especially love the last shot. I’m inspired… will be grabbing the nearest available bride and heading to the hills asap!

  • April 13, 2012 - 11:40 am

    Lucy West - These are stunning Neil..I bet you loved editing these as each one of your wife is so beautiful, you both did an incredible job! :D

I am very pleased to announce that earlier this month I was successfully awarded a Licentiateship qualification with the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography) in the category of wedding photography:-)

The BIPP are the official qualifying body for professional photographers in the UK and their qualifications are seen as a benchmark for excellence, so I am extremely proud to have been successful.

The Licentiateship qualification is the first of three levels of qualification. The next level is Associateship with the top level being Fellowship. So, although I am delighted to have been successful with my Licentiateship, the work towards my Associateship in wedding photography starts now…!

The qualification process involved me submitting 20 images for assessment, consisting of 10 photographs from one wedding and 10 from ten other separate weddings. I submitted my photographs to the BIPP‘s Head Office in May and then had them each professionally printed on as panels ahead of the formal assessment day in York earlier this month. I would like to point out that Colorworld Imaging, who printed my panels for me, were extremely helpful and the quality of the panels was excellent, so a big thank you from me to Colorworld Imaging!

Deciding on which images to choose for my panel was very difficult, as was deciding which single wedding to choose for 10 of the images! In the end I chose wedding photographs which I thought were the safest bets on being successful, not necessarily my favourites or what I consider to be my best wedding photographs, but those which I thought were strong and would favour well in the eyes of the assessors. Some I knew were strong as they had already won awards but others were from recent weddings that I had only shot a few weeks earlier.

From the feedback I received I can now see that I didn’t always make the right choices in terms of image selection, but that is all part of the learning process and it illustrated to me the importance of taking part in a mentoring programme and/or gaining feedback from other qualified wedding photographers before submitting for assessment.

I am delighted to now be a fully qualified Manchester wedding photographer with with one of the UK’s leading photographic organisations. To quote the BIPP’s website “World recognised, BIPP qualifications are a benchmark of excellence” so I am very proud to now be able to put the letters LBIPP after my name:-)

Here are the wedding photographs which made up my panel of 20 images, the first 10 are from ten separate weddings and the second 10 are from one single wedding:

  • July 29, 2010 - 11:23 am

    Paul Davis - Congratulations, lovely work

  • July 29, 2010 - 10:49 pm

    tim dobbs - Congratulations – well deserved.

  • July 29, 2010 - 11:14 pm

    andy mcdonald - Well done mate… thanks for sharing..

    When you going for the “A” ;-)

  • July 29, 2010 - 11:43 pm

    david McCarthy - congrads….

  • July 30, 2010 - 12:12 am

    David Pearson - Well done Neil, you deserve it.

  • July 30, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    pete welsby - Well done, Neil. Some lovely images there. Onward & upward!

  • July 31, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Claire Gould - Congratulations, so pleased for you Neil – beautiful photos every single one.

  • August 3, 2010 - 6:43 am

    Donna - Congratulations Neil, this qualification is very well deserved!!!! Your photos always inspire me and I love seeing what you’ve been up to!!! Keep up the good work! Donna X

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