Gail Hilton Photography » Portrait & Wedding Photographer, Lancashire

At the end of last year, I had the pleasure of photographing Jen, a model I’ve wanted to work with for a long time now. Jen was a joy to photograph as she just fell effortlessly from one pose to the next and didn’t really need any direction at all. A lovely person too and very professional. Of course we still had some time for a laugh and some quirky shots! Thank you to Iain Hamilton for expert lighting tips, use of his studio, music and coffee and to Blaise de Boursiere for lending me her cute little shoe hat!

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I met Emma very briefly on a group shoot a while ago. I grabbed ten minutes with her at the end of the day and was surprised to find out that this was her first ever shoot as a model. I loved her look, so planned to work with her again. We discussed clothing, hair and make up and I set about finding a suitable location. I drive passed a run down barn most days and had always wanted to do a shoot there, so I knocked on the door and asked the owners for permission. We got a yes. On the day of the shoot, rain was forecasted but we went ahead as planned. We did most of the photographs outside in natural light, working together to try different poses and finding areas which complimented Emma’s outfits. Eventually that horrid, fine drizzle set in and we decided to move indoors to try something different. Shooting inside with flash gave a whole different look to the shots. Emma was fab to work with so watch this space for more work with this model.

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When I was asked to photograph Harry and Joshua, twin boys of two, the word ‘challenging’ sprang to mind. Somehow I had to keep the twins occupied, so I could photograph them whilst they were busy entertaining themselves. After a few chats with mum Adele, we decided that a we would go for a Huckleberry Finn look, denim shorts, braces and caps/straw hats. I asked permission to photograph at a farm and surrounding fields, making sure we had a place under cover for if it rained (which it did!). The night before the shoot, I had a thought that if I filled some wooden baskets with straw and put some eggs in them, this would make a nice prop. I could even hide eggs for the twins to collect…Obviously, the fake rubber eggs would have been a better option but at such short notice, real ones had to do! A brave decision, I think the eggs lasted about 5 minutes but got the shots I wanted and no-one got splattered, so that’s a result in my book.

I have to say, this was one of the most fun and entertaining photo shoots I have ever done. The boys were absolute stars, really well behaved and loved messing in the hay and running round the fields. Even mum and dad enjoyed themselves once we got into the swing of things and we got some lovely, natural shots of everyone. I really want a barn now…maybe one day.

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I recently had the pleasure of shooting Jenny and Andy’s beautiful rustic style wedding. The ceremony took place at St.Barnabas church, Heapey with the reception at a Victorian marquee, set in the grounds of Jenny’s parents house.  There were lots of creative touches including the masses of bunting, all painstakingly sewn by Jenny’s mum, gorgeous flowers home grown by Andy’s mum and planted up in wooden crates and milk churns and hand made favours and table plan.

Jenny looked stunning in her detailed low back lace gown. A naturally beautiful bride and I have I have never seen a bride smile as much on her wedding day! Jenny’s face was a picture of happiness and this is a couple who are obviously very much in love. It was a pleasure capturing their special day.

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I was recommended to Jenny as a wedding photographer and to get to know Jenny and her partner Andy a little more, we did a little pre-wedding shoot outdoors. As Jenny and Andy are both vets, it seemed fitting to include some animals in the shoot and so a horse, a shetland pony and a dog made an appearance! I loved the sound of this wedding from the outset as the theme is rustic with a yellow and blue colour scheme. The reception sounds equally nice and will to be held in a Victorian style marquee at Jenny’s parents house, in a lovely rural location. Really looking forward to photographing the wedding on the 24th May!

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They say never work with children or animals but I actually enjoy photographing little ones. Here are a few samples. I find that taking children outdoors where they have the freedom to run around and play, makes for much more natural photography and real expressions, rather than forced smiles. We can go on a little adventure and photograph along the way. Doing simple things like throwing leaves in the Autumn or running round in a meadow in summer, can make for lovely portraits. I will be looking at sourcing some new and fun props and adding some new locations for future shoots. And of course, if you have any ideas you want to bring to the table, I’m more than happy to discuss.

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