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Professional and affordable wedding and event photography in the North West of England. Hourly 'Light' rate or extended packages available, with or without a modern, printed photobook
Pricing & Costs
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Products and Services
Bridal Prep Shots
Digital Editing / Airbrushing
Flexible Hours on the Day
Images on USB
Large Group Shots
Second Shooter Available
Stay Through Dancing
Stay Through Speeches
Reportage / Documentary
Traditional / Classic
I believe that wedding photography requires an understanding of people as much as a knowledge of cameras and lenses. I have worked as a photographer for over 30 years and clients like the images I create, not just for their technical quality, but because they invoke happy memories of their friends and family and because I am able to ‘catch’ the expressions and gestures that characterise them. I spend many more hours after a wedding editing and processing photographs in Lightroom and Photoshop than I do taking them on the day. I typically take over 1000 images on the wedding day itself . After removing the ‘out takes’ and repeats (I take multiple images of all group shots, for example, to make sure all of your guests are looking at the camera!) I provide clients with a flash drive in a presentation box with around 4-500 full resolution, copyright free images. These have been enhanced, sharpened and improved in Photoshop CC and, in some cases, double edited in black and white as well as colour. Whenever you are ready, you then choose a selection of 80 or so which will be in the photobook. This is a professionally printed, hardback book, the pages of which are created from blank canvases so you can choose any combination of photographs as well as backgrounds and covers. The beauty of a modern photobook is that you can order additional copies, in a range of sizes, for friends and family at very reasonable cost. Above all else, I aim to be as invisible as possible on your wedding day. You might even forget I am around much of the time. I use ‘silent’ cameras at quiet times in the ceremony and a stabilised, long lens to catch candid moments as you mingle with your guests. There might well be times when I will take more ‘formal’ photographs such as when you cut your cake and when I take the group photographs but the day is about you, as a couple, making a lifelong commitment to each other. My job is to enable you to re-live it afterwards.
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Christopher Kirk
I have been privileged to be invited to photograph or video over 300 weddings in the North west of England over the last ten years. It would be my pleasure to answer any questions you might have about my work or to generate a quotation for photographing your wedding. I love my work and I am passionate about providing the highest standard of photography at a reasonable price.
Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Katie Haworth at The Longlands Hotel
Wedding: February 2018
A photographer with a fantastic eye for detail
The Longlands Hotel are always so happy to have Chris at Bay Photographic work with them. He always puts our brides and grooms at ease and produces some beautiful images ...
What is your most memorable wedding?
A wedding I photographed a couple of years ago at Oulton Park racing circuit. A lovely couple who have become good friends and an opportunity to drive round the circuit in a pace car to take some photos. In truth, they are all memorable. Every wedding is different and is a reflection of the couple at the centre of it.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Unintrusive, professional, patient, flexible, dedicated.
What about your business are you most proud of?
That I have photographed over 300 weddings over the last ten years and every one of my past clients has only had good things to say about me and my work.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
It's your day, so spend your budget and your time wisely on things that will make it special for you and which will give you great memories in the future.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
The groom's father, singing a soulful ballad for First Dance. A complete surprise for everyone and a great moment.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
From initial enquiry to sending out the photographs, I am always available to answer questions, describe my work and for any sort of consultation. Some couples like to just make the booking and meet me on the day, others like pre wedding meetings and for us to look at the venue together. Everyone is different, but I can accommodate anyone, from photo divas to reluctant subjects and from small intimate settings with just a handful of guests to full size productions with a cast of hundreds.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
The confetti shot.
What is the most original photo you’ve been asked to take at a wedding?
I've hung out of bedroom windows, stood on ladders, climbed up to the battlements of a castle and laid down in fields of sheep but the most original photo I ever took was in the doorway of a hotel bedroom, before the wedding, with the bride and groom on opposite sides of the door, unable to see one another, reaching round the door and holding hands.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Patience. It rarely rains all day long and when it stops I'll be ready...
Describe how you got into photography.
I was fortunate to be trained in the late 1970's by Robin Lord who is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. He encouraged me to exhibit and to submit photographs to magazines as a freelance which I did throughout my first career as a teacher. In 2008 I was invited to work as an assistant to an established local wedding photographer, which I did for two years, learning how to photograph weddings. I started taking my own bookings in 2009 and the rest is history...