A few weeks ago, together with the rest of the committee of the Northern Region of the Master Photographers Association, I organised a professional photographers’ training day at Oakworth Railway Station on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.  Oakworth station is set in the 1950s, and it’s main claim to fame is that it was used in the filming of The Railway Children.  It is still very well looked after by the K&WVR volunteers, who keep the stations along the route, and the engines, in very good nick.

A couple of weeks before the event itself I visited Haworth for the day and had a good look around – I was looking for a good backdrop for trainer Stuart Wood to do his stuff, and fellow photographer Phill Andrew had suggested the station as a possible set.  The underlying plan was in the back of my mind, but was rapidly brought forward as a matter of circumstance.  First, I booked surprise tickets for my family to see The Railway Children at The National Railway Museum in York at the end of August.  This triggered a site seeing trip to Haworth two days later, during which I spotted a 1950s costumier, one of those serendipity moments that help to bring a good plan together. Next, after chatting to the railway volunteers, and chiefly a very helpful Roger France, it became clear that the best day for us to put this together was a footplate experience day.  These are days when the steam engine runs through the station on a loose schedule if any at all, the stations are manned, but there is no public admittance.  It meant we could photograph freely without getting in the way, and more than that, we could hold the train briefly in the station as it passed through.  I hoped for 5 minutes but in the end we got much longer.

Great plan, one problem – the next footplate experience day was 4 weeks away, which left very little time for marketing and selling the day, and the next opportunity would be well into 2016.  We decided to go for it, ‘full steam ahead’ as it were!

Anyhow, to cut a long story short, all went extremely well.  I invited two of my favourite ex brides and a favourite ex groom to come along and model for us – Jannine and Zoe, and Jannine’s hubby Scott.  All three of them put in a massive effort by calling to the costume shop the night before, each having two costumes for the day.  We all gathered at a local pub first thing on a very foggy morning, and after the models had their hair and make up created by the professionally proficient and efficient Harriet Steele, we made our way collectively to Oakworth Station for the shoot itself.

Now I’m not going to give away Stuart’s secrets here, the lessons were hard learned by the delegates through sweat, toil, tears, and hard earned crumplies, but what a fabulous day, loads of fun, and plenty of opportunity to work ‘off flash’ as well as on as Stuart taught his stuff.  A bit of a one off, this, not easy to repeat in such a unique setting.  I’ve added some of my favourite photos from the day itself, and extend massive thanks to all the models, the H&MUA, Stuart Wood, The Old Silent Inn for their amazing hospitality, the K&WVR staff who could not have been any more helpful, the NRMPA committee, and last but not least, the delegates who supported the day.

Have posted some pics Yorkshire photographer, but here are some more favourites from the day.
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The calm before the steam!

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Harriet Steele quietly getting on with it.

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Gentlemen?

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Perfectly styled in 1950s outfits and make up, thanks to all our models, Zoe (seen here), Jannine and Scott.

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Stuart demonstrates his reflector technique

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Behind the scenes view of the lighting

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Very atmospheric, hair and make up by Harriet Steele.

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All set to photograph the train as it arrived on platform

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Hair and make up by Harriet Steele – an amazing job following a very short notice brief.

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Timeless goodbyes!

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Shooting for the bump!

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Fond fairwell by the ticket office door!

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Controlling the light

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Holding off the direct sunlight

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Distressed damsel!

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Mr engine driver pumping up the steam for Stuart. Phill Andrew on lights, as we briefly held the engine in the station to get the big shots.

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There ya go, perfect Rembrandt!

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Blocking light, adding light, it’s all happening!

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Kathryn and Marc’s wedding at Cave Castle, South Cave

Kathryn and Marc were recently married at Cave Castle, South Cave, on a gloriously sunny day.

I have just finished designing their wedding album, and have included a few ‘sneak peak’ photos below for family and friends to see before the wedding album is ready.

There are a few more photos to see on my Facebook Page at this link

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Emma’s Diary Baby of the Month competition – Thomas Berridge

 

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Hi everyone,

Little tyke Thomas recently came to my photo studio for some pics, and we took some amazing photos of him. I have put mum’s favourites on Facebook for you to see.

I am now helping Thomas to win a £100 Mothercare voucher and £2000 cash prize in the Emma’s Diary Baby of the Month competition, and we need your votes and those of your friends. There are prizes for each of five winning babies each month, and the monthly winning photographs are then entered into the big annual Emma’s Diary competition, where the monthly winners have a chance to win the £2000 prize.

From January 2015 onwards, the monthly prizes are £100 worth of Mothercare Vouchers for each of five babies/mums, so well worth winning!

Please help Thomas by visiting the Emma’s Diary Facebook Page at the following link, and voting for him online. To vote, please ‘like’ the photo which I have included below (ie please ‘like’ the Facebook version of the below photo). This is the photo that mum has selected for the competition entry.

When you arrive at the link below,

HERE IS THE LINK – PLEASE CLICK NOW TO VOTE

Please do the following –

1) Click the ‘Like’ button ON THE PHOTOGRAPH to vote.

2) Feel free to add an awesome comment as well, it can’t do any harm 😉

3) ‘Share’ the post with friends and family to help get even more votes!

Thank you!!

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Emma’s Diary Baby of the Month competition – Layla

 

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Hi everyone,

The very pretty Layla recently came to my photo studio for some pics, and we took some beautiful photos of her. I have put mum’s favourites on Facebook for you to see.

I am now helping Layla to win £2000 in the Emma’s Diary Baby of the Month competition, and we need your votes and those of your friends. There are prizes for each of five winning babies each month, and the monthly winning photographs are then entered into the big annual Emma’s Diary competition, where the monthly winners have a chance to win the £2000 prize.

From January 2015 onwards, the monthly prizes are £100 worth of Mothercare Vouchers for each of five babies/mums, so well worth winning!

Please help Layla by visiting the Emma’s Diary Facebook Page at the following link, and voting for her online. To vote, please ‘like’ the photo which I have included below (ie please ‘like’ the Facebook version of the below photo). This is the photo that mum has selected for the competition entry.

When you arrive at the link below

HERE IS THE LINK – PLEASE CLICK NOW TO VOTE

Please do the following –

1) Click the ‘Like’ button ON THE PHOTOGRAPH to vote.

2) Feel free to add an awesome comment as well, it can’t do any harm 😉

3) ‘Share’ the post with friends and family to help get even more votes!

When you arrive at the voting page, you will need to know which image to vote for – the images appear anonymously.

The photograph chosen by mum for the competition is at the bottom of this blog page.

Thank you!!

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