Family Of the Month Competition Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Barrett and Co Family of the Month Competition, which will be free of charge to all our customers.  Families will have the opportunity to enter

one image from their photo session with us, the only criteria being that the image must include at least two different generations from each family.

Each month five lucky families will win £100 worth of Love2shop vouchers, and a chance to win a family holiday worth £5000.

We are also able to enter any of our families that we have photographed so far this year, so if you qualify and would like to enter – please let me know asap.

We’re in the process of contacting all our customers from this year, and hopefully we’ll have some success along the way.  Good luck everyone!





Rudding Park Wedding – Nicole and Ally

Such a fabulous day we had last weekend photographing the wedding of Nicole and Ally at Rudding Park Wedding Chapel in Harrogate, followed by a very relaxing wedding reception in Rudding Park itself.

Ally got ready at dads house in Harrogate, with her bridesmaids, before traveling over to Rudding for the ceremony itself.

A strong music theme ran through the day, with Nicole being piped up the drive at Rudding Park by a fully kilted Scotsman, and Chris Hilton supplying live music in many guises throughout the day – a musical trio in the chapel itself, a string quartet to entertain the guests in the afternoon, and a more jazzy/mixed style of music was played during the wedding reception itself.

The Radcliffe Room at Rudding Park looked brilliant as always, Nicole was absolutely thrilled when she walked in and saw how the room had been laid out and decorated, with Flowers by Collette .  Collette also provided stunning bouquets for Nicole and her bridesmaids, a well as dressing the chapel wit some fabulous displays.

Nicole was driven to church with her dad in a 1930s style Beauford Tourer by Lavelles Cars of Rothwell, Leeds.

After dinner guests were treated to a fantastic evening of dancing by Rudding’s resident DJ, the dance floor was ram packed as soon as Nicole and Ally had finished their first dance – the guests were obviously raring to go.  Half were celebrating major success on the football field, half were commiserating, but I’m not supposed to mention that!!

I’ve added a selection of teaser photos from the wedding below, and more can be found on my Facebook Page here.

Such a fabulous day, congrats go to Nicole and Ally, can’t wait to show you the rest of your photos asap!!

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The Emma’s Diary scheme is a fantastic opportunity for mums to have a free photo session with their babies, and includes a free photo gift courtesy of Steve Ramsden Photography.   There is no obligation for mums to buy extra photos, but many do once they have seen the quality of our work and what we produce.  Also, each month, we offer the mums the opportunity to include a photo of their choice in the Baby of the Month competition, with five monthly prizes of £100 and a prize of £5000 for the overall winner of Baby of the Year.

We recently photographed Leila at the studio, and mum Bethany has purchased one of our 30″ framed composite images, with a selection of images from Leila’s photo session.  I can’t tell you how fabulous this looks, you really need to see it in the flesh, but here’s a shot from my iphone when mum Beth called to collect it.

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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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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!