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Kat and Rob’s Wedding

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Wed, March 19, 2014 11:50AM

Glad to be getting on with the wedding photography, even though the winter was reasonably mild! Kathryn and Rob are a lovely couple who really wanted to enjoy their special day with as many friends and family as possible, so had large family groups, work friends, uni friends, musician friends… Lots of people!

The whole thing was at the Mercure Royal Hotel, in the centre of Hull, so not a lot of coaxing required for outdoor shots. I started with Kat and the bridesmaids as they were preparing all morning, and as Rob was also getting ready at the hotel, I got chance to spend a bit of time with the boys too for their ten minutes of getting ready!

Here are some photos from the day.

March offer £15 SHOOT

Updates Posted on Wed, March 12, 2014 07:44AM

Just before we get busy with wedding season going at full tilt, I’m offering a special-priced photoshoot and one 7×5 photo for only £15.

Running through March, so get in touch to arrange a date! Go to the website for more details and contact information

Kathryn and Rob’s pre-wedding shoot

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Mon, February 17, 2014 10:21PM

Time to stop decorating and get back in to wedding mode! As with all my couples this year, during my pre-wedding meeting with Kathryn and Rob, we did a mini-photoshoot, just for a practice and to see what they are like when a camera is stuck in their faces!
Next month I’ll be their photographer when they will be getting married at the Royal Hotel in Hull, we stepped out into the station and had a short wander.

Something a little different

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Mon, December 23, 2013 10:45AM

Wedding season is over for a while, and it’s very nearly Christmas so portraits are done, so it was time to do something different from my usual photographs.

Here’s a technique I’ve been wanting to try for a while. The main hold-up was me getting around to cleaning the car!

As a photographer in Hull, I kind of had to use this location, despite having no interest in football or rugby, but I managed to find a spot in the KC Stadium carpark that was dark enough to use.

It involves several long exposures, walking around the subject in the dark with a steady light source, like a torch, or in my case a video light, and painting parts of the car with the light. When you’re back at home warming up, you spend some some time merging the photos together to assemble the lit parts in Photoshop.

If you have a car nicer than my people carrier and would like something similar done, get in touch and we can talk ideas.

See the video here:

Jenny and Matt’s Destination Wedding / Cottingham Reception

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Wed, October 16, 2013 11:12AM

Jenny and Matt contacted me recently as they were getting married in sunny Kefalonia, Greece, a place with links to their family. Unfortunately for me, they didn’t need me to go there, but instead asked me to cover their reception at Lazaat Hotel in Cottingham when they came back.

Just like a lot of couples married abroad, their on-site photographer produced great photographs but they were only supplied on disk, so I suggested that I design them an album that incorporated those images and mine into a full storybook of the event! More of that to come, but for now, here are some from Lazaat!

Zoe & Clint’s Wedding at KP Club Pocklington

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Mon, September 23, 2013 04:51PM

It’s getting later in the wedding season now, but we had a lovely day last Saturday at The KP Club, Pocklington. I had already been for a walk around the place with Zoe and Clinton a few months earlier, where we also did a pre-wedding shoot as they wanted a signing board, so we’d scoped out the best places to go, as this is a golf club and they don’t like photographers jumping all over their greens, so we had to be careful where we went!

As a wedding photographer we get the privilege of experiencing the wedding day close-up, despite being an outsider, so we get to see the dramas that can sometimes be created. Today was no exception when, one hour before the ceremony, one of the groomsmen announced that he couldn’t find his shirt or waistcoat, but was in fact back in Hull, 30 miles away!

After some worried head-scratching and some sort of time-travel witchcraft, he managed to be back and dressed in time for the ceremony and from then it was all plain-sailing, with a lovely day to boot, and a rocking band for the evening reception!

Family photoshoot – James and Olivia

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Wed, August 21, 2013 02:32PM

Today I had a couple of little ‘uns brought into the Hull photography studio by Mum and Dad, as they had received a photo gift voucher for a photoshoot with me. Mum and Dad were staying well away from the camera but the James and Olivia were not camera shy. In fact little James was over-interested in the camera and so Dad spent a lot of time dragging him away from me when he got a bit too close!

Here are a couple of pics.

Sandburn Hall

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Tue, July 30, 2013 04:10PM

Now, this is a nice-looking place. As a Hull wedding photographer, we don’t get to pick where we work, and Hull is a bit stranded at the end on the M62, but when I saw this place after speaking to Alison and Iain, I got very excited to be chosen as their photographer.

Okay, so Sandburn Hall is a golf club as its day-job, but when they open their beautiful high-ceiling, oak-beamed function room, it gets very pretty, with its lovely big windows at the end of the ceremony/reception room. Lots of light!

As a working golf-course, we weren’t allowed to go trudging across the greens for the photoshoot but instead found other locations on site, such as the main paths and the woodland area heading to the lodges, where the couple were spending their first night together as husband and wife.

Here are some of the photos.

Wedding in Wawne and Cave Castle

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Tue, July 23, 2013 11:24AM

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of being the photographer at Claire and Blake’s wedding, starting at their house, before the ceremony (starting very nearly on time!) at the church in Wawne. Then just a hop, skip and jump (about 40 minute drive!) to Cave Castle in South Cave for the reception. Here are a few from the day.

Cars by Superior Motor Cars
Flowers by Glenholme Florists

Hot Hot Wedding Weather!

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Mon, July 08, 2013 11:03AM

What a lovely day for a wedding last Saturday. And what better surroundings than a little-known gem, the walled gardens hidden away at Bishop Burton College, East Yorkshire.

Sarah and Chris live in Grimsby but found this great place, complete with a beautiful old white conservatory to have their wedding.

As their photographer I had a great time, with so many places to shoot, and as they were enjoying the weather (and bottles of water kindly supplied by the college!) we had the full afternoon there before they went on to their reception.

Stacey and Pete’s Wedding

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Thu, June 27, 2013 02:28PM

I went to Bilton and Hedon for Stacey and Pete’s wedding last weekend. As a wedding photographer in East Yorkshire you have to expect a bit of bad weather from time to time, but we miraculously dodged the rain – as we got to St Peter’s Church, the downpour stopped and remained that way for the rest of the day!

A quick stop-off after the ceremony at Evergreen Garden Centre for a walk around their amazing (and well-hidden) ornamental gardens for a variety of photos, before going to The Haven Arms in Hedon for the reception.

Vicky and Ant’s Wedding

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Wed, June 19, 2013 03:03PM

Off down to the Deep for some fishy goings-on! Being someone’s wedding photographer is a big responsibility and can be a highly stressful job at the best of times – add a dark venue – and no flash allowed – well, it’s time to get a bit sweaty!

Here are some from Vicky and Anthony’s wedding last week.

Apparently they are camera shy, but did an excellent job!

Shanshan and Adam’s Wedding

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Tue, May 07, 2013 04:50PM

This lovely couple met and still work at BP and had the fun idea of using the Saltend chemical works as a backdrop, then off home for a backyard reception with a whole bunch of friends and family, some coming over from China for this special occasion. When I heard about their ideas I was delighted when they asked me to be their wedding photographer so I was looking forwaard to some creating some fun and relaxed photographs!

Sunniest wedding of the year so far!

Fiona and Carl’s Wedding, Guildhall Hull and Kingston Theatre Hotel

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Mon, April 22, 2013 07:11PM

After a long, long winter, and spending a lot of time in the relative comfort of a studio doing family portraits, it was finally time to venture outside to photograph Fiona and Carl’s wedding.

I did a photoshoot with them a few years ago when they were just a couple, then again last year when they had two little additions to their family. Now they were getting married and asked me to be part of their day. A small-ish group of family and friends, a very nervous groom but a lovely relaxed day.

Here are some of my favourites.

Vicky and Dan’s Wedding

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Wed, January 09, 2013 07:02PM

First bit of wedding photography of the year – didn’t get much of a break! With all the planning that goes into wedding, with a January wedding in a small East Yorkshire village, even more than any other time of year, we had to make provisions for “what to do in case of terrible weather”. Of course, I’d always be carrying equipment for indoor photography but, when your reception is in a marquee in your parent’s garden, the photographer can’t do anything about the cold!

Thankfully we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, so the church grounds were pretty and the marquee heating was more than adequate (the hottest I’ve felt in many months!)

Anyway, all went without a hitch, and here are some photographs to show it!

More at

Melanie and Lee’s Wedding at The Mercure Royal Hotel Hull, East Yorkshire

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Fri, January 04, 2013 09:11AM

Another December wedding, all in the comfort of the Royal Hotel Hull. A very relaxed wedding, with Mel and Lee taking it in their stride, with only a few tears during the ceremony! Their little ones were very well behaved too, enough for me to get some nice shots of them all together, with plenty of natural photos to capture the day!

Louisa and Stuart – Wedding at Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington, nr York

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Wed, December 19, 2012 03:55PM

Another wintery one! Managed to get an hour or so of images, some relaxed and some requiring a walk around the lovely gardens. Despite the short time we had to get the photos between their wedding ceremony and then being whisked off to the (relative) warmth of their reception marquee in Skidby we did well, and they didn’t complain once!
More photographs are here.

Wedding Fayres again!

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Mon, October 15, 2012 08:15PM

A couple of wedding fayres coming up this weekend to fill those empty hours. The fantastic Beverly Minster is hosting Saturday’s show and Lazaat Hotel in Cottingham on Sunday. Come down, eat cake and see what’s on offer!

When do you book your wedding photographer?

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Thu, August 09, 2012 08:29PM

I’ve just had to decline another wedding job this week, for a wedding in August next year, which has prompted this post!

In these days of austerity, everyone is looking to save money, and weddings don’t (usually) come cheap, so people are becoming more cautious about committing to spending hundreds/thousands of pounds. In these circumstances it is very easy to “wait and see” if they suddenly find spare money or find a bargain, but end up leaving things too late, and struggle to find the right photographer.

I suppose it is a question of balance and prioritising what you want most from your big day, and what your budget truly is. Everyone has a different opinion on what is most important, and how much you should spend, and as photography packages can be so diverse, ranging from standard albums (or no album!) to designer artist-embroidered-flame-grilled-leather-backed beasties, only you can decide what you want for your day and what it is worth to you.

There are lots of photographers out there, some offering services at dubiously cheap prices (you get what you pay for?) so you should start your research as soon as possible, checking how much experience they have – do they have backup equipment – are they serious about their work or is it just a weekend hobby? You also want to see a good selection of work that they have done, to show they consistently produce work of a high standard. Do they have appropriate insurances for working in public?

For a
guideline on how much of your budget you should consider for
photography, see here.

So, what is most important to you?

Church and reception venue? Yes, a priority. Book those first.

After that, what is next important though? Dress? Maybe. Cars. Nice to have, but not vital. Flowers and table decorations make the day look special but perhaps can be tailored / cut-back to save a little money.

One thing is sure. After many months, possibly years, of planning every detail, all these little things will appear on the day and disappear just as quickly in the whirlwind that will be your wedding day, and when the cars have gone, the fizzy wine has been drunk and the flowers have wilted, all you will have are your memories and a set of photographs to help you retain them.

If you find a photographer who can show you plenty of examples of previous weddings to prove they are talented and experienced, with the right style to suit you, and (most important so you enjoy your wedding day) the right personality that you will get on with them, you have to ask yourself one thing: why don’t I book now? Photographers are not a tin of beans that will soon be back in stock if the shelf is empty, so if you get that “good” feeling about someone, get them booked sharpish and avoid disappointment!

The general thought is that about 18 months ahead of the day is a good target (read this blog of other bride’s thoughts on the subject), but my advice is to start thinking about it and making enquiries as soon as you have booked the venue. From these enquiries you’ll get a feel of how many are available.

Summer months are always the busiest and the first to get booked (I have taken bookings two years from now) so get thinking about it.

What do they say? Don’t delay – book today!

Darryl Brooks Photography
Wedding Photographer in Hull and East Yorkshire

Charity Bungee Jump!

Hull & Yorkshire Photographer Posted on Wed, May 30, 2012 11:42AM


No, not me, good grief, no!

I was contacted by a lady representing a charity called Harry’s Fund, which offers support for MS and Cri Du Chat Syndrome, which a local Gilberdyke boy suffers from.
They were looking for a photographer based in yorkshire to cover the event for free and as I was available I jumped at the chance (not literally).

Anyone wanting to go down and have a look on Tuesday 5th June can go to

the White Horse Inn

Main Road

Gilberdyke, Yorkshire HU15 2UP

01430 448977

starts around 12pm

Photos to follow next week.

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