Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer – Tom and Sioned

Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer – Tom and Sioned

Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer

Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer

Hafod Farm is a venue I have had the pleasure of photographing a few times now, but when I arrived for Tom and Sioned’s wedding In October 2019, I was amazed by all the effort that the owners had gone to since the last time I visited. A new barn has been built with some lovely rustic touches, such as a huge wall of mirrors (not like a fun house… you’ll see what I mean in the pictures).

I made the journey through North Wales to Hafod Farm where Sioned and her bridal party were getting ready. The weather wasn’t quite on our side but as is always the way with North Wales weddings, you make the most with what you have. As always, the beatiful bride was calm, relaxed and ready to make that march down the aisle.

Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer

Hafod Farm Wedding Ceremony

Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer

The old barn at Hafod Farm is always beautifully decorated with many candles and subtle lights around the beams. Although a slighly challenging area to photograph due to not much daylight coming through the windows and the high ceilings, it is still one of my favourite wedding ceremony areas to photograph. 

Sioned made her way down the aisle as she followed her bridesmaids where Tom waited and even shed a tear! Photographers love it when a groom shows genuine emotion!! I’m sure Sioned did too.

The ceremony was full of laughter and smiles as the bride and groom said I do, and then it was outside for confetti before the rain started. 

Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer

Bride and Groom Wedding Photos at Hafod Farm

Once we had photographed all the family portraits inside the new barn, I took Tom and Sioned away so they could have some time alone, and also give us chance to make a start on their couples portraits. We even had an appearance from one of the dogs who lives at Hafod Farm! We were dodging the typical North Wales showers, but still managed to get some lovely photos.

Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer

The Wedding Breakfast and Speeches

So I mentioned earlier how much I loved the new barn at Hafod Farm and all the personal touches. It really is a lovely room for your wedding breakfast and speeches and looks amazing on your wedding photographs! Check out that wall of mirrors! Oh and the amazing spread but on my Anglesey Hog Roast! Without a doubt some of the best wedding food I have tasted in North Wales. The perks of being a wedding photographer hey! 

Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer

Hafod Farm Evening Reception

After the amazing food and heartfelt speeches we were soon approaching the evening reception. I just had time to get a few more bride and groom wedding photos in before the evening guests arrived. Yep it was raining! I love a rainy wedding photo. It’s probably one of my favourite things about being a North Wales wedding photographer. Tom and Sioned had booked the Four Kicks band for their evening entertainment and they were amazing! Check out some of the moves on the dance floor!

Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer
Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer

Thank you so much Tom and Sioned for asking me to be your wedding photographer! I can’t wait to be back photographing weddings soon at Hafod Farm and all over North Wales.

Tom and Sioned’s chosen Hafod Farm Wedding Suppliers

MUA – Faces by Poppy
Hair – Glam Artisan
Dress – The Silk Loft
Florist – Luna Flower
Cake – Tom’s very talented sister, Rebecca
Evening Entertainement – Four Kicks
Food – Anglesey Hog Roasts

Hafod Farm Wedding Photographer – Tom and Sioned

Hafod Farm Wedding PhotographerHafod Farm is a venue I have had the pleasure of photographing a few times now, but when I arrived for Tom and Sioned's wedding In October 2019, I was amazed by all the effort that the owners had gone to since the last time I visited. A...
Rich Miller – A North Wales Wedding Photographer

Rich Miller – A North Wales Wedding Photographer

Rich Miller – A North Wales Wedding Photographer

North Wales Wedding Photographer

This is me and my lot. My partner Jemma, my eldest daughter Maddie and our youngest daughter Eliza. Even being a professional photographer, I still can’t get both kids smiling and looking at the camera at the same time!
Anyway, I get asked a lot “How did you get into photography?” Or “When did you start?” As well as many other questions, so I thought I would do this little blog to answer some of those questions.
Basically, I am an award winning wedding photographer with zero qualifications to show for it!

Let’s start with – How did you get into Wedding Photography? 

In all honesty, it wasn’t the plan. Back in 2012, I was working a late shift. Well what I thought was a late shift at the time. An 8pm finish now seems a breeze! But anyway, I was sat at my desk in work when I was a financial underwriter and started to look at wedding photographers (yes I should have been getting on with work!) I thought, how hard can it be? Press a button, done! 

I then started to look at a DSLR camera. I had never touched any camera other than a point and click or mobile phone in my life at this point so in truth, I had no idea what I was looking at and what it all meant. But I settled on a Canon 550D with a 18-55mm lens. It cost me about £500 if I remember rightly. 
That’s it! Let’s go and photograph some weddings and become a wedding photographer!

My first piece of advice…. DO NOT DO WHAT I DID! Get yourself involved with some established photographers first before you commit to anything. That £550 camera I bought, quickly escalated to about £20,000 worth of equipment over the last 9 years.

 

Did you learn editing or photography first?

Editing. I was browsing on Groupon one day, and seen a course reduced from about £300 to £29 which claimed to teach you essential Photoshop skills. I added it to my basket, and off to Runcorn I went for the day to learn Photoshop! Now I had some idea of how I could make my existing pictures look better. 

Time to learn how to use the Canon 550D I had purchased next! Another Groupon deal in Chester which was also around £29 and taught you the basic functions of your DSLR camera. I had also learned the basics of photography with exposure and composition. 

With the basic website I had built, I now needed some wedding photographs to advertise. I booked on to a course with Chris Chambers up in York where he taught his incredible photography skills but also gave us the opportunity to photograph 2 models posing as a bride and groom. These images would soon make it on my website.

Second piece of advice…DO NOT DO THIS! DO NOT USE POSED WORKSHOP IMAGES FOR YOUR PORTFOLIO. IT WORKED FOR ME BUT THERE ARE MUCH BETTER WAYS! Again, I recommend reaching out to professional photographers and asking if you can maybe shoot along side them in order to gain some experience and valuable portolio images.

How did you get your first wedding booking?

Now this is where I struck gold. My first booking didn’t come through the website or through any kind of social media. 
I was studying photography at a night class in Deeside College and chance had it that I was sitting between 2 ladies who are now both very good friends. Emma, was soon to be married and asked me if I would like to be a 2nd shooter at her wedding, working alongside her main photographer Tanya Davies! If you ever get this opportunity, take it!! They are few and far between. Lisa was the other girl I was sat next to, and a couple of years down the line, I got to photograph her wedding also. 
I shot alongside Tanya in 2013 at Emma’s wedding and gained so much from Tanya’s knowledge, skills and her approach. I also gained some valuable real wedding photographs which I could put on my website and social media.
Not long after that, I got my first wedding where I was the solo photographer. Friends were getting married and asked me if I wouldn’t mind taking photo’s on their wedding day, as well as being a guest. Again, even more images for me to start building my portfolio with. 

What did you do before photography?

I did quite a few jobs, but most of these were all call centre based. The majority of my time was spent working for M&S Bank in Chester where I worked from 2009 until 2016 (with a brief break inbetween). I moved around the company quite a bit but spent most of my time there as an underwriter. In 2013, a job appeared on one of the job sites for an online photography tutor. This would be helping build online courses and providing support for students who are enrolled on the course. The ideal job I thought! I lasted 6 months..Let’s just say we weren’t the right fit.
Back to M&S I went, but this time via PPI where I was helping refunding customers who had been missold PPI over the years…Quite a lot by me sorry! 
9 months in PPI and I was then back as an Underwriter. The slight issue was, my photography business was starting to take off a little. More and more weekend work coming in, but I was also having to work Saturday’s as my job as an Underwriter. Thankfully my managers were very accomodating and always tried to accomodate holiday requests or shift swaps so I could also photograph weddings. 

When did you become a full time wedding photographer?

2016. After 3 years of photographing part time and being a weekend warrior, I made the leap in 2016. There were a few reasons for me doing this. My eldest daughter Maddie, was born in July and I thought that even I can earn just half my M&S salary by doing weddings, then I will be fine as we won’t need to pay for fulltime childcare. Thankfully, the business was growing rapidly at this point and I was photographing upwards of 40 weddings per year. Albeit at lower prices, but it meant I could be a wedding photographer on the weekends and dad during the week.

I was worried about the winter months. I was worried that I wouldn’t get any winter weddings. I decided I would still take the risk as should wedding bookings not come in, then I will surely be able to pick up some temporary work to bring in some money until wedding season began again in the Spring. Thankfully winter wedding bookings continued to come in so I didn’t need to find employment.

Maddie

It’s funny how things turn out. If it wasn’t for me having a little skive in work back in 2012, and if it wasn’t for my friends getting married then I probably would have never gone down this path. But my very first wedding as a full time wedding photographer in 2016 was at Tower Hill Barns. Those of you who follow me will be sick of me talking about Tower Hill probably. But I was booked to photograph Paul and Faz’s wedding and this was my very first time at Tower Hill. Thankfully I made an impression and have since become one of their preferred photographers and have the privilage of working at their stunning venue a hell of a lot.

TOWER Hill Barns Wedding

How are you coping since the COVID-19 restrictions?

Honestly, mostly frustrated but remaining positive. In 2020 I had 46 weddings booked. I got to shoot 4 of these. 2 of which were before lockdown. Most of these weddings have now moved to 2021 which means I am now due to shoot over 70 weddings this year! Gulp! And as for 2022, well I’m nearly fully booked. So I am remaining positive that once we are out of this storm, weddings will not be a forgotten memory.

In January, our youngest daughter Eliza entered the world. Lockdown has meant I have been able to spend even more time with Eliza, Jem and Maddie than I normally would have been able to.

Tower Hill Barns Styled Shoot

Tower Hill Barns Styled Shoot

A Lockdown Wedding Styled photo shoot at Tower Hill Barns

The wedding industry was hit hard by COVID-19. Many wedding venues, wedding suppliers including photographers found their bulging 2020 bookings diary deplete hourly to almost zero. So…What are we to do? The creative industries all came together to do what we love! We were able to use the time to showcase our products, our skills and have a bloody good laugh whilst we were at it!

Cassie from Cassie M Bridal is one of North Wales’ leading hair and makeup artists. As well as being super talented, she is an awesome lady to have around on your wedding day. Cassie had the idea of creating a styled shoot and asked if I would be involved to photograph it. Naturally I said yes! Having built up so many positive relationships with wedding suppliers, wedding venues and couples over the years, I was also able to offer my input.

We had decided Tower Hill Barns would be our location of choice. Why? Well the venue is a favourite of mine. It is stunning inside and out and the wedding team at Tower Hill Barns were more than happy to accomodate us.

As for the theme…..Well we kind of went on a tangent and just wanted to go super modern and not your usual approach. We were able to call on good friends and a previous bride and groom of mine, Emma and Phill. When I photographed Emma and Phill’s wedding, they were so easy to work with infront of camera, and Emma also has a black wedding dress! Yes!! To add to this, we thought bright neon’s large floral decorations and smoke bomb’s would make for awesome photographs!

Karen Lesley Bridal had kindly donated us 2 white wedding dresses which not only looked amazing on Emma, but also on the Flower Arch provided and designed by Vivid Floral Design.

Tower Hill Barns Wedding Photos
Tower Hill Barns Wedding Photos
Tower Hill Barns Wedding Photos

Whilst Cassie was doing Emma’s hair and make-up, it gave myself and Mathew from Mathew Lloyd Videography chance to starting setting up some photos and bounce ideas off each other. 

Natalie from Glamour Events Hire was kind enough to showcase some of her neon backdrops. We set these up inside the old barn at Tower Hill so the neon would really stand out.

Tower Hill Barns wedding photos

Here is a selection from the rest of what was an awesome day photographing and hanging out at Tower Hill Barns again!

Supplier shoutouts to:

White Dresses – Karen Lesley Bridal Emporium
Neons – Glamour Events Hire
Hair, Make-up, Co-Ordinator and Hair accessories – Cassie M Bridal
Cakes – Red Rose Wedding Cakes
Videographer – Mathew Lloyd Videography
Venue – Tower Hill Barns
Flowers and Flower Arch – Vivid Floral Design
Tweed Suit – Trefor Jones

Snowdonia Proposal Photographer
Tower Hill Barns Wedding photos
Tower Hill Barns Wedding photos
Tower Hill Barns Wedding photos
Tower Hill Barns Wedding photos
Smoke Bomb Wedding
Smoke bomb wedding
Smoke bomb wedding
Smoke bomb wedding
Tower Hill Barns Outdoor Wedding
Tower Hill Barns Outdoor Wedding
Tower Hill Barns Wedding photos
Tower Hill Barns Wedding photos
Tower Hill Barns Wedding photos
Tower Hill Barns Wedding photos
Tower Hill Barns Wedding photos

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Tower Hill Barns Styled Shoot

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Snowdonia Wedding Proposal

Snowdonia Wedding Proposal

Dan’s Snowdonia Proposal – Becky said yes!

An email appears in my inbox and instantly i’m intrigued and excited about the contents. Dan was planning to propose to his girlfriend Becky whilst they were on holiday in North Wales. Although I have photographed lots of weddings all around North Wales, I had never actually photographed a proposal.
Dan and Becky travelled up from London, and once I had got chatting to Dan we were able to run through a few ideas. With Dan not being from North Wales, it was great for me to be able to suggest locations.
We had settled on Llyn Idwal in Snowdonia. This is one of my favourite locations ever. It’s extremely accessible and is surrounded with large waterfalls, imposing mountain tops and stunning views.

The morning of the proposal, I obviously couldn’t phone Dan or make myself known to Dan in anyway as we didn’t want to ruin the surprise. It was just a quick text to tell him I was wearing a black coat and to follow me at about a 200 meters distance until we reached Llyn Idwal.

As with any holiday, and any new place you are going to want to take lots of personal photos and selfies for your own collection. A quick glance over my shoulder to make sure I was still in Dan’s view whilst Becky had no idea what was about to happen.

Once we reached Llyn Idwal, I veered off to a position where I knew I would get a good shot of Dan down on one knee….. I had 2 cameras which were obvious to Becky and anyone else so I was just pretending to take photo’s of the landscape. Whilst I was doing this, Dan was trying to walk Becky over to where I was photographing but Becky was reluctant as she was worried she might get in the way of my “landscape photos”.

Not to worry! Like I say, Llyn Idwal has so many amazing surrounding views, it really didn’t matter where Dan proposed.

Down on one knee he goes, I can’t hear anything apart from Becky’s giggles. It was so windy but then they embraced and I knew Becky said yes!
It was then time to introduce myself and ensure Becky I was not some weirdo with a camera following them around.

Llyn Idwal Engagement Shoot
Llyn Idwal Engagement Shoot

I stayed with Dan and Becky for a little bit. We chatted about their plans and took the opportunity to take some beautiful engagement photographs whilst they were staying in North Wales.

Snowdonia Proposal Photographer
Snowdonia Proposal Photographer
Snowdonia Proposal Photographer

I love photographing in the Snowdonia area so much. I have recently been taking many couples over to the area for Adventure Shoots. These are all about embracing the wild hair, muddy boots and beautiful North Wales countryside. What an amazing place for a proposal too! Hopefully this has given you some inspo if you are thinking of popping the question.

Snowdonia Proposal Photographer
Snowdonia Proposal Photographer
Snowdonia Proposal Photographer

Thinking of proposing and would like some awesome engagement pictures to document the moment? I’d love to hear from you!

Snowdonia Proposal Photographer
Snowdonia Proposal Photographer
Engagement Shoot Award Win!

Engagement Shoot Award Win!

Engagement shoot award win!

I am humbled to have been awarded a Silver award by The Fellowship of Photographers Association for this photograph.

The photograph I submitted to the panel from the FPA was from Steve and Kim’s engagement shoot at Cwm Idwal in Snowdonia. We started our photography session just as the sun was starting to set. We managed to capture so epic photos on the day, but this one really made us all smile.

Snowdonia Engagement

You can see some more photos from Steve and Kim’s engagement shoot, and also their epic wedding at Llyn Gwynant Barns here.

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A Chester Engagement Shoot!

A Chester Engagement Shoot!

Matt and Jess, are due to be married at Soughton Hall in North Wales, and I am so excited to be their wedding photographer for the day.
With us all living so close to Chester, it only seemed right that we caught up at the Grosvenor Park for a chat before we cracked on with some candid photography.

Chester has so many amazing opportunities for engagement and wedding photography, but we chose to stay close to the Grosvenor Park, as the colours were amazing. It was an Autumn afternoon and the orange leaves looked amazing. We ventured off slightly around the Chester walls before heading back home.

We hadn’t long started before the photobombers came. I’m not talking about cyclists or people walking their dogs. We had an abundance of squirrels who were all wanting their photograph taking with Jess and Matt! Jess particularly got on well with the squirrels, feeding them nuts. I am a bit more reserved and was happy to photograph from a distance.

It’s not long now until Jess and Matt’s wedding day in North Wales, and I can’t wait to be part of it!
Here are a few of my favourite photographs from their Chester engagement shoot.

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