Category: Weddings

Wedding Photographers Need to be Different.

The. Cheshire Secret Garden ​
The Cheshire Secret Garden

Wedding photographers have to be a little bit weird. It’s not enough to just be good at taking pictures. Wedding photographers have to be comfortable being in the middle of the action without being part of the action. They have to be able to capture the joy and excitement of the day without getting swept up in it themselves. In other words, they have to be able to be present while also remaining detached. It’s a strange balance to strike, but it’s one that wedding photographers have to master if they want to be successful. Being a little bit weird is definitely a requirement for the job.

A relaxing wedding
A Relaxing Wedding

Wedding photography is both an art and a science. To be a successful wedding photographer, you need to have an eye for detail and a passion for people. On the day of the wedding, you will be responsible for capturing all of the special moments that will be cherished for a lifetime. This means that you need to be able to work quickly and efficiently, while still being able to relate to the bride and groom. Wedding photography can be challenging, but it is also incredibly rewarding. When you see the joy on the faces of the newlyweds as they look through their wedding album, you will know that it was all worth it.

Americana Style Wedding Photograph​
Americana Style Wedding Photograph

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Fashion Shoot with Hikerdelic and Tim Burgess


Over the summer, I was asked to help with a photoshoot for Hikerdelic and Tim Burgess from the Charlatans. A few years ago Tim had shot a video where he was wearing a very yellow jacket. People always asked about the jacket and he said, “It belonged to the stylist. I never saw it again. If it was mine I’d have deffo let you borrow it” well they decided to re release it through Hikerdelic.

We got some very moody shots in Manchester, and it had just finished raining, so puddles were everywhere. First shots outside, I was trying to get a puddle shot. My 2nd photographer that day was the competent Olivia Morgan. We got some great shots and they helped sell out the jacket in 48 hours.

Jacket with Shutters
Jacket with Shutters

Thanks to everyone for helping including that day including Hikerdelic and the two models Dylan and Oolagh.

Jacket shot relaxed
Relaxed images

Pictures on the wall

I love it when I turn up at someone’s house and find my pictures on the wall. It’s very Diffrent seeing on my laptop and then printed out and in pride of place in the living room.

Wedding Photography on the wall

I was taking an album to this customers and I spotted these pictures. I must do a survey and get some after shots of peoples walls. There is a few images on the website at also read what people say at

Weddings, No Limits from June

No limits
From Hitched ..

 The Prime Minister has announced that weddings in England will return from 21st June with more than 30 guests allowed at a socially-distanced capacity.

Similar to policies in Wales and Northern Ireland, it means the number of guests will be limited by how successfully social distancing rules can be adhered to at the venue. The social distancing rules currently stand at “1 metre +”, meaning the larger the venue, the more guests can attend.

We understand there is still uncertainty around other wedding guidelines – we are working with The UK Weddings Taskforce and will update you when we know more. You can find the latest news providing more clarity here.

While this is a positive step for the wedding industry, it’s important to make sure you’re aware of how you can keep your clients and their guests safe as weddings reopen. We’ve put together some top tips on how best to communicate health & safety guidelines to couples. 

Wedding Photography Prices Post Covid

At Craige Barker Photography we have held our Wedding Photography Prices for another year. I will not be increasing any prices in the next 12 months.

Wedding Photography Prices
Wedding in Portmeirion

This year has been crazy for all involved, from wedding couples trying to book their weddings and wedding photography, or having to move dates repeatedly. I have managed to accommodate all my couples so far. And after four major moves and no extra charges for any of my couples. Since the announcement that we can book again I have had a big increase in bookings. and have been the main source of these new leads and I’m so grateful for the work they have done. It’s been bad for us all but it’s now a new year and a new dawn. I know it’s hard to not worry but we do try and accommodate changes and we have done everything possible not to charge for date changes and so far I have not charged for any changes.

The main thing everyone is asking for is guarantees that if there are further changes there will be no charges. Its been easy to say that if the new date you want to move to is free I will cover free of charge. As you are aware I can’t increase my wedding photography prices just because of covid. So for the forceable future my charges will be locked in. the single biggest issue is the deposit but If I can’t cover a new date I will consider the refund of a deposit.

I have some new venues I have started dealing with and I hope this grows. Watch this space! 2021 and 2022 are looking like the busiest years so far with the amount of work booked in. I’m offering free albums with the top package. Also with discounts from Hitched and Bridebook, couples are getting a great deal.

Wedding Prices
Bridesmaid dusts off Grooms hair

Free Wedding Photographer

Engagement Shoot
Pre-Shoot or Enagement Shoot, Manchester Wedding Photographer

As the new engagement season is nearly upon us and lots of couples will be saying I do, I have a new magical offer.

Enagement Shoot
Pre-Shoot or Enagement Shoot, Manchester Wedding Photographer

If your getting married and are looking for a photographer, I will give a free pre or engagement shoot. It will have to be in Cheshire or Manchester area but I’m flexible. I will not hold this shoot as any sort of commitment to booking myself for any other photography including your wedding. I see this as a way for a wedding couples to get to know me and my photography. If you do use me then fantastic or be good for a relation’s wedding. Call or email me to book in. 0r 07968 146210. I’m open on weekends and look forward to speaking to you.

If you are planning on getting married in the next year be quick as all the 2020 weddings are now in 2021 and 2022

Engagement Shoot
Pre-Shoot or Enagement Shoot, Manchester Wedding Photographer
Enagement Photo
Pre-Shoot or Enagement Shoot, Manchester Wedding Photographer

If I’m not available for your confirmed date I won’t be able to do a pre-shoot so just check I’m free first.

The main purpose of this promotion is for couples to get used to myself and see if I fit in with the feeling of the big day. All the pictures will be edited ready for and Album and I will supply on a website and can be downloaded. If I do get booked for the wedding I will supply the images on a memory bottle also. (Ask about Bottle)

New Year, New Start, New Web Site

As we move in to 2020 I decided to sort the SEO out on my website and after a weeks investigation I have decided to launch a new website. The new Squarespace site allows me to control website headers and tags and hopefully get better and higher results.

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Best Shot of Peter Hook Ever

When I take a photo most of the time I have a good idea where it’s going to appear and how it’s to be presented. Every now and again there is a picture that surprises you like the one below that has appeared in music magazines and websites across the planet for a long time. It was part of another shoot with Peter Hook and the Light of which none of the other pics from the same gig has ever been published. 

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