Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Happy New Year

How was your Christmas? Good I hope.

As a business owner Christmas is a funny time of year. In that we don't want to stop trading, but on the other hand it is a great time to relax for a while and chill

So now we're rushing head long into 2012. The wedding photography shows great signs of continual growth, thanks to our internet marketing and our strengthning realationships with local wedding businesses.

Lovers in the snow

Here at Portrait Wedding Photographers we have good news for brides looking to get married in 2012/13. For 2012 all of our wedding packages remain at 2011 prices. There is no need to go out to grab a bargin in the sales, the best bargin is right here. So how does that effect 2013 pricing, I hear you ask. As someone who has been married, I know how difficult it can be to juggle your wedding budget. This is why I introduced a fixed price for our wedding packages. Choose us as your wedding photographers and secure the date with the £100 booking fee and that secures the wedding photography price. It doesn't matter how many years ahead your wedding is - we will honour that deal and fix your price.

Think about it. Normally prices rise at about 10% per year. So if you are getting married one year ahead thats a straight 10% you could be saving. 2 years 20%, or 5 years 50%. Now who would say no to 50% off your wedding photography?

It's worth pointing out that here at portrait wedding photographers, we are no ordinary wedding photographers. Brides often tell us that they consider us experts. Because we only specialise in wedding photography, that and our 27 years experience!

Our advice, whenever you are looking to get married is to. Check out the various wedding photography slideshows, check out the packages, which can be tailored to suit your exact requirements. Have a look at the testimonials on Google and then go to our instant availability checker, pop in your details and wedding date to find out if a photographer is available.

All the staff here wish you all the very best for a love filled 2012. If we can help you in anyway, you can email us HERE or leave a message on our facebook wall HERE.

Happy New Year

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Butterflies and Logos

It is a cold December afternoon and for once I am glad to be at home, nice and warm, tucked up next to my computer. As a businessman, there are lots of other things to consider, apart from wedding photography - and recently I have been concentrating on why I do what I do, and branding to get that message across.

Having enrolled on to a referral marketing course, by the referral institute, I have had my eyes opened somewhat. I have found that having a business and having your eyes open is a distinct advantage.

A few lessons in and Allison, our tutor is doing great in getting us to where we need to be. I say we because there are a few of us on the course together.

The reason I do what I do, wedding photography is that I know how precious photographs are, and sadly many people only realise this once it is too late. I discovered this fact for myself, when my Mum died at a quite a young age. Marriage is an important time of life and all I want to do is to show people how important this is. Hopefully then, they would love a top wedding photographer to capture their love and laughter for happy ever after.

On to the logo then.
I spent ages trying to think of some great icon, a nike swoosh, a golden M, or even an apple! Then the light came on, if using your company name is good enough for Coca Cola, then it's good enough for me. The logo is important to me, because as we spread our wings from Darlington to Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, York, Essex, Kent, London and Palm Beach Florida - I needed something to tie everything together. I want this to be the logo above. 
Most of the website are going to be a pure black and white design, with the accent colour being purple.

 The Butterflies are also important to the logo design. Butterflies to symbolise change and there's not many changes bigger than deciding to committ to marriage! Personally the butterflies symbolise the fact that they are there one moment and gone the next. So this ties in with my message of how important it is to capture the beauty, the emotion, the love and the laughter, before it has gone.

The beauty of wedding photographs is that they last forever. Even on a cold winters afternoon, you can re-live your wedding day memories by taking another look at your wedding album.

You can also see that the logo has two butterflies, showing that here at portrait wedding photographers we have balance. Balance to use our expertise as wedding photographers to match the needs and requirements of our brides.

If you have enjoyed our little blog and maybe come to understand the phylosophy behind portrait wedding photographers and want to get in touch this is our EMAIL

Thank you

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

FREE 9 ways to check out your wedding photographer

1. Are they fully qualified and experienced?

We have over 27 years experience and became Master Photographers in 2005.

2. Do they have Back up plans in case of illness or accident?

We have more than one photographer, providing back up cover if required.

3. How many different wedding albums can they show you?

All experienced photographers will have around 10 sample albums

4. Can they show you genuine customer testimonials?

We have many spread around this literature, on Google and in lots of thank you cards

5. Do they have a team of graphic designers who can create special effects and beautiful albums for you?

We do, and should you choose an album we only recommend the world’s best
GraphiStudio from Italy.

6. Do they know other wedding service providers who could help you save time and money?

We know providers of Dresses, Flowers, Cakes, Jewellery, Room Dressing, DJs, Cars and Limos.

7. How long does it take to see your proofs?

Some Brides have to wait months or more than a year, we provide yours in less than a week

8. Do they only advertise a mobile number?

Many non-professionals do this as they are at work through the week, we are full-time professionals

9. Are you able to pay with a Credit or Debit Card?

With so many businesses going bust, we recommend paying by card, for your safety and protection.

You can be sure that you are dealing with the best at Portrait Wedding Photographers

Expert Wedding Photographers
Members of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers

Featured in “Perfect Wedding” magazine

Monday, 28 November 2011

Professional Wedding Photographers

You want a reliable service on your big day from all involved, but after the grand occassion, the photography probably takes on a greater meaning and certainly a higher value. So what are the advantages of hiring true professional wedding photographers for your marriage service.

Reliability. True professionals will have spent years building up their reputation. Do you think they would let all that labour go to waste by being unreliable? Of course not. Professional wedding photographers number one priority is to ensure they arrive on time, capture all the love and laughter and then safely store those memories for you.

Quality. If you do something often enough, whatever it is, you should improve, makes sense? The difference is where the starting point is. Your professional wedding photographers level of ability, at the start, should far out weigh the camera skills of Uncle Tom. Imagine then how much better they would be 10 years, 20 years, or even 25 years down the line.

Organisation. The most important skill your professional wedding photographers must have. You don't want to spend all day, away from your guests. You don't want guests complaining about the time the photographs take. By securing the services of a professional they should run through the timings with you and work out the most efficient route to obtain all the required images.

Friendly. Sounds obvious, sadly, even some professional wedding photographers fail at this challenge. It is far easier to get your guests correctly positioned by asking them nicely, rather than ordering them around. Getting to know the whole bridal party and both families makes it a lot easier to get natural photographs. Who wants to be told to smile all day?! A laugh and a joke, a funny story and people smile naturally.

Flexible. Having a trustworthy relationship with other wedding suppliers, such as album manufacturers means that the wedding professional can give you more options, is aware of new techniques to enhance your wedding day experience.

Guarantee. Because we have been Professional wedding photographers  for over 25 years, we can guarantee you reliability, quality, great people skills and flexible packages to suit your exact needs. There is only one reason not to choose us - Because we are fully booked. You can prevent this by having a look at our website and getting in touch to see how we can make your wedding day even better.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

The New World has been discovered

Beach weddings

Some wedding photographers think that the world is flat, some even think that the world stretches only as far as their Town, City or County Boundaries. Thats a strange perception to have in this age of the internet and Internation long haul jet flights!

Can you believe that here at portrait wedding photographers we had those same perceptions! Our target audience was within the County boundaries of Cleveland and County Durham. Then one day as I was talking to David the realisation hit! There is a big world out there, crying out for our quality of wedding photography.

UAE, Dubai weddings

Tentatively we started to spread our wings with North Yorkshire and Tyneside coming into the fold. Soon Essex, Kent and London followed suit. At this stage I think we realised the world was indeed flat! But then we thought what if the world is round? What if there are couple out there, in the new world who would love to know about us?

This is where it got strange. We were talking about possible locations with Europe, when I got a call from a local lady who is getting married in Florence, Italy, next year! This thinking can be dangerously productive! A few days later David got a call from an ex-pat who was living out in Italy with her Ferrari F1 engineer finacee. The following week David got another call confirming that we were needed to photograph a wedding in America. Here another link became apparent - because the wedding in Indianapolis, Indiana was for an Indy car driver and his wife. WOW.

So now, one week after our wedding in USA we are fully aware that the world is indeed round, and we have discovered the New World too.
Sunshine Weddings USA

As wedding photographers we are not stuck to one UK Town or County. Should you be hosting your wedding anywhere in the world, please do consider having portrait wedding photogrpahers there to capture all the love, all the emotion. And then to present those to you in a stunning album, so that you can remember, re-live and re-love those emotions over and over again.

As you can imagine, with our growing reputation, it is most important that you contact us as soon as possible to ensure that your wedding date is safeguarded. You can do that via email:

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Mansion House, Jesmond, Newcastle

The Mansion House

Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Having have the delight of photographing many weddings here over the years, we took this opportunity to shoot a little video blog. If you are hosting your wedding celebratins here do please watch the video for a special discount code! Oh, and we woul dlove it if you gave the video a thumbs up.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

The Danger Zone and How to Stay Out of Trouble

The "Danger Zone", I thought this was a blog about wedding photography! Well, of course it is. And although a bit dramatic, we wanted to give all you brides, grooms and other interested parties some advice.

What is the Danger Zone, Duncan?

I'm glad you asked. The Danger Zone is an area of wedding photography where you must proceed with caution, and double check the credentials of the photographer you book. This area lies between £0 and £700. Couples booking a photographer offering a price in this region must be alert to any danger signs.

We are not saying that all, or even most photographers whose price lists include a package in this price range are dodgy, but the fact is SOME of them are. Infact here at portrait wedding photographers, we (dependant upon season) have packages in this price region.

Why do we have to be careful?

Many photographers, I use this term losely, when starting out, offer most of their services in this price range. Everyone has to start somewhere and wedding photography is a great profession to be in. But there is so much more to it than being able to take a nice picture. Number 1 skill is being able to relate, and build relationships with the wedding party. You have to be naturally outgoing and jolly! Ask a groom to smile more than 3 times and you are likely to get a deserved punch on the nose. There are way to make people smile, without actually asking them to do it!

Equipment: Having one camera is dangerous! Our photographers usually take 3 along to a wedding, 2 flash guns, spare memory cards, spare batteries. We even have a spare photographer!

But my friend booked a new photographer with one camera and got some good photos:

We're not saying dont book a photographer if you have a budget up to £700, just be careful. Weigh up the risks against the cost advantages. Is it worth the risk of losing all your pictures if the camera fails, or that photographer is ill or has to work over time?

What should I look out for?

1. Is the photographer full time? Try calling at different times of day. Is there only a mobile number?
2. Consultation. Ask to see 5 or 6 sample albums, and ask if it is their own work - while looking in their eyes!
3. For Gods Sake do not pay with cash! You're only chance of getting any money back, should something go wrong is to pay with a debit or credit card.
4. Is the material they send you professional, if you get a letter and price list, folded in 3 and stuck in a small envelope with a second class stamp on it, what does that tell you?
5. Ask them what systems they have in place should anything go wrong with their equipment on the day, or with the images on the memory cards/computer.

If you are satisfied with their answers and you get along with them, part with your booking fee and make sure you get a written receipt!

There is an Easy Way:

Our photographers are full time, you can call us anytime between 8 and 8. We have landline numbers and mobile numbers. At the consultation, we usually take along 7 or 8 different albums and even a slideshow on a tablet PC. You can pay by cash, cheque, or debit/credit card. Our information is handed to you in an A4 sized glossy folder and it is printed on heavy weight glossy paper too. We have spare equipment on the day and as soon as possible your precious images are backed up on computer, external hard drives and DVDs.

Contact Us:
Tyneside: 0191 499 0096
Durham: 01325 244 796
Teesside: 01642 699 018
North Yorkshire: 01904 360 251
Europe & USA Enquiries: +44 1429 282 724
Home Counties: 020 3292 0632
Mobile 1: 07795 681 507
Mobile 2: 07980 412 752

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Rushpool Hall Wedding venue

Hello everyone, here we are today outside a slightly windy Rushpool Hall near Saltburn.

Because of the immense popularity of our photographers with brides worldwide, you can imagine that our schedule gets filled up rather quickly. We recommend that you contact us as soon as possible for additional information or to request a consultation. Getting in first gives you the best guarantee of securing the best wedding photographer for your Rushpool Hall Wedding.

: 07795 681 507
David: 07980 412 752




Tuesday, 4 October 2011

QR Codes???

If you believe all the hype, apparently most of us will be accessing  the internet, through mobile devices in the future. One of the "things" that might help us access certain web pages is the QR code. A bit like a bar code, but if you have a smart phone and an app that reads these codes, the simple act of scanning can take you - as in the code above to our facbook page. Or if you were to scan the one below, our main website:

So in a nutshell thats what a QR code is. They can also be used to generate mobile numbers, texts, etc.

Should you find your way to our facebook wedding photography page via a QR code or other more convential link, it would be great if you added a comment and liked. Cheers for now.!/pages/Wedding-Photographers/165183700160077

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Gisborough Hall video blog

Always a pleasure to capture a couples love story, right here at Gisborough Hall

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Redworth Hall, Darlington Wedding

Just a few finalised wedding photos taken on location at Redworth Hall near Darlington. Which one is your favorite? 
Relaxed bride with her husband at Redworth Hal
Relaxing Bride at Redworth Hall, Darlington

Redworth Hall beautiful bride sits in window
Beautiful Bride at Redworth Hall

Redworth Hall first dance
Shall we dance?

Redworth Hall couple have the dance moves
Ta Dah! Someones been practising

twirl at Redworth Hall

Happy together, newly weds, darlington
Happy Together

HDR bride on wall - Redworth Hall
Redworth Hall, Darlington - HDR bride on wall

Perfect bride with beautiful eyes
Brides beautiful eyes

Dance with me til the sun goes down
Dance with me 'til the sun goes down

Shadows from Redworth Hall window
Shadow cause patterns on brides dress

Redworth Hall stunning wedding photo
Penny for your thoughts
is a Darlington wedding photographer and qualified as a master photographer in 2005. With a reputation that is now International his talents are in great demand. As a local photographer to Redworth Hall Duncan has a not to be missed offer.

Two top wedding photographers, full wedding coverage and a minimum 400 images for just £695. Please call 07795681507 and quote "Redworth Hall 695 Special", do it now before it's too late!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Stock Brook Manor, Billericay, Essex

Stockbrook Manor, Essex Wedding Venue

Stockbrook Manor view over the golf course
View over the golf course

Stock brook manor dressed for a wedding
Beautiful venue to host your wedding

Stockbrook manor from the car park
Stockbrook Manor

Panorama of Stockbrook manor, Essex
Stackbrook manor panorama in HDR

Stock Brook Manor near Billericay is a fantastic venue in which to hold your Essex wedding day celebrations. As full time professional photographers we would be delighted to offer you a quote for your bespoke, tailor made wedding photography package. Our local photographers are David Howard and contactable on 07980 412 752 or

Saturday, 10 September 2011

De Rougemont Manor, Essex

De Rougemont Manor, superb wedding venue in Essex

De Rougemont Manor, Essex HDR  Panorama

Delightful De Rougemont Manor
Delightful De Rougemont Manor

Fantastic Essex wedding venue

De Rougemont Manor is a large wedding venue in Essex, it even has its own outdoor swimming pool and beautiful garden in which to take fantastic, wedding photos. Check out more photos and a video blog on our  website

and David our two top wedding photographers have agreed on an unbeatable package for couples getting married at De Rougemont Manor:

Two experienced wedding photographers, full wedding coverage and a guarantee of at least 400 wedding photo's. All this quality for the amazing wedding photography price of just £725. To take full advantage of this rate and to confirm availability before booking your Essex wedding, call David on 07980 412 752

Thursday, 8 September 2011

The Lawn - Wedding Venue in Essex

The Lawn wedding venue Essex

The Lawns Essex wedding venue

Here are two photographs of the Lawn a beautiful wedding venue in Essex. and David are top wedding photographers with an International portfolio we have a very good offer for couples who have decided to get married here at the Lawn, Essex:

Get all the action and angles with two top wedding photographers. Add to that full wedding coverage and you are guaranteed a minimum of 400 images. That's lots of detail and every emotion captured for you.
Just £725

This amazing offer is subject to availability, as you can imagine it is extremely popular so in order to check availability and book please call David on 07980 412 752 Email

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Couple on bridge over looking waterfall at Judges Hotel

Wedding photograph taken at Judges Hotel, Kirlevington near Yarm in North Yorkshire.

The resolution of the original photographs we take is so good that we can make out individual bubbles in the stream, caused by the waterfall.

If you expect the best, call portrait wedding photographers today and we would gladly quote for your wedding photography

is available on 07795681507

Monday, 22 August 2011

Panorama of Judges Hotel near Yarm

In this 3 shot, 3 exposure blending  HDR photograph of Judges Hotel near Yarm, UK. of Portrait Wedding Photographers shows just one reason why his skills are in so much demand. 27 years of professional wedding photography experience has expanded his portfolio across the UK, Europe and USA.
Judges is one of those places that makes beautiful wedding photography a pleasure. For this reason there is now a fantastic offer for couples who choose to get married here at Judges near Yarm.
1. A Free no obligation engagement or pre wedding photo shoot at Judges.
2. Two professional wedding photographers.
3. Full Wedding coverage.
4. Minimum guarantee of 400 images.
5. Free internet hosting of proof images.
All this for the unbeatable wedding photography price of £695
To take advantage of this offer and to check availability please call Duncan on 07795 681 507 today, because at this price dates are going fast

Friday, 19 August 2011

Rockliffe Hall

Rockliffe Hall near Darlington - a short video introduction by Duncan Malloch of portrait wedding photographers. They are a wedding photography specialists company who cover the whole UK and Europe, head office is in Darlington. Email

The George Hotel at Piercebridge, Darlington

Video Introduction from the George at Piercebridge, a fantastic wedding venue on the banks of the river Tees, near Darlington.
If you choose to get married here, or host your wedding reception, Portrait Wedding Photographers would be delighted to give you a quote for your wedding stills photography.
Duncan Malloch is a local Darlington wedding photographer and has shot many weddings here at the George Hotel. One of it's most attractive features is it's location. Beautifully perched on the banks of the river Tees, wedding photography here can be stunning. This wedding venue is also located just minutes away from our Darlington base. For this reason, and because we love it so much we have decide to make you an offer you will find hard to refuse:
Your Darlington wedding photography package for the George Hotel:
2 experienced wedding photographers
Full wedding coverage
Guaranteed minimum of 400 images
Free web hosting of all your proof images online

All this quality for the budget wedding photography price of £695

To book call your local wedding photographer in Darlington 01325 244796 or 07795 681507
Inquiries dealt with swiftly at

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Walworth Castle

video blog from walworth Castle near Darlington

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Orsett Hall, Essex

If you live in Essex and are thinking of getting married, then ckeck out Orsett Hall. Its a fantastic wedding venue. One which can only be made better by using a local photogrpaher from

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Monday, 20 June 2011

Choose top 6


Choose top 6, a set on Flickr.

please go toour flickr page and choose your top 6 from the photographs posted in that group