Geoff Kirby Photography

Geoff Kirby Photography

Some of Geoff’s favourite images from the past year.


The Defining Moment

The Defining Moment

by Massey Photography

The art and the beauty of photography, and surely the aim of every photographer, is to perfectly capture and freeze a moment in time. This moment is very often fleeting and may not even be possible to experience with the naked eye. Bresson, one of the 20th Century greatest photographers, called this the “defining moment”, a moment that is captured and composed beautifully and exposed perfectly. Weddings, by their very nature, have many “defining moments”. I make it my aim at every wedding I shoot to capture these moments so that my bride and groom will have many memories to look back on and remember their day by.

Many of these moments will not even have been seen by themselves, or even if they have will have occurred so quickly that they may not have registered it. I have captured some incredible moments at weddings over the past few years and if I had not been there to capture them in my own unique style they would have been lost forever. I like to think that the quality of my work and my ability to consistently capture these moments helps to keep the magic of a wedding day alive for my clients to relive over the years.

There are a number of images that I particularly love that really show my ability to capture and compose these images, such as a groom wiping away a tear from his bride during the ceremony, dad’s first look at his daughter in her wedding dress, bridesmaid reactions at seeing a bride in her dress, young girl looking on with joy during the first dance, a mum crying during speeches and a flower girl yawning during ceremony. These are just a few of amongst hundreds that I could have chosen.

These images show the power of good quality photography and how essential it is, if you value outstanding photography at your wedding how important it is to have a great professional at your wedding, these images cannot be produced without professional knowledge and expertise.

Mary & Ryan’s Wedding at Prestwold Hall

Mary & Ryan’s Wedding At Prestwold Hall

Martin Neeves Photography at Prestwold Hall Leicestershire

I am pleased to share with you a small selection of photos I took last Saturday of Mary and Ryan’s wedding at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Loughborough followed by a reception at Prestwold Hall.



Black and White Wedding Photography with Paul Massey

Black And White Wedding Photography With Paul Massey

“Rich skin tones and deep blacks, great for portrait work”

I feel that black and white is particularly strong for wedding photography. It has a timeless element to it and for me will never go out of fashion. It is a real strength of mine as a photographer and I have always enjoyed working in black and white. In fact my first job in the photography industry was nearly 30 years ago in a black and white darkroom in East London. It was here that I developed my love for photography and in particular black and white work. I would process films for some of the biggest fashion photographers in the world such as Albert Watson and Nick Knight.

I know immediately with some images I shoot that they will work in black and white and there are two styles of processing my work that I really like.

If I am shooting in low light situation such as a church during the ceremony I will make these images very contrasty and grainy. These images do not have a lot of mid tone and the grainy nature of them gives a real documentary feel to the images. I also like this look when I am shooting the first dance or my signature shot of the boys smoking cigars.

The other style I love has really rich skin tones and deep blacks, great for portrait work. When I find an area that has gorgeous light coming through it I know that it is here I will be able to produce stunning portraits for my clients. When this is the case I will position my subjects in the light and just study how the light falls on them. I asses my best position and the best position for them so that I can shoot incredible work for them. These are the portraits that really stand out and for me I feel this is some of the best work I produce.

When looking at a photographer’s work really take a good look at the quality of the black and white work. Is there a full range of tones? Is there pure white and deep black in every image? If the blacks are not deep, rich images can look flat and muddy and have poor impact. This can tell you a lot about a photographers experience and technical knowledge.


This Is Why We Really Do Love Extra Special Wedding Suppliers

This Is Why We Really Do Love Extra Special Wedding Suppliers

When we say our wedding fairs are extra special….

…we really mean it! Look at these fabulous photographs from the amazing Sarah Illingworth at Mirror Imaging Photography, Nottingham, taken at our Spring Wedding Fair at Norwood Park this year. Sarah kindly captured for us a smidgen of the twenty-five plus suppliers we had exhibiting at this stunning Southwell venue. As always her photographs are a dream to receive in my inbox. You’d be crazy crackers not to get in touch with these lovely people so I’ve added links to their websites below. You will also find many of them in our Wedding Hub so find them, follow them and send them a message if you’d like to talk dates and prices. If you’ve already found your significant suppliers then simply sit back and wowser at the sheer loveliness!

Contact these suppliers

Don’t forget to mention me or Buckinghams when you call these folks – they may have something special on offer for Buckinghams brides!

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OUR NEXT WEDDING FAIR AT NORWOOD PARK IS SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2017 – if you would like advance notification of registration for this event please email EJ at x

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