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  • Fiona Bielby (Anoif Photography)

What a great year 2018 has been!

Firstly, Happy New Year to all of the lovely people I’ve worked with over the last year and to them that I’m looking forwards to getting to know a little better this one.

When people say a lot can happen in a year… At the beginning of 2018 I dropped a day at work -and was worried about doing so- in order for me to spend more time doing photography. Now at the end of the year, I’ve reluctantly (I loved working at the school) given up my day job as a teaching assistant to go full time as a photographer, my dream job from being waist high. This is the beginning of an exciting journey and I feel honoured and extremely lucky to be wearing these shoes right now.

Over the last year: I have met heaps wonderful people-some I’ve even come to call friends; I’ve photographed 22 wonderful and unique weddings; I’ve watched and captured small and big families giving them memories to treasure and I’ve worked with some super, small, local business’. It's now come to the time in the year when I take a moment to stop, to look over and reflect on all of the thousands of images that I've taken over the last 12 months. There have been so many beautiful moments I've shared and captured with different people, it's made it a near impossible task to choose. But I know when you shoot anything, a wedding, a family or newborn session, there is always the expectation or the 'formal' or 'portrait' shots, I get it, these are to ones you will be able to print and wrap up as a gift to give to the Grandparents or the guests. These shots though, are not the ones I strive to get on your day, the ones I aim for and the ones that I love are the ones you don't always know I taking on the 'formal' shot when I tell you to take a moment together and forget about me and my camera being near you. So Although I have chosen the odd formal one or portrait, you will get a taste here of my favourites...

That look.

That touch.

The Bride told me afterwards that this was her favourite part of the day, she was so pleased it had been captured.

My nephew's Christening, I love the look of his face. A memory for him.

All Abbie wanted were some photos of her, her husband and her daughter altogether, this is where her husband chops and stores their logs, because it so personal to them, it's more precious.

So 22 weddings during one of the best summers we’ve seen in years and each one unique? It’s true, it’s an incredible thing really that when each time a couple contacts you with their plans for their day that they can be so different. There have been weddings: in fields, at a lavender farm, on top of a fell in the Yorkshire Dales and in numerous period building, wedding venues. Every couple have their different backgrounds and traditions which helps make their day, their day, plus keeps my job fascinating.

An intermit ceremony at The Start Inn
A beautiful bouquet
These two planned their day in a matter of weeks!
We could resist stopping off on the way back to the venue.
The rings, in the first book he bought her.
A sneak peek in to their place.

Group shot fun!
There's love in her eyes.
A fun bridal party snap.
The rings
Smile kids!
Wedding day, family time.
The Grooms speech...

The bride told me that this was one of her favourite photos of their day, because she love listening to the Bestman talking about his adventures with her new husband.

As if this isn’t good enough I’ve had a wedding featured on the wedding blog, ‘Brides up North,’ I’ve also had chance to cruise around the countryside in vintage cars and I’ve photographed one of my best friends engagements in the Bahamas of all places. A year and a half for sure.

We're engaged!

These two get married this year in Tuscany, I'm excited to say they've chosen me to capture the day!!

What a stunning place for an engagement shoot...

Two from the wedding I got featured, which just so happened to be my cousin's, double whammy!

So what does 2019 have to come?? There are a few things in the diary; I’m excited to work with you lovelies who have already booked with me for your day and I know we have loads of fun stuff to talk over before the event. I’ll also be attending The SNAP FESTIVAL for the first time where hopefully I’ll learn so–so much more about the trade, listen to inspirational speakers and test new skills, other photographers have described this event as life changing, so forgive me for squealing!

Please be aware that dates are filling quickly for 2019, so if you have just popped the question or have just said I do, please don’t waste time, get in touch as soon as you can so we can start share your ideas for your day.

Prices are on my website:

Venues Shot at:

The Talbot, Malton

Burythorpe House, Burrythorpe

The Star Inn, Harome

George and Dragon, Kirbymoorside

The Fairfax Arms, Gilling East

The Morris Hotel, Greta Bridge

The Sheep field (in Terrington :) )

On top of a fell above Settle

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