The 2017 Round-Up: Wonderful Weddings


Right, well, where the heck do I start here? This year’s weddings have been, in a word, spectacular. I’ve photographed wedfests, funfairs, snow, unicorns riding on dodgems, big hounds, little hounds, alpacas, tears, giggles and more beautiful people than I could ever possibly have imagined. Thank you SO, SO MUCH to all of my incredible clients this year, it really has been an absolute joy working with you. After an awful end to 2016 for my family, this year could have been a particularly difficult one for me – but you guys have helped put my heart back together in the most wonderful way. With everything I have, thank you.

Now, to the photos! (If you’re a Spotify user, I’m going to go right ahead and recommend you pop this playlist of loveliness/pure cheese on while you’re browsing.)


The wedding location and detail game was pretty excellent again this year. I travelled all over the UK and, I’ll not lie, delighted at all the northern & nerdy details. Ten points, couples!


Dogs at weddings was a much-welcomed theme again:


And this year I got to play with goats and alpacas too! Oh my days, it was amazing. Here’s what beautiful Charlie & Steve looked like surrounded by their new pals:


Annnnd here’s what was going on behind the scenes (big thanks to Sam Houghton for these!):

My couples were bloody gorgeous and I love them forever for humouring me as I played with prisms and fairy lights and hid behind bushes and othersuch madness:

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The way you all looked at your loved ones melted my heart on more than one occasion:

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And we had a whole lot of fun too. Y’know, in between the emotional carnage:

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I think we can safely establish that these guys all had an absolute whale of a time:

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The force was strong in the ol’ group photo antics:

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(Pose level: HEROIC.)

I turned into a soppy whatsit every time this happened:

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Annnnd what’s left? Oh. Oh I know.

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Thank you so much again to all the lovely folk at this year’s weddings; couples, guests, venue staff, suppliers and all – I hope you know how much you, along with my wonderful second-shooters, brightened up my year. Huge love to the lot of you!

If you’re getting hitched in 2018/19 and like what you see, get in touch! If you’re getting wed in Derbyshire / South Yorkshire, I’ll even give you 15% off the full-day package. ***If you’re eloping or having a tiny intimate ceremony and would like to arrange some custom hours, I would especially love to hear from you! Give me a shout here for some special rates.***

All the very best for 2018,

Elly xxx

The 2016 Round-Up: Music & Portraits & Things

Seeing as I went ahead and did an absolutely mammoth wedding round-up blog for this year, it only seemed right and fair to show you a few of my favourites from my various other photo & design adventures.

This year has been a brilliant year of tinkering. It’s been a year of working with lots of awesome clients who trust you implicitly to go a bit rogue and get your creative on and ohmygosh I love them for it. (Y’know, the kind of folk who don’t bat an eyelid when you’re running around using a pint glass / coloured knitting needles / trees as a creative filter. Those ones.) I’ve travelled all over, fallen in love with SNAP Photography Festival, painted faces and had far too much fun running around with some of my favourite photographers and musicians.

Now, with no further ado, here we go…

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EP design for the lovely Emily Mae Winters, followed later in the year by an album shoot which may have involved a paddling pool. In November. Go check out her Facebook page for album updates!


Promo photos around Kelham Island for musician / composer extraordinaire Jack McNeill.


A portrait session in Liverpool with the wonderful Eleanor Rees.


Photoshoot adventures around Stannington / Dungworth with Jack Rutter. Keep an eye out on Jack’s page for more from this session!


That time beautiful Heidi Talbot invited me up to Scotland to take photos for her new album “Here We Go 1, 2, 3” around the spectacular Glen House Estate.


Promo session for Coven (featuring Lady Maisery, Belinda O’Hooley & Tidow and Grace Petrie).


Epic Shakespeare-themed portrait adventures with The Company Of Players.

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Photography and artwork for Kirsty Bromley‘s new EP “Absent Mother”.


That time we ran riot at CADS Sheffield with vast volumes of vintage and steampunk wonderfulness for the Steamchicken album photoshoot.


Portrait adventures in the woods with electroacoustic genius Vanessa Massera.


Tinkerings with prisms and a video light for the rather marvellous Ollie King‘s upcoming new album “Diffractions”.

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Album photography and design for Son Of John‘s debut album “Autumn’s Hymn”.


Portrait session for the mega gorgeous Phoebe Eley above the Longshaw Estate, Derbyshire.


That time I popped over to Bergen, Norway, with Jamie Sia Photography to wear beautiful dresses by Luna Organics and take a few snaps of our other lovely models Jess Johnston and Eric Odeen.


The time I ran around as an official snapper (super fit low-vis blue tabard and all) at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. If you’re looking for an awesome music festival to take your family to (or just to go to for funsies!) I can’t recommend this one enough.


Creative photoshoot adventures for the brilliant Will Pound & Eddy Jay‘s new album “Ignite”, featuring a painting by Will’s brother, Steve Pound.


Bellowhead‘s new live album (recorded by my genius old housemate Andy Bell) came out, so you finally get to see the snaps I took for it at their Manchester 02 Apollo gig last year. Poot poot!


Promo snaps for melodeon marvel Mel Biggs, complete with multicoloured knitting needle filter. Obvs. (I may have squeaked with happiness a bit.)


That time I did a photoshoot for Weleda‘s beautiful new gift range for their Christmas catalogue. In September. Christmas music and fairy lights may have featured heavily.


The time it snowed and Shelley Richmond and I decided to frolic around in tulle skirts in the Peak District.


When SNAP Photography Festival was everything I hoped it would be and more. Photographers, if you want to join one of the best communities of creative folk in the known universe, go give the SNAP website a visit!


…and that, dear readers, was 2016! Thank you to all of my incredible clients and peers, and to all of you for your kind support.

Love to the lot of you,

E x

The 2016 Round-Up: EPIC Weddings

Right, where the hell do I start with this then? 2016 was an AMAZING year for weddings, there’s no other word for it. My clients were infallibly wonderful, I got to travel all over the shop and my second shooters have been absolute diamonds. I’m going to go ahead and inform you straight away that the force was not strong in this one during my attempts to cull the photo selection for this blog. My expression was, in fact, remarkably similar to this little lady:


…right up until I decided to just give in and go wild and just show you as many snaps as I darn well pleased. While I’m not actually sorry because this blog is now stacked with adorableness, you may want to grab yourself a brew and settle in. (Oh, and if you’re a Spotify user, I’m going to recommend you pop this playlist of loveliness on too.)

Ready? Let’s GO.


As well as getting to shoot at some brilliant local venues in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire this year (Wortley Hall, Wentworth Castle and Newton Solney Barns to name a few), my travels have taken me everywhere from Orkney to Windermere to Paris and beyond! I’ve been rendered absolutely speechless by the beauty not only of the places I’ve had the privilege of snapping, but of the people I’ve encountered along the way too.


There were some excellent prep moments:


The details were next level:


There were a few strokes of pure genius, including these little picnic crates as the wedding breakfast, a hangover kit for the bridal party, tables sorted into Hogwarts houses and – oh happiest of days – a tea bar!


The flowers were magic:


There were some stellar staircase moments:


And my couples were all so gorgeous that it made me giddy. Photographing people in love = quite possibly the best job in the world.


Dogs at weddings was a glorious, glorious thing:


I had far too much fun with group photos:


I lost count of the number of times my heart melted:


The confetti game was strong:


The speech reactions were genius:


The victory stance was a recurring theme:


…and have I mentioned how SPECTACULAR the wedding games were this year yet? Oh my. Oh my life. Groomsmen challenges, rounders, sack races, bingo, space hoppers and beyond. Just look at this:


FINALLY, it only seems fitting to end a wedding blog with some classic dance floor antics. We’re talking everything from the macarena to ceilidh dancing, air guitar-ing to being hoisted into the air on chairs. 2016 couples, you guys had some serious moves:


And there you have it! 2016 in a photographic nutshell. Thank you so much to all of my gorgeous clients from this year, I can’t tell you what a delight it’s been and I wish you all the very best for the new year and beyond. Additional thanks must go to my wonderful second-shooters this year (Sam Houghton, Helen Smiddy, Liz Wan, Louise Pawson, Louise Bichan, Daniel Naylor and Kim Gribbon) and to all of the lovely suppliers and venues I’ve worked with over the year, you guys are the bee’s knees.

If you’re getting hitched in 2017 and like what you see, get in touch! Lots more info, package deals and more, can be found on my website.

If you know someone who’s getting hitched in 2017 and might like my work, sharing this blog with them could win you a free couple photoshoot! If I get a booking which cites you as the source of the referral, I’ll send you a nice little couple photoshoot voucher to say thank you. This offer is valid until April 1st 2017. Enjoy!

Huge love and best wishes to you all,

E xx

That time my old school pals got hitched avec Harry Potter decor and it was amazing.

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“Elly, we cannot thank you enough for your amazingly hard work photographing our wedding day. You were a delight to deal with from day-one, and completely got on board with our theme and the atmosphere that we wanted to create, and we’re so thankful for your enthusiasm! Yourself and Helen were a lovely, calming presence on the day but were never ‘in the way’ or overbearing, and you let us relax and enjoy our day which was so important to us. And the photos you’ve produced are insanely beautiful, you managed to make an awkward, not-very-photogenic couple look pretty decent! They capture the lovely moments perfectly, we cannot stop looking at them and reminiscing about the day. You worked so so hard, and we can’t tell you how grateful for the beautiful keepsakes that you’ve given us.”


There’s something particularly lovely about getting to snap the wedding of some of your old school pals. There’s something even lovelier about getting to snap the wedding of old school pals who love the Harry Potter books as much as you do and they include that love in the decor theme to the extent that it causes you to squeak and clap like the happiest seal at literally every detail. I’ve decided I’m not actually going to blabber on too much at the start of this blog because it might ruin the (GLORIOUS) surprises, but – seriously – if you’re a Potter fan, grab a butterbeer and keep reading / prepare to happy cry.

Mr & Mrs Hathaway, I salute you both, you spectacular humans.

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“…but Elly, there’s no sign of any Harry Potter wonderfulness yet!”

BOOM! Hogwarts house seating plan and co-ordinating house colour table decor, anyone?

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While you’re hyperventilating with joy, we’ll take a brief break from the Potter theme and dive straight back in to some more general gorgeousness. Ready?

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Personalised tea as favours = actual wizardry.

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In case you’re wondering, this venue is the Donnington Park Farmhouse in Castle Donnington, Derbyshire and it technically just qualifies for my 15% locals’ discount. Juuust so you know.

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One super adorable ceremony (avec delightful English popular literature-themed reading) later, I stole the new Mr & Mrs away for some nice couple portraits.

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate the dress and suit game here? Oh my ♥

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How beautiful is that barn setup?! If these details weren’t enough for you, WATCH OUT POTTER FANS, one of my all time favourite sweet cart setups was being put into action whilst dinner was happening. Take a deep breath, guys, and prepare to swoon slightly.

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YES, THAT’S A HARRY POTTER THEMED SWEET CART. BE STILL, MY BEATING HEART. I’ll not lie, I took far more photos of this than was strictly necessary. Massive shout out to the lovely Simply Sweet – Sweet Cart Hire for their work putting this together, it looked amazing!

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One veritable confetti explosion later and it was party time. I tell you now, these guys had some moves. How perfect is the Donnington Park Farmhouse barn for the Potter theme party too?!

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Whew, what a day!!! Big thanks to the brilliant Helen Smiddy for being my second shooter here and to the ace staff at Donnington Park Farmhouse for looking after us.

And finally, to finish: Huge congratulations again, lovely Amy and Ross, and thank you for asking me along to capture things for you! It really was, absolutely genuinely, magic.

E x


If you like what you see and would potentially like me to cover your big day, get in touch! See my website for an extended portfolio, pricing and contact details:


She spoke to the birds and they sang in return.


So here’s a shoot I’ve been meaning to blog for AGES. I was delighted when the phenomenal Kate in the Kettle got in touch about doing a little creative collaboration, especially when she turned up with what I can only describe as the props box of dreams. (It’s entirely possible that I squeaked and clapped like a seal when that appeared out of the car. Not even going to deny it.) This was a shoot with an awesome amount of creative freedom, featuring everything from fairy doors to giant origami to hair floristry and beyond, and my goodness it was fun!

As well as procuring a few props, Kate and I both decided to make a couple of things to feature in this photoshoot. Kate created these incredible critters:


And I decided to put together a tiny bird’s house for Kate to wear on her head. Because, well, why the heck not?


Hair and make-up was done by myself and the images were edited using a combination of Photoshop and Alien Skin Exposure for that extra film-like colour grade. The location was a lovely bit of woodland out towards Dungworth, Sheffield, and all of the images were shot using a 50mm prime lens on a Canon 5DmkIII.


If you haven’t heard Kate’s beautiful, otherwordly brand of music before, be sure to go treat your ears to her Bandcamp page.


Creative collaborations = good for the soul. It’s such a delight working with folk who dive into wild visual ideas with both feet and get as giddy about them as you do.


For more info and updates about Kate’s various projects, head on over to her Facebook page and the Songs of Separation website. If you like what you hear, you could even help Kate record her new album! She’ll be posting little bits of new exciting videos and songs over on Patreon and, for whatever you can manage to contribute, you’ll be able to access the posts and help her create the new album all at the same time. Magic stuff.

Until next time,

E x

Peak District Adventures: Episodes 1-6

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So here’s a thing: Being a self-employed photographer can sometimes feel a bit like you’re socially bi-polar. The chances are you’ve either got your best extroverted, socially capable face on while you’re dashing around snapping beautiful weddings / festivals / bands / whatever your bag is or you are, quite probably, sat on your tod in the photographic equivalent of the bat cave. Possibly with the curtains closed if it’s mega sunny so it doesn’t screw with your white-balance perception. (Not even kidding.) As you can imagine, this can get a wee bit intense during particularly busy times of the year and it can be mighty difficult to talk about it to anyone who works outside the scene: to the vast majority of people we’re doing our freakin’ dream job. Which we are. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a serious labour of love sometimes, right?

…and that’s where the Peak District Adventures came in. Originally these began as an excuse for a load of lovely internet acquaintances to meet up ahead of going to the awesome Snap Photography Festival together, but we ended up having so much fun at the first one that the brilliant Will Fuller Photography and I took it upon ourselves to try and organise one every month or so. Turns out that fresh air + actual proper daylight + beautiful scenery + good company = much happier photographers. Who knew?! (Imagine drinks or dinner after work but with extra vitamin D and a whole load of cameras / general nerdery. Chuffing marvellous.)

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Having a support network of people around you who understand the scene you work in is one of the best things you can possibly have. Don’t get me wrong here, I absolutely adore all of my friends and family outside of the circles I work in, but having people who can truly empathise and advise, who you trust implicitly to cover for you in an emergency and have your back when things are difficult – there’s nothing quite like it. Find your tribe and love ’em like crazy, this world is so much better when we support each other instead of competing all the time.

Now, to the photos!


EPISODE I: Longshaw Estate, Dec ’15

That time we nearly got blown away on the moors but it was super pretty and we got pie at the pub. Oh hell yes.

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Photographers: Will Fuller, Becky Kelly, Louise Pawson (Fox Tail Photography)



EPISODE II: Mam Tor, Jan ’16

That time we went on a slightly longer walk than anticipated and realised how terribly unfit we were after Christmas buuut it was still amazing. Just look at all that atmosphere. Phwoargh. 



Photographers: Will Fuller, Andy Wardle


EPISODE III: Stanton Moor, Feb ’16

That time we nearly died of shock when the weather was perfect and we discovered that I’m quite probably allergic to silver birch pollen? I may have ended up with zero mascara left on my face and red zombie eyes, but my goodness it was worth it.

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Photographers: Jamie Sia, Steve Bridgwood, Shelley Richmond, Will Fuller

This particular adventure marked the serious upping of selfie game. Check out these total beauts by Will & Jamie!



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EPISODE IV: Black Rocks, Derbyshire, Mar ’16

That time we had the biggest number of adventurers yet and threw shapes on a big ol’ rock face. We even managed to tag a little portrait session onto the end!

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Photographers: Jamie SiaShelley Richmond, Will Fuller, Jaye & Matt Cole, Aimee Catt, Amy-Rose Deffley, Chris Bunce

The selfie game continued:


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EPISODE V: …was the adventure around Dovedale that I unfortunately ultimately couldn’t make. Go check out Jamie & Will’s pages to see the snaps from this! They were joined by the awesome Liz Wan and Tim Dunk for this one too.


EPISODE VI: Derwent Reservoir, Aug ’16

The time we hiked around Derwent Reservoir and found a lizard and I did my best Julie Andrews impression. Sunshine and a random dust storm and photos in a beautiful bracken wood may also have featured…

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I think we can establish that Louise of Fox Tail Photography is, indeed, a total fox. (Thank you for letting me take a few snaps, lovely lady!)

Photographers: Will FullerLouise Pawson (Fox Tail Photography), Katie & James FaircloughTim Dunk


And there we are, officially up to date with adventures! It’s been so lovely seeing how our little Peaks community has grown as we’ve gone along, so thank you so much to everyone who’s joined us over the last few months. Make sure you check out all of the photographer links above, they’ll make your eyes / heart happy.

Love to the lot of you,

E x


P.S. If you’re a photographer and you fancy getting to know an incredible group of people (not that I’m biased at all) then do check out Snap Photography Festival – tickets are officially on sale right now!

From gardens to mountains: the Glasgow adventures.

So, around this time last year I popped up North to visit my lovely pal Louise Bichan, AKA my Scottish twin / sister from another mister / one of my absolute favourite humans ever. Seeing as she’s currently on the train down this way for our next set of adventures and I’m IMPOSSIBLY EXCITED, I figured I’d finally get my butt into gear and blog up what on earth we got up to the last time. Nostalgia trip, here we go!

There were two main photo adventures last time I headed up to Glasgow, the first of which involved Lou and I dolling up to the nines and bewildering many a hiker as we trekked out into the Kilpatrick hills in posh frocks and walking boots. I can’t actually find the right words to describe how beautiful it was to be up there in the fresh air and sunlight, watching the colours change as the sun set behind the distant mountains, so I’m just going to go right ahead and show you instead:


TOTAL BABE, right?! Incidentally, if you like beautiful instrumental music avec samples and synths, go check out her incredible new album, called “Out Of My Own Light“.


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Smiley happy “thank goodness we made it off the hill before it got dark” faces.

Should you be interested in exploring the above location for yourself, just make sure you’re sensibly attired and take some water / snacks etc! It’s a lovely walk to get there (the rock formation itself is called “The Whangie”) but do be prepared. It’s worth the hike just to take in all of the incredible colours and textures, and the view out towards Loch Lomond and the Highlands is nothing shy of awesome. Highly recommended.

The next day we opted for a slightly shorter walk, pottering around in the luminously colourful Glasgow Botanic Gardens. The rhododendrons were out in force and the heat was nothing shy of intense. Ice lollies were consumed and the grass was lazed upon, buuut not before we’d taken a few squillion snaps between us…


^^^ How much does this abandoned subway station from above look like something straight out of a Studio Ghibli film?! So very Spirited Away, right…? (If you’re not familiar with this wonderful animation studio, some of their finest pieces are being played in selected cinemas again this year! Check it out.)




Yep, that was a lovely day. If you fancy seeing some of Louise’s snaps of me, go check out her website and Facebook page!

Right, I better get packing for our next adventure. If you fancy a few sneak peeks of our travels around France before the official photos come out (or you’d just like to see more of our work in general), come and say hello on social media! Handy links right here:

Instagram: @elly_lucas / @lbichan

Facebook: Elly Lucas Photography / E.L – Hitched / Louise Bichan

Twitter: @ellylucas / @louisebichan

Until next time,

E x