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James Farley
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Photographer, Music Nerd, Expert Brew Maker, Black Belt Procrastinator
Photographer, Music Nerd, Expert Brew Maker, Black Belt Procrastinator

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After travelling to several countries in 2015, we always knew 2016 was going to involve much less travel due to expecting our first child in May, so took an early holiday and visited the Lake District for a week in January, not as glamorous maybe as some destinations last year, but turned out to be hugely enjoyable despite the snow!

First evening was spent near Ullswater lake, staying at the lovely Macdonald Leeming House. We were only one of three couples staying at the hotel, many put off by reports in the media of widespread flooding in the area, which was clear as we travelled across the county, but not anywhere near enough to warrant staying away, Cumbria is very much open!

We then spent the day travelling across the north of the Lake District, Keswick, Thirlmere, Penrith, Bassenthwaite among others, all stunning and completely devoid of the usual tourist crowd you would expect in the Summer months.

Then it was on to stay at +Center Parcs UK for the rest of the week, I’d never been to one of these resorts before so wasn’t really sure what to expect. Other than getting lost finding my way back to lodge after parking the car it was a very relaxing stay, plenty to do, or not, taking it easy was very welcome, as was the day spent in the very modern Spa!

The snow arrived in Cumbria on our second day, overnight completely transforming the area and thankfully stopped again by the morning, just before the roads became too dangerous to travel on, so we then spent a day touring the Lakes once again, beautiful scenes everywhere we went.

Here is a selection of photographs from the week, more to come soon including several drone shots and some aerial photo spheres.

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A lovely evening walk round West Kirby Marine Lake with the family, and an ideal opportunity to try the new +DJI Phantom 4 that arrived the previous day.

Set on the very tip of the Wirral Peninsula with stunning views of the Welsh Hills and the Dee Estuary, this artificial saltwater lake is fast becoming a top tourist destination. It is 52 acres in size, 5 foot deep and totally enclosed, making it an exceptionally safe facility.

The Lake is home to the Wirral Sailing School, which offers courses in sailing, windsurfing and canoeing, making it the ideal place to indulge your adventurous side. The less energetic can also enjoy West Kirby’s Marine Lake by taking a leisurely stroll around the border of the lake or along the stretch of beach from West Kirby to Red Rocks at Hoylake.

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I’d first met Sarah & Kris sometime back in 2015 after they had found me online when searching for photographs of Iceland which I had visited earlier that year. We met up in Oddfellows in Chester to discuss their wedding plans and instantly clicked, I knew it was going to be a brilliant day and it didn’t disappoint.

The engagement shoot can be seen here

Starting off at the lovely holiday rental house in the City centre for the Bridal party getting ready which was unusually relaxed and calm before then heading off on the short walk to Chester Town Hall for the ceremony.

We then finished the day at Eccleston Village Hall for the reception, a lovely venue in one of the quieter suburbs of Chester.

Brilliant day from start to finish and so pleased to have played a small part in the day.

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I’m fortunate to be local enough to have become a regular to the Zoo, usually though for the animals, this was my first wedding at +Chester Zoo to see Rachel & David become husband & wife. Lovely day all round, gloriously warm, brilliant setting at Oakfield House within the grounds of the Zoo, and spoilt for choice afterwards for photographs of the Wedding party as we explored the grounds.

Although only a shorter session than normal, still managed to get some great photographs of all involved, who were once again a great bunch of family & friends. Below is a selection of some of my favourites.

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A beautiful summers day at +Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa on the outskirts of Chester for the wedding of Jo & Mark, my second time at Crabwall Manor after photographing Melanie getting ready for her wedding in the bridal suite a few years earlier, this was the first wedding though for me at the hotel and it went superbly.

Staff were brilliant, really helpful, even accommodating me asking them politely if they could move a bunch of chairs in order that I could get to back of ceremony as it was underway, nothing too much trouble.

Great day with a fantastic bunch of people, what more could you ask for!
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