Award Winning Photographers – Its Official

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Award Winning Wedding & Portrait Photographers

David & Jane Stanbury

WOOHOO!!! we have happy smiles as we have had some award success 🙂

At the recent British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP) regional awards ceremony Jane was awarded GOLD AWARD (1st Place) for her wedding photography & David received GOLD AWARDS for his Wedding Photography & his Studio Portrait Photography, in fact Jane & David received Gold AND Silver (1st & 2nd Place) in their wedding photography categories.

David’s GOLD AWARD image was taken at Mark & Rebecca’s Wedding at Knowsley Hall.Knowsley Hall has so many amazing locations for photography but this doorway is just stunning & frames the couple perfectly add to that the timeless feel of black & white and its one of our favourite images from last year.

Jane’s GOLD AWARD for Wedding Photography was taken at Andrew & Jessica’s recent Wedding at Knowsley Hall. Jessica was just about to leave her home for the church and as she stood in front of the window at the top of the stairs Jane grabbed this amazing shot…. Moments later she became Mrs Thornley.

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Jane Stanbury GOLD AWARD BIPP NW 2017

This is David’s GOLD AWARD for Studio Portraiture and is from a recent head shot for Make Up Vlogger Nill (@nilltavangar)taken in our Studio

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Studio Portrait Photographer Of The Year NW 2017


A huge THANK YOU to all our amazing clients as without you guys this would not have been possible. These awards and our appreciation are for you. D&Jxx

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2016 – Looking Back On An Amazing Year

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2016 – Our Amazing Year In Photographs

So as 2016 nears its end its time for us to regroup and reflect on what turned out to be a real whirlwind of a year…. but WHAT A YEAR!!!!!
2016 was filled with meeting & photographing amazing people in amazing locations, we photographed some truly wonderful weddings and made friends that will last a lifetime, from Castles in Scotland to Villas in Italy we witnessed the most special moments.
This was also the year that saw one of the biggest changes in our business, our fab new studio 🙂 after 17 years we decided (with some anticipation) to move to a new bigger, better studio and after 6 months…. well we should have done it years ago.
We always enjoy putting the end of year reviews together, its very theraputic but does cause a few arguments though as we both have our favourites and this is probably why this review is our biggest EVER!!! theres just so many wonderful memories but we had to keep it a short as possible…
Now we are not saying that these are the BEST photos we have taken this year but every one of these images brings back the most wonderful images from a fantastic year photographing friends.
So with next year looking to be one of our busiest EVER as we are shooting weddings all over the UK & Abroad, we have several photography workshops to host and the ULTIMATE honour of Judging national Photography awards this year, 2017 is really shaping up to be the best yet.
To all our wonderful clients this year, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for your trust, hospitality but most of all your friendship.
To our 2017 clients…. this is going to be the best year of your life, trust us its going to be the most amazing year….. we can’t wait!!!
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amalfi italy destination wedding photographers stanbury photographyDavid & Jane are very much in demand shooting weddings not only in the North West but all UK Locations and destination weddings in Europe & Worldwide. With an eye for the perfect image and a reputation for excellent service its not surprising they are one of the most sought after wedding photographers in the country. If you’re planning your wedding & need an experienced wedding photographer then get in touch, we would love to be part of your amazing wedding day. D&Jxx

Looking Back… 2013 Review

Stanbury Photography 2013 Review

Well as we come to the close of 2013 its at this time Jane & I look back at the year…. and what a year 2013 has been, so many new experiences, new venues & new friends. Its only as we were putting this review together that we realised just how GOOD 2013 had been (we thought it would have been quiet but not so)and this review is only a small selection of behind the scenes & weddings if we included our portrait & fashion shoots this post would be huge, so grab yourself a cup of tea, get comfy as here is a small insight into our year……
2013 was the year that our workshops to help improve other photographers took off and we started really on a high with Photo Training Overseas in Lanzarote with photographers joining us from the UK & Ireland

We also managed an amazing early morning shoot in the Lanzarote hills with a Royal Ballet trained Dancer Paris for her portfolio Over 2013 we were asked to provide more seminars & training with our good friends and worlds largest wedding album company Graphistudio of Italy, who asked us to do a series of seminars on their display stand at Europe’s largest photography trade show And workshops for the top Pro Camera company Hasselblad Cameras at Chateaux Impeny in the midlands & the first ever Shoot London (ShootLDN) aimed at the fashion & top end photography world Over The last twelve months we have also presented photography workshops & seminars in The South West, various locations in London & a great workshop in Northern Ireland we also met some amazing photographers and made many new friends around the UK & Ireland. 2013 was also a good year for awards, most notably Regional winner of the Wedding Album of the Year & bronze award for UK wedding Album of the Year, along with Gold awards for our portraiture, weddings & service in general. Also I was nominated in the prestigious Hasselblad Masters as the only UK photographer in the wedding section, this is a world wide competition and Masters status has been awarded to some of the most famous photographers in the world But all what we have achieved in 2013 and what we hope to achieve in 2014 would not be possible without YOU, our fabulous clients. We have had one of the best years ever, we have laughed with you, cried with you and witnessed your lives change forever and we are so proud that you chose us to capture the memories that you will hold forever…. we really do have the best job in the world. Here is a very small insight into our 2013 wedding journey, we could have posted 10 times as many images but the post would be huge so after much thought here is a few of our fave images of 2013…….

So that was a small look at 2013 a huge thank you to you our Bride & Grooms, our family portraits, our fashion and commercial clients, our actors, our babies…. our friends. We are a family run business and the business is our family and thats how we want to stay, our joy is seeing the joy & emotion in peoples faces as they see their images, their memories. This has been our 18th Year in business and we have seen many changes but one thing has always stayed the same… our passion for photography, it really is our life. So heres to 2014 we have so many exciting things to share with you as our journey continues with new couples who’s lives will change, new stories to tell, new smiles and new adventures. All that is left is to say have a Happy Christmas & A Prosperous New Year. All our love David,Jane,Kayla,Shanna & Cavan AKA ‘The Stanburys’ xxxxx

Wedding Photography Workshops at Chateau Impney

I started presenting Wedding Photography Workshops at the beginning of the year and it was a huge honour to be asked by the one of the worlds leading camera manufacturers Hasselblad to host a Wedding Workshop in conjunction with Broncolour Lighting,Epson Uk & Eizo Monitors at the stunning Chateau Impney in Worcestershire UK. The day was brilliant with delgates from all over the UK learning how I shoot weddings with my Hasselblad & a few wedding photography tips along the way We woke up to the most glorious day, beautiful sunshine and the day started with a slideshow of how I approach photographing the wedding,what I am looking for on the day & how I achieve the look & images I want. The hands on part of the day started in the Bridal suite with our model Sophie I love to get different effects in camera, one way of softening an image is to shoot through the Brides veil, it gives a 20′s style look & feel to the image Then it was outside into the hot sunshine & enter the Broncolour Move lighting and Jane demonstrating how she throws the veil to get the best look, not to high… not to low The Broncolour Move runs from a battery pack that seemed to last forever and was light & portable, so handy for Weddings and on a sunny day like we had it really lifted the images and gave them a bit of punch The image quality from Hasselblad cameras is phenomenal, the detail & dynaic range of these cameras just blows me away I thought I would give the flash a proper test and see just how powerful it was and as you see below it had no problems… remember this was approx 3pm on the sunniest day of the year & the broncolour wasnt at full power, crazy!!!! I also wanted to show the delegates that you CAN hand hold the Hasselblad camera and use as a dslr style camera and so speeding up the picture taking This was more my usual style of shooting using a reflector held by Jane to the side of Sophie and bouncing the light back into her. Chateau Impneys grounds are vast and a photographers dream so down to the river we went for a different style of image. I wanted something a bit more fairytale,more bohemian so Sophie threw off her shoes & in glorious sunshine walked along the river bank to capture some gorgeous casual images Back inside to the stunning staircase & another aspect of the Broncolour system is the daylight balanced LED Video light solving the problem of low light I love this image & a great photograph to end a fantastic day, back to the room to download our images using the Eizo monitors & then printed out by Epson UK so the delegates could not only see their results but also take them home. A Huge thank you to Hasselblad, Broncolour UK, Epson UK and Eizo Monitors for all their help and the huge contributions they made, to Chateau Impney for their hospitality and importantly a massive Thank You to all the delgates who came to learn how to shoot weddings with Hasselblad cameras, I had such fun and have made so many new friends. A fantastic day & heres to my NEXT Wedding Photography Workshop…. very soon, watch this space. ps…… If anybody is planning their wedding photography at Chateau Impney then please give me a call, would love to shoot a wedding here. Dx

Focus On Imaging 2013

Focus On Imaging is the biggest (if not the biggest) photography trade show in Europe, Last year over 40,000 people attended over 4 days. I am honoured to have been asked by our Album suppliers Graphistudio to present a seminar about our approach to Wedding Photography and how we shoot Weddings & design albums on Sunday the first day of the show. Not only have Graphistudio asked me but also Hasselblad Cameras (Hasselblad are the worlds BEST cameras, the Rolls Royce of our industry) have asked me to present a talk on Monday regarding our Wedding & Portrait photography. Two huge honours that I am excited about and opens a different phase of my career as after being asked for many years I have now started to train other photographers to help them improove their images & customer approach and for you photographers reading this blog, please come along and say Hi.

UK Adult Portrait of the Year Award

As its Halloween I thought I would post the image that won the UK Adult Portrait of the Year award. Its of Laurence, a cult horror movie actor and this was an homage to the film he was the star of The Human Centipede 2.

Those of a nervous disposition please don’t google it or if you do don’t blame me!

National Photography Awards 2012

Well still in a state of shock!! Jane & I have just returned from the MPA National Photography Awards, a fantastic, glitzy affair which attracts all the big names in our industry and this year was held at the Hilton Hotel in Newcastle. I had the honour of being shortlisted in a few categories & was also to receive officially my Associate certificate of the Master Photographers association what I didn’t expect was not only to win the Regional award for 3 of my images from 1 wedding but then to be announced as the Overall UK Winner of this prestigious wedding photography award. The 3 from 1 (as its affectionately know) pits a photographers best 3 images from 1 wedding taken before, during and after the ceremony and is competed for by photographers from all over the UK & Ireland. The champagne had only just been opened when I was then awarded the Award for Best UK Adult Portrait for my image of Laurence (below)who for you cult film buffs will recognise as Martin, the star of the Human Centipede 2 & this was a screen shot we shot for him.

Well to say I was delighted is an understatement but our evening wasn’t over yet I then received an Award of Excellence for one of my wedding Images & the highlight of the whole evening was to be awarded UK Wedding Album of the Year… YES UK Wedding Album of the Year!!! WOW what an honour as this is what our work is about, not one image, but the story, the design & the impact that only a wedding album can give. I am still totally on a high to have received this national recognition & awards for our Wedding & Portrait Photography and for one of our albums at one of the biggest and most prestigious award ceremonies for Professional Photography with hundred of photographers entering from all over the UK & Ireland still leaves me speechless…. Not a word you normally hear from me.