Wedding photography at the Manchester Deaf Institute
Sian and Paul are good friends of ours who are getting married at the Deaf Institute in Manchester and we cannot wait. I (Dewi/Bear) have seen some of my favourite gigs at this awesome venue. Kishi Bashi and San Fermin were both AMAZING. Once a, well, a Deaf Institute, this building has transformed into to a fab bar and gig venue. I have no idea how it’s going to look like as a wedding venue but I cannot wait to see what Sian & Paul do. Seeing venues transformed by our couples is one of the perks of the job.
Vicky (Fox) has been best friends with Sian since they were tiny people. I have known Sian since I was 16 and we’ve all been friends for years and we can’t wait to see them get married there. But all that is still to come next year. Ahead of their wedding day we took a trip over to Manchester to meet up, have breakfast, chat about board games and to find out all about their plans. It would be a shame not to take a few pictures of the two of them together as well.
City Centre pre-wedding portraits
It’s safe that say that heading into a city, instead of up a mountain, for portraits is out of my comfort zone. But you never get anywhere by playing it safe right?! So I was full of nervous excitement as, cameras at the ready, we headed into Manchester’s Castlefield area. A more industrial part of the city we quickly found ourselves taking photos under huge arches and next to the canals. I was really keen to make use of the very cool urban backdrops.
Next stop was a place that is on most photographer’s ‘must shoot’ list – the Northern Quarter. For those not familiar with Manchester city centre the Northern Quarter is a vibrant, bohemian part of town, packed with little bars, quirky cafes, record stores, old buildings and great street art. Perfect for portraits.
Our nerves had vanished with the first click of the camera and we loved the chance to try out some new techniques and play around with the urban landscapes. Honestly even though the mountains are my playground, it’s possible to take amazing photos wherever we are. My favourite image from the session was taken in an empty shopping centre in front of the shutters. Love a chance to play with something new.
Sian and Paul, we can’t wait for your wedding day!