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30 December 2014 My favourite wedding photographs from 2014

I only take on a few select weddings to photograph each year. These are some of my favourite images taken during 2014.

1. Tatiana Von Preussen’s wedding to Philip Womack. It was pouring down with rain when the bridal couple entered  St   Andrew’s Chuch, Wingfield in Suffolk but after the ceremony there was no royal carriage awaiting the Princess instead after we had photographed the family group, they took the short cut through the overgrown churchyard. It was a real pleasure to photograph their wedding and meet their lovely families.

2. Dominic Smith & Helen Snowden were surprised to hear a toot on our horn as their wedding car stopped at the traffic lights in Altrincham. We were following them to the reception at Statham Lodge, Lymm,in Cheshire.

3. I’m not a fan of very posed photographs but sometimes you get the unexpected – in this photograph the groom and ushers were larking around and it produced a great photograph.

4. Surrounded by family and friends, Jon & Laura leaving St Michael’s Church, Stoke Prior in Worcestershire for their wonderful reception at nearby Redhouse Barn.

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Princess Tatiana Von Preussen’s wedding to Philip Womack, St. Andrew’s Church, Wingfield, Suffolk.

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Helen & Dominic en route to their reception at Statham Lodge, Lymm, Cheshire

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Jon & Laura's wedding at St Michael's Church, Stoke Prior in Worcestershire.

Jon & Laura’s wedding at St Michael’s Church, Stoke Prior in Worcestershire. The reception was at Redhouse Barn.



An assignment for The Guardian in Liverpool this morning – With the Save Grassroots Football campaign gathering pace, supporters held a protest at the Woolton FC pitch and asked that 7.5% of the Premier League’s revenue is spent on the game at grassroots level.


My Top 10 2013 Street Photographs – 25 December 2013

These are my Top 10 Street Photographs from 2013 all taken on my Leica M9 with a Summicron 35mm f2 lens.


Reading the online and paper versions of the daily papers on Kensington High Street tube – London July 2013


Piccadilly Bus Station, Manchester. There are so many interpretations you could give to this photograph !! – Manchester August 2013


Not sure if this ‘human sun worshipper statue’ was part of the Five Amazing Attractions !! – Blackpool July 2013


Liverpool waterfront with a mist hovering over the Mersey looking towards Birkenhead. Reminiscent of New York! – February 2013


Market Street Manchester. Not quite sure what’s going on here! The pigeon was after the KFC crumbs but as for the random shoes, who knows, the lady didn’t have any shoe laces? Phone a friend! – Manchester March 2013


Relaxing on the pier – Blackpool July 2013


I discovered this interesting side street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter – Manchester March 2013


Colour coded rubbish off Tib Street – Northern Quarter Manchester January 2013


Late night diner – Manchester August 2013


Young tourists sheltering from the torrential rain are harassed by a stranger wanting a cigarette. Their facial expressions say it all! – London August 2013

Mayfield Depot, Manchester – a new superclub – 27-11-2013


Mayfield Depot © Howard Barlow

Mayfield Depot a disused railway station in Manchester could become the biggest nightclub in the world and dwarf any venue on these shores.

There are clubs that can hold more people in Ibiza but they make use of outdoor space, Mayfield would be all under one roof.

Council licensing bosses have approved plans which could ultimately see the Warehouse Project take residency at Mayfield.

The building on Fairfield Street next to Piccadilly Rail Station has been granted permission to hold 25 DJ-led events a year.

Although no formal agreement has been reached, talks between the Warehouse Project and the team behind the renovation of the building have taken place.

Initially, nights at the venue will have a capacity of 2,500, but that could increase to 7,500 if police and fire chiefs are happy with how they are run, according to the licensing committee ruling.

A range of other arts, dance, music, fashion and food events are also expected to be held at the depot as part of the ‘cultural centre’ plans.

The approval follows months of speculation that the Warehouse Project, Manchester’s internationally-renowned series of club nights, could move there.

It is an awesome building and I was recently privileged to be allowed to take photographs there. To see more of my Mayfield photographs click here.

For its part, the Mayfield Depot Management Company Ltd (MDMCL), which has hatched the scheme, claims it will create a landmark cultural space akin to the Old Truman Brewery in east London.

The old parcel depot was reborn as a cultural destination earlier this summer during the Manchester International Festival, when it hosted one of the centrepiece events, Massive Attack vs Adam Curtis.

Mayfield Depot

Mayfield Depot © Howard Barlow


Mayfield Depot © Howard Barlow

Mayfield Depot © Howard Barlow

Mayfield Depot © Howard Barlow

Mayfield Depot © Howard Barlow

Mayfield Depot © Howard Barlow

Mayfield Depot © Howard Barlow

Mayfield Depot © Howard Barlow

Bank of Dave – November 19th 2013

I’ve just completed a really interesting photography assignment for the French newspaper Le Monde.  The subject is entrepreneur Dave Fishwick who has opened the ‘Bank on Dave’. Dave, a mini-bus supplier from Burnley, Lancashire, got so fed up with the way the banks were operating that he decided to set up one of his own. He managed to beat all the regulatory problems and convince the FSA of his case. Dave offers savers 5% and already has a 2 year waiting list of eager savers. He loans to local businesses who desperately need it and any profits go to charity. Channel Four did a recent documentary on him Bank of Dave – Fighting the Fat Cats. All power to him and a great guy! Two of his clients I photographed were Sarah Mottershead who runs the Burnley Bridal Boutique selling wedding dresses, and Rachel McClure who runs Garland’s a florist shop in Oswaldtwistle.

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Garland’s florist Rachel and Simon McClure

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Dave talking with local shoppers outside his Bank in Burnley

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Dave with Sarah Mottershead of Burnley Bridal Boutique

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Dave meeting with his bank staff – love the clocks.

Wedding Industry Awards 2013 nomination – October 26th 2012

I am delighted to have just been nominated for The Wedding Industry Awards 2013. One of the very first weddings I covered was for Hello! Magazine in 1991, Pete Waterman’s wedding at Daresbury Church, Warrington to Denise Gyngell former dancer with 80’s dance group Tight Fit. As well as the commission from Hello! I also took Peter & Denise’s official wedding day photographs.

1991 Peter Waterman wedding at Daresbury church, Warrington
to DENISE GYNGELL former dancer with 80’s group Tight Fit

Facebook fan page, Leica M9 and puppy Baxter – 12 October 2012

I have created a facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/HowardBarlowPhotographer showcasing everyday photographs all taken on my Leica M9 with 35mm Leitz Summicron F2 lens.  This photograph of our 16 week old Working Cocker Spaniel, Baxter, was in black & white mode, straight out of the camera with no post production work. Follow my fan page for new photographs each day.