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One of the UK’s best event photographers. Ollievision is based in Leeds, Yorkshire and provides national coverage of high profile and once in a lifetime events.

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The fabulous Manchester Palace Hotel has now been re-branded as The Principal Manchester.  I was fortunate to photograph the first event held in the newly refurbished venue.  The Heist Awards 2016 celebrate the best examples of University marketing in the UK and attract hundreds of delegates.  This was my third year photographing the awards.

They were hosted by Simon Bracewell, director of Havas People, and comedian Marcus Brigstocke.  The guests enjoyed a 1920’s themed evening with classic funfair games.

This was the first event to use the hidden street behind The Refuge, the refurbished restaurant at the hotel.  The new courtyard is ideal for outdoor chill-out space and is much quieter than you’d expect, given that it’s so close to a main road. It is shielded from the city noise by buildings on all four sides.

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If you’re interested in booking your wedding at Principal Manchester click here for their wedding information.

I’m a full time wedding & event photographer based in Yorkshire, just 1 hour away from Principal Manchester.  You can view my wedding photography portfolio here.

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Photography Leeds – My day photographing The Queen & my visit to Buckingham Palace!

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To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen becoming the longest serving monarch I was invited to take part in a series of interviews made by ITV Calendar.  The 2012 visit that I photographed is currently the last official visit to Leeds by The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh.event photography Leeds, royal photographer Leeds, Paula Brown photography

I’m a full time professional wedding & event photographer and was booked by Leeds City Council to capture the event for the city.

I’ve included some photos and a few of my memories of the day.  When I was initially told that I’d been recommended as the photographer for this event I just couldn’t believe it!  I was due to be on holiday in Wales on the day of the Queen’s visit, so I phoned my husband and told him we might have a holiday problem!

I knew that photographing a Royal visit would be a once in a lifetime opportunity for me as a photographer.  We decided that I would accept the booking and drive home from Wales alone the night before.

There were various conditions attached, for example, I couldn’t tell anyone I’d been booked at first!  The Queen’s itinerary is kept secret for as long as possible for security reasons.  The week before the visit I looked up photos of previous Royal visits to Leeds on Leodis.  I found images from 1908. It struck me then that whatever happened next in my photography career, this set of images from the 2012 visit would probably be the most viewed of any commission.

After the Royal visit ended I rushed home to start processing images, uploaded them to my online gallery, then drove all the way back to south Wales!  My images had to be submitted to the press office at Buckingham Palace to be approved, then be sent on to the Press Association to make their journey around the world. An interesting point to note is editing guidance is that The Queen should NOT be Photoshopped to change her appearance in any way. The photos must accurately represent what she looks like.

Her Majesty was incredible at smiling and being genuine with the crowds and people she met one to one. She seems to really enjoy meeting people.  Prince Philip was also amazing, he is really friendly and out-going. He tells lots of jokes and teases the crowds to make people laugh.

Scroll down to see some of my favourite photos from the day.   You can view the full set of Diamond Jubilee images here.

photography Leeds, Paula Brown photographerA few months later, I received an invitation to attend a Royal Garden party at Buckingham Palace. I took my husband, Nick.

Guests are not allowed to take cameras to Royal garden parties so we just took a few photos on Nick’s phone and swapped phones with other guests to get a few shots to keep.  The food & drinks were just what you’d expect: pretty white china cups & plates with an array of perfect little sandwiches and cakes.photographers Leeds, Ollievision Paula Brown, Bucking ham Palace  There were two military brass bands playing, one on each side of the garden. The Queen spent quite a while chatting to people, Prince Philip was there too, as well as various other Royals including Prince Andrew.

Scroll down to see some of my favourite photos from the day.

You can view the full set of Diamond Jubilee images here.

If you are looking for a photographer for a wedding or event please get in touch.  I’m not bad, you know!

I cover weddings and events all over the UK and European destinations.

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The Child Friendly Leeds “hand” logo was designed by Leeds graphic designer Andy Stoneman and the visit was used to launch the campaign.  Part of my brief was to capture images of the “hand” and children having fun.

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Queens Hotel Leeds Photography – event photography in the Queens Ballroom

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I was invited back to one of my favourite venues, the fabulous Queens Hotel in Leeds, to photograph the 2015 Tenfold Awards.  This is one of the largest events at The Queens and fills their huge Queens ballroom to capacity.  Queens Ballroom and it’s two linked function rooms are the largest suites The Queens offers.  It is one of Leeds largest event spaces… certainly it’s one of the “go to” facilities for hosting elegant events & weddings in excess of 300 guests.

The Tenfold Awards celebrate the people and teams who work to help people with learning disabilities in Leeds.  It’s an amazing night out for people who really deserve it.  Several local celebrities supported the event, including some of the cast of Emmerdale.  The host for the evening was motivational speaker and trainer Ian Donaghy who also performed in the band as lead singer!

If you are hosting a wedding or event at The Queens please be demanding when inspecting any photographers portfolio!  This is a challenging venue, very dark with a 3 storey room height and coloured walls.  Ask for online gallery access to events photographed at The Queens to enable you to compare the work of any photographers you are considering booking.

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If you have fewer guests don’t worry!  The Queens has 16 other conference and banqueting suites of all sizes. The Queens is a 1930’s art deco hotel and is situated next to Leeds railway station.  There is a temporary car park next to the hotel (drive past the hotel and it’s on the corner when you take the left hand filter to the station.)  Main parking is a multi-storey nearby at Leeds Station.  If you are staying as a guest you can pull your car onto the front loading area and check your luggage in with the concierge before driving to the car park.

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Event photography Baildon – engagement party at The Little Blue Orange

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Christina & Luke celebrated their engagement with a lively party at The Little Blue Orange restaurant in Baildon.  As you can see, the venue was packed full of their friends and relatives!  One of their friends provided the live music for the evening, with other guests joining in. It was a fantastic night to remember.

If you’re looking for an experienced professional photographer in Baildon please get in touch with Ollievision photography here.  I cover events all over the UK and am based in Yorkshire.

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Photographer Queens Hotel Leeds – LUU Hockey Club Ball

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Leeds University Union Hockey Club held their 2014 ball at The Queens Hotel in Leeds.  This famous landmark has seen many great events and the hockey club ball was indeed a great night out!  The Hockey Club is the largest of all the Leeds University associated clubs and is considered “the place to be.”

The cocktail reception was held in Ark Royal Room & The Ballroom Foyer.  The main meal and dancing were held in the magnificent Queens Ballroom.

Having worked at the Queens before I knew it to be a challenging venue for a photographer!  I had a good time photographing the drinks reception, then did team photos and individual portraits in the ballroom during the evening.  At the end of the night I joined the dancefloor with my camera.

If you’re looking for a professional photographer to capture your wedding or event at Queens Hotel please get in touch to discuss what you need.  You can phone me on 0787 292 4103 or send a message via the contact form here.

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Photography Studio Leeds – Family portraits & 80th birthday party in Scholes

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I attended a family home in Scholes for the occasion of an 80th birthday party.  The family requested portraits while they were all together and compiled a list for me to work from.  Star of the show, besides the birthday boy, was Evie the dog who played an enthusiastic part in the photo session!

I am based in Leeds and cover events all over the UK.  If you’d like a professional photographer to attend your family event please give me a call on 0787 292 4103 to discuss what you would like and what fees would be payable.

A full range of professional printed products & albums is available as well as the digital images.

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Leeds Minster Photographer – St Georges Day Celebrations in Leeds

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The Royal Society of St George holds their annual celebration at Leeds Minster.  This years event was organised by Councillor Bob Gettings of Morley.

The service was well attended.  Performers included the choir of Leeds Minster, Drighlington Brass band, Morley Academy Choir and Victoria Primary School Choir.

Leeds Minster is one of Yorkshire’s finest wedding & event locations.  It is a Grade 1 listed building.

If you are having a wedding or other event at Leeds Minster and require a photographer please contact me.  I am a full time photographer in Leeds and work regularly at the Minster.

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Photographer Woodlands Hotel Leeds – Christening & Fourth birthday party in the marquee

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Morgan celebrated her fourth birthday in style with Marley the pony and all her friends at Woodlands Hotel, Leeds.  Her brother Leyton was Christened the same day so they had a big party together.  Woodlands is one of my favourite venues so it was lovely to return for another event here.

The large permanent marquee at Woodlands enabled them to have a full size bouncy castle inside.  There were face painters, balloon modelling and “tattoos” as well.

The big challenge for me was to capture the moment the exploding balloon was let off and as you will see below, I managed it!

If you are looking for a photographer for a wedding, Christening or other party at Woodlands please get in touch as I’ll be happy to have a chat about what you need.

If you would like to see wedding photography at Woodlands please click here.

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Photographer Leeds – 40th Birthday party at Leeds United Elland Road

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Matt’s 40th birthday was a fantastic night at Elland Road, the Leeds United football ground.  The party was held in the Nineteen 19 Suite on the 4th floor which serves a number of the Leeds United hospitality boxes on match days.  The room had been transformed with LED lighting to give it a blue glow.

Matt’s favourite act had been booked for his “big birthday” – world renowned Elvis tribute act, Gordon Hendricks.  Having seen many tribute acts in the course of my work, I thought I knew what to expect.  To my surprise, I was left wondering if Elvis himself was as good as Gordon!  He is by far the best tribute act I have ever seen, in a class of his own.

If you are looking for a Leeds photographer for a wedding or event at Elland Road please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

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Photographer Yorkshire – 50th Wedding Anniversary Event in Wakefield

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It was a pleasure to photograph the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of Marie and Phil.  They held their party & meal at Lakeside Cafe, Newmillerdam near Wakefield. My coverage of their event was a combination of “fly on the wall” documentary style and posed family group photos.

The evening had been organised by Marie & Phil’s three daughters.

If you’re looking for a wedding or event photographer in Yorkshire please get in touch to discuss what you need. I cover events of all types across the UK from my home in Leeds.

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