Hannah Brooke

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A year on the Coronacoaster. Self-employment during a global pandemic.

Wowee, it's been quite the year. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Hannah, and I quit my corporate job to be a fully self-employed photographer in January 2020. I had a busy wedding season lined up and all my ducks in a row financially - or...

Middleton Lodge: a Beautiful North Yorkshire Wedding Venue

Middleton Lodge is a STUNNING North Yorkshire wedding venue. It's a Georgian Country House set in 200 acres of gorgeous grounds. And there's the choice of the 18th Century Georgian House or the restored Fig House for your wedding. And I was super...

Beautiful wedding venue in the heart of Yorkshire

A breathtaking venue I visited Thicket Priory for the first time in the summer of 2020 for a styled shoot workshop with My Prettiest Workshops. I’d seen it online, and knew it was a beautiful wedding venue and that I wanted to shoot there…but…. No...

Top Tips for Planning an Outdoor Wedding

I feel so honoured when a couple chooses me to capture one of their biggest life milestones, and just love being there to witness the day. One of my favourite things to shoot is an outdoor wedding – there's so much space, you’ve got complete style freedom and...

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Wedding photography: My style and approach

Wedding photography: My style and approach

I get asked all the time how I’d describe my style of wedding photography. And I think it's important that when you're choosing your wedding photographer you have an idea of whether you want someone more candid or formal, who photographs in a light and airy or darker...

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“What do you do?”

“What do you do?”

I'll be honest, the news is making me want to deactivate my social media accounts this week. However, that’s not who I am. I LOVE social media. I love to stay connected with my friends and family, and I love making new connections in my industry or with other big...

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12 tips for getting great wedding photos

12 tips for getting great wedding photos

1. Book a decent photographer. I know, bit of an obvious one to start with. But hear me out. I know it’s not cheap, and you might have a relative or a friend with a ‘proper camera’….BUT….you get what you pay for with wedding photography. You're paying for decent kit,...

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The photos I LOVE to take and why!

The photos I LOVE to take and why!

I love learning, and reflecting on my journey as a photographer / business owner. Might be the 15 years I spent in HR but I’m a huge believer in self-development. During the later weeks of lockdown I put together my top 16 favourite family pictures that I’ve ever...

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5 affordable ways to keep the kids entertained this summer

5 affordable ways to keep the kids entertained this summer

The summer holidays are upon us. A time of year that most parents dread a little as 6/7 weeks is a LONG TIME! But this year, the vast majority are running on empty before we've even got there - because we've already had the kids at home for 4 whole months. One big...

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Doorstep Pics: a summary!

Doorstep Pics: a summary!

For 10 weeks during lockdown I photographed a whopping 273 families on their doorsteps! If someone had told me that figure, when I resigned from my corporate job in January, I would never have believed them for a minute, because ordinarily, that would have taken me...

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Going self-employed during a global crisis.

Going self-employed during a global crisis.

When I tell people I took the giant leap of faith into self employment on the 1st May 2020….during a global pandemic, they wince, sharply inhale and make an “oooooof” sound. And I’ll admit that for a time I was kicking myself for resigning when I did. Of course, I’d...

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Wetherby in Lockdown

Wetherby in Lockdown

Wetherby. A thriving market town, chock full of independent businesses and near impossible to get a parking space on a weekend. It's the reason we moved here (though we're in walking distance so the parking isn't an issue!) I love living in a small town where you can...

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Lockdown portraits

Lockdown portraits

It's taken me a few weeks to adjust to this "new normal", life at home 24/7 with a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old. It continues to be a rollercoaster of emotions. Some days I'm almost euphoric with gratitude for my family, our health, our garden, the weather..... And yet...

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