2011 – A year in photographs.

So I guess its a bit like when you were young, you would eagerly watch Blue Peter after school and at Christmas you would get the annual, or the Beano, you would get the comic and at the end of the year deep in the Christmas stocking was the Beano annual.

I hope you are equally as excited at reading this photographers post to round up the year, just like Blue Peter and the Beano some of the images you will have already seen in blog posts throughout the year, others have been saved for this round up of the year that was 2011.

OK, its nothing like Blue Peter or the Beano 🙂

If last year was exciting then this year has just been mind-blowing, as most who regularly read this blog will know I have been in business for some time but only at the end of 2010 did I make photography my full time ‘job’ – nice one Ian, going it alone in the deep depths of a recession, good move boy. All is good though and the support has been truly sensational.

Inspiration, aspiration, motivation, aggravation, isolation, celebration – I have had it all and loved it all. In life I have learned there is no place in my world for negative people, granted I have had the odd ‘blip’ and reverted back to the corporate world but largely it has all been positive and there is an awful lot to be said for looking for the positives in situations you have no control over, find solutions, smile, laugh say ‘Oh Fuck’ whenever you need to, try and do it under your breath though!

2011 has seen me hang out with great photographers at the top of their game and had a 3 page feature published in my favourite photography magazine. I have to say I have also got into a few scrapes with my mate and fellow photographer Ben Barden, him nearly giving me a heart attack me dragging me up Helvelyn as the boys skied, I photographed, more than one stomach churning moment in helicopters as well, all good fun though 😉

I have met some amazing people on this years journey, those that just get on with it, lead the way and don’t give a toss what anyone thinks, some very strong willed people that make life work for them, others that go the extra mile to help others, friends, I have met true friends, not necessarily my best friends but a group of friends that in a time of need surrounded themselves in positivity to help their friend. I was lucky to have the honour of recording what turned out to be a journey that was so much shorter than anyone expected, a tragic loss.

Rachel – wow the love of my life, a solid pillar of support and we were both ecstatic to learn that we are to become parents in 2012, I have been writing and documenting this as we go along so that blog post will make an appearance, probably in the dead of night sometime in March!

Lots of lovely weddings, babies children and dogs – I love photographing them all and the different challenges each represent – hey, of course its a sales pitch, so here goes………………

If you would like to have a chat about me photographing your wedding, baby or children, maybe the dogs – just drop an email to ian@ianwoodphotography.com, or call me on 01539 738846 | 07968 791584. You can follow on Twitter or ‘Like’ my page on Facebook, I do have Skype although it is rarely turned on 😉 there is a contact form in the top menu of this page and with my fingers and toes crossed I will have my new website live by the end of this year!

Sales pitch done – enjoy the images, please feel free to comment or ‘like’ sadly not room for every shoot, others will have been featured on their own posts though!

This post is dedicated to two great people we have have sadly had to say goodbye to locally this year, Nicky Dent whose widow Kelly has kindly allowed a couple of the wedding images to be shown in this post and the legend, or leg-end Drew Quarry, Drew was a man that everyone knew, he made it his business to know you and introduce you to others in business for the gain of everyone concerned. I had the honour of knowing them both – they are greatly missed and both taken too soon.

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A black and white, artistic image of a brides dress taken by Ian Wood who is a Wedding photographer in Cumbria. I understand the dress is a bespoke item by Ele Horsley.I just adore how the wind caught this dress, I believe it is a bespoke item by local designer Ele Horsley, this image was taken on a seminar, anticipation is the key. I am delighted that it now appears in a feature advertorial in the January issue of UK Vogue magazine called ‘Hot Shots’ 🙂

A black and white image of a bride at a Lake District Wedding venue, The Merewood.Such a wonderful day for Nicky and Kelly’s wedding I spent the morning as I always do with the girls, generally being around the mayhem that is a wedding morning.

A black a white image of a couple Getting married at Kendal Parish Church.Little did we know how short the time Nicky had left with us, it was truly an honour to record and be part of  Nicky and Kelly’s special day. Nicky had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease some months earlier and tragically passed away less than a week after the wedding. Please, please if you are local help out the Nicky Dent Fund, or worldwide the Motor Neurones Disease Association.

Beatiful colourful Tulips, prepared fresh as wedding flowers in the Lake District.Beautiful fresh tulips by Philosophy Flowers Manchester for Brian and Trudy’s wedding.

An colour wedding photograph of the BrideI didn’t really have all that long to take this photograph, it was taken on the reception desk at a hotel in Manchester, to the viewers left were two coach loads of Irish football fans who looked like they had had a little sniff of wine on the way over, waiting to check in. I am sure they did wonder why some long haired oik was taking pictures of red shoes on the reception desk. They were very patient though!

A black and white photograph of a Bride and Groom in the gardens of Yorkshire Wedding venue, Hazlewood Castle.Arran and Sarah were married over in Yorkshire and had their reception at the very wonderful Hazlewood Castle, it has fantastic grounds where we were free to wander.

A garden wedding by Lake District Wedding photographer Ian Wood.Just a sign, taken during a seminar with Californian wedding photographer Jessica Claire.

An image in colour showing off the beautiful Lavender bed at LAke District Wedding venue The Low Wood bay.Lavender, I like lavender, it smells nice and makes me feel dreamy 🙂

A beautiful posy of roses for a bride who knew that getting married in the Lake District would provide her and her husband with a romantic Lake District Wedding.Beautiful roses at Elaine and Martyn’s wedding from Kerry at the Floristry.

Gorgeous wedding shoes belong to a bBride who dreamt of getting married in the Lake District, her dream came true and she was married at The Low Wood Bay.I was playing and kind of liked the symmetry, I like shoes as well!

Bridal portrait in black and white, a fine art image of a bride in the Lake District.This is not a Bride and again was taken on a windy cold day in Lancashire, could be the Mediterranean though, right?

Wedding venues in the Lake District dress their rooms beautifully.I just like how the light fell on the chair, its all about the light kiddies!

A Bride and Groom embrace in front of the imposing Comlongon Castle, a wonderful wedding venue in the Scottish Borders.This year I also ventured over the border into south west Scotland, Marie and Gaz had a dream wedding at Comlongon Castle, piper, medieval keep, suits of armour and best of all we ate Haggis, I do love Haggis!

A stunning trial bridal bouquet, constructed from Leather Roses and photographed by Ian Wood Photographer.Flowers, not just any old flowers either. If you have a keen eye you will see these are not real flowers, oh no, theses are made of leather and are really bloody cool. What a wonderful keepsake, all the buttonholes were also matching and made of the same leather. Bloody cool if you ask me!

Ian Wood wedding photographer captured this black and white wedding photograph for a Bride who was getting married at Comlongon Castle for her Scottish Castle wedding.Yep, its a frock, a very beautiful frock again I loved the way the light falls from the spotlight above. As a wedding photographer moments like this just happen and I have to be ready, 6 inches either way and the light would be gone!

as Ian Wood is a Lake District Wedding photographer he sees many Lake District wedding venues, some are small and discreet, others very elegant and opulent.Guess which way the wedding party is? This was a fantastic venue, in that it wasn’t a wedding venue but a large holiday home which the couple had hired out for them and a large proportion of their guests, all the catering prepared in the days leading up to the wedding, plenty of beer and wine and, well they were having a damn good time when I left – perfect!

A beautiful black and white image of a Bentley Wedding car with stylish and elegant white wedding ribbon.

I have said it many times already but it really is all about the light, oh and symmetry-ish. This image was taken on a very bright day. Bright day + black car and chrome = eek, so underexposing the highlights gave me a pleasing result, just enough reflection, really good, deep black and the Bentley marque clearly visible. Bridal flowers taken from the garden of William Wordsworth, Rydal Mount which makes a wonderful intimate wedding venue if you dream of getting married in the Lake District.Simple but effective, well I think it is anyway, these hydrangeas are from the garden of  William Wordsworth at Rydal Mount and formed a beautiful addition to the flowers from the florist. Simple English country garden beauty. Newly weds from an Eden wedding, they got married at Marton House and Ian Wood Photography was the wedding photographer present.wedding photographyAlex and Lou got married at a beautiful little venue that I have worked at on a few occasions, Marton House, near Appleby, with the reception at home in the little Eden village of Knock. A really great day and when I saw the sun-rays peeping through over the distant Lake District hills we had little time to grab the happy couple from the party, dash across the road and get this image. Amazing Vivienne Westwood shoes worn by a bride who hired Ian Wood as their Cheshire Wedding Photographer.

Cool shoes -have I mentioned I like shoes 😉 Sarahs daughter had a matching baby pair! An original 1960

Mini Cooper, what a great wedding car, parked outside Marton House. Lake instruct Wedding photographer Ian Wood captures a card game at an evening wedding reception, a great day with a wedding in the Lake District.There is something about a casino table at a wedding, some take it really seriously, like they know what they are doing (and lose) and the lady that has had the most wine and is clueless about how it works often wins big – interesting 😉 A beautiful engagement ring taken using natural light, taken as part of the wedding package by Ian Wood, Lake District photographer.As a wedding photographer you have to be able to use everyday objects and use the light to produce studio style shots, this image taken on a glass table in full daylight in the Bride’s conservatory! A black and white photographs of a violinist at a Wedding, taken by Ian Wood Photography at Hazlewood Castle, Yorkshire.A Ceilidh always gets the party going and this was no exception, a group called Fiddler’s Wreck from the Harrogate area, sheer brilliance!
A black and white silhouette of a newly married couple who were married in Cumbria.You can either work with disco lights or against them, often I choose to work with them and create dramatic images of a bride and groom, this also helps to disguise ‘Fire Exit’ signs and sprinkler systems while offering something different to the Bride and Groom. An interesting image of a Cumbrian wedding venue, in black and white, taken by Cumbrian Wedding photographer Ian Wood Photography.

I saw the sign post for the Whoop Hall where I was photographing the wedding, lots of lights on the Christmas tree and wet outside, I love this image.


Cumbria Family PhotographerUsing the same principle as above to produce silhouettes for a local family, we got lots of great shots of the kids, both portraits and playing – I love the interaction in this image though. A black and white image of a babies feet cupped in its fathers hands, taken by Cumbrian Baby photographer Ian Wood of Ian Wood Photography

Cute, cute, cute – we are getting one of them, woooohoooo, can’t wait! Ian Wood Photography photographs babies as well as weddings in the Lake District, this baby in Black and white was 5 days old.5 days old, just so adorable! A three year old girl had her photographs taken amongst the BlueBells, taking care that they were not trampled. Lake District Children portraits can be taken by Ian Wood Photography at a location of your choosing, or Ian Wood can suggest locations for you.I often see photographs taken in woods full of Bluebells that have been trampled, I will point out that no Bluebell was trampled in the capture of this image, although there was a fair amount of feet stamping! A beautiful child has her photographs taken by Ian Wood Photography, Ian Wood produces wonderful colour and black and white photographs for clients wanting timeless portraits of their children.Butter wouldn’t melt! Ian Wood is a wedding and children

A young lady – living her dream! If you are looking for Cumbria Kids portraits then Ian Wood Photography has a very distinctive style to his work. This photograph shows two brothers, seated in their short trousers wearing really cool Converse trainers!Converse, writing this post it has dawned on my that at this moment in time I own no Converse, this MUST change. although I will most likely go with laces in mine! A colour image showing twin boys having fun and fooling around during their photoshoot with Ian Wood from Ian Wood photography who was taking their photographs, Ian Wood is a Wedding and childrenTwins, we had a great time. Some fantastic portraits at home and then out and about – can’t just remember how this came about but I was probably goading – keep shooting, look at the fun and mischief  in their expressions! A black and white portrait of a lovely toddler with a fishing net on the shores of Lake Windermere. An image taken with assign by Ian Wood of Ian Wood Photography who takes photographs for weddings. children and family photo shoots in the Lake DistrictA little girl named Polly, a fishing net and Lake Windermere, don’t worry she was safe at all times and Mummy and Daddy were just out of shot, viewer left. Sadly Polly didn’t catch any fish but we did capture some wonderful images for the family. A black and white photograph taken at Lake Windermere by Ian Wood of Ian Wood Photography, Ian Wood Photography is a company specialising in Cumbria children photographs.Polly again, I don’t recall the bunnies name, she was more interested in the bugs on the rock though! An image in black and white of Mum, Dad and their daughter who had just learn to walk. A lovely photograph to treasure taken by Ian Wood of Ian Wood photography a specialist in Cumbria Family photography and photography for couples getting married in the Lake District.Mummy and Daddy got married at Comlongon Castle ^^^^^^ baby Haydon whom I photographed last year and who has become one of my signature images is now a proper little grown up, she is so adorable, her and Rachel also get on very well! A gorgeous little girl had her photograph taken by Lake District children photographer Ian Wood Photography, Ian Wood Photography is also a great photographer for people getting married in the Lake District.This is Daisy, again I photographed her a couple of years ago when she was a baby, she will also soon have a little brother or sister and hopefully I will be able to photograph them together. A rich colour photograph highlighting some very cute little baby feet with a Vivid red background, Ian Wood from Ian Wood Photography took the photograph, he is a Cumbria Baby photographer and also a Lake District wedding photographer.I think this image says it all – just baby cuteness, Sophia was an absolute pleasure to photograph! Ian Wood from Ian Wood photography was commissioned to travel to Cheshire to take photographs for a family and their small children.

Little boys and stones, who needs Nintendo!

A back and white portrait of a young child. Ian Wood of Ian Wood Photography in Kendal was commissioned by a family in Cheshire to photograph the family.

This little lady was photographed on a commission in South Manchester and really was a pleasure to work with. A very cheeky little boy, eating Haribo during his children

I guess some photographers would photoshop the dribble out, why? Baby, new teeth and Haribo – even us adults dribble a bit where Haribo is concerned 😉 Ian Wood of Ian Wood Photography captures natural baby photograph. During this photo shoot this baby was breastfed and the mother requested I capture the tender moments between a mother and her child.Pure love, babies as they are meant to be, looking lovingly into Mummy’s eyes, a bond that can never be broken and now recorded for evermore. Memories few have. A stunning black and white portrait photograph of a baby. Ian Wood Photography took the photograph in the babies home. A very happy, content little lady – her Mum and Dad are great hosts as well and the French Onion soup that was laid on for me was outstanding 🙂


Ian Wood photography is often commisioned to take Lake District dog portraits for dog owners. The Dog Photographer captures beautiful portraits of your pet. Ian has a passion for dogs.It seems to have been a Spanial and Labrador year – I don’t mind though, gun dogs are great dogs to work with! A stunning photograph of a very curious Black Labrador taken by Ian Wood Photography using natural light. Ian is a Wedding, Children and dog photographer in the English Lake District.A black lab is never going to be the easiest to photograph, I think I have nailed my technique though! Ian Wood Photography is often commissioned to photograph pets in the Lake District and Cumbria, this black and white portrait of a beautiful black labrador has caused quite a stir and is Ian Woods most pinned photograph on Pinterest. Not my dog but I have this as a 30 x 20 box frame on my wall at home, I love the image that much. This is a black and white photograph by Ian Wood Photography of a 14 week old black labrador puppy.Another Black Labrador, who was very young and had been digging, with his nose in the garden before I arrived – I thought it summed up the character very well! A beautiful image in black and white of a black spaniel, taken using natural light by Ian Wood of Ian Wood Photography.Another Spanial, this time a spaniel of the Punk persuasion! A black and white photograph of a black 14 week old spaniel puppy taken by Ian Wood photography, Ian Wood Photography specialises in wedding photography in the Lake District and also loves to photograph mans best friend, if there is a dog at a wedding even better. Some engaged couples who are getting married in the Lake District do look to see if they can bring their dogs to their wedding.Oh look, anther Spanial – this one is called Paddy and in this image is only 14 weeks old and hideously cute! An extremely cute photograph of a puppy squeezed between its siblings, photograph taken by Ian Wood Photography.C’mon guys, give me some space, I need space to look even cuter than I already do, goddam I am cute, dontcha think 🙂 This image of Rachel was taken by Cumbria Wedding Photographer Ian Wood of Ian Wood Photography, taken using natural light and on location.Twit twoooooo, this lady is really hot, my gorgeous fiancee and soon to be brilliant mummy, she stands by me and supports me all the way. I wouldn’t be doing what I do without the support and encouragement of Rachel, although she does keep quoting Only Fools and Horses…… ‘This time nest year Rodders’ 2012 MotoGP rider James Ellison photographed by Ian Wood of Ian Wood Photography. An image converted to black and white to give the very handsome couple a timeless look.James and Sarah modelled on a seminar I was hosting earlier this year at Aspire, great fun had by all and the delegates got a real treat as they were brilliant – good luck in MotoGP for the 2012 season fella, a Cumbrian team, perfect. Skiing in the Lake District is an amazing hobby, the ski tow on Raise, Helvellyn is operated by the Lake District Ski Club and runs whenever there is enough snow to ski. Image taken with the assistance of an Elinchrom Quadra Ranger.Right, this shot did nearly kill me, camera left and deep in the valley you can see Ullswater, mountain range in the far distance is the Pennines, skier is Scott Rose, lit by a portable studio style light. When we got out of the car at Glenridding it was -12 degrees, on the top of Helvelyn it had to be under -20 with the windchill, I am in no way fit and shortly after setting off on the walk up pulled the mother of all strops and sat down. My kit was divided up and I was led up the hill, just carrying my own weight was hard enough! Massive thanks to Ben Barden and Alex for the help up the hill and the Lake District Ski Club for making the missed shots happen again quickly 😉 On the way back down I fell in a hole and nearly stayed there – be safe in the hills peeps! Avro Vulcan XH588 in the Lake District, an image taken by Ian Wood Photography in black and white.Windermere Airshow, Avro Vulcan booked, no way I could make it. Umm, plan needed. Using a bit of local knowledge a few bits of radio frequency gleaned form the web, Google earth and a lot of luck I had a plan. 2010 or it could have been 2009 Ben and I went out on the Lake and saw the Vuclcan close up, thing is everyone puts on their biggest lens and gets a close up as they can. I wanted different, we had a Vulcan in the Lakes, with is massive Delta wing I wanted that story, Lake district Vista with the unmistakable silhouette of the Vulcan. – Bingo, everything came together for the shot you see above, no need to see every rivet of the aeroplane, we have the Vulcan, in the Lake District. This image show the Red Arrows displaying at an Air show in Cumbria by Ian Wood Photography.Following the principle of the previous day, I made a picnic and took Rachy to the same place in the hope of capturing the Red Arrows as I had the Vulcan, pretty happy with the result, lets face it, we know they are the Red Arrows. On the subject of the Red Arrows, they have had a tragic year. I know this blog has been seen by a couple of the guys in the team and I would like to say how valued you are and I for one am so sorry for your losses this year. Fly Free. A black and white image of a blame lamb bleating for its mother, a photograph taken by Ian Wood Photography in the Lake DistrictI want my Mummy! Ian Wood of Ian Wood Photography took this black and white image of a hen chick, using natural light.More than one glance towards the Aga from this little one, now a beautiful chicken. A image showing a positive Clear Blue test taken by Ian Wood Photography at the start of the journey to become parents.The moment our lives changed forever, full story and blog post to come. This is the first time we met Freddie Joseph, a very, very special moment.Baby Wood at 20 weeks, I can’t explain the emotion when we first ‘met’ baby, as soon as the scanner locked on it did a little backflip and Rachel and I were in love with our baby, it continues to due seemingly never-ending backflips, we are around 29 weeks at the time of writing and will soon be venturing out to capture Rachel’s bump shots.

I do so hope you have got this far, if you have thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment or hit the share button. Your support is appreciated.


  • Tommy Cairns - December 21, 2011 - 9:19 pm

    Awesome blog, awesome images and an awesome change in your lives to look forward to.


  • admin - December 21, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    Thank you for the kind words Tommy, hope all is good with you dude!

  • Simon - December 21, 2011 - 9:45 pm

    Great roundup Ian of a great year – hope you and Rachy have a great 2012

  • admin - December 21, 2011 - 9:47 pm

    Thank you Simon, hopefully after the help you have given me this year we could host you for a few beers in the Lakes at some point next year, on us?

  • Aimee - December 21, 2011 - 9:52 pm

    Oooh I do love an annual Woody!
    What a brilliant round-up of a brilliant year.. Touching commentary and stunning images, as per. Hope to feature in the next one too!
    Here’s to 2012 : )

    p.s. Vogue???!

  • admin - December 21, 2011 - 9:59 pm

    Likewise Aimee, good luck for 2012 whatever it may bring, Vogue – yep, check out the current issue 🙂

  • Jess - December 21, 2011 - 10:43 pm

    lovely Ian. Great images and what a great year for you. All the best for bigger and greater things in 2012 🙂

  • admin - December 21, 2011 - 10:45 pm

    Thank you Jess, all the best for 2012!

  • Dave - December 21, 2011 - 11:12 pm

    well done Ian. Very nice set of images and a lot of work to be proud of.

  • Martin - December 21, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    Stunning Ian, I need say no more except have a happy Christmas and you will have a superb 2012 the three of you 🙂

  • admin - December 22, 2011 - 8:48 am

    Cheers Dave!

  • admin - December 22, 2011 - 8:49 am

    Thank you for taking the time to comment Martin!

  • Philosophy Flowers - December 22, 2011 - 8:57 am

    Hi Ian, Rachel and bump; Sarah here at Philosophy Flowers. It was great to share Trudy and Brian’s wedding with you earlier in the year and hopefully we will get to work together again at some point in the future.

    Loved reading your blog post and no doubt 2012 will be a year full of adventure and new beginnings. With an 11 month old at home I can truly say that all of a sudden your perspective on the world completely changes for the better.

    Have a great Christmas. x

  • admin - December 22, 2011 - 9:01 am

    It was great to work with you Sarah and thank you for taking the time to comment!

  • Debbie Wallwork - December 22, 2011 - 9:23 am

    What a fantastic post Ian and exciting things to come for you and Rachel in 2012. Have a great 2012 🙂

  • admin - December 22, 2011 - 9:33 am

    Thank you Debbie – have a great 2012!

  • Andrew Billington - December 22, 2011 - 1:40 pm

    Beautiful images – and thanks for sharing the personal stories behind them.

  • Lesley Chalmers - December 22, 2011 - 3:09 pm

    Loved that – every single image, as well as the words. Beautiful work…

    All the best to you both, sorry, to you all! – for 2012. XXx

  • admin - December 22, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    Thank you Andrew!

  • admin - December 22, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    Thank you Lesley!

  • Claire - December 22, 2011 - 8:13 pm

    Brilliant again Ian.

    Look forward to baby Woody pictures in next years blog

    love to you both and bump for Christmas x

  • Tom Astley - December 22, 2011 - 8:20 pm

    Great stuff Woody, all the best for another great year in 2012.

  • Steve Shipman - January 4, 2012 - 9:47 am

    Great stuff Ian, I’m sure you’re in for another exciting year!

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