Christmas at York Minster

November 6, 2019

Shooting at York Minster is always a pleasure, but working there at Christmas is something very special.

The various services present unique challenges – huge congregations, the cold, and some very dark scenarios which test any photographer.


My role is to see but not be seen – to capture everything, but not get in the way. I do this by liaising closely with the Clergy and vergers before any service, so I know exactly where everyone* will be and when, so I can position myself for the best shots.


 Here’s a small selection of some of my favourites:


The Advent service sees the Minster gradually filled with light as the service starts off with a single candle which is then passed around the congregation as the choir sing at various points around the Minster:






The raising of the huge Advent Wreath: