“Thanks so much for sending these over, it’s perfect timing as we are just driving back from Edinburgh after spending new year there for the minimoon! We pulled over at a services to have a look and they’re fantastic, thank you (Kat even cried in Starbucks). We really appreciate all your help and effort on the day and are really pleased with the photos. We’ll be straight out in the morning to get some printed!”Read More
“Firstly I'll say to you what we've been saying to each other all morning: Wow (actually it was "wowowow" from H).
Your amazing pictures have brought a few tears, I'm completely blown away by how you've captured such joy and emotion in everyone's faces. These are memories we will treasure.
Once we've been able to compose ourselves, I'll write properly to thank you but for now we just wanted to say : Wow and Thank you.”
It’s been wonderful to see that my couples love the photos as much as I do and also that as well as a valuable experience and investment in their photos on the day they have so many to share with friends and family too.
I talk more about this over on my Snap & Chat blog post but it’s always such a useful things to do to help the day run smoothly and build the trust in me as a photographer. And don’t worry - 90% of my couples feel super apprehensive before hand… but I always get the loveliest emails afterwards!
A few days before Christmas and feeling festive, I booked a family shoot to capture these guys at this wonderful time of year at their home. Although shooting in winter can be challenging because of the light I actually love the feel you get with the fairy lights around and the decorations! We choose to do this shoot where they live to capture the boys in their familiar surroundings, doing normal ‘every day’ things they love as a memory of them at this age. As I used to work with children I always adore doing family shoots, my approach is to put them at ease by chatting and playing with them before I introduce the camera to make sure there’s minimal ‘playing up’ and silly faces to capture them as they genuinely are. As you can see this went down pretty well and even ended in a pillow fight!Read More
Last year I teamed up with the lovely Christy from Fronissa Decor to do a shoot with her handmade Macrame Arbour and other decorations at her home in Wales and we had such a fun day - not least because I got to shoot with a load of my beautiful friends too! The woodland setting was absolutely perfect for showing off how the arbour could look at a boho outdoor wedding ceremony, it definitely adds that little ‘something’ like an altar that you would have in a church wedding. She also makes macrame bridal bouquet wraps, hangers and glass bowl decorations, barefoot anklets, plant dyed ribbons, macrame chair backs and more.Read More
I am finalllly getting round to blogging this lovely, lovely shoot that I had the pleasure of being part of last year, which took place in one of my favourite locations in Shrewsbury - the historic Flaxmill Maltings. This was a collaboration between Bridie from Wild Flora Clothing, Forest et Fawn who design gorgeous jewellery and accessories, a few wonderful models (including one of my besties and my sister!) and makeup artist Miranda Etheridge.Read More
2018… THE BEST OF
I have procrastinated with making two cups of tea, eating one mini-roll, reorganising my office, scrolling Instagram and a fair few more tasks before I can finally sit down and try and concentrate on the mammoth task of writing about my year, and sharing some of my favourite images from 2018. And the reason for this is, 2018 has genuinely been the best year yet with my wedding photography and I am just not sure how to sum it all up. Feel free to skip all the chat and just go straight to the slideshow but if you’re bored at work go and make a cuppa and read on….
SO I was looking at the numbers to try and sum up 2018 that way earlier, until I realised that actually the number of weddings, engagement shoots, family shoots and other random things i’ve done this year doesn’t actually do any of those things justice at all. Each individual person that i’ve met along the way who’s trusted me to take their photo (even when they really, really hate it!) has been so important to me and to my business. So firstly, a huge bloody thank you to all of you.
I have met some incredible couples, photographed at some spectacular venues, battled harsh light and incessant rain, sometimes experiencing all four seasons in one day, I’ve had super early mornings and super late nights, I’ve had local weddings 5 minutes down the road and weddings that took a 12 hour round trip - it’s been as varied as anything and I am so glad. This job is anything but a 9-5 and the constant change definitely keeps me on my toes as well as keeps me pushing myself personally and creatively. People always say at weddings that I have the best job in the world (admittedly it is great which is why I do it!) but it can also be very difficult too and I’m pretty proud to say that this year I think my business has really grown a huge amount. It’s very hard to big yourself up as a small business as you’re naturally drawn to criticise yourself however this year I’ve been trying to celebrate my wins and learn from my losses to strive to be better and better at every wedding I shoot. And the next point has also helped massively in me trying to keep me being positive about myself, my work and my business…
This year I have received SO many thank you cards from couples too (with their lovely photos on the front!) as well as bouquets of flowers on my door stop and even an amazing sparkly jacket from Rosa Bloom in the post! Honestly every time I get one of those, or a lovely worded email someone has taken the time to write it makes me well up with happiness about how much people love their images. I really do put my whole heart into my job to do the absolute best I can and to know that couples now have images of themselves and their loved ones to look back on for the next 10, 20, 50 years is an amazing feeling. I also keep every place name I get given when seated with the guests too, my office is adorned as you can see below! It means to much to me that so many of my couples see me as an extra guest with a camera and not a stuffy professional.
And finally I want to do a big shout out to my ace second shooters I’ve had this year - Laura Rhodes, Faye green, Charlotte Eagles, Katy Jackson and Larissa Joice for not only shooting brilliant images while I’ve been doing my highlight films but also bring me water / snacks / moral support at all times. You guys rock.
So what’s next?
Well 2019 is very, very nearly full with only a few more wedding slots left and 2020 is booking up quickly too. I’ve got so many lovely SNAP & CHATs booked in to get to know my couples a bit more as well. There’ll be some family shoots which I adore doing - all the photography and much less of the pressure! and usually some other random little bits like clothing, small business and product shoots too. Keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram and Facebook to check out all the loveliness I get up to this year…
“We’ve just spent the last hour looking over the photos and videos (multiple times)- they are perfect! We can’t tell you how pleased we are with them, you’ve done such an incredible job and we love them. Such a lovely little box they’ve come in as well! They are so natural, you’ve definitely captured the mood of the day!”Read More
As a thank you I received the most gorgeous bouquet at my door from Shenel and Greg with the message ‘ Thank you so much for capturing our wedding day in such a perfect way. Our photos are unreal and we will treasure them forever’.Read More
Autumn is my favourite season and I just love shooting weddings this time of year! The days are getting shorter which presents challenges with photography but also means you can have some beautiful daylight images and have time for some creative night time shots, and sparklers and fires also!Read More