Working with Louise! That's me...

What can you expect when working with me?

Now you have seen my work (click HERE if you haven't) and my prices and you think yeah I am liking what I see...but the most important thing we need to figure out is that we can work well together and that we are on the same page. I have my eccentricities and my photographic style, these need to fit with what you are looking for in your wedding photos.

So what can you expect?

1 - Firstly you will ALWAYS get me! I do have a great second shooter who I bring to weddings with me, but I am the eccentric face of my business and I always will be. When you call or email... it will ALWAYS be me. Your camera confidence shoots and coffee meetings (or hot chocolate in my case) will ALWAYS be with me.

2 - I like to keep things personal and simple, so I will not bombard you with lots of different packages and options for your day. I have one price to cover your mini shoot, consultations (coffee & cake), editing, travel, the second photographer (I bring them when I feel it suits your day and your image needs) and from getting ready to your first dance. You then can tailor any extras you would like to add to suit your budget. 

3 - Creativity is in my blood and I will look for ways in which to capture your day and your personality. This may mean that I take photos that are more creative than formal and I will discuss with you interesting poses, locations and things to photograph. NO standing in a line for 40 minutes for me. With group shots I like to capture genuine emotion so I will follow you around when you greet your guests and capture cuddles and hugs with them.

4 - FUN - Oh my goodness, I have been a bridesmaid 9 times in my 32 years and the one thing missing from 'traditional' wedding photography for me was FUN! I want to photograph YOU and your personality, I want to capture your laugh, your love and your tears. I want to photograph your doing what YOU as a couple like to do. Lets go to the beach, go in a land rover, run across a field with your dogs. Lets do WHATEVER you love to do! Let's have fun!

5 - A lot of chats, I LOVE to talk! If you are a talker we will get on just fine! I ask many questions, I want to know where you have been on holiday, what your cousin bought you when you were 5 and where you got engaged. All this helps me tell YOUR story through your mini shoot and on your wedding day.

6 - Professional service to put your mind at ease. I have full insurance that covers me and you. I have never had to use it and I do not imagine I ever will.... I photographed two weddings at 38 weeks pregnant and no dramas (though I did pretend I was going into labour to kick the guests into action). I know I should put this point at the top but it isn't most fun question. The bizarre thing is no one ever asks me this question when I get an enquiry! So a tip - any supplier you chose, make sure they are insured!

7 - Style and technique and tools  - My camera is the extension of my arm and I know him inside and out and we work very closely together to create your images.

I AM CONTROL FREAK!

I use my camera on a manual setting, which allows ME to take the picture and not the camera. I don't like to take chances when it comes to capturing those perfect moments. I LOVE real! I love lighting, colours, hues and the palate of your wedding is as important to me as it was when you envisioned it. My style is focused on realism, capturing true connections and colours. 

8 - Help at all points; my biggest passion and the feature I am going to end this blog post on is I will be here to help you all the way through your journey. Your booking of me, your choosing of other suppliers (should you need recommendations I know someone who does everything). Your wedding day, corset lacing and pouring of wine. To the end where you chose your final images and we finish our wedding journey together.

This is me and what I will bring with me to every client I work with...

'And she's super easy to get on with, not to mention on hand with giving the extra push when needed at the venue on the day'

So if you think, yeah this girl has got something we like then click below to see the wedding photography booking process.

 

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P.S I am a fan of ripped jeans, wooly hats and my green fluffy coat. I only own 33 items of clothing that I LOVE so how you see me, is how I am!

With Love! x

(With thanks to Liberty Pearl Photography for the portraits)

CONGRATULATIONS Kayleigh & Dan

Please join me in congratulating the lovely Dan & Kayleigh on their beautiful wedding yesterday at Langdon Court Hotel.

Dan & Kayleigh Merry at Langdon Court Hotel

Dan & Kayleigh Merry at Langdon Court Hotel

These lovely people have been in my heart since we met almost 12 months ago now and I have enjoyed being a special part of their wedding journey (including a Paris engagement trip).

Thank you for inviting to me to be a part of it. A huge thank you to you and your lovely guests for welcoming myself and Margo so warmly. It was a wonderful day.

A beautiful day for a wedding at Langdon Court Hotel 

A beautiful day for a wedding at Langdon Court Hotel 

With a huge thank you to MargoR Photography who was a fabulous support working with me yesterday, to Jenny from Edible Essence Couture Cake co and Amanda from Flowers by Amanda for their above and beyond service in creating the stunning display Dan & Kayleigh envisioned and to the wonderful team at Langdon Court who made everyone comfortable, welcome and ensured they had a smooth and wonderful day.

To the wonderful Emmie of Makeup by Emmie Green and Diane who created the most beautiful looks for the bridal party yesterday THANK YOU also. When I find your business page I will tag you properly.

I am sad that your wedding is over as it has been a wonderful journey, but so VERY happy to now wish you all the best in your married lives together.

All my love and wishes!

Louise

x

Visit your venue WITH your photographer!

Langdon Court Hotel 

Langdon Court Hotel 

Being pure and honest is a part of my vision and my business ethos. I will always be honest with you and myself.

So I have found something new, that I could have shared tonight in a totally different way, pretending I had always known (for my 8 photography years) this that I am about to share. I have no doubt that many photographers out there already do this.

But I am human and I am forever learning and growing for my business and for YOU!

So I learnt something new and I wanted to share it with you....

So I always do a visit to a clients venue before their big day, but I will admit now that this is the first time I have gone WITH the clients and gone WITH my camera and what a difference it has made.

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A lady after my own heart, literally f

Now I have a NEW purpose in my work! To design the shots with you and to focus on what is important to you.

By visiting Langdon Court with Kayleigh & Dan I was able to really take note and have a conversation about WHY this beautiful venue was THE venue for their special day.

I haven't assumed they like certain parts of the grounds or the house and now I KNOW where means the most to them and where fits their vision and personality and I am so EXCITED for their day, EVEN MORE.

This is now something I will do as a personal service for all of my clients.

Counting down with only 19 days until their special day! 

Counting down with only 19 days until their special day! 

Storytelling - Rose & Tim

Tim & Rose - Married at St Elizabeths House 

Tim & Rose - Married at St Elizabeths House 

We all love a good story....and to be able to capture and tell that story in images is my gift.

Photographing Rose & Tim's wedding was an honour and to be able to tell the story of who they are and the journey they were about to take was amazing.

Through the planning stage Rose & Tim had a very special announcement and on their special day I was asked to capture this moment...

After the speeches on their day they announced to all of their guests by having scan photos in envelopes on the tables. It was such a beautiful moment to capture.

NEXT CHAPTERS

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So it was really lovely to then tell the next chapter of their story with a lovely walk and family shoot with their beautiful little lady Poppy.

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What I loved about this shoot the most is the simplicity of a lovely family walk and the addition of me. Only taking about 30 minutes, with some glorious sunshine (though a little chilly). It was beautiful to capture the relationship of Rose, Tim & Poppy.

After the shoot we had a lovely chat and a cup of tea to warm up. I even got some Poppy cuddles and Luna the cat joined us too.

I LOVE A HAPPY ENDING!

Of course the journey for these guys is only just beginning, but for me, as a photographer to be able to follow up with my lovely wedding clients, to capture life after their big day is so special and I feel very honoured to be invited into their home and lives.

Much love to The Finneron's and their lives together!

A Christmas Gift -I know its February

Signs hand crafted by Gary Walker of Flash Signs

Signs hand crafted by Gary Walker of Flash Signs

Ok so I wanted to share something from Christmas 2016 and it has taken me a few days......weeks...

So I struggle with Christmas and gift giving in general. Over the years I enjoy it less and less as the intention seems to be on buying for buying sake and not in giving value or thought. I know that I am not the only one who thinks this, but this is not also meant to offend anyone who really enjoys spoiling their friends or family.

Now, I have a point to this, I found this year TRUE EXCITEMENT in giving my dad and step-mum their gift because I was able to do something that fitted with all of the values I am building around giving:

- is it personal

- can it be sourced through an independent business

- will it bring value to the receiver and value to their lives

FLASHBACK

A little back history then... super quick.

My dad and step-mum are big foodies and over the last few years between them they have baked and barbecued most things (not at the same time of course) My dad has just had his 520th BBQ for his birthday on February 14th 2017 and those have been in the last 3 years, in ALL weather and with all manner of foods. It brings him pure joy to cook on his BBQ.

My step mum bakes the most amazing cakes and treats. She loves being in the kitchen, and she loves sharing them with others. 

This past year they have put their love, money and work into their new kitchen/diner space to create somewhere they can enjoy their foods and socialise around their passion and love.

So when we were chatting about an empty wall and they said 'One day we will get a sign pointing left saying 'Karens Kitchen and one pointing right saying Grahams Grill' it was like a lightbulb dropped on my head.

It was the perfect gift to show I listen and love them for who they are and I was excited.

AND

I knew just the man for the job.

I emailed Gary Walker literally as my step-mum was finishing this sentence about the signs and within minutes I had a school girl grin on my face as he said he could do it. Little did I know just how awesome they would be,

It was the one present I was excited to give out on Boxing Day when we saw them and now each time we visit we always talk about them. They hang with pride in the space and complete the beautiful kitchen and diner they have created.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY

For me it was just an affirmation about how I want gift giving to be now in my life. It has meant I am listening more to the people I love to make sure I am giving with value and love.

It means I am connecting more with my local wedding businesses and creative contacts, because we have such a wealth of quality and beautiful crafts and trades to source our gifts from.

Overall I just wanted to show off the awesome work Gary has done for us!

THANK YOU GARY!

Want to find him?

Facebook - @fl4sh4rt

Instagram - @flashsigns

 

Overcome a creative block

Starting Saturday off with an apology to you all for the quiet week. I have had an inspiration shortage and a creative block until yesterday and I didn't want to share images and thoughts that were half attempts.

There was a time when I would have done that and then looked at my feed and deleted all the images. When I would have forced the process and it would have given you no value.

Can you relate to this?

Do you have a process for getting yourself back into a creative swing?

Yesterday I felt the inspired surge come back (hence now writing this) and I was thinking about what I had done to get back to that point as that is a potion worth bottling right?

So I figured it out and I am sharing it with you and others so that you can restart your creative engine should it run out of fuel.

What I do to get out of a creative slump

1 - RELAX - I know that's annoying to hear as I know how much you want to just get into productive and creative mode but some great person once one said INSERT AWESOME QUOTE ABOUT NOT FORCING CREATIVITY.....I am sure someone once said it but I could not find one so I am saying it.

'You can not force creativity it has to be allowed to flow' Mrs Jutson 2017

So by relaxing and allowing yourself to just be in that space you release the tension on your mind and your body to create something. Letting that pressure go frees up more space. 

Using this time to do some mindfulness/meditation techniques is also something that I have been personally exploring. This is so super new to me but it really does make a difference when I do/don't do it. I use an app called 10% Happier

2 - COOK, DO - Some things in your daily life are really good as motivators to jump start getting things done. You can use these things as jump leads to feeling productive and in turn you end up freeing up your to do list and feeling energised to do more things. 

You HAVE to do SOMETHING, motivation is not just going to appear. Creativity can not be forced in my mind, but motivation can be given a good kick up the bum. 

I found that getting my house sorted and cooking a homemade meal were really good motivators for me yesterday and I felt motivated to get more done.

3 - HAVE A CUPPA - Invite a friend around, chat and have a cuppa. This week I have done this 3 times and each time it has opened up new conversations in my mind; allowing myself to switch off from the 'I MUST CREATE' thoughts which were consuming. Those conversations also brought out new ideas to be explored and battled out. Having another pair of ears on an idea or listening to what others are currently working on can also inspire you.

4 - GET OUT OF THE HOUSE - If you work for yourself, like me, then a lot of your time is spent in the house. Surrounded by the rest of your day-to-day tasks clogs up any free create space. SO GET OUT. Go for a walk in the park, go to a friends house for a chat, take your kids for a hot chocolate (I voted for this one yesterday). If you have the time I would 100% recommend a trip out to a forest or the sea (depending on your personal preference). Although I could not do this in the past few days it always gives me some head space and restarts my create flow.

5 - BOOKS, WRITING, MUSIC & MOVIES - This is my final personal tip for how I overcome a creative block and just start things again. This week, with my creativity at a bit of a stand still I have submerged myself into books, music and movies; connecting with others and their creativity through their work can also inspire your own creativity.

I also like to write lists and notes about everything and sometimes that is the way to wrk through a block as well. My most recent purchase was the 52 Lists Project 

So there you have it, this week has been full of these top 5 things and after the last cup of tea yesterday and a lovely walk and hot chocolate with my 2 small people...creativity started flowing again.

I hope some of these will help you whenever you may find your creativity slowing down. Just know that it is normal, but that you can keep it ticking along by being kind to yourself and finding your reset triggers.

Here is to a much more productive week for me and you!

Much Love! x 

 

What do you do with BEAUTIFUL creations?

'I decided I wanted to have a professional album of the beautiful images Louise had taken for me to show at wedding fairs and to new clients in consultations. I didn't want a standard DIY album so Louise suggested and showed me one of hers which was just perfect, beautiful and luxurious. We worked together on the layout, I gave her the images I wanted to use and she designed the album and made all the images of my different collections of work, fit together in one album. It is Amazing and I have had so many compliments on the album.' Jennifer Wells, Edible Essence Couture Cake Company

 

In July you will have seen my post about photographing at weddings without capturing the bride... its true check it out HERE 

The second half of this year I photographed many more incredible cakes and flower set ups. Meeting new suppliers along the way who took up the same service.

It was amazing. I went on to extend the service to workshops and events including a wedding suppliers styled baby shower.

It was wonderful to see those images on the websites and social media pages of the lovely suppliers I have been working with.

Though I couldn't help but feel they were made for something MORE.

So you can imagine my sheer delight when Jenny from Edible Essence and Hannah Burnett Florist both asked me to design and create albums to include all of the work we had done.

No matter how far technology reaches, to have a tangible and beautiful book of your work to show your clients is THE way to showcase your work (and mine and other photographers of course - shameless promotion).

Take a look at a sample of the elegant album for Edible Essence Couture Cake Company.

Surrounded by stunning cupcakes from Edible Essence 

Surrounded by stunning cupcakes from Edible Essence 

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We were able to work closely to design each spread to work with all of Jenny's stunning designs.

It has been fantastic working with Jenny and to see this as a final result gives me huge pleasure.

I am super excited to be finishing Hannah's wedding album in the New Year after rounding off the 2016 wedding season with her on New Years Eve.

To be able to showcase these incredible women's talents gives me pure JOY!

Louise

x

 

Always grow your skills and yourself!

I AM NOT A LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER!

So...

I am a photographer, I love photos, I love light..... and.... I have NEVER seen a sunrise take place.

So this morning, after being super inspired by Phil Starkey at the Women in Photography conference on Wednesday, I decided to see it for the first time. From start (6:45am) to finish (7:59am). I wanted to see the light and the landscape change.

Uninterrupted for no purpose but to be there, with my camera and just BE!

Not every picture you take is made for a PURPOSE but simply for your own pleasure and to allow your creativity space to grow.

When I braved getting out of the car, this was the first image I captured. Just to see the changes by the time I decided to leave.

I had ZERO idea of where to compose my image, I am used to photographing people or objects to do with weddings and celebrations.

So I wandered and just started taking photos. I watched the light in the sky and on the sea change and frankly it is magical! Though very subtle in these images, the change is so quick.

I had a great time photographing this scene because it is also where I achieved a huge personal goal and actually went into the sea, something I have been afraid of for many many years. This also was a place of solace in my late teens.

However, I felt like I was trying to be someone or something else and I couldn't quite connect with the images. 

Until... I started thinking in my style which is always to look for the small details. Those parts of the story that if captured connect you to every set of images you take.

When I allowed myself to just let go and not worry, I started to become fascinated with all the things that saw the first light before anything else in the world. I changed back to my personal style settings and there I was, happy in my element witnessing the beauty of nature for the first time in my 32 years. 

Allow yourself to be you, live inspired and follow your instincts.

I got super cold and realised I am not the best equipped person for outdoors for long periods of time, so didn't capture the next stage. I was home by 8:15am having a lovely cuddle with my babies and hubby feeling refreshed and proud!

What will you do differently to grow today?

Happy Monday!

Creative Breathe!

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Over the past year I have realised that no matter how busy you are you MUST take time for your creative mind! To allow it some freedom from all of the things you are doing, to allow new ideas in and to BREATHE!

As you know I am with at least one child everyday so to find time to do that can sometimes be hard.

However more and more over this past 8 months of running my rebranded business I have been bringing my children to anything I can.

So why not allow them into my creative time, no one said you had to do it ALONE! x

AND

Just because my main business focus is wedding photography it does not mean I should keep that as ALL I do! It is important to just ALLOW creativity sometimes even if it doesn't have a set purpose.

So this morning me and Effie went for a lovely walk, photographing ANYTHING that caught my eye, which of course means Effie as well! Talking to dog walkers and just breathing!

The colours of this morning are just beautiful if you haven't planned to get out today! I highly recommend going for a walk if you can!

Do something for your creative mind!

Apology to my daughter.....

Dearest Doodles,

Mummy was working last night on some images and looking through the years work.... and there I found you!

Your first birthday images, unedited, waiting. 

We had a funny time getting those images; you were poorly so it was not even on your actual birthday. We had to keep lifting the cake as mummy chose a very busy dog walking spot to do your photos. 

I have had a busy year baby, working with you, working without you.

I want to show you that being a mum isn't all I am, I have MORE that I can give you. More that I can show you. I want to show you what following your passion looks like. How doing your own thing, makes you a better person in all of your life areas.

It isn't just about me, it is about us all! That we live a life of love and passion. That you live each day in my teaching and doing what you are PASSIONATE about (even at such a young age you have your loves)

It isn't always mummy leaving the house and I get excited when you come to work with me and I get excited when you make friends with my friends. Everyone LOVES you!

I am sorry I didn't edit or share these sooner my love!

Your mummy!

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Godfrey

This weekend I had the pleasure of working with Scott Rothney Photography, to capture some wonderful images at the wedding of Tracey & Dave.

As a photographer, you always get a moment at a wedding or a certain shot that makes you get crazy excited. Well any photographer reading this will be so jealous, as we had LOADS of those moments. 

We had incredible light moments, incredible emotions and a wonderful couple and guests who were happy to be photographed. We even had messages from those who could not be with Tracey & Dave on their special day (goosebumps).

Tracey & Dave your wedding was an incredible day and I know Scott and I were honoured to be there. I have captured some beautiful emotionally charged photographs and I am excited to share them with you both soon.

A huge congratulations, you are a wonderful couple! 

I have recently attended 15 weddings as a photographer and not taken any photos of the bride, on purpose.

I have recently attended 15 weddings as a photographer and not taken any photos of the bride, on purpose.

I have recently attended 15 weddings as a photographer and not taken any photos of the bride, on purpose.

But do not panic...READ ON!

The beauty of photography! The sadness of moments!

This will not be a blog post you are expecting and I can tell you it wasn't one I ever thought I would be writing. So please sit and take the time to read is as there are some people who, right now, deserve your undivided attention; wherever you are in the world. Danni I hope this is ok!

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I see the world in beautiful pictures and I feel honoured that I have the gift of capturing true love. Mostly that is through the eye of a wedding photographer, but recently I have been truly humbled and honoured to have been welcomed into the lives of a beautiful family who are experiencing the tragedy we all dread, of losing a loved one and allowing me to photograph them together.

It isn't the most common use of my skill, but for the last few days and more importantly today I have realised the importance of capturing such a heartbreaking experience and that the art of photography has a meaning beyond paying my bills.

The first time I met Emma (photographed on the front right of this picture) was at my dear friend Danni's birthday. Had I not already known that Emma had recently been diagnosed with brain Cancer, that night I would not have known from seeing her. She was poised and bubbly, she laughed and made jokes. There were times when she would seem quiet but to be honest thats normal at any gathering.

But Emma had been diagnosed with brain cancer...and been given only 8 weeks of life left!

I brought my camera purposefully to this evening to do the only thing I know how, to photograph the special moments of this dear family. Little did I know that I would spend some very intimate time with Danni ( Emma's sister) , Emma and Sue (Emma's mum) and meeting more of their family on this journey.

 

Emma and her two children. Thomas and Emily.

Emma and her two children. Thomas and Emily.

Shortly after the meal, after a few days of fundraising and through the generosity of family, friends and complete strangers; they were all able to spend a few days in Deer Park Forest in Cornwall, so that they could all get some well earned peace and rest. 

I was invited down to share in a special day celebrating Emma's son Thomas's 5th birthday. My camera was invited to!

 I spent the day getting to know all of the family and photographing Emma and some holistic treatments that her mum Sue has been tirelessly using to ease Emma's pain and help with healing. Emma was not keen on the idea of being photographed but was interested in helping others see her journey.

I wont pretend to know the details of most of the treatments, but as an observer for the day. It is relentless for all of those involved. Sue certainly didn't sit down for a minute through a strict routine of shakes, lunches and treatments.

The day was had a strange feel, one of calm and peace with deep sadness at the heart of it. But nothing stops Emma from doing things. I offered to help her into a van at a point and she said 'if I want to do something, I am doing it. I don't let it get me' 

That strength doesn't stop at Emma, the rest of the family had smiles on their faces and made the most of the experience of being away from it all and out in nature. We all went for a cup of tea in the forest coffee shop and it was then that I was able to take some beautiful pictures of Emma and her children.

Sound Therapy 

Sound Therapy 

I left that day feeling grateful for many things, most of all my family and my health. It is something I knew at that point I hadn't been taking seriously. 

I remember giving the images over to Sue and thinking.... it doesn't feel enough.

I mean they are just pictures!

Time caught up!

8 weeks passed and Emma, still strong, and having defied the doctors predictions. There was more hope. I realised that Danni and her family were grateful for each single moment Emma was here with them, still fighting and still smiling. They had made the most of their time and being taking Emma out as much as they could and also doing things with the children, including some outings organised by Jeremiahs Journey.

but time caught up... a few weeks ago Emma and Sue went to get some rest in a retreat in Wales. 4 days in.... I accompanied Danni on a late afternoon road trip to the other side of Wales to collect Emma and Sue.

Emma's health and declined... she wanted to come home.

I can tell you now that journey was the most emotional journey you could imagine. Neither me or Danni knew what we were driving to (my husband didn't even know where I was going as I had forgotten to mention in the rush to leave) and we had a great time talking about work and what we do; but there was an undertone and a worry of how Emma would be when we arrived.

Arrive we did to the most beautiful cottages and landscape but also to the pain and fear of Sue and the sounds of sickness and pain from Emma.

I am not one for dramatisation but I don't think there are words to describe the pain I could hear from upstairs that night every time Emma moved or was sick. Danni spent time rubbing her back and helping her through the rounds of sickness. 

I sat with Sue...trying to be useful. 

I didn't see Emma until the next morning!

Our beautiful view at Sunrise

Our beautiful view at Sunrise

Be useful...so I am always one for being useful so I helped tidy and pack up whilst Danni and Sue helped Emma get ready. We packed the the van and Danni made a makeshift bed for Emma to lay on, for the journey home.

That day I saw the reality of the pain that Emma had been suffering through...and it broke my heart. I have never had to witness any suffering like it and to have no ability to help in anyway.. there are no words.

All I have is images...

So Danni brought her sister and her mum home. Through tears, sickness, pain and exhaustion she got her home to her children.

Emma had a better night that night and managed to sleep through, I can't help but think she was missing her children.

00:44am and this needs to be shared..

So it is 00:44am on Saturday 7th May 2016 and yes I am writing this NOW because time has indeed caught up.

Yesterday Emma became very ill and received the results of an MRI that showed the cancer had gotten worse... she has now been given only days and the heart ache of the family and friends can be felt for miles.

I can't say that writing this is going to help anything, but if we all give a part of ourselves then collectively we can send our love and energy to my dear friends right now, when they need it the most. 

To Emma's children who are fighting for their mum.

To Sue who is fighting for her daughter.

To Danni and Terri who are fighting for their sister.

To Dave, Stacey and EVERYONE else I have met and names and escaped me and those who I haven't yet had the chance to.

Help me send them love, strength and energy for whatever the next few days bring.

Give whatever you can give in your thoughts and prayers.

With Love!

Louise x

Inspirational People

When you work in an industry like the wedding industry you meet a huge amount of different people. I believe it is so important to have a group of industry professionals who you can bounce ideas off and collaborate with. It is also very important to me to have people around me who want to build and create incredible services for all future brides and grooms.

I am very lucky to have spent an evening working alongside Danielle of The Wedding Hub this evening and talk all things wedding and future plans now that she has relocated and is in the midst of creating a even more beautiful shop.

I am very excited for our shoot soon to photograph the new setting and see the transformation further.

Wedding Fair Gift Bags

Wedding Fair Gift Bags

Lotty Lollipop

Lotty Lollipop

Just beautiful things lying around!

Just beautiful things lying around!

Trinkets and Treasures 

Trinkets and Treasures 

Come down and see for yourself really soon!

Funky Poppy - a winning name

What an exciting moment for Button-Flies, last week we had the privilege of winning a beautiful necklace from the talented Lizzy at Funky Poppy in Plymouth.

Lizzy names her necklaces after friends and was looking for a name for her newest creation. As I am button obsessed mummy, I submitted my newest edition 'Ophelia Rose' name for the competition and we WON.

Ophelia Rose with Lizzy @ Funky Poppy

Ophelia Rose with Lizzy @ Funky Poppy

I was so excited!

My grandma even went and bought one knowing it was named after her great-granddaughter.

So that of course meant I needed to take a visit to Funky Poppy (oh no a shop full of buttons....) and say thank you in person with Ophelia, and of course take some pictures of Lizzy's beautiful shop.

Lizzy creates all sorts of wonderful pieces with buttons, including necklaces, earrings and rings.

While I was in the shop she had a regular customer come in with an outfit and asked Lizzy to create a piece to match; this is an amazing personal service and I am looking through my wardrobe now to find an outfit that needs 'buttoning up'.

ATTENTION BRIDES!

Lizzy also creates the most beautiful button bouquets for you and your bridesmaids. These can be built to match and compliment your colour scheme and are an amazing keepsake after your special day.

I could look at the thousands of unique buttons Lizzy stocks to personalise any clothing or to build your personal jewellery collection.


The pictures say it all!

The Wedding Hub - Review

Cake Toppers from Lotty Lollipop

Cake Toppers from Lotty Lollipop

The Wedding Hub

It is in the name, this beautiful shop run by the talented Danielle Donnelly of Faithful Designs, is the quirky shaped, magpies nest out of your wedding dreams.

The collection of wedding details that are showcased there are truly beautiful, unique and elegant.

I spent the morning with Danni chatting about all of the ideas she has for her stationary business, the shop and future ventures; this lady is EXCITED about life and the possibilities.

The shop is decorated with vintage furniture, revamped to compliment the branding of the business. The cut in half tables used as shelving is genius and truly in Danni style AWESOME.

She has sought out designers and creatives who can provide brides with personal details you will not find on the high street and she continues to seek out and bring new wedding blood to Devon.

Chalk board cake crafted by Edible Essence Couture Cake Art

Chalk board cake crafted by Edible Essence Couture Cake Art

A chalk board cakes by Edible Essence stands proudly in the window on a vintage rose covered swing, jars of buttons and accessories aline the walls and  there are trinkets and treasures galore and the most amazing hand painted cake toppers from Lotty Lollipop ...need I say more? This is the stuff of daydreams.

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Alright so I may have a soft spot for this place but I am in genuine awe of Danni and her ability to dream up and find the most incredible designs and decorations for her businesses and shop, this woman knows her stuff and has built for us a little girls dressing room with the class for the reluctant lady in us all.

If fairies do not reside here I will be surprised.

Go and visit, you will not be disappointed!

 

Event of the year - The Bespoke Bride Guide

Caravan from Cybel's Vintage Hire 

Caravan from Cybel's Vintage Hire 

Wedding fairs, the daunting events where you walk around not making eye contact and have your head phones on faking a phone call or listening to anything to drown out the calls from scary vendors. Well that was my experience of them anyway, out of 5 weddings fairs I went to I only enjoyed one (where I actually met my amazing florist for my day).

However the weekend before last literally changed my view on them completely, when I decided to pop along to Devonport Guildhall to see the vendors at The Bespoke Bride Guide organised by the beautiful twin duo Sophie and Laura.

Sophie and Laura sisters and co-organisers of The Bespoke Bride Guide Fair

Sophie and Laura sisters and co-organisers of The Bespoke Bride Guide Fair

These beautiful ladies decided to start their own wedding directory after spending huge amounts of time trawling through the internet trying to find unique vendors when planning their own weddings.

They have linked arms with some incredible designers and crafts professionals, to help brides to find something personal and unique for their special day. All coming together in a beautiful unique wedding ceremony venue they created a truly wonderful experience.

Come on Louise, I hear you say, tell us about these AWESOME people. Well I am biased of course because some good friends of mine were attending the fair, however from attending, EVERY single vendor there were not only amazing at what they do, but actually really WONDERFUL people too; people you would want to be a part of your special day, people who can add those final touches that you have envisaged in your 'dream wedding' plan.

First impressions are so important and walking up the road that leads to Devonport Guildhall, with the blue sky and sun shining warming the buildings Roman style architecture, it was a great view; a great view added to by the welcoming I received from Cybels Vintage Hire wedding caravan. You can hire this quirky caravan, kitted out for afternoon tea with vintage china and a perfect venue for a wedding photo booth. Photo booths have become very popular at wedding receptions, it allows the guests to have the fun of dressing up and creating some amazing memories.

Photobooth Props in Cybel's Vintage Hire Caravan 

Photobooth Props in Cybel's Vintage Hire Caravan 

Zoe-Ann and Amanda, the lovely ladies behind the business provide an amazing hire service that can complete the theme of your day. They offer hire of teacups and saucers, tablecloths, bunting and even some vintage wooden games. Zoe-ann has been passionate about collecting vintage items since she was young and I was very excited to know we share a love of old books.

Climbing the steps to the fair, I was passed by lots of smiling young ladies with partners, mums and friends alike. I am a sucker for a smile, so I was drawn like a magpie to jewellery straight into the fair to meet the lovely Sophie and Laura for the first time.

They greeted all of their guests personally, which displayed the passion they have for what they are doing and the service they are providing. We all know I love a good chin wag so I felt at home.

All of their guest brides received a goody bag and a chip for a free drink as well.

The first vendor I saw was a good friend of mine Danielle Donnelly who is an award winning stationary designer and owner of the newly open Wedding Hub. Danielle was sharing some of the incredible creations from the beautiful designers who display in her shop.

The key thing that strikes me about Danielle's businesses is her eye for beautiful creations and uniqueness. Not only are her stationary designs beautiful she stocks equally BEAUTIFUL items such as material flower bouquets, INCREDIBLE cakes and STUNNING jewellery. All bespoke, meaning you are not likely to have a guest wearing the same as you on your big day.

Danielle is one of the most confident and focused business women I have had the chance to meet and on speaking to her I am very excited for the future of her business ventures.

Edible Essence displayed at The Wedding Hub

Edible Essence displayed at The Wedding Hub

Another lovely, incredibly savvy business woman and creative was next for me to see. Claire Thomas of La Beau nail studio. Claire and all the ladies at La Beau are amazingly talented and on the day of the event were even offering free manicures and pimms. These ladies KNOW how to make you feel special. The ever expanding business has been growing and growing since it opened in 2008 and has welcomed celebrity clients on their visits to the area.

'The salon is known for its friendly atmosphere and welcoming tranquility, as well as its host of refreshing, reviving treatments' Labeaunailstudio.co.uk.

I had my nails pampered at La Beau for my own wedding in 2013 and I would highly recommend you visit these lovely ladies with your bridesmaids and mums. It is a beautiful studio with an amazing atmosphere.

As I was eyeing up the Pimms at the La Beau stand I was surrounded by the most beautiful 'rustic' styled display from Green & Pip. I was enchanted by the rural feel of Pip's designs, each bouquet and table decoration had an elegant wild crafted feel about it. I could imagine many a bride loving the simplicity and elegance for their special day. I didn't get to chat much to Pip because prospected couples flocked to her original display; evidence that what Green & Pip offer is right on the mark.

From rustic and rural to pretty and pink. Hannah Burnett floristry was displaying a collection of very feminine wedding flowers. Hannah and I met on a wedding in April, where she styled the ceremony room with beautiful hanging jars of 'hand picked' flowers.

I may have scared Hannah off her seat with my approach to her table as she was very focused on a task, however she continued to greet me with a smile. What I love about Hannah's business is not only are her flowers eye catching and beautiful, she continues this style through her business stationary and website.

Now I am a stationary geek so when I see any invitations, name cards or table plans I go walk at the knees. Knots & Kisses, owned by the beautiful and eccentric Nikki (who has a love for the same films as me, yes I talk about everything. Being nosey is my job) was a delight to talk to and was helped on the day by her hubby, who was showing proposed clients the beautiful designs Nikki creates.

 

It was an absolute pleasure to speak to such a lovely industry professional, it always makes my day to know that brides are getting amazing, friendly and special service.

What I also love about Knots & Kisses is that as a business it thrives to meet a very high standard, 'you are only as good as your last wedding' was the discussion I had with Nikki.

I am looking forward to the rebranding that is currently underway, to see what Nikki will do next.

Are you enjoying this? I know I am, we have already had some amazing professionals with a huge variety of skills but also huge personalities. I would love to hang out for coffee and cake with these people.

The overall feeling from Sophie and Laura's event was that of uniqueness and that 'something special'. For me nothing could have been more true to this than the services of The Guide of Cornish Celebrants, who provide bespoke wedding ceremonies in any location and style. Talking to the founders Nicola and Denise time flew, I could have conversed with these passionate and dynamic ladies for hours.

Nicola and Denise have a wonderful vision of providing unique and truly special ceremonies, they have a true love and dedication to people and it shines through when you meet them. I was so interested in what they do that I am actually writing an article dedicated to them soon, so for now I will leave the full details (if you are an eager beaver then please visit their website).

Speaking of cake...

The Little Lark Cake Company where showcasing some incredible designs, including a 'chalk board' style cake finished off with some delicate and beautiful hand crafted icing flowers.

Each cake that was on display showed just how varied you can be and how you really can add your own personality, even to the cake. These were no Victoria sponge (though that is my favourite cake as my grandma well knows).

From sugar bouquets to broaches. The last vendor I had the privilege to speak to was the owner of Flourish, who's stand was not to disappoint any magpie's eye.

The team are just about to open a physical shop in Hooe, allowing them to display more of their incredible broach bouquets for you to see as well as their flower arrangements. There will be a VIP opening event, so do keep an eye out for that.

At this point in the fair I had actually stayed for nearly 2 hours and I had to leave before I was able to have a huge conversation with Flourish or the remaining vendors who attended. I met a wonderful photographer, Meg's photos, who not only had a great visual display, she did attempt to kill me with her lazer vision when I told her I was a photographer too. Ironically I spent so much time chatting to Meg I didn't focus on getting any shots of her display (sorry Meg).

What I want to say to you all, if I did not get a chance to see your display or speak at length with you, I can only apologise but I can not take the blame for every one of you being so awesome and friendly that I got lost in the world of unique weddings.

It took me so much longer to write this post, due to the volume of awesome pictures I was able to capture and the vast amount of wonderful, positive and inspiring experiences at the event.

I LOVE weddings and anything to do with them, but I will admit that Sophie and Laura's event have made me rekindle with the WHY!

Go and check out the guide NOW!

www.thebespokebrideguide.co.uk

Why I LOVE wedding Photography!

When I decided to become more focused on being a full time mum, it didn't just mean leaving my full time employment. It also meant having to review my plans to work on more photography commissions; my plan was to leave work and to become a full time photographer instead, but I realised that this would be the same in terms of time spent with Ollie. I sat and looked at which of the areas of photography I enjoyed the most and which was financially and creatively beneficial to me.

Since starting my business in 2007, I had worked on fashion editorials, beauty shoots, events, portraits and weddings.

In all of those, my strongest passion came to fashion and weddings and as I was living in the South West, the wedding option was looking to be the best option to take.

I decided to team up with my father-in-law Scott Rothney who was looking for a second shooter at some weddings he was doing, after doing just 2 with him in 2012 (whilst 12 weeks pregnant with Ollie) I realised this was THE option I wanted to take.

This year Scott and I have worked on some wonderful weddings, that have boosted my passion further and increased my portfolio to a new level. We have found a complimentary style, which I thought may be difficult with two photographers from very different photographic backgrounds.

I have been reviewing all of the weddings from this year and I have displayed some here for you to see; in reviewing them, with a smile on my face I thought it would be interesting to look at what it was about being a wedding photographer that has kept my hand in.

The Day!

1. Getting ready - One of my favourite parts of the day is being with the bride and her bridal party getting ready for the day. It has always been and always will be an honour to be a part of this special time. My fun memories when working with the bride in the morning have been:

  • Helping with corsets and buttons
  • Playing and entertaining little ones
  • Doing up shoes and jewellery
  • Shooting all of the excitement of course
  • Helping a bride go to the loo in her dress! This has to be my favourite of all.

The getting ready part of the day is where I build the rapport with the family which helps me capture their personalities and emotions more naturally because we are almost distant friends by this time.

2. The Ceremony - The ceremony is a wonderful part of the day and of course the main reason everyone is there. It is exciting to see the love between a couple and the family there to support them. It is a beautiful celebration full of laughter and happy tears. For me it is a very private moment that as a photographer we should feel privileged to be a part of. It is key for me that this part of the day is where I am 'invisible' but capturing all of the key moments of emotion.

My memorable moments from the ceremony are:

  • A comical vicar
  • Wonderfully emotional readings from guests
  • A bride and groom dancing to a disney song leaving the church
  • The tears of joy from mums

3 - The group shots/posed photos - Once the ceremony is over, this part of the day is where we as photographers must really jump into action and we become more visible and more involved. I love having the banter with the family and also with Scott, which makes the whole experience fun and relaxed. This is also where we get to ask the couple to do some interesting poses to reflect their personalities.

Group shot memories:

  • Controlling a group of 160 people from an 8 foot wall
  • Photographing pet dogs as part of the day
  • Balancing a bridal party on a table

4 - The exit - Leaving the day is one of my favourite parts (no not because I want to get home) because it is where you know you have done your job and done it well. I love hearing that they have enjoyed you being with them on their special day and it is a great feeling when they say thank you.

Following the Day!

Following the day I very much enjoy the edit of a wedding, I like to remember all of the funny banter between a couple, the guests and also us. It reminds me why I decided to keep wedding photography in my life. It reminds me that love is still alive and such a treasure in the world.

Once the couple receive their images it is always lovely to read/see their responses. It makes me proud to use my skill to capture on of the most important day in a couples life together.

I thought on writing this post that I would find a few select points that I love about wedding photography but as I worked through it I realised I loved it all. I know why my work improves, because my passion gets bigger each time. I have over the years met a number of photographers who didn't feel wedding photography was for them and to them thank you, because I get to work on them more!

I want to say a huge thank you to all of the bride and grooms of this year, those still to come and those who have eagerly booked us for next year. You are why I do this!

Much Love

WEDDINGS ROCK!