A M Y & E M M A - Sunset, skulls & lots of love!

'We have been blown away by our photos. I can not stop looking at them! Louise, your our life photographer now!!'

Amy & Emma, it has taken me an age to share these because I am still speechless about your beautiful day at Ocean Kave.

There is so much I could write about your incredible day. The love between you is beautiful, authentic and passionate. You gave me so many beautiful moments to capture that I need a few blog posts to share these.

Amy & Emma got married at the beautiful Ocean Kave in the height of Summer and had a full day of celebrating their love and their special day with their family. We had the most glorious weather allowing us to shoot all through the day until sunset.

They wanted to have a relaxing day with their friends and family. They had all stayed the night before to eat together and relax before their day, to come together and enjoy each others company. To also make the most of the stunning bridal suite at Ocean Kave which is truly luxurious.

Both Amy & Emma wore the most incredibly elegant dresses and without seeing each others they even chose something very similar as well. 

It was a beautiful day of love, laughter, tears and skull infused celebration. After their ceremony and eating we took a quiet walk along the coastal path for an intimate photo session with a mix of sunset rays and smoke-bombs (A huge thank you to Danielle from Faithful Designs who helped with the styling and braving setting off the smokes-bombs again)

Everything was just too perfect for even my words.

Thank you Amy & Emma for such a wonderful, unforgettable day.

Enough talk, check out part one of these wonderful ladies day.

(Some images below are from the talented MargoR Photography who shot with me for part of the day HUGE thank you Margo)

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TIME TO CELEBRATE - PT 2 COMING SOON

To see Emma & Amy's pre wedding confidence shoot on the beach WITH SMOKE BOMBS click here.

Heidi & Tim Pt 2 - Origami, Llamas and Thunderstorms

We can not thank Louise enough for the fantastic job she did of capturing our special day. Her attention to detail and passion for what she does shone through and we could not have been happier with the end result. Tim & Heidi

Tim & Heidi's wedding part 2, after such an amazing intimate first ceremony, did not disappoint at all. Visually there was so much to capture, so much emotion and fun. All of the venue dressing had been done the day before, by Tim, Heidi family, friends and even myself and my husband pitched in.

I LOVED the hand potted plants as favours for guests. Taking something home with them to remember the day that grows with love and care. Just too awesome!

(As a side note Tim & Heidi also decided to start a beautiful house plant company called Wild Home together this summer as well, joining together their passions for plants and interior design.)

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ORIGAMI

The personal touches to the beautifully minimal decor extended into the ceiling decorations which saw the marquee adorned with origami animals, which were made by friends and family and sent back with the RSVPS for the invitations.

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GETTING READY

The next day we were on for wedding part 2!

With a second dress and a second colour scheme, Tim & Heidi got the chance to express themselves twice.

Starting at Heidi's parents house, surrounded by her sisters and nieces and nephews was a fun, beautiful way to start the day. It was wonderful to watch them all helping each other with hair and makeup was wonderful and their hairdresser was a family friend too. Everything was so calm and close. 

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Then we whisked off to the beautiful Yorkshire Heart Vineyard for their outdoor ceremony! The weather was very dramatic

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THUNDERSTORMS

The weather was so dramatic and looked fantastic on camera. Though we did duck into the marquee to finish their wedding blessing as the lightening struck and then the heavens opened.

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SURPRISE LLAMAS

As if there were not some incredible moments to photograph as it was, a surprise petting zoo was on site for Heidi & Tim as a present because of their love of animals. It was fantastic to see all the guests holding and feeding the animals when the storm stopped and the sun came back out.

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ALL ABOUT US

As with most of my couples, Heidi & Tim didn't want to be away from their celebrations for a huge amount of time. We took 15 minutes together to take a stroll, to take in the day and capture some moments of them together.

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'GROUPS'

I think the day for all standing together, formal style group shots is done. For me it is anyway. I became a shadow and followed Tim & Heidi around while they caught up with their guests and captured them where they were. It meant we have versatile group shots in lots of places around their venue. 

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LETS REMEMBER & CELEBRATE

We had some wonderful speeches and words of remembrance and love from Heidi & Tim's special people. Along with my first thank you gift given in the speeches.

Everyone made way for the first dance and then joined in with the celebrations and party.

Even I was told to put my camera down...

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Well, what else can I say! I know I talk a lot but no words really describe the feelings I get when I get to be such a close part of so many peoples special days.

Heidi & Tim! Thank you for having me!

TO SEE PART 1 AGAIN CLICK HERE

 

To see Tim & Heidi's full wedding gallery click HERE. This takes you to an external site where you will be asked for an email address purely to view the images. Your email address will not be used for anything else.

The question I wish you would ask me....

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Are you asking your suppliers this?

Ok, so lets get serious for a second. You are hiring a service for one of the biggest days of your life, you have saved for a number of years, family are investing in your day with you, you are working more hours to get a bigger budget for your dream outfit and venue!

That is a big deal....

If you were buying a brand new car for £12,000+ (average wedding costs from my own head and experience...ooo shall I get a statistic) you would insure it... am I right? So that if something happened you would be covered to fix it or replace it?

So.... have you taken out wedding insurance?

Ok I will be honest with you... I did not even know this existed when I got married so I didn't do it but if I was to go back I would.

Then... and this is THE question...are you asking your suppliers if they are insured and if you aren't DO IT NOW! 

I am not going to write out my entire policy because that is DULL... but I am going to share this!

If I leave my camera bag laying around and you trip over it and break your leg... we are covered.

If I damage your dress with my tripod or lights...we are covered

If I scratch your car when I climb on it to take the group shot..(ok I wouldn't but some might) I am covered.

All this along with if anything happens to my equipment on your big day!

Do you think that is important? Because I do and that is why I am a professional and I pay for that service. So you feel safe!

NOW! Have you also asked your other suppliers the same?

DOOM AND GLOOM?

I do not like doom and gloom but still being serious here your big day means a lot to you and it means a lot to me. I want you to feel safe and secure in your suppliers. All the professionals are great at what they do and will not doubt be insured. Accidents do happen even to the most experienced suppliers.

SO GET ASKING! We will be pleased that you did!

Want to know more about what to ask?

Ask about a suppliers insurances, what is covered and do they have public liability insurances (for makeup artists, hair stylists, photographers, bands and many more)

Confidence Sessions! - Why you need to let me take your photo before your big day!

 Engagement Shoot, Pre- wedding shoot, pre-wedding session, couples shoot...

There are so many different titles being used between photographers around the world for the mini shoot we attach/include in our packages. One of the above, maybe others that I have not come across.

BREAK THE MOULD

As you know I am not one for the norm and something was not sitting right with me when I was talking about the pre-wedding shoot and when I was writing about it on my website. It was not encapsulating what I knew the value of the pre-shoot was for my couples. So I use a different term.

Whichever term is used all the professionals I know will agree it is an essential part of the wedding photography journey.

FUN     PERSONAL    RELAXED    CREATIVE   

your Confidence Shoot

Why is it essential and why do I call it this?

I could write an endless article about this but lets keep it to some key bullet points...

- It is key in building in our rapport so you feel relaxed and confident having me around on your day.

I AM THE SUPPLIER YOU WILL SPEND THE MOST TIME WITH!

- It is an important part of your photography journey to build your confidence in having your photograph taken on your wedding day by me.

- You feel comfortable with me being close to you and guiding you through poses.

- I get to know more about you, what your passions are and what makes you laugh so I can make your photographs more personal (have a cool hobby you want to include in your shoot PLEASE tell me... acro yoga shoot anyone?

- You get to have some awesome photographs of yourselves to use at home or even on your wedding day for your displays.

- These photos make great Save the Date postcards.

- We get to add more excitement to your wedding journey. So many of the parts of wedding planning will not come to fruition until your day. With me we get to have a bit more fun, capturing memories, extended your chances to really take note of your journey. 

All of these elements make this a vital and hugely fun part of your wedding photography journey because hands down it helps create even better photographs for you!

So lets get chatting about your Confidence Shoot today!

Want to see more of my couples confidence shoots. Head on over to my wedding gallery portfolio and click on their albums.

That is not all...

Before your big day we will also do a venue visit, with my camera, to design YOUR shots for the day.

What's next Louise?

SIMPLICITY

Yes I am known for many words.

However my wedding photography package and journey with you is simple and personal.

So how does it work and what will our journey be?

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SIMPLICITY

I believe in a stress free, simple process.

- you like me/like my style

- meet for a cuppa & cake (skype call also can be arranged)

- feel great and chose me as your photographer - pay booking deposit of £300 that is non-refundable and comes off the overall total. 

- Book a 1 hour confidence shoot

- We visit your venue together to design your shots (See Why Here)

- Final payment made 12 weeks before your big day

- We have an awesome day capturing memories

- 1 week later you get a preview of your photographs in your online gallery

- 2/3 weeks later We meet for a cuppa and laugh and love through your images on your online gallery. 

- You go home, look at them again and download them to your computer. You share them with your family and friends.

- You choose your favourites and I create a mini album for you (between 8-12 weeks after your day)

PRETTY SIMPLE EH?

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PERSONAL

The most important ethos of my business over everything is that I am personal photographer. 

Your story, your memories, your love and connections matter to me.

I may seem nosey, I want to know what is going on in your life, what you love, what you hate, your pets names.

So we will meet for cups of tea (and yes more cake) chat on skype, through whatsapp throughout your journey. 

I am quite a good wedding agony aunt now if you need someone neutral to bounce and idea off.

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RELAXED

All this that I do is to help you feel relaxed on your day. No one wants to feel uncomfortable whilst they are getting dressed, or when I get close on personal with my camera.

I do very few 'formal' posed shots. No one wants to stand around for 40 minutes posing and smiling. We wander together and capture real moments and celebration with your loved ones and friends.

So thats what to expect from working with me and your wedding photography journey. All that is left to do is get that cuppa booked in!

Tim & Heidi Pt 1 - Weddings, cheese, coffee and a birthday!

Thank you so much Louise for everything you added to our day, we feel truly blessed that you came and dedicated everything you had to capturing every moment perfectly!
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When I rebranded at the beginning of 2016 and started my new road in my wedding photography business I sat and thought about what my business really is, and what I provide to my clients. 

What came to me first and foremost was real and personal; with such a flood of wedding photography that is very beautiful and creative but not always reflecting what is real and true about the couple or their wedding journey. Do not get me wrong, showing off photography skill is totally a chance to grab. However when you can use it to capture the real and the personal THATS THE SWEET SPOT.

So lets rewind.... and get personal!

I can not lie and say Tim & Heidi's wedding is all professional as Tim is my second cousin. We have always lived far apart and only ever saw each other at funerals and possibly a wedding or two many years ago. 

Tim's parents have a huge place in my heart, I always wanted to be able to do something to say thank you for their love, kindness and belief in me which I never got the chance to do for them personally. Losing them both in the last few years meant I felt that I could never repay them, so you can imagine my sheer joy when after a 10 year engagement and then a engagement renewal Tim & Heidi decided to finally tie the knot! 

So I sent them a message and that was all set! I was so excited and after some facebook chats and Skype calls I knew that it was set to be a show stopping wedding.

Fast forward and there was their awesome 2 part wedding. I spent 4 days in the company of the, their friends and family and my husband Dan came along too. We were part of so much, we laughed together, ate together, danced together and we hung SO MANY origami animals together. 

100% personal! 

Ok so lets get to the day! I know I am known for words but I take pretty cool photos too!

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Our day started at about 12pm when myself and Dan arrived in York after a drive up from Bath. We sat and had a cup of tea and chatted to Tim whist we laughed and watched Heidi cut the grass.... 2 hours before their wedding ceremony. Tim then joined the preparations and hung out the washing! These were not moments I could miss in the capturing of their day as it truly reflected their relaxed approach to their special day.

Around 1pm after eating some snacks in the sun, Tim & Heidi decided to get ready and I had the chance to capture some of their home. 

So many cool elements of design and personal touches to capture, which is always awesome for my visual mind. I spent some getting to know their very lovely dog Murphy. Who basked in the attention.

We then took a stroll to their intimate wedding ceremony.

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We met Heidi's parents who were witnessing their ceremony and in we went. We didn't expect to be allowed to photograph the actual ceremony but the registrars were lovely and let me hide in a corner.

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Cheese & Coffee

So then of course we did what every couple do... walked through the streets of York to eat cheese at Love Cheese.

Standard wedding day adventures.

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Museusms

We then took a stroll through York and through the museum grounds. It was beautiful to see the contrast of such a special moment for Heidi & Tim and the normality of a Wednesday afternoon for the people of York.

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Add in a birthday!

To finish off the very non-standard wedding celebrations (part 1) Tim & Heidi met their family in the museum gardens to then celebrate Heidi's mums birthday as well.

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Myself and Dan had the best day, really getting to know Tim & Heidi and spending time in their city. To see and capture so many personal and unique moments made me so photographically spoilt that it has taken me an age to share them. These are some of the highlights because I am hoping some awesome wedding blog will see them and snap them up and share them EVERYWHERE.

TO SEE PART 2 CLICK HERE

 

To see Tim & Heidi's full wedding gallery click HERE. This takes you to an external site where you will be asked for an email address purely to view the images. Your email address will not be used for anything else.

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.

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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

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Visit your venue WITH your photographer!

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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 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.

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.

I love this NEW purpose in my work! To design the shots with you and to focus on what is important to you. To capture some added details for your wedding journey. To document you making those huge decisions. It isn't all just a one day event. It takes you months and sometimes years of planning, documenting the steps of that is so exciting.

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! 

To see Dan & Kayleigh's beautiful day click HERE

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

 

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

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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!

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!

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!

Pretty Little Treats - Review

This week I have the pleasure of reviewing a Cornwall based, mother and daughter team craft business, 'Pretty Little Treats'. Charlotte (daughter) and Denise (mum) create elegant handmade jewellery that even hectic mums like me can wear to enhance our look. The pieces are stylised and continue the handmade look using visible stitching and frayed materials. The pieces are like a little piece of magic on a dull day; I spent time with the pieces, laying them out on the pebbles before committing them to digital memory, enjoying their simplicity, cuteness and vintage aura.

The jewellery arrived in a safely packaged bag, each piece in a cute little draw string bag, branded with the 'Pretty Little Treats' logo (which can be seen in the images above). The packaging made each piece feel individual and special and I felt excited to open each one.

I also received a gift as a thank you, a fabulous personalised scrabble piece which for a book worm like me, it was the perfect choice.

However I did grow attached to a purple heart pendant that I decided to model to show just how lovely the pieces look on.

All of the pieces I had the pleasure to wear and photograph were a wearable weight and comfortable. The pendants can be added to long or short chains for personalisation, each one comes with a chain ready to wear.

Other jewellery items include badges, rings and earrings in the same style. The team also create personalised nappy bags and baby bibs and are moving into baby animal toys as well.

What I love about this fabulous and innovative family business is just those things. The pieces are stylish, simple and elegant. With excellent delivery and a personal touch I would recommend purchasing anything from these lovely ladies for the experience alone. All of the items would make beautiful gifts for anyone who appreciates handmade and unique.

All items can be purchased on 'Pretty Little Treats' Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PrettyLittleTreats?page=1

Check out their website which is showing new items for purchase regularly http://www.prettylittletreats.com/