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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 may have noticed 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.

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 

 

Miss Vintage Rose - Creative Expression of the Magical Kind

Images taken by Miss Vintage Rose

Images taken by Miss Vintage Rose

There comes a time for us all when the fairy dust is blown away by the winds of adulthood and our eyes are closed to our daydreams. We all crave an escape and remembrance of the days when believing in anything, was absolutely possible. The warmth of the sun, its beams dancing on a calm flickering stream as the tree branches sway to the rhythm of your breathing. Everything seems in sync and you see the world with a wonder and enchantment. As if you had just been born; this is a feeling many of us now, through the industrial age, trying to regain. We crave the connection of dreaming and nature with our lives again, with this in mind finding artists and creatives that can give us a helping hand (because lets me honest we never really know how to describe these feelings) is magic in itself.

This wave of magical enlightenment is what washed over me when looking at the beautiful work of Zephyre Rose Hood and I had to share it with you too. The most encapsulating element of these images are of course the beautiful daughter of Zephyre, who embodies all we miss about being a little girl.

As I saw these images come through my feed, I felt the fairy dust of my daydreams settle on my eyelashes and float around inside my head lighting up my thoughts.

Zephyre created these images on the floor, with her little fairy willingly bringing her visions to life. The tones and the lighting give your eyes a slight haze that makes you feel your gently squinting through a misty sunrise. I literally love this set of images and I can not wait to see more of the body of work through the year.

There is something very Anne Geddes about this body of work, moving away from contemporary child portraiture, that over the years has come flooding into our living rooms (yes hands up I have been filling some of those living room walls). However what Zephyre's work has in common is the ability to bring personality to her images, you can see that her daughter is sharing a moment with her mum, that in her open and free mind is completely real.

Miss Vintage Rose also encompasses photography and illustration you see her work below.

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