Look what happens when a few Whitewed Directory wedding suppliers get together! Thats right, an explosion of beautiful dresses and stunning styling all wrapped up with lots of creativity. Take a peek below the line and see what you think?
The minute I met Nicki and Andy at a wedding fair back in 2016 I kept my fingers crossed they would book me. They seemed fun, full of life and very much in love. At this point they didn’t have a venue so just took my business card and said they would be back in contact. A few months on, Nicki rang me to say she would like to meet up to chat with me about their wedding plans, to say I was a little excited is a slight understatement. We met up at their home and chatted for ages, I also got to meet their little furry friend Heath the moggy (very cute). We looked at albums, drank tea and had a giggle. I was absolutely over the moon when Nicki rang me early January 2017 to say they wanted me to capture their wedding day for them, I couldn’t stop smiling. They had booked the Elvetham Hotel in Hampshire on the 6th January 2018 for their special day, a very grand hotel indeed for a beautiful winter wedding. My second photographer was also booked to capture the grooms preparations.
I figured it was about time that I caught up and put pen to paper so as to speak so I’d like to chat with you about Family Photography.
With every booking I always like to prepare my clients for their shoot. Usually what to wear is a hot topic, what to expect from me and what they need to do, to name but a few. Questions evolve from these points which I think would be lovely to share with you too. In case you are thinking of refreshing your family photos these subjects may help you to decide. Feel free to ask your own questions in the comments below, would be lovely to hear your thoughts.
My personal preference to family photography is outdoors in the fresh air. I always remember as a child being taken to the local photographers studio with my sister all dressed up in our Sunday best with our new hair cuts (my fringe was always too short!!) and then positioned very unnaturally in bright light and told to smile! Some people like the studio style of photography as it has moved on a lot since the 70’s!! It’s not wrong, it’s just very different and not the style I choose.
I always love to chat with you about you and your family and the sort of things you like to do together, where you might visit as a family. You might walk the dog in your local woods or park or go to a lake with the children. There are so many places in Wiltshire, Berkshire and Gloucestershire to visit which make the most beautiful backdrops. Natural light is so magical and pretty. You could be anywhere, but if the sun is shining even on a crisp cold day your pictures will be stunning.
Below are a few images where we all went to a local woodland for a walk with the family pooch. We had fun, got some fresh air and now they have a lush frame hanging in their lounge keeping those special memories alive.
The answer to that is yes I can help you choose what to wear, I love that bit. The decision around what to wear is not one to be taken lightly! Making sure that colours work well together and don’t clash is very important. For instance, you might like to wear stripes but your husband also has stripes on or even worse checks!! In the picture above, the lady has a striped jumper but because its a light colour it works well with her husbands light jumper and her sons darker jackets. You see, it all works in harmony! In the summer time you have a little more choice. You can wear whites and light pastel colours, bleached jeans or even, if your daring, shorts!
Tops with lots of writing on or branding is not a good idea, that is unless you really want to wear it and then we can blend it with everyone else; I’m sure we can make an exception or two!
In the winter you have the option of wearing layers which you can take off or tie round your waist or just wrap up with scarves and hats. You see so many many options and ways of accessorising which all help you to feel comfortable and relaxed.
Below are some images from a shoot I did for a Mum and Dad who wanted pictures of their daughters, this was taken in the Summer, hence the shorts, at Lydiard Park in Swindon. We named the shoot ‘Sisters’.
I know that when I book something special I like to know the full details, what’s happening and when, don’t you? This is why I treat my photography the same way, no misunderstandings or nasty surprises (not a fan of them!!). I like to speak to you a few days before your shoot to make sure you are comfortable with timings, the weather and location and to allay any worries you may have. I’ll also confirm the time, place and meeting point in an email just in case.
On the day of the shoot we meet up and quite simply go for a walk all together. I’ll explain that I may ask you to stand near a tree or in long grasses or just walk together but at every step you’ll know what to do. If I don’t think the light is right or the way you’re standing isn’t flattering or whatever, I’ll let you know. After all, you want to love your images and not look at them and wince!!
Oh and yes, you have full license to be silly! Lots of sillyness is required, lots of laughter and smiles is a pre-requisite for your family photography. Laughter is after all good for the heart so lets make it infectious 🙂
So you see your questions are easily answered, there are no scary moments and if you decide to book me to capture those special family memories, you’ll never be asked to ‘give us a smile’, I promise! Its all about having fun, spending some quality time together and being able to look back at your photos for years to come and be transported back to that exact moment.
If you’ve had a shoot in the past and would like to share your experiences with us write in the comments below.
It’s been lovely chatting and I hope to see you all again soon.
I can hear some of you thinking so what? Do I care whether my wedding confetti is fake or not? It’s only going to be thrown up in the air to make pretty pictures for the wedding photographer and dissolve on the floor eventually!
After meeting the lovely Natalie Lovett of the Whitewed Directory here in Wiltshire I was super excited when she very kindly introduced me to Emma and Vanessa at Grittleton House. This beautiful house nestled in the Wiltshire Cotswolds is a pure gem and a wonderful Wiltshire wedding venue.
OMG, it’s another new year and I bet you feel like you’ve overeaten at Christmas, lets face it who hasn’t?
Would you believe it that a massive 21.4% of the population make the New Years Resolution to lose weight and get in shape, I know I’ve been one of those for many years and I always fail by putting too much pressure on myself for what, to feel good, to look better? You are not seeing the true fabulous you!
We had the best weather, a great location and lots of fun. Jamie & Shannan met with me for their pre-wedding photography shoot at Porchester Castle on the South Coast. The sun was shining making the water twinkle and giving us all that lovely warm summer feeling. Absolutely beautiful. These two lovely people are getting married in June at Catherington Church, one of the prettiest churches I’ve had the pleasure of visiting.
There is so much help out there on the web, wedding fayres, magazines and not to mention recommendations from your friends and family that it can be a tad overwhelming which is why I wanted to put in my two pennies worth and see if I can help at all? Aside from the usual bookings to be made like the stunning venue, a fabulous professional photographer (of course!!), and florist etc you might also like to think about other important things that will help your day go smoothly. There is a list of Trusted Suppliers on my website if you wanted to take a peek. Below are just a few to get you started.
Wow, what an amazing morning spent with the beautiful lady Jess x
Whilst I was visiting the stunning countryside of Cumbria last month, Jess and I arranged to meet at The Royal Hotel, Kirkby-Lonsdale. This hotel is definitely worth a visit, not only is the food totally amazing but the decoration is absolutely gorgeous and very different and so perfect for Jess’s styled Boudoir shoot. We carefully chose Room 4 for its large sash windows allowing the room to be drenched in the morning sun, it has a lovely chaise longue to compliment the shoot and sumptuous floor to ceiling silk curtains. All in all my kind of hotel – lush!
Jess had her hair and makeup styled in the morning before the shoot by her talented sister and then we got cracking with the shoot. The images we captured together were nothing short of gorgeous. Below are a few I can share with you.
Boudoir Photography is all about making you feel beautiful and restoring some confidence in yourself that may have gone missing along the way. If you really like what you see and would like to plan your own elegant Boudoir shoot why not get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call on 07762951865. I would really like to hear from you and have the opportunity of making you feel like you again xx