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?
A few weeks before Christmas 2017 I arranged a winter wedding themed photography shoot with some very talented wedding suppliers from around Wiltshire, specifically Malmesbury, Cirencester and Tetbury. The idea was to bring together rich colours and textures to show to potential brides looking to get married in 2018/19. After all, you don’t have to get married in the Summer these days, venues like Grittleton House offer wedding packages all year round.
The shoot was a great success although the weather did throw us a bit of a curve ball, it didn’t put us off. After being a wedding photographer for quite a while now, you can’t let a little bit of snow beat you.
Here are some images from the shoot, just a few of my personal favourites.
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.
So you’ve spent months and months planning your very special day and its now only a few days before you tie the knot so as to speak! There are so many details to your wedding day so making sure that nothing is forgotten or overlooked is critically important to your day going smoothly.
As a Wedding Photographer I see brides and grooms worrying during the best day of their lives that they or someone in the wedding party may have forgotten something or the timing is out. Together let’s walk through some important, must remember, details before your wedding day.
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!
When Sharon rang me last year to say she had got engaged I was over the moon for her. This lady is one of the smiliest happiest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet and so deserved to find her prince and fall in love. Better yet she said they’d be getting married at the gorgeous Wasing Park Barn!
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.