You may not have heard of wedding styling or know what it is, so allow me to explain. Perhaps you are in the early stages of planning your own wedding and enjoying browsing for ideas in wedding magazines. I still pick up these magazines now (I’m married) and ‘Ohhhh’ and ‘Ahhhhh’ at the ideas and trends that are detailed. I love how couples are opting for interesting and unusual personalised favours to thank their guests. I also love how eco weddings are popular with couples choosing to ‘go green’ when selecting environmentally friendly invitations or locally sourced flowers, there are so many little details that I love and think ‘Ohhh I’d love that’. As much as I love all this I’d be a little bamboozled if I was trying to decide on a theme or pull together a stylish look for my day.
If you are feeling bamboozled my advice is to go back to basics, think about you both as a couple. What do you like doing? What have you enjoyed about weddings you have been to in the past? How do you want guests to feel when they are at your wedding? What words would you hope they’d use to describe your wedding day once it was over? If you do this exercise this will start to help you see what’s important to you and what you want to focus on. Continue reading →
The newborn baby and family photography session featured today took place in Redland. It’s an area I know well having grown up a mile from here, so I reminisced in the car about my old stomping ground as I drove through Bristol’s streets en-route to this very special family photography shoot.
Being invited in to someone’s home for a family shoot is always enjoyable, especially a home so light and airy as Sian’s. I was really looking forward to this family session – partly as I secretly miss not having a baby to cuddle (were my children really that small?) So yep, I loved meeting newborn baby Evie and three-year-old Ellis. Having been recommended to Sian by a past family photography client, I knew that Sian was someone who appreciates family imagery and this was clear by the beautiful photographs on the walls of her home. She’s a girl after my own heart!
Photographing small children requires patience and I promise you I have it. With two small children of my own I know they don’t always want to have their photographs taken, so please don’t ever feel any pressure or expectation on my part if you book me to photograph your children, I’m laid back and go with the flow, determined to work with whatever is thrown at me.
Ellis I have to say was a natural in front of the camera, he was happy to read books to his Daddy (Stick Man incase you wondered…. we both knew the words), he showed me his toys and played trains with Daddy. It was lovely to see his personality shine through when he played hide & seek in the mirror with his Mummy. Then how his energy was quietened for a really tender moment when he got to lovingly hold his beautiful three week old sister.
Evie was a darling all through her shoot, a natural! I’m so pleased I was able to capture individual images of her, as well as a selection of her with her family.
If you are interested in a family shoot with me please do get in touch. I love at home shoots like this but am equally happy to head outdoors too. Let’s discuss what you’re thinking 🙂
Being at home is the best way to capture your children being themselves. However, if you’d prefer to head outdoors then we can arrange an outdoor session also. Just get in touch today to discuss availability.
I’m over the moon to see the Shooting Sisters featured in the September issue of Professional Photographer Magazine in a great article written by Boo Marshall. Founded in January 2011, the Shooting Sisters are a female photography group originally set up to provide second shooting opportunities, laughter, photography advice and real support to each other. I’m proud to be a part of it. In the 18 months since its been running the group has exceeded my expectations 150% and I’ve made some amazing friendships that run far deeper than most photography groups. I’m currently organising a trip for us to go to Centre Parcs in October with the promise that we can slink in the sauna, drink wine and of course, talk photography. It’s going to be amazing.
I got the chance last month to photograph Heidi, one of my photography friends. Heidi is an amazing photographer and I love her work, but more than that she is a cool person to just spend time with and talk photography, life and the universe! Heidi came down to Bristol with two of her daughters, I took her and the girls to See No Evil – the UK’s largest street art project. Its colourful, its exciting and it was the perfect start to our family shoot.