I was so excited when Alice asked if we could include some smoke in their woodland shoot, I wasn’t so excited about the rain though. Turns out I needn’t have worried because these two took it all in their stride, danced as it poured and jumped in to the back of their car when it was at it’s worst. The unpredictability of it all and a dose of sugar from the doughnuts they bought mean this is one of my favourite shoots to date! Plus I took Elsie along for the ride and she was pretty darn good at making them laugh.
On Friday I got to draw a big red line through one of the items on my photography bucket list and can happily say that ‘photo shoot in an empty swimming pool’ has been well and truly done thanks to general maintenance at Catmose Sports Centre. When they called to tell me that my daughters swimming lesson would be cancelled this weekend because they had to drain the pool, I said “Great! Any chance I can take photos in it?!”
And I wasn’t the only one who was excited either, Jody from ‘Don’t Settle Petal‘ jumped at the chance to be a part of it. Not only is she a very talented florist, she’s also an awesome model and aced every part of it. I’m particularly loving her decision to add pink to her hair this week because it stood out perfectly from the blue of the pool!
Dresses came from the love that is Katie Dell Designs and even though we got them a little bit wet, no dresses were harmed during the duration of the shoot! You should totally check out her new collection as there are some beautiful pieces in there and her separates are stunning.
Here is how my shoot in an empty swimming pool turned out…
Thanks to all those involved in bringing this to life and big thanks to Tim Dunk Photography too who is a wonder to bounce ideas off and a very charming light stand. Couldn’t have done it without him. xx
I’m a little late to the party but I wanted to get my 2017 wedding highlights out to you lot by the end of January and I’ve managed it with a few days to spare so it’s not all bad!
I really did have an epic year of weddings and would happily have made the slideshow about ten minutes long but come on, who has time for that?! I’m a big fan of smiles and laughter and movement in my photos and I’d like to think the pics I’ve chosen reflect that.
It has ended up about six minutes and two songs long and that’s more than enough to give you an idea of what I’ve been up to. And in case you’re wondering, the music is by an old band called ’99 Years’ who were, and some of them still are, friends of mine from a very young age…making it a pretty good soundtrack to reminisce to.
Going through pictures from 2017 was tough, I found myself saying “oh that one, and that one!” more than once or twice, and even after finishing it and posting it considered re rendering it so I could include a favourite I had forgotten, it’s so hard! There have been So. Many. Moments. And all of them wonderfully memorable.
There was also the wedding of Kate and Austin which I totally bloody bypassed in the selection process and not because their wedding wasn’t amazing, it was brilliant, but because my brain malfunctioned and I skipped it. It should definitely be within my wedding highlights, without a doubt. So in ode to them, I’m including some pictures from their day too because they should be in there, along with a few others…and maybe some more. Do you see why this is so hard?!
They’re swing dancers! SWING DANCERS! How on earth did I forget them?! 2017 was great from start to finish, I even ended it on a NYE wedding in my home town with a lovely couple and a fantastic party. You can’t ask for more than that. All that is left for me to do is look forward to 2018, starting with a bang in less than two weeks at The George Hotel in Stamford and ending with another NYE extravaganza and the small matter of a little trip to Italy in the middle. I can’t bloody wait.
When I suggested to these two outdoor, bike enthusiasts that we hire a tandem and head to the water they didn’t argue one little bit! As it’s on my door step, Rutland Water Engagement photos are something of a speciality of mine so it was great to add a little bit extra to this one.
Laura & Adam are getting married on New Years Eve at Oakham Castle with their reception at The Falcon Hotel in Uppingham so pulling in another Rutland Landmark seemed only right for their warm up shoot.
I had so much fun with these two and I’m already looking forward to partying with them at the close of the year!
When I suggested a tandem ride to Laura & Adam for their wedding warm up session there was no argument, we were good to go!
Bhavika and Sam are due to be married this July and were keen to include a pre wed shoot in their package which always makes me so happy. It might sound a bit over the top to some but the more time I get to spend with my couples ahead of the big day, the happier I am. My absolute favourite part of the job is getting to know people and it’s such a huge part of what I do and the photos that I take. Together with these two, we decided on Rutland engagement photos, making the most of the local scenery around Rutland Water and also planning it to run before and after dark.
There is always a little room for nerves at the start of a shoot but I normally just act like an idiot and talk my way through it in order to relax people and it was no time at all before Bhav and Sam found their stride. I can’t tell you how lucky I feel when people choose me to photograph their wedding and with these guys it’s no exception. I am genuinely excited to be spending that time with them, would happily go out for dinner with the pair of them and easily have one too many wines in their company.
Their wedding is going to be such a fast paced affair with two ceremonies, a lot of people and a whole heap of partying so it was really nice to slow it down, take our time and really get up close and personal. More often than not, an engagement shoot is more time spent with your photographer than you will actually get with them on your wedding day so it’s a great opportunity to muck about, see what works and what everyone is comfortable with. It’s just as important for people to be comfortable enough to laugh their butts off in front of the camera as it is to get close to each other and these two rocked at both. The three of us can now be sure that on the big day, with all the time constraints, we will get exactly what is needed…and I can’t bloody wait!
For their shoot, Jenny & Alex took me to a popular dog walking spot near where they live. It provided us with plenty of open space as well as trees that created lines and an array of outdoor frames within nature that were perfect to photograph them amongst. Spring was only just starting to show so the sun was still low in the sky offering us the perfect light for a late afternoon stroll…
In April I will have the pleasure of shooting this couples wedding and I simply can’t wait. Before Christmas I tagged along with the two of them on a dog walk and made the most of the winter sunshine. As the dogs won’t be there on the wedding day we made the most of them too! Here are a few favourites from their engagement shoot…
Louise & Ben are in their own words “outdoorsy types” who love camping, nature and all things wild. Which meant that it came as no surprise to me that they started climbing rock faces and trees on our engagement shoot together in Bradgate Park! It was a wonderfully sunny day (phew!) which meant we could really make the most of our surroundings and the two of them clearly had a great time together…which makes my job all the more enjoyable! The park is full of open fields, running streams and gatherings of oak trees which create great shadows, hideaways and the perfect place for a little romance. This shot is a sweet little embrace between the couple that I wanted to share ahead of the rest of the shoot. A very lovely moment I’m sure you’ll agree.
Watch out for more from these two…it was hard to choose just one!