And so to my last wedding of the year, I closed 2018 exactly the same way that I started it and I couldn’t be happier! This was a local blow out with a full on Rutland Water winter wedding on NYE…the guests even braved the cold to drink champagne and eat mince pies by the water. I’ve been pretty darn lucky with a whole host of awesome weddings this year and these two didn’t disappoint for my last, we went out with a bang! Congrats to Denise (otherwise known as disease to the registrar) and Ryan (just Ryan) you did it entirely your way, which was the only way, and of course, the right way.
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.
So I’ve set myself a new challenge, and that is to blog more, and to keep it brief! The summer is such a mental time for me that I barely get the chance to do it but I really want to and to that end I’ve set myself an image limit of 50 to sum up each and every wedding I blog…starting with Laura & Jon’s wedding at Shearsby Bath, an idyllic little venue in the heart of Leicestershire’s countryside.
These two are the proud parents to crazy, energetic, cheeky little twin boys…yet they still managed to plan a wedding. I’m not really sure how people manage to do stuff with multiple kids if I’m honest, I mean I’m struggling to blog with one kid in tow let alone two! But plan it they did and they did a bloody good job.
Can we please just take a minute to appreciate the Irn Bru wedding favours? Just when you thought you’d be left without a hangover cure, Laura & Jon come through with the goods. There were also kilts and a rendition of The Flower of Scotland which brought a tear to more than one eye but so did the moment when the bridesmaids thought they’d lost the brides wedding ring…the less said about that the better.
I love this venue, tucked away from prying eyes and rushing traffic, it’s the perfect spot to go a little bit nuts on your wedding day…
Ever since I was at university, I’ve wanted to point the camera towards myself, in a non narcissistic way, and delve a little deeper in to the art of self portraiture. I wrote my dissertation on female photographers who photograph themselves and their motivations to do so. Some being cathartic, others for showmanship and some who photographed their children as an extension of who they are. Now that I’m a mom, it’s the latter that strikes a chord with me, and as aware as I am that everyone loves their children, I resolutely cherish the fact that I can document so coherantly, the time I spend with mine.
Throughout the summer, when weddings are all too consuming, it becomes even more important to take time for personal endeavours and inspirations, and so with that in mind, I have set out to photograph Elsie and I on film, entirely through the power of self timers and a few well placed, long armed selfies. I still take digital photos of her on a daily basis, but this is to be different, this to me, will be ours. A rough and happy project that she already feels a part of.
I got my first film back today and I wanted to cry. I tried out some new black and white stock, I was ambitious with the settings, probably giving the little old camera I bought a bit too much credit. So many were dark, blurry, out of focus and not quite what I’d pictured that I couldn’t help but be disappointed. Then a friend pointed out that the feel of the images was so much more important than the focus. And they were right…I’d already forgotten why I was doing this and got too caught up in technicalities that are hard to control at the best of times, let alone with a toddler in tow.
So I’m going to share our first roll of film. Here we are, blurry, dark…and completely us. There will be more xx
So…this is a bit of an odd one and I’m going to start out by saying that if you don’t know what Snap Photography Festival is then you should read up on it. Because I have and I really want to go! I didn’t get the chance last year because I bought a house instead, which was mandatory and non negotiable apparently. Pfffft. This year though, Snap is shrinking and they’re making it a little more difficult to get in, hence this ridiculous Snap Photography Festival entry. It comes with the disclaimer that if you want to be able to look me in the eye again you should only watch it once, I am actually a very good swimmer, and no, that jacket is not mine. I’m also 36 years old and should know better but if you aren’t as old as me, hearing the original HERE may help…
Huge thanks to Chris Pavey of Toast Films for keeping a straight face long enough to put this little gem together. I owe him a ridiculous amount of beer.
I went to France last week and took my film camera. With mild trepidation I set about capturing my holiday in France on film. My old Olympus has a faulty light meter so I had to use one on my phone, then my own knowledge of lenses and light to estimate my settings and quite frankly, I came home thinking I would get a whole load of nothing from nine rolls of film. It’s been a long time since I used a manual film camera regularly and despite learning this way right from my A-Levels I didn’t have all that much confidence in myself. I told a friend that I’d be happy with just one killer shot…so I’m pretty bloody delighted to be happy with a hell of a lot more than that. There are 66 images in this blog post. Sixty six! And you may not like them all, but I do and it was my holiday so I’ll show off if I want to. These are my highlights.
The first wedding I ever photographed was my brother’s and it just so happened to be at Oakham Castle, a well known local landmark. To my surprise I haven’t actually been back, until earlier this year when I photographed Jillie and John’s Oakham Castle Wedding on a sunny spring day full of happy smiles and beautiful light. I’ll be back there on New Years Eve too to photograph the wedding of Laura & Adam which is nice, I like a little love close to home and I’m always thankful when people ask me to capture it. As always, this is just a little look at what went on that day…
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!
This little lot mean the world to me and so I jumped at the chance to photograph them. When I left their house after shooting I got a message, worried that it had been total and utter bedlam and did I actually manage to get anything?! And in a word…YES! Crazy family photos at home are one of my favourite things to capture and if the baby is screaming or the toddler is having a tantrum then so be it. That shit happens.
However, in amongst the madness are also moments of calm you don’t realise I am capturing so I can always show the peace alongside the chaos. When I handed over these photos they couldn’t of been happier, telling me I had captured them exactly as they are, and how they love to be.
Family is as it is, I love seeing it that way.
Noreen and Kieran were such a lovely couple to work with last year. Not only did we have a jolly old time in Bradgate Park on their engagement shoot, their vibrant Leicester wedding was one of my favourites and has also made it to the final of East Midlands Wedding Magazine ‘Wedding of the Year’ competition. From the moment I met them I knew their wedding would be colourful. I love being a Leicester wedding photographer for the abundance of different people from all backgrounds that you meet at weddings and this one was no exception. Noreen has a huge Irish family who had travelled from all over to be there and were expecting no less than the party of the year!
It was all go right from the off and with a house full of people (brothers and bridesmaids included) the champagne flowed and the laughter never stopped. Amy chose a quiet bedroom on the top floor of the house to get the makeup done and it was a peaceful little haven in comparison to the comings and goings downstairs. Personally I love a big family and an even bigger bridal party and I have FULL respect for a mother of the bride who makes every. single. one. of. the. bridesmaids. dresses. I mean look at them! We were in sequin heaven.
Kieran was waiting somewhat calmly at the St Thomas More Catholic church in the Knighton area of Leicester where guests in electric colours were starting to gather. I like to stay as hidden as possible throughout so as not to distract but the priest was beyond helpful and an absolute pleasure to work with. One of my favourite parts of the day was watching Kieran’s face as Noreen made her way up the long aisle to greet him!
The reception was held at Leicestershire’s Halstead House, which sadly is no longer taking wedding bookings due to local authority trouble and no leeway on planning permission. It’s a real shame as we don’t have another venue like it so it meant a lot to be able to photograph a few weddings here before the doors close.
To accompany the cacophony of vivid flowers they had chosen for the day, touches of gold ran tastefully throughout their decor and the dance floor was jumping before the second song had even started. It’s an absolute pleasure being a Leicester Wedding Photographer when I get opportunities such as these and it’s entirely obvious to me that I have the best job in the world. Big congratulations to Noreen & Kieran and thanks for having me along…