Photography Friday – Henry & Rachel

 

Via imgfave One day I will take beautiful photographs like this 

Encouraged by a lot of your comments this week saying you wanted to see more of my photographs (I’ve just bought myself an SLR – Canon 500d to be exact – to play with) I’ve come up with a new feature. Actually, I’d like to credit this new feature to Henry & Rachel (my Maine Coons.) While I was taking some photographs of them, I wondered how I could share them with you all on the blog – which is clearly a wedding blog – without you all questioning my sanity.  

However I got-to-thinking and as you all know, I pride myself on being different to all the other wedding blogs out there so this Photography Friday feature will hopefully give you more of an insight into my world – imperfectness and all – as well as allowing me to share some of my (quite frankly still rather rubbish) photographs with you.  

Of course not all of you are interested in me, my house, my kittens, my outfits (as these will probably be the things I’ll take the most photographs of!) but fear not – the blog is still predominantly wedding inspiration related and they’ll still be more than enough weddings and proper photography for you to drool over! This of this new feature as just a little bonus for those of you that are interested. If you’re not I won’t be offended! I also think this might be quite an enlightening exercise for me to a) make sure I keep taking photos and b) make sure I improve! How funny will it be to look back at these shots in a year and realise how rubbish I was?!  

Anyway…the stars of the show this week are of course those kittens of mine – Henry & Rachel my “f***-me I love them more than life itself” Maine Coons! (Henry is just over 10 months, Rachel is 9 1/2 – ish)  

Henry didn’t know today was school portrait day. If he did he wouldn’t have stuck his head in a plate of sweet n sour chicken the night before – true story!  

 

 “Waaaah waz dat? Wanna get it outta ma face already!”  

 Henry “orange beard” Williams  

 
Just cute…and bandy legged  

So..thoughts? Criticisms? I downloaded some simple actions from Coffee Shop Actions to play with because I have no idea what I’m doing in terms of editing. Any shooting/editing tips or action recommendations – send them my way. I’d love to be able to edit like those beautiful vintage images you see all over We Heart It and also these stunning shots by My Heart Skipped…but again, no idea where to start! 

Rachel looks on as I pretend to be artistic and take photographs of my new Lush soap 

I love my AnnaLou of London crown necklace! 

For these, I tried to do some editing myself and played with curves, colour overlay and slight gradient tweaks. I kind of love our floors upstairs. Gareth took the carpet off to do some diy ‘stuff’ but I actually like it in all it’s imperfect beauty

13 comments

  1. Hermione

    Anything with cats in gets my vote. I’m a bride 2 be and am more than happy to gush over photo’s of your pretty kittys in between looking at the newest way to save money on wedding invitations. I love Henry’s orange beard, it’s most becoming ;)

  2. Don’t EVER stop posting pictures of your sweet baby Maine Coons!!! They are the most precious furballs ever. And I never knew that Henry had an orange beard of fur — that is too cute. I think our cats would be friends. I love this new feature and look forward to seeing more of your beautiful photographs. maine coooooooooooons!!!

  3. Jo

    Love it, they kitty kats are sooo cute. Keep up the photos and posting them of course we are interested in you and your life.

    Jo x

  4. haha thanks guys! Britt – Henry doesnt usually have an orange beard but he stuck his head in Gareth’s sweet and sour chicken and started eating it. haha. hence the orange beard! love him!

  5. Shannon

    I found this tutorial helpful in making vintage-looking pictures (Though it is post-processing through photoshop, I’d have no idea of how to achieve it using your camera alone.) I don’t follow all of the steps exactly now that I know the basics and I have a lot of fun editing pictures now, haha :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAMQdq1ZFCc

    Also, I want to make one of these: http://zoomyummy.com/2010/06/28/how-to-kill-the-shadow-in-photography/
    It makes pictures look so much brighter and I actually have good cardboard now!

    I love your cats, they look so snuggley :)

  6. JayDee

    your sweet baby kitties are PRECIOUS. i will look forward to seeing more photos of them.

    try picnik.com. it’s a free photo editing website that is UH.MAZE.ING.

    i love your blog so much : )

  7. Pie

    Despite being a lesbian I have never quite managed a passion for cats. Maybe because Travis Bickle my moggy is a complete pain that is more demanding than a 2 year old. Very tickled by the sweet n sour beard though. A cheap alternative to hair dye; might whiff a bit, mind.

    I thought the soap was a cheesecake. I was a bit confused as to why you were photographing it rather than eating it! Now I understand. I am going to attempt to send you some photos of the prizes and what not today (No Knickers yet though). We have a little snappy digital thingy that Ray got for her birthday and the standard sudo-editing stuff on iphoto. It could all go terribly wrong but we’ll do our best.

  8. Post author

    Shannon – thanks so much for your tips! I’m gonna try some of these out for next week’s post!

  9. Yay, you go girl! There is no perfection to be had, so long as you are having fun :-) and I’m loving Henry’s orange sweet n sour chicken beard…it’s kinda cool! xxx

  10. Hannah

    Great photos!
    What are you using to edit? I use Lightroom – which I highly recommend if you’re not already using it – and I’ve found the best trick for getting lovely vintage-y looks is to use split toning. It’s stupidly easy to do in Lightroom (there are just two sliders) and there’s heaps od tutorials around on how to do it in photoshop.

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