Taxidermy, Skulls, Vintage Furs & THE Most Awesome Apartment Ever = The Feather Love London Workshop

Oh my…where do I even begin? I feel so terribly ineloquent as it comes to writing the experience of the Feather Love London Workshop. Like the words don’t know how to clump themselves together in my mind to make coherent sentences…So you know what, I’ve decided not to go through the teeny details of the day. Instead I plan to inwardly digest everything I soaked up from Noa & guest speaker Emma Case that day and (probably) come back to you later with a grand old revelation.

If not, I know you’re going to just die over the styled shoot we put together as part of the workshop. Bet you haven’t seen a wedding like this before!

The whole event was a visual feast (hello, the apartment we rented was amazing and the Ava Event Styling team did a bad ass job with our table for the photo shoot.) We also drank beer, danced, ate amazing Turkish food and put the (photography) world to rights. It was quite simply a day of true inspiration and one I was honoured to be asked to be a part of.

Some of my utter favourite suppliers came on board to help Emma Case and I pull this little event together (be sure to show them some love – linked at the end of this post) and my looovely lovely intern Roo and her just as adorable fiance Lamb came to act as our models. This was their first time being professionally photographed so I thought I’d ask Roo to write a few words on her experience because I bet many of you brides and grooms-to-be a nervous about having your photos taken right?

Well after looking at the amazing (seriously I need a thesaurus) job Noa & Emma did in shooting our lovely couple I know that if you get the right photographer for you, you ain’t got nothin’ to worry about babydoll!

Ps Roo you are the cutest ever. I love this photo of you so so much beautiful girl!

Roo writes, “I am one of those irritating women that sees a photo of herself – any photo of herself – and finds something wrong with it. There’s a page on Facebook called “de-tagging photos of yourself because you look like a goat” – and you can bet that I’m a proud member. I’ve never felt comfortable posing for photographs, or even being anywhere near a camera. My mind can’t fathom anybody wanting to commit my image to print, digital or otherwise. I felt that this didn’t bode so well for me on my wedding day, so when Kat offered Lamb and I the opportunity to model for Noa & co. at the Feather Love Artists’ Workshop, I figured that practice would/could make perfect.”

“I wasn’t wrong; I dote on both Noa and Emma’s work for totally different reasons, and I do think that fact helped me loosen up for the lens. When you admire the person shooting you, you trust them implicitly to make you look f*cking fantastic – and the results speak for themselves. It’s worth duly noting this, because if you’re not bowled over by a photographer’s portfolio, then you’re not going to be a bowled over bride (or groom). There’s no getting around the voyeurism of photography, but in this instance it didn’t feel intrusive, it felt right. There was an unspoken connection between us all that bound us striving for the same artistic result. Noa and Emma let their personalities ooze into their shoots, and instead of feeling overwhelmed, we felt involved. We felt beautiful, important, and as was documented so perfectly, we felt more in love than ever.”

So…Is your mind blown yet? This has got to be another one of my favourites from the day. Ahhh it’s all just so beautiful!

The workshop attendees and suppliers. What a good looking bunch we are. I love you guys!

More photos of the styled shoot after the jump!

Thank you so much to the whole team! Can we do it all again next year please?

Photography Credit: Feather Love Photography (except where noted as Emma Case)
Table Styling: Ava Event Styling
Confectionery/Cakes: The Boutique Baking Company
Vintage Furs: Charlotte Casadejus & Ava Event Styling
Flowers: Little ‘a’
Roo’s Dress: vintage dress from Charlotte Casadejus
Roo’s necklace: Noa’s Own
Roo’s Eyelashes: Paperself
Hair & Make Up: Elbie Van Eeden
Lamb’s Outfit: His Own
Venue: Framery Loft, Hoxton
Video: (to come soon) Son of Shark Pig

23 comments

  1. I want to do it all again RIGHT NOW. For anyone interested, Lamb’s suit and shirt are from Topman; his braces are from Covent Garden Market.

  2. Jacqui

    Ah…..so much of this day was *amazing*..yes, I was nervous…yes, I missed my train because I’d been up until 2am labelling school uniform…but yes, it was definetly *amazing*. Everyone was so lovely…Noa is extremely cool, she’s like the person you’d invent in your head if someone asked you to imagine someone cool. Emma made me cry because what she said was so beautiful… & so so so much more !
    I’ve been so excited about seeing this & I’m not dissapointed !
    Arrhhh, I feel all fired up & ready to take on the world again ! Thanks Kat, without your original blog post I wouldn’t have been there ! x

  3. karen bradley

    aw roo you look soooo beautiful and the pictures of you and lamb brought a tear to my eyes. so sweet. xx

  4. Love Elbie’s work – really want to find an excuse to work with her again. Flowers are inspired – and the food and bones together are creepily fascinating. Brilliant photos.

  5. I normally love these shoots, but to see you used real fur for this one really upset me. I know vintage is all about appreciating the past, but this is one aspect of the past that I’d advocate everyone to leave behind. There are heaps of beautiful faux / fake fur accessories/clothing available that would have looked just as good (and probably way better!!).

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