Beloved: The Revolution. Free Online Seminar

Photography Credit: Jesh de Rox

Have you heard of Beloved?
Are you interested in listening to an online talk that may change the way you see photography and breathe new life into your work?
When is the last time you tried something totally fresh?

Beyond how it relates to photography, this talk could just be the most inspiring hour you’ve spent in a long while.

This free preview talk will be held online, March 23, 2011, at 6:00pm PDT, featuring, an inspiring photographer and director of the Beloved Collective, Jesh de Rox. In this one-hour web seminar, Jesh will give an overview of the massive potential Beloved represents to photographers in all fields, strengthening their current work and enabling them to explore a huge, untapped client market in a way that could truly touch the world.

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A Sneak Peek – Emma & Pete got Married…and it was AWESOME!

Photography Credit: Steve Gerrard

It’s a bit unconventional for me to do two posts on a Sunday, but I just had to pop by and share a few sneak peeks of where I was last night.

Emma & Pete got married!

Photography Credit: Steve Gerrard

The whole wedding was a surprise. We were invited under false¬†pretences as it was also Emma’s 30th Birthday (although I actually already knew it was happening…and it was so hard to keep it a secret!)

Halfway through the night, the couple disappeared, got changed (Emma into a stunning vintage dress from Fur Coat No Knickers) and got married right in front of us. I cried like an actual baby.

I can’t wait to see the rest of the professional photos from Steve Gerrard & Joanna Brown, but for now, camera phone sneakage…

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A Sunday Kind of Love – Want Free Wedding Photography?

Photography Credit: Xanthe Roxburgh Photography

Just a little¬†reminder¬†of a post today. It’s the last day to get your¬†entries¬†in if you want to win free wedding photography by Xanthe Roxburgh. All contest info can be seen here and I’ll be posting our 3 finalists on the blog tomorrow afternoon, when the public vote for the ultimate winners will¬†commence.

Remember, the contest is open worldwide! Good luck all.

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Secondly, I just wanted to let you all know that I’ve been invited to take part in Photo Night Live – an online, hour long show all about photography. The show is titled “Blogging 101 Showcasing Your Life Online” and we’ll be filming on Wednesday via Skype (which I’ve never actually used…should be interesting!) I’m being interviewed alongside a new photographer, Ali Lovegrove, who wants to get better at blogging. I hope to be able to talk her (and you!) through some of my blogging tips and tricks.

If you’ve got any questions about blogging or social media stuff that you’d like me to try and answer, tweet them to @photonightlive by 5pm (GMT) on Wednesday 23rd March 2011.

You can find out more info on the show here.

Behind the Scenes – Preparation for my Catwalk Debut at Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair

As many of you now know, on Monday I’ll be walking down the catwalk at The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair. This week I was invited by Darren Fowler, Creative Director of the fabulous salon Clipso London to come meet him for a hair trial, and by the¬†equally¬†delightful Rachel Atwell, owner of Luella’s Boudoir, for a dress fitting (well actually for 5 dress fittings…I found out I’m wearing 5 different outfits, talk about throwing me in at the deep end…)

So on Wednesday, I got my little pink haired self on an early train to the city for a day of preening, pampering and for a little bit of freaking the hell out.

At Clipso I was greeted by smiling faces who were eager to talk to be about Rock n Roll Bride and ease me into this whole ‘catwalk modelling’ thing. Darren and his team have worked on London Fashion Week for the past decade and so are well versed in dealing with catwalk models…and now me! We went through some cool and pretty out-there ideas for my barnet and I’m very excited about the plans! The even invited me back the next day to get my roots done and my hair made even more electric pink in colour (always a good thing!)

I tweeted a picture of the final result…isn’t it an awesome colour?

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N’tima & Steven’s Love Across the Sea

How are your emotions doing today?¬†because¬†I’ve got a wedding to share that will probably make you blub…there is just so. much. love right here!

N’tima & Steven’s love blossomed across the sea. The bride explained, “We lived in Okinawa, Japan when we met. He was 16, I was 14. We were kids. We were¬†neighbours. We both were kinda dating people on & off here in America, so we were just friends.You see, my family had orders to be shipped to California in June. It was April, and Steven and I were starting to get close. We exchanged numbers, and everything moved so quickly after this point. Every day before I moved was spent falling in love with this beautiful boy. Although we denied it, and being together was scary to us. Distance obviously¬†hadn’t¬†worked previously, so we decided we‚Äôd be just friends. Everyone around us knew we were ridiculously in love, but we kept telling each other that we had to stay friends.”

“On May 26, 2008, Steven told me that he loved me, and that he would rather ‚Äėtry & fail with us, than not try at all.‚Äô So June 6, 2008, I moved away, and we made the distance work for us. We lived through¬†web-cam¬†dates & 17 hour time differences. I visited November of that year, and April of 2009. By the end of 2009, Steven had joined the air force. He was sent to Basic & we lived through letters for 8 1/2 weeks. I visited for his graduation. He was then sent to Tech school across the country for four more months. I visited for Christmas. In January of 2010 he was sent to live 2 hours away from me here in California, completely by chance. How much luckier could we be, eh?”

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N’tima & Steven’s Love Across the Sea

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How are your emotions doing today? because I've got a wedding to share that will probably make you blub...there is just so. much. love right here! N'tima & Steven's love blossomed across the sea. The bride explained, "We lived in Okinawa, Japan when we met. He was 16, I was 14. We were kids. We were neighbours. We both were kinda dating people on & off here in America, so we were just friends.You see, my family had orders to be shipped to California in June. It was April, and Steven and I were starting to get close. We exchanged numbers, and everything moved so quickly after this point. Every day before I moved was spent falling in love with this beautiful boy. Although we denied it, and being together was scary to us. Distance obviously hadn't worked previously, so we decided we‚Äôd be just friends. Everyone around us knew we were ridiculously in love, but we kept telling each other that we had to stay friends. On May 26, 2008, Steven told me that he loved me, and that he would rather ‚Äėtry & fail with us, than not try at all.‚Äô So June 6, 2008, I moved away, and we made the distance work for us. We lived through web-cam dates & 17 hour time differences. I visited November of that year, and April of 2009. By the end of 2009, Steven had joined the air force. He was sent to Basic & we lived through letters for 8 1/2 weeks. I visited for his graduation. He was then sent to Tech school across the country for four more months. I visited for Christmas. In January of 2010 he was sent to live 2 hours away from me here in California, completely by chance. How much luckier could we be, eh?"

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Post-it Notes – Top Tips for your Wedding Planning & Business – 18th March 2011

Photography Credit: via all about photos via we heart it (if you know the original source of this image, please drop me an email & I’ll add it)

So Photography Friday is no more. I know some of you are still in¬†mourning¬†(be sure to follow me on twitter and facebook for regular and random personal pictures if you want ’em) but behold – a new feature!¬†First¬†off I’ve got to say thanks to everyone on twitter and¬†facebook who helped me come up with the name for this post, I was¬†struggling¬†to be creative and¬†couldn’t¬†think of anything to call it¬†apart¬†from ‘Tip-day Friday’ and that was kinda rubbish…

Post-It Notes will be blogged every Friday and every week I’ll be posting two top tips – one related to wedding planning and one for business/blogging. The idea behind this being that I get hundreds of emails asking for my advice and magazines are always asking for my ‘top tips’ on different areas of wedding planning, so I thought hey, why not make a blog feature out of it? I have visions of some of you writing these out onto actual post-it notes and sticking them in your wedding planning book/inspiration¬†folder or all around your office! That would be pretty cool.

Let me know what you think of my new feature in the comments – if you like the idea, I’ll keep it going.

Book your photographer early. A lot of the best photographers get booked out as far as¬†a year in advance so this is one thing to not leave to the last minute and unlike some other wedding services, you usually won’t get a discount for a last minute booking.

Whatever your business, start a blog. Now. Stop putting it off and just do it…sometimes simply starting something is the hardest part.