New kid on the block Dale Weeks is a force to be reckoned with. What he lacks in experience (starting his career as a music photographer, he’s been shooting weddings professionally for a little under a year) he totally makes up for in incredible talent and the utmost enthusiasm!
“I dropped out of college to tour in a band and when that didn’t work out I started getting into taking photos of bands”, he writes. “Then a couple of years ago I discovered Carl Zoch and some of the other amazing wedding photographers out there. Their images inspired me so much that I decided to take myself seriously and start my own wedding photography business. I love shooting couples in a natural setting and bringing out real smiles!”
It is my life mission to save couples from terrible wedding photography. But picking the right wedding photographer is a big decision and I know one that a lot of my readers struggle with. For some of you especially, this is even more stressful as it’s compounded with worries about the cost of it all. While I’m a firm believer that you should allocate a sizeable chunk of your wedding budget into the images that you’ll keep forever, I’m not totally blind to the fact that for some of you, any investment at all just isn’t possible.
Which is why I’m always thrilled to be able to share the work of photographers who also want to give away their services to one lucky couple. It’s even more exciting to me when their images are as utterly flippin’ breathtaking as Ania & Michal of Rutko Photographers.
Based in Europe, they split their time between living in the UK and Poland but willing to travel worldwide for a damn good wedding. Ania explains, “Over the past few years we shot many classic, glamorous, chic, posh and fancy weddings. As much as we loved our couples and every wedding that we shoot, our hearts still belong to more alternative style. We like quirky ideas and couples who think outside the box. Handmade, unique and DIY details make us very happy as do intimate ceremonies and people that love a mix of old and new. We adore all the offbeat projects and kick-ass weddings that are featured on Rock n Roll Bride. These are simply the ones that we would love to shoot the most.”
And so to do so, this generous couple would like to offer one completely free wedding package to one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader! This is a price package worth £1600 and includes unlimited coverage of your wedding day by two professional wedding photographers and a disc of 450+ high res (print quality) fully edited images, as well as low res versions for sharing online. The contest is open to all readers of Rock n Roll Bride but travel and accommodation must be covered if the wedding is taking place outside of the UK.
Entry couldn’t be simpler. Email Ania & Michal on email@example.com and let them know:
♥ Your names
♥ Your wedding date
♥ Your wedding location & venue
♥ Include a recent photograph of the two of you
♥ Tell them a little about your wedding (protip: go all out to impress!) Let them know all about your little details and quirks, and what it is that’s going to make your wedding totally unique and awesome! Feel free to include photos or an inspiration board to help to illustrate your ideas too.
I love that I can call so many of my regular contributors real life friends. It means that when it comes to sharing the amazingly generous and totally awesome special offers of someone I actually know and love offline, I can genuinely wax lyrical about how rad they are online.
Lee Robbins of Robbins Photographic is a wedding photographer from Brighton. I’ve featured his briz-illiant photography on my blog too many times to mention. His eye for detail and the way he see the world is so unique and oh so beautiful but totally and utterly bad ass.
He’s also a massive party animal (ahem just like me) but more about that later…
I am a huge fan of Lisa Jane Photography. She has such a unique eye and her attention to detail really comes through in her images. I love the way she captures emotion in a genuine and intimate way, and that she’s not afraid to show real, unapologetic love. She is also bloomin’ fantastic at capturing all the little details of a wedding – the stationery, the flowers, your quirky centrepiece ideas. So as you can imagine I was thrilled when she asked if I’d host a contest for her, and I was even more excited when she told me she wanted to give away a full wedding package! If you are getting married before the end of 2013 and you haven’t got your photographer sorted yet, then today is your lucky day!
Based in London but willing to travel anywhere for a good wedding, Lisa says, “When I was planning my own wedding, I found Rock n Roll Bride and fell in love. Every wedding featured showed couples hopelessly in love and getting married in style. These were couples not afraid to be themselves or to throw some traditions out the window and do it their way. When I started photographing weddings myself, I soon realised these were the kinds of couples I wanted to photograph.”
So what is Lisa offering? Well…
“No matter what you have planned I want to know about it!” she says. “Whether its black dress, you’re are covered in tattoos, or your just planning a kick ass rock n roll party and making everything yourself… as long as you are injecting your personality into your day I want to shoot your wedding. No idea is too small, no location too far, as long as you are doing it your way, I want to hear from you!”
Don’t worry you don’t literally have to trash your dress (well unless you want to!) to enter this contest with wedding photographer Photographic Blonde! Photographer Emily would like the opportunity to shoot some kick ass Rock n Roll Brides and what could be a better way to do that then to ask you lot if you’d like to model for her? Not only will you have a great day but you’ll have some really fun and unique photographs to keep forever.
“Hey I’m Emily aka Photographic Blonde. I set up my wedding photography business three years ago after working in the photography industry for seven years, and I was adamant that I wanted to offer couple something different for their weddings.”
“I am passionate about the concept behind ‘trash the dress’,” Emily continues. I think it is a crying shame that so many stunning wedding dresses are packed up & pushed to the back of a closet after the big day. My aim is to celebrate the beauty of both the dress & the bride by creating images that capture their style & personality. The word ‘trash’ tends to put some people off the idea so be rest assured that you don’t actually have to ruin your dress to get some great shots! However if you’re willing to dance in a fountain, run through a field of flowers, have a food fight or cover your self in paint then I’ll be by your side all the way & ready to hand you a towel at the end!”
Emily would like to offer FIVE lucky Rock n Roll Bride readers a day long (or however long you need to make your vision happen!) trash the dress/rock the frock photo shoot. The prize includes a hair & make up artist to make sure you’re looking your best as well as approximately 30 high resolution, print quality images for you to keep, delivered via online download.
For your chance to win one of these five free photo shoots simply email Emily on firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject link ‘Trash the Dress’ and include:
This Contest is Now Closed
Kat Forsyth is a wedding photographer from South Africa that has recently relocated to London. After shooting weddings for four years she decided it was time for a change of scenery. The weather may not be as good over here but this makes us UK dwellers, very lucky indeed!
With an amazing eye for light, Kat captures colour like no other, making her the perfect wedding photographer for a colourful couple.
Are you getting married before the end of 2012 and don’t have your wedding photographer sorted yet? Well my dears you are in luck. To kick start her new career as a UK wedding photographer, Kat would like to offer one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader free wedding photography!
“I’m looking for a fun couple who are planning a creative, crazy or unusual wedding they’re really excited about,” Kat says. “They must be willing to have it featured on my blog and hopefully Rock n Roll Bride afterwards too!”
One Rock n Roll couple will win wedding day coverage (up to 9 hours) and a disc of 400+ high resolution, fully edited images. The wedding must take place before the end of 2012.
You’re on Pinterest right? If not it’s time to sign up! To enter simply create a Pinterest inspiration board for your wedding, and email the link to it to Kat at email@example.com with the subject ‘Rock n Roll Bride free wedding competition’. In your email include a little bit about your wedding ideas, your wedding date and location and please also include a recent photograph and yourself and your fiance.