When I realised this month’s issue of Photo Pro Magazine would be the twelfth featuring little old me I got all contemplative. Wow, I’ve been writing for this awesome photography magazine for over a year – not only where has the time gone, but seriously how much has changed in that time!? Lots I tell you!
I wanted to make this article sort of a ’round up’ style feature – i.e. what have I learnt over this past 12 months and how have I put it into practice. One of the things I’ve totally loved (and I think most of you have enjoyed seeing) are my photo shoots. I also wanted to give an almighty shout out to the girls involved in this epic shoot with the article too.
All Photo Credit: Browns Photography
This week I got chatting to Brighton-based photographer Joanna Brown who has just put together a list of engagement shoot prep ideas to give to her clients. I loved it so much I asked if she’d share it with you all too.
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This is a simple guide so you can get the best possible photographs from your forthcoming shoot. The images that I get from my shoots like the ones above do not just happen; they were thought out, styled and prepared for in advance. With just a little bit of preparation yours can be fantastic too so here are some pointers…
♥ Ideally think about your outfits, I would recommend that BOYS ~ smarten up as much as you can, this might mean a cool shirt and jeans and converse just not too casual.
GIRLS ~ my advice would be don’t hold back, I want you to feel beautiful and gorgeous in what you wear, I would defiantly opt for a cute dress, something that you feel good in and comfortable.
Jenny Packham and 1920’s styling was the order of the day for Emma & Adam’s wedding at Chewton House just outside Bristol. In fact Emma’s Jenny Packham ‘Joy’ dress provided the inspiration for the whole wedding!
The wedding theme came about by chance as when Emma visited Wedding Days in Cheltenham bridal shop to look for a potential wedding dress. She hadn’t had much luck in her search up til then but luckily for her, a promotions representative from Jenny Packham happened to be visiting the store that day and had a few “one off” dresses for Wedding Days to show case for one day only. The last dress she tried on was “Joy”. It was exactly what she had been looking for. The bride then came up with the idea to theme the whole wedding about the 1920’s/30’s style of the dress.
“We also wanted the day to be as much fun as possible and for it to stick in the memories of all the guests for long after the day had finished” the bride explained. “We asked all our guests to dress up in the style of the period so that along with the work we’d done with the venue, the florist, the car, the cake, the hair, the make up and the live band we had something that captured the roaring 20’s.”
Yes you read that right! Newly full-time photographers Willow Tree Photography, based in Hampshire UK, want to offer you all the chance to have free wedding photography! Photographers Kathryn and her partner Keith are dying to shoot some awesome couples and weddings and so are offering to shoot your Rock n Roll wedding for free to give them that opportunity.
This is not a competition and provided they are free on your chosen date, Willow Tree Photography will shoot the wedding of anyone who contacts them for FREE. Yes Freeeeee!
Photographer Kathryn told me:
“For the remainder of 2010 we will offer our services for free (actual taking of the photos on the day) providing we are available on the required day.”
“It will also include a disc of high res images for your personal use as long as we can use the images on our website and for advertising/photography competitions etc. We would own the copyright.”
“Prints and/or albums etc and travel expenses would need to be paid for by the bride and groom. We are willing to travel anywhere but travel expenses must be paid for.”
“We use Nikon D700 cameras with 60mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm Nikkor lenses and SB 900 flash gun. Photos are edited in Photoshop using CS5 and are backed up on two external hard drives.”
Perfect for those of you on tight budgets. Didn’t think you could afford a pro photographer? Think again!
I went out with photographer Emma Case a month or so ago and as we dolled ourselves up in the hotel room before hand she was telling me all about Michelle & Greg’s wedding. She told me how it was like nothing she’d ever shot before. The contrast of the awe-inspiring and dramatic Synagogue ceremony venue with the reception being held in Greg’s Grandmother’s house really was the ultimate depiction of what Rock n Roll weddings should be – you don’t need any of the wedding “bits” and you don’t need to spend a fortune – all you need is you two, in love, and a wedding that is perfect for you.
“Editing this wedding has been quite an experience” Emma explained. “When Michelle & Greg first got in contact they expressed how much they were wanting a low key affair… a gorgeous ceremony then a small reception at Greg’s Grandma’s house with just close friends and family. It was to be a Jewish ceremony at the London Synagogue and when I arrived my jaw, literally hit the floor. It’s a somewhat unassuming building from the outside but it is so, so beautiful inside (hence quite a few pictures of it). I was absolutely transfixed through the ceremony… the whole thing was amazing… the Rabi sang a lot of the ceremony and the traditions were so wonderful to watch… when Michelle entered she had to circle Greg a number of times and then Greg had to stamp on a glass… I was quite emotional through the whole thing.”
Thank you to the lovely Charlie of Cherry Pie Lane for making me a custom ‘Rock n Roll’ sign this week. I’ve featured many-a-wedding with her beautiful signs in them and now I have one of my very own!
Some of the other weddings I’ve featured using Cherry Pie Lane signs can be found here, here & here.