I’ve been a Crown and Glory obsessive ever since I first saw her beautiful pieces on the pages of a glossy magazine. I distinctively remember being sat on a busy train flicking through Company and being stopped in my tracks (boom, boom!) as I saw her gorgeous flower crowns and glitter bows in one of their fashion editorials. So not to forget to check them out online later, I snapped a photo and tweeted “Note to self, check out @crownandglory_!”
After a few months of tweeting back and forth, Sophie and I finally met in real life at a workshop I was hosting. When she came in with that flash of purple hair, giant glitter bow plonked firmly on her head I knew we were kindred spirits.
So, about six months ago, when an email pinged into my inbox from her asking if I’d consider designing a range of headpieces with her… well, she didn’t have to ask me twice! She basically told me to let my imagination run wild and that she’d take care of making it a reality. Talk about my dream job!
I have been in my element with this project. An ombre glitter bow was my first idea… I’m obsessed with ombre anything and well, anyone who knows anything about me will be well aware of my infatuation with all things sparkly.
It seems like a lifetime ago, but just as I’m ramping up to head off to America again this week, Made U Look Photography sent over the photos from our Disneyland adventure in April. I’d never been before and on hearing this revelation Gala encouraged… nay insisted that they take me there for my birthday. Well who am I to turn down an invitation like that?!
What are you looking for in your wedding photographer? Someone who shoots images you love, who you quite like as person and that fits within your budget I’d assume. But today let’s look a little deeper. I want to talk to you about photographic style, and hopefully to highlight the importance of the art of your wedding photography. Bear with me, this is all starting to sound a little airy fairy and arty farty but I do have a valid point I promise…
I believe that all photography – illustrated in no better a place than weddings – is art. No question. In my mind no other creative has to work as quickly or to such precision as a wedding photographer. They are required to capture fleeting moments and blink and you’ll miss them memories on the most important day of someone’s life. No pressure right?
I may have always known this, I mean I’ve been banging on about how much I love and respect wedding photographers for years, but it wasn’t until recently, just last month in Paris in fact, that the validity of the art itself became so clear to me. Yeah, yeah, yeah – I’m going off on an airy fairy tangent again. OK let me clarify…
For our Parisian jaunt, we had both Lisa Devlin and Shell de Mar shooting us. Having such a busy few weeks beforehand we hadn’t really planned the shoot extensively – we were just going to rock up to our apartment, find the Eiffel Tower and hopefully make some magic. The day went great, the locations were perfect and we had outfits that worked really well (sounds stupid, but makes such a difference when you’re doing shots of the three of us together!) All in all we were pretty chuffed with what we’d pulled out of le sac magique.
For the second part of our Parisian adventure it was time to leave our paradisiac apartment and venture outside. With such a limited time to shoot we knew exactly where we wanted to go – La Tour Eiffel!
Yes it’s a cliché, but don’t you groan. You can’t really go to Paris without paying this landmark a visit. It’s inevitable. Of course there are hordes of tourists trying to take ‘selfies’ with the tower in the background, and the place is littered with annoying hawkers selling Eiffel Tower paraphernalia – but even with all that, it’s still a pretty awesome sight to be seen.
After a long week doing two London workshops as well as heading out to the great British countryside for a talk at the Photography Farm (I’ll be writing about the farm and sharing some photos we had taken soon), it was time for Gala, Shauna & me to head out to Paris for a whirlwind trip. It was supposed to be a nice and relaxing mini-vacation to end our time together, but as usual with us it was anything but! We were only in the city for two days but we still managed to pack in two photo shoots, a shopping trip (obviously), plenty of dancing, practising our French (oh how the locals must have loved us – not) and to drink as much wine as possible.
Three three of us have only visited Paris once before (which is particularly embarrassing for me as it’s only a two hour train ride away!) – Gala & Shauna on their last trip to Europe, and me when I did my Marie Antoinette shoot in 2010.
Being bloggers and photo whores (we’re not ashamed!) we knew we’d want some photographs to document our time in the city and so called upon our go-to photographer Lisa Devlin, to come along for the ride. The ever cute and enthusiastic Shell De Mar also tagged along, although I actually I think she invited herself! (I’ll be sharing her photos soon…) as did the beautiful Elbie Van Eeden – the only girl I trust implicitly to perfectly fulfil all my hair and make up demands…
Our apartment was provided by Go with Oh, who we partnered with on this trip. They specialise in European getaways and have apartments for rent in Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Rome, Seville, Vienna and Venice (phew!) I always prefer to stay in an apartment rather than a hotel when I travel. You usually get more for your money and you can get a real sense of a place when you’re not hauled up in a hotel. I mean where else would you find a teeny tiny lift of doom?!
Photography: Shell De Mar Photography
Because I just couldn’t resist another sneaky share to quench the Sunday afternoon lull…
Isn’t that giant yellow paper flower amaze? It was sitting in a vase in the corner of our Paris apartment and I couldn’t resist nabbing it for a few quick shots. This trip really was made of magic and dreams.