Photography Credit: Blue Lily Photography (Full shoot coming up soon!)
I’m often asked by wedding photographers what I look for in engagement shoots. You see, unlike many wedding blogs I actually feature very few pre-wedding shoots – in fact since January this year I’ve actually only featured 30 (out of approximately 780 blog posts in total!)
So why do I feature so few? Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE engagement shoots and I am a strong advocate for every single one of you having one before your wedding. They not only help you to get to know your wedding photographer before the wedding, but they give you a practice run for what it will be like to be photographed on your big day. For most of you, your wedding will be the first time you’ve been professionally photographed so you’re likely to be nervous. A pre-wedding shoot will help you to a) see that it’s actually not that scary and b) relax you about the whole thing before the wedding.
Now, don’t kill me, but the thing with engagement shoots is that often they are a lot more interesting to the actual couple and their close friends and family than to anyone else – i.e having a simple shoot of you and your beau is amazing for you guys and will give you some fabulous photos to put on your wall (or display at your wedding – I love this idea!) However to people that don’t know you, or anything about your relationship, seeing yet another anonymous couple frolicking in a field or enjoying a vintage picnic is, forgive me, a little dull.
…OK maybe ‘dull’ is the wrong word actually…overdone would be better. On Rock n Roll Bride I want to inspire my readers with new ideas, and let’s be honest, we’ve all seen these kinds of photo shoots before haven’t we?
My job as a wedding blogger is to share inspirational and aspirational wedding related images and not all engagement shoots fit that criteria. (Again, I am going to repeat myself on this one because the last thing I want to do is offend anyone that’s having a vintage picnic engagement shoot…seriously, at the end of the day, who cares what I think!?)
This is actually quite a hard post to write without making you think ‘Oh Kat’s an engagement shoot snob and if it’s not good enough for her shes not going post it.. that must mean that my engagement shoot is crap. My God she’s such a bitch…’ So I’m just going to reiterate one more time that this is the not the case at all and the only reason I’m actually putting this down on paper is because I’ve been asked the same question by wedding photographers so many times.
This is something I’ve wanted to do more of on the blog for a while, but alas something I’m quite rubbish at myself – DIY. I really wish I was a crafting genius but no. I’m much more likely to buy something handmade than actually make it myself!
However I love DIY tutorials on blogs and I know you guys do too. It’s also so so so awesome to see the tutorials I feature are being used for your actual weddings afterwards. So baby I want more…and this is where you come in.
Are you a DIY genius or a crafty gem? If so I want to hear from you! Have you created something for your wedding that you think the readers of Rock n Roll Bride will love and you’d like to share? If so drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a few photos of said item and a brief description of what it is. If I like what I see I’ll let you know what to do next.
Some of the past favourites that I’ve featured have included…
How to…Crochet Your Own Cupcake Garland
How To…Make Your Own 1960′s Inspired Mod Floral Hair Wreath
How to…Make Your Own Fabric Flower Bouquet
Photography Credit: Dottie Photography
When Gareth & I came up with the idea of a Rock n Roll Bride Magazine to hand out at the Designer Vintage Bridal Show we had no idea how crazy the internet would go for it!
I love print. Typography and images look so much more amazing on glossy paper. This is how they are supposed to be seen! However I was always under the impression that most of my readers preferred blogs to print magazines. They’re free, they’re easily and quickly updated and you can comment and discuss things about the articles right there and then. Yet when I shared the front cover of this first issue on twitter and facebook, you guys went mad for it, demanding (serious…it was kinda scary) where you could buy a copy! So you gave us an idea…
For years people have been telling me I should write a book – a book about blogging or about wedding planning…well about anything really. But you know what? Although I hugely admire bloggers who write books, I’m not really a booky kinda gal (well not yet, anyway!)…I am however a magazine junkie. So what better way to channel this ‘oh you need to get into print’ nag than to create my own magazine?! By no means is Rock n Roll Bride going exclusively into print. The online blog will still be the main focus of the business, but I do love the idea of something you can hold in your hands, collect and keep forever.
Thanks to your support, we’ve decided to produce a quarterly ‘best of the best’ magazine. It will be advertisement free and will be essentially a glossy, limited edition and highly collectable extension of the website. The magazine will be a condensed selection of my favourite real weddings, articles and DIY tutorials.
All will be properly revealed really soon, but needless to say I’m pretty darn excited about it. Could this be a Rock n Roll Bride Magazine? …And a FREE one at that?
If you want to find out exactly what’s been going on then you’ll need to come see me at the The Designer Vintage Bridal Show in Birmingham next weekend, where I’ll be handing out copies of this new little venture of mine for absolutely nadda. Tickets for the show can be purchased online here.
For more info on the show and what I’m going to be up to when I’m there, check out this post right here.
PS My designer Nubby deserves a flippin’ medal for all the work she’s put into this. She did actually say that this has turned into the biggest project she’s ever done and seriously baby, I couldn’t have done it without her.
Has it really been ten years?!
I guess there really isn’t anything I want to say that hasn’t been said or thought before so I’ll just say this – today my love and thoughts are with the world we live in because of what happened here a decade ago.
Photography Credit: Katie Weisberger via Yahoo News
Things I’m making a conscious effort to do since the Feather Love workshop last week…
♥ Cutting the negative crap out of my life and focusing on positive energy
♥ Confirming my love for my support network
♥ Actively thinking about inspiration, influence and what this means to me
♥ Cutting down on commitments that drain my time & energy and give me little or nothing in return
♥ Starting to write for the ‘art’ of the written word again. Remembering why I fell in love with writing in the first place
♥ Trying to feel less guilty
♥ Getting excited about new projects…for me, no one else, and not worrying if no one else cares
♥ Dancing to offensive hip hop on a regular basis