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Rock n Roll Bride in Company Magazine

I’m closing 2010 with some good news. Last month I was contacted by Company Magazine for some unusual hen (bachelorette) ideas for an article they were writing on the subject. I was more than happy to wax lyrical about getting some fab hen night photos and to recommned some of my favourite photographers who can do so (they are listed in the article so go and pick yourself up a copy, although if you are interested in the idea be sure to ask your photographer – many of them may have never thought of offering the service before but would love to take some snaps of you and your girls!)

The magazine is out right now!

ps trying to take photographs of a magazine with two intrigued maine coons is no mean feat let me tell you…

I hope you all have a fabulous NYE whatever you’re up to and I’ll see you all in 2011. WaaaaHoooooooooo!

Rock n Roll Bride in Tattoo Revolution Magazine

You may remember that over the Summer I was asked by my photographer friend, Al Overdrive , who not only shoots weddings and live music, but was shortlisted for Tattoo Photographer of the Year 2010, asked if I’d like to do a shoot and interview for new tattoo magazine, Tattoo Revolution. The magazine is a brand new non-profit and ethical magazine from some of the best in the UK tattooing industry.

“We’re committed to producing a monthly magazine that celebrates tattoos and tattoo art, seeking out the most innovative and exciting body adornment from around the world and delivering it in a beautifully produced tone,” they say.

“To say that we love tattooing is an understatement: the passion we hold for it burns deep within our souls. How could it not? Tattooing simultaneously represents the most primal and the most refined expression of self that is known to mankind, and has prospered both in times of popularity and prohibition for thousands of years. There is nothing more evocative in the realms of art than permanently adorning the corporeal canvas, and this is something that Tattoo Revolution is proud to represent.”

So in September, I headed to one of my favourite bridal shops, Fur Coat No Knickers in London, to do the shoot. I brought along my personal (hehe!) and favourite hair and make up gal,  Elbie Van Eeden and the Rock n Roll Bride intern, Alice, for the ride too. You can read all about our day’s shooting here, but for now, I hope you enjoy looking at the (four page!) interview where I chit chat all about my love of ink and tattooed weddings.

To read the article as well as get your little mitts on the full magazine in all it’s glorious detail, be sure to download the digital version of the magazine for just £2.49 (bargain!) from the Tattoo Revolution website. Simply click the image below to get there. With a digital version of the  magazine being available, it also means that all my readers in The States and worldwide can get themselves a copy too. Hurrah!

Thanks to Al and all at Tattoo Revolution Magazine for having me, it’s a real honour!

 

 

Rock n Roll Bride portraits: Al Overdrive 
Red hair/dress bride wedding images: Al Overdrive 
Smiley couple wedding portrait: Jeremy Lawson Photography
Carnival Wedding couple portraits: Red Heart Photo

Best of Blogs – Issue 15 ~ The Bowie Bride & Nicole Polk (Plus Bonus Press – Rock n Roll Bride featured in The Guardian Newspaper!)

In this month’s Photo Pro article I featured one of my favourite bloggers, The Bowie Bride, and her killer wedding shot by Nicole Polk. The magazine is available in shops now!

When I sat down to write this month’s article, I pondered for a good few hours about what you might want to read from me next. Then it hit me – what is the number one question photographers always ask me? “How do I get Rock n Roll clients?” The answer to this question is as complicated as it is simple – basically, you need to show these allusive “Rock n Roll clients” what you’ve got – show them, not just tell them, why you’re perfect to shoot their style of wedding. As I touched upon last month with Jasmine Star, the type of clients you shoot will generally determine the next set of clients you get – a “self fulfilling prophecy” so to speak.

One tried and tested method that I know has been successful for many a newbie photographer is to run free wedding photography contests – pick a deserving couple who match the criteria of the type of weddings you want to be shooing, shoot their wedding for free (brownie points and karma a go-go) and voilà! – a perfect example wedding in your portfolio!

Photographer Nicole Polk based in Philadelphia wanted to do just this – to raise her profile as an alternative wedding photographer and to give free wedding photography to a deserving couple who might not have the budget for professional photography.  In order to do these the contest idea seemed like the answer. She used blogs for inspiration as well as promotion.

She explained, “Over the last few years, I’ve come across some amazingly personalized weddings on the wedding blogs.  The Philadelphia market has been a little bit slower to adapt this trend in the industry.  I had couples that were infusing small things into their weddings that reflected their personality, such as favors, or holding the event outside.  Largely though, these weddings held a lot of traditional elements.  I wanted a way to show my clients what is possible.  The old saying is “show what you want to sell” so I decided the best way to get it out in front of my clients and potential clients was for them to see me photograph a very stylized event – the kind I wanted to be shooting..”

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Best of Blogs – Issue 14 ~ Jasmine Star

I couldn’t believe it when Jasmine Star first emailed me. I got a little bit fan-girly and squealed down the phone to my friend a little bit. So needless to say when it came to writing this month’s Best of Blogs article there was only one lady I wanted to write about. I am literally honoured to have her on these pages with me. The woman is such and inspiration and I heart her. A lot.

My virtual love affair with Jasmine Star began this summer when I watched a video recording of a seminar she’d held which was called ‘The importance of branding and its vitality in the wedding industry.’ After watching it, the way I viewed by own brand and business was literally changed forever. A dramatic admission maybe, but that’s how motivating her one-hour teaser video was: I ended up blogging about it, and I thoroughly recommend that you take a look. http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2010/06/a-sunday-kind-of-love-jasmine-star-being-free-to-succeed

For my part I immediately started to make big decisions about how and where to move forward with my own business. I was so blown away in fact, that I just had to email her right away and tell her.

I’d heard about this ‘Free to Succeed’ tour (available to purchase in full, on DVD from http://getit.davidjay.com) on a photographic forum and was encouraged by everyone’s positive comments to check it out for myself. Initially I was sceptical. I’ve never been one to sign up for training courses or be swayed by motivational speakers, however within the first 10 minutes I was hooked. Jasmine spoke with such passion and with such an infectious style, that even though the talk was directed towards photographers and their branding, I was finding myself relating everything she said to my own business.

So how does this bring us to talking about Jasmine Star the blogger? Well as many of you may already know, she not only markets herself as a photographer, but as a professional blogger too – her blog, her website, her personality and her photography are all critical to the Jasmine Star brand. All of these aspects work together to create brand “J*”, and in such a natural and organic way that you actually don’t see how it happened. This is something we can all learn from.

“I have been persuaded to believe that if a person wants to become a brand, the first place to start is with him/herself, “ she explains. “The cornerstone of a boutique brand relies on a strong sense of self-identity – who a person is both professionally and personally.  When the foundation of a brand is based on an identity, it becomes easier to build the brand and attract the type of clients a photographer prefers.”

Jasmine started blogging in early 2006 and shot her first solo wedding in October of the same year. As a self-confessed newbie, who had no idea what she was doing and who simply wanted to learn to take beautiful photographs, she admits to starting the blog to “document her failures.” This humble and honest approach is something she hasn’t lost over the years, and with all her ‘fame’ (although she’ll kill me for saying that!) within the worldwide photography community, she continues to remain humble and oh-so grateful to everyone who reads and comments on her blog, attends her workshops  and of course books her to shoot their weddings.

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Rock n Roll Bride : WEDDING Magazine Columnist – Mix & Match

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you some very exciting news! A few months ago I was offered a regular column in one of the UK’s biggest bridal magazines, WEDDING. Catherine, the editor, asked me to inject a bit of Rock n Roll into the magazine and to share with their readers some new Rock n Roll wedding trends. My pleasure! You lot make my job easy with your fabulous and unique ideas!

Words can’t express how excited I was to hear a thud as the magazine, featuring my first column, landed on my doormat this morning. How bright, colourful and fabulous does my article look? Double page spread too!

Huge thanks to Catherine, Julia and all at WEDDING Magazine for having me and of course to all the photographers who allowed me to use their photographs in this issue. Can I also just say that I am stupidly proud that they billed me as “Cult wedding Blogger, Kat Williams” (!) and the fact that Catherine mentioned me in her editor’s letter at the beginning of the magazine. Jumping for joy I am!

The Dec/Jan issue of WEDDING Magazine for is in shops now so why not go check it out for yourselves!?

Rock n Roll Bride in Southern Weddings Magazine!

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I am a bit over excited that I got a mention in the newest issue of Southern Weddings Magazine. This publication is so utterly beautiful and in my opinion, features the very best real weddings and some of the coolest planning resources and ideas of all the print magazines out there, so I’m more than a little bit chuffed to be included in their ‘Top Blogs’ list.

Southern Weddings Magazine is available all across America and anyone on this side of the pond who wants a copy can order one online right here!

…and because I love this feature so much (and so many of my blog friends are listed too) I’ve included the full ‘Top Blogs’ feature for your viewing pleasure! (check it out after the ‘jump’)

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