Naomi, Josh & Kingsley

April 13, 2010

Oh I have been so excited about sharing this shoot with you all! I’m sure most of you will be familiar with this gorgeous little family. Naomi is the beautiful girl behind the uber popular Rockstar Diaries blog and her husband Josh and their new dog Kingsley play a staring role in it. These guys really are wonderful people. Sweet, kind and darling. Their blog posts never fail to cheer me and they just seem so genuinely LOVELY!

OK enough gushing…you’re going to adore these images taken at the DC Cherry Blossom Festival by their wedding photographer Leo Patrone (who I’m hoping to meet when he comes over to London soon!) The light, the colours, the fashion, the fun and lurrrve…aww just so perfect.


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Vintage Inspired Blustery Wedding Day Shoot

February 21, 2010

Leo Patrone is one of those photographers that I’d consider a celebrity! As soon as I came across his work I was hooked. So when Leo said he was happy for me to blog Kelly & Cameron’s vintage-inspired Utah wedding portraits I was so excited, “Hell yeah I’ll feature these, wooo!”


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How to Avoid Burn-Out: A Guest Post by Chanelle Segerius-Bruce

February 3, 2012

I arrived at the party, having had my hair blow dried and a coral pink ruffled dress picked out especially for the occasion. The doorman walked up to my black cab, opened the door and welcomed me to The Dorchester. I made my way up to the very top floor in the opulently decorated elevator and, after having my coat taken care of, was offered a glass of bubbly. I was to brush shoulders with the ‘Best of British’ that evening. This was a party hosted by none other than Mark Niemeirko, the UK’s top wedding planner, in honor of Darcy Miller the editor of Martha Stewart Weddings. A selection of the best UK bloggers where there too, including the lovely Kat of course, as well as florists, hair & make-up artists and best of all the big name bridal designers.

This is networking at it’s finest ladies and gentlemen!

How did I get here? I can tell you that it wasn’t just down to spending every waking moment in front of my computer. While, of course, I’ve worked hard to get here, one of the best things I did for myself and my business last year was to not do everything myself.

In the first two years of my wedding photography business I did absolutely everything myself. I found it hard to let go. I felt as though I was the only person who could ever possibly work on my on RAW files. I thought nobody else would ever be able to design an album for me – even if I guided them through the process. I worked as a high end retoucher for years and it has only recently dawned on me that those fashion photographers would not be where they are now if they had to sit and work on each and every image that they have shot themselves! Do you think Mario Testino would have the time to travel the world, shooting front covers for Anna Wintour and worldwide advertising campaigns if he was shackled to his desk with a pen and Wacom tablet permanently attached to the end of his arm? I think not. You have to have the time to network and meet people in the industry in person and not just from the safety net of a twitter handle.

I eluded to the topic of avoiding burn out in my round up/end of year blog post. 2011 was my third full year in business as a photographer and now, at the start of 2012, I feel very happy with where I am with my price point and how I am progressing my business. I would like to share some of what I’ve done to get here with you all. I hope my advice can span any business and that this article is not only useful for photographers, however most of my examples in this piece are specific to what I did in my wedding photography business.

My basic lesson is this: life is short and working into the wee hours of the night, not having a break and feeling overwhelmed is why people ‘burn-out’ or loose their passion for something they once loved. After all most people start their own businesses to get away from working in a job that stresses them out!

“If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right” – Steve Jobs


Begin with the easy things and then work towards the ones that are harder to let go of.

Firstly I don’t do well with numbers, so outsourcing my accounting was a no brainer and the first thing I did back in my freelance retouching days. No way was I going to sit down and fill in a tax return or enter a bunch of receipts and expenses into Excel (which is not a program I am familiar with – my background is graphic design and I just never had the need to learn it). I used to hand over a big bundle of paperwork to my poor accountant and he had to sift though everything and make sense of it all. However now file everything myself into subsections for each type of expense (i.e. album printing, travel, consumables, gear etc etc).

The second thing I outsourced was bookkeeping. I know I need to have a running total of my turnover in order to keep an eye on the VAT threshold. Remember to keep in mind that if you go over the threshold in any 12 month period (not just the tax tear April to April) that you have to start charging your clients 20% VAT. This includes future wedding clients, even if they booked you before you had to go VAT registered! It is super important to plan for this.

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Laura & Colin at Salvation Mountain

January 4, 2011

I am seriously so in love with Laura & Colin. What an utterly gorgeous pair, with an utterly gorgeous e-sesh (although these shots were actually taken the day after their wedding) at Salvation Mountain. I’ve blogged about this amazing place before. The ‘mountain’ in the Californian desert is a 50 foot mountain, made totally of local adobe clay and paint. The 79 year old creator of this national treasure, Leonard, lives on site alone in his truck (!) and his piece of art has been a work in progress for over 20 years!

“Salvation Mountain is located in the lower desert of Southern California in Imperial County just east of the Salton Sea and about a hour and a half from Palm Springs,” the mountain’s website explains. “Salvation Mountain is Leonard’s tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message: “God Is Love.” Leonard’s passion has lovingly created this brilliant “outsider art ” masterpiece resplendent with not only biblical and religious scripture such as the Lord’s Prayer, John 3:16, and the Sinner’s Prayer, but also including flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated as those who have made the journey will attest. Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint and is truly unique in the United States and probably the world. From its Sea of Galilee at the bottom, to the big red heart in the middle, to the cross at the very top, the reoccurring theme of “Love” is everywhere at Salvation Mountain”

What an amazing place to shoot huh?!

My friend Jen over at Green Wedding Shoes has blogged Laura & Colin’s wedding today too! Be sure to head over their and check it out. It’s a beaut.

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Thursday Treats – 1st April 2010

April 1, 2010

Credit: Leo Patrone (Features the gorgeous Naomi, Josh & Kingsley of Rockstar Diaries)

It’s that time of the week again…hold onto your knickers girls! As always this week has been epic and the internet has been fit to bursting with all this bloggy goodness. I can’t wait for you to read it all. So, go get a cup of coffee and some kind of sweet treat and enjoy some procrastination time…

♥ The wonderful girls over at Completely Unveiled interviewed me this week and I got to talk to them all about fashion, being fabulous and general wedding goodness…check it!
♥ Perfect wedding veils and how to choose them
♥ A dirt-bike riding couple glam up
Over sized paper flowers
♥ The best and most adorable vintage wedding cupcakes I’ve seen!
Matching stripes
Laura & Ben
Loving these floaty Maria Lucia Hohan wedding dresses
Vintage style clutches and purses for brides
One pair of shoes – a million outfit possibilities
OMG Emily!

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Older Is Better

March 15, 2009

Leo Patrone is one of those photographers I really admire.  I check his site often just hoping for a new little bit of wedding joy to share with you, and today I got lucky!

For some reason I have been all about the vintage/old looking photography today…I don’t know why, I’m just being really drawn to it (to top it off Kathryn @ Snippet&Ink posted a gorgeous wedding today using Poladroid to generate faux Polaroid images of the day – oh how much fun I had after I downloaded that application!)
But anyway, as usual I digress…let’s just enjoy the wonderful Holga goodness of these photographs.

Credit: Leo Patrone

That’s Love

January 16, 2009

Oh My GOD this couple are ridiculously cute!  I would highly recommend checking our their uber sweet blog – so. in. love

For this post it’s not about the wedding, but about the actual couple.  I love them!

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Tiers and Pearls

January 5, 2009

Tess and Brian created a gorgeous outdoorsy vintage stylee, diy wedding in Idaho.  I have no info about this day I’m afraid but the photographs are just too beautiful not to post…I just love Tess’ dress!  The tiers are so flattering to her shape, and I love love love the uber layered pearls.  I may have to steal this idea next time I wear something that’s not just taken crumpled from the floor!

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Parasols and Pomaders

December 20, 2008

This wedding has been featured on The Bride’s Cafe but I’m afraid I have to post it as well…I just adore this Bride’s chic long sleeved dress, the parasols and the cuuute pomander style bouquet – they shouldn’t just be reserved for flower girls!  I’m not a kiddy person but omg how sweeeeeeeet are these two lads in their little bow ties?

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Thursday Treats – 25th March 2010

March 25, 2010

Credit: Decor 8

Check ’em out – my favourite links from all the corners of blog land over the past 7 days…

♥ I have to say, I’ve certainly been getting around this week – not only was I featured in the Daily Express, but new photography website, The Photography Parlour, interviewed me for their brand spanking new ‘Marketing Monday’ feature.
Irregular Choice have done it again – this time with ‘Rock n Roll’ shoes! (thanks Chantal)
♥ Are you a tattooed bride? Want a tee-shirt telling the world that?
♥ A Bride’s Despair – What do you do if white or ivory doesn’t suit you?
Gorgeous indie bride and her fab Southern wedding
Sea & the City
Vintage records and great rock flair for this stunner of an engagement session
♥ Vintage dress specialists Lindsay Fleming Couture have a few spaces left for their super duper popular ‘Roadshow’ which will be travelling around the UK this spring. To book one of the last spaces give David a call on 07966 243587 or drop them an email to strictly first come first served!
♥ I am dying with the swoon over Liesel & Sterling’s portraits

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