How To…Get the Best Out of Your Engagement Shoot

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.

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Photography Friday – Flowers, Dreadlocks & My Utterly Gorgeous Sister

I’m actually super excited about posting these – my first actual ‘set’ of photos that weren’t just of me messing about at home on my own. Today I went into town with my sister Rachel (and yes I did name my cat after her!) It just so happens to be totally gorgeous so I forced her to play model all day. I think she gave me a run for my money actually!

We had lunch at a new organic cafe in Reading (yum), bought flowers for 30p from the sweetest little old ladies ever and drank coffee by the river. What a fab day.

Her dreads are pretty rad too huh? Her super talented boyfriend Jamie does them for her. You can check out his website, Dread Monkey, right here.

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Jenny Packham & The Roaring 20’s

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.”

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Vintage, Geek Chic, Retro & Folk – With Extra Sprinkles Please…

When David & Ruth started to think about the kind of theme they’d like for their engagement session and up coming wedding they realised that they wanted to do something that celebrated their life together and their upcoming marriage. “We soon realised that like our life together and we pretty much wanted it all to reflect us – vintage, geek chic, retro, scifi, lowfi, folk, rock, disco, soul, town and country – with extra sprinkles please.”

The couple headed from Manchester to Hoarwithy, nestled in the Wye valley in Herefordshire for their engagement session with their photographers Nicola & Toni. “After having a wee yawn and a big stretch, we unpacked the dressing up trunk from the car and went to meet Nicola & Toni in a little wood on the bank of the river Wye.  The next two hours were spent having a laugh, dressing up, and playing in and around the gorgeous old wooden gypsy caravans.  It was a great way to meet Nicola & Toni who are doing the photos at the wedding and from this taster, we can’t wait!”

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Thursday Treats – 2nd September 2010

Credit: Photo by me – I went to Krispy Kreme this week…yum

Oooh It’s a bit of a literal sugar rush this week, not sure why but I’m all about the sweet loveliness this week…

♥ How much do I want this cupcake ring?!
♥ And check out this camera lens mug –  a sure fire way to give a photographer a heart attack in the morning!
♥ Teresa & Mat get married!!
♥ Family photos that don’t make me puke
Sweet Georgia Wedding

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(Pink) Caravan of Love

Kate & Charles had a vintage, punky and pink (caravan!) wedding on the Isle of Wight. As soon as I saw Kate in her incredible 1950’s cotton lace Fur Coat No Knickers vintage gown I knew I wanted to feature them “They made the bow birdcage veil out of a back panel of the dress and sourced the most beautiful velvet ribbon sash to finish off the dress” the bride told me.

The ceremony took place at Newchurch All Saints Church, Newchurch, Isle of Wight with a reception following at a friend Nick James’ house – Redway Manor Farm. They hired an Indian tent complete with low bench seating, floor cushions and gorgeous lamps from their friend’s Ed & Ana at Ed’s Tents and borrowed the pink ‘Honeymoon Caravan’ from their friend Mel, which the couple slept in that night. 

They chose not to ignore a lot of the traditional wedding formalities and just went with the things that mattered to them. They didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen and made sure that all the important people in their lives were a big part of their day.

Charles’ Mum made the cupcakes. “She went cupcake crazy and baked up a dizzying array of cupcakes for the afternoon tea party from cherry cheesecake and spiced apple through to jam doughnut cupcakes, along with a couple of bouquet of cupcakes made by his sister Roz. However, the star of the show was a 3 tier pork pie cake complete with a Lego bride and groom which looked just like us!”

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