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Las Vegas Lovers: Airstream Dreams

The next big girl band?

Finally it’s here, the shoot I’ve been mercilessly teasing you with!

When Gala & Nubby told me they were going to be in Las Vegas at the same time as David, Lisa & I, I just about jumped at the chance for us to all shoot together. Although this shoot wasn’t going to be at all wedding-related, I really couldn’t wait to get my pose on with these gorgeous girlies.

Organising photo shoots is hard work at best, but when you’re doing it with a team scattered all over the world it can be darn right stressful. But with emails flying back and forth between England, New York, Portland, Vegas and India (David was there for 2 months and only flew back to London the day before we left for Vegas!) I think we managed to pull something pretty awesome together.

We wanted three distinctive locations to show three different looks, and after having no luck securing the Neon Graveyard, Gala found this amazing RV park behind the Circus Circus hotel. The owners were so accommodating and sweet and really excited to have us there (Hi Bob!)

Who knew that posing on a golf cart could be so much fun!?

I wore

♥1950s pink vintage dress from Frock and Roll Vintage
♥ Vintage pink petticoat
♥ Irregular Choice ‘Patty’ shoes
♥ Chubby Bunny hair bow (Gala’s) and ‘Vivien’ headpiece by DC Bouquets

Gala wore

♥ Bedazzled Mickey Mouse ears by xoerikamarie on etsy
♥ $20 purple dress
♥ Betsey Johnson belt
♥ Chinese Laundry shoes
♥ Bedazzled glasses by Tequila Star on etsy

Nubby wore

♥ Dress from ASOS
♥ Tights from H&M
♥ Boots from Camilla Skovgaard

I also need to give an extra special shout out of love to Janine & LaVey of Your Beauty Call for our incredible hair & make up. Jeez Louise these girls know their stuff! With a client list boasting The Kardashians, Paris Hilton, The Pussycat Dolls, Kelly Osbourne…and now Rock n Roll Bride, Gala Darling & Nubby Twiglet of course ha…we were thrilled beyond belief when they agreed to work with us!

I don’t think any of us wanted to wash our make up off or take our hair down…like, ever.

Nubby, Kat & Gala – bringing the sparkle back to geek chic

If you’re getting married in Vegas I can not recommend Your Beauty Call enough. Seriously incredible. It was hot and we were shooting all day but our make up didn’t budge…even the lip stain (LaVey used this amazing product, Lip Sense, on us which blew my mind with it’s staying power!) We also slept in our hair and rocked the same styles the following day while out shopping! These girls are worth their weight in gold and I have so much love for them.

Oh yeah these girls too..!

Taking photo shoots seriously is totally over-rated

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Bright Lights, Late Nights, Shopping & Disco Trees…Why, It Must be a Las Vegas Round Up Post!

The view from Gala & Nubby’s suite at The Cosmpolitan. Not too shabby…

What time is it? What country am I in? How do I form sentences again…?

Greetings. This morning’s blog post comes from a head that still hasn’t quite got back on UK time. It may have been a week since I landed back at Heathrow, but I’m still finding it hard to get back on track! However waking up at 2pm and going to bed at 4am could work for me I reckon…

Those of you that follow me on Twitter or Facebook will have been lucky (or unlucky, whichever way you look at it!) to have been force-fed regular updates from my Las Vegas adventure over the past few weeks, but today I thought it necessary to put off getting back to work just a little while longer in order to share some of my favourite photos and fun times from Viva Las Vegas.

I’m sure some of you are sick to death of hearing all about it already…sorry about that…but for the rest of you I hope you enjoy this extra epic extra huge post dedicated to one of my new favourite places, the city they call Sin…

Glitter balls at Gallery Nightclub, Planet Hollywood

I visited Vegas primarily for WPPI with David & Lisa, however I was also lucky enough that my girls Gala & Nubby came into town at the same time so we were able to hang out and do fun girly things all week! Soooo what started as just another work trip was transformed into a magical holiday packed with full on adventure, sequins and giggles (oh so many giggles!)

Warning this is a really long and very image heavy post! I suggest a cup of tea and a hobnob or two while you have a nosy through…

Day 1

Excited on the plane (please excuse crappy front-facing camera phone photo!)

David & I arrived early evening on Thursday. Feeling a little worse for wear jet-lag wise we kept our first night simple. We went for a wonder down The Strip from our hotel, The Stratosphere, and ended the night with a few drinks in the hotel bar. I’ll be straight up honest with you, I wasn’t too sure about our hotel before we got there. It pretty far up Las Vegas Boulevard, right at the north end and just before you hit the downtown area, and wasn’t anything like the fancy smancy themed ones that everyone else we knew seemed to be staying in! However it was way cheaper than a lot of the other hotels, since we hired a car it was easy to get into the hub of Vegas, just 5-10 minutes… plus parking in all the hotels is FREE. Amazing! Hiring a car was the best thing we did as although cabs are not too expensive (about $15 + tip from one end of The Strip to the other) they certainly do add up!

Day 2

Oh, Hello there Kitty!

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas right?! After a day of wondering around and getting our bearings (and posing with the locals see above…) David & I decided a proper night out was in order. We started off by meeting Erin of Knot Couture who I’ve chatted to a lot online, before heading to see…The Chippendale’s!

It wasn’t grown up, clever or classy but oh boy was it funny! The girls who were called up on stage to do ‘tasks’ with them were seriously brave (or just very drunk!) If you’re in Vegas with some like-minded silly friends I’d totally recommend letting your inhibitions go and seeing them. Perfect for an unclassy hen do!

We ended the night by dancing to the wee hours at a 24 hour nightclub (yes, only in Vegas could a ‘day club’ be as popular as a night club!) We felt roughidy rough rough rough the next day but it was worth it!

Day 3

Feeling slightly delicate, we took day 3 at a nice slow pace. We tried out the oxygen bar in our hotel which was surprisingly brilliant for our hangovers, followed by an IHOP breakfast.

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The Price is Right

Perhaps one of the biggest issues that those of us who are self employed and supplying a service rather than selling a specific product, struggle with is How Much to Charge? It can be very difficult to put a value on your time and skills and of course a lot of areas in the wedding industry are over saturated with keen part timers and hobbyists. How do you find your place in the market and still make a decent wage?

I did a talk last year in London and at the end I got asked a lot of questions but one that sticks out in my mind was from a girl who wanted to know how to set up as a wedding photographer going straight for the top end of the market. She wanted to charge £3500 and up per wedding yet had no qualifications and very little experience. Erm, I was like I have no idea. Was she thinking there was a magic formula or ultimate place to advertise that would reel in the richer clients? She had no concept that the more someone spends on their wedding services, the more they want to feel assured that they are investing in a business that has proved its worth. Part of what you pay for at the top end is a high level of experience not just a fancy logo.

Your price has got to realistically reflect your level of skill, experience and equipment. A photographer goes from one challenging light condition to another at a wedding. You need to shoot at low light levels often without the use of flash in ceremonies and then go straight out into super bright sunlight. You have to be creative in bad weather or able to photograph a winter wedding which might mostly be inside. You just need to look at this disastrous set of images to see how easy it is to get wrong. Imagine you had paid this photographer £3500.

I have been photographing weddings since 2000 and started out charging £600-£750. I had already been a photographer for 10 years so was pretty adept but that had been in music. While some of the skills were similar, like being able to shoot on the hop and only have one chance to get it right, I was aware that I had some new skills to learn. My rates reflected this as did my clients’ expectations. If someone knows they got you at a reduced rate while you are still gaining confidence, they are a lot more likely to forgive any mistakes you may make. I certainly made a few along the way but as my experience grew so did my rates. I still don’t charge as much as some photographers (my prices range from £2000-£4000) but I am comfortable in that bracket. Occasionally I get told I should charge more but I like to pick a good range of weddings to shoot. I love a grand Stately Home wedding but also love to shoot quirky creative weddings. The overall budget of the weddings I have shot range from £5k to 100k. If someone really wants your service they will push themselves to afford it, for others it is a drop in the ocean of their budget. It is however important that you feel you are worth your rates.

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A DIY London Wedding & A Barefoot Bride: Hannah & Olly

Hannah & Olly were engaged at Bestival in the inflatable church, “Olly proposed to me at Bestival in the inflatable church following our annual Bestival wedding in front of all our friends dressed as unicorns, Mario, Luigi, Alien babies… ” Hannah wrote to me. “It was chucking it down as we strolled back to the main stage (engaged!) and The Wailers were playing. All of a sudden the sun came out and like from nowhere Olly handed me a Pina Colada in a pineapple! We spent the afternoon dancing to Chic and chinking our pineapples.”

From this unconventional proposal, it was clear that this couple were to have anything but a traditional wedding. As the groom explains, “We’re both very creative people and from the start of organising our wedding we wanted it to be different. Throughout it we used blogs, including Rock n Roll Bride, and we did it together. Myself and Hannah contributed equally and both did a lot of homework on details. The motto from the beginning was that it was to be a party, not a ceremony. With that in mind we kept thinking of the things that we loved from parties we have been to.”

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‘Caravan Of Love’ Engagement Shoot at The Photography Farm: Heather & Rob

Before my shoot at The Photography Farm, the ‘farmers’ (as they’ve become affectionately known) were treated to a beautifully styled engagement shoot with Heather & Rob. The couple have booked Lisa to shoot their wedding in April and very bravely agreed to have their engagement shoot at Photography Farm. They told Lisa of their love of camping so the styling team ran with that theme! Hazy Days lent them ‘Sandie’ the caravan, Paper Pom Poms made some well…paper pom poms and Hannah of The Tea Set brought everything together!

“Its hard to express how amazing this whole experience was.” Lisa writes. “Photography Farm had been in planning for so long with me and Jayne talking about nothing else and obsessing over caravans and tractors. When it finally came round, I think a combination of the great photographers and brilliant team that took part, the beautiful light and the way we were looked after by the staff at the Farm made the whole experience quite magic.”

Aren’t these just beautiful shots? Oh Heather & Rob you are such gorgeous creatures!

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‘Rock n Rainbow’: An After the Rainbow Inspiration Shoot at The Photography Farm (+ Behind the Scenes Video)

I’m a huge Wizard of Oz nerd, so when wedding photographer extraordinaire Lisa Devlin asked if I fancied attending her first Photography Farm workshop to model in an ‘After the Rainbow’ themed styled shoot…well my biggest concern was whether I’d actually get to wear some ruby slippers…and you know what? I did!

We even had a Toto! Although I think she knew I’m a cat person as she spent most of the time trying to run away from me. Hum…

The idea for the shoot was that Dorothy (ahem that’s me) had just landed back from Oz, and is back on the farm in Kansas dreaming of that place over the rainbow…oh and because it’s me I had to get the rainbow hair back didn’t I? The rainbow theme kinda exploded a little bit but I love it!

More of my faves…oh the light was just magical!

Make-up Artiste Elbie & I came up with the idea of sparkles on my lips. They didn’t last long (you can see in some late photos that they’re kinda half slipping off) but they certainly looked awesome in the magic light…

Stylists Hannah of The Tea Set and Jayne Sacco & Sacco Photography made us three beautiful sets to shoot in – this was the second, a farmer’s market theme. Be sure to click through to the gallery to see all the glorious details!

Lisa asked me to ‘do something’ with the carrots…erm…so I did…

The third setting – all bunting, apples & chickens. Lovely…

And talking of chickens, yes I did hold one. I was very brave…as was the chicken (you can see in my face in some of the other shots (in the gallery) that I’m a little concerned about my predicament)

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