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Feather Love Photography Workshops in London & Belgium (with Special Guests Emma Case & Me!)

Look who’s being a workshop whore this year? Yep that’s me!

So Jasmine Star, Lisa Devlin and now (OMG) Feather Love Photography have all enlisted the help of yours truly to be involved in their UK photography workshops in recent months. Again, I’m honoured beyond belief and so excited to be involved in fun and enriching projects like this. I literally can’t wait to get stuck into more.

So, what’s this latest workshop about then and why should you come to this one with me?

Photographer Noa says, “I run an artist workshop, focused primarily on understanding yourself as an artist, increasing your connection to your creativity, staying inspired & innovative etc. I cover blogging, the wedding industry, getting featured, getting clients you want, artistic integrity, artistic philosophy, breaking rules, and branding yourself along with your work.”

Photography Credit: Shoot of Noa & her friends at her studio by Braedon Flynn for Rue Magazine (more on Noa’s blog here)

How hot is Noa?! Yes very…

Noa has been one of my favourite wedding photographers for a long time. In fact she was one of the first US photographers to give my blog the time of day and support Rock n Roll Bride. I remember when I first learnt that Noa has been thrown of of “Speidi’s” wedding (remember them!?) It totally made me love her even more. What a rockstar.

Talking of celebrities, Noa has been honoured by being asked to photograph a number them. Particularly awesome was the fact that she photographed Emily Deschanel & David Horsnby’s wedding (Emily stars in the show ‘Bones’ and is Zooey Deschanel’s sister and David is a producer.) Although she hasn’t been able to publicise these images (except the one below which was published in People Magazine in the US), I have a feeling she might share some more of the images from Emily’s wedding in her portfolio slideshow at the workshops. I’m not a huge celebrity worshipper but I’m pretty excited to see this wedding. From what I saw on Noa’s blog it was achingly cool.

These workshops are also going to be extra awesome because my bestie Emma Case has been invited along to both events (London and Belgium) to give a talk about her business and what makes her approach to wedding photography unique. You can read more about what Emma will be talking about here. I’ll also be at the London workshop to answer any blogging-related questions.

Look where we are going to be hosting the London workshop?! I can’t wait to hang out in this amazing apartment. You just know the photo shoot portion of the day is going to be incredible with a location like this!

The Belgium workshop will be taking place at this beautiful private property in Halle, Belgium (near Brussells). Just you try and convince me you don’t want to go there and hang out with Noa & Emma! The location of this event is perfect for my European photographer readers and Noa has chosen this location specifically so her fans in Germany, France, Italy and Holland can attend.

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How to…Pose in Your Wedding Photographs – What to Do (& What Not to Do)

kathownottopose1010Before I start, I just want to say one thing…ARGGGH!

Yeah that’s right, I’m posting some pretty hideous (and ahem hilarious) photographs of myself today. I hope you’ll find this slightly scary post both helpful and funny…that’s the idea anyway! So, ready to see me looking haaawt!?

Looking naturally beautiful on your wedding day is something that’s often referred to by some as a bit of a given. “On your wedding day you’ll be so glowingly happy that you will look as stunning and radiant in the photographs as you did when they were taken” they say…and they’re right…right!?

Well yes and no. I’m sure you’re all with me in some degree on this one, that there are certain areas of your body that you’re never going to be happy with. No matter how often your fiancé says you’re beautiful, when you look at a photograph of yourself your eyes are always first drawn to your arms/nose/chin/stomach aren’t they? Yeah me too…

Let’s be honest with ourselves here and say that we are all a little bit worried about how we’re going to look in our wedding photographs. Looking at yourself in a photo can be seriously HARD if you have a hold ups about how you look, and actually even if you don’t. There isn’t a person in the world who hasn’t taken a bad photograph, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll be praying that the happiest day of your life will be reflected as such in the photographs. Not to freak you out any more, but after all these are the photos that will remain on your parents’ and grandparents’ mantelpieces forever.

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“Now come on…!” I hear you cry “Kat Williams we’ve seen you in hundreds of photo shoots and you always take a good picture.” Well I’m here to burst that little bubble for ya right now ladies (and gents.) If you could see the photos that end up on the proverbial cutting room floor after one of my shoots…well…you certainly wouldn’t be saying that! And before you say so, no I’m not just being modest. I can take a seriously BAD picture. Just ask all the photographer’s I’ve worked with!

However what I have learnt over the past few years of prancing about in front of the camera, is how to pose (and be posed) correctly. I now know how to position and angle my body to accentuate my good bits and hide my wobbly bits. Today I want to pass that knowledge onto you. The point of this post is not to make you dwell in the parts of yourselves that you dislike, but to celebrate the parts you do like and to learn how to look the very best you can. I am a firm believer that everyone can take a beautiful photograph – all it takes it the right photographer (for you) and some clever posing. I seriously hope you will thank me for it too, because sharing some photos of me looking well…awful…is quite a momentous thing for me!

So last week I met with my friend, photographer David McNeil to take some good and badly posed shots in order to show you what to do and of course not what to do in your wedding pictures or bridal/engagement/trash the dress shoot. Thank you so much for all your comments on last Friday’s post about this subject – we’ve tried to cover all the areas you asked for so I hope you get some ideas of how to look as smokin’ as you feel in your wedding photographs.

OK, deep breath…

Chin / Neck

I was both surprised and comforted that so many of you seemed to have the same most hated area as me! I detest my chin and neck area (what is it with my fat neck!?) It’s so easy to get that awful double and/or dimply chin look in photographs too… argh!

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In order to combat this, raise your chin by a few degrees and twist your head slightly away from the camera. Then, either focus your eyes a point above your natural eye line or look back down the lens. Tilting your chin upwards will elongate the neck, pull the skin tight and smooth out any wrinkles/folds. Even if your photographer is shooting from a low angle (argh scary!) or straight on, this pose will look a million times better than looking straight at and directly down the camera. See…?

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Attention UK Wedding Photographers – Jasmine Star is Coming!

As anyone that follows me on twitter or facebook will know, I am a big Jasmine Star fan…huge in fact. I love this woman. I find her incredibly inspirational and I just adore her. Adoration in like a girl-crush/I want us to be best friends and plait each others hair kinda way…

So… why am I writing this today? Well, again if you follow me on my various social media platforms, you will also know that I’ve been banging on about how excited I am about making some ‘big announcement’ for the last week or so. Well I hope you’ll forgive my diversion this morning because I really do have some ridiculously exciting news. In fact ‘ridiculous’ isn’t a strong enough word for just how exciting this news is… stupendous, incredible, mind-blowing, life-changing…now maybe we’re on the right track.

Jasmine Star is coming to the UK to do her first ever photography workshop in London…oh and I’m helping her organise it.

So here’s the story. About a month or so ago, I was reading Jasmine’s blog and eagerly awaiting the next instalment of  CreativeLive, and I decided to email her and just lay it out there…

“Hi Jasmine, this is just a quickie…have you ever considered coming over to the UK to do a workshop? I can tell you 100% that it would sell out. The industry over here is buzzing right now but we need your help. When it comes to seminars, we all know you are the queen of the talk and the UK utterly loves you. The UK neeeeeeds you in fact. So many photographers I know are fantastic at the photography bit but they are lost with the business and blogging side. Please come and help us!”

And guess what people? Guess WHAAAAAAT?…she only replied straight away and said she’d love to try and come over and would I help her organise it!? Uhh OK stupid question. I am all over this!

So here’s the drill. The day-long workshop (9am-5pm) will be taking place on Wednesday 20th July 2011 at the incredible One Marylebone, London. The day is also being supported by Wedding Magazine, who are on board to style the models for the photo shoot portion of the day. The magazine will also be featuring some of the images taken of the event in a future issue (!)

The workshop will be a full day of branding, specifically focused on the first steps of creating a brand, and the eight components of creating a brand:
1.  Creating a logo to reflect YOU
2.  Selective clientele
3.  Client care
4.  Branding correspondence
5.  Branding your online presence
6.  Branding photos
7.  Networking your brand
8.  Branding post processing

While having discussed these topics before online, in this workshop Jasmine will go into depth about personal decisions she made to cultivate and foster her rapidly growing business.  In order to keep it intimate and enable attendees to have the individual attention of both Jasmine & JD, the class will be limited to 20 students…and I have been reliably informed that no questions will be off limits!

In the afternoon there will be a bridal shoot portion of the day styled by the fabulous team at Wedding Magazine. Jasmine will demonstrate her natural posing technique and offer her tips on using natural lighting, as well as give access to students to photograph the models for personal portfolios.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by The Recipe, and after the day is done, we’ll all head out to dinner together.

As I said, student spaces are limited to just 20 and coupled with the fact that this is Jasmine’s first time in the UK, I can safely say that event is going to sell out FAST. The workshop costs £900 and breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

You can learn more about Jasmine’s workshops here and to reserve your spot, you can register right here.

OK, I think that’s it for now. Boy…I might just burst. There have already been a few rumours flying around the internet after Jasmine alluded to the fact that she was planning on crossing the ‘pond’ on her blog last week. Do you know how hard it has been for me to keep this all a secret up until now!? Wow, it feels so good to finally share!

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A Sunday Kind of Love – Working Together, Rocking Out & Making Love Not War

When you run your own business it’s incredibly easy to become fiercely competitive and secular without even knowing it. I’ve found that especially in the wedding industry there are so many of us trying our hardest to be successful that a lot of the time, it can all get rather bit bitchy and competitive. That sucks.

I’m happy to say that although I’ve had my fair share of niggles with others in the same field as me in the past that I’ve come out the other side and brought a few of my favourite other bloggers (shock horror – shouldn’t they be my competitors!?) along for the Rock n Roll ride. I’m now happy and thrilled to call them my friends and colleagues.

The Photography Parlour does the same thing for photographers here in the UK. In a similar way to other sections of the industry, wedding photographers can often see each other (especially when they work in the same area) as competition. This is why I love The Photography Parlour, a site which brings all these photographers together so they can learn from each other and work together to make something really great.

This particular shoot was set up by some members of The Photography Parlour themselves for those exact reasons. Below is a list of everyone involved with the shoot and all the photographers that took part.

…Oh and quite apart from the reasoning behind this shoot and this post, how damn gorgeous are these images? I am totally swooning over the oh-so-very British setting and quirky and fabulous vintage styling. I approve muchly.

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Under the Spotlight – McKinley-Rodgers Photography

With a desire to capture the small, intimate and personal moments of a wedding day in the most beautiful way, McKinley-Rodgers Photography, are surely one to consider for your wedding day photography.

“I have been a romantic all my life, and I have always believed in the fairytale,” photographer Pen says. “After kissing MANY frogs, I was lucky enough to find my prince 9 years ago, and snapped him up pronto (after only 4 months).   We actually had a very small and informal wedding, with just my mother and father as witnesses, but it was perfect for us.  My only regret however, is not having a photographer.  My mother took our pictures, and she took a lot of them, most of which are really lovely and do capture the day beautifully.  But, if I could do it all again…”

“That was a real impetus for doing what we do now.  We want to offer a service, a product, which we would have wanted.  What we provide is informal, intimate, creative, and affordable.   Weddings can be such expensive (and sometimes stressful) affairs, but it’s also the most important day of your life;  We want our bride and grooms to feel they can have what they want without cutting corners and have one less thing to worry about.”

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A Sunday Kind of Love – The Kelly Moore Bag

I get very lucky in my job that people send me lots of pretty things to play with. One of my favourites recently has got to be the gorgeous Kelly Moore camera bag that winged it’s way to me last week.

I had been on the hunt for a camera bag but was disappointed to discover that pretty much everything I found was black, dull, boring and UGLY! Well not any more…

Kelly Moore bags are more like gorgeous designer handbags than camera bags (in fact I have been using mine as a handbag when I’ve left my camera at home) and I am definitely proud to have this bag on my arm. I have the ‘Hobo’ design in grey. It’s perfect for me as a beginner as it’s not too big but seasoned pros will utterly love the Classic bag (and the fuchsia version is to die for!)

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“We got married after spending just 12 days with each other…”

Oh MAN am I excited to share Krystle & David’s wedding story with you today. The couple got married just twelve days after they properly met and they couldn’t be more in love if they tired. This is their story…

“We met online via our professional wedding photographer forum, DWF.”, the bride told me (they are both professional photographers) “We actually first met when both of us flew across the country to attend the DWF annual convention, in Nashville this past January.”

“We talked that first weekend about getting married and joked around about going to get married by Elvis back then and I told him I would have married him with a ring pop because I just wanted to be with him. We actually decided to just get married mutually, and when he came out to see me the couple days before we eloped to Vegas, he surprised me with a real proposal! We were playing Mario on my Super Nintendo because he swore he was better than me, yea that sucker failed miserably and I kicked his ass. He then pulled out a Star Wars tin lunchbox filled with my favorite Canadian chocolate bars, I love you mints, and dousche bag gum. At the bottom of all of that was a ring pop. He told me he loved me, wanted to be with me forever and then some, and then asked me to marry him. Nothing over the top, but I can’t think of any better way to be proposed to than Mario, chocolate, Star Wars, and wearing sweat pants.”

Ahhh! But it doesn’t stop their people, just you wait until you see their gorgeous wedding!

They were married in Graceland Wedding Chapel and had an informal dinner at the Grand Lux Cafe afterwards. As lovers of all things retro and “obnoxiously bright” Vegas was the perfect place for them. Both being wedding photographers they had seen their fair share of what they didn’t want over the years so the decision to do something completely different was quite an easy one.

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“We got married after spending just 12 days with each other…”

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Oh MAN am I excited to share Krystle & David's wedding story with you today. The couple got married just twelve days after they properly met and they couldn't be more in love if they tired. This is their story... "We met online via our professional wedding photographer forum, DWF.", the bride told me (they are both professional photographers) "We actually first met when both of us flew across the country to attend the DWF annual convention, in Nashville this past January." "We talked that first weekend about getting married and joked around about going to get married by Elvis back then and I told him I would have married him with a ring pop because I just wanted to be with him. We actually decided to just get married mutually, and when he came out to see me the couple days before we eloped to Vegas, he surprised me with a real proposal! We were playing Mario on my Super Nintendo because he swore he was better than me, yea that sucker failed miserably and I kicked his ass. He then pulled out a Star Wars tin lunchbox filled with my favorite Canadian chocolate bars, I love you mints, and dousche bag gum. At the bottom of all of that was a ring pop. He told me he loved me, wanted to be with me forever and then some, and then asked me to marry him. Nothing over the top, but I can't think of any better way to be proposed to than Mario, chocolate, Star Wars, and wearing sweat pants."

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Under the Spotlight – Cake & Pictures

When you’re on the wedding photographer hunt it can sometimes be very confusing on where to start. Cake & Pictures provides an exclusive list of excellent photographers for all photographic styles and locations. Unlike the traditional ‘wedding directory’, Cake & Pictures only allows the very best photographers onto their list and keeps the selection short and concise.

Covering over 50 cities and 24 countries around the world, Cake & Pictures is certainly a good place to start when you’re hunting for your perfect wedding photographer!

You can also check out their blog, The Pantry, right here

Be sure to check out some more incredible photographs from some of their members after the ‘jump’

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Rock n Roll Party Report

You may have heard that I held a little Rock n Roll party last week for some kick ass, killer UK wedding suppliers. I basically wanted to a) drink cocktails and eat cupcakes b) meet some awesome people and c) bring those awesome people together into one ginormous big sparkly melting pot of joy… and I think I actually managed to pull it off!

I met my lovely friend Emma Case earlier in the day and we went and got our hair done by Elbie Van Eeden. I had to make sure the skull tiara was perfectly positioned for it’s first official outing of course. Elbie was fabulous as ever. Love her! We then popped in to see our girls at Fur Coat No Knickers to get changed and ready to party (shhh! it was totally just an excuse to hang out in their beautiful shop and look at their gorgeous vintage dresses.)

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Under the Spotlight – Yvette Craig Photography

Today I wanted to introduce you to a Yvette Craig Photography, a photographer from Kent, who loves to travel (and would love to travel to capture your wedding!) and who has a very classic, elegant and almost fine art style.

Who are you and what do you do?
I am Yvette Craig and I am a wedding and portrait photographer, and my aim is to capture you in a classical, timeless style.

Where are you based and what cities/countries are you available to for work in?
I am based in Kent, however I cover weddings anywhere in the World! In 2007 I photographed a wedding in Cuba, then in 2008 I was booked by a Canadian couple who could not find what they were looking for locally and therefore booked me to photograph their wedding in Stratford, Ontario and then this year (2010) I photographed a wedding in Dominican Republic. I have also just been booked to photograph a wedding in Brisbane Australia in 2011. I am happy to travel anywhere in the UK also and this year I have weddings in Nottinghamshire, Hampshire as well as the home counties.

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The Photography Parlour and the G2G Shoot Out

Last Tuesday, the city of  Bristol paid host to a huge gaggle of budding photographers, models and industry professionals. The photography blog, The Photography Parlour, spearheaded by Rosie Parsons, organised a ‘shoot-out’ affectionately nicknamed G2G (Get Together) where everybody who’s anybody headed down for a day of shooting in the sun. I was GUTTED that I couldn’t make it (I was asked if I could come along and model but unfortunately my tattoo was still scabby and not to nice at this point!) but after seeing the results coming through I can not wait to attend the next one!

I wanted to share some of my favourite images from the shoot. Full credit and a list of everybody involved can be found after the ‘jump’.

Over 30 photographers attended so I couldn’t possibly share photographs from everyone. However I strongly advise you go and check out every body’s images over at The Photography Parlour’s flickr group…and if you’re still on the look out for a wedding photographer well boy are you in luck!

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A Sunday Kind of Love – Jasmine Star & Being Free to Succeed

I’ve never been one to be really into seminars or motivational speakers or anything. I’m easily bored and find it way to easy to go “Well yeah yeah but that doesn’t apply to me or what I’m doing.” It basically takes a lot to really make me sit up and take notice.

However I came across this teaser video to a photography seminar (the full course is available on dvd from here) held by Jasmine Star who is widely regarded as one of the ‘rock star photographers’ in America. The seminar was called ‘Free to Succeed’ and Jasmine’s presentation was about branding at it’s importance to your business. The talk was aimed at photographers but I decided to give it a watch after seeing people rave about it on flickr, and OMG am I glad I did. I don’t say this lightly but I really feel that my life, my outlook on my blog and it’s branding has changed. Forever.  This may sound over dramatic but I have never felt more motivated, empowered and excited about what I have to do. I can’t even begin to do justice to what Jasmine says by paraphrasing her presentation but just watch it watch it watch it! If you’re a photographer, a blogger or anyone trying to start your own business WATCH IT. She talks about being yourself and being true to yourself (something I of course am a strong advocate of!) and about how to work out what makes you special and an individual, and how you should bring this into your business. That how being yourself is what will bring you success.

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A Sunday Kind of Love – Lisa Devlin

I wanted to start this week’s post with a huge thank you to every single one of you for your kind words and comments on my ‘How to…not be a blogging pushover’ post. To everyone that stuck up for me and shared your love and passion for my little website – well wow, I’ve literally been blown away.

I decided to share this story with you today because I think it can only add further proof of my love of all my sponsors, of how they make my world go round and of my genuine feelings towards them (and theirs to me it would seem!) UK photographer Lisa Devlin has been a sponsor of Rock n Roll Bride for the past few months. Not only has this got her many a Rock n Roll wedding booking, but it has provided me with more eye candy to blog than I could ask for! With Lisa’s approval I wanted to share this card I received in the post this week. She also send me a little bag of treats including a Tatty Devine necklace! She knows me so well!

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