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A Sunday Kind of Love: Airstream Photo Booth by The Photo Emporium

I was proper thrilled when they guys at The Photo Emporium offered to lend us their – wait for it – airstream photo booth (!!!!) for the last Photography Farm. Anyone that knows me knows that I am a serious photo booth junkie and the fact that it was inside an actual airstream made me even more excited! In fact we basically planned the whole damn shoot around it.

I’ll be sharing the results of this shoot really soon, but I didn’t want to waste any time introducing you to these guys and what they do. If you’re having an outdoor or festival themed wedding, then HOW PERFECT would an airstream photo booth be?

The Photo Emporium offer a range of photo booths (or more accurately pop up photo studios – these ain’t no ordinary booths as you can see!) to suit various wedding themes. Their brand new airstream is sure to become an icon and their vintage set is requested again and again for vintage style weddings. But if you’d like something more classic, they do have a range of more traditional booth set ups too. Each booth is set up with a DLSR camera inside and you simply press a touch screen and strike a pose. Oh and the best thing?! A print automatically pops out the bottom – instant satisfaction (or cringing, whichever way you look at it…)

Hire prices start at £800 and for more info on all the options be sure to check out their website! The company are based in London but happy to take their booths all over the UK.

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Elbie’s Ice Cream Dream

When Lisa & I sit down to plan the Photography Farm styled shoots our criteria is simple – will it be fun and will it fulfill a current obsession? Well I can safely say we hit both those things with this one! Ice Cream Dream was born from our unwavering obsession with rainbow colour palettes and the fact that Hannah, our props stylist, has her own vintage ice cream cart (that she hires out at weddings – don’t you just I love this idea!?) Plus the gorgeous Elbie, who we’d roped into modelling for us, is as cute as an actual button and has the most rampant sweet tooth, like, ever. Our plan was for her to look like a sugary sweet treat herself and I think we managed to achieve that pretty well actually! I also can’t get over how good she looks with lilac hair. Jealous much?!

I have a bit of an obsession with candy coloured wigs, and this lavender creation from Annabelle’s Wigs was perfect for the job. We then called upon our gal Jo at The Couture Company to see if she could whip up (see what I did there!?) a dress with an ice cream influence. Jo suggested her Polly gown, which is handmade from silk with embroidered detailing, alongside some fluffy multi-coloured petticoats. It turned out to be a more than perfect combination! She also handmade us a cute bird brooch which added some quirky detailing to the overall look.

With the gorgeous dress, fashion stylist Laura & I teamed some ombre pink tights (which were a gift to me from Roo) some mental Jeffrey Campbell shoes, my Sparklebeast necklace (worn as a belt) and some Crown and Glory head candy… and yes, I totally stole both the flower crown and the giant pink bow afterwards – how could I not?!

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Thursday Treats Lite: 6th September 2012

Yes, that’s me in a jacuzzi in my dress… and what?

Oh hello September how glorious you’ve been so far!

Anyone that follows me on twitter or instagram will know that this week I’ve been living it up at the Photography Farm retreat. Basically, everyone who comes on the Farm always wants to come back, so Lisa & I thought, hell, let’s just hire it for a week and hang out! So we did. And it was fabulous.

We drank cosmos, we sat in the jacuzzi until we were wrinkly, we laughed, we danced, we talked about weddings A LOT. It was perfect and just the break I needed. Everything’s been a bit full on and crazy recently so it was SO GOOD to completely unplug and decompress.

Although needless to say it does kinda mean that I haven’t got the usual plethora of yummy treats to share will you, so instead I thought I’d make you all a bit jealous…

It’s all so lush & green down on the farm

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Hippy Luxe at The Photography Farm

As the fourth Photography Farm drew near Lisa and I sat down with Hannah, stylist extraordinaire, to plan the shoots. I always look forward to this epic 3-day wedding photographers workshop as I know I’ll learn new things, make new friends and have a hell of a good time in the process. We do two styled shoots on the first day but the second, a bridal shoot, is always the most exciting and experimental. I’m so excited to come up with a new concept and work with the Farm dream team to make it a reality.

We first start by deciding on our model. After umming and ahhing over the people we could ask for a while (we prefer to use ‘real’ girls over professional models), it came to me – what about my sister Rachel? And yes, before you ask, we did name our cat after her!

With her long dreadlocks, nose ring and ginormous Disney princess eyes she has a really unique look… and hello? She’s effing beautiful to boot. The girls were really excited about working with her so we set to coming up with ideas to suit Rachel’s own personal style. That’s the great thing about planning shoots for The Farm. The sky’s the limit with what we can do, but we also like to start with the model and work outwards. It’s super important that whatever we come up with links back to the girl in the middle of it all, only that way does something so special and authentic result.

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Wedding Photography Workshops 2012

I’m not ashamed to admit that I love a photography workshop. No, I know, I’m not a professional photographer but I find them so inspiring! I’ve also been lucky enough to be involved with organising, speaking at and generally sharing the love for so many of them. So, today I thought I’d put together a comprehensive list of some of the ones that are coming up soon. There is a workshop out there for you, the hardest part is picking the right one!

The Photography Farm – Lisa Devlin

Where: The Photography Farm, Sussex, UK
When: 16th-18th July 2012
Duration: 3 days
Price: £950
Included: Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner for 2 days, breakfast on the 3rd) & accommodation for 2 nights. Goodie bag & discounts.
Maximum Number of Attendees: 10
Syllabus: Planning of engagement shoots and wedding photography. Styled bridal shoot and engagement shoot. Post-Production. Blogging (guest speaker Kat Williams of Rock n Roll Bride – how to improve your own blogs and get featured on professional wedding blogs). Business School. One-to-one session with Lisa. After-support via a private, closed facebook group. Access to swimming pool & hot tub (!)

For Enquires & Bookings: Email Lisa on lisa@devlinphotos.co.uk or call 01273231047. More info via the Photography Farm website.

Win a place at the Photography Farm: For you chance to win a spot at the July Photography Farm tweet @photographyfarm or leave a message on the wall of the Photography Farm facebook page and let Lisa know why you think yuo should be there!

Film is not Dead – Jonathan Canalas

Where: Surrey, UK
When: May 28th-30th (Workshops also taking place in Boston – June 11th-13th and Charleston SC – Oct 15th-17th)
Duration: 3 days
Price: $2300
Included: Breakfast & lunch on all 3 days. Goodie bag & discounts.
Maximum Number of Attendees: 15
Syllabus: FILM – who, what, when, where, why and how? Getting published. The Power of a blog. On and off camera flash with film. Storytelling through details. Loving Family Formals. Instaproofs : how it will change your life. Refining your vision.

For Enquires & Bookings: Email Jonathan on jonathan@jonathancanlasphotography.com. More info via the Film is not Dead website.

Feet First – Our Labor of Love & Max Wanger

Where: New York City
When: 1st & 2nd August 2012
Duration: 2 days
Price: $1500
Included: Breakfast & Lunch on both days. Goodie bag & discounts.
Maximum Number of Attendees: 20
Syllabus: You will learn about our ideas & philosophies. Marketing. Client relations. Technical concepts. Packaging. The gear we use. Pricing. Lighting. Editing. Albums. Finding ways to stay inspired. Styled shoot.

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Modern Miss Havisham at The Photography Farm

Last week saw the third Photography Farm organised and hosted by wedding photographer Lisa Devlin. I was super excited to be invited along again to talk about blogging, to help style the shoot which we asked Roo to model for.

Lisa, stylists Hannah and Jayne and myself have been planning this spooky Miss Havisham-esque shoot for a few months now so it was seriously exciting too see it all come together! Hannah and Jayne did an amazing job of creating a indoor/outdoor sets in the woods behind the farm. Roo also had a lot of input into the feel of the shoot as one of the great things about The Farm is that we try to make each theme relevant to the models. It would be a bit ridiculous plonking Roo in a vintage picnic set with cupcakes and balloons for example as that just isn’t her!

I was tasked with the fashion styling and as soon as we’d decided on the brief, I knew there was only one woman for the job of creating the perfect wedding dress – Jo (& her assistant Sally) from The Couture Company. These girls are masters of corsets and are well known for their gorgeous and huge tulle skirts. I just knew with Jo’s flair for design and Sally’s genius and intricate eye for detail that we’d have the perfect dress. Jo didn’t flinch when I told her we wanted the dress to look ‘kinda decayed and covered in, you know, fungi and stuff…’ and she created this beauty for us from scratch. She added antique lace to the dress and my veil (yes from my own wedding) to complete the look. We even borrowed a crown from Elisabeth Armstrong. Isn’t it amazing?!

Lisa called me a few days before The Farm to ask if I’d like some diamonds to go with the outfit…erm, like she needed to ask me twice! Especially when she texted me a photo of the ridiculous (in a good way!) necklace below…

And yes those are real multi-coloured sapphires and diamonds. I dared not ask how much it was worth. We sure don’t do things by half at The Farm!

“Our collective Farm plotting had begun some time ago, when the six of us decided to take to our latest addictive medium, Pinterest, and brainstorm our ideas for the shoot,” Roo explains. “Lisa and Kat had already concocted the idea of a Miss Havisham (á la Great Expectations) theme, and from the word go I felt like everything everybody wanted and expected from the shoot was of a mutual understanding. We were all absolutely on the same page, and when it came to the morning of the shoot I didn’t feel nervous at all. More than anything I was excited to see all our collaborative creativity come together – I was both thrilled to see some familiar faces and honoured to be working with a few new ones. The whole day didn’t disappoint (aside from it being over, that is!)”

“I do wonder whether it was because I’d already experienced being professionally photographed before; I felt more at ease with hearing the trademark click-click-click-click-click every couple of seconds, I was certainly less shy at meeting all the wonderful photographers, and I was able to relax throughout the whole two-hour shoot at the full direction of everybody, because I knew I could trust them to get my “best side”. After all, they were trusting me to give them my best side, too. Match that with an other-worldly dress, outrageous jewellery and stunning hair and make-up, and you’re good to go. The results all speak for themselves – I don’t know if anyone was nervous that day or if anybody needed a confidence boost, but I think we all earned one anyway! Pats on the back all ’round.”

“The shoot itself was wonderful. Sitting in a nook not-so deep in the woods of the Farm, I immediately felt like we’d been transported somewhere else, somewhen else. I felt so detached from my real life and standing there alone in shot, I really thought I was alone, just like I was supposed to. It was odd – I don’t want to say that I felt abandoned but I certainly felt like I was in some kind of bubble, like everything about the costume and the set and the natural surroundings all helped to pertain to this idea of Miss Havisham’s life literally stopping and freezing, and becoming a snapshot. It was creepy, and ethereal, and a little sad. It was wonderful.”

“P.S. Lisa Devlin is a marvel. There is something in her that you only ever find in very few people, let alone photographers. In a parallel universe somewhere I reckon she’s probably my dream man, because she kept telling me I was nailing it and rocking it and that I looked like a stone cold fox – and you know what? I believed her. If you ever get the opportunity to work with her, hire her, or even buy her a cuppa then I highly recommend you do, because she’s one of those little diamonds that I’m realising are rare in the wedding industry – and life in general.”

Seriously…what a pro.

It was actually nice to not be the one modeling for once. I even got to have a play with my camera and learnt some tricks myself. I’m certainly no professional photographer but I’m pretty proud of what I managed to snap under Lisa’s tuition! Roo’s getting pretty good at the old posing thing too right?

Yes, I took this photo (and the last 5 in the gallery below!)

One of my favourite things about The Photography Farm is that we have a whole three (OK well 2 and a half) days together. Sometimes at photography workshops there is SO MUCH to take in in just one day, but being there for an extended time not only allows us to all really get to know each other, but it gives us all more time to take things in and ask questions. Dinner is one of my favourite times, not just because of the yummy food (!), but because we can all ask questions, learn and grow together without a daunting classroom environment!

More images and info about booking on to the next Photography Farm after the ‘jump’!

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