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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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How to…Look & Feel Natural in Front of the Camera

I hope you’ve been enjoying our much more frequent visits to the ‘How to…’ series. After reading your survey responses (full report to come soon) it was one of the things that was most requested. This week I asked Carina Romano of the fabulous Love Me Do Photography (based in Philadelphia) to address the subject that a lot of brides feel nervous about – how they’re going to look in their wedding pictures.

Don’t forget, I love hearing from you all so if you have any burning questions about anything wedding, business or blogging related be sure to shoot me an email and either myself or one of my carefully selected army of amazing guest posters will try and help out.

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Make Up

If you’re afraid of your makeup looking fake, book a make up artist who specializes in natural looking make up.  A good make up artist should know how the camera is going to translate the look of your skin.  If you have oily skin, you’re going to want to put something on that so that the flash of the camera doesn’t reflect off your forehead. 

Relax

Make sure you’re in the right state of mind before having your picture taken.  Any negative emotion will be apparent through your face in your pictures.  Make sure you’re allowing yourself to be relaxed.  Go to a spa the day before, make sure you get a good night’s rest, give jobs to your bridesmaids and groomsmen so that you’re not having to do everything yourself (that’s what they’re there for!), have a drink!  A wedding day is stressful, you don’t want to have to look back on your pictures and see that you have a furrowed brow in all your shots. 

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Photography Friday – Henry & Rachel

 

Via imgfave One day I will take beautiful photographs like this 

Encouraged by a lot of your comments this week saying you wanted to see more of my photographs (I’ve just bought myself an SLR – Canon 500d to be exact – to play with) I’ve come up with a new feature. Actually, I’d like to credit this new feature to Henry & Rachel (my Maine Coons.) While I was taking some photographs of them, I wondered how I could share them with you all on the blog – which is clearly a wedding blog – without you all questioning my sanity.  

However I got-to-thinking and as you all know, I pride myself on being different to all the other wedding blogs out there so this Photography Friday feature will hopefully give you more of an insight into my world – imperfectness and all – as well as allowing me to share some of my (quite frankly still rather rubbish) photographs with you.  

Of course not all of you are interested in me, my house, my kittens, my outfits (as these will probably be the things I’ll take the most photographs of!) but fear not – the blog is still predominantly wedding inspiration related and they’ll still be more than enough weddings and proper photography for you to drool over! This of this new feature as just a little bonus for those of you that are interested. If you’re not I won’t be offended! I also think this might be quite an enlightening exercise for me to a) make sure I keep taking photos and b) make sure I improve! How funny will it be to look back at these shots in a year and realise how rubbish I was?!  

Anyway…the stars of the show this week are of course those kittens of mine – Henry & Rachel my “f***-me I love them more than life itself” Maine Coons! (Henry is just over 10 months, Rachel is 9 1/2 – ish)  

Henry didn’t know today was school portrait day. If he did he wouldn’t have stuck his head in a plate of sweet n sour chicken the night before – true story!  

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How to Get the Best from your Wedding Photographer

For this week’s guest post I enlisted the help of the lovely David McNeil. As someone I’ve known for years (like before either of us ventured into this wedding world!) I know from first hand experience that his advice is killer…and damn it, he’s always right! This week, he talks to us about how you can get the very best from your wedding photographer.

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So, you’ve booked a kick-ass photographer for your wedding and you’re confident they are going to produce a set of images that you’re going to be looking at for years to come.  Can you just sit back, relax, and let them get on with the job?  Sure, of course you can – but when you come to planning your day there are a few things you might want to consider to help your photographer really capture the images you have booked them for.

1) Insist on a pre-wedding shoot

A pre-wedding shoot takes place a couple of months before the wedding and is a great opportunity to start building a relationship with your photographer.  On my pre-wedding shoots I experiment with different ways of directing you, positioning you, and what kind of things I need to say to capture the most natural shots I can.  At the end of it you’ll know that having your photograph taken really isn’t that scary, so when it comes to the actual day you can be fully relaxed for the photographs.

2) Consider a “first-look” and pre-ceremony photographs

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Free Wedding Photography by Love Me Do!

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Are you getting married next year? Are you struggling to get your photographers sorted? Well my darlings do I am the contest for you?! This is quite possibly the best competition I have ever run and it really has been hard to me to keep it a secret!

Two of my gorgeous and ridiculously talented friends, Carina & Amanda from the a-a-a-mazing Love Me Do Photography want to shoot your rock n roll wedding…for free! Refresh your mind with some of these fabulous weddings I’ve featured in the last few months and I know you’re going to be just as excited as I am.

Courtney & Justin

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