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Recent Press – February 2011

It’s been a busy old month press-wise again for me and my little blog. It still blows my mind that people want to write about me…or have me write for…their magazines. I love my job I do! Huge thanks to all the publications that helped to spread the Rock n Roll Bride message this month.

Photo Pro

I have a regular column for this fabulous magazine and this month I tackled the tricky issue of whether or not to watermark your images when posting them online. This is  a massive subject for photographers and one that often causes controversy, but it was something I had wanted to discuss for a long time. Big thanks to all the photographers and other bloggers (big up The Wedding Chicks!) for helping me with my research, and mucho love to Photo Pro for not only letting me do so but for giving me FOUR pages…my longest article for them yet. Woohoo!

Vintage Life

I was asked by Vintage Life magazine if I’d like to contribute some of my favourite vintage weddings to their magazine…and of course I jumped at the chance to show of my reader’s weddings! Polly & Stuart’s wartime wedding is the first of many so keep your eyes peeled for this fabulous new magazine (which from this month is available in WH Smiths. Hurrah!)

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Recent Press – January 2011

Yep, 2011 is continuing to get better and better (my friend Gala is calling 2011, “two thousand and heaven” – I think that’s quite accurate actually!) Here’s a snippet of my press for the month of January. I’ve decided for future to just do a quick round up of most of my press on the last Saturday of every month as I want to save more blog space for all the awesome real-wedding I’m being sent!

All magazines are available in the shops right now.

Photo Pro

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This month I talk to Californian photographer Amelia Lyon about her awesome Lyon Shop training courses for budding wedding photographers.

WEDDING Magazine

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I wanted to share with the readers of WEDDING Magazine some of my favourite, unique bouquet ideas. There’s much more out there than roses don’t you know! There’s a special mention in this article to one of my utter favourite bouquet creators, Princess Lasertron.

WED Magazine

The Cornwall based magazine asked me to write an article about my favourite ways to rock your wedding. Check out the HUGE photo they used of me. Scary…but kinda cool!

Wedding Ideas Magazine

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I ran a full feature on this a last week as I’m pretty chuffed that they have now featured our wedding in their mag twice!

Perfect Wedding

I was contacted to help out with an article on unique wedding ideas. I spoke about some cool venue and reception ideas. They even used a photo of me (to illustrate the wackiness I guess!)

Our Wedding Featured in Wedding Ideas Magazine (Again!)

Back in the Summer I was asked by Wedding Ideas Magazine, who originally featured Gareth & my wedding waaay back in 2008, if we would like to take part in a Real Life Weddings Revisited feature. Being a huge poser, I of course jumped at the chance (and Gareth came along for the ride – again – too!) I also thought it would be a nice opportunity to share our wedding with all the new readers of the blog who probably won’t have seen it before.

As you can see, our wedding certainly wasn’t the most Rock n Roll out there. The wedding industry in the UK was a very different place in 2008, and my disillusion with most of the choices that were offered to us at that time was actually the catalyst for starting this blog and campaigning for alternative weddings everywhere!

What a difference 3 years can make huh?

I loved our wedding. It was perfect for the 2008 Kat & Gareth and was no doubt the best day of my life. My dress was gorgeous, my husband was perfect and our photographer’s were the sweetest ever. My Mum made our gorgeous cake and I spent hours over our DIY stationery. However I hated my flowers and I felt the cheesy covers band were an utter waste of time (and money!) – but nothing’s perfect hey? And you know what, on the day the little details didn’t matter. I was just so excited to be getting married and seeing this article brings it all back!

Our article is out in the Feburary issue of Wedding Ideas, available nationwide from January 26th!

Wow. How different do we both look?! Gareth has long hair now and I’m a permanent pinky!

What happens after you say I do? We catch up with past real-life wedding stars as they reveal their best big day advice

Rock n Roll Bride Kat first caught our eye when her wedding came into the office back in June 2008. We loved her fun sense of style and her original touches, but looking back, there’s still a lot she would have changed. “If we were to get married again it’d be totally different,” says Kat. “I’d have a lot more DIY details, loads of colour, wear a short funky dress and have my hair pink!”

Kat and Gareth became Mr and Mrs Williams on the 12th April at Greyfriars church in Reading and held their reception at the The Elvetham, Hartley Witney. Incredibly, Kat originally struggled to fall in love with her Sottero and Midgley gown – “It was the first dress I didn’t hate” – but now has a wonderful working relationship with it. “It must be the most worn wedding dress ever! In my job as a wedding blogger, I’ve done so many photo shoots since the big day.” When it came to the budget, this contemporary couple kept costs down by having some of their friends perform rock versions of hymns during the service – a detail we particularly loved!

So has marriage made a difference? Married life hasn’t really changed us, but it’s the little details that have changed,” explains Kat. “Calling him my husband is amazing and being referred to as his wife is just adorable.”

“Marriage has made us feel like we can plan more of our future together,” adds Gareth, “without having to worry about the present so much.”

So what does the future hold? “Well I’m continuing to be obsessed and surrounded by all things weddings with my blog (rocknrollbride.com),” adds Kat. “And Gareth wants babies but that scares the life out of me! I’m happy with our two cats, thank you very much!”

My favourite photo from the day. This is sooo me (and so Gareth – looking at me with a confused expression!)

Our wedding photographs were taken by English Rose Weddings
Our recent ‘pink hair’ photos were taken by the fabulous Emma Case

You can see more on our wedding right here and the full photo shoot of Gareth & I here!

Rock n Roll Bride in Company Magazine

I’m closing 2010 with some good news. Last month I was contacted by Company Magazine for some unusual hen (bachelorette) ideas for an article they were writing on the subject. I was more than happy to wax lyrical about getting some fab hen night photos and to recommned some of my favourite photographers who can do so (they are listed in the article so go and pick yourself up a copy, although if you are interested in the idea be sure to ask your photographer – many of them may have never thought of offering the service before but would love to take some snaps of you and your girls!)

The magazine is out right now!

ps trying to take photographs of a magazine with two intrigued maine coons is no mean feat let me tell you…

I hope you all have a fabulous NYE whatever you’re up to and I’ll see you all in 2011. WaaaaHoooooooooo!

Best of Blogs – Issue 15 ~ The Bowie Bride & Nicole Polk (Plus Bonus Press – Rock n Roll Bride featured in The Guardian Newspaper!)

In this month’s Photo Pro article I featured one of my favourite bloggers, The Bowie Bride, and her killer wedding shot by Nicole Polk. The magazine is available in shops now!

When I sat down to write this month’s article, I pondered for a good few hours about what you might want to read from me next. Then it hit me – what is the number one question photographers always ask me? “How do I get Rock n Roll clients?” The answer to this question is as complicated as it is simple – basically, you need to show these allusive “Rock n Roll clients” what you’ve got – show them, not just tell them, why you’re perfect to shoot their style of wedding. As I touched upon last month with Jasmine Star, the type of clients you shoot will generally determine the next set of clients you get – a “self fulfilling prophecy” so to speak.

One tried and tested method that I know has been successful for many a newbie photographer is to run free wedding photography contests – pick a deserving couple who match the criteria of the type of weddings you want to be shooing, shoot their wedding for free (brownie points and karma a go-go) and voilà! – a perfect example wedding in your portfolio!

Photographer Nicole Polk based in Philadelphia wanted to do just this – to raise her profile as an alternative wedding photographer and to give free wedding photography to a deserving couple who might not have the budget for professional photography.  In order to do these the contest idea seemed like the answer. She used blogs for inspiration as well as promotion.

She explained, “Over the last few years, I’ve come across some amazingly personalized weddings on the wedding blogs.  The Philadelphia market has been a little bit slower to adapt this trend in the industry.  I had couples that were infusing small things into their weddings that reflected their personality, such as favors, or holding the event outside.  Largely though, these weddings held a lot of traditional elements.  I wanted a way to show my clients what is possible.  The old saying is “show what you want to sell” so I decided the best way to get it out in front of my clients and potential clients was for them to see me photograph a very stylized event – the kind I wanted to be shooting..”

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Best of Blogs – Issue 14 ~ Jasmine Star

I couldn’t believe it when Jasmine Star first emailed me. I got a little bit fan-girly and squealed down the phone to my friend a little bit. So needless to say when it came to writing this month’s Best of Blogs article there was only one lady I wanted to write about. I am literally honoured to have her on these pages with me. The woman is such and inspiration and I heart her. A lot.

My virtual love affair with Jasmine Star began this summer when I watched a video recording of a seminar she’d held which was called ‘The importance of branding and its vitality in the wedding industry.’ After watching it, the way I viewed by own brand and business was literally changed forever. A dramatic admission maybe, but that’s how motivating her one-hour teaser video was: I ended up blogging about it, and I thoroughly recommend that you take a look. http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2010/06/a-sunday-kind-of-love-jasmine-star-being-free-to-succeed

For my part I immediately started to make big decisions about how and where to move forward with my own business. I was so blown away in fact, that I just had to email her right away and tell her.

I’d heard about this ‘Free to Succeed’ tour (available to purchase in full, on DVD from http://getit.davidjay.com) on a photographic forum and was encouraged by everyone’s positive comments to check it out for myself. Initially I was sceptical. I’ve never been one to sign up for training courses or be swayed by motivational speakers, however within the first 10 minutes I was hooked. Jasmine spoke with such passion and with such an infectious style, that even though the talk was directed towards photographers and their branding, I was finding myself relating everything she said to my own business.

So how does this bring us to talking about Jasmine Star the blogger? Well as many of you may already know, she not only markets herself as a photographer, but as a professional blogger too – her blog, her website, her personality and her photography are all critical to the Jasmine Star brand. All of these aspects work together to create brand “J*”, and in such a natural and organic way that you actually don’t see how it happened. This is something we can all learn from.

“I have been persuaded to believe that if a person wants to become a brand, the first place to start is with him/herself, “ she explains. “The cornerstone of a boutique brand relies on a strong sense of self-identity – who a person is both professionally and personally.  When the foundation of a brand is based on an identity, it becomes easier to build the brand and attract the type of clients a photographer prefers.”

Jasmine started blogging in early 2006 and shot her first solo wedding in October of the same year. As a self-confessed newbie, who had no idea what she was doing and who simply wanted to learn to take beautiful photographs, she admits to starting the blog to “document her failures.” This humble and honest approach is something she hasn’t lost over the years, and with all her ‘fame’ (although she’ll kill me for saying that!) within the worldwide photography community, she continues to remain humble and oh-so grateful to everyone who reads and comments on her blog, attends her workshops  and of course books her to shoot their weddings.

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