Happy Sunday gorgeous! I just wanted to pop by today and share some exciting news. I’ve been asked by Closer Magazine to be a regular columnist!
Once a month I’ll be writing something for them (and you!) which will help you with your (alternative) wedding planning. My first article is live on their website right now and its about one of my favourite (or should that be LEAST favourite?!) topics – the pressure on brides to lose weight for their weddings. Oh I do love the chance to rant about this one.
I’ve been very lucky to have been featured in quite a few magazines since starting Rock n Roll Bride. But this is the biggie. The top of the tree. The one that makes you fall of your seat and pinch yourself – hard.
I’m also mentioned on the cover! I did offer to be the cover star but they felt that Kimberley Walsh might shift more copies. I was assured I was a very close second choice though.
Yeah no big deal or anything, it’s only one of the biggest magazines in the world.
I first met some of the awesome girls who work at Cosmopolitan at their blog awards last year where I was crowned wedding blog of the year. I already knew what gorgeous girls they where, but when David submitted deputy editor Suzy’s wedding to me over the Summer, and then she emailed me to say how excited she was to be on my blog… well I just about died. Then, just last month, they got in touch again to ask if they could run a feature on Rock n Roll Bride (ekkk! More on this soon!) but also to ask if I could help them out with an article on tattooed brides. Needless to say I didn’t hesitate to dive on-board wholeheartedly.
Wow January has been such a blur! In fact it’s moved at such a super fast speed and so much has been going on that it feels like May or something already. So much has happened this month (good stuff by the way…) and as always the British press have been nothing but wonderful to me. Thank you to all the feature writers, editors and journalists that are so supportive of Rock n Roll Bride.
Photo Professional Magazine
This month’s article was a homage to my friend Ashton Jean-Pierre – not only his fantastic work with film photography but how he overcomes being a deaf wedding photographer in a hearing world.
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Rainbow, rainbow everywhere! I was so pleased when Wedding Magazine agreed to feature some of my favourite rainbow wedding ideas this month. Rainbow is without a doubt my very favourite colour…
You’re probably sick of hearing me bang on about the fact that Gareth & I were featured on the BBC’s See Hear programme by now, but this is for those of you not in the UK who won’t have been able to see the show yet…
Apologies in advance for the long cheesy slideshow. I promise we had nothing to do with that! Whoever edited the show needs to read my blog more I think – this kind of old fashioned video slideshow editing is not OK!
Themed weddings are increasingly popular among alternative brides, so this month I wrote about how wedding photographers can approach shooting but also attracting these kinda of awesome clients (ahem like the readers of my blog!) in the first place.
Just a quickie to let say thank you to everyone that came to my first School of Rock (n Roll Bride)* yesterday. I had a great time talking to possibly the nicest bunch of girls (and one token guy – there’s always one poor bloke at these things!) that I could have asked for for my first workshop. I’m now more excited than nervous for the next one! I’ll have a few more photos to share with you soon, but here’s one Shell took on her phone yesterday.
*Further dates will be announced soon
Boom! And thanks to the British press for all the love this month…
This month I contradicted myself a bit by profiling someone who doesn’t have her own blog but makes her business work without one. I wanted to show how Assassynation makes social media, in particular Facebook, work for her and her business.
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My regular feature in this month’s Wedding Magazine was all about some of my favourite bridesmaid looks.
Ooh it’s that time for me to show off let you know where else you may have spied my mug this month. As always BIG love to the British (and international – I made it to Australia this month baby!) press. I love you much.
Oh hello September press lovelies. My, you have been good to me again…
Although I don’t feature a whole load of engagement shoots on Rock n Roll Bride, I am a firm believer in how important they are for couple’s to do. I approached this subject in this month’s edition of Photo Professional, using two of my favourite engagement shoot advocates, Ed Peers and Thaoski, as examples.
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Nom nom nom! My article in the current issue of Wedding Magazine is all about cakes. How can you resist?
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I was so excited to be asked to be interviewed for Snippets Magazine in their wedding special edition. Not only is it a magazine I’ve read (online) a lot, but they’ve featured some of my internet idols in the same feature previously. But then I found out they were putting me on the damn cover and I just about died!
They even made a little caricature of me which graces their website walls while I’m on the cover too. Haha!
Thank you to all the readers of the blog who heard this and told me about it! I was surprised and honoured to learn that Emma Jones, author of Working 5-9, a book I was profiled in last year, and the mastermind behind the small business website enterprisenation.com, was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Fred MacAuley Show’. Unfortunately the clip has now being taken off the BBC iPlayer, but I listened to it last week and wrote down what they said about me for you.
So I found out last week that Marie Claire Australia are going to re-run my article that appeared in the July issue of the UK version of the mag. Wooo…Australia is like, BIG. I’m over the moon and so so thrilled that my Aussie readers will get the chance to see me in print. So thank you (again) to Marie Claire Magazine. I am beyond flattered that you’ve found me interesting enough to publish twice!
I’ll be sure to let you all know when the Australian edition is in the shops.
So where else might you have spied my ugly mug this past month then?
For this month’s Photo Professional article I wrote some of my top tips to getting your work featured on wedding blogs and in magazines. A simple and to the point topic, but one that I hope a lot of photographers (and other wedding suppliers actually) will find useful. Wedding blogs get a lot of submissions so I think it’s really important to know how to make yours stand out from the crowd.
Where do I even begin with all the press love I’ve received this month? I’m blown away as ever. World domination here I come…
Marie Claire Magazine (UK)
When Marie Claire Magazine contacted me asking if I would like to be profiled in a feature about ‘Super-Bloggers’ I just about fell of my chair. Erm moi? in MARIE CLAIRE!? I might have squealed a little bit…well a lot.
I was interviewed by a journalist where she asked me all about the business, what I do, how I earn my moolah…and all that jazz. I’m thrilled with how the article turned out and I’ve had so much amazing feedback since – including a call from the BBC (see below) and Marie Claire Greece! Watch this space people, watch this space…
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BBC Radio Berkshire
On Thursday I was invited to BBC Radio Berkshire to be interviewed on the Anne Diamond Show. Anne was actually off for the week but we met the very lovely David Prever, who made me feel incrediblly welcome and slightly less nervous than when I first walked in! Gareth came to hold my hand and even he got on air too!
You can listen to the whole interview on the BBC iPlayer, but for my readers not in the UK you can all listen to it thought this little video that Gareth made. Aren’t we good to you?
…and ps yes I giggled a LOT! What was that about!?
Photo Professional Magazine
This month I addressed a question I get asked over and over by photographers, wedding suppliers and other bloggers – how to create a great website. I wanted to share some of my tips on how to make your website stand out from the crowd as well as highlight some pitfalls to avoid (like the plague!)
…but I didn’t expect this one! My friend Marianne Taylor was intervierwed by Photo Professonal on the ‘Beloved’ Movement – a style of shooting couples to envoke real emotions and photograph them in a really unique way. Gareth & I did a Beloved shoot with Marianne for our anniversary and so it was a huge surprise when flipping though the magazine to see our photo on a double page spread! Thanks Marianne and Photo Professional!
Here’s where you might have spied my mug over the last 30 days. As always, thanks for all the support from the fabulous British (oh and Australian woohoo) press this month!
This month I addressed a slightly touchy subject, but one that I felt really needed to mentioned – the rise of copycats in the wedding industry and what to do if you feel your ideas are being plagiarised.
Oh yeah, I take no prisoners.
Photo Professional were also kind enough to run a FIVE page (!) article about my girl Jasmine Star and the workshop we’re organising in London on the 20th July. It’s getting so close now and oh boy am I excited!