Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Natalie + Wesley's Brightlingsea Beach Engagement Shoot

I wanted to share Natalie and Wesley's engagement shoot with you today. It took place at Brightlingsea beach on a very cold and windy February day!

Natalie and I go way back to school days, we actually took A-Level photography together and so when  the two of them asked whether I would be their wedding photographer I was of course over the moon. Photographing weddings for friends is just brilliant, especially since you tend to know a lot of the guests!

Natalie and Wesley are getting married in May at Prested Hall. We're hoping for it to be at least 18 degrees and not windy, as these are the restrictions placed at Prested Hall for getting married outside! Either way I'm sure their wedding day will be a blast and I look forward to showing it to you here on the blog.

In the meantime, enjoy their windy wintry beach engagement shoot!

Friday, 24 February 2012

One Frame Friday: 24.02.12

I knew it wouldn't be long until I started struggling to find interesting things to photograph for this project! If in doubt get a feet shot! Oh dear...

However to make sure this post doesn't completely bore you, do make sure you check out the page all about the mothers day mini family sessions I'm running. at this moment in time I have seven spaces left! I'm really excited to meet some fun families for some equally fun photos all just in time for Mothers day!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

What to Wear - Winter Engagement Sessions

The most popular question I get asked in the lead up to engagement shoots is 'What do I wear?!' So to help some of you out I've decided to post a monthly outfit idea for you. This month with it still being a bit chilly out there I decided to go for rustic browns and cozy knits to inspire you with.

Winter Engagement Shoot Outfits

I thought these outfits would work really well in locations such as woodland, or local parks. I can see the man climbing trees and the lady posing beside it. It would also be perfect to create a first date scenario to photograph for those of you more into a theme. I can imagine a shoot starting outside a cinema and ending in a cozy coffee shop with lots of snuggling up and fun shots in the street in-between.

Hope this has helped you to think a bit about your upcoming shoot! Let me know if you have any other theme or location ideas you would like outfit inspiration for and I'll put it together for you for next months post!

Psst.... I also think this would work perfectly for my upcoming Mothers Day on the Farm mini family photo sessions! Haven't booked your place yet?! Click here to do so now!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Natalie & Wesley: Sneak Peek

On Saturday I met up with Natalie and Wesley for their engagement shoot. Having both grown up and still living together in Brightlingsea we felt it was the perfect spot for their shoot. It was however, the windiest and coldest day! 

We managed about an hour before calling it a day but I have lots of gorgeous shots to share with you soon, in the meantime here is their sneak peek!

Friday, 17 February 2012

One Frame Friday - 17.02.12

So my Facebook news feed went crazy with proposal stories this week, which can only mean one thing. Valentines Day! My boyfriend and I don't celebrate this... so I thought I'd get a little bit in the spirit if only for this weeks blog post. 

I'm exhibiting at yet another wedding fair this weekend, and I'm hoping since many of you are newly engaged love will be in the air! Come and see me on sunday at the Ultimate Wedding Fair in Ipswich 11-4pm. It's free entry so there really is no excuse! 

Let me know your proposal stories too. Have a great weekend :)

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

#42 - See A Musical

This cryptic clue was my Christmas present from Russell. I was immediately worried that he was planning to buy me a hotel on Leicester Square and the commute to work at my new job would be horrendous! But..... after further inspection (and help from my brother) it was in actual fact tickets to see Wicked and a hotel stay in London. I've never been great with putting things together!

I'd never seen a proper musical at the theatre before and so was beyond excited, plus I discovered we'd got an amazing 4* hotel with a view of St Pauls Cathedral to stay in. Here is the obligatory photo in a mirror to remember things by.

You'll have to excuse my really bad iPhone pictures below of the theatre and the stage as I didn't lug my camera out but once again, I just wanted something to remember it by!

The next day we had a lazy stroll around Spitalfields Market, and spend ages laughing at this street performer who kept making all the passers by jump out of their skin!

 Here was one last reminder of the weekend (with St Pauls in the background of course!)

I've now ticked my first personal goal off my 101 in 1001 list! Thanks Russell! xx

Friday, 10 February 2012

One Frame Friday: 10.02.12

Here is my obligatory picture of the snow.

It's starting to drive me crazy... Although I am excited to photograph a wedding in this tomorrow, as long as we get no more settling. I really hope the bride and groom are as excited and willing to stand out in it for a few shots! 

In fact it led me to searching online for snowy inspiration and I've come across these amazing wintery weddings from across the pond:

Whist thinking about all of this I was also taken back to my cruise ship days, one of my colleagues was so lucky to be flown by helicopter to photograph a wedding on an Alaskan Glacier. We were all jealous! Anyone planning a wedding like that? I'm your girl if so! :)

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Announcing Mothers Day on the Farm - Mini Family Sessions!

I'm so excited to be announcing my first ever mini-sessions photo day with you all. Even more so because it will be taking place on a local farm in Elmstead Market and of course star your beautiful faces!

Mini sessions are ideal if you've never had a professional family shoot before as you'll get a taste of what it is like. You'll be in front of the camera for just 15 minutes, I'll direct you, make you comfortable and even guarantee you'll have fun! 

All you need to do is be available for 15 minutes on Saturday 17th March, time slots will be available from 10.30am and you will need to pre-book to reserve your space.

These sessions are available for up to 5 people per group and there will be two areas set-up to create a interesting backdrop to your pictures. You'll receive a online gallery containing your 8 best pictures to choose from and get a free digital image of your choice emailed to you after the event.

You can use these sessions to get some new family pictures, or just some pictures of your children on their own. Perhaps you don't have children, but want a quick shoot of you and your friends or other half? Thats fine too!

To find out more or book your time slot just follow this address

Mini Sessions are limited to just 10 spaces. Make sure you book yourself in quickly!

If you'd prefer a longer photo shoot or can't make the mini-sessions day you can always get in touch to book a family session. My normal family sessions last up to two hours, take place in a location of your choice and result in a gallery of up to 60 images to choose from. These start from just £70 and there is no minimum spend on products afterwards.

I look forward to hearing from you all, if you have any questions please get in touch!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Mara & Carl - Dunston Hall Wedding

Mara and Carls wedding took place at the gorgeous Dunston Hall in Norfolk. A perfect location for all of you golf fans! I was invited along to second shoot once again for Katherine Ashdown and just wanted to post my view of the day here on the blog.

Mara looked just like Audrey Hepburn on her wedding day, and planned a black, red and white themed wedding. this was a day full of gorgeous details and I loved being a part of it.

Carl's best man dedicated a song to him during his speech. He'd changed the words of Elton Johns 'Your Song' into a very funny rendition to embarrass the groom! This had to be one of the funniest speeches I've ever witnessed and even more so because no one knew a thing about it before hand!

After the first dance all the girls took to the dance-floor to show off some Zumba skills for the boys.

Not to be outdone however, the boys had planned a surprise Michael Jackson dance just for the girls!

What a fun wedding! Thanks once again to Katherine Ashdown for taking me along! Is this really work?!