Hannah, Chris & Austin- Family Engagement Shoot

The lovely Hannah got in touch with me last summer to chat about her wedding in 2018! She had a hard time finding a photographer she liked as she is a part-time model herself so knows what she likes when it comes to photography. So I was honoured when she liked my work so much to book me for her wedding. She might be one of the most organised brides yet, planning over 2 years in advance! This is actually really great as we have plenty of opportunities to meet up for wedding chat, venue visits and multiple engagement shoots too. The first one in the plan was an engagement shoot in a studio setting! Hannah came to me and asked if we could arrange a shoot in a studio with her fiancé and his adorable son, Austin too. Usually I do engagement shoots on location however to try it in the studio was something different and a welcome challenge. I was excited to see what we could produce! We are also arranging another engagement shoot on location later on in the summer so we get the best of both! We booked a studio in Gloucestershire and had tonnes of fun creating some happy family shots, some portraits of Austin as well as some more romantic photographs of Hannah and Chris. Enjoy this family engagement shoot!              ...

Vicki & Chris- Newport Engagement Photography

I really love doing engagement shoots. It’s a perfect way for us to work together so on your actual wedding day, it’s so easy because you’ve done it before already! It’s also a really lovely way to spend an afternoon, capturing two people in love, and everyone loves in different ways. It truly is magical. This time it was a Newport engagement shoot, which is handy for me, as it’s where I’m currently based. On a bright Thursday in April, I met with Chris and Vicki at their reception venue, The Old Barn Inn, to get them used to being in front of the camera before their wedding day! The Inn is on the outskirts of Newport, South Wales in a little place called Llanmartin. The Old Barn Inn is an 18th century converted barn with views over rolling Welsh hills towards the Celtic Manor. It’s quaint and rustic charm makes for a perfect wedding venue if you’re looking for somewhere quiet and peaceful to host your celebration.  When we arrived, we met with the owner of the venue to discuss some last minute wedding plans, including choosing the blush pink chair sashes for the wedding which are going to look beautiful! After, we headed outside to get Vicki and Chris used to having a camera pointed at them. Neither of them had done anything like this before and weren’t too keen on PDA which is totally understandable! Despite this, we had so much fun at The Old Barn Inn together and they we’re perfect in front of the camera. We wandered around the grounds and stumbled upon a gorgeous pagoda, cherry blossom...

Progression: Q&A Wedding Photography Tips and Tricks for Beginners

  Wedding Photography Tips for Beginners   There’s a craze going around on social media lately of photographers, both amateur and professional, posting their old photos compared to now too see their progression. Thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and post mine too! After rooting through my archives and stumbled upon my first ever wedding I photographed solo and compared it to the one I shot last week {Above}. The first wedding I was the solo photographer, not second shooting for anyone, was for such a lovely couple called Kayla and Aaron. They found me on Gumtree and I think I charged something like £200 for the whole day! They were married on a bitter December day in 2014 in Moorhill House Hotel in the New Forest. The latest wedding I photographed last week at Berwick Lodge in Bristol on a Sunny April day. I charged more, prepared more, did an engagement shoot at the venue beforehand. Honestly can’t believe the difference in just over 2 years! Posting my progression has created an influx of other photographers and followers asking me questions about how I shoot my weddings. I thought I should compile them all together so here you go!      Q&A with yours truly! Q: I’ve got to photograph my first wedding next week! Any tips for someone who has never shot a wedding before? A: Preparation is key, visit the venue beforehand, bring the camera and see the lighting situation in the rooms at a similar time to the wedding so you’re not walking in blind. Have a clear plan of where you can stand, which side of the aisle the Bride is...

Mr & Mrs Fletcher- Berwick Lodge- Luxury English Wedding

After our engagement shoot at this stunning Berwick Lodge, I was ridiculously excited to shoot Amy and Sean’s wedding! A foggy start soon cleared into a perfect Spring day, it really didn’t feel like April at all! Driving up to the grand manor house, tucked away on a hill with views over to Wales, I knew it was going to be a good day. The morning sun washed the 18 acres of gardens with a golden glow and the sugar-frosted dawn melted away. Preparations we’re in full swing with the grand ceremony room being dressed and staff, best men and the groom all attempting to puff up paper pom-poms. Upstairs, Amy and her bridesmaids we’re being pampered by the wonderful hairstylist, Emma and make-up artist, Lorna. Champagne was popped, presents were given and emotions ran high all morning. Over in the Groom’s room, the best men were dressing their older brother ready for his wedding day, including some very unexpected boxers! Amy had chosen a classic style, with a elegant lace dress and breath-taking hair and make-up. No wonder Sean was in tears as she walked down the aisle with her proud father, she truly looked stunning. The couple had written their own vows and both welled up whilst reading them to each other. To write your own vows is something so special and personal, and reading them to a whole room of close family and friends makes them really understand why they’re there. The ceremony was over and Amy and Sean left the room as husband and wife! But not before taking a ceremony selfie first! Sparkling Afternoon Tea was the perfect fit for...