Earlier this year I had the pleasure of photographing Henri and Philip’s beautiful, relaxed, Norwich urban wedding. I asked Henri to jot down a few things that stood out from the day and how she and Philip met and fell in love.
What did you think of Beth, your wedding photographer?
When I saw Beth from Beth Moseley Photography‘s website and spoke to her I was blown away. She had the perfect balance of warmth, experience, creativity and professionalism. The whole experience working with her was so enjoyable. It was a creative journey where I felt Beth held my hand but let me loose too!
How did you meet?
My flatmate told me that I had to meet Philip, he was fun and a decent bloke. I went to a party with her where upon as I walked into the room he was dancing to suspicious minds by Elvis Presley (one of my fave tracks). He jumped down off the table and was immediately very enigmagtic and attractive. He took my number. I went to a gig at Norwich Arts Centre which was quite dull but then suddenly these blokes at the front we heckling and singing and dancing which really stirred up the atmosphere and was appreciated by the band and…me. I realised it was Philip so made a bee line to say hi. We had a chat then went our seperate ways. He came to mine for dinner, I went to his. Then I went off to Spain on holiday.
My friends in Spain teased me that I wouldn’t stop talking about him. When I got back there was a bunch of flowers with a sweet welcome home note. I was so pleased to see him and he hung out some more. I loved being with him and had never felt so close to someone in such a small space of time. Philip told me he couldn’t have children as advised by a doctor following tests. This was a major issue for me. I really wanted children. Anyway, we carried on hanging out and I was growing really fond of him. A few weeks later, I discovered I was pregnant. We were both delighted and the rest is history. Mary arrived and by that point we were a real team and perfectly in love. I asked him to marry me on leap year 2016. He refused saying it wasn’t the right time. I was gutted but had to accept it. Then for my 40th birthday, he took me to Copenhagen, a destination we had both always talked about. He asked me to marry me on the roof terrace of our hotel. I accepted and then we started planning. We both wanted something simple and us.
Tell me about your wedding day
We wanted something at my parents house. It was intimate, full of happy memories and it meant we could have a proper party. We were getting married at the Norwich registry office at the castle but then realised we couldn’t fit all our guests in. We really wanted our friends and family to share the whole day with us from beginning to end. I went to see the latest Bridget Jones film where she finally gets married in a church. Having been bought up vaguely religious I was suddenly inspired and deep down knew it was right. I went home and told Philip, he pointed out that St John Cathedral was shorter walk to my parents house and that it would please a lot of people including both our parents. I later found out my dad was deeply estatic when I told him that he was going to be walking me down the aisle. We were so pleased with our decision, Beth said she had shot in St Johns Cathedral before and that she happened to be back in Norwich that weekend staying at her mums. It all just seemed right.
Tell me about your ceremony
The ceremony was quite formal because we got married in the Catholic Church. We were very lucky to be married by the priest who had christened our daughter and worked with Philip for a number of years at his school. We loved the intimacy and connectivity of that. I loved walking up the aisle and seeing all the people I loved with my daughter running in front to the man I loved standing at the end. I loved how relaxed Philip seemed (I later found out he had sunk 3 pints beforehand!). I loved how my friends from Spain cried and shouted. I loved how no one knew whether to stand or sit. I loved how quick it was too!
If you could share any words of wisdom to couples planning their wedding day, what would that be?
Don’t take ages planning it. Just get on with it. It’s never going to be perfect, silly things will go wrong and not be how you wanted them but the important bit is that you are marrying the person you love and having a good time along the way. Have the stress and the organisation up to a certain point but at some point just enjoy the ride and let everyone else have the stress. Drop all expectations. (Not meant to be cynical!)
What was your favourite part of the day and why?
The church, the ceremony, the pomp, the show. Even though it was full on. It felt like that part of the day was truly the most intimate and had the most poignant moments. We were standing up together in front of our friends and family and saying ‘Let’s do it’. Parties you can do and replicate anytime but a church bit with official signings, that was special.
Tell me about your outfits & accessories
I wanted my wedding to be a party with a white dress. The dress had to be something I felt comfortable in. All the long dresses were so big and cumbersome so I finally found the one that I felt great in and could also move in! I wanted funky shoes too as the dress was shorter, the shoes had to be feature. They were personalised to me and Philip.
Henri’s wedding dress: Frock Spot
Wedding flowers: Pick a Lily
Bridal shoes: Millys Shoes
Food and Marquee: Broadland Bars
Cheese Cake: Cheese stall on Norwich Market
Bespoke invitations: Katie Watts Crowblack
Cheese cake decoration and composition Henri’s dear pal Belle Jones
We’re looking for an amazing Associate Photographer to join the Beth Moseley Photography crew. If you’re super talented, creative and have great people skills, then we need you!
As an Associate Photographer you will be responsible for photographing weddings as the primary shooter on behalf of the established Beth Mosley Photography brand. You’ll be expected to shoot in our unique house-style but all post-production and admin will be done in house leaving you to focus solely on liaising with clients in the run up and shooting on the wedding day.
We need you to be based in East Anglia and have your own wheels. You need to be willing to commit to working dates up to a year in advance and as this is a freelance position, manage your own tax and NI contributions. The successful applicant will be asked to sign a contract.
We imagine you will already have your own wedding photography business which will run along side.
This position is perfect for someone that loves to shoot weddings and working with couples but hates the editing and admin.
You will be expected to:
- Meet with potential clients either over Skype or face to face
- Touch base with the client in advance to their wedding day either over Skype or face to face
- Occasional contact with the client in the lead up to the wedding
- Be the primary photographer on the day, working alone to cover a wedding from bridal prep to after the first dance, c. 10 hours unless a shorter wedding is booked
- Able to commit to covering 5-10 weddings, up to a year in advance
- Second shoot at several weddings with Beth in 2017, in addition to working alone. (This will be paid role at a reduced rate)
- Back up your images twice and forward the memory cards to Beth
All post production and administration including taking payments, issuing and chasing contracts and supplying of images will done in house and not by the Associate Photographer.
You will be paid for contact time with the client and for covering the wedding day. Salary is dependent on experience.
- You must have previous experience of shooting at least 20 weddings as a primary shooter
- Passion and energy for wedding photography
- Commit to 5-10 weddings dates up to a year in advance, on weekends or weekdays
- Competent at photographing in all lighting conditions including low light and using flash both on and off camera
- Must have a photographic style similar to Beth Moseley Photography’s house style
- Able to think on your feet and adjust plans if necessary
- Be organised and reliable
- Friendly and warm personality
- Great communication skills
- Have their own camera equipment (including back up kit), including two camera bodies with dual memory card slots and range of lenses
- Own transport set for business use
- Own Public Liability and Indemnity Insurance
How to apply:
- Send a covering letter explaining why you’d like to join our team, outlining your previous experience, what your passions are, why you photograph weddings and where you see your self in 5 years. Reference the email ‘Associate Photographer’ and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Provide a link to an online portfolio / website and six full wedding galleries (including at least one shot in low-light and one in wet weather)
- Include a full list of all your professional photographic equipment
- Include your salary expectations (day rate for shooting a wedding and rate for meetings/admin)
- The successful candidate will be asked to provide copies of professional indemnity insurance, public liability insurance and car insurance. You will be working for Beth Moseley Photography as a freelancer and would be required to sign a freelance agreement.
Please do not hesitate to email Beth (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
I can’t wait to hear from you!
Win a romantic couple photoshoot!
UPDATE —- The winner is Alisha Sheldon, congratulations Sheldon. x
I’m offering you the chance to win a romantic photoshoot!
Let’s make this shoot super special and one to remember! Have you got an amazing idea for a creative and quirky location or an activity that you’d like to recreate with your loved one? Have you always wanted images of you both at the top of a hill with the most amazing view, exploring a beautiful cave or cliffs or cozying up by a campfire in the woods? Or maybe you’d want to use some paint powder or smoke bombs to create a colourful backdrop? Let’s make your ideas come to life!
To enter the competition I want to know where you’d like your shoot to take place and how it will stand out. To have the chance of winning you need to:
‘Like’ and leave a comment at the bottom of this page (or on my Facebook page) stating how your photoshoot idea is so different and where you’d like it to take place.
Images will be supplied to the winning couple on a USB memory stick and uploaded to a secure online gallery.
Deadline for entries is 10 am Tuesday 14th February 2017.
T&C’s listed below.
- The shoot must take place on a weekday in Norfolk/Suffolk
- First 30 miles from IP33 included, then 45 p/m thereafter
- To be eligible to win you need to: ‘Like’ and leave a comment at the bottom of this page (or on my Facebook page) stating how your photoshoot idea is so different and where you’d like it to take place.
- Shoot must take place by 13th March 2017
- Couple must give media consent for the images to be used by Beth Moseley Photography for future marketing and publicity use
- The shoot will take around 1 – 1.5 hours\
- Images will be supplied in a digital formate on a USB stick and also saved onto a secure online gallery
- Deadline for entries is 10 am Tuesday 14th February 2017 and the winner will be announced later that day!