Children are such a joy to work with and this set of siblings was no exception. I took them for their family photo shoot to what felt like a hidden spot of scrubland just on the edge of Norwich . The river Yare ran next to it and as long as it’s not wet and raining, you know there will be lots for children to do. I prefer family shoots to be outside in natural light, at a location that has several backdrops to use and lots to explore. This spot was just that kind of space. There were trees to climb, feathers to collect, dens to construct, long grasses to run through and poke your brother with (!), fun for the models and fantastic material for the photographer!
I like kids to be kids, to get dirty, play and jump in puddles as I think this not only helps me capture natural expressions, but it also adds energy and movement in to a photograph which I believe best shows that person’s character.
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Before I started my photography business I lived in London for six years. I used to spend the weekends exploring: bit by bit I’d visited all the parks, walk down new streets, pop into exciting shops selling very fashionable but completely unpractical items and mentally noting places that would make a great location for a photo shoot. Last week I travelled back to London to meet up with James and Emma for their pre-wedding photo shoot before their wedding this summer. I was really looking forward to meeting them again to hear how their wedding plans are developing, but also to finally use London as a backdrop!
We met in Crouch End and made our way down the winding streets to Alexandra Palace, stopping off to pose by garages, in the doorway of a quirky shop and under a beautiful tree in blossom. Alexandra Palace is at the top of big hill offering the best views around, it is also very architecturally interesting, with lots of great lines and shapes I could draw from.
Couples who are about to get married often say to me that they hate being photographed. If you don’t feel comfortable in front of a camera, I always suggest allowing some time to meet up in advance for a pre wedding shoot. This takes around 1.5 – 2 hours, at a beautiful location of your choice and is designed to be fun and relaxed. It will give you a real insight into what would happen on your wedding day, so when the day does arrive you’re feeling relaxed and excited about being photographed.
Photography is a big part of anyone’s wedding day, so it is important you enjoy the experience and is feels like it’s a pleasure rather than a chore. Pre-wedding shoot photographs make fantastic thank you presents and can be made into beautiful personalised guests books or signing boards.
So sometimes when I’m not taking photographs I’m organising things! This year one of those things was a wedding fair, but not just any old wedding fair A Most Curious Wedding Fair. THE wedding fair for the style savvy couple!
I always think it’s important to jump out of your comfort zone every so often and this is what it was all about for me. I co-organised the fair with the fantastically talented Becky Hoh-Hale, it took months and months of planning, some sleepless nights, lots of coffee but it was all worth it. I got to hone my radio skills (I was one the radio twice!), meet and worked with some super lovely, creative and skilled people and have a lot of fun. What a combo!
For me once the all important wedding ceremony is finished the occasion is all about celebrating and encompassing who you are and what you’ll be as a couple. People tend to only marry once so who knows how to do it, that’s why wedding fairs are so important. Becky and I wanted to make Most Curious jam packed full of wedding suppliers that were brimming with talent, unique ideas and were going to help make your wedding all about you and one of a kind.
The photos you are about to see are by Cat Robson, Seahaze Photography, Cat has often second shot for me at a number of my weddings and is super talented.
This is my stand!
Amy is modelling an animal head made by Sara Lowes