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
Getting engaged is a really exciting time. A milestone in it’s own right and capturing that in a set of engagement photos is a really good idea for a number of reasons. Rebekah and John have booked me as their wedding photographer in April and we wanted to get together in advance for an engagement shoot. We headed to Wells beach on the most incurable day in September. The sun was out, the blue sky made an appearance, in fact it felt more like Summer and not the start of Autumn. Wells-next-the-Sea beach and the nearby wood makes a great spot for a photo shoot as it offers so many different backdrops. We had a lot of fun exploring!
Engagement shoots are a great opportunity for you to get comfortable in front of the camera before I turn up on your wedding day. It’s a chance to have a go at this posing malarky without the pressure of having all your friends and family and, y’know, the enormity of your wedding going on around you. This shoot is all about you two! And it’s a chance for us to meet and get to know each other, understand your vision, and try out some unique ideas. It’s a time to get creative and have a bit of fun! I like to make it as informal as possible, a chance for us to chat.
I so enjoyed working with these two and can not wait for their wedding day in a few weeks time. Watch out for a preview of their wedding photos that I will be posting in April.