George & Kerry - Lichfield Registry Office - Intimate Wedding Photography

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It's hard to believe this snowy weather was only a few weeks ago now! I arrived in Lichfield just as the snow started to fall, to capture the intimate ceremony of George & Kerry's union. With just close family around them, this sweet couple said their vows and made their emotional promise of forever together. Small weddings have a special place in my heart, so I felt really honoured to capture this occasion for them & was so glad the new Mr & Mrs were happy to stay out in the snow to capture some magical portraits!

Thank you again George & Kerry, for allowing me to share this day with you & capture your love!

Greg & Helen - Pembroke Lodge Wedding Photographer

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My first wedding of 2018 was an absolute stunner! I travelled down to Pembroke Lodge in snowy weather to capture Helen & Greg make their promises to each other at the beginning of this month. I was so moved by this day, I had to compose myself several times behind my camera!

Greg, a professional musician, composed a beautiful piece of music to be performed by a string trio as Helen walked down the aisle. Everyone in the room was taken in by the beauty and charm of the music. Helen & Greg wrote their own vows, which were so articulate, honest & poetic. 

As I captured the day, watched & listened to how much this couple's friends and family adore them, I felt so lucky to be a part of it. This wedding was what I think weddings should be about. A true celebration of how two people coming together can bring so much happiness to everyone around them. This pair are really something special.

To top it all off, the magical foggy weather paired with the beautiful venue made this day feel like it was out of a period romance novel - what a way to kick off my weddings for the year!!

Thank you Greg & Helen for having me be a part of your day!

Hair & Make Up - Victoria Chainey  Cake - The bride's clever Mum!

Dress - Francis Bridal / Rock the Frock   Band - The Get Down

Flowers - Best of the Bunch / Chessington

my journey as a business owner

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From a young age I knew that working for someone else didn't sound like something I wanted to do. As I left school & went to college, all I was sure of was that I wanted to do something creative & be my own boss. Shortly after starting college I discovered my love for photography & the rest is history! Except it wasn't a smooth, simple journey!

I started out in my professional journey as a 19 year old in London, with no money (thank god for supportive parents!) no job & no real plan other than "be a photographer". I began doing freelance work, gained some great experience & met a load of talented people. I was working in fashion & beauty, an industry that's saturated with creative talent hoping for a break! A few years down the line I began to tire of beauty & fashion. I still didn't really have a plan for the future, I was only really making enough money to survive & I decided it was time for a change. So I moved back home to the midlands to figure out my next step.

It was at this point when my photography career took a back seat for a while, as I spent a few years working on another passion of mine - music! This was a dream I'd had since I was a little girl, so when an opportunity came up to pursue music further, I threw myself into it. The reality of it wasn't for me, but I'm so glad I gave it a go & it made me even more sure of what I did want to do for a living.

Getting back into photography, this time I had no doubt it was the best path for me. I started to shoot weddings & my heart was stolen! Each wedding I shot I fell more in love with it, I finally knew I'd found my passion. Something I always felt was missing with the fashion/beauty work for me was that I didn't see the value in what I was doing. Not that I didn't see the value in fashion & beauty photography in general, but I never felt like MY WORK was worth anything. But with wedding photography I feel like these photos are priceless. I truly believe in the value of what I'm providing my clients. Once I had a clear vision of the sort of weddings I wanted to shoot and where I wanted to take my business, I've constantly been trying to educate myself more and more on the business side of things. Finding the best ways to manage all my client info, contracts, invoices, taxes, how to deliver the photos... it's all been a process of trial and error. Marketing and social media seems to get more complex as the years go by, trying to wrap my head around algorithms... It's certainly so much more than just taking photos on a wedding day! While I was building up my experience & wedding portfolio, I continued to work part time alongside running my business. It was hard work, many late nights & summers with barely any days off.. but it was so worth it! To be able to now be in a position where I'm doing something I love full time. From the start of my photography journey in London, to having a sustainable wedding photography business, it's taken 10 years of hard work, uncertainty and trying different paths. It's a constant learning curve. I wouldn't change a second of it.

I feel so empowered by being in control of my everyday life, being my own boss & making my own money. The best decision I ever made was for wedding photography to be my profession.

If you have a dream, keep working at it. Do whatever it takes to make it reality, no matter how long it might take! It will be worth it, I promise!

Tips for beautiful Bridal Prep photos

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On the morning of your wedding you'll be filled with excitement and anticipation for what's to come. You'll be pampered and surrounded by your best people, with bubbly at hand to calm those nerves. Here are a few tips to help get beautiful photos to reflect those special memories of your wedding morning.

When deciding on where you’re going to get ready, it really helps to look out for big windows & a room that isn’t cluttered/has plenty of space. This will allow your photographer to get those beautiful, clean detail shots & the perfect photos of you getting into your dress, without any distractions in the background. Lots of natural light is not just a big help for good photos but your make up artist will also thank you!

It’s also a great idea to get matching dressing gowns for your bridesmaids. Not only does this make for lovely photos but it’s the perfect keepsake for your girls to remember the day by.

Have all your jewellery & accessories (shoes, veil, garter, perfume, etc.) kept together near your dress. This makes it quicker and easier to get beautiful detail shots of all those special pieces you've chosen to have as part of your day.

Lastly, try to relax and have fun! This one may be easier said than done for some, but enjoy and savour every moment leading up to walking down that aisle. You're going to look beautiful & it's going to be the best day of your life!

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Why I love my job

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This is my 5th year as a wedding photographer and I wouldn't want to do anything else! When I first got into weddings, my heart was stolen by the wonderful people, the emotional, precious moments I was being allowed to be a part of. It's such a sacred experience. Through this job I make friendships & bonds with the loveliest people. Not just with my couples but with fellow wedding vendors. This industry is so full of love, support & positivity.

Creatively, I'm newly inspired by each wedding I do. I love to see how couples create a day that represents them & how each vendor steps up to make that vision come true. There are so many talented people out there & I feel so lucky that I get to photograph their creations!

For me it's not just about the big moments, pretty details & bridal portraits (although I love those very much!) It's about the look on people's faces when they first see the bride. The sneaky kisses and quiet stolen moments between guests. The little ones who always seem to want to pick up all the confetti after it's been thrown. The people make each day unique & special. I can't imagine ever tiring of being surrounded by love, happiness & overwhelming emotion.

Here are some of my favourite moments from the past year or so. I don't often share too many candid photos & they're often the most precious to all my couples! What a treasure this job truly is.

Mark & Harriet - Lichfield Wedding Photographer

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I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. When Harriet called me last year, upset that she and Mark had been let down by another photographer & asked if I was free on their date, I was so pleased that it happened to be my last free date in July! I could already tell over the phone, what a sweet soul Harriet is. Their beautiful day was set just outside of Lichfield, Staffordshire. Their reception was held at Coton House Farm, where they transformed the marquee with dreamy blush details. The love was flowing throughout all the guests, it was an emotional one! I'm so glad things worked out that I was able to capture this special day for them.

Their day was also featured on EasyWeddings if you want to see what they had to say about the day!

Venue: Coton House Farm     Flowers: Laurel Flower Studio   

Cake: Cottonwood Bakery     Make Up: The Powder Room