Just to get this straight - wedding photography is really important. Its important for many reasons, not least because of the matter of longevity and being able to share your memories with your family for years, it is also important because it is essentially a curated gallery of your nearest and dearest on one of the most important days of your life. In the case of Nicola and Dale, we had our first meet at a coffee shop in Solihull and the second one was actually the wedding
I've been mulling this subject over in my mind for what feels like an age.
I'm coming to recognise that, as photographers, its a given that we are always in search of beauty. There is always a new idea, a growth in a particular direction or something that we can't quite grasp hold of yet that is calling out to be photographed. For those that know, a portion of my time goes towards running a Facebook group called ‘Exceptional Beauty’. The goal of the group is to recognise
Well, what can I say? What a wonderful family and a wonderful wedding. I photographed Vicky and Stevens wedding at Nuthurst Grange, Solihull on Easter Sunday. I would like to say the weather was mild - but it wasn't. Storm Kate arrived and along with both Vicky and their young daughter Ella dosed up on antibiotics, there was the potential for this event - this huge, massive deal, once-in-a-lifetime kind of event to have been a wee bit stressful. The world does like to test yo
I was chuffed to bits to have been interviewed about my newsletter alongside Kevin Mullins Photography, Sofie Michelle Photography, Craig Fleming, Jenny Stewart Photography and Michael Clark Photography for Professional Photography Magazine. The magazine also features an interview with one of my all time favourite photographers - the legend that is Martin Parr (can't believe something I've done has been printed in the same publication as his interview!) The article finished u
I photographed Wendy and Colin's Golden Wedding Anniversary on Friday (12th Feb 2016) at the gorgeous Hogarths Hotel in Solihull, Birmingham.
As life quite often goes, the fortune coming to you is just round the corner, but it never shows itself until its certain that you are absolutely deserving of it. I had no preconceived ideas for photos, no idea if Wendy and Colin would be up for an outdoor photo when its (like) Antarctica outside and no idea that I would spot these pr
During our initial meeting, Lisa and Steve explained to me that they were after some really relaxed, candid photography on their wedding day and weren't too keen on any formal, posed photographs. After hearing this, I knew we'd be a good fit and I felt confident that I would be able to use my soft, documentary approach to its fullest. On the day of the wedding, I met Lisa in one of The Ardens hotel rooms, whereby I was greeted by a merry bridal party, all whizzing around with
Chrissy from the Wedding Quarter, Birmingham hosted a hugely successful Designer Open weekend, showcasing their collection of Alfred Angelo wedding dresses. Amidst the wedding talk, there was fizz, cake and ofcourse some wonderful brides to be trying on wedding dressees, some for their first time. I was in my element chatting and photographing, It was such a pleasure to capture this event and I look forward to working with Chrissy more when I finally move to our new home in t
"We are in a digital dark age", or so the Google's vice president Vint Cerf told us in last Fridays Metro newspaper. Just think now about all the outmoded forms of storage - floppy disks, VHS, even CD's. Try to find a machine that will read these devices... scary! We all love using social media as our go to for sharing our lives - for Birthdays, our children's first steps, our achievements (not to mention our countless culinary feats) and even Wedding photos. Its the quickest
On the 15th and 16th September I had the opportunity to photograph Randy Fenoli's one off visit to the UK at New Hall, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. The event was organised by The Wedding Bells of Four Oaks and I had the pleasure of working with Nicola from Daffodil Waves Photography, documenting his talk with both brides and other wedding industry professionals.
Randy's TV programme 'Say Yes to The Dress' is huge in the States and currently airs on Sky's TLC over here. It
Holly and Alex were married at the incredible Shustoke Farm Barns in July 2015. Not only was I blessed with an amazing couple to photograph, I was given the opportunity to work with the talented Darren Gair Photography. Darren invited me along to photograph his couple and I had such a fun, rewarding day. I don't normally include so many photo's in my blog posts, but I found it really hard to cut down... everywhere I turned there was something beautiful to photgraph. Working w
Paul was kind enough to let me take a few shots of him as he unpacked his Wedding Photo Book for the first time. Together we worked on a layout that was clean and timeless - there are no jazzy borders or special effects in my Wedding Photo Books, we let the pictures speak for themselves. The design is for simplicity and elegance - I know most things go out of date quite quickly, but I want you to be able to enjoy these photo's in 20 years time. Nothing compares to a print, th
Sarah and Chris' intimate wedding took place in the beautiful Slaughters Country Inn over in the Cotswolds. Theirs was one of the most emotional ceremonies I have ever had the pleasure to witness. I managed to hold back my tears for the ceremony (a few escaped) and had a lovely time with their close family and friends enjoying the afternoon sunshine in the hotel grounds. Sarah's beautiful dress was made by Annasul-Y from Grafton Manor Bridal and the delicious nude cake was cr
It took me a while to think of a name for this shoot. Then slowly, as I worked on the edit, I began to hear Ella Fitzgerald's timeless classic 'Summertime' in my head. It feels apt to have a timeless song for a timeless beauty - may I present Alice once again. This time she is at home in her Fathers in Edgbaston. Having left everything till the last minute - we pushed ourselves to dream up ideas for our mini shoot upon arriving at the house. Myself, Stephanie Alice and Carol
We can't get enough of this family. My boyfriend Alistair has known Mike Worthington from childhood. Since then he has produced two beautiful children and is married to the wonderful Charlene. Maximus, their son, has the most infectious smile and has a great enthusiam for anything motor/animal related. He is also really enthusiastic about his little sister Chloe too, who has the best eyes and newborn back-chub I've ever seen. Despite the fact that I want Chloe and Maximus to
I love second shooting weddings for many reasons, but the main one is that I get to have fun, capturing details without the sole responsibility of wedding photography on my shoulders. Second shooting for those of you that aren't 'tog boffins is shooting as support for the main photographer - who in this case was John Charlton. This blog post is about the inbetweeners (often my favourite shots, even when its my own wedding). The shots between the shots. They are so great becau
Dumbleton Hall is pretty spectactular and what better place to have a traditional white wedding for Paul and Kelly. I was employed by Workhorse Weddings to shoot their big day and it was such a pleasure. Seeing how in love Paul and Kelly were bought everything together - Kelly was one excited bride! There was lots of love, friendship and laughter all around which made photographing for a few hours them all the more fun. Here's to your future Paul and Kelly! #relaxedphotograph
Back in May, me and one of my favourites, Alice took a wet plate workshop with the incredible Laura Peters. Our plates arrived in the post this morning and I fell in love all over again! Its almost like they grew more beautiful over time. I struggled a lot with posing because I'm so unused to being infront of the camera. But, my strange squinty frown has grown on me. Alice has an ethereal beauty, which is perfectly in keeping with the process of wet plate photography. I learn