St.Leonards Church, Chesham Bois & Hastoe Village Hall, Tring
Richmond Park, London
Couple sessions are all the rage these days. Like almost every wedding trend that sweeps across the continent, ‘engagement’ shoots first cropped up in America about 5 years ago and trust you me, they are here to stay. I have to admit that I happily jumped on the bandwagon for one reason and one reason only – I love shooting natural portraits. I also realised pretty quickly that these casual photoshoots are a fantastic opportunity for my couples to experience what it’s like to be in front of my lens and for me to work out how to photograph them in a way that makes them look (and feel) relaxed, happy, and generally gorgeous.
During our engagement shoot I accompany my couples on a stroll in the park or a walk around their neighbourhood, whatever tickles their fancy. We walk, we chat, and we throw a few poses in different surroundings. Together we figure out what works and what doesn’t, which poses feel ‘right’ and look natural and best reflect their personalities and connection. My aim is to establish a connection and, more importantly, to reassure my couples that they look great in photos and they have nothing to worry about. Lovely Sarah probably said it better than I ever could when I sent her the link to her couple photos:
“They look fantastic, we’re really pleased and looking forward to the wedding photos now!”
It’s that trust and confidence in me, their wedding photographer, and also the self-confidence that comes from looking at pictures of yourself and thinking “yeah, baby!” that ultimately allows me to create wedding photos that make the bride and groom happy. And a happy couple means a job well done.
On a side note, aren’t Sarah and David adorable? Their shoot was so. much. fun. :)
An elegant and laid-back DIY wedding at Westonbirt School in the Cotswolds.
Richmond Park, London
Today I sent out the last batch of USB drives to my couples – phew! So now I can finally let you in on the secret of how my packaging looked this year :)
Because I didn’t just want to send ordinary USB drives in the mail I got my favourite album company QTALBUMS to make me some pretty linen-covered boxes complete with wooden USB drives. Kathrin from STUDIO KARAMELO in Cologne designed a logo stamp for me and then all I had to do was wrap and stamp and send out pretty packages. And I got so many sweet emails from brides (and grooms!) telling me how much they loved their gift wrapped surprise, it was totally worth all the hours of stamping and ironing (oh yes!) all that wrapping paper.
For 2016 I will probably come up with a new idea, so keep your eyes peeled or simply book me to shoot your wedding to find out what’s in store ;)
And here’s what my brides thought…
“by far and away the most beautiful way a package has ever been sent to me! I kept it all together so Matt could also see it when he got home!”
“the packaging is fabulous!!”
“USB stick has arrived! It’s so very beautifully wrapped. Thank you!!”
“I’ve never seen a USB stick presented so beautifully ;) “