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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Gift Vouchers - Framing Life

The eternal quest for the perfect present....ends here.

Due to popular demand I now have bespoke gift vouchers that make unique presents - a boudoir shoot for her or indeed to give to him, a family shoot for your parents or for new parents.

You can contribute as much as you want towards the present - paying just for a shoot or including framed prints or products as well.

And remember that "Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again" ~Henri Cartier-Bresson

and sadly "memory demands an image" ~ Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Finally I hope you choose to let me capture your memories because you like my work, the way I see. From experience I can tell you that the results are about the combination of you and me:

"It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter" ~ Alfred Eisenstaedt

Please be aware:

Vouchers are valid for 6 months from the date of issue on the voucher itself and may only be exchanged for photography services and products offered by me at the current list price at the time of redemption.

WIN - The Ultimate Boudoir Experience

The Prize includes:

• Overnight accommodation at the Spread Eagle in Thame, three course dinner for two in the restaurant and a full English breakfast the following day: www.spreadeaglethame.co.uk

• A Kate Hopewell-Smith Boudoir shoot during your stay at the Spread Eagle and a 10" x 7" album of your favourite images:

• Lingerie and a personal fitting from Elegance:

• An item of jewellery from Euphoria Couture: www.euphoriacouture.co.uk

• Hair and make up for the shoot by Catherine Fransham: www.makeupforbrides.co.uk

Thame Out is delighted to offer one reader the chance to win the ultimate boudoir experience. You and a guest can enjoy an overnight stay in one of the Spread Eagle's recently refurbished garden rooms (see below), a three course dinner for two in the restaurant and breakfast the following morning. During your stay you will be personally fitted for a set of stunning lingerie by Trish of Elegance (her lingerie shown above) and able to choose a piece of jewellery from Euphoria Couture (also shown above) to complement your shoot. After having your hair and make up session with Cat Fransham you will be ready for your boudoir shoot with me. Once the photos are ready you'll be given a stunning silk album with a collection of your favourite images.

To Enter: Tell us in 100 words or less why you think this prize is perfect for you?

Entries by Feb 14th 2011 to: Ultimate Boudoir, Thame Out, PO Box 181, Thame OX9 0BA or send an email to julian@red-l.co.uk with your name, address, DOB and telephone number.

Please state if you do not wish to be contacted by participating companies regarding future promotions.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Interview with Photographers-Boutique

I was interviewed this week by a photography blog called the Photographers-Boutique. As quite a few students contact me you might find a few of your questions answered here:

If not, I'm quite happy for you to get in touch. Kate x

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Pre-Wedding Shoot in Richmond Park

Jon and Sarah decided to have their pre-wedding shoot in Richmond Park - because they love it there and the dogs could join in!

It was a very autumnal day but we had a fun walk through the woods and finally struck jackpot when we found a herd of the deer that roam the parkland.

As is often the case it was a really useful opportunity to talk about plans for the wedding day on January 2nd. They have chosen the fabulous venue Hedsor House for the reception and I'm really looking forward to it. Especially to seeing her dress which has been designed just for Sarah.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Trading Places - My Boudoir Shoot

So today was the day I traded places and put myself in the hands of another photographer. Much easier written then done.

I have been wonderfully surprised by how much I have enjoyed shooting boudoir and have found a style that suits me and how I think boudoir should be shot.

Little did I realise the enormous trust your client places in your hands. But I now know because today I did the same with Lou. It is a very strange experience to be aware of a photographer working but having no idea of exactly what they are capturing - that's trust between 2 craftsmen.

Then there is the trust between 2 women. We are complicated creatures who are full of insecurities fuelled by our media obsessed world. Our own worst enemies we invariably focus on, and worry about, our 'flaws'. Boudoir on the other hand is all about celebrating what's fabulous.

I certainly hope the results make me see myself from a different perspective. I guess from my husbands' perspective. In many ways I wish I had done this just before my wedding in 2002. I was without a doubt the slimmest I have ever been, the most body confident. As 2010 draws to a close I am a 35 yr old mother of 2 who gets practically no 'me' time. I have far more respect for my body now - for the babies it has created and nurtured - but it's a more practical relationship today. The shoot has made me think about my daughter, how she is yet to develop into a women. I think I did it partly for her, to be shared in the future, during those years of angst that lie ahead.

I have purposefully posted this tonight having not seen a single shot. I wanted to reflect on how the shoot alone made me feel. Who knows how I'll feel when I see the pictures!

2 Weeks Later

If the shoot is an interesting experience then seeing the results for the first time is truly something to remember. It's a shock - seeing yourself from all angles. I have repeatedly heard clients say 'I can't believe it's me, is that really me' etc. I was heard uttering the same.

Having chosen my favourites I created a DVD for my husband set to the dulcet tones of the sublime Melody Gardot. It was his 9th wedding anniversary present. I'm delighted to say it blew him away. Not that I ever doubted the power of boudoir but now I really, really get it.

For obvious reasons I'm not sharing...

Monday, 8 November 2010

Wedding Shoot at Notley Abbey

When I'm asked which is my favourite season I say Autumn. Not for the weather, obviously. For the colour. I've spent the last 2 weeks driving around in awe of nature. And when I arrived at Notley Abbey for a shoot last week I stopped my car at the top of the drive and literally gasped at the tree lined drive ahead of me. Bright yellow, just beautiful.

For our Christmas themed shoot we had planned to mainly work indoors but that would have been crazy - around every corner was a new blaze of colour and we were also blessed with a strong wind that I was loving despite being a little tricky to work with...

The shoot brought together a bunch of like minded wedding suppliers - and you are lucky if you choose any of them to be part of your big day:

Jo at Notley Abbey. This venue is quite simply spectacular. A medieval abbey with a modern and elegant interior. Couples book the venue for exclusive use and there are a number of gorgeous bedrooms too.

Anna McDonald Bridal Gallery. Anna owns an exclusive dress shop in Thame. She has fabulous taste and works hard to find dresses that are just a little bit different.

Sarah from Euphoria Couture. I wish I had known about Euphoria when I got married. Just the most beautiful creations. My faves are the more vintage inspired pieces but I challenge any bride to leave her empty handed.

Joanna Carter Flowers. Her work is elegant and beautifully crafted and she cares deeply about good service.

Cat Fransham is a hair and make up artist. It's a big thing to put yourself in someone else's hands on your wedding day but Cat is lovey to be around and created flawless skin and a vast array of fab hair designs.


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