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Monday, 24 January 2011

Bride Testimonial - Why I do what I do.

This morning I got an email from one of my brides that made me teary. It is more than I could hope to ever hear, but it does sum up what I aspire to achieve with every shoot. Thank you Laura.

"A friend of a friend recommended Kate to me, and I promised I’d take a look at her website (along with a mountain of other recommendations that you tend to get when planning a wedding). Immediately I could see that Kate’s photography was different, and exactly what I wanted. Kate’s style, simply put is just beautiful photography. It can be formal without being ‘stiff’, arty without being overly quirky, and always in a beautiful light and a finish that most suits each individual photograph. All this at the same time as quietly capturing some of the most tender moments that you simply can’t stage – and these are our most treasured shots from our day, ones we had no idea were even taken.

It had never occurred to me whether I preferred a male or female photographer, I didn’t think I had a preference. However it quickly became clear what an enormous help a female photographer can be. Throughout the time we spent with Kate she really got to know us as a couple, as individuals, she provided recommendations for vintage jewellery and hair accessories, on the day she artfully tied sashes on bridesmaid dresses, laughed along with the stories from the hen party, helped a fumbling ‘mother of the bride’ with the bustle on my dress, put a nervous flower girl at ease, and truly joined in the spirit of the day – the laughter and the tensions. I felt as though Kate was a guest on the day, rather than a photographer, and I was so pleased to have her there.

The real proof though is in the resulting photographs. We adore them, they captured the day so perfectly, and the album makes a stunning keepsake - showcasing the photography beautifully. These are the things that remain once the day is over, and the quality of the photography and the album does it justice in a way I could barely have hoped.

Our wedding photography is one of the things that our guests most remember and comment on from the day, I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve had to forward on Kate’s details to friends requesting it – and every time I do I feel very lucky to have found her. An absolute gem !"

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Bump Shoot - 38 weeks

When I was pregnant I had no idea that a few years later I would be a professional photographer who would be capturing the wonder that is the pregnant form. I've got a couple of fairly awful shots that I asked a friend to take purely to record the enormity of my bump. It really is the most incredible thing to watch your body change so dramatically over the months. I wasn't really aware of pregnancy or bump shoots, which is a shame because I wish I'd had some beautiful portraits taken.

Just after Christmas I did a shoot with this lovely lady who is 38 weeks in these images with her second child. Doesn't she look incredible? Just beautiful. I really enjoyed the shoot and wanted to give her a range of images - all of which were taken in her home with natural light.

She is due any day now and I wish her a safe and stress free delivery.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Baby Shoot - Delicious Darcy

Between Christmas and New Year I spent a lovely morning with baby Darcy and her parents. The shoot was a little delayed due to all of the snow but we finally managed to go ahead.

I love chatting to new parents about their experience of pregnancy, birth and those first few months. Darcy is completely gorgeous and very much loved by her parents. I'm looking forward to seeing them all soon for the viewing but for now here are a few of my favourites.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Jon and Sarah - first glimpse of their emotional day.

Yesterday Jon and Sarah married in what was a beautiful and very emotional day. Two lovely families came together with friends and loved ones to celebrate the wedding in Beaconsfield and then at Hedsor House in Bucks.

As a photographer you are charged with telling the story of each wedding and I will always remember this one for the emotion - there was a lot of love, a lot of tears and a lot of laughter.

Jon finally proposed properly too.

I hope they got off on honeymoon today (yes, I do listen to the speeches....). And I hope that Sarah is feeling better.

I'm very much looking forward to sharing the full story with them in the next few weeks.


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