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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

LIttle Rascals, Aspire Photography, Jan 25th

Sitting here this evening feeling very chilly I can't believe how lucky we were with the warmish day we had last week for Little Rascals.

In the morning we had a fascinating session with the gorgeous Emme. Understandably she found a bank of 11 cameras pretty daunting. She really wanted and needed to be in close proximity to her mum. In fact she only relaxed and became animated when she was talking directly to her. As a photographer it is essential to read this kind of scenario and change any 'plan' you may have had. I think Laine may be surprised by the images we all managed to capture - but that's the secret to good lifestyle photography with such young children. Relax, go with the flow and find the subject's comfort zone. Emme was definitely happiest on the move with her teddy and dog.

The shoot in the afternoon was totally different as the boys, Caleb and Caed, were fine to take direction. I first photographed these two on Bespoke and think that they, and their parents Carl and Michelle, are fab.

We tried out a new location in some woodland near Aspire and then headed into Burton to find some more urban backdrops.

So that's the first session of the year done already. Can't wait to see where Rachel and I end up over the next few months - there will definitely be bluebells and beaches along the way.


Monday, 30 January 2012

Bump Shoot with Rachael in the Lakes

Last week I spent some time with Rachael - capturing her second pregnancy for her. She looked incredible and her bump was so neat and gorgeous. She has got another little fella in there.

We had a very relaxed session in the Royal Hotel and enjoyed the warmth and lovely surroundings while the rain came down outside.

Every time I photograph a bump I regret not having a session myself during my pregnancies.

Rachael - I hope you have a great birth and I really hope we get to spend time together again in the future.


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Lee & Lisa's Enagement Shoot at Waddesdon Manor

On Saturday I met up with Lee and Lisa at Waddesdon Manor for their pre-wedding or engagement shoot. It was a bit nippy and very breezy BUT out came that winter sun that I love so much.

We had a wander around the grounds - chatting about plans for their wedding at Notley Abbey in May.

It was very quiet, which is rare, so we were able to use the house and aviary for the photos without them feeling self conscious. Although to be honest these two were very easy to work with and they both relaxed very quickly and then just enjoyed the excuse to get romantic.

So - thank you to you both for being such lovely, relaxed people to work with. Very much looking forward to being a part of the big day and meeting your friends and family. xx

ps from a photographic perspective the light coming through the wrought iron struts in the aviary was nuts. I loved the patterns that it made.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Fresh Work - Thanks to Cat Fransham

For a few months last year I got so caught up in the madness of wedding season that I stopped shooting outside of commissioned work. I was chatting to another photographer earlier and heard myself saying ' you must keep shooting for you, or you stop evolving'. I meant every word of it.

I'm very lucky that I have a group of people who help me to do this - whether around wedding dresses or boudoir etc. A constant in this is the lovely Cat Fransham who is the hair and make up artist that I work with often. An inspiration and a pleasure to work with. Thank you Cat.

Here are just a few shots from the kind of work that I don't normally do. But enjoyed for a change. Tierney modelled for us on both shoots - she's got a very unique look and a very lovely personality.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

In their words - a wedding testimonial.

I'm just home from an exhausting few days at the big convention for my industry. Yesterday Nick Ghionis demanded that wedding photographers stopped giving their work away, for almost nothing, on disc.

I'm already in tune with his belief that it is our duty to far exceed our client's expectations by giving them an amazing experience and by delivering extraordinary imagery. Crucially in an album that becomes a little piece of history and the most powerful way to both relive and share a wedding day.

I recently asked one of my couples if they would be kind enough to write a short testimonial about their experience with me. This morning Ross emailed me their thoughts and it reduced me (and my husband) to tears. I put my heart and soul into my work and to actually have a client put into words what that gives them - how it makes them feel - was quite overwhelming:

"From the first meeting with Kate we knew that we had met someone who understood completely what we wanted for our special day. She put us at ease straight away and removed any fears that either of us had about investing in something such as a photographer without an instant guarantee of getting photos that we would like.

With wedding photography, Kate offers a brilliant pre-wedding shoot which enables her to get to know the both of you, she quickly learns how to bring the best out of each person with regard to posture and posing and makes you feel completely and utterly relaxed through the whole process.

Kate is a remarkably committed photographer who doesn't think for a second that laying down in mud in the rain or climbing a precarious step ladder will be too much for her to achieve that perfect photo for you.

Our actual wedding day started in monsoon like conditions with a little bit of hurricane in for good measure. One of my fondest memories is while sitting under some shelter with a laptop at 10am glumly writing my groom speech and watching the ceaseless rain. Suddenly a very wet little lady came through with a plate of breakfast, a smile and so much enthusiasm that I couldn't resist copying it. I don't think I can give Kate all the credit for the rain drying up and the wind dying down exactly 20 mins before the service but I'd happily give that she helped! She equally, without doubt, assured my future bride (who was in ‘floods’ of tears for a lot of the morning) that everything would be ok rain or shine and made her feel completely at ease.

For the rest of our wonderful day Kate worked tirelessly, capturing both the organised photos we had asked for and the reportage photographs of everyone at our wedding. The end result is that we have a photo album that holds some of the most beautiful images that either of us have ever seen (and not just because we are in most of them!). The style and composition of every photo is exquisite and more stylish, stunning and elegant than we could ever have dreamed of.

I had always believed that no matter how good a photo is, a memory is always better, after my experience with Kate, I believe this to no longer be true. Thank you Kate from the bottom of our hearts x"

Ross and Elizabeth Sadler.

By the way - Ross is well over 6ft tall so when he says "a very wet little lady" don't get the wrong idea!! I'm 5ft 8. xx

Monday, 9 January 2012

And finally - Happy New Year!

Look at that - January 9th already.

I hope you all had a gorgeous Christmas. I certainly did - lovely, lovely. And I celebrated New Year on the 27th with some of my very favourite people.

That was due to photographing David and Georgia Tennant's wedding and then their party on Dec 31st. So this was my view as the clock struck 12.

Big Ben and the firework display was projected on to the Globe Theatre

2012 has started at a crazy pace and I'm looking forward to catching my breath after the SWPP convention.

So - I'll be back on the blog soon but really just wanted to say Happy New Year. xxx

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