Posted on January 30, 2015
Laure contacted me as she had seen some of my work for one of her friends (you can see the gorgeous colours of Peisley Originals on the blog). Laure decided to invest in hair and make up for her photoshoot and, although we had planned to have the shoot in the grounds of Canterbury Castle, the weather unfortunately didn’t work in our favour so Laure arranged with the Beaney in Canterbury (The Beaney) for permission to shoot inside.
We started with images against a black background and also lighter coloured walls with a variety of looks so that Laure can use them for various websites and marketing/promotional materials …
We then moved on to the Beaney and certainly turned some heads! It was my first visit there and there is so much to see.
These final images were quite complex to light – the room was dark due to the nature of the items being conserved so I used off camera flash through an umbrella at a low output to keep the ambient light …
It was great to meet Laure and I hope to hear her sing – she travels the world using her amazing skills! Her site is here if you’d to find out more: www.lauremeloy.co.uk
If you are in business or looking for professional headshots to update your marketing materials, do drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on January 23, 2015
Last May, Nicola and Mark were married on the most beautifully warm early May day. Everything was perfect. The blue skies, the light bright church, the Bentley … Nicola and Mark had been recommended to me by the venue co-ordinator at Hadlow Manor and I was delighted to be able to join them, their family and friends for their celebrations. Their guests had travelled from far and wide and it was a joyful day, full of laughter and smiles which I think really shows through in the images. It was a limited coverage but we managed to get such variety of images and also a nice little “Thank You” card shot right at the end of the day. The confetti cannons were a great idea and created some great images! Also, I had to include a photograph of nan … an amazing lady, marching on in her years but adorable!
Thank you both for having me along and I was so pleased to be part of your day xx
Posted on January 22, 2015
As a wedding photographer, we shoot details. And the most vibrant are often the flowers. There was a beautiful selection of bouquets and displays at weddings which I photographed during the course of 2014 so I thought you might like to take a look …
Beautiful, aren’t they? It’s a part of my job that I enjoy, after all, the flowers never last as long as a photograph and yet they form an important part of the day. According to one site that I found when I asked why brides carry bouquets, this was the answer:
“In ancient times, a bride was considered especially lucky on her wedding day. So, guest were compelled to tear off parts of her dress to obtain a good luck talisman for themselves! Not all brides cared for this activity, as it seemed unpleasant to have their clothing ripped from her bit by bit, compliments of the guests. So it evolved that the bride outsmarted her guests by giving an offering of herself; enabling a guest to obtain a lucky talisman and allowing herself to keep her clothing intact: she starting throwing her garter and bouquet in lieu of pieces of her dress.”
I’m rather glad that the tradition of a good luck talisman has metamorphosed into giving bridal favours!
Posted on January 8, 2015
At the end of one year and the beginning of the next, it is tradition to showcase the previous year’s weddings. But I like shoes. My brides like shoes. Future brides like shoes. It’s a known fact. So why not take a look through these few montages and enjoy the gorgeousness that was … 2014 in shoes!
Being a wedding photographer is about photographing details, moments, emotions and love. And shoes. Lots of shoes. I can’t lie – I do get excited when I see gorgeous shoes … what shoes are you going to wear for your wedding? Go on, tell me … (and apologies to any brides whose shoes I didn’t include … there were a lot of shoes last year!).
Posted on January 7, 2015
I was delighted to be involved in this interesting creative project – I had first met Julie years ago and have photographed her floristry sessions on a number of occasions . Julie then mentioned that she had applied for sponsorship from the Ideas Test creativepeopleplace.info with the remit that she was to introduce the concept of floristry to more than just … florists. It was called the Winter Door Project (www.thewinterdoorproject.co.uk) and I was captivated!
A series of Christmas door wreath sessions were organised and I was invited along to three – one was in Sittingbourne, one in Oare near Faversham and the other in Teynham. They were full of willow, binding wire, sharp scissors, glue guns, acorns, twigs … and chatter. Julie introduced the theory at the beginning of each session, showing different ways that the concept of a wreath could be interpreted. Not round. Not boring … the final results were quite amazing – hearts, trees, squares and, yes, some round ones!
Take a look …
You can find Julie here – based in Faversham, her classes are held in some of our beautiful local venues. Why not have a go yourself?