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09 Oct 14

What to wear for your engagement shoot

I’ve always believed that an engagement shoot is a great idea, mainly because it gives you the chance to become comfortable with the photographer and familiar with being in front of the camera. We’re not all as used to being in front of a camera like George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, so this is good practise for the big day. I find that when I am photographing an engagement shoot, a lot of the couples forget to think about the clothes they are going to wear and then suddenly panic on the morning of the shoot. When people ask me for outfit advice, there are a few pointers which I give them.   Be YOU This shoot is supposed to naturally capture the essence of you both as a couple. Go through your wardrobe and find the clothes that you feel comfortable in and that you think capture you as a […]

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02 Oct 14

Photo booth pros and cons

It seems like the new trend hitting the wedding world is having a photo booth to capture funny or interesting shots of your wedding guests. I wonder if George Clooney will have one at his wedding – there are sure to be a lot of beautiful, creative people there! I recently went to a friend’s wedding where they had a photo booth and, I have to say, it received a lot of attention.  People were in and out of it all evening and they did get some good shots from it.   Funny and silly photos This, I suppose, is the main point of having a photo booth at your wedding. You allow your guests to be creative and give you their personal memories of your day.   Loads of drunken shots This is the downside of it. Whilst you may end up with some great photos, you are also […]

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26 Sep 14

Things to know for the engagement shoot

When my sister got engaged, she had a bit of a battle to persuade her fiancée to agree to an engagement shoot. “We’re not Brad and Angelina, you know,” he said, but she had other plans. It’s probably my fault as I had persuaded her to go for it, but in the end, they were glad that they did it. To make sure that they got the most out of their engagement shoot, I prepared them well. They already knew the benefits of an engagement shoot, so it was just a case of telling them how to make the most of it. Have the style decided Do you want posed, natural, artsy, formal or casual photos? Think about what you want to use the photos for – will they be for the wedding invite, wedding decorations, guest book? Let this guide your decision.   Get the right outfits Whilst you […]

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18 Sep 14

Smartphone, smart pics

Thanks to the digital age, smartphone cameras are getting better and better so the quality of their photos is also improving. At my brother’s wedding recently, I think more people took photos using their phone than with a camera – pictures of his wedding were on Facebook before the reception had even started! Celebrities are getting in on the act as well. When Anna Wintour’s son got married, their day was immediately immortalised on Instagram. So how can you get decent photos from your smartphone? It’s not that difficult, but does take a bit of care and attention to detail. Here are some of my tips: Normal rules apply We’re talking about the rules of photography here. Just because you’re not using a real camera, doesn’t mean that you can forget the rules. Think about the lighting and the composition of the photo. Clean your lens It’s amazing what a […]

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11 Sep 14

London wedding photographers

Being a Londoner myself, people always ask me for recommendations on the best wedding photographers in London. This is a difficult one because people like different styles and they have different budgets – Fearne Cotton could probably afford a more expensive photographer than I could, for example! The main thing is to find someone with the right style and whom you get along with, and this doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive. Here are a few wedding photographers in London to suit different budgets.     Contemporary Wedding Contemporary Wedding has a modern approach to wedding photography and consists of two professional wedding photographers, each one following the bride and the groom. They offer unlimited time on the day and are happy to travel (although this will be included in the price).   Janis Ratnieks Wedding Photography Fashionable and glamorous are the words which describe these photos. They are also happy to […]

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04 Sep 14

Getting that vintage look for your wedding photos

Weddings haven’t escaped the popularity of vintage which seems to be appearing in all aspects of our lives. I have had a few people asking for vintage-style photos to suit their retro weddings. When one of my female friends got married recently, she spent months looking for the right vintage wedding dress, similar to the one which Millie Mackintosh wore, and it was important for her that her photos matched the dress. An important thing to remember is that not all wedding photos lend themselves to the vintage look, and so it’s best to speak to your photographer about which photos to use in that style. I have a few pointers on how to achieve this.   The obvious shots If you’re arriving in a VW Campervan or have a vintage dress, these are perfect opportunities for vintage shots. Take advantage of these. It’s not just in the photo effect. […]

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28 Aug 14

Your wedding: to video or not to video?

If you ask most couples for their advice on their wedding day, it will be to enjoy the day as it sweeps past so quickly. It is easy to miss or forget those little moments. By making a wedding video, you can ensure not a moment will be missed. The idea of being videoed might be a bit daunting. After all, we’re not all used to being in front of the camera like Emma Noble. When I suggested to my sister that she hire a videographer her first reaction was to dismiss it. I had already come up with a few arguments which persuaded her otherwise and here are the reasons why I think that filming a wedding is a good idea.   You don’t miss a moment As I said previously, the day passes quickly and the couple spends the whole day chatting to people and getting the formalities […]

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21 Aug 14

Take this! Your wedding shot list

Wedding photos are amongst the most important photos that we take in our lives. They’re the lasting memory of the special day, which can never be altered or forgotten so it’s important to get the right ones. When my sister got married she was worried that the photographer would miss out on some of the photos that she wanted. I reminded her that although the photographer has his own style, he’s working for her, and she should give him a shot list. I bet even Danny Jones and Georgia Horsley had specific photos that they wanted! To help my sister I came up with this list.   Before… Bride getting ready – don’t miss out on a few shots of the bride getting ready: putting on your makeup, having your hair done, your mum or bridesmaids helping you to get dressed, or the look on your father’s face when he […]

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14 Aug 14

Kent wedding photographers

People often ask me for wedding photographer recommendations. When my brother got married in Kent, I was determined not to photograph his wedding.  I really wanted to enjoy the day and not be working, so I pledged to help him to find the right photographer. My brother’s wedding ceremony was held at the same church as Jools Holland, a nice little church near Rochester. He and his bride-to-be were looking for a photographer who could capture the romance and emotion of the day. I helped him with his research and came up with a list of some of the best wedding photographers in Kent.   Graham Scott Studio Graham Scott Studio is a small and friendly studio with almost 25 years of experience. Their photographs follow a fairly traditional style and they can print your wedding album. Since they are also a family portrait studio, they are very used to […]

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07 Aug 14

Wedding albums in the digital age

In today’s world of digital cameras, Instagram and smartphones, it could be suggested that wedding albums aren’t worth having. After all, by having your photos on a CD or saved on your computer, you can access them whenever you like. However, when people ask me if they should invest in an album, I always tell them that they should. Weddings photos are a piece of art. I loved the look of the photos from Anna Wintour’s son wedding. They are so beautifully composed and really should be seen and touched in real life, not on a computer screen. The touch, the smell, the look… When people are in doubt about whether to get a wedding album, I tell them to imagine showing their wedding photos to their children.  There’s something about being gathered around an album and not a computer screen. The action of going through a special album, turning […]

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