2015 was a big year for me both at work, at home and creatively. My brides and grooms were just wonderful! Relaxed, kind and affectionate but with their wedding photography as priority, they were open to suggestions and really just let go and trusted me. Needless to say, 2015 was a year in which my style evolved and defined itself. Airy, light, vibrant and oh so romantic. I played with film both behind the scenes, at weddings and engagement sessions and feeling so connected to my craft was liberating. I really felt like I was sculpting again. (Totally aware of how strange that sounds!) I really think digital has it’s merits and I often shoot hydrid but shooting film makes you feel like you are on the front line! It the equivalent to getting your hands dirty in clay, where as digital doesn’t have that deep personal involvement that film does. It’s hard to explain until you shoot film!
One thing I love about photographing weddings is getting to meet and almost become part of each family for the day so when I was contacted by Alexandra and her mother and invited to discuss my work over coffee with themselves and Alexandra’s sister, I knew almost straight away it would be a great fit! Alexandra and her family wanted to make sure all the details would be captured, they adored how my albums told a story of the day and they gushed over my luxury products. These were clients who care deeply about photography and each time I find kind hearted people like this, I feel as an artist, I have struck gold!
Congratulations you survived January the bizarre month where we create our hopes and goals at the start and then feel sluggish and nostalgic for summer the rest of the month! I won’t lie, January is my least favourite month! But February, February is different! Spring is just around the corner and everyone is secretly rather excited about Valentines day! I just love February because a) I get to meet newly engaged couples planning their wedding and I love chatting about it all with them PLUS its super cute watching two people madly in love go on this new journey together and b) I head home to the land of love itself, Italy! Liguria and Tuscany in particular! I’ll also be revealing my new look to the brand! Xander & Thea got a classy and timeless makeover over winter and I’ll be showing my new more grown up look this month! For those on mobile, fear not! The mobile site is getting transformed into a touchscreen dream allowing for much easier navigation!
Imagine your great grandchildren pulling out your wedding album in years to come, they thumb through the pages and are in awe at your natural beauty, your cute laugh, the way you both look lovingly at each other. They want to know more about you. They want to know the real you, the undisturbed you, the you that he knows and loves. You want your images to stand the test of time so that all they see is your beauty and your love for each other not your camera face or cringey poses. Here are 5 small ways to ensure your photographer is able to capture timeless and elegant wedding photography depicting the true abundance of your love for one another!
Over these winter months whilst I have been working on rebranding, developing my customer experience and workflow for 2015 I have developed a bit of a…well an issue with the way we define ourselves. I have to admit I was procrastinating through Instagram when I spotted it and my ideas surrounding it aren’t fully formed in my mind yet but are something I have been seriously mulling over [apologies in advance for what may read as an incoherent post]. Each tag line of people I looked at basically all read the same thing, “mum to…[insert child or furry animal here]”, wife to, daughter to, worshipper to God…”. I can’t help but feel there is something missing there (I also can’t remember a single one of their profiles from a marketing perspective- it didn’t display their unique personality). I understand that the people we surround ourselves are a huge part of us but do/should they define us?
The guest list is one of the most sensitive areas when it comes to wedding planning and when it comes to whether to invite children or not, the margin for error grows exponentially! I have to admit I never used to understand why people wouldn’t want children at their wedding, (I adore kids along with all the cute little things they do) but in 2014, for some reason I really got it! So often, I was told by priests, pastors etc that I wouldn’t be allowed to photograph the ceremony because photographers were a disruption (despite my best efforts at assuring him I was very unobtrusive) yet so many times there was a toddler going AWOL from their seats, marching their toy cars up and down pews and there was nearly always one totally cute but albeit distressed newborn drowning out the vows. I totally understand why weddings are increasingly becoming an adult affair. None the less, it is an area to be handled delicately so here is some help on how to successfully plan a child free wedding.