Monthly Archives: January 2017
In July I was honoured to be able to photograph the wedding of Becky and Jamie. Their wedding was at the lovely Hilton Avisford Park Hotel near Arundel, West Sussex, set in amazing gardens and with a golf course on site. The day of the wedding was absolutely stunning, the sun shone the entire time.
I was lucky enough to be able to shoot both bridal preparations and groom preparations as well as both parties stayed at the hotel the night before.
Both Becky and Jamie looked amazing on the day, and made my job so easy. You can really see how much in love these guys are, and how much the day meant to both them and their family and friends too.
Here are a few of the images we got from the day.
I wish you both all the very best in your future together, may it bring you much luck, health and happiness.
It is an honour to be able to record the most special day in a couple’s life, I am always humbled and often moved by the emotion of the day.
If you would like me to cover your wedding day, please contact me using the contact form, all weddings are quoted on a case by case basis as I believe that your wedding photography should be as individual as you are as a couple. I never work from a set list of what I provide as I prefer to tailor to your exact needs.
Today my first question to you is ‘Do you print your images?’
By this I don’t necessarily mean huge great big prints, or canvases , or anything that is hugely expensive. But do you print your images at all?
As a Mum myself I am passionate about recording the journey of our family. I often (just like everyone else!) take photos on my phone or Ipod, these are never going to be as good as the ones I take when I’m testing out my studio lighting or looking round a venue in preparation for a wedding, but they show the nature of our family and how they grow.
When was the last time you printed any of your phone or tablet images? Do you print any images you get from a photographer in digital form?
Every year I print a year photobook of some of the images I’ve taken over the year. This includes quite a few phone and ipod images (they may be smaller in the book, but no less relevant!), along with any other images I’ve taken over the year.
This is a small section of my photobook collection –
Why do I do this?
Quite simply, because when my children are older I want them to be able to look back at some of the things they did when they were little. We are a generation who now keep everything online and in digital form. What happens if your image storage hard drive fails? Or if you lose all the images from your phone? Will your children ever check a 40 year old phone for images at a time when they might want to see what they were like when they were little? I am guessing that the phone may have been long since thrown away or no longer be able to be used, even if they could find it.
What should you put in your books or prints?
Whatever is special to you. For the year book I will do for this year, I might put in this photo of the cake the kids and husband made me for my Birthday –
Go ahead! Have some fun and see what photos you have that you can print up.
If you are worried about creating a book, don’t be! You can either print your photos as standard prints and pop them into a photo album (like your Mum/Dad/grandparents did), or some online printers even allow you to upload all your images and then they will create a book for you (it takes just a couple of minutes after you have uploaded them all).
I want you to enjoy your images, whether they are your selfies with the kids, sports days or a family photoshoot you have booked. Most of all I want the next generation to have some physical reminders of what life was like growing up!
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Just before Christmas the very gorgeous Athena came to see me with her Mummy, Daddy and sisters. Her Mummy and Daddy got married a year and a half ago, I was lucky enough to cover their amazing wedding for them too. It has been lovely to follow this family and their progress (I first met Mum a few years ago as our children were at the same after school club).
Athena was very well behaved for us and we managed to get some truly gorgeous images of her and the whole family. These first couple of weeks of a new baby’s life go so fast, and they soon lost their newborn flexibility, which is why ideally newborn baby photoshoots should be done between 5 and 15 days old.
If you would like a newborn photoshoot, ideally book whilst you are pregnant to ensure I have enough space for you in my diary. Although please do contact me once baby is born, because I can sometimes fit people in, and I hate to think that Mums and Dads can’t get the images they want of their precious bundle.
If you would like any more information, or to book a newborn (or other) photoshoot, please contact me using the contact form here.
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October saw me covering the most amazing wedding. The wedding of Rachel and Thomas, at the guildhall in Chichester. This is a new venue for 2016, which has now been approved for weddings. The building itself is stunning, and Rachel and Thomas put in so much effort into the planning and overall decorations and feel for the day. This was an autumn and halloween themed wedding, and the day itself was picture perfect for autumn!
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I am a West Sussex wedding photographer, based in Bognor Regis, covering the south coast of England.
Please do get in touch if you would like to have a chat about your wedding, or to arrange a free meeting to have a look at my sample work via my contact form.
As we go in to 2017, I sit here wondering if any of you were proposed to over the Christmas and New Year period?
‘Yes’ you say?
Secondly, I bet you have thought about what you will need to plan for your wedding for half of your adult life. I thought it might be handy to compile a little list of things that you might need to remember.
- Check out your suppliers. Investigate all your local wedding suppliers and find the right ones for you. This may not be the cheapest (or most expensive), but those whose work is in a style that you like and that you get on with on a personal level as well. For example – most of the people involved in your actual wedding will also have a lot of time being in contact with you before, on the day, and after the day. So it helps to know that you gel before you start.
- Make sure you ask for a few quotes from different suppliers.
- Check they are available on the date of your wedding, and also what you need to do to be able to book in with them. For me to photograph your wedding I would be asking for 50% of the full cost at the time of booking to reserve your date in my diary. Also check when they will be requiring the balance of the bill paid, for me this is 4 weeks before your wedding date.
- Ensure that all suppliers have the relevant insurance in place. This will cover you in the event that something goes wrong (which of course rarely happens, but should be planned for just in case).
- Write everything down! A diary or folder which will contain all of the contact info and amounts paid to your suppliers is a fab idea, it will help you keep track of what you have done already and what you still have to do. It could also save you if you need to contact a supplier and have lost a business card!
These are just a few of the ideas that might help with planning your big day, and ease the pressure on the planning and pulling it all together.
Stay tuned for more ideas over the coming weeks!
Towards the end of last year, I did a photoshoot of the amazing little Alex. At a little over 11lbs born he was my biggest newborn of the year! The whole family did really amazing, and we achieved some stunning images of them all.
Newborn photoshoots are best done between 5 and 14 days (roughly), although I am always happy to try the newborn style on babies that are slightly older than this. Ideally booking needs to take place during your pregnancy to ensure I have space in my diary for your due date. Photoshoots can be booked by phone or using the contact form on the website. Full session fee is payable on booking and returning a filled in booking form is also required to confirm your session.
Here are a few images from Alex’s photoshoot.
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