Small Business Appreciation – Clara’s Folding Book Art

Yippee ! It’s Clara & Paul’s wedding day today and as you are reading this I am already photographing the bridal prep! I have got to know Clara and Paul really well in the lead up to their wedding and I am just so excited for this day. Keep you eyes peeled for a few sneak peeks of their wedding day later tonight!

This is the third instalment in small business appreciation, I really like doing this because it shows talent of people who may not be seen by a large audience, and it’s a pat on the back for those who work so hard running their own business.

I had seen a few book folds and thought they looked nice and wasn’t too bothered. Then Clara invited me to like her Facebook Page and I saw some of her designs – they are amazing! I wouldn’t be surprised if she could book fold almost anything that you ask her to. Here are some examples:

  

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Engagement rings – how much?!

I recently read an article in The Mirror, (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/want-stay-married-fellas-splash-5365678) and was shocked to hear that a study ‘shows’ that the more you spend on an engagement ring, the longer you will stay together. All I can say that this is absolute rubbish and I really can’t believe they are promoting this idea. Traditionally, I believe you are meant to spend around 3 months wages on an engagement ring, and it’s ‘supposed’ to be a single diamond. Now I don’t want to offend anyone, but personally that is the complete opposite to what I would want. I’m not a tradition girl, and I don’t wear expensive jewellery most of the time, any that I have is carefully stashed away for special occasions.

That’s not to say that you can’t go for the traditional look, and I’m sure many people do, I’m just saying that you don’t have to! I’ve been with my Fiancé for nearly six years now, and I’d like to think we know each other pretty well. Still, did I trust him to pick out a ring for me? Yes, and no. Throughout the years he has gifted me thing that I loved, liked and some thing’s I wasn’t sure of. Truth be told, anything I wasn’t sure of grew on me pretty quickly, and that goes to show that really he does know me well, and I should start being more adventurous with things I pick out for myself.

When it came to looking for a ring, I would dreamily search the internet for pretty rings with my friends, them choosing huge diamonds, and me never quite finding something that grabbed my attention. I never looked at Tiffany’s or anywhere so extravagant, I knew those ‘big rocks’ didn’t suit my personality, and I hoped my Fiancé would too.  This may all sound a bit presumptuous but we had indeed spoken about marriage and being engaged, an impatient me was soothed by the words ‘when the time is right,’ (and when exactly would that be?!).

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A family shoot

Clara is a bride who’s wedding I will be photographing this month! It really has crept up on us and I am really looking forward to it.  Clara came to me and asked me to take some nice natural photos of her children, as she didn’t like the normal school photos. I don’t normally do family shoots but I will photograph families of previous clients, family and friends. I took on this challenge with an open mind, I have met Clara’s children a few times, and they are loveable, but cheeky at times!

Katherine was a natural, she’s a very pretty girl and took direction well. Although she didn’t love being in front of the camera, I got some beautiful photos of her. Kaden however was the definition of cheeky chops! He was giggling and laughing, which was perfect, until I pointed the camera at him, and his face completely changed! He would not stop making silly faces and messing around (much encouraged by his dad!) and although it was hard to get the perfect shot,  a lot of fun was had by everyone! With a few bribes from mum, Kaden behaved (a little bit) and we got a few natural shots and some great crazy and funny shots. I really loved photographing Clara’s family and I look forward to capturing her big day as well!

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Small Business Appreciation – Loving Dot

This is my second post of this type and it was so hard to choose who my next one would be! But from looking through my Instagram Feed (I follow loads of incredibly talented people there), there was one lady that stood out. I found Bethany from Loving Dot through another person on Instagram and I’m so glad I did! The most inspiring thing about her is that she is only 17, working her way through college and her own business, and now she has an offer to go to university! I admire her courage, business sense, motivation and her beautiful design work.

Bethany’s website Loving Dot has many beautiful item including design work, nail transfers, pocket mirrors, badges, prints and much more!

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30th Birthday Party

Last month I photographed a 30th birthday party. It was only the second event I have done but it went really well. I knew since it was a 30th birthday there would be lots of girls who would probably want some group photos. Because of this, I brought my extra large material backdrop so I could fit everyone in. Even then, they challenged that with some pretty large groups!

I really love the way that the backdrop drapes down creating a rather luxurious look, and adding an elegant element to the images. All of the guests loved the idea of the backdrop and couldn’t wait to get a picture. I had a lot of fun photographing the evening and the birthday girl and her friends all seemed to really enjoy themselves as well! Once again I used a flash gun to light the images, one on my camera and one on a stand and I thought that it worked really well. It was handy to have such a small stand that I could pick up one handed and move as and when I pleased, it was also small enough to not get in the guest’s way while taking pictures.

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Small Business Appreciation – Crafty Carrie

I have seen this on a few blogs now, and I rely very heavily on other small businesses for many things, from personal purchases such as ornaments and hair accessories, to logos and business buys. I want to start showing my appreciation for the other small businesses that I use and that inspire me. I am starting off with someone who I see quite a lot of on Facebook, and I LOVE seeing her new makes, I also bought a fairy from her at Christmas for the tree which was beautiful!

Crafty Carrie 

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Moody Lighting and a Modelling Portfolio

Becca came to me with a need for some more photos for her modelling portfolio, as her current ones were a few years old. The brief she gave me was simple yet strict, she wanted photos that show her modelling experience in the best way. The lighting she wanted was a low key style, with highlights and shadows, a step away from the flatter way I usually light images. Finally, she wanted a few different poses, some simple headshots and any other ideas that I could come up with. For me this was an exciting challenge, I have loved fashion images since I started uni and have always admired other photographers who work in this style. However I have always found my images to be fashion ‘styled’ as they are not as high fashion as the magazines!

But these images I feel, really made the difference.  With a little encouragement from Becca to push the boundaries with the lighting, and a beautiful model, I feel I have created some stunning fashion images. The other great thing about Becca was when I asked her about retouching the images, she told me that she wanted to look like ‘herself,’ she didn’t want me to make her any thinner or change her too much, just some simple skin editing. I really admired that as that is how I love to work, I am not some amazing retoucher and I haven’t had much practise, but more than anything I would hate to take a photo where the outcome looks so different to the beginning image.

What do you think? I personally love them!

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Bloglovin’

Recently I have been looking for a way that many people can follow my blog in an easy and fun way that they may already use. I found Bloglovin’, a site that you can view all your favourite blogs on, in the same place. As many people already use this platform, I thought it would be a good one to join as they can add me to their list! Let’s see how I get on !
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Event Photography – 40th Birthday Party

Other than weddings, this was my first event photography shoot and I wasn’t totally sure what to expect! I decided to use a material backdrop as they are very portable and easy to set up. I set up in a corner of the venue with my lights and camera and waited for the party to get into full swing! Soon everyone wanted their picture taken, it was great to get pictures of all the family and friends and capture special memories of the night! We had great fun giggling while we tried to fit everyone in the shot and even did some silly poses including tea cups! I really loved photographing something like this because it was just so fun, I loved interacting with everyone, making them smile and at the same time documenting all the memories of Karen’s special night. I love how simple yet beautiful the images are and how much fun everyone had on the night.

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What do you think of the images? Would you like a photographer at one of your events?

I am hoping to extend my range of backdrops and buy them to suit the theme of the event! What do you think of fabric backdrops, do you prefer the polished look of vinyl, or the natural fabric look?

 

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My Christmas Photos in Full

I know it has been a month since Christmas and I daren’t even utter that word again until late November! However I put all of my Christmas images on Facebook which seriously compresses images, so I wanted to show you my images in full glory – here they are! Make Up is by my talented sister and friend Georgie and Natalie!

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