My newsletter – What’s it all about?

So some of you will have signed up to my newsletter and received 3 by now! I decided to start one in May, partly for marketing reasons and partly for a good way to show you all directly what I have been up to and all my latest offers. I really love doing these each month as I like to look back on what I have been doing, I like showing off lovely photos and I like to tell you what great deals you can get on my photography. Now some of you may be thinking, what is a newsletter, and why should I sign up? Well, lets talk about newsletters!
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Boudoir – A Home Visit!

It’s been quite a while since I last blogged, around 4 weeks! I don’t like to let things slack but sometimes grown up life gets in the way (boo!).  However I am back now and more inspired than ever, I have some treats for you, including a newsletter (sign up here), my new boudoir venture with Natalie, a shoot where I am in front of the camera, promo images and more! There is so much going on, you really can’t afford to miss it!

I recently did another boudoir shoot with Natalie, and this time we did a home visit. This is something that we offer if you feel you would be more comfortable at home, or you have an amazingly decorated bedroom (like this lovely lady did!). Of course we are limited by space and lighting so that is always something to keep in mind if you would like a shoot like this.

You can imagine how excited I was when Sophie sent me this photo of her bedroom, every boudoir dream was fulfilled I think!

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Boudoir, the perfect wedding present for your future husband

Katrina came to me wanting some beautiful photos to give to her husband-to-be on their wedding day. She wanted something classy and sexy, but without showing too much skin.  We had a little look on Pinterest, and spoke about any worries and insecurities Katrina had, and how we could banish them on the day of the shoot. With any boudoir, as soon as any worries are mentioned, I work hard to make sure I have a plan to make you feel at ease. This could mean posing in a certain way, making sure we have a relaxing atmosphere or even keeping in constant contact to ensure I can answer any questions you may have.

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Bridal Boudoir

I photographed Clara’s wedding in March, it was a beautiful day, the weather was kind to us, and her dress was absolutely beautiful! We thought it would be fun and cheeky to do a bridal boudoir shoot, using some of the accessories from her big day and also her hen do. We chose a range of tasteful poses which look elegant but still sexy. I guided Clara into the poses, working around any problematic areas that she felt she had (none, she’s stunning!), meaning that she could be as comfortable as possible during the shoot.  My close friend and amazing make up artist  Natalie did Clara’s make up and she did an amazing job getting the balance between neutral bridal make up and enough make up to show up on camera with the bright lighting set up.

What Clara says:

‘I recently had my very first boudoir shoot with Vicky. Now I’m one of those woman that isn’t completely happy with her body. So as you can imagine the nerves where kicking in couple days before. Before we started Vicky and Natalie were making me laugh and are very giggly. (This helped a lot) By the time I got changed after having my make up done by Natalie, I started to feel so much more relaxed. All the way through, Vicky kept asking if I was ok. She did make me laugh. Got me bending in places I haven’t tried in years. I loved doing the boudoir shoot. It’s great fun and so different. Vicky and Natalie make you feel so comfortable. I would love to do it again!’

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A peek into a boudoir shoot…

I’ve done boudoir shoots before, I love them, they are classy, sexy and beautiful! But this time around I wanted to do it slightly differently, all of my other shoots have been mainly lingerie and sexy poses based, I wanted to have a more laid back approach this time. I feel that a lot of women don’t feel like they should, could or would have a boudoir photo shoot and that’s a shame. They can be really fun, inspiring and confidence boosting! I wanted to do a shoot with a little more clothes, a softer style but still sexy! I want to show people that boudoir can be whatever you want it to be, and it’s all about getting beautiful photos of you. You don’t have to wait until you are the right age, or weight, or even for the right occasion, you don’t need a reason to have stunning images that show off your looks!

I recently did a shoot with Becca, we decided on a lingerie shoot, but with a huge jumper for modesty and a bit of tongue in cheek. Becca was so lovely to photograph, she was a complete natural even though boudoir was fairly new to her. I love how sweet the blushing smiley photos are, and in contrast how strong and sexy some of the others are. I feel like it shows a different side to boudoir and I love it!

What do you think?

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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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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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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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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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