Laura from Once Upon a Wedding asked me to join in on this moody collaboration and I couldn’t be more excited! I love working with Laura because we both like fashion and femininity in wedding images and I knew we going to create a stunning wedding editorial. This was going to be my second shoot at the extremely atmospheric wedding venue – Aswarby Rectory in beautiful Lincolnshire countryside. Following pantone colour of the year – Ultra Violet – we wanted to create moody wedding inspiration with delicate accents of peach, lilac and greens. The highlight of this shoot was a milky petal bath with model wearing beautiful lace underwear and a vail. A little bit surreal, but so much fun! I love creating stunning images and I hope you like this collection and find it inspiring.
DETAILS & DECOR SAVE THE DATE EVENT HIRE & STYLING
CAKES & DESSERTS THE CONFETTI CAKERY
BRIDAL SUSANNA GREENING DESIGNS
CONCEPT, PLANNING & CREATIVE DIRECTION ONCE UPON A WEDDING
VENUE ASWARBY RECTORY
FLOWERS FRANCES & ROSE
MAKE-UP RIA AMELIA OF HOUSE OF BB
HAIR COCO HAIR & MAKEUP
SILKS LITTLE ACORN SILKS
STATIONERY IVY INKS PAPER CO.
CUTLERY HELENE MILLOT DECOR
MODEL SAFIA PIXIE
I didn’t know what to expect when I got an email from Danielle enquiring about capturing the renewal of their vows. I had never photographed an event like this before so in all honesty I was quite excited to be part of it. I also love photographing places I haven’t been in before and Doddington Hall had been on my radar for some time. When Danielle and I chatted on the phone she told me so much about the day and family – I already knew we were going to get on!
And OMG guys – it was one of those days that I felt this amazing warm, welcoming atmosphere – from the beautiful ceremony, through emotional speeches to crazy dancing with singing waiters – it felt like love hit these guys hard and when you feel like this, you know you gotta celebrate. I absolutely love when people celebrate love.
Another big highlight was styling! Danielle’s amazing dress with long cape and Frida Kahlo like floral edge added to her look which I absolutely loved! Venue styling was on point, the cake the flowers – all looked absolutely fantastic and I’ll let the pictures do the talking!
Venue styling: Save the Date
Cake: Confetti Cakery
Make Up: Jo Way
Flowers: Catkin flowers
Line up, line up…
Wedding photography’s not the stiff, stuffy business it used to be. Most couples I work with choose me because they connect with my spontaneous, documentary style of photography. They want me to capture the moment, not stage it, and I really believe that gets the most magical results. It’s why you won’t find lots of group shots in my gallery.
Weddings are a rare opportunity to catch up and let your hair down. You’re spending months putting together the perfect party – you don’t want to spend half of it away from your friends (and the canapés, music and bubbly!) posing in a million different group combinations. These are special moments and the last thing you want to do is miss out.
That said, as with all things wedding-related, there’s a balance to be struck. Some of your guests would love a great group shot. For your mum, your grandma and your in-laws they’ll be go-to conversation starters – wedding photos they’ll cherish, put on the mantelpiece and show to all their friends. They want to show you off, and it’s worth a few minutes to make them happy.
And they’re not the only ones – your cousin who’s flown in from the other side of the world, your uni friends reunited for once, your bridesmaids looking super hot – lots of people who love you might want to mark the occasion with a more set-up photo.
Even you! A fun, original shot of the whole party is a great way to capture the spirit of the day – and remember who shared it with you years down the line. I’ve always loved the black and white group shot of my parents’ 70s wedding – everyone in place, fresh faced, scrubbed up and looking really young. They were so stylish back then! Your kids might just think the same one day.
So, what to do? I recommend planning four to six group shots, and giving your groups plenty of thought before the big day arrives, so everything runs really smoothly.
I’m always happy to help you put a plan together and come up with creative ideas to make your shots more relaxed. That way you can strike the right balance – keeping your family happy and enjoying the party you’ve poured so much love into.
I’m always interested in people’s stories. How they got where they are, why they do what they do.
It helps me connect and, when you’re a wedding photographer, that makes all the difference. So, today I thought I’d tell you a bit about how I got here. Pop the kettle on and get comfy…
One crazy idea
My photography journey started 12 years ago with a shiny new Canon 350D. It was the first camera that let me capture the world the way I saw it – and I loved it.
For a while I just posted random pictures on Facebook – leaves, buildings, friends… anything that would stand still long enough. Then one day someone said how much they loved my photos. They even suggested I go professional. I’ve got to say I was pretty excited – professional photographer sounded like a pretty sexy job to have. I was all set to leap. Until the doubts crept in.
They came from people just trying to help. People who advised me not to do it for good, sensible reasons. They said it’s hard to make it in photography – or any of the arts really. And, now everyone’s got a camera in their pocket and an unlimited audience online, was there even enough work or money out there to make it pay?
I knew the arts made terrible career sense. It’s not like people say: “You know where the money is kid? In photography.” So I hesitated. I listened to the sensible me, working my 9-5 job. Don’t get me wrong, the 9-5 was fine, it paid the bills – it just never made me go “I bloody love my job”.
That stubborn creative spirit
Then I thought, hang on a minute. People do this. Somehow there are people out there being photographers, writers and potters, all against the sound advice that it’s hard to make it in those areas. Why? Because creative folk have an urge to make pleasing things for no particularly good reason. And that’s reason enough.
At the same time, my urge to create was getting stronger. It was growing day by day – and it was hard to ignore. So I went for it. I decided to take that big scary leap into the unknown and go self-employed. It was terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time.
It wasn’t just picturing my camera-toting future that pushed me over the edge. It was looking back at my past – at those moments I’d taken risks before and they’d worked out in my favour. Like the time I decided to come to the UK with £200 in my pocket, no English and no friends here. Like the time I decided to travel the world at 32 with a 7kg backpack because I’d been made redundant.
These were big, life-changing moments when I’d taken huge, heart-racing risks. But you know what? They worked out. Every time. So I thought, why wouldn’t this work out too? And here I am. Is this path sometimes difficult? Of course. Does it make for an interesting life? Hell yeah.
Finding my focus
So I chose photography. But, just like in any other career, I had to find my direction. I thought about what I wanted to be known for – and asked myself a couple of big questions.
First, what kind of photography really made me lose track of time? Which jobs flew by and filled me with energy – and which just left me drained? Second, what was it about my photography heroes that really spoke to me?
Putting that together made me realise what I wanted to do. I saw how much I loved people, travel and beauty. I also came across a few super talented wedding photographers who showed me just how cool this job could be. The days of stiff family line-ups were long gone – and I was excited!
Weddings tick all the boxes for me. First up, the people – and let’s be honest, people at their best, hair done, big smiles, great settings. Second, the travel. I get to travel a lot in this job and my need for adventure is absolutely satisfied. My job also lets me take long holidays in the winter when wedding season’s over. Long breaks mean I can travel further – and see more. Third, the beauty. I think we’re all beautiful and that’s something I want to show and share in my work.
Loving what I do
I also love a good story, so it’s deeply satisfying to tell them with my pictures. I really do love seeing the day unfold with every click. Finally, and really importantly, I get so much joy out of connecting with people – getting messages from happy brides who love their pictures or appreciate how I blended in. I’m doing what I love, being myself and making people happy. What’s better than that?
I put a lot of heart into my pictures and there’s no doubt weddings can be intense days (sometimes even 12 hours!). But the reward is so huge it’s totally worth it. People often say “wow, you’ve been on your feet all day, you must be knackered”, but because I’m doing what I love it gives me energy and I don’t feel tired till I’m on my way home.
In short, living this creative life is so much more rewarding for me than my old office life. It’s tough sometimes, and running your own business is always demanding, but it definitely makes for an interesting living.
So, if you have a dream, if there’s something you just love doing, go and do it. If I can make it work, so can you. At the end of the day, I’m a Polish girl who came to the UK with £200 in my pocket, curious to see what life had to offer. Turns out, life had lots in store.
Love Magda x
Ok, let’s talk engagement shoots. As a wedding photographer, they’re one of my favourite things because they’re such a great way to get to know you before your big day arrives and all those nerves start jangling.
A sweet, laid-back couple shoot really can bring on the calm and help you relax in front of the camera. You find out what it’s like to work with me, I get to know what makes you tick and together we create some gorgeous shots that get your wedding story off to a beautiful start.
Nobody feels natural in front of the lens right away, so I always keep engagement shoots very laid back. It’s about making you comfortable and building a connection between us, because that’s how we’ll get the best wedding photos too.
We’ll start with tea and a chat (always!). Then, while the two of you walk and talk, I’ll take some relaxed, informal shots. Now be warned, I’m an old romantic, so there will be some hand holding – and let’s face it, probably some kissing. But nothing’s forced and there’s no rush. Wedding days often have tight schedules, but on couple shoots time’s on our side. It’s all about capturing those intimate little moments between the two of you.
Tips for a great engagement shoot:
- Pick a location that means something to you (or ask me for some ideas!)
- Choose comfortable clothes in stand-out colours
- Avoid big, bulky bags and coats
- Don’t forget your engagement ring
- Go for it and show off your style
I mean it on that last point – if you’ve always fancied a flower crown, now’s your moment! If you’d like to book a session, or chat some more, give me a ring on 0774 548 6962 or drop an email to email@example.com and let’s get to know each other!