Meeting these two was awesome! I remember the first email from Lorna asking if we could meet to chat about wedding photos and then another email shortly after that saying – forget the meeting – we just know you will be brilliant. Gotta love my clients, right? Two of the kindest people very soon to get married at West Mill.
There is always the decision to make on where to have your engagement photos taken. I usually get excited about places I haven’t been to yet and Calke Abbey was on my radar for a while. Lorna and Andy picked this location as Calke Abbey has a special place in their heart and I can totally see why! Gorgeous grounds, quite eclectic collection of stuff left by it’s last owner, underground tunnels – it has it all!
If there’s one thing wedding photographers obsess about, it’s great light. Yeah, we’re geeky like that. Whether it’s a beautiful blue-sky afternoon, snatched moments of golden-hour gorgeousness or soft, fading twilight at the end of an amazing day, light makes such a big difference to the wedding photos you get. Big. Huge. Massive. So it’s worth a little pre-planning, right?
Ok, maybe you know just the kind of light you’d like for your photos – or maybe you haven’t got the foggiest. Either way, the best place to start is by finding some photos you love and talking to your photographer about them. What is it that gives you that tingly feeling – and what do you really want to steer clear of? I always ask my couples to look through my gallery and pick out some shots with light they love – it’s so much easier than trying to describe it in words!
That gives us a great starting point. Next up, we need to think about the time of day, and year, you’re getting married. There’s no point falling for photos full of summer sunshine if you’re getting married at 5pm in October. Unless you’re about to reschedule the whole thing – or book a summertime engagement shoot – it’s just not going to happen.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t throw some really beautiful light on your shots – I’ll catch the last sweet rays of lingering light outside, bring my own lighting along and work with the light in your venue to make sure you – and your guests – look amazing. Honestly. Just ask me to show you some shots taken at a similar time of day or year and you’ll see what I mean.
Sunshine filled, beautiful bright days
Ask most couples what they’re wishing for on their wedding day and great weather’s usually up there at the top (along with cake, dancing and the love of their life, obviously).
But to be honest, the kind of light you get from mid-morning till early evening on a gorgeous summer day can be harder than you’d think to work with. Bright light also brings along lots of contrast, shadow and squinting guests, so I’ll often plan your portraits and any group shots for later in the day as the sun starts to soften. Believe it or not, as the light starts to fade, the colours we can capture will be even more beautiful. Which brings me on to…
Golden hour. It’s a kind of magic.
Hands-down the best time of day for wedding photos, engagement photos or any other kind of photos, golden hour is just that – golden. It’s a little slice of time that starts about half an hour before the sun sets and lingers until just after. And if the weather’s right, it’s filled with the warmest, most amazing, flattering light, just perfect for your pictures. Can you tell I’m a fan?
Ok, the sunshine doesn’t always play ball ( hello moody UK!), and golden hour shifts with the seasons…If you see me twitching by the window as the sun sinks in the sky, you’ll know I’m on the lookout. And if I start tugging your elbow at about that time of day, go with it – I promise it’ll be gorgeous.
Dreamy, diffused dusk light.
Once golden hour slips away, dusk steps in for a final fling with the camera. We’ve got to move fast this late in the day, but if we can snatch a few beautiful shots before dark, you’ll be washed in soft, cool, diffused light. It’s pretty lovely. I wouldn’t recommend pinning all your photo hopes on this time of day, but it’s a great time for a few extra shots that are full of atmosphere.
Clouds can be your friends (even rainy ones).
Lots of couples worry what will happen if it rains on their wedding day. Fair enough. Nobody dreams about their amazing hair-do getting soggy, or their canapés on the lawn turning into canapés huddled in a hallway. I get it.
But if you’re worried a grey day – or a rainy one – will ruin your photos, stop. Cloudy days can be really flattering. Without bright sunlight and big shadows, the light is softer, gentler, kinder. And far from dampening people’s spirits, rain often brings out a whole lot of humour. If you’re game, it’s always fun to get the two of you (or all of you!) out in it briefly, armed with brollies. But if you’d rather stay dry, that’s ok too, and I’ve got lots of great ways to capture lovely light indoors…
Insider tricks, amazing shots.
Even crossing your fingers super tightly (which might make exchanging rings a bit tricky) can’t guarantee you the weather, especially here in the UK. So if it’s cold, wet or just time to carry on the party inside, I’m always ready to make the most of the light inside a venue.
Windows can work wonders, streaming lots of pretty light in, and these days most venues give a lot of thought to warm, flattering lighting. But, if it’s not enough, I’ll have my own lights and tricks of the trade ready to make sure we get plenty of beautiful, last-a-lifetime shots.
Take a look through my gallery, on Instagram, or wherever you get your inspiration and find those shots you love. If you fancy talking them through over a cuppa, and finding out more about working with me, just drop me a line. Can’t wait!
If you know me personally or follow me on insta, you will know how much I love nature, walks and the hills of the Peak District.
You can imagine how excited I got when I heard that Rosie and Griff wanted to have their post wedding shoot ( often referred to as ‘trash the dress’) in the Peaks! As a wedding photographer in Nottingham, the Peaks are only 1h away so it’s an easy and accessible stunning location for wedding portraits!
Rosie and Griff got married in December last year and hardly got any daytime pictures due to short days that time of year – so this is was a great idea!
Photographing couples at beautiful locations is my dream come true and I love how relaxed and pressure free these shoots are ( similar to elopements) !
I picked Curbar Edge as it is a great spot and easy accessible location and so off we went!
Rosie was totally rocking this shoot, despite the strong wind and cold February weather – we had a laugh – check out her Dr. Martens boots and red lips! Cool bride, running up that hill – I mean what more can I wish for??? This was perfect – thank you Rosie and Griff.
Dress by: Susana Greening
Flowers and flower crown by: Frances and Rose
You know my soft spot for all things boho…especially when the bride considers elements of her wedding to be as ethical as possible, mixed with outdoor ceremony and vegetarian and vegan food – well, what can I say, I’m in heaven! This beautiful summer wedding was set at Shiningford Manor in Derbyshire near Matlock. Super relaxed, outdoor atmosphere and my favourite bit – the bride making a speech. I love when brides make a speech. For me it’s a sign of strength and also adapting wedding traditions – all great, right?
The outdoor ceremony was set in a garden next to the manor, with an aisle way leading to a triangular arch, decorated in flowers and foliage. The afternoon quickly turned into one crazy party, inviting guests to participate in ceilidh dancing. This seriously fun and stunning wedding was covered by Whimsical Wedding Wonderland and you can see it here.
Venue: SHININGFORD MANOR
Marquee TOP MARQUES
Celebrant MY PERFECT CEREMONY
Dress LUNA BRIDE
Hair & Make Up BEAU HAIR ACADEMY
Flowers POPPY SCOUT
Ceilidh Band THE TARTAN TRIO
Caterer THOMAS THE CATERER
There are few of hidden gem locations in Nottingham and Camellia House in Wollaton Park is definitely one of them ( although only open on weekdays!). Christine and Thomas suggested this spot for their engagement shoot and I loved the idea. Engagement shoots are so great to get to know my couples and hear all the details about their relationship and my favourite part – the proposal of course. I loved photographing these two and can’t wait for their wedding next!
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