Just a small but momentous announcement (a bit like its topic) Our beautiful daughter Eleanor Jane Wass was born in May 2015 and has turned our world upside down. She surprised us arriving 10 weeks early, weighing only 2lb2oz and spent 45 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit. The past few months have been pretty damn crazy, but she is a feisty little fighter and is now doing great.
It’s all been a bit quiet on the photography front, we’ve had lots of cuddles to catch up on, but I’m looking forward to getting back to work with some lovely 2016 weddings. I still have some availability for this season, offered now at a special discounted rate so do get in touch to check your date if you are still looking for your photographer.
To celebrate Valentines Day this year I am offering the chance to win a free portrait session and images for you and the love in your life.
This year I am making an active effort to ‘do more of what makes me happy.’ To fill my schedule with exciting things to do, to make more time for my friends, to learn new stuff and to appreciate what I have. This Valentines I would like to encourage you all to skip the overpriced red roses and freaky stuffed animals and take some time this weekend to appreciate the simpler things. Spend time with the people in your life who are special, whether they are friends, lovers or family, and embrace the things you do and places you go together that make you happy.
To win a portrait session I want to hear about your happy places and fun things you do with the people you love.
4 ways to enter:
- Leave a comment on the blog post below
- Share a photo on instagram with me @amywass, and the hashtag #myhappyvalentines
- Tweet me at @amy_wass hashtag #myhappyvalentines
- Reply on my Facebook page
The winner will be chosen on 2nd March 2014. The prize is a free portrait session on location within 50 miles of Portsmouth for a couple or family, to take place on a mutually agreed date. You will receive a disc of fully edited images from the session and a presentation print.
To give you a bit of inspiration, here’s a photo of a place, person and thing that makes me happy. This is a photo from summer 2013 when my husband and I took my beloved (now sadly deceased) Mazda MX5 and drove across the Alps to Italy where we got married 6 years ago. This is us in Switzerland on the Fluellapass, a beautiful high alpine road leading to the Stelvio Pass- named as Top Gears greatest driving road. It was a great adventure!
Now your turn…
Whether you are celebrating a new engagement, a long and happy marriage or a new special someone in your life, here’s wishing you a lovely Valentines day.
The choice of winner is final and binding. No correspondence can be entered into.
The prize is not transferrable and there is no cash alternative.
The winners will be contacted by 17:00 on 3rd March 2014 via the method of competition entry. If the winner is unreachable and a response is not received by 17:00 on 10th March 2014 the prize will be offered to the next entrant.
Barn wedding venues are the quintessential choice for rustic, country style weddings. A wedding in a Barn is perfect for a relaxed wedding which you can stamp your personality to. We have lots of stunning Barn wedding venues in the Hampshire and West Sussex area, set in pretty villages and amongst cornfields and downland.
I’ve photographed lots of lovely Barn weddings in the South, and wanted to share a few photos, tips and ideas if you are considering getting married in a Barn. You might think a barn seems a little rough and simple for a wedding, but most Barn wedding venues are beautiful buildings with high beamed ceilings, lit with fairy lights and chandeliers, and set in beautiful gardens looking out on fields and woodlands. The Tithe Barn in Petersfield has a high vaulted ceiling to rival most churches, while the gardens at Bury Court Barns are charmingly landscaped like any Country manor. I love photographing barn weddings, when you can have relaxed photos in a golden cornfield, or looking out across hills and pastures.
The uncomplicated decor of a wedding barn allows you to stamp your own style on your wedding, and barn wedding venues can be be gorgeously decorated with flowers, bunting, pom poms, lights, garlands and personal touches. Unlike a hotel, you will not have to share your venue with other guests, and you can often choose your own caterers or menus so you really have the wedding how you want, whether it be a relaxed hog roast or elegant 7 course dinner.
Most Barn wedding venues are licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can get married and hold your wedding reception all in one easy place with no bother moving guests from one place to other. Of course Wedding Barns are also perfect for wedding receptions if you are getting married in a pretty country church nearby. Some venues, such as Upwaltham Barns, Southend Barns and Rivervale Barns have separate buildings for your ceremony and reception, and many even have break out areas such as bars, quiet rooms and covered courtyards ideal for grandparents to escape the music, or kids to play. Some venues even have accommodation on site, with cosy cottages or bed and breakfast rooms for Bridal preparations and the first night of your honeymoon. Barn weddings allow you to have an outdoorsy wedding with the confidence you have a warm, dry and atmospheric retreat from the elements, so they are suitable for weddings in Spring, Autumn and Winter, as well as for Summer weddings.
If you are considering a Barn wedding here are some local venue’s you may want to look into.
Wedding Photographer at Barn Wedding Venues in Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey
What do you buy for a photographer for Christmas? Well if you are looking for Christmas gift ideas for a photographer, I have compiled a few selections for you, based on things I would like, and things I own. In my first post I shared some (mostly girly) gift ideas with camera prints and pretty scarves, so in this post I have got into some more practical gear and books which any photographer would appreciate.
1. OP/TECH Pro Strap– New DSLR for Christmas?- Help with that extra weight to carry by replacing the standard camera strap. I use the Optech Prostrap which is made from comfy neoprene and shaped to really help ease the load round your neck. It makes a huge difference. £15
2. Lens Cleaning Pen– Cheap, handy stocking filler, always good to have one of these in the camera bag £3.49
3. Colourful Camera Strap- Like high heels, sometimes us girls will sacrifice comfort for style, so if your photographer giftee might prefer something more colourful these camera straps are still comfy neoprene and come in a variety of colours and patterns
4. Black Rapid R Strap– These sling style camera straps will really make a difference when out for a day shooting. The strap goes over your shoulders rather than round the neck, and you can carry your camera to the side when not in use. The only reason I don’t use mine all the time is when I am photographing weddings I have 2 cameras and get tangled up, but I do swap to my R strap when I am out and about and on holiday. £43.40
5. GorillaPod– This lightweight and adaptable grippable tripod will secure your camera to all sorts of things, and will give you a steady base in all sorts of situations. Just so handy to have in the bag. The SLR zoom version is best for big cameras, but you can get smaller ones for compacts. £43.98
6. Spudz Micro Fibre Lens Cloth– Another cheap stocking filler, a microfibre lens cloth that crams into a little baggie to attach to your camera bag £4.43
7. Wireless Flash Triggers- Experienced amateurs with DSLRs and a flash will have tonnes of geeky fun with these inexpensive wireless flash triggers from Yongnuo. These will get the flash off camera and open up a whole new world of strobist photography. These are cheap, but I use them at every wedding. Canon or Nikon versions around £23
8. 50mm Lens- The nifty fifty, a cheap lens capable of producing brilliant results. If your photographer has a DSLR with the standard lens from the pack, then the 50mm would be the next step on for them, a great all rounder for portraits, low light photography and blurry backgrounds. Canon or Nikon Versions around £80
9. Ona Brooklyn Leather Satchel– A camera bag that looks like a classy leather satchel? Price tag to match but its one of the nicest camera bags out there that doesn’t shout photographer £429
10. FujiFilm X20 Digital Camera– There are way too many choices in compact digital camera, depending on what you want it to do and what you want to spend so do your research. But I would be very happy to recieve a Fuji X20, a serious compact camera with lovely retro styling and high end specs. A great alternative to carrying a DSLR.
11. Kelly Moore B Hobo Bag– Another nice ladies camera bag that says handbag rather than camera bag, still costly but cheap by Ona’s standards. £159
12. Books- I believe every photographer and creative person should keep looking at other’s work, however experienced and capable they are. You can always learn or be inspired, and should continue to push your own boundaries. The internet is full of everything, but personally I still value a lovely, solid book. A well thought out book is a wonderful and personalised gift for a photographer. Here are a few suggestions from weddings and portraits, to landscapes, fashion, documentary and fun ideas…
Photographers- What do you want for Christmas? Any other suggestions?
What do you buy for a photographer for Christmas? Most people can’t afford to buy things like lenses or cameras, but there are plenty of present ideas out there for someone who is passionate about photography. I’m sure I am not the only one who finds more things I’d like for myself when out Christmas shopping for my friends and family, so I thought I would share some gift ideas for the photographer in your life. A few of these will be on my wishlist this year.
1. Racoon Tote Bag– There are lots of camera print accessories available out there, but this one is double good combining a cute creature plus a camera. £22.50
2. Mini Kiko Frames– Print your photos! Really, so many memories get lost on hardrives, printing your favourite photos from the year and framing them up is a perfect way to spend a lazy Christmas break. I love these vintage style glass Kiko frames, and these mini versions would make beautiful Christmas decorations which you can update every year £24.95
3. Smile Print– Cheer up your walls with this A3 print £25
4. Fingerless Gloves– Ok hear me out here, these are an essential photographers gift. Its cold out and gloves are essential, but when you are photographing you want to be able to fiddle the dials and press the buttons easily. These capped fingerless gloves set your fingys free when needed, and then you can tuck them away in the warm when not. £10
5. Camera print scarf. I’m into scarfs. This one has cameras. No brainer. £14
6. Camera pendant. Always have a camera hanging round your neck with this pretty vintage charm necklace with verdigris finish £16
7. Camera print notebook– I always have a notebook in my camera bag for ideas, locations, random scribblings and for £3.50 its a perfect stocking filler
8. Vintage Camera Notes and Tags– Send out some prints with your thank you cards and write it all on lovely letterpress notecards. £7.50
In Part 2 I will share some recommendations for photography gifts such as camera gear, photography accessories and books for the photographer
At the beginning of November I exhibited at the Nostalgic Wedding Fair run by the Vintage Parade, held at Winchester Guildhall. It was a fair aimed at Vintage and Alternative weddings, with wedding vendors selected who offer something a little different from the norm. There were local wedding suppliers from all around Hampshire, offering wedding photography, unique jewellery and hair accessories, scrummy cakes and tarts, creative floristry, and lots of quirky ideas, stationary and styling for your wedding day. All day there was entertainment from the lovely Amy Baker, singing nostalgic tunes, and Rock n Roll from the Voodoo Cats. It was lovely to meet all the future brides, grooms and their friends and family who came to see me on my stand.
Here’s a few photos from the day. Firstly here’s my stand,with my own take on vintagey styling; its not all about shabby chic and muted colours- I went for a bright floral tablecloth and some faux grass whic I think better suits my colourful photos and branding.
There were lots of pretty things to see, but my favourite was this amazing vintage tiara from Cherished. A real statement piece for a vintage bride. If you see something you like, head on over to the Nostalgic wedding fair page. to find all the other suppliers.