Natasha & Peter are getting married in a few weeks on Hayling Island. We met there today for a pre-wedding portrait session on the beach, for a bit of a trial run before the big day. The beach huts provided a colourful backdrop for some fun photos, and the love shack- what a find! We brought some props along for a bit of a beach theme, and I think these made for some quirky photos. Thanks to Natasha and Peter for being great sports and being relaxed and cheerful in front of the camera. I’m really looking forward to our next session on their wedding day where we can build on some of the things we’ve tried to today.
I’m really excited to see my photos from Sarah & Alex’s Halloween wedding on Rock ‘n Roll bride this week. If you haven’t come across this site before, I’d suggest you check it out for some amazingly inspirational weddings and equally amazing photography. I am a firm believer that a wedding should be individual and unique to the people who are getting married, and Rock ‘n Roll bride collects together weddings from all over the world which fit that ethos.
“Rock ‘n Roll Bride promotes individuality and general awesomeness in a cookie cutter, pastel pink, poufy dressed wedding world. A rock ‘n roll wedding is a wedding where the couple actually acknowledge that to plan a good wedding, they have to incorporate themselves and plan what they love for their day. “
This wedding rocked! I have been looking forward to Sarah & Alex’s Halloween wedding all year. I love photographing weddings that are unique and personal to the couple, and it was obvious when I met them that they weren’t going to do things the traditional way. Sarah surprised everyone in a white wedding dress (ok so thats pretty traditional, but most would say its an alternative for her) and rocked it with knee high Converse all stars, diamante spider jewellery and of course her tattooes proudly on show. Alex went all Doctor Who in a dark suit and matching converse. They carried a purple and black spooky theme throughout, with bridesmaids in 50s style spiderweb lace dresses and the men in black suits and shirts and spiderweb ties. The reception venue, Kings Court, was transformed into a spooky haunted house, complete with Lurch serving up drinks.
Anyway, I could go on describing things but pictures are much better. I’m having a hard time going through and picking out some sneak previews because there were so many details and great things to photograph but here’s a few to get you going. The full gallery is now online for friends and family.
Sarah & Alex- Many congratulations, thanks for being a LOT of fun. I hope you had a rocking wedding and wish you a lot of fun and happines for the future!
Sarah looking like a very rock n roll bride.
Is it me or does Best man Luke look a bit like that comedian Rufus Hound?
Alex’s bandmates have the amazing ability to conjure small fireballs.
Halloween themed ties, 50’s style spiderweb dresses, spooky jewellery and of course the Converse trainers.
Page boy Elliott looked supercool in his suit and spiderweb tie.
Better put one traditional-ish wedding image in then.
Mmm Autumnal afternoon light
Halloween Wedding Reception details. Gravestone, Pumpkins, Bats, Skeletons, Eyeballs, cobwebs and coffins.
More to follow soon…
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Yesterday I met up with Lesley & Sam who are getting married next year at Highcliffe Castle. We shot their engagement photos around the old walls in Southampton. Here’s a few from the session…
Just getting around to blogging these photos from a recent model shoot with the Southern Strobist flickr group. Luci has a great alternative look with fantastic red hair and just check out those boots- The perfect look to try out something a bit creative. These are shot in a tunnel with colour gelled flashes creating the background. Shooting ‘Time for Print’ sessions with aspiring models is great for expanding the portfolio of both parties and I get to try out some stuff I wouldn’t normally be able to do on a wedding day. (Though if you want something a bit more funky for your wedding pics I amvery up for it!)
What is an engagement session?
An engagement session is the commonest name for a couples portrait session where you both have some professional photos taken before the wedding. I offer engagement sessions alongside wedding photography as its a great way for the couple and I to get to know each other and a complement to your wedding photography package. I find it can make the strange experience of being photographed on your wedding day feel more comfortable, and help me to understand how you are in front of the camera. The couples I tend to work with value photography, and love the opportunity to get some creative and relaxed photos outside of the wedding environment.
Sometime before the wedding we’ll spend around an hour on location, catching a series of intimate, fun pictures of just the two of you. We can play things relaxed and simple so you can feel really chilled out about the experience and enjoy it knowing you’re going to get some natural photos of you being yourselves. Or if you are a bit of a poser at heart we can get really creative and work together to give you some amazing fashion style portraits. I love trying new ideas and its great to work with people who are up for it.
I don’t work from a sterile white studio, we will shoot your portraits on location with lovely natural light and interesting and varied backdrops. I try to schedule portrait sessions around an hour before sunset to make the most of the beautiful light at the end of the day. Where we go is up to you- we can do it at your wedding venue, or it may be somewhere personal to you both, or just somewhere we think will be beautiful, interesting or suited the season or the look we are going for in your photos. We are blessed with many varied Hampshire photography locations, from the woods and heathlands of the New Forest, the beaches of Bournemouth and surrounds, historical and modern city centres, fairgrounds, castles, cornfields and parks. Portrait sessions can be done at any time of the year, but we’ll have to work with the elements. Wrap up warm and snuggle in with Christmas lights, kick leaves about in autumn or splash about in the warmer summer sea.
What do we wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in- you might want to get dressed up in your finest, go cool and casual in a funky little dress and boots, or relax in jeans and t shirt. You can even bring a change of clothes for some different looks. Just try and look like you both are attending the same party (but do not wear matching clothes, thats too cheesy!) Make sure you feel good in them. It’s also a nice idea to bring some accessories and props- how about a hat, sunglasses, scarf, a parasol, balloons, your dog…?
The digital files will be included on your wedding disc and but you can choose to buy prints, canvas, an album or even as personally designed invitations, thank you cards or a guest book.
Why would I want an Engagement portrait session?
Most brides and grooms will admit to having very few decent photos of them both together, other than their wedding photos. An Engagement portrait session is the opportunity to change that (Which will also please your mum.)
Its a chance to get some amazing photos of you both especially if you want to spend your wedding day enjoying the party and not taking the time out for a long photo session. (though the results might change your mind!) You can do things completely differently to you wedding photos, different location, outfits, look and even season. (so have that cosy winter wedding and then run around on the beach in summer)