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Westwood College wedding

Elly and Liam got married at Westwood College in Leek, Staffordshire all the way back in 2015, it’s only taken me two years to finally blog it! I was second shooting with the brilliant Matt Bowen, I don’t get to second shoot quite as often anymore due to the fact that I’m very often shooting my own weddings, however when I get chance I love it! Second shooting is a great opportunity to test out techniques. When you’re a primary shooter there are a lot of shots you absolutely have to get, so there isn’t chance to play around too much with settings. Second shooting offers a great chance to test out some techniques that I’ve wanted to try so I always try and do a bit each season!

Westwood College is such a beautiful venue for a wedding ceremony, it’s still in use as a college however you wouldn’t be able to tell as it is so grand! There are two parts to Westwood College, the ‘Old Hall’ and the ‘New Hall’, Elly and Liam had their ceremony in the Old Hall and it was absolutely stunning.

My favourite aspect about their wedding has to be the outfits. Liam was looking incredibly dapper in a blue suit and Elly and her bridesmaids dresses were amazing, and from my favourite online retailer, Asos. I loved Elly’s sister’s bridesmaids dress so much that I actually bought it myself!

Their reception took place at The White Chimneys in Leek, Elly and Liam’s wedding is the last wedding that they ever did, which is such a shame because it really is a beautiful venue! They had outdoor games, including big jenga, juggling pins and hula hoops to name a few, it worked brilliantly and suited the relaxed atmosphere that Elly and Liam set out to have for their big day.

Undeniably the best part of the day was when a few members of Elly and Liam’s family surprised them both by making them a song. It turned out that they’d all been meeting in secret before the wedding, had been learning the ukulele and had written them a song. It was absolutely brilliant, even though this wedding was so long ago now and I’ve been to a fair few since this part of their day still sticks in my mind, I felt so privileged that I could be there to photograph that.

After the food had been eaten and the speeches had been said it was time for the party. The band were brilliant and incredibly energetic, making the dancefloor pretty packed! Elly and Liam chose not to have a first dance as such, but just wanted a big party, and there certainly was one!

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cornwall wedding photography

Me and my partner Luke have been away to Cornwall for a camping holiday both this year and last year and we absolutely love it there! I hadn’t actually been until last year however a couple of our friends went there a lot so we decided to give it a go! It was always somewhere I’d wanted to visit but I’d never made time to do so, usually opting to go somewhere a bit more exotic. Cornwall however did not disappoint! It’s about a four hour drive from our home in Shropshire so we decided to break the journey up this time round by stopping in a Premier Inn in Bristol for one night. I really debated whether or not to take a camera with me, as much as I love photography I was seriously considering just taking a complete break from it for a week, especially seeing as I had a wedding the first day back. In the end I decided to take one with me with just my 35mm lens attached, I decided that if I didn’t want to use it it could just stay in the car while we were there! I’m really glad I did take it along in the end because I was able to capture some of Cornwall’s (and Bristol’s lovely premier inn) beauty.

When I’m not photographing weddings I absolutely adore photographing flowers, during wedding season I don’t always have as much time as I’d like to work on my personal projects so I was thrilled when we paid a visit to Helligan Gardens at just how many flowers there were so I went slightly wild! Although I did keep harping on about how gorgeous a location it would be for a couple shoot! Or indeed a wedding! (I’ve got no idea if they do weddings but perhaps they should…)

We also paid a visit to Lands End and St Ives while we were there. The day we went to Lands End the weather was pretty awful however there was a beautiful mist hanging in the air which made for some pretty beautiful photographs. St Ives is always lovely, this time we decided to park at Carbis Bay (St Ives is lovely, but the parking is terrible, as we found out last year!) and walk the costal path into St Ives, I can’t recommend this route enough, it was beautiful!

I’m so excited to have my first wedding in Cornwall this year, any excuse to visit is a good one in my opinion!

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pimhill barn wedding

Pimhill Barn at Lea Hall is a gorgeous DIY wedding venue in the heart of the Shropshire Countryside. Jess & Henry celebrated their marriage here in May this year and what a wonderful day it was! When I arrived I began by photographing all the little details in the barn. As Pimhill is a DIY venue it was up to the bride and groom, Jess and Henry to decorate the barn. DIY venues are some of my favourites as you can really add lots of personal touches to them to make them completely ‘you’.

Hair and make up was well underway when I made my way into bridal prep, the Courthouse at Pimhill where bridal prep takes place has some gorgeous windows that let through lots of beautiful light, resulting in some really beautiful photographs!

Their ceremony took place at All Saints Church nearby in Clive, Shrewsbury. It was a gorgeous ceremony with the vicar even getting in on the confetti throwing action! The newlyweds left the church in a tractor, which was the perfect wedding transport for them as Henry is a farmer and Jess also works in the farming industry! The farmer theme ran throughout the wedding, their reception being held at Pimhill Barn, the groom’s buttonhole was made from a shotgun cartridge and of course, the tractor!

One of my favourite areas of Pimhill is the gardens, they’re stunning around this time of year and made the perfect backdrop for their bride and groom couple portraits. After we’d done their portrait session I borrowed Jess and Henry’s wedding rings and Jess’ engagement ring and went back into the gardens to get a creative ring shot. I always like to take time out in a wedding day to get this shot!

It was then time for the first dance and the party! Jess and Henry’s first dance was lovely and ended with a beautiful embrace between the two of them. The ensuing party was brilliant, everyone was up on the dance floor having a good time and celebrating with the two of them!

After their wedding I asked Jess and Henry to take a bit of time to write about why they chose me and what it was like working with me. They said…

“We chose Lisa because the photos she took looked really natural and relaxed. The lighting always looked lovely and we liked the rural, rustic theme of some of the shots, which we wanted too. Working with Lisa on the day was really easy and enjoyable, she wasn’t intrusive or bossy just quietly and happily got on with the job with a smile on her face and she was a really nice presence to have around, especially on the morning of the wedding. The final pictures are great, lovely quality and Lisa captured moments beautifully, everyone who has seen them has commented how beautiful the images are. She made everyone look lovely and the weather look better than it was! I would certainly recommend Lisa to other couples, she delivered everything we asked of her and was lovely to work with.”

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fire station engagement shoot

I went to meet Simone and Demsey to have a chat about their wedding, afterwards we went for a small walk to the old fire station in Coventry city centre. We then did a mini Engagement session outside the old fire station, Simone and Demsey chose this particular place for their shoot as this is where they first met, I thought that was such a lovely idea!

They had also brought along a couple of props for the shoot which I thought was brilliant and showed off a bit of their creative flair! One of their friends that Simone had met at university had made an illustration of each of their faces that had then been placed into matching ornate frames. We then had them stand in front of the bright red old fire station door and hold the illustrations up in front of their faces. I loved the effect it created and thought it was such an unusual and creative idea for an engagement session!

I also really loved their individual styles, Simone’s 50’s style dress is absolutely stunning and who doesn’t like a floral shirt? While we were shooting Simone asked if I could grab a photograph of her Engagement ring, to which my answer was “of course!” and promptly fell in love with it! It’s a beautiful, vintage style ring with a bright blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds, it also happened to compliment the colour of her dress!

These two are getting married in September this year at The Granary at Fawsley and I know it’s going to be a brilliant wedding! Simone and Demsey managed to bring a lot of creative flair and brilliant ideas to a 20 minute Engagement session so I know their wedding is going to be beautifully creative with lots of attention to detail. I can’t wait to shoot it!

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snap photography festival

All the way back in April I went to Snap Photography Festival in Wales. Snap is like every other awesome festival, only instead of music there are daily talks on everything revolving around the world of photography. Most attendees are wedding photographers but you certainly wouldn’t have to be a wedding photographer to get enjoyment out of it.

I really wanted to go to Snap back in 2016, however I never committed to buying a ticket so obviously, I missed out! After seeing what an amazing time everyone had I promised myself that when tickets went on sale for Snap 2017, I would buy one. And boy am I glad I did!

On the journey there I was a little bit apprehensive about going, I didn’t know that many people attending and I didn’t want to be the quiet one in the corner… When I got there I was welcomed by some veteran Snapsters and found some people I already knew and made my way to the Dome I was staying in with my three roomies. And as it turned out, I needn’t have worried. I had lovely, whirlwind of a time! Snap’s held over five days and in those 5 days there was A LOT to cram in, there were many talks with some really talented photographers, live shoots, a beach trip, a party, wild swimming and so much more.

While I was at Snap I often felt a little bit overwhelmed. With around 120 attendees and lots of activites it was pretty fast paced and my introverted brain sometimes needed a bit of a break. As it happens Fforest is the perfect place to get a bit of headspace. It’s in the heart of the welsh countryside and the week we went in April the bluebells were out in force, it was absolutely beautiful. Whenever I felt like I needed a bit of a break I’d just take a little walk or sit outside our dome for a little while and afterwards I felt like I was completely ready to get back into the action!

While I was at Snap I didn’t actually take as many photographs as I’d expected to, and this actually seemed to be a common feeling between a lot of people that I spoke to. Of the few photographs I did take, I decided to do a mixture of digital and film photography. I absolutely love how film looks, and although I would never shoot a full wedding on film I am going to start incorporating it into my wedding work…

Thank you so much Laura Babb for creating such an amazing community of photographers. It’s a brilliant feeling that even now Snap’s done for another year there are still a huge team of people who are always there to offer encouragement and help each other out. Sometimes being self employed can be a lonely a thing, communities like this make all the difference and it’s certainly one I’m proud to be part of!

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