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At the moment it’s no secret that small businesses are struggling, I’m certainly one of them, I earn most of my yearly income in the Spring and Summer months. I really wanted to help other small businesses in some way, with money and also using my platform to promote them. I’ve decided to spend a bit of money every month on something from a small business. In April I purchased one of Shelley Richmond’s beautiful photographic prints of spring flowers in a flat lay. It’s no secret that I love flowers and all things floral so when I saw this print that Shelley had for sale in her print shop I knew it would be the most gorgeous addition to our home. It’s printed on the most beautiful fine art paper that you really do have to see in person to appreciate how beautiful it is. We’re planning to put this gorgeous piece up in our living room (when we eventually get round to painting it!), I cannot wait to have this pride of place above our piano. It’s going to add some beautiful spring time goodness to our home regardless of the season!

If you fancy your own print then head to Shelley’s print shop where you can find this photo and many more to choose from!

man playing guitar

It’s time for a new photo of the week! This week features my partner, Luke playing guitar on our bed in some lovely light. This was taken as part of my current 365 project The Happiness Endeavour, where I take one photo a day using a prompt from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book, 14,000 things to be happy about. I’ll be posting a bigger update of the project so far on here soon and it’s also available to check out on Instagram right now. This week I should have been shooting Zandie and Daniel’s wedding but unfortunately this global pandemic we’re currently dealing with had other ideas. I’m really sad that I haven’t been able to get immersed in this years wedding season, I always look forward to getting back to shooting in Spring, as winter is usually quite quiet for me. It’s looking quite likely that I will only be shooting a few weddings this year, which is totally understandable given the current situation. This does mean that 2021 is probably going to be really busy! For this reason I’ve raised the number of weddings I will accept to a maximum of 40. Dates are starting to get booked in quickly for 2021 now so please don’t leave it too long if you’d like me to be there to photograph your wedding!

I’m hoping that in the later part of this year I can start doing lots of family shoots and work with small businesses on some branding photography. I think we can all agree this year is pretty weird so far, but I honestly believe if we have our health, we have everything.

Next week is going to consist of a lot more of the same, staying at home! I’m really loving getting creative every day though, be sure to check back this time next week to see what I’ve been up to!

Harry Fisher FilmsHarry Fisher is a documentary wedding filmmaker based in Shropshire, he covers weddings all over the UK and I’ve been lucky enough to work with him at Verity and Dave’s wedding at The Bridal Barn where he not only captured their wedding beautifully but also made a video of me shooting at the same time, what a legend! Harry is on my recommended suppliers list, I only recommend suppliers I know and trust and have worked with in the past. It’s very important to choose a filmmaker who’s style you love and also someone who’s a lovely person, you’ll be spending a lot of time on your wedding day with them, it’s so important you get along! Harry is not only a really talented filmmaker, but he is also one of the nicest people I’ve worked with during a wedding day, you can’t go wrong with choosing him to video your day! I caught up with Harry recently and he very kindly answered a few of my questions about his work…
How long have you been shooting weddings and how did you get into shooting them?

My first few weddings happened whilst seeking out work-experience during my studies at University. It really clicked with me and I much preferred it over the more corporate-driven work I
had tried, so it was there and then that I decided I wanted to pursue this full-time. I officially began my venture into the industry four years ago and it has been a truly rewarding experience
watching my style grow and develop over those first few years. I love that I am able to convey a sense of my own personality in my work and produce something that reflects my own tastes as an
individual.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding day to capture?

Without a doubt it is the evening! My favourite time of day is dusk as I love the blueish tones and the unique patterns in the sky that form over the landscape. All the guests are more relaxed and it is also when I capture my favourite moments such as portraits, short informal interviews with guests, and if I am really lucky sparklers and a firework display.

What’s the best bit about being a filmmaker?

The freedom to hone my creativity and craft something that people will cherish for years to come. To me, it is all about emotion and the ability to make you feel something when you watch my
work back. There is no better feeling than having a client message me and tell me they teared up on multiple occasions. It solidifies exactly what I set out to achieve.

What’s your favourite style of wedding to video?

The documentary approach – relaxed and candid moments with nothing staged or set up. It always makes me smile when somebody does something silly for the camera, which is why I love
filming people dance.

Out of all the weddings you’ve shot, what has been your favourite venue?

I have shot at a lot of venues now but The Citadel will always remain my personal favourite as it was the very first wedding that I shot independently. I have always loved going back. It always
sticks out in my mind but I can’t quite pinpoint why that is exactly… it must be those evening skies!

If you were going to recommend any other supplier to a couple, who would it be?

This is a difficult question as I have met many wonderful suppliers over the last four years and it would be hard to single out just one individual. Personally, I always look for someone I click with
that also compliments my own shooting style. Lisa is one of those people and she is very high on my recommended supplier list. If you’re looking for a live band I can’t stress enough how great
The Hot Jazz Biscuits are either, they always encourage lots of fantastic moments on the dance floor and bring a certain energy that I am yet to see surpassed at a wedding.

Check out Harry’s work below and take a peek at his website for more!

Harry Fisher Films

Wenlock Priory Engagement Shoot

Tess and Sean had the sweetest engagement shoot at Wenlock Priory in Shropshire back in August. It was such a beautiful day with gorgeous sunshine and these two showed up looking so dapper! Sean wore a very smart shirt and Tess had a gorgeous dark blue dress on (I’m still very jealous of her dress!). They chose to have their shoot at Wenlock Priory as this is somewhere that is near Tess’ parents, Tess and Sean now both live in Surrey however their wedding took place in Shropshire so they decided to have their engagement shoot here too! I’d never been to Wenlock Priory before so I was really excited to be shooting somewhere new. Wenlock Priory is a beautiful English Herritage site in Much Wenlock, much of the priory has disappeared over the years however the remains are fascinating and it really makes for a lovely day out and beautiful place to do a shoot. It isn’t a very big area however I really liked this because it can be a bit of a challenge, if you have endless grounds to work with there are lots of different options, if you only have a limited space to work in then it’s more of a creative challenge to use the space in different ways to create different images.

Sean and Tess were so easy to pose, they barely needed any direction at all! We did the shoot in the morning on a weekday which is always best somewhere like Wenlock Priory as it means it’s not too busy so you won’t get stared at mid-cuddle! The beginning of an engagement shoot is always weird, it’s not an everyday thing to have your photo taken, so don’t worry, it’s not supposed to feel normal and relaxed at this point! This usually results in nervous giggles though which I love! About halfway through the shoot is where you normally feel a lot more relaxed, by this point we’ve had a good chat to each other and had a good laugh together. Getting the nerves out of the way on the engagement shoot is perfect because this means on your wedding day we can just get killer shots straight away! (Also on your wedding day there’s added booze, that helps!). I loved using different parts of Wenlock Priory during their shoot. I liked getting really far back to get lots of the building detail in and using the building to frame them. One of my personal favourites is of Sean and Tess laughing, framed in the middle of one of the doorways.

I loved getting to know Tess and Sean during their engagement shoot, prior to the shoot most of my communication had been with Sean because sorting out the photography had been one of his jobs in the lead up to their wedding. This was the first time I’d actually chatted with Tess and as I suspected, she was just as lovely as Sean! I’ve since shot their beautiful wedding at Ellesmere College, it was so beautiful, I can’t wait to pop it up on the blog soon, keep your eyes peeled!

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Shropshire maternity shoot

I shot Verity and Dave’s wedding back in 2018 at the beautiful Bridal Barn. When I found out they were having a baby I was over the moon for them, they’re two of the loveliest people that I’ve ever met so I knew they were going to make the most wonderful parents. When they got in touch with me asking if I would do a bump shoot for them I couldn’t have been happier, it’s something that I’ve wanted to do for quite some time but I’ve always been really busy shooting weddings so I’ve never had the time to advertise for it. We did their shoot in December as Verity was due at the end of January, it’s always best to do maternity shoots about a month before your due date, just in case baby decides to arrive a bit earlier than planned! Verity and Dave picked out a little spot a short walk from their house where they wanted to do the shoot, the light was beautiful and even though it was a bit chilly being December it was warm enough to abandon the coats while we were shooting. I was SO impressed with Verity’s determination to get good photographs, we walked up a small hill and I was out of breath by the time we got to the top, Verity was growing a human and it didn’t seem to phase her at all!

It was lovely to see Verity and Dave again after their wedding day, I feel very privileged to have the chance to photograph such significant moments like these in my couples lives. We’re going to be doing another shoot later on in the year with their beautiful baby boy, I can’t wait to meet him and to get some beautiful photographs of him with Verity and Dave. During the shoot Verity and Dave told me about potential names they had for their little one and talked about some of the things they were most excited about when they arrived. Pregnancy is such a special, fleeting time, it’s so important to take a bit of time out to appreciate it and to capture the moment, a maternity shoot is the perfect way to do this.

After the shoot we warmed up at the beautiful Woodbridge in Coalport where Verity and Dave very kindly treated me to a meal. It was so lovely to be able to catch up with them, we had a good chat about tv shows we’d been watching, work and general life. One of my favourite things about my job is when my couples become my friends too!

If you’re thinking about having a maternity shoot then please get in touch, I would love to hear from you!

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