Lisa Webb Photography – Shropshire Wedding Photographer » Alternative Wedding Photography

Shropshire wedding PhotographerI don’t think any of us are sad that 2020 is over. 2020 was a year I had 30 weddings in my diary and only ended up shooting 5 (they were all WONDERFUL). It was financially and mentally a very hard year for me and so many people I know. I’m very glad to see the back of it! 2021 has started off in England with a national lockdown, it’s not an ideal start but with the vaccine now being dished out I honestly think this year will get better. It’s always darkest before the dawn as they say.

For 2020 I set myself some goals, a few of them weren’t possible because of external circumstances however I did achieve 3 of them, which were sell one book cover photograph (I sold 3!), shoot more family photography and read 60 books (I managed 73). One of the goals I set for myself in 2020 was to blog 3 times a week. I have to be honest, 2020 made me the most unmotivated I’ve been ever. Not only was I not shooting many weddings and therefore didn’t have much to blog, I also just really, really didn’t feel like it. I asked a question recently on Instagram if any of my followers were feeling this kind of demotivation and so many of you feel the same way. Three blog posts a week was probably quite optimistic anyway and I’m not convinced that any of you would want to hear from me that often! Despite being in lockdown I now feel a renewed sense of motivation and have set myself a few goals for 2021 that I’m super excited to share with you!

Regularly make book cover sales

This is one of my main goals for this year. For 2020 I set myself a goal of selling one cover and I managed to sell three. This year I’m not putting a number on how many book covers I would like to sell, however I would like to make it a more regular income. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a massive bookworm, so having my photographs on book covers is the most logical career choice! Shooting for book covers in 2020 meant that I was still shooting a being creative for fun and this is something I was to continue into 2021. If I do start making regular book cover sales, I’ll do a monthly blog feature on them, fingers crossed!

Blog once a week

This is following on from last years goal of blogging three times a week. I’ve decided that was probably far too much and quite difficult to keep up throughout the year (especially this year when I will hopefully be very busy shooting weddings!). One blog post a week is enough to keep you all updated with what I’ve been shooting and make sure good old Google still likes me. I am probably one of those strange people who actually really enjoys blogging. I tend to sit down once a month and blast out a few at a time. Giving myself set working time for this every month really helps to make sure it gets done!

Complete couch to 5k

I’ve been attempting couch to 5k on and off for the last few years. I am not a runner, my body is not designed to run. I have weak ankles and flat feet so I’m definitely not about to sign up for a marathon. However I would very much like to finally complete couch to 5k this year, even if I never run again afterwards, at least I can say I’ve done it! This is a goal I’m going to start when the clocks change because I prefer to run in the evening but going out in the dark is definitely not safe. I’ll probably keep you updated on Instagram with this one.

Read 50 books

I could possibly make this goal higher as last year I read 73, however I really love reading and I never want to turn it into a chore. I’m hoping by the middle of this year I’m going to be very busy with weddings so may not have as much time to read as last year. 50 books is generally pretty doable for me, I tend to read before I go to sleep every night and whenever I get chance during the day and at weekends. If you want to keep up to date with what I’m reading then go and follow me on Instagram as I always post on there.

Do a pull up

I am honestly pretty weak and I hate it. We’ve recently bought a bench, squat rack and weights for our garage and our friend Liv has just completed her training to be a personal trainer and has very kindly asked me and Luke to be her first clients. I’m really excited to train this year, especially having Liv to tell us what to do. In the past I’ve always struggled with making any progress because I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m hoping by the end of this year I am able to do at least one pull up.

Those are my 5 goals for this year. I purposely haven’t included anything that is too controlled by external factors because as 2020 showed us, we never know what’s going to happen. These goals are all things that are self motivated and that I can reasonably to without going too far from home. I’m really excited for this year and I’m hoping that eventually it’s full of weddings, travel, holidays, seeing friends and family and going out for lovely food. I would love to know what your goals are for 2021 too!

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shropshire family shootI’ve fallen way behind on doing my monthly round ups! I’m usually the most productive and motivated person ever, however I have to admit that this year has seriously tested that part of me. I know I’m not alone in feeling very unmotivated this year. March 2020 absolutely knocked me for six and I really felt like my entire world was tipped upside down. I’m starting to feel more like a real human again though and I thought it was time to get back on top of blogging and letting you all know what I’ve been up to throughout this year!

Back in June I shot a beautiful family shoot for Tasha and her gorgeous little boy Frankie. In July I shot Emma and Dan’s wonderful micro wedding at Dorothy Clive Garden in Market Drayton, this was the first wedding I’d shot since February and it was so lovely to be back shooting again. I’d love to do a full wedding at Dorothy Clive, it’s such a unique venue! At the end of July I did a postponement shoot with Becky and Mat, I’d done an engagement shoot with them previously at Shropshire Petals so these two knew exactly what they were doing in front of the camera at this point! Becky and Mat were supposed to be tying the knot this December, but, like most of my couples this year, have decided to postpone until next year. They wanted to do something fun again for the lead up to their wedding so we did a postponement shoot so they could announce their decision to postpone and their new wedding date to all their guests.

August was undoubtedly my busiest month this year with three engagement shoots and a wedding! In a normal year it would be very rare to have engagement shoots outnumbering weddings! I’m so grateful to everyone who’s booked in for a shoot with me this year, it’s really kept my business afloat so I can continue doing this next year and for many, many years to come. We did Steph and Ben’s engagement shoot at The Bridal Barn on what was their original wedding date. Engagement shoots have been a popular way to mark original wedding dates this year, it’s nice to celebrate them somehow. Kim and Craig had their engagement shoot in Ironbridge, I love doing engagement shoots here. We were very lucky with the weather for this one because it was threatening rain all day! Nikki and Sam went ahead with their wedding at the end of August, by the time their wedding day came round they were on plan D or E. It didn’t matter though because they and their guests had the best time ever, it was such a joyful day! They had their ceremony at Wellington Registry Office and went on to Haughton Hall in Shifnal for their reception. I was really impressed with Haughton Hall and the way the measures they had in place. I had my temperature taken before I went in and it all felt very safe! The day after Nikki and Sam’s wedding I went to Attingham Park to do an engagement shoot for Grace and Jordon. Grace and Jordon are another one of my couples who have had to postpone their wedding. I’d met Grace before at her sister Tess’ wedding so it was lovely to see her again and to meet Jordon. I loved getting to know them both and having a good chat with them as we went round Attingham Park, it was like meeting up with old friends!

In September I shot two weddings! I photographed Gemma and David’s intimate ceremony at Uppington Church and Zandie and Daniel’s ceremony at the beautiful chapel at Hawkstone Hall. It was lovely to have weddings to photograph two weekends in a row, I’m hoping that next year this will be normal again! I also did a family shoot for the lovely Chloe for her and her daughter Rosa, I’ve photographed Chloe’s wedding, their maternity shoot and newborn shoot, so it was lovely to photograph Rosa as she’s a bit older and starting to find her feet. I can’t wait to do many more shoots with Chloe, I love being part of my couples journeys and watching them and their families grow.

This month has been quieter again, at the start of the month I did another wonderful family shoot for the beautiful Verity and her family. Verity and Dave are another couple who I’ve photographed many times. I shot their wedding, their maternity shoot and now their first family shoot with their gorgeous little boy, Harrison. We were supposed to do this shoot earlier in the year however we held off due to restrictions. It was so lovely to meet Harrison and to see Verity and Dave again, I can’t wait to see them all again next year!

In the midst of all this I’ve been doing book cover shoots and I’ve managed to sell my first book covers! I’ve even sold one with my face on, it’s currently available in Croatia, if any of you speak Croatian, make sure you get a copy! We’ve also been steadily decorating our house and doing up our garden. It’s been a much quieter year than I anticipated, however I’m hoping next year that everything will get back on track and pick up again!

Enjoy the photographs!

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Couple portraits are my favourite part of a wedding day. If you look on my website or social media it makes up the main bulk of what I share. Your wedding day is about the two of you and your families and I think having some beautiful natural photographs of all elements of the day is really important. This is why I think it’s really important to set aside time for your couple portraits in your wedding day and to trust anything I ask you to do while we do them, I promise you’re going to look amazing! 

What are couple portraits?

Couple portraits are simply photographs of the two of you, if you look basically anywhere on my website or social media you’ll see lots of them dotted about everywhere. We set aside a bit of time in your wedding day after your ceremony to get some photographs of the two of you. I usually always do these after your confetti and group shots. They’re usually photos of the two of you having a cuddle, a kiss or just simply holding hands and looking at each other. They’re the photographs you’re most likely to use on social media to announce your wedding. They’re the photographs that you’ll get printed and hang on your wall. They’re the photographs that you’ll dedicate a full page spread to in your album. And they’re the photographs that future generations will look at and marvel at how beautiful you look. Just by setting aside a bit of dedicated time to your couple portraits on your wedding day you get some gorgeous photographs to look back on of just the two of you that will transport you both back to how the day felt. They’re my favourite part of a wedding day to shoot because I think it’s one of the most important parts of your day. It’s the time of the day where you both have a breather and spend time completely by yourselves with me in the background. Your wedding will go by in the blink of an eye, it’s so important that you take this moment to treasure this time and know that you will look back on this day in all the years to come. I can guarantee that your couple portraits are going to be one of the main parts of the day that you can remember.

My approach

My approach to your couple portraits is very relaxed. I’ll give you a bit of gentle direction but there won’t be any super stiff posing and I promise I won’t manually place you in awkward positions. You don’t know it yet but you know how to pose yourselves. I want you to look back on these photographs and remember the moment, I don’t want you to remember feeling super awkward because your photographer placed you in a weird position. To give you a general idea of the gentle direction I’ll give, I’ll probably ask you to have a cuddle or for one of you to go behind the other, for you to hold hands or for you to whisper silly things in the other persons ear. I’m not interested in putting you into poses that I think will look good for a photograph but will in reality, feel really awkward. I want to give you a bit of an idea and for you both to interpret the direction however you want. Not only does this feel a million times more natural but it means you’ll remember the moment more than whatever it was I asked you to do. The main thing I am always looking to photograph is moments between the two of you. This usually means I’ll ask you to do something that feels silly but it will be guaranteed to make you laugh. Whatever I ask you to do, just trust that I haven’t completely lost it, I know we’ll get good photographs at the end of it.

Most of my couples hate having their photo taken and this is the part of their wedding day that they’re probably most nervous about. Every single one of my couples look amazing in the photographs so you definitely don’t have to worry about anything. If you are worried though and you’d like to get to know me a bit before your wedding and have a bit of a practice before the day itself then I can’t recommend an engagement enough. Full disclosure, engagement shoots start out with feeling a bit weird. I’m someone you’ve most likely just met and I’m taking photos of the two of you having a cuddle, it’s a bit weird. As the shoot goes on though it becomes really normal and you’ll go from dreading the couple portrait part of your wedding day to really looking forward to it. I don’t think anyone should dread any aspect of their wedding day so if this sounds like you then please do book in for an engagement shoot so I can show you exactly how awesome you’re going to look on the day itself. After the shoot I promise you’ll be completely chilled and looking forward to it!

How long should we set aside for couple portraits?

Setting a wedding timeline is no easy task, there are so many parts of the day to think about. I recently wrote a guest blog on Shropshire Petals site which will give you more info about setting an overall wedding timeline. For your couple portraits between 20-30 minutes after we’ve done your ceremony and group shots is ideal. This is the perfect time for us to leave your guests to their own devices for a little while and for you to have some time to yourselves. Giving yourselves a dedicated 20-30 minutes in your wedding day to get some beautiful couple portraits is just the right amount of time for us to go for a bit of a wander around your venues grounds or nearby and to take a breather so the two of you actually get some time together on your wedding day. If we get chance after your food we may go out again for some more photographs if we get a beautiful golden hour and you’re not too photoed-out. However I always get some photographs of the two of you before you sit down to eat. This is for a number of reasons, it ensures we won’t lose the light, you’ll both look your best, no one will be too drunk and there’s no chance you’ll have spilt food down yourself!

Couple portraits can be such a lovely part of a wedding day and I’d really recommend that you make the most of this time, you’ll have so many amazing memories from it!

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I can’t believe quite how long it’s taken me to share these gorgeous photos of Becky and Mat’s engagement shoot from last July at Shropshire Petals! When Becky and Mat suggested Shropshire Petals for a place to do their engagement shoot I was absolutely 100% on board! I’d never shot at Shropshire Petals before however having shot Ashley’s wedding earlier in the year I knew Shropshire Petals are a lovely bunch and I’d been dying to do a shoot there ever since. I met Becky and Mat at the reception and then Mat very kindly drove us to one of their many fields for us to do the shoot in. We couldn’t have picked a hotter or sunnier day to do the shoot! Bright sunshine isn’t actually ideal for photographs, it can cause people to squint and casts really harsh shadows on everyone’s faces so we had to have a little battle with the elements to get the right angles for this one! It had been raining a fair bit in the few days before the shoot so we had originally worried that it was going to continue and we’d potentially have to postpone but it turns out we needn’t have worried, it was an absolute scorcher! We did however have to deal with lots of mud in the fields, thankfully I’d come prepared with my docs on so I could happily walk in the mud if needed.

It was so lovely meeting Becky and Mat and having a good chat about the plans for their wedding. They were originally supposed to be getting married this December but they’ve postponed it until next year, so they’ve got even more time to look forward to it! At the point when I met them they were renovating their house and were telling me all their plans for that and some of the nightmares that came along with it. I love getting to know my couples before their wedding on engagement shoots, we build up a really good relationship on the shoot so by the time their wedding comes round we’re like old friends!

If you’re thinking about having an engagement shoot check out my video here all about why I think they’re the bees knees! 

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unplugged weddingUnplugged weddings have become more and more popular over the last few years. If you have a smart phone (which is like, all of us by now right?), chances are it will give you a weekly update of how long you spend on average a day on your phone. Generally, I don’t actually want to know about the hours I’ve wasted scrolling through Instagram and I’m trying hard to use my phone less. We all know that using our phone less and going on social media less will make us more productive, more present and less anxious. If there is ever a time to be more present it is on your wedding day. Chances are you’re not planning to use your phone on your wedding, why would you need to? All of your favourite people are in one place with you already! Your guests however may have a different idea…

What is an unplugged wedding?

An unplugged wedding is a wedding where phones and cameras are banned. Your guests may feel the need to use their phone or cameras (or ipad…) during your ceremony to take photos. If you opt for an unplugged wedding you’re basically just very kindly asking them not to use their phones or their cameras. You can just do this during your ceremony or you could do it for the full day! Most couples opt to just have an unplugged wedding for the ceremony bit of their wedding. I think this is a really good idea as this is when it matters most for your guests to be fully present. You could ask your guests to refrain from using their phones and cameras for the entire day but chances are that probably wouldn’t go entirely to plan!

There are a few different ways to go about letting people know that you’re having an unplugged wedding and to let them know what this means. Prior to your wedding it’s probably best to have a quick chat to your closest family and friends to let them know that you want all your guests to be fully present and enjoy your wedding so you’re asking everyone to leave their phones and cameras in their pockets. Telling your closest friends and family before your wedding will give them a heads up so they’re not shocked on the day when they’re asked not to take photos. These are the people that are the most likely to want to document your wedding and they’re definitely doing it from a place of love, it’s because they care about you and don’t want the moment to go by without having photos and videos they can look back on. So it’s best to let these people know first before your day arrives. On the day of your wedding you can put up a sign at the entrance of your ceremony room reminding all of your close friends and family that you want to see their faces and not their phones. This will also let all your other guests know, if you put it at the end of the aisle then it’s guaranteed that all your guests will walk past it so they’ll all be able to read it before your ceremony. It’s also worth asking your celebrant, registrar or whoever is leading your ceremony to remind your guests to keep their cameras and phones away during the ceremony once everyone is sat down. This quick reminder always does the trick! I would also add that you ask the ceremony leader to tell your guests not to take any photos until you’re outside the ceremony. A few times I’ve photographed unplugged weddings where no one has taken any photos until the signing of the register, then it becomes a bit of a free-for-all and some guests thinking it gives them the green light for taking photos from then on, sometimes ruining the shot of the two of you walking back up the aisle. Again, this comes from a place of love, some of your family members are probably dying to take their phones out and grab some photos, it’s just best for them to save that until you come out of your ceremony.

How does an unplugged wedding benefit you?

The main benefit to you for an unplugged wedding is that you get to see all your guests faces! It can be a bit daunting walking up the aisle anyway, but walking up the aisle to lots of phones and cameras pointed in your direction can be even more nerve-wracking. It’s a bit like being faced with paparazzi! It’s much more welcoming to see all of your guests smiling faces turned towards you to greet you into the room. Trust me when I say you won’t remember walking into your ceremony room and being greeted by a sea of phones but you will remember walking in and seeing your mum and best friend’s faces. It also means you won’t be distracted during your wedding by random clicks and flashes going off because Aunty Gladys can’t turn off the flash on her phone or Uncle Bob’s using his camera on auto and it’s REALLY loud.

This also means that your guests can relax and be present and just do what they’re there to do, watch you get married. They won’t spend the entire ceremony trying to work out how to use their camera that they haven’t touched since the last wedding they went to. They won’t spend it trying to get the perfect shot of you saying your vows over everyone’s heads with their Motorola Razr. And they wont spend it trying to work out how to change their phone from selfie mode to using the camera on the back of their phone. They can just enjoy your ceremony and watch you get married. Sometimes they don’t know it, but this is what they’d rather be doing anyway. If any of your guests feel anxious that they won’t have any photos of your wedding, tell them you’ll give them a print or you’ll send them your wedding gallery afterwards!

How does an unplugged wedding benefit me?

I am a big fan of unplugged weddings for a few reasons. The main reason is it means there will be no phones in any of your ceremony photos! The main thing I love doing at a wedding is photographing moments. These moments can often get ruined or fall a bit flat when guests are also trying to document a moment themselves on a phone or camera. I don’t believe there is any such thing as timeless wedding photography. I look back at my parent’s wedding photos and they’re very of their time, the clothing, the wedding album, the weird photo taken upside down in a wine glass, it’s all of it’s time. Your wedding photos will date, no matter what, however when I look at my parent’s wedding photos not a single person has a phone or camera in their hands. Your photos will not be timeless however I guarantee you don’t want to look back on them and see what phones were in fashion at the time. You’ll want to look back and see your mum’s haircut, what your best friend was wearing and the look on everyone’s faces as you walked up the aisle.

With no phones or cameras in the picture, everyone will be more present. Let them know they can trust me to get some beautiful shots and they can just sit back and enjoy it. This will always result in stronger reactions from your guests which will in turn result in better photographs! A big reason I mentioned earlier for having an unplugged wedding is to ensure your guests don’t get in the way of beautiful photographs. I’ve seen way too many guests stick their phone out in the middle of the aisle to get a shot of the couple saying their vows, having their first kiss or to capture them walking up the aisle. Again, I get it, they care about you so they want to have some beautiful photos of one of the biggest days of your life. They generally don’t realise they’re getting in the way of the photographs that you’ve paid for and the person who you want to be photographing and documenting your day. Having an unplugged wedding ensures that no one will get in the way of your professional photographs and will ensure I get the very best shots I can!

Unplugged weddings are my favourites to shoot, I always get the best shots and all your guests and more relaxed, what more could you possibly want? If you’re looking for more wedding planning tips, head to my YouTube channel or my most recent blog post for how to set a wedding budget.

If you’re looking for a relaxed wedding photographer in Shropshire or beyond then drop me a message, I’d love to hear from you!

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