Lisa Webb Photography » Alternative Wedding Photography

2020 is now fully upon us so I thought it was time to start thinking about goals that I’d like to set myself for the new year. I’m not really into the whole “New Year, New Me” thing, I’m honestly pretty happy with where I’m at in my life (though doing more exercise and eating better is pretty much a constant goal of mine!). I do however absolutely love a new start and setting myself goals. Being self employed I’m very self motivated and goal orientated. I love setting myself goals and doing the work it takes to achieve them. I set myself a goal every year to book around 25-30 weddings, I’ve achieved this every year so far and I honestly do a little happy dance every time someone books me! I’ve complied a little list of business and personal goals that I’d like to achieve this year. Have a read below of mine and I’d also absolutely love to hear some of yours!

Shoot more family photography

Family photography is honestly something that I’ve shied away from for far too long. Being the youngest in my family I’ve always been a bit unsure with how to talk to kids so it’s stopped me from doing much family photography in the past. Since I became an Auntie (TWICE!) in 2018 I’ve realised how much fun I’ve been missing out on and how much I really love hanging out with kids. My niece is now 19 months and my nephew is 1, they’re the funniest people I know and if I had my way I’d get to hang out with them all the time. I’m really excited to shoot more family photography in 2020. I did a couple of maternity shoots last year that I absolutely loved and I’m really excited to photograph their little ones when they’re born too. I’m going to be properly launching the family side of my business this year and I cannot wait! Weddings will of course still take the precedence over my weekends however I will be offering family shoots on weekdays and select weekend dates. Just watch this space!

Set up Brand 100

Another photography project that I’ve been meaning to set up for a while is Brand 100. It’s a personal branding photography project where I will be offering a 1 hour personal branding shoot to 100 businesses for £100. I love working with and supporting other small businesses, and I also love shooting personal branding photography. It will consist of shooting a bit of what the business does, ie. if they’re a florist I’ll photograph them putting together a bouquet, for a baker I’d shoot them icing a cake, etc. And it also involves photographing the person behind the business too. Small business rely on very few people so it’s really important that people who are buying your products, know who you are as a person. Personal branding photography is great for social media pictures and website images. Even if you’ve got the most amazing product, if you don’t have great photos of it it won’t reach it’s full potential. This is something I’m going to be working on throughout 2020 and beyond. If you’re a small business that’s interested in taking part in this then just pop me a message!

Blog 3 times a week

This seems like quite a meta thing to write in a blog post but I want to make sure I’m blogging 3 times a week. I currently still have a backlog of weddings and engagement shoots to blog from last year that I’d really like to get out there and show the world. Most of the blog posts will be scheduled in advance because I generally don’t have to time to sit and blog 3 separate times in a week but I think it’s really important to have blogs and new content constantly coming out. I want one of these weekly blog posts to be advice, usually around weddings or it might feature self employment advice etc. Let me know if there’s something that you’d like me to write a blog about and I’ll add it to the list!

Read 60 books

This one’s a personal goal for 2020. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll probably have noticed that I read, a lot. In 2019 I managed to read 58 books which I’m really pleased with as I’d set myself a goal of 50. I’ve upped the goal this year to 60 books and I’m going to be reading my way through my extensive collection of books that I own and haven’t yet read and also loads of books from my local library. If you’re on Goodreads please give me a follow! You can also keep up to date with what I’m currently reading on Instagram, I’m always happy to recommend a holiday read!

Sell one book cover photograph

Last year I started shooting book covers and uploading them to a creative stock website called Arc Angel. I love shooting book covers, I basically just treat it like a personal project and try to shoot at least 1 thing a day, I edit and upload them at the end of the week and cross my fingers that one will sell. The more I have uploaded the more chance that I will sell an image. I really enjoy shooting book covers as it keeps my creative head working, even out of wedding season. It’s not something I’m particularly doing to earn money but it would be absolutely amazing if I was able to sell 1 image by the end of 2020. This of course isn’t a goal I have much control over, the only thing I can do to try to achieve this is to keep shooting.

Those are my 5 goals for 2020. They might evolve during the year and I might add more goals to the list. I intend to do a follow up blog in June to assess where I’m at with achieving the goals, fingers crossed I’ll be at least halfway there!

I would love to hear about your own goals for 2020!

Heath House Wedding

Hannah and Jordan had their gorgeous Summer wedding at The Heath House in Staffordshire. The Heath House is a really impressive building, inside it has a beautiful grand staircase, whilst out in the grounds there are extensive gardens, woodland, a marquee and a beautiful orangery. We were really spoilt for choice when it came to their couple portraits! I first met Hannah and Jordan in London for their engagement shoot in Primrose Hill. Hannah and Jordan both currently live in London however Hannah is originally from Staffordshire so they decided to get wed in Staffordshire to be near Hannah’s family. It was really lovely getting to shoot them in very different locations which signify the different aspects of their lives. When I arrived at prep Hannah was cool as a cucumber which is exactly what I expected after meeting them both on their engagement shoot! I always love walking into really calm prep environments, Hannah’s bridesmaids were great with making sure she ate and drank and had everything she needed to get to the ceremony and down the aisle to marry Jordan.

Heath House is licensed for civil weddings however Hannah and Jordan opted to get married in the nearby St Giles Catholic Church as Hannah used to attend there when she was younger. The church itself was gorgeous, it huge ceilings, lots of gold and a very long aisle. The priest was very chilled and let me shoot from the front and the back of the church, this was great because it meant I could get both angles. When I shoot in churches I love shooting at the back because you can fit so much of the gorgeous architecture into the frame, it really gives the photographs a sense of place.

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After the ceremony Hannah and Jordan were congratulated outside church by all their guests. I love this time of the day because I can really get lots of natural shots of all of the couples guests! When everyone had said hello to them we ushered everyone off to the venue so we could grab a few shots of Hannah and Jordan outside the church by themselves. I knew the church was especially important to Hannah so I made sure to ask if there were any specific spots that she would like to use while we were there. When we arrived back at The Heath House everyone got lined up with their confetti ready to throw it at Hannah and Jordan as they walked into their reception.

Jordan is a keen film photographer and he brought along his medium format Yashica, I have one myself but I don’t often use it for weddings as it’s quite a slow format to shoot in. As Jordan had his with him though I decided it would only be right to use it! I used the Yashica in a few ways, I took a couple of shots with it for Hannah and Jordan and I also shot with my digital camera through the Yashica’s viewfinder, I think this particular shot is one of my favourites of the day! Finally when I was shooting Hannah and Jordan’s individual portraits I asked Jordan to have the camera on him, I really like that it was part of the day and it was obviously an important aspect to Jordan.

Thank you so much Hannah and Jordan for having me there to photograph your wedding! If you’re planning a Heath House wedding, then get in touch! I’d love to hear from you!

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Suppliers:

Venue: The Heath House
Wedding Dress: Pronovias
Wedding Dress Boutique: Bridal Rogue Gallery
Bride’s Shoes: Moda in Pelle
Hair & Make up: Make up and Hair by Gemma
Bridesmaids Dresses: JJ’s House
Groom’s suit: Slaters
Flowers: The Topiary Tree Florist
Wedding Car: Cupid Carriages

Primrose Hill Engagement Shoot

Hannah and Jordan had their engagement shoot in June in the beautiful Primrose Hill in London. I’ve done a few weddings and engagement shoots in London now and I always love how different it is to my usual rural setting in Shropshire. I like starting off shoots in London in a park and then going on to use some of the city landscape as I don’t get to use it very often! Primrose Hill was the perfect spot for Hannah and Jordan’s engagement shoot, the hill itself is situation in Regents Park which is where we ventured to first to start the shoot.

Shooting in Chalcot Square

We made it up the hill itself and were able to see the beautiful London skyline. I love the contrast of the trees and greenery in the park to the urban landscape in the background. After we walked around the park for a while and I got a few snaps of Hannah and Jordan it started to rain really heavily. I don’t mind shooting in rain but as it looked like it was just a shower we decided to take cover under a couple of umbrellas and a tree until it died down. Thankfully we were right and we decided to make our way to the nearby colourful houses of Chalcot Square, Hannah informed me that this is where Paddington had been filmed, I really love Paddington so I loved that connection. This was the part of the shoot that I was most looking forward to, we don’t have anything like this in Shropshire so I was in my element photographing Hannah and Jordan in front of these gorgeous houses. We didn’t dwell too long here as I’m very aware that the residents of these homes probably get a lot of tourists popping by to take photos! It’s definitely somewhere I’d like to go back to next time I’m in London, there were lots of lovely shops in this area that I unfortunately didn’t have time to pop into while I was there.

While I was shooting Hannah and Jordan told me all about their plans for their wedding. They got married in The Heath House in Staffordshire, which is where Hannah is from and where Hannah’s family still lives. It was lovely to hear about how they met and also about their jobs, I always love finding out what my couples do for a living as it’s such a huge part of your life. After the shoot we made our way back to the train station together and I said goodbye to Hannah and Jordan on the underground. On my way back to Telford I had a quick look through the photos and was so excited to get home and edit them, this is always a sign of a good shoot!

Keep your eyes peeled for Hannah and Jordan’s wedding on the blog soon!

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Ironbridge engagement shoot

Steph and Alex had their engagement shoot in the gorgeous Ironbridge in Telford. I’d never done an engagement shoot in Ironbridge before so when they suggested it for their shoot I absolutely jumped at the chance to shoot there, it’s such a picturesque place. For the first part of an engagement shoot I just tend to have a bit of a wander around with the couple and chat about their wedding and get to know them. While we were chatting Alex and Steph told me that they know Elisha and Gaz, who’s wedding I shot in 2017, I always love finding out that some of my couples know each other, especially when they’re as lovely as both Steph and Alex and Elisha and Gaz are.

We did Steph and Alex’s shoot in the early evening which meant we got the most beautiful golden light. Golden hour is always my favourite time for any shoot, good light can take a nice photo to a beautiful one. Steph and Alex are both stunning and really natural in front of the camera so it was pretty easy to get a nice photo of them, the light just added in an extra magical element! They also bought along their super cute little dog for their shoot so of course we had to get a few shots of her too!

During their shoot we used a few different areas in Ironbridge, we started at Dale End Park, which is right next to The Valley Hotel, I knew one shot I really wanted to get before we even started the shoot was of Alex and Steph infront of the cooling towers, they’re set to be demolished very soon and they’re a very iconic part of Ironbridge. I really love how photographs capture moments in time and history, the cooling towers will very soon be lost in history and I love that the photo of Steph and Alex in front of them dates the photograph, they’ll always know that the cooling towers were still there when they had their engagement shoot.

If you’re having a shoot in Ironbridge then it’s only right that you use the bridge itself, we made our way up to the bridge for the last part of the shoot and I used the bridge in a few different ways. I took photographs of them underneath it, in front of it and of course on the bridge. The only thing to be aware of when taking photos here is that Ironbridge obviously attracts a lot of tourists so there will probably be people around while you’re having your photos taken. Thankfully Steph and Alex were absolute pros and didn’t pay any attention to anyone else (I was actually convinced they’d had a couple shoot before, they seemed like they’d had practice!).

I can’t wait to share their gorgeous wedding with you on the blog soon!

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wedding at The Wroxeter Hotel

Stef and Gareth had the most glorious summer wedding at The Wroxeter Hotel in Shropshire. They said their I do’s in my local church, St Peters in Wrockwardine and then nipped over to The Wroxeter to celebrate for the rest of the day. This is the second time I’ve photographed a wedding in Wrockwardine Church,the first one was a couple of years ago. I’ve been in the church many times though, including for my own christening! My parents also got married there so it’s really lovely for me to be able to go back now and photograph other couples weddings there.

Wildflower Meadow at The Wroxeter

One of my favourite areas at The Wroxeter in Summer has to be their wildflower meadow that’s hidden behind the back of the tipi. It makes the most beautiful photographs and because you can’t see it unless you go looking for it, it means that you’ve got a bit of privacy for when we’re doing your couple portraits. We were so lucky with the weather for Stef and Gaz’s day, it was raining a bit when Stef arrived at church and after their ceremony when they came out of church but it really brightened up later on when we were at The Wroxeter. I was so pleased the weather was so lovely because it meant we got to use the grounds of The Wroxeter to their full potential.

During their wedding breakfast I was sat on a table with some of Stef’s current and old work friends. I love sitting with the guests during the wedding breakfast as it’s really lovely to get to know them as well as the couple. There were so many laughs during dinner, including a cork going flying from a prosecco bottle,  I knew the evening reception was going to be brilliant! During their engagement shoot they told me how wild some of their friends are, I love a full dancefloor so I was really looking forward to photographing their guests having a great time dancing.

When Stef and Gaz first enquired I dropped into the conversation with Luke who I’d had an enquiry from because they lived in the same village as me. He then told me that he knew Stef from when they were both at sixth form, it’s such a small world! During their wedding planning I got to know Gaz and Stef, including doing an gorgeous summer evening engagement shoot with them in Wrockwardine village, it was so lovely to watch them tie the knot. I become really invested in all my couples, I always like to get to know them before the day, which is what makes an engagement shoot so brilliant. By the time their wedding day comes round I want them to see me more like an old friend rather than a photographer. Stef and Gaz really got into the spirit of treating me like a friend, including plying me with gin before we did their engagement shoot! They even invited Luke to their evening reception so we could both join in with the party after I’d finished shooting. This is the only time I have ever stayed at a wedding to have a few drinks, by the time I was two drinks down I was tearing up the dancefloor with Luke, who was supposed to be giving me a lift home. In the end we stayed until the very end of their wedding, did shots with them and fell into a taxi around 1 or 2am. Luke told me the next day that when he arrived Stef had gone over to him to tell him to make sure I relaxed and partied with them, they definitely accomplished what they set out to do, although I didn’t feel very clever the next day it was totally worth it!

Take a peek at their full day below. If you’re planning a wedding at The Wroxeter then get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!

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