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My ‘Top Tips’ For Couple Photos!

MY TOP TIPS FOR

COUPLE PHOTOS

Personally, I am not the best in front of the camera which is why I spend my time behind it! Until only recently I used to dread the thought of having to photograph pre-wedding couple shoots simply because I would see the same dread in 80% of my bride and groom to be’s faces at the prospect of having to have their photo taken together whilst looking romantic and totally in love… in a ‘natural’ manner. The reality of the matter is that many couples often go for walks yards apart and spend the walk making no human contact what-so-ever! The idea of couple photos seemed very unnatural to me, however, I absolutely loved seeing beautiful shots by other wedding photographers and biting the bullet I soon realised how beneficial and how much fun they really are. The entire concept of capturing natural photos is incredibly ironic when being photographed is definitely not an every-day thing! I now include a pre-wedding couple shoot in my overall wedding package. I have listed the 5 reasons as to why below.

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Everyone is the same.

Whether you absolutely love having your photo taken or absolutely hate it, having your photo taken in a natural manner is completely alien and is extremely unnerving for the first 20 minutes. Many confident couples want to conform to smiling at the camera and shy couples often feel lost and put on the spot. I do not pose you, however, I have to direct you in order to create the shot, you will then do the rest by laughing at the unusual concept of being incredibly close to one another in a public space. It’s these in-between moments that I will capture. We will go to your favourite beach, woodland, park etc. and walk, talk and shoot resulting in different backdrops and therefore a variety of photos.

The process of feeling very much on the spot for the first 20 minutes is exactly the same for EVERY couple I have ever photographed. I personally know how awkward it can feel as ironically, I hate having my photo taken! I will aim to capture shots of you and your fiancé together in a romatic yet relaxed way – laughing and genuinely enjoying each other’s company! Getting used to the camera is the main reason I include pre-wedding couple photos in my wedding package!

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You get to know me before your wedding day!

Many of my couples book me for their wedding months or even years in advance and even though I offer unlimited coffee meetings, it is a long time to go without seeing one another before your big day. A pre-wedding couple shoot is a perfect opportunity for you and your finacé to experience how I work and (hopefully) gain confidence from that before your wedding day! Getting to photograph you both before your day will allow me to take note of how you interact with each other, your individual personalities and even your quirks. These details will help me capture the moments on the wedding day that is unique to just the two of you. I love to have an informal relationship with my clients as I strongly believe that I achieve so much more from being your friend than a serious professional photographer. If you feel at ease with me and are able to chat then you are half way there to achieving natural and beautiful pre-wedding shots!

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You will have some lovely photos of you both to display in your home or to use for your wedding stationery/ wedding website.

Obviously, your wedding is all about you and your finacé however you will find that your photos will incorporate all of your friends and family whether they are in the shot or the background. After your wedding breakfast/ during dusk I will take you both away from the hustle and bustle of your wedding venue and we will take some shots of you both in ‘golden hour’ light. Due to evening wedding guests usually arriving just after you have eaten your dessert it is important that the couple photos do not over-run. A pre-wedding shoot will ensure that you have ample shots of you both that you will love and can display in your home plus when it comes to the couple photos on your wedding day you will be confident, relaxed and completely unphased by the whole process! My main priority when photographing weddings is that I allow you to enjoy your day naturally which means ensuring that I do not spend hours on family photos and directed photos. A pre-wedding shoot will help the day run smoothly and allow you to bag ‘that shot’ first time around!

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Capturing photos of you both in the place(s) that mean the most to you.

Being a lover of the outdoors and the Norfolk countryside, I honestly love nothing more than going for a stroll in the woods, across the beach or park. I will always use the location that I shoot in to create a shot, the pressure is not all on you and your finacé. Living in Norfolk/ Suffolk I am so lucky to have so many incredible landscapes on my doorstep. Alternatively, if you have a desired pre-wedding shoot location we can organise a shoot there! As well as outdoor pre-wedding shoots, many couples love for their photos to be taken at their home. Your first home together is a landmark occasion in itself so to have photos of you both together enjoying the space is the perfect way to document the place where it all started! At home pre-wedding couple shoots have a warm and authentic feel and emphasize the ‘natural’ aesthetic as your home is typically a location where you would snuggle up on the sofa or give your fiancé a bear hug in the mornings! Cosy up with a cup of tea, your soul mate and fur baby (cat/ dog/ rabbit) and get some portraits of you all together!

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You can be as subtle or creative as you want to be.

Many of my couples go into their pre-wedding couple shoot with very little idea of what they are going to gain and how the shoot is going to pan out, however, I have had a few couples who have truly loved putting their stamp on the shoot by incorporating certain locations, pieces of clothing, pets and hints that reflect you both as a couple. For example, in November 2017 I photographed a fab long-distance couple who wanted to incorporate their countries in their pre-wedding couple shoot. With the groom to be being British and the bride to be being American, it made sense that the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes had to be involved! I do tend to steer away from gimmicks however sometimes, I can just about make them work in a non-cheesy, natural-esque way.

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I hope this blog post has been useful and reassuring if you are apprehensive about pre-wedding/ engagement/ couple photos! I completely understand how you feel and how it is so easy to perceive pre-wedding couple shoots as cringeworthy however, I have gone from being so scared to shooting them to absolutely loving them as it has enabled me to get to know my clients sooo much better, push myself out of my comfort zone and also take some really lovely photos that you will (hopefully) love! If you would like to see more pre-wedding couple shoots take a look at my Couples Gallery below or visit my Couples page!

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A Winter Wedding | Norfolk Wedding Photographer

WINTER WEDDING, NORFOLK

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This beautiful winter wedding featured one of Norwich’s iconic landmarks aka Norwich Castle, a true vintage style and one of my favourite places to eat cream tea. the Norwich Assembly House and of course the loveliest couple!

This super lovely and super chilled winter wedding was actually my first ever winter wedding! Taking place on the 23rd of December, both Joe and Holly were keen to incorporate Christmas into their wedding but in a non-cheesy manner. With this in mind, I felt that it was important to use twinkly lights in the foreground and background of some of the shots to create a seasonal feel in a non-obvious way. Holly looked so stylish and I absolutely loved her, her sister and her Mum’s 20’s styled sequin dresses and matching coloured faux fur coats (which were perfect for keeping the ladies warm!!) Joe could not have looked more dapper. Being in the RAF, of course, he had to wear his super smart uniform! This wedding day was filled with incredibly relaxed and lovely people which made my job very easy when it came to documenting the day as it unfolded!

This wedding filled me with confidence and love for winter weddings. Like most photographers, I was a little dubious about winter weddings as they are completely different in terms of weather, temperature and light to Summer weddings! I was very keen to maintain my light and candid photography style which I do feel like I have managed to achieve! If you are planning your winter wedding (or Spring, Summer or Autumn wedding) please visit my main wedding page or pop me a message via my contact page!

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The Nor-Folk – Norfolk Family Photographer

T H E

N O R – F O L K

F A M I L Y

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Ever since joining Instagram I have found a new love for lifestyle bloggers, vloggers and designers whose feed/ everyday life is very much a part of their brand with every photo carefully posted with a clear aesthetic. The Nor-folk are ‘A graphic design-led lifestyle brand’ creating clothing, accessories and homeware with their own minimalistic stamp.
I originally came across ‘The Nor-folk’ when a lady walked past me whilst shopping in Norwich holding one of their classic signature tote bags. I then discovered Fiona (one half of Nor-folk) on Instagram where I came across her beautiful, minimal feed; her designs, clothing style, amazing factory apartment and most importantly their family unit consisting of Bobby (Husband – the other half of Nor-folk) and their gorgeous little boy Stanley. What I love most about The Nor-folk is that Bobby and Fiona are very open about their family and dedicate a lot of ‘play hard’ time around their busy work schedule. Their ‘work hard, play hard’ approach to life is very much something I admire as its something my Parents have always believed in when bringing myself, my sister and my brother up – ‘work to live do not live to work.’
After admiring Fiona’s work for some time and adoring the shots she posted of little Stanley on social media, I finally plucked up the courage and sent her a private message through Instagram enquiring as to if she would be interested in a family photo-shoot. To my surprise she pretty much replied within ten minutes saying yes! Little did I know that they would be sat in my kitchen drinking tea and eating sausage rolls two days after Boxing Day!!
For a couple who are so successful and so cool (I couldn’t think of a sleeker word but cool is definitely what they are..) Bobby and Fiona were so approachable and simply normal! I was rather nervous the morning of the shoot due to them both pretty much dominating the design industry in Norfolk. It was such a refreshing and ‘punch the air with happiness’ moment when they both came back to me with such positive and genuinely happy feedback after seeing the photos!
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Stanley was an absolute dude and found the whole experience of snow machine, horses, cats and frosty grass (and frozen pond) very intriguing! It was a super cold morning so his poor little hands and nose were rather pink however it didn’t stop him from smiling, running around and playing hide and seek (I wish I had his energy levels!!)
I think you will agree that his cheeky little grin and adorable little laugh made the photos – it was a fun filled morning with lots of running around and plenty of giggles! The Burrage’s were exactly how I pictured them as a family – so in love with their little boy but also able to laugh at Stanley’s harmless tantrums and comforting him with a massive kiss on the cheek when he started to get tired. It was so lovely to meet them all and hear the Nor-folk journey as it made me feel super inspired and eager to get going with my own work!
I am so pleased that I plucked up the courage and finally enquired about hosting a family photo shoot for the Burrages. I had been dying to meet Fiona and Bobby since day one as I have been in ore of their brand – how it came about and how well it has progressed over such a short period of time! It is also so lovely to hear a success story that has happened amongst the sleepy streets of Norfolk! As well as Nor-folk, both Bobby and Fiona co-run TheClick “A design consultancy specialising in creating new brands and reinventing established ones.’ (move over Jay-Z and Beyonce!) AND Fiona also works as a Photographer too – I think I know where Stanley gets his endless energy from!
It was also great to talk about myself and my own plans and ambitions. I am currently studying a Foundation CIM course whilst working a couple of days at a marketing agency alongside my photography work so it was lovely to get some advice as Fiona has also put herself through the CIM qualifications. It was just lovely to be able to sit and chat with true professionals in the design industry that are so laid back and down to earth whilst defrosting our fingers and toes sipping tea in my family’s kitchen.
I am genuinely so happy with the photos! My aim was to capture Stanley in my usual candid style so that Fiona and Bobby could have photos that reflect his true, cheeky personality – and feature them in the shots too as they are usually behind the camera! I really hope you have enjoyed scrolling through and reading a little bit about The Nor-folk! If you too love hearing about success stories in Norfolk or are interested in design and love the Scandinavian/ minimal aesthetic please check out their website if you haven’t already! You can also see their amazing Penthouse via their Instagram (SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE) – well worth a gander as the Burrage’s have been featured on Made.com for their interior design and styling. (There is also a fab video on their home and the thoughts behind their interior design here.)
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My 2016 Round Up – Norfolk Wedding Photographer

2016 - WHAT A YEAR!

NO politics included (I promise!)

I SAID GOOD BYE TO MY BELOVED JOULES FAMILY

I started working for one of my favourite clothing brand’s in 2014 when I was studying at University. Naturally after graduating I didn’t really know what it was I wanted to do. At the time I was back and forth to London working as a photographer’s assistant for Alexi Lubomirksi when he visited London to work from America and part time work in a retail shop worked quite well as it fitted in with my photography work.

Little did I know, I found a job where I became friends with EVERY colleague. For this reason it did not feel like being at work when I was there and I became very happy (and comfortable!) At times (like Christmas as January sales) it was tough but the team were brilliant and everyone managed to have high spirits. When I started photographing weddings I became a store supervisor and worked 48 hours + plus some weeks. It was tough and tiring but worked well as my lovely manager was so understanding of my weekend photography work!

Unfortunately throughout 2016 people moved on and I realised that my photography needed to become my main priority, so in September this year I handed my notice in – a very bitter sweet feeling but you have to make the jump in order to get somewhere I guess (girls and Toby, if you are reading this I miss you all!)

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I FOUND A LOVE FOR OUTDOOR WEDDINGS!

Like many photographers who start out, if I was approached by a bride/ groom I instantly said yes regardless the type of wedding it was going to be. Any experience is good experience and I still stand by this. This year I photographed my first Woodland Wedding and I absolutely loved it! I have shot a few ‘outdoor weddings’ where the wedding breakfast was a picnic or a hog roast but not one day that was entirely outside!

The weather was perfect and incredibly hot which made the day absolutely perfect (however I still think the day would have been just as perfect if it was raining – there was nothing that was going to ruin Craig and Shani’s day!)

Being a ‘country girl’ from Norfolk being involved in an outdoor wedding has 100% made me love my job and if you are looking to get married outside amongst the Norfolk/ Suffolk countryside DO IT! (And have me as your photographer – pretty please!) There is nothing more beautiful! Take advantage of the wonderful county we live in!

I CONQUERED MY FEAR OF COUPLE PHOTOGRAPHY!

If you have been looking at my site and have seen that I offer ‘couple photography-sessions’ I can 99% guess what you are thinking!

I am very much a natural photographer when it comes to people and the thought of photographing ‘in love’ couples felt so alien and un-natural as the love you show for each other is very much a private emotion.

For this reason I have tried to treat my couple sessions exactly the same as my weddings – a documentary approach with very little direction. I have become more and more confident as many of my 2017 brides and grooms have opted for a couple photo-session on order to get comfortable in front of the camera before their big day (and strangely enough it works!)

I absolutely love going out for a walk and treating the session as a day out rather than sitting in front of the camera the entire time! Natural approach = natural photos! It has been a fab way to get to know my future brides and grooms too which has lead to me feeling very excited for their big day(s)!

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I HAVE HAD LOTS OF PRACTISE PHOTOGRAPHING KIDS, BABIES AND ANIMALS

I have loved every single lifestyle shoot I have photographed this year. Lots of people say to me “Once your weddings kick off you may find you won’t have time or won’t want to bother with the family photo shoots.” I will ALWAYS say yes to a family shoot if I am free! I feel so lucky to be able to capture moments that you and generations to come will look at for the rest of your life (just like a wedding!)

My family have always photographed me and my siblings growing up and those moments captured mean so much to me as its a part of who I am! For me to have that role to play in your lives is a huge responsibility and an honour! I’ve loved going out for walks, being invited into peoples homes and just getting to know everyone!

I personally feel as though the lifestyle photography is the most rewarding area of my job – especially when children and animals are involved as when I do get a good shot (after lots of shyness, running around and simply just not playing ball) I know I have achieved something!

I GOT MY LOVELY LITTLE CAR AND GOT HER SIGN WRITTEN!

I am so, so fortunate to have such supportive friends and family!

Back in March (Easter time to be exact) I got my lovely little ivory car! I am not a car person and my car knowledge is appalling but I was set on a white/ off white little car so that I could one day have my logo on it so that when I turn up to your wedding I look vaguely professional! 😉 My very lovely Dad helped me along the way and I have been loving my little mode of transport and feel so good turning up on my clients doorsteps!

One of my very best friends and her family have been some of the most supportive people in my life regarding my business. Her father owns a car business in Beccles and very kindly helped me source a sign writing company to get my car branded – little did I know that he was going to sort everything out and have my car wrapped for me as a present!! (Such a lovely thing for him to do for me!)

I drove up on the forecourt in his little courtesy car to see my car looking all shiny and sleek with my logo and company details looking so professional – I nearly cried! We decided to go with a darker colour as the pink of my logo was not going to show up against the white of the car.

I am so, so chuffed and feel like the wheels are well and truly in motion – literally!

If you are looking for a Suffolk based card dealer please have a look at Binks of Beccles’ site! Fab, quality cars and such lovely customer service!

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I HAVE MET SO MANY LOVELY & TALENTED
WEDDING SUPPLIERS!

Whilst studying at Uni I had to organise and source creatives for styled shoots. After a year of not picking up my camera after graduating (simply because university had made photography feel very much a chore rather than an enjoyment) I have been involved in many styled shoots this year that I have absolutely loved every single one as they have been my style and well thought through!

Its lovely to get creative and catch up with fellow wedding suppliers such as hair stylists, make up artists and clothing stylists. I love the shoots as its very much a time where I and everyone else can just relax and enjoy what we do without pressure!

I have loved working with you all and consider everyone in the wedding industry who I have collaborated with and bounce ideas off, very valuable friends that I cannot wait to work with again in 2017.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF THE WEDDING/ NON-WEDDING GUYS I HAVE WORKED ALONGSIDE FOR STYLED SHOOTS!

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There are so many wedding photographers out there and the industry can sometimes feel a little intimidating.  So when I meet a fellow wedding photographer who is truly genuine and full of nothing but photography chat and hints and tips it is always so refreshing.

This year I have met and worked with Joshua Charnock (Joshua Patrick Photography) and Georgia Ainley (Georgia Rachael Ainley Photography) both are 1) absolutely fab photographers and 2) two of the most genuine and lovely people I have met!

I loved meeting and chatting with these guys as I am such a worrier and am terrible when it comes to having faith in myself and work so it is the best feeling when you realise you are not the only one with the same thoughts and worries! (Its also quite nice to have a compliment from time to time! ;))

Next year I am going to aim to stop worrying about ‘how good’ every photographer in the area is and actually join in with the photographers breakfast get togethers! Josh and Georgia have proved that there are genuine people out there who yes, are competitors in a way but do not have to be competitive. In fact we all bounce ideas off of one another and recommend each other when we get an enquiry for a date that we are already booked for!

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HAPYY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE CLIENTS, FRIENDS, FAMILIES, COLLEAGUES!
MAKE IT A GOOD ONE AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL ON THE OTHER SIDE!

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