I’ve known Adam for a while now through working at the Bournemouth International Centre and had the great pleasure of meeting his beautiful fiancée (now wife), Chloe, when we all got together last summer at Flirt Cafe for a pot of tea and cake.
I remember having a conversation with Rachel - one of my wedding supplier buddies - about this site she advertises her venue styling business on, she seemed pretty successful with her bookings from it. So I gave it a try and signed up to the same site.
It's funny how the world works, because within a day of our conversation, along came Rhonda.
Rhonda and I chatted via email for a couple of days before nailing down a time for us all to meet and grab a coffee together.
Mark and Rhonda were instantly a couple I knew I could work well with. They wanted things to be kept nice and simple, not too much emphasis on posing; I knew there and then this would be my type of wedding to photograph. During our meeting, I mentioned about having a cheeky pre-wedding shoot with me before the big day came around (and I always try so hard not to sound like a windows salesman at this point, because it really is a great idea to have one). There was a slight look of hesitation as they both looked at one another to agree on it, but sometimes you just have to trust your wedding photographer - we're not all crazy!
Initially we talked about Coy Pond being the place to do the shoot; it's a lovely secluded spot at the top of Bournemouth Gardens, but at this time of year, it's not much to look at. So I suggested Branksome Dene Gardens and the beach. They're always nice and quiet if you get to them at the right time, and as luck would have it, that was the case for us.
I always like to think that my style of working as a wedding photographer is that of 2% creatively 'posed' shots, 98% documentary/reportage, and always 100% fabulous!
Sometimes I get the impression that people think I'm a little bonkers - and I am - when I ask them to go and stand against walls, but they always thank me afterwards. It never seems to matter what said wall looks like, it ALWAYS makes for a cool, often striking background for your 'posed' shots.
Anyway, I prattle on too long. Here's a bunch of beautiful shots we got when this supposedly nervous couple (total pros!) went out for a walk with me and my camera. I can't wait to shoot their wedding at the end of March!
If you're thinking about booking in your pre-wedding shoot, what are you waiting for, give me a call.
Until next time,
Photography for me is art, it's expression, and it's therapy. It allows me to interact with others and tell their story the way I see it - vicarious art, if you will.
I first met Avril and Tracy after I ran an advert on Facebook - seriously not as dodgy as it might sound. I was looking for models, real couples, to be a part of a series of shoots I'm planning for 2018, where I'm working alongside a whole bunch of other talented wedding suppliers. Models are great because they're beautiful, but they're rarely believable, and I love to showcase REAL love and emotion in my work.
And I found it in the form of these two gorgeous ladies.
Tracy was notably nervous the day we did their couple's shoot in Christchurch. I don't blame her, as I would be too if the shoe were on the other foot. I tend to allow my couples free reign of what they want to do, where they want to go and what they want to wear, as I prefer them to be as natural and comfortable as possible.
Getting to know these two has been a gift to me. If there's one thing I really love about my work - and I struggle to class it as that - is the ability to connect with so many people, getting to know them, all their little quirks, their stories, and they in turn get to know me. Avril and Tracy have some beautiful stories, some that really resonate with me on a very personal level, and they share a love that is unique to them, a love that was a dream to capture. I know this sounds a little corny, but I really feel like I've made some incredible friends and can't wait to see what their future brings. Here's to you ladies!!
"We are full of stories to be told."
Until next time,
Well, what can I say about this one...
This was a first - a first of many more to come, a dream come true, a day filled with truly beautiful moments. Ever since I proposed to Rob back in 2008, to our civil partnership ceremony in 2011, to our upgrade to marriage in 2015, to being a wedding photographer myself, I've wanted nothing more than to be able to capture these precious moments for another gay couple.
After much wishing and dropping a multitude of hints on my Facebook page, to writing a blog that almost instantly got the attention of George and his now husband, Jason, I finally got what I wanted. My mum always said that you make your own dreams come true, and as always, she was right. You are the builder of your own dreams, so there's no point just dreaming them, you have to chase them and make them come true.
Thursday 24th August was the day Jason and George's dreams came true, and the moment they said their 'I do's' I had to hold back a tear or two. That moment made me feel every emotion I felt the day Rob and I said 'I do' to one another.
It was similar to our day on so many levels: A town hall ceremony at the Bournemouth Town Hall, followed by the reception at The Dudsbury Country Club, attended by their closest family and friends. The boys suits were from Zara and River Island, the beautiful wedding cake from Pandora's Bakery in Ferndown, and flowers/buttonholes from Amore Flowers.
Best of all for me, was I finally got to make use of my coloured smoke flares. I've been dying to use them, and both grooms were totally up for having a few shots done with them.
For those who don't already know, George is a fabulous drag artist known as Marilyn Mountbatten, and Jason, a drag DJ, Miss SeeQueen. Go follow them on Instagram, or better still, go see them live at Cafe Jagos before they head off on their next big adventure together, to London.
You guys helped make a dream of mine come true, so I wish you both the brightest future together. I hope all of your dreams come true.
As always, here's a selection of photos from their day. Enjoy!
Until next time,
It's amazing how quickly things can turn around.
This time last year, I was very close to throwing in the RGW PHOTOS towel for very personal reasons. The very same reasons that made me think twice about that decision. Over the last few months, I have seen quite dramatic changes to the way I work and the people I now work with.
It's blowing me away!
I now have a little team of suppliers who I collaborate with on a regular basis - who'd have thought I would ever be saying that?! We share similar ideas about the direction we want our individual businesses to go in, and we all feel the same way about working alongside one another. One of these suppliers, as you must be well aware of by now, is Rachel from Love By Design Weddings.
We have worked together with Natasha - With Love From - on a coastal chic inspired photo shoot - which you can read more about here - and since that worked out so well, we now work together at Chameleon Bridal Boutique, where she dresses the windows. I don't get involved with the actual window dressing, Rachel needs no help with that. She adds a theme to the windows once a month, giving the stunning bridal wear an extra something special. It helps bring them to life and hopefully gives future newlyweds some inspiration as to how to dress their wedding venue.
I could go on and on about how good her products are, but to see them for yourself is the best way, so here's some photos from my last trip to Chameleon. This month's theme is 'Travel', and everytime I look at these photos, it makes me want to fly away somewhere.
Where is your dream destination?
Until next time,