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,
Some of us are super confident and some of us are not. Some of us love having our photo taken and some of us do not.
That's the reason why I love a good pre-wedding shoot. Regardless of which one of these applies to you, you will always feel better for having had a pre-wedding shoot come your big day.
I met Jessica very briefly at a wedding I did in March this year, she was one of the guests and a friend of the bride, Clare. And now proof that word-of-mouth exists and pays off. We met up earlier this summer at the Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth, had a lovely cuppa and a chat about their plans (and took in the view of the Level 8 Sky Bar). Glorious.
It was pretty obvious from the first meeting that this was going to be a good one. For one, I'm ticking off another of my wish list venues. Secondly, I'll get to have a couple of cheeky cocktails afterwards with them in the fabulous Sky Bar.
Like a lot of couples, they weren't initially sure if they wanted to have a pre-wedding shoot, but after dropping a little hint in a later message, Jess decided they would have one. Go on girl. Like I've said earlier, not everyone is comfortable in front of a camera, so this is why it's a good idea to take your photographer up on the offer of having a pre-wedding shoot. You won't regret it, I promise. You'll get to have a nice little morning or afternoon out somewhere, you'll get extra photos to look through on your anniversary, and you'll definitely feel much more relaxed on your big day. Trust me!!
Just don't go out the night before your pre-wedding shoot like a certain someone did (I'll mention no names, Gavin. Haha!)
So we met mid-November at Coy Pond, near Westbourne. It's a lovely quiet spot in the Upper Gardens that run the length of Bournemouth down to the sea. No one really comes up this way, so if you're not much of an extrovert or into public displays of affection, it's a great little spot for you. Plus, there's a beautiful pond with ducks to feed (if you want) and lots of trees, which at that time of year have all got there autumnal shades going on.
As always, I like to keep it pretty simple and relaxed. We went for a walk up and down the gardens, did a little posing practice - because I do love a good wall shot on your big day - and I want you to be ready for the few posed shots we will do. The rest of the time is me snapping away getting some great shots of you, ready for me to put my cinematic edit spin on them. Like this little lot below.
Massive props to Gavin for doing this shoot, he wasn't feeling it, but the boy done good.
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,