Just got engaged but not sure where to start when planning your wedding? Read my short guide on identifying your priorities or listen to my podcast here.Read More
If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that I have recently become a consultant with the LGBTQ+ Equality Weddings team. Some of you may know all about LGBTQ+ Equality Weddings and the ethos behind it, but for those of you who are not familiar with the project, I thought I would write a brief blog post to explain why I am proud to be part of the team working hard to create a positive change in the wedding industry.Read More
When you receive your wedding photos, you will no doubt be overwhelmed by the choice of images and memories to select for your album.
To help you, here are some tips for choosing your wedding album photos.
In my latest blog, I list 5 things to pack to survive a summer wedding!Read More
After a few setbacks and distractions, my book "How to have a wedding as individual as you are" is due imminently and so whilst i sit and wait for my proof copy to arrive through my letter box, I thought I would take this opportunity to answer some of the questions that have already been asked with regards to the book.Read More
A lot of people ask me about my approach to photography and why I insist on it being such a collaborative and inclusive event. To best explain my ethos, I use the following analogy of going to the hairdressers and asking for a specific cut and how it feels when you don't get quite what you are after.Read More
Deb and Janine encapsulate everything that is beautiful about falling - and staying - in love. I asked the ladies to answer a few questions for me so that I could learn more about their history together, how laughter helps them get through difficult times and what their shared dreams are for the future. Their answers are truly inspiring and make for a heart-warming read. So for the next 5 minutes, put your phone on silent, grab a cuppa and read about a real life love story...Read More
Highlights from Jeannie and Mac's light and laughter-filled photoshoot on Hampstead Heath.Read More
6 tips for taking better images of your children.Read More
The lovely ladies at Martels Bridal Boutique have expanded and now stock even more beautiful wedding dresses. Read on to find out more....Read More
This week's guest blog comes from one of my recommended suppliers Nick Brown. Nick is a fantastic magician who never ceases to amaze me with his tricks. If you haven't considered a magician to entertain your wedding guests, why not take read below to find out the benefits of investing in a magician for your big day!
I attend many wedding fairs and venue open days to promote my services as a wedding magician. When I meet people at these events I get a number of different comments and observations. Some people have no idea why you’re there and can’t immediately see any connection between weddings and magicians. It’s not like you’re offering a cake or a dress or a vintage car or flowers, or any of the other wedding ‘essentials’.
For those brides and grooms that stop to chat (or even to see some close up magic) the usual broad question is ‘so how does this work at a wedding’?
The first thing I explain is that close up magic is quite simply a form of entertainment. They will undoubtedly have it in mind that they will provide some entertainment for their guests on their wedding day and may have thought of some of the more obvious things such as music (guitarist, pianist, harpist, singing waiters etc), or something more personal like a caricaturist.
The next question is usually ‘so when do you do this’ (on a wedding day)? The answer to that is, quite simply, whenever you decide it best fits into your day. However, from experience I can tell them that there are three clear sections of the wedding day when this can work best.
Firstly (and probably the most popular) is after the wedding ceremony and prior to the wedding breakfast. This period is usually one to two hours and very often the bride and groom, ushers, bridesmaids and close family members are often involved in official photographs and their guests are usually enjoying a drinks reception. At this point guests often stick in small groups with the few people they know best. A magician can travel around the groups, often bringing small groups together, and provide six or seven minutes of fun, humour and amazement. I always try to include some magic with objects that I borrow from members of the group such as bank notes, coins & rings. I can usually cover 120 guests in 2 hours and everybody gets to see some magic. It provides something memorable and creates a talking point.
The second option is to provide magic at the tables during the wedding breakfast. At first this sounds potentially intrusive but, when done properly, it can be a brilliant addition to a wedding day. An experienced magician will start by speaking to the catering team and getting an understanding of the order in which tables will be served food. That way they can establish which tables have some waiting time to fill with some entertainment and they can avoid bumping into the serving staff. The magician will not approach a table when they are eating and will be sensitive to breaks for speeches and presentations. The reaction from the tables receiving the magic can create an atmosphere of fun and anticipation. Finally, a special performance is reserved for the top table.
The final section to consider some magical entertainment is immediately after the wedding breakfast. Guests usually vacate the room of the wedding breakfast to enable a room turnaround and once again have some time on their hands. Some wedding days are quite long and at this point some guests may be in need of some entertainment in order to avoid a lull. Magic at this point keeps the party going and can often drift into the time of day when evening guests are arriving and they too will get to see some magic.
I ensure that my service is very flexible and I offer packages of one to three hours with half hour jumps. This keeps things flexible and affordable and enables the bride and groom to be very specific with what they want and when they want it.
There are a few other things miscellaneous things which I always do. I arrive half an hour ahead of the agreed start time in order to check out the venue and to prepare. I always dress as though I am a wedding guest. I prefer to blend into the crowd rather than seek to stand out from it. I also get the photographer to get a few photos of the audience enjoying and reacting to the magic. These are always happy smiling photographs which create good memories.
Magic is not everyone’s cup of tea but, in my experience, it is always very well received at weddings. It creates an atmosphere of fun and amazement and helps to make the day even more memorable for guests.
I can testify that Nick is highly entertaining and professional and would make a great addition to your wedding day.
To contact Nick you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07955 184936 and his website (with lots of clips, pics and testimonials) can be viewed at www.essex-magician.com.
Have a great week.
This week's guest blog post comes from Fred Foster of Yours Occasionally. Fred is my "Supplier of the Week" so - after reading all about the changes to her wonderful wedding stationery business below - please do check out her website and social media pages.
Fred is also a fantastic blogger and always shares brilliant insight into her wedding stationery creations and designs.Read More
Whether it's your questions and suggestions, your minds being open or your coordinated outfits being chosen, your input is key and important to me. Here is a guide to making the most of your pre-wedding session.Read More
For bride and grooms-to-be that aren't huge fans of having their photo taken, a pre-wedding / engagement shoot can be something that fills them with absolute dread and horror. The idea of voluntarily having an extra photo shoot on top of a full day of wedding photography, seems like adding to the stress and anxiety that wedding planning can sometimes bring.
However, pre-wedding shoots are in fact perfect for such camera-shy couples and in this post I have listed just a few of the benefits of having a pre-wedding shoot. Let's take a little look...Read More
How you dress on your family photoshoot can have a massive impact on the the look and feel of the images, but choosing the right outfits doesn't need to be stressful or complicated.
Below are some simple tips for making sure you look awesome in your family photo shoot...Read More
5 fantastic things to do in Chelmsford this February half-term!Read More
There are plenty of choices when it comes to wedding photography in Chelmsford and across Essex, so how can you be sure that you book not only a reputable and reliable photographer but one that is the right fit for you? First off, there a few questions you can ask yourself when first meeting or talking to your prospective snapper...Read More
When I introduce myself as a family photographer, a lot of people tell me that they would love some up-to-date images of their family but are too concerned about what to wear, not knowing how to pose, or getting their children to act like angels for 90 minutes to actually book a session. So, in this blog post I have listed 5 of the most common family photography fears and how I can help you to overcome these. I hope that by the time your have read this post, you will be itching to book a photo shoot and get those long-awaiting new family images up on your wall.Read More
Part 4 of a series of blog posts exploring what essential pieces of kit I keep in my bag and how each item helps to make you look great in your photos.
Sometimes – despite all the planning and preparation in the world - things can go wrong and a camera can malfunction, get dropped or become damaged during a shoot. That’s why it’s important to carry a back-up at all times.
The Canon 7D is never far away in my kit bag; ready and waiting to step-in should my 5D fail on me (touch wood this hasn’t happened yet). However, the 7D is far from just a back-up camera as it has some really great features of its own and in some areas even outshines my main camera.
Here are few reasons why the 7D can handle anything during our photoshoot;
The 7D is far superior when it comes to focussing for actions shots as it has a wide range of focus settings to choose from. It produces sharp shots of fleeting moments that can be missed in the blink of an eye.
As with the 5D, I can assign particular functions to a range of controls on the 7D and so this means I can easily switch from one camera body to the other and shoot just as quickly and comfortably with each camera.
With a slightly smaller sensor than the 5D, my 7D is lightweight and easy to handhold which means I can happily lug it around on a shoot whether around my neck when in use or tucked up safely in my kit bag.
You may have already read my previous blog post in this series all about my different lenses and how they help me get great shots during our shoots. These lenses work just as effectively with my 7D as they do with the 5D. So whatever camera body is in use, we can still get a diverse variety of images and show off all your best features.
What this means for you.
Peace of mind. Knowing that I have a back-up camera means you don’t have to worry that your shoot will be cancelled last minute or end prematurely due to kit failure. It also means high quality images are guaranteed regardless of which piece of kit I use.
So if you’re looking for a relaxed and fun-filled family photo shoot or are on the hunt for a reliable wedding photographer, please do get in touch. I’d love to use my skills and my ever-growing kit bag to help you and your loved ones to look great!
Have great week.