Hi Guys! As most of you know by now, much of my recent 'non-photography' time has been taken up with the writing and publication of my forthcoming book "How to have a wedding as individual as you are". After a few setbacks and distractions, the book 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.
Why I wrote this book
I wrote this book because I felt that there are still many engaged couples seeking permission to have the wedding that they want and feeling pressure to conform to other people's idea of the perfect wedding. I got frustrated by the lack of diversity in certain areas of the wedding industry and wanted to create a resource for people who at times find it difficult to identify with the couples they see plastered over mainstream media. If couples take away one message from the book I hope that it is "Be true to yourself and understand that you are the expert on you and how your want you special day to unfold".
Who the book is aimed at
I would say that my story and the principles in this book will resonate with any couple that has been made to feel "different" for any reason - possibly because of their sexuality, their age or due to a physical characteristic that does not correlate with society's narrow definition of beauty. It's not for people looking to be difficult or rude to suppliers or for people looking to haggle down prices, but is written for couples who want to base their special day around their unique relationship and personal values.
Was the book difficult to write?
Some days I would sit down to write and struggle to produce a coherent sentence and on other occasions I would write a whole chapter in a matter of hours. Whenever I started to overthink what I was writing or question my readership, the words wouldn't come. When I stayed true to my central message and remembered my audience, writing became a very straightforward process.
The hardest chapter was the first as it talks about my experience of bullying and coming out which not everyone knows about. I felt that it was really important to start the book by sharing my background to give some context and explain why the themes in this book mean so much to me.
Will there be a book launch?
YES!! I am currently finalising plans for the launch party and details will be released very soon. You are all welcome to come along and get a signed copy of the book. It might even be taking place at a venue that specialises in a very popular type of alcohol...
I am super super excited to be releasing this book and cannot wait to share it with you all. Please stay tuned to my social media channels to keep up-to-date with news on the publication and of course my usual photographic adventures.
See you at the launch!!