When I first met Amanda & Matt, they came to me from a recommendation and knew I was going to fall head over heels in love with their mix of Alice in Wonderland and Steampunk. I could only imagine what ideas they had up their sleeves and I was so excited!
Whimsical, wonderful and imaginative decorations everywhere!
Their creativity, craziness and sense of fun shouted from every angle of Hirst Priory. There was even a giant chess set and flamingo croquet in the garden! Cogs and clocks adorned anything and everything!
Their Ceremony was in the magical woodland area of Hirst Priory and it was like walking straight into Wonderland!
Amanda & Matt had already told me at their first meeting that they hated having photos taken. As crazy as they both are, they shy away from the camera and prefer natural shots. This is how I love to work best, capturing the real and raw emotion of the day.
I’d gotten to know them both pretty well, so much so that on their Wedding day I was made to feel like part of the family. They weren’t bothered about my camera one bit which meant they really relaxed and enjoyed themselves.
We laughed, we cried, we cried from laughing too much! This one was a Wedding that embodies what they’re all about! Love, family and having a bloody good time!
Huge thanks to Amanda & Matt for booking me for their special day! It’s definitely one to remember and one I loved more than I could ever imagine. These guys were the best!
I remember Tamsin getting in touch to meet about their Wedding photography and when she told me the name of her husband to be, I realised I already knew Tom. He used to be good friends with my younger brother, and it must’ve been over 15 years since I last saw him! He’d not changed a bit since then, maybe a little taller. We had a great chat about their Wedding plans, and I was super excited when they asked me to be their Wedding photographer.
I absolutely loved the Cherry Blossom tree’s that lined the aisle, the perfect touch for a Spring Wedding! Tamsin looked stunning in her Joanna Leigh Gown and her hair and makeup was fabulously done by Rachel Day.
We can never be too careful where the weather is concerned in this country and had a back-up plan for group photos. It rained, hard. So, we decided to do photos inside first, the staff were brilliant at clearing a space for us before turning the room around. Despite the wet & windy weather we eventually found a break in the worst of it to capture some photos in the courtyard and by the Church across the road.
It was only a short day, and we left Tamsin & Tom as they were seated for their Wedding breakfast. I think you’ll agree their flowers and decorations by Fairytales in Grimsby and very tasty looking cake by Kee Kees Cakes looked amazing!
It was a beautiful day to photograph and I loved that Tamsin was determined to brave the gale force winds to get the photos we had discussed outside. It’s been lovely getting to know Tamsin and to see Tom again after so many years all grown up!
Now we’re on to designing the Wedding Album and I’m loving putting it together for them!
Abandoned warehouse fashion shoot with Minimatt studios featuring Lucy Clarvis
Lucy had got in touch with me about an incredible location she'd come across to do a fashion inspired shoot. Lucy and myself have worked together many times on fashion shoots and we always have loads of fun, she's great to work with and we always seem to bounce some great ideas between us. The last shoot we did we invited a videographer to capture a behind the scenes video. We planned to do the same with this one and so asked Andy & Jonny from Minimatt Studios to accompany us.
We started with a walk around the venue, I had only seen it in pictures that Lucy had sent me before we arranged the shoot. The warehouse was as impressive as I'd imagined when we started exploring. There were several floors, beautiful wide open spaces beneath skylights, crumbling walls, dust and dirt, peeling paint and dark corners. It was a photographers dream!
We wanted to keep our team small so Lucy did her own hair and makeup and had a wardrobe full of beautiful outfits to wear. We planned 6 outfits for 6 different areas of the warehouse and then got to shooting. Andy from Minimatt was on set with me, capturing plenty of behind the scenes shots of us shooting. Jonny also captured stills from behind the scenes of the warehouse and our team.
We used enitirely natural light all except for one scene. The light that poured through the windows on that overcast day was beautiful. The scene where we shot in the lift though was right in the centre of the building with little available light. We used an industrial site light to light the area instead, which worked perfectly for the look we wanted.
Creative shoots like this is what helps us grow. I've had so much training and done plenty of exciting workshops over the years, but none of that means anything if we don't put the time and effort in to experiment and make mistakes. We always have plenty of fun as the atmosphere is relaxed and inspiring. I'm looking for fellow creatives to collaborate with on more shoots this year, so if you have an idea or need some portfolio building or shoot experience, get in touch and we'll have a chat and see if we can help each other out.
With special thanks to Minimatt Studios for this behind the scenes video.