Clayton Jane Photography

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Who are you and what do you do?

I am a professional Wedding Photographer based in Somerset but can travel anywhere Capturing the real moments. I don’t just take images I find them. Candid and documentary is my style with a hint of formal ! I also enjoy Theatre and stage Photography. My Therapy is landscapes and wildlife & Sports for national papers… My skills are quite varied.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

Any part that tells the story; The best part or time is when I am not seen or heard .. Both from the Bride and Groom plus guests they seem to relax and not no I am there but so close to the action.

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

Time goes so fast; Your guests are important so allow time for everything. I will help with shoots during the day plus allow for a plan B. I must add it is important for the bride and groom to buy into the style of the photographer. We all sing from the same hymn sheet. Then it works. Expectations are met. This all needs planning and preparation.

What keeps you passionate?

The reviews, when Bride and grooms give feedback on the images, they often they see different things every time they re visit the album! Alongside creating better and better images.

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

Yes, I study what makes a good image, you always learn and never stop. I am one of the first photographers to have a medium format Fuji Camera so looking forward to trying out this new style of photography in 2017.

What’s next for your business?

I am developing a new website and building my portfolio in the next 18 months and beyond. I keep my weddings to a certain number each year to keep fresh and not going stale or over doing it. Quality is important to me in every aspect.

How do we book/use your services?

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Who are you and what do you do?

A Perfect Team

“Alice and Diane Photography” was born when we, as friends and both sharing a love of photography, realised we also made a fantastic team working together. The beauty of having two of us is we can be in two places at once! As one of us is capturing the bride getting ready the other is capturing the groom and the best man. As one is capturing the grand entrance of the bride the other is capturing the expression of the groom as he waits anxiously for her arrival.

Our styles complement each other and work well in producing beautiful photographs, capturing every detail of the day from two different views and perspectives. We are two individual professional photographers, combining our skills and passion to ensure our lovely clients receive stunning images that they can treasure for years to come.

So, who are we individually?

Diane

I would describe myself as a fun, happy go lucky, curious, free spirited soul who loves travelling! The love for photography grew from my travels around the world. It was an amazing experience to be able to capture the stories of people living in different cultures with different beliefs, through the eye of my camera.   Photography is my passion and there is nothing that makes me happier than being able to capture the emotions and ambience of someone’s special day or the buzz of an important event. As quoted by Confucius ‘If you love what you do, you will never do another day’s work in your life’! When I separate myself from my camera (which is not often!) I love spending time at the beach and catching up with those special people in my life over a coffee and cake or sometimes a nice glass of bubbly!

Alice

My love for photography began at an early age when my dad bought me my first camera at 7 years old. Rarely without a camera in my hand, from then onwards I documented almost every moment of family life and filled countless photo albums with snaps of family, pets and holidays. In my uni days I lived in my bathroom, which I had converted into a dark room, and began to explore photographing weddings and taking photos for local newspaper articles. Today my passion continues and I love nothing more than the privilege of capturing the details, atmosphere and emotions of the first day of a couple’s new chapter in their lives. I still continue with the endless pictures of family, of course, and my three year old daughter is the perfect model. Aside from photography my time is spent with my daughter and husband: adventures in the countryside, cosy nights in and enjoying life to the full.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

We just love weddings full stop so to choose a favourite part is difficult. I suppose the best part is the emotions you see and feel which is what we love to capture. The emotions of excitement and nerves from the bride’s room when she is getting ready and the emotions on the groom’s face when he sees his beautiful bride for the first time and of course the emotions on the first married kiss!

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

To make sure you look at current work of the people you are looking to hire and always check there are no hidden costs that are going to surprise you later on. Keep a diary of the planning as there is a lot to organise and it always feels less daunting on paper than circling around in your head!

What keeps you passionate?

Seeing the look on our clients faces when they get to relive their wedding day again looking through our photos. It is the best job ever and we never tire of looking at our photos.

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

We love keeping up with the latest wedding trends by following our favourite wedding blogs and ideas on Pinterest. Glad to see that gin at weddings is still having a moment for 2017 and warehouse wedding venues are set to be huge! We are constantly linking up with new businesses who are offering unusual and different ideas for weddings. We have just recently linked up with Memini Montage who professionally design a video montage to showcase our photos, bringing them to life and transforming them into a beautiful story that will stand the test of time. We are always on the search for new and unusual wedding venues and have just recently found a hidden gem, which we are very excited about!

What’s next for your business?

We are busy building our new website and preparing ourselves for lots of wedding fairs coming up as we approach the wedding season. We are also enjoying networking with other wedding service providers and to see how we can support each other in business and of course very importantly building relationships with new venues.

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Lisa Lucas Photography | Wonderful Wedding Suppliers

 

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Lisa Lucas LRPS, and the proud owner of Lisa Lucas Photography. I specialise in luxury wedding photography, but I also photograph Tudor and Medieval reenactment, being part of a Tudor reenactment group myself.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

I enjoy the start of the day, everybody getting ready, they’re all so excited for the day ahead. And it’s early on that I have the privilege to explore the ceremony and receptions rooms, depending on the venue of course, before the guests arrive. I can use this time to capture all the gorgeous details.

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

Make sure you meet your photographer before you book them. You may have visited their website, and fallen in love with their images, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to get on. Your photographer is the one supplier who will spend the entire day with you, so you as a couple must both feel comfortable and relaxed in your photographer’s company. If you don’t get on, if you don’t completely trust them to do the job, then it’s going to show in the photographs.

What keeps you passionate?

Other than absolutely loving photography and weddings, I simply adore meeting new couples and joining them on their planning journey to their ideal wedding. A wedding may have the same basic elements, but every single one is different, and I get so excited hearing about plans and seeing them come to fruition on the day.

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

I’m extremely passionate about my couples taking away a gorgeous photobook of their images, so I include one in my photography package. In my opinion, there’s nothing quite like sitting down together, with a glass of fizz and looking through a book at your images – an online gallery just isn’t the same. The trend for having a photobook seems to come and go, but I will always offer one.

What’s next for your business?

I’m very excited for 2017 as I continue to build my business, invest in myself as a female entrepreneur, and work with wonderful couples on their luxurious weddings. I’m also looking for my first couple who are having a Tudor-themed wedding – with my passion for this period in history, it would be such a pleasure to photograph.

How do we book/use your services?

Drop me a message if you’d like to arrange a consultation meeting – remember to always meet your photographer – and I won’t let you book me unless we meet. I’d be delighted if you feel you’d like to book me at that first meeting, at which point we sign a written contract and a non-refundable booking fee is paid, which reserves your chosen date, and you’ve booked yourself a wedding photographer.

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Ohh La La by Linda | Wonderful Wedding Suppliers

We love hearing from wedding photographers! They provide us with some amazing photographs and are with you right through your wedding so can always give us some great tips! Today we have Linda from Ohh La La by Linda!

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Who are you and what do you do?

Hi I’m Linda Williams and I’m a wedding and creative portrait photographer. I have many years experience in photography,  starting off working in processing labs of all kinds, right through to being a wedding videographer, and then a baby photographer. These days I try to concentrate primarily on weddings, but if there are children there… that’s a little bonus for me!

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

There are so many great things about a wedding it’s hard to choose just one thing. It’s different with every wedding day, every bride, and every couple. You never know what’s going to happen, so you have to be on your toes as the story of the day unfolds. This is what makes it such fun. I really,really enjoy taking those special bridal portraits, little moments, just having the bride and groom to myself so that we can capture something really beautiful, I always get a little buzz from that.

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

The best bit of advice I could give to couples during the planning process? There is no question that the planning is an extremely important part of the day, but it’s equally important to not get too stressed about things. Try to keep things about you two, and not be swayed into doing things that don’t feel comfortable to you as a couple.  Accept help and don’t take on so much that you get worried and upset.  Choose carefully the professional people you would like to be involved to be a part of your day,  so that you can relax and enjoy yourselves. And if you choose to have a photographer, pick somebody that you can connect with and who has the experience to cope with all the fast moving events of the day. Its pretty important to book somebody that you like as a person too.

What keeps you passionate?

Every wedding and every couple is completely different, it never gets boring. I love it when I get the opportunity to make images in favourite locations. Sometimes the lighting is perfect, or the weather is perfect. Some couples are such fun they’ll do all sorts of silly things to put humour in the shots, and others are so in love with each other, you know it will show on every single photograph. Trying something new, shooting something tried and tested. Seeing couples and their families thrilled with the wonderful memories you’ve made.All these things keep me passionate.

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

I’m a contemporary photographer. I don’t like to be stuffy, or stuck in one particular speed, but I do have my own style, and I try not to follow trends too much. The problem with trends is that they can date, and I want you to enjoy your wedding photographs as much in ten, twenty or thirty years time, as you do now. So perhaps I go for a timeless look, with a modern twist. Actually the bride and groom usually provide that quite nicely anyway! I also like to capture people looking great, and that’s the portrait photographer in me.

What’s next for your business?

I’m really happy taking on wedding commissions. After years of working for other people, I’ve only been flying solo a short time, so my aim is to keep on going. I’m happy to say I’m building a good and strong reputation. I’m reliable and professional, and I really love my job. I’ve had a few unusual assignments come my way too! I recently covered a corporate assignment for Virgin Money, and also had some landscapes published in a magazine, so it all keeps things really interesting! I’d be a very happy person with more of the same please!

How do we book/use your services?

  • I work across Wales and the South West, but will travel elsewhere by arrangement.
  • I’m easy to reach through my website : https://oohlalabylinda.com/
  • You can call me on 07749660774
  • My email is  linda@oohlalabylinda.co.uk
  • Facebook page here:  www.facebook.com/oohlalabylinda
  • Instagram Account :  www.instagram.com/oohlala_people
  • You should also be able to find me under Linda Williams Photography
  • I’m happy to respond to calls,emails, Facebook messages, and even texts, as I know that life can often be busy for us all. I promise to get back to you asap, if we miss each other.

 

J Rowlands Photos | Wonderful Wedding Suppliers

Today we hear from the wonderful J Rowlands Photos, I am sure you will agree their photos are simply stunning!

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Who are you and what do you do?

Well…where do I start? I am a Wedding Photographer and I have always loved photographs and the memories they bring back.

My husband Karl bought me my first DSLR one Christmas, I got stuck in and made the most of every opportunity that has come my way…from portraits and dogs, to dance shows and christenings. Then, not long after my own wedding, I had the opportunity to assist at a wedding as a second shooter.

And I loved it.

I felt honoured capturing those memories for the bride and groom.

From there, I focused on building up my experience, gaining photography qualifications and then after a few years – my first wedding booking!

And I have been documenting love stories for brides and grooms ever since.
Now, I get to do what I love for a living, meet and make new friends and capture beautiful memories and I couldn’t be happier.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

I love love love the bride’s first looks….the room is just filled with love and awe at the bride as she walks down the aisle to her partner!

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

Don’t fall in to the trap of pleasing others! Seating plans – it’s just to eat their meal, times, location, colours, pleasing other people is NOT what YOUR day is all about!!!

Make your decisions as a couple and stick to them – yes listen to other people’s opinions and views but you don’t HAVE to take them!!!

Also – take care with package deals – sometimes they don’t always work out cost-effective…..I offer photography packages as a guide line to couples, but I always point out they aren’t set in stone as each wedding is different so they can be adjusted according to THEIR requirements for THEIR day!!!

What keeps you passionate?

My love for photography, my love for weddings, and seeing client’s faces when they see their sneak-peeks and reading their reviews!!

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

Yes and No….

I do like to keep up-to-date with the ‘latest looks’ or ‘in trend’ weddings, styles and colour schemes so I have an idea when couples mention something they’ve recently spotted on social media etc…but I also love it when a couple come to me with something different and a bit quirky and then I get my creativity flowing!

What’s next for your business?

I am excited to be exhibiting at a Wedding Fair in March….I’ve never exhibited before, so prepping for that, in-between wedding meetings, print orders and engagement shoots!

How do we book/use your services?

Send me a quick email via my website on the Contact Page 🙂 or directly to my email address.

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10 Worries Every Bride-to-be Has & How To Avoid Them | Kayleigh Adams Photography | Guest Post

Today we have a guest post by the wonderful Kayleigh of Kayleigh Adams Photography, Kayleigh and I met at a wedding I was attending and she was photographing. Being in the industry I am always on the lookout and loved her way of working with the guests. I told her about the blog and here we are today! Hopefully this is her first of more posts guest posts on LTW! Anyway enough rambling lets read!

If you’re a bride-to-be, I can almost guarantee that you’ve got a lot of ideas, things to do and you probably have a million and one lists. Am I right? Hopefully you’ve got everything under control and the wedding plans are taking shape.

I’m Kayleigh Adams, a professional wedding photographer from The Cotswolds, and in my job I meet lots of fabulous brides, each with their own way of doing things and own unique spin on their weddings. Meeting so many brides means that I am aware of some of the things that they worry about and from my experience, I have detailed advice, solutions and preventatives that you can apply to banish those worries for the big day ahead!

1. I’m worried about running out of time on the morning of the wedding.

What happens if your alarm goes off too late? What happens if you can’t get your hair and make-up done in time? What happens if the wedding car breaks down and you have to walk to your wedding? What happens if you’re over-reacting?! The more likely problem you’re going to face is not being able to sleep before your wedding day! You’ll be far too excited to have time to sleep, but do make sure you get a couple of hours in at least so you’re not ready for bed when the party gets started. Also make sure that you have everything you’re going to possibly need, along with spares of everything!

2. Will it will rain on my wedding day?

This is one of the most common worries that I come across with my brides. If it rains, it rains. Is it going to completely ruin your wedding day or is it going to mean less? I’m pretty sure the answer is NO, so my advice if it the weather isn’t 100% cooperative – just embrace it! Why not consider buying some umbrellas, or having some colourful wellies on hand? This way we can head outside and get some great ‘rainy day’ shots. This has happened to me so many times, and I can assure you, my couples always love their rainy day pictures!

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3. Will my wedding dress fit on the day?

If you’ve bought your dress from a bridal boutique, you probably will have had several fitting appointments where a dedicated professional has altered your dress so that it fits you like a glove. Make sure you tell them exactly how the dress feels and mention if anything feels loose, tight or anything else. The more specific you can be here means that on the wedding day the dress will fit perfectly. Also, when you go for your fitting, it’s a good idea to take the underwear that you’re planning on wearing on the day so you can make sure the bust etc fits perfectly.

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4. Will my hair and make up look OK on the day?

I can’t stress this enough; make sure you have trials before the wedding! The majority of brides I work with have hair and make up trials prior to the wedding. This in my opinion is SO important, as it means you can be as picky and particular as you like without the pressure of it being the actual wedding day. If you think the make up is too dark, tell your make up artist and see if they can adjust it for you (just bear in mind that for your photographs the make up might have to be slightly heavier for it to show in images). Many professional hair and make up artists will take photographs and make notes of exactly what products and style you are happy with, so when it comes to the wedding day they can simply follow their notes. Also remember that your hair and make up needs to last all day, so I would advise booking in your trials perhaps on the day on your hen party, or ‘date night’ with the other half. This way you can check everything stays in place and that you are comfortable.

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5. If I’m going to be able to use the bathroom on my wedding day in my wedding dress?!

This should definitely be a consideration when you choose your wedding dress in the first place. Your wedding day is going to be a long day, and you will be on your feet for a lot of it. Friends and family will want to buy you drinks so when you’re choosing your dress you need to ensure that you are comfortable and that you can move around in it. When it comes to using the bathroom, enlist your bridesmaids to help. Many venues will allow you to use a bathroom that is a little more private, which is ideal for the bride (there are many blogs and posts online that give you ‘advice’ of the best way to use the toilet in your wedding dress – take a look)!

6. Will everything be perfect on the actual day?

This is another question I get asked time and time again. My answer is always the same; if something isn’t exactly perfect (eg, the table plan is slightly too far to the right) is anyone other than you going to notice? I can almost guarantee that the answer is no. The guests at your wedding are there to celebrate your marriage and enjoy the day with you both. You need to remember that the most important thing on the day is you as a couple.

7. What am I going to do with my wedding dress after the big day?

It’s unlikely you’re going to wear it again, unless you decide to dress up on every anniversary of your wedding! If you have children, why not have it made into a dressing up dress? Or consider having the dress professionally cleaned and then display it in a deep box frame? Otherwise, if you can bear to part with it, try advertising it online and see if you can sell it. Lots of people look for pre-loved wedding dresses online, especially when they can see images of the dress being worn to see how it looks on a body.

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8. The flowers from my wedding are too beautiful (and cost too much!) to put in the bin.

A lot of my brides like to keep their flowers in the house for as long as they can. Not only will it remind you of your big day, but it will make the house/room smell amazing! Have a look online for ways of preserving your flowers – you could dry them out, press them or even send them away to have made into a work of art.

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9. There’s so much wedding cake left over! What should I do with it!?

If you’ve got wedding cake left over from the day before, why not ask the venue to cut it up (if they haven’t already), put it in some tupperware for you and take it home. You can have cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the rest of the week (ideal right!?), or why not invite family/friends over to enjoy a piece with you. Of course, there’s the old tradition of keeping the top tier for the christening of your first-born child, but how many people actually do that these days?

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10. Will I be really sad when it’s all over?

Inevitably you’re going to feel a little sad when it’s all over, mainly due to the sheer amount of time and effort you have put into making your wedding day perfect. The day after your wedding you will probably be exhausted, so my advice is to spend the day after basking in the joy of everything that your day was. If you can, spend the day after with your new husband/wife, your families and enjoy opening the lovely cards and gifts that your guests so kindly gave you. After each wedding I photograph, I try to get a few ‘sneak peek’ photos up on my Facebook page for you to enjoy too. Obviously if you’ve got a honeymoon planned straight after the wedding, you’ve got nothing to be sad about – really make the most of your time away!

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Please feel free to get in touch if you would like any advice, have any queries or wish to have a chat with me about how I can capture your wedding day! I can’t wait to hear from you!

Website: http://www.kayleighadamsphotography.com
Email: hello@kayleighadamsphotography.com
Facebook: facebook.com/kayleighadamsphotography/
Instagram: @kadams_photography
Phone: 07813 340 737