Rosie and Dan: A Romantic, Rural Portrait Session

To say it has been an unexpected year would be an understatement. However, Rosie and Dan weren’t going to let covid get in the way of their special day. Planning a celebration with their larger guest list for next year, they decided to have an intimate wedding with close friends and family at All Saints Church in Ashwellthorpe, located deep inside dreamy, rural Norfolk countryside. I met them as they left the church as newlyweds, smiling lovingly at each other as I cheered and whooped! Their guests left the church through a side door and got in to position for a confetti line. 

Shortly after this, I swept the couple away for a portrait session amongst a wooded area with a lake behind the church. It was so pretty and we were spoilt for locations to shoot at. We then wandered further away from the church and stumbled on a hilly field, perfect for some romantic shots. The open space was perfect for highlighting their gorgeous wedding clothes. Rosie’s awesome bargain hunting skills allowed her to find her dream dress for just £40 off Ebay! The feathered cape was from a brand called Biba. Dan’s suit came from a brand called Cavani. He purchased his shirt from Primark, while his tie and pocket square came from Ebay as well. Can we also take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous the flowers from Florence and Flowers are! I am so in love them! The colours popped so nicely against the white gown and feathers. 

After strolling back to the front of the church, Rosie and Dan mentioned a nearby wildflower field, where they would like to take some more photos. If you have been following me for a while, you may be aware that I adore photos taken amongst flowers: so I excitedly agreed to follow them there. The field was full of of a wide variety of flowers, with bumble bees and butterflies swarming to it like children to an ice cream van. It was beautiful. I took photos of them in several spots across the field as well as some individual shots to pick out the details in their clothes. 

Prior to the day, Rosie and Dan had excitedly told me they have props for the photo shoot: a parasol, a cane and a feathered fan. Once I had taken Dan’s individual photos, he sprinted towards the car to grab the props. First of all we took some photos with the parasol. I really liked the way the lace created a shadowy pattern across the couple, whilst also not blocking out any of the sunlight. Rosie described a photo she saw of a couple standing side by side, with the woman facing away with the fan behind their back. We decided to recreate this shot as well as putting our own spin on it. 

I had such a lovely afternoon taking photos with these two. They are so full of love and creativity that it excites me to photograph them. I can’t wait for their celebration next year, as I know it will be INCREDIBLE! <3

You, Me And Earth: Product Photography

You, Me And Earth is an eco-friendly company, who embraces nature and are driven by creating sustainable products for their customers. When Emily got in touch with me to photograph her grass straws, I was over the moon. I loved hearing about her story and how dedicated she is about creating sustainable, plastic free and low waste products to help protect our oceans and wildlife. I’m also passionate about helping our oceans through environmentally-friendly products, so I was very eager to work with her, tell her story and ambition through my photography. 

Emily was looking for her straws to be photographed amongst nature as well as being used in a lifestyle setting. I started searching for various locations that would suit the look and textures of the straws and packaging. I took several photos of the straws and box amongst different natural backdrops. We also discussed the concept of the straws being used in a bar set up and with a model surrounded by nature. I knew that Chloe would be perfect for these photos as she is also passionate about protecting our oceans and is a wonderful person and a fantastic model to shoot with. She radiates positivity and I think this shows in the images. We took the photos in the late afternoon sun, which created a lovely glow and beautiful bokeh through the trees (so dreamy!).

For the bar set up, I used a dark wood dresser that lives in my kitchen. I love the texture of the dresser and thought it would be perfect for this photo series. I set up the dresser in multiple ways, using various props to keep the photos interesting. When I took the photos of Chloe, I also used my Fuji camera so I could use the film prints as props for the bar set up. This helped to build a connection with the portraits of Chloe, as though the series tells a story of a girl making a drink, going to sit outside and enjoy the beverage with her grass straw. 

Jessica and Alex: A Relaxed Beach Engagement Session

At last, lockdown rules have eased and I have been able to meet up with my lovely couples to photograph their engagement sessions - hooray! On a warm Sunday afternoon, I met up with Jessica and Alex at the beautiful Wells-next-the-Sea. Sadly, the day before would have been their wedding day, but due to lockdown they have had to postpone their celebration until next year, and I am sooooo looking forward to it! It was a pleasure to commemorate their original date with some intimate, relaxed portraits. We started off by wandering through the Corsican pine woods, just behind the beach. Quickly stumbling upon a perfect photo opp spot amongst a circular arrangement of trees surrounded by wild evergreen shrubs, I grabbed my camera and begun shooting. 

Emerging from the woodlands, we strolled across the beach. Pausing by the huts and long grass to grab a few more photographs. It was lovely chatting with them about what they are most looking forward to on their wedding day, including music and drinks aplenty! The excitement on their faces as they discussed their plans was so heartwarming. It was also an absolute pleasure getting to know the two of them better, as this was the first time we had met after chatting for some time via email. 

Before meeting up with Jessica and Alex, I arrived early so I could have a look around the town for some unique and beautiful photo spots (a rather easy job when you’re shooting in a place as gorgeous as Wells!). I like to do this so I can provide options for my clients, as well as being able to build a creative picture in my head of what the shoot could look like. On my walk, I noticed some vivid blue wild flowers growing by the port. I could not resist taking them there as I felt the bright colour would really make the photos pop. We left the beach and headed straight towards the harbour. When we arrived at our final location, the town had become much quieter. It was lovely to feature the iconic buildings in the background of these photos, whilst a sea mist started to crawl towards the land. A very romantic, dreamy setting perfect for their engagement session.