A little bit about me and my new life in the country :)
I've been shooting weddings for over 5 years and I will never tire of seeing brides' faces light up when they see their bouquets for the first time. Some flowers have so much meaning for them. It could be a grandmother's favourite, or a flowers that was growing in a family's home garden when they were little. The bouquet will go and fade by the end of the wedding day, but every time they come across flowers which were part of it, the scent will bring them right back to one of the most special days in their lives.
If you are a regular visitor, you may have noticed a few changes around here. A brand spanking new website and branding, which I launched about 3 weeks ago! My old website had been there for more than three years and I felt it was definitely time for a change. My business has grown, and I have grown as a photographer as well as a person, and I wanted my new branding to reflect that.
When I booked Jordan and Frank's wedding at the Stone Tower Winery in the USA, Michael and I decided to spend a couple of days in New York on route. We met in the States 10 years ago (!) and both have been to New York before, but never together. It was incredible to come back to the city which I had fond memories of after 10 years. New York stayed the same, but I certainly changed. I remember stepping out of the plane from Russia in June 2005. Everything was new and exciting, and even the air smelled different. The journey probably started with that nostalgic feeling and memories of youth, but it was so interesting to feel and see the city through another 10 years of life experience.
Last August I was lucky enough to photograph Celine and Elias's destination wedding in Auvergne region of France. When I travel for destination weddings I always try to stay in local B&B's, rather than in chain hotels. I came across Aux Jardins Des Thevenets whilst looking for accommodation near Vichy. I just fell in love with the photos of the place. It looked like a tranquil heaven in the French countryside and I loved the design of every single room they had. It also had a swimming pool - always a bonus! This rustic B&B certainly did not disappoint. Lovingly restored through the years and run by a couple who are both incredible artists, it was absolutely perfect for a relaxing stay for a couple of nights.
We are almost at the end of summer and the wedding season is slowly coming to an end. It's been a very busy couple of months with weddings taking me all over the country, as well as Scotland and France. I can't quite believe it's nearly September. I do say how quick time flies every year though)) We had a good summer with a great deal of sunshine, and despite sitting in a dark room editing images most of the time, I did steal a day off here and there, trying to make the most of it.
I haven't really done any food styling before or taken many images of food, apart from those I take at weddings. Beautifully styled food always looks so delicious in the photos, and many times I cooked a certain recipe just because I fell in love with the picture. My dishes never look as good though afterwards, hehe! My husband's friend and his family started a company called What's for Pudding? in county Meath in Ireland baking the most delicious puddings (trust me, I tried them!). They sent me some samples to take a few promo photos for the social media.
I've known Dominique and her husband Samuel for a good few years now. We met through photography and started our businesses roughly at around the same time. Dominique is a fantastic photographer herself, so to say I was a little nervous about taking her family photos would be an understatement. Being fully immersed in weddings I haven't done any family photography in a while. Thankfully Dominique and Samuel were very patient and Ava was just a little star! Hampstead was a perfect location for the shoot with tall grass and big open space to run around and play.
April so far has been all about travel. I was visiting my family in the first two weeks, and shorty after my return to London my husband and I left for Amsterdam to spend our Easter break there. We've wanted to go on a city break for a while, and there have been a few contenders including Barcelona and Scotland, but we decided on Amsterdam in the end. They say the city does not reflect Netherlands at all, but if you are thinking about going away for a few days and you are after history, good food, beautiful architecture and culture, Amsterdam with its quirky buildings and canals is a perfect destination. There is a lot more to this city than the Red Light District and coffeeshops (not your usual kind).
More flower prettiness on the blog for you today :) I'm trying to make the most of my time before the craziness that is the wedding season of 2014 starts. For this arrangement I popped into my local flower shop on the way back from the post office and got this beautiful lot - orange parrot and white tulips, wax flowers, white, yellow and orange freesias. I arranged the flowers loosely in an old jug and they lasted in water for about 5 days, filling our living room with gorgeous smell.