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Wedding Photography at Ashdown Park Hotel

By | 2018-04-24T15:30:58+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: , |

Based in the heart of the countryside that is said to have inspired AA Milne to create the Winnie the Pooh stories, Ashdown Park is a simply stunning wedding venue. Built in 1987 as a manor house, it has also been a convent before being converted to country house venue in 1993 and it is there that I think it has found it's true calling.  The grounds are immaculate and picturesque with a beautiful

How to Get the Perfect Confetti Photograph on your Wedding Day

By | 2018-04-19T09:16:44+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: |

While a lot of wedding photography now is unposed and in a reportage style, folk still seem to love a good confetti shot.  There's just something so fun about seeing the happy couple in a cloud of petals (or a hail of rice!) From our experience, the best confetti shots are posed by the photographer as, without wishing to diminish the joy of throwing, the photo will always look better there's a lot of the stuff in

Getting the Most from your Wedding Cake Photographs

By | 2018-04-03T20:01:42+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: |

Offering advice specifically for your wedding cake in terms of photography does sound a bit specific when you are in the process of planning an entire day from start to finish, but it really is worth thinking about.  Your wedding cake is likely to be a fairly substantial chunk of your budget, you will have spent time making sure that it looks perfect to accent your day and you'll want to remember it in all it's glory once it's

Five Ways to Prepare for your Boudoir Photo Shoot

By | 2018-03-27T18:13:53+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Categories: Boudoir and Makeover|Tags: |

So you've made the decision to book a boudoir photo shoot - go you!  You're going to rock it but there's always a comfort in a little bit of planning so you know you're totally ready for it (well there is for me anyway) so here's some top tips on getting ready for your photo shoot. Change it Up When you layout your clothing to take, try and create a variety of looks.  So don't take three lingerie sets

Boudoir Photography & Nudity

By | 2018-03-27T18:51:46+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Categories: Boudoir and Makeover|Tags: |

Contrary to popular opinion, true boudoir isn't about nudity.  It's not necessarily even about lingerie really.  It's about the tease, it's about your inner sexy and it's about showing you at your beautiful best - clothed or otherwise. So if you've always liked the idea of a photo shoot, but you've been worried about being naked in front of a stranger or you don't have an extensive, perfect lingerie collection then don't let these be barriers for you.  Of

Top Tips for Great Wedding Photos

By | 2018-02-13T17:45:53+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Categories: Latest, Weddings|Tags: |

It's  a fact of life that most people don't like having their photograph taken and some people can actually find it really stressful. Whilst things are going to be different on your wedding day - let's face it, you're going to be dressed up and looking your best, marrying the love of your life and feeling probably more fabulous than the average day - it can still be a source of anxiety for some folk.  So here's some tips

Wedding Trends for 2018

By | 2018-02-13T17:22:27+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Categories: General Information, Weddings|Tags: |

Of course your wedding and how you plan it is as individual as you are but, as with all things, there are trends that come and go.  Here's some that are forecast to be big in 2018 so if you're busy planning your wedding right now it might be fun to know what's making the news.  Take them or leave them, there are some really lovely trends in the wedding industry from festive fizziness to sharing the day with

And the Wedding Colour for 2018 is…

By | 2018-01-31T13:48:59+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: , |

Well obviously the colour scheme that you choose for your wedding day is completely down to personal preference but every year there is one colour that is tipped to be the 'colour of the year'.  This year, it is Pantone 17-1512 TCX.  Catchy huh?  Luckily it has a much prettier name... Nostalgia Rose So the betting is we will be seeing this in plenty of bridesmaid dresses, seat covers and floral arrangements throughout 2018.  It's such a pretty

Five Wedding Traditions and What they Mean

By | 2018-01-31T13:52:30+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Categories: Latest|

If you're planning a wedding then you already know that there are a million wedding traditions to consider, with friends and family inventing ones of their own to add to the pantheon.  Whether you want to include them in your wedding day is another matter but here's some fun facts about the origins of five of them. The tradition of showering the happy couple with confetti is one that has travelled around the

Getting Married – Know your Cravat-iquette

By | 2018-01-31T12:14:28+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: |

As you can see from the above graphic, cravats have been around for a very long time and there's historically a lot of ways that they can be tied.   In modern times, of course, they've largely been superseded by the neck tie and usually it's only at weddings that you find that the cravat makes an appearance.  Of course this means that you might never have actually worn one before so here's some helpful advice. There are

Passport Costs Set to Rise – Renew Now to Beat the Hike

By | 2018-01-30T09:19:18+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Categories: General Information|Tags: , , |

If you're looking to travel shortly and need to renew your passport, you might want to know that cost of applying for that all important document for both adults and children is set to increase from March 27th. The cost of an adult passport will go up to £85 (from £72.50) The cost of a child passport will rise to £58.50 (from £46) So it makes sense, if your passport is due to expire this year, or if you have

A Wedding Sand Ceremony

By | 2018-01-25T16:07:25+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: , , , |

I recently had the pleasure of photographing a Humanist wedding at the very lovely Alexander House Hotel in Turners Hill (I could wax lyrical about this fabulous wedding venue but that's not the point of this blog post so I won't!Instead, you can find out more about it at my Alexander House Hotel wedding venue page). I've always found Humanist ceremonies to be very moving as the couple have complete flexibility to make the ceremony exactly as the

Give the present of Yourself for Valentines

By | 2018-01-25T14:05:20+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Categories: Boudoir and Makeover, Latest|Tags: , , , , , |

Give the present of yourself for Valentines Now with £25 off up until Valanties Day! £125... Now £100 Want something fun but naughty? Explore your naughty side with a retro pinup photo session, images for you, your wall, or something private for your partner. You can add a makeover and hair styling or just have the shoot. You decide how saucy you want your photographs, we'll apply full airbrushing and retouching to your shoot. There are no sales or

Top Five Tips for Choosing your Wedding Photographer

By | 2018-01-24T18:52:45+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: |

Your photographer is likely to be one of your larger wedding investments and so you'll want to take your time and get it right. Here's some advice regarding making your selection that hopefully you'll find helpful when you're drowning in websites and wedding photography packages. I'm going to ignore the subject of budget for the purposes of this article - obviously (and sadly) we all know that money doesn't grow on trees and you'll have a budget for your

Why a Professional Wedding Photographer is Important

By | 2018-01-24T18:28:53+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: |

Of course, as a professional photographer, any article with a title about why it's important to hire a professional photographer for your wedding is going to seem self-serving but honestly, this is something that I'm very passionate about. I've spoken to countless couples over the years during my photography career and it makes me sad to hear people's regrets that they saved on their budget by asking a friend / relative to take their wedding pictures and they were

Boudoir Photography – Dare to Bare!

By | 2018-01-24T17:46:08+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Categories: Boudoir and Makeover|Tags: |

Everyone has their own comfort level when it comes to boudoir photography.  Some people choose to stay fully dressed and some people want to create fine art nude images and of course, there's everything in between.  We never have a preconceived plan when you book and attend a boudoir shoot in our studio  - you're in the driving seat and we will guide you through your session according to your preferences. This

Can your Horoscope Help you Choose your Wedding Flowers

By | 2018-01-20T17:53:18+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: |

So if you're in the middle of planning your wedding then you know that you have a million decisions to make. You have to decide about things that you never knew existed before you started!  So can your star sign help make one of the decisions for you by pointing you in the direction of the flowers you should choose? Whether you believe in horoscopes or not, it's more likely in this country that you will know your star

Top Five Tips for Staying Cool on your Wedding Day (& Looking Cooler)

By | 2018-01-20T16:17:04+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: |

It's a catch 22 situation isn't it?  Everyone wants a warm sunny day to enjoy on their wedding day but no-one wants to look hot and flustered in their photos.  Here's our top five tips for staying cool and looking cooler... First off, before that, a pro photographer will always put you in the shade for your wedding photos.  A clear blue sky with blazing sun is lovely to bathe in but the heavy top light leads to

Unplugged Weddings – The Right Choice for You?

By | 2018-01-20T16:09:25+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: |

There's a trend in recent years towards 'Unplugged Weddings' where couples actively request that  their guests put down their phones and cameras for all or part of their wedding day in order to be fully present and share with them. Put down my phone? Not on your life!  It's a reasonably common response but here are some reasons why you might want to consider an unplugged wedding. Yeah but You're a Photographer so You're Biased Let me state

Planning your Wedding – Top 5 Ways to Keep your Guests Happy

By | 2018-01-20T15:59:00+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: Weddings|Tags: |

If you're planning your wedding, you have a million balls in the air at once - creating your perfect day, keeping to your budget, managing family politics, ensuring everyone is up to speed on the plans for the day and their jobs and, oh yeah, it would be nice if you got to enjoy yourself too.  There's a lot going on crammed into a short time period - here's five ways to simplify your day that will also make