Camera Hannah - Alternative Wedding Photography Derby UK

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Pinterest Weddings: How to make your day picture perfect!

Collecting up some anecdotes and testimonials from old couples this landed in my inbox from Alyson, whose wedding I photographed in April... and I felt it needed a blog post all of its own. 

This.

A million times this!

"When we started planning our wedding, I spent a lot of time on Pinterest. It was a great resource for ideas, most of which we didn't use wholesale, but which served as inspiration and helped to get a feel for what we wanted the day to be like. I pinned A LOT of ideas for photos...you know the ones. The blurry bride and groom kissing in the foreground and the wedding party gasping behind them. The giant bride's foot hovering over cowering groomsmen. The bride surrounded by a circle of bridesmaids with iPhones, instagramming the heck out of the dress. I thought these were fun poses we could do on the day to bring a bit of frivolity to the photos.
And then the day came. We didn't do any of them. We were way too busy getting married and having THE BEST time. And you know what? I didn't miss them at all. We got our photos back, and - like the wonderful impish pixie you are - you'd captured some far more frivolous and hilarious moments. Like a groomsman vogueing. My bridesmaids "doing" Bridesmaids, unprompted. Me running up a muddy hill with my dress hitched up. My mum making people double over with laughter. My father in law raising his eyebrows as if to say "they've really gone and done it now..."
These are some of our favourite photos. In the end, I'm glad we didn't have a "Pinterest wedding". It wasn't perfect and it wasn't a cookie-cutter copy of anyone else's. It was ours, and we loved it. And you captured the whole thing and reflected our personalities (and those of all our friends and family) so perfectly. Far better than any number of clich├ęd shots could have done." 
Alyson has put it so perfectly. I think about this a lot, the more I see of Pinterest. Pinterest is great for inspiration... but don't let it rule your day. You could spend so much time trying to recreate "must-have" photos that you miss out on making your own moments which might just be so much better.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Intergalactic Bridal Inspiration - Outer-space Wedding Ideas

I knew I wanted to work with Jo from The Couture Company again. Our first collaboration had been a huge success so we knew that if we were going to work together again, we had to top it somehow.


I've only ever wanted to do styled shoots that were unique, so it can take a bit of time for inspiration to strike and when it does it happens by surprise and becomes all consuming. So, when Jo asked me again if we could work together and I just blurted out that I wanted to do a space shoot… it was news to both of us. The idea formed while I explained it to her "it's like space… but not sci fi... like nebulae and stuff …" and luckily she understood what I meant and the plan came together over the months that followed.

I was blown away by the work of the collaborators… to work with The Couture Company who made the stunning gowns, hair and make up artist extraordinaire Elbie Van Eeden, the shoe-designers of awesomeness Revivemeboutique, rad accessory designers Working Clasp and lovely models Elly Lucas and Rachel Hayton was awesome. It's a funny thing seeing an idea come to life in front of you and humbling when that happens because talented people are willing to trust that you can pull it off.

Here's the photos… I'm so excited to finally share them all.


And if that wasn't enough we were lucky enough to get published in Rock N Roll Bride Magazine! The launch of Kat's magazine has been huge but, being focussed on real weddings (and rightly so) there's not a lot of room for editorial content. Having our shoot published was a massive achievement.

If you haven't picked up a copy of this awesome new magazine I definitely recommend it for any couple getting married who fancy a bit of inspiration.  



Monday, 30 March 2015

The Deck at The National Theatre London Wedding | Anna & Tom

I arrived at their home to get some shots of Anna and their two daughters getting ready and was so inspired by being in the midst of little signs of family life, the felt tip calendar with days crossed off up until the wedding. All those everyday things you find in a house with children. I wanted to tell that part of the day from their daughters' perspectives and I waited patiently to get the black and white shot with the youngest peeking round the door. It turned out to be well worth it as Tom and Anna told me after seeing their preview images:

"We both said the shot of Evie looking around the door is worth the price of all your work...we will treasure that for the rest of our lives."


I may have done a little dance at my computer when I read those words. 


When Tom and Anna first told me they were getting married at The Deck, part of The National Theatre in London I had to catch my breath a bit. London is such a beautiful city and The Deck had one of the best views of the skyline I've seen. It was gorgeous in the daytime but truly came into its own when night fell… all the twinkling lights on the Thames.

That's all the words I'll give you for now… let's have a look at the photos, hey?