I'd been trying to find a good time to take Allie out for a shoot idea for a good few weeks, but trying to juggle our erratic schedules and find a good weather window meant it took a while before we found an opportunity - and I'm so glad we waited! We headed up onto the white cliffs near Dover (you may remember a styled wedding shoot here) in that golden hour before sunset on a beautiful evening and wow, just look at the light we were blessed with!
In January I called upon my friend and fellow photographer Amy to see if she wanted to shoot with me again, but this time with a little twist. Smokebombs are frequently used by film productions, music performances and other uses, but can add a fantastic burst of colour to a photoshoot. After seeing other photographers use them to great effect at weddings and smaller scale sessions, I decided to buy a handful myself and see how they worked.
Amy is a good friend of mine and a fellow photographer. We went to Kersney Abbey near Dover one afternoon to have a look around and saw plenty of opportunities for some lovely photographs amongst the vivid autumn foliage. Amy doesn't often pose in front of the camera so she was a little shy to begin with, but by the end she was a natural! Her lovely burgundy dress really complimented the colours which, together with her hair resulted in some amazing photos!
Becky and Ryan got married back in February and we had planned to have some couple photos taken at the Reculver Towers after the ceremony, but the weather gods weren't playing ball that day and we ended up taking them at the reception. The towers were a big part of their early relationship and I didn't want them to miss out, so I offered to have a couples shoot there instead.
In the lull that many photographers experience between their autumn and spring seasons, I organised a small styled wedding photoshoot at the beautiful Lympne Castle. Normally a popular wedding venue overlooking the expansive Romney Marshes and the English Channel beyond, we had use of the facilities in a less busy time of year. Our couple, Joe & Sarah, offered their Saturday to myself and a few other photographers, braving the cold and the wind outside to make the most of a relatively dry day in an effort to show off the beautiful buildings in an otherwise rather grey time of year.
Wanting to capitalise on the occasionally crisp autumn weather and the lovely vibrant colours, I got in touch with Sarah again to see if she was interested in an autumn-themed photoshoot. Thankfully she jumped at the chance and we met near Ashford in the village of Little Chart for a walk through the fields and the ruins of a small church. Clearly we had picked a great location as there was another photoshoot in progress when we arrived!
Set in some gorgeous grounds just outside Faversham in Kent, the main house at Mount Ephraim Gardens provided a great base for a truly spectacular wedding style shoot. With an array of table decorations, beautiful autumn colours, a Victorian style wedding dress and an incredibly patient Emilia as the model, we all had a lovely day chatting and of course taking some amazing photographs! Just a shame we were without a groom on this occasion...
A fellow photographer and I spent a few hours on the iconic White Cliffs with our lovely model Emily. Dressed in a stunning white gown with a beautiful bouquet, we all enjoyed the gentle breezes and the fantastically picturesque surroundings amongst the long grasses and flowers on the cliff tops. Flowers - Old English Rose, Jewelry - Luminoire, Hair & Makeup - Hannah.
What's better than sunshine, ice-creams and a lovely couple to photograph?! Bev and Jason looked wonderful for this styled engagement shoot in outfits provided by Arnage Vintage and Bev's bouquet really completed the look - thank you Global Flowers! The Brighton sea front was the perfect location for our vintage theme, right down to the amusements on the famous Pier and the cobbled lanes in the town centre. We couldn't have asked for a better day out!
Sarah is a fellow photographer but she does occasionally step in front of the camera and do a bit of modelling as well. We went back to Knole Park a short distance from her home to have a wander through the lush green ferns and the vibrant foxglove to create a beautiful set of images. Needless to say we're both very happy with the outcome. We were going for a 'woodland fairy' theme and I think Sarah pulled it off remarkably well!