Last autumn I had the pleasure of holding my first european film photography workshop in Monasterio de Piedra. We gathered together in the twelfth century monastery to explore the beauty of film photography. Students came from all over to learn with me and Jessie Thomson some as far as Dubai and Manila, Philippines. We put together some simple bridal inspiration using the pantone colours of 2016 Rose Quartz and Serenity along with other soft pastels.
The beautiful ancient setting was a perfect backdrop, a must see for anyone passing through the area from Barcelona to Madrid. Spain’s rich colour palette add real depth to these images and the stillness of the setting emulates through the photographs.
The idea behind the shoot was “From Farm to Table” a unique rustic idea using very simple styling for your wedding or engagement shoot. We wanted to show how simple and delicate styling can be achieved by both stylist and photographer.
This blog post is so long over due… since their wedding Chan and Andy have welcomed their first little one into the world and are living in Paris. But even though a little this wedding still exudes timeless charm and the memories I have of this day seem like yesterday.
Chan looked so stunning along with her maids walking around the grounds of Coombe Lodge, one of my all time favourite venues nestled in the heart of Somerset. She choose two gowns one traditional Thai for her Thai tea ceremony and the other a strapless gown purchased in Paris.
The couple choose this venue as they felt it matched their french theme with its golden stone and art deco interior.
I have been fortunate enough that this wedding has been featured internationally in Elizabeth Anne Designs, Thai blog So Dazzling and most recently in print in You and Your Wedding Magazine.
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Venue: Coombe Lodge, Blagdon
Florals: The Rose Shed
Band: The Moon Loungers
Ceremony Musicians: The Bristol String Quartet
Hair and Makeup : Amelle Chentouf Chergui
Bridesmaids dresses: Various
Gown: La Sposa from O’Scarlett’s
Suit: Hugh Harris
Fine Art Wedding Photographer | Coombe Lodge Somerset
Oh I could drink a case of you darling
And I would still be on my feet.
Erin and Greg are the types of clients I fall in love with. They are both passionate and thoughtful about their love and about how they choose to express it to the world. Erin’s artistic taste and appreciation for the beautiful simplicity made their wedding not only unique but unforgettable!
The couple added numerous luxury touches to their wedding day like Greg wearing modern classic black tie and Erin’s stunning gown. Erin who is a talented stylist and floral designer also crafted all of the flowers and props for the day which were so original and bounteous in blooms.
My photography style suited this spring time wedding so well held in the the heart of Somerset the ever so cool At The Chapel.
I hope this wonderful celebration will provide you all with wedding inspiration and please browse the rest of my new look site.
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As a photographer I choose to see beauty in amongst the places I encounter, taking time to stop and observe my surroundings. To really look at the colours, the way the light effects the shapes of various objects and how aged buildings have a real sense of establishment amidst nature. So when a few months ago my sweet husband took me to visit the Monasterio de Piedra a stones throw from our new home in Spain I couldn’t help but fall so deeply in love with it. Its dilapidated bricks and ancient painted walls and soft warm colour pallet had me smitten as I wandered through the breath taking corridors into these grand open spaces.
I knew that I wanted to share this newly found treasure with my fellow photographers so along with Jessie Thomson, Katie Julia and Amy Bowley we are bringing the second Illuminated Collective Workshop to Spain for a two day event of embracing our inner artist, how to market yourself and find your place in a sea of wedding photographers and lots and lots of shooting!
If you haven’t already read or heard about the workshop please feel free to pop over to www.illuminatedcollective.co.uk for more information and to reserve your place.
The workshop will take place over two days in September 14th and 15th and will boast many local and international sponsors/speakers for the affordable price of £850.00
I will be focusing on teaching the mechanics of film photography, shooting with a view to Fine Art Photography and finding your inner artist. Where as Katie will be focusing on placing yourself in the luxury wedding market, how to attract brides who focus on the aesthetics of a wedding and showing you hands on how she achieves her effortlessly beautiful photographs. Jessie and Amy will be styling along with discussing and demonstrating food styling, how to be seen by wedding planners and stylists and putting together two full styled shoots.
I look forward to making lots of new friends learning from each other, passing on my knowledge which I have gathered after working in the industry so long and then watching everyone fulfil their dreams!
Below are some images I have taken whilst walking around the Monastery and the surrounding areas:
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.
– St. Francis of Assisi
This beach. This girl. That light.
To me this session is everything and represented me saying goodbye to the place call home and starting pastures new. Taken just a few days before I left my sweet home town and followed my heart to Spain. As an artist I feel it is important to take time out and shoot solely for yourself, I think its important for your self development and inner contentment. I try to take personal images as much as posible fine tuning my art and honing the skills I have come to develop. That means working a long side a film lab, talking to them about how you can take your work to the next level and then listening and acting on what you learn.
As a wedding photographer sometimes you don’t have as much time as you like to experiment whilst taking photographs at a wedding so its necessary to make time to practice. I love that film photography makes you work, it forces you to strive for perfection in what you do and allows you to constantly be learning. I love sharing my knowledge with other too helping individuals find their own voice as an artist, a photographer and seeing them develop. Since creating Illuminated Collective a European Fine Art and Film Photography workshop my awareness for self development has become prevalent and I can see how much we can all learn from each other.
I am so pleased that I have joined again with Jessie Thomson and Amy Bowley to curate the next Illuminated Workshop which will be held in my new home town in Spain this September. The workshop has been designed to help develop yourself as an artist, learn the skill of film photography and finding your own niche in sea of wedding photographers. This retreat will be taught over two days and boast beautiful styled sessions, one to one talks with the mentors and gorgeous surroundings. If you would like to join us in this experience visit here.
Monasetrio De Piedra| 14 & 15 SEPTEMBER | £850.00 INVESTMENT