Izzy and Lawrence 24th July 2010

I did a wedding a couple of weeks ago for a lovely young couple, Izzy and Lawrence.   The men were all dressed up in kilts because there was a strong Scottish connection.  I had photographed in St. Mary and St. Michael’s Church in Garstang earlier this year and the reception was at one of my favourite places – The Barton Grange Hotel.

This photograph above was taken in the gardens at The Barton Grange.  I love those trees – are they Weeping Willows?  Anyhow I just think they form the best backdrop for a couple.

Check out these funky shoes too!

This guy, I can’t remember his name, was a family friend.  The same age as Barnaby and just the nicest bloke you could meet – he helped me with my ladder.    He was dressed in a suit and I don’t usually think it works well – trying to be a mini-adult.  But it really suited him (scuse the pun) and he looked like such a cool dude.  He reminded me of Barnaby – just a thoroughly nice chap with wild hair! Can’t remember your name, young man, but it was lovely meeting you and your parents (the videographers, Scottish and now living in Australia!).

And this little girl was such a sweetie too.

This was a moment full of anticipation – the final moments as a single girl before walking down the aisle to become a Mrs.

Thanks for booking Fotoamour, Izzy and Lawrence.  It was great to be a part of your day!

Who should be attending the bride on the way to the church?

I am not going to make any friends with this particular posting.    But as a couple you really need to know exactly how to achieve the best shots at your wedding – and understand that some stuff is totally outside the control of your photographer.  

With that knowledge you can make decisions beforehand which will affect the look of your wedding photographs – if it is really important to you and if your photography is your priority.  And even though I may think pictures are important it isn’t necessarily the case for everyone.  I understand that  – really I do!  But finding out that things could have looked better by seeing it on your wedding photographs – well, by that time, its just too late.

Last year I photographed two weddings where I felt particuarly frustrated at the shots I couldn’t get.  At the first wedding I didn’t manage to get any shots of the bride arriving at the church door without the car company drivers in attendance. It was a beautiful wedding, lots of emotion and a very pretty church and angelic-looking kids.   An excellent wedding car company, two lovely drivers – but why did they feel the need to take on this ‘role’ at the wedding when there were bridesmaids around who could have done the job perfectly well?  And, sorry to say,  more prettily!

A group of bridesmaids lifting the skirts of the bride’s dress in a lovely procession to the church door is a beautiful moment to capture on camera – it has all the key people you need in there too.  So don’t allow the job to  be done by someone that you’ve only met once or twice – unless you really don’t care. 

At the second wedding the bride walked downstairs to greet her father – his first viewing of his daughter in all her glory – and there in the background the wedding coordinator smiling up at the camera.  Aaagh!  And no matter where I stood during those few moments,  I could not crop out the unnecessary personnel.   So frustrating, as I know that when it comes to your wedding albums, none of those shots will be chosen to go in your final selection.  In fact I don’t even bother putting them in the preview books these days.

As a B&G its up to you both to decide just how much attention you want from your suppliers on the day.  I know of florists who insist on being at the church to instruct on how to hold the bouquet.  Couldn’t that be sorted out at a pre-wedding meeting?   Drivers who insist on the ‘car shot’ with them in it?  Toastmasters who are more interested in the photo for their website than managing the crowds at your wedding.   

Go away, people!  This is an intimate moment – not a marketing opportunity!     

And the really good suppliers – these are the companies and venues that just get on with their jobs and don’t feel the need to dominate.  Their products and services speak loudly for themselves.  In fact, I’ve known businesses lose work because they are so ‘in-your-face’. 

I don’t have a particular gripe against wedding car companies – I have serious doubts about any wedding suppliers other than the photographer, the minister/registrars and possibly,  just possibly, the wedding coordinator at a hotel being present on the photographs in any major way.  I don’t understand why a wedding supplier might consider it to be part of their job description or why they would even want it   (I feel I have failed if I appear on any of the wedding shots when shooting as a team – I want to be invisible!).

So, just to reiterate….decide how much of a role you want your other suppliers to take.  If you have no problem with them appearing on your shots then just go with the flow and don’t be disappointed if you don’t get the shots you may have hoped for (Actually it may be that they are such a part of your day that you want shots of them anyhow).

But if you want to avoid this situation and get the pictures you want and that look nicest  – overcome your embarrassment and tell your drivers/florists/cakemaker etc that you want them to keep a low profile!

Hope I haven’t offended anyone here but sometimes you’ve just got to tell it how it is.   My customers don’t see the things that I do until they’re looking at their photos and by then its too late to do anything about it.  Only then do they realise why I risk life and limb by making posts like this!

Old friends

Its always great when your clients remember you.  Every so often I will hear from a couple, who got married a while ago, to tell me their news.

I’ve had three contacts this week within the space of 24 hours.  I thought I would just post a few photos here from their weddings to say ‘hello’ and thanks for being in touch.  Its always lovely to hear from you.

Firstly, Cathy and Mark, who got married in 2008 at Farrington Lodge emailed me to say ‘ Hi Jo – its our anniversary and just wanted to say hello. We’ve just been to Rhodes to celebrate our anniversary!’ 

Then Myra emailed too.  She got married to Jonathan in Liverpool in 2008 too.  Myra told me their exciting news – they’ve got a new baby!  And she’s wanted to know if some of her photos were still waiting for her to collect – yes, they are.  Safe and sound and patient!

And then, last night, Rosalind and Richard texted to tell me that they’d just had another little baby boy!  How cool is that?  I’m so pleased that my customers come back to me with news like that – it’s a privilege to be included on their particular mailing list!

I’m hoping to pop over in the next couple of weeks to say  hello to Michael Anthony who weighed in at a very respectable 8lb 5oz. 

Sometimes, just sometimes, you get clients that test your patience a little….. and then you get blown away by some of the truly lovely stuff like these three little bits of contact. 

Thankyou Cathy, Myra and Rosalind! x

Izzy and Laurence

Just a little word to say good luck to Izzy and Laurence who get married today at St. Mary’s and St. Michael’s Church in Garstang.  They then go on to their reception at The Barton Grange Hotel. 

Its wonderful weather, you have a great church (did one there in January when it was a lot colder…!) and the best hotel around.  So you don’t really need luck!

See you later you two.


Amy and Richard 30th January 2010

Amy and Richard got married on a lovely January Saturday in Garstang and they were truly blessed by the weather.  It was glorious! 

I started off with Amy at her parent’s house just doing some bridal prep shots.  Amy looked really funky with a perky little fascinator pinned to her hair.  And she has great eyes which just looked fab through the veil.  Her hair, by Mary at Plaza Hair and Beauty in Garstang, had been cut into a sharp bob which was very flattering (and different from the usual upswept hairdos which was good) with the dress and its little lace bolero.

I really loved the flowers but I’m not sure who they were by.  Anyhow, they were just simple and the colours were right on trend.  I love gypsophilia – it just looks like a bunch of lace and is so pretty.  It is rare to see it in a bouquet on its own and I don’t know why  –  its like a little cloud.  And the mauve and purple of Amy’s bouquet made a beautiful contrast.  Not forgetting Richard’s tie – which took quite a lot of finding, if I remember correctly.  As a photographer it is a change to see something different to the usual cravat.  And best of all, it doesn’t need to go back to the hire shop afterwards.  In other words, an investment – and you know how I like those!  Click on the trio below to see a larger version.I thought that the bridesmaids looked lovely in their mauve (purple?) dresses with the jewelled bit on the bustline – but goodness, it was so cold.  Bright and sunny but freezing! So they had with them these lovely little fur stoles.  Practical but very pretty.

I can tell you that the dress, shoes  and fascinator were by Ambience and Elegant Steps.  And Amy’s Mum, Linda, did a sterling job on the cake.  In fact, we managed to avoid the cliched cake shot but ended up with something that was much more natural and which I liked  more.

Amy and Richard chose the fabulous Barton Grange Hotel for their reception and I’m really glad they did.  It is like being amongst friends when I do a wedding there.  Rob and Tom were on hand to make sure everything went according to plan.  It was great to be a part of it. 

I’m just going to post some of the pictures from the day that I particularly liked – I might add a few comments here and there but then again…. I might not!

This one above is one of my favourites of the day – Richard and Amy were just standing at the altar at an important bit and he lifted her hand to kiss it.  A little moment that was utterly ‘true’.  Lovely.

And this shot of the pair of them walking back from the gardens at Barton Grange.  I love that fuzzy halo around Richard’s head caused by breathing out into the cold January air!

And finally, when I’m designing an album I love to be able to put series of images together.  Any one of these pictures would look brilliant on its own – but the three of them together tell a charming little story.  So I couldn’t resist!

Thanks Amy and Richard – I think you had a fabulous day and I really enjoyed your company.  I know you’ve had your pictures already but hopefully this will give you more of an idea of how you can put things together!  Take care and have a wonderful life together.

Jo x