Irena’s family photo shoot at Bantham Beach

I used to visit Bantham beach as a child and I have vague memories of rolling sand dunes and surfers. I was reminded of how beautiful the beach is when I visited for Irena’s family shoot late last summer. The picturesque landscape and clear turquoise water made it a perfect location for a shoot and even though it was a busy summer’s afternoon we still managed to find some quiet areas to give the images an intimate feel.

Irena wanted her shoot to have a relaxed feel to it and for me to capture herself and her children naturally, enjoying time as a family by the sea.

Thank you Irena for inviting me to spend time with you and your beautiful children. I have since been back to this beach several times this summer with my twins- they love it! A great place for a family photo shoot! x

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Fancy your own family photo shoot at a location of your choice? Get in touch here

Thanks x

Anja and James’ Wedding at Mount Edgecumbe in Cornwall

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My final wedding of 2015 was Anja and James’ at Mount Edgecumbe in Cornwall. The couple were blessed with a gloriously sunny day for their Autumnal themed wedding in late September.

Whilst bridal preparations took part in the grand house at the top of the hill, guests arrived via ferry across the River Tamar and were then carried up to the house in little golf buggies.

The ceremony took part in the house with drinks and canapés served to guests afterwards in the stunning courtyard and gardens. Whilst guests made their way down to the orangery Anja, James and myself hopped into a Landrover for a little off-road drive to explore the grounds and take some portraits with the stunning scenery the venue offers.

Afterwards guests enjoyed food and drinks in the beautiful orangery followed by a live band.

Thank you Anja and James for a fantastic day xx

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Floral Ideas for your Wedding Day

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What is it about a bunch of beautiful flowers that makes everything seem a bit better? Its a cold, wet and windy winter’s day outside. Having just endured 45 minutes of what can only described as ‘half term soft-play hell’ with the twins I arrive home to be presented with a bunch of daffodils. I’m instantly smiling and life seems a little brighter. They are yet to flower, another reminder that Spring is a while away yet, but I pop them in a vase on my mantle piece and await their sweet yellow colour in the same way that I patiently await Spring time. I feels like it been raining forever.

That’s the thing I love about flowers, they bring happiness, love and life. I’ve been looking at my Daffodils and my left-over-from-Valentines-day Peonies and thinking about all the beautiful florals that I photographed last year and I thought ‘why don’t I write a little post about flowers’. So here are a few of my favourite photos of flowers from the past few years, along with a few tips on how you can make the most of florals at your wedding:

                             1. Be bold! this is the one day of your life when you can go flower crazy! Even if you aren’t that keen on flowers choose ones that suit your taste to add some colour and texture to your venue. These beautiful coral Peonies make a real statement and I love the way they have been used to decorate the chairs.

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                            2. Do something a bit different. Rather than the traditional single floral decoration in the centre of the table why not collect a range of different sized andshaped vases and fill with single flowers like Melissa did below:

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                             3. Use wild flowers- this was a big trend in 2015 with many brides opting for the ‘straight out of a meadow’ look and personally I wish I had done something similar at our wedding. I love the relaxed bohemian look of wild flowers and Becky’s bouquet below was stunning and suited her style of wedding perfectly.

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                    4. Don’t forget the groom! Foliage was another big trend in 2015 with many brides and grooms opting for just greenery. I really like the textures in Sam’s button holedesign and James’ mix of berries, leaves and florals suited his Autumnal wedding perfectly.

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5. Get personal! Add a personalised badge to your bridesmaids bouquet:

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6. Keep it simple. I love that Clare choose a stunning powder blue Hydrangea to compliment her bridemaid’s dresses. The maids’ ivory Gypsofilia completes the look perfectly.

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Check out the link below for more amazing florals:

http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/floral-decor-ideas-for-weddings/

 

Credits

http://www.busbyandfox.co.uk/p/flowers

www.theroseshed.co.uk

Clare and Mark; Hare and Hounds Wedding, Westonbirt

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Today I’m taking you back to a sunny day in late August. It had rained all week and many places in the UK were still experiencing rain and thunder storms on the Saturday of Clare and Mark’s wedding. So it was an absolute blessing that the sun shone all day long for Clare and Mark, enabling them and their guests to enjoy the beautiful gardens of the Hare and Hounds Hotel in Westonbirt. “This is exactly as I imagined it” said Clare as she looked out at her family and friends enjoying cocktails and playing lawn games.

Clare and Mark chose a powder blue colour theme for their special day with Clare’s bridesmaids wearing spotty knee length dresses to compliment Clare’s simple yet elegant bouquet. The deckchairs scattered around the lawns enabled guests to relax and watch the game of cricket that Mark and his groomsmen enjoyed before the dancing began!

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Becky and Ben’s Beautiful Teepee Wedding

Becky and Ben married on a hot sunny day back in July. Their ceremony took place in All Saints church in Brixham, followed by a relaxed teepee reception held in Becky’s parents’ garden. Becky wore a stunning gown by Anna Cambell and her hair was braided into a fishtail plait creating a stunning bohemian look.

The bride and groom chose a secluded cliff side location in Berry Head Country park to have their portraits, followed by a relaxed meal and plenty of dancing to The Shrine Band.

Becky and Ben included loads of cute little personal details as seen in the photos below. Enjoy!
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Thanks to Josh from Iska Media for second shooting 🙂
 

 

Melissa and Sam’s Spring Wedding at Lupton House, Devon

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After 9 years together having met at their summer job Melissa and Sam became engaged while travelling around in India on the Andaman and Nicobar islands, marrying the following year. This inspired their theme with the wedding breakfast being held in a Raj tent lined with hand printed Indian fabric. Melissa and Sam chose Lupton House as their venue. The house is situated in Brixham, Devon and the current owners are in the process of restoring this grand house to its former glory. “We loved the elegance of Lupton house and its surrounding parkland which is right on our doorstep. We could see ourselves marrying in the mint coloured ballroom, which together with a hint of coral became our colour theme” explains Melissa.

She chose an elegant Jenny Packham gown together with mint green Rachel Simpson shoes to wear on their special day “As soon as I saw the Marion gown from Jenny Packham with its 1920’s vibe I knew there was no point in looking any further as my heart was sold”. The bride and groom chose a Raj tent lined with Indian fabric to hold their wedding breakfast, in which tables were adorned with coral flowers. “We wanted a relaxed feel to our wedding breakfast with food being displayed like a family meal beautifully dappled with edible springtime flowers”.

The bride and groom hired a mint green Nissan Figaro, which Sam drove down to a nearby secluded cove where they had chosen to have their portraits taken. The soft pebbles and deep blue sea provided a beautiful backdrop for their photos.

“In the evening we had a ceilidh band to get everyone dancing and in tribute to my Scottish roots”. Melissa wore a beautiful lace dress from Mango to join in with the dancing before changing back into her Jenny Packham gown later in the evening.

Congratulations Melissa and Sam xx

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Jess and Harry

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Jess contacted me a few months ago asking if I could take some photos of her and her gorgeous son Harry as a Father’s Day surprise for her husband. Obviously I was more than happy to oblige and even more happy when Jess told me “he loved them”

Here are a few of my favourites xx

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Dawn and Mike’s Cotswold Wedding

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There are loads of things I love about Dawn and Mike’s wedding. The cute little page boys in their bow ties and Converse trainers, the ‘first look’ photos of the bridemaids seeing Dawn in her dress for the first time, the soft pastel colour scheme, the stunning Cotswold Hotel and Spa and the FUNNIEST best man’s speech ever!

Congratulations Dawn and Mike xx
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Baby Leo (not a skateboard in sight!)

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 A few months ago I was invited to photograph baby Leo at his home. It was a gorgeous sunny day as I drove along the coastal road to Anna and Bob’s home; a light filled house with seaside coloured décor and views overlooking the River Teign estuary.

Perfect.

And it really was.

I frequently look on Pinterest and other sites for ideas for my photography as I sometimes feel that I’m not being creative enough. There is so much competition in this industry and I started to doubt myself.

This photographer is doing this, that photographer is doing that…..

Am I being creative enough? Should I buy some props to take on shoots?

The other day I found a photo online of a new born baby on a skateboard.

Yes you read that right. A SKATEBOARD! And another was on a motorbike (apparently the dad was supporting the bike)

It just baffles me how people feel the need to introduce all sorts of bizarre props when right there in front of you is the most BEAUTIFUL baby, their legs curled up, their tiny little fingers and toes. Their perfectly soft hair. And complete overwhelming LOVE that is right before your eyes. And I decided that is enough for me.

And it was more than enough that day. It was amazing; the light flooded into the house, perfect for shooting with film. We didn’t need any baskets, watering cans, skateboards or motorbikes(!) to make this shoot an absolute pleasure to be part of. Thank you so much Anna, Bob, big sister Sophie and baby Leo for reaffirming my belief that all you need is LOVE xxxx

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Preparing for a New born Photo Shoot

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You spend months preparing for the arrival of your little one. Choosing a pram, furniture for the nursery, deciding which of the million suggested buys you actually need and which you can do without. You speak to other parents for advice, read books, read more books, wash all the baby grows and muslins, pack your hospital bag, stock up on nappies and wipes…… the list goes on and on. Having the baby is the easy part! So when that moment finally arrives, and you bring your precious little baby (or babies in my case) home it is such an amazing time (if a little over whelming too!). You spend hours upon hours just staring at their little screwed up faces, their legs still curled up to their tummies as they were inside your tummy and their tiny little fingers and toes, taking in every single breathe. You want the time to be as calming as possible for you and your baby, but more often than not you have family and friends queuing up to visit, health visitors popping around and a mountain of washing to do! Which is why my aim as your photographer is to keep things as stress free as possible for you.

I absolutely love new born shoots. There is something about a peaceful sleeping baby that I find so calming and capturing the special bond between baby and parents is such an amazing feeling. My style of photography is very relaxed; in your own home with lots of natural light and baby’s familiar surroundings and smells so that they remain peaceful and content.

If you have booked a new born shoot with me here are my top 5 tips for preparing for your shoot:

1) Feed baby! A baby who has recently had a feed and is full up is more likely to sleep throughout the shoot. If you are breast feeding then feel free to do this as and when needed. Capturing the closeness between mum and baby during a feed makes a beautiful image (if you are happy and comfortable with doing so)

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2) Clothes: Keep colours neutral and have a couple of outfit options for your baby but keep things simple; nothing too bright or with distracting patterns. Just a clean white baby grow can look beautiful. It’s also a good idea to have something foot-less so that I can photograph those tiny toes. For your outfit- wear something comfortable and neutral. A simple vest top can look lovely as it allows skin to skin with baby on mums shoulder. In terms of hair/ makeup I think that natural always looks best for these shoots and lets be honest, saves a lot of time too!

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3) Have a few blankets to hand as they make great props and can also be used as a backdrop to lay baby on. Also little teddies/ cuddly toys can look cute. I love capturing details too such as the nursery, any keepsakes/ cards that you have been given so have these to hand.

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4) Involve dad and other siblings. This shoot isn’t just about the baby but about you all as a family.

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5) Relax. Do not spend hours tidying beforehand. I don’t care if you have piles of washing/ ironing/ dishes in the kitchen. All I care about is creating beautiful images with you and baby and to do this I ideally need a bright room with natural light, that is all!

I hope my tips have helped you! Please feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch here if you would like to book your own shoot.

Renata x

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