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.


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)

 new born photography by Renata Fry

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!

new born photography by Renata Fry

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

DIY Details

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DIY details at weddings are just adorable and hugely popular. Are you currently planning your big day and want loads of personalised quirky details that your guests will remember forever?

Here are my Top 5 Tips for doing DIY well:

  1. YOU HAVE TO WANT TO DO IT! Don’t do DIY if you’re looking to save a few pounds or ‘because it’s the popular thing to do’. Once you commit to making 50 metres of bunting, 100 pompoms or personalised hand written place settings you have to enjoy the experience and look back on it with happy memories. If it becomes a chore or stresses you out it’s just not worth it.
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Topaze and Chris created a map themed seating plan and name tags.


2. Get friends to help you! Not got a creative bone in your body? Ask your friend who just loves all things crafty to help you. People LOVE to be involved in wedding preparations. If you know someone who sews for a hobby and you fancy your groom to have a personalised pocket square, speak to them!

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Mary and her bridesmaids creating her bouquet


3. Involve your guests. I photographed a gorgeous wedding on a farm last summer and all the guests were asked to take part in a ‘Bake Off’. The bride and groom asked them to bring either a sweet or savoury treat that was then judged by the bridal party and used as the evening buffet! Perhaps you could ask guests to create a drawing of themselves which then form their name places or the seating plan?

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Melissa and Jon created hand-written signs (left), Claire and Tom’s Wedding Guest Bake-Off (right)


4. Do your research. Use Pinterest to get ideas and use Youtube for tutorials on how to produce your chosen DIY details. Practice with plenty of time ahead of the wedding to allow for a few mistakes.

5.  Get shopping! Visit places like Hobbycraft, The Range and craft shops for ideas but look online for cheaper deals. Places like Ebay and Etsy do some gorgeous materials. Also look in charity shops, especially for vintage pieces. My husband and I collected 120 teacups to give out as favours, all sourced from local charity shops.

I hope that these tips help you whilst planning you big day. Have fun! x


Lucy and Tony’s Autumnal Wedding

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On Halloween last Autumn I had the pleasure of photographing Lucy and Tony’s wedding at Stanton Manor Hotel near Chippenham. We were blessed with a sunny day and were able to make the most of the beautiful hotel gardens. Lucy and Tony chose a rustic/vintage theme for their wedding day, details included a vintage suitcase for cards, china teacups, hand carved wooden decorations and a restored vintage tandem.

We made the most of the light and had some fun with the tandem, I then captured some portraits of Lucy and Tony in the garden amongst the fallen leaves as the sun was beginning to set.

The Illuminated Collective Workshop

I have wanted to take part in a workshop for a while; to develop both my photographic and styling skills but to also meet like-minded professionals in the wedding industry. When I saw the Illuminated Collective Workshop advertised I knew it was an opportunity not to be missed.

The workshop took place last May at the stunning Barnsley House in the Cotswolds. The aim of the day was to bring together beautiful styling with photographers who are interested in working with film.

As soon as we arrived at the venue we received a warm welcome from the organisers Jessie Thomson (styling), Ashlee Taylor-Barnes and Holly Rattray (both Fine Art Film Photographers). Every attendee was presented with a welcome pack, containing a range of goodies including discount vouchers for other wedding vendors, which was handmade in a lovely pastel fabric.

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We enjoyed fresh coffee and croissants as we read through our packs and introduced ourselves. Then the fun really began… the 16 attendees were divided into 2 smaller groups, enabling us to have plenty of time and space in the grounds of the hotel. The day was divided up into ‘details’, ‘engagement portraits’, ‘bride and groom’ and ‘bridal’ portraits. Jessie and her team made great use of the stunning grounds and as the sun shone down on us I realised just how lucky I was to be part of such a fab day.

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We had gentle guidance from Ashlee and Holly to help us with posing the couples, if we needed it. Working in smaller groups meant we were able to bounce ideas off each other and get to know the other attendees well. When I received my scans back from UK Film Lab I was delighted with the results. I used a mixture of Portra 400 and Fuji 400 (Full list of vendors at the bottom of the page)

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Vendor/ Suppliers:

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(Photography) Ashlee Taylor Barnes: 

Jessie Thomson (Stylist) – JessieThomson Wedding and Events: 

Holly Rattary – Belle and Beau Photography: 

Assistant Stylist – Georgia Westwood: 

Venue – Barnsley House: 

Florist – The Rose Shed: 

Linen – Table to Dine For:

Stationery – Juliet Grace Design:

Cake – The Natural Cake Company: 

Bridal Boutique – The White Rose Bridal: 

Engagement Dresses –Maids to Measure (from The White Rose Bridal): 

Wedding Gowns– Johanna Hehir (from The White Rose Bridal):

Hair Accessories – Kelly Spence (from The White Rose Bridal):

Jewellery – Astley Clarke: 

Crockery, Cutlery, Glassware – Helene Millot:

MUA – Nina Norman:

Hair – Nicholas White: 

Goody Bags – Lizzy May Design:



Claire and Tom’s rustic farm wedding

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Looking for a relaxed setting for your special day? Look no further than Buckettsland farm in Hertfordshire, the scene for Claire and Tom’s wedding I was honoured to photograph last August. The farm consists of a series of converted Victorian stables, one of which hosts a swimming pool and hot tub where Claire and her bridesmaids spent the night before the big day. When I arrived at the farm the sun was shining and I captured bride-to-be Claire relaxing before the bridal preparations began.

Claire wore a long Grecian style dress from Coast, shoes by Kurt Keiger and carried a stunning bouquet full of roses, peonies and bunches of lavender. Tom’s blue suit complimented his vintage Ted Baker shoes perfectly and their beautiful little boy wore a cute little kilt in Tom’s family’s tartan. The ceremony was conducted outside in a nicely secluded part of the farm surrounded by trees and afterwards guests were treated to village fete games including hook-a-duck, a coconut shy and mini golf.

Claire and Tom asked their family and friends to take part in a ‘bake off’, bringing either a sweet or savoury treat to be judged by the bridal party. The details that Claire and Tom had planned from the games, bake-off and cute jars of sweets as favours were an absolute pleasure to photograph. If you missed their wedding on Rock My Wedding click here to see a full list of suppliers.

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In the studio with Beau Tie

Are you currently planning your wedding and want something a bit different for your groom? Or perhaps you are a guest at an upcoming wedding and looking for something dapper for your man to wear? Look no further…

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 A few months ago I was lucky enough to visit the studio of British designer Emma Phipps of Beau Tie, who specialises in making men’s accessories (bow ties, pocket squares and skinny ties) hair bows and women’s bow ties. Emma’s products are lovingly handmade from carefully sourced fabric including vintage and recycled material. The “English Gentleman” image is what inspired Emma to start her company. Many of Emma’s customers are grooms looking for something a bit different for their wedding day.

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 Nowadays grooms are taking more of an interest in what they want to wear on their special day, and as a wedding photographer I am seeing more and more grooms teaming their outfit with quirky accessories. Over the past year I have photographed cute bow ties, pocket squares with maps printed on them, brightly coloured bird cufflinks and vintage Ted Baker shoes. Men love to accessorise just as much as us girls! Hand made is HUGELY popular right now and the last few years have seen websites like Etsy grow in popularity as brides and grooms want something bespoke for their special day.

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 If you are a bride or groom looking for something a bit different then check out the cute bow ties, skinny ties and pocket squares. Emma also makes hair bows for women, perhaps ‘his n hers’ matching bow ties would make a quirky addition for your evening outfit?

I fell in love with Emma’s studio as soon as I walked in. I had a sudden urge to dig my sewing machine out as soon as I got home and start sewing! Hundreds of pieces of coloured fabric are organised in harmonising colour order on shelves, mannequins have skinny ties draped around them, a vintage sewing machine sits near the window and a map of the world, complete with pins in the countries Emma has sold to, adorns the wall.

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After seeing the fantastic quality of the bowties first hand I put a request in for two little matching bow ties for my twin boys! As Emma worked on her machine and I snapped away on my Canon 1V, we got chatting about her business:

1. When and why did you start up your own business?

I started making the initial plans and setting up in October 2012 so I’ve just gone into my third year (which is crazy!). I studied fashion with business at Portsmouth University and, after graduating, worked in a few retail jobs. But I knew my passion was to run my very own business so I started looking into ideas and making plans. I’d always been into men’s fashion, particularly the well-dressed gentleman, so it was a logical step for me to create products that could enhance that look. I began working hard on my days off and evenings after work to really build it up. It didn’t take long for me to realise that if I wanted to put my whole heart and soul into it, I would need to put more time in, so in July 2013 I took the plunge to become full-time self-employed, and I’ve never looked back!

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2. Who is your target customer?

My main customer base is brides (and sometimes grooms) looking for their ideal groomsmen accessories to help them look super dapper! I often get custom requests and work with the customer to help create something original for that special day.


3. What are the benefits of running your own business?

There are many benefits to being your own boss! You can be flexible with your days/weeks, work to your own deadlines and run with your decisions without having to check with others. You are in control of your own time which sounds (and sometimes is) very daunting, but it’s a very powerful feeling too! You become a bit of a one man band so you have to be super motivated, organised, work incredibly hard and time management is key, but I’ve learnt so much and I wouldn’t change it for the world.


4. What advice would you give to grooms when planning their wedding attire?

Good suit, good shoes and good hair, followed by attention to detail with your accessories- don’t be afraid of prints, and colour! I love the inspiring ideas my customers come up with, and it’s so rewarding when I get to see the final results being worn in their wedding photos!


All images are shot on Kodak Portra 400

Beau Tie’s online shop:











Goodbye 2014

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I haven’t written a blog post in a while as I’ve been really busy relocating my family to Devon. In hindsight the decision to move the week before Christmas was a bit of a crazy one, however taking a walk along the beach earlier followed by a big family roast dinner and playing ‘shops’ with my little niece I know it was definitely the right decision.

2014 has been an amazing year during which SO much has happened.  At the start of the year I launched my photography business which has been a dream come true.  It has been hard work alongside teaching and being a mum to 16 month twins boys, however I have met some amazingly talented people, photographed beautiful brides, bumps and babies and I have loved every minute of it. A want to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way.

I am really excited to see what 2015 has in store. I am honoured to be photographing weddings in venues including the Hare and Hounds Hotel in Westonbirt, the Cotswold Club in Chipping Norton, Mount Edgcumbe House in Cornwall and Luton House in Devon to name a few. Alongside running Renata Fry Photography I am about to start a new job teaching GSCE and A Level Photography to students in South Devon.

 So I thought I would end 2014 with a little round up of my year. Happy New Year everyone!!


My beautiful twin boys back in February


 May Bank holiday mini break with friends in Ludlow


Attending the Illuminated Collective Fine Art workshop in late May (full post coming in the new year!)


Our summer holiday in Shaldon, South Devon. 


Claire and Tom’s beautiful farm wedding in Hertfordshire in late August


Rachel’s maternity shoot


Lucy and Tony’s rustic autumn wedding



Calling all coffee lovers….

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On my days off there is nothing I love more than enjoying a good cup of coffee (or caramel latte!) and a cake, preferably in a quaint little coffee shop. The other week I found myself with an unexpected hour to myself, which is very rare! Basically I had planned to take some A Level students to an exhibition at a local gallery but it was closed, so I sent the girls off to take photos and sketch in the local park and I had time to myself before picking my twin boys up. So I enjoyed some “me time” in a recently opened coffee shop and I wanted to share my experience there with you all.

If you live in Wiltshire, have little children and LOVE coffee and cake then this amazing little place will cater for all your needs.

Baila has recently opened on Victoria Road in Old Town, Swindon. It is a quirky coffee shop that offers homemade treats, has a section selling vinyl and upstairs is the ‘Little Lounge’; a miniature version of the cafe for children. A perfect combination for parents who love coffee. They sell a range of baked treats including flapjacks, cakes and brownies. I opted for the Mars Bar brownie and it was delicious, washed down with my usual latte. Whilst there I couldn’t resist taking a few pics with my film camera. I have been back with my boys a couple of times and they have enjoyed playing in the ‘Baby Baila’. You will love this place, it is definitely worth a visit…



The brownies are delicious! I’ve seen Mars Bar, Toblerone, Jaffa Cake and Dime Bar brownies on offer!!



Upstairs there is a comfy seating area for parents whilst your little ones play in the Baby Baila play area complete with mini till and coffee shop counter.



 Here is an iPhone pic of my boys enjoying themselves in the Baby Baila.


 All film photos were taken on a Canon 1V using Portra 400. Developed and scanned by UK Film Lab.

Thanks for reading

Renata x














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In early October I was lucky enough to photograph little 5 week old Dakota. Back in August I photographed Rachel in the final few weeks of her pregnancy before Dakota arrived. This week that shoot was featured on b.loved blog, if you missed it you can see it here. Now I want to share this newborn shoot with you all.

Any parents reading this I’m sure you will remember how precious those first few weeks are. That new baby smell. The super soft silky skin. The teeny tiny vests and baby grows. Newborn shoots are such an honour to photograph. I love them.

If you are pregnant and considering a new born shoot please do get in touch here. In the mean time enjoy little Dakota…..


Photos shot on Canon 1V using Portra 400

Developed and Scanned by UK Film Lab.

Thanks for reading. See you soon

Renata x 






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