Equine Photography | Danielle and Tassle

Later this week I’ll be sharing some of my favourite images from Emma and Phil’s wedding at Masa. However I wanted to start this week a little differently by sharing a preview from a shoot I did last week.

In addition to wedding photography, photojournalism also provides the foundation for my approach to portraits and other photography projects. Last week I spent the morning with Danielle at her home and farm in Derbyshire, documenting the training of her two competitive horses, in addition to the several other horses she cares for at her stables.

Here’s a preview of Danielle and Tassle shortly after completing a very cold and wet workout.

Amy and Jaxson’s Warwick House Wedding Previews

Last weekend I was back over to Warwick House to photograph the wedding of Amy and Jaxson. This was the first time I had met Amy and Jaxson due to them having very busy schedules running their own business and with having a young family. However you wouldn’t have thought this to be the case as we instantly had a great rapport. 

It was an early start at Warwick House to photograph the preparations of Amy who was joined by her three Sisters and soon to be Sister-in-law. 

Amy and Jaxson’s emotional wedding ceremony was held at the Warwick House gazebo in their beautiful gardens. Much to the surprise of Jaxson a few tears were shed and this was something that would continue throughout the day.

Amy and Jaxson are a lovely couple and were great to work with on their wedding day. Being with them to photograph their day in its entirety was a pleasure and I’m happy to be able to share some of my favourite images from their Warwick House wedding.

Image of the week | Week 2

No wedding finishes at the first dance. Neither should your wedding photography. The wedding reception is one of the liveliest and most energetic parts of the day and it provides so many opportunities to capture humorous and spontaneous moments that are a great addition to your wedding album.

This image was taken during Thea and Jamie’s Marquee wedding in Derbyshire. The atmosphere for the whole wedding day had been fantastic. Each family member and guest at Thea and Jamie’s wedding had truly and whole-heartedly immersed themselves in the celebrations. Cheering and applauding, crying and singing, drinking and then drinking some more, when they took to the dance-floor there were plenty of antics and dance moves to keep me shooting well into the evening.

You can view more Images of the week on the blog and can also see more of my portfolio within the galleries.

Claire and Adam’s Nottingham Wedding

I’ve always enjoyed shooting in and around Nottingham City Centre. It offers a wide variation of great settings; impressive architecture from the several historic landmarks, the busy streets filled with shoppers to the more tranquil areas next to the River Trent. So I was particularly excited to photograph Claire and Adam’s wedding day in various venues around Nottingham.

Having originally met Claire and Adam at a previous wedding and at that time it was noticeable how relaxed they are, I was always expecting for their wedding day to follow suit, and so it did.

A stress-free start to the day for Claire and her Bridesmaids at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, where even a few last minute alterations to her wedding dress didn’t provide any concern.

Claire and her Father, who had made the trip over from Ireland, made their way over to the Nottingham Council House where their intimate civil ceremony was held. The Ballroom at the Nottingham Council House provided an impressive setting for their drinks reception before the casual Taxi drive over to The Riverbank on Trent Bridge for their wedding reception.

Here are a selection of my favourite images from Claire and Adam’s Nottingham wedding.

Supplier Spotlight | Naomi Mckeever Makeup Artist Tips

Planning a wedding can be difficult as there are so many things to consider, the venue, your wedding photographer and wedding dress are just the tip of the iceberg. Spending most of my weekends at weddings means that I’m often in the company of many wedding suppliers and services, and it’s not unusual to swap business cards with those that are offering a professional and exceptional service to their clients. The supplier spotlight on my blog is here to shed some light on some of those suppliers that I’ve worked with and would have no hesitation in recommending them to future couples.

I first met Naomi McKeever at Emma and Kevin’s wedding at Warwick House. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and her work was fantastic. Since then we’ve connected on Facebook and Twitter and it’s been great to follow her work, which has noticeably been consistent at the highest levels. 

After studying fine art at University, Naomi moved into the world of makeup. She has since gained 7 years experience as a makeup artist working in fashion, TV, celebrity, bridal and commercial work. During this time Naomi has won a number of awards whilst also passing various make-up certifications.

Recently I asked Naomi if she would share some hints and tips that she’s picked up as her time as a wedding and event MAC makeup artist and here’s what she had to say.

Two months before your wedding make sure you are using skin care that works for you, it’s good to re-evaluate what you use but don’t do it too close to your wedding in case you have an allergic reaction. Even though problem areas such as spots are straight forward to cover, dry skin is trickier as foundation can gather.

I have very sensitive skin so I mainly use Bobby Brown skincare, such as: Instant Long Wear make–up remover, Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser and EXTRA Eye Repair Cream. Then I use a brilliant moisturiser from France called Embryolisse.

Taking natural remedies can help with skin problems, Evening Primrose oil is good for dry skin. HRI clear complexion tablets are great for spot prone skin. You can get both from Holland & Barrett. Make sure to read the information on the labels before taking them in case there are any ingredients that you are allergic to.

I would suggest you get a professional makeup artist for your wedding day as they should use products that last and make you feel your best on such an important occasion. The morning can become hectic so it’ll also give you a chance to relax and feel pampered, however, make sure to have a trial with the makeup artist before your wedding to ensure you are happy with the end result.

Waterproof products: Use water resistant products especially waterproof mascara, just in case you get a few happy tears! I like Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara.

Prime your eye lids before applying eye shadow: I always use a water resistant eye shadow base like MAC paint pot or paint tube, not only does this product help to resist tears, it stops the oil from your eyelid making your eye shadow gather into a tube.

Use a primer on your skin: There are a lot of primers on the market that do different things, one of my favourite for bridal makeup is MAC prep & prime natural radiance primer. This absorbs oil, smooth’s texture and calms redness.

I got a rash across my chest from an insect repellent spay the night before my wedding so I used Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream and it cleared it up overnight. I had a bit of redness so I used MAC face & body foundation. When using foundation on your body use a water resistant formula and not in an area that might transfer onto your dress.

Even when you have a makeup artist do your makeup its worth getting a few key products to keep with you such as:

Blotting powder: It can get very hot in your dress and in your photos excess oil will show.

Lipstick: With all the eating and drinking it’s worth having the lip colour with you.

Concealer: This is optional but I know if I’m out for a long time I like to refresh my makeup by using a touch of concealer around my nose and eyes. My only warning with this is use sparingly as you don’t want it to look heavy.

Lash glue: I use waterproof glue called duo lash adhesive when applying false lashes. This should last all day, but just in case a corner comes loose, it’s worth taking some glue with you. Also have a cotton bud chopped in half to apply the glue to the corner of the false lash that has come unstuck.

You can view more of Naomi McKeever’s work on Emma and Kevin’s Gallery or by visiting http://www.naomimckeever.com/

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