As part of my full-day wedding packages I currently include a pre-wedding photoshoot. For some couples this is a must-have but some are unsure why you might want one. So, if you are a little unsure of what a pre wedding shoot is and why you might want one, let me tell you a little bit more about what a pre-wedding photo shoot is and their benefits.
I met with Lizzy and Alex at their wedding venue of Oxleaze Barn during Storm Dennis. With wild wind and rain we explored their wedding venue taking the time to get to know each other before their wedding day later this month. Exploring the gardens and grounds at Oxleaze we found so many wonderful spots for photographs.
Wedding planning can be exciting for some, however it can be a little be scary for others - there are just so many wedding suppliers out there.
To me this is the most important question to ask any wedding supplier when planning your wedding.
Sophie and Jason decided to say I do at the wonderful, quirky wedding venue Perrygrove Railway[http://www.perrygrove-wedding.co.uk/] here in the stunning Forest of Dean. A beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon last June was perfect for an early summer wedding.
When I received the following image in an email - I knew I wanted to work with Anita!
Kelly and Ashley’s wedding at the Old Court Hotel, Herefordshire
Earlier this year I was invited by Pitville Pump Rooms in Cheltenham to organise a styled shoot to showcase the venue, my first point of call was to find other suppliers who made be interested in working on the project, after all, everyone will be working for free in exchange for images which they can use.
If you want your pictures to really showcase your love story, here are some ideas to help you plan the perfect engagement/pre wedding session. Let us help you prepare for your session by sending us over the answers to the following questions:
Feeling comfortable is essential if you want to take the best photograph of your family, and that means choosing the perfect outfits for everyone to wear, especially the kids. Here, Steve Cochrane, Managing Director of Childrenswardrobe[https://www.childrenswardrobe.co.uk/], gives his advice to help you dress your child for a family photoshoot.
I can’t believe we are already in October and so far this year I haven’t blogged about any of the fabulous weddings I have had the privilege of photographing so far this year.
Images make your business shine. Whether you’re using them to break up the text on your homepage, illustrate a blog, catch a scrolling eye on social media or even in a leaflet, images make all the difference. The important thing is to choose the right ones.
As a photographer I use the images I take to market my business, they show my skills, my style of editing, the connections between myself and my clients and the interactions between individuals. I am predominantly a photographer of people, whether it is children playing or learning whilst at school, a couple celebrating a wedding, families getting together or capturing small business owners and their work.
The first day of school or indeed the start of a new academic year is a wonderful milestone to capture. Your child maybe starting school for the first time, another year older or maybe moving on to another school perhaps from preschool to primary or from primary to secondary school. Facebook will be full of family and friends images of their children usually standing in front of a door, this year why not capture the whole story.
The summer holidays are upon us but how can we keep our little darlings entertained? Between endless renditions of ‘I’m Hungry’ and the thousandth trip to the park, find out exactly what is going on in Gloucestershire throughout August 2019 so that you can find an event you will all enjoy!
I have been capturing family moments for as long as I have been a mother myself and the summer holidays are a brilliant time to organise a photoshoot. To celebrate I have a special offer for those who book a Family Mini Session for the summer holidays 2019 but before I share this, I want to help you prepare. I have 3 top tips for your summer holidays photoshoot so you can get the very best out of your day.
Studio photography will always have a place in the industry. Because it is a controlled environment it is protected from unpredictable elements such as the weather and sunlight, for some photographers this makes it a preferable option. However, for me I would much prefer to grab my camera and head to the great outdoors. So why should you head to an outside venue for your family photo shoot?
Why Schools Need to Consider their Visual branding?
Taking family photographs on a beautiful Spring day sounds idyllic but it’s not always that easy. Both children and the weather can be frustratingly indecisive. But however hard it can seem, the reality is though that your children will never be this age again, next Spring they will be a year older and this moment in time will be lost forever. In this post, I want to help you capture those moments even when your subjects or the environment prove to be difficult.
Preparing yourself for your wedding day should not be stressful after all it a wonderful day of celebration, here is my guide for brides and grooms to help reduce worry and to enjoy your wedding day.
As wedding photographers, we use a lot of terminology that you may not understand. This blog is to help you get to know some of our terms in regard to your wedding photography.
To be the face of your business means that you as an individual are the physical representation of the company. It means that when people see your face they will associate it instantly with the brand and when they engage with the business in anyway, they know they are engaging directly with you.
It feels like it has been ages since I shared some real wedding inspiration so today I thought I would head back to last summer and the wonderful wedding of Emma and Dave at Bishopswood House.
Planning a wedding is no easy task. Most people only do it once in their lifetime (or at least that's the plan), and so it's not something you tend to get a lot of practice in. This is why many people choose to use the expertise of a wedding planner but if that's not for you then we have a solution. Here is a practical checklist to follow with the 5 most important things you need to do and when.
My groom’s guide to wedding photography is full of dos and don’ts to make it enjoyable ensuring you get the best record of your day.
As the nights draw in, the days become cooler, the forest comes alive with rich vibrant reds, oranges and browns. My favourite time of the year. The forest makes a stunning backdrop for walks and of course family portraits.
Your brand and your business is as unique as you are and when you invest in professional branding photography session you want to make sure that they reflect your personality, your message and your individuality. In this post we will explore how to get the most out of your photo shoot so that they can be an asset for your business growth.
The wedding photographer is a unique service, their job is to capture the atmosphere, the special moments and the love between you as a couple.
Whether you're planning a family shoot, booking a wedding photographer or getting headshots done for your business, one thing that plagues a lot of people when they book a professional photographer is anxiety about what they will look like in the final pictures? Will they be good enough? Will they look overweight? What will other people think?
Today, I want to share with you some branding photography, I love working with other small business owners to create beautiful images for them to use on their website and across social media.
My last wedding of 2018 was a wonderfully laid back wedding for Tasha and Toby set at The Old Lodge on Minchinampton Common[https://food-club.com/weddings/]. Not only was it a special day for Tasha and Toby, it is also my own wedding anniversary which Tasha and Toby took as a good sign (Mr G and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary this year!).
Shop local this Christmas with these gift ideas from the Forest of Dean
I love weddings, they are a wonderful celebration of two people showing their love of one another. Each wedding is unique and leaves a lasting memory. My favourite memories from Nick and Deborah’s wedding at Hatton Court Hotel feature confetti and my worry over a pair of trousers!
This year has certainly flown by, I am for sure playing catch up on blogging some of the fabulous weddings I had the pleasure in capturing this year. One of the last weddings of year for me was Jade and Matts unique day at Hatton Court in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside.
Recently I had the pleasure of working with Heart of the Cotswolds - independent celebrants, I was intrigued to discover how they work differently to vicars, priests and registrars. Gillian from Heart of the Cotswolds was kind enough to explain their role and how they can help make your day truly special.
Life is made up of a series of milestones especially during childhood but when should you photograph your children?
Winter weddings are magical and planning a winter wedding can result in a very stylish unique day. So how to have a merry wedding? Brides Magazine has a great article on planning your winter wedding.
What is an unplugged wedding and what are the benefits of having an unplugged wedding?
Teepees, vintage cars, marshmallows and beer! Emily and Roland’s Gloucestershire teepee wedding had a wonderful festival feel and was a joy to capture.
What are the must have wedding photos from your special day? Here is my list of the must have wedding photos you should have captured on your wedding day.
Getting ready for your pre wedding photoshoot? If you need some extra tips, check out this list we created just for you!
All of our packages have the option to book two photographers for your wedding – but why book a second photographers? A second photographer is an additional photographer who is there to cover the wedding as well. We may also choose to have two photographers at your wedding for many reasons.
Clearwell Castle Wedding Venue - one of the UKs premier wedding venue, the perfect venue for a special and my first wedding of 2018. It is always a pleasure to capture a couple’s special day here, the grounds are stunning even in winter, inside you are spoilt for choice when its comes backdrops for photographs.
2017 has been a superb year for Capture this Moment Photography! Welcome to our review of 2017.
We’re here today to talk about getting ready for your wedding day.
Do you still desire printed memories from your Cotswold Wedding?
Gloucestershire School Photography Yearbook Project
How many times do you find yourself trying to take a photo of your children and well let’s be honest, not really achieving what you wanted? How do you get great photos of your children? Here are my family photography tips perfect for getting great photos of your children.
If you’re a bride to be in need of awedding photographer[/gloucestershire-photographer-portfolio/gloucestershirewedding-photographer/] or if you are planning a major school or family event you want to remember “forever,” then hiring a professional photographer is the obvious way to achieve the highest possible quality for your photos.
Planning a spring wedding? Check out our checklist for a perfect spring wedding.
An engagement photoshoot with Tilly and Josh at the beautiful Robinswood Hill in Gloucestershire.
Anyone who has tried to snap the perfect picture of their children will know what a challenging task this is.
Once you have Chosen your Gloucestershire Wedding venue I'm happy to go for a pre Wedding visit with you.
Family is such an important part of life! In fact, it may very well be the most important aspect within one’s life. From parents to grandparents and children to cousins, you most likely have many members who make up your family.
Rosie and Ben's wedding at Haslebury Mill in Somerset.
Actually getting married doesn’t have to be expensive, just the cost of the registry office and the job is done right? Well most people want more than this and putting on the whole wedding with bells and whistles is what costs the money.
Capture this Moment previously mentioned that nearly half of proposals take place between December and February, which means the proposal season is currently in full swing. Admittedly, it can be hard to decide where to pop the question, given that there are lots of romantic spots to choose from.
If you’re a photographer preparing for a stint of travelling, it’s understandable if you’re wondering just how to make the most out of your camera during your trip. When there’s so much to do and see you may be stumped as to how to ensure you’re getting some perfect shots along the way. These 5 essential tips will help you do just that.
There’s no other piece of jewellery as emotionally charged as an engagement ring and perhaps no question as important as asking your beloved to spend the rest of their life with you.
natural light photography
Halloween is increasingly becoming a big event in the UK family calendar; it seems to get bigger and bigger every year. After you and your monsters have put so much effort into looking the part, you want to make sure you capture the moment and take hair raising pictures to keep for eternity. The only problem is that Halloween by its very nature is dark, so how can you take decent pictures without light? In this post we will share with you 5 top tips to help you get some bloody good Halloween pictures this year.
Autumn Photoshoots are prefect for capturing some precious memories of you and your loved ones.
This weeks blog is a departure from the usual fayre, it doesn't feature a real wedding[/gloucestershire-photographer-portfolio/gloucestershirewedding-photographer/], provide hints and tips or showcase family[/gloucestershire-photographer-portfolio/family-photography/] photography. Instead it's about my weekend.
Who Owns Your Wedding Photographs?
The Value of an Image for Your Business
Children's photography sessions, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Amanda and Giuliano’s wedding was sophisticated, elegant and beautiful. Amanda looked stunning in her dress and Giuliano, and his best men, looked very dapper in their tuxedos. The venue, Clearwell castle[http://www.clearwell-castle.co.uk] in the Forest of Dean, was stunning, especially midst the glorious weather and blossoming grounds, which were perfect for the bride and grooms intimate photographs.
Dave and Matt were married last month in a stylish wedding at the Swan Inn in Bibury[https://www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/the-swan-hotel/], Gloucestershire, it was a real pleasure to photograph their special day. Here is Issy's blog.
In Issy's latest blog, she has written about photographing older adults.
Top 30 First Dance Songs
They are perfect in every way and you want to photograph your baby’s every moment, capture these moments on your smart phone or your own camera, hiring a professional photographer can be amazing addition to remembering these moments, however it is not feasible to hire a professional photographer to spend every moment with you, here I will explain when it is the best time to capture your new addition’s memories.
Why it’s Important You LIKE your Wedding Photographer
Spring is finally here. The sun is starting to shine a little longer each day and the forest is carpeted with bluebells, enticing us all outside for some well-earned family time.
Jo and Andy's wedding by Isabella Norman
Weather Proof Your Wedding
Why hire a professional photographer for your business?
As a wedding photographer, my day starts long before your big day begins. In fact, the process can take anywhere from a few weeks to 20 months. In this post I will talk you though my ‘day’ as a wedding photographer, I want to give you an idea of what it takes to capture your memories and do them justice. After all, this is the best day of your life and the photography should reflect that.
Based in the Forest of Dean, Capture this Moment Photography offers both studio and on location family photography sessions.
Capture this Moment had a great start to 2017 to their wedding photography, photographing Gemma and Sean’s wedding
Issy has written a guide to wet weather photography including ideas if it rains on the day of your family portrait sessions or indeed on your wedding day.
"A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be. " - Douglas Pagels
I look through the frosty glass of my bedroom window and see the wintery world of the Forest of Dean below. The grey elegant fog is mingling with the deep green pine trees and the other bare brown branches. Later, after a warming cup of tea, I take a step on to the crisp grass which crunches under foot, the sound and action of the grass being crumpled is almost as hypnotic as the popping of bubble wrap. My lungs begin to fill with the chilling and rejuvenating winter air and my fingers begin to tingle as they clutch my camera, my head is whirling with just one question: How can I capture this and do this magical scene true justice?
Family photography in the Studio
2016 has certainly been an eventful year. I have captured so many memories for clients both old and new, young and old, in the studio, on locations. Captured the details, the emotions, family interactions as they celebrated many different occasions.
I had the pleasure of first Matt and Dave a couple years ago whilst I was capturing a special celebration for a very good client of mine, we hit it off straight away and have since then met at other special occasions and bumped into each other whilst out and about. I was thrilled when they announce their engagement earlier this year and felt very honoured to be asked to capture their special day next year. As with all my couples I offered a prewedding session, it is the perfect opportunity to get to know each a bit more, to help put everyone at ease when being photographed and generally have some fun. Matt and Dave chose a dog walk on Mayhill for their session, so on a crisp December morning we donned our wellies and took in the views of the surrounding area from the beautiful Mayhill. Monty, their gorgeous French Bulldog joined us and as you can imagine stole the show!
An autumn wedding for Neil and Mandy
Imagine, seeing a couple exchanging heartfelt vows only a few feet in front of you, at a view only the vicar normally gets to see. I know, it sounds extraordinary. That’s because it is. On the 19th November, this was exactly what I got the chance to experience with Kathryn of Capture This Moment. This was a view which I have never seen from before, as this was my first time shooting at the front of a church as a wedding photographer. I was using a 50 mm lens (as part of a challenge set by Kathryn, which was to shoot a whole wedding with just a 50mm lens all day ), which due to its low aperture gave me the ability to blur out the rest of the congregation and just focus on the bride and groom. This was an effect which I think showcased exactly what did happen at the church: the bride and the groom had blurred out the rest of the congregation, to them it was just the two of them.
For me, photography is about capturing forever those moments in life, whether it is a newborn, a first birthday, a walk in the park, a family celebration, or a wedding, each occasion is a privilege and an honour. Six week old Lily came along to the studio with her Mum for first portrait session. At six weeks it is always a challenge to capture those sleepy baby poses, ideally this type of session should be carried out in the first two weeks however it can be possible. Lily had very different ideas was super interested in everything going on around her, she was very content to take it all in. The results are perhaps not what was originally intended but as with all my sessions they were led by the client not by the photographer. This is especially important when working with newborns.
Some ideas for you to try on your next session with your family photographer or whilst out and about as a family.
I first met Sarah nearly two years ago at a wedding fair, Sarah owns Sweet Time Candy Cart,[http://sarahjeffs19.wixsite.com/sweettime] a business she set up when she was just 17. This year Sarah celebrated a milestone birthday and I wanted to create some portraits for her to treasure this moment. As well as studying for a degree and running her own business, Sarah enjoys spending time with her horse. We planned the session, sharing ideas on a secret sharing board on Pinterest[https://uk.pinterest.com/capturethismo/] - I use this a lot when working with brides and other clients whilst planning a session. Sarah and I wanted the session to show the special relationship between horse and owner.
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything- Aron Siskin.
My first wedding by Isabella Norman
Becky and Tim were recently married in the beautiful village of Newnham on Severn, a place very close to their hearts, a village they spend a lot of time in socialising with family and friends. The village was the focal point of day, guests along with the groom and his best man met a local pub before walking up to the pretty church at the top of the village. Becky walked the short distance to the church with her father and bridesmaids.
For all the couples who booked wedding photography with me I offer a pre session, the benefits of this a numerous - you can read about these here.
Like many people I dislike being on the other side... the other side of the camera. I really liked being on the "right" side of the camera.
Q & A with Gloucestershire photographer Questions for your wedding photographer
During March I spent a lot time further developing my skills, knowledge and techniques.
Early April showers were dodged for this styled shoot at Prinknash Abbey organised by the Flower Girls.
Carol and Stuart's relaxed outdoor wedding took place at Painswick's Rococo Gardens. The gardens are stunning regardless of the time of year, late winter early spring, the gardens are full of snowdrops and as the year processes the garden continually changes with the seasons making it a wonderful venue of a wedding.
There was little tradition at Charlie and Emma's wedding. The couple travelled from Dubia to the beautiful Cotswolds and were joined by many family and friends for a weekend of celebrations. Much of the weekend celebrations took place at the stunning Temple Guiting Manor. I spent the morning photographing the details of the bride's stunning gown and flowers - which featured hops, these featured throughout the day and represented the couples' love of beer and the industry in which they work in. As well as these details I captured Charlie along with his best man and ushers before they headed to the church in Broadwell village, a beautiful Cotswold village where Emma grew up.
I am super excited to start offering parties, in the past I have offered photo shoot parties in fact I still do, however working alongside Rachel from Rachel Shilston - Inspiring Creativity, has allowed us both to add an new dimension to the parties we already offer. The first part of the party our guests are inspired to create, we have recently inspired a group of girls to create their own hippy chick festival flower crowns, these flower crowns are then modelled in a photoshoot both in the studio and then outside on the farm.
Autumn is one of my favourite times of year in the forest, beautiful colours appear. Catherine and James incorporated these stunning colours into their special day.
World book day, a celebration of books, reading and the joy that they bring. My daughter, like me loves to read. She enjoys many authors, rereads her favourites and enjoys visits to the book shop. One of her all time favourite books is Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, a wonderful story of a girl, her monkey and horse and their many adventures. We have various copies of this book in the house but our favourite copy is a first edition illustrated by Lauren Child (we are big fans of Lauren's work!). Her illustrations really bring to life the wonderful adventures of Pippi and inspired a very special photo shoot a few years ago. It seems approriate to share these with you today on World Book Day.
I love children, I love their personalities, their smiles, their wonderful view of life. I enjoy photographing older children bringing out their personalities. I recently attended a wonderful training day with Kate Hopewell Smith. Kate has a wealth of knowledge and a passion to share this with other photographers. The knowledge gained during the day has certainly helped me when photographing older children and I thought I would share with you a selection of images from the day.
Tracy and Lee were married at the beautiful Forest Church in Drybrook, a beautiful day in May. Tracy's family have a long association with this local church, both her parents and her sister all married there.
Daisy and Graham married on a hot Saturday in June at Priston Mill, a stunning venue between Bath and Bristol.
A quick share of some useful questions to ask when shopping for your perfect wedding dress - I hope you find them useful.
When you love someone, you just do. There are no maybes, no buts, and no whys - Cherlynn Shakespeare 1924
Last summer I had the pleasure capturing James and Becky's special day. Becky's favourite flowers - sunflowers featured throughout the day along with her favourite colour teal. The result day filled with much colour as well as love, happiness and laughter.
Did you know around 42% of marriage proposals happened between December and February? Christmas, New Year and Valentines day being the most popular. Mr G proposed at Christmas and this year we will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary! Quite an achievement, 2 children, a dog, a couple of house moves, a period of time living abroad, some travel experiences are some of the adventures we have shared.
On a hot summer day, I had the pleasure of assisting Maggie from Maggie Booth photography in capturing Polly and Ben's special day.
2015 was an amazing year. I was blessed with so many lovely clients, returning and new. I have worked with amazing small local businesses. Captured so many memories to create treasures to keep and share. Here is just a small selection from some of the sessions completed, we had lots of fun with bubbles, visited parks, celebrated engagements, recorded moments, grabbed props, captured the details, the emotion of some many amazing occasions. I would like to thank you you all, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to be involved.
Back in July, I had the pleasure to capture Gwen and Alex's special day, Gwen and Alex travelled from South Africa to the Cotswold village of Temple Guiting in Gloucestershire and the stunning Temple Guiting Manor. Friends and family travelled from various locations to join in the celebrations.
For me, one of life's simple pleasures is enjoying a view. A seven hour train journey across Norway was a wonderful way to view this amazing country, its wonderful landscape filled with fjords, waterfalls and mountains. Travelling from Bergen to Oslo with the ever changing scenery was a great opportunity to indulge this simple pleasure. Although the day we travelled the rain fell, it did not spoil the view. Here is a selection of some of the images captured during our journey.
Becky and James are getting married this month. For their pre-wedding session we visited Symonds Yat, a stunning location which means a lot to the couple. Despite the showers, we managed to try quite a few different ideas. Following the session, Becky and James selected their favourite image to have made into a signing frame.
The simple things really are the best. Days out with family, picnics in the woods, BBQs on the beach. This week I enjoyed as great day out with my two and of course the dog at a beach not too far from home. We chucked in a disposal BBQ, a packet of sausages, some bread rolls, bats and balls, bubbles and headed to the coast for a day of relaxing and enjoying each others company. Of course it is also a great chance to capture some memories ;)
A family day out in Morris Minor Traveller, a little damp at times but a huge amount of fun. Here are some of the images captured during the day.
A chilly, sunny day back in March I had the pleasure to capture Susie and Andrew's special day.
A glorious day early in May was the perfect opportunity for a family picnic. We visited Mayhill, a local beauty spot but despite having lived in the area for nearly 5 years we had yet to visit. The brisk walk up hill was certainly worth it, the views were stunning and also perfect for a spot of kite flying :)
Last week I have the pleasure once again to photograph the prom for The Forest High School. The prom was held at Bells Hotel and Golf Club in Coleford. With a colour scheme featuring tiffany blue, the venue was decorated with fairy lights and accents of blue were used throughout.