Just a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of documenting Scott and Asha’s special day at the beautiful Yarner House at Bovey Tracey . I had not worked at this venue before but I went down a few weeks before to visit and let me tell you as I drove down the drive and was met with a stunning building and view’s for miles over Dartmoor, it was nothing but a moment that made you mouth the word “wow” . I left feeling excited for the day itself and it did not disappoint. This is a venue with so many photograph opportunities its hard to decide where to go first. I can see why Scott and Asha fell in love with it here and I can also see after spending the day with them it very much suited their vision for the day and their lovely relaxed personalities.
Asha and Scott had a small and intimate amount of guests which I just love , the whole day boasted a relaxed and chilled vibe but with plenty of things going on , live music, garden games , lovely food ( which I had the pleasure of eating and was much appreciated). Oh and let me just say virgin mojito’s are now my new favourite non alcholic drink - mmm mmmm !
Asha’s organistaional skills are right up there , A vision for a very much outdoor wedding there was also a plan B in case of rain , alas we did not need to worry about that as it was a beautiful hot day from start to finish and everything these guys had in mind for their day was able to go ahead as planned. All their suppliers were fabulous the very lovely Becky Flynn on make up, H.Watts on flowers. Jackie Watson their humanist celebrant carried out a beautiful ceremony ( which Asha and Scoot beamed with smiles throughout) and live music by Rob Koral ( guitarist) and Zoe Schwarz ( vocalist) set a vibe throughout . And the caterers did an amazing job on food. And I would also like to thank Lily and Phoebe from Yarner House as they are just so lovely and welcoming , approachable and they play a massive part in the running of the day .
All in all I can not praise the day enough and Scott and Asha made me feel so welcome and appreciated , I wish we could do it all over again tee hee . I wish you guys all the very best for your future I have no doubt you are going to have many exciting adventures! Much Love
So to the start of 2018 and my mobile journey is in full swing . I thought I would write a little about my home newborn session’s. A little insight to the process and the final results you can expect to achieve. Thie photos in this set are from a shoot I did in March. I arrived at the clients home where it was nice and toasty warm in the chosen workspace , this is perfect for a newborn session as it’s nice and cosy for baby ( it does’nt matter that us adults are abit on the warm side as long as baby is warm and comfortable ) . A session will have the best results on a variety of factors - room temperature being one of the biggies !!! . When I arrive to a home , I unload my car which is full of my equipment , a large beanbag for baby to lay on , a frame which surrounds the beanbag and allows me to attach a variety of fabric backdrops which are also in my kit , I also bring wraps for posing , maybe little outfits and other bits which are my tricks of the trade !! I can’t give all my secrets away :)) A coomon question is ” How much space do you need? ” - well my frame is 5 ft by 4ft as a guide ( I need to fit me into :) Obviously the more space you can allow me the better but I am used to squeezing in and making the best of the space . It takes me around 10- 15 minutes to set up , this is a perfect time for you to feed baby in preparation for the session - a sleepy baby with a full tummy makes for an easier session.
Now we can begin , I use a variety of techniques to help get baby nice and relaxed , parents will often call me the baby whisperer , and alot have offered me a decent hourly wage so they can have a full nights sleep, I have yet to take this offer up though it is tempting hahaha . During the session it can often take alot of time and patience to achieve a shot , hence why my newborn sessions are a little longer than most. You may find baby needs cuddles or extra feeds as they are working ! Or nappy changes . These sessions are very relaxed and great for you as parents to sit back and allow me to do the hard work. When i set up a pose , safety is paramount for me , poses should be checked for circulation to the babie’s fingers and toes for example .
I will only do what baby allows me to do . They are in charge of the session not me :) I cannot guarentee baby will sleep , but I sure do have tips and tricks up my sleeve and a whole lot of patience. 15 years working with 0-5 years olds in pre schools taught me a thing or two!
I ask that you only choose me to carry out your newborn session if you love my style of art . The images you see are what I do and if its not a style you like then maybe I am not the photographer for you ! My style is fine art baby photography. Art that on your walls will look amazing for years to come:) These are not just a “quick few snaps” these images take creating and time and knowledge.
These sessions can be anything from 1.5 hours upto 3 hours , all dependant on baby ! Put the kettle on as I am sure like most parents you will be fascinated watching the process.
When I leave I explain to you what happens next with regards to when you will receive your images . When I get back to my edting suite each image is sorted through and hand edited , paying attentions to the background , skin tones , blemishes , adjusting shadows and such like to make your image the finished piece that you receive. All the images you see on this write up were taken in one session ( and thats not all of them ) . I sent the finished gallery to my client who very kindly gave me permission to use the images in this blog and heres what she had to say “Oh my goodness Michelle!! These are just too precious! Thank you soooo much! You’re one talented lady! Love them all!!!! Can’t wait to fill a wall with them !! “.
If you would like to fill a wall with images and think I am the pghotographer for you then drop me a message and lets see what we can do .
Hard to believe I know !!!! But the saying goes it is good luck if it rains’ on your wedding day , I think this comes from “tying the knot” and the knot is harder to untie if it’s wet . Well , rain it did on Paul and Hannah’s special day ! I feel we got lucky when we needed it to , but on my drive out to Millbrook Estate , their chosen venue , the rain was just lashing down at great speed with a lot of surface water on the road’s . I was armed and ready with welly boots , my best outdoor weather coat, plenty of micro fibre cloth’s to keep drying my lenses and my best possible ‘positive head’ .
When I arrived the rain was starting to slow but stop it did not ! In fact I am not sure if it stopped the whole 2.5 hours I was there , but it did just slow down to a bearable drizzle when we needed too. Paul and Hannah obviously were a little concerned about what would happen with regard’s to having their photos in the beautiful grounds. I always say , ” we just do our best , grab chances when we can and do not let a bit of water define your day, we just work around it ” , and that we did and I am so happy with the images we got. Remember the saying “ Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…. it’s about learning to dance in the rain ” , well I am a firm believe this is also the case on your wedding day. You have two choices let it dampen your spirits or learn to dance in it !!!!!!!!! Embrace the rain! Yeah it’s not great, yes its wet, yes your hair may go a little frizzy, yes it may be cold for a few minutes BUT you only have this day once , you only get this experiance once and you only get these photo’s once ! Once Paul and Hannah moved on from the initial disappoinment of the volume of rain they very much had the attitude of ” let’s just do it , we wont be here dressed like this again” ……….. I love that spirit , and it Think it show’s in their images! Take a look , carefree , in love and loving life !