Monthly Archives: February 2012

28 
Feb

Wedding Fair – Atkins Building Hinckley

I attended the recent wedding fair at the Atkins Building in Hinckley and met some lovely wedding vendors to chat to.  It’s always nice to get to know other suppliers in the wedding market, especially if they are local too.    I was unable to be on my stand all of the time as I had a couple of portrait shoots at the same time but for a first wedding fair it was very well attended.  All the suppliers were local and I am a big supporter of local businesses and go out of my way to link up with and network with them.   Alert:  the photographs taken below feature lots of sweeties from Mary’s Sweet Memories Sweet Shop in Hinckley, some beautiful vintage reworked shoes that will have the ‘wow factor’ on your wedding day (great for photographs)  by The Vintage Faery, and gorgeous wedding cakes by Rachel Wykes.  How about afternoon tea as part of you wedding day?

It’s so exciting planning a wedding and with an array of talented, creative businesses on your doorstep here in Hinckley, why go anywhere else??

 

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Published Date: 28th February 2012
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23 
Feb

Dear mum… on the ocean of life you are my guiding star

Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  18th March… the day you let your mum know just how much you love her.    I love it!  I get a fuss on Mother’s Day, plus the added bonus that Mother’s Day is always very close to my birthday.  Double fuss!

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Published Date: 23rd February 2012
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23 
Feb

Wedding Guests

I get to meet a lot of people at weddings and I have to say a wedding day certainly brings out the best in people.  I don’t know what it is about weddings but I find that the ladies tend to become more introverted and self conscious, wheres the men seem to become really daft (and sometimes a little outrageous).  But to me, weddings are about a couple joining together and and bringing together families and friends.  There are emotional moments at every wedding I photograph, however there are just as many silly moments with tonnes of laughter and antics.  Remember, when planning your special day, that it’s not just the details and formalities of a wedding day that are important, it’s having those people around you that are a big part of your life and who are your absolute ‘nearest and dearest’.

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Published Date: 23rd February 2012
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23 
Feb

I love to photograph children, and I especially love close up portraits.  I seem to have a thing about eyes.  And so often when I am photographing children I will present the a mixture of fun, relaxed portraits and if I’m lucky I can sometimes take some real close up shots and home in on those beautiful eyes.  These images are worthy of a real feature image at home, a framed canvas or large framed print that you will truly love forever.  For family photography or children’s photography in the studio, or on location, please contact me – Lesley Bee on 01455 233224 to discuss your requirements.

 

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Published Date: 23rd February 2012
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21 
Feb

Pancake Day

I couldn’t let today go by without posting a photograph of my Maisie and Lydia Bee, making their Pancakes.  The flipping technique for this years pancakes was truly phenomenal…

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Published Date: 21st February 2012
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18 
Feb

Wedding Day Top Tips for Brides

I thought it would be a good idea to write up some of my personal top tips for brides from a photographer’s perspective.  Please note that these musings are purely my tips on enjoying your special day and are based on my experience of photographing weddings.  I love to capture relaxed, natural, storytelling images of  a wedding day as it unfolds, with the ultimate aim being to tell your story.  It has been a great joy for me to photograph the weddings of some amazing couples.   Just being part of such an emotional and joyous occasion, shared with a couple and their closest family and friends is a real honour.  I could tell you lots of stories about each and every wedding day I have been a part of.  The truly emotional moments, some quite bizarre moments, hysterical moments, and of course the unexpected moments…  You name it, I have probably seen it.  So please read these tips drawn from my own experiences and observations.

It’s Your Day.  Do it Your Way

You don’t have to stick to tradition.  If you want to have your speeches just before your first dance – why not?  Don’t be influenced by others.  Be individual.  Be yourself. Let your personality shine through on your wedding day.

Wedding Day Suppliers – Especially Your Chosen Photographer

Work with suppliers who are in tune with your ideas and inspirations.  Work with suppliers who you feel you have a connection.  Choose a florist that gets the brief, someone who is flexible and helpful and of course somebody who can guide you and inspire you.  Work with a wedding co-ordinator at your chosen venue who goes out of their way to ensure your needs are met.  If your contact at your chosen venue doesn’t fit the bill, ask for somebody else to work with.  It will ease the stress of organising your wedding day if you feel you can trust each and every supplier to give you their best service.  Do you have talented and creative friends and family?  If so, then get them involved in your special day.  Personal touches are memorable.  You may have a good friend who has a talent for card making and can make your invitations for you.

Did you realis that on your wedding day you will often spend more time with their wedding photographer than anybody else on their wedding day?   Choose a photographer that you feel comfortable, somebody who takes the time to get to know you both and most importantly, somebody that understands how you feel about being photographed.  It’s very rare to meet a couple who say ‘I love having my photograph taken’.  In fact, I can only think of one or two brides or grooms who were completely comfortable in front of the camera.  Most brides I have met have absolutely hated the idea of being photographed, and it was my job on their wedding day, to ensure that I didn’t try to turn them into  a model for the day, just to enhance my own portfolio.  Creating beautiful, natural images is my priority .  But ensuring the bride and groom are comfortable and relaxed is equally important  to create great images.  A pre wedding shoot is often a great ‘ice breaker’ to give you a feel for being in front of the camera.  It’s also the perfect opportunity to have a catch up and to discuss how your wedding planning is coming along.    I will not book a couple without meeting them first.  And subsequent pre wedding consultations are so important for building up a relationship.  Don’t have your photographer turn up on your wedding day as a ‘stranger’.

Bridal Preparation –  Your Day Has Arrived

How do you want to feel on the morning of your wedding day?  Do you want to feel harassed and stressed, with too many people around you needing your attention, alongside lots of little ones, running around your home and making lots of noise, causing chaos and making demands?  Or do you want have your make up and hair styled in calm surroundings, with your nearest and dearest on hand to help you? The calmer your bridal preparation time, the more relaxed you will feel when you leave your home / hotel room to meet your groom.   Remember that you are at your absolute most beautiful just before you get married.  Your hair is beautifully styled, your make up is absolutely perfect and you have just stepped into your dress.  This is the perfect time to have your bridal portraits taken.  Allow some time for this.  This is something I tell all of my prospective brides but on occasions I have seen a bride flying out of the house last minute, in complete panic with no time to catch a breath and no time to to be photographed.  Make time…

Give your bridesmaids and groomsmen responsibilities  during the day.  Whether it’s looking after your make up and ensuring your lipstick is topped up, or helping to take care of the smaller children / gathering up guests for formal group shots or just as a calming influence,  will all help the day run much more smoothly.

Walking Down The Aisle

Often I see brides cantering down the aisle with dad in tow.  What’s the rush?  Take a breath.  It’s not a 100m sprint…  Take your time.  Enjoy this moment.  Acknowledge your guests – make eye contact.  Take it all in.  Smile!  You are about to get married. How wonderful?

The Kiss

You’re married!  It’s time to seal the deal with a kiss.  On occasions I have seen some couples seal their nuptials with a kiss that is similar to the kind of kiss you give to a friend on greeting them on the high street.  A lingering kiss, with tenderness and meaning is what’s required on your wedding day.  Go with your emotions.  You can fling your arms around your new husband and squeeze him tight and enjoy the moment.  And guess what?… it makes a great photograph.

Married / Leaving The Church or Venue

See ‘Walking Down the Aisle’ and apply  same technique when walking back down the aisle with your new husband.

Group Photographs

Do you really need 30 different combinations of group shots of family members?  How do you get around this?  It’s easy.  A full wedding party shot is perfect for capturing a record of all your guests who were part of  your wedding day.  I have often taken this photograph from a balcony or a window at the venue.   This shot can then be followed by photography of your immediate family – parents, siblings and grandparents of the bride and groom.  Distant relatives / work colleagues etc have all been featured in the full wedding party shot so nobody has been missed.  If your preference is for natural, unobtrusive photography, believe me, minimal group photography will ensure the real moments are captured.   Often, co-ordinating group formal photographs is a little like ‘sheep herding’.  You can guarantee that Auntie Margaret will go off to the ladies to powder her nose, whilst cousin Jane decides to go off on a little walk, and  little children will have a fun game of ‘hide and seek’.  Guests do tend to wander and will often get a little impatient waiting around for a photographer to do their job.  If  you’re not careful when pulling together  your formal group photography list,  you could spend most of  your wedding day standing in a line with different combinations of guests, instead of mingling, drinking champagne and truly enjoying your day

Enjoy

If you are enjoying your special day, it will show in your images from your wedding.  There is nothing you can change once your day has arrived.  Relax, absorb the moment and have fun.  Some of the best weddings I have photographed have been those where it is so obvious that the couple are at ease and having the most amazing day.  And guess what?  It will certainly show in your wedding photography.

 

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Take a Moment Together

I always recommend that couples allow around half an hour ‘Mr & Mrs’ photography time on their wedding day, where we can go off for a little walk, away from the guests for some quiet time and of course, to take some photographs of the new Mr and Mrs.    It’s a perfect excuse for just a little time together and to capture some beautiful images in and around your chosen venue.  It’s also far more relaxing without an audience.    It may be the only time that you have to take a breath absorb the fact you are now Mr & Mrs and to spend just a little time together, before rejoining your guests.  Half an hour – that’s all.

Be Realistic

And finally… be realistic about your wedding day.  You have been planning this special day for months or even years and your expectations will probably be  very high.   You cannot control the weather, you cannot control the whims of people and you cannot be in control of every moment of your day.  However you can enjoy every single moment of the most important day of your life.  I hope you have perhaps picked up some tips for your wedding day.  Please feel free to comment on this blog post.  Thanks.  Lesley Bee

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Published Date: 18th February 2012
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17 
Feb

Photographing my family

I don’t get much time to photograph my own family… but every so often, I make an effort to take some portraits of my lovely girls Maisie and Lydia.   They have their own ideas now about how they want their portraits to look.  Maisie was photographed at my studio whilst she was helping me tidy up!  I do need help keeping on top of my mess sometimes….

This is Maisie Moo – my lovely, gentle and kind daughter who is almost 14.  Studio lights (just 2) and a bit of fun.

And this is Lydia…  Nutty, fun, loveable and ever so affectionate.  We took these photographs at home using just natural window light and a bit of ambient light from the lamp in my lounge.  Plus a little kick of flash in the second image for her hairline.

 

If you would like portrait photography and live in Leicestershire or the midlands, please call me on 01455 233224 to discuss your requirements.

 

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Published Date: 17th February 2012
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07 
Feb

Beautiful, Elegant and Fun – Meet Joyce

I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful young lady called Joyce just recently.  Joyce is 80.  I do so hope I look as fabulous as Joyce does, when I reach my 80th birthday.

 

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Published Date: 7th February 2012
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