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12 March 2018

Pinups and Cars - Wayne and Lizzie

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography, Wedding

I've known Lizzie for a while in her burlesque persona and she is a beautiful person inside and out. When she and her fiance Wayne asked me to photograph their wedding I knew it was going to be something special. 

As well as Lizzie's love of vintage, they both love cars (Volkswagons specifically), Wayne works for a tool company and they both adore metal music. 
I had the ever wonderful pleasure of working with Ms Moo Makeup and Lucille's Locks, we make great team on wedding days!

The ceremony and and reception were at the beautiful Breadsall Priory. We were able to get on top of one of the roofs for the group photos and for the couple portraits we were driven around in a golf cart, it was so much fun! The areas surrounding the Priory were beautiful and perfect for photographing. Wayne and Lizzie were absolutely amazing, there were tears, laughter and they embodied such a romantic love that was a sheer pleasure to capture.

Assisting was from the ever wonderful and amusing John/Spike from Vapour Trail Photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Derby, Alternative, Vintage, Derbyshire, Ms Moo Makeup, Tattoos, Lucilles Locks, roses, Cake, Americana, Pin-up, Burlesque, Bettie Page, Wedding, Dance, Make Up, Rockabilly, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Dress, wedding ring, bouquet, love, Rock and Roll, rock and roll bride
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15 January 2018

Jenny and Kitty

Categories: Photography, Portrait Photography

As you can probably tell, I love photographing families.

A long standing friend Andy, booked in a photoshoot for his other half Jenny and her daughter Kitty. He also booked in the ever amazing Ms Moo Makeup for her skills and Kitty LOVED getting dressed up like her mum.

 

Such a wonderful shoot with a gorgeous pair of ladies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Small Business, Derbyshire, Ms Moo Makeup, Portraits, Headshots, Children, Make Up
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31 December 2017

Happy New Year!

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography, Fashion, Portrait Photography, Make Up, Product Photography, Pet Photography, christmas, Wedding, Newborn

 

To all my wonderful clients, past and present, here's to all of you! I hope you all had an amazing 2017 and wishing you all the best for 2018.

Here are some of my favourite images from the past year, it was a super tough choice so I enjoy sharing some of these beautiful moments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Vintage, Small Business, Derbyshire, Tattoos, Leicester, Lucilles Locks, Wedding, confetti, Portraits, Headshots, Batman, Baby, Children, Clothing, Make Up, Jewellery, Christmas, Dogs, Dog, woodland, Wedding Photographer, Pet Photographer, Babies, Wedding Dress, wedding ring, bouquet, love, newborn, weimaraner, Rock and Roll, rock and roll bride, whippet
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29 May 2017

Weddings are a circus - Jeff and Katie

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography, Wedding

I've held off on blogging this wedding for a while now but finally I can share with you Jeff and Katie's wedding!

We were waiting for it to be published on the famous Rock and Roll Bride blog, you can read more here.

Even though Katie Abey is based just outside of Nottingham, I was initially introduced to her work through Sugar and Vice who collaborated with her on an amazing collection based on her hand drawn characters.

Since then, we've met up, worked together and chatted lots and I've photographed most of the items she sells through her etsy store. Through this I met her fiance Jeff and I was over the moon when they hired me to photograph their wedding. I knew straight away that this was to be no ordinary wedding!

Jeff and Katie are both bright and colourful, and some of the most creative people I know. The wedding was held at Jeff's family home, which they had licenced for marriage specifically for their wedding. Wingfield Hall is beautiful with amazing grounds and views, but where would they have the reception? In a multi coloured circus tent of course! 

Arriving on the big day, I could not help but run around and photograph all of the amazing details of the wedding right down to the very last pinwheel. It was one of the most fun wedding days that I have ever been part of, definitely not a day for black and white images. There is far too much to list so I'll shut up now and let the photographs do the talking!

 

Venue: Wingfield Hall

Bride's Dress: Chotronette

Bride's Shoes: Irregular choice

Bride's Veil: Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory

Hair: Lucilles Locks

Make Up: Ms Moo Makeup

Bridesmaid Dresses: Collectif

Flowers: Andersons of Nottingham

Caterers: The Old Yew Inn

Band: On The Open Road (Katie's brother's band!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, East Midlands, Alternative, Derbyshire, handmade, Ms Moo Makeup, polka dot, Tattoos, Lucilles Locks, Cake, Wedding, Dance, Make Up, Wedding Photographer, Converse, Rainbow, Wedding Dress, wedding ring, bouquet, Bubbles, love
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29 November 2016

Sneaky Peeks

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography, Portrait Photography, Pet Photography, christmas

So it's been a bit quiet on the blog front, as a photographer, wedding season takes over my life a little every summer. But I'm back and will be blogging my adventures soon.

In the mean time, here's a little taster of what I've been up to and the blogs that you can see coming soon!

 

 

Jo and Damien's gorgeous wedding from earlier this year, you can see their engagement shoot here

 

 

The gorgeous Gracie turned 1, perfect time for a shoot with Mum and Dad!

 

Tiny Abigail enjoyed all of the cuddles in her homecoming newborn shoot.

 

and Garbo and Elle showed what they love most about autumn walks... Leaves!

 

 

Phew!

December is a busy one here too with fantastic shoots booked in. To book your own or to purchase a gift card as a thouoghtful Christmas present, drop me an email here!

Hope you're all safe and warm and I'll see you again soon!

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Vintage, Small Business, Derbyshire, Wedding, Baby, Children, Christmas, Dogs, Dog, autumn, Wedding Photographer, Pet Photographer, Babies, Wedding Dress, wedding ring, newborn, weimaraner
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01 August 2016

Jez and Chole

Categories: Wedding Photography, Portrait Photography

Jez and Chloe were referred to me through Lucille's Locks, Lucille and Chloe were childhood friends and Lucille was also one of the bridesmaids!

Unlike most of the weddings I cover, Chloe wanted my coverage of the day to start at the church, so I met Jez and his best man at St Michael's in Breaston, Derbyshire before the guests started to arrive. It was a great opportunity to get some shots of Jez and the wonderful styling of the wedding party. It was a country style theme with beautiful wild flowers with hessian and tweed.

 

Chloe arrived in a beautiful vintage convertible, driven by her dad who then walked her down the aisle. The ceremony was super sweet and then we popped into the church grounds for group photographs and couple portraits.

Chloe and Jez then drove away in a beautiful camper van to meet us all at Donnington Park Farmhouse Hotel where we shot more photographs of the bridal party and the newly-weds before the wedding guests all sat down for the wedding breakfast.

I adore the styling of this wedding, and the combination of that with the brickwork and fields at Donnington Park Farmhouse Hotel made for some fabulous images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Alternative, Vintage, Derbyshire, handmade, Donnington Park Farmhouse Hotel, Lucilles Locks, Cake, Wedding, confetti, Portraits, Children, Wedding Photographer, Camper Van, Wedding Dress, wedding ring, bouquet
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18 July 2016

James and Leigh

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography, Portrait Photography

Often, when assisting Tim, his wedding clients are more likely to have traditional style weddings but in the case of James and Leigh, their style more closely matched those of my clients.

When I saw their sign saying “Geek and Half-Pint”, I knew it would be a wedding where I was in my element.

As usual, while Tim attended to the bride getting ready, I was tasked with capturing the images of the groom getting ready.

We arrived at Donnington Park Farmhouse Hotel in Derbyshire, a venue I have shot at so many times now they're used to seeing my face, and I headed up to spend some time with James as he had one of the rooms on site.

After a little while with James, a laugh and joke on while moving furniture around to get the best shot, I headed back to meet Tim and photograph the guests arriving.

As a change of pace, Tim decided to take the front of the ceremony while I shot from the back of the hall. Usually, I take point during the ceremony as my camera has a quieter shutter than Tim's although he will still remind me at every opportunity that his Nikon is better than my Canon...

After the ceremony, and dodging the light showers we managed to get the group photos and my favourite part, the confetti throwing.

James, Leigh, Tim and I all went for a wander to get the couple portraits, and as the rapeseed was out in full force, it made a beautiful yellow background for the images.

 

After dinner, the speeches were hilarious and everyone was smiling and laughing. I captured one of my favourite images of the year, James and Leigh laughing together, it just encapsulated the day perfectly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Alternative, Vintage, Derbyshire, handmade, Donnington Park Farmhouse Hotel, Cake, Wedding, confetti, Portraits, Baby, Children, Geek, Wedding Photographer, Babies, Wedding Dress, wedding ring, bouquet
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29 February 2016

Matt and Collette

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

From the moment I met Matt and Collette, I knew they were a sweet couple and couldn't wait to photograph their wedding.

They told me about their wedding, bright colours, a picnic and comic book theming, fantastic! I'd visited Papplewick Pumping station in Nottingham before so I knew it was a lovely venue with fantastic surrounding gardens.  They had a bit of a rough time in the lead up to the wedding but it was a small and intimate affair with a wonderful atmosphere.

On one of our pre-wedding meetings, Collette mentioned to me in conversation that they would love a pig as a pet so on mhy travels I bought them a stuffed toy piggy and put a ribbon around it. Needless to say it featured in many of the photographs!

Photography – Luna Photography

Venue – Papplewick Pumping Station and The Canalhouse 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Small Business, Derbyshire, handmade, Cake, Wedding, confetti, Batman, Wedding Photographer, DC, Comics, Papplewick, Rainbow
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28 December 2015

Raise a glass

Categories: Photography, christmas

Before we launch ourselves into 2016, I'd like to say a  huge thank you to all of my clients from 2015, you have all been amazing and a pleasure to work with.

 

Eat, drink and be merry this new year, make it a happy one!

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Small Business, Derbyshire, Newcastle, winter, Wedding Photographer
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14 December 2015

Nottingham Women in Business Awards

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography, Food Photography, Portrait Photography, Product Photography, Pet Photography

This year I was lucky enough to be nominated by my gorgeous friend Sali for Nottingham's Women in Business awards.

I was hugely honoured and although I didn't win, I'm just happy to have been nominated.

The support that I received in response to the news was amazing and, if I'm honest, a little overwhelming! I think I cried about three times that day with happiness because of the kind words and support shown towards myself and my little business.

 

 

You can read more about my nomination here

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Alternative, Small Business, Derbyshire, Ms Moo Makeup, Wedding Photographer, Award, Inspirational
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24 December 2014

Portraits galore

Categories: Photography, Portrait Photography

It's been a busy month or so in the Luna Studio! In November, I offered out a £20 photoshoot deal with two retouched images as I did last year. Last year there was a couple of shoots, this year I was overwhelmed at the amount of interest in the offer!

In the studio I had lots of doggies, little baby Santa Clauses, twins in reindeer onesies and Christmas jumpers, I've also sold a lot of gift cards so I can't wait to see what January has in store.

 

 

Merry Christmas from Luna Photography and I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Derbyshire, twins, Portraits, Baby, Children, Christmas, Dogs, Dog
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02 December 2014

John and Hayley

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

So for my final wedding of the summer I headed off to the John, the groom's parents house. Once again working with Tim, I was assigned working with the groom and groomsmen as I often have to help them get ready with pocket square folding, flower pinning and gently suggesting a drink to calm the nerves. They also tend to enjoy my sense of humour so when we got to the church SUPER early with John, his best man and his dad, I didn't have a choice when I was bought a drink in the nearby, albeit slightly shady pub.

Once we got to the church, I started shooting the guests as they arrived, but a problem struck when the groom's mum had gotten lost and she had all of the button holes and the rings! It was okay though, Tim spent the time shooting the bride away from the church and time passed quickly inside with all the guests chatting and laughing amongst themselves.

Soon the Groom's mother arrived, a little flustered but there was no worries as Hayley made her entrance shortly after.

Churches often tend to provide a beautiful backdrop but are frightening to shoot in, there are huge differences in light quality and quanity and if you're not careful any footfall can echo loudly. I'd like to think I've become quite a ninja in shooting in churches especially over the past summer! Tim once even asked me (as he shoots from the back) why I was hiding behind a flower arrangement! I wasn't, I just wanted to get the best shot but the flowers were in my way!

 

It was a lovely warm but blustery day, so after a few shots outside of the church we headed off to the reception venue. We let everyone settle in with drinks and then started on the group and bride and groom shots. The venue provided a lovely backdrop for the shots, with a babbling river and a HUGE famous tree.

After shooting the speeches, the bride and groom had organised a little picnic dinner for Tim and I, so we were able to sit in the gardens all quiet as the sun was going down. We were also presented with a huge plate of the leftover chocolate coated strawberries that were left over by the guests!

I headed home after that as Tim would be covering the evening on his own, having a little downtime before heading off was different but also great to discuss and decompress on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, East Midlands, Vintage, Derbyshire, Wedding, confetti, Gerbera, Strawberries
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06 October 2014

Flynn

Categories: Photography, Portrait Photography, Clothing

Recently I had the great pleasure of a second photo shoot with the gorgeous little Flynn and his mum Charlotte.

It's amazing to see how much he's grown, he's such a little character! You can see the images from his first shoot in my gallery.

T-shirt and Dribble Bibs by Mini Geek Boutique. The T-shirt even says Flynn in Galifrean!

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Derby, Derbyshire, Portraits, Batman, Baby, Children, Clothing, Geek, Mini Geek Boutique, Science, Dr Who
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29 September 2014

Barn and Aimee - Handmade Love

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

At my first meeting with Aimee and Barn, the more they described their perfect wedding and I couldn't help but get excited about photographing it. There was a steampunk theme with elements of Assasins Creed with Alice in Wonderland and a secret woodland feel. Aimee was determined to make most of the elements of the wedding herself or source other parts through talented friends and family.

Following Aimee's updates leading up to the wedding was fantastic, chocolate skulls and buying trees, flavoured tea and boxes of wine.

Barn and Aimee completed the legal part of the marriage on the Friday in a small ceremony and then spent all of Friday afternoon and evening preparing the hall. Aimee's friends made an amazing job of dressing and lighting the hall. It was beautiful.

The morning of the wedding was quite hectic, final preparations of food and outfits but once the groom and groomsmen left for the venue, a nice calm spread over the house. Aimee got ready with the help of her bridesmaids and there was a beautiful moment while her mum helped her into the dress.

It was a beautiful day once we got to the Hoveringham Village Hall in Nottingham, the sun was shining and it was reflected in everyone's happy faces.

The ceremony was beautifully presided over by a friend of Aimee and Barn. I found out later that it was the first wedding ceremony that he had conducted but I couldn't tell at all.

The rest of the day was wonderfully fun, full of laughter. The evening brought cappoera, fire performers, glow sticks and lots of drinking.

I was lucky to be part of such a unique and wonderful handmade day.

Photography – Luna Photography

Venue – Hoveringham Village Hall

Hair and Makeup – Bridesmaids

Dress – Made by the Bride

Headdress - Emma Yeo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, East Midlands, Alternative, Vintage, Derbyshire, handmade, Tattoos, Cake, Wedding, Children, Geek
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04 August 2014

Philip and Carley

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

Sometimes I get called upon by fellow photographer and friend Tim Miles Hayler to help out with his wedding photography. It's great because they're often quite different to the wedding clients I usually work for and because Tim and I have a great rapport (he's usually taking the mikey out of me) the days are fun and relaxed. Often Tim will say "Oh I need to photograph..." and I respond with "done it", when I'm working on my own I just photograph everything so it's just second nature now!

So this is the first wedding we've worked on together this season. Philip and Carley are a lovely couple. When I work with Tim, I often cover the groom getting ready so I spent the morning in the pub with Phil. Not drinking, honest! 

The ceremony was a gorgeous church wedding, light, bright and funny, everything you could ask for. The reception was in a small village pub, full of character but super fun. 

All the best to Philip and Carley in their new lives together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Cake, Pink, Wedding
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14 June 2014

Kenton, Danielle and Babe the Wedding Pig

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

When I met Kenton and Danielle for coffee the first time to talk about their wedding photography, we jelled straight away. As they described their little farmyard wedding to me I got so excited, then when they said they would be getting a little pig on a lead too I think I actually squealed a little. 

After a little bit of a hiccup regarding the registry office, the big day arrived and ran smoothly with Danielle and Kenton looking amazingly relaxed. Any couple who high-five when they 're pronounced man and wife are definitely together forever!

 

Photography: Luna Photography

Venue: Hackwood Farm, Derbyshire

Hair: Lucille's Locks

Make Up: Ms Moo MakeUp

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Alternative, Vintage, Small Business, Derbyshire, handmade, Ms Moo Makeup, lego
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07 June 2014

Sam and Marthas Handmade Wedding

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

Back in January, I had the pleasure of photographing Sam and Martha's wedding at the Donnington Park Farmhouse Hotel in Derbyshire.

There were so many beautiful handmade touches to the day, Martha's mum made the bouquets, the groom Sam made the wooden bowties and place settings and the bridesmaid Sophie made the cake. Such a lovely and fun couple!

 

Photography: Luna Photography

Venue: Donnington Park Farmhouse Hotel

Dress: BooBoo Kitty Couture

Make Up: Ms Moo Makeup

Bouquets: The Craft Fairy

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Alternative, Vintage, Small Business, Derbyshire, handmade
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