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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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26 February 2018

Waxed Button

Categories: Product Photography

I love working for small businesses! 

Nicki's business, The Waxed Button, needed some promotional photographs and I was more than happy to oblige. Her items are so cute and the candles smelled so wonderful, perfect little gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Small Business, handmade, Tea, independent, butterflies, candles
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12 February 2018

Reader I married him - Victoria and Jonathan

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography, Wedding

 

Well this one has been a long time coming hasn't it?! 

Part of the problem of why it takes me so long to blog about my wonderful clients is that I struggle so much to cut down the selection of images to share with you all. This wedding being absolutely no exception.

I absolutely loved Vic and Jonathan's wedding, the smiles and laughter seemed endless, the styling was GORGEOUS and the entire day just filled everyone's hearts with love. While the day was essentially small and intimate, it took in a lot of the surroundings of London and the people there. While photographing Jonathan getting ready, a taxi full of guests passed and hollered out of the window, the poor driver! When photographing Vic arriving at Islington Town Hall, we took a quick walk and the images seem just quintessentially "British" featuring a red phone box and the beautiful architecture. And of course when we left the ceremony, there was the big red London bus where we were all pressed up against the windows because Bill Oddie was attending the wedding after! The bus dropped us off at one end of the park in Stoke Newington which we all trooped through, the guests drinking prosecco, waving to those enjoying the park and petting dogs along the way.

The reception was in the Londsborough pub which was essentially their local. The dressing was fabulous, bunting and paper lanterns everywhere. We popped out the front of the pub to grab some shots of the bride and bridesmaids and got chatting on to a passerby on her way to a birthday party. At this point, I'm not entirely sure how, suddenly all of the bridal party are hula hooping with the hoops the passer by just happened to be carrying!

It's little things like this that you remember and will always bring a smile to your face and that's something to rememeber this Valentine's Day. The memories that you make always last the longest. Victoria and Jonathan are now expecting a baby, all of the love in the world to their little family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Alternative, Vintage, handmade, pink hair, Cake, Burlesque, Pink, Wedding, confetti, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Dress, wedding ring, bouquet, twitter, viral, tweet, love, waterstones, london, Rock and Roll
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29 January 2018

Emma and Jon

Categories: Photography, Portrait Photography, Newborn, Family

Emma dropped me a message on my Facebook page to book a photoshoot with her husband Jon and their family.

I love photographing family portraits at Wollaton Hall. With the beautiful backdrop, I usually let the children run and play for a bit which gives amazing and natural smiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Wollaton Hall, Baby, Children, woodland, Babies, love
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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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05 June 2017

Lydia

Categories: Photography, Portrait Photography, Newborn

Didn't I tell you this time last year was full of newborns?!

Next up is the gorgeous Lydia and her beautiful big sister Aubrey (and Mum and Dad of course!). Out of the two Aubrey was the least co-operative as is the way with toddlers but a promise of ice cream worked a charm and we got some great images. I'm always happy to visit clients homes to photograph their little ones. Doesn't Lydia look cute in her "Very Hungry Caterpillar" outfit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Portraits, Baby, Children, Babies, newborn
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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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22 May 2017

Abigail Newborn Shoot

Categories: Photography, Product Photography, Newborn

For some reason, this time last year was a boom for newborn babies! 

I popped over to see little newborn Abigail, who was just 8 days old at the time, to take some pictures of her settling into her new home with proud mum and dad.

Newborns are very sleepy at this stage so it's pretty easy to get images of them looking relaxed and content. As ever though, children dictate the photoshoot so there was some time with feeding and changing. Dad was determined to get a shot of her in his NFL Lions jersey though!

What a wonderful way to commemorate the birth of your tiny human!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Portraits, Baby, Children, Babies, love, newborn
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24 April 2017

Rob and Adele - Rock and Roll

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography, Wedding

I met Adele in a pub in Nottingham on Halloween. My friend Ruby is originally from Liverpool and can hear a scouse accent from a mile away, so the two started talking. Fast forward and I received a message from Adele enquiring about my photography for her wedding with Rob.

On the day of the wedding, Tony and I travelled up to Liverpool and ended up getting changed in the toilets of the public library! It was a beautiful, sunny day and the sun glasses were out in force. I knew this was going to be a fun wedding but I didn't stop smiling and laughing all day.

The ceremony was lovely, themes of black and red with skulls, beautiful 50s swing dresses and leather trousers.

Rob and Adele wanted a relaxed and fun affair and the day was this to a tee. Lots of drinking, dancing and laughing into their new lives together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, Alternative, Cake, Wedding, Dance, Rockabilly, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Dress, wedding ring, love, Liverpool
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17 April 2017

Gracie

Categories: Photography, Portrait Photography

I met Martin and Zoe many years ago through roller derby.

At the time they weren't together, they were best friends, so when they announced their relationship we I squealed with happiness. Then after that, little Gracie came along and I swooned at her cute little face. So when Martin asked about booking me for a shoot for the three of them I was so excited!

Gracie was an absolute star during the shoot and I'm sure you'll agree, her pout is to be envied!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, East Midlands, Small Business, Tattoos, Portraits, Baby, Children, Babies
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23 January 2017

Wedding Inspiration

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography, Fashion, Portrait Photography, Clothing, Make Up, Wedding

Being a wedding photographer gets quite hectic, so any time that I have to collaborate with my amazing friends who are also within the industry is a great joy!

In April, myself, Ms Moo Make-up, Lucille's Locks and Booboo Kitty Couture got together to photograph a stylised wedding shoot along with some work by the wonderful GGs Pinup Couture. We had some amazing plans including woodland and Aislinn's horse but, unfortunately, the weather was not on our side so we had to abandon the location in favur of shooting in the studio. 

Even though we didn't manage to carry out our full vision, I think we got some great images to show off our collective talents and why we always recommend each other to clients. We call ourselves the "Dream Team" because we not only work well together but our seperate businesses all come together to create a beautiful outcome.

 

Photography – Luna Photography

Make Up – Ms Moo Makeup

Hair – Lucille's Locks

 

Dresses – BooBoo Kitty Couture

Headdresses - GGs Pin-up Couture

Models - Aislinn and Lucille

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, East Midlands, Vintage, Small Business, booboo kitty couture, Ms Moo Makeup, Tattoos, Lucilles Locks, blonde, Pin-up, Wedding, Portraits, Make Up, Wedding Photographer, Inspirational, Millinery, Wedding Dress, bouquet
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16 January 2017

Damien and Jo

Categories: Wedding Photography, Wedding

Back to blogging!

Keep yoour eyes peeled for all the catch ups from last year and leading into next but for now, let's begin where last year began with the lovely wedding of Damien and Jo!

Back in January last year finally came the big day for Damien and Jo, It had seemed like such a long time coming after our first meeting!

You might remember their engagement shoot which they used for their invites, and that was when it all started to get very exciting!

When the day came, Jo and Damien had chosen my largest package which meant including an assistant, John, to photograph the groom getting ready. I find that it means I get to to spend more time with the bride and the whole day is covered from pretty much every angle!

Obviously with it being January, there were concerns over the weather. It did rain a little bit but generally the day was dry if a little windy. I got to work with Ms Moo Makeup and Lucille's Locks again which is always a great team! We bounce off each other wonderfully and were all there to make the bride look and feel as great as possible. Jo started to get a little stressed the nearer it got to the ceremony so we even made her bounce on the bed to laugh and calm a little!

The ceremony and indeed the whole day reflected a cool, wintery and calm feeling with light blue colour scheme, fluffy coats, glittery shoes and cute little blue birds everywhere.

The evening was a fun and joyful time with a wonderful singer who had been an amazing master of ceremonies all day for us, there was lots of dancing, a caricaturist cotton candy. Kids and adults alike had the greatest time and what a great way to kick of a year of weddings!!

 

Photography – Luna Photography

Make Up – Ms Moo Makeup

Hair – Lucille's Locks

Bridesmaid Dresses – BooBoo Kitty Couture

Venue – Swancar Farm Country House

 

Assistant – John Smalley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, East Midlands, Alternative, Vintage, booboo kitty couture, Ms Moo Makeup, Lucilles Locks, Cake, Wedding, Portraits, Dance, Make Up, Christmas, winter, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Dress, wedding ring, bouquet, 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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25 July 2016

Ashley and Leda

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography, Portrait Photography

Most of my wedding clients find me through referrals, but Leda is one of the few that found me through my website.

In the lead up to the day, Leda also contacted me about a makeup artist which of course I referred Sali at Ms Moo Make-up.

Working with Sali on the morning of a wedding is always a joy as we team up brilliantly. Other than photographing Leda getting ready, the morning was spent photographing her two gorgeous dogs and the two small bridesmaids spinning around blowing bubbles.

We headed off to St Mary's Church in Clifton where Ashley was waiting, looking a little nervous!

The ceremony was a beautiful little traditional wedding but unfortunately as it came time for the couples portraits the clouds descended and the rain came!

As always, I'd had the foresight to check the weather and brought my umbrellas! Ashley and Leda were happy to still have their photographs done outside and they came out great, giving a lovely atmosphere and story to the images.

But, just as quickly as the rain had appeared, it lifted and we could travel to the reception with the top down on the convertible car driven by Leda's bridesmaid!

We arrived at the Canalhouse in Nottingham for the reception, which works so well as a venue!

After dinner, the speeches were gorgeously heartfelt and the first dance was beautiful.

 

All in all a wonderful day, and even though I am no longer a good weather jinx, it just shows you don't need sun to have a perfect wedding day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, East Midlands, Ms Moo Makeup, Cake, Wedding, confetti, Portraits, Dance, Children, Make Up, Dog, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Dress, wedding ring, bouquet, CanalHouse
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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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20 June 2016

Amy and Katie

Categories: Photography, Portrait Photography

Katie came to me looking for a photo shoot for her sister and nephew, I've photographed quite a few kids now and we can always find something that makes them laugh or smile. In this case it was bubbles and biting mummy's finger!

These images are so smiley I love them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, East Midlands, Baby, Children, Babies, Bubbles
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07 March 2016

Rob and Emma

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

Emma was introduced to me through a friend for her wedding photography, seeing as she and Rob were living in Vancouver at the time, she was grateful for the help!

With the wedding being in Kent, we headed down the day before and spent a nice relaxing night in the hotel as it was going to be a long day!

 

Up early in the morning, Emma, the bridesmaids and I all headed off to the salon for hair and make-up. It was a relaxed morning and then we all trooped back to the rented cottage for everyone to get dressed. I joined Emma and her mum as they went to get their make-up done separately. With all of the people running around in the cottage I think it was a great idea for them to have some quiet time together.

 

I managed to get a little peek around the venue before everyone got there and it was beautiful! The sun was shining on a gorgeous May day and the colourful pink and purple flowers that Rob and Emma had chosen to decorate the pagoda set off the gardens wonderfully.

 

The ceremony was so sweet and there was dozens of locations to photograph the bride and groom after.

Such a light and bright wedding was fabulous, and lots of dancing in the evening.

 

Rob and Emma now run a hostel in Nicaragua! I'm rather envious, but glad I could be part of their lifelong journey together.

 

Photography – Luna Photography

 

Venue – Secret Garden, Kent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, East Midlands, Alternative, Small Business, pink hair, Cheese, Cake, Cream Tea, Wedding, Dance, Wedding Photographer, Sparklers, Kent, 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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25 January 2016

Mycroft

Categories: Photography, Portrait Photography

Remember the wedding last year of Zoe, Justin and Baby bump?

Well, welcome to the world Mycroft!

Such a cute and animated baby, Mycroft had us all laughing with his little facial expressions. As with photographing most babies, we got a good mix of him awake and asleep so it was lovely to see both sides of him. Lots of cuddling and giggles all round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, East Midlands, Portraits, Children, Babies
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18 January 2016

Elouise Makes

Categories: Photography, Fashion, Portrait Photography, Product Photography

Working with other small businesses gives me the warm and fuzzies so I was over the moon when I was contacted by Rosie of Elouise Makes to photograph her products and collections. Elouise Makes creates small, handmade items of jewellery from recycled precious metals. These are usually in the form of little animals, the most popular being her dogs and cats.

As part of the shoot, the items were to be modelled, Rosie also included Sali of Ms Moo Makeup and Sarah of Pin-up Curl in the day to make the images look their very best!

These images now form the basis for Rosie's website for Elouise Makes and I'm proud to say that they fit her branding perfectly.

 

Photography – Luna Photography

Make Up – Ms Moo Makeup

Hair – Pin-up Curl

Jewellery – Elouise Makes

 

Model – Honor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, East Midlands, Small Business, Ms Moo Makeup, Portraits, Make Up, Jewellery, Dogs, Dog, Pug, Cats, Silver
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11 January 2016

Donna and Ebony

Categories: Photography, Portrait Photography

When Donna approached me about a photoshoot with her and her daughter Ebony, I was delighted. I love photographing children and babies and when Donna explained to me that she had not been able to get images with Ebony when she was first born, I was excited to be given that honour and responsibilty.

Donna loved the images so much so that she booked another shoot in less than a year later. I hope to see more of Donna and Ewan and to watch the beautiful Ebony grow up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Small Business, Portraits, Children, Babies
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04 January 2016

VEA Designs

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography, Fashion, Portrait Photography, Clothing, Make Up, christmas

Last year, I had the pleasure of working with a number of small businesses to put together an amazing photoshoot at Langar Hall in Nottinghamshire.

 

The photoshoot was for VEA designs, Vicky makes amazing hats, fascinators and head pieces for events and weddings with a country life feel to them. We spent a lot of time on Pinterest putting together inspiration for the shoot, making sure we were all on the same page. Turns out we were!

 

On the day, things flowed amazingly smooth, the venue was wonderfully accommodating and the women that I worked with are all super friendly and talented.

I think the outcome speaks for itself ad I can't wait to see these images in print!

 

Photography – Luna Photography

Head Pieces – VEA designs

Make Up – Makeup by Amy Wilkinson

Hair – Kay Rhodes

Bridal Dresses – Elizabeth Malcolm Bridal

Party Dresses – BooBoo Kitty Couture

Jewellery – Mellissa Bainbridge

Models – Charlotte Wood and Cat Bosworth

Venue – Langar Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, East Midlands, Small Business, booboo kitty couture, Pin-up, Portraits, Make Up, Christmas, winter, Wedding Photographer, Millinery
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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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21 December 2015

Christmas sausages

Categories: Photography, Pet Photography, christmas

Every year Lucille brings her little doggies to the studio for their annual christmas photoshoot, this year her family has grown to three little darlings, Inka, Margot and Morton.

 

It was a little more difficult this year trying to get all three of them sat still but Margot showed them how it was done. She's a little star!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Small Business, Lucilles Locks, Christmas, Dogs, Dog, Daschund, Elf
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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 August 2015

Ollie and Georgie

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

I love being part of friend's weddings, it means I get to see all of the planning, the ideas and then the day where everything finally comes together to create a beautiful day.

When I talked with Georgie and Ollie, I loved the concept, very yorkshire with tea, whippets and flat caps. A lot of the finishing touches were hand made beautifully brought together with a deep green colourscheme.

Knowing them both, I knew it was going to be a fun wedding, and it was. The guests reflected the mood of the day with lots of laughing, dancing and drinking (of course!).

Georgie loved her dress so much that she spent most of the day twirling! So happy that I could be part of Ollie and Georgie's day.

 

Photography – Luna Photography

Venue – Cubley Hall

 

Dress – BooBoo Kitty Couture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, East Midlands, Alternative, handmade, booboo kitty couture, Cake, Wedding, Dance, Sparklers, Converse, rustic
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10 August 2015

Annies Burger Shack

Categories: Food, Food Photography, Product Photography

One of the things I'm most to support is small and local businesses so you can't imagine how happy I was to help out local Nottingham legend Annie's Burger Shack when they asked me to photograph their premises and new burger earlier in the year for an article in GQ magazine.

The burger was the Hoisin Burger and I could hardly contain myself at the smell while I worked!

It's their handformed burger patty topped with Chinese style duck, a pancake, crispy seaweed, hoisin sauce and spring onions but the best part for me as a non meat-eater is that they also do it in Veggie and Vegan options.

 

So while I didn't get to enjoy the burger at the end of the shoot, I did demolish the wedges...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, East Midlands, Small Business, America, Annies, Burger, food photography, food, Vegetarian, Veggie, Vegan
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03 August 2015

Steve, Jess and Klaus

Categories: Photography, Portrait Photography, Pet Photography

 

I've worked with Jess a number of times in a fashion context so it was lovely to hear from her and her fiancé Steve for their “Save the Date” engagement images.

They wanted to include Klaus, their miniature Schnauzer in the photos and got him a little bowtie and made a sign.

Wollaton Hall in Nottingham is always a great background for images, its local and very recognisable as a Nottingham landmark.

 

It was a blustery day so there were ears flapping everywhere but Klaus was fantastically behaved as of course was Steve and Jess.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, East Midlands, Vintage, Wollaton Hall, Batman, Dogs, Dog, autumn, Schnauzer
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27 July 2015

Martin and Aimie

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

This is another wedding that I assisted Tim Miles-Hayler on last December. It was a small relaxed affair at Thrumpton Hall just outside Nottingham.

The Hall is beautiful and the weather was surprisingly clear and warm for December.

For my first Christmas wedding it was wonderful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, roses, Wedding, Christmas, winter
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20 July 2015

Damien and Jo Engagement Shoot

Categories: Photography, Portrait Photography, Pet Photography

Looking forward to next year, Damien and Jo have booked their wedding with me for January 2016 as as part of their wedding photography package they get an engagement shoot. They decided that they wanted to use the images as part of their “Save the Date” cards.

So off we trotted to Bestwood Country Park in Nottingham with their two little JackChi's in tow, Millie and Mojo.

It was a lovely and relaxed day, lots of beautiful scenery and a gorgeous colour palette for the images.

 

The “Save the Date” cards look amazing and can't wait for the wedding itself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, East Midlands, Wedding, Portraits, Dogs, Dog, Jackchi, autumn, woodland
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13 July 2015

Drew and Beth

Categories: Wedding Photography

Sometimes marriage is a huge affair, but in the case of Drew and Beth, they didn't want all of the fuss and attention. So off they headed to to Barbados, and while the whole thing was gorgeous and beautiful, the photography didn't quite reflect their personalities.

As good friends of mine, when they got home I offered to shoot some wedding images for them more fitting to their lifestyle.

They're definitely different to the usual wedding images but perfect for them and so happy to be part of their marriage even if I wasn't there for the actual ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography – Luna Photography

Dress – Booboo Kitty Couture

Rings – Bloody Mary Metal

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, booboo kitty couture, Tattoos, roses, Wedding, Fashion, Halloween, Witchery
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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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11 December 2014

Justin, Zoe and Baby Bump

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

I first met Zoe at a Flashes and Lashes Hen Party as a guest of the hen. A very cute and giggly one I was super happy to meet Zoe again when she joined my Roller Derby team. It was shortly after, that Zoe approached me to photograph her wedding to Justin. She explained that she wad very nervous about being photographed and, as I had shot her before she would love for it to be me as I made her feel calm and comfortable.

As the months went by in the run up to the wedding, much to Justin and Zoe's surprise they announced that they were expecting and that Zoe would be around 6 months pregnant on the wedding day. To me, that was no problem at all so I was happy to join in Zoe and Justin's excitement!

 

This was the second wedding I've photographed this year at Wollaton Hall so I had a good idea of the set up and that the planners have military precision so I was glad when I got my printed up time table.

On the morning of the wedding, I headed to their house where Zoe, her mum and the bridesmaids were getting ready. Zoe buzzed about making sure that everyone was taken care of making tea, coffee and lunch, I think we managed to get her to sit down for a total of 30 minutes to get her hair and make up done!

 

I rushed off to Wollaton Hall to catch Justin and the guests arriving and then Zoe. It was a bit of a blustery day and Zoe's veil flew off and I managed to dash and catch it! We headed inside and the ceremony went off without a hitch.

After that, the rest of the day was super relaxed, we breezed through the group shots and then it was time for dinner. The tables had the cutest sweetie centrepieces and Zoe even sorted me my own sweets as I couldn't eat the table ones.

 

After dinner the drink continued to flow and lots of dancing. I was so grateful to be part of a wonderful day.

 

Photography – Luna Photography

Make Up – Ms Moo Makeup

Hair – Lucille's Locks

Dress – Made by Bride's friend

Venue – Wollaton Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, East Midlands, Alternative, Vintage, Ms Moo Makeup, Lucilles Locks, Cake, Wedding, confetti, Wollaton Hall, Baby, Make Up
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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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26 November 2014

Matthew and Helen

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

Oooops sorry everyone I've been away!

With my Christmas £20 offer and lots of client work it's been a busy time at Luna HQ and will only get busier before the year is out. But until then I still have a couple of weddings from earlier in the year to show you. 

This wedding was another that I assisted Tim, which is becoming quite a frequent but lovely ocourence! We headed to the Bride first, covering the family getting ready. I made friends with the young flower girls (as usual) as one of them called me Ariel because of my red hair.

From there, we headed to the venue, it was raining a bit so Tim and I caught everyobe arriving umbrellas up and skirting puddles! I'm glad to say the rain didn't last all day.

The ceremony was super cute, it had a vintage village feel with bunting and flowers everywhere. The local church group band (which Matthew and Helen are part of) sang some lovely songs and hymns, the ceremony was even presided over by Matthew's father who later wrote and sang a song as part of his speech.

The rest of the day was loads of fun, lots of dancing, Matthew's band played in the evening while Tim and I manned the photobooth. A long day and lots of equipment to lug about (there always is with the photobooth!) but all in all another good one to add to the list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, East Midlands, Vintage, roses, Cake, Pink, Wedding, Baby
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31 October 2014

Happy Halloween!

Categories: Photography, Fashion, Portrait Photography, Clothing

One thing that we've come to love and expect from Miss Fortune is a great Halloweeen themed range and shoot.

Miss Fortune is my longest running and favourite client. Her designs are inspired by Pin-up, rockabilly and psychobillly and worn by savvy shoppers and celebrities alike! Unlike many other brands of a similar style, all of Miss Fortune's clothing is manufactured in the UK to the highest quality. Laura prides herself on finding new and innovative ways to interpret the scene and make great fitting items. While there are beautiful dresses and items to make you feel like a million dollars at that special event, there are wardrobe staples like jumpers, cardigans and skirts so you can dress up every day.

I loved shooting this seasons designs, we trooped down to the graveyard and uncharacteristically the sun was shining. We always get some odd looks from passers-by and dog walkers!

Photography – Luna Photography

Clothing – Miss Fortune

Models – Frankii Wilde, Zara Ann and Little Gem

Jewellery – Bete Noire and Sugar and Vice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also see the images featured in Delicious Dolls Magazine in a feature by the lovely Coco Fierce

 

 



Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Alternative, Vintage, Tiki, blonde, Miss Fortune, Pin-up, Burlesque, Bettie Page, Clothing, Fashion, Halloween, Bats, Witch, Jewellery, Rockabilly
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20 October 2014

Sugar and Vice - The Witching Hour

Categories: Photography, Fashion, Portrait Photography

I love working with Sugar and Vice!

I found them, like many, on instagram and was instantly drawn to their amazing and original designs. When they put out a call for a product photographer I obviously jumped at the chance. Over time I have seen the most gorgeous jewellery come through the studio, wanting to keep every piece!

Most recently, I shot not only the product photographs for their newest collection, “The Witching Hour”, but I was also hired to shoot promotional images with a model.

 

As the lovely Frankii Wilde was visiting at the time I couldn't resist using her in the images. The idea was a modern twist on a witch, taking influences from American Horror Story (mainly the huge hat!).

 

Such a simple set up, white wall, kick ass model and flash gun.

 

Can't wait to work on the next collection, I'm sure you'll love it as soon as you see it too! Check out their site and I guarantee you'll want to spend with them.

 

Photography – Luna Photography

Model – Frankii Wilde

Jewellery – Sugar and Vice

Flower Crown - By Frankii

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Alternative, Small Business, handmade, blonde, roses, Portraits, Fashion, Halloween, Bats, Witch, Jewellery
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13 October 2014

Marc and Laura - Simple and Stylish

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

I've known Marc just over 12 years and Laura for 8 so imagine my surprise and excitement to find out that they were not only dating but engaged!

Catching up with them both was great, they wanted a small ceremony and reception so it was going to be a very relaxed affair.

The ceremony was lovely and funny then the reception was held at Laura's mum's house.

After such a relaxed day, the evening reception was something else. Loads of drinking and dancing

Such a wonderful day.

 

Photography – Luna Photography

 

Venue – North Tyneside Register Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, Alternative, Vintage, handmade, Tattoos, Cake, Wedding, confetti, Dance, Newcastle
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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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22 September 2014

Fashion Make Up

Categories: Photography, Fashion

I can't stress how important a good make-up artist is. I've been so lucky to have grown my business alongside that of my best friend Sali (Ms Moo Makeup) that I never take their skills and vision for granted.

One day I got a message from a friend's sister asking to hire me for a photoshoot for her college portfolio. Sophie has been training in Make-up artistry while also working for MAC cosmetics, her inspiration was fashion icons and designers like Isabella Blow, Iris Apfel and Zhandra Rhodes. This meant off the wall make-up, hair and crazy accessories! I worked with Sophie to choose two local models to fit her brief and then we set a date.

The day went smoothly and the make-up was perfect for the brief. Sophie was over the moon with the final images and I hope we can work together again soon.

 

MUA – Sophie Jane Dalby

Models – Rose Desire Belle

 

                - Fleur Du Mal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, pink hair, MAC, Fashion, Conceptual
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15 September 2014

Mini Geek Boutique

Categories: Photography, Fashion, Portrait Photography, Clothing

There are many people now who claim to be geeks, but what about when you have a little geek of your own?

Tracy, the great mind behind Mini Geek Boutique, found that she couldn't fulfil the need for geek based clothing for her son Toby so she decided to stat up a business and make her own! 

Tracy is inspired by Comics and films but also touches on the areas of computing, maths, role play and space. This means that not only are her clothing and gifts fun but also informative and educational. The best thing of it all is that most of her designs can be personalised because I'm sure the young padawans are going to be more excited about getting dressed in the morning if their jacket has their name on it!

Working with kids on photoshoots isn't easy, but Tracy was clear that she didn't want the photos to be "too posed". The idea was to let each little personality shine through. So, as you can imagine, there was lots of running, jumping and face pulling. 

We all had a brilliantly fun day and the images show that.

 

Not only can you find Mini Geek Boutique online but you may see Tracy out and about at your local comic convention!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands, Small Business, Portraits, Baby, Children, Clothing, Geek, Science, Binary
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08 September 2014

Ben and Katie - Wollaton Hall

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

It's been a busy summer with my own bookings and then adding to that assisting Tim, it's been like a whirlwind!

This next wedding I was really excited about, I've taken a booking for the same venue in October so I was anxious to see how it worked for weddings. It is of course, the famous Nottingham landmark, Wollaton Hall.

The Hall was used in the filming of Batman, The Dark Knight as the infamous Wayne Manor so it attracts a lot of attention since the release of the film.

Even the wedding of Ben and Katie included touches that reflected the venue's connection to Batman. Ben had Batman socks, a money clip (that looked like a Baterang!) and a matching tie clip, which meant I obviously had to photograph them!

The whole wedding was colour themed yellow and blue too, the blue of the bridesmaid dresses was stunning.

The Hall is a beautiful backdrop for a wedding, the group photographs backed with the grand building and the perfectly tended gardens for the Bride and Groom portraits. As part of the day, it is standard for the Bride, Groom and photographer to be taken up to the roof for photographs. Such a beautiful view.

 

 

The Hall and Gardens are still open to the public while the photographs are being taken so I expected people and maybe the odd dog wandering around but what I did not expect was a man taking his parrot for a walk! It did keep the guests entertained for a while.

While the room was being turned around for the meal, drinks and canapés were served in the Orangery, a gorgeous glasshouse. I definitely want to photograph a fashion shoot in there when the flowers are all in bloom.

 

We were lucky enough to have perfect timing and view of the sunset that evening which put a great end to the day. I can't wait to be back there and photograph Zoe and Justin's wedding in October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, East Midlands, Wedding, confetti, Dance, Batman, sunset
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02 September 2014

Actor Headshots - Phantom of the Opera

Categories: Photography, Portrait Photography

 

When I first started photographing, my main forte was live performance. At the time it was mainly bands and live music which turned moved onto dance and events.

After a while, my business turned to portraits and weddings but I still kept photographing live events as a hobby.

Earlier this year, I was asked by a friend I would photograph the dress rehearsal of their amateur production of Phantom of the Opera which I jumped at the chance to do. I'd never see Phantom before and I have to say, I was blown away by it. The performance was wonderful and I'm not ashamed to admit I even shed a little tear!

 

 

 

The guys loved the images and I was happy (and unsurprised) to hear that they had sold out all of their shows. So much so, the show was asked back for another run last month.

The producer sent me a message a couple of days before the shows started a little flustered asking if I wouldn't mind shooting cast head-shots for the programme. Having shot actor head-shots before I had no problem with this and we quickly booked in for the following day.

The set up was a simple two light, white background and the final images presented in the traditional black and while.

 

I heard that this run of performances was even better than the last and I would recommend anyone that hasn't seen the Phantom to do so!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Portraits, Actors, Headshots, Theatre, Dance, Drama
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25 August 2014

David and Jessica - Colwick Hall

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

Another weekend, another wedding assisting Tim Miles-Hayler. This time it was the wedding of David and Jessica at Colwick Hall Hotel.

As usual, I was tasked with photographing the Groom and Groomsmen getting ready. David, bless him, was visibly nervous. After checking in with Tim, I joked with David that Jessica's dress hadn't arrived but withdrew almost instantly seeing the look of fear on his face!

I felt very comfortable once we arrived at Colwick Hall, having shot the wedding of James and Lisa there the year before, I knew my way round. It's a beautiful venue with a large, light and bright ceremony room and pretty gardens.

Tim will often rib me for using a Canon camera but as mine is newer than his Nikon the shutter is quieter so I usually take front of house during the ceremony. From this angle I got the perfect shot of David as he saw the stunning Jessica for the first time.

It was a gorgeous day so we took full advantage to shoot the group photographs and Bride and Groom portraits outside in the gardens. Tim had also shot David's brother's wedding there previously, so there was a portrait that needed to be done by the large tree in the garden as a tradition set by his parents before them.

 

All in all, a lovely, relaxed and beautiful day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, East Midlands, blonde, roses, Cake, Pink, Wedding, Colwick, confetti, twins
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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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28 July 2014

Help Eliza get her wings

Categories: Photography, Fashion

A couple of weeks ago, Ms Moo Makeup and I, collectively known as Flashes and Lashes shot with the beautiful burlesque performer, Eliza DeLite

We had worked with Eliza last year on a big group wedding shoot (you can see the pics in my gallery) and had kept in touch on social media. Eliza, being an amazingly skilled and renowned burlesque performer, has been invited to the New Orleans Burlesque Festival, but getting to New Orleans aint cheap! After a bit of discussion, Sali, Eliza and I came upon a plan to shoot some exclusive images be made available for sale as prints to help raise the money to get Eliza's plane tickets. 

Eliza loved the idea of a strong American theme to the images. On the day of the shoot, Eliza brought along a few outfits that we could possibly use but in the end a strategically placed vintage American flag worked perfectly!

 

 

The next set came together itself. Eliza had been sent some amazing lingerie from one of her sponsors, What Katie Did. The lingerie had a definite Bettie Page and Dita von Teese feel to it so the direction of the images was settled quickly, After a little research this is what we came up with.

Eliza doesn't often get to shoot this style so she had a lot of fun playing crop and whip!

 

 

For the last set we used a beautiful latex dress provided by Eliza's other sponsor, Catriona Stewart Clothing. I was so in love with this dress! 

Again, taking inspiration from Dita von Teese, the tone and direction of these images came naturally. It seems that artistically, Eliza and I are quite in sync and both understood what we wanted the final images to look like.

 

 

 

If you love these images as much as Eliza, Sali and I do, then we'd love it for you to purchase them as prints. You can purchase these and other little gifts from Eliza'a crowdfunding page.

Please give what you can to this gorgeous, hard-working lady!

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, East Midlands, Alternative, Vintage, Small Business, Ms Moo Makeup, Leicester, Pin-up, Burlesque, latex, America, prints, corset
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24 July 2014

Americana International

Categories: Photography, Fashion, Catwalk

For the past couple of years I have been attending Americana International, a great event with all the best of American music, style and cars.

As part of this, there is a two day Fashion show covering the best in UKs vintage and reproduction clothing brands. For me, it's a great opportuntity to see some great clothes but also my amazing friends that come to model.

This year, I couldn't make the Saturday due to photographing a wedding but because all of the girls being so amazing I got everything I needed on the Sunday!

I hope that everyone enjoyed it just as much as I did, a huge well done to Aislinn from BooBoo Kitty Couture and here's some pictures!

 

Brands involved;

BooBoo Kitty Couture

Miss Fortune

Heyday!

Call Me Betty

Vintage By Cupcake

Girl on the Run

Lady K Loves

Georgia May's Vintage Wardrobe

Recoco Rock

Misstress of Vintage

Piston Broke

Jo's Creations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all the girls for being so awesome :) x 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, East Midlands, Alternative, Vintage, booboo kitty couture, Tattoos, Tiki, Tropical, leopard print, Catwalk, Americana
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12 July 2014

The Pudding Pantry Nottingham

Categories: Photography, Food

If you know me at all, you'll know that I love coffee and cake.

My wonderful friends, Georgie and Amy joined up with another to provide the residents of Nottingham with amazing coffee and the kind of food that leaves you craving more. I had known Georgie was an amazing pastry chef and her sweets are amazing so I was so excited when she annouced she was opening a place of her own. I followed her on Pinterest and the more ideas and yummy recepies that she pinned, the more my tummy gurgled with anticipation.

What they have to say about themselves,

The Pudding Pantry brings together 3 friends with an insatiable desire to provide the kind of food and coffee that will keep you coming back. With all our cakes, puddings and desserts baked in house by our amazing pastry chefs and our artisan coffee made with expert knowledge and know-how, we want to show you how much we love what we do. 
Conjuring up the delights of a French bakery and reminiscing over those days of licking clean the cake bowl, our aim is to create a haven and a buzz for those who enjoy good food and great coffee (and lets not forget the tea!)
Serving up breakfast, brunch, lunch and sweet treats, The Pudding Pantry is open to all those who get as excited by food as we do. 

With a background in restaurants, coffee shops, hotels and hospitality, our combined experience allows us to bring to the table a plethora of knowledge and passion for all things food and drink. With our aim being to provide the very best that we can, we source local where possible and always strive to bring you the freshest ingredients. Creativity and excitement in all our food endeavours means you will always be in for a treat (quite literally)

 

Of course I've been in and visited a few times since then and I can testiment to the gorgeous coffee and the amazing food (especially the cake!). 

A few weeks ago, I came across a job for a food photographer and quickly panicked. I have experience in food photography but I hadn't done any recently. So a quick text and I arranged to pop in the following morning to shoot some of their food and drinks for my portfolio and their website.

I'd like to give a huge thank you to everyone at The Pudding Pantry for letting me shoot and for your wonderful service every time I visit.

If these photos make you feel hungry just by looking at them you can visit them at 27/29 Trinity Square, Nottingham, NG1 4AF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, East Midlands, Small Business, handmade, Coffee, Cake, Espresso, Scone, Tea, Lemonade, Latte
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28 June 2014

Matt and Pernille in Copenhagen

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

Last November I was fortunate enough to spend a little time in Copenhagen so I was thrilled to be invited back to photograph Matt and Pernille's wedding.

Matt, originally from Tamworth, moved to Copehagen to live with Pernille after she had finished her degree in Manchester. They both just wanted quite a quiet wedding and small party after, I was so excited when I found out they were having a Hawaii style party for the reception.

We arrived a few days before the big day for a little time to settle in, scope out the city and help the couple with the preparations. The gave us a taste of the traditional alcoholic drinks they would be serving at the wedding, Fernet Branca and GaJol, although I'm pretty sure they just wanted to see my face after the foul tasting shots!

While sight-seeing around the city, we found The Round Tower, a huge spiral tower and observatory in the centre of Copenhagen. The helixical walkway to the top was beautifully lit from the windows and the stunning views across the rooftops from the top were amazing. I realised that this would be the perfect place to photograph the couple shots after the ceremony!

On the day of the wedding, Pernille and I were up at 6am ready for the make-up artist while everyone else in the apartment dozed on. Coffee was definitely my friend that morning! Once the Groom and others were awake, we sent them to the local bakery for pastries for breakfast. I would be the size of a house if I had such amazing fresh food on my doorstep every morning!

After that we headed over to Copenhagen City Hall, a huge stunning building that we'd seen in our previous travels. The entrance hall was amazing filled with marble but where the actual ceremony took place was tiny! Everyone was smooshed into this small room with no seats where we all had to line the walls to fit in. I was amazed at how quick the ceremony was, the exchange of the rings isn't standard as it is in the UK so Matt and Pernille added it after they had signed the register. There were no blessings, speeches or readings and the whole thing took about fifteen minutes in total.

After a few group shots in city hall, Matt, Pernille and I took a wander to the Round Tower. In between being super cute, they were forever pulling silly faces at each other so it was really hard to stop laughing! Unfortunately, the weather was quite windy that day so we didn't take any shots at the top of the tower so after that we headed back. The newlyweds had organised a lunch with the family so I headed back for a quick lunch and a nap before the evening reception.

The evening went quite quickly, lots of drinking, dancing, laughing and a bar manned by the guests. Pernille got cake in Matt's face and I pulled my first ever pint. There are some crazy Danish marriage traditions, one where they picked Matt up, stole his shoes and cut the toes out of his socks... Don't ask because I don't know!

It was a long day but totally worth it.

 

Photography: Luna Photography

Venue: Copenhagen City Hall

With Thanks to: The Round Tower - Copenhagen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Alternative, Vintage, Tattoos, Tiki, Hawaii, Copenhagen, Tropical, lei, books
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21 June 2014

Scott and Emma at Goosedale

Categories: Wedding Photography, Photography

Scott and Emma have been great friends of mine ever since I first met my husband. When they first approached me about photographing their wedding, they hadn't even set a date but they knew that they wanted me to photograph their day. When they did set the date, we did a little shoot for their "Save the Date" cards which I helped design, then I took some of Scott's artwork and designed their wedding invitations too. It was great to be part of the wedding planning with such a wonderfully creative couple. It was such a delightfully fun day, lots of laughter and sunshine. Even though the wedding party weren't "True Scotsmen" I was quite glad of this when they asked for shots up their kilts! Emma's custom personalised Nike trainers were awesome, just shows you don't need to wear heels for your wedding shoes to be special!

 

Photography: Luna Photography

Venue: Goosedale Conference and Banqueting

Dress: BooBoo Kitty Couture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Wedding Photography, Nottingham, East Midlands, Alternative, Vintage, Small Business, booboo kitty couture, lego, nike, Kilt, Goosedale
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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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31 May 2014

Welcome to Luna Photography!

Categories: Photography

First of all I'd like to say a huge "Thank You!" to my past, present and future clients, without you all, Luna Photography would be nothing. Thank you for believing my me and my photography.

So, welcome to my new website!

For a while now, I'd felt that the old site didn't reflect my personality or the style of my photography at all. I'd spent so long trying to "fit in" with all of the other mainstream photographers that my fun, alternative side wasn't coming across. I have so many awesome and individual clients that it was clear, I'm not mainstream and neither is my photography. So started the long road to re-invention.

I'd attended a lot of workshops run by Projector at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, they covered everything from branding and social media to client management and accounting. Here, I realised that I hadn't embraced my talents and niche because I thought that catering to the masses was what I needed in order to succeed. In reality, the niche was exactly what made me more appealing to wedding clients, I understood that they wanted something different from the photography and I was just the person to offer it.

So, meanwhile Monkey Perch Studios was beavering away building the new site, I had to come up with a "look", one that was professional but also reflected my vintage and alternative style. Quite fortuitously, I was contacted by Ali from Gifted Scribble who I'd met at the Projector workshops. Ali is a talented illustrator and graphic designer and she needed commercial product images of t-shirts, prints and greetings cards that she sells. I love working with other local businesses so I suggested a skill swap. I was looking for a new logo and Ali was perfect person for the job! 

We had a quick meeting to discuss ideas, themes and styles and then Ali send me over a few designs to choose from. I LOVED them, she had captured the essence of the business perfectly. So, I narrowed it down to my favourite design, refined to a couple of colour pallettes and voila, the new Luna Photography logo was born!

 

Luna Photography AquaLuna Photography Mono

 

So armed with this, I went a little crazy at the printers ordering new business cards, flyers, gift cards and even stickers!

I even updated my watermark too...

 

 

So please, take a look around the new site, maybe you'll see someone you know! Please let me know what you think, I'd love to hear it.

Until next time, 

 

Emma x

 

 

Tags: Photography, Photographer, Nottingham, Derby, Alternative, Vintage, Projector
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