Emotive Imagery: Blog https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Emotive Imagery maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Sun, 06 Jun 2021 12:07:00 GMT Sun, 06 Jun 2021 12:07:00 GMT https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u15844080-o764698386-50.jpg Emotive Imagery: Blog https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog 120 90 We are back - Our first wedding of 2021! Adam & Nat's intimate wedding celebrations. https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2021/6/we-are-back---our-first-wedding-of-2021 Whilst many people have been re-arranging their weddings for late 2021 or 2022 in the hope of less restrictions, Adam and Nat organised their wedding during lockdown; accepting that they would only be able to have a limited number of guests, but having the bonus of slightly higher numbers after partial restriction easing in May.  They wanted a very relaxed affair with a bit of daftness thrown in as they don't take themselves too seriously with the ceremony at Hereford Town Hall, a handful of couple shots afterwards and a small reception in the garden at home and it was a great way to return to wedding photography as my first wedding of 2021, congratulations to a very special soulmates who spent the whole day smiling!

 

 

    

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) couple shots Hereford hereford Town Hall lockdown wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2021/6/we-are-back---our-first-wedding-of-2021 Sun, 06 Jun 2021 12:06:59 GMT
A very special maternity shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2021/6/a-very-special-maternity-shoot Maternity shoots are always very special, but when Juliet announced her pregnancy and honoured me with the task of her maternity shoot, I was very emotional because I have shared some very important moments with her family over the last few years.  As well as 'bump' shots we wanted to get some family shots,  'mommy & me' images, and some images of ChiChi (who I first met when I photographed her Christening) in her beautiful dress, bought especially for the shoot.  To keep Covid safe but still achieve a shoot when Juliet's bump was a great photographic shape, we modified 'normal' shoot arrangements and (as a first for me) arranged a studio set up in the family's garage with me shooting from outside.  Despite the unusual shooting arrangements, we created some beautiful images to treasure and I am looking forward to meeting their new bundle of joy when he arrives.    

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) bump family maternity maternity shoot mommy & me shoot shoot" https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2021/6/a-very-special-maternity-shoot Wed, 02 Jun 2021 19:03:56 GMT
Sam and Anna are building up to their big day at Davenport House https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2021/2/sam-and-anna-are-building-up-to-their-big-day-at-davenport-house Along with most of my lovely couples, Sam and Anna have made the hard decision to re-schedule their wedding day (twice) as a result of Covid restrictions.  However, with the help of Lizzie who made Davenport House available and welcomed us with a cuppa, Sam and Anna celebrated their original wedding day by having the place to themselves for their pre-wedding shoot.  There were, obviously, initial reservations about whether the date and location of the shoot would be too emotional but Sam and Anna ultimately took the view that they could enjoy the evening for what it was, having 'tipped their hat' to their original wedding date by creating some memories and could now look forward to plans for their new date.  The weather gods were kind and we had a beautiful evening for pottering around the house and grounds and for Anna to model her specially commissioned jacket from 'for the love of pearls'! 

Here is to the joy of making the most of a stressful situation and looking forward to their new, new date!

  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) big day Davenport House photography pre-wedding shoot wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2021/2/sam-and-anna-are-building-up-to-their-big-day-at-davenport-house Thu, 18 Feb 2021 19:35:41 GMT
Love is all around - Sarah & Chris's romantic wedding day https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2021/1/love-is-all-around---sarah-chriss-romantic-wedding-day Sarah & Chris had planned their romantic wedding day to perfection in the 'good old days' when they could share it with all of their family.  The sun shone as everyone arrived at St Benedict's Church in Wombourne Village and the scene was set for a beautiful wedding.  The guys recorded their version of the marryoke (if you haven't heard of this before take a quick peek at www.occasions.uk.com) before we grabbed a few formal shots and they went into the church to await Sarah's arrival. Both Steve (dad) and Sarah arrived beaming from ear to ear and were more than ready for their emotional walk up to the church, although that didn't stop the highly-organised Sarah being mindful of her timing and keeping an eye on the clock tower as they walked towards the church door! 

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They chose the simply stunning Davenport House for their reception and this was dressed beautifully (as always) in vintage pastel florals by GingerLily florist and musicals references - to tell their story and reflect a shared love of musicals.  We used the grounds of Davenport to get most of the group and family shots (as well as some more Marryoake takes with the guys 'strutting their stuff') and I loved that Sarah took my advice and ordered ooooooodles of confetti - there were sooooo many petals available to make a superb confetti shot!

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To make the most of photographic opportunities and allow Chris and Sarah the time to socialise with guests, we split their couple shots into smaller segments before the wedding breakfast, early evening and again when it was dark.  They also wanted to make the most of the venue both inside and outside and so we pottered around the gardens whilst guests were outside socialising and having a fabulous time playing garden games, and also used the bridal suite and gorgeous staircase. 

The evening reception 'officially' started with Chris and Sarah's entrance onto the dance floor from the grand staircase, with their band 'The Distractions' keeping everyone thoroughly entertained throughout the night - including a 'guest spot' by Chris!  When we were talking about photography options at the venue we agreed that there was no way that we were going to pass up the opportunity to round off their pictures with some night shots at the front of the house - and so we left the guests dancing whilst we went to capture some absolutely stunning images. 

Should you want some supplier inspiration:

Sarah's stunning look was created with a Maggie Sottero gown from Georgina Scott Bridal, with hair styles by Brooke Evans, Ironbridge and makeup by Diana Morton MUA.

Bridesmaid dresses were Mori Lee from Vicky Lee, Kingswinford.

The guys were suited and booted by Peter Posh, Tettenhall.

Stunning florals were by GingerLily florist.

The Distractions were the band keeping everyone up on the dance floor.

Their beautiful cake was created by Cakes by Sian.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) couplle shots Davenport Davenport House Marryoake night shots photography stunning images wedding wedding photography Wombourne https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2021/1/love-is-all-around---sarah-chriss-romantic-wedding-day Sat, 16 Jan 2021 17:11:30 GMT
Hello 2021! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2021/1/hello-2021 Well it is safe to say that 2020 was the most challenging year for Emotive Imagery to date.  After an early start (our first wedding was 2nd January), the wedding landscape rapidly changed and resulted in a complete diary reshuffle as I worked with all of my fabulous couples to re-schedule wedding dates for as far forward as 2023 so that they could still celebrate with all of their family and friends.  Whilst each postponement was desperately sad, the decision to do so removed the stress over what may or may not be allowed throughout the year and with a raft of fabulous suppliers all pulling together to accommodate changes, meant that couples could 'write off' 2020 and start planning again in earnest from 2021.

With a distinct lack of weddings and reduced commercial bookings I used my time to enter photographic body competitions, won the 'open' category of the annual West Midlands Regional Master Photographer's Association, secure my wedding Licentiate with the MPA, concentrate on improving/learning new photography and editing styles/techniques and have had a chance to create 'personal interest' images that I wouldn't normally have time for.  So, although it has been a weird year working with only a handful of people (in between lockdowns we squeezed in a few outdoor family shoots), the cameras have been busy with other things but are itching to get back to weddings very soon!

I must also say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me/us over this period through shares and likes on social media, future bookings and gift voucher purchases and I/we look forward to seeing you again very soon!  Here is hoping that 2021 is a happy and safe one for you all.

I still have some weddings that I haven't got around to posting and so will get on with it very soon, but in the meantime enjoy some pre- and post lockdown (subject to Covid-safe procedures) people-shots, and non-people lockdown shots.

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Gift Vouchers Available! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/11/gift-vouchers-available

2020 has been a somewhat interesting year for all and, as our priority has always been and will continue to be for the safety of all of our fabulous clients, we have only been working strictly within Government guidelines.  When lockdown restrictions were lifted we felt that the safest way to continue portrait/family shoots (irrespective of 'lifestyle' or 'studio' style images) was to arrange these to be run outdoors, and everyone has been marvellous in allowing us to do this.  Given that we are in a 'lockdown' situation again, we accept wholeheartedly that photography is not classed as an essential service and, as our current clients are already aware, we have cancelled all shoots until Government advice suggests otherwise and we believe we can work safely.

This doesn't mean that we can't plan for the future....

This time of year we would normally be taking gorgeous images of people with autumn backdrops, but with this not being an option, I decided to showcase my gift vouchers instead! 

Vouchers can be purchased for any of the following:

Portrait/Family shoots - To gift a full shoot or provide a specific amount (determined by you) towards the cost of a shoot/printed products. 

Weddings - Any value towards the cost of wedding photography booked with us or towards printed products.

Commercial - Do you know someone who is starting a business and needs product/profile images or is established and needs to update these?  Vouchers for any value can be purchased towards the cost of a product/headshot/site visit session.  For more info on commercial photography, please see www.eicommercialphoto.co.uk.

Buy with confidence:

We know that vouchers can sit in drawers for ages and this is why we do not apply an end date - although if 'full shoot' vouchers are not redeemed within 24 months terms & conditions apply - feel free to ask for more detals. 

We wish you all a safe remainder of 2020, and a fabulous 2021.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) commercial gift vouchers headshots photography portrait wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/11/gift-vouchers-available Sat, 07 Nov 2020 12:09:12 GMT
Yay! 'Highly commended' images by the Master Photographer's Association https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/6/yay-highly-commended-images-by-the-master-photographer-s-association With photography postponements galore over the last few months, we have been working with our couples and families to re-arrange fabulous shoots for the future and whilst it has been emotional, we are all looking to towards a time when we can share and capture those special memories with family and friends.

To keep busy I have decided to spend my time testing out new techniques, undertaking training and receiving critique on my images from professional photographic bodies so that when we are up and running again I can use this learning and feedback to make the service I provide even more fabulous!

As part of this I entered some images into the Master Photographer's Association June critique and am REALLY pleased to share that I was awarded a 'Highly Commended' portrait, family portrait and wedding image - so a huge thanks to everyone in these images, I couldn't have done it without you..

I am committed to continually improving and evolving my photography, will be sharing this journey and look forward to seeing you all again soon. 

Take care.  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) family portrait highly commended Master Photographer's Association MPA photography portrait wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/6/yay-highly-commended-images-by-the-master-photographer-s-association Mon, 08 Jun 2020 18:22:10 GMT
'A wet walk home' achieved a Silver award from the Guild of Photographers https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/5/a-wet-walk-home-achieved-a-silver-award-from-the-guild-of-photographers It has been a while since posting any images from a shoot with our grandson, Jack - and to be honest, it has been a while since we have done one with him.  However, with a bit more time on my hands, I have been editing images I hadn't got around to looking at and found one from a rather wet visit with friends to the Black Country Museum.  Because of the weather the place was almost deserted (bonus for us), so after chomping through a portion of fish and chips and having asked to wear his vintage suit, Jack had a great time pottering around the museum and was more than happy to mosey up the high street (despite the rain) as the museum staff were heading for home - an ideal shot.  I wanted a fine art feel to the image and so after some toning tweaks and adding a texture in photoshop, that was it.  The image was submitted to The Guild of Photographers in April and I have just received a notification that it has been awarded a Silver Bar.  Obviously all down to Jack's posing.......

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Black Country Museum competition fine art Guild of Photographers Portrait Silver Bar vintage https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/5/a-wet-walk-home-achieved-a-silver-award-from-the-guild-of-photographers Fri, 22 May 2020 08:25:56 GMT
Sooooo, this happened - an MPA West Midlands Region winner https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/5/sooooo-this-happened---mpa-west-midlands-region-winner So here goes another non-wedding post!

Despite being a member of a couple, I have never tried for a qualification with any of the photography associations around; purely because the photography has always interested me more than a piece of paper.  However, with recent camera club discussions regarding the judging of images, I have recently entered a few.  The Master Photographers Association recently held their annual competition.  Not being 'qualified' with them, I was placed into their 'up and coming' category (although any awards given are at the same level as achieved by their 'qualified' members and these are either marked as merit or winner).  I am rather pleased to say that out of 3 portrait images entered, all 3 received a merit.  Also, of 5 images entered into the 'open' category, 3 received a merit and one was the winner of the category for the West Midlands Region.  Not bad for my first entry.  The winning image 'Are you coming to join us?' was taken in Derbyshire.  I had been wanting to take a picture with sheep on a feeder for a while and never really found the right setting.  We were travelling back from a commercial shoot when Phil spotted the ideal location - so it was a case of abandoning the car, camping out next to a dry stone wall, ignoring quizzical looks from passing motorists and waiting until the sheep arranged themselves correctly for me (or rather taking several pictures until I had one that I thought would 'work'.  To be fair this was only the start of the picture's journey, because I knew the 'look' I wanted could not be achieved in camera.  Post processing work in photoshop allowed me to darken down the background to bring out the sheep, tone the image and allow me to add a texture gave it a more painterly feel.   What a great way to celebrate it's first public outing!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) merit MPA photography up & coming open category west midlands west midlands category winner https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/5/sooooo-this-happened---mpa-west-midlands-region-winner Thu, 21 May 2020 16:35:42 GMT
Lockdown photography - 'forget me not' https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/5/lockdown-photography---forget-me-not With weddings currently on hold and being up to date with editing, I have been spending my time doing further training in editing techniques (there is always something new to learn), but also having a 'play around' with items around the house/garden and editing techniques.  The first of these was along an 'isolation' theme.  With Skype meetings running for our photography club we had set this theme for members to take an image that reflected what 'lock-down' meant to them.  Having recently become part of a volunteer group within our village to help out those who couldn't leave their homes, my take on the subject was 'forget me not'.  The jar representing containment, and the flower people's hopes that they wouldn't be overlooked during the lock-down or forgotten by people afterwards.  Deep, don't you think?  Well, sorry to disappoint but that is about as creative as I get with stuff like this; although I am looking to do more and will post some of my other non-wedding/portrait work along the way.   

Edit 21/05/2020: Yay!  This image has just been awarded a 'Silver Bar' from the Guild of Photographers.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) containment creative forget me not isolation photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/5/lockdown-photography---forget-me-not Sun, 17 May 2020 10:36:51 GMT
The Stiperstones and Rose - a styled portrait shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/5/the-stiperstones-and-rose---a-styled-portrait-shoot I have just been going through old hard drives and found an image from a shoot myself and Phil did with the fabulous Rose Beaman at the Stiperstones waaaaaay back in 2017. It was freezing cold and by the time we got to this set-up the light was dropping so we had to set up a couple of flashes (one camera left to light rose and the other behind her to create some separation from the background).  With a bit of time on my hands this afternoon I decided to have a go at a quick re-edit of one of the images to give it a bit more of a painterly 'feel', and am quite pleased with how it turned out.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) model painterly portrait stiperstones styled shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/5/the-stiperstones-and-rose---a-styled-portrait-shoot Sun, 17 May 2020 10:24:34 GMT
We don't just 'do' people portraits! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/5/we-dont-just-do-people-portraits We often get asked if we only 'do' people portraits.  The simple answer is no!  Whilst we do photograph a large number of people, we photograph anything, and this also includes pet photography.  Evelyn visited us last year and although she is incredibly photogenic, she is also something of a live-wire so we knew that we were going to have a short window of opportunity.  With a studio style shoot we wanted to keep image tones and lighting as simple as possible the compliment her colouring/shape and so set up a chestnut coloured background and a single, modified beauty light and then grabbed a handful of treats and let the fun begin!  Evelyn's first reaction was to sit with her back to the camera (useful) but we eventually convinced her to turn around with the next challenge being to get her to look in vaguely the right direction and to avoid 'Dobby' ears.  This happened every few shots and so we were on a roll and here is one of the resulting images. EvelynEvelyn     

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) pet pet photography photography studio studio style shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/5/we-dont-just-do-people-portraits Sat, 16 May 2020 21:40:31 GMT
The story behind Liam and Rachael's 'couple shots' https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/5/the-story-behind-liam-and-rachaels-couple-shots Liam & Rachel's wedding photography pt II.

For their couple shots, because they were not confident in front of the camera and only wanting to give over a limited time for these, Liam and Rachael still wanted 'casual' images whilst wanting to make the most of their ceremony location (Bakewell) and then the grounds of the New Bath Hotel, Matlock.  Because they are soooooo relaxed together, having scouted out the locations before their wedding day, we knew that we could easily combine both needs by making a whistle stop tour of each location, stepping back and letting them do their thing - even if, occasionally, that meant having a potter up and down a driveway....   Again, all were shot using only natural light.  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Bakewell casual images Matlock natural light New Bath Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/5/the-story-behind-liam-and-rachaels-couple-shots Sat, 16 May 2020 21:09:50 GMT
Charlotte & Lee's story behind their images https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/4/charlotte-lees-story-behind-their-images With upcoming weddings postponed I have been re-visiting 2019 weddings and this time last year was getting ready to capture Charlotte and Lee's wedding at Dunsley Hall and Reception at Harley's.  Spring is when Dunsley's gardens are full of colour in April/May when the daffs and bluebells are in abundance and compliment the golden colours of the trees and with a desire for natural photos taking minimal time out of their day, Charlotte and Lee were happy to potter around as a couple to get their shots and to keep things moving we only used natural light.  Charlotte had done all of the wedding photography organising and so I only met Lee on their wedding day but it quickly became clear that these two were just so comfortable with each other that they were going to make it easy to get plenty of informal shots, with buckets of banter between them resulting in an abundance beautiful shots.   We were also ready and waiting for what promised to be a beautiful sunset and were not disappointed, getting the ultimate romantic shot after taking 5 minutes away from guests before their first dance kicked off the evening reception.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) bluebells dunsley dunsley hall hotel informal natural light photography romantic sunset wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/4/charlotte-lees-story-behind-their-images Sat, 04 Apr 2020 14:09:18 GMT
Street portraits at The Custard Factory https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/4/street-portraits-at-the-custard-factory So, whilst still having plenty of paperwork to keep me busy, I have also been pulling out images taken for personal interest that I hadn't had a chance to edit because, obviously, priority goes to wedding and commercial bookings.  As you may know from previous posts I am a member of Hagley Camera Club and during summer months we like to 'get out and about' with our cameras to grab a few shots and have a bit of a sociable evening.  Last year, along with 3 fabuos models, we visited The Custard Factory one evening and as I have finally got around to editing a handful of images of Andy (@popesfitness) I thought I would share them whilst we await better times when we can get out again.  Enjoy!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) hagley camera club photography street photography the custard factory https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/4/street-portraits-at-the-custard-factory Thu, 02 Apr 2020 17:50:43 GMT
Sarah & Andy's Welsh Wedding Hideaway Slideshow - Nantwen https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/4/sarah-andys-welsh-wedding-hideaway-slideshow---nantwen Earlier in the year I posted a few taster images from Sarah and Andy's wedding at Nantwen, Pembrokeshire and am finally getting around to sharing their slideshow.

They found a fabulous setting for probably the most informal and non-traditional wedding I have ever been to!  Following an afternoon of wrapping bales and setting up their non-traditional wedding marquee the day before, Sarah and Andy's big day came and Sarah spent the morning getting ready with the girls in the cottage, whilst Andy and the lads greeted guests and enjoyed the glorious sunshine in the gardens.  The beautiful whitewashed stone barn offered the perfect vintage setting for what was a very emotional ceremony and, whilst guests made themselves comfortable on the bales in the courtyard for canapes, the barn was quickly turned around by close family and the bridal party ready for their meal, amazingly all prepared and cooked in a Citroen H Van by Slow Pig Catering.  After a handful of 'formal' images, the meal and speeches, everyone drifted over to the garden and marquee for an afternoon of chat and croquet and an evening of cocktail mixing and limbo dancing - the key theme being plain and simple FUN.  

Venue - www.nantwen.co.uk

Catering - www.thewoodlandpig.co.uk/

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Nantwen Pembrokshire photography vintage wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/4/sarah-andys-welsh-wedding-hideaway-slideshow---nantwen Thu, 02 Apr 2020 17:42:00 GMT
The story behind Rachael & Liam's pre-ceremony images https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/2/the-story-behind-rachael-liams-pre-ceremony-images Rachael and Liam married at Bakewell register office, a wedding photography location new to us and so we visited it beforehand to identify local options for images.  The register office is in the town and because they had ordered the weather, the rather dapper groom, Liam, and guests parked by the river walked back into town for the ceremony.  This, and their desire to keep much of their wedding photography as candid as possible, allowed us (for the most part) to photograph them from the other side of the road using long lenses and only natural light; therefore capturing truly natural shots.  Liam's grandfather had 'turned' the ring box and so that was a must-have image that was taken inside the register office so we would have more control over the light for the image and (with me being paranoid about rings since a groom once dropped one inches from a drain) to avoid a ring crisis!  It was only when Rachael arrived that some shots were set - but only in the way that she and her dad were standing together (so that we could 'tick off' the must have images on the shot list) - and without being structured we could still get some great reactions.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Bakewell Bakewell Register Office photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/2/the-story-behind-rachael-liams-pre-ceremony-images Sun, 09 Feb 2020 19:43:43 GMT
Get the party started! Alison & Sam's story behind the image. https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/1/get-the-party-started-alison-sams-story-behind-the-image One of the key factors in evening wedding photos having some atmosphere is whether the DJ or band have great lights that fill the room.  In this case we were on a winner; The Spectrum Band provided the ambient light in the conservatory at Brockencote Hall, Alison & Sam cuddled up together during their first dance and a little pop of flash separated them from the background.  Once the 'romantic stuff' was over, James and the band ramped it up a notch and kept the dance floor busy all night. 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) ambient light brockencote hall party photography the spectrum band wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/1/get-the-party-started-alison-sams-story-behind-the-image Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:46:04 GMT
Story Behind the image 3 - The not so formal, formals.... https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/1/story-behind-the-image-3---the-not-so-formal-formals Like many grooms, Sam was not overly keen on the prospect of having his picture taken and whilst the pre-wedding shoot removed a small element of this, I was already aware that he was happier with less formal shots.   Whilst I always look for 'off the cuff' images as well as the formals, I knew that I would I have to keep a closer eye on Sam as he was playing up to his mates to be able to capture the 'real' him and let him relax into the planned photography as detailed by Alison - although even that didn't yield totally 'traditional' shots - and Dad did remove his shades for the formal group shots.  Images here were captured in the grounds of Brockencote Hall using only natural light.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Brokencote Hall formals natural light photography pre-wedding shoot wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/1/story-behind-the-image-3---the-not-so-formal-formals Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:17:13 GMT
Beth & Ryan's Happy New Year! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/1/beth-ryans-happy-new-year Firstly, happy New Year to you all!

I was going to post 'stories behind last year's wedding photography images' in chronological order, but because we started 2020 with a 'corker' of a wedding at Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire I couldn't wait to share.  Beth & Ryan had chosen this venue for a Disney-themed wedding and Beth definitely pulled off the fairytale princess look, with Ryan as her Prince Charming.  We were 'lucky' with the weather during the day with it being dry for group shots, etc but even luckier in the evening when it poured with rain and had a couple who were willing to use the castle grounds to get some 'creative shots'.  So, pottering around the grounds with a torch, getting rather wet (Beth & Ryan did have a brolly, honest) one of our stops was the wooden gazebo/bandstand.  With Beth & Ryan undercover, it was up to myself and Phil to set flash units to a) light the couple, b) light the inside of the gazebo, c) light the outside of the gazebo to offer some separation from the dark gardens and d) light the raindrops to provide the fairytale feel.  With a couple of post-processing tweaks and huge thanks to a very willing couple, enjoy my first published image of 2020!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) castle clearwell clearwell castle disney disney themed gloucestershire lighting photography raindrops wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2020/1/beth-ryans-happy-new-year Sun, 05 Jan 2020 18:35:53 GMT
Story behind the image - Alison & Sam 2 Ceremony https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/12/story-behind-the-image---alison-sam-2-ceremony My second post on Alison & Sam's wedding is from their ceremony at St Leonard's Church, Clent.  Whilst it is a lovely old stone church with vaulted ceilings, large windows and a lovely wide aisle, it can be deceptively dark for photography.  The minister presiding over Alison & Sam's wedding would only allow photography from the rear of the St Leonard's and so the service was shot with two cameras using fast lenses capable of wide and close shots and all images captured using only natural light.  Just as Alison and Sam were invited up to the altar, we were blessed with the most amazing light through the altar window creating a 'rim'/magical light around the couple rather than just 'flat lighting'- an absolute gift for me, so I was more than happy with being at the back of the church!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) church clent natural light photography st leonard's wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/12/story-behind-the-image---alison-sam-2-ceremony Sun, 29 Dec 2019 14:06:51 GMT
Story behind the images - Alison & Sam - pre-ceremony https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/12/story-behind-the-image---alison-sam---pre-ceremony It appears I have been more useless than normal at keeping my blog up to date - it was last May when I posted about Amie & Ste's wedding!  So, with a new year about to come upon us I have decided to take a slightly different approach and, hopefully, post more regularly.

A friend of mine has been posting images with the 'story' behind this and taking inspiration from this, rather than posting a load of wedding images, I will post a series of images from weddings, with a bit more about the image itself and I hope this is slightly more interesting.

First up is Alison & Sam's wedding from April last year.......

Not everyone has bridal prep coverage (and that is fine, coverage is tailored to every couple) but I caught up with Alison and her and bridesmaids at Mom & Dad's house whilst Phil covered the lads getting ready at Brockencote Hall.  Bridal prep not only allows me to capture 'getting ready' images, but also allows time for the detail shots of dresses, shoes and flowers.  I chose the images in this post to tell the story of the final stages of make-up and Alison getting ready with the girls.  Although neither image is posed and both were shot using natural light, the make-up shot looks more 'posed' because Alison was sitting for the 'mua' and I could move around to find the best light/background for the image.  Because the location of this shot was the kitchen, the image was created using a shallow field of focus on Alison's eyes to draw you to the area where the makeup is currently being applied and the blur beyond her face/darker background removes any kitchen distraction behind her.  The second shot was essentially from a sequence of 'grab shots' that were taken in the bedroom.  Alison was running a little late and so it was a bit of a 'last minute' scramble to get the dress on.  I was allowed into the bedroom once the dress was on and lace being tied and had about 2 minutes to get images before I had to leave for the church.  Of the images taken, this is the one where the girls shared a last minute joke and so gave me a great relaxed shot, with a sepia tone applied to cut down colour distraction and allow the dynamic between the girls to be the main focus.  A larger field of focus is used to include the bridesmaids but still leave the background (the room, which is of less importance) slightly soft.  

 

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) image natural light photo photography pre-ceremony wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/12/story-behind-the-image---alison-sam---pre-ceremony Fri, 27 Dec 2019 21:27:54 GMT
Amie & Ste wed at the Westmead Hotel https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/5/amie-stu-wed-at-the-westmead-hotel It seems so long ago that Amie & Ste first visited and booked me as their photographer and I am so pleased that I was part of the special day for such a fabulous couple who married at the Westmead Hotel, Hopwood on Easter Sunday.  Amie wasn't overly bothered about bridal prep coverage and so, as agreed, I arrived just as her makeup was finished by the hugely talented Michelle G mua.  The transformation into absolutely stunning bride was complete once Amie slipped into her beautiful mid-length gown and picked up her hand-made (by her) bouquet of silk flowers.  Waiting patiently downstairs was her dapper groom-to-be dressed in a tweed suit (planned for cool weather, however the day was anything but) and after a few nerves, couldn't stop grinning when he saw Amie being walked down the aisle by her brother. 

  

Following the ceremony everyone made the most of the unusually warm weather and sat outside on the patio until the wedding breakfast and because they wanted the best of both worlds in spending time with guests and allowing for the photographs they wanted without being rushed, they spoiled me with just over 2 hours to play with and so after group shots and socialising we then went for a potter to grab some couple shots.  Amie & Ste's biggest concern regarding wedding photography was that the hotel does not have a great deal of 'outside space', but with kind weather, a little improvisation using Cherry trees in the car park, being willing to have a potter away from the hotel and to do a bit of 'off-roading' (including being photo-bombed by a chicken for a number of their images) and later nipping out again to grab some evening light we managed to capture some beautiful images of their very special day.   

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) bride couple groom Hopwood Michelle G mua photography wedding wedding photography Westmead Hotel https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/5/amie-stu-wed-at-the-westmead-hotel Sat, 04 May 2019 21:19:00 GMT
Traditional 'white background' baby & family portraiture https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/4/traditional-white-background-baby-family-portraiture I had a fabulous time catching up with Nikki, Pete and Jess - the last time I saw Jess she was only a few months old and visited for a photoshoot (I can't believe how much she has grown) - and their new addition, Ben, for a family shoot. Jess definitely stole the show during her short portrait session - (she decided that there were far more interesting things in life) and whilst we got some 'nice' images of Ben, he was determined that his smile was on strike for the day - which is a real shame for a little lad who seems to beam most of the time.  We kept things simple and light for this session using white backgrounds and pale flokati rugs but may change the set-up for when we undertake their re-run in the very near future!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) baby baby & family portraiture family portraiture white background baby & family portraiture https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/4/traditional-white-background-baby-family-portraiture Tue, 09 Apr 2019 15:09:34 GMT
Monochrome baby & family potraiture https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/4/monochrome-baby-family-potraiture The style of baby/family shoots are very much a matter of personal choice as I hope I have demonstrated well if you compare this post with the ones immediately before and after.  

A couple of months ago I was visited by Liz, Simon and the gorgeous baby Frank for some family portraits.  Unlike a normal baby shoot they weren't looking for loads of images of Frank on his own and their brief was natural shots with something a bit different from the traditional white background, so we decided on a darker, 'contrasty' look for their shoot.  A about 3 months old Frank had decided he had seen it all and that the first part of the shoot wasn't worth waking up for - although a feed was a different matter and, once awake, pulled some fantastic frowns to let us know he was wholly unimpressed with the whole arrangement.  I am booked in to photograph this lovely little lad one his first birthday and so I hope he will have forgiven me by then! 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) baby shoot family portraits monochrome monochrome baby & family portraiture https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/4/monochrome-baby-family-potraiture Tue, 09 Apr 2019 14:56:09 GMT
Vintage newborn & child portraiture https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/4/vintage-newborn-child-portraiture 3 years ago one of my wedding couples came to me for photographs of their baby girl and, because we have done a few outdoor family shoots since I have had the pleasure of seeing her grow up.  Last week was a special treat because not only did I get to photograph her again but also meet and photograph her week old brother!

I photograph several 'babies' each year but once born, life generally takes over and rarely do people come to me early enough to photograph their baby within the first 14 days which is when you can get the seriously cute sleepy and wrapped images.  Beyond this age most babies have discovered they have plenty of room to stretch and getting those arms and legs from waving around can be somewhat of a challenge!

So I was in for a real treat with this cute little bundle because mom and dad were also looking to get a variety of image 'looks' and after the standard 'white-background' shots, out came the props and different backdrops including a moon for some light images (including the cuddly elephant that made an appearance in his sister's baby photos) and for the vintage shots a large wooden bucket and trug and a simple fluffy mat.  Some simple vintage-style portraits were also taken of his extremely photogenic sister and so I finished the shoot a very happy bunny and their parents have kindly granted permission to share a handful.  Enjoy!

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) baby newborn newborn portraiture vintage vintage-style portraits https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/4/vintage-newborn-child-portraiture Tue, 09 Apr 2019 14:35:35 GMT
Sam & Phil's Delightful Dunsley Hall 'Do' https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/3/sam-phils-delightful-dunsley-hall-do Shortly after a pre-wedding shoot with their nutty, fluffy spangle (sorry, Springer Spaniel for those who don't use Maxine-speak), we were all set for Sam & Phil to tie the knot at St. John's Church, Swindon.  Being blessed with a beautiful day and a brilliant couple who 'got it' when arranging time for photography, we had plenty of time to use the church and Dunsley Hall (Kinver) to our best advantage during the day and were also rewarded with some beautiful light for our early evening shots.  This was one of those weddings where you could actually feel the emotion of the day and not only how much love they have for each other but also their family and friends and left everyone there (including me) on a total high. 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Dunsley Hall Hotel Kinver photography pre-wedding shoot St. John's Church Swindon wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/3/sam-phils-delightful-dunsley-hall-do Fri, 08 Mar 2019 12:32:41 GMT
All loved up - Natalie and Richard at Lyde Court in Hereford https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/2/all-loved-up---natalie-and-richard-at-lyde-court-in-hereford What better way to wish you all a happy Valentine's Day than sharing some images with love in the air from Natalie and Richard's special day?

Phil and I had a fabulous time filming and photographing their outside wedding at Lyde Court Barns, Hereford.  The sun shone as the guests took their seats and a very nervous Richard waited for the arrival of Natalie - who looked like she had just stepped out of a magazine styled shoot!  With lots of ooooh and ahhhs from guests as she walked down the aisle, Natalie finally got her man and they tied the knot in front of family and friends before pottering into the secret gardens for their drinks reception.  Whilst we whisked the couple over to the local fields for a few couple shots, the kids were kept busy with mini zip wires and both big and little kids alike were running around playing football, catching bubbles, shooting archery targets and running jenga challenges and, with such a beautiful evening the fun didn't stop there; after the wedding breakfast everyone went out to do it all again, but this time supplemented with Liv taking it upon herself to make sure that she served everyone with at least one ice cream.

The speeches were a time to really put Richard through his paces and be the target of everyone's jokes, so there were plenty of laughs (although the bridesmaids didn't let Natalie get off scott-free) and there wasn't a dry eye in the house (for happy tears) when their daughter, Liv, made her heartwarming speech to them both.

Congratulations to such a lovely family.

Natalie & Richard Lyde Court Wedding Slideshow

 

 

 

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) barns ceremony filming hereford lyde court lyde court barns photographing wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/2/all-loved-up---natalie-and-richard-at-lyde-court-in-hereford Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:14:27 GMT
Alice & Aidan's Rowton Castle wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/1/alice-aidans-rowton-castle-wedding Alice and Aidan had chosen Rowton Castle in Shrewsbury as their dream venue for their intimate July wedding.  Due to less than great weather, it had been touch and go all morning whether the outside ceremony that they had planned was actually going to go ahead.  But, just before the guests were to be seated the rain stopped, the cloud lifted and they enjoyed a day of fine weather at all of the right times so that their guests could enjoy outdoor games, the cocktail bar, a BBQ wedding breakfast and marshmallow toasting in the stunning grounds of the castle throughout the afternoon and well into the evening.  Whilst Alice and Aidan chose not to have a pre-wedding shoot because 'it wasn't their thing', it didn't stop Aidan from adding some additional humour to the group and couple shoots by pulling a few purposeful 'catalogue poses'.  At about 10.30pm we rounded off their photography with the 'must have' night exterior shot at the front of the castle and left this lovely couple to what was left of their evening.

    

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) photography rowton castle wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/1/alice-aidans-rowton-castle-wedding Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:39:18 GMT
Amy & Mark got married! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/1/amy-mark-got-married Well, it has been a while since I have spent time on updating on my blog -sorry folks- and so am now catching up with sharing the fabulous weddings I have had the pleasure to be a part of over the last 15 months!

First up is Amy and Mark's fabulous wedding at The Granary in October 2017. 

We first met at a mutual friend's housewarming party and got chatting, amongst other things, about weddings.  We had a great old evening and the next thing I knew was I was booked to photograph their wedding.  During the time I have known them I have seen this lovely couple achieve their career goals, buy their first house together and watch their cheeky not-so-little boy, Jack grow.  It has been great.

Amy and Mark had a few notional changes of venue but then fell in love with the Granary and after the stunning bride arrived at the venue in her parent's vintage car, everyone had a day filled with family fun and laughter and ice cream!  Amy and Mark are great fun to be around and although on planning they thought it was going to be their day, in reality the day belonged to their little man who completely stole the show!

This seems so long ago now and their little family have achieved so much since,  but it is a reminder of a very special day for a very special family.  

Amy & Mark Granary wedding photography slideshowAmy & Mark Granary wedding photography slideshow by www.emotive-imagery.co.uk    

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) granary hotel photography the granary wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2019/1/amy-mark-got-married Fri, 11 Jan 2019 21:05:40 GMT
Kate & Matt's Elegant Mill Barns Wedding & Reception https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2018/4/kate-matts-elegant-mill-barns-wedding-reception I visited The Mill Barns, Alveley for the second time last year to photograph Kate and Matt's wedding there.  Kate had planned everything down to the very last, beautiful tiny detail, including (and in true family tradition) a rather large bridal party to support them.  It is unusual for me to see such a large bridal party but with loads of space at the venue to show them off and Kate's fabulous colour co-ordination, it was a sight to behold.

From their pre-wedding shoot I had a feeling that their son, Louis, would steal the show and despite Matt looked dapper in his suit and Kate absolutely stunning in her gown and it being their wedding day, I was right - he was the absolute centre of attention throughout and loved every moment of it!  This was a wedding of pure love and laughter and was a pleasure to capture on photo and video to treasure for the future.

For a peak at this fabulous day, take a look at their wedding photography slideshow below.  Because the autoHD option reduces quality, when viewing please select the 720 option from the dropdown menu at the bottom right of the viewing screen thank.  Enjoy!

Kate & Matt The Mill Barns wedding photography slideshowKate & Matt The Mill Barns wedding photography slideshow by www.emotive-imagery.co.uk

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) alveley mill barns photography slideshow wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2018/4/kate-matts-elegant-mill-barns-wedding-reception Sat, 07 Apr 2018 08:43:48 GMT
'Peaky Boi' at the Black Country Museum https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2018/3/peaky-boi-at-the-black-country-museum In between weddings we had 'an appointment, by order of the Peaky Blinders' for a photoshoot with the amazingly chilled Daniel who was an absolute pleasure to work with.  As a very convincing part of a Peaky group wanting some images for his portfolio, this was a great opportunity for us to produce some 'darker' and more atmospheric shots around the authentic Peaky stomping ground of the Black Country Museum.  It was an afternoon straight out of the photographers dream shot book; the weather eventually being just dismal enough to let us have the place almost to ourselves, but dry long enough to get a good number of shots and when it wasn't - a Peaky happy to stand out in the rain.  This Peaky Boi turned some heads during our visit and for those of you who weren't there, I wouldn't want to deprive you.......

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) black country museum peaky peaky blinders peaky boi https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2018/3/peaky-boi-at-the-black-country-museum Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:24:21 GMT
Sophie & Mark's wedding slideshow - Tuck Hill Church & The Blakelands Country House https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2018/2/sophie-marks-wedding-slideshow---tuck-hill-church-the-blakelands-country-house Sophie and Mark chose the quaint Tuck Hill Church and it's fabulously jovial minister for their country wedding ceremony last August, but before meeting up with them there I went to Sophie's parents to grab some bridal prep images.  With 'Michelle G' in charge of make-up, Sophie changed things up from an already naturally pretty bride to 'looking-like-she-had-just-walked-out-of-a-film-set-stunning' and once the look was complete with her gown, the house was awash with lots of well-deserved oooh and ahhhs!

An initially unfazed Mark sauntered up to the church shortly before Sophie's arrival time and was beaming from ear to ear before he had even seen his bride (although nerves did start to kick in when he was waiting in the church).  With a light-hearted but emotional service complete and a few piccies later, we all popped down the road to Blakelands Country House, Bobbington for the reception. 

Sophie and Mark were determined to make the most of the Blakelands Grounds (as were some of their guests - Sophie's work colleagues are completely bonkers and the swing kept them amused for ages!), not only having a bit of time away for the two of them after the drinks reception, but going out to capture the evening light (which was given a little bit of help for the pictures) and getting some night shots as well as having a massive sparkler party in the courtyard!

Here are a few images from the wedding photography of their very special day - enjoy!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) blakelands blakelands country house bobbington photography sparklers wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2018/2/sophie-marks-wedding-slideshow---tuck-hill-church-the-blakelands-country-house Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:56:39 GMT
Zoey & Dave - Wedding photography slideshow from The Mill Barns, Alveley https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2018/1/zoey-dave---wedding-photography-slideshow-from-the-mill-barns-alveley Soooo, this was the 'no pressure' wedding of the year....Zoey studied at the Plymouth College of Art and her elected subject for her degree was photography - so she had VERY clear ideas of what style of photography/imagery she wanted for her wedding.  She and Dave had also chosen the Mill Barns in Alveley as their wedding venue and, whilst I had visited there just before the wedding to get a 'feel' of the new building and layout for shots it would be the first visit of the year for me.

The new timber barns are certainly a change from the site's previous incarnation, now offering a grand rustic and industrial backdrop for couples to add their own finishing touches and from what I have seen so far, everyone makes the most of this amazing space.  The two main function rooms are incredibly light and airy and provide fabulous views over the mill pond and gardens, so even if people want to stay indoors, they can still see what is going on outside and feel part of the wedding.  

Back to the wedding!  Zoey and the girls settled into the enormous bridal prep room for hair, make up and (true to her super-relaxed approach towards the wedding) some seriously last minute dress alterations - you know things are going to be interesting when the bridesmaids are still standing on chairs having their dresses hemmed when the registrars are interviewing the bride minutes before the ceremony..........  Along similar lines, although he guys were ready, Dave was in the Mill Pond Barn 'building' his creation - their fabulous naked wedding cake - and making sure the incredible rustic letters he had made were 'just so'.

The time finally arrived for the most important part of the day and everyone in the Mill Wheel Barn was waiting in anticipation for the arrival of Zoey - the waiting did allow Dave's nerves to kick in a little, but once the music started, the doors opened and his stunning bride-to-be made her way down the aisle he was all smiles! 

From that point on the day whizzed by with loads of love and laughter (including a self-carved roast complete with chef hats and Marvel superhero aprons (Dave was determined to get some reference to them in somewhere) and an hilarious game of 'Mr & Mrs' hosted by the best man before the first dance) and it seemed like no time before we were out getting the last evening shots of what had been an amazing day.

I have put some images together from their day, so please enjoy watching over the next few minutes.  When viewing, because the autoHD option reduces quality, please select the 720 option from the dropdown menu at the bottom right of the viewing screen.  Thanks,  

Zoey & Dave - The Mill Barns, Alverley titled  

 

     

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) alveley photography the mill barns wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2018/1/zoey-dave---wedding-photography-slideshow-from-the-mill-barns-alveley Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:00:17 GMT
Iris & Tim's Uk wedding blessing at All Saint's, Sedgley & celebration at Blakelands https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2018/1/iris-tims-uk-wedding-blessing-at-all-saint-s-sedgley-celebration-at-blakelands Tim & Iris married in Hong Kong last year and, although Tim's close family travelled to join them for the wedding, they wanted to make sure that their wider UK family and friends had a chance to share their wedding celebrations and so, in July, they held their second 'wedding'. 

I met up with Iris for her very low key bridal prep and when I arrived she was making the up the pretty button holes and bouquet before sorting her own hair and make-up, putting on her first gown of the day and travelling to the family church in John's (Tims dad's) vintage car 'cutie'.  The church hall was the first stop for everyone to enjoy scrummy tea and cake before pottering over the road to All Saints for the wedding blessing, group photos and enjoy the vintage car procession to Blakelands, Bobbington.  Once there, Paul and his fab team 'did their thing' to make sure the pretty unique reception went to plan; with drinks in the garden enjoying the fabulous weather, a vintage car line-up in the court-yard, exploring the Blakelands gardens (more couple photos and another 2 gowns for the ever-smiling Iris), the wedding breakfast, an evening quiz and 'select it yourself' disco.

Tim and Iris have kindly let me share some highlights from their day - so please enjoy.   When viewing, because the autoHD option reduces quality, please select the 720 option from the drop-down menu at the bottom right of the viewing screen.  

            

Tim & Iris - Blakelands

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) all saints blakelands blessing bobbington celebration hong kong sedgley wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2018/1/iris-tims-uk-wedding-blessing-at-all-saint-s-sedgley-celebration-at-blakelands Sun, 07 Jan 2018 13:14:01 GMT
Cat & Dave's 'Great Gatsby' themed wedding at St Peter's Church, Kinver &, Spring Grove House https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2018/1/cat-daves-great-gatsby-themed-wedding-at-st-peter-s-church-kinver-spring-grove-house A day that was long-awaited by Cat and Dave's family and friends, planning got underway in earnest after Dave's on-stage proposal at the close of one of Cat's productions on 24th December 2014. From that moment on it was full-steam ahead with the planning of their 'Great Gatsby' themed wedding with excitement building until their big day finally arrived in August 2017.

With such a large bridal party, prep was busy to say the least and great fun - especially with takes for their Marryoke of 'summer Nights' (see www.occasions.uk.com) being captured to add to their video package.  I knew from Cat's performance background that we were going to be capturing something unique and this was confirmed when I got a taste of the Gatsby theme on being allowed into the bedroom to grab some detail shots and was allowed to see Cat's feather bouquet and her beautiful gown with a bodice of white feathers.  

I caught up with the boys (looking very dapper in black tie) at St Peter's Church in Kinver which provided the perfect backdrop for their rather emotional wedding ceremony 'especially the part when the boy finally got the girl' - or maybe the other way around!  Given the location we always anticipate some flowing veil shots (we have only one blow away once) and, as usual, the wind obliged whilst Cat and Dave kept a firm grip on the veil.

Ceremony and family group photos over over, we all moved onto Spring Grove House.  A venue that perfectly complimented their Gatsby theme; with the 18th Century Georgian Mansion opulently dressed for their day's events, the theme park to provide a bit of fun for the bridal party visit to the carousel and chair swings and the funky Cellarz venue for a more 'nightclub' feel to their evening. 

We have photographed Dexter several times during their gigs and so it was great to catch up with the guys again (Cat's extended family) and see them perform at the wedding and knew it wouldn't be too long before Cat would be up to join them to complete the line-up - wedding day or not!

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Richard's - it was a blast!

For a taste of their day, please take a look at their slideshow but because the autoHD option reduces quality, please select the 720 from the dropdown menu at the bottom right of the viewing screen. Thanks & enjoy! Cat & Dave Slideshow - St Peter's Kinver & Spring Grove House

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) cellarz gatsby kinver photography spring grove house wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2018/1/cat-daves-great-gatsby-themed-wedding-at-st-peter-s-church-kinver-spring-grove-house Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:49:39 GMT
Anthony and Laura's stunning Somerford Hall wedding. https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/12/anthony-and-lauras-stunning-somerford-hall-wedding Anthony and Laura chose Somerford Hall, Brewood, as the venue for their wedding and reception because, not only could they have an outdoor ceremony, but the furry family members could also be part of their day!

Anthony was on tenterhooks all morning as the grey clouds gathered and rain showers visited whilst the gazebo was being set for their outdoor ceremony (Laura REALLY wanted an outdoor ceremony) and the possibility was still under review when the registrars arrived - Somerford had also set up for an indoor ceremony just in case.

However, with only showers, many of the guests having brollies and the registrars happy to 'give it a go' because they knew how important this was to Laura - much to Anthony's relief!

Thankfully, the weather held and we enjoyed a beautiful ceremony and drinks reception in the gardens (with some fabulously crazy canine companions) before moving into the elegantly decorated and stunning ballroom for the wedding breakfast.  The wet weather then decided to arrive and, although the adults decided against getting wet, the younger guests thought bouncy castles in the torrential rain were great fun.  

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Laura & Anthony's wedding photography slideshowWedding photography at Sommerford Hall by www.emotive-imagery.co.uk

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) brewood photography someford hall somerford wedding wedding ceremony wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/12/anthony-and-lauras-stunning-somerford-hall-wedding Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:59:49 GMT
Charlotte & Richard's wedding photography slideshow - St Marks & the Dudley Arms https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/12/charlotte-richards-wedding-photography-slideshow---st-marks-the-dudley-arms Charlotte and Richard married at St Mark's Church in Pensnett and although the plan was to have a photo session at Himley Park, shortly after the ceremony the weather decided not to play which meant that we had to swiftly retreat back into the church for group and couple shots and abandon the original plan.  Richard and Charlotte were happy to brave the downpour and gale force winds for a few of their shots outside the church whilst their guests moved onto the Dudley Arms for a well-deserved warm and hot pork bun.  Once Richard and Charlotte had dried off and had make-up re-applied (in Charlotte's case ;-)) we managed to squeeze in a few more images at the Dudley Arms (Himley) before the guests joined them upstairs to party when Evie, their daughter, surprised everyone with a dance number she had been practicing for the special event and received a well-deserved roar of applause for her efforts. 

Their wedding was a fabulous example of a wonderful couple realizing that their best-laid plans were not going to pan out and, without stressing about it, just went with the flow to enjoy every minute of their day.

 

Here are a few images from their day - enjoy!

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Charlotte & Richard wedding photography slideshow  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) dudley arms himley pensnett photography st mark's wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/12/charlotte-richards-wedding-photography-slideshow---st-marks-the-dudley-arms Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:48:21 GMT
Kaylee & Jay's wedding slideshow - Hadley Park Hall, Telford https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/12/kaylee-jays-wedding-slideshow---hadley-park-hall-telford Kaylee and Jay celebrated their wedding day with family and friends at Hadley Park Hall in Telford.  After a somewhat manic bridal prep and bit of a stress over Piper's outbreak of Chickenpox (all sorted for the photos with a bit of photoshop - at Kaylee's request) the girls were ready for the ceremony and it was time for Kaylee to wed her 'prince charming'.

Although he had been nervous all morning, Jay's wait was rewarded with Kaylee being escorted down the aisle by Kevin who was bursting with pride as father of this most beautiful bride.  Although this had been a long time in the making, it wasn't until after the ceremony that Kaylee and Jay finally relaxed and were ready to enjoy the rest of their day and make the most of the sunny spells around the grounds of the Georgian Hall.  With an ice cream van providing dessert to kids of all ages, sparkler extravaganza, disco balloon bonanza, guest singer and Kevin getting most of the night off from his 'normal' wedding work as DJ - this was a truly 'family friendly' wedding and a fantastic day to be a part of. 

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Kaylee & Jay wedding slideshow - Hadley Park House Hotel, Telford

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) hadley hadley park hadley park hall park hall telford wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/12/kaylee-jays-wedding-slideshow---hadley-park-hall-telford Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:08:13 GMT
Helena & Dave's slideshow - Could it be magic? https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/8/helena-daves-slideshow---a-day-of-emotion-and-laughter-for-a-fabulous-couple It has been a while since I have posted anything from wedding/portraits because things have been somewhat hectic, but I will try to get back on track over the next few weeks.

First up is Helena and Dave's slideshow from their wedding back in June.  I posted a few sneak peaks of images from their wedding on my blog and Phil has shared his video montages; so now you can catch up with the rest of their love story.  

I caught up with the girls at Helena's Parent's house.  They were having a somewhat chilled morning so we decided to 'shake it up a bit' by doing their first marryoke take.  Being a massive fan, the song had to be from Take That and although Helena couldn't join us because she was being 'beautified' at the time, even with a last minute change of the track, mom and dad were absolute stars dancing around in the garden and giving it their all!    

Helena had arranged the surprise of hiring a bright orange Maclaren for Dave to drive to church and, whilst he did eventually get to St Benedicts in Wombourne, he had spend most of the morning putting the car through its paces - but we knew he hadn't gone far because we could hear the roar of the engine resonating around the streets!  Once the guys had finally managed to tear themselves away from what I was assured was a thing of beauty, a bit of marryoke was in order before capturing the guys shots and getting them into church before the arrival of the stunning bride and bridesmaids.

Following an emotional ceremony we all moved onto Albrighton Hall, Shrewsbury for an afternoon of celebration, photographs and a few more marryoke takes.  Although it started to get a bit damp as we were capturing the couple shots, Helena and Dave were fabulous and determined to get the shots without having to stand under umbrellas as well as being rewarded later in the evening by some gorgeous light and were more than happy to get outside again, and not only that but to go 'off roading' (a deep intake of breath is required - Helena was in Jimmy Choo shoes no less!!!!) to make the most of the venue.....

Their dance floor was full of friends and family who knew how to paaaaartaaay and was pretty much packed all night and whilst Dave was quietly smiling, I don't think Helena stopped beaming (except for certain photographs she created a 'look' for) all day.

Congratulations both..........it was magic!

Helena & David SlideshowWedding photography at St Benedicts, Wombourne and Albrighton Hall, Shrewsbury by www.emotive-imagery.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) albrighton albrighton hall marryoke photography shrewsbury st benedict's video wedding wedding photography wombourne https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/8/helena-daves-slideshow---a-day-of-emotion-and-laughter-for-a-fabulous-couple Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:44:15 GMT
A guide to aspect ratio and print sizes. https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/8/print-sizes What is aspect ratio and why do I need to know about this?

Aspect ratio is is a term used to describe the ration between the width and the height of an image. The reason aspect ratio is often ignored is quite simple - the aspect ratio of your photos depends on the camera used, and we tend to take that for granted.  Many of the newer digital cameras provide an option to select from several aspect ratios, each of which has its own characteristics and photographers can crop an image to a different aspect ration in post-processing.

So, how does aspect ratio work? It relates to the width and height of an image and basically describes how square (1:1) or wide (16:9) or image is. It's expressed as a figure, like this: width:height (width always comes first).

Most compact cameras, some digital medium format cameras and medium format film cameras use a 4:3 ratio or similar - hence the instant print machines/mass-market labs common print sizes being 7x5in/8x10in and reproducing the image as shot by the camera. 

The aspect ratio of the 35mm frame is 3:2. All fx and dx digital SLRs, regardless of sensor size or megapixels, use the 3:2 aspect ratio. It simply means that the frame is one and a half times as wide as it is high (or the other way around if you turn it on its side to use the vertical or "portrait" format).  

Your event will be shot using high end digital SLR's (unless otherwise specified) using an image aspect ratio of 3:2 with a view to pleasing album design/large-scale printing through professional print labs.  A small number of your images may be cropped to a 5:4 ratio if it felt that it aids the image.  Therefore, your images will NOT be the correct aspect ratio to fit into a 7x5in print without cropping (reducing the size of the image by cutting some away) and please bear in mind that if sent to a lab without a preview option, it is likely you will have no control over the where the crop will fall and so important areas of your image may be lost. 

Below is a cheat sheet that lists the print sizes compatible with a 3:2 aspect ratio so that you won't go wrong when ordering prints from a third party.  Alternatively, you can always order your prints through me and I can advise what sizes will suit the image to be printed and whether it can be cropped to change the aspect ratio.

Cheat sheet and more information regarding aspect ratio can be sourced at paintthemoon.net.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) aspect ratio print print sizes https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/8/print-sizes Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:30:11 GMT
Bostin' Bobby's 'Baby' Shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/6/bostin-bobby-s-baby-shoot I have had great fun catching up with what were wedding clients over the years who have stayed in touch and have been meeting their young families for photoshoots.  This weekend I caught up with Emily and Dave and their bostin' little boy Bobby for his somewhat belated 'baby' shoot. With a picnic blanket on Nanny & Grandand's lawn and being blessed with lovely natural light, we managed to get great images of this little man who shone in front of the camera, giving us a whole range of fabulous expressions to work with - what a natural!

   

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) baby baby shoot natural light photography shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/6/bostin-bobby-s-baby-shoot Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:41:30 GMT
Estelle & John's Halton House wedding slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/6/estelle-johns-halton-house-wedding-slideshow Hopefully you saw the taster shots I posted from Estelle & John's stunning military wedding at Halton House earlier this year and I know it has been a while, but now have great pleasure in sharing their slideshow; giving a little more insight into this delightful couple's wonderful day at a venue that certainly has the 'wow' factor. 

I hope you enjoy watching as much as Phil and myself enjoyed capturing these images!

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Estelle & John's military wedding at Halton House

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Halton House military military wedding photography wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/6/estelle-johns-halton-house-wedding-slideshow Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:07:10 GMT
Fletcher's newborn photography shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/6/fletchers-newborn-photography-shoot Fletcher came to visit me in March; not too long after he came into the world and he was the ideal model, sleeping for much of the time, but still rewarding us with a few whimsical smiles and most settled when he was wrapped up in lovely soft blankets.  His Mom and Dad have now allowed me to share a handful of images from the shoot, so feel free to have a look through them at this little star!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) images newborn photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/6/fletchers-newborn-photography-shoot Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:30:27 GMT
The Lang's family photoshoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/6/the-langs-family-photoshoot I first met Carly and Shannon when I photographed their UK wedding before their return to Oz, and had managed to stay in touch through social media when their son, Orin, was born and to see him grow.  With a move back to the UK and then the celebrations of Orin's first birthday I was thrilled when they asked me to do an outdoor shoot the day after his party so that they would be able to look back on images of when he just turned one.

I don't know whether you have noticed, but it has been quite sunny over the last few days and so, in the blazing sun (typically the time Orin would be most settled) and whilst I was melting, Carly and Shannon were in their element and I think Orin managed to inherit a love of the sun because he was totally unfazed when playing in the poppy fields!

We had a totally fabulous session and Orin kept on playing for much longer than many one year olds (I think his challenge was to trying to get as many lumps of dirt and  stones into his mouth as possible before mom or dad could run back into the shot to grab them off him) - giving us loads of piccies.

Carly and Shannon have kindly allowed me to share a handful of sneak peaks, so please enjoy. 

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) first birthday photograph photoshoot poppy poppy fields wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/6/the-langs-family-photoshoot Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:08:24 GMT
Vicki & Tom's maritime wedding at St Peters, Kinver and Blakelands Country House, Bobbington https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/6/vicki-toms-maritime-wedding-at-st-peters-kinver-and-blakelands-country-house-bobbington Vicki's day started at Top Kutz in Kinver where the whole salon had been reserved for her bridal party to enjoy an undisturbed morning of hair and make-up preparation (and, of course, fizz) before moving onto her parent's house and I had the pleasure of spending the morning with a group of lovely people.  With the bridesmaids ready, it was time for Vicki to slip into her gown and she wowed everyone by her choice - it was absolutely made for her and she looked stunning!  With the gorgeous flower bouquets and button holes created by the very talented Jo from Floral Secrets, everyone was ready to go.

Just up the road, Phil was photographing Tom and the lads who had popped into The Cross in Kinver for a swift pint (or two) before making the short walking up to the church to greet guests.

Little did guests suspect that they would be in for an absolute treat with Revd. Karen taking the service - her perfect timing/delivery and impish sense of humour never fails to make a memorable wedding ceremony - and once they had done deed this very dashing couple were welcomed out of the church with a sword arch created by Tom's submariner buddies.

A short journey later and we were at The Blakelands Country House in Bobbington, the perfect backdrop for their military wedding where everyone kicked back and enjoyed the gardens in the beautiful weather we were blessed with.  They kept a local theme and even enjoyed the vintage fizz from Halfpenny Green Wine Estate for their toast.

Vicki & Tom were superstars and were a pleasure to photograph by made the most of the venue grounds throughout the day and evening which allowed us to get some simply stunning shots (including Paul slightly delaying evening proceedings so that we could get the amazing evening light that had been teasing us behind clouds until just before the sun actually set - thanks Paul, it was worth it!).

With the evening guests having arriving it was then up to James and the band (aka Spectrum) to make sure the dance floor was packed all evening and in their typical style and being able to read a dance floor they did not fail to deliver!

Mr & Mrs Wilson - it was an absolute pleasure!

If you want to see some of their amazing day, they have kindly let me share their slideshow - enjoy.

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Wedding Ahoy! Vicki & Tom's naval celebrations at St Peter's Kinver & The Blakelands Country House

 

 

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A sneak peak of images from Helena & David's wedding celebrations https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/6/a-sneak-peak-of-images-from-helena-davids-wedding-celebrations Helena and David married on Saturday at St. Benedicts, Wombourne and held their wedding reception at Albrighton Hall, Shrewsbury and I just had to share a few images from their special day.  Whilst Helena enjoyed being pampered with hair and make up and was ready to 'say I do in Choo', David (sporting the biggest grin ever) was touring Wombourne in the bright orange McLaren she had organised as a surprise for him.  After tearing himself away from the car (believe me, it was difficult), he was all set to meet his gorgeous bride at the church for the start of their married lives together and their day was just perfect.  A bit of rain didn't stop their group or couple shots outside, they deserved an off-roading certificate for their efforts (you will see what I mean when the slideshow comes out) and were rewarded with some fabulous evening light; as well as a dry evening to play with sparklers!

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Albrighton Hall Jimmy Choo McLaren Shrewsbury St. Benedicts Wombourne photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/6/a-sneak-peak-of-images-from-helena-davids-wedding-celebrations Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:00:55 GMT
Laura & Anthony's Somerford Hall Wedding Photography Sneaky Peak https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/6/laura-anthonys-somerford-hall-wedding-photography-sneaky-peak Laura and Ant tied the knot on Friday at their gorgeous Somerford Hall wedding and I had the great pleasure of covering their wedding photography.  Although it was touch-and-go whether their dream of an outside ceremony would come true, with the chairs set and gazebo dressed and the registrars on side to try and make it happen, when 2 o'clock came the beautiful bride got her wish.

After possibly the most relaxed bridal prep ever (Laura's ever efficient planning had left her wondering what to do for the last hour), and their dream ceremony, the guests were then treated to ice creams on the patio.  This presented a challenge for parents desperately trying their best to keep little one's clothes food free - not an easy task when the children decided that eating ice cream could be done whilst running around the lawn and playing football - before they breathed a sigh of relief on moving into the wedding breakfast in Somerford's stylish ballroom.  

Despite being somewhat damp, Laura and Ant were stars and split their couple shots into three sessions to make the most of different light and locations and we finished with a stunning silhouette in the garden gazebo.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Couple Shots Somerford Somerford Hall photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/6/laura-anthonys-somerford-hall-wedding-photography-sneaky-peak Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:21:31 GMT
Sandip & Ross's perfectly themed Art Deco wedding at Himley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/5/sandip-rosss-perfectly-themed-art-deco-wedding-at-himley-hall Well, hopefully you saw the few taster images I put on my blog a while back and know that you are in for a treat with their slideshow.  If not, you are in for a treat with their slideshow!

Sandi and Ross had put so much care and attention into even the smallest details of their wedding to make sure that every part of their 'Art Deco their way' themed wedding was on point and a photographer's playground!  With Himley Hall as the backdrop to this stunning day, everything fitted perfectly together and the smiles from this fabulous couple when they saw the result reflected just how much their hard work had paid off so that they could enjoy the happiest day so far of their lives together safe in the knowledge that their vision had become a reality.

I started off with the girls at home in the morning and saw the transformation into the period look created through hair and make-up by http://sarahrussell.co.uk that was completed by flapper-style bridesmaid dresses and Sandi's stunning gown and veil.  Then it was a dash to the dapper boys at Himley who were putting the final touches to the ceremony room whilst anticipation mounted for the arrival of the bridal party.

Not only was this a beautiful wedding, but as lovers of photographs Sandi and Ross had prioritized their wedding photography to capture the essence of their day and gave over the greatest amount of time I have ever been blessed with from a couple - basically having 3 shoots; not only making the most of the hall (kindly kept open longer by the staff) but also the grounds, as well as letting me have a 'play' with a few 'new' techniques/props for their evening shots.  They were the dream couple for a wedding photographer, prepared to take the time and get to the locations to create their beautiful, timeless shots.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Art Deco Himley Himley Hall photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/5/sandip-rosss-perfectly-themed-art-deco-wedding-at-himley-hall Wed, 24 May 2017 13:09:14 GMT
A sneak peak from Katie & Keiran's big day. https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/5/a-sneak-peak-from-katie-keirans-big-day I first met some of this lovely family when I photographed Kim's wedding (Kate's sister) on what could have been one of the wettest wedding days I have experienced, although she was rewarded with the most spectacular sunset.  In true Hill-family tradition, the rain that decided to grace us for most of Saturday was, to say the least, torrential.  

However, Kate and Keiran weren't going to let the rain spoil their day and once they had the important part of the day at Christ Church, Coseley under their belts, when we got to Fairlawns they were great sports rushing out into the grounds to make the most of any breaks in the rain (day and night) - particularly impressive given the ground was soaking and Kate was happy to hitch up her beautiful but rather large gown to potter from one area to another.  This beautiful wedding was made even moreso by the tangible love between families/friends and was an absolute pleasure to capture from start to finish.  Here are a few sneak peaks from their day.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Christ Church Coseley Fairlawns photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/5/a-sneak-peak-from-katie-keirans-big-day Mon, 22 May 2017 10:04:58 GMT
It is finally happening! Amanda & Adam's pre-wedding shoot at Arley Station https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/5/it-is-finally-happening-amanda-adams-pre-wedding-shoot-at-arley-station Amanda and Adam me in February 2013 for their wedding photography, however a number of events conspired against them and the wedding was postponed......

But, 4 years (and lovely little girl (Poppy)) later and we are on track for a fabulous summer wedding in just a few weeks so we thought it was about time to get their pre-weddding shoot done.  Arley station was the setting for the shoot and when they arrived there was more breaking news, we will be joined on the day by 'bump' who will be due to make his/her appearance in November, so huge congratulations!  

We did a mini 'family shoot' and then let Poppy steal centre stage who had a fabulous time watching the trains go by, dandelion picking and bubble chasing, before grabbing a few couple shots whilst nanny kept Poppy entertained.

Amanda and Adam are so easygoing and Poppy is so confident in front of the camera that the shoot was an absolute joy and I love that I can share some of their images with you.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Arley Arley Station photography pre-wedding shoot wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/5/it-is-finally-happening-amanda-adams-pre-wedding-shoot-at-arley-station Tue, 09 May 2017 15:38:13 GMT
They did it......Vicki & Tom got married!!!! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/4/they-did-it-vicki-tom-got-married So, following on from our relatively last minute pre-wedding shoot, Vicki & Tom followed in the footsteps of Vicki's parents and married at St Peter's, Kinver; Phil and I had a great time capturing their day.  Karen, the minister, did not fail in providing a typically entertaining and memorable ceremony and after leaving the church through a sword arch, the very, very, very, very (I think you are getting the gist of this) happy couple moved onto Blakelands to continue the day's celebrations.  Blakelands welcomed the Navy with the white ensign flying (or at least gently flapping) high and so it was a given that the lads would have their pictures taken under it.  As planned, the weather did not disappoint and we managed to tour the extensive grounds for loads of couple shots both during the day and evening and other than when kissing, I don't think the new Mr & Mrs Wilson stopped grinning all day...

They are kindly letting me share a few taster images, so here they are and I will get back to editing!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Blakelands Kinver Royal Navy St Peters, Kinver military photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/4/they-did-it-vicki-tom-got-married Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:39:28 GMT
The final countdown is on for Helena & David! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/4/the-final-countdown-is-on-for-helena-david The final countdown is on as Helena and David will be married in just over 5 weeks and so we thought we ought to get out and about to sort their pre-wedding shoot and had a good old natter whilst pottering around a spring-time Himley!  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) photography pre-wedding pre-wedding shoot, photography, married https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/4/the-final-countdown-is-on-for-helena-david Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:52:21 GMT
Hayley & Mark's intimate Hundred House Wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/4/hayley-marks-intimate-hundred-house-wedding With her proud grandand giving her away, Hayley married Mark and they became the new Mr & Mrs Stringer in front of their close family and friends at their wedding ceremony in the Hundred House Barn on Saturday.  The smiles and happy tears that started during the ceremony continued for the rest of the day as everyone moved into the gardens for a relaxed afternoon with a backdrop of music provided by the duo Synergy whilst we got to enjoy the masses of spring blooms in the private gardens for Hayley and Mark's couple shots.  After our pre-wedding shoot in Stratford, Mark's photography jitters were put to rest and even with the arrival of the evening guests to get the party started they were both happy to put aside a few moments for some evening shots.

Congratulations to a lovely couple, Mr & Mrs Stringer!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Hundred House photography pre-wedding shoot wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/4/hayley-marks-intimate-hundred-house-wedding Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:37:35 GMT
Vicki & Tom are getting married!!!! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/4/vicki-tom-are-getting-married Well, after all of the planning the day is almost here when Vicki gets to marry her submariner fiance, Tom (another military wedding this year - yay!).  They will be saying their vows in one of the prettiest (and windiest) church locations in the area, St Peter's, Kinver before going to make the most of the extensive and varied grounds at The Blakelands, Bobbington (I am assured the weather will be fabulous - it has been booked) and whilst I am looking forward to their upcoming wedding, they have kindly let me share some images from their recent pre-wedding shoot.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Blakelands Bobbington Kinver St Peter's pre-wedding pre-wedding shoot wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/4/vicki-tom-are-getting-married Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:51:32 GMT
Sandip & Ross - a sneak peak of their stunning wedding at Himley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/4/sandip-ross---a-sneak-peak-of-their-stunning-wedding-at-himley-hall Sandip and Ross married at Himley Hall on Saturday; chosen because it reflected their art deco 'with bling' theme.  However, unlike many of my previous couples who booked this venue for their wedding but didn't want to venture far from the terrace, Sandip and Ross were absolutely determined to make the most of the photography opportunities available to them!  From sitting in the middle of daffodils in the blazing sun, surrounded by walkers, children & dogs taking a great interest in the newly married couple, to pottering down to the lake for sunset shots and stealing another 10 minutes away from guests for some experimental night shots - allowing me to play with 'kit' I have been using but not at weddings - they were absolute stars!

We have a boat-load (official term) of images to run through, but I couldn't wait to share just a few......

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Hall Himley Sunset married photography wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/4/sandip-ross---a-sneak-peak-of-their-stunning-wedding-at-himley-hall Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:27:22 GMT
Clare & Adam's wedding photography slideshow - St Peter's, Cookley & Wharton Park https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/4/clare-adams-wedding-photography-slideshow---st-peter-s-cookley-wharton-park Clare and Adam married during a very emotional ceremony at the beautiful (and very local to me) St Peter's Church in Cookley, before moving onto Wharton Park for the formalities of their reception and, most importantly, paaaaartaaaay!

The fabulous Michelle G and her team worked their magic with hair and make-up for the girls whilst the boys built up their nerves waiting for their, somewhat delayed, arrival and once the formalities of the church service were over and we arrived at Wharton Park we hopped onto golf buggies for a brief photo-shoot (Adam REALLY dislikes having his picture taken) to secure some beautiful images of them around the golf course and then, much to Adam's relief, he was officially off-duty for photography and once speeches were done could relax.  True to form, when the disco started the 'girls' stepped up and owned and worked the dance floor for the rest of the night! 

There were plenty of tears and loads of laughter, but most of all bucket-loads of love  and we were privileged to capture this in photo and video. 

You can see their video montage from Phil (www.occasions.uk.com) via the following link:

https://vimeo.com/199580500

Below is a slideshow of their wedding photography highlights.

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Clare & Adam's wedding slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Cookley St Peter's Wharton Park montage photography video wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/4/clare-adams-wedding-photography-slideshow---st-peter-s-cookley-wharton-park Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:54:58 GMT
Estelle & John's breathtaking military wedding at RAF Halton https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/2/estelle-johns-breathtaking-military-wedding-at-raf-halton With John and Estelle being based in London, my initial conversations were via email and telephone and, having booked Emotive, we finally managed to meet just after Christmas and it felt like we had known each other forever.  John and Estelle are an incredibly warm and easy-going couple and this also extends to their family and friends who made myself and Phil so very welcome and an integral part of their celebrations.

Although it was their initial intention to hold everything at RAF Halton (Aylesbury), plans changed shortly beforehand and last week they married in an intimate ceremony attended by family and close friends at the very picturesque Malvern Registry Office; with a few pictures in the Winter Gardens before having a spot of lunch.  

We had been researching RAF Halton in the run up to the Macleod wedding 'Part II' this weekend, but had decided to visit St. George's Church on the base and RAF Halton House (the location for the festivities afterwards) on Friday and am glad we did, otherwise I think we would have spent the wedding day with our jaws dragging along the floor!  To say the place is impressive is a gross understatement and, whilst the weather did a very good job of preventing us from using the expansive grounds, the inside of the house more than made up for it; this is a simply stunning venue.  

I had made the mistake of thinking that Estelle looked like a princess at their Malvern ceremony (for which she had to have a different wedding dress of course), but when she put on her wedding gown at Halton I quickly realised that the REAL princess had arrived and the simply stunning bride was ready to meet her dashing RAF officer for their wedding blessing and the ultimate PARTY!!!!   

Here are a few images from the Macleaod wedding part II.  Enjoy!

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Aylesbury Malvern Malvern Registy Office RAF RAF Halton House RAH Halton Winter Gardens photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/2/estelle-johns-breathtaking-military-wedding-at-raf-halton Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:01:33 GMT
Isobel & Rob's wedding photography slideshow - #TeamTaylor at Dunsley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/isobel-robs-wedding-photography-slideshow---teamtaylor-at-dunsley-hall It seems soooooo long ago, and certainly has been long enough for Isobel and Rob (aka #TeamTaylor) to have an amazing extended break to Oz, that I thought I ought to share their amazing wedding at Dunsley Hall, Kinver.  They have such an amazing sense of humour and with a like-minded group of friends they couldn't fail to have anything other than a totally awesome day!  Add that to the beautiful country house backdrop of Dunsley Hall and the wedding party looking like they were ready for a magazine shoot and I just had it made. So, here goes, Isobel & Rob's photography slideshow:

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Isobel & Rob's wedding slideshow - Dunsley Hall  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photography wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/isobel-robs-wedding-photography-slideshow---teamtaylor-at-dunsley-hall Sun, 29 Jan 2017 15:09:08 GMT
Marvellous Millie's newborn shoot! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/marvellous-millies-newborn-shoot Hi all, 
On several occasions recently I have been asked if I just cover weddings. Errm, no.

Although much of my time is spent on weddings I also photograph newborns, toddlers, families, Christenings, parties, events, conferences and take on commercial commissions. 

Many of my clients prefer images to be kept away from social media and that is fine (although it does restrict what I can show people) - so I really appreciate those who let me share images. In this instance, a huge thanks goes to Rich and Bec who are happy for me to show some images from Millie's newborn shoots!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Christenings commercial commercial commisions conferences events families newborn newborn shoots newborns parties photograph toddlers weddings https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/marvellous-millies-newborn-shoot Sun, 29 Jan 2017 14:55:26 GMT
Toni & Alex's wedding slideshow - St Mary's & Hundred House https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/toni-alexs-wedding-slideshow---st-mary-s-hundred-house I posted a few taster images of Toni and Alex's stunning wedding at St Mary's Church, Kidderminster and The Hundred House Hotel back in November and have been looking forward to sharing more images from their simply stunning day.

At this wedding, not only was Toni absolutely breathtaking when she arrived at the church in her beautiful gown, but Alex and his best men/ushers got the girlies swooning with their dashing look in their brown tweed suits complete with open-collar shirts and cravats.  Toni was supposed to arrive in her father-in-law's restored vintage Jaguar but it didn't quite make it and, so, after swapping vehicles and the Jag's somewhat delayed arrival, if was safe to say it didn't travel to the Hundred House Hotel with the rest of us!

When we got to the venue, it was a case of cracking and having a brilliant time with this very special couple and their family/friends capturing the photos, video and filming a full marryoke to Justin Timberlake's 'Can't stop the feeling'; if you haven't seen the Marryoke yet and what we can achieve when working together - take a look at Phil's Vimeo link - you can see other sections of their day in video by looking through his Vimeo portfolio.

This was such a great day to be a part of and so here is a glimpse of it through the eyes of their photographer...me!

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Toni & Alex wedding photography slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Hundred House Hundred House Hotel Kidderminster St Mary's photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/toni-alexs-wedding-slideshow---st-mary-s-hundred-house Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:17:51 GMT
The return of monkeys and elephants....... https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/the-return-of-monkeys-and-elephants Those of you who have been following my blogs posts for some time will remember my first and, not surprisingly, only monkey and elephant themed wedding - that of Kevin and Leah who held their reception at The Blakelands.  

You may also have caught my post of their super cute daughter (Esmee's) baby shoot with me in which, you guessed it, an elephant made an appearance.  As part of their 'growing up with me' package (and I can't believe how quickly she is), Kevin and Leah modified their second shoot for photography coverage of Esmee's Christening and they have kindly let me share a handful of images with you.  Esmee expertly knew how to work the crowd by smiling and melting the hearts of all around her and played her part centre stage perfectly for her photographs without shedding a tear or crinkling her face when being doused with water - what a star!  

When we reached the reception at West One, Hagley, once again the monkeys and elephants made an appearance and I am sure they will when we get together again for her next shoot.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Christening Elephants Hagley Monkeys West One baby baby shoot photography wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/the-return-of-monkeys-and-elephants Sat, 07 Jan 2017 10:00:00 GMT
If you go down to the woods today..... https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/if-you-go-down-to-the-woods-today For those of you who know Phil, it won't surprise you hear that amongst his very, very random ideas, he decided he wanted to storyboard the alternative tale of Red Riding Hood.  So, using the talents and equally random sense of humour of models Miss Rosie Lee and Chris Leigh and me as the reflector stand, on one of the coldest days of this year we went into the woods.....

Actually I spent more time laughing at the antics of Rosie, Chris and Phil than being an effective reflector stand but once he had bagged his shots (for a bit of a giggle see his OTT version of Red Riding Hood https://www.facebook.com/pg/ModelsInTheLandscape/photos/?tab=album&album_id=747021788778916), given the stunning light available I couldn't resist shooting a few images before our truely dedicated models froze completely; I have it on good authority it took Chris 3 days to warm up - that is what happens when you are super-fit and haven't got an ounce of body fat to your name, not something I have to worry about!!!!!

So, here are a few 'standard' shots from an otherwise random shoot.

 

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Red Riding Hood photography portrait shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/if-you-go-down-to-the-woods-today Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:52:47 GMT
Fran & Dan's 4x4 'experience' - Hadzor Church and Brockencote Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/fran-dans-4x4-experience---hadzor-church-and-brockencote-hall Fran and her crew took over her 'in laws' house for bridal prep and having a few younger members in her bridal party, the morning preparations quickly developed an 'excited buzz' with the lads racing around the garden to see who could get their suit dirty first - increasing the adults stress levels a tad!  In stark contrast Dan and the lads were totally chilled and discussing Land Rovers when I caught up with them at Hadzor Church and as a nod to his slight obsession, Dan arrived in an open top Land Rover, the table names at the venue were attributed to makes of the 4x4 and even the cake featured a somewhat unusual topper.

It was their minister's first ever wedding ceremony but as a slight tweak to the famous saying, 'he got all the right bits of the ceremony done, just not necessarily in the right order'.....well.......except for the hymns which he forgot altogether.......... it certainly kept us on our toes and goes to show that even after years of weddings you can always be thrown a curve ball.  Despite the slightly random order, he provided a very entertaining and engaging service for their special day.  

Although the glorious sunshine only lasted for about 15 minutes after the ceremony ended and torrential downpours stopped play for the traditional groups shots outside Brockencote, the venue is spacious enough to accommodate large indoor groups and the staff were fabulously efficient at turning around the beautifully furnished reception hall into a useable space to set up photographs and then back again!    

With the speeches over, the weather was kinder and so we slipped away to get some couple shots using the last of the evening light before the dance floor was filled with Dan's family having a good old knees up.

The video montage (basically similar to the photography slideshow but better (or so he says)) is available via Phil's vimeo page or look him up on Facebook 

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Fran & Dan wedding photography slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Brockencote Brockencote Hall Hadzor Church photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/fran-dans-4x4-experience---hadzor-church-and-brockencote-hall Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:30:40 GMT
Bonny baby shoot with Maria https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/bonny-baby-shoot-with-maria Although we had tentatively planned a newborn shoot, Maria had other ideas and I finally got to meet her for a mini shoot at home in December. She was so unfazed by the idea of a photoshoot she didn't even stir when we were getting some great shots of her snoozing and when she did eventually wake, although sparse on smiles for the camera (but plenty for Mom and Dad afterwards), she was great at showing off those big blue eyes of hers and I am lucky enough to be able to share a few images from the shoot.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) baby mini shoot newborn newborn shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/bonny-baby-shoot-with-maria Tue, 03 Jan 2017 23:31:26 GMT
Louise & Dean's wedding photography slideshow - Botanical Gardens https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/louise-deans-wedding-photography-slideshow---botanical-gardens Our first meeting was somewhat by chance after a seating plan change at a formal dinner for a commercial staging company.  As the night progressed it became apparent that we were somewhat less formal than the other guests (with Phil and Dean sharing a very random sense of humour) and that was the basis for me having the great pleasure of covering Louise & Dean's wedding at the Botanical Gardens, Birmingham.

They had been to other weddings and were determined to avoid the formality of these wherever possible so that everyone could celebrate their wedding in a relaxed way - and they certainly achieved that!  Once Louise created her stunning vintage look at home she travelled to Birmingham for an afternoon of pottering around the Botanical Gardens with some unconventional couple shots thrown and this was followed by a few words from Dean, a buffet meal and an evening of music by the Chip Shop Boys as the perfect backdrop to their day.       

Louise & Dean wedding photography slideshow - Botanical Gardens

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Birmingham Botanical Gardens Kinver photography slideshow vintage wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/louise-deans-wedding-photography-slideshow---botanical-gardens Sun, 01 Jan 2017 21:46:56 GMT
Vintage Portrait Shoot - Jack https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/vintage-portrait-shoot---jack We recently collected some more vintage props for children's portrait shoots and Jack decided that because we hadn't visited the "old 'seum" (The Black Country Museum) recently so that he could dress up for pictures, he wanted to give the props a 'test run'.  Although happy to dress up in his vintage clothes for the step ladders, he insisted on putting on his Christmas outfit when sitting on the sled - not quite the look I was expecting, but he had a great time!  Enjoy..

   

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Back Country Museum children's portraits portrait shoot vintage vintage props https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2017/1/vintage-portrait-shoot---jack Sun, 01 Jan 2017 21:46:43 GMT
Claire & Bobby's wedding photography slideshow - The Granary https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/12/claire-bobbys-wedding-photography-slideshow---the-granary Claire and Bobby came to visit me last year to discuss their wedding plans and although they continually warned me that photographing their wedding would be a challenge, we hit it off and I was on board for said challenge...........

Following a fun family photoshoot at Himley (and hearing concerns over photography based on previous weddings they had been part of) their big day arrived at The Granary.  The girls had a morning of giggles and bubbles as they got ready at the hotel, whilst the boys got ready at home and traveled to the venue in a stretch limo and then quickly got into the swing of things by having a couple of drinks with the waiting guests.  All was well and I was still waiting for the challenge..........

A very emotional ceremony followed and although we were somewhat limited to indoor shots for the location of group shots due to the weather not playing 'nice', we did get outside for a few shots between the showers; so all good so far.

 Speeches consisted of a two-pronged 'best man' character assassination of Bobby, providing a huge source of amusement to guests and, with the formalities over, and the sunset of all sunsets.  Bobby and Claire were totally committed to creating beautiful images and braved the showers to get back 'out there' and secure the shots we had been hoping for before going back inside to dance the evening away.

So, with a totally relaxed day, a genuine and welcoming family and a very special couple who value photography and were willing to secure the stunning sunset shots, the only 'challenge' was selecting images for their slideshow, rather than creating one 20 mins long!!!

Please enjoy some images from their day......

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Bobby & Claire wedding photography slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Granary photography photoshoot wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/12/claire-bobbys-wedding-photography-slideshow---the-granary Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:27:14 GMT
Gill & Dom's wedding slideshow - Dunsley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/12/gill-doms-wedding-slideshow---dunsley-hall Gill and Dom held their 'butterfly and Parisian' themed wedding and celebrations at the beautiful Dunsley Hall, Kinver earlier this year and I had the pleasure of photographing their day.  

Gill had a relaxed morning at home getting ready with the girls whilst the super-talented Wayne Leddington worked his magic on creating beautiful 'wedding hair' and the guys arrived early at Dunsley to make sure the final touches were in place before Gill's arrival and calmed nerves by chilling on the patio.

Although we played a bit of 'shower dodging' during the day, Gill and Dom's new found confidence in front of the camera (following their pre-wedding shoot) and their willingness to 'get out there and capture the images' was fabulous, especially when we saw some amazing evening light for images and thanks to them we managed to get some corkers!

 Congratulations Mr & Mrs Newis, it was an absolute pleasure!

Gill & Dom wedding photography slideshow - Dunsley Hall

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photographing pre-wedding shoot wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/12/gill-doms-wedding-slideshow---dunsley-hall Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:31:27 GMT
Toni & Alex - Wedding Celebrations at St Mary's, Kidderminster & Hundred House Hotel https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/11/toni-alex---wedding-celebrations-at-st-marys-kidderminster-hundred-house-hotel Toni & Alex married at St Mary's Kidderminster and then moved onto the Hundred House for their beautiful reception.  The guys looked fab in their tweed suits and, as well as looking stunning in her gown, Toni rocked the theme with her quirky choice of shoes.  We had an amazing time photographing and filming their wedding and making a brilliant marryoke and I just wanted to share a few of the couple shots from their day.  Slideshow to follow shortly!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) . Hundred House Kidderminster Marryoke Norton St Mary's filming photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/11/toni-alex---wedding-celebrations-at-st-marys-kidderminster-hundred-house-hotel Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:00:30 GMT
Talia and James's sneak peak - Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/11/talia-and-jamess-sneak-peak---denbies-wine-estate-surrey Talia and James shared their civil ceremony, Greek blessing and a fabulous reception with family and friends at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey.  From the entrance of the stunning Talia, emotional ceremonies, clouds of confetti, a rather chilly photoshoot, trditional Greek dances to fireworks and sparklers this was a non-stop day of fun and laughter in a rather special location.

For now, here are a few taster images. 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Denbies Wine Estate Dorking Surrey confetti fireworks photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/11/talia-and-jamess-sneak-peak---denbies-wine-estate-surrey Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:51:33 GMT
Emma & Jamie's wedding photography slideshow - Holy Trinity, Willenhall & The Blakelands https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/10/emma-jamies-wedding-photography-slideshow---holy-trinity-willenhall-the-blakelands Following on from Emma and Jamie's rather splendid pre-wedding shoot and the bit of a taster I posted a while back, I can now release their slideshow - yay!

Considering that they were a bit uncertain about the whole photography 'thing' before their pre-wedding shoot, the camera loves them and their whole wedding looked like it was something out of a magazine photoshoot!  

I started with the girls getting ready at home before catching up with the rather nervous guys at Holy Trinity, Willenhall.  Although they couldn't use the feature door of the church (due to some minor issue of the possibility of the wall above it collapsing) for their exit, there was still bags of character to capture.  With a few family and couple shots done we then moved onto The Blakelands in Bobbington and, as always, with the weather on our side for afternoon, evening and night-time shots and Emma and Jamie being happy to make the most of this we were spoiled for choice with locations for images - so please enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed taking them....loads!

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Emma & Jamie - Wedding Photography Slideshow Blakelands

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Blakelands Bobbington The Blakelands photography pre-wedding shoot wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/10/emma-jamies-wedding-photography-slideshow---holy-trinity-willenhall-the-blakelands Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:41:02 GMT
Isobel & Mike's wedding photography slideshow - Hartlebury & Hallow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/10/isobel-mikes-wedding-photography-slideshow---hartlebury-hallow Whilst Isobel was surrounded by hair products, make-up, champagne and children's toys as she got ready for her big day at The Elms Hotel, Mike and his friends chilled at The White Hart in Hartlebury, before moving onto St Peter's Church Astley.  St Peter's is a pretty country church and the floral decorations provided by Country Wild complimented it to perfection.

The girls arrived in glorious sunshine and, after a few family pictures, it was time for the 'main event'.  After a beautiful ceremony, because the weather decided not to 'play nice', we took shelter in the church for our group shots before letting the guests move onto The Crown at Hallow for the reception and we tootled off to The Elms for a few family shots between showers.

In keeping with the very informal, family-friendly nature of the day, the reception was held in a Tipi in the pub grounds with plenty of space around it for impromptu football matches and the like.

Stunning floral arrangement by www.facebook.com/countrywildflorist

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Isobel & Mike wedding photography slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Astley Hallow Hartlebury St Peter's Church The Elms photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/10/isobel-mikes-wedding-photography-slideshow---hartlebury-hallow Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:29:43 GMT
Emma & Rob's Wedding Photography Slideshow - Gorcott Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/10/emma-robs-wedding-photography-slideshow---gorcott-hall Emma and Rob were married at Gorcott Hall, Redditch earlier this year and we had the pleasure of covering their photography and video.  

It was a new venue for us and turned out to be a photographer & videographer's dream, with bundles of opportunity for amazing images both inside and out; so, with a fabulous couple and venue, we had an absolute ball!

To see Emma & Rob's video intro and marryoke clips, please visit the following links:

https://vimeo.com/183121246

https://vimeo.com/177108438

Here are a few images from their special day.

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Emma & Rob Wedding Photography Slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Gorcott Hall Marryoke Redditch Video Videography photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/10/emma-robs-wedding-photography-slideshow---gorcott-hall Tue, 04 Oct 2016 09:54:39 GMT
Jemma & Andy's Wedding photography slideshow - St Mary's, Oldswinford & Manor Hill House https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/9/jemma-andys-wedding-photography-slideshow---st-mary-s-oldswinford-manor-hill-house Following a shoot in the poppyfields earlier in the year, Jemma and Andy were all set for photographs on their big day.  Although Jemma was still slightly wary about full bridal prep shots, after having pottered round getting detail for a while she changed her mind and to me to 'go for it' regarding shots of everyone getting ready and it was great fun!

With Jemma now into the swing of things I went to meet the boys and family at St Mary's, Oldswinford in the build up to the ceremony. Everyone was so welcoming it was like meeting up with old friends and although there were a couple of people who didn't really want their pictures taken (yes, you know who you are), we got some great shots to remember this time by. 

Jemma's officially 'barmy' (in the nicest possible way) bridesmaids arrived, closely followed by Jemma in a classic Beaufort and we were all set for the ceremony in what is a fabulous internal church setting for pictures.

Once all of the official bits were done everyone moved onto Manor Hill House for an afternoon of relaxation in the gardens before enjoying a rather scrummy-looking afternoon tea, listening to the emotionally charged speeches and then dancing and gambling the night away with the DJ and casino set-up.

Photographs are very important to Jemma & Andy and, as such, they put plenty of time aside (BIG thumbs-up from me) to make the most of what Manor Hill House and it's surroundings had to offer.  They went out twice to make the most of the natural light and then again for a mini 'evening shoot' and I hope you agree with me that it really paid off!

It was a fabulous day all round and it was pleasure to be a part of it.  Here are a few images from their day - enjoy.

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Jemma & Andy Wedding Photography Slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Manor Hill House Oldswinford St Mary's afternoon tea photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/9/jemma-andys-wedding-photography-slideshow---st-mary-s-oldswinford-manor-hill-house Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:03:28 GMT
Sarah and Andy's Welsh Wales Wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/8/sarah-and-andys-welsh-wales-wedding Sarah and Andy found a hidden gem for their very informal wedding celebrations in the form of Nantwen, nr. Newport.  Wanting a small and relaxed affair, they opted for the cottage, barn and marquee combination with close family and friends and had the day of their dreams.  From a super-relaxed bridal prep, the venue being decorated and 'turned around' by the couple and family/friends, through to guest limbo dancing in the evening (and every single guest took part), this was a 'one of a kind' wedding.......and it was great to be a part of it.

For now, here are a few images from the day.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Nantwen Newport Wales photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/8/sarah-and-andys-welsh-wales-wedding Wed, 10 Aug 2016 19:56:06 GMT
Isobel & Mike's 'wedding day with a difference' https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/8/isobel-mikes-wedding-day-with-a-difference I had the pleasure of photographing Izzy and Mike's recent wedding.  Izzy did the whole girly thing at The Elms Hotel, Abberley whilst Mike took the relaxed approach and started the day with a couple of pints at The White Harte in Hartlebury.  Although the weather was not the kindest when we came out of St Peter's Church, Astley, and groups had to be done inside (a shame because it is a very pretty church) it brightened up again ready for the festivities at the Crown Inn, Hallow where a rather different tipi reception was the order of the day.  

The beautiful flowers were by Country Wild Floral Design and even their presentation was stunning.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Abberley Astley Hallow The Crown Inn The Elms photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/8/isobel-mikes-wedding-day-with-a-difference Tue, 09 Aug 2016 08:51:38 GMT
Emma and Jamie's Stunning Willenhall Church Ceremony & Blakelands Reception https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/8/emma-and-jamies-stunning-willenhall-church-ceremony-blakelands-reception Well, you saw the gorgeous Emma and Jamie's recent pre-wedding shoot and so I just had to share a few images from their beautiful wedding!  

They married in a lovely ceremony at Holy Trinity, Willenhall (complete with a very enthusiastic organist who would have played all day given the chance) before travelling in style by Beaufort to Blakelands Country House, Bobbington for their wedding breakfast and evening reception.  The weather held and everyone had a chance to enjoy the gardens whilst we pottered off to cover the areas we had kept for their wedding day images.  Being happy to potter out for a few short sessions over the afternoon/evening, we managed to capture some stunning couple shots and I have pulled out a few for you to enjoy.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Blakelands Blakelands Country House photography pre-wedding shoot wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/8/emma-and-jamies-stunning-willenhall-church-ceremony-blakelands-reception Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:44:17 GMT
Emma and Jamie's pre-wedding shoot at Blakelands with special guest appearance by Lola! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/7/emma-and-jamies-pre-wedding-shoot-at-blakelands-with-special-guest-appearance-by-lola I met up with the lovely, lovely Emma and Jamie a few weeks ago for their pre-wedding shoot and, although holding their reception at Blakelands, because the grounds are so extensive we figured we could get some fabulous shots and still have plenty of new locations to choose from on their wedding day.  With a relaxed bride and groom to be, the star appearance of their seriously cute pooch (Lola), great weather and a stunning location we created a beautiful set of images and look forward to more the same (but without Lola) on their upcoming wedding day! 

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Blakelands photography pre-wedding pre-wedding shoot wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/7/emma-and-jamies-pre-wedding-shoot-at-blakelands-with-special-guest-appearance-by-lola Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:06:57 GMT
Jemma & Andy are married! St Mary's Oldswinford & Manor Hill House https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/7/jemma-andy-are-married-st-marys-oldswinford-manor-hill-house Following our recent pre-wedding shoot, yesterday I had the pleasure of capturing the special moments of Jemma and Andy's wedding celebrations at St Mary's Church, Oldswinford and Manor Hill House, Bromsgrove.  St Mary's always offers an impressive backdrop for church weddings and with a return to Manor Hill House and favourable weather I knew we were going to be spoilt for choice for group and couple shots, especially with Jemma being officially classed as my 'off roading' bride for this year!  With smiles all round, a fab couple and a vintage themed marquee to fit the afternoon tea severed as the wedding breakfast - it was photography heaven.    Jemma and Andy have kindly allowed a sneaky peak of some of the images, so please enjoy.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Bromsgrove Manor Hill House Oldswinford St Mary's photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/7/jemma-andy-are-married-st-marys-oldswinford-manor-hill-house Sun, 17 Jul 2016 19:20:04 GMT
The countdown has begun! Isobel & Rob's perfect pre-wedding shoot. https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/7/the-countdown-has-begun-isobel-robs-perfect-pre-wedding-shoot Isobel and Rob are now gearing up to their wedding day and so decided it was time to meet up for their pre-wedding shoot.  

It has been a while since they booked me and so it was great having a little 'catch up' with all of their news whilst having a potter around Kinver Edge and local poppy fields; being so relaxed with each other in front of the camera, they are a perfect couple to photograph and I am really excited about photographing their wedding!

Thanks for letting me share a few images!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) photography pre-wedding shoot wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/7/the-countdown-has-begun-isobel-robs-perfect-pre-wedding-shoot Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:59:56 GMT
Amanda & Trevor's Chateau Impney Wedding Photography Slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/7/amanda-trevors-chateau-impney-wedding-photography-slideshow Those of you who saw their taster shots will know that Amanda & Trevor have waited a long, long time for their wedding day and when it finally arrived at the Chateau Impney it was certainly full of love, laughter and smiles and was an absolute pleasure to capture for myself and Phil in photo and video.

Cake - www.cakelandgb.co.uk

Stationary - www.bydonnabludell.co.uk

Trevor and Amanda are kindly letting me share some images from their special day via their slideshow - enjoy.

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Amanda & Trevor Chateau Impney Wedding Photography Slideshow by www.emotive-imagery.co.uk

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Chateau Impney photography video wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/7/amanda-trevors-chateau-impney-wedding-photography-slideshow Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:48:53 GMT
Yvonne & Chris's wedding photography at Dunsley Hall & poppy field https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/7/yvonne-chriss-wedding-photography-at-dunsley-hall-poppy-field Yvonne and Chris married at Dunsley Hall and despite Yvonne claiming she is not photogenic (really?!?) they were certainly up for making the most of their wedding photography opportunities and had a great time doing so!  We split their 'couple sessions' into 3 so that we could make the most of the day/lighting opportunities without getting bored and it also allowed us to use some additional locations around Dunsley and pop along to a local poppy field in order to add something a bit 'different'.  Their black and white theme at Dunsley looked classically stunning and the poppies in early evening light added a splash of colour to their images - they were both great fun and I hope you enjoy watching their photography slideshow as much as I enjoyed capturing their day at this lovely venue.

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Yvonne & Chris Dunslewy Hall wedding photography slideshow by www.emotive-imagery.co.uk

      

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photography poppy field wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/7/yvonne-chriss-wedding-photography-at-dunsley-hall-poppy-field Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:31:36 GMT
Here come the girls! Gorgeous girls in beautiful blooms.... https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/7/here-come-the-girls-gorgeous-girls-in-beautiful-blooms Following on from our poppy family shoot, we couldn't resist adding to their outdoor images with a 'girly shoot' in 'The Real Flower Confetti Field' - complete with a little fairy.  Myself and Phil had a fab time capturing a whole series of images of Xanthe and Jax and just had to share a few with you.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) family shoot photography portrait https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/7/here-come-the-girls-gorgeous-girls-in-beautiful-blooms Sun, 10 Jul 2016 20:36:46 GMT
Summer Fun Family Portrait/Pre-Wedding shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/6/summer-fun-family-portrait/pre-wedding-shoot Isobel and Mike used their pre-wedding shoot to include a family shoot, so that not only they, but Ginny and Flowy, would be well and truly ready for their wedding photographs!  The original intention was a poppy field shoot but this had to be cancelled due to terrible weather, however we were fortunate second time around and whilst we didn't get to use the poppy field, Isobel had managed to make sure one made an appearance in their shoot!  

Bless them; Flowy was more interested in exploring that having her photograph taken, whilst Ginny is an absolute natural and I suspect will take centre stage at the wedding - move over mom and dad!

Please enjoy this small selection of photographs from their shoot and I look forward to sharing more pictures from this fabulous family later in the year.

       

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Family Shoot Pre-wedding photographs pre-wedding shoot wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/6/summer-fun-family-portrait/pre-wedding-shoot Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:15:35 GMT
Lisa & Dan's Pendrell Hall wedding photography slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/6/lisa-dans-pendrell-hall-wedding-photography-slideshow Lisa and Dan married at Pendrell Hall and whilst I released a sneak peak of a few of their beautiful images a while back, here is their wedding photography slideshow; giving you another opportunity to view their gorgeous wedding!

Cake decorated by Lisa (the bride).

Flowers by Floral Secrets.

Make up by Niamh of www.yourweddingmakeup.co.uk

Evening Entertainment by Nicks Disco Roadshow/Classic Wedding DJ.

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Lisa & Dan's Pendrell Hall wedding photography slideshowLisa & Dan's Pendrell Hall wedding photography slideshow by www.emotive-imagery.co.uk

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Pendrell Hall photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/6/lisa-dans-pendrell-hall-wedding-photography-slideshow Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:13:05 GMT
Ladybird hunting in the poppy field - family portrait shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/6/ladybird-hunting-in-the-poppy-field---family-portrait-shoot Despite the torrential rain resulting in the cancellation of 2 of my outdoor shoots yesterday, one of the lovely families I have had the pleasure of photographing for a few years got lucky and, despite a wet poppy field, were game for getting their 'summer shoot' done.  Although we had scheduled an evening slot to try and get some great evening light, unfortunately it didn't appear.  But we stayed (relatively) dry and, as well as some family stuff we got a set of great natural shots, especially when Xanthe and Jensen had realized the field was full of ladybirds that were more than happy to crawl all over them!

Here are a sneaky few...

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) family family portrait shoot poppy poppy field portrait portrait shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/6/ladybird-hunting-in-the-poppy-field---family-portrait-shoot Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:02:18 GMT
Emma & Rob were 'having a good time' at Gorcott Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/6/emma-rob-were-having-a-good-time-at-gorcott-hall Emma & Rob's wedding was simply a stunning affair, set to the backdrop of the splendid Gorcott Hall in Redditch.  It was my first visit there and boy did they choose a venue, not only was the setting a photographer's dream, but Adrian and his team at the Hall were a dream to work with. Phil and I had a ball not only capturing this very special couple's day in photo and video, but also creating their 'Queen' marryoke - look out for this soon!

In the meantime, please enjoy a sneaky peak of some images.....

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Gorcott Hall marryoke photography redditch wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/6/emma-rob-were-having-a-good-time-at-gorcott-hall Fri, 10 Jun 2016 20:23:17 GMT
Hannah & Andy's wedding photography slideshow - The Granary https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/6/hannah-andys-wedding-photography-slideshow---the-granary You have seen the sneaky peak images, now for the slideshow of photography highlights from the wonderful day that was Hannah & Andy's wedding.

I said it all in my previous post, so will just let you enjoy!

Transport: Elite Cars

MUA: Hariett's Beauty Room

Gown: The Wedding Dress Bridal Gallery

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Hannah & Andy wedding photography slideshow

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Granary photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/6/hannah-andys-wedding-photography-slideshow---the-granary Tue, 07 Jun 2016 19:11:43 GMT
Amanda & Trevor's long-awaited wedding day at the Chateau Impney https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/5/amanda-trevors-long-awaited-wedding-day-at-the-chateau-impney Amanda and Trevor's is a true love story.......  

They actually first met over two decades ago but went their separate ways and had their own lives to lead, only to meet again years later and realize that they have found the 'real deal'; which explains why they were both so happy on their wedding day and we had the privilege to capture it in photo and video.  The day was just perfect and, as their guests partied well into the night, we slipped outside for a few more couple shots before leaving the new Mr & Mrs Bailey to enjoy the remainder of the evening with the family and friends who were staying at the Chateau.

      

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Chateau Impney photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/5/amanda-trevors-long-awaited-wedding-day-at-the-chateau-impney Wed, 25 May 2016 14:26:04 GMT
A big welcome to Jess for her first baby shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/5/a-big-welcome-to-jess-for-her-first-baby-shoot Jess visited me some time ago for her first baby shoot (but I have only just got around to catching up with posting these) and brought along Mom and Dad for company who I had the pleasure of photographing on their wedding day.  Jess was an absolute gem on the day and was so unfazed by everything, dropped off mid-shoot to provide us with some great sleepy-time images.  Here are a few images from the shoot - enjoy.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) baby baby shoot photographing shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/5/a-big-welcome-to-jess-for-her-first-baby-shoot Wed, 25 May 2016 11:26:40 GMT
Harry & Bradley's photoshoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/5/harry-bradleys-photoshoot Harry was supposed to visit when he was an 'ickle baby, but unfortunately he became very spotty so the original shoot had to be postponed and, by the time he came to say hello with his brother (Bradley), he had grown somewhat!

He was a fabulous model (although it proved a challenge trying to get some sleeping shots - he was far too interested in what was going on around him) being really relaxed for the whole of the shoot.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) baby photoshoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/5/harry-bradleys-photoshoot Wed, 25 May 2016 10:11:04 GMT
Kerry & James - Wedding photography slideshow at St Andrew's & Dunsley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/5/kerry-james---wedding-photography-slideshow-at-st-andrews-dunsley-hall Well, you all saw the pre-wedding images of this fab couple smiling their way through their pre-wedding shoot and so we were expecting great things and they didn't disappoint - no-one could have been happier that day!  So, here is their wedding slideshow - please enjoy.

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Kerry & James Slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/5/kerry-james---wedding-photography-slideshow-at-st-andrews-dunsley-hall Tue, 24 May 2016 17:34:50 GMT
Hannah & Andy's wedding at St Mary's & The Granary https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/5/hannah-andys-wedding-at-st-mary-s-the-granary I first met Hannah and Andy at Liz and Anthony's wedding in 2014 when Andy was one of Anthony's best men.  In a recent role reversal, Andy was the groom and Anthony, the very capable best man!  The day started with the girls having their hair done at Zaks salon, Kingswinford before going back to Hannah's parents for bridal prep where, I must say, I had possibly the warmest welcome from a bride's family ever!

Bridal prep was a completely relaxed affair with everyone enjoying every second, and the same could be said for the guys and guests when I got to the church, everyone looking forward to the wedding of a lovely couple that were just, well, meant to be....   

The biggest challenge was the weather; changing from blazing sunshine to heavy rain and then even hail but, without exception, everyone at the wedding was happy to dodge the heaviest showers and play their part in getting the images Hannah and Andy wanted to remember their day and so made  our photography and videography much easier than it could have been - so, from myself and Phil, a big thanks goes out to everyone there, it made such a difference.

It was an absolute pleasure to capture the wedding of the fabulous new Mr & Mrs Evans and, by splitting couple shots over three shorter sessions, we managed to get some amazing images - here is just a taster - enjoy!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Kingswinford St Mark's The Granary photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/5/hannah-andys-wedding-at-st-mary-s-the-granary Tue, 03 May 2016 09:19:23 GMT
Lisa & Dan's special day at Pendrell Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/5/lisa-dans-special-day-at-pendrell-hall Lisa and Dan's is another wedding with previous photography links.  When we first met, Lisa was a bridesmaid for her friend Sarah and roles were recently reversed with Sarah supporting Lisa (along with two other bridesmaids) in her special day at Pendrell Hall, Codsall Wood.  

This was a first for me venue-wise and although there were some outside limitations given that the ground was very wet, once again I had a very accommodating (and gorgeous) couple who were willing to use as much as possible to get some great outside shots.  However, that said, Pendrell has got to be one of the best venues around for acres of space to take indoor photographs - a huge bridal prep room (besides the bridal suite) and large wooden-floored rooms with full length windows - ideal for group and couple shots and a big thanks to the wedding co-ordinator Francesca who was incredibly friendly and helpful throughout the day. 

Here is a small taster of some of the beautiful images we managed to create - enjoy!

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Codsall Wood Pendrell Pendrell Hall photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/5/lisa-dans-special-day-at-pendrell-hall Mon, 02 May 2016 21:29:23 GMT
Don't stop me now...'cause I'm having a good time......Emma & Rob's pre-wedding shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/4/dont-stop-me-now-cause-i-m-having-a-good-time-emma-rob-s-pre-wedding-shoot We recently met up again with Emma & Rob at Winterbourne Gardens for their pre-wedding shoot and first instalment of 'Marryoke' filming and had a great afternoon (albeit with one or two quizzical looks from other visitors to the gardens).  Having known Emma for years, being a lovely couple and both of them being 'game for something a bit different' we are both really looking forward to covering their upcoming wedding!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Marryoke Winterbourne Gardens photography pre-wedding shoot wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/4/dont-stop-me-now-cause-i-m-having-a-good-time-emma-rob-s-pre-wedding-shoot Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:01:17 GMT
Trade show photography/video clips in Liverpool https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/4/trade-show-photography/video-clips-in-liverpool As part of our commercial photography coverage, once again we had the pleasure of covering the Today's Group trade show, this time at the new exhibition centre in Liverpool and, whilst tinged with sadness at the recent loss of Bill Laird, it was great to see familiar faces/companies doing what they do best - business!  In a room dressed to provide the 'wow' factor, the generosity of traders and members during the gala dinner also allowed for a sizeable donation to Bluebell Wood Hospice, the nominated charity of the Group. 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Liverpool Today's Today's Group Trade Show commercial commercial photography photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/4/trade-show-photography/video-clips-in-liverpool Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:04:05 GMT
Kerry & James: The very new Mr & Mrs Green https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/4/kerry-james-the-very-new-mr-mrs-green After a gorgeous pre-wedding shoot I have been sooooo looking forward to photographing Kerry & James's wedding and the time finally came to do so!  They married at St Andrew's Church, Wall Heath (conveniently for James) opposite the Wall Heath Tavern and so, after a swift half....ahem......the very dapper groom waited in the church for his rather stunning bride to arrive.  With half of Wall Heath waiting outside the church eagerly anticipating her arrival, Kerry did not disappoint and I had a great day photographing a fantastic couple, family and friends both at the church and the lovely venue that is Dunsley Hall, Kinver.

It doesn't happen very often that the photographer gets a mention in the speeches because (and rightly so) the day is not about them but, not only did I get a mention, I was also given a beautiful bouquet of flowers - so was rather emotional. 

Please enjoy these few images from the day as a bit of a taster and a HUGE congratulations to a fabulous couple!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Kinver Wall Heath photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/4/kerry-james-the-very-new-mr-mrs-green Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:51:01 GMT
Lisa & Dan - all 'loved up' and ready to become Mr & Mrs! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/4/lisa-dan---all-loved-up-and-ready-to-become-mr-mrs Lisa was a bridesmaid at a wedding I had the pleasure of photographing a year ago last December, and despite giving me a few perplexed looks when I was taking some of the shots, she obviously liked the end result and booked me to cover her marriage to Dan!

In the run up to the big day, in order to get rid of some of their photography-related nerves, a couple of weeks ago we had a potter around for their pre-wedding shoot  but, as you can see from the images, they have nothing to worry about..... 

Enjoy this small selection.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) photography pre-wedding shoot wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/4/lisa-dan---all-loved-up-and-ready-to-become-mr-mrs Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:05:58 GMT
Portrait Shoot with Twisted Pix and Rose Munro at HCC https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/4/portrait-shoot-with-twisted-pix-and-rose-munro-at-hcc As many of you know I am a member of Hagley Camera Club and whilst we do 'in-house' studio evenings, it is always good to see what other people do.  Rebekah from Twisted Pix visited to give the club a taste of some of her alternative black and white photography and also brought some lighting kit and a very willing model (Rose Munro Pin Up Model) so that we could have a bit of a practical session using strong light and shadow set ups.

Not my norm, especially with numerous togs shooting one model at the same time, but here are a few images taken during an enjoyable evening.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) HCC portrait portrait shoot shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/4/portrait-shoot-with-twisted-pix-and-rose-munro-at-hcc Thu, 07 Apr 2016 11:09:46 GMT
Richard III Memorial Service at Sutton Cheney https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/3/richard-iii-memorial-service-at-sutton-cheney Amongst the many commercial and event shoots we have been covering over the last couple of months, Phil and myself were asked to photograph the memorial church service for Richard III at the church in the pretty village of Sutton Cheney, Leicestershire (a stone's throw away from Bosworth Battlefield).  Always keen to undertake a challenge, a candle-lit church will inevitably provide this for any photographer but certainly made for an interesting evening with costumed readers and falconers (the latter from Hawkwise (based at Bosworth Battlefield)) and the re-creation of the last communion taken by Richard III before going into battle a short distance away.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Bosworth Battlefield Leicestershire Memorial Service Richard III Sutton Cheney photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/3/richard-iii-memorial-service-at-sutton-cheney Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:24:57 GMT
Kerry & James's spring shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/3/kerry-james-spring-shoot This little session was an absolute dream!  Kerry and James are such a fabulous couple together and it really comes across in the photographs; so much so that I couldn't wait to finish editing the whole folder before I shared a few!!!!!

  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) portrait shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/3/kerry-james-spring-shoot Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:34:07 GMT
A new 'Broome' sweeps into 2016.... https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/3/a-new-broome-sweeps-into-2016 Jenny and Gary married at the end of December and, with this, a new 'Broome' was added to the family - I am reliably told that this is a VERY rare event!  It was great to see Jenny beaming from ear to ear (once the nerves had settled) and she looked fab in her blush pink bridal gown, entering the ceremony room to many oohs and ahhs from her girlies and also showing his approval was her grinning groom, Gary.

They had a fantastic day at Moxhull Hall, the setting sun providing a stunning backdrop to their wedding photographs, before everyone moved inside to Jenny's 'bit of bling' reception for an impromptu Zorba dance, a visit from the one and only Del Boy and an evening of drinking, dancing and snow machines.  All in all a great day was had by all and it only remains to be seen whether this has inspired any more of the Broome men to pop the question..........

Here are a few images from the day - enjoy!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Moxhull Hall photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/3/a-new-broome-sweeps-into-2016 Sat, 12 Mar 2016 16:58:55 GMT
A big welcome to Esmee! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/3/a-big-welcome-to-esmee I had the pleasure pf photographing Kevin and Leah's wedding at The Blakelands and am privileged to still be recording their journey of their lives together with the addition of their little bundle, Esmee.  Once she had snuggled up on the super soft baby blanket for her baby portrait shoot she was a happy little bunny for the camera and it appears that Leah's obsession of elephants will be very much part of Esmee's world, given that she had not one but two cuddly elephants to join in her shoot!  I just had to share a few images and look forward to seeing her for the next shoot when she is a bit older - enjoy.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) baby baby portrait shoot photographing portrait portrait shoot wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/3/a-big-welcome-to-esmee Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:44:19 GMT
Hannah & Andy are getting married! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/3/hannah-andy-are-getting-married It is that time of year again when pre-wedding shoots are upon us!  Hannah and Andy were the first up this year and, as is normal for many couples, arrived with trepidation about being the subject of a photo-shoot.  However, they quickly found that it was not a formal affair and that the whole point of the shoot is to keep things relaxed and capture them being......well, them.

We got some great images and here is a sneaky peak of a few - looking forward to the wedding next month!

   

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) couples photo-shoot pre-wedding shoots wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/3/hannah-andy-are-getting-married Wed, 02 Mar 2016 11:46:44 GMT
Harry is back! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/3/harry-is-back Harry came for his third and final shoot of this 'growing up' portrait series and it has been an absolute pleasure to capture those special moments from when he was a tiny baby who opened his eyes for about 3 minutes of the first shoot (finding sleep far more appealing); through to the gorgeous toddler he is now and I am really looking forward to putting his storybook album together showing this journey.  Although Mom and Dad joined Harry for this shoot, Dad is somewhat camera & publicity-shy but they kindly agreed to let me show a handful of images of Harry.  I challenge you not to smile at this cutie!

  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Baby portrait toddler https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/3/harry-is-back Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:32:41 GMT
Anna & Richard's very special day at St George's Edgbaston & Moor Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/1/anna-richards-very-special-day-at-st-george-s-edgbaston-moor-hall Having already had the pleasure of photographing one family wedding, I was over the moon when Richard and Anna asked me to photograph theirs, and couldn't wait to see everyone again!  Although slightly uneasy about being the centre of attention for photographs, their pre-wedding shoot just before the wedding showed that they had nothing to worry about (I will share some of those very soon).  Given the talent and musical links of the family & friends I knew I would be in for another treat and was not disappointed as St George's Church, Edgbaston church rang out to the guitar and vocals of two of their friends, and at Moor Hall the evening's entertainment was provided by hand-picked musicians who had come together as a band for the occasion and, of course, Richard being joined by John and his brother Andrew to wow the guests with their musical abilities.  This was a very special day for two very special people, so congratulations Mr & Mrs Price - it was a pleasure! 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Edgbaston Moor Hall St George's photography wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/1/anna-richards-very-special-day-at-st-george-s-edgbaston-moor-hall Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:46:25 GMT
Helen & Craig's winter wedding at The Old Vicarage, Worfield https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/1/helen-craigs-winter-wedding-at-the-old-vicarage-worfield Helen and Craig married on what has got to have been one of the windiest day's of 2015 and, the venue being on top of a hill always helped!  

Despite this, love was most definitely in the air and nothing was going to put a damper of their special day.  So, Craig arrived in a rather posh motor which had been gently put through its paces on the way (honest), Helen (after a somewhat relaxed bridal prep) was ready to wed her man in the emotional ceremony - or maybe that should be her emotional man in the ceremony.  A lovely touch was 'The owl and the pussycat' as the reading - the first time I had heard this used at a wedding - and then we moved on with guests braving the cold for a few images before racing back into the welcoming rooms of the Vicarage where everyone stayed until it was time to venture out again in the evening for a firework display.  Helen looked fabulous throughout the day despite the cold and wind and was a star for the photos!  

I also have to mention the beautifully decorated reception room (in a winter theme), ready to receive guests who were treated to what what probably the most hilarious groom's speech ever when reciting his failed attempts at proposals - well done Craig!

The whole day was an absolute pleasure.

Helen & Craig slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Old Vicarage Worfield photography wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/1/helen-craigs-winter-wedding-at-the-old-vicarage-worfield Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:41:38 GMT
New Year's Eve at The Rose & Crown https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/1/new-years-eve-at-the-rose-crown New Year's Eve at The Rose & Crown

The Rose & Crown in Halesowen was packed for their 'Ticket only' New Year's Eve event.  Local acoustic group the Da Dans opened the evening's live entertainment and filled the dance floor, with party-band Got The T-Shirt taking us up to the disco to Welcome in the New Year.  A full pub and fantastic atmosphere was enjoyed by all. 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Rose & Crown Rose & Crown, Halesowen Rose and Crown new year's eve new years eve https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2016/1/new-years-eve-at-the-rose-crown Fri, 01 Jan 2016 17:34:38 GMT
Jenny & Gary's wonderful winter wedding - Moxhull Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/12/jenny-garys-wonderful-winter-wedding---moxhull-hall I have done a portrait shoot with Jenny before and given that we had a great time then, knew i would be in for a treat shooting her wedding.  So was over the moon when the 'wedding gods' were certainly with Jenny and Gary for their special day on Tuesday! 

Despite threats of continued awful weather, they were rewarded with a cool but dry day, and the most fabulous winter light to create some amazing photos at Moxhull Hall.

Bridal prep was a very relaxed affair, and matched by Gaz being the most chilled groom on the planet, before everything stepped up a notch for an emotional ceremony with vows being exchanged in front of close family and friends.  With the official photos over, it was back indoors for an afternoon of laughter and Gaz's surprise visit by 'Del Boy' before everyone packed the floor to dance the night away.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Broome!

 

    

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Moxhull Hall photography portrait wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/12/jenny-garys-wonderful-winter-wedding---moxhull-hall Thu, 31 Dec 2015 15:20:09 GMT
Helen & David's 'very vintage' wedding - Himley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/12/helen-davids-very-vintage-wedding---himley-hall Helen and David had arranged a 'very vintage' themed wedding.  

After arriving in a vintage Jag, an emotional Helen, dressed in her bespoke hand made gown, married her man at St Bart's Church, Penn. In keeping with the theme, everyone moved onto Himley Hall for afternoon tea and enjoyed a thoroughly relaxed reception in the fabulous surroundings of the venue, having great fun with the truly unique and very impressive vintage photo-booth (that had come all the way from Bristol) and tucking into the well-stocked sweet table - yes crazy ladies of Helen's keep fit class, even you were caught with your hands in the sweetie jars!

A lovely wedding of two lovely people and a pleasure to photograph - congratulations!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Barts" Himley Hall, Penn Photograph St wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/12/helen-davids-very-vintage-wedding---himley-hall Sat, 12 Dec 2015 14:24:11 GMT
My 'little' brother's wedding extravaganza https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/12/my-little-brother-s-wedding-extravaganza Adam and Victoria married at Holmer Church in August and, after a 'flash mob' end to the ceremony, moved onto the fabulous Hereford venue of Lyde Arundel.  The guests were blessed with fabulous weather and entertained by a jazz band whilst they mingled for a short time in the gardens, before moving into the impressive barn for the meal and speeches.  Stu, the best man, gave the most genuine and entertaining best man's speech I have ever heard - well done Stu - and with no further ado the whirlwind day continued with Adam serenading Victoria at the end of the meal and then onto evening celebrations, including a number of choreographed routines and the lads not quite doing the 'full monty'.......

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Hereford Holmer Lyde Arundel church wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/12/my-little-brother-s-wedding-extravaganza Wed, 09 Dec 2015 14:01:10 GMT
Autumn's here for Helen and Craig's pre-wedding shoot. https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/autumns-here-for-helen-and-craig-s-pre-wedding-shoot Helen and Craig marry at The Old Vicarage in Worfield next month and, as a little photography 'pre-runner' to the wedding we met for an autumnal shoot.  Given that it had done nothing but rain for a week in the run up to the pre-wedding shoot, I was wondering just how wet we were going to get, but they really dropped lucky and even got to wear their shades!  We got some great images with beautiful colours and on a cold day like today I just had to share a few!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Old Vicarage Worfield photography pre-wedding shoot wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/autumns-here-for-helen-and-craig-s-pre-wedding-shoot Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:20:48 GMT
Vintage studio portraits of Heather https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/vintage-studio-portraits-of-heather In a complete contrast to the single light set-up used for Lee's 'boxer' images, we provided the camera club with a double light vintage style set to capture images of Heather.  Again, I couldn't resist grabbing a few images during the night and Heather is an amazing model to work with - a true professional.

  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) photography portraits studio vintage https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/vintage-studio-portraits-of-heather Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:45:00 GMT
Jeavo's Boxer Portraits https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/jeavos-boxer-portraits As you may know, I am a member of Hagley Camera Club and, as part of the practical program, run the portrait evenings with my other half, Phil.  Having known him for several years, Phil got in touch with Lee to see if he would model for us so that we could show people how to create moody portraits by using a single studio light, and the answer was yes!  I don't normally get a chance to shoot on such evenings, but couldn't resist this time and due to it being a smaller shooting group this time around, did grab a few shots. Here are a few images from the evening and a huge thanks to Lee for being such a good sport and so easy to work with:

  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Hagley Camera Club boxer portraits https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/jeavos-boxer-portraits Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:29:59 GMT
A very 'homegrown' wedding - Liz & Paul's photography slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/a-very-homegrown-wedding---liz-paul-s-photography-slideshow Liz and Paul's September wedding was a beautiful country affair and, after marrying at the historic St Chad's Church, Brewood they returned by horse and carriage to Liz's parent's farm for the reception.  The guests were 'wowed' by a family friend's creations of seasonal bouquets and the unique table plan and floral displays around the garden and marquee as they were entertained by a sting quartet on this warm, late summer afternoon.  With no venue timetable to run to, everything could happen at their own pace (including the photography and so allowed for some stunning sunset shots) - this was a truly personal day for a fabulous couple.    

Liz & Paul Slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) photography wedding wedding photography, Brewood https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/a-very-homegrown-wedding---liz-paul-s-photography-slideshow Sun, 15 Nov 2015 19:21:53 GMT
Hollie & Carl's wedding photography slideshow - The Blakelands https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/hollie-carls-wedding-photography-slideshow---the-blakelands Hollie and Carl chose the beautiful venue that is The Blakelands for their special day and it didn't disappoint.  Every inch of this great venue was used from the main house and rooms for bridal prep, the formal garden for the ceremony, the landscaped grounds and lake for everyone to enjoy and the children to explore after the formalities, the courtyard where guests were entertained by Mark the Magician, to the Maltings Barn for the meal, speeches and evening reception.  As always, a great variety of locations were available for couple shots for the lovely Hollie and Carl who eventually got over their nerves in front of the camera!

A great day had by all with the following slideshow sharing a part of this with you.  Enjoy!Because the auto HD option reduces quality, when viewing, please select the 720 option from the bottom right menu of the viewing screen.  Thanks.  

Hollie & Carl Slideshow   

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Blakelands The Blakelands photography wedding wedding photography wedding photography slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/hollie-carls-wedding-photography-slideshow---the-blakelands Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:44:22 GMT
Jennifer & Richard's wedding photography slideshow - St Peter's Church & Dunsley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/jennifer-richards-wedding-photography-slideshow---st-peter-s-church-dunsley-hall Jennifer & Richard had an intimate wedding, sharing their special day with close family and friends and, although the weather threatened a few times, nothing could dampen the spirits of these two lovebirds!  

Unfortunately, Jen's nan couldn't make it to their special day but she was being given a commentary by her mom who was constantly phoning her to describe the cake (expertly decorated in sugarcraft by Richard's mom), the flowers (from S&S Bags, Kinver), etc as each item arrived.  

Even though we had a great pre-wedding shoot, shy Jen was still a bit wary of photographs being taken during bridal prep, but that all melted away when she saw her man waiting for her at the end of the aisle at St Peter's in Kinver!  Once she was by Richard's side there was no stopping the two of them and they were more than willing to use every inch of Dunsley Hall's fabulous grounds for their couple shots and have some fun so they got some lovely natural shots; I was like a child in a sweet shop - more than happy to make the most of the opportunity that, unfortunately, doesn't present itself at so many weddings.  

Once they had enjoyed a splendidly indulgent afternoon tea, the rest of the day was spent chatting and enjoying the surroundings - making for one of the most informal weddings I have been to in a long time. 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel Kinver photography pre-wedding shoot wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/jennifer-richards-wedding-photography-slideshow---st-peter-s-church-dunsley-hall Sun, 08 Nov 2015 14:00:00 GMT
Hannnah & Andy's wedding photography slideshow - The Mercure, Kidderminster https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/hannnah-andys-wedding-photography-slideshow---the-mercure-kidderminster It seems like ages ago since Hannah and Andy came to book their wedding photography, hang on a minute, actually it was! Waaaaaaay back in July 2013 they came to see me about their wedding plans at The Mercure in Kidderminster and it all seemed so far away.  In no time their pre-wedding shoot arrived and then their wedding.  Filled with smiles and tears, it was a truly emotional day from start to finish with time taken out for a special balloon release.

Elaine Cooper (https://www.facebook.com/ElaineCooperWeddingHairAndMakeUpSpecialist/?fref=ts) not only expertly created the wedding hair and make-up (as usual) but kept the bridal-prep timing in hand so that a very nervous Andy didn't have to wait too long for his gorgeous bride.  From then on it was all systems go for a fun day in the glorious sunshine before moving into the function room for an evening of craziness with some of the guests providing great entertainment (not necessarily intentionally) for all.  Congratulations Mr & Mrs Price!

They have kindly allowed me to share memories from their special day using their wedding photography slideshow, so please enjoy and look out for more from their special day when Phil (www.occasions.uk.com) posts snipetts from their video.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Mercure£, Mercure, Kidderminster, balloon photography release" wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/hannnah-andys-wedding-photography-slideshow---the-mercure-kidderminster Sat, 07 Nov 2015 00:45:00 GMT
Louise & Tom's wedding photography slideshow - Cookley & Wharton Park https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/louise-toms-wedding-photography-slideshow---cookley-wharton-park From one beautiful wedding to another!  Earlier this year I had the pleasure of photographing Becky & Dave's stunning wedding where Louise was a gorgeous bridesmaid and now the roles are reversed.  With the boys and girls getting ready only 2 doors down from each other it was a game of photographer ping-pong all morning to get some fabulous prep shots.  Although I live in Cookley, I generally cover weddings further afield and so it was great to shoot at the local church again, with a very amusing ceremony to boot courtesy of the groomsmen playing plastic instruments during the hymns!

Everyone then moved onto Wharton Park Golf Club for a seriously relaxed reception where I was spoiled with the 'singing waiter' talents of the www.ratpackboys.co.uk for the second time this year and, once again, was laughing so much at their antics that I struggled to keep the camera steady enough to take pictures.

Louise & Tom had left more than enough time for formal and informal pictures and, importantly, had factored in couple shots at the church and evening shots at the venue so I was a really happy bunny - a great couple and plenty of time to capture some amazing shots of them.  Smiles all round! 

Enjoy the slideshow of their wedding photographs folks!  But, please remember when viewing, because the auto HD option reduces quality, select the 720 option from the bottom right hand menu of the viewing screen.  Thanks.

 

   

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Cookley Wharton Park photography ratpackboys singing waiters wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/11/louise-toms-wedding-photography-slideshow---cookley-wharton-park Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:28:01 GMT
Monte Carlo Conference Photography Slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/10/monte-carlo-conference-photography-slideshow Enjoy our commercial photography slideshow from the rather splendid location of Monaco.

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Commercial photography slideshow

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Commercial Photography Monte Carlo photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/10/monte-carlo-conference-photography-slideshow Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:29:29 GMT
Rachel & Mitch's wedding day Slideshow - St Giles & Dunsley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/10/rachel-mitchs-wedding-day-slideshow---st-giles-dunsley-hall Rachel & Mitch married at St Giles, Rowley and continued celebrations at Dunsley Hall Hotel.  Whilst keeping everything nice and relaxed, they were looking for a particular 'feel' to their photography with their Dunsley backdrop and this resulted in some stunning and very 'model-esque' images but, once again I feel their young son, Theo, stole the show even on these images!

Flowers by Peppermint.

Enjoy.

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Rachel & Mitch slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Rowley St Giles photography wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/10/rachel-mitchs-wedding-day-slideshow---st-giles-dunsley-hall Sun, 18 Oct 2015 16:18:16 GMT
A Perfect Day at Peckforton Castle - Becky & Dave's Beautiful Wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/9/a-perfect-day-at-peckforton-castle---becky-daves-beautiful-wedding This year I have been blessed with beautiful weddings for lovely couples - Becky and Dave's wedding was no exception.  Phil and I were thrilled when they booked us to cover photography and video on their special day near Tarporley in Cheshire, eagerly anticipating seeing familiar faces on a beautiful day filled with fabulous people and we were most certainly not disappointed!

With a stunning ancient church, heartfelt readings and probably has the most chilled vicar in the country, theirs was the perfect ceremony.  With the formalities over, everyone moved onto Peckforton Castle to be entertained during the meal by the incredibly talented and absolutely hilarious singing waiters (www.ratpackboys.co.uk), then 'chilled' with ice creams in the castle grounds during the early evening, before dancing the evening away to the vocals of Jamie Knight.

It was an absolute pleasure Mr & Mrs Williams!

Here is a taster of their day as a slideshow of the wedding photography.  Due to the auto D option reducing quality, when viewing please select the 720 option at the bottom right of the window. Thanks & enjoy.

Becky & Dave Slideshow

 

    

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Cheshire Jamie Knight Peckforton Peckforton Castle Rat Pack Boys Tarporley photography wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/9/a-perfect-day-at-peckforton-castle---becky-daves-beautiful-wedding Mon, 14 Sep 2015 14:56:02 GMT
My little brother got married....... https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/9/my-little-brother-got-married Well, this year I photographed a wedding with a difference...my little brother tied the knot!

There were a lot of 'firsts' for me on their special day.......it was the first time:

One of my grooms got to church with only 5 minutes to spare before the ceremony - yes Adam, you hold the record for that one! 

I had been asked to do a reading in the church as well as the photography (bit of juggling there),

I wore a bridesmaid dress as the photographer (and Phil, a white tux as the videographer),

I had seen a flash mob scenario in a church,

I had shot at the pretty venue that is Lyde Arundel (Hereford), although though mostly in the dark.....

In many, many years I managed to keep Adam in front of the camera for more than 5 minutes,

I was an emotional wreck for most of the day (I reserve that one as a soppy sister's prerogative).

Congratulations Adam & Victoria xx.

 

 

 

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Hereford Lyde Arundel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/9/my-little-brother-got-married Wed, 09 Sep 2015 13:12:08 GMT
A picnic in the gardens.... https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/9/a-picnic-in-the-gardens We met up to do a short portrait shoot with our local, friendly, steam punks for their picnic at the Botanical Gardens.  Several times we have had the pleasure of photographing some of the steam punks before, but on this occasion we got to meet even more of the group and, as expected, we had loads of fun with them so I thought I would share a few images with you.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Botanical Gardens photography portraits steam punks https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/9/a-picnic-in-the-gardens Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:22:00 GMT
Playing portraits with Jack https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/8/playing-portraits-with-jack I was recently visited by Archie for the third of his growing up shoots (images to follow shortly) and, as usual, whilst I was setting up for the studio session our little visitor (grandson), Jack, decided that he wanted to have a few pictures taken - he is a proper little poser as long as he can take a look in the back of the camera after every two or three shots!  We got a few casual shots and then as I had bought a flat cap for a little portrait project I have in mind  he posed beautifully in this with an old suitcase as a prop.  Just had to share a few with you..... 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) portraits studio https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/8/playing-portraits-with-jack Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:51:32 GMT
Amy & Rob's Marvellous Mythe Barn wedding - photography slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/8/amy-robs-marvellous-mythe-barn-wedding---photography-slideshow Amy & Rob married in Mythe Barn, Leicestershire on my birthday at the end of June (and the birthday wishes in Rob's speech were appreciated).  

With family and friends lending a helping hand to create the special and personal  touches of the day and a small army to decorate an already beautiful venue, this really was a pleasure to photograph and it is a pleasure to be able to share the slideshow to give you a glimpse of their special day.   

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amy & rob slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Leicestershire Mythe Barn photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/8/amy-robs-marvellous-mythe-barn-wedding---photography-slideshow Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:34:08 GMT
Rach & Mitch's pre-wedding shoot - Himley Hall & Park https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/8/rach-mitchs-pre-wedding-shoot---himley-hall-park Rach & Mitch married on Saturday at St Giles, Rowley and moved onto their reception at Dunsley Hall, Kinver.  I will be posting some images from their wedding soon but wanted to share a few from their pre-wedding shoot in June.  Bearing in mind they booked me well over 2 years ago for their wedding and there was no sign of the patter of tiny feet, it was something of a surprise to meet their 'not so new' addition Theo, and he absolutely stole the show!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Himley Himley Hall photography pre-wedding shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/8/rach-mitchs-pre-wedding-shoot---himley-hall-park Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:00:33 GMT
Scott & Bec's wedding photography slideshow - Royal Court Hotel https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/8/scott-becs-wedding-photography-slideshow---royal-court-hotel We had the pleasure of photographing Bec for a model shoot and talking cameras to Scott for many hours a couple of years ago and so were really pleased when, ultimately, they came to us for their wedding photography.  I had an enjoyable few hours in Halesowen with Bec for Bridal preparation before catching up with Phil who had been photographing the lads already at the Royal Court Hotel in Coventry.  Whilst the morning had been wetter than wet, nothing dampened their spirits and they were rewarded by dry spells which allowed us to get some fabulous shots during the day and evening. 

Here are a few shots from their special day:

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Scott & Bec slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Coventry Royal Court Royal Court Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/8/scott-becs-wedding-photography-slideshow---royal-court-hotel Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:13:25 GMT
Toby & Charlotte's special day at Mallory Court Hotel https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/8/toby-charlottes-special-day-at-mallory-court-hotel Toby & Charlotte chose Mallory Court Hotel for their vintage-styled special day.  With creative family & friends providing almost all of the special touches and the weather eventually allowing use of the fabulous gardens for games and photographs, it was their perfect day to remember.   They have kindly allowed me to share their photography slideshow, so please enjoy.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Mallory Court Mallory Court Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/8/toby-charlottes-special-day-at-mallory-court-hotel Sun, 09 Aug 2015 14:27:54 GMT
Emily & David's wedding photography slideshow - St Benedict's & Dunsley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/8/emily-davids-wedding-photography-slideshow---st-benedict-s-dunsley-hall Emily and David married at St Benedict's, Wombourne and, as Emily is a well-known member of the community, she was greeted at the church by many well-wishers before marrying the man of her dreams.  The newlyweds then hopped into a Porsche to transport them to Dunsley Hall for the day's festivities.   You may have seen the 'marryoke' we posted from the wedding and so can tell what a great time was had by all.  Well, now it is time for their photography slideshow, so please enjoy.  Congratulations Mr & Mrs Thomson, your wedding story was a pleasure to capture in stills and video and may you treasure both for years to come.

 

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Emily & David Slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel St Benedict's Wombourne photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/8/emily-davids-wedding-photography-slideshow---st-benedict-s-dunsley-hall Thu, 06 Aug 2015 10:49:26 GMT
All aboard the vintage special - Rob & Rebecca's wedding at SVR and Manor Hill House https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/7/all-aboard-the-vintage-special---rob-rebeccas-wedding-at-svr-and-manor-hill-house A little while ago I had the pleasure of sharing a few images from Rob & Rebecca's fabulous wedding day from Manor Hill House & the Severn Valley Railway.  They are now happy for me to share their wedding photography slideshow - I hope you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed taking the pictures!

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Rebecca & Rob Slideshow

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Manor Hill House SVR Severn Valley Railway photography wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/7/all-aboard-the-vintage-special---rob-rebeccas-wedding-at-svr-and-manor-hill-house Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:51:12 GMT
Hannah & Frazer's wedding photography slideshow - Brockencote Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/7/hannah-frazers-wedding-photography-slideshow---brockencote-hall Hannah & Frazer married at St Augustine's Church, Dodderhill and, following their interest in cars, the bridal party moved onto Brockencote Hall in a procession of Jaguars of various ages.   

The beautiful flower arrangements were created by Jo of Floral Secrets and Hannah and Frazer danced the night away to live music from Spectrum. 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Brockencote Hall photography wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/7/hannah-frazers-wedding-photography-slideshow---brockencote-hall Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:56:07 GMT
A sneak peak at Emily & David's fabulous wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/7/a-sneak-peak-at-emily-davids-fabulous-wedding The lovely Emily and David married at St Benedict's Church, Wombourne and celebrated their reception at Dunsley Hall.  The day was packed with emotion and fun enjoyed by both friends and family (and myself and Phil as having the great job of capturing this on photo and video) from bridal prep, right through the evening!  Here are a few images from their day:

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photos video wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/7/a-sneak-peak-at-emily-davids-fabulous-wedding Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:12:01 GMT
Wow! Charlotte & Ben's beautiful Bobbington & Blakelands wedding slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/7/wow-charlotte-bens-beautiful-bobbington-blakelands-wedding-slideshow Here is another wedding I have been looking forward to sharing with you - it was pure pleasure to photograph and edit (even though I think they broke the record for the number of groups shots in a day) and I hope you enjoy the slideshow of this lovely couple as much as I do!

The phenomenal number of flowers were provided by Jo of Floral Secrets and  completed the vintage theme that was complimented by Bobbington Church and the rather splendidly refurbished Blakelands.

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Charlotte & Ben slideshow

 

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Blakelands Bobbington vintage wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/7/wow-charlotte-bens-beautiful-bobbington-blakelands-wedding-slideshow Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:30:06 GMT
Kirsty & Dave's wedding slideshow - Quinton Church & The Granary https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/6/kirsty-daves-wedding-slideshow---quinton-church-the-granary Things have been a bit hectic and so I am a bit behind with updating my blog but I hope you remember the 'taster' pictures from the lovely Kirsty & Dave's beach-themed wedding.  They married at Christ Church, Quinton and were then whisked off by Creme de la Creme transport to The Granary for a day of fun and laughter with close family and friends.  Please take a few minutes to enjoy their wedding photography slideshow of highlights from the day...

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Granary wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/6/kirsty-daves-wedding-slideshow---quinton-church-the-granary Sun, 21 Jun 2015 10:16:38 GMT
Marriage at Mallory Court https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/6/marriage-at-mallory-court This year is one for exploring new venues for me;  my couple had chosen Mallory Court as their wedding venue and with a period building and listed gardens, to 'play' with photographically and a friendly team of staff - I was in my element.  

The bride opted for a very quiet bridal prep with mom, best friend and flower girl Izzy with minimal pictures, but because most children who are included in the bridal party are bouncing off the walls with excitement, I couldn't resist grabbing one of Izzy's unique and completely unfazed approach to her role!

Although the day started off slightly damp and we were dodging (not always successfully) rain showers for the couple shots in the beautiful gardens, after the emotional speeches at the wedding breakfast we were rewarded by an afternoon and evening of sunshine and the planned garden games came out again under somewhat better conditions, along with the magician being moved from the 'Knight's suite' to entertaining guests 'al fresco'.

As the light faded, everyone moved into the Knight's suite for an evening of dancing, bringing to an end a much anticipated day filled with love.

 

  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Mallory Court photography wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/6/marriage-at-mallory-court Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:49:54 GMT
Becky & Dave's perfect pre-wedding shoot.... https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/becky-daves-perfect-pre-wedding-shoot Becky and Dave are getting married in July but as they are getting busier with pre-wedding arrangements  (Becky is on her hen 'do' this weekend - enjoy!), and their venue for the shoot is currently full of fantastic flower displays we decided to meet up last week.  Whilst Becky was quite happy to pose for the more traditional/romantic pre-wedding shots, Dave was well into the 'swing' of things, much to Becky's surprise.  Having had a great time photographing & filming her sister's wedding a few years ago, we have great expectations for Becky & Dave's day - so look out for some images/footage in a couple of months....

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) photographing pre-wedding wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/becky-daves-perfect-pre-wedding-shoot Sat, 30 May 2015 16:59:39 GMT
All aboard for Rob and Rebecca's special day! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/all-aboard-for-rob-and-rebeccas-special-day I had never heard of, let alone been to, Manor Hill House but Rob and Rebecca had found this lovely boutique hotel tucked away in the greenery of Bromsgrove for their wedding day.  Their wedding wasn't about themes and tradition; rather a day of putting together things they like/enjoy and so, with a great modern hotel as a backdrop, they blended in amazing outfits, a trip on a Routemaster bus to the Severn Valley Railway where they jumped onto the restaurant carriage for a wedding breakfast with a difference and after a return journey from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, it was back on the bus and a return to Manor Hill House for speeches and hog roast as the evening guests joined them to party the night away (oh, and we managed to squeeze in a few more  photos to make the most of the evening light).  This was definitely a wedding with a difference and created so effortlessly (at least that is how they made it look on the day!) by a very special couple and their families and friends.  Here are a few images for you to enjoy, Phil & I very much enjoyed taking them....

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Bromsgrove Manor Hill House Routemaster Bus Severn Valley Railway wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/all-aboard-for-rob-and-rebeccas-special-day Sat, 30 May 2015 14:37:02 GMT
Ben & Charlotte's Bobbington Church wedding & Beautiful Blakelands Reception https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/ben-charlottes-bobbington-church-wedding-beautiful-blakelands-reception Ben & Charlotte became Mr & Mrs Dyas yesterday in the lovely setting of Holy Cross Church, Bobbington, before moving on to continue with their celebrations at the newly-refurbished (and with it's facelift, quite frankly, stunning) Blakelands. 

Surrounded by mom, sister, cousins and close friends, bridal prep at Blakelands was a relaxed affair, whilst Ben was becoming more and more nervous as time ticked on a short distance away at the church....however it was worth the wait because, in Ben's words Charlotte 'took his breath away' when he saw her.

Smiling from ear to ear, once Charlotte had 'got her man' everyone moved on to the reception where they could relax in the gardens and enjoy the glorious weather or, for the more adventurous, play giant garden games.  

For those who had a larger appetite, after a 5 course meal, a candy cart and ice cream was available (a hit with large and small children), shortly followed by a hog roast in the courtyard and buffet in the maltings barn....and then it was time to dance the night away to burn off the calories!

Dress - Georgina Scott Bridal

Carts & Ice Cream Cart - Avant

Flowers - Floral Secrets

Cake - Sugared Rose

 

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Blakelands Bobbington Holy Cross The Blakelands photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/ben-charlottes-bobbington-church-wedding-beautiful-blakelands-reception Mon, 25 May 2015 10:00:00 GMT
Beach Dreams....Kirsty & Dave are married! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/beach-dreams-kirsty-dave-are-married Kirsty and Dave married on Friday at Christ Church, Quinton; surrounded by family and friends who joined them for their beach-themed reception (complete with a star-fish cake - a new one for me) at The Granary.  During an emotional bridal prep, Kirsty transformed into a beautiful bride and was whisked away to church in a Beaufort (with bridesmaids aptly following in a camper-van) to meet her prince charming, Dave.  Not ones normally for the limelight, Dave and Kirsty glowed with happiness all day and evening and made photographing and filming their special day such a pleasure!

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Screaton. 

 

Cake - Cakeland

Cars - Creme-de-la-Creme

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Granary photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/beach-dreams-kirsty-dave-are-married Sun, 24 May 2015 21:19:55 GMT
That's Love - Amy & Rob's pre-wedding shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/thats-love---amy-rob-s-pre-wedding-shoot Amy & Rob marry next month and so we decided it was pre-wedding shoot time!

Despite going to Himley Park on the day of the Dragon Boat Races, we knew people wouldn't venture far from the lake and fun fair so still pretty-much had the place to ourselves.  This helped because, even with Rob's confidence and support, Amy was a bit nervous when it came to being photographed and so was happy to use this as the practice-run for the wedding.  Given how pretty she is and what a good looking couple they make, there is really nothing to worry about!!!!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) married pre-wedding shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/thats-love---amy-rob-s-pre-wedding-shoot Tue, 19 May 2015 09:00:16 GMT
Hello Harry! - Baby photoshoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/hello-harry---baby-photoshoot We have been waiting to see Harry since he was born, but because of the dreaded lurgy, etc, have only just caught up with him at 10 weeks old.  

Harry is so alert he provided us with some lovely shots whilst he was wide awake, but after a couple of feeds, also gave us some lovely 'sleepy baby' images  - although that was due to a very patient Martha (mom) who spent ages rocking him to sleep!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Baby photoshoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/hello-harry---baby-photoshoot Mon, 18 May 2015 15:20:45 GMT
'Hope' shines! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/hope-shines I got to meet Hope for the first time last week and, after certainly taking her time to enter the world, Mark and Kate have been blessed with a beautiful baby girl who, despite only being born on 6th March, is rapidly gaining her independence and modelling flair by showing us that she needs none of this 'baby nonsense' to support her.........'Hey Mom look at me!'.....Although by the same token she wasn't going to give us any of the traditional snuggle baby shots - there was waaaay to much going on for her to miss!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) baby baby shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/hope-shines Mon, 18 May 2015 15:00:55 GMT
Super-cute Harry returns for another photoshoot! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/super-cute-harry-returns-for-another-photoshoot Shortly after he was born, I had the pleasure of sharing a few images of Harry from his first photo-shoot.  He is now 6 months old and has turned into a super-cute little man who is more than happy to sit up on his own and pose for the camera - what a star!

Here are a few images from what was simply a fab baby shoot....

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) baby photoshoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/super-cute-harry-returns-for-another-photoshoot Mon, 18 May 2015 13:57:41 GMT
A bluebell wood for Rob & Rebecca's pre-wedding shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/a-bluebell-wood-for-rob-rebeccas-pre-wedding-shoot Although initially wary about the concept of a pre-wedding shoot and having to 'pose', having seen examples of my pre-wedding shoots and my assurances that we keep things relaxed, they decided they were 'up for it' and wanted to make the most of the fabulous bluebells that are around at the moment.  With both of them giggling throughout we had a fun shoot and, as you can see, it made for a bundle of great shots reflecting their true personalities. 

Being this happy on a pre-wedding shoot, Phil and I can't wait to capture their wedding in a few short weeks...

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Bluebells pre-wedding shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/a-bluebell-wood-for-rob-rebeccas-pre-wedding-shoot Fri, 15 May 2015 11:23:58 GMT
Charlie & Paul's wedding slideshow - St Peter's & Dunsley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/charlie-pauls-wedding-slideshow---st-peter-s-dunsley-hall Well, you saw a few 'taster' images from Charlie & Paul's wedding at St Peter's, Pedmore and reception at Dunsley Hall Hotel, Kinver and I am now really excited to be able to share their slideshow so that you can see some more of their stunningly beautiful wedding.  Enjoy!

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Charlie & Paul SLideshow

 

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/charlie-pauls-wedding-slideshow---st-peter-s-dunsley-hall Thu, 14 May 2015 09:04:19 GMT
Hannah & Frazer become Mr & Mrs Simmons! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/hannah-frazer-become-mr-mrs-simmons Hannah and Frazer were married in a very light-hearted church service at the quirky St Augustine's, Dodderhill before arriving in style with their wedding party at Brockencote Hall via a convoy of specially selected Jaguars.  They then kicked back for a relaxed afternoon of socialising before partying the night away on a packed dance-floor with the talented party band, The Spectrum (www.thespectrum.org.uk). 

Their pink/purple theme was captured in the bouquets and flower arrangements at the church and venue by the talents of Jo from Floral Secrets.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Brockencote Brockencote Hall Floral Secrets Jaguar The Spectrum married https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/hannah-frazer-become-mr-mrs-simmons Tue, 05 May 2015 10:27:54 GMT
Gig shoot - The multi-talented band, Dexter https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/gig-shoot---the-multi-talented-band-dexter Not only are they lovely folk, the Dexter crew are fabulously talented!  

They are versatile enough to pack out club gigs (regular visitors to The Kingfisher, Wall Heath) and get everyone from the flower girl to granny 'grooving' on the dance-floor at a wedding.  If you are looking for a band to play at your wedding - then look no further!  When gigging they have various guises for different genres ('So Sixties' and 'Alive & Kicking') but can cater for a range of music tastes under Dexter from sixties to recent releases, so are ideal for your reception/party/event!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Alive & Kicking Dexter So Sixties The Kingfisher gig photography gig shoot photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/5/gig-shoot---the-multi-talented-band-dexter Fri, 01 May 2015 12:20:56 GMT
Kirsty & Dave's pre-wedding loveliness https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/4/kirsty-daves-pre-wedding-loveliness Kirsty & Dave will be married in 24 days...but who's counting....?  For their pre-wedding shoot we chose the versatile grounds of Leasowes and, with the fabulous weather we have had recently, figured we were pretty much guaranteed some lovely evening light - and we weren't disappointed.  Fingers crossed they are this lucky for an amazing sunset across the fields surrounding The  Granary!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Granary pre-wedding shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/4/kirsty-daves-pre-wedding-loveliness Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:43:26 GMT
Gig photography - Stacy as Cher & Mizz Pink! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/4/gig-photography---stacy-as-cher-mizz-pink I thought it about time I caught up with some of my non-wedding blog posts and, where better to start than with the talented Stacy Green?  If you haven't caught up with Stacy in one of her many guises as yet - you are missing a treat!

At this Kingfisher gig she provided an incredibly accurate and powerful performance as Cher, before deftly turning her hand (or voice) to a great rendition of Pink.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Kingfisher Mizz Pink Stacy Green gig photography photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/4/gig-photography---stacy-as-cher-mizz-pink Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:23:42 GMT
Charlie & Paul tie the knot! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/4/charlie-paul-tie-the-knot Following on from a beautiful pre-wedding shoot, Charlotte & Paul's understated wedding and reception at St Peter's, Pedmore and Dunsley Hall Hotel, Kinver was a fabulous day from start to finish.  Not only is Charlotte stunning, but she had the amazing skills of Chloe McCall MUA to create her wedding 'look' - who could ask for more?  The day started with Charlotte's wedding gift from Paul of a (somewhat belated) gorgeous engagement ring and the pattern of love between the two of them wove the day together beautifully.  Paul was joined by his wardrobe partner  (and older brother) Pete, as his best man; along with niece (Thea) & nephew (Leo) as flower girl and page boy whilst proud parents looked on during an emotional service.  A relaxed reception at Dunsley Hall followed that was all about quality time with close family and friends.  A big thanks for making us part of your day and a huge congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Neal!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Hall Dunsley Hall Hotel Kinver Pedmore St Peter's Pedmore wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/4/charlie-paul-tie-the-knot Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:42:33 GMT
Charlotte & Ben's pre-wedding shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/4/charlotte-bens-pre-wedding-shoot Charlotte & Ben will be married next month at Bobbington and celebrating their reception at the newly refurbished Blakelands.  To 'get them into the swing of things' for their big day we had a lovely pre-wedding shoot in the lovely surroundings near their home, but they needed no encouragement and are naturals in front of the camera!  It sounds like they have a great day planned with lots going on and so I am looking forward to sharing a few of their wedding shots with you.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Blakelands Bobbington pre-wedding shoot wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/4/charlotte-bens-pre-wedding-shoot Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:08:42 GMT
Spring has sprung & love is in the air! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/4/spring-has-sprung-love-is-in-the-air I have had the honour of covering some important moments for a lovely family over the past few years and and this year is no exception as I have the pleasure of capturing another wedding!  With a fab pre-wedding shoot resplendent with spring blooms already 'in the bag', I am looking forward to this 'loved-up' couple's wedding ceremony next month in Leicestershire at a new venue for me and hopefully can share some shots from this.  In the meantime please enjoy a few springtime shots....

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) photography pre-wedding shoot wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/4/spring-has-sprung-love-is-in-the-air Sat, 04 Apr 2015 20:06:48 GMT
Hannah & Frazer's Pre-wedding shoot at Witley Court https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/3/hannah-frazers-pre-wedding-shoot-at-witley-court Hannah and Frazer are tying the knot in May, but wanted an early spring shoot at the fabulous Witley Court.  It was the first time I had met a nervous Frazer and although both claim to be reserved in front of the camera, they are soooo comfortable with each other and out to have a bit of fun that, in reality, a camera being around really doesn't intrude.  They have kindly allowed me to share a few images from the shoot and I look forward to also being able to post images from their wedding soon!  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Witley Court photography pre-wedding shoot wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/3/hannah-frazers-pre-wedding-shoot-at-witley-court Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13:20:18 GMT
Charlotte & Paul's pre-wedding shoot, Kinver https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/3/charlotte-pauls-pre-wedding-shoot-kinver So, how lucky am I?  

Charlotte and Paul marry next month and I have the fabulous job of photographing their wedding - this will be hard work - not!  Although both wary of having pictures taken, as you can see from a taster of their pre-wedding shoot they are naturals and the camera loves them.....roll on April! 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Kinver photography pre-wedding shoot wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/3/charlotte-pauls-pre-wedding-shoot-kinver Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:39:58 GMT
Josh's 18th Birthday celebrations at The Kingfisher https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/joshs-18th-birthday-celebrations-at-the-kingfisher It is a privilege to be the photographer on important events in people's lives and, even moreso when you can watch family members grow.  It doesn't seem like 5 minutes when Josh was giving Ann (his mom) away at her wedding and now he is 18!  His birthday celebrations were held at The Kingfisher and it wasn't long before the dance floor was packed with people enjoying themselves.

Best wishes Josh, it was good to see you again!

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Kingfisher celebrations photographer https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/joshs-18th-birthday-celebrations-at-the-kingfisher Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:40:50 GMT
The 'boster' is back - 'Baby' Archie's second photo shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/the-boster-is-back---archie-s-second-baby-shoot Archie came to visit for his first shoot in October when he was c.4months old and, if you remember I said he was a bit of a boster; well, he was back again last week, as pleasant and happy as ever and still looks at least 6 months older than he really is!  It is great seeing how much he has grown and changed and, with him now able to sit up and move around, the photo sessions are a little more interesting because now he decides where he wants to be!  

I am looking forward to his next shoot in a few months to finish the trio so that we can start putting his 'growing up' album together.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) photography photoshoot portrait https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/the-boster-is-back---archie-s-second-baby-shoot Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:25:19 GMT
Donnie's first photoshoot - baby portraits https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/donnies-first-photoshoot---baby-portraits Whilst I have already photographed his cousin, who joined us for another shoot, I had the pleasure of meeting Donnie for the first time last week who, as well as being super-cute, must be one of the happiest babies on the planet!

He was an absolute pleasure to photograph and his mum has been kind enough to allow me to share a few images from his shoot.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) baby portraits baby portraiture photography portraits https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/donnies-first-photoshoot---baby-portraits Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:36:39 GMT
Joanne & Dave's wedding slideshow - The Priory & The Black Country Living Museum https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/joanne-daves-wedding-slideshow---the-priory-the-black-country-living-museum Joanne and Dave married at Dudley Register Office in November and despite the torrential downpour that greeted them as they left the ceremony room they were fabulous enough to still have pictures taken around Priory Park - although we did keep this short to prevent Joanne from suffering from frostbite!  Sensibly enough all of the guests remained inside the Register Office until it was time to get changed into casuals for an afternoon at The Black Country Living Museum.

After a quick stop at the Bottle & Glass pub and a warm in front of a roaring fire, most of the guests ventured out to explore the museum and partake of the fish & chips, sweets and bakery offerings before heading off to 'school'.  The 'teacher' was a great sport and knowing that Joanne and Dave had just married, had some fun at their expense, with Dave getting the cane for being a bit of a 'lad'.  

Once dismissed, the party moved onto the fun fair before exploring the rest of the museum whilst Joanne changed back into her wedding dress to complete the retro look so that we could make the most of having the place pretty much to ourselves and capture some stunning images of this very special couple.  

A huge congratulations to the fabulous Mr & Mrs Facer who have kindly let me share their slideshow of images.  Enjoy!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Priory Park The Black Country Living Museum The Black Country Museum The Priory photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/joanne-daves-wedding-slideshow---the-priory-the-black-country-living-museum Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:37:50 GMT
Julia & Mike's Dunsley wedding photography slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/julia-mikes-dunsley-wedding-photography-slideshow Julia and Mike married at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Stone Cross on a lovely winter's day in December.  Having set a vintage theme, Julia had her bespoke pink gown made at My little Wedding Shop in Bridgnorth and travelled to the church in a vintage motor from Finishing Touch Cars.  With the ceremony over, everyone travelled to Dunsley Hall with welcoming roaring log fires and hot punch waiting to greet them but the best was yet to come when they entered for the wedding breakfast, and were amazed with the most beautiful Christmas-themed room, complete with reindeer table centres!

I must thank everyone on the day for being such good sports and allowing the group shots to be taken outside for Julia Mike, even though many teeth were chattering, it was worth it; and also to Julia & Mike, a fab couple who continued to brave the cold to get their couple shots.

Flowers & venue dressing: Simply Flowers by Catherine

Make Up: Judy Pendrill 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/julia-mikes-dunsley-wedding-photography-slideshow Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:11:12 GMT
Dieu Anh & James's Dunsley wedding blessing slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/dieu-ahn-jamess-dunsley-wedding-blessing-slideshow Dieu Anh and James married in November in a huge ceremony in Vietnam but because not all of his family could make the wedding, they decided to have a 'traditional English wedding blessing' at Dunsley Hall in December.  This was all new to Dieu Anh who had the additional treat of it being a cold day with frost covering the gardens and a frozen pool - something she had never seen before, so a whole bundle of new experiences for her.  This was another lovely, intimate, ceremony and a very special family occasion and a pleasure to be a part of.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/dieu-ahn-jamess-dunsley-wedding-blessing-slideshow Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:29:33 GMT
Lee & Michelle's Dunsley Hall Wedding Slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/lee-michelles-dunsley-hall-wedding-slideshow Over the Christmas period I had the pleasure of covering a few intimate weddings for couples who wanted to share their special day with close family and friends.  One of these was for Lee and Michelle whom I know from photographing several of their family events and so it was an honour to share this special day with them.  Michelle looked absolutely stunning in a beautiful fitted gown and there were several gasps as she entered the ceremony room.  Lee looked quite dapper in his morning suit but his challenge for the day was trying not to be photobombed by his son/best man who decided that he should be in every possible shot.

Although only set for a few people, the room looked beautiful and of course was dressed by Catherine of Simply Flowers with stationary created by Sealed with Love.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/lee-michelles-dunsley-hall-wedding-slideshow Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:25:31 GMT
Sarah & Matt's wedding photography slideshow - Grafton Manor https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/sarah-matts-wedding-photography-slideshow---grafton-manor Sarah & Matt married between Christmas and New Year at Grafton Manor and, surrounded by family and friends, had the most amazing day!  Although Matt was bowled over at being married to Sarah, a VERY close second was the vintage mini she presented to him after the wedding - and it was fair to say that after his initial shock she was temporaily deserted in favour of the car......

The day was filled with fun and laughter and they with Sarah braving the cold they were rewarded with the most amazing light for photographs.  Once tucked away back inside the marquee they enjoyed a splendid meal, giggled away to speeches, were amazed by a magician and boogied the night away with a disco.

Flowers by Jo of Floral Secrets.

Here are a few highlights from their day - Enjoy.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Grafton Manor photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/2/sarah-matts-wedding-photography-slideshow---grafton-manor Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:11:27 GMT
Update & Thanks https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/1/update-thanks Over the last coupe of weeks it has been lovely meeting with/speaking/emailing couples interested in booking me for their special day - sorry to all of those whose dates I haven't been able to cover but I wish you all the very best. 

Wedding fayre season is fast approaching so, once again I put out my little bit of guidance:  Take time selecting your wedding suppliers and make sure you are 100% sure about them.  DO NOT get talked/pushed/bullied into booking on the day - many things (such as photography) cannot be looked at properly at wedding fayres, suppliers can only provide a taste of what we do in what is generally a hectic environment.  However, that is not to say you can't make an appointment with a supplier at a fayre so that you can arrange to see their work and talk to them properly!

Also, from 1 Feb I will be revising my pricing/packages.  For anyone who has already been in touch, don't panic, I will honour the prices quoted. :-)

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Liz & Anthony - wedding photography slideshow - St Mary's, Kingswinford & The Hundred House https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/1/liz-anthony---wedding-photography-slideshow---st-marys-kingswinford-the-hundred-house After a thoroughly enjoyable pre-wedding shoot earlier in the year I finally caught up with Liz and Anthony again in October, when Anthony had taken enough leave to get married!  Although their wedding arrangements hadn't gone quite to plan in the run up to the wedding, they made a fantastic job of last minute changes and the day went perfectly.  With a great couple who were happy to take time for their photographs, naturals in front of the camera and fab autumn colours in the Hundred House gardens - I was in my element!

Please enjoy a few highlights from their wedding in the following slideshow......and of course, this is for you Anthony, as you are posted away again.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Kingswinford The Hundred House photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/1/liz-anthony---wedding-photography-slideshow---st-marys-kingswinford-the-hundred-house Tue, 06 Jan 2015 10:00:00 GMT
Stacey & Chris - Wedding photography slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/1/stacey-chris---wedding-photography-slideshow The lovely, lovely Stacey & Chris married at the boutique Hadley Park House, Telford in September.  I had already had the pleasure of photographing their gorgeous daughter, Lucie when she was slightly younger, but in her bridesmaid dress she reached another level of cuteness!

Although we had a few showers during the day, this did not dampen anyone's spirits and we still managed to make the most of the grounds and beautiful early autumn colours.

Here are a few highlights from their special day:

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Hadley Park House Telford photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/1/stacey-chris---wedding-photography-slideshow Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:58:35 GMT
Kirstie & Wayne - Wedding photography slideshow All Saints, Trysull & Dunsley Hall Hotel https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/1/kirstie-wayne---wedding-photography-slideshow-all-saints-trysull-dunsley-hall-hotel Kirstie & Wayne married on a beautiful September day last year - and with a country church for the ceremony and Dunsley Hall, Kinver as the backdrop for their reception they had the perfect settings for their special day.  Catherine of Simply Flowers created the unusual floral displays to tie in with Kirstie's theme, and her gorgeous gown from Georgina Scott Bridal.  A day of creating lovely memories for all.

Enjoy viewing a few of their images in the following slideshow:

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) All Saints Trysull Dunsley Dunsley Hall Kinver Trysull photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/1/kirstie-wayne---wedding-photography-slideshow-all-saints-trysull-dunsley-hall-hotel Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:15:57 GMT
Wendy & Dave's wedding blessing at Dunsley Hall Hotel https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/1/wendy-daves-wedding-blessing-at-dunsley-hall-hotel Because Wendy and Dave didn't have all the trimmings when they married, they decided to celebrate their big anniversary by pulling out all of the stops, with Wendy having a 'proper' (her words) wedding dress and having the blessing a celebrations in the beautiful surroundings of Dunsley Hall Hotel.  Although there were some formalities, the day was a celebration of family with Wendy and Dave in their element surrounded by children and grandchildren and Wendy kicking off her shoes and joining in with the races through Dunsley gardens!

Here are a few images from their special day.  Enjoy.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/1/wendy-daves-wedding-blessing-at-dunsley-hall-hotel Sun, 04 Jan 2015 14:00:00 GMT
Ali & Jason's wedding photography slideshow - Hagley Golf Club https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/1/ali-jasons-wedding-photography-slideshow---hagley-golf-club After being a little camera shy (to say the least) when we first met, Ali has, apparently, become a more than willing photography subject and is actively encouraging Jason to take pictures of her everywhere they go!!  However, shyness was not evident on the day due to both of them being on cloud 9 and just thoroughly enjoying each other's company - making for some great photos of a fun couple - enjoy!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2015/1/ali-jasons-wedding-photography-slideshow---hagley-golf-club Fri, 02 Jan 2015 23:30:23 GMT
Rachael & Neils 'fairytale wedding' photography slideshow - The Moat House https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/12/rachael-neils-fairytale-wedding-photography-slideshow---the-moat-house Rachael and Neil's wedding was all about the fairytale, from the lovely, lovely Rach looking stunning in her Cinderella gown, to glass slippers on hand-embroidered silk cushions as the table centre-pieces and a splendid castle wedding cake.  From bridal prep through to late into the night Rach's smile grew as she was living the dream with the man of her dreams......what a day!

Here are a few images from the day as they are happy for me to share their slideshow.  Enjoy!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Moat House fairytale wedding photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/12/rachael-neils-fairytale-wedding-photography-slideshow---the-moat-house Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:52:18 GMT
Rachel & David's wedding photography slideshow - Dunsley Hall Hotel https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/12/rachel-davids-wedding-photography-slideshow---dunsley-hall-hotel Rachel and David married at the fabulous Dunsley Hall Hotel and added their own finishing touches to their outfits, with David kitted out in a kilt and Rachel in her trusty (but very pretty) boots.  Rachel was another of my brides that wasn't looking forward to being the centre of attention photographically, but a shoot a few weeks before the wedding allowed for a much more relaxed approach to the day which flew by in the company of family and friends.

Here are a few shots from their day.  Enjoy.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/12/rachel-davids-wedding-photography-slideshow---dunsley-hall-hotel Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:36:37 GMT
Amy & Mark's wedding photography slideshow - Avoncroft Museum https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/12/amy-marks-wedding-photography-slideshow---avoncroft-museum I posted a few taster images from Amy & Mark's wedding earlier in the year and now have great pleasure in sharing their slideshow from St Kenelm's Church and Avoncroft Museum - this is a fab couple who had one word in mind when arranging their wedding.......FUN!!!!!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Avoncroft Avoncroft Museum St Kenelms photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/12/amy-marks-wedding-photography-slideshow---avoncroft-museum Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:26:43 GMT
Kim & Scott's wedding photography slideshow at The Granary https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/12/kim-scotts-wedding-photography-slideshow-at-the-granary Well, you saw some taster shots from Kim & Scott's wedding at St Marks, Pensnett and reception at The Granary earlier this year and I am excited to now be able to share their slideshow.  Despite having a long period when the rain was torrential (and, being superstars, they still went out for pictures) Kim and Scott were rewarded with the most amazing sunset and boy, did they work it! 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Granary photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/12/kim-scotts-wedding-photography-slideshow-at-the-granary Tue, 02 Dec 2014 17:15:44 GMT
Lisa & Kelly's wedding photography slideshow - Himley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/11/lisa-kellys-wedding-photography-slideshow---himley-hall Lisa & Kelly have been stars from the very start.  Their sense of humour guided everything they did for their wedding, making a day to remember for all those who shared in it, as well as a fun set of photographs to keep for the future.  

Please enjoy their slideshow of highlights from the day.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Himley Himley Hall photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/11/lisa-kellys-wedding-photography-slideshow---himley-hall Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:30:00 GMT
Sue & Arth's wedding photography slideshow - Dunsley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/11/sue-arths-wedding-photography-slideshow---dunsley-hall Sue and Arth had an intimate wedding at Dunsley Hall, Kinver.  Having photographed her sister's wedding a few years before (also at Dunsley), it was lovely to catch up with everyone again.

A few highlights from the day are published in the slideshow below.  Enjoy.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel Kinver photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/11/sue-arths-wedding-photography-slideshow---dunsley-hall Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:15:00 GMT
Kayleigh & Pete's wedding photography slideshow at The Granary https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/11/kayleigh-petes-wedding-photography-slideshow-at-the-granary Kayleigh won the title of 'smiliest bride' this year, even grinning when the champagne bottle emptied most of its contents onto her kitchen ceiling and newly styled hair!  Kayleigh, Pete and the children all loved the camera which made the day a dream to photograph and is reflected in the images we managed to capture.

Here are some highlights of their day via a slideshow.  Enjoy.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Granary photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/11/kayleigh-petes-wedding-photography-slideshow-at-the-granary Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:09:38 GMT
Alison & David's Dunsley wedding photography slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/11/alison-davids-dunsley-wedding-photography-slideshow Thought it was abot time I started catching up with things on the blog, so here goes:

Alison and Dave's day at Dunsley was simply a pleasure to photograph.  They had spent a lot of time making sure the details were just perfect (and even built, decorated and stocked their own amazing sweet cart) and so I had a great time running around capturing these!  Whilst planned to perfection, they still managed to keep a relaxed atmosphere to the day whilst everyone enjoyed the grounds at Dunsley and then moved indoors to dance the night away and have some fun in the 'photobooth' Alison had asked us to provide - luckily many of their friends are barking (in the nicest possible way of course) and this made for some interesting pictures.

Please enjoy some highlights from their day:

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/11/alison-davids-dunsley-wedding-photography-slideshow Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:15:24 GMT
A big thank you! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/11/a-big-thank-you This year I decided to enter the National Wedding Awards and thanks to the support of my couples who married over the last 12 months (the people eligible to vote for me), I have made the regional finals.

So, a big thanks to all of you who voted and for the kind wishes of support from everyone!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Wedding Industry Awards regional finals wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/11/a-big-thank-you Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:37:29 GMT
The lovely Emma & Alex's wedding photography slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/10/the-lovely-emma-alexs-wedding-photography-slideshow I joined Emma during bridal prep at her parent's house and after being styled and pampered by the talented Wayne Leddington (Hair) and Chloe McCall (Make Up), looking stunning she arrived at Quarry Bank Church to marry Alex.  After a quick photoshoot for the local paper (see sneak peak blog) we went onto The Priory for a few group shots and then had some 'couple time' to capture some fab shots of them before moving onto The Quality Hotel in Dudley for the wedding breakfast and to party the night away with family and friends. Wishing you loads of love and happiness for the future.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Priory photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/10/the-lovely-emma-alexs-wedding-photography-slideshow Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:55:28 GMT
Lucy & Paul's Photography Slideshow - St Mary's, Oldswinford & Hagley Golf Club https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/10/lucy-pauls-photography-slideshow---st-kenelm-s-hagley-gold-club Lucy and Paul married at St Mary's Church in Oldswinford and then moved onto Hagley Golf Club for their reception.  Lucy took most people by surprise when she arrived in a gorgeous dusky pink gown and with beautiful, but understated, flowers provided by Jo of Floral Secrets.  Although not initially keen on the idea of photographs, Paul quickly warmed to a casual approach for these and whilst we dodged back inside to avoid the torrential downpours (unfortunately not quite so easy for the ice-cream vendor Lucy had booked) everyone was game enough to go back outside for pictures and enjoy some of the rather soggy garden games.  Again, it was a pleasure to share the day with such a lovely couple and below is their photography slideshow.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Hagley Hagley Golf Club St Mary's, Oldswinford photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/10/lucy-pauls-photography-slideshow---st-kenelm-s-hagley-gold-club Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:03:08 GMT
Hello Lincoln! https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/10/hello-lincoln The  last time Lincoln visited for a shoot, he was still a bump and, whilst the plan was to have some newborn images taken, a difficult birth changed this.  I am pleased to say that mom and Lincoln are now doing well and came along for a short baby portrait shoot and at 20 weeks he is already quite independant.  Here are a few images from the shoot.  Enjoy.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) baby portrait newborn portrait https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/10/hello-lincoln Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:49:19 GMT
Not-so-little Archie's first baby shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/10/not-so-little-archies-first-baby-shoot A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of covering Rach and Al's wedding and so was really pleased and get a chance to meet and photograph their first arrival, Archie. 

At well over 9st he wasn't exactly a small baby from the start and at c.4 months is what is generally referred to as a 'boster'.  We only had a short session before he got restless but it was enough time to capture a few lovely images of him.  Looking forward to seeing him again in a few months (if not before).....

   

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) baby baby shoot photography portrait shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/10/not-so-little-archies-first-baby-shoot Sun, 05 Oct 2014 18:48:31 GMT
Wriggles & Giggles with Zoe and Isobel - Portrait Shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/10/wriggles-giggles-with-zoe-and-isobel---portrait-shoot It was Zoe and Isobel's first portrait shoot with me and they certainly kept me, mom and dad on our toes.  Zoe is at the stage where she can wriggle across the floor in a flash but settled slightly when she was watching her sister, Isobel, sit and listen whilst engrossed in mom's storytelling.  This was a bit of a manic session but both girls were happy in front of the camera which made for a shoot that was good fun and, I hope you will agree, some lovely images.....

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) children's potrait shoot photography portait shoot portrait https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/10/wriggles-giggles-with-zoe-and-isobel---portrait-shoot Sat, 04 Oct 2014 20:53:30 GMT
Holly & Alex - wedding photography slideshow (Hanbury Church & Curradine Barns) https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/10/holly-alex---wedding-photography-slideshow-hanbury-church-curradine-barns Well, here it is folks, the slideshow following the fab taster images from Holly and Alex's wedding.  A beautiful day, stunning locations and a fab group of people. Enjoy.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Curradine Barns Hanbury photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/10/holly-alex---wedding-photography-slideshow-hanbury-church-curradine-barns Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:02:03 GMT
A sneaky peak at Stacey & Chris's wedding at Hadley Park House Hotel https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/9/a-sneaky-peak-at-stacey-chriss-wedding-at-hadley-park-house-hotel We have known Stacey and Chris for a few years and were chuffed to bits when they asked me to photograph their wedding at the Hadley Park House Hotel.  Whilst everyone else was flapping with nerves during bridal prep, Stacey never waivered from her laid back attitude and this continued throughout the day - even when her flowers were wrong, their young daughter (Lucie) was munching chocolate just before the ceremony in her white bridesmaid dress or when their paige boy decided that the puddles outside were too good to resist and was drenched from head to toe!  It was lovely to see the true happiness of this couple when they finally tied the knot and we wish them much more of the same for the years to come.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Hadley Park House Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/9/a-sneaky-peak-at-stacey-chriss-wedding-at-hadley-park-house-hotel Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:14:10 GMT
A sneak peak at Rachael & Neil's wedding - Smethwick Old Church & The Moat House https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/9/a-sneak-peak-at-rachael-neils-wedding---smethwick-old-church-the-moat-house A very nervous Rachael and Neil married at Smethwick Old Church and although we had to abandon the traditional church shots due to the weather not being in our favour, we were luckier with the weather when we arrived  at The Moat House, Acton Trussell (where Neil had proposed) for their 'cinderella' themed reception.  Rachael looked amazing in a gown that looked like it had been designed just for her....and Neil didn't scub up too badly either!  Rachael felt that it had been the 'perfect day' and so between them they managed to acheive what this is all supposed to be about - congratulations Mr & Mrs Goulding, may your marriage be as perfect as your wedding day.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Acton Trussell Smethwick Old Churck The Moat House The Moat House, Acton Trussell photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/9/a-sneak-peak-at-rachael-neils-wedding---smethwick-old-church-the-moat-house Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:18:23 GMT
'G' & Colin's Dunsley Wedding Slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/9/g-colin-s-dunsley-wedding-slideshow 'G' and Colin had a fabulous day at Dunsley Hall surrounded by family and close friends and with ladybirds and kilts in abundance it was packed with sentimental overtones.  The lads made the group shots a hoot and no, ladies, I didn't get to see what was under the kilts.......It was a pleasure to be part of such a lovely day for a very special couple.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/9/g-colin-s-dunsley-wedding-slideshow Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:50:42 GMT
Stacey & Arron's wedding photography slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/9/stacey-arrons-wedding-photography-slideshow Stacey and Arron wed at St James' Methodist Church and moved onto Pensnett Sports & Social Club for their reception on a very stormy day in July.  Despite this, they were fantastic sports and happy to make the most of the short break in the weather we had that evening.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) photography slideshow wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/9/stacey-arrons-wedding-photography-slideshow Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:33:32 GMT
Rebekah, Luke & 'Bump' https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/9/rebekah-luke-bump I recently had the honour of photographing portraits of Rebekah and Luke with 'bump', shortly before she will be welcomed into the world.  A lovely, chilled couple made for a very enjoyable shoot and they have kindly let me post a few images from this.  Wishing you all the best for the future as new parents!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) bump photography portraits https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/9/rebekah-luke-bump Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:43:43 GMT
'Animal Antics' with Amy & Mark https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/9/animal-antics-with-amy-mark Those of you who know me, will already know that I am a bit of an animal 'nut' and so the inclusion of pets, etc in several of this year's pre-wedding shoots and weddings has been great fun for me. 

Amy and Mark, however, went the extra mile and not only did Amy ride her horse (Fella) to St Kenelm's Church - although he did start nodding off when posing for pictures outside the church, the family dogs joined them for the ceremony and then went back to the yard to join Fella for some pictures, before being sent on their short break whilst the humans went to Avoncroft Museum for an afternoon/evening of train rides and jolly good fun......

Amy looked fab in a gorgeous vintage dress but again, was not your traditional bride, in that the dress went through the mill somewhat after horse riding, train riding, dog handling and considered any wear/dirt as part of the story of their day - wonderful!

With horseshoes and minature model horses galore (did I mention there was a horse theme?), this was definitely a unique wedding to remember.  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Avoncroft Avoncroft Museum photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/9/animal-antics-with-amy-mark Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:04:12 GMT
A sneak peak at Kayleigh & Pete's wedding at The Granary https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/a-sneak-peak-at-kayleigh-petes-wedding-at-the-granary I was back to The Granary on Sunday for Kayleigh and Pete's wedding and, as per their pre-wedding shoot, I don't think Kayleigh stopped smiling all day but with Pete grinning at her side, children Shannon and Finlay enjoying the limelight and a lovely family I can see why.  Although they didn't get a sunset, the weather was kind and allowed everyone to enjoy the outdoor space before hitting the dance floor in the evening.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Granary photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/a-sneak-peak-at-kayleigh-petes-wedding-at-the-granary Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:49:30 GMT
A sneak peak at Kim & Scott's wedding - St Marks & The Granary https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/a-sneak-peak-at-kim-scotts-wedding---st-marks-the-granary Of the four weddings I covered over the bank holiday weekend, Kim and Scott faired the worst for the weather, however whilst they did get slightly damp during the day, they were rewarded with a fabulous sunset!  Kim had selected a classic colour scheme for the wedding and this was reflected in the bridesmaid dresses that she made (as if there isn't enough to do in the ru up to a wedding) and unusual bouquet colours.  As a slightly unusual element to the day, their dog (Louis) joined them at the church and reception and looked rather dapper in his bow-tie collar.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Granary photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/a-sneak-peak-at-kim-scotts-wedding---st-marks-the-granary Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:31:03 GMT
A beautiful Wroxall Abbey wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/a-beautiful-wroxall-abbey-wedding As i have said before, not all couples, want their images published online and I totally respect their decision.  My lovely couple from Friday married at Wroxall Abbey and although do not want images of them or their families made public, they are happy for me to share a few detail shots....so here goes.....

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Wroxall Abbey photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/a-beautiful-wroxall-abbey-wedding Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:11:10 GMT
A sneak peak of Kelly & Lisa's wedding at Himley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/a-sneak-peak-of-kelly-lisas-wedding-at-himley-hall Kelly & Lisa were married at Himley Hall on Thursday and, as expected their sense of humour made for a day filled with fun and laughter, and typified by the entrance 'verse'. 

Lisa had arranged (as a surprise) for a piper to lead Kelly down the driveway of the hall and into the ceremony and that set the scene for an emotional day.  After a kiss behind the register and a few formal photographs (with Lisa striking her poses) the rest of the day was spent enjoying the company of close family and friends.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Himely Himley Hall photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/a-sneak-peak-of-kelly-lisas-wedding-at-himley-hall Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:00:14 GMT
Hayley & Matt's special day at Stourport Manor - Slideshow https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/hayley-matts-special-day-at-stourport-manor---slideshow Hayley and Matt married at Stourport Manor in May and shortly after I posted a few taster pics from their special day.  As a follow up, here is their slideshow.  Nickelback was an unusual choice for the first dance, but makes a refreshing change......Enjoy.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Stourport Manor photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/hayley-matts-special-day-at-stourport-manor---slideshow Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:30:23 GMT
Sue & Arth's wedding at Dunsley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/sue-arths-wedding-at-dunsley-hall Sue & Arth's wedding was the third one I had the pleasure of photographing at Dunsley Hall last week and, having covered Sues sister's (Karen) wedding a few years ago, it was lovely to see some familiar faces.  Sadly, Sue's father is no longer with us and it fell to her nephew, Tom, to give her away whilst Arth's daughter, Natasha, was best man, and Sue's daughter, Amelia, bridesmaid.  Once again, Catherine from Simply Flowers provided the elegant venue dressing and floral displays. 

Sue chose a lovely lace gown and wowed Arth when she walked into the ceremony room of close family friends and after a short photo-session in the gardens, everyone gathered for the wedding breakfast, followed by speeches (I think Natasha stole the show on this one) and a casual evening.

  

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/sue-arths-wedding-at-dunsley-hall Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:52:58 GMT
Alison & Dave's beautiful vintage wedding at Dunsley Hall https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/alison-daves-beautiful-vintage-wedding-at-dunsley-hall Although I haven't got around to posting Alison & Dave's pre-wedding images as yet, I couldn't wait to share some images from their wedding at Dunsley Hall on Friday.  As well as having the pleasure of coveing a lovely couple with a great family, the day was crammed with lots of vintage loveliness and so I was in photography heaven!  Alison had beautiful flower arrangements and room dressing provided by Catherine of Simply Flowers, stunning stationary (inspired by the unusual bridesmaids dresses) by Donna Blundell, filled the hall with detail and had even decided that the candy carts generally available weren't what she wanted and so she created one of her own with an amazing array of sweets and treats for guests.

Whilst the actual wedding was attended by their nearest and dearest, the evening was opened up to their wider group of friends and relations who filled the hall, partied the night away and went a bit mad in the vintage 'photo-booth' (run by Phil) we had been asked to create at Alison's special request.  A special mention goes to James, who took his job as usher very seriously and spent most of the night running around with the guestbook (created from the pre-wedding images) ensuring everyone had a chance to leave this very special couple a message.  

A total pleasure.......

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photography pre-wedding shoot wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/alison-daves-beautiful-vintage-wedding-at-dunsley-hall Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:23:46 GMT
Sue & Warren's Dunsley Hall Wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/sue-warrens-dunsley-hall-wedding Sue and Warren's was the first of three weddings I covered at Dunsley Hall last week.  Theirs was a very low key and intimate affair, with Sue's two brother's giving her away and their daughter, Kelly, acting as bridesmaid.  Catherine of Simply Flowers created the beautiful arrangements and bouquets which complimented the rustic vintage them of the tables.  The weather was kind enough to hold off the rain whilst we did our group and couple shots so guests could enjoy Dunsley's terrace and gardens before tucking into their wedding breakfast and an evening of background music and conversation.

 

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/sue-warrens-dunsley-hall-wedding Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:30:24 GMT
Lisa & Kelly's pre-wedding shoot - heels & horses https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/lisa-kellys-pre-wedding-shoot---heels-horses Lisa & Kelly are soon to marry at Himley Hall and wanted to include Kelly's horse in their pre-wedding shoot so we duly travelled to Lichfield to use the stables as the location for this.  Both Lisa and Kelly are larger than life characters, their relationship is all about fun and I can honestly say I have never laughed so much during a pre-wedding shoot!  The girls were happy to stike a pose at any opportunity and from the few key shots they have requested from their wedding, it looks like they will continue to do so......

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Himley Hall photography pre-wedding shoot wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/lisa-kellys-pre-wedding-shoot---heels-horses Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:06:56 GMT
Rachel & David's pre-wedding shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/rachel-davids-pre-wedding-shoot Rachel & David marry at Dunsley Hall within the next couple of weeks and, as another bride who was nervous about photography on her wedding day, we had another relaxed pre-wedding shoot to show that wedding photography (with the right photographer) isn't something you need to be stressed about.  We had a lovely time at Himley Hall Park, got some images for their signing book and a good old chinwag about the wedding and I am looking forward to seeing them again soon!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dunsley Dunsley Hall Hotel Himley Hall photography pre-wedding shoot wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/rachel-davids-pre-wedding-shoot Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:49:16 GMT
Kim, Scott & Louis' pre-wedding shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/kim-scott-louis-pre-wedding-shoot Kim & Scott will be marrying very soon at St Mark's church, Pensnett and then moving onto the Granary for their reception and, although their dog, Louis, cannot attend the ceremony, he will be joining them at the reception and so they felt it was only fitting that he be included in the pre-wedding shoot.  All three are naturals in front of the camera and so I am looking forward to capturing some more great shots of them very soon.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) The Granary photography pre-wedding shoot wedding https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/kim-scott-louis-pre-wedding-shoot Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:38:51 GMT
Alison & Jason - Pre-wedding fun with horses, a dog and a bike... https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/alison-jason---pre-wedding-fun-with-horses-a-dog-and-a-bike If ever there was a case for having a pre-wedding shoot, Alison's reluctance at having her photograph taken was it.  However, after meeting a couple of times, support from a seasoned photography subject (her soon-to-be-husband) - Jason and having the horses, dog and Jason's bike acting as distractions (they wanted their pre-wedding shoot to reflect who they are with respect to their interests, etc), Alison soon got over her initial nervousness and, I am sure you will agree, we got a great selection of images.  Now she knows how relaxed things can be regarding wedding photography, Alison is now looking forward to her special day and I am looking forward to capturing it for them.....

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) photography pre-wedding shoot wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/alison-jason---pre-wedding-fun-with-horses-a-dog-and-a-bike Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:25:55 GMT
Emma & Alex - a sneak peak at their wedding day https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/emma-alex---a-sneak-peak-at-their-wedding-day After Wayne Leddington and Chloe McCall worked their magic with hair and make up respectively to complete her fabulous look, Emma (and bridesmaids) were ready to meet up with Alex and the lads for the wedding of the year in Quarry Bank - see them featured in the Express & Star as the first couple to be wed at the church with its new 'bells'!  Following a lovely service, the bridal party went on to the Priory for pictures before re-joining the guests at the reception and dancing the night away at The Quality Hotel in Dudley. 

Here is a litlle taster from their wedding - congratulations Mr & Mrs Williams!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Dudley Priory The Priory photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/emma-alex---a-sneak-peak-at-their-wedding-day Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:20:38 GMT
Lucy & Paul's chilled celebrations at Hagley Golf & Country Club https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/lucy-pauls-chilled-celebrations-at-hagley-golf-country-club Last week Lucy & Paul married at St Mary's Church, Oldswinford and the moved onto their reception at Hagley Golf & Country Club.  They didn't want anything too formal and the day certainly went to plan with the help of the 'slightly potty' bridesmaids! 

Both the church and venue were dressed with beautiful flowers by Jo at Floral Secrets, and, quite rightly, Lucy took everyone's breath away with a blush pink wedding gown.  A classic feel to the formalities was provided by the cars from Ray's of Cradley and then everything went decidedly more relaxed with guests munching ice-creams on arrival and (despite the downpour) ventured out on the lawn for jenga, connect four and bowls - in fact dragging the lads away from the Jenga for the meal proved quite a task.  Table magic was also laid to entertain guests before a night of serious boogying.......

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Hagley Golf & Country Club photography wedding wedding photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/lucy-pauls-chilled-celebrations-at-hagley-golf-country-club Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:17:52 GMT
John & Sue - Anniversary celebrations at Brockencote https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/john-sue---anniversary-celebrations-at-brockencote John & Sue recently celebrated their wedding anniversary with family and close friends at Brockencote Hall and wanted a reminder of the day by way of a having a few photographs before their meal.  The sun was shining for them at this beautiful location and this added to a special day for a special couple.  Once again, John was happy to have a bit of 'fun' in front of the camera.

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) Brockencote Brockencote Hall anniversary celebrations photography https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/john-sue---anniversary-celebrations-at-brockencote Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:29:15 GMT
The 'big' hair & make-up shoot https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/the-big-hair-make-up-shoot As one of the photographers at 'the big hair & make-up shoot' in Wales last month, I was tasked with shooting portraits to capture the model, hair and make-up in a way that was a bit 'different'. 

Models:  Jess Perry, Elle Wilks, Lauren Fitzgerald, Sophie Jones, Amy Louise Lyons, Katie Golding.

Mua: Kelly Richards, Nicole Pitman, Kirsty Evans Jones.

Hair:  Victoria Walker, Sara Szpak, Luke Glennon, Lacey-Skye Roberts.

Here are a few images from the shoot - Enjoy!

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maxine@emotive-imagery.co.uk (Emotive Imagery) photography portraits https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/8/the-big-hair-make-up-shoot Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:43:34 GMT
Holly & Alex's Curradine Celebrations https://www.emotive-imagery.co.uk/blog/2014/7/holly-alexs-curradine-celebrations With hair and make-up by Elaine Cooper (lashes by Becca Skitt of Treatments at Home), Holly was more than ready to marry Alex at Hanbury Church and then move onto the Curradine Barns to celebrate their wedding.  After photographing Lucy & Phil's wedding a couple of years ago it was great to be back amongst a fabulous group of friends who were on form for a great night.  This time around Alex (aka Niffer - although not on his wedding day), was much more reserved and so I am sure he will be looking for another wedding to follow shortly (Matt - hint, hint).  Here is a sneak peak from their wedding......