2017 // Let's go black and white...

 

So.. every year around this time we start putting together our 'end of year' post.  A selection of some of our favourite images from the past 12 months.  As we began to think about putting one together for this year we began gathering images and one word just kept jumping out at us.

JOY. 

We're drawn to joy.  We want our couples and their families to look back at their photos and really feel that joy.  And we want anyone looking at our work to realise they're actually smiling whilst they're looking.. :)  We've had such a lovely year shooting such a wonderful variety of weddings and looking through the images.. each wedding, our couples (and their friends and family) brought SO much joy to the table.  Genuine love for the people around them.. kind, humble, happy and just deeply beautiful from the inside out.  And their weddings were perfect reflections of that.  Joyous, happy, relaxed, emotional and centred around the stuff that really matters.  And as photographers (and ones that are just about to step in to our 9th year!?!) we really love to focus on the images that we know our couples and their families will genuinely cherish years down the line.. photos that we would want of our own family and of our own wedding day.  Photos that really tell the story and take them back to how it felt to be there.  And I really hope that's what we give each and every one of them..

 
 
 
 

2017 // All the colour...

So.. every year around this time we start putting together our 'end of year' post.  A selection of some of our favourite images from the past 12 months.  As we began to think about putting one together for this year we started to gather images and one word just kept jumping out at us.  

JOY. 

We're drawn to joy.  We want our couples and their families to look back at their photos and really feel that joy.  And we want anyone looking at our work to realise they're actually smiling whilst they're looking.. :)  We've had such a lovely year shooting such a wonderful variety of weddings and looking through the images.. each wedding, our couples (and their friends and family) brought SO much joy to the table.  Genuine love for the people around them.. kind, humble, happy and just deeply beautiful from the inside out.  And their weddings were perfect reflections of that.  Joyous, happy, relaxed, emotional and centred around the stuff that really matters.  And as photographers (and ones that are just about to step in to our 9th year!?!) we really love to focus on the images that we know our couples and their families will genuinely cherish years down the line.. photos that we would want of our own family and of our own wedding day.  Photos that really tell the story and take them back to how it felt to be there.  And I really hope that's what we give each and every one of them..

You can head to our gallery for more of our favourites of 2017.. 

 
 
 

RED

Each time I sit on the train on the way back from a match the feeling of just how important this all is literally floods over me and all I want to do is write it down.. to try and articulate it.

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My Dad played for Liverpool Football Club from 1975 to 1981. 

"Jimmy Case is best remembered for a spectacular FA Cup final goal and a deserved reputation as one of football's genuine hard men. But that does scant justice to a career that covered more than 700 appearances for 7 league clubs and did not end until he retired, through injury, at the age of 41. Raised on Merseyside, Jimmy began at his beloved Liverpool, becoming a key player in the all-conquering team of the late 1970s alongside stars like Kevin Keegan, John Toshack, Ray Clemence, Phil Thompson, Kenny Dalglish and his two great mates, Tommy Smith and Ray Kennedy. At Anfield, where he was signed by Bill Shankly and guided by Bob Paisley, Jimmy won a boxful of medals: four league titles, three European cups plus a host of other domestic honours which tell the truth about Jimmy Case - that he had much more than a tough tackle and a ferocious shot."

European Cup - Final - Liverpool v Borussia (that's my Dad on the left)

European Cup - Final - Liverpool v Borussia (that's my Dad on the left)

I was born in Liverpool in 1981 and that same year he left Liverpool and was transferred down South.. first to Brighton and then on to Southampton which is where I grew up.  If I'm honest.. I didn't pay too much attention to his career growing up.  It was his job and although I’m immensely proud of what he achieved.. It was just part and parcel of our family life.  At matches as a kid.. all the player's kids would be looked after in the player's lounge and then we would have to wait patiently for Dad to shower after the game and then sign autographs before we could head to our local chinese restaurant for dinner.  That was our Saturdays.  I also remember being allowed to be taken out of school for our family holiday as the football season didn't fit very well with the normal school holidays. As I got older I started hanging out with my friends, dating boys.. and I do remember one lad, on finding out who my Dad was, said that I would 'make an awesome girlfriend'.. :/ 

It's funny what memories stick out.  I remember my Grandad having a Tesco bag in the spare room full of old newspaper clippings of Dad playing..  I remember looking at photos of my Mum and Dad's wedding, them both stood outside the church with a bunch of fans all crowding round them, all come to see them get married.  I remember the few times we would get to watch the match.. my sister with a bovril and me with a chicken pie shouting 'GO ON DAD!' at the top of our lungs..

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These are all really lovely memories and I know that when I actually sit down and think about it.. I am ridiculously proud to be a Case.  So much so that when I married Pete I didn't want to lose it.  For me I guess it was so much more than a surname.  It has so much history.. and the weird thing is that a lot of that history, I wasn't even around for.. it was before my time.. but blimey.. I still so strongly feel that it belongs to me..

A couple of years ago my Dad wrote his autobiography.  Reading the first few chapters, Dad reliving the very early days when he was first signed to Liverpool.. playing his first match.. how he felt at that time.  It was like finding your Parent's diary.. hearing his 19 year old self talking.  It just really made me think..  

That era was so special.

Magical even.

And I felt such an urge to step in to it.  But I guess.. as a photographer ‘stepping in to it’ for me meant more than just reading up on the history of what the team achieved.  I was interested in more than that.  

I was interested in the fans.

In how it felt..

The game has changed so dramatically.  All the die hard fans, ones that have supported the club for 30, 40, 50 years.. it’s all changed so much for them.  It's a huge business now and it feels like this particular time in football’s history is pretty poignant.  It’s the last remaining generation that have a foot in the club all the way back when you could scale the fence.. when the players were local lads from the next street.. when it felt like one big family.  

So much is changing.  The old cafes around the ground are soon to be knocked down as developers have bought them up.. slowly it’s all disappearing.  You walk around the ground and it’s the 'tourist' fans the club wants.. they spend the money on merchandise.  It's feels like now it's about tv deals and foreign investments.  I guess the corporate machine is now such a huge part of the game..

So I feel the need to tell their story.  The story of Liverpool football club's family.. of my family.  The fans that have given so much.. who have travelled to every home and away match, year in year out.. who sing YNWA at the top of their voices before every game.. who's whole family over three, four generations are red.. who, when I meet them, talk to me as if if they know my Dad.. (thick Scouse accent).. 'Oh yeah.. how is your Dad?'.. 'Say hello to Jimmy for me'.. 'Oh we love our Jimmy'.. 'Tell him to get his boots back on'..

For me.. without ever living there, Liverpool.. and Liverpool football club is my home and this project is just as much about me as it is the people I’m photographing.  I’m not entirely sure where the project is heading but right now I’m just so happy to keep surrounding myself with such a huge part of my history.. a part that I didn't even realise I was missing..

2016.. film for days..

This is probably my favourite selection from all three 2016 round ups.. (you can find part one and part two here)

We shoot film for both work and personal on a mixture of cameras.. Mamiya 645, Polaroid SX70, Contax T2, Instax Wide, Canon Ae1, Disposables, Diana, Yashica Mat 124.. and a variety of film stocks.. (mainly Portra 400, Ektar 100, Kodak 400TX)

I'm not sure I can even describe how it feels shooting film.

I think if you were to open up my heart.. this is what you'd find..

2016.. all the colours..

Since becoming Parents to Frank, I don't think either of us have ever felt so vulnerable and so bullet proof all at the same time.  It's like our senses have been turned up and everything is stronger, deeper.. more colourful.

It's quite a powerful thing when you have a creative outlet to be able to physically express something.. to be able to look at something tangible that explains how you're feeling far better than you could ever express in words..

..and to do that you have to be honest.. but you know, sometimes it's easy to be swayed this way and that.. to shoot in a certain way.. to concentrate on certain things..

Frank has reminded us to keep that honesty and stay true to ourselves.  To shoot exactly what we feel..

Part One we went black and white but for Part Two.. it's full of colour..

This post is dedicated to the wonderful Emma May Cutler..

2016.. let's go black and white..

This year has somehow felt the most freeing for the both of us.. and although we have had lots of things going on personally (we became Parents to Frank, we moved house etc).. I think we feel more certain about our voice more than ever.  We really love our work.. and that feels pretty weird to say.  I guess it feels in the same way as when you get older and you become more comfortable in your own skin, more comfortable with who you are.  Of course we get frustrated, the same as everybody when it comes to things like technical ability etc.. but at the same time we feel at peace that that side of things will always be a journey.. and we'll always be learning, evolving...

But we love our work because we feel every single image.  Every connection.. whether that be physical.. eyes, hands.. or all those underlying connections that makes us family.. makes us friends.. makes us humans.  We understand how something feels when you have everyone you love in one room, when your Nan wraps both hands around your face, when your kid's toes are the podgiest thing you've ever seen and you still look at him and can't believe he's all yours.  We understand the love we have for our Parents.. the absolute devotion we have for our children.. the crazy memories we've shared with our friends..

We see us and our life in all our couples.. in all our families.  We know how it ALL feels and we treasure it all.  We know that often it's the most normal, everyday things that are the most important.. the stuff that is worth savouring.. and we think it's all beautiful and all worth capturing.. 

So here's everything that we love.  The connections that make us.. the connections we feel are important.. 

Oh.. and trying to cut your favourites down is so bloomin' hard.. (especially when you're full of roast potatoes and sprouts).. so heres part one.. and we thought we'd stick to black and white for this one.. 

You can now find our Part Two (full of colour).. HERE