Success..

Quality time with Pete and Frank

Work I'm engaged, challenged and excited about

Being honest

Communicating well

Working with couples that get us

Not scared of change

Giving back

Exposing ourselves to different art forms, industries, cultures, opinions

Giving ourselves time to create and collaborate

Being confident and accepting of the journey of being an artist

Being ok with sometimes being a crap.. partner, friend, parent, photographer, business owner.. adult..

Quality time with friends and family

Looking after our health - physically and mentally

Understanding that we are all have the same feelings.. even if we don't always show it

Spreading love and kindness

 

What is success to you?

 

 

Image by Chris Barber

Polaroid love..

Recently I've been revisiting my Polaroid collection and trying to work out what on earth I can do with them!?! Prints? Postcards? Greetings Cards???

These are just a few personal ones that I love..

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..

Anna + John // Anglesey

Anna and John had the most wonderful celebration in Anglesey surrounded by their friends and family.  We love weddings that take all their guests somewhere on an adventure, somewhere where they might not have been before as they always have such a wonderful community feel.. everyone getting stuck in.. everyone getting to know each other.. it becomes one huge family and celebrations usually seep over to days before and after the wedding..

Anna and John were married at the incredible St Cwyfan’s church which is only accessible on foot when the tide is out.. and then they had a beautiful blessing and dinner at the wonderful Tros yr afon..

The whole day was pretty much perfect.. the food was amazing (of course).. both ceremonies were wonderfully personal and one of my favourite things to see at weddings is when the whole family get married.  Anna and John have a little boy, Dylan.. a similar age to Frank and it's always so lovely to watch a whole family make a commitment. I just love that Dylan will be in his Mummy and Daddy's wedding photos.. and it's always such a privilege to take them..

Here's a little taster from the day and if you want to see more you can find the full wedding here..

If you want to see more images from the day you can find the full wedding here..

Birmingham Markets..

I've been wanting to head down to the Markets for a while now.. not only to be able to play around with shooting film.. but also to try and push myself to actually ask people if I can take their portrait.  It's something that I think, as Wedding Photographers we tend to not have to face (too much).. as the majority of the time we're in an environment where that's actually why we're there in the first place.  But just asking the general public.. it's definitely a different ball game and No's come just as frequently as Yes's.. so it felt good to take myself out of my comfort zone.  Also there's something simply wonderful about the Markets.. the vendors calling out their bargains.. the hustle and bustle.. the total ordinary.. it just makes you feel good being amongst it all.

This is also the first roll of film that I developed myself.. (with a lot of help from the wonderful Dan from somecities.  It's something that I've always wanted to do, and kinda can't beleive I haven't done.. and there is something deeply satisfying seeing through the whole process from shooting to scanning.  I feel that me and these images have been through a lot together and, quite like I expect it feels when you grow something from seed and it ends up on your plate.. these are most definitely my first 'carrots'.. and I'm super duper proud of them..

Shot with my Canon Ae1 on Kodak 400TX.

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