weddings

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..

 
 
 
 

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