Perthshire Wedding Photography

You may have seen from my Full Stop Next Chapter blog posts that I have recently moved to Scotland? If not pop over there after and see what I have been up to but for now I would like to let you in on a couple of secrets. I just wanted to introduce myself as a Perthshire wedding photographer.

Next year my full day wedding photography prices will remain at 2015 prices. Not a penny more but still the same creative and unobtrusive style.

If you are not a big fan of having your photograph taken then this is something we can work on? Let’s not keep you from your guests with huge amounts of posed photos – keep it short and sweet and you can celebrate with your loved ones and I can capture your day as it happens naturally. The best images are always the ones that just play out on their own.

Sometimes spending twelve months or more planning every single detail you may not get chance to enjoy them on the day. The table centre pieces. The matching socks you bought for the Groomsmen. Even the Brides hair and make up. This is all part of my job to ensure I freeze time so in twelve months or twelve years you can enjoy your wedding all over again.

All your images will be provided to you on a USB stick to print as you wish.

As a small token toward lowering the carbon footprint of your wedding I also gift a tree to you as a couple. This will be planted on your behalf and you will be sent an e-certificate. Also a cotton tote shopping bag again to help look after our beautiful environment.

I am looking forward to Perthshire wedding photography in 2016. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

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*Please note I can provide individual quotes for your  wedding day.

The copyright for images will remain with me.*

Are you Superstitious?

With all this rain today (good old British Summer Time!) it has made me think about how rain on your wedding day is meant to be good luck. Are you superstitious?

When you think about some of the reasons behind why it is considered lucky then you realise the logic. Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t want it to rain on anyone’s big day but some of it does make sense.

In some countries rain is sparse and so when it arrives and the crops flourish this is seen as a blessing. A sign of fertility. Many couples hope their marriage will be blessed with children and in some cultures it is seen that if it rains on your wedding day your shall have many children.

Rain also cleanses. So now is seen as a clean slate. A new beginning

Rain can also signify unity with reference to “tying the knot.” Have you ever tried to pull apart a wet knot? I’t much harder than a dry one! The creation of a strong bond that cannot be broken.

That all sounds good to me. But don’t worry I won’t be doing a rain dance before every wedding!

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So, what about some of the other superstitions?

The Bride and Groom not seeing each other before the ceremony. I know I shouldn’t but this makes me chuckle. The apparent reasoning for this in years gone by was that it would give the couple a chance to change their minds! When marriage was likened to a business deal – rich land owner with a son etc (think Pride & Prejudice). Today, however, people choose to get ready together or see each other shortly before the service and have their photographer capture it.

There are many superstitions regarding flowers, the colour of the Brides gown, which day of the week you get married on. And of course the one everyone knows:

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe.

Something old represents continuity. Something new offers optimism for the future. Something borrowed symbolises borrowed happiness. Something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity. And a silver sixpence in your shoe, other than sounding REALLY uncomfortable is a wish for good fortune.

You can, of course do what you like, it is after all, your wedding day but it seems we like the comfort and sentiment of these traditions and superstitions.

So, if it does happen to rain on your wedding day try and see the good in it, you are being blessed.

 

Print Your Photographs

Everyone is a photographer these days – mobile phone, compact camera or an all singing and dancing DSLR. Family Weddings, school prom, nights out and even our food! But what do we do with all these photos? Mainly upload to social media or transfer them onto computer hard drives or just leave them to take up memory on our phones. You really should print your photographs.

Talking of memory, that is normally the reason for taking a photo, preserving memorable moments.

Growing up I used to love looking through family photo albums. ACTUAL books with printed photos in. I would ask about the people in the photo or laugh at dodgy haircuts and outfits (I am a 70’s child, so there are quite a few of these). Stories would be told about the moment that created the laughter or tears shown. Now my Dad is no longer with me I have a fabulous keepsake that I can look through and remember good times.

It is a totally different experience looking through an album, you can smell the nostalgia! Also knowing that all the photo’s were taken with much more thought because most of the time you only had 24 chances to tell the story of your entire holiday (unlike my 1252 digital images taken on our trip to Nepal).

I am also guilty of not printing enough photo’s but I do have some on canvas and also holiday story books.

If you wanted to display images in a less conventional way take a look at my Pinterest board for idea’s.

Lets start a trend and print your photographs and memories.

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Random Act of Kindness

Wow, we are nearing the end of June already and yet it only seems like last week that I left an envelope containing a random act of kindness on a bench on the Malvern Hills. That was Easter Sunday!

What was in the envelope and why on earth would I put it up there?  Well, I just thought it would be nice to do something for someone else and ask nothing in return, and so my Random Act of Kindness was born. In the envelope was a voucher and a little note:

RAOK1“Happy Easter & Congratulations on finding my Random Act of Kindness. This voucher entitles you to a one hour photo shoot with me. All photo’s will be available for you to download, so no hidden charges. Contact me for more details. Have a lovely day. Melanie Chadd”

There was no ulterior motive behind my gesture, I just wanted to do something nice, after all, not everyone gets a visit from the Easter Bunny! After my early morning walk up on the hills I went home for breakfast and posted photos of the envelope on my Facebook page and Twitter. Hoping to give people chance to go and explore the hills and look for the envelope too. The Facebook post was seen by and shared BBC Hereford & Worcester and also the Worcester News and was seen by over ten thousand people!!! Gotta love the power of Social Media sometimes.

Lots of positive comments online “What a lovely thing to do” or “That is such a kind gesture. I hope who ever finds it enjoys the photo shoot.” Well, as it happens, later on Easter Sunday the family who found it did contact me and confirmed where they found the envelope.

We got around to the having the shoot in May and thought the only place to have the session was up on the hills! Fabulous family with lots of energy and very grateful for the opportunity to update their Family photos.

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Mothers Day Treat

It can be quite difficult to choose a meaningful present (at anytime) for someone who may have everything or says they don’t want anything but how about a photo shoot? It means you can spend precious time together and have fun. At the end of it you will have some fabulous photographs and memories to share. So it was great to be involved in this early Mothers Day treat.

There is so much emphasis put on giving gifts and spending lots of money but this really will be something that will be the gift that keeps on giving (sorry for the cheesy line!). These photo’s can be admired for years to come. That really is special.

A couple of weeks ago I photographed Katy and her Mum – Katy’s Mothers Day treat. I was also asked if I could provide a professional make up artist to do their make up for the day. The answer was “yes of course I can.”

Having make up done for you is good for a couple of reasons: First and foremost it can give you confidence in front of the camera. Secondly, like me, you may not wear much make up at all but want it show up on your photos. This is where a make up artist comes into their own. They can apply more make up and you will still look like you in the mirror! It’s also nice to be pampered.

As with my other photo shoots this was done on location. I chose Castlemorton Common with the Malvern Hills as a backdrop. Beautiful. Take a look for yourself:

2The pricing for a two hour session is £90 and if you want a make up artist that is £15 each.

All high resolution images as well as smaller watermarked images will be available to download from a password protected gallery. From here you can download and print as you wish.

If you think this is something your Mum, Nan, Wife may like then I would love the hear from you. Oh and just to remind you it’s Sunday March 15th.

 

Thank you to Maria from Sprinkle Magic for helping with this shoot x

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Just ask…..

This week I heard a story from a newly wed Bride which broke my heart and prompted me to write this post. I am a big believer in if you don’t ask, you don’t get. Moral of this story is – just ask. You never know

Getting married to the love of your life should be one of the most amazing days of your life (along with having children, so I am told) so it should be photographed. Nine times out of ten couples will have a strict budget that they are working to and sometimes photography doesn’t come near the top of the list. That’s okay but in years to come you will want to show your children and grandchildren your wedding photo’s with fond memories. They will tell the stories for you.

The newly wed Bride I spoke to said she didn’t think they could afford a “proper” photographer and so was recommended to use a student. Great, after all, we all started somewhere right?

Without giving too much away, this couple are TOTALLY underwhelmed by their wedding photograph’s. I actually cried when this young woman told me her story. Heart breaking. Not liking even one of the images she had been given.

So, my point is even if you think you cannot afford the wedding photographer you met at a wedding fayre and adored them and their style of work PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE just email them and ask if they can just cover a few hours of your day (Guests arriving, Ceremony and posed family photos). Even if their website just gives packages and what you want isn’t listed, just ask. If they unable to do this due to other commitments they may be able to suggest someone who can.  Or they may actually say “hell yeah I can do that.”

If you don’t ask you will never know.

Mel xx

Who cares if it’s raining, not us…..

At the end of May, when it was doing NOTHING but rain one of my favourite couples got married. On their wedding day they totally had the attitude “who cares if it’s raining, not us.”

I spent the morning with Jess, her parents and Bridesmaids. There were smiles, laughter, a few tears and bucks fizz. Ben, his Usher’s and Best Man also had a photographer to capture their tie tying attempts!

Not at all bothered by the rain, we arrived at the church for the ceremony. Unfortunately, it was still raining when we left the church but there was no way on earth Jess and Ben were going to let this get to them. With smiles a mile wide and an entourage, armed with umbrella’s, we left Colwall Church and made our way to Old Castle for celebrations.

Old Castle nestles in the foot of the beautiful Malvern Hills (where Ben had proposed to Jess) and is itself a hidden gem.

After welcome drinks we were graced with sunshine and so we made the most of it and made it outside for posed family photo’s that the couple wanted. As it happened, the sun stayed with us for the rest of the day and this meant the giant Jenga and Noughts & Crosses games were brought out on to the patio.

Inside, the tables were dressed ready for the wedding breakfast. As favours Jess and Ben had made a donation to Cancer Research UK which I think is a really lovely idea. Everyone wins – the person gets a pin badge and the charity gets some more money. Brilliant!

I have to also mention the amazing Fish & Chips that were served from the van for supper too. They were scrummy!

On this occasion, considering what the day started like, Jess and Ben were very lucky – although they are SO in love I am not sure they even noticed the rain! Perfect…….

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Unplugged Wedding

So, you’ve planned EVERYTHING. Every single flower, hair and loved one is in the right place, right? How do you feel about those loved ones not really being there? Not giving their full attention? How about an unplugged wedding?

2014 already has so many distractions and our lives are fast paced and full on but how do you fancy asking your family and friends to turn off mobile phones, cameras and tablets etc? Even if it’s just for the ceremony, you know, the important bit where you get to say “I do” and kiss the love of your life!

This morning, I am sat at my PC listening to BBC Radio 2 and the Pause for Thought where they talk about pop stars asking people, who have paid a lot of money, to attend concerts to turn their phones off and actually enjoy and take in the whole experience. Each one of these people want to be the first of their friends to boast on social media where they are and how “#amazing” it is. But how do they know? They’ve spent the last 10 minutes trying to take either a video or a series of photos and then upload it through a poor 3G signal. It was also said that you are not truly there if you are not giving it your full attention….

What is more important – to get photo’s or to actually experience the concert, carnival or YOUR WEDDING?

Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to be present at your big day, after all you will have a photographer who you have paid good money for, who will be doing the photographs for you. There are, of course, times when even the photographer is not allowed by the Church to shoot during the ceremony.

It may be a good idea to let your guests know in advance. So pop something in their invite. Something like this:

“The Bride & Groom have asked that you share in their Wedding fully and not through the lens of a camera or mobile device. They have hired an amazing photographer ………………………. who will be capturing the ceremony and will share the images after.”

Maybe just a reminder in the order of service too? A gentle reminder and reinforcement of your wishes by your officiant my help too.

Best way to make sure your wedding is then seen by everyone who attended is to arrange with your photographer to do Sneak Peeks of maybe four images on Social Media or their website within a couple of days. This way they can be shared, liked or just looked at to help re-live your day.

Just thought I would blog about this because there seems to be more and more emphasis on an “Unplugged Wedding” or asking guests to actually enjoy and celebrate with you with full attention.

 

 

Clearwell Castle Wedding

Remember back in May when it rained and rained and rained? Well, for Kirsty and Joel it was to be a beautiful Clearwell Castle wedding and a bit of rain was not going to stop them or their guests celebrating in style.

Kirsty and her bridesmaids got ready in the castle in various large and lovely rooms. Whilst the Groom and his “boys”  traveled from Ledbury in a VW campervan.

With the ceremony room full of loved ones, Kirsty and Joel were married. Both looking amazing – Kirsty, more so, obviously (sorry Joel)! With the formalities out of the way the couple were free to mingle with their guests and start their celebrations.

I always love this part because of the emotions of the day – everyone smiling and congratulating the happy couple and even shedding a few tears. Even the lawn games were put to use in one of the large rooms by children and adults alike.

The most touching part of this day was, for me, the speeches. Sadly, some years ago, Kirsty’s mum passed away and even though her physical presence was missed she was talked about and made a part of her daughters wedding day. I don’t think I have ever cried during speeches whilst I am working, but for those I did! Beautiful words spoken about the Bride & Groom, family bonds and living happily ever after.

I have said it before and I shall say it again – to be asked to spend the whole day with a couple on their wedding day is an  incredible honor. I am very lucky to have shared so many people’s wedding day but this one will always be quite special.

May I wish you both all the love and happiness in the world

Mel x

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Emma & Stewart Get Married

Back in May we couldn’t have ask for more beautiful weather, blue sky and the sun was shining. Thank goodness for that! The week before I had visited the venue for this couple and the rain was just biblical! Luck was definitely on Emma and Stewart’s side

Stewart and his best man were totally rocking their RAF uniforms. Emma arrived, completely chilled, albeit 20 minutes late.

The ceremony was filled with love and laughter even as the Groom knelt to have prayer it appeared that the boys had written “HELP” on his shoes.  Surrounded by family and friends they said their vows and Stewart “kissed the Bride.”

With very few photographs taken outside it was on to the Vale Golf Club for celebrations and photographs.

Really lovely couple and I wish them all the very best for their future together xx

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