February Proposal

February this year is rather special in terms of being a romantic month and 2016 we have a double dose. This year is a leap year and traditionally the 29th February is a day in which ladies can propose to their partner’s. For the record, personally I think we have come a long way since this tradition started and could do this at any day of the year, if we so wished. So, are we to expect more February proposals given the extra day?

If you are going to propose to your partner this month have you made an elaborate plan – skywriting (going by today’s weather you might want to have a back up), maybe you have been taking photo’s to make a video for the passed twelve months or even got your family and friends involved? Or will you be going out for a meal and asking the pastry chef to write “will you marry me?” in chocolate sauce around the edge of the dessert plate? The sort of thing you would see in the RomComs…

But how about a photo shoot on location for the two of you? Picture this (excuse the pun):

You explain to your significant other that you have booked a photo shoot for the two of you as part of their Valentines present or “just because.” We go to the place that means something to the both of you – your favourite walk, park, steam train line, zoo or even cafe (because they do the best latte and cake) and have some fun. Then part way through the shoot you ask the biggest question of your lives. I capture your nerves, the reaction and of course the answer. This then turns into an engagement shoot.

Something to share with your loved ones when you tell the story of your proposal, after all, every story should have pictures, right? You can, of course, involve your pet pooch, they may make a great ring bearer!  Jess & Ben

The cost of a two hour lifestyle shoot is normally £90 but for these proposal sessions you will pay just £50, leaving you with an extra bit of money to spend on flowers or something special. Your photo’s will be available for you to download, print and share from an online password protected gallery. Just imagine sharing your news with images of the actual proposal.

If you think this idea is something you would love to do then get in touch and we can start making plans for your February proposal. Eeeeeeek, I’m excited already!

Facebook Reviews

It’s always nice to hear back from clients who were happy with the work you produced for them. Sometimes it comes in the form of a card, email or via Facebook reviews. If I am REALLY lucky it’s coffee and cake as we are now firm friends.

I thought I would share with you some of the reviews I have received recently on my Facebook page:

Had a family woodland photo shoot today and we had the best time. Melanie was great.. She made us feel at ease and so very comfortable. My boys are still talking about there adventure today. I would highly recommend. A huge Thank you Melanie. x”        –  Nicky Skidmore


Mel took the photos on our wedding day. She was excellent and her photos are truly amazing!! She made us feel very relaxed. We really couldn’t have asked for a better photographer to capture our big day. We would definitely recommend her to anyone needing a photographer. Trust me you won’t be disappointed x”   – Ben Williams


Because of my enjoyment in meeting new people I find this serves my creativity during a photo shoot or wedding. I don’t wish my clients to be on edge during their shoot, this just wouldn’t make for good photography!

I want the children to have a run around. I love for couples to share personal jokes that always make them laugh. As for the dog, hell yes bring him along, if he is part of the family then get him in the photo!

It is the unplanned moments that are probably the most special. These are times that my job is not a job. It is a passion. I get paid to people watch! Now that is cool….

If you would like to be watched by me all you have to do is get in touch.


Model wearing oversized floral crown

Seasonal Floral Crown

Every now and again it’s nice to do something COMPLETELY different – non wedding or family orientated. For quite some time I have wanted to use antlers, yes things that grow on the heads of deer, for a photo shoot. How about a rather seasonal floral crown? So after using Pinterest for ideas and develop my own idea’s I selected a small team of local Ledbury wedding suppliers and knew I wanted a very specific look for my model. I put out a model call to my Facebook page to my friends to see if anyone knew of a female with red hair and a pale complexion. My prayer was answered and Clare was “delivered” to me. Brilliant!

Both headpieces were designed and made by Kathryn from Bamboo – The Flower Gallery, a local and very creative Floral Designer. I gave Kathryn the brief of my idea’s and a few bits and pieces like pearls, feathers, conkers and antlers – you know, normal stuff that EVERYONE wears in their hair, she just did the rest! For the make up I had quite a clear idea of exactly what look I was going for and Maria from Sprinkle Magic did a sterling job of making Clare up perfectly. Lisa, the hair stylist managed to tame the curls of my beautiful model enough for an updo (to be pulled back and hidden completely) and then released them and accentuated Clare’s natural colour and curls to be slightly wilder!

The first head shots we did were of the oversized floral headpiece and once on location with the sun shining and I was in love with how well my design had been created by people who, luckily for them, can’t see inside my head!

Now the second look, although in my head I knew what I wanted, took a very different turn from the first. Slightly wilder, more sultry and sexy feel to it. With a change of make up, hair and now adding in a stunning fur wrap (kindly loaned by Vintage Tramp, Ledbury) and a set of antlers we were off again.

Clare instantly added her own sexiness to this and with some small direction for posing she worked it! Who knew she had never modeled before?

These photo’s were also blogged on Plans and Presents

FeaturedOnI think a stunning seasonal floral crown could catch on, don’t you? Anyway, I hope you like it. Enough of my blathering on, take a look…….




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