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.*

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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Bride arriving at the church with her Father

Absence of Loved Ones

This post is quite close to my heart, although I am not married, nor planning one, my Dad would not be present when (or if) I finally do. Sadly my Dad passed away suddenly, one year ago this week. This being the first anniversary I am still struggling with my loss and can’t believe he has gone. It’s all very raw. Neither my two sisters or I will have our Daddy at our wedding. So how would we mark the absence of loved ones?

I know I am not in this boat alone. Two dear friends that I grew up with  also lost their Dad’s – all within 6 months of each other. So, how do you plan your wedding and involve those who cannot be there in body to celebrate with you? No matter how long ago they passed it’s always nice to remember people, and why shouldn’t they be a part of your day? Here’s a few idea’s……

1. Wear something that reminds you of them. This may be Grandma’s pearl earrings or Dad’s tie or cufflinks.

2. Toast to their memory. A mention during the speeches would be a lovely tribute.

3. Save them a seat.  Place a single rose or small bouquet on the chair either before the ceremony starts or as a part of the ceremony.

4. Have a Photo Table. This is my favourite. Photo’s of family members at weddings or family gatherings. A nice way to reminisce with family.

PHOTO TABLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

It doesn’t matter if it happened last week, last year or ten years ago – there is still going to be a hole. Don’t ignore it. It’s okay to shed a tear for the absence of loved ones and know they will ALWAYS love us.

Big hugs

Mel xx

 

 

Bluebell woodland in Perthshire, Scotlan

Tree Planting to offset your Wedding Carbon Footprint

At home I do everything I can to re-use, up-cycle or recycle, so I thought it was about time I transferred eco-friendly ethos to my business. Thinking about how I would like to do this I decided that giving something back to the environment would work well. One of the best ways to do this is by planting trees. So I have decided to gift a tree planting to each one of my wedding clients to offset carbon footprint of your big day..

This will be included in your package when you book full day wedding coverage with me.

During the time you spend planning your big day think of all the trips to your venue, church and shopping. That’s already a lot of miles! What about food miles? How your food gets to your venue? How far will some of your guests be travelling? All the preparation I will do before your wedding, including visiting your church, venue and meetings with you, my happy couple. It all adds up.

Church Wedding

Your wedding tree can help to offset up to 1 tonne of carbon dioxide throughout the life of the tree. By planting a wedding tree you can help maintain and improve new woodlands.

Cairngorms woodland

How it Works

You book your full day wedding photography with me. After your big day I offset all the travelling etc that I/we will have done during the preparations etc and dedicate a tree planting in your honor. You can also have a say in where you would like this tree to be planted, anywhere across the UK. You will also receive an e-certificate (not paper) from the company.

Should you wish to have more than one planted this can also be arranged (at further cost).

If you are trying to keep your carbon footprint low then remember in Perthshire we have AMAZING wedding suppliers (food, drink, transport, venues oh and photographers). If you need help with sourcing anything or anyone please do contact me and I may be able to help.

For those of you who are already booked with me, this will also be included in your package.

For the Family Lifestyle sessions I do around Perth & Kinross – at the end of each year I will make a donation to plant several tree’s for this footprint also.

Just to give you an idea of the carbon footprint of your wedding try using this calculator.

Wedding couple at Kinnoull Hill in Perthshire

 

 

Gift Vouchers

There is always that one person who we struggle to buy gifts for. We all have a loved one who has everything or who really is just a nightmare to buy for. Well I think I have the answer. The perfect gift for someone special (or family) this Christmas, how about gift vouchers for a family lifestyle or pet portrait session?

You can pay (a minimum of £10) toward, or in full for a family lifestyle session (£90).  A two hour photo shoot on location and your images to keep on a USB stick.

This would make a fantastic present and great keep sake to treasure forever. Something to look forward to in the Spring maybe? Or if they are brave maybe a shoot in the snow? Lets make the family photo fun. Not everyone is comfortable with posing so my shoots are perfect for nervous children and adults alike.

Alternatively if you have already booked me, or are thinking of booking me, as your wedding photographer next year you can also use these toward the payment of your wedding coverage. So whether you ask for them as a Christmas present or an early wedding present is entirely up to you. A great way of easing the expense of your wedding day.

For more information or to buy your gift vouchers please call me on 07866 856921 or email mel@melaniechadd.co.uk

 

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*Vouchers are available all year round*