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.*

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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.

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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

 

 

Emma & Stewart Pre-Wedding Shoot at Croome Park

This beautiful couple contacted me last Spring to ask me to be their wedding photographer. Nearly 12 months later we arrange their pre-wedding shoot.

I always ask couples if they have somewhere that is special to them and if they want to do the shoot there. Emma and Stewart are fond of National Trust grounds and property of Croome Park in Worcestershire, so that’s where we went. Blessed with lovely weather and a beautiful, happy couple THIS is what happened…….

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First Impression’s

Sunday 17th March, St Patrick’s Day, but yesterday’s gathering of suppliers at Alexander Park, near Ledbury, was to show off their flowers, gowns, top hat and tails, transport, sweets and of course photography.

Over the weekend there were several wedding fayres, with Hereford High Town hosting the most accessible with three  separate venues all in the centre of town. Then on Sunday, the stunning Wilton Castle and Alexander Park venues became home to lots of suppliers for a few hours.

With the increase of these fayres there is no shortage of idea’s, inspiration and people to talk to. This brings me to something I think is very important – talking to people, face to face, making eye contact and making that all important first impression.

You can’t beat that personal service, after all if you are choosing someone,  me as your photographer, to spend the whole day (usually in close quarters) with you, you need to feel comfortable with them, trust them and also have some fun. These are things you can gauge from that all important first meeting which can’t get from the internet. You can see if they are paying you the attention you deserve.

I am a big fan of meeting people. I like to ensure that my clients get what they wish for and for me to capture images to treasure forever, may it be a wedding or lifestyle session.

I look forward to hearing from some of the lovely people I spoke to yesterday to discuss their “big day” plans further.

Mel xx

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2013 Weddings

Time to start thinking about 2013 and all things weddings and of course photography.

I would like to make choosing your wedding photographer easier for next year by offering a complimentary Engagement Shoot if you book me for a full day (Bridal preparation – First Dance). This gives us a change to get to know each other, for you to get used to being in front of the camera and to have some fun. You will then get the photos on a presentation disc.

My preferred style for weddings is more natural reportage photography. This unobtrusive way means that you and your guests can relax and enjoy the day. I will also capture all the little details you have put great thought into planning and may not have the time to appreciate on the day.

I provide individual quotations for each couple so you get exactly what you want.

Please contact me via email or give me a call for a chat about your day.

I look forward to hearing from you soon

Mel x

Birthday Party Fun Photo Shoot – with thanks

 

Back in March I had the pleasure of being invited to do a birthday party photo shoot. The evening consisted of the girls party dresses, curling hair, pyjama’s, fancy dress and even a pillow fight!

Here is what the parents had to say –

“Mel was a fabulous photographer to us for our daughter’s 12th birthday party – a fun photo shoot for eight girls. She made the girls feel relaxed, was thoughtful and kind to them and produced some fantastic photos. We thought that the deal, whereby we pay a lump sum for the shoot and a CD of all the pictures was very good. Thank you for such a wonderful time.”

Zinnia & Kester Wilkinson – May 2012

 

 

A thank you from friends

Natalie and I have been friends for a long time now and before she was with Phill and even before my business existed and I took photographs with a much smaller fixed lens Fujifilm, she had said “I will have you to take my wedding photos.” So true to her word, following a VERY romantic proposal by Phill in the form of a pre-written note, handed to Nat in the Sistine Chapel in Rome she asked me to do the photography. Overjoyed to be asked and obviously I said yes!

Sunday 4th September 2011. Venue Avoncroft Museum (superb photo opportunities). Honeymoon, New Zealand, including Rugby World Cup Games. Then touring in a camper van.

This week I received a thank you card and these kind words were written inside

“Mel & James

Just a note to say thank you for our wedding present of the lovely books, and of course, thank you so much to you Mel for doing our amazing wedding photos. We had a great day and the photos will be a brilliant reminder of it.

Many thanks

Nat & Phill” 

It was my pleasure to be part of such a lovely day

Mel

 

Alexander Park Wedding Fayre

I will be at the Alexander Park Wedding Fayre this Sunday – 25th September, 11am-4pm.

Alexander Park is set in 140 acres of stunning parkland between Ledbury and Hereford on the A438. Perfect setting to discuss all things weddings and photos.

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Looking forward to meeting some of you..

Mel
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One Wedding & a Windmill

Sunday 4th September, the sun came out for Natalie and Phill for their wedding at Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove. Natalie wore an amazing vintage gown and arrived in a classic car. The ceremony was at 4pm with family and friends in the Guesten Hall followed by a blessing for immediate family in the small chapel in the grounds of the museum.
Now with the ink on the marriage certificate drying the celebrations began and time for a ride on the miniature railway! That’s right you did read that correctly… A miniature railway!!!! All guests got to have a ride around the track making for fab photo’s.
I then managed to borrow the bride, groom, bridesmaids and page boy for a wander around the museum for photos. There are some amazing buildings and photo spots including a windmill.
Then time for food, drink and live music.
Natalie and Phill will be having their honeymoon in New Zealand – starting off on different islands to watch opening matches for the Rugby World Cup. Natalie will be watching England game and Phill will be off to watch Wales. Then back together touring the islands in a camper van. What a great start to married life. Congratulations to you both.

Welcome

Well, hello and thank you for checking out the new Melanie Chadd Photography website.. I am VERY excited to show you around. For those of you that visited my old site you will notice a few differences. I am now offering Commercial and Wedding services.
I look forward to seeing old faces and meeting some new ones in the near future.

Mel xx