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.*

Family Photo Shoots

This Autumn Half Term involved lots of throwing of leaves, a pillow fight, walks in the woods, lots of laughter and meeting some lovely families….. The stuff photographers dream of! Some really great family photo shoots.

I thought I would share these with you on a blog post rather than just putting them up  in a gallery.

Two hour location Family shoots are available all year round and cost £90. All images uploaded to an online gallery from which you can download and print.

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WIN a Photoshoot in ICELAND

In January I shall be celebrating 5 years in business and I wanted to do something rather special for this reason.

COMPETITION TIME

I am offering one couple the chance to WIN a free photoshoot in the beautiful country of Iceland. All you have to do is email me – mel@melaniechadd.co.uk before Midnight December 31st 2014 to be in with a chance of winning.

Rugged landscape, beautiful lighting and gorgeous beaches – all on one island. So many photo opportunities. What’s not to love?

Please ensure you read the following Terms and Conditions BEFORE entering

Terms and Conditions

A full day photo shoot (locations to be decided) in Iceland. The winning couple must make own arrangements and pay for flights and hotel etc. Dates to be arranged and mutually convenient. Valid Passport will be required for flying. Melanie Chadd Photography holds no responsibility for any travel arrangements and delays caused by any third party or act of God. Couple shall receive all images on a USB and will be featured on my blog. Images may be used by Melanie Chadd Photography for future advertising and promotions. Copyright shall remain with Melanie Chadd Photography.

Good Luck xx

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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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Brighton Marathon

For those of you who saw my post on my Facebook page  last night you will be eagerly awaiting, what I promised would be exciting news.

Most of my business photography is wedding’s and lifestyle shoots but in my spare time I like to photograph landscapes, motor sport and have taken pictures at Mud Runner (Eastnor) events when my friends have entered. Something completely different and things that I have loved and been involved in long before my life as a photographer.

This leads me on to my news. I have been asked to be one of the photographers at this years Brighton Marathon by the sponsors, Saucony UK & Ireland . Of course, I have said yes!

On Sunday April 14th I shall be capturing the atmosphere of 11-12,000 runners pounding the streets of Brighton and their supporters who will line the route to cheer them on. Lots of images showing the sheer volume of runners doing it for all sorts of reasons & charities. Also showing how demanding it can be and people’s struggle and determination to “Find Your Strong.”

I am very excited to have this offer and be a part of the UK’s 2nd largest Marathon. I will share my story on here after the event.

Mel x

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

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

Ledbury Photography

Ledbury Photography

I moved to Ledbury nearly six years ago to be with my boyfriend. It was only a skip and a jump across the county border from Malvern but it feels like another world.

One thing I have found about being a photographer in Herefordshire is that I am constantly inspired by the quaint market towns, the rural landscapes, wildlife and the close knit communities.

So with this section of my site I will be posting photographs of Ledbury and the surrounding areas of Herefordshire so that I can share the beauty with you too.

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