Styled Shoots Love

I absoutely love weddings as you may have gathered already.

But I must confess I have another love: Styled Shoots! This gives me as a wedding photographer  a chance to be creative and capture my vision of a day or an idea.  I mean I absolutle adore capturing my couple’s vision of their wedding day, and man do I feel honoured every single time… but styled shoots are something special.

It is also a fab opportunity to get to know other suppliers. I must admit organizing them is  almost as stresful as organizing a real wedding… Trying to get all the suppliers to be available on a date, then find models, and a location happy to have us, and hope the weather is on your side too if it’s outdoors… But so far I have loved every single one I have organized, and the ones I have been lucky enough to be a part of.

I’ll start with 2 I have organised myself. A 50’s retro and a Great Gtasby one.

The 50’s retro took place in what used to be an actual working garage in East Preston, Sussex, now converted to flats. I loved the look of it and had some amazing people colaborate with me.
Make up: Chelle

Hair: Kerry

Dresses: Brighton Vintage Bridal
Bouquets: Mandy’s Crafty Bits

Models: Lena and Isabella

The Great Gatsby one took place at the incredible Edes House in Chichester . And saw me working with some amazing suppliers!

Hair and make up : Chelle

Bouquets : Reincarnations by Donna

Hair pieces : Lulalupin

Dresses: Maggie Sottero

Models: Nicole and Henre

 

 

Then I had the absolute pleasure to collaborate with Doily Days on the styled shoot for their special issue.  It took place in Hastings and it was all kinds of epic!

You can find a list of all the suppliers involved on the magazine!

Here are some of them :
Dresses: Tara Deighton Bridal & Bespoke

Cake pops: Hannah

 

And last but not least, I was lucky enough to collaborate in an amazing styled shoot at the beautiful Dome in Worthing

Hair and Make up: Toni Todd

Main Photographer : Karla McCarthy

Dresses: Opulence and Grace

Bouquets and Hair Pieces: Lulalupin

 

 

If you would like to collaborate please do get in touch!!! I am always up for a fun and creative shoot!

www.photographybypaloma.co.uk

 

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A lovely Sussex Wedding

Lisa-Marie and Russell were married at the stunning South Lodge Hotel on April 8th.

They only had 15 of their closest friends and family for the ceremony. I had never worked at such an intimate wedding and must say it was absolutely amazing!  It’s not often you get to talk to all of the guests and get to know the couple so well!

The Hotel grounds are stunning, and although the weather could have been a little nicer to us it certainly didn’t stop anyone from having a fab time.

Here are some of the photos I took!  I’m sure you’ll all agree Lisa-Marie looked beautiful in her Maggie Sottero gown.

 

 

 

A 50’s styled Bridal Shoot

Last summer I really wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone.  I wanted to do something which I didn’t feel too confident with and ended up organizing 2 styled photoshoots.

It was stressful, but my god was it worth it! It was so much fun and I was very happy with the results as I felt the hard work had paid off.

These kind of shoots. always colaborating with other local suppliers, are a great way of being as creative as I want without the pressure of it being an actual wedding. It got me excited of what I could achieve and I will hopefully be organizing some more in the near future.

I found out about a fab location near where I live in Worthing; it used to be a working garage but after the  owner died, it was left to decay.  Eventually it was purchased and turned into luxury accomodation, but the new owners/developers kept the stunning art deco look.

I borrowed two stunning dresses from a beautiful boutique in the Brighton and Hove area.  If you are looking for original vintage and breathtakingly beautiful wedding gowns at very reasonable prices, you just have to go and see Heather!  Her dresses are out of this world, and her love for what she does really shows on the way she manages her business.  If you go and see her you won’t be dissapointed!!    She had 2 dresses which fitted the theme beatifully!

For the Bouquets I really fancied something different. Not flowers but something quirky, which would hopefully blend in with the theme… I found just the thing and Mandy very kindly lent us her beautiful handmade button bouquets.

For the make up I knew exactly who I needed, Chelle had done a such a great job in a previous styled shoot I just knew she would nail the 50’s look. And she did! If you need a make up artist for your wedding, or for any special event I would highly recommend her.

For the hair I asked the very talented Kerry and she managed to create 2 beautiful does for our ladies.

I couldn’t have done it without the help of the wonderful Hannah who was incredibly helpful!

I wanted to create  a 50’s wedding look, with a bit of rock and roll thrown in and decided to go for a same sex wedding theme to add a modern touch!

This shoot was published in the wonderful Pink Wedding Magazines  which is the leading gay wedding magazine for those wanting to plan the perfect same sex wedding and get inspiration!

I won’t bore you with any more details, and instead will leave you to enjoy the photos we took that day!

 

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An Engagement Session in London Town

Last Saturday saw me going to London to meet Amanda and Ankit whose wedding I am shooting later this year.

We met near their house and they welcomed me in with a nice cup of tea and cuddles from Avi, their beautiful fur baby… I still regret not getting him into my bag!

Amanda and Ankit are having a small wedding in London in April before they jet off to India where they will have a bigger affair!  I only wish I was coming to that one as well!

You can really see the love between these two and I really cannot wait to their big day!

Here are some images we took.

Two Thousand and Fifteen

 

What an incredible year it was.

One of growth,  hard work and discovery.  All this lead me to start the year with a brand new blog.

I did 2 super inspirational workshops. The first back in June with the super talented Steve Gerrard.

It taught me  the importance of networking and I met some amazing photographers. I also took some of my favourite ever images on his hands on session.1.jpg  In late November I attended a workshop in Sussex with the incredible Jo Brown.

I learnt about finding my true theme and to translate that into my images. I also learnt it is ok that my work isn’t for everyone. To accept my style won’t suit every bride around and to be braver.  I came out feeling refreshed and inspired which is just what I needed!

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It was also a year of travelling! I feel like I’ve been all over the shop and so incredibly grateful for it. I  went to Vegas for the first time ever in October and it was magical. It has since become one of my favourite places ever. I thought it woould be slightly seedy and just not for me, but it is dreamy. The light, the sights, all it has to offer aside of the gambling. If you haven’t been I absolutely recommend it. I would go there tomorrow if I could!!!

 

As if that wasn’t already incredible, I was then lucky enough to be taken to NYC for my birthday. It was amazing, the weather was lovely, and we did a hell of a lot in 2 days; as a result my legs and feet were almost dead for 2 days, but man it was worth it.

 

November saw me getting involved in a styled shoot for the wonderful Doily Days.

It was for their special issue which will be published in March, so I can’t share too many photos, but it was a fab day. Once again I got to meet some very talented people from the wedding industry and got to get creative, which is something I can’t get enough of.  You may spot to lovely Kelly from Truly Quirky Wedding Venues

 

On Halloween I shot what it is likely to be my most favourite couple’s shoot I have ever done. They won the competition I was running on the wedding fair I did in September with Quaint Queer Weird.

We took some smoke bombs to the woods and the results were lush!

 

It wasn’t all about weddings and couples in 2015,  I also had the privilege to shoot some wonderful families.

I love that the families who pick me let me do my thing, they don’t mind that what I suggest may make no sense at the time as they trust me to deliver some beautiful memories.

 

Here are some of my favourites.

I seriously can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for me and all my clients past and new!