Styled Shoots

CREATIVE STYLING WORKSHOP: BEHIND THE SCENES AT AYNHOE PARK

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It was such a joy to create, curate, plan and teach at my styling workshop for creative wedding industry professionals. I’ve already shared the editorial shoot that resulted from it with you, but I wanted to also indulge in a little behind the scenes look at the creative process and masterclass that unfolded throughout the day, as well as some of the gorgeous work that attendees created themselves.

Huge thanks to Xander & Thea for being there to capture this all for us, you can see a tour of the venue AYNHOE PARK on here too.

This workshop was a mixture of teaching theory and practical guidance – with an in depth styling 101 session, advice on getting your work featured from the Editor of You & Your Wedding magazine, how to shoot for social media from fine art photographer Ashlee Taylor, styling fashion and accessories from Rachel of Luellas Boudoir, and a masterclass in product styling from the team at notonthehighstreet.com.

I also wanted to walk attendees through my creative process for the editorial shoot itself – from design concept, to moodboarding and building a tablescape right there with them watching as I played with props and pulled it together exactly as I would for an editorial shoot or real wedding. I also demonstrated how to style stationery and other decor, before giving them all an opportunity to have a go themselves.

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One of the hardest elements of pulling together an amazing editorial shoot is finding and working with the perfect model, and knowing how to style wedding gowns and accessories for that purpose. We were so lucky to have Rachel from Luellas Boudoir there to guide everybody through her own tips and tricks for getting the perfect fashion shots, as well as watching amazing hair and make up artist Heidi Vince create the beautiful bridal looks in front of us.

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I really wanted attendees to feel relaxed, and ensure the learning environment was both inspirational and also encouraged conversation – so I decided to arrange tables in a horse shoe shape with speakers in the middle. It meant everyone could see each other, which was hugely important when talking about visuals all day long! We had sparkly gold sequin linen and ghost chairs which just looked magical in Anyhoe Park’s Orangery and their giant disco balls of delight!

I also created a prop corner, with different textures, shapes and colours – from vintage to modern – for attendees to play with in the final session if they hadn’t brought along their own items for styling. I was amazed at the range of beautiful items people brought themselves though, huge imagination and research time put in before the day. Loved it.

Huge thanks to Inspire Hire, Vintage Style Hire, Kate Cullen, Paperknots and Table to Dine For who all sponsored the event by loaning us their amazing hire items and products for sale.

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The food from Indulgence Catering was absolutely incredible, showcasing exactly how important design is when curating an event menu too.

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As I said before, so many of the attendees – from bridal designers to prop hire companies and wedding planners – brought their own products and props to practice with too, and it was honestly my favourite part if the day watching them put everything they had learned into practice with us. I adored how everyone approached the task in slightly different ways, making use of the space around them as much as they could do.

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If you are interested in attending future workshops or joining my bespoke one-to-one wedding planner mentoring programme, please email me at jessie@jessiethomson.co.uk and follow me on instagram and facebook for the latest news!

Jessie

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FROM THE FARM TABLE

Last Summer, amidst some of the dreamiest weddings I had the pleasure of working on, I took a little journey to Spain where I spent some time in Barcelona (I stayed here, it was amazing!) before hopping on a train to Zaragoza. From there I met Fine Art & Film Photographer Ashlee Taylor, and we travelled through beautiful olive groves and rural countryside to the most beautiful ancient monastery for a one day mentoring and styling workshop with a group of other amazing photographers from around the world.

I was delighted to host a talk on styling and design, before a hands on session shooting details and bridal portraits together in the afternoon. The official photos were featured on Grey Likes Weddings, and I’ve gathered some of my favourites below too.

The styling originally inspired by the colors of beautiful egg shells, and this developed into a “from the farm table” concept with rustic elements combined in a sweet and simple way to compliment local produce and the warm stone setting – we foraged local olive trees to add to arrangements created by my sister Georgia at Westwood Design, as well as delicious food produce from local markets.

“We’re getting all dreamy and lost in these splendid images from ILLUMINATED COLLECTIVE‘s recent workshop. It’s light, it’s airy and it’s just plain beautiful. The details, like the gathered local florals, are quietly stunning and the MONASTERIO DE PIEDRA location is nothing short of spectacular. Lucky for all of us, the warmth and beauty of ASHLEE TAYLOR‘s vintage-style film photography perfectly captured stylist JESSIE THOMSON‘s vision. Enjoy!”

~ GREY LIKES WEDDINGS ~

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CREDITS: Photographer and Mentor: ASHLEE TAYLOR // Styling and Mentor: JESSIE THOMSON // Floral Design: WESTWOOD DESIGN // Workshop: ILLUMINATED COLLECTIVE // Model: Lara Ro // Stationery: IMOGEN OWEN // Dress: ETXART AND PANNO // Ribbon and Table Cloth: KATE CULLEN // Props: Ashlee Taylor and Jessie Thomson // Glassware: ZARA HOME // Venue: MONASTERIO DE PIEDRA, Zaragoza, Spain

MODERN LUXURY ~ BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL WEDDING INSPIRATION AT AYNHOE PARK

I’ve been talking a lot recently about redefining luxury for the modern bride and groom – those stylish couples who care about creating an intimate and memorable atmosphere for their wedding day as much as they want the florals and decor to be completely beautiful.

It’s sometimes hard to imagine how you can pair simplicity, elegance and feminine details within a more grand or traditional venue. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to do so last year as part of a styling workshop I hosted for wedding professionals at the rather spectacular Aynhoe Park.

I was originally inspired by a colour palette I’d seen in a beautiful photo of a bowl of mixed fruit and berries – the deep reds and bright pinks were hugely appealing to me in that moment, which was surprising really as usually I’m not a big fan of red in wedding design. This shoot definitely changed my mind! The venue itself was also an influence on the overall shoot brief too – Aynhoe Park is a grand and beautifully eccentric country house that just wouldn’t have suited a subtle or soft pastel palette of colours, it’s bold yet beautiful, and I wanted to show off it’s feminine side with a slightly more romantic luxe element.

I’m best known for my organic, feminine and timeless designs for weddings – and this shoot was no different. With large overflowing florals that feature lots of texture, soft flowing linen, antique tableware, beautifully tapered candles in a calm neutral colours to balance the bold pinks on a distressed white dining table – it’s meant to feel like you are dining in luxury without looking over the top or in any way forced. The bridal gowns selected were similarly soft and flowing, but with lots of gorgeous detail to reflect the tone and setting of the day.

When working with such bright and bold colours (especially bright pinks and shades of red) it’s so important to make sure the design scheme is visually balanced in some way. For me that was largely achieved by introducing lots of soft neutral colours in shades of white, beige and gold. Though also it’s just as important to balance the design with a feminine touch – if the florals are bright then also make them less structured and more organic, mirror the colours in linen but allow space for your other details to breathe with less dramatic style choices.

Both the bouquet and table flowers by Amy at Bo Boutique featured a real mix of florals in terms of shapes and sizes, all within the red/pink spectrum – from giant peonies, huge tulips, roses, and astilbe – broken up with lots of amazing smelling eucalyptus and more unusual varieties.I fell completely in love with Gemma Milly’s amazing hand painted stationery that she designed bespoke for this shoot. It’s something that so many brides overlook, but can make a huge difference to the tablescape and will be the first element your guest encounters before the big day – so lovely to give a hint of what is to come.

Official photographer Ashlee Taylor was there to capture all the details of the styled editorial shoot, but we were also lucky enough to have Xander & Thea behind the scenes – I promise to share her beautiful images of not only the workshop in action, but also a totally stunning tour of Aynhoe Park itself, any interior design addicts won’t want to miss that post!

But first, I’m so delighted to share the main shoot with you below – as featured in You & Your Wedding magazine, with full credits at the end.

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CREDITS

Stylist: Jessie Thomson; Photography: Ashlee Taylor; Flowers: Bo Boutique; Ribbon & Silk Linen – Kate Cullen; Hair & Makeup – Heidi Vince; Props & Furniture: Vintage Style Hire; Stationery: Gemma Milly; Cake: Curtis & Co; Tableware: Helene Millot; Bridal gowns, shoes and accessories: Luella’s Boudoir; Jewellery: Monica Vinader; Venue: Aynhoe Park

SOFT GREY & FRESH WHITE WEDDING STYLE: THYME AT SOUTHROP

“Minimalism is not a style, it is an attitude, a way of being. It’s a fundamental reaction to noise, visual noise, disorder, vulgarity. Minimalism is the pursuit of the essence of things, not the appearance. Minimalism is beyond time. It is timelessness. It is the stillness of perfection” ~ Massimo Vignelli

I honestly have no idea why it’s taken me quite so long to blog this editorial shoot in full – I published little previews from it here and here but seeing it all together again has made me realise just how talented this group of vendors was (see end of this post for full credits), and it was an absolute joy to curate the shoot for Katie Julia who produces such ethereal and gorgeous images from film.

It was featured by Magnolia Rouge magazine too, and the whole thing just looks even more luxurious in print.

This is a pretty long blog post, but I wanted to put it all in one place without you having to jump all over the place with links, and take you through my design and styling process a little more than I usually would. Hopefully brides-to-be will get little more insight into how I work together with them to create and curate weddings that are personal to them, but also fitting to the setting and the mood of the day.

TABLESCAPE 1

The first tablescape I created was inside the barn at Thyme in Southrop (such a gorgeous wedding venue for intimate celebrations). I commissioned the softest silk linen in a silvery grey which perfectly blended with the grey dining chairs, and I paired it with a slightly more textured greige linen napkin for contrast at each place setting. The fresh white flowers kept the table simple and elegant, with mini grey urns that I reused throughout the shoot. All cutlery and glassware was kept simple too – anything too ornate or pattered would have distracted from the minimalist look I wanted to achieve – yet still keeping it feminine and fresh. The calligraphy grey ink on an off white textured care stock – again, nothing cutesy or themed to the stationery elements. I used my own candles along the table (they actually smelt amazing – “joy” by St Eval if you’re interested!), and brought my own grey, clear and white crystals for the place settings to add a personal touch with individual flower blooms sitting pretty alongside them.

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We then moved things outside as I wanted to show my clients how they could achieve a more relaxed al fresco dining style without compromising on the luxe detail that sets their event apart from the rest. You’ll see we installed huge garlands above the tables – which in real life may have wilted in that strong Summer sun, but since we used faux flowers and foliage, no problem there! I used a slightly more relaxed style linen napkin, and switched out the mini votive candles for tall straight edged glass hurricane vases with ivory pillar candles (my pet hate is bright white candles!).

I tore off the back of the folded place name cards so that they’d lie flat on each napkin, and I used a spring of foliage at each setting to pull through the greenery in the setting.

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FASHION 1: GREY BRIDAL/BRIDESMAID DRESS

I adore it when my brides wear colour on their wedding day – whether a bold statement, or more refined in blush or champagne – I also wanted to show how beautiful soft grey can be for a bride, but also for her bridesmaids. This dress was designed by British duo Belle & Bunty and it just draped so amazingly in all the right places. We used a large hand tied bouquet of white flowers with foliage and trailing ribbons and lace. Oh and we couldn’t resist including Katie’s GORGEOUS chihuahua pups!

If you look closely you’ll see I selected natural diamond and gemstone jewellery that matched the simplicity and texture of the dress – the low back would have looked lovely with an up do, but I actually adored how different the softly curled low side pony tail looked with it

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FASHION 2: IVORY/WHITE LONG LACE SLEEVED WEDDING DRESS

Oh how I adored this wedding dress. Again, it has a beautifully low back (I have a thing about them, evidently!), a soft streamlined silhouette in silk with long face sleeve and gorgeous detail on the cuff. Perfect for a church wedding as it’s not too revealing, yet will please those brides not wanting to look too modest. I asked Heidi to create a soft and undone up do, with fresh flowers – though looking at this again it would have absolutely worked with a veil too.

Don’t you love how the lace ribbons mirror the lace in the dress, with the grey ribbons allowing a subtle contrast with all the white? Note too that we purposeful posed this dress against a solid white wall for maximum impact. Nothing detracts from the dress other than natural beauty of those amazing flowers in the bouquet.

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THE WEDDING CAKE

I commissioned this from Jennie as she’s one of my favourite cake designers locally to me in the Cotswolds – she manages to combine delicate detail with a modern touch, and she totally nailed this brief! I styled it against the softest grey painted wall with pillar candles in straight edged glass hurricane vases again. The flower on the cake is in fact made of icing…. stunning.

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THE DETAILS

From soft grey calligraphy on textured card stock, to ethereal jewellery, pretty ribbons in contrasting or tonal colours, candlelight and crystals… the success of any design plan for a wedding is to not forget the details. It’s what makes it personal, it ties it all together so the day feels coherent and the atmosphere flows from room to room. The bridal party looks perfect, and not one element looks out of place in the setting. When styling shoots I often use my own props and other vendors loan me their amazing products of course, but I also always try to work in the decor and furniture that already exists in the venue – it really helps give my clients an idea of how this will work in practice, and is the perfect example of helping couples to translate styled shoots into real weddings.

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I hope you enjoyed that little journey? I know it’s long but trust me, there were SO many more pictures I could have shared here. I think Katie just couldn’t take enough of it in on her cameras! Please do look through the list of vendors below – each and every one of them are amazing.

To see more of my real weddings and editorial shoots featured in blogs and magazines, visit jessiethomson.co.uk.

Jessie x

Photography KATIE JULIA / Styling, planning & coordination JESSIE THOMSON / Florals THE ROSE SHED / Gowns BELLE & BUNTY / Stationery GEMMA MILLY / Jewellery RUTH TOMLINSON / Linens TABLE TO DINE FOR / Hair & make-up HEIDI VINCE / Floral garlands FRIEND OF FAUX / Assistant stylist WESTWOOD DESIGN / Model AMY NEVILLE / Venue THYME AT SOUTHROP

To browse Jessie’s favourite products, visit the shop at Jessie Loves!

WHITE WEDDING BOUQUET: CLASSICAL BRIDE STYLE

I adore collaborating with like minded artists to create amazing and inspiring editorial shoots for my clients and future brides, and this one with Rachel at The Rose Shed and UK film photographer Katie Julia was no exception. One of my absolute favourite details was the oversized classic all white bouquet which almost any bride could make a stunning statement with.

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Photography KATIE JULIA / Styling, planning & co-ordination JESSIE THOMSON / Florals THE ROSE SHED / Gowns BELLE & BUNTY / Stationery GEMMA MILLY / Jewellery RUTH TOMLINSON / Linens TABLE TO DINE FOR / Hair & make-up HEIDI VINCE / Floral garlands FRIEND OF FAUX / Assistant stylist WESTWOOD DESIGN / Model AMY NEVILLE / Venue THYME AT SOUTHROP – See more at: MAGNOLIA ROUGE

ENTERTAINING AL FRESCO: DINNER OR LUNCH TABLE STYLING

Some time ago I collaborated with the gorgeous Katie Julia (go see her new blog if you get a moment, it’s so gorgeous), on a styled shoot at the very beautiful Thyme Barn in the Cotswolds. There were so many amazing dining areas that I couldn’t help re-styling our props into different tablescapes and loved all of the different looks we achieved.

One of my favourites was this mini garden table outside – the perfect inspiration not only for brides looking to create a laid back minimalist vibe, but one to save for all your Summer entertainment later in the year. Just add bowls of delicious vibrant healthy organic food and you are good to go. Aren’t these florals by The Rose Shed divine?

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DEFINING THE MODERN LUXURY WEDDING

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – and whilst my clients tastes will all vary, most couples do come to me because we share a similar design aesthetic. My brides and grooms will almost always ask me to help them plan and design a wedding that is elegant, feminine, timeless and personal to them.

Few people realise how hard it is to actually achieve that look perfectly, the styling is subtle yet stands out, and the success of it all comes down to effectively communicating a coherent design scheme with absolutely the right vendors selected to make it happen.

Hiring a talented and experienced wedding planner is of course a luxury, and the organisation behind the event is what helps take visuals to the next level so that all the senses are delighted. Guests should be wowed by the decor, but they should also feel relaxed, enjoy a carefully curated and delicious menu of food and drink, connect scent to their memories, dance like no one is watching and come away with an overwhelming sense of joy.

Whilst it is true that such a wedding often comes at great expense, for me personally the overwhelming mark of any luxury event should always be one of beauty, of understated elegance and the highest standards of comfort. It’s the experience that counts, especially on your wedding day, which is ultimately a reflection and celebration of your love for one another. It’s not about having the biggest floral arrangements imaginable, it’s about creating floral displays that play the perfect part of a journey that you and your guests will travel.

For me the word “luxury” should be associated with quality, craftsmanship, subtlety, detail, originality, timelessness. It’s also so much about incredible service and the highest of standards. It’s ultimately about how something makes you feel.

Here in the UK there are some incredibly passionate artists emerging whom are leading the way in the modern luxury wedding world, and I can’t wait to share some of our collaborations with you in the New Year – from styled shoots to real weddings and other sweet life celebrations – which I hope will truly inspire the stylish bride and groom looking to create magical memories for their own day.

Jessie

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BRIDESMAID STYLE: PETROL BLUE DRESS & MESSY BUN

Whether you are a bride wanting something super chic, or you are looking for the perfect bridesmaid dresses to compliment your leading ladies – I always think dresses by British designer duo Belle & Bunty are a beautiful style choice, and the colour of this petrol blue dress totally stole my heart on a recent shoot I created at Thyme Barn at Southrop, in the Cotswolds.

I can’t wait to share more from the full shoot with Katie Julia, but this dress absolutely deserved its moment in the spotlight. Would you dare to switch traditional white for bold blue? Or would you choose something blue for your maids?


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CREDITS

Styling: Jessie Thomson | Photography: Katie Julia | Dress: Belle & Bunty | Hair & Make Up: Heidi Vince | Jewellery: Ruth Tomlinson | Flowers: The Rose Shed | Venue: Thyme Barn

As featured in Wedding Sparrow.

WHAT IS FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY, AND WHY BOOK A FILM PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR WEDDING?

I first fell in love with fine art film photography when I met my now dear friend Ashlee from Taylor Barnes Photography, just under four years ago. She persuaded me to take part in a bump shoot whilst pregnant with Flora, and the light filled beautifully posed images made my heart skip a beat.

Fast forward to last year when we collaborated on a styled shoot at Barnsley House & Spa in the Cotswolds, as part of a fine art photography and styling workshop with the Illuminated Collective – the talent shown by the attendees blew my mind. I had no idea we had so many home grown incredible film photographers based here in the UK, and I adored how different each of their images were too.

So, I thought I’d showcase some of those amazing artists here on the blog – I hand picked five incredible photographers for you to admire, and asked them to choose their favourite three photos from the workshop, along with their personal thoughts on why a real bride should book a fine art or film photographer…

SARAH HANNAM

Sarah Hannam Photography provides natural light, documentary wedding photography services throughout the UK and internationally.

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What does fine art photography mean to you?

Fine art photography is a combination of bringing all the details big and small together and creating a styled artistic aesthetic that brings cohesion to the whole wedding, as well as documenting the wedding day’s important moments. Fine art wedding photography is basically what you see in magazine spreads – it’s editorial, giving you a feel of the look of the day. Even within the genre of fine art photography, there are a lot of different styles. Some photographers go for very over-exposed, high contrast & heavily saturated colours or way out posing, but I prefer to keep things looking natural not only in terms of colour, but composition too. I suggest some informally choreographed poses for portraits but I limit it to what looks natural. For me, the most important thing is capturing a moment of real emotional connection.

Why should a couple choose a film photographer?

Film is wonderful for its softness on skin tones, luminosity and delicate colours, so lends itself perfectly to capturing weddings and portraits. Often digital images of a white wedding gown can overexpose and burn out the fine detail, which is not ideal if the bride wants to see that couture gown in all its beauty! Having your wedding shot on film is undoubtedly a luxury high end product, due to the unavoidable base costs, but with flattering tones and a timeless quality, in my opinion it is a wise investment and pretty trend proof, which is an important factor to consider. Clients can also feel reassured that their film photographer really knows their craft and can think on their feet, because there just isn’t the option to quickly view the LCD. Remember not so long ago the thrill of collecting your developed films and walking along the street excitedly looking at the prints? Maybe that’s just me but what is alarming today is that we hardly print off digital files and no longer enjoy the pleasure of holding a real photograph. This is why I always offer a full set of proof prints as well as a USB, so clients actually have a tangible product to keep and look at. I think it is so important to be able to have the physical photographs in your hands, plus sitting down looking through your wedding album in years to come with your children or grandchildren will mean so much more than searching through tens of thousands of files on your computer. After all the festivities are over, the only thing left you have of your wedding day are the photographs.

You can see more of Sarah’s images from the Illuminated Collective workshop on her blog here and here, and where they were featured on 100 Layer Cake

RENATA FRY

Devon based beautiful fine art wedding photography and family portraits.

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I chose these 3 images as I feel they sum up what the Illuminated Collective Workshop meant to me; beauty, elegant styling and warmth. Everything about the workshop was beautiful. The venue, the models, the detailing and the other attendees images from the day. The styling was simply stunning, as evident in the photos I have chosen. The weather on the day of the workshop was perfect; a warm sunny summer’s day which meant the light was perfect for late afternoon portraits in the grounds of Barnsley House. I just love the warm palette of corals and peaches in each of the images.

What does fine art photography mean to you?

Fine Art photography to me is all about capturing details, styling and romance. It’s about recording a moment through the eye of an artist, seeing things from a different view point and focussing on the little details that have been carefully chosen by the couple. My aim is to use natural light and soft tones to record those memories to cherish forever.

Why should a couple choose a film photographer?

I just adore film photography. The flattering skin tones, the use of natural light and the amazing palette of colours that film delivers are just simply stunning. When I look at images captured on film they remind me of impressionist paintings by great masters such as Claude Monet. The depth of colour is incredible. As a photographer I have to carefully compose each shot and I am more selective with what I photograph. I also have to think carefully about my camera settings to obtain correct exposure, so I am constantly learning and improving my own skills by using film.

You can see more of Renata’s images from the Illuminated Collective workshop on her blog here, and where they were featured on So You’re Getting Married.

THOMAS, BOWTIE & BELLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Gloucestershire based fine art wedding photographers who travel the UK

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What does fine art photography mean to you?

Fine Art Photography means different things to different people; but overall, I think that it is photography shaped with the photographer’s artistic vision. Fine Art photographers do not simply document, but take part in the creation of an image, be it film or digital. Our vision of fine art photography is to capture moments filled with light, creating dreamy airiness and elegant simplicity. Every image we capture is special, and being able to participate, shaping beautiful moments into beautiful images is what the fine art ethos is all about. It takes a unique perspective, involves emotion and therefore every photographer, and every image is different. A fine art style helps create romantic, classic and timeless imagery, capturing the moments that make memories, and the individual details that bring everything together.

Why should a couple choose a film photographer?

Every wedding is special, unique and beautiful. When you choose your photographer, you want one that documents every aspect and truly captures the essence of you and your day. I think film is precious, and as a result, can capture precious moments. It’s creative, intimate and considered – capturing real emotion through thoughtful framing and beautiful colours. Film fits perfectly with a fine art style, documenting your moments of romance, joy and happiness; as a bride and groom you get beautiful shots that are delicate and real. It has a unique, soft look not found in digital with a real depth that brings images to life. To be able to shoot film well means understanding how to create and shape an image, film speed and light. Choosing a film photographer you can be confident they will be considered, caring and invested in creating timeless images for you, perfect to print for your album. You’ll get imagery conveying the emotion of your big day for years to come, every time you flick through the pages.

You can see more of Thomas’ images from the Illuminated Collective workshop here

CLAIRE GRAHAM

London based fine art photographer specialising in beautiful artistic wedding & lifestyle portrait photography.

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What does fine art photography mean to you?

I believe fine art is a way of storytelling with artistic and beautiful photographs, using natural light, soft gentle colour tones and styled pretty details.  Fine art is often a story being told by putting all the small pieces together to create a comprehensive story with detail shots being just as important as the portraits. In my opinion, fine art photographers have more freedom to explore unlimited visual opportunities and include more of their personal expression when crafting their work.

Why should a couple choose a film photographer?

Film has a softer focus and a less then perfect quality that many people are growing to love or/and appreciate.  I adore the colour, dynamic range, grain and little imperfection film gives to my photographs. By using film I can create a soft romantic look to my work. I think being a film photographer has made me more aware and pushed me creatively, as well as giving me new perspective as a wedding photographer.  I personally feel a better photographer by incorporating film into my workflow.

You can see more of Claire’s images from the Illuminated Collective workshop here and where they were featured on Burnetts Boards

RACHEL JANE

Wiltshire based fine art and film photographer specialising in weddings & equine portraits

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What does fine art photography mean to you?

Fine art photography to me is capturing even the simplest of detail and turning it into something beautiful; something you would expect to see on the pages of a magazine. When I’m shooting, I always look for the most beautiful light which can transform an ordinary image into something magical. I love to style every last detail, making sure nothing is missed and this helps me produce a coherent set of images with a very artistic feel to them. I concentrate on capturing real emotion. I do a few ‘posed’ shots throughout the day and even then, I only gently direct my couples. This is typically how a fine art photographer works- shooting with more of an editorial style.

Why should a couple choose a film photographer?

Film creates tones and colours that digital fails to capture which is the main reason I choose to shoot with this format. It also means I have to think more about each shot and this in turn has helped me develop my style further. I create soft, romantic imagery aimed at the modern day bride.

You can see more of Rachel’s photos from the Illuminated Collective workshop here.

Supplier & Vendor Credits:

Workshop: Illuminated Collective | Styling: Jessie Thomson Wedding and Events | Venue: Barnsley House | Florals: The Rose Shed | Linens: Table To Dine For | Stationery: Juliet Grace Design | Cake: The Natural Cake Company | Engagement dresses: Maids to Measure | Wedding gowns: Johanna Hehir | Hair Accessories: Kelly Spence | Jewellery: Astely Clarke | Tableware: Helene Millot | Make up: Nina Norman | Hair: Nicholas White

STYLING WORKSHOP FOR WEDDING PROFESSIONALS

Last year I started teaching for the first time after receiving hundreds of emails asking for business advice or help creating styled shoots for publication. It all started with the very first Illuminated Collective workshop – a one day event for wedding photographers looking to refine their style towards more fine art weddings. I did a couple of sessions on styling props + decor, and can’t wait to share with you some of the images from a selection of attendees too.

I then took part in The Wedding Academy with Flourish & Prosper alongside a cast of industry heavyweights like Kat Williams from Rock n Roll Bride, Marianne Taylor, Sinclair Sellars from Maids to Measure and many more. It was eye opening, there is just so much business know how that wedding industry entrepreneurs have yet to take on board. From blogging to social media and PR, we covered it all!

There will be more photography workshops this year that are already making my creative brain explode with excitement, but first and foremost I am collaborating with so much more amazing talent at The Styling Workshop 2015 hosted by Flourish & Prosper on 27th April 2015 at the ever so fabulous Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire.

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So what’s it all about?

This one day workshop is an exclusive “how to” for wedding creatives looking to gain amazing images for their portfolio and increase coverage with magazines and blogs in order to attract more of the clients they’d like to work with. We show you how to build a beautiful tablescape, style + pose models, and arrange pretty details – as well as hands on styling sessions where you’ll get top tips and have your own creations photographed by a leading European fine art photographer. PLUS a chance to get your portfolio reviewed and a super lovely gift.

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Who’s speaking & contributing?

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Who is the workshop for?

This event is of most interest to stylists, planners and photographers planning their own editorial shoots – but also any other wedding creatives with products or services to sell, from cake bakers to prop hire. We’re encouraging all attendees to bring their own items to style with our guidance, and will be giving everyone a little styling homework (we promise it’s fun!).

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How much is it and how do I register?

The investment for the day is £595.00 which includes all materials and refreshments, but not travel and accommodation. You can purchase a ticket here and get 10% off with discount code JESSIELOVES or request payment by instalments by emailing info@weareflourishandprosper.com – there are limited places available, in order to make sure everyone get’s the highest level of attention and teaching.

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These images were taken by Taylor Barnes Photography as part of the Illuminated Collective workshop last year, who will also be speaking at The Styling Workshop on 27th April 2015. It was styled by me with an amazing cast of vendors you can find below, and is in the current issue of You & Your Wedding Magazine available in shops now.

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Vendors: Photography: Taylor Barnes Photography | Styling: Jessie Thomson Wedding and Events | Venue: Barnsley House | Florals: The Rose Shed | Assistant Stylist: Westwood Design | Linens: Table To Dine For | Stationery: Juliet Grace Design | Cake: The Natural Cake Company | Bridal Boutique: The White Rose Bridal | Engagement dresses: Maids to Measure via The White Rose Bridal | Wedding gowns: Johanna Hehir via The White Rose Bridal | Hair Accessories: Kelly Spence | Jewellery: Astely Clarke | Tableware: Helene Millot | Make up: Nina Norman | Hair: Nicholas White

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