Sarah & Richard… welcome home! I’m sure you have a touch of the post-honeymoon blues so here’s a little something to help ease you back in to normal life again…. A preview of your beautiful wedding in the prettiest village hall I’ve ever seen and the greatest best man’s speech ever I suspect. I hope you enjoy looking through these as much as I enjoyed shooting your wedding! Lots of love xxx
This is one of the most elegant weddings I’ve ever photographed. A magical venue, just 10 guests, his and hers Louboutins, the cutest little ring bearer ever (their son), the most FUN bridesmaids and such an amazing couple.
It was an absolute pleasure Ashley & Greg! Congratulations guys, have a safe trip back to California and enjoy these previews! xx
So I’m just back from an incredible week in France. I took a few days holiday after a very busy summer (if I hadn’t we would not have had a holiday all year, oops!) and took Mr P over for a few days to celebrate his birthday, then packed him off home and headed off to this beautiful fairytale chateau in the Dordogne… the setting for Natalie & Tom’s wedding. The foggy morning gave way to a beautiful October day and it couldn’t have been more perfect.
Natalie & Tom, here are your sneak previews! Something you can enjoy now that reality has set in, and something to keep you going until your honeymoon. : ) Thank you for letting me be a part of your incredible day! xxx
I have been waiting (what feels like) FOREVER for today.
Back in July I received an email to tell me that I had been nominated for Rangefinder Magazine’s annual ’30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography’. I still get butterflies when I think about it. I read and re-read the email a few times and then just sat staring at it.
This is a really prestigious, worldwide (gulp) industry ‘award’ for want of a better word. Rangefinder describes it as “the best emerging talent in the industry today, nominated by industry insiders (blog and magazine editors, veteran photographers, vendor sponsors and RF editors) and judged by the Rangefinder editorial staff”.
Photographers cannot nominate themselves. And I had no idea who had nominated me but I wanted to kiss them.
Some of the photographers who have graced this list in previous years are people I admire HUGELY… Fer Juaristi, Nordica, Nirav Patel, Emma Case, Logan Cole, Andria Lindquist, Marianne Taylor, Sean Flanigan (who I get to meet in Italy on a workshop in just a few weeks), Ed Peers and last but by no means least, the amazing Sassy from Assassynation. I have pored over the list for the last couple of years, ogling the work of these inspirational photographers from all over the world… to think I could be on it too was crazy and very humbling.
After many hours, hundreds of photographs and a lot of swapping and changing I sent off my requested 30 images and tried not to think about it (I failed).
Fast forward a month… email arrives….’We’ve Chosen!’. A MILLION things went through my head – many of them expletives. I wasn’t expecting to hear until November… ”Congratulations Claire! We at Rangefinder have chosen you as one of the 30 Rising Stars of 2014!’
I don’t think I squealed, I didn’t even cry (unusual for me)… I was just floored and sat there in disbelief. I told my husband, Dad and a few very close friends but I wasn’t allowed to announce anything publicly until today and it’s been killing me!
So yeah… I am on THAT list. One of 30 Rising Stars… in the WORLD. My mind is officially blown. All because I got back off my honeymoon with a renewed love for photography and decided to sell my wedding dress to fund my first ‘proper’ camera.
A BIG shout out to my amazing couples…past, present and future. Whether you’re featured above/in the magazine or not, it’s you who make what I do possible and so much more than just a job. Thank you.
I’m also thankful to Blair de Laubenfels, co-founder of JunebugWeddings.com, who nominated me (I later found out) and to the judges who chose my work from the 150 nominated. And to Andrea, Kate, Ade, Maria, Anna and Nicola for helping me to choose which images to submit. Without you I would still be deciding!
Seriously proud to be joined on the list by the very talented Alan, Andy and Hannah. To think Hannah and I had a mutual commiseration party all planned out involving Facebook chat and lots of gin. I’m so excited to see who else is on there with us.
The magazine is out in November (in the States) and I will share when it’s published.
One from a couple of weeks back on the blog this afternoon… Louisa & Dan got married mid week so I went along for the ceremony and then the next day to Trevor Hall Mansion… a seriously impressive pad that they hired for them and all their friends to enjoy a weekend long after party, starting with a 1920′s themed banquet on the first night. What a brilliant idea. Here’s just a small taster of both days for the happy couple – I hope you are enjoying your honeymoon guys. xxx