Getting ready for Monday like 💃🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m officially back to work tomorrow and so I’m pumping myself up for a mammoth email tackling session. This week I’ve got one wedding to finish up editing, that I shot just before closing for Christmas and I’m going to be trying a new work schedule so that I can get the best of both worlds, doing a job I love and having fun with Otto. 👩👦 I really struggled last year with trying to balance work and baby so I’ve decided to take on some helpers this year with admin and web. We also hired a cleaner and I swear to god if my husband ever decides it’s not a necessary expenditure, he will have to prise her from my tight grip. The day the cleaner comes is honestly the day I live my best life! 🤣 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ll let you know how I get on my quest to ‘have it all’.
NEARLY HOME We are on our way back home today from Scotland. I’ve been really good this holiday and stayed away from my work. My goal is to be more present this year when I’m with family and so far I think I’ve done alright. 👩🏻💻 It was quite a rollercoaster of a trip home this holiday though as my grandmother was admitted to the hospital and to a high dependency unit. It’s distressing and frustrating to see a senior member of the family as confused and upset as she was. It’s a strange age to be at the moment, when you are no longer the youngest, being parented but where you are parenting your grand/parents. 👵🏻 When I’m shooting weddings I always try make sure I can get a few really lovely portraits and candids of grandparents and older family members, like this tender moment when a grandmother listened to her son describe his love and pride for his daughter, the bride. 👰🏻 I always wonder what goes through this generations thoughts during a wedding. I usually notice them sitting back, just watching the activities unfold. If they are anything like my own grandmother it will be a mixture of joy, pride, amusement, nostalgia and a bit of sadness.
Hello and happy new year to all my old and new followers. Given the new year, I thought I’d introduce myself properly. 👋🏻 I’m Alethiea, wedding and lifestyle photographer behind Xander and Thea. A Scottish-Italian girl with a Greek name married to an English-Indian boy and mama to a nine month old baby boy called Otto, living in the South of Birmingham, UK and shooting weddings and lifestyle shoots throughout the U.K. and abroad. 🏴🇮🇹🇮🇳🏴 I grew up by the sea in Edinburgh and on the Italian riviera and there isn’t a better feeling than being back near the sea. How I ended up in the most inner point of the U.K. beats me. 🌊 I love sparkles but equally love rustic textures like crumbling stones and faded paint on wood. I love a dinner party over a night out and I drive my husband nuts with my obsession of candles. 🕯 I’m a huge nostalgic. I love stories of love, of pain, of the human condition. All stories that unite us, that celebrate our unique experiences, stories that can be passed down to each generation. Wedding speeches are my favourite part of a wedding for this very reason. 🗣 I’d love for us to get to know each other better. You can see my behind the scenes on my insta stories and my wedding tips and personal musings on my feed. 🤗 If you are new around here or we haven’t connected yet, introduce yourself below! I’d love to get to know you more.
Door on 2017 is officially closed and I’m looking forward to 2018 so much. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We have new babies in the family, my best friends wedding and a year of laid back weddings at incredible venues to look forward too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For now I’m enjoying a few more days back home in Edinburgh and planning my baby’s first birthday party (essentially wedding reception reunion!😂 I’ll use any excuse to throw a party) before getting back to work! Venue: @claridgeshotel Flowers: @mcqueensflowers
Fave Nine _ It is safe to say the highlight of our year was meeting our son, Otto Aloysius. He came into our world a few weeks earlier than expected but after a difficult pregnancy it really was a relief and since then he has given us so much joy, love, laughter. I honestly didn’t know if it was possible to add more love to our relationship but he has strengthened our love in ways I don’t think I can even explain. He has tested our relationship and also given us no option really but to learn to be more patient and more tolerant with each other when we are massively sleep deprived and I’m so proud of how we have coped as first time parents and as husband and wife in the face of such a challenge. It was difficult for sure as you are both desperately fighting for ‘me’ time but we found that as long as you keep lines of communication open, remember you are a team and to laugh in spite of yourselves you can’t go wrong. _ My biggest challenge this year was naively not taking any time off work. I massively reduced how many weddings I shot to just one a month but was back shooting weddings only 6 weeks after giving birth and was sending invoices and receipts as I lay in my hospital bed the morning after giving birth (I look back and realise I was mental). I really struggled with work/life balance this year. Feeling guilty when I was working and not spending time with Otto and vice versa. I’ve always been really ambitious, always have some kind of project on the go and it feels stupid to say but I really had no idea how much a baby slows your pace. For the last five years, we have both put our everything into our work so I feel like I had a mini identity crisis this year. I’m going to continue working on being ok with the slower pace of life, where some days if all you manage time for is to get your hair blow dried and your makeup on you’ve had a pretty successful day. _ Every year my New Years resolutions have been work related but this year I’m vowing to just be more present. To take a lead out of my bride and grooms books and to enjoy living life and not worry if I’m posting enough to social media etc. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy New Year when it comes! Joy, Love, Peace to all
Merry Christmas to all! May your food be cooked to perfection, your families be merry and in good health and may you have everything you wished for!
Happy Anniversary to these gorgeous two! _ I can't believe it has already been a year since your wonderful day at @hamptonmanorweddings where the sun shone and all the thoughtful details you made and curated came together beautifully. It was such a joy to capture! (Recently featured on @rockmywedding, have a peak at the cake table!!) _ Claire's fantastic blog @thegreeneyedgirl_ has been nominated for an Interior Blog Award- give her a follow and your vote. Link is in her profile. _ (Thank you to @jessiesorores for recommending me to Claire and Will too. Hopefully we can work together soon) _ dev/scan #carmencitafilmlab #engagementsession #fuji400h
This is still one of my favourite images I shot a couple of years ago now on the gorgeous beach at @hmglamping and featured in @scottishwomanmagazine _ Believe it or not, this was a freezing cold January morning in Scotland but look at the light! I have to say I do miss this about living in Scotland. The light is almost white, the air is crisp and the sun warm. _ Shot on #fuji400h on my old (very loud) #mamiya645 and scan/dev by @carmencitalab Dress by @watters provided by the kind and stylish @cocoandkate