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
Sharing Inspiration - One of the things I really wanted to focus on when coming back to social media was to share more of myself and my interests so that you can really see what influences my work so I'll be sharing art and photography this year that inspires me. Of course I adore weddings but I strongly believe that only looking within your own industry to draw inspiration from (as well as worrying so much about being commercial) is the quickest way to die creatively. I recently lugged all my old sketch books and art books out the cupboard to actually just enjoy photography and get back to what made me want to be a photographer over 6 years ago now. This image by @_annieleibovitz was one that made me realise how much I love ethereal portraits. The juxtaposition of beauty and discomfort have always captured my imagination. _ I also used to have a massive crush on @leonardodicaprio but that's a whole other story 😂 #leonardodicaprio #annieleibovitz #art #portraits #swan #ethereal
Women wear capes too _ Love this wedding dress cape that was used in the church! It totally has a 60's ish feel to it which I love. #bridalcape #weddingdress #rosebouquet #quietmoments #beforechurch #bridal
Shoe Envy - Love the colour of this nude against the colour of the table - Shooting the stationary of this wedding today as the lovely bride didn't have her invitation suite with her on the day... I ordered the same flowers to shoot with so currently waiting for the florist to deliver them... I considered buying the shoes too...you know just as a styling prop of course... 🙄 @maisonvalentino @jomalone #valentino #bridalshoes #bridal #perfume #luxury #oxfordweddings
Clarity _ Having 5 months 'off' has given me so much clarity as a photographer, a business owner and as a person. Although I have still been shooting weddings this summer (posting over the next few days), I have taken on a lot less this year with baby's arrival. I'm shooting only one wedding a month this year, plus smaller more relaxed family shoots (normal shooting resumes in 2018) and the headspace it has given me has been so therapeutic (not to mention free weekends to enjoy catching up wth friends and family). I know it may sound crazy but having less time has made me more focussed, efficient and better at my job. Taking a step back from the wedding industry has given me sooo much more confidence in my own ability and the space to realise how much I have achieved over the last five years. It's given me the clarity to strip back all the noise like worrying what everyone else is up to and non essential things in my business and to just focus on caring for my clients and giving them an improved personalised service as well as growing and offering new services. It has given me guilt free time as a mum and time to actually have other interests. Despite initially thinking turning away clients would harm my business, I know now that 2017 is going to be a year full of fond memories, a year that invoked so much positive change in achieving a better life work balance, because let's face it how many of us struggle with that?!
Dedicated to my Husband _ We are waving goodbye to this amazing man this morning as he heads back to work after an amazing 5 month paternity extravaganza. To have 5 months quality time to spend as a family is something I know we will only be able to fully appreciate as the years go by, as we watch our little baby boy grow and we look back on the lazy days going from coffee shop to coffee shop. I will hold dear to me the strolls to and from baby massage, sensory and play dates, as well as trips to Spain, Scotland and throughout England and Italy, pottering from poolside to beach. Most of all, I will miss all the laughter, the cuddles and the understanding looks as we both look lovingly on our sweet, (finally!) sleeping baby. It has been all at once, the most tiring and challenging time of our relationship to date but the most beautiful time that we have experienced together. I was so sure one of us would want to kill each other (probably him of me!) but we both live happily to tell the tale and I'm really going to miss being together throughout the day...mainly because who is going to make my peanut butter/banana toast and lattes for me now! Thank you for loving us the way you do! #thesearethedays #paternity #nostalgia #fuji400h #carmencitafilmlab
My 29th Year _ As we drove back to our trulli from #Ostuni last night, my husband asked me for a review of my 29th year. The highs, the lows and what I want to achieve in the next year. _ As I started rattling off my list, I realised so much has been achieved this year despite the backdrop of a very unpleasant pregnancy. My ultimate highlights were marrying the love of my life in Italy, my father in law went into remission, we created a healthy and sweet little boy, I strengthened my relationship with my little brother (in law), my work got featured in many more publications, ( @youyourwedding @perfectweddingmag to name a few) and my couples got even more sweet, stylish and laid back. We were also incredibly lucky that my husband was able to take 5 months paternity leave allowing me to enjoy both motherhood and growing my business. I'm incredibly grateful for this time we get to spend together building precious memories. _ Pregnancy and labour were harder than I ever imagined and there are so many things you encounter that no one speaks about until you are knee deep in pregnancy. I found the inability and pain to move around incredibly frustrating and the sight of such swollen ankles indeed reduced me to tears on many an occasion. _ I'm really looking forward to this next year watching my baby grow and giving us more beautiful smiles and giggles. My goal this year is to launch my personal blog (I've always been an oversharer and writing is cathartic). I've wanted to do it for years to discuss issues that are important to me but couldn't quite find the right time or confidence to do so. We'll hopefully be moving house to a greener area and I'm also so excited this year to work for a whole host of creatives getting married, (this year seem to all come from fashion and interior industries which has so far been a dream to shoot). The new website is formally launching this summer too (though you can get a peak of it now) and I'll be growing my offerings to industry suppliers too. It's a full year ahead, juggling work, life and motherhood but I'm ready to go! That's not to say I'll be turning down life hacks if anyone has any for juggling life with a bambino.