The wedding planning process has changed significantly in 2020.
I’m here to share some good news, and give you the tips that I’ve learned over the past few months.
‘I’m Michelle and I’m a wedding photographer from Newcastle. I’ve been working with my couples since March to re-plan their weddings. Along the way, I’ve learned a number of things
1. SMALL IS BETTER
For the past number of years, I’ve watched wedding guest counts (and price tags!) get really out of hand when planning. In my experience, this is usually due to family pressure. At some point, a lot of my couples have started to feel like it’s not even their wedding any longer. That they’re along for the ride.
THIS YEAR IS YOUR EXCUSE TO HAVE THE WEDDING YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO.
You now have full control over the guest list. You get to invite the most important people in your life to be there, and you actually have time to be with them-
2. YOU GET TO SPEND TIME WITH EVERYONE THERE
Traditionally, it’s actually rare for my couples to actually talk to everyone that attends their wedding.
With a smaller wedding, you can now spend time with everyone you’ve invited.
Couples this year are saving so much money on weddings. Prices really have gotten out of control, and now you can spend the money you save in other places.
4. YOU CAN NOW GET MARRIED ANYWHERE
This is one of the most exciting things with micro weddings – you can get married anywhere.
You no longer have to look for hall to accommodate a certain guest count, while also meeting the budget.
Now you get to be creative. Some of my couples are getting married in forests, in front of waterfalls, and at restaurants that would not have been possible with a larger guest count.
5. BETTER WEDDING PHOTOS
As a wedding photographer, this is the most exciting part of micro weddings for me.
Weddings have become much simpler overall. Which means, less stress for you on the day. No problems to troubleshoot, you just get to enjoy the day.
This lack of stress on the wedding day, really comes through in the photos.
We have all the time we need for photos, and we’re in control of the time of day we take them. At a traditional wedding, the photo session just kind of fits wherever it fits – which means non-ideal lighting conditions where you might not look your best.
Micro weddings, we can schedule at the best time of day for photos.
To add to that, you can now use the budget you saved to spend a little more on the details you’d really like to have.
SO HOW DO YOU PLAN THE BEST MICRO WEDDING?
Pick your dream location. There are no longer any rules to where you should have your ceremony.
Parks, locations, and businesses are all really going out of their way to be super accommodating these days, and that makes your life a lot easier.
Spend some of the money you’re saving on bringing in great vendors. Budgets usually get stressed really thin because of the number of guests at the wedding. This is your excuse to involve all of the vendors you would want to have for your dream wedding.
Set up an on location dinner, or move to a restaurant. With smaller guest counts, it’s now possible to set up a small reception wherever you’d like. Again, whatever your dream location is for this, this is probably the only year that it will be possible to do.
TO GET THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHS:
Schedule your ceremony when it’s good for photos. 2 hours before sunset will give us the best light for photos.
Hire a photographer (me!) for 2-3 hours. That will cover a little of the getting ready, the ceremony, family photos and photos of the two of you. (There are also packages if you’d like me to come to the reception)
My photography is primarily candid, so it’ll be a more relaxing experience than you might think right now.
Safety in this time is a priority for me. I will respect all current local rules.
If you’re interested in working together, please send me a note in the contact form below, and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.
Thanks for reading and if you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch!
Considering an Engagement Session
I love pre wedding shoots! They are a great way for us to break the ice and also a good opportunity to get some relaxed portraits of you together documenting this exciting time in your lives. Let’s face it is not often you have an excuse to get have yourselves photographed as a couple in this way. People are often a little uncomfortable about the idea of it, but it’s a great way to see how you can get beautiful, relaxed images.
It really is a fun thing to do and nice to look back on when you hit your milestone anniversaries.
Seriously though a pre wedding session is a great way to get over the negative mindset of “I hate having my picture taken” it can help to get over the deer in headlights stage and give you the chance to relax in front of the camera.
My approach to a pre wedding shoot is to never really pose my couples. All I ask of them is that they have a little wander and a chat with one another, engage and enjoy being together. The best photographs for me are always the ones when the moments I capture are interaction between the couple and each other rather that the couple and me. It is about getting used to having me there without feeling like you are being photographed in an intrusive manner.
An engagement photo-shot can be a useful way to hear more about the couples story and I can begin to build a relationship with them so that on the wedding day it I do not feel like I am a stranger.
“Choose me. Marry me. Let me make you happy.” ~ My Best Friend’s Wedding
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Many couples have had to postpone their 2020 Wedding Days – but what are weddings going to be like for them after lockdown?
On the 23rd March 2020 the UK-wide lockdown sent shockwaves across the country, bringing an abrupt halt to our lives and future plans. With the lockdown measures put in place to avoid the spread of coronavirus, many couples had their wedding days put in to uncertainty. For some, weddings were days away, others in the following weeks and months and the lockdown was forecast to be at least 12 weeks before the first review. It was a major source of concern for the wedding service industry as well as the couples and families that it would immediately effect.
In the UK, and in fact across the world, this pandemic has meant that those couples looking forward to their spring and summer wedding day have been forced to look at postponing, rescheduling them until 2021 or 2o22, or for others it has meant that instead of the big wedding they had planned it has been scaled down to 30 people maximum at present from July 2020 and has to factor in social distancing. Can you imagine your wedding day family portraits with social distancing, not the happy, fun and joyous images that you had hoped for.
With all the disappointment over postponed weddings in the last few months and calls to suppliers trying to reschedule to their new wedding date, the continual question as a wedding photographer I have been asked is “when do you think that weddings will actually start back up again, and what might they be like post-coronavirus?”. Unfortunately I was as hopeful and helpless as my couples, I want nothing more than to capture the days they have dreamed of, but while things are slowly easing out of lockdown, I do think that any sort of ‘normal’ wedding may still be some months away from being possible.
Today, the 29th June the Government issued new guidance for weddings in the UK, here is an extract from that guidance that will affect your wedding day.
The marriage ceremony or civil partnership formation
- Should only take place in COVID-19 secure environments. Where a marriage ceremony can take place legally in other places not covered by this guidance (such as outdoor weddings that are permitted under the Marriage Act), the legal restrictions on gatherings must be followed for that place.
- It is advised that the ceremonies and services should be concluded in the shortest reasonable time, and limited as far as reasonably possible to the parts of the marriage or civil partnership that are required in order to be legally binding under the law of England and Wales.
- Religious communities should therefore adapt traditional religious aspects, especially where celebrations would otherwise have taken place over a number of hours, or even days, to ensure the safety of those present and minimal spread of infection.
- Large wedding receptions or parties after should not take place after the marriage ceremony or civil partnership formation. See restaurants and other hospitality industries guidance for further information.
- No food or drink should be consumed as a part of the event unless required for the purposes of solemnisation.
- Where the exchanging of rings is required or desired for the solemnisation of the marriage or the formation of the civil partnership, hands should be washed before and after. The rings should be handled by as few people as possible.
- Where an infant is involved in proceedings a parent/guardian or member of the infant’s household should hold the infant.
Social distancing measures
- All individuals involved in the ceremony (including attendees, guests and officiants) should be signposted to the current stay alert and social distancing guidance and that they or members of their household should not attend the marriage or civil partnership if they are unwell with symptoms of COVID-19. If either member of the couple have symptoms of COVID-19 the ceremony should not go ahead.
- Wherever possible, adhere to social distancing of at least 2 metres, or 1 mere with risk mitigation (where 2 metres is not viable), between households. For frequently used venues, mark areas using floor tape or paint to help people maintain social distance.
- You should consider and set out the mitigations you will introduce in your risk assessment. These could include, for instance, avoiding any face-to-face seating by changing layouts, reducing the number of people in enclosed spaces, improving ventilation, using protective screens and face coverings, and closing non-essential social spaces, as outlined throughout this guidance.
- People from different households should maintain social distancing between one another. This may require marriages or civil partnerships to be adapted to remove practices that would otherwise have brought people into contact with one another, unless required for the marriage or civil partnership to be legally binding. Where this is the case precautions should be put in place to minimise contact and ensure the timeframe is as short as possible.
- Visitors should avoid touching property belonging to others, such as shoes which, if removed, should be placed and collected by their owner while adhering to social distancing principles.
To read the rule document please follow this link:
What will weddings post-lockdown look like?
It is very clear that weddings in the immediate future will be far smaller than normal. Weddings with up to 30 guests can take place from 4th July in England. Here are the two clear differences I can see at the moment;
Guest lists could become a lot shorter – by necessity
I expect to see many more smaller, intimate weddings in the months ahead and social distancing still being part of everyday life even if it is reduced to 1 metre apart. We are told to avoid face-to-face seating by changing layout and table plans, at present all hospitality indoors will be table service only, and contact between staff and customers will be limited. Reducing the number of people in enclosed spaces which effect the ceremony and reception space (and of course the dance floor). The use of protective screens and face covering are not going to look fantastic in your wedding photos, and don’t forget to carry your hand sanitiser with your bridal bouquet.
Weekday weddings are becoming a lot more popular
Despite weekend weddings being in much higher demand for obvious reasons, couples who are rescheduling for 2021 had to think about a weekday wedding in order to have their wedding day sooner, rather than wait a year or more for a weekend wedding date. Let’s be honest, the longer you wait the more likely you are to have the wedding day celebration you dreamed of. However if you really don’t want to wait anymore to say “I do” then I would look at having a small wedding ceremony now and then have the reception at a later date with you renewing your vows or having a marriage blessing.
If you are looking at rescheduling your wedding or have become engaged during this lockdown and would like to find out more about my wedding photography, please do get in touch, we can arrange a zoom call and soon be able to meet for coffee or cocktails to discuss your plans.
What are Doortraits I hear you ask, well they are Doorstep Portraits, they have been my way of giving back to the NHS and photographing portraits at this time of lockdown.
Well life does seem to be starting to coming back, okay gyms and nail bars are not yet open but i have a hair appointment booked Yippie! It’s been a very strange time and i am sure it’s going to be a bit different for some time to come. It’s been three months since I was photographing weddings and portraits I really missed meeting people and finding out their story. I was starting to go a little crazy in a household of boys so when it was safe I started taking portraits of people and families on their doorsteps to document life during the COVID-19 lockdown
As the Coronavirus started to spread across the globe earlier this year, a new way for photographers to take family portraits from a safe distance began to emerge
Like everyone else, I saw my work as a wedding photographer come to an abrupt halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting me to start this project and help lift the spirits the people in my area.
I am still working as a photography teacher at our local high school setting students tasks to document their lockdown lives and the environment around them so I put a post out on social media asking anyone in my area to DM me if they wanted to be part of the project. I made it clear that it would take no longer than 10 minutes, families would receive their images via secure download, and, most importantly, I would be practicing social distancing by using a long lens.
I either travelled on the bike, foot short distance in my car (camera bag is a heavy beast) and take the portraits. Of course it always takes a bit longer than it should because of all the chats, I love meeting people and have a good natter.
The Best Wedding Songs That Will Get Your Guests on the Dance Floor
food are all important, but nothing makes or breaks a reception like the music, I love being on the dance floor with my camera, its a great experience, everyone is having fun and letting their hair down!
Whether you choose a band, DJ, or make a playlist yourself, with guests of all ages and preferences it can be hard to make sure everyone’s enjoying themselves on the dance floor. Worrying about whether the music is good is the last thing anyone wants to do on their wedding day so I selected the most popular songs for a wedding that will make sure everyone gets up out of their seat, hits the dance floor and has the time of their lives.
When planning a wedding, the dress, venue, flowers, and
10 songs guaranteed to fill the dancefloor at your wedding reception
1. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
2. Dancing Queen – Abba
3. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
4. “You’re the One that I Want” from Grease.
5. Never Forget – Take That
6. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
7. Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne
8. “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.
9. Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston..
10. Best Day of my Life by American Authors .
North East Wedding Photography at Walworth Castle
Stephanie and Andy’s Wedding | Documentary wedding photography at Walworth Castle
Stephanie and Andy booked me as their wedding photographer because they loved my natural and relaxed style.
The bride and groom to be requested a few family group pictures and couple portraits but the rest of the photographs would be all unposed, unscripted and just how it unfolded, which is what documentary wedding photography is all about,
When you have a wedding in a castle such as Walworth Castle you already feel like you are a princess, and that is what Steph my Disney made bride wanted, and when you have a wedding in a castle you just know it’s going to be fabulous.
Everything about this wedding was just lovely, the bridal prep through to the ceremony was just constant giggles,
It was a really great atmosphere, lots of fun and a brilliant celebration for this lovely couple. Though the whole day I found everyone was laughing, chatting and just having a great time. Especially when Andy had his future mother in law was down the aisle to Star Wars Imperial March… yes, Darth Vader!
The speeches tear-jerking and hilarious in equal measures, and the first dance through to the party had an electric atmosphere.
What a great wedding!!!
A huge thanks to Stephanie & Andy for inviting me along to capture their big day but making me feel a real part of your family and friends.
If you are looking for documentary wedding photography please click here to get in touch.
Sarah & Craig’s Tipi Wedding
This Bride and Groom wanted a relaxed chilled out wedding day and a party in the evening so The New Plough in Newcastle was the perfect venue.
The day started for me with the Bride, Sarah and her family at home getting ready with hair, makeup and a few drinks even the father of the bride got in on the act. It was great fun. The whole day was seemless and very chilled. When Sarah walked into the tipi I am sure I heard Craig take a big breath to hold in his emotions, she looked amazing and her dress was just perfect. Surrounded by family and friends they became Husband and Wife to the joy and excitement of all in the tipi.
Following the reception drinks and yummy cocktails, I took the happy couple down the road to an open space to take their pictures. It was a lovely part of the day where the couple got to chat and relax with each other, the joy of photographing with a long lens is that I can’t hear what they are saying to each other so I can just observe and capture the natural interaction between them and only posing them when I needed to.
We then went back to the New Plough for the reception meal, speeches and of course the party in the evening with the band Hip Operation which was fantastic fun.
Here’s a quick look at the highlights from their big day.
The New Plough is the perfect venue for couples that want a venue that is a little different. If you are looking for a wedding photographer in the North East please get in touch.
The Vermont Hotel in Newcastle is a fantastic venue to work at. It is a classic 1930’s art deco style Hotel in the heart of Newcastle with a roof top terrace which has great views over the Newcastle city skyline, making it a very chic location for your wedding day ceremony and reception.
It was lovely to be back at The Vermont for Claire and David’s wedding day. I was thrilled when they asked me to be their wedding photographer for the day. Their wedding day was classic but not formal, relaxed and centered on their family and friends. All in all, a really wonderful day.
Here are our favourites from their day
Wedding photography in the North East covering Newcastle and the Durham and Sunderland
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Affecting Wedding Plans
Hello lovely 2020 couples.
It is an extremely worrying time for everyone at the moment with the UK government announced that all pubs, cafes, bars, and restaurants to close on the 20th and the continuing instruction to stay at home you must be very concerned about your wedding day plans. A majority of retail shops, salons, Hotels/Wedding venues have announced that they are closing and this will have a direct influence on if your Wedding going ahead as planned or not.
If your Wedding is unable to go ahead on your original date or you wish to postpone it’s important to act as quickly as you can. It is also crucial you follow the instructions below:
I know you gave a lot of your mind and not sure what to do but You MUST:
If the planned date is not going ahead get as many free dates as possible from your Wedding venue.
Contact all of your suppliers who offer their services on the day and send them your list of new dates. They will let you know which dates they are free, vendors are all working together on this and you will have the day of your dreams. Pencil in the new date and contact the suppliers so you can confirm that they are available, once this is done, confirm with your venue.
To give you peace of mind, all monies paid will be transferred across to your new date with no extra cost to pay. However, if you choose to cancel your booking then contract terms and conditions will still apply.*
If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are ALL in this together and we WILL get through this together.
Best wishes and I look forward to seeing you soon.
Why book a professional wedding photographer?
Yes its true everyone’s got a camera on their phone, there are some apps that take really good photos on them and most people know someone who has a good camera and likes to take pictures but is that the same?
Are you thinking of asking that friend with a nice camera if they’ll be your wedding photographer.
Here are a few reasons why you really should be looking for a professional wedding photographer to capture your wedding?
Be our guest – You want your guests to enjoy the day!
Wedding photographers work over 10 hours on a wedding day. Taking pictures all day long, your friend /family member might not be able to relax and enjoy the day as your guest. Let them come and enjoy themselves!
ERROR – Professional photographers carry back-ups!
Do not chances – the wedding day is too important. I always carry a back-up camera on me throughout the day, so if the worst happens, I can still capture those one-off moments. In addition to a back-up camera, I carry spare lenses, batteries, flashes, and memory cards (lots of them) sewing kits, pain-killers, hair grips, and tissues.
Just turn up on the day, take a few pictures that would be great
Yes okay, you may think that there really is nothing to it, but you are not going to ask the chef if your friend can come in and use his kitchen to cook the food because they do a great Sunday roast! There’s more to it than meets the eye. The reality is that the professional photographer will have planned out the whole day in advance, working with your timetable of the day, watching the weather, knowing where the sun will be and when it will set, it’s all about the light! They work with your venue, mapping out some great locations for photographs, making sure your day runs smoothly. They will spend several-day editing and enhancing all your photos to make them look as beautiful as possible.
Professional photographers have invested time and money into their craft, sourcing the right equipment, and training because they love what they do. A good photographer wants to get the WOW factor, to capture images you will want to frame and hang on your walls. Whereas your guests will be wanting to catch up with family members, your photographer will be concentrating on your photography.
Anyone can buy the professional camera but tt’s really not all about the gear
Professional photographers have spent countless hours with a camera in their hand, they know it back to front. But it’s much more about the artistry, how to compose a shot, how to take stunning images in all different lighting and weather conditions, how to take beautiful photos all day long. Auto mode on the camera doesn’t mean you can just point and click and expect wonderful wedding photography.
Accidents will happen! – Professional photographers are insured
Where there is blame there is a claim. We have some amazing venues available for weddings in the North East from stately homes to country barns, they offer wedding days to thousands of brides every year but…. what If your friend who you’ve asked to take your photos breaks something at the venue, or injures themselves or someone else while taking pictures for you, what happens? Did you know that most wedding venues will require an insurance certificate from the photographer.
Please remember, your photos are the only lasting memory of the day, the food, cake, and flowers will not survive- don’t take any risks. You’ve only got one chance to capture those memories, so you need a photographer who you can totally trust.
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Hello and welcome to the highlights of Helen and Richard’s wedding at The Grand Hotel Tynemouth. It was a lovely day from start to finish. In the morning Helen had a quick trip to the hairdressers Ticketyboo in Whitley Bay to start her bridal transformation. After a little processco and hairspray Helen travelled back to Laurel House, which is part of the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth , to get ready with her ladies. These ladies call themselves the T club (the T will always be a secret) which is a friendship that was formed years ago and they have become each others anchor.
The morning was not without a few hick ups. Helen’s goddaughter had unfortunately left her flower girl dress at home in Wales. So after visiting nearly every TKmaxx between Wales and Newcastle the dress was posted overnight and arrived at 10am – thank you Royal Mail! So what’s a bride to do when the flower girls dress has arrived in the post? That’s right, get the ironing board out! Honestly we had such a giggle getting ready to walk down the aisle. It was fabulous to be with these ladies.
In the meantime Rich and the Gentlemen had arrived in the bar at The Grand Hotel to get a few drinks and settle some nerves. Richard was all smiles, as this was the day he had been waiting for. He took a last sip of his drink as he went in to the Orchard Room to wait for his bride!
He did not have to wait long, as it‘a a short walk from Laurel House to the Grand Hotel, and thankfully the rain held off! Within 30 minutes they were husband and wife and their smiles where infectious.
Following their “I do’s” they went back in to the bar area as the Orchard Room was to be transformed for afternoon tea. It was the ideal time to complete their family photographs. We took their portraits on the staircase at the Grand Hotel as by then the rain was coming down very heavily and nobody wanted to get wet. The staircase makes for a wonderful backdrop for photographs.
Afternoon tea was served and it was delicious! That’s all I can say!!!
The couple then took time to relax and prepare for the evening celebrations were they would have more of their friends arrive to enjoy an evening of dancing! These girls love a little bit of Abba
To Helen and Richard, I wish you all the best for your future together. You have found that person you cannot imagine being without and that fills my heart with joy for you both.
Love Michelle xx
I’ve shot a fair few weddings at The Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle now and I’ve got to hand it to Anthea and Ollie… this was definitely one to remember You see these guys are just great fun, there’s no other way to describe them, and their day was completely unique to them. It was relaxed, fun, definitely romantic, and at the end of the day it was one big party with all their nearest and dearest.
I love talking about weddings, but instead, let’s find out what Anthea and Ollie thought about their wonderful wedding day….
The Love Story
We met in Ibiza 10 years ago whilst we were both on holiday. We knew in Ibiza that we were meant for each other and that we met our soulmate. We had a long-distance relationship for 6 years and although hard at times we always had our exciting goal of living up here together and getting married at heart.
The Best Part Of The Wedding Day
Olly- Anthea walking down the aisle and our first dance.
Anthea – Us saying our vows to each other and our first dance.
We wanted to share our love for each other and our love for Ibiza with our nearest and dearest. It was great fun giving everyone a taste of Ibiza in Newcastle! Glitter, glow sticks and great music!
The Wedding Details
The dress I chose was the complete opposite of what I thought I wanted. I wasn’t even going to try it on but after trying a fitted fishtail style dress I knew I wasn’t going to be able to throw shapes at the reception in it! When I tried my dress on I felt like a princess and loved that I could actually move and breathe! I loved the lace detail and sparkles. I came across some fab ideas on Pinterest for wedding flowers. I loved the idea of floral fans as I felt they were in fitting with our Ibizan theme, quirky and beautiful. It was a hot day so they came in useful too!
Why Was Photography Important To You?
Photographs contain memories and moments forever and it was important to us to find someone who we connected with to capture our special day.
After meeting Michelle we quickly realised how incredible she is! Her passion, style, and attention to detail (even things we had not thought about) blew us away. Michelle gave us so many ideas and guidance for other parts of the wedding and really helped guide us into making some important decisions. On the day Michelle was fantastic and so many of our guests have commented on how great she was and how much she helped out. At the start of the day, she was helping the hairdressers with my hair and later fixed my underskirt in my dress! She really went above and beyond on our day and we recommend her highly to anyone.
The Advice For Future Brides And Grooms
Don’t be afraid to choose things out of the ‘norm’ if it’s what you both love. Your wedding is a celebration of your love as a couple so give people a taste of your personality and interests. Most importantly… have fun and enjoy every moment!
The Best Part About Being Married
Being able to call each other husband and wife every day!
If you think weddings at The Copthorne Hotel on the Newcastle Quayside looks fabulous, you’d be right… Oh and did you know you know I’m a recommended photographer there?
Looking for a photographer to capture your own wedding at The Copthorne Hotel Newcastle in a natural and relaxed style? Get in touch by clicking HERE!
I was back at in Durham for the marriage of Wendy and Louise. Both Brides looked amazing, their smiles radiated the joy they shared at committing their lives to each other. We started their wedding day with an intimate wedding ceremony at the City of Durham Registry Office. Surrounded by close family they promised to love each other for the rest of their life and where proclaimed at life partners to a wonderful round of applause and massive smiles After a beautiful wedding ceremony, they travelled to Bowburn Hall Hotel after a quick stop off at Greggs for a coffee to start the celebrations, with Service of Worship that incorporated music, reading and hymns selected by the couple. It was a fantastically day with these two lovely ladies and a joy to be involved.
Here are a few pictures of their day…
Cute ways I capture the relationship between father and child.
A dad has such a special bond with his children and it started the very first moment he met them. If you’re looking to book a “daddy and me” photo session with a newcastle family photographer in order to capture this wonderful bond, below are a few ideas I use to perfectly capturing these memories.
- If there’s anything that dad’s do better than most, it’s playing games and having fun with their children. If they love being outside, capture them playing on the swing or enjoying a game of hide and seek. If they would prefer to be indoors, let them build a puzzle together or play with their favorite toys.
- Snuggle up and relax. Get out a few blankets and books and have dad read to them on the floor or on a couch.
- Hugs and kisses. This is a great one for young children who love nothing more than to shower their dads with hugs and kisses. While this is a simple idea, it can make for some of the best photos.
- Take a stroll. Find a pretty location such as a lake or a park where father and child can take a walk. Capture them walking hand in hand or have your child sit on dad’s shoulders.
- Get close up. Close up, portrait shots of their faces are a beautiful way to capture the similarities between father and child.
When planning your “daddy and me” photo session, choose a setting that allows your children to feel comfortable and where they most enjoy spending time with their dad.
If you are ready to book your photo session please get in touch to check dates and location availability
What can I offer you as a Newcastle Wedding Photographer?
My vision and love of capturing the little moments and details of your special day in my photographic eye.
Contemporary and timeless style, keeping is all simple, relaxed but stylish. No awkward posing involved, just a little guidance and then let you be yourselves on the happiest day of your life with your family and friends.
Respecting you as my clients. Throughout the planning process, you have open access to me at any time. I am more than happy to meet up or simply message me with your questions and thoughts. It’s your day and I have no intentions of controlling or taking over. I will blend into the background to capture you and your guests having a wonderful day together. Documenting the day as it unfolds, capturing the big moments and the little ones too.
Guidance and a helping hand. I want to relax and ease any worries or nerves that you have by helping you plan the timeline of your day so that you are not rushed in any way. Then guiding you and helping you relax in front of the camera so that you are natural and effortlessly happy being together in those first moments as newlyweds.
A fast but personal service. I understand that these photographs are important and you will want to relive your wedding day as soon as possible. Your social media will be filled with friends tagging their selfies with you. But my imagery will be more than just photographs, they are memories that will last for generations to come. So my commitment to you is that you will have some highlights of your day, 48 hours after you say I do! The full gallery of images will be loveling edited and with you within 3-4 weeks so you can re-live that wonderful day as soon as possible.
Confidence in what I do, I love my work and I know how I can capture your wedding day in the most relaxed, fun and unobtrusive way.
“Michelle is fabulous! She was our wedding photographer and made all my guests feel comfortable. It wasn’t like having someone at our wedding just to take photos it felt like you were part of the wedding party and many times I was asked if we were friends to which I answered yes! Thank you for all you did on our special day.” Stephanie & Andy
It is nearly Mothers Day!
The bond between a mother and a child is unlike any other, one that can be beautifully captured with a camera. But if you’re anything like me, you’re always the one behind the camera in family photos and hardly ever in them. Even when we have our family photos professionally taken, I’m always too busy worrying about everyone else and don’t get to relax and enjoy the photo session. The photos also tend to focus more on the kids and I hardly ever get to capture moments of us being ourselves.
Be in more photos with your children
I’ve recently been reminded that life is truly precious and filled with moments we sometimes take for granted. I want to be in more photos with my children and this is why I have come to realise how important my Mummy and Me photo sessions are. Now is the perfect time to capture memories with your children, regardless of where you or your kids are in life.
I want to make this photo session work for you, so whether you want a few photos with your children, or you simply want some memorable pictures of you and your own mother; I am here to guide you. This is your chance to get creative and really make a photo session about you and your kids and the special bond that you share.
What to bring with you to your photo shoot
Bring along anything that will make you all feel comfortable and will help you spend some time together as I do my job. For example, you might want to bring a blanket and some of your daughter’s favourite books so that we can capture your snuggles and story time. Maybe you want to stop and grab some ice-treats with your son or bring along a game that you both enjoy playing. This is all about creating a space where you can enjoy being together so that we can perfectly capture these moments for you.
An alternative to the traditional family portraits
If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional family portraits, the Mummy and Me portraits are ideal. While a family portrait can be a wonderful way to capture those special moments of you and your children through the years, it does require some extra effort to get everyone together and in the same place. A Mummy and Me photo session is easier to style and coordinate.
I love that Mummy and Me portrait photography is intimate and sweet with very little fuss. These sessions don’t take very long and will free up your schedule to spend more quality time together. These sessions provide a space where those natural interactions and emotions can play out, resulting in a mini time capsule of your current relationship. You might even want to make this an annual tradition so that you can beautifully document the relationship with your children.
Book your session now! – Mothers Day in 11th March
Mini session – definition:
Mini sessions are simple, fun and quick, 30-minute sessions I offer periodically throughout the year at a discounted rate. They are held at a specific location and are usually themed towards a specific time of year or holiday (Valentines Day, Mother’s or Father’s Day, Spring, Easter, etc.).
£35 session fee | £100 session and ALL digital images
At the time of booking a payment request will be sent via email, If I do not receive your payment then your session is not secure.
WHAT DOES THE £35 INCLUDE?
This low price includes one high resolution, fully edited digital image to download from a password protected gallery. Along with a licence to print this image.
So you receive your gallery of edited images and you want more than one image? What happens?
Well, additional images will be available to purchase. I will also be offering you the option to purchase add ons such as professional quality prints and professionally printed packs of Prices will be sent with the images.
If you would like to book in for one of these two sessions, simply sent me a message below with your date and time preference. I will then email you back to confirm availability and send you the invoice/booking confirmation.
Questions asked about my Mini Sessions
- How much are mini sessions? Mini sessions are £35 per session or £100 for session and all images
- What do I get for my £100? You get a 30-minute session at a beautiful location and an online gallery with download availability of all of the edited images.
- Are the digital images full sizes? Yes, they are high resolution so you could do what where you would like to with them
- What if I want to get some prints? I always send a link to my favourite printer house digitalab based here in Newcastle very download invitation.
- Do I own the copyright? I maintain copyright on all of my images as the creator but you have a license to print, which means you can do whatever you want with them as long as you don’t sell them.
- Can I use the images on social media? Of course, you can, all I ask is that you tag my business or me in the images so that it helps friends and family discover my business,
- What ages are mini sessions suitable for? Mini sessions are usually suitable from around 6 months upwards or as soon as baby can sit up unaided.
- I have a large family of 10, can I book a mini session? I’m afraid anything over 5 plus the family dog and you really will need more time but you can book a double session for only £200, do make sure you book well in advance though as it’s much trickier to find 2 slots together.
- Can I cancel and get a refund? Mini sessions are non-refundable, transferable as a gift certificate and if anything happens with sickness or the weather we’ll reschedule.
- What happens if it rains? Hey I understand that its not fun standing in the rain trying to look happy. Soggy portraits are not what I would want to put on my walls so I will always reschedule in the case of rain or high winds if it’s a beach day (sand storms are awful)
- What should I wear? Dress for the weather and as long as you all don’t wear clashing colours or patterns you should be absolutely fine! My clients and I seem to love Warehouse & Next!
- Which locations can I choose from? I regularly hold sessions in Jesmond Dene, Saltwell Park, Ponteland Park and the beaches of Tynemouth.
- I’d like to buy a session as a gift can I do that? Yes, you can, I sell gift certificates that are E-Vouchers so all you have to do is click, print and gift!
- How long are the vouchers valid for? Currently, all vouchers expire in six months of purchase.
- How long after the photo shoot will I receive my images? I try to work as quickly as possible but I estimate that you will receive you gallery information within 5-7 days of your shoot date
- How many digital images will I receive? There’s no set amount but my clients typically receive approximately 20
- Who are mini sessions suitable for, families, couples, babies from 6 months old, kids
- Can I bring my dog? Your dog is also a member of your family and so you should have them in the photographs.
- Should we bring anything with us? Little snacks are always great to have in your pocket, bubbles always work brilliantly and add something to your photographs or on the beach buckets and spades can be useful, a favourite toy is always an excellent idea,
After sessions I usually share my favourite images on Facebook, and Instagram posts and sometimes on my main website, if you would rather I didn’t please mention this to me at your session, It is very important I protecting your privacy.
“What to wear” – This is always the number 1 question people ask after booking a photo shoot. But lets face it I ask myself that question everytime I get up in the morning and stare at my wardrobe hoping from inspiration from the fashion gods. Yes I hope my hand up I have found myself turning to instagram and you tube for looking at ladies that have more style in there little finger than i do in my whole body. So what i really want to say is that there really aren’t really any “rules” for what to wear I do have some tips that I have put together to help you come up up with a fashion plan!
DO: Wear something you feel comfortable in! You want to be able to have fun and feel relaxed during your photo shoot, so be sure you are all wearing something that will help you feel relaxed! Also, layer, layer, LAYER! Pair a shirt with a vest, add in a sweater or jacket, and top it off with fun accessories like scarves, hats, or anything else that you think will work! Layers work really well with family photo shoots.
DON’T: Feel like you have to match. It’s not about all wearing the same exact thing; it’s more about finding coordinating colours and styles that flow well together.
Please keep in mind – I’m not saying you need to look exactly like any of these. If you already have ideas on your outfits, that is perfectly fine! This is just for those of you who need inspiration. And that’s just what this is – inspiration and ideas on some styling options that I like.
At the end of the day, it’s really not about the clothing. I’m going to be capturing the love and connections between your FAMILY! That’s the most important thing. So don’t feel too stressed out about finding the ‘perfect outfit’ for everyone. Just have fun with it! And if you have ANY questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to ask!
How to make your next family photo session a stress free one.
Family photos are truly timeless and such a great keepsake for future generations. Getting the family together to take those perfect portraits can turn into chaos if not approached correctly. When it comes to a family photoshoot there are few things that you should consider that you may not think of because there are members of all ages. Just take a little time to make some extra coordination and planning before the shoot and it will be a joyful time.
Below are some family photoshoot ideas and tips to keep you and your loved ones calm and smiling the whole way through.
- Timing is everything. If you have younger children involved in the shoot, try and arrange the photoshoot at a time when they would be well rested. A rested child makes for happy photos. On that note, make sure that all family members have gotten enough sleep the night before as this helps with the fun and relaxation aspects of the session.
- Dos and don’ts of bribery. Get your family excited about the photoshoot instead of offering a reward in return for their cooperation. This tends to lead to forced smiles and an irritated bunch of people. If you do have small children coming along it’s not a bad idea to give the photographer some bribery options in the form of toys or small food items to make those difficult moments a little easier
- Relinquish control. As much as you’ll want to direct your children on where to stand and how to pose, it’s best to leave that to the photographer as they know what works best. Not having this pressure will also make you feel more relaxed.
- It’s not just about the posing. The best photos happen when you’re having fun so joke and play with your children, hold your partner’s hand and just let the moments happen.
- Plan ahead. Discuss all of your requirements with your photographer beforehand so that the family photo session can just flow. Let your photographer know if you want specific pictures taken.
- Keep those sugar levels up. If everyone is well fed, the photoshoot will also run a lot smoother. It’s also not a bad idea to take a few snacks and some water along for those who might need it
Enjoy capturing your memories.