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Natural beautiful wedding photography from Julie Anne Images // The Natural Wedding Company

I came across the most heartfelt post from a wedding photographer to her brides-to-be, which sends such an important message that I think many women need to hear ahead of their wedding day. Written by Julie Anne Images, one of our TNWC Recommended Suppliers, this letter of sorts is entitled “Dear Bride-to-be, please stop hating photos of yourself.”

As I share this, I am acutely aware that I am still one of those women who like to check photos on the camera when my husband has taken them, or cringe and want to untag myself from Facebook photos shared by friends. I am still learning, dear friends, to relinquish this urge, not only for myself but now because I have a daughter of my own. I don’t want her to grow up with these insecurities, and so I think must first be kind to ourselves (easier said than done I know).

Wedding day appearance anxieties

I must say, the one day where I really felt free of any of those feelings was my own wedding day. Both my husband and I do not like being the centre of attention and I was filled with horror at the idea of having cameras pointed at us all day. But when it came to the day itself, I didn’t think about it one bit, I let the pure happiness of the day wash over me and I never once thought about how my hair looked or whether someone was capturing ‘bad’ pictures of me. I hope if you too have anxieties about being photographed on your wedding day, that you can feel as free as I did.

With kind permission we are sharing Julie Anne’s message with you all. Over to Julie…

Natural beautiful wedding photography from Julie Anne Images // The Natural Wedding Company

Dear Bride-to-be, please stop hating pictures of yourself

…I’m the same, and I think I’ve worked it out. So often, we don’t enjoy looking at photos of ourselves because we’re used to getting ready in front of a mirror. Here’s the science bit: Our faces aren’t symmetrical and when we see them flipped as a mirror-image in a photograph, it takes us by surprise. Not to mention the fact that we each have either a left or right dominant eye for vision – add this into the mix with an asymmetrical face seen the other-way-round from the view we’re used to in the mirror, and it’s no wonder we often take a dislike to our appearance in a photograph.

And so we find ways to curate what we look like. We take selfies slightly from above so our eyes look bigger and our chins disappear – and how any mirror selfies do you see, posted publicly because as a reflected image those are the features, the view, the wielder of the phone-camera is used to? We’re not familiar with the full-length or side-on perspective. We criticise the aspects of our looks that in themselves are the very family resemblances that the gene pool passed on from those we love (I have my dad’s earlobes, my mum’s freckles and build, and I never got my teeth fixed…).

Natural beautiful wedding photography from Julie Anne Images // The Natural Wedding Company

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Contemporary boho bride with braided hair // Taylor Wolf Photography

I am excited to announce that the lovely Gemma of Taylor Wolf Photography is offering four of our couples the opportunity to save nearly £500 on wedding photography. When she proposed this exclusive offer to me I was delighted that I’d be able to share it as I know that opportunities like this are rare, but pretty special if you can take advantage of them.

Relaxed and natural wedding photography // Taylor Wolf Photography

Natural wedding photography // Taylor Wolf Photography

Black and white wedding photography // Taylor Wolf Photography

Save nearly £500

In celebration of 2016 being a Leap Year, Gemma of Taylor Wolf Photography is offering 29% off her complete wedding photography package, which amounts to a saving of £464. But the offer is only available to the first four couples who book mentioning this Leap Year offer (and it expires on 4th April 2016) – so if you love Gemma’s photography don’t hang around, drop her an email at hello@taylorwolfphoto.com and start chatting.

Natural and romantic wedding photography // Taylor Wolf Photography

Hanging lanterns // Taylor Wolf Photography

Beautiful natural wedding photography // Taylor Wolf Photography

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His and Hers wooden wedding ring boxes

Today we have a guest blog post from Michael and Andrea of Bohemian Weddings, one of our recommended wedding photographers, who have tips and advice on what to ask your wedding photographer to make sure you get the perfect photographer and feel for your wedding day. 

Over to Michael and Andrea from Bohemian Weddings

It may sound obvious but one of the most important things to us as wedding photographers is our relationship with our couples. The reason for this is simple, if we have a good relationship the couple are relaxed, we are relaxed and this really really shows in every photograph we take.

If you have just started your search for your perfect wedding photographer this is an exciting time as there are so many talented people out there who are amazing to work with. But it is important to note that the wedding industry like any other does also have its undesirables and unlike big corporate companies there is no law to enforce vetting of small self-employed photographers…it’s down to you folks!

To help you make the right choice we are going to guide you through what to expect based on questions we receive from our couples.

Bluebell wood engagement shoot from Bohemian Weddings

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Sorbet coloured bridesmaid dresses and flowers from Ellie Gillard Photography

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and that the sun shone for you, at least a bit.  What better way to start the week than with an exclusive offer for all you lovely TNWC readers!  

One of recent additions to the directory, Ellie Gillard Photography, was keen to introduce herself to you – I was delighted because not only does Ellie take gorgeous photographs, but like all our businesses she does her bit to run her business in an eco-friendly way.  

So if you’re on the hunt for a wedding photographer then get to know Ellie Gillard Photography a bit more, and enjoy looking at some beautiful pictures from weddings she’s captured.  Plus, at the bottom you’ll find an exclusive 15% off last minute availability offer if you book before the end of May 2013!  Over to Ellie…

Wax orange blossom tiara by Ellie Gillard Photography

Hi, I’m Ellie.  I’m the photographer, owner and general dogsbody at Ellie Gillard Photography.  I love to photograph couples who want to break for the norm, I always think a picture says a thousand words but what you might not know is that I’m also eco-friendly, both in my life and in the way I run my business.  So I make four key promises.

Woodland wedding ceremony by Ellie Gillard Photography

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Loveducks Photography

Loveducks Photography is the latest business to join the directory – the girl behind the camera is the lovely Chamonix, who not only takes beautiful and personal wedding photographs but also tries to be as eco-friendly as possible in both her home life and business.  She even donates 10% of her profits to charity.

Chamonix is currently running a compeition to win a fantastic prize of a Loveducks Wedding Photographs Collection worth £2500!  Couples who fancy winning this fab prize simple need to send in their engagement story via the form on the Loveducks Photography website – you can find it here.

It sounds like Chamonix is a bit of a romantic, as she’s looking for the sweetest engagement story to win the prize, or as she told me, the one that gets the biggest “aww!”  The lucky winning couple will be announced on Valentines Day 2012.

Any couples who enter but don’t win the grand prize, but decide to invest in Loveducks Photography for their wedding, will be given a £50 gift voucher that they can put towards any photography products they would like to include in their wedding collection.

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Just-Married Photography by Laura McCluskey

*Just a quick update to say that Just-Married Photography is now called Laura McCluskey Photography – same great photography, just a different name.

I am super lucky running this blog and website to meet some amazing and talented people.  Then I get to share them with you.  The newest business to my directory is Laura McCluskey who is the girl behind the camera of Just-Married Photography.  She will not only capture your wedding beautifully, but she cares about the environment too.

As if it couldn’t get in any better, Laura is offering a fantastic £250 off all her photography packages for spring 2012 weddings between February 1st and June 1st.  To take advantage of this brilliant offer contact Laura (laura@just-marriedphotography.co.uk) and book by January 1st 2012 and use the code TNWC2012.

Just-Married Photography offer

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The lovely Sarah from Green Photographic is offering one lucky couple of free engagement session or “love shoot” when they book their wedding photography.  This is on offer for the next wedding booking they take – so don’t delay!

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