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Why my training is so important

Monday 12th February 2018

Every January the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers, of which I am a qualified member, run their annual convention in London. Photographers from all over the world converge for almost a week of mentoring, training competition and fun. I think this is my fourth year, and I look forward to the next one as soon as I get back! Although many of us are friends locally, we also see many friends who are scattered across the UK and the world, and we really enjoy our only face to face meet up of the year.

This year was more memorable for me than other years as I was to be a Speaker on the programme of educational seminars that ran over four days. My 2-hour Masterclass was to be on the subject of Business Networking and how to do it effectively. This is an area in which I have a wide range of experience and know its value. It was very exciting and scary, to see my name on the board!

Delegates found out about all the different places one can go to network for their business and the pros and cons of each. It was a very interactive session and I think we all enjoyed it.

 

Keeping my training up today is essential in moving my photography forward, and for the benefit of my clients too. It ensures I am constantly updating my practical photography skills, especially as I am developing my own specific style for portraits as the examples below show.

Why I love what Gok Wan did for women

Friday 22nd December 2017


I remember watching fashion guru Gok Wan's programme 'How to Look Good Naked' for the first time and thinking how brave the ladies taking part were. Especially when they were reclining in a shop window wearing nothing but a fabulous smile; "No way Jose!" thought I, though I later met him in Jarrold's book department a few years ago and he was charming.
 
It was a tremendously successful process for the ladies involved, even though it made us consider the fact that every other woman is beautiful, but not ourselves. Self confidence and body image have a wide scale of measurement, from those who adore their body beautiful to those who hide all of it under a baggy sweater, with even their partners/husbands never having seen them naked.

We felt their 'feel good' factor when they saw themselves, and their images. So why aren't we all doing it? Fear of exposing our less than perfect body to a photographer, hating having our picture taken anyway and worrying that we will be disappointed we don't look as good as they promise we will.  Hating the way we think our bottom, thighs, flat chest or double chin look does nothing for our personal confidence. On the upside we all have our best bits too - lovely hair, good skin or beautiful eyes. Good boudoir photography balances focus on our best elements whilst sensitively portraying the bits we are not so keen on, so that it produces an overall glimpse into the beautiful sexy woman inside. A tease.                                                                                                                                                                                                          I wanted to give my ladies the absolute best experience that I could. The whole nine yards. I have just received a feedback form from my latest Boudoir client. In answer to my question of what she liked about the shoot her answer was

"The chance to be the main event! The make up, hair, bubbles and the professional shoot"

Boudoir photography can be whatever you want it to be and just for you or for your partner. As a client you are always in control of what you wear and take on or off.

Each client is an individual and so my shoots are tailored to suit them specifically. I have had a Boudoir shoot myself and can vouch for the way it makes you feel fabulous about yourself, both during the shoot, and when you receive your images.

Whilst I cannot show many of the images from my clients' Boudoir experiences below are a few of those that I can show. Thank you to my ladies for allowing me to show these. Age, body size and shape, and disabilities and disfigurements are no barrier to a fabulous Boudoir experience. We have the bodies we were given and they are all beautiful; they are what makes us us, and we should celebrate our femininity.    Do it - you won't regret the experience.

The lady that completed the feedback form added these words about her experience with me in the studio - "The whole process of the Boudoir shoot was, quite simply, amazing. Although it was done as a gift for my husband I also gained from it. My body confidence has sky rocketed, and Lisa got some brilliant pictures. The experience is one I would recommend to everyone; something I will never regret, or forget. Thank you so much" Mrs L.R.

Until next time I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Celebrate your inner beauty!

Lisa x

Sunshine, Sunflowers and Socks!

Tuesday 3rd October 2017


I love shooting at the Boathouse on Ormesby Broad. Tom and Amy's wonderful yellow themed wedding in August just suited the blue skies and water as the backdrop to their big day. They had opted for my Full Works package which enabled them to have two photographers so each could see the other's bridal preparation when they looked back at their wedding photographs.

A fry-up started the order of the day for Tom and his Groomsmen, before they headed back to the house to get ready. At home Tom and Amy adore their gorgeous cats Pumpkin and Tango, who, as they couldn't really come to the wedding, were represented by Tom's beautiful photographic cufflinks. The boys' homage to the yellow theme were a pair of bright yellow socks and a Sunflower in the lapel.

Whilst my assistant Kay was with the boys I headed to the Boathouse to meet up with Amy and her tribe. Bridesmaid Amanda used her professional make-up skills to create some stunning work on the bridal party, and everyone's hair was also beautifully styled. Amy was fitted into her stunning gown by the Bridesmaids, who were already kitted out in stunning yellow floating dresses. The tiny flower girls wore white with yellow accessories and page boy Jack had a gorgeous yellow cravat to go with his suit. Then we're off to the jetty to board the boat to the venue. I love seeing everyone sail away full of anticipation!

Back at the Boathouse a nervous Tom was greeting friends and family. Despite his nerves he had the hugest smile plastered all over his face! It was hot on the deck as everyone waited for Amy to arrive. Then the boat appeared and she soon floated down the aisle towards Tom waiting in the Gazebo. Amy's sister Lucy delivered a very emotional reading and there wasn't a dry eye in the house, including mine! As usual at the Boathouse we headed off to the boat again to cruise on the lake for their personal portraits session. I love this boat - it is so beautiful and always feels nice and stable. I hate boats and being able to move around safely on this one is a great help. Tom and Amy sipped champagne and kissed - alot! It was a tad windy to say the least, and keeping her veil in the boat was a bit of a challenge.

Once on dry land, and the group shots done, the wedding breakfast began. Everyone was amazed at the fabulous crocheted table centres, made by Amy, her Mum and her Nanny. Totally original and a real talking point. Speeches  done, everyone retired to the deck to enjoy the evening sun. A horrendous rain storm hammered down during the wedding breakfast... perfect timing as the sun was out again just in time to enjoy it. The little ones seem to have endless energy running around and around the Gazebo! Tom and Amy were thrilled when the family dogs arrived complete with yellow crocheted collars and leads! I think it really made their day.

I love photographing the first dance and the party afterwards, and I wasn't disappointed by Tom, Amy and their guests! Fab music and lots of fun ensued. We slipped away to set up a striking night time shot in the Gazebo for the bride and groom before we left them to party on down until the small hours.

As well as using us for their photographs the couple chose these fabulous suppliers to make their day special:


Flowers:     Darling Buds

Wedding dress & Bridesmaid dresses:    The Wedding Shop Bungay

Rings:    Laura Moore Jewellery   - Tom and Amy made their own rings with Laura's guidance.

Mens suitsYoungs Suit Hire, via Debenhams

Band:   Bare Necessities

Hair:   Hairdressing by Zara

Make up:  Amanda Hirst from Nicola's Health & Beauty Beccles

Venue:   The Boathouse at Ormesby

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