Paris Engagement Shoot >> Martina & Leslie

Martina & Leslie are an absolutely gorgeous couple I met a few months back at The Photography Farm.   They’re planning their wedding for later this year, but we wanted to do a little something in the meantime.  I’m not sure how the idea of Paris came about (I think I watch too many old films), but I’m so glad it did!

You don’t need me to tell you how incredible Paris is.  Not only is it known for being one of the most romantic cities in the world, but I also found out that it’s known as the City of Light.  Both for good reason.  It’s just beautiful.  Winter sun is my favourite kind of light anyway, but pair that with the wide tree-lined avenues, beautiful iconic buildings and a gorgeous couple as much in love as Martina & Leslie? It’s a photographer’s dream.

It wasn’t an easy shoot. That I’ll freely admit.  The weather turned a few days before and it was a bitter  -8’c for most of the time we were there.   I remember looking at Ana, our fab make up artist, at one point and seeing that her fingers had gone completely blue!    It was windy too, and it kept blowing away the Kelly Spence hairpieces that Martina was wearing.  We spent a lot of time defrosting in cafes and taking refuge in the Metro to keep warm , popping up here and there to grab a few photos before it became unbearable again.   But the team rocked it out, and Martina & Leslie were so completely brilliant and totally committed to getting great photos. I can’t thank them enough for being such superstars.

(I’m secretly hoping you’re not even reading this, because you’ve skipped straight to the photos. )

Big thank you to Martina and Leslie for just being the most utterly gorgeous people inside and out, to Ana of IAmChic who did the most incredible job doing Martina’s make up WHILE WE WERE ON THE EUROSTAR (honestly, amazing!), to Cristina Rossi for being a fabulous assist and a bundle of energy, Kate Ruth Romey for designing some adorable LONDON-PARIS tickets, and to Kelly Spence for loaning us two utterly beautiful headpieces for the shoot.

BRIDAL >> Town Hall Hotel Vintage Glam Bridal Shoot

I don’t quite know if it’s possible to be in love with a venue, but if it is, I think I’m a little bit in love with the Town Hall Hotel.   A pocket of luxury nestled away in unlikely Bethnal Green, it features not only a Michelin star restaurant, breath-taking,  individually designed rooms, and hallways dripping with pieces by up-and-coming artists, but it also houses a gorgeous set of unique venues for weddings.   (And, word has it, that a certain rock legend did a photoshoot there not too long ago!).

I have to admit, I was more than excited to be able to shoot here….

The venue really called for a vintage vibe, but a sophisticated one.  I was thinking Mad Men, 60s film noir, Sophia Loren.  Speaking of Sophia’s, doesn’t our model Sophia St Viller look breathtaking?  That titan hair is to die for.  And this 60’s style shift dress was on loan to us by the lovely ladies at Fur Coat No Knickers – we had so many lovely comments about this dress on the shoot and every bride owes it to themselves to check out FCNK’s boutique in Carnaby Street!


A few weeks before the shoot, I’d met Kate of Kate Ruth Romey, a wedding stationery designer and she was gorgeous enough to not only give us some stationery for the shoot, but she designed a whole set specifically!  How lovely was that?  But that’s what she’s really good at, finding out what your themes and inspirations are, and transforming it into something just perfect for you.  The stationery was not only absolutely lovely, but perfect for our theme!


You might remember I did a jewellery product shoot not too long ago, for Jane Branney, a talented jeweller based in Yorkshire.  She was kind enough to lend us some pieces for the shoot.  The silver earrings below are my favourite – the silver has been imprinted with vintage lace so it has a unique pattern!


Make up was by Victoria Wallen and Ciara Hatton and I was chuffed to bits when they said they’d be on board, especially as I’ve worked with Victoria before and knew she’d knock it out of the park.  Which both her and Ciara totally did!  I know our models Sophia and Lara are gorgeous anyway, but the hair! The eyelashes! The eye make up!  I would really rather like either Victoria or Ciara to live in my make up bag.  Unfortunately for me, they’re busy beautifying actresses for telly and brides for their big day!


Oh, and did I mention the hotel as the most gorgeous indoor pool?


As you can see, the hotel hosts an eclectic mix of architectural styles and decorative influences, but that’s part of it’s charm.  It all works together beautifully, and there isn’t a dull corner.