The Importance of Portraits: Grandparents

March 25th, 1 comment

With this year’s wedding season looming, I am coming out of blogging hibernation and starting to get my photography head back on. I do have a great excuse for going quiet and that is that daughter number 2 came along just 6 weeks ago on the 4th February. Her name is Lois and she’s a little cracker – albeit nocturnal! Older sister Chenin (now 4) is making a wonderful big sister and now that spring has well and truly sprung here in Umbria, life is rosy.

Having the new addition has obviously meant that the cameras have barely had time to rest over winter and they have been being clicked none-stop since Lois came along.

Now then, I have an important point to make: photographing your children is a wonderful thing to do but what’s even more important is photographing your children with you i.e. with their family. Family photographs are all important. I am making a case here in particular for grandparents. Think for a moment, my generation are having children later in life. I’m 36 now and lucky enough to still have 3 living grandparents but this is VERY unlikely to happen for Chenin and Lois.

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Both my parents and Andy’s parents have been to stay with us here in Italy since Lois was born. I was super-keen to get some special photographs of the girls with their grandparents, especially whilst Lois is so tiny. Neither set of grandparents will see Lois again for a little while and therefore she’ll look so different when I get the chance to take more. Both sets of grandparents absolutely love the results. Both want them printed and both will put them in frames in their houses. Andy and I love the photographs too and, in time for us, they will be become precious. However, I didn’t insist on taking these photographs for our parents, nor for us but for the girls themselves. Many years from now when their grandparents are no longer with us and even later in life, when Andy and I are no longer here, imagine just how precious these photographs will be to our girls.

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In a nutshell, I’d say that photographs of our children on their own are for us and are for now but taking photographs of our children with their parents, grandparents, siblings and other special family members are for the future. These are the ones that will become more precious with the passing of time and so please, don’t forget to take them.

I am travelling back to the UK for a week in May and would love to photograph some families. Let’s get grandparents involved too! I’m on a mission :-)

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Photo Booth

Have you thought of having a Photo Booth during your wedding reception? It’s a really simple set-up and can make for some hilarious photos. This is something I can do for you and have some props but of course, you can bring your own too. The images below say it all!

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Favourite Images 2013

Another year gone. Where did it go? A very Happy New Year to everyone reading and bring on the 2014 wedding season!

So many wonderful memories from 2013 weddings with several trips to Sorrento, Lake Como and to Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda in particular. I’ve loved every single wedding but, if I had to choose my highlights, I’d have to say the wonderful Indian wedding of Shabab and Rakhee at Castello di Meleto, Tuscany and the stunning wedding of John and Sema in the ‘pinch-yourself’ Aragonese Castle on the island of Ischia. I also have very special memories of my 12th of 12 weddings just in the month of June – finishing the month on a high as I photographed the grand wedding of the gorgeous Wael & Lene with 170 guests and the most beautifully-decorated room inside the very swanky Palace Hotel Villa Cortine, Sirmione, Lake Garda.

I have put together a selection of my favourite images. Click here to view:

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Tag if you see yourself!

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Wedding Photographer: Palazzo Marziale, Sorrento: Phil & Claire

September 30th, What do you think?

Amy was the photographer in the Cloisters, Sorrento and at Palazzo Marziale, Sorrento, Italy for Phil & Claire’s wedding.

Nearing the end of my wedding season, I took my last trip of the year down to Sorrento for the wedding of Phil & Claire. They had chosen Palazzo Marziale for their reception and Claire and her girls also got ready there. A very elegant venue and perfectly placed since it’s just a few steps from the ceremony location, The Cloisters.

A few spots of rain towards the end of the ceremony didn’t dampen spirits and it soon cleared allowing us to go for a wander through the old town for photographs. Aperitivi and a lovely dinner followed with speeches, cake and first dance dotted throughout the courses. Here we go:

The Choos!

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Final touches to the make-up.

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The flowers arrive!

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An emotional Mum.

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Handsome Groom Phil waits in the Cloisters for Claire’s arrival.

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We did it!

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Kiss the bride!

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Lovely light in the Cloisters.

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Yippppeeee!

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A wander around the old streets.

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Claire just about keeps up in the Choos!

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And relax.

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Time for one of my special group shots in Palazzo Marziale.

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Such elegance.

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One of two Dad’s speeches.

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Hilarious tales.

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Emotional moments.

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Lovely First Dance shot.

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What a day! Thank you so much for having me and for such a wonderful meal! Amy x

Wedding Photographer: Casale de’Pasquinelli, Lucca: Ben & Jodie

September 26th, What do you think?

Amy was the wedding photographer at Casale de’Pasquinelli, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy for Ben & Jodie’s wedding.

Ben & Jodie sought out a beautiful venue called Casale de’Pasquinelli which is pretty hidden in the hills to the north of Lucca. A perfect September day, the ceremony location was absolutely breath-taking and there were so many beautiful little spots around the Villa for photographs that I was really spoilt for choice.

As the sun went down the scene turned from beautiful to spectacular as guests enjoyed their wedding meal under hundreds of hanging lights. The view from the dance floor wasn’t bad either! Take a look:

Ben just ready.

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Yellow theme – loved it.

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The hair-dressers take photos of their handy-work.

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Ready to go!

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Stunning Jodie.

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How about that for a place to say ‘I do!’

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Love it.

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Now then, which scrummy treat to choose?

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Aperitivi in full flow.

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Really love this one.

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Lucca in the distance.

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A wander around the grounds.

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Ready for more food!

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Such a blue sky.

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Haha!

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Taken during the Groom’s speech.

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Just gorgeous.

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Guests look on as the cake is made from scratch in front of them.

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Some of the guests got to help out!

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Pitch-black now and so impressive.

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Wow! Gorgeous couple, gorgeous place, gorgeous day. Thank you! Amy x