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What does having the "Digital Images" from my wedding actually mean?

What does having the "Digital Images" from my wedding actually mean?

Whatever you refer to them as, be it "Digital Images", "Hi-res Files" or "Digital Negatives", it has been common place for brides and grooms the world over to have the digital versions of their wedding images as one of their top 'must haves' when it comes to their wedding photography.  But I'm often asked by couples as to what this actually means. 

A Suffolk Bridal Fashion Shoot at Kenton Hall Estate

A Suffolk Bridal Fashion Shoot at Kenton Hall Estate

I had a blast taking the role of official photographer at The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair a few weeks back.  Part of this wedding extravaganza was a stunning fashion show which showcased an awesome selection of pieces from Gentleman by ConductMoss Bros & The Bridal Lounge .

A Fun Speaking Engagement / The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair

A Fun Speaking Engagement / The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair

I was recently asked if I would speak at The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair at Kenton Hall in Suffolk.  This would be the second time I had been asked and so I was really excited to be part of this awesome event once again.

An Easter Christchurch Park Engagement / Erika & Nathan

An Easter Christchurch Park Engagement / Erika & Nathan

April saw a number of really fun shoots for me and Erika & Nathan's engagement shoot was certainly no exception. The guys are getting married in early June, with a traditional church ceremony followed by a reception at The Last Anchor in Ipswich and I really can't wait to capture it for them. Erika and Nathan chose the picturesque setting of Christchurch Park in Ipswich town centre for their engagement shoot.  We headed out mid-morning and visited a number of quiet parts of the grounds to capture some fun, informal portraits of the guys.

A spring evening Suffolk village engagement / Danielle & Aston

A spring evening Suffolk village engagement / Danielle & Aston

I recently took the short ride to the small Suffolk village of Belstead for Danielle & Aston's engagement shoot.  Passing the private residence where their late April wedding will be held, we made our way to a clearing within a neighbouring woodland to capture some intimate pre-wedding images just before the sun came down.

How to create a table plan for your wedding / with Top Table Planner

How to create a table plan for your wedding / with Top Table Planner

You know, it's funny.  I can pretty much always guarantee that when I meet with a client a few months before their wedding in order to go through their schedule, the table plan will always come up in conversation.  Whether its because they cant decide who to seat with who or they cant get a table design they're happy with, it always seems to create headaches.  So the blog post idea of "How to create a table plan for your wedding" had been sitting in my to-do list for a while, until I came across a product from the guys at Top Table Planner, which prompted me to scrap writing one myself and instead tell you guys all about this product which I believe will be a lifesaver for many.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR ENGAGEMENT SHOOT / PART THREE / AFTER THE SHOOT

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR ENGAGEMENT SHOOT / PART THREE / AFTER THE SHOOT

Following on from parts one and two , I want to conclude this series with one last post on what happens after the engagement shoot.  It's an area that doesn't get touched upon much, but as someone that always wants to set expectations with my clients, it is really important to me.

So we've had an awesome engagement shoot and you guys are excited to see your images.  Well you don't have to wait too long as your engagement shots will be available within 7 business days of the shoot day.  There's nothing worse than hearing friends and colleagues say that they've waited weeks or even months for their professional images and so I'm proud that I am able to deliver within this time frame.

What to expect from your engagement shoot / Part Two / The Shoot

What to expect from your engagement shoot / Part Two / The Shoot

Following on from part one in this series, I wanted to get straight into part two which is all about the actual shoot itself.

I explained previously that one of the main benefits of having an engagement shoot is to have the opportunity to work with your photographer before the big day.  Often my clients are booking me a year or more in advance, so it is vital that we have touch points throughout the build up to the wedding, in order to really get to know each other, so that everyone concerned is really comfortable on the day.  I always tell my clients that my aim is for me to feel like a friend with a camera on the day, rather than just that guy they've hired, so its super important that I make every effort in the run up to the wedding to create a memorable experience that always exceeds expectations.

Suffolk Wedding Fair Promo / The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair 2014

Suffolk Wedding Fair Promo / The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair 2014

There are lots of options if you are looking to attend a Suffolk wedding fair.  But it is so important that you do not waste your precious time attending all the available shows, only to find that your kind of suppliers are not in attendance.  In my opinion, this is usually because many of the wedding fairs just look to get whoever they can in through the door, instead of specifically marketing to a key demographic which always bodes better for both the attendants and the wedding suppliers involved. So it was really refreshing that last year, a new wedding fair approach rose from the crowds.  Emily and Caroline at The Truly Marvellous Wedding & Bottom Drawer Fair really have taken things to the next level of instead of creating just another wedding, have created a new creative, sensory experience that has a key demographic always close in mind.

Top 5 Tips For Marriage Proposals

Top 5 Tips For Marriage Proposals

Today I was asked to appear on BBC Radio Suffolk's lunchtime show with Georgina Wroe to talk all about wedding proposals.  With Valentine's Day soon approaching, many guys and girls will, as I write this, be planning their proposals to their loved ones and so I thought that it would be apt to share my top 5 proposal tips for those preparing to pop the question.