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Last weekend I had the pleasure of working with Michelle for the first time – so a massive welcome to my new assistant!

Louise Bjorling wedding photography

WHAT MICHELLE SAYS…. Louise Bjorling wedding photography

“I have been following Louise and her blog for just over a year. I would describe her style as capturing a modern fairytale.  
I’m in to vintage fashion myself, and loved the Urban London wedding with handmade details – with the beautiful brooch bouquet, which she shot a couple of years back…
I’ve always been interested in photography, from when my sister used to take me into the dark room and produce prints at 6th form. I bought my first camera in New York last year and with my love of travel, I’m enjoying capturing moments everywhere I go.  

I had my first assisting job with Louise on Saturday, 12th April with the beautiful Natalie and Josef. It was such a wonderful day and I can’t wait to see the pictures – especially the portrait shots of the couple!”

“To work with Louise was great. She was very organised and had thoroughly planned shots for the big day. She had researched the locations, checked the weather and had really listened to the couple, taking on board what they wanted. Her attention to detail was meticulous, spotting everything – she even noticed that a tree that she had in mind for the background in the portraits, had been cut in the few days before the wedding. She was constantly on the go all day, being discrete when she needed to be and interacting when that was required – like the group shots. A real pleasure to work with, full of fun and creativity!”

“I’m excited about the next location for the next couple’s memorable day. I’ve got details for more weddings to come this year from Louise, so I think I made a good impression!” (Yes you did)
 

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To all you lovely people who have booked a full day wedding photography package for this season, you’d be sure to see more of Michelle!

It was an absolute pleasure to have Michelle around last Saturday – otherwise also working in HR for large fashion brands and creative industries and with her love for fashion, this girl is on the ball with things. She really helped speeding up the work process throughout the day.

It was just so great to have somebody that you feel you can trust to look after the equipment, to quickly change lenses or to hold things when needed – I just felt that I could really and truly concentrate on capturing the photographs for the couple. And very importantly, Michelle was a big smile all day long….

So welcome to Michelle, nice to have you!

 

 

  • Ruth Blissett - I would just like to say how lovely michelle was last Saturday at my daughter Natalie’s wedding,she definitely went above and beyond the call off duty,all I’m going to say is limo and curling tongs,michelle you truly are a star and I wish you every success xReplyCancel

This summer, I did the photography for two editorial shoots planned and directed by Amelia Barnes (Owner of Miss Vintage Wedding Affair and Vintage Floral Teas). An editorial is a shoot, oftenly aimed towards a magazine or a blog or for brochure/marketing material for a brand or a company. It has been created in a way so that it tells a story and inspires the reader/viewer. To a wedding photographer, an editorial shoot is also a great opportunity to work together with other wedding creatives. Today I want to tell you a little bit about what is involved, and how I find that working on set up shoots can give me a lot of ideas for real weddings and for telling a story with my wedding photography.∞ On a warm July morning, our group of creatives gathered at the Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre to get ready for a fun colour- popping 50s bridal to be shot in the morning, and for a stylish, elegant 20s shoot to be shot in the afternoon. Both shoots where planned as features – with the 1950s shoot getting featured for the Nov/Dec issue of Your London Wedding Magazine and the 20s shoot for Love my dress. Arriving early gave me the chance to experience the whole set being built. An excitement about the day filled me as I witnessed candy- colored decor and all sorts of cute vintage details coming out of boxes, joining the line up of old fashion, suitcases, custom made stationary and pretty little teacups. Amelia, and Michelle from Muscari Whites built up a whole, well planned and styled set for this shoot! In between photographing details and making plans for the shots of the model, I also managed to get a couple of Behind the scenes shots to share;). vintage-bridal-shoot-louise-bjorling

An editorial shoot is a fantastic way to experiment and develop one’s “visual language” as a wedding photographer. Actually, the process for an editorial shoot and for how I approach a wedding- booking, have many similarities…

THE PHOTOGRAPHY ACTUALLY STARTS LONG BEFORE THE SHOOTING: Once the person who is organising an editorial shoot, has planned the project and decided on the suppliers, an important meeting for sharing the ideas and making plans takes place. In this case Amelia contacted me with her ideas – and it sounded like really good fun, so we went for a coffee to chat more. During our initial meeting, it was important for me to understand her visual ideas, the different moods for the two shoots, the purpose for the shots and what audience it would be for. From here, and with Amelia’s Pinterest boards fresh in mind, my head started to spin with ideas. The planning stage for a couple’s wedding is equally as important to me. After a planning meeting with a creative director or a wedding couple alike, my head fills up with ideas of how I can best tell this story. I research visuals, what the natural light is like at the venue, I create a shooting schedule, or for the couple: a wedding itinerary, so that I’m prepared when the actual day comes, and I’m ready to get the best shots…

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Above is an excerpt of my research and planning for the 1950s shoot – I researched the fun, cheeky posing style of the 50s, the popular culture – such as the funny jive dance moves, colours associated to the era, and made a visit to the venue. I also created a rough shooting schedule and timings – so that I would have something to glance at for direction once I got caught up in the concentration of shooting.

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About 20 people where involved in the shoot – suppliers, stylists, assistants, models and makeup/wardrobe people. So while chaos roomed around for the first part of the morning, I took this time to take detail shots of the decor.

It is perfect to use any “dead” time at a shoot, for detail shots which will form parts of the editorial story. Once the model is ready, it is easy to get so caught up with the main shots, and anything else will probably be pushed far back in to the subconscious. When shooting with a magazine or a blog in mind, and with a theme so vivid and well planned as this, shots of detail and decor is very important since they set the tone and support the main images – just as images of the special little details at a wedding reception is part of the story about that wedding. And there are a lot of things to think about here – The magazine/blog might need different options of the same detail to have more freedom with the layout, the shots have to “go together” with the shots of the model. So I think about getting the same “feel” in the lighting, same depth of field – similar F- numbers, compositions that will work together in the story, and a continuity in how the lenses are used.

As by magic, Amelia and Michelle got all the different ingredients together – and with help from several assistants, they had suddenly created a nice tableau- style backdrop for our 50s model.

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Sharing some posing research with the model, could be good for giving her something to reference to when “getting in to character”.

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Cecelina (Cecelina Photography) who was scheduled for a lingerie shoot in the evening with the 20s model, arrived earlier to assist me… And even got some shots of me!! Well done Cecelina for avoiding my double chin and making me look so young:)

EQUIPMENT USED: Nikon D600, Nikon 50 mm 1.4, Nikon 24 – 70 2.8 G ED, Nikon Ed VR II 70-200 2.8 + Ghionis Ice light as fill in

CREDITS – Thank you to everybody involved!

Assisting and extra detail shots: Cecelina Photography Venue: The BAC, London Styling: Amelia from Miss Vintage Wedding Affair Styling Assistant: Veronica Ballard Weddings China & Sweetie table: Vintage Floral Teas Cake : Temper & Tipsy Stationery: Lucy Says I Do Props: Re-Loved Styling Flowers & Heirloom Bouquets: Muscari Whites Bespoke Dresses: Kate Edmondson Bridal and My Eden Vintage Dress: My Vintage Wedding Dress Make Up: Sam Pearce Hair: Lucy Hayward at Hair That Turns Heads Accessories: Connie & Dolly Fine Vintage Jewellery: Addy Vintage Model: Megan McConnell

More from our vintage shoots:

More from our vintage shoots:

The 50s shoot – as featured in Your London Wedding magazine

The 1920′s shoot – as featured on Love my dress

Cecelina’s 1920′s boudoir shoot

Pop Art – vamp up your vintage theme!

Your London Wedding Magazine has just featured our 1950’s bridal shoot, a shoot I did for Amelia Barnes (organiser of Miss vintage wedding Affair) – fantastic to see it in print. Amelia brought together some very talented suppliers from the wedding industry for this shoot at the Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre – so if you’re a bride on the outlook for a touch of vintage, it’s well worth to have a look through the credit list at the end of this post. So here it is, a bridal shoot that vamps up the vintage style with some bright techni- colours, and has fun with the era of Marilyn Monroe. Pick up the latest issue of YLW Magazine to read more about Amelia’s thoughts behind the shoot. Ok, I’m gonna get to it – I’m gonna share some shots. Enjoy and hope it inspires!

xx Louise

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CREDITS

Photography: Louise Bjorling

Assisting and extra detail shots: Cecelina Photography
Venue: The BAC, London
Styling: Amelia from Miss Vintage Wedding Affair
Styling Assistant: Veronica Ballard Weddings
China & Sweetie table: Vintage Floral Teas
Cake : Temper & Tipsy
Stationery: Lucy Says I Do
Props: Re-Loved Styling
Flowers & Heirloom Bouquets: Muscari Whites
Bespoke Dress: My Eden
Vintage Dress: My Vintage Wedding Dress
Make Up: Sam Pearce
Hair: Lucy Hayward at Hair That Turns Heads
Accessories: Connie & Dolly
Fine Vintage Jewellery: Addy Vintage

Model: Megan McConnell

More from our vintage editorials:

Behind the scenes 50s shoot

The 1920′s bridal shoot

Cecelina’s 1920’s boudoir shoot