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Thank you to wedding photographer Cecelina Tornberg for snapping this shot of me!


Hey, check this one out.;)

I mean, what is up with the weather this spring? But fear not, there is a precaution for it. It is called the umbrella hat. If there are any adventures brides and grooms out there ready to dare the rain for their wedding portraits, then you’ll be pleased to know that there is a rescue remedy!

So for all you wedding paparazzis not too worried about looking like lunis, just type “umbrella hat” in to your search browser, and an umbrella hat could be yours for less than a tenner!

xx Louise



  • Tosha Lobsinger - Hello! I am a photographer and like this umbrella hat. I am wondering where you got it? Thanks in advance for your kind reply!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Hi, I’m really sorry but I don’t remember exactly where I got it from… 🙁 I googled “umbrella hat” and got lots of different sites up and in the end I picked a Hong Kong company that had loads of different hats for like £6 – 9 each. And I picked it since it looked long enough for a telephoto lense – that’s all I remember. Sorry that I can’t help you more than that. x LouiseReplyCancel

  • Brett McNally - Oooh, I like this idea and you make it look so trendy too. I definitely need one for our great British weather lol.ReplyCancel

  • canvas prints - Wow. great shot and great hat.ReplyCancel

  • Matt Voda - Hey, could you post a link to the exact hat you bought? All the other umbrella hats I could find use a boring half-circle shapeReplyCancel

My list! wedding photography trends 2012, contemporary wedding photography trends…

Ok, I confess. This is my own list – this is my opinion.;)Having said that, I’m always on the look out for what is going on and have inner debates (Yeah I know… weirdo hey…), and keeping an eye out for what is popular and up and coming in wedding photography styles. So here it is, my list for wedding photography trends in 2012…

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What is HOT…


Bright and light and naturally colourful

Grainy and slightly toned black and whites

Well planned compositions that feels unplanned

Negative space – empty, deliberate space within an image

 Film look – the look of photography as it was before the age of digital

 Back light – or even flair caused by shooting straight in to the sun

 Low sky light – out door evening photography is yum for your wedding day!

 Professional, thorough post production, that signatures the photographer’s style

 Relaxed portrait sessions on the day – mixing creativity with natural expressions

 A photo booth for the reception! Let crazy friends and drunken relatives mess about

 Less is more. Subtle colour drain in post production, steering away from red/orange skin tones

 Themes and details. The devil is in the detail! Capture colour themes, details and personal touches of the wedding day

 Wide apertures. (when only a small part of the image is in focus) Ok, this one has been around for a while – but it is still smoking!

 Editorial photography – telling a story with the images. (Meaning some involvement and pre planning from photographer’s side)


What is NOT really so hot anymore…


Camera tilting – unless it spot on works for a certain image

 Vintage toning. When it is over toned. Although a moderate, professional toning works great for certain images

 Too much photo journalism/reportage style in the photography – with images that feels distant and un- personal

 Vingetting. Unless it is very subtle and really suits the location (Such as a gloomy day with heavy architecture – think London)


What is stone dead cold….


Super posed and super cheesey

 Too contrasty, too saturated, too sharpened

 Super obvious vignetting. It should rest in peace…

 “Cheap” toning. Like pressing the button for sepia for example

 “Cheap” photoshopping. Of any kind. (Like using only the obvious Photoshop tools and not well)

 Oh this one: I thought it died around 2009 and yesterday I saw it again: A black and white image…. with a detail in colour!

 Snap shot photography without understanding the components of photography. (And then refer to it as “reportage style”)

Did I forget anything? Let me know if I should add to the list!

Bride & Groom Advice: Pre wedding portraits / Engagement photography sessions – How to prepare for it! Suggestions for choosing clothes, location and being creative …


Louise Bjorling

Get to know your photographer! And let the photographer get to know you before the day!

A shoot for just the two of you in good time before your actual wedding day. It’s become increasingly popular over the last couple of years to book a so called engagement shoot. And I’m intending to look at the many upsides that have couples asking for them and photographers offering them – sometimes even as an inclusion in their wedding packages.

FIRSTLY, it’s a chance for the photographer to get to know you through the eye of the camera. (Cause actually, the camera’s eye sees you differently, to how the actual eye will see you). And it’s a chance for the photographer to understand how comfortable you are in front of the camera.

SECONDLY, and probably even more important for you – you will get to know your photographer. The huge, clumsy camera will turn in to a person and when finally your wedding day arrives, the clumsy camera that has turned into a person, will easily sink into the background – and you will feel so much more natural and relaxed with the camera around you, than you otherwise would have if you didn’t feel comfortable with your photographer.

THIRDLY, this is the chance for you both to get awesome shots of you together, without the stress of thinking about other things around you, such as whether your guests are enjoying themselves or whether they are bored, whether you gonna be late for the reception, whether the best man has the disc with him for your First dance as promised… Although I definitely recommend a portrait session on your actual wedding day as well – since of course you want to have those shots of you dressed up and made up and all smily and full of butterflies. But for your engagement shoot, you might have a couple of hours to get cool shots, while your wedding day probably won’t offer you more than 20 – 30 min for portraits on your own.


FOURTHLY, for your engagement shoot you can have more control over weather and location! Or if you can’t have control over the weather – if it’s absolutely pouring down and there is no chance of rescheduling – then at least you are not dressed in your most delicate dress. You can find suitable clothes, umbrellas, boots and location to still get some cool shots. Your photographer will also know which time of the day you will have the best light, and the engagement session can be more flexibly scheduled than the portrait session on your actual wedding day.

The list could go on, but I thought I’d just round of with one of my favorite reasons: This could be your chance to put yourself in to 29-east-london-photographythe picture that you want to have of you. An opportunity to choose clothes that you love, an amazing location, and to go creative with ideas or maybe even go a bit mad if you wish. A portrait session is not about just taking some shots of the two of you, where you smile with a cheesy grin to the camera. It’s not about getting head shots for your passports. This is about capturing your personality.




* Firstly, think about how you want to be portrayed and what sort of feeling you want in the images – do you want it to be romantic, colourful, black/white, perhaps a bit funky and gritty, cityscape/countryside, vintage or modern? Also think about what location you want to see yourself in. Perhaps a location that says something about you, or maybe a location that means something special to you, or you might want a location that lends itself to create a certain mood.

* A great resource packed with ideas for your shoot, are the bridal blogs. These blogs which are like golden treasure of inspiration for marrying couples, do often showcase engagement shoots – Look out for “Engagement shoots” or “Love shoots” in their menu. Here you’ll probably come across an array of interesting engagement sessions which might be slightly off the beaten path – the bridal blogs love featuring portrait sessions that stand out a bit. Such as for example circus theme, fun park setting, movie- themes, surreal fairytale look, vintage look, balloons, over- sized candy, soup bubbles, peculiar props, crazy backdrops…. One of the funniest engagement shoots that recently caught my eye on one of the blogs, was a shoot that started off as a romantic vintage look picnic. And then turned in to a horror movie look, when somebody dressed up and made to look like a monster(!) came running out from the woods and ruined the romance.

* Look at what your photographer has done previously to get some ideas.

*Look around at advertising images around you, fashion magazines or movies for some inspiration.



Break it up with something colourful!



  • Clothes that just “look good on you” and brings out your shape, or eyes or skin tone, and so forth.
  • Clothes that are a little bit funny – such as t-shirts with funny text that says something about you or your partner.
  • Clothes that has a tint of style or attitude to it, which all goes with your personality and style of the location that you’ve chosen: Such as vintage, rock – look, interesting/crazy patterns, futuristic look, stylish mismatching, traces of your profession or hobby, to name a few.
  • A colour that sticks out. For example: toned down and plain colours in the clothes and then red or purple shoes to break it up a bit.
  • Designer wear if you wish to go for a trendy look.
  • Funny or attractive props if it works with your personality. One shoot sticks to my mind that I saw last year, of a couple who had dressed up really stylish and looked like they had just fallen off the pages of a fashion magazine. Then towards the end of the shoot they had decided to break it all up a bit, and returned in front of the camera with funny, over- sized glasses.
  • Trousers for him if you want to look a little bit more “dressed up” – not necessary the black office type, you might want to consider a lighter colour.
  • A simple dress in one colour or a dress in soft, romantic pattern, for her
  • Simple blue jeans with a casual shirt/t-shirt can be quite nice and relaxed, for him.
  • A white / light colour silky dress can be quite nice if you want to create a more “dressy” look that brings thoughts towards the coming wedding, for her.
  • Think about how the colours and style work with or work against the backdrop. For example a shoot in the countryside or in the woods would look fab with certain clothes, while a different style of clothes might go better with a city shoot. A romantic vibe or a fun shoot might look best with totally different clothes.
  • Think about matching each other – or mismatching is OK as well of course, if it is done in style.