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Video interview with UK wedding of the year photographer for the Wedding WOTY … hm that’s me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ah…!

Does anyone else find it a bit scary to see yourself on camera? Well I do… ๐Ÿ™‚

But it was so amazing to be selected by the magazine Wedding to be their UK wedding of the year photographer, so of course I just have to upload this interview, made in association with the competition.

I had the absolute crazy amazing privilege of being selected by the magazine, to shoot lovely Nuala and Adrian’s “Woodland wonderland” themed wedding as they won UK wedding of the year for 2015. (Yes no joke) Our “pre-wedding meet up” fell on a day when I was absolutely distraught – having had all my photography equipment just stolen the day before during a burglary, then driven for several hours to get to the beautiful Notley Abbey Venue on almost no sleep at all… But as I arrived I was greeted by the super happy couple who had just won a whopping ยฃ25’000 to spend on their wedding day, and lots of creative and talented suppliers that where to be involved for their wedding. Suddenly all my worries where just as blown away. (And not to worry about the equipment, it turned out that my insurance company would be very fair indeed, and I now have new and even better equipment ๐Ÿ™‚ )

What I didn’t know however, was that I was about to be interviewed on the spot… so I had to muster quite a bit of concentration in my sleepless head… and here is the result of that interview (!)
(Just click on the picture to see the whole interview – I will start talking around 4:50 minutes)

 

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Bridal fashion photography London & Manchester

Excitement is awaiting this weekend, as I’m getting ready for the bigย spring wedding show at London Excel . It’ll be a full on weekend for me, as I’ll be capturing all the bridal fashion photography for the organiser’s marketing campaigns…

Really looking forward to it – the organisers theweddingfairs.com, always offer up shows that are a true delight to photograph – shows that both showcases a varied selection of bridal trends, and at the same time carries a captivating energy and choreography. I love the challenge of spotting the different moments and to play around with composition in order to get the most interesting shots. (Those who have visited the shows in Manchester or London, might have seen tiny little me run around for different styles of shots – good thing I’m tiny hey.)

I’ve shot the shows for them since 2012, but this particular show will definitely be a little bit extra special! This time weddingfairs.com will host the launge of the TV-show “Say Yes to the Dress UK” (!) So on Sunday, I’ll be eternalising their very first UK show with my camera – so that’s certainly something to look forward to and a reason to have just a few butterflies fluttering around in my stomach ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

While waiting for this weekend to start happening, I’m here posting a few favourites from the North West spring show which I shot a month back at Manchester Event City. Enjoy and be inspired! I’ve posted the names of the bridal boutiques at the bottom of this post for anyone up for a dress hunt!

Bridal boutiques on the catwalk

Because I love you

Mos Bross

Charlotte Balbier

Swarbricks + Bride by Swarbricks

Nigel Rayment

Cheshire Bridal

Allure

Puure

Slaters

Eve & Ellis

Confettibox

J & J Design

See you at London Excel 16 + 17 of April!

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Yoga. And Goa.

I probably don’t have to say anything more. But I will say (quite) a few words about my relationship to yoga, before I post some yoga photography and other shots from this amazing experience.

I’ve just realised that yoga actually has been in my life for nearly 20 years…! I remember stumbling in to what might have been the only yoga centre in Stockholm back in the mid 90s. A friend keen on Eastern medicine dragged me with her, and I recall middle aged ladies in white, staring at us as if we where really lost. This was even before Madonna started talking about yoga. So you know, before people even asked what yoga was. Really ancient times that is ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

Over the years yoga grew to be a part of my life. My “Go to” wherever I was in the world…ย  when backpacking around Australia and Asia, when briefly living in Tokyo and the US… basically kind of like carrying something that feels like “home” with you when you feel restless or rootless. Sometimes like a soulmate. Other times like having someone to argue with. But most of the time like a medication. I just remembered 12 years ago, how I would have to risk my life bicycling through a gang of crazy stray dogs on the island of Guam, just to get to this really awesome yoga class. That’s probably the sign that yoga had become an important part of my life ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

This winter it suddenly just dawned upon me. I was going to take this further. I was going to let go of all those “have to’s” in my head, this belief that I have to work my butt off all the time. It was time to just leave for a few weeks, to travel away to explore yoga further, go in to its depth, explore the background of it, and to really immerse myself.

I found this shala in South Goa, a little yoga village with the cutest huts and organic food. And a very tempting Yoga Teacher Training course, focused on traditional challenging Ashtanga – mixed with modern vinyasa flow classes, guided meditation, Yoga Nidra, cleansing techniques, pranayama – and I love breathing techniques, it can really change my being on a bad day. And of course the philosophy and ideology behind yoga. Within a couple of days of deciding to become a yoga instructor, my course and flight was booked for 4 weeks later, and I was rushing myself to have my travel injections topped up.

Then I decided NOT to bring my camera. I was going to experience this journey just from within.

I came to my senses though and realised I kind of had to bring some kind of camera.ย  So in the end I packed my ole’ 12 Megapixel Nikon camera and my two cheapest lenses. Then I hardly ever took my camera gear out during the whole trip. Now when I’m back home I want to tell the story of my experience and wish that I had photographed so much more… The curse of being a photographer hey ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

But I want to tell the story about my month at Kranti Yoga on Patnem Beach as much as I can, with the photos I got. It really was such an important trip for me. Something that I wish everybody could be fortunate to experience, to have the chance to just put everything aside, all the cluster in our lives, to clear out what isn’t important. And just step in to ourselves and see what else is there. Welcome to Kranti Yoga

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Wish the best to all the incredible people that I got to meet, and fantastic onward yoga journeys to all of you!

And thank you (or shall I say Hariom Tatsat) to Kranti Yoga for the amazing course. xxx Louise