Back to school soundtrack

Last year I blogged about the songs providing the backdrop to my summer – time has flown and now it’s ‘back to school’ time! Here are the five top tunes I’m happy to have stuck on my iPhone and in my head:

1). I’m gonna be (500 miles) by Sleeping at Last

When the bride and groom told me their first dance would be to “I would walk 500 miles” I couldn’t really picture it! But I had no need to worry about the bride attempting to march in a long white dress to the Proclaimers 80s hit – often played to rouse Scottish football fans. This beautiful ballad version set to a simple piano accompaniment is just so romantic and dreamy it makes a perfect first dance.

2). Suitcase full of sparks by Gregory Alan Isakov

I’m a big fan of crime drama and recently finished the latest series of The Blacklist. I love the show, but when this song was played as part of the soundtrack I struggled to focus on the plot. It’s a haunting tune with an amazing mix of instruments and vocal backing – I think there’s a banjo and accordion in the mix. The melody and refrain “honey I’m just trying to find my way to you” are sure to stick in your head. I can’t wait to see him supporting Passenger in November!

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3). Carrier of a secret by Sissel

A trip to the arctic circle at Easter let me tick off an item from my bucket list – a visit to the ice hotel. During my Scandinavian trip, I was reminded of the amazing Norwegian singer Sissel. Her voice, especially for the highest notes, is as pure and clear as the river ice that forms the hotel. I listened to her songs on cassette and later CD while revising for exams at school and university and I’ve loved reacquainting myself with old favourites.

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4). Shut up and dance with me by Walk the Moon

One of the couples whose wedding I photographed this year found a clever way to keep their party going late without disturbing the neighbours – they had a silent disco! With headphones lit in red for the bride’s playlist and blue for the groom’s it was great to see the lights change colour as different songs came on. I’m not sure whether this song was on the bride or groom’s playlist but with its strong beat it had everyone jumping around and dancing! It’s now my go-to energising song for an instant boost.

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5). Holiday in Spain by Counting Crows

Karaoke (in a private room, not on a stage) is one of our favourite ways to spend an evening. I generally think musical ability is not really required – it’s all about passion and enthusiasm! However when a friend of a friend chose this song (which I’d never heard before) and sang it beautifully, I instantly loved it and bought the Counting Crows version there and then. I think it’s perfect and as autumn begins, it leaves me dreaming of jetting off for some sunshine.

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So that was the soundscape to my summer. I love stumbling upon new artists or being prompted to rediscover old favourites – so please leave any recommendations!
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Ava Rose – 5 weeks old

As a devoted auntie myself, I was touched when Ava’s auntie got in touch to arrange a family photoshoot as a gift to celebrate Ava’s birth. At 5 weeks old, Ava was content and settled and Adam & Laura were relaxed and enjoying every minute with their new daughter. I was able to photograph Ava with some gorgeous blankets gifted by family, including a beautiful patchwork quilt. I like to capture all the little details – tiny toes, curled fingers and chubby chins – as well as baby portraits, and its always so special to photograph the bond between new parents & baby.

When I sent over the images I received a lovely message from mum Laura: “thanks so much Hannah, the photos are beautiful… We had a lovely morning with you and it was clear to see how much Ava loved it too. She likes the camera! Thanks for being so patient with her”. Photographing new babies at home means everyone can be relaxed and comfortable and allowing 3 hours for newborn sessions ensures there’s no rush or pressure, plenty of time for feeding and settling, so it’s stress-free and everyone can enjoy the experience.

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You can see more of my family photography on my website, and if you’d like to arrange a relaxed family portrait or newborn session in your home I’d love to hear from you.

Lizzie & David’s St Paul’s Engagement

Lizzie & David both work near the river and their first dates often included walks along the South Bank, so it was only fitting that we headed there for their engagement shoot. We managed to find quiet benches and spots to sit in, as well as enjoying the incredible backdrops of St Paul’s and Tower Bridge. Before we met, Lizzie explained that she and David didn’t like having their photos taken and that they weren’t photogenic… Happily these pictures proved them wrong – this is why I love prewed shoots! It gave them a chance to get used to being photographed (the first time I asked them to kiss they both just looked at me in horror and then burst out laughing!), to learn to relax in front of the camera and even enjoy it. And the beautiful, natural, relaxed portraits give them the confidence that they look great in photos so that on their wedding day they won’t be worrying about how they’ll look in the photos, and can just lose themselves in the excitement of the day – I can’t wait!

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If you’re just engaged please get in touch so we can plan a relaxed and romantic engagement session that fits your story. Or if you’re planning a special proposal I’d love to find a way to capture the moment, whether you’d like to propose during a couple shoot or arrange for me to be in your chosen location to photograph it discreetly.

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Caroline & Jonathan’s Gorgeous Garden Wedding

I loved working with Lottie Ettling to capture this gorgeous garden wedding, full of beautiful blooms all grown by the bride’s family. Caroline & Jonathan were childhood sweethearts and chose to get married at St Helen’s church in Burton Joyce. This is just a short horse-drawn carriage trip from Caroline’s childhood home, where the celebrations continued in a beautiful marquee surrounded by tepees for overnight guests.

Torrential rain shortly before the ceremony got everyone worried, but the sun came out and the weather was incredible for the rest of the day. Caroline looked stunning in her deep v back dress with wide sash, whilst her bridesmaids wore pretty chiffon dresses in different pastel colours. Away from the marquee, a quiet woodland walk was a lovely spot for romantic portraits and later while guests found their seats inside, a hay bale seat was perfectly positioned to catch the evening sunlight.

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You can see more of my wedding photography on my website, and if you’re looking for a wedding photographer for the UK or overseas I’d love to talk to you about your plans.

Xander & Henry – brothers making friends

I met Henry when he was only 8 days old and since photographed him learning to walk. Henry’s half brother Xander enjoys spending time at his dad’s and he and Henry are fast becoming firm friends. They both liked snuggling with dad and reading stories together. Xander kindly shared his fireman’s helmets with Henry and also insisted I wear one for part of the session – I love my job! Dad and Xander had some time just the two of them playing with his yellow truck and doing puzzles on the floor. Xander brought out his favourite toys to show me – tiger and shark  – and then we took the tiger to the park to play on the swings and run through the fallen leaves.

My relaxed family photography sessions take place in your home or at special spots where you all like to spend time. With two hours there’s no rush, and plenty of time to capture favourite toys, running, playing, reading and cuddles. Children (and parents) get used to me and my camera, allowing me to get warm, touching, natural photos of your family having fun.

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You can see more of my family photography on my website and if you’d like to arrange a relaxed and fun family photo session, I’d love to hear from you:

 

Lynsey & Sam’s Scottish Seaside Wedding

I love St Andrews and so was excited to work with Rachel Rose to photograph Lynsey & Sam’s wedding. Lynsey got ready in the Fairmont Hotel, wearing an elegant fitted dress with a beautiful back and combining Scottish thistles and English roses in her bridal bouquet. Lynsey & Sam met while they were studying at St Andrews University, and so they were able to get married at St. Salvator’s Chapel – a fifteenth century chapel owned by the university. It’s a striking chapel with pews that face each other – so every guest had a clear view of Lynsey as her proud father walked her down the aisle. It has gorgeous chandeliers and stained glass windows and is just across the courtyard from Lower College Hall where the reception took place. Being by the sea is one of my favourite things and so, for me, any couple who want their wedding photos on the beach is just perfect! There’s something so romantic about the vast expanse of sea and sky. After time on the beach, we headed back to Lower College Hall for drinks and the cutting of the cake.

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Camila & Elton excitedly expecting

Camila’s excitement was just contagious! At 34 weeks pregnant she was glowing and healthy and couldn’t wait to meet baby Bella. She wanted photographs to record and remember how she and Elton felt, waiting for the arrival of their first child. Camila couldn’t stop smiling and Elton loved to feel his daughter kicking away. I’m happy to share that Bella arrived safely and I’ll soon be sharing her gorgeous newborn photos.

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