Jodie Brennan of Jodie Brennan Photography

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Interview with: Jodie Brennan

Company Name: Jodie Brennan Photography

Website: www.jodiebrennan.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Staffordshire and the Midlands, but will travel throughout the UK

How did the business get started and who works at Jodie Brennan Photography?

The business, which began in 2010, is run by myself, Jodie Brennan. I also have a group of ‘second shooters’ who I call upon, on a freelance basis, to assist me during weekend wedding shoots. I attend all pre-wedding meetings to discuss photography directly with my clients so they can meet me face to face prior to the big day. Jodie Brennan Photography grew slowly and organically to begin with; each year is getting busier and I have more and more client referrals, which is great.

Bride and groom in doorway - Picture by Jodie Brennan Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

When I was very little I wanted to be an archaeologist, but enjoyed Art and Design so much at high school I went to University to do a Design and Art Direction degree (graphics). It was here I started to specialise in photography (and really fell in love with it). I started out by constantly photographing my favourite models – my very patient younger brother and sister.

Groomsmen with team Groom sign - Picture by Jodie Brennan Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I started out using my Dad’s old Pentax 35mm camera and printing my own images. Then I was very lucky to be one of the first of my friends to get a digital camera; it was 2 megapixel and very cutting edge at the time! I can’t remember what my very first image was of, but I used to photograph my pet cat ‘Kitten Kat’ and my family… a lot.

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I am based in Staffordshire and the Midlands but I am happy to travel throughout the UK.

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Bride and groom leaning against merry-go-round - Picture by Kerry Ann Duffy Photography

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Couple standing in Ouse Valley Viaduct

Couple: Jade and Robert

Photographer: Andrew JR Squires Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 09/07/2014

Location of Shoot: Ouse Valley Viaduct, Balcombe

Wedding Date: 16/08/2014

Why did you have an engagement shoot?

Rob doesn’t like having his photograph taken so it was mainly to get comfortable in front of the camera and for us to get to know Andy.

Couple in front of Ouse Valley Viaduct

Couple in front of Ouse Valley Viaduct

Couple in front of Ouse Valley Viaduct

Couple in front of Ouse Valley Viaduct

Couple standing in Ouse Valley Viaduct

Couple standing in Ouse Valley Viaduct

Couple standing in Ouse Valley Viaduct

Couple hugging in Ouse Valley Viaduct

Couple standing in Ouse Valley Viaduct

Couple sitting in Ouse Valley Viaduct

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Bride and groom hugging - Picture by Miss Gen Photography

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Wedding guests standing with planes flying overhead - Picture by Simon Dewey Photography

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Website: www.simondewey.co.uk

Blog: www.simondewey.co.uk/photographs

Happy Friday. Do you want to win tickets to The National Wedding Show in London? Of course you do. Just click the link to find out how, but do it before 12noon on Monday, because that’s when the competition closes. There’s a pair of VIP tickets and four pairs of standard tickets up for grabs, so enter now to be in with a chance.

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Alex Rawson of Alex Rawson Photo

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Interview with: Alex Rawson

Company Name: Alex Rawson Photo

Website: www.alexrawsonphoto.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Based in Bristol but cover Nationwide

How did the business get started and who works at Alex Rawson Photo?

I started the business myself a year ago after selling my shares in an existing photography company. I always wanted to work for myself and be my own boss, and I was in the right place to do so.

Bride and groom - Picture by Alex Rawson Photo

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I’d always been hugely interested in photography as my grandad was a photographer (I still use his camera at weddings; it’s a Pentax ME Super and it’s amazing!). I studied Architecture and Structural Engineering at Loughborough University but realised that photography was more my thing, and have never stopped pursuing it! I’ve always been artistic and have played a few instruments for a number of years, including rocking a trombone solo at the Royal Albert Hall a few years ago.

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

Jeez, not sure really! The first picture I was proud of I took in London when I was about 15, on my first DSLR. It was of four telephone boxes (so touristy I know) and I did a pop colour edit of just the reds. It actually won me a local competition against some seasoned pros so I was pretty chuffed!

Bride and bridesmaids - Picture by Alex Rawson Photo

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

Anywhere and everywhere! I have a car which I love to drive (it’s another pride and joy as well as my cameras), but I’m manly based in the south west, so covering Bristol, Somerset and South Wales.

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Bride looking at groom with yellow tie - Picture by Scuffins Photography

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Bride and groom in hazy sunshine

Today we are delighted to be featuring this incredible intimate wedding in Sorrento, Italy. We just love a wedding abroad where the beautiful sunny glow creates wonderful light for pictures.

Emma and Adam had a beautiful wedding overlooking the Bay of Naples and the Italian scenery, giving them the perfect backdrop to their laid-back wedding. As well as the incredible setting, the couple looked stunning too; Emma in her ethereal Justin Alexander dress, and Adam in his rather dapper DKYN suit.

Fiona Kelly has captured this wedding in all its glory, and we are thrilled to be sharing it with you today.

“We both love eating, drinking and travelling, and have always wanted to get married abroad. The moment Adam proposed in Barcelona we were already discussing our options to get hitched somewhere warm and sunny, and with my Italian and Adam’s Jamaican backgrounds we had two very good potential locations for a destination wedding. In the end we decided that Italy would be the most practical option for travelling guests (and their bank balances), and our love of Italian food (and Prosecco) swayed it.

“We decided to have an intimate wedding with just close friends and family, and so we wanted to keep the wedding relaxed and laid-back and let the stunning Italian scenery do the talking. We opted for an ivory, champagne and blush colour scheme, with a touch of glittery gold!

“We originally wanted to get married in the Cloisters in Sorrento but we found out it was fully booked. We didn’t find out until we had returned home from our visit to Italy last year to look at venues, and we were initially a bit disappointed. Then we found out about the option to marry at the Museo Correale; it looked beautiful and we booked it straight away. We didn’t see the venue until the day before the wedding and we were really happy with our choice.

“We had a wonderful day. The ceremony in the museum was followed by a Prosecco toast in the gardens with the accompaniment of a guitar and mandolin duo, and then our guests went onto Relais Blu for drinks and canapés while we went to a few different locations for photos. Clambering up the dusty mounds of a lemon grove in a wedding dress to get the perfect shot was made much more pleasant with a free shot of limoncello!

“We then joined our guests at Relais Blu for delicious canapés, free flowing wine and a four course meal, with jaw dropping views of Capri in the background. After hours of eating and drinking the Italian way we hopped on some buses to our final destination, the Castore. Up in the hills with views of Capri and the Bay of Naples we carried on with more drinking, eating and dancing as the sun set. Adam put many hours into creating the perfect playlist for our wedding, which ranged from jazz, reggae, soul and rock ‘n’ roll, to drum ‘n’ bass, jungle and dubstep in the early hours! Some of our best memories are of Adam’s grandparents really getting into the D’n’B on the dance floor! For our first dance we chose Etta James ‘At Last’.

“We continued our Italian love affair with a honeymoon travelling to Positano, Rome and Puglia, and I’m sure there will be many more Italian holidays to come.”

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Boats in Sorrento, Italy

Street in Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento, Italy Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento, Italy


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Bride and groom on beach - Picture by Lucy Turnbull Photography

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