Getting to Know – Lis McDermott Photography

Lis McDermott of Lis McDermott Photography

Interview With: Lis McDermott

Company Name: Lis McDermott Photography


Location / Coverage: Wiltshire, South West, UK

Who is/are Lis McDermott Photography?

Just me, though my husband usually helps me at weddings as my ‘gopher’!

Bride and groom sitting on a sofa by Lis McDermott Photography

How did Lis McDermott Photography get started and how long has the business been going?

I trained as a musician, and for 34 years worked in education, latterly as a schools’ adviser. When a friend bought one of the first digital cameras he sold it on to me, and as soon as I took pictures with it I just loved it.

My first wedding was that of my niece, which I did on my own and just ‘went for it’! Before doing the wedding I went on a course at the Peak District Photography Centre with Simon Watkinson. It was a brilliant course; he suggested what camera to buy etc, and this gave me the confidence to know what to do on the day – amazingly it all went with no hitches. My first paid wedding was for a friend’s daughter who is an opera singer! For about two years I juggled my job as music adviser for Wiltshire and my photography, but felt I wasn’t doing either justice, so I left my job in 2008 to work as a full-time photographer. I have invested in several courses, including Damien Lovegrove’s Evolve Course. So since 2008 I’ve been doing what I have a great passion for and loving every minute of it!

Bride and groom walking through confetti by Lis McDermott Photography

Have you always wanted to be a photographer? Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture and what it was of?

I’ve always owned a little point and shoot camera which I took on holidays, but I never thought of being a professional photographer. I have always had a love of art and anything visual, and at school studied ‘A’ level art but never really found my medium. Everyone else in my art class went to Art College – I went to Music College! I was always worried that I wouldn’t be able to cope with the whole ‘dark room’ thing and the maths involved (in my mind).

I can’t remember how old I was when I took my first picture – it’s too long ago!

Happy bride and groom by Lis McDermott Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover? Do you go abroad?

I live in Wiltshire and cover the South West, but I’ve also photographed weddings in Surrey, Kent, The Midlands and the Peak District – if I get asked I’ll travel. So far I’ve not photographed a wedding abroad – my dream would be to photograph a wedding in Italy, my favourite country.

Wedding guests with sparklers by Lis McDermott Photography

How would you describe your style of photography?

I like to tell the story of the day when I’m photographing a wedding, but I also like to take time to get romantic and elegant posed shots of the couple that are as natural as possible.

What is important for me is to make sure people are relaxed so that I can get the best shots.

What’s your favourite wedding venue you’ve been to?

Hampton Manor in Hampton-in-Arden near Solihull.

Bride and groom sitting on a bench by Lis McDermott Photography

Random Question… Coronation Street or EastEnders?

EastEnders if I had to – but I don’t watch either!

What’s the best thing about your job?

With weddings it’s the privilege to share in such a special and emotional day with people and then give them images that will be cherished memories for years to come. Also, I love meeting people and interacting with them, seeing the joy when they see their images.

Groomsmen wearing bobble hats by Lis McDermott Photography

Do you just do wedding photography?

No. I love photographing babies and families, and I also do boudoir photography which I absolutely love. I often photograph brides-to-be who have the photos taken as a gift for their grooms on their wedding day, or ladies who just want to feel good about themselves. Basically I love photographing people and will take on many different kinds of work – I just want to get better and better and give the best I can to my clients.

Do you have a favourite picture you have taken (If you can choose!)?

This one…

Bride and groom by Lis McDermott Photography

What’s your top tip for choosing a wedding photographer?

Once you’ve chosen a photographer whose work you love, the most important thing is that you have a relationship with them. They can be the best photographer in the world technically, but if you don’t feel comfortable with them then your pictures will show that.

Where can I find out more about Lis McDermott Photography?

Shropshire Petals’ May Confetti Mix of the Month

Shropshire Petals Natural Petal Confetti

Shropshire Petals are celebrating May by introducing their new Pretty in Pink Mix of the Month. This month’s mix is great for summer weddings; colourful and pretty it is the perfect mix for that magical confetti moment.

May’s Mix of the Month is a pick and mix of pink Raspberry Fool Delphinium petals and Cerise Rose petals with a hint of white Daisy Daisy Hydrangea Petals. This mix is £11.99 per litre which will give you 10-12 handfuls of confetti.

The throwing of confetti is a celebration of the wedding ceremony and the start of the party! Simply pick and mix these three colours online to create the May mix or create your own unique confetti mix.

Getting to Know – Sally Orchard – Make-Up Artist

Sally Orchard - Wedding Make-Up Artist Cornwall

Interview With: Sally Orchard

Company Name: Sally Orchard – Make-Up Artist


Location / Coverage: Cornwall / Devon

How did Sally Orchard – Make-Up Artist get started and how long has the business been going?

I started out as a beauty therapist 20 years ago. There weren’t any make-up courses near me so I did beauty therapy instead, and then ended up working in salons and stores in Birmingham, Cornwall and London. I always loved the make-up side of the business and I was always the one who would do the make-up lessons and brides. I started my own make-up business 10 years ago specialising in bridal special occasion make-up. The last 2 years I have experimented with fashion and glamour make-up but wedding make-up remains the main part of my business.

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What services do you provide?

I offer bridal make-up, make-up lessons, makeovers and fashion/editorial make-up.

What areas of the UK do you cover?

I mainly cover Cornwall and Devon but I have travelled to other areas when needed.

Do you just provide make-up services for the bride?

I offer make-up services for the whole wedding party. I have an assistant who works with me on large weddings but I am always the one who designs the look.

Wedding Make-Up by Sally Orchard Make-Up Artist

Why would you recommend female bridal party members have their make-up done by a professional on the day of the wedding?

How you have your make-up on your wedding day can make a huge difference to how confident you feel and also how positive your reaction is to the photos afterwards. Even natural make-up can give the skin a glow and colour that can be sapped from the face with flash photography. My job is to get the right balance between a look that enhances but is comfortable.

How many trials do you have with a bride?

Normally one is enough but I do more if the bride wants to try another look. One bride for example originally wanted red lips so I did that in the trial, but afterwards she didn’t feel it was her so we did another trial with softer lips which she preferred.

Wedding Make-Up by Sally Orchard Make-Up Artist

What sets Sally Orchard – Make-Up Artist apart from other make-up artists?

I love make-up and enjoy transforming brides and seeing their confidence grow. I believe make-up doesn’t have to be thick and heavy to look good. I use make-up to bring out the best in my brides’ features, and my calm, friendly approach is a must on the wedding morning when nerves can be at their highest.

What’s the most popular style of bridal make-up that your clients ask for?

A natural, dewy look.

Wedding Make-Up by Sally Orchard Make-Up Artist Wedding Make-Up by Sally Orchard Make-Up Artist

What’s the best thing about your job?

I feel privileged to be a part of the wedding morning with the bride and bridal party as this is such a huge moment. What other job is there where everyone is so happy and excited?

What are your top wedding make-up tips?

Bring a picture of a make-up look you like to give the make-up artist some idea of what look you want. Their idea of a natural look may be different to yours. Also get your skin in tip top condition before the big day as make-up can only do so much. If your skin looks good so will your make-up

Where can I find out more about Sally Orchard – Make-Up Artist?

Visit my website