Laura & Ben : Engagement Shoot

Laura and Ben are tying the knot at the start of March and were both pretty terrified about being in front of the camera so we decided to do an engagement shoot to put all the nerves to rest!! Engagement shoots are a great idea if you’re nervous – they give you a chance to get used to the camera and see that it’s not actually as scary as you think! When I’m doing engagement shoots I love to pick somewhere that’s a total contrast to where people want to go for their wedding photos so you get a really nice, varied set of photos to look back on. As Laura and Ben are going for The Merchant for their big day we met in Donaghadee (where they’re getting married so I’ve saved the light house until then) and headed to the rocky beach at Orlock Point outside Bangor. There is literally no way on earth it would be manageable in a wedding dress and heels so a perfect reason to use it as a more relaxed shoot and it’s a place the guys love near where they live too! Typically for our lovely island the weather was as hit and miss as it usually tends to be – starting with so much sun we were blinded and ending with us rushing for shelter before the heavens opened. But in between we were blessed with some gorgeous wintery light and had a great afternoon making some of my fave ever engagement shoot photos!

I’ve changed up my editing style a little – trying to get more warm tones into photos and really pleased with the results so far – I don’t use filters or a lot of effects as I like the photos to be natural and timeless so subtle tweaks to colour and tone along with using my gorgeous 35mm art lens way more (I love it I’d shoot everything on it if I could!)

Can’t wait for their wedding day in March now!!

Lisa & Erin’s loved up city shoot

A few months ago after yet another disappointing decision by our “government” (let’s be honest they aren’t doing much at the minute and none of us get paid to sit around doing nothing so I feel calling them an actual government is a joke but that’s another story!!) to yet again put a stop to marriage equality I decided to offer a chance on instagram for some LGBTQ couples to win a couple photoshoot. It’s only a small gesture but I wanted to show that I believe love is love and nobody has any right to get in the way of two people who want to make a lifelong commitment to one another. I do a lot of work with the LGBT community and have a lot of friends who this ridiculous ruling affects. I could get married without anyone getting in my way, why can’t they? I view every relationship as equal to mine and Dee’s and fail to see why our country refuses to change it’s backwards rules. We are the only part of the UK still stuck in this rut but I do believe it will change if enough people show their support to change it. It’s not asking a lot – just treat everybody the same and in the words of the mighty Bill and Ted “be excellent to each other!”

The competition which started as a frustrated bid to show that I, working in the wedding industry, support equality and do not think there should be a difference,  actually ended up really opening my eyes and I got to talk to and meet some really great people, which in fairness is why I do this job. I love meeting people that I wouldn’t get to in another line of work and getting to spend some time getting to know them. My work has let me travel to awesome places and meet so many amazing people. I heard some really lovely stories that made me wish I had the time spare to meet and photograph every couple but sadly there are only 7 days in the week and my work keeps me pretty tied up for six of them!

Lots of couples got in touch, the first of whom being Lisa & Erin. I was instantly caught by their lovely message and the fact lots of their friends nominated them too as a surprise.  First off they are the sweetest couple ever – I couldn’t help but be moved by just how crazy about each other they are.The girls had said they liked the idea of something urban and edgy so we found some great spots of street art (thanks Culture Night for giving me some great backdrops by the likes of Dan Kitchener, Friz and Deep Love by ADW Art). We took a walk about belfast on a surprisingly sunny autumn day and then took to the roof of the Oh Yeah Music Centre for some gorgeous rooftop shots overlooking the city. theyre actually tying the knot next week and I hope they have an absolutely amazing day! Here’s a wee peek at some of their photos, hope you like them

Engagement Shoot Promo Offer

So to celebrate my new website being all pretty if you book your 2018 wedding photos with Crazy Happy Love before the end of September I’ll throw in a free engagement shoot which means you’ll have a bonus batch of lovely photos to use for facebook, invites or just to look at and smile

get in touch via the contact page for booking info,