What the duck was that?!



I mean, I’m sure in a few more months we will be looking back at 2020 and thinking ‘Did that even happen or have I just spent the last 12 months in some kind of Will Smith movie’. The sad truth is that it did happen, it affected all of us in some way, we lost family, business, income, our mental health went down the toilet. Weddings were cancelled or postponed, businesses went bust and people died. Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I deal with things in a lighthearted honest funny way, until it all gets a bit too much and then I go a bit quiet. It’s a coping mechanism. I try not to take life too seriously and try and find the positives from bad situations. Rest assured when I say this, my heart goes out to every single one of you who have been personally affected by Covid and who has lost a loved one. What you’re experiencing right now is unimaginable and I don’t want to take that away by what I’m about to say next......

It may be hard to see right now, but every cloud really does have a silver lining. Throughout all of this we will come out better, stronger and more rounded humans (rounded, particularly thanks to pizzas every other day in lockdown). I for one like to think that weddings will become more about family and friends, celebrations and realising that life is fragile and we should all cherish these moments regardless of the colour of chair covers, the table plan tetris or the day of week you marry......

If you’ve found me because your wedding has been postponed and your new photographer couldn’t do the date, Hi! If you’ve always had me in the books and you’ve been waiting for this to land on your doorstep for some time, Hi!

What the duck was that?!



I mean, I’m sure in a few more months we will be looking back at 2020 and thinking ‘Did that even happen or have I just spent the last 12 months in some kind of Will Smith movie’. The sad truth is that it did happen, it affected all of us in some way, we lost family, business, income, our mental health went down the toilet. Weddings were cancelled or postponed, businesses went bust and people died. Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I deal with things in a lighthearted honest funny way, until it all gets a bit too much and then I go a bit quiet. It’s a coping mechanism. I try not to take life too seriously and try and find the positives from bad situations. Rest assured when I say this, my heart goes out to every single one of you who have been personally affected by Covid and who has lost a loved one. What you’re experiencing right now is unimaginable and I don’t want to take that away by what I’m about to say next......

It may be hard to see right now, but every cloud really does have a silver lining. Throughout all of this we will come out better, stronger and more rounded humans (rounded, particularly thanks to pizzas every other day in lockdown). I for one like to think that weddings will become more about family and friends, celebrations and realising that life is fragile and we should all cherish these moments regardless of the colour of chair covers, the table plan tetris or the day of week you marry......

If you’ve found me because your wedding has been postponed and your new photographer couldn’t do the date, Hi! If you’ve always had me in the books and you’ve been waiting for this to land on your doorstep for some time, Hi!

Firstly, thank you so much for booking me, every single wedding I have the opportunity to shoot means the world to me, If you haven’t figured out my personality before now then you certainly will after reading this paper.

Secondly, thank you for having patience, If you booked me ages ago and have been waiting for emails or information then thank you for giving me the space to get my head around things whilst I adjust to a bizarre new working year. My first year as an isolated mum of two with a business to run which has been a tad challenging so far this year.

I learnt a hell of a lot when I got married myself in 2015. Yes, I'm still with him, No, nothing changes after you're married and yes, it is a shit load of money for one day, but I wouldn't have changed a single thing, and for those wondering, yes I do regularly look at my wedding photos, especially when I’ve had a crappy day and I just want to be reminded of how happy I can be. I’ve been in your shoes and I was very much a bridezilla, so hopefully I can offer a little advice about how to approach your day and what not to focus all your attention on, even though BRIDES magazine says so!

Hopefully this little paper will offer a few bits of advice so you won’t feel so clueless.



Let meeeeeeeee entertain you!


“Anna, I love your photos! They are exactly what we want from our day” I get this a lot, A LOT! Some couples give me a few examples of weddings I’ve done and say “we want these types of shots”.

However when I talk to them about their day they don’t have any entertainment planned. Here’s the key thing to remember. I can’t make fun happen. Fun has to be provided to get those types of shots. I completely understand that means more expense but whatever you choose in terms of entertainment will greatly improve your documentary coverage. There are things out there for every budget... Mariachi Bands, Magicians, Illustrators, Vintage Games, Naked Waiters, Jenga, Casinos and Mini Golf just to name a few.

What you need to remember is this, if you have an early wedding ceremony (especially in summer) there’s a hell of a lot of time to kill in the middle of the day. If there’s nothing to entertain your guests then I’m just milling around taking photos of people getting drunk and pissing them off because I’m hovering around them waiting for them to do something remotely funny to photograph.

Even if it’s just some cheap entertainment, It will make for better photos in the long run (usually at my expense)!

Let meeeeeeeee entertain you!


“Anna, I love your photos! They are exactly what we want from our day” I get this a lot, A LOT! Some couples give me a few examples of weddings I’ve done and say “we want these types of shots”.

However when I talk to them about their day they don’t have any entertainment planned. Here’s the key thing to remember. I can’t make fun happen. Fun has to be provided to get those types of shots. I completely understand that means more expense but whatever you choose in terms of entertainment will greatly improve your documentary coverage. There are things out there for every budget... Mariachi Bands, Magicians, Illustrators, Vintage Games, Naked Waiters, Jenga, Casinos and Mini Golf just to name a few.

What you need to remember is this, if you have an early wedding ceremony (especially in summer) there’s a hell of a lot of time to kill in the middle of the day. If there’s nothing to entertain your guests then I’m just milling around taking photos of people getting drunk and pissing them off because I’m hovering around them waiting for them to do something remotely funny to photograph.

Even if it’s just some cheap entertainment, It will make for better photos in the long run (usually at my expense)!

It’s da Bomb!


Smoke bombs and sparklers make for awesome photos and have become more popular than ever. A few words of advice: Sparklers - buy long ones, and buy a blow torch. I personally get a bit worried about Sparklers for a few reasons and would gently advise to reconsider if this is what you're planning. Usually, sparklers have to be done outside and at night time. This often means dragging drunk people off the dance floor to gather outside to handle small hot sticks of fire..... The sparkler shots you see take a good 10-15 minutes to set up too, so it isn’t an easy shot to get, and could be potentially dangerous.. So I’d say sparklers for weddings October onwards to March and then smoke bombs for summer.

Smoke bombs - buy the best, if you’re going to get them, get Enola Gaye. Yes they are expensive, but you’re less likely to blow your hand off. Tip: Buy plastic piping to slot the bomb in so you can hold them safely. Please also inform me if you are planning of having these at your wedding, they require special set ups so I need to be aware. You should also check with your venue if they allow these.

** Please also be aware I take no responsibility for injury to yourselves or guests. Photography insurance does NOT cover explosives. I can send a link to recommended smoke bombs but I cannot under any circumstances purchase them for you.

Confetti Rule


If you want an awesome confetti shot, then you need a lot of confetti...

Seriously, If you want a decent confetti shot you will have to provide the stuff. Too many times I’ve seen couples rely on guests to crack open the Clinton cards tissue paper confetti horseshoes and it looks, not right (to avoid saying shit). Yes I know it costs more money but here’s a simple tip.... Start collecting the petals off all the flowers your other half gives you (in my case I had to buy the flowers myself because Robin doesn’t do romantic) or do what I did and pick blossoms in the spring, dry them out and use them. Free and easy. Want a confetti shot like this... you need a shit load of confetti! Have a look at Dollz Confetti, a good 8-10 litres will do the job for sure.

Bridal Boudoir


Whaaaaat??? Me??? Never!

C’mon we all know your other half will absolutely love this, and no, I do not do cringe/ porno/rubbish/too much!

Just a bit of sass and I mean, the ice will definitely be broken before the big day right!?!

Pre wedding shoot

- Revenge rate!


Groom threatens bride because he’s had enough of “bullshit photos” and just wants to get drunk.

Yes people dread having their phots taken, usually blokes. Pre Shoots are important, some people don’t want them, others do. I’m not judging. It’s important to feel comfortable in front of the camera and waiting until your wedding day to do that can be a risk. I did have a pre shoot with my photographer, even if it meant more money and I still had more useless crap to buy!. I am so glad i did. Had photos and even a spritz with her and we got to the wedding prepared.

A pre shoot is there for two reasons, for you to experience having your photo taken by me and obviously see the end edited result, and for me to understand how you are in front of the camera. Some people are shy, some know how to work it. I will never force a couple to do uncomfortable things if they are not keen, but for me to understand what those boundaries are, I need to find out for myself.

To arrange your pre wedding shoot please get in contact and let’s try and book it in at least 8-10 weeks before your big day.

Pre Shoot Help:

What to wear, first and foremost, something comfy. I will most likely have you walking or flinging each other over shoulders and running around a park. Wear something that you feel confident in, there's nothing worse ladies than fiddling with bras and waistbands and blokes grabbing their crotches because wifey for lifey bought him special pants. Wear clothes that compliment each other, nothing too bright, or patterned and branded - bluergh, you ain't modelling for JD Sports guys! Ladies, I always advise you to get your make- up trial done on the morning of your pre shoot, so that you have a better idea of what your photos will come out like. How you look in the mirror and how the final photographs look are two very different things.

A combination of lighting, editing techniques and angles will change your appearance

Next, how to use your images...


Many of my couples print a few of their images and either use them for invitations if they have it early enough, signing frames, table plans and decor.

You’ll get an online gallery with as many images as I can squeeze in for you to use as you wish. Simply add them to the shopping basket directly on your gallery or download them for free and print from your phone or download them to your desktop/tablet and save to a USB. It’s pretty simple.

People often say that my photographs look natural, which is good, I would hate you to look at your photographs and think “that’s lovely, but the photographer told me to do it, it simply isn't us.” Here are a few ideas of naturally posed photos.

Ideas on unposed posing... Butt squeezes, Hand holds, Face touching, Snogging, waist grabbing, bear hugs, Tickling and laughing all work a treat.

Wedding tog loses her shit on the morning of the wedding


A wedding photographer lost her shit and launched into a foul mouthed tirade of abuse at several pairs of shoes, fourteen cardboard boxes, seven million tissues, two empty bottle of prosecco and last night knickers ending in her arrest for violent outburst.

Get the house sorted, or bridal room, whichever you go for. Not just for me, but you too. I like to capture the entire story of your day, that means the invites, shoes, jewellery, flowers, last nights knickers....(only joking, but you get the point) Literally If you leave stuff lying around it’ll get photographed. You are going to have a lot of shit on your plate the morning of the wedding, the last thing you want is an annoying photographer interrupting your makeup every five seconds to ask where stuff is.

So, to keep things simple, box up all your bits that you are wearing along with your invitation (Menus, save the dates, funny cards that you have received..) into your wedding shoes box, with your wedding shoes on top. that way, I can just take the lot and sell it on Ebay... OK, maybe not, but I can take it and go off somewhere quiet to work my magic.

When I'm photographing prep, I want you to look back at your images and be happy, not to see mess, hairspray and tit tape lying around. Try to keep a large space clear to get ready in, don’t feel like you need to have everybody all in one room. If you are getting ready in a hotel, maybe ask for a second room to get into your dress that hasn't been savaged by ten bridesmaids. You will feel calmer, I will be happier than I'm getting you better images.

I can get around this if you are getting ready in small spaces, sometimes it isn't possible so clever angles and mirrors are always good for creative work arounds.

Don’t panic if the venue or house where you are getting ready is small, it doesn’t matter. There are always ways I can work around things, It’s always so lovely to do bridal prep in the brides childhood home, it might not look like a 5 star hotel but it will be filled with sentimental spots and memories. So whilst nice photos are important, photos with meaning are more important. I can work in any surroundings, don’t let this be another thing that worries you. Get ready wherever you like. Just make it tidy :)

Wedding tog loses her shit on the morning of the wedding


A wedding photographer lost her shit and launched into a foul mouthed tirade of abuse at several pairs of shoes, fourteen cardboard boxes, seven million tissues, two empty bottle of prosecco and last night knickers ending in her arrest for violent outburst.

Get the house sorted, or bridal room, whichever you go for. Not just for me, but you too. I like to capture the entire story of your day, that means the invites, shoes, jewellery, flowers, last nights knickers....(only joking, but you get the point) Literally If you leave stuff lying around it’ll get photographed. You are going to have a lot of shit on your plate the morning of the wedding, the last thing you want is an annoying photographer interrupting your makeup every five seconds to ask where stuff is.

So, to keep things simple, box up all your bits that you are wearing along with your invitation (Menus, save the dates, funny cards that you have received..) into your wedding shoes box, with your wedding shoes on top. that way, I can just take the lot and sell it on Ebay... OK, maybe not, but I can take it and go off somewhere quiet to work my magic.

When I'm photographing prep, I want you to look back at your images and be happy, not to see mess, hairspray and tit tape lying around. Try to keep a large space clear to get ready in, don’t feel like you need to have everybody all in one room. If you are getting ready in a hotel, maybe ask for a second room to get into your dress that hasn't been savaged by ten bridesmaids. You will feel calmer, I will be happier than I'm getting you better images.

I can get around this if you are getting ready in small spaces, sometimes it isn't possible so clever angles and mirrors are always good for creative work arounds.

Don’t panic if the venue or house where you are getting ready is small, it doesn’t matter. There are always ways I can work around things, It’s always so lovely to do bridal prep in the brides childhood home, it might not look like a 5 star hotel but it will be filled with sentimental spots and memories. So whilst nice photos are important, photos with meaning are more important. I can work in any surroundings, don’t let this be another thing that worries you. Get ready wherever you like. Just make it tidy :)

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS


I like details... I like details more than I like people. So please give me a lot of details to photo. Shoes, flowers, rings, jewellery, dresses, important shit.... the more the merrier, keeps me out of trouble and stops me capturing nipples and bums! Just try to think of the things that will get chucked away after your wedding. These are the things you need photographing to remember.

Group Shots


What a load of crap.... Group shots can be the most painful things ever. All your guests want to do is take advantage of the bar and do not want to be dragged into shots, but you’ll regret not having them.

I don’t particularly like them either, they are a pain in the ass to organise, for at least 10 minutes of the day, every guests hates me. It’s too cold, too warm, too crowded and too long to spend hanging around for some bossy woman to snap a photo that Uncle bob can probably do in a quarter of the time on his iPhone 6.

Well, as much as I hate them, I'm so so grateful for them. When I have a crappy day the first thing I do is open my Wedding photo book, I sift through the pages and I find the group shots, they felt like forever when they were being taken but I'm forever grateful of those faces now in print. I'm so glad I have those photos!

So the point is, yes they are a pain to stand through but they are important, maybe not on the day, maybe not in ten years time but when your children’s children get married and you’re no longer around they will have a photo. They are important. They do need documenting, even if it's just immediate family. I do say to limit group shots to 8 - 10 because of time restrictions. I cannot guarantee that I will take a photo of every guest. Some guests dodge me, others shout at me, it’s all part of the job. If there is somebody who you really want me to focus on, a grandparent, special friend or guests then please tell me on the day, point them out and I’ll make sure I stalk them.

A few weeks before the wedding I will send you a list that you will have to fill in and send back to me in which you will write who and which group shots you would like on the day.

So group shots are important BUT in my opinion, not as important as natural candid shots of special people being themselves on your wedding day. It’s those moments, when they don’t know I'm watching them that you will look at and say - “Yeah, that’s my dad right there, that’s his laugh, his dodgy lazy eye” Not the ones where he's stood to attention with a bunch of folk.

So remember, group shots are important but they do take time.

Strictly Come Dancing

I know you haven’t signed up for that but please, PLEASE, JUST DANCE!!!

Seriously though, I do get it, dancing in front of anyone is nerve wracking let alone 100 people - most of whom you probably don’t even like.

This is the thing, you only get one dance. So choose a song THAT YOU love, not that you think everybody will expect or love. It’s not to do with them - bollocks to John legend. You have 3 minutes and 27 seconds just for you and him, dancing like loons and singing your hearts out badly to your fave song in the entire world.... You get out what you put into

your first dance shots. So think wisely, are you having a flash mob join you, do you want your guests to join in half way through? Have a good think - they can be epic shots, they can also be shite. Have a drink before hitting the dance floor, and just dance your heart out!!

Strictly Come Dancing

I know you haven’t signed up for that but please, PLEASE, JUST DANCE!!!

Seriously though, I do get it, dancing in front of anyone is nerve wracking let alone 100 people - most of whom you probably don’t even like.

This is the thing, you only get one dance. So choose a song THAT YOU love, not that you think everybody will expect or love. It’s not to do with them - bollocks to John legend. You have 3 minutes and 27 seconds just for you and him, dancing like loons and singing your hearts out badly to your fave song in the entire world.... You get out what you put into

your first dance shots. So think wisely, are you having a flash mob join you, do you want your guests to join in half way through? Have a good think - they can be epic shots, they can also be shite. Have a drink before hitting the dance floor, and just dance your heart out!!

Unplugged Wedding


Best thing we did at our wedding. (We did lots of cool things, but this was one of my favourite). There’s nothing quite as special as the guest who takes selfies while you’re saying your vows. That’s why you planned the entire event, right? Obviously, your wedding is just an elaborate selfie backdrop. KIDDING. So, here’s a sign that should stop that sort of smartphone dumb antics in their tracks.

No but for real, imagine yourself there, now, would you rather:

a- see everyone holding their phone and pointing it at you and probably sharing those images on Face-ache two seconds later

b- see the faces of your loved ones, spot the auntie crying, see their first reactions..

Drunken Shenanigans


I'm not one to judge, I like a drink, but what I like more is photographing drunk people. It’s hilarious, you’ll forget, they’ll forget, but photographs of proof will always be there. On a serious note, get as pissed as you like, it makes my job so much more fun, but from one bride to another.... I forgot major parts of my day because I was shit faced. Oh, but be aware, when doing the mates groups shots I do tend to encourage shot buying.... Sorry!

Only THE BEST vendors I absolutely love!

I need a dollar, dollar, dollar is what i need..hmm hmm


Seriously, I have two small money sucking humans to feed, I need money. So just a reminder that final balances are due 4 weeks before the wedding. Bank details are on the contract but if you have forgotten them they are below. If you fail to pay, I will still turn up to your wedding but I won’t hand any images over until you’ve coughed up. When payment is made please send me a quick message or email- I get confused sometimes with names and hate emailing round “Excuse me, have you deposited some cash in my account?” “No?... Shit, that’s embarrassing”

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I need a dollar, dollar, dollar is what i need..hmm hmm


Seriously, I have two small money sucking humans to feed, I need money. So just a reminder that final balances are due 4 weeks before the wedding. Bank details are on the contract but if you have forgotten them they are below. If you fail to pay, I will still turn up to your wedding but I won’t hand any images over until you’ve coughed up. When payment is made please send me a quick message or email- I get confused sometimes with names and hate emailing round “Excuse me, have you deposited some cash in my account?” “No?... Shit, that’s embarrassing”

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