It was such a pleasure to photograph great friends, Hannah and Jeremy’s wedding at Fforest, Wales in August 2014. It was a memorable wedding as not only did I get to see two close friends get married, Hannah also asked me to design the invites and the wedding flowers alongside taking the wedding photography which was great fun to plan and create. We were really lucky with the weather on the day and achieved some great photos around the beautiful grounds at Fforest.
It really was a unique weekend as we got to stay in a luxury dome for the night, glamping in style before their wedding day. Hannah & Jeremy married in the Lodge first and then later performed a second ceremony in the Giant Tipi. After their wedding ceremony they enjoyed a relaxed tea party with a tasty selection of home-made savoury and sweet delights followed by an evening hog roast, yummy!
Congratulations guys! I’m so happy for you both xxx
I began 2013 on a positive note by winning a place on the Brand Amplifier Brand Strategy Boot Camp for female entrepreneurs. Founded in 2009 by an inspiring lady called Jeannette Pritchard (better known as JP), who created specialised skills workshops with a mission to empower women who mean business.
The four workshops I attended in January 2013 were invaluable and helped me grow in knowledge and confidence as a business woman. I put what I learnt in to practice and my photography business has benefited greatly because of it. I was able to build up a network of like minded people which helped generate more work and created more referrals which is ultimately what my business relies on.
Completing my business presentation at ITV Studios for the Brand Amplifier awards evening I think has to be my proudest moment of 2013.
Later on in February I was lucky enough to fly to Dubai to photograph a wedding and later Saudi Arabia to photograph a royal wedding for a renowned photography studio in London.
In May I had the pleasure of photographing Leah and Simon’s wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral, following the wedding It was great to find my pictures were selected and published in Your London Wedding Magazine.
In August close friends, Joanna and Simon got married at my favourite wedding venue, St Michael’s Manor in St Albans. I was lucky enough to do the flowers (another passion of mine) for their wedding which although hard work and a little stressful at times was a delight to do and very rewarding. My good friend Daniella Baptista photographed their wedding and took some beautiful photos of the flowers below. Jo went for feminine, pastel, summery floral tones which I think worked really well.
Towards the end of the year I met talented Asian wedding photographer ShashiD, owner of ShashiD Photography who I have had the pleasure of working with at some beautiful venues across the UK.
I ended the year on a positive note by being asked to go to Saudi Arabia again to photograph a local wedding out there. Although considered a controversial place to go for a woman it was a great experience and interesting to speak to and photograph the women there. They are all so beautiful, intelligent and were incredibly welcoming when we arrived at their home. The view from my hotel room in Saudi pictured below.
Here’s to an exciting and prosperous 2014 at Laura Cloutman Photography!
Exciting news, I woke up on Saturday and found this months Your London Wedding magazine had arrived on the door mat. The September/October 2013 issue features Leah & Simon’s wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral which I photographed earlier on in the year. Their wedding has been entered in to Wedding of the Year 2013 so please vote for their wedding by following the link here and vote for them to win a luxurious two-night stay at St Ermin’s Hotel in St James’s. Thanks everyone.
A memorable day at St Michael’s Manor, St Albans. Close friends, Joanna & Simon’s wedding last weekend was such a beautiful day and a pleasure to be a part of. It was an honour to be asked to provide their wedding flowers for them and I had such fun making them last week. Jo went for soft, feminine, summer colours in her bridal bouquet with pale pink sweet avalanche roses, white avalanche roses, lilac scented sweet peas, and pink lisianthus. Photographed by Daniella Baptista.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing Leeanne and Andrew’s wedding day at Fentham Hall in the small, picturesque town of Hampton-in-Arden near Birmingham. Leeanne looked stunning in her Maggie Sottero wedding dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. They’re such a lovely couple and have two beautiful children, Winnie and Stanley. Solihull decided to throw all four seasons in one at us on the day but it didn’t affect everyone having a fabulous time and celebrating a wonderful day.
St Paul’s Cathedral really is a breathtaking building and a beautiful venue to be married in. It was such an honor to be asked to photograph Leah & Simon’s wedding day, I couldn’t have been more excited for them. As a photographer it’s hard not to take many photos of such an incredible place, from the outside it’s okay but once inside the magnificent building you are under strict rules not to take any photographs during the service, I was only allowed to take a few photos during their first hymn. It was a lovely service and I was able to take some photographs of them leaving the church and around the building before we made our way over to The Grange St Paul’s Hotel just across the street from the church. Leah & Simon’s wedding reception took place in the Sky bar which had an amazing view of St Paul’s, the perfect backdrop.
Alongside the photography I was also lucky enough to make the bridal flowers for Leah. After a trip to New Covent Garden flower market together Leah decided to go for a white bridal bouquet made up of beautiful white peonies, sweet peas, ranunculus, avalanche roses and lisianthus. For her sister’s bridesmaid bouquet Leah went for pretty pink peonies and pink sweet peas, which complimented each other beautifully. The flower girls had small posies of avalanche roses and blue muscari, which matched the ushers buttonholes.
On Bank Holiday Monday I had the pleasure of photographing good friends Jen and Steve’s pre-wedding engagement session at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. I had such a great day and can’t wait for their wedding later this year. They really are meant to be, love you guys!!
So the Easter break is over and you’ve eaten the last of your chocolate Easter eggs. Your wedding plans are finally coming together; the only trouble is you wish you had more time before the wedding to lose that holiday weight. Never fear ladies, with my handy posing guide you won’t need to go near a gym! You will look beautiful on your wedding day no matter what shape or size you are and any experienced photographer will know exactly how to flatter you. Of course if you want to feel more confident in front of the camera it always helps to know a few secrets to posing before you begin.
Don’t stand square on in front of the camera. Shoulders are the widest part of the body so shooting straight on is not always flattering. Angle your shoulders slightly to make your body appear slimmer for a more pleasing photo.
You don’t want to look stiff in your photos so if you’re feeling nervous then just imagine you’re a balloon and you want to let some air out. Take a deep breath and then breath out; when you do this relax those muscles. Make sure your leg closest to the camera is slightly bent and your arm closest to the camera is pushed away from your body with your hand resting on your hip, this will create a nice triangle and will make your waist appear slimmer.
Make sure you remember to angle your shoulders so they’re not square to the camera and put you’re weight on the back leg. This will automatically make you feel relaxed creating a more natural pose.
To help thin out your face, tilt your head slightly up and forward.
Have fun and repeat these simple rules to looking picture perfect, point your toe, bend your knee, shift your weight back. Easy!
I love the Folio Fine Art wedding albums so I was really excited to receive my first sample album in the post recently. As soon as it arrived I ripped through the outer packaging and carefully opened the Folio box, folded back the canvas sleeve and pulled out the leather bound, hand-made wedding album. The 10×10 wedding albums all come with a little TLC guide which advises you on how to look after your wedding album and handle each page with care to keep it in tip top condition.
They are 100% UK made and manufactured from sustainable sources which is another reason why I these albums so much. I think it’s important to work with UK suppliers and it means you receive a much faster turnaround time from when an album layout is approved. Folio albums use fine art, archival quality papers and inks so these album will last a lifetime and beyond.
My last wedding was an exciting one…I had the pleasure of not only photographing Laura and Michael’s wedding I was also asked to design and make their floral arrangements for their wedding day – what a treat! I was up early last Thursday and down at New Covent Garden Flower Market to collect the flowers ready for Friday morning. Laura wanted a very classic white and green theme to include scented white Norma Jean roses and white garden hydrangea for the table arrangements. For her bridal bouquet she went for vintage tones with a dome of Amnesia, Sweet Avalanche and Memory Lane roses wrapped with green ivy – beautiful.
I spent the afternoon with Asakala and one of Illuminums’ very charming sensory guides who talked me though samples from their impressive range of 32 different fragrances. At the end of the consultation I got to take home a fragrance of my choice and a handmade cashmere scarf Asakala made.
If you haven’t already thought about what perfume to wear on your wedding day then Illuminum are running a Bridal Party Experience for 5-10 people for a 1 hour consultation where you can enjoy a glass of champagne and strawberries whilst you all get taken on a journey to discover your perfect fragrance. A great Idea for a Hen Do I thought.
During my consultation I sampled the delicious White Gardenia Petal scent that Kate Middleton wore on her wedding day, which was pretty exciting! After about an hour and a half I still couldn’t decide which perfume to go for, they were all delightful. I finally narrowed it down to Hindi Oudh, a unique scent of Jasmine, Gardenia, Osmanthus, and Frangipani with base notes of rose wood and Oudh madras. I could still smell the scent on my skin the following morning.
A perfect fragrance for me which I will be able to enjoy and wear with my cashmere scarf on those cooler evening nights this summer. Thank you Asakala!