Wedding Weight Vs. Baby Weight

I know this is a wedding blog, those in the no are aware that I have a 6 month little girl, Ava who is just the cutest and most adorable bundle ever, but then i’m biased. I’m also mummy to Bella who is 3 going on 13 – i’m pretty sure I was told that it was the teenage years where the fun started not the toddler ones!

To be honest having my first child was a breeze, I was back in my skinny jeans within 3 weeks and seemed to shed any baby weight with a click of the fingers. However having my second child I just seem chubby and whatever I do it isn’t disappearing fast… well its just not disappearing at any rate.

It got me thinking to when I was getting married and although I wasn’t overweight, like all Brides I wanted to lose a few lbs to ensure I looked my absolute best on my wedding day… or it could have been because someone told me that pictures add pounds….who knows.

Thinking back, how I feel now is the same as those months in the run up to my wedding…. I feel chubby, tired, constantly worrying that my skin isn’t glowing and my hair is looking a bit lack lustre and that the tightness of my clothes make me look like Vicky Pollard.

So for all you Brides I shall be charting what I’m going to be getting up to over the next 8 weeks – yup I have given myself a two month deadline to shift the bulge (i need to lose one and a half stone to be my pre-pregnancy and wedding weight!)

I’ll be documenting what works and what doesn’t and using a variety of different methods to achieve my target weight.

Wish me luck, as a self confessed foodie this may be quite the battle………….

 

Sophie

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Why there’s more to it than just a few pictures- Professional Wedding Photographer Susie Mackie tells us more…..

Inspired by a recent issue with a longstanding client over fees Susie Mackie, a professional wedding photographer felt the need to break down actually what was involved in capturing one of the  most important days of your life in pictures.

Susie is a romantic, fairyale and timeless portrait and wedding photographer based on Cheltenham and covering the Cotswolds and further afield.

Susie Mackie

 

Over to you Susie:

Shared of course with love and goodwill <3
SO JUST WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR WHEN YOU HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER?


Much of the cost of a photographic image or print produced by a professional photographer has a lot to do with the time, equipment costs, artistic vision and reputation of the photographer not to mention expertise and the usual costs of running a legitimate business.

The cost of TIME:
Approaching it from a time standpoint, let’s imagine that you have hired a photographer who has work that you love. This photographer is traveling an hour to your destination to photograph your session.
Here is an example of a time break down:
• Booking time: 30 minutes to one hour (client contact time + emailing/paperwork)

• Pre-session prep time (30 mins – 1 hour, includes equipment and back up equipment checks)

• One hour travel time to session

• 15-30 minutes prep time at client’s home

• 90 minutes – 2 hours with client photographing subject

• 1 hour travel time from session

• 30 – 45 minutes uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer

• 30 – 45 minutes time spent backing up the original images

• 2 – 5 hours editing time to present you with a diverse gallery of edited images

• 1- 2 hours prep time getting ready/printing orders

• 30 minutes – 1 hour prep time for delivery/posting

• Any additional phone time or time needed for add on ordering, shipment issues, quality issues

• In this example, the time spent per client can range from 13 hours to 17 hours – dependent on the photographer’s level of service. This is time dedicated only to ONE session. When the photographer charges £140 – £370 for the photo shoot (aka SESSION FEE) you are not just paying for the two hours of session time, you are paying the photographer for 12 – 17 hours complete time for your session – that is, the SERVICE.

• The images resulting from the service are the PRODUCT, whether they are digital, prints, canvases, acrylic blocks or any other medium, each of which has a monetary value (notwithstanding the emotional value and the longevity of this – which some might say is priceless).

The COSTS of maintaining a PROFESSIONAL photography business:
• Regarding equipment costs, a good quality professional camera with a selection of good optical quality lenses and digital storage mediums and computer set up can run from £10,000 – £30,000 costs dependent on the photographer.

• Even though you can purchase a really good quality digital SLR for about £2000 there are still other costs related to photography. Most of us have at least 3 cameras.

• A good lens for portrait photography can run from £900 to £2500. Most of us have 5 or more lenses.

• A dependable computer system with software loaded for business and creative usage can run £2500 to £8000 dependent on the photographer. Then come lab costs for specialty products, and professional photo printing equipment, archival inks and paper. Back up costs – external hard drives, cloud computing – we back up our files three times for safety, so if the client loses their images, we DON’T, and can always replace.

• As with other business equipment, deterioration, damage, and replacement must also be factored in.

• Costs of running the business, insurance (not just for equipment, also for personal indemnity and public liability), studio rental/mortgage, vehicular costs, costs of advertising/marketing, costs of sample pieces – all add up and all have to be paid for, just like any other business.

Susie can be found at the following links, I also highly suggest you check out her My Sensuality, she will find the goddess in all of us in this luxurious yet personal shoot that will allow your confidence as well as your beauty to shine through.



Susie Mackie Photography

Website – http://www.susiemackie.com/

Facebook –  www.facebook.cogm/susiemackiepics

My Sensuality

Website – http://www.mysensuality.co.uk/

Facebook – www.facebook.com/mysen2

Buttonhole or Boutonniere?

Buttonhole
A flower or spray worn in a buttonhole on the lapel of a jacket.
Boutonniere
Essentially the french for buttonhole – a floral decoration worn by men, typically a single flower.

Traditionally buttonholes or boutonnières  where a single flower and worn frequently by men, in today’s world buttonholes are now usually reserved for special occasions where formal wear is required ie weddings, funerals

There are many beautiful creations that todays man can wear, but what if you dont want flowers? Can you still wear a buttonhole? What would you wear?

 

Everything from feather to buttons and superheros are now being seen on the buttonhole scene, check out these lovelies:

Simple Satin

Beautiful satin ribbons are used to create these simple flowers with coloured diamante centres. Handmade in Cirencester for Tuxedo Junction these beautiful simple buttonholes can be made to order to match the colours of the suits you are hiring – what a fab idea – and they can be used as keepsakes. Being on a pin setting these would also make beautiful buttonholes for mothers of the bride and groom to enable them to join in on the day – the guys get a buttonhole, the girls get a bouquet, but what do the MOB and MOG get to wear on the day?

Feathered Friends

Incorporate colourful vibrancy using natural materials like  Lisa Von Hallwyl Millinery with these beautiful feathers:


Beautiful and vibrant these feather buttonholes would make fantastic colourful buttonholes for either an opulent or glam country wedding…. think tweeds, cashmere and silks in  vibrant shades of peacock blue, turquoise, plum and berry.

Superheros

A huge trend this year and on that looks  like it will continue into 2017 is superheros – we’ve all seen the wedding cakes with a hidden side detailing superheros. Well for the nerd or kid in your man then check out these fun and quirky buttonholes – however don’t mix your superheros – I have it on authority (from hubby) that its a no no mixing Marvel and DC characters!

 

Back To Nature – Dried Flowers

These stunning buttonholes are actually dried flowers – the perfect accompaniment to a rustic wedding

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Why not collect these at the end and have them encased in  box frame as a memento of your special day.

Papery

From paper roses to quilling these buttonholes are as individual as you. Perfect if matching a paper bouquet, I love the red dice detailing on the Spade Rose.

Buttons

Button buttonholes remain popular and being on trend with either colourful buttons or alongside luxury fabrics such as tweed, felt or given an antique twist with music paper or map detailing.

 

Happy buttonholing!

 

Sophie xx

 

 

We’re Launched & Live…..

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So today the button was pressed  and we are LIVE!!!!

The seed of an idea that has been germinating for 4 years is finally here!

With blog posts covering everything from actually how to plan your planning to suppliers, secluded and exclusive venues and How To’s for the DIY in you,  I hope you’ll love A Cotswold Wedding as much as I do.

Enjoy

 

Sophie xx