wedding couple in long grass

Summer wedding photography at Dovecliff Hall Hotel, Burton

What a truly fantastic day for Maddie and Jack! After photographing these two as bridesmaid and groomsman at their friend’s wedding it was amazing to then be asked to capture their own big day. It was my first time photographing at Dovecliff Hall Hotel and wow does it deliver! The gardens are beautiful, and the staff so very helpful, I can’t wait to come back!  

Special moments from the day

It was hard not to get swept up with the amazing emotion and raw energy Maddie and Jack possess.

It was such a special moment to witness Maddie’s very talented mum help her daughter into her bridal gown…a gown she had made especially for Maddie! Each bridesmaid even had a delicate handmade handbag and teddy bear to mark the occasion.

Jack and his boys were so much fun and laughed their way through the day. They were a true team and their bond (and that with his brothers) was evident when they were there for each other at those important moments.

Celebrating in style

Lots of happy tears were shed during speeches, some beer was also downed (the groom won fyi). The guests even raised money for charity when some brilliant paintings of the groom (created by friends and family) were auctioned off. The couple practised their first dance outside as the sun began to set – you have got to love some golden hour photography action! We finished up the day with dancing and sparklers!

What I loved about photographing a wedding at Dovecliff Hall

Dovecliff Hall Hotel is not too far from me, I am based in Stafford so it was only 40 minute drive. It was so lovely to shoot at a wedding venue that was totally new to me but fairly local too. The bridal prep room was amazing, so big and with plenty of natural light! A makeup artist hair stylist and photographer’s dream! The gardens at Dovecliff Hall Hotel were large enough to offer plenty of space for “break-off” groups and party games (as well as excellent photo opportunities) whilst still being intimate enough so you don’t “lose” your wedding guests here there and everywhere! The staff are so helpful and considerate, I arrived early to take a look around and I had a guided tour and lots if useful information ahead of starting to photograph the big day.

The ceremony room was so light and bright and looked out over the gorgeous gardens. The walkway from the building into the gardens outside was PERFECT for a big confetti moment – I love creating a “confetti tunnel” of guests. The established trees provided the perfect amount of shade for some truly beautiful wedding photographs.

Scroll down to see more images from this beautiful venue.

Suppliers:

Venue: Dovecliff Hall Hotel, Burton

Hair by Katie Attwood
Makeup artist: Amy Underwood
Flowers: Perfect Day Wedding Flowers
Suit supplier: Bespoke Creations
Entertainment: Highly Strung Quartet and
The Four Kicks 


Newborn baby yawning

Newborn photography at my Staffordshire studio

I love photographing newborn babies. Those first few weeks after having a baby is such a magical time for a family and I’m so honoured to capture these special, once in a lifetime moments soon after your baby is born.

Where do my newborn photography shoots take place?

I offer both studio and home portrait sessions dedicated to capturing those early weeks, those tiny toes, the cuddles and the connections.

In the studio

Come along to my purpose built studio in Stafford where I use soft natural light to create beautiful moments to be treasured forever. We go at a pace to suit you and your baby, pausing for feeds and plenty of cuddles. I will guide you to ensure we encapsulate your unique relationship between you and those you love the most in the world.

The studio will be nice and toasty ready for you and baby and there will be refreshments available if required (I have been there and I know caring for a newborn is hard work!).

At home

If you would prefer your photographs to be taken at home, I can come to you to document this special chapter in your lives. The images will be very similar, shot in natural light with a dreamy, airy finish.

Shooting at home means that I can also include precious memories as part of your story, such as your baby’s nursery, congratulation cards and gifts, special new toys and even your beloved pet dog.

When is the best time for newborn photography?

Ideally to capture the sleepy “curled-up” newborn images I try to photograph newborns between 10-14 days. After this stage newborns have longer periods of being awake and it can be trickier (not impossible!) to settle them to sleep and position. Sometimes scheduling a newborn photography session within the first 14 days is not always possible and I have successfully photographed newborns much older than this.
I advise booking in whilst pregnant and if baby is “early/late” we can shift the date nearer the time. This ensures you are in my diary and I know we need to allow time for your session.

How many photographs will I receive and can I print them?

I allow up to two hours for a newborn photography session, this allows for time for those all important cuddles/changes and feeds. You will receive a minimum of 40 high-resolution digital files ready to print and share. I often include more than this as I get carried away and enjoy it so much!

Can siblings be on the photographs?

Siblings are very welcome to come along too. I will capture images of all the family together as well as the baby on his/her own and of course some cute siblings images too. You have a really varied and unique story of this amazingly special yet very fleeting time. And don’t worry if you have toddlers, I am very experienced in photographing a lively two year old with their newborn sibling!

If you would like to book a newborn photoshoot, please get in touch today to arrange a suitable date.


Bride and groom cuddling on wedding day

The Boathouse at Aston Marina Wedding Photography

This wedding day for Elise and Harrison was such an amazing day! Not only did the sun shine but I am not sure we stopped laughing all day! We started off with some bridal prep photographs at The Premier Inn and then on to meet the boys at the couple’s chosen venue The Boathouse, Aston Marina. The couple’s little boy Reggie was the cutest pageboy and watched his mum get ready in the morning, Elise looked so beautiful in an amazing lace gown from Charlotte Baker Bridalwear. 

The venue styling was by the amazing Vintage Venue Dressing and the hair and makeup looks were created by Beauty by Scarlett and Laura Louise Artistry  The floral arrangements were by Flowers Design Lichfield. I love gypsophila is photographs so beautifully, just how cute are the flower girls’s floral crowns? They also taught me some TikTok stuff…I am clueless!

It was great to work alongside Henry and Meg from DimDog Productions, I encourage couples to have a wedding film captured where possible, they are so wonderful and preserve all those audio and visual memories so alongside your photographs you have the whole day encapsulated. I have worked with some amazing film makers and always happy to recommend some options that I feel will suit my couple. Scroll to the end of this post to see Henry’s beautiful highlight reel from Elise and Harrison’s wedding day.

Elise and Harrison had a waterside wedding ceremony and drinks and canapés out on the decking, we were also lucky enough to capture some hot air balloons coming right past us at The Boathouse (they often launch them from the field next door) These two made my job as photographer so easier, they are just the cutest couple! I also went on to photograph Elise’s sister’s wedding a little while later…I think it was after capturing her fiancé so elegantly throwing shapes on the dance-floor! 😉 What an amazing family! You guys rock!

Wedding bridal party stood in line smiling
Bride and groom walking down isle with little boy
Bride and groom toasting after wedding
Bride and groom cuddling on wedding day
Outdoor isle decorations on wedding day
Bride getting ready on wedding day
Bridal party on morning of wedding
Groom and ushers standing together on wedding morning
Bride and groom standing together on wedding day
Groom delivering speech on wedding day
Bride and groom dancing on wedding day
Bride and groom dancing in evening of wedding day
Bride and groom reading vows on wedding day
Bride and groom kissing infront of wedding car

Man and woman holding newborn baby

Newborn photography using natural light - my Staffordshire studio

I love photographing newborns in my studio, I often opt to use the natural (window) light instead of studio flashes as it creates a softer warmer look to the images.

Ideally newborn images are best done whilst baby is 10-14 days old but I have photographed newborns as young as 5 days (hours old if you include my own!…yes I took my camera to the hospital) and slightly older at around 3-4 weeks old, even 6 weeks old. Please don’t ever convince yourself you have “missed the boat”.

They will never be as small and as new as they are today, they change so so quickly.  The only difference between very new babies and those that are a few weeks old is that they are less ‘curled up’ and tend to have longer waking periods so whilst may not get the curled up sleepy shots you had in mind you will still capture some amazingly cute moments….they may even be smiling by the time they are 5-6 weeks old!

Soft neutral tones work well when styling newborn sessions, I tend to advise my clients to avoid lots of contrasting colours and pattern allow the focus to be on themselves and their new baby. Denim, white, creams, pale grey, pale blue or pale pink work well. We can include special little toys or blankets and hats too, if you don’t have anything you wanted to include then I have plenty of options in my Stafford photography studio.

I tend to avoid unnatural poses when it comes to newborn photography, its just not my style, I like babies to look like babies, how they would be at home….if they were cosy and relaxed and beautifully lit 😉 This is how you will remember them, not propped up in a plant pot or tiny armchair.

If you would like to find out more about my newborn photography sessions please get in touch or call 07773 064280. I also offer gift vouchers which are perfect for new parents or as a baby shower gift.

Man and woman holding newborn baby smiling
Newborn baby wrapped in blanket
Newborn baby asleep wrapped in blanket
Mum and dad holding newborn baby
Mum with newborn baby