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COURSES // Steve Gerrard’s Wedding Photography Course

Now, for those of you who aren’t photographers, if I said to you that I went on a wedding photography course that was (a) run by Steve Gerrard (b) held in an old custard factory and (c)  involved taking photographs of a bride and groom on a heap of rubble underneath a railway arch, you might think I was a little bit barmy. Well,  that’s exactly what I got up to a couple of weeks ago (and happily I’ve got pictures to prove it!).

The Steve Gerrard in question isn’t of course the footballer, but a wedding photographer and a very talented one at that.  His photographs work so well because they seem to reflect the person he is – edgy, a bit quirky, laid back, with a good splash of humour mixed in for good measure.   His style brings something a little different to the table, and it was really interesting to see him work and hear about the business side of things.  He talked us through a whole range of topics, from his inspirations, to marketing, to post-processing.  All really useful for people looking to build a wedding photography business, though of course the best part of the day was when we got to get our cameras out and photograph the loveliest couple – Chara & James – around the streets of Digbeth.

There were about 10 other photographers on the day, which is a smaller group than on other courses I’ve been to.  We all got some time to shoot away, but with everyone trying to get The Shot, you sometimes had to get a bit sneaky and grab what you could, when you could.  That was cool though, because one of the things that Steve’s way of photography inspires you to do is to try something a little bit different, and play around with the way you see your surroundings.  Sometimes it works…

Other times, mmm, yeah, not so much…(I’m gutted that Chara’s gorgeous face got so distorted here!)

If you’re a wedding photographer looking for a course that will really help and inspire you, this is definitely one to consider.  I came away from it buzzing and with 101 ideas about how to move my business on and really give my brides and grooms something different.  Many thanks to Steve for hosting a wonderful day.

Eve - Lovely shots…i’ve been on Steve’s Course…it IS fantastic. :)July 18, 2011 – 9:40 am

kathillfotographie - Thanks Eve, I had such a blast! xJuly 18, 2011 – 12:33 pm

Cristina Rossi - What a lovely post, it was indeed a great day and Steve is very generous and talented. Gorgeous photos as ever! xJuly 18, 2011 – 6:43 pm

Carolyn - Great pics – love the originality of this shoot!July 18, 2011 – 9:08 pm

kathillfotographie - Thanks Cris!!! xxxJuly 19, 2011 – 10:15 am

kathillfotographie - Thank you Carolyn, it’s really different isn’t it? I like how Steve thinks! :)July 19, 2011 – 10:16 am

Hannah Webster - Aww, lovely shots, Lady. I absolutely loved that course for so many reasons. Steve was so candid, genuine and fun. I came away buzzing too. Plus I got to meet lovely people like you. Jackpot. :)July 24, 2011 – 11:16 pm

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WEDDING // Lizzie & Simon’s Vintage Tea Party Wedding

A few weeks ago I had the  pleasure of second shooting Lizzie & Simon’s vintage tea party wedding for Kathryn of Kathryn Andrews Photography.   I’d been told that it was going to be a day stuffed to the brim with gorgeous details…. and WOW.  Was it ever!  From the mis-matched vintage crockery to the homemade (impressed much!?) heart-shaped rainbow coloured sugar cubes, everything was just breathtakingly lovely. That kind of care and love really speaks volumes and though I didn’t know the bride or groom before stepping into that marquee, by the end of the day I really got the feeling that there wasn’t a single thing there that wasn’t entirely them.

I could tell you about the beautiful little country church that had daisies running riot around it, or the croquet and ice-cream on the lawn, or even the horse-drawn trap that took Lizzie & Simon from the church to the reception…but I think I’ll just let the photos do the talking!
Now, aren’t these colours just perfect for an English summer wedding?

Homemade heart-shaped pastel-rainbow sugar cubes! Gorgeous!

Lizzie’s dress was absolutely breathtaking and it suited her so well.

And how about the incredible vintage veil?

A big thank you to Kathryn for having me along to second shoot with her, it was so much fun and I’m really grateful for the opportunity.  Also a massive thank you to Lizzie and Simon for their generosity and hospitality.  Not only did they let me share their special day with them, but I was lucky enough to enjoy the gorgeous tea party spread…they even had me on the table plan! How lovely is that?  I really wish you guys a lifetime of happiness together.

For more photos, check out Kathryn’s blog.   This super lovely wedding was SO super lovely, it’s also been featured on Rock n Roll Bride so have a squiz there too!

Cristina - Absolutely gorgeous work dear Kat!! Love every single image!!! xxJuly 13, 2011 – 3:55 pm

whatshappeningatmyhouse - Whilst I’ve no desire to get married again, and my wedding was the best wedding EVAH, I actually WANT this wedding. How fab is it?July 24, 2011 – 1:42 pm

kathillfotographie - It was TOTALLY gorgeous! And I want to see your wedding photos one day! xJuly 25, 2011 – 8:19 am

Rachel - What a gorgeous wedding! I love the flower shots :)August 11, 2011 – 4:21 pm

Kat Hill - It really was, Rachel! I was so lucky to photograph it. Thanks for stopping by :)August 12, 2011 – 12:09 pm

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COURSES // Royal Photographic Society Wedding Course

One of the best things about being a photographer has to be the unpredictability of what you’re going to be doing from one day to the next.  About 6 months ago I signed up to the Royal Photographic Society’s wedding photography course and a confirmation letter landed on my doormat a few days later.  Right at the very bottom of a surprisingly short list of gear, it read:

Bring wellington boots. There will be some river wading”.


The course ran over a weekend and packed quite a lot in –  from practical, hands-on, river-wading photography skills, to the finer points of running a photography business.   Here’s one of my favourite shots of the weekend, taken in an old converted barn, using some snazzy portable lighting.

Before you ask, no – there isn’t a photo of me paddling about in my £10 Decathlon wellies. And even if there were, I won’t be showing it here. :)

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FASHION // Vintage Shoot

A little while back, an email popped into my inbox from a lovely and massively talented MUA, Victoria Wallen.  She asked if I was interested in helping her and her fellow MUA Julia Plant photograph some looks they were doing for their vintage portfolios. Interested? ALL over it.

The shoots took place over three days in various locations around Greenwich (including an old laundrette and the Royal Naval College) and a special thank you to the gorgeous models who were absolute troopers despite some very blustery weather conditions.  I hate to think of how much hairspray and Percy Pigs we got through, but I’m absolutely thrilled with the photos.  Here’s just a handful.

Full credits below.


MUAS: Victoria Wallen & Julia Plant
Stylists : Becksy Lou Styling & Samantha McPherson
Models : Adelka Gyorgy, Sarah Woods, Jenny Guttridge
My right hand gal and fellow photographer : Cristina Rossi
Assistants :  Anna Morgan & Claudia Carter

Cristina - Stunning work my friend!! I am your fan!!!! Can’t wait to see more :-) xxxJune 6, 2011 – 8:09 am

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