Mr & Mrs Leverton

Back in August last year, I was honoured to be asked to photograph my first wedding.

My couple were having a later ceremony, so I arrived at the couples home at 1pm the bride, bridesmaids (the brides 2 daughters) and the mother of the bride were all busy having their hair and make up done.

Once all the preparations had finished, was the moment the dress went on, it was just perfect for the summers day we had white Grecian style dress with beautiful bead and lace detail on the top. The bridesmaids were so excited to see their mum get married and they certainly looked the part in their gorgeous sequin dresses which shine perfectly in the sunshine.

The Bride and her mum were driven to the ceremony in a pretty impressive Bentley.

The ceremony was an intimate affair held at Diss Registry Office with the bride and grooms closest family and friends.

The new Mr & Mrs Leverton then headed to the reception to celebrate with their family and friends.

Back in August the Bride was expecting a new addition to their family, I couldn’t help but feature her little bump in these photos, since then they have welcomed their new arrival.

Congratulations to you all and best wishes as a new family of 5.

A new venture

Since I made the decision in the middle of 2017 to make my hobby into a new business venture, I have visited so many more places.

Lots of places that are right on my doorstep that I kept saying I must visit one weekend, but never did because life just gets in the way, I have now been.

When I first decided to embark on this new adventure alongside my full time job, I knew I needed a portfolio before I could go any further, I was a bit scared to advertise and ask people I didn’t know to model for me at first, I was worried the photos wouldn’t be good enough to give to the people I had asked to model.

However I am lucky enough to have a gorgeous sister who very kindly agreed to model for me on quite a few occasions.

After a few months this really helped my confidence grow, I then felt I needed to make my portfolio more diverse different genders and ages, so I then advertised asking for models, I was apprehensive at first but the response I got was fantastic.

All of those people who gave up their time to help me grow my small business, I will always be grateful to you all and really hope that you enjoy your photos and the memories they hold for you and your families.

These are some photos from one of my first photo shoots at Mousehold Heath (somewhere I kept meaning to walk round , I finally got there with my camera!)

Grant Thornton Christmas Party

Back in December I kicked off the festive season by photographing Grant Thornton’s Christmas Party at Norwich City Football Club.
I was greeted by the biggest Christmas tree I had ever seen in the reception of the football club which had been beautifully decorated by labelle flowers.
The Top of the City Function Room was looking super festive ready for the party, which started with a gorgeous 3 course meal from Delia’s and magic to keep the guests entertained between courses from the brilliant Ed Crafer.
The room had been transformed into a winter wonderland with another gorgeous Christmas tree from labelle flowers, beautiful umbrella Christmas trees covered with snow and decorations from The Banqueting Hire Service.
The winter themed decorations continued to the tables with beautiful bauble filled martini glass centre pieces from The Banqueting Hire Service.
Venue – Top of the City, Norwich City Football Club
Magician – Ed Crafer
Florist – Labelle flowers
Hire Company – The Banqueting Hire Service

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You shall go to the ball

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I just had to use this opportunity to title a blog post with a Disney quote!

Anyway enough of my love for all things Disney, over the festive season my sister went to her school winter formal, my stepmum was on hair and make up duty (as the hairdresser and MUA in the family) and I took the opportunity to take some getting ready shots.

My family are quite used to this now, any opportunity and I’m there with my camera, I never really switch off looking for new opportunities, I always regret it when I go somewhere and haven’t taken my camera with me, so usually it’s me and my camera in tow, with my fiancé carrying all the other bags!

These are just a few snaps, of me experimenting with different angle and capturing the Christmas fairy lights.

Getting ready photos are such a lovely way to tell the whole story of the day from start to finish, these can be lovely for weddings, hen do’s, special birthdays or that just because celebrations with your girls.

Loulou x

 

 

 

Byfords of Holt

I’m a bit behind on my blogging, but this means that you get to see lots of festive photos of the beautiful Christmas lights in Holt, which will hopefully cheer up a dreary January Monday.

Back in November, my parents surprised my fiancé and I with a nights stay, dinner & breakfast at Byfords for our birthdays.

We have had dinner at Byfords before but never stayed there, it certainly didn’t disappoint, it was a very welcome relaxing stay for the end of November before the madness of December and the festive season began.

On arrival we got to choose a drink and cake from the cafe, in still thinking about the delicious white chocolate fridge cake we ate, luckily my fiancé doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth so I got to have half of his cake too!

The room was huge and with its original features as well, a real home away from home with the big cosy bed and blankets and the gorgeous bathroom and all of the lovely toiletries that were provided.

We went for a walk around Holt and the Christmas lights really are beautiful every street, shop and little courtyard is full of lights.

We then retired back to Byfords for the evening for our meal (which was delicious) we were sat in the window seat which I had photographed from the outside because it was so beautifully decorated with candles, Christmas foliage and fake snow.

We had such a lovely stay here, the room, cake, tea, dinner and breakfast were so worth the visit and excellent service from all the staff, super friendly and welcoming.

This was an excellent start to the festive season.

Have a look at some of my favourites from our little trip.

Loulous x

Cambridge

In December we celebrated my fiancé’s 30th birthday, the first two weekends were spent celebrating (because you’re only 30 once!) the celebrations started with a weekend trip to Cambridge.

It was a really chilled weekend we had a walk around the Mill Lane Christmas Fair which is well worth putting on your list of Christmas fairs to visit this year, make sure you still into the evening too as the festivities continue with a procession in the street with lots of singing and dancing.

We ended the weekend with the most delicious meal at The Riverbar Steakhouse, with a gorgeous view of the River with all the punting boats parked up.

If your New Years resolution is to travel more or to just explore more locally, take along your camera and start snapping away, exploring and travelling gives you so many new memories and experiences, but capturing them on camera makes those memories last a lifetime.

Here’s some of my favourite photos from my trip.

Norwich Christmas Lights

I absolutely love Christmas and all the festivities in the lead up.

This year I kicked off the festive season by going to see the Christmas Light Switch On in Norwich with family.

Christmas lights just make everything look so much more beautiful and magical.

The light tunnel is a definite highlight for me and for Norwich, I think the lights are up for a few more days if you haven’t already go and check them out.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and best wishes for 2018.

Love Lou lou x

Norfolk Countryside

I love going out exploring with my Camera, so I took the opportunity to take a few shots whilst I was visiting the in-laws (to be) in their new home.

It had been beautifully sunny all weekend, so I had my fingers crossed the weather would continue into Sunday afternoon, and it did.

The sun was setting and the sky was vibrant, so here’s a few of my favourites.

Isabelle & Poppy

I met Isabelle & Poppy with their Mummy at the beginning of October in the forest at Highlodge for their family Photoshoot. On my drive there it rained the whole way, luckily as I got there the rain stopped.

I was told beforehand that Isabelle is a bit of an explorer around the forest, so we started off at the play area, Baby Poppy woke up momentarily, I got a few shots then she decided it was time for a sleep again.

While we waiting for Poppy to wake up again, Isabelle found the Gruffalo and a den made out of sticks, she went on a stick hunt and found a stick that was bigger than her and in fact bigger than me, so she needed a little help to add it to the den, I couldn’t resist and had to help build the den too!

On the shoot, Isabelle was asking me questions about my cameras, and asked if she could have a go at taking some photos, I agreed, a little nervous of a four year holding the camera, but she loved it, she wouldn’t put it down. I was really inspired by this, that someone so young was so interested in a ‘big’ camera which can look a bit invasive sometimes especially to a child.

Baby Poppy woke up and we got the most gorgeous smiles out of her, a little patience goes a long way, she kept us waiting but by the end of the shoot we got to see her smiling.

I had great fun on this shoot, hope you all enjoy the photos.

Josh & Skylar

I met Josh & Skylar along with their Mummy at Whitlingham Lake on a sunny September Saturday morning for their Photoshoot.

When we first met Josh said he was a bit nervous to have his photo taken, but his nerves soon disappeared, as he was telling me about when he comes to the boating lake at Whitlingham, today we would be staying out of the water.

We found a lovely sunny spot for some photos, my favourite moment was when Josh put Skylar on his shoulders, which are some of my favourite photos from the shoot, their personalities really show in these photos, full of fun and happiness.

We also walked by the river, luckily not meeting to many angry swans, thankfully any we did meet Josh scared them away for us. The light was slightly darker in this area, which was nice to contrast the previous images.

What I loved most about this shoot was, there was so many gorgeous in between moments, between the two children and their mum picking them up for a kiss or cuddle, I love it when the parents get involved as well.