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Choosing your photographer

Choosing your photographer

“Wedding Photographers Near Me”

Did you know that “wedding photographers near me” is a top Google search term?

Yet many or most wedding photographers will offer to cover weddings all over their country – or even their continent. Indeed half my enquiries are from couples marrying more than 50 miles away from my studio. So why are couples looking further afield for their photographer? Often they’re looking for a particular style, or shopping for the best price, or just have a global/travel mindset.

wedding photographers near me almonry barn | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Beautiful Almonry Barn, just 15 minutes’ drive from my studio.

Quality of service

The key to my approach to wedding photography is to offer a high-quality experience and service to my couples. Something that can seriously hamper this is not knowing the local area, or travelling several hours on the morning of a wedding. The chances of getting lost or getting stuck in traffic increase the further the travel distance required. With a local wedding photographer, you can rule out these two problems.

When choosing your wedding photographer the paramount factor is of course how you feel when you view their photos. When you look at the photos you should feel a connection, and be able to visualise yourself in those photos. This should always be the most important influence on your choice.

But coming a close second should be the level of service they offer – including their reliability, organisation and punctuality. If a photographer is travelling a long way to a wedding, couples should ask what steps they are taking to ensure they will be punctual and prepared.

Brympton house wedding

Stunning Brympton House, just 15 minutes’ drive from my studio.

Traffic problems

You might be shocked by the number of wedding photographers who do not allow for (predictable) traffic delays on a wedding morning. I’m a member of a number of photographer-only Facebook groups. Don’t get me wrong, it’s right to use these contacts and of course emergencies do happen. But it occurred to me recently how often traffic delays seem to come up, and how this could be avoided by booking a wedding photographer near your venue.

For this reason the venues I partner with are all a 30-minute drive from me, or less. I will be there with bags of time to spare. I always aim to arrive at least an hour before the agreed time, and because I live so close I know I can achieve this.

wedding photographers near me | Pennard House | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Handsome Pennard House, just 30 minutes’ drive from my studio.

When you type wedding photographers near me or the name of your venue into Google, I recommend using the Google Map it loads up. Take a look through the local photographers’ websites, linked in blue on the right of each listing. Enlarge the map box and zoom into the map to see more photographers in the area.

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Enlarge and zoom into the Google Map to reveal more local photographers

Peace of mind

If you simply cannot find the right photographer near your venue, check you’re happy with their plans for being fresh enough to shoot your wedding. I don’t like to drive more than one hour on a wedding morning – and 1.5 hours is my maximum. It’s not rocket science to expect busy traffic on UK roads. It may sound alarming but some photographers are counting on your wedding prep time as a buffer! I’ll be leaving at the crack of dawn to allow more than double the travel time to take in any delays. Your wedding prep is a key part of your day and should not be sacrificed.

For UK weddings beyond that 1.5 hour drive I will be treating them like destination weddings. That means I will be booking into a B&B the night before (and probably the night after too for a safe drive home). Bear this in mind, and consider that an extra £100 or so is not much to add to the package price. It buys you peace of mind, knowing that your photographer will be well-rested and on-time.

wedding photographers near me | Charlton House | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

The Orangery at Charlton House Spa Hotel, just 30 minutes’ drive from my studio.

Beautiful Wedding Venues just 30 minutes away from me

Almonry Barn

Axnoller

Brympton House

Charlton House

Dillington House

Forde Abbey

Jordans Courtyard

Mapperton

North Cadbury Court

Orchardleigh House

Pennard House

Sparkford Hall

Searching “wedding photographers near me” is popular for good reasons. I welcome all types of enquiries for weddings local to me. Are you planning a wedding at one of the venues listed, or a garden wedding in Somerset?  I would love to hear about your plans. You can also get my guide to planning your own fine art wedding sent to you completely free – when you request your no-obligation, personalised quote.

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Wedding planning in the modern era

Wedding planning in the modern era

Wedding planning: trend or tradition?

Wedding planning trends suggest traditions are out, or at least at an all-time low. Couples planning their wedding in 2019 celebrate how they want, eat what they love, wear what they like. And quite rightly so.

But wedding plans can draw inspiration from time-worn traditions. And some couples may treasure a particular tradition for reasons personal to themselves.

Unique to you

Perhaps you’re ready to throw out the father of the bride’s speech. Maybe you’d love to abandon cutting the cake (or chuck the cake completely?). Or do you even stand on the brink of buying a black wedding gown?

It can also be fun during your wedding planning to consider the history of some of the more old-school aspects of weddings.  In the end you should of course go ahead and choose what actually suits you in the 21st century.

Something Blue

“Something Blue” is one surprisingly enduring tradition that still features in many couples’ wedding planning. It has survived through frequent adaptation over the years to remain a popular touch for many brides and their families.

It is one of four things that brides were to wear on their person on their wedding day. Almost 150 years ago, folklore thought to originate in the Northwest of England told that these four things would bring luck, prosperity and a successful marriage:

Something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
something blue.

Fifty shades of blue

According to the custom, something blue represents faithfulness. It was often the garter which was blue, but more recently the tradition has been to sew a ribbon or scrap of fabric inside the wedding dress. Meghan Markle wore a blue dress on the blind date where she met Prince Harry, and later famously had it sewn into her Givenchy gown.

Blue shoes have been popular over recent years, and general pops of blue in the details of a wedding design have become a classic, iconic look. Grooms have joined the fray with their own Something Blue bowties, socks and suits.

It may be that after all, blue is such a good accent colour that this is a custom worth adapting. So take care not to throw out the blue baby with the tradition bathwater! Here are a few stylish ways to incorporate something blue into your wedding…

Don’t forget, you can get my guide to planning your own fine art wedding sent to you completely free, along with your no-obligation, personalised quote.

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Groom’s blue tweed suit

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Delicate blue Nigella (Love in a Mist) in a bridal bouquet

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Pale blue crockery for the table

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Suited in blue

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Blue letterpress wedding invitation

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Blue wedding car

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Sapphires in the engagement ring

Botanical Wedding Theme

Botanical Wedding Theme

Botanical wedding theme

A botanical wedding theme works so well within the context of fine art weddings. A couple of years back, Pantone named Greenery as their colour of the year, cementing an already burgeoning trend.

Never out of fashion

It’s not hard to see why foliage and botanicals will never really go out of style. It’s a well-known fact that the colour green has a relaxing, pacifying effect. No doubt due to it being the chief colour in nature’s own beautiful palette. Of course it’s also an elegant palette due to its clean simplicity.

Laid-back & natural

If you’re considering a botanical wedding theme for your wedding, read on! You’re in the right place to view my curated selection of images from over the years, and follow the links to the specific galleries. There’s a varied approach to the style here. But the common thread running through is a laid-back, natural look. Just as if you scooped up some wild, exotic leaves and fruit and scattered them across your scene.

Go green

Olive leaves bring elegance wherever they are used. Succulents work all over the place, even in addition to/in place of centrepieces. These are foliages with those dusky blue/grey undertones which speak of warmer climates. Closer to home Rosemary grows abundantly in the UK and carries its own delicious scent, working well alongside/instead of eucalyptus. Consider other foraged greenery on arches, tables and chair-backs. Trailing ivy on window sills is always an English stunner in my book.  And how about asking your florist to create a statement wall or area of floor?

It’s all in the details

Olive leaves & ferns in tablescapes and stationery bring flavour from further afield, as do figs and fig leaves, grapes and other fruits. When it comes to botanical wedding themed stationery you’ll be spoilt for choice. And with the right photographer you can look forward to some beautifully styled photography of your details (think, rings, invitations, perfumes etc). It will be completely in step with your botanical wedding theme, just make sure you keep her up to date with all your design plans as they unfold!

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Wedding bouquet preservation

Wedding bouquet preservation

Everyone's talking about

the botanical bouquet

MODERN ICONIC FINE ART PRINT

Introducing…

A new UK wedding bouquet preservation service.


I am delighted to be the first to offer brides & grooms right across the country this modern UK wedding bouquet preservation option. The Botanical Bouquet offers UK couples the opportunity to preserve their wedding flowers as a luxury fine art print. The Botanical Bouquet is an authentic, contemporary approach to preserving your bridal bouquet, inspired by a love for iconic botanical illustrations of the past.

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The oldest illustrated sketchbook is traced to a Greek botanist during the first century AD. The practice has never gone out of fashion since, booming across Europe during the Georgian and Victorian eras.

Today the tradition continues to thrive, through watercolours, paper sculpture and glass art. We are thrilled to join the botanical art movement, with hand-crafted surfaces, finest pigment inks and pure cotton papers.

uk wedding bouquet preservation

uk wedding bouquet preservation

So how does it work? Well, all it requires is a little extra planning and care with your bouquet. Don’t worry, detailed instructions are included in the brochure (request yours here). But in a nutshell… stand your bouquet in water whenever you can on your wedding day. Then, the next day, separate the stems, wrap them in damp cotton wool and post/courier your flowers to me.

I take care of the rest of the process, and you receive your beautiful fine art print by special delivery as soon as you return from honeymoon! I carefully arrange the varieties from your bouquet, using linen boards hand-made in a Somerset bindery. Then I photograph and annotate your design, before ordering your archival quality print on 100% cotton rag.

The Botanical Bouquet print is available to brides throughout the UK. Simply send me your wedding date and browse the brochure. Then choose your surface, mount and any extras. Click here to check if your date is available and receive the brochure.

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The Botanical Bouquet Fine Art Print

Five tips for Fine Art Wedding Stationery

Five tips for Fine Art Wedding Stationery

Fine Art Wedding Stationery = Pinterest Heaven (or Nightmare?)

Fine art wedding stationery is certainly not in short supply. BUT finding the right suite AND choosing from the thousands of lovely designs out there does present a challenge. Pinterest seems to be literally heaving with beautiful samples – you’re not imagining it! How will you possibly choose?

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I love to shoot beautiful stationery at weddings (oh alright, and I’m a design junkie) so I want to help you!  Here are my top 5 tips for working out what you want, and narrowing down the choice of fine art wedding stationery to a really good shortlist.

1. Set your budget.

First, decide how important it is to you to have a coherent set of paperie, or a unique one-of-a-kind design for your wedding invitations. Work out how much you want to spend. Then you will know whether you can look at completely bespoke designs or whether you need to hunt down a (more affordable) stylish semi-custom suite. Bespoke designs are utterly beautiful pieces of art that are a joy to behold and make a beautiful keepsake from your wedding day.  On the other hand semi-custom designs are great if you are on a tighter budget, or need them in a hurry. There are certainly plenty of handsome suites out there.

Fine Art Wedding Stationery Top Five | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

2. Put your stamp on it.

The next step will be to keep in mind the style, theme, florals or colours that you are planning for your wedding. You might be drawing inspiration from the venue, or the season of the year. Or elements of your romance that you want to thread right through your wedding. This is the stage where a wedding planner will come into their own and do all the hard work for you. So if you’ve booked one you can relax. Or perhaps you are a creative bride and groom who want to be hands-on in your wedding planning. In which case this is when you want to find a stationery supplier who will take your ideas and make them reality.

Fine Art Wedding Stationery Top Five | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

3. Keep it simple & understated.

Fine art wedding stationery is known for being at once modern and elegant. Often its a minimalist design although that can take many forms. It could be a traditional letterpress font and a thick cotton rag paper. Or it could be an elaborate handwritten design using pen and ink, headed up with an elegant monogram, detail or line drawing of your venue.  These could look quite different but they share simplicity and elegance by allowing plenty of space on the page. Further, these types of design rely on understated elements like the texture of the paper or the watercolour wash applied to it.

4. Think outside the box.

Try to think from the start about every aspect of stationery that you might want.  Save-the-dates, invitations and RSVPs themselves are the obvious essentials. However, here are a few other elements for you to consider. Will you want place-names or escort cards for your tables? Will you want a table layout plan or table names? What about menus, orders of service, ceremony seat reservations, an order of the day, welcome/directions signs, or signage for cards/gifts/signature cocktails? Beyond these items, have you considered handwritten vows or a penned love letter to give one another on your wedding morning? So many possibilities, but the key is to think it all through and decide at the start what you’d like.

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5. Keep up with the paperwork.

Keep in mind timescales, since even semi-custom designs need to be ordered in sufficient time. A good rule of thumb is a minimum of 6 weeks before your print deadline for customisable designs, and 12 weeks in advance of printing for bespoke and handlettered designs. Once you’ve found your favourites, be sure to contact the designer and ask what their exact deadline requirements are before you place your order.

Fine Art Wedding Stationery Top Five | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

So, let’s recap.

Pinterest is a huge resource for fine art wedding stationery, but arm yourself first by remembering these top five: budget, style, simplicity, details, timing.

Help! I’m still stuck in the wedding stationery mud!

If you’ve followed these steps and are still baffled by the array on offer, or if you got stuck halfway through, then cut to the chase. Here are my best 5 tried-and-tested fine art wedding stationery designers that I have personal experience of. (You’re welcome!)

Laura Elizabeth Patrick (Bespoke)

Bureau Design (Bespoke & semi-custom)

Gemma Milly (Semi-custom)

By Moon and Tide (Bespoke & customisable)

De Winton Paper Co. (Bespoke & customisable)

Of course, stationery is just one stop on your wedding planning journey. Get my guide to planning your own fine art wedding sent to you completely free, along with your no-obligation, personalised quote.

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Fine Art Wedding Stationery Top Five | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

What is Fine Art Photography?

What is Fine Art Photography?

What is Fine Art Photography?

This is the question many couples are wondering as they look at the array of options for their wedding photography.  And there are several answers!

The original fine art

My own take on it is to produce photographs that are as beautiful as paintings.  Paintings are the original fine art.  Paintings are often impressions, they use licence, they interpret movement, they invoke feelings.  Photographs can do all this too, and that’s precisely what I’m aiming for. And so I coined the phrase painterly imagery to describe my photographs.

Fine Art weddings

“Fine art” is a genre sweeping through the world of weddings.  It encompasses every aspect of the planning and design of a wedding.  It generally features an elegant, pared-back style with a strong emphasis on seasonal, loose, floral design.  Colours, dresses, accessories and makeup vary but tend to lean towards soft, natural and organic looks.

The Film revival

Most accurately however, the fine art wedding movement stems from a revival of film photography. This is really important to note. The look and feel of overexposed film tones is the defining factor of fine art wedding photography.  Pioneered by Jose Villa and spearheaded by blogs like Wedding Sparrow, film photography is at the heart of fine art wedding style.

I am proud to shoot film and delighted to be a preferred Wedding Sparrow vendor.  And I would be honoured to discuss how true fine art film photography can be the perfect choice for your wedding.  Please do get in touch with any questions you may have!

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