Big Weddings are making a comeback 🎉 Here at Moore Crate Occasions HQ, I am delighted to be getting back into the swing of painting up gorgeous wedding crates to help happy couples celebrate!! I'm really excited to be working on some new wedding related products too!
I have no doubt guests will be keen to dance the night away...lots of couples are being prepared and ordering my flip flop crates, just to make sure no ill-fitting footwear is holding anyone back. My wedding name and date crates are proving popular too...each crate is painted to order so can be matched to the wedding theme and colour scheme. Below you'll see the very first crate I ever painted, for our wedding, with the purple pattern that featured on all our wedding stationary and decor tying everything together and above you'll see two crates for a wedding with a navy blue colour scheme. Wedding crates are available here...if you have a particular design idea in mind why not contact me here and we can discuss it.
Wedding crates are a lovely way to add a personal touch to wedding venue decor and look beautiful on display at home after the big day too. Lots of people repurpose them as home storage, or use them as wedding keepsake crates, to store special items that bring back memories from the day, like their wedding photo album.
Now someone who knows more than a thing or two about wedding photos is today's guest writer and small business owner Ross from Ross Willsher Photography. Ross did an an amazing job of photographing our wedding, he took the most beautiful photos, capturing some really precious memories. He is just such a lovely person and made us feel so at ease. Ross took the time to get to know us and was brilliant with everyone on the day, so much so that, a lot of our guests said how lucky we were that a friend was able to do wedding photos. I honestly cannot recommend him enough!!
I am delighted to have Ross as a guest writer for this blog (the first of 2 wedding specials) but I should point out he does so much more than Wedding Photography....Read on to find out a bit more about Ross, his business, some of his top tips to help you choose your wedding photographer and all the other exciting things he gets up to.
I'm Ross, a professional wedding and portrait photographer. I'm based in Essex but cover all of London and the South East and even further afield when asked nicely!
Professional photography is so important on your wedding day. There's so many once-in-a-lifetime moments that happen on the day and often only a short window of opportunity to capture them perfectly. Despite the advancements of technology making photography more accessible, great photographs are still created as a result of the skills and knowledge of the person behind the lens. To have wedding images that you'll cherish forever (and to enjoy the process of having them captured), I always recommend not compromising on the skill and personality of your wedding photographer. You should never compromise on either aspect.
I started my business about 5 years ago. I was in a job that was not very creative and inspiring and so I decided to study photography on an evening course at Morley College in London for three years. When I started the course, I had no idea whether it would be a viable career or one that I had the relevant aptitude for but - after a very rare experience of being the class swot! - I decided to take the leap and my business was born. It's been so great to interweave all my other skills into my business. Having a background in the care, education and charity sectors has really helped develop a reputation for great customer service and my English degree came in very useful when writing my wedding planning book.
When looking for a photographer look closely at their portfolio to see if they have captured people who you can identify with. Can they demonstrate an ability to take eye-catching images of all different couples in a range of settings? Try to learn the difference between an average shot of a model you see on Pinterest and a well-crafted image of a real life couple. Always meet up with your potential photographer before making a commitment as there is no substitute for gut feelings and knowing if you can feel 100% yourselves in their company.
In between wedding shoots (my absolute favourite bookings), I also do outdoor family shoots on location, and commercial work (including food, headshot, property and personal branding photography). I also run Tech-free Photography workshops for people looking to take better photographs using any camera (including the one on their phone), without confusing tech speak and jargon. If you're planning your wedding and need a little help, you can also purchase my book "How to have a wedding as individual as you are" on Amazon.
If you want to find out more, I have two websites. My wedding and family portraiture work can be viewed at www.rosswillsherphotography.co.uk and my commercial work can be viewed at www.rwcommercialphotography.co.uk My instagram is @rosswillsherphotography. Once things get closer to normality I'll be appearing at some wedding fairs in London too.