Tiny Weddings Fair

Rose and Rainbow Photography – Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor

Samantha Davis from Rose and Rainbow Photography will be exhibiting at the Tiny Weddings Fair on the 10th March at the Birmingham Rep Theatre.  She is based in the West Midlands, and loves a small wedding or elopement. She specialises in reportage style photography, so if you don’t think you’d like posing all day long, then she’s the one for you. Samantha enjoys working closely with her wedding clients and families to achieve the best images from their time with her. Come along to meet her at the Tiny Weddings Fair, get your tickets now to save 50% off the on the day price.

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Please give a brief overview of what you do, and what service you offer.

I am a wedding and family portrait photographer with six years’ experience in mainstream wedding photography. Calm and professional, I work closely with my clients to build rapport, to ensure that any extra stresses (sometimes caused by photography on wedding days) are alleviated.

I strive to make a beautiful and concise account of the special day for my clients. Favouring a reportage style, I capture the ‘real’ moments from your wedding day whilst still being able to add the group shots and posed shots which are essential for your collection of wedding images.

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What do you love about small weddings?

Small weddings mean bride and groom are generally more relaxed as each guest is guaranteed to be closer to them. Candid photography relies on emotion… the best way to bring out real emotion is to get a room full of a couples nearest and dearest and capture the fun!

How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?

Couples seem less concerned with ‘keeping up appearances’ and most interested in what THEY actually want, I think tiny weddings allow couples to be more personal and are a lot more beautiful than a ‘one size fits all’ wedding.

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What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a couple planning a smaller wedding?

Planning is key as they structure of their day may be completely different to a larger wedding which is generally dictated by larger venues.

If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world; where would it be?

Cornish weddings… beach weddings or tiny farm venues… cliff top portraits!

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Give an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple?

Terri and Scott flew over from Chicago to get married in Ledbury (Scott’s original home). I was booked via Skype by Terri, we instantly hit it off as I’m a bit of a hippy at heart and when Terri told me of their plans to marry outside and have the reception in a tepee (!) I was so excited! They did everything themselves and the wedding was attended by friends from the UK, America and as far away as Australia. The day was incredible, intimate, low stress, emotional and really fun.

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Do you feel there has been an increase in tiny weddings in the past few years or have you always worked with a lot of small wedding parties?

Since starting out in wedding photography I have thankfully been blessed with smaller weddings, I think the fashion for big showy days has started to become a bit ‘last decade’ and couples are starting to get married later on in life… straggler friends have been culled in your late 20s so by your 30s or 40s you know who is really important to you!

What makes you unique in the service you can offer a couple planning a smaller wedding?

I’m always at the end of the phone and willing to meet up for a cuppa if my couples want a chat. Wedding photography is a massive investment and I like my couples to know I am likewise invested in them.

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Come along to meet Samantha at the Tiny Weddings Fair in Birmingham on the 10th March, get your tickets now to save 50% off the on the day price.  If you just want to keep up to date with news for now, then sign up to our mailing list, or follow the Facebook event.  You can like the Tiny Weddings Facebook page, or the Rose and Rainbow Photography Facebook page, or follow Tiny Weddings on Instagram, or Rose and Rainbow Photography on Instagram.  If you want to learn more about Samantha and what she does, then go over to her website, or come and meet her in person at the Tiny Weddings Fair.

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Tiny Weddings Fair

Stephen from SWJ Photography

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Our second Tiny Weddings Fair will be held on 10th March 2019 at the Birmingham REP Theatre. There will be several returning wedding experts returning to the fair, but one of the first new exhibitors to sign up was Stephen, wedding photographer with SWJ Photography. Let’s allow him to introduce himself:

Please give a brief overview of who you are and what you do.

Hello!! I’m Stephen Williams (or Williams-Jones depending if you’re reading this before or after 21st February). I’m a wedding photographer focusing on natural, honest photography with a bit of a creative edge. I love a wheat field and a good window, but I mostly love telling the story of a couple their way – no stock posing, no strict dos and don’ts. Just capturing the day as it happens and making sure that my couples are relaxed and having a good time because that’s when we get the best photographs.

I’m a former teacher (which means I’m crazy organised and quick at replying to messages) who took the plunge in 2015 to go it alone and start a business! I absolute adore my job, I meet and work with incredible couples and play a part in making them feel special on their most incredible day. I’m currently planning my own tiny wedding and am so excited about having the small, intimate day I am planning.

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What do you love about small weddings?

I adore the relationships you can see on a small wedding day; when people really have the time to talk and spend quality time together. It also allows me to get to know everyone as well so they’re totally relaxed around me and feel comfortable to be themselves. I would love to photograph an elopement one day; the intimacy of an elopement is something that really appeals. Just two people wanting to cement their relationship and love for each other without the frills and pomp, just stripped back, simple and about them and who they are together.

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How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?

The biggest difference between those planning a larger wedding compared to a smaller group is that, with larger weddings, the couple tend to be thinking about what will make other people happy. With a smaller wedding you’ve got more freedom to create the day that you want without the restrictions of having to ‘please’ a lot of other guests.

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Do you feel there has been an increase in tiny weddings in the past few years or have you always worked with a lot of small wedding parties?

I have taken bookings for more and more smaller, more intimate weddings in the last year or so and have quite a few for 2019. I think a lot of people are now more conscious of budget as a main factor, but also they want to focus on the people who are most important to them (I know this is why my partner and I have planned our wedding the way we have) rather than inviting everyone they’ve ever met. I also think the freedom and flexibility that is available to couples when it comes to planning their wedding means there is so much more scope for just do what you want rather than having to stick to traditions which are now a little outdated.

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If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be?

I don’t care who the couple are as long as we get on and have a laugh, but I have two dream destinations to do a wedding.

Firstly I would love to do a wedding in Central Park in New York, especially in the Shakespeare Gardens (I’m a massive Shakespeare geek). I’d love to capture that small, intimate nature of a tiny wedding in a big city and play with the contrast of big and small, intimate and scale as well as capturing the energy of the Big Apple.

Secondly, I’d love to capture a wedding day in Sweden. Either on the southern archipelago of Gothenburg, on an island such as Vrångö or in a forest overlooking a lake (hopefully with boats!). Mostly because I am just utterly in love with Sweden but they just have some absolutely wonderful traditions when it comes to a Swedish wedding (or bröllop) and if it was around midsummer with flower crowns galore and a feast of crayfish you just can’t go wrong!

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What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a couple planning a smaller wedding?

I treat every couple as an individual because they are. Every wedding is totally different and unique because as human beings we aren’t like anyone else and I think the best thing about the wedding industry at the moment is there is so much freedom and flexibility to do what you want.

With a couple planning a smaller wedding I usually spend more time getting to know them and offering a supportive presence so that on the day they feel more like there is a friend there. Someone who is there to support them and help the day run smoothly. Also it means they feel comfortable enough around me to be themselves and not be conscious of the cameras rather than, on a larger day, being able to get lost in the crowd to get those candid shots.

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What makes you unique in the service you can offer a couple planning a smaller wedding?

Flexibility for me is the key to working well with a couple. Whilst I have two main packages for weddings, these are mostly a ‘best fit’ that suit what I get asked for. So from the moment the first contact is made I treat every couple as in individual catering to what they want from their day from tailoring a package based on what they are looking for right the way through to the presentation of the images.

I think my previous experience helps me to be insanely calm under pressure and capable of solving a situation quickly. This has come in handy quite frequently from sewing mothers of the bride into their dresses, fixing the brides hair on the go right the way through to performing first aid on the groom’s aunt. I’m a people pleaser, so the most important thing to me is that at the end of the day my clients are happy and have had the most incredible wedding day so I will move mountains to make sure they feel incredible and have a wonderful wedding day.

Also I have an emergency bag that Mary Poppins would be jealous of containing pretty much everything from heel protectors to spare hair grips; a first aid kit to white gaffer tape (which gets used more than you’d think!)

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Stephen can’t wait to chat to you at our second Tiny Weddings Fair at the Birmingham REP Theatre on 10th March 2019. We highly recommend that you buy yourself a ticket in advance to get your free goody bag, to be in with a chance of winning a raffle prize, and to get privilege admission to workshops and talks.

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Tiny Weddings Fair

Free Engagement Photo Sessions – Raffle Prizes with your Tiny Weddings Fair Ticket

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It might seem a little illogical to have photographs taken shortly before you spend a whole day being photographed but engagement session can serve a purpose and also be a fun way to take some time out of wedding planning to remember why you are getting married in the first place.

Two of the photographers exhibiting at the Tiny Weddings Fair at the Wycombe Swan on 30th September have kindly offered a free engagement shoot as a raffle prize.  RS Brown Photography and Ayelle Photography will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair waiting to meet you, but if you want to get to know them better then an engagement session is a great way to do that.  All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is buy your tickets in advance.  Here are our reasons why an engagement shoot is a great idea…

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  1. Engagement session give you time to celebrate your relationship and share some quality time together.

Wedding planning, even for a tiny wedding, can be stressful and pile the pressure on you as a couple. It can seem like every conversation revolves around outfit, meal and venue choices and sometimes it’s nice to remember what those choices are really all about.

Whether it’s a few hours spent in your favourite location or half day spent sharing your hobbies and interests, an engagement shoot gives you plenty of opportunity to reconnect during the planning and the chance to celebrate a milestone in your relationship. Your engagement is a special time when you chose to commit to each other and a time to celebrate love and marriage prior to your wedding day.

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  1. A chance to rehearse your wedding photos.

I am yet to find any couple where both parties enjoy having their photographs taken.  Even if you’re totally at ease in front of the lens the chances are your partner isn’t! If you’re struggling with the idea of being photographed on your wedding day or just feel like you never look good in photos it can be a great idea to get those nerves out of the way before the big day.

Getting used to posing in a way you are comfortable with, making sure you get over the giggles or find out what style you want your photos to be are important to getting great photos and, if you have no idea where to start, an engagement session can help you clarify what works for you. And the more you know the less anxious you will be about your wedding day photography.

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  1. Perfect images for your wedding website.

If you’re eloping in secret or need to keep your small party on track with changing plans you are probably looking at having a wedding website where you guests can follow your adventures. It will amaze you how many terrible photos you have as a couple when you come to make it! Seriously! Wonky selfies with heads slightly cut off, badly lit party pictures or images of yourselves at other peoples weddings just won’t cut the mustard to get your wedding website up to date.

So what better way to share your joy with the world than filling your wedding website with beautiful new, professional pictures of you as a couple. Whatever your style, funny, classy, smart or glamorous you engagement photos will show your friends and family what to expect from your wedding day.

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  1. Help you decide on a certain style of photography or photographer.

You may not have any idea as to what style of photography you would like on your wedding day or you may have a selection of photographers that you like and want to see how you’ll get on with them during your wedding day. This is especially important if they might be a large percentage of your wedding guests! If you have 10 people accompanying your big day and 10% of them is your photographer you definitely want to make sure you get along and both parties understand what you’re looking for.

Working closely with a photographer can also give you a chance to learn the lingo and work out what you do and don’t like in style. You can take a selection of more formal photos alongside carefree, actions shots and see what suits you best. Learning to communicate what you want can be an experience in itself and it well worth getting right prior to your wedding!

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  1. It’s a great chance to try out new looks.

If you’re not sure what looks good on you, you can use your engagement sessions to try out different styles of hair, makeup and clothing. You may find that your idea of the perfect hair and clothing combination looks terrible in photographs or that your chosen cut of suit just doesn’t suit you!

What looks good in the mirror doesn’t always looks great on film and vice-versa. Your engagement shoot can give you the opportunity to try out different styles, get your hair style sorted, and make decisions on what is going to look best in your wedding photos.

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Even for those who don’t necessarily feel “engaged” I would highly recommend having a small photo shoot before the day if your photos are important to you. It gives you more time during your wedding photos to get the images you want knowing you feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera.  RS Brown Photography and Ayelle Photography will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair at the Wycombe Swan on 30th September waiting to meet you.  They have both very kindly offered a free engagement shoot as a raffle prize.  If you’re looking to try some mini-sessions or book an engagement shoot before your big day then come along and speak with the photographers and videographers who specialise in intimate celebrations at the Tiny Weddings Fair.  All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is buy your tickets in advance.  And if you are one of the first 100 people to buy tickets then you’ll also get a goody bag on the day, but be quick because they are selling fast!

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All photos in this post by www.rsbrownphotography.com and www.ayellephoto.com

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