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Why are at home shoots appealing to families – Example of a relaxed & fun At home family shoot – by Stephanie, Essex & Suffolk Family Photographer –

Opting for a studio or an outdoor shoot is a personal preference.

Both present advantages and there are times when one wins over the other. I think it’s always great to mix both. Studio shoots can capture beautiful clean and clutter free portraits of your child, focusing on his and her looks at a certain time in his/her life. Outdoors shoots are weather dependant yet they are versatile and often easier to arrange.

  • At home shoots are becoming popular and appealing to parents with young children.

Beside the advantage of not having to get your family ready and on time to an agreed location with your photographer, at home shoots offer an environment that is familiar to the little ones. All is on hand whether it’d be change of clothes or extra snacks. All toys are on site and within reach. Photographing a daily routine such as cooking or playing in the garden is relaxing, easy to set up and children will be more likely ready to cooperate. Plus it is always nice to get images of your own home, your child’s bedroom or a favourite playroom maybe.

This sweet & short 1 min video below is showing you the outcome of this fun photography session with 2 rather lovely kiddos, their pretty cool mum and a chilled pug called Marley. Located in Suffolk, their home offered lovely settings from the playroom to the lounge finishing with the garden with ample space allowing the children to run freely. Children – you did great! x


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To book a studio or at home shoot, call me on 07854 815 859 or email me at info@fairweatherphotography.co.uk

Stephanie Fairweather Professional Wedding & Family Photographer

Stéphanie Fairweather – Family Photographer

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Essex wedding Photographer

Why I always work with an assistant at weddings (Essex Wedding Photographer – Stéphanie Fairweather)

Choosing the right photographer for your wedding is essential.

In the ‘Investment’ section of my website you will find a word on the importance of hiring a professional photographer over a friend with a camera. Amongst the must have of insurance, experience & equipment maintenance, most professional wedding photographers will often work with an assistant.

I do – I wouldn’t do it any other way and these are all the reasons why:

Why I always work with an assistant at weddings:

  • She carries my equipment and moves it to the required spot when needed leaving me hands free with the one camera and also allows me to be a lot more mobile
  • She facilitates lens swaps giving me the chance to work much faster in between frames
  • She gathers guests for the group photos, hunts the missing one who disappeared to the toilet or the bar, prepares the next groups and reminds me of all the timings… phew!
  • She ensures I photograph all the must have images requested by the B&G
  • She helps me with my light tests
  • She has been known to step in as temporary babysitter or be on veil holding duty
  • Finally she keeps me company and more importantly keeps me hydrated throughout the day.

And this is why she is essential to the day.

The role of the wedding photographers assistant

Now one of the questions I am sometimes asked with prospective brides and grooms is if I work with a second shooter and my answer is that I have fine tuned my way of working at weddings and a trusty reliable assistant is all I need.

I believe that it is important to offer consistency in your images. A style might differ from mine but more importantly I find that one photographer is far less obtrusive than 2 floating around. It is easier to be discreet if you are alone and it is less interfering with guests. With regards to failing equipment and the advantage of another shooter with a spare camera, it is not needed for me as I have double/triple of everything.  I also supply in average a minimum of 600+ images so you’ll have plenty to go through 🙂 Finally it is cheaper for the bride and groom who do not incur any 2nd shooter fees.

I love my job and I choose my assistants carefully. I expect from them the same enthusiasm and professionalism as me.

It is your big day and I would be delighted to capture it.

 Stéphanie Fairweather – A lover of people & weddings

07854 815 859

info@fairweatherphotography.co.uk

Wedding packages start at £1,350 for a typical weekend & all day photography coverage. Bespoke packages also available on request.

Urban Photography, Street Photography

An urban shoot with my American niece in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, USA – UK & Destination Photographer

After a busy 2016 photographing weddings, families and kiddos, I was lucky to get to spend a well deserved family time in Arizona where my sister took residency with her own family many moons ago. There was always an excuse as to why we would postpone the trip but this year we agreed it was time to check out what we had been missing. And we were not disappointed.

There is so much to love about the place, from the weather, the sceneries, the food and the people… I just wished I had longer than 2 weeks to fully immerse in the culture. From Cave Creek, to Sedona, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Jerome, the Grand Canyon etc… you have plenty to chose from. What I appreciated the most – apart from being reunited with my sister – was the beautiful skies and the genuine friendliness of the people.

On our last day, I took my niece Maya & my sister to Downtown Phoenix for an urban photoshoot. Although it was bright – a little too bright for pictures in fact – we enjoyed this girly hour wondering the streets snapping a few of the edgy murals on display.

Despite scratching only the surface of whats to photograph there, I hope you enjoy these ones below.

Dear sis, I’ll be back!

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If you would like to book an outdoor shoot and particularly like the urban look, there are many places within London that I could be suggesting. Do get in touch at info@fairweatherphotography.co.uk

Stéphanie Fairweather – People Photographer

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Images taken in Cave Creek, Sedona, Grand Canyon & Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Studio portrait in Essex

My brand new studio in Essex, looking forward to welcoming you all! Stéphanie Fairweather, your family photographer

It’s finished! It’s bright and comfortable – it’s perfect for studio work.

Located in Braintree, within the premises of Revolution Signs Ltd (one of my 3 selected suppliers), the studio can accommodate large groups and is also ideal for newborn & children photography. It is perfect to welcome my brides and grooms for wedding consultation meetings or the viewing of their images afterwards.

And the walls are washable so don’t worry about letting your little ones lose in the room with sticky fingers.

What does it look like – check out for yourself below although I am sure you’d appreciate it even more if you visited me.

I still offer at home and on location outdoor photoshoots but if the weather isn’t great or if you simply want somewhere practical where you can contain all children with minimum running (from you), the option to change outfits and a sofa to sit on then the studio will do nicely. For school children I also offer the option of after school sessions. Weekends get booked up quicker by families with working parents and of course weddings but with sufficient notice I will always make sure I can accommodate a date that suit you…

Studio portrait in Essex

Studio portrait in Essex

Studio portrait in Essex, Essex Photographer

Studio portrait in Essex

Advance warning for Christmas: My last photoshoots sessions are on the first week of December and my last shipping of products, prints and vouchers will be on the 16th December. Thank you all to my past present and future clients for your ongoing support, kind words and amazing recommendations. Looking forward to seeing many of you soon in the new pad!

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To book me or to purchase vouchers, email me today at info@fairweatherphotography.co.uk

Or call me on 07854 815 859

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Family & Children Photographer in Essex, Suffolk, Cambridge, Hertfordshire

Autumn Outdoor shoots & Studio shoots – Book your session and print your images on time for Christmas – Family Photographer in Essex

Whether you are in need of updated images of the kiddos and could do with some inspiration for Christmas presents, I got it covered! I offer a variety of packages for outdoor & studio shoots running from weekdays to weekends. If you would like to book a session and discuss the locations get in touch as soon as possible to ensure you get the date you are after. I am flexible with times and usually accommodate a large number of working parents. Following your shoots you will be able to opt for digital images, prints or wall products.

Outdoor shoots can be booked on weekdays during school hours for the little ones or after school and weekends. Weekends get booked up quickly so do not delay. For a non weather dependant shoots and warmth guaranteed (and the comfort of a sofa for mum & dad) studio shoots can be booked during weekdays and at weekends with prior arrangement only.

Children photoshoots are anything but boring. I find them a great way to keep fit – kids can run fast!

I have tons of patience (except with my own kids), lots of enthusiasm, great connection with little people. And if all that fails I have a few bribery tricks up my sleeves.

Read on!….

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If you have booked an outdoor shoot and the weather does not look promising I do offer alternative days. It time is hard to find and you do not want to take a gamble on the weather, you can also opt for a studio shoot.

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  • Psst! Word of advice – Do print your pictures, they look so much better in a frame than a USB….

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Time flies by, even more so if you are a parent. Often weekends go in a flash so if you are struggling to fit in a photoshoot session at the weekend with the children, I do offer alternative times on weekdays after school. These are quite popular so do get in touch quickly if you would like to book one of them.

Family & Children Photographer in Essex, Suffolk, Cambridge, Hertfordshire

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Family & Children Photographer in Essex, Suffolk, Cambridge, Hertfordshire

To book or enquire on any of the above please use the Contact Me form on this website or email info@fairweatherphotography.co.uk or call me on 07854 815 859.

Stephanie Fairweather – People Photographer

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UK & Destination wedding photographer

The French fairytale wedding of Lucy & Damian at the castle of Monbazillac, Dordogne, France. UK & Destination wedding photographer

  • Summer in France: A village church, a castle and a wedding. Got your attention…

I was delighted to be asked to photograph Lucy & Damian’s wedding in the Dordogne region this August. I love ALL the weddings I shoot, however this one was just a tad more special being in my home country. After months of planning the logistics & the accommodation, the day came pretty quickly and before we knew it, me and my assistant Lou were heading to France for our little 4 day road trip to the French South West region. I had decided to drive, had I not gone a tad lost through Paris, it was otherwise a fairly easy journey. On the way back however, the novelty of the ‘road trip’ had worn off by then and maybe next time I’ll agree to fly!

On the big day it was probably one of the hottest and therefore most challenging weddings we ever photographed. However we thoroughly enjoyed being part of this amazing day, there’s definitely something very special about weddings abroad.

Lucy & Damian although both English decided to get married in France where the grooms parents live on a part time basis. It was a pleasure to visit Damian at his parents picturesque house on the morning of the wedding, the church could be seen from the garden and the boys made the short journey to the church on foot whilst Lucy staying 10 min away made her way by car accompanied by her bridal party and stepdad. The little and quiet village of Montaut was picture perfect and the church stood at the top proudly. The beautiful ceremony was held by an English vicar who was also a close family friend. It was soon time to head to the venue and guests made the bus journey to the stunning castle of Monbazillac.

Whilst I could write a lot more about the day, the organisation, the guests, I shall just leave you with their story in images of this French magical day… I would like to wish my bride and groom many years of happiness and thank their parents for the warm welcome and the delicious food served to us whilst on duty x

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Below are some iPhone snaps of the day leading to the wedding and after. I booked at the magnificent La Maison Forte near Issigéac, a guesthouse run by the super friendly Paul & Reynoud where we stayed 3 nights. Their attention to details is second to none and the welcoming is out of this world. Thank you guys for making our stay thoroughly enjoyable).

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Featured on French Wedding Style *This wedding was featured on French Wedding Blog Style Tuesday 29th November 2016*
Church: Church of Montaut, Dordogne, France

Venue: Castle of Monbazillac, Dordogne, France

Dress & headpiece: Heritage Brides

MUA: Amanda Artistry

 

Stéphanie Fairweather – People Photographer (and Destination Photographer Extraordinaire!)

My UK wedding packages start at £1,350, if you would like me to capture your big day, I would love to hear about your plans

07854 815 859

info@fairweatherphotography.co.uk