Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Five Minutes with Wedding Photographer Lydia Stamps

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We recently got the chance to catch up with one of our favourite supplier friends, super-talented wedding photographer Lydia Stamps. Multi-award-winning Lydia recently helped us capture our first birthday and will not only be on hand to show you her beautiful work at the next sale at Cams Hall, but will also be guiding our brides through effective planning tips to get the most our of your wedding photos in our workshop space.

Don't miss the second floor space on Sunday 16th February, where some fab Hampshire suppliers will be hosting talks on many topics to help you with your big day!

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Hi Lydia! What's new for you in 2014?
I’m going to be unveiling a gorgeous new look later in the spring including a sparkly new website, I’m so excited to be having a little make over and can’t wait to share it with you all! I’m also introducing my own guide to wedding planning for my brides drawing on my experience from almost 100 weddings and sharing my favourite tips and wedding suppliers.

What are you most looking forward to in 2014?
I’m so excited to have my first destination wedding in Tuscany this year- it’s been on my dream location list for ages and I can’t wait to shoot in the gorgeous golden Tuscan sunsets.

Where are you currently turning to for inspiration?
Pinterest is my guilty pleasure and I have loads of boards where I keep all my inspiration tucked away for shoot ideas in the future. Even though I’ve been married for nearly three years I’m still obsessed with wedding blogs but I also like to gather inspiration for my work offline & away from the wedding world. I’m a bit of a movie buff, and cinematography often really inspires my work- most recently Walter Mitty has inspired me to shoot some more film again and the little scene where Walter looks at Cheryl through his negative glasses covering her with shimmering light gave me some creative ideas!!

Is there a 2013 wedding or event you recall that you really loved?
I had an amazing year last year, I was so lucky to work with 34 lovely couples each with totally different weddings. I had weddings in London pubs, tipis in the countryside, weddings on the beach, it’s so hard to choose just one! I did one last minute booking on Friday 13th in Southampton Art Gallery. I’m usually booked about a year in advance but as it was so last minute I had virtually no expectations. It was a tiny wedding and wasn’t especially detail heavy. I love me some paper pom poms and a bit of DIY, but what was so lovely was that the couple were just so relaxed and laid back, which meant they just didn’t sweat the small stuff. It was clear just how much they loved each other and the groom sobbed through the vows.- I’m such a sucker for the love! When you strip away all the details and fuss the love shines through. It was simple but perfect. And the venue was really unique and brilliant for creative photos!

Could you recommend another supplier you love for our readers and why?
I really love Victoria Fergusson Accessories. Her work is so beautiful and intricate. She hand makes each piece of jewellery with such attention to detail. She also does hair and make-up, and her bridal hair up was some of the best I saw last summer- just the right amount of elegance mixed with a casual undone look.

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