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OFFICEGOALS

I finally finished off my office! I am so happy with it, it’s finally how I wanted it to look. I wanted it to look clean with a white desk. Then lots of copper hints (and a little pink!).
Desk: IKEA
Chair: MADE.COM
Pineapple: ASDA
Rug: NEXT
Copper mesh note board: Made it myself (OH YES).

Hope you like it!

It was also featured on Pop Sugar in their article “4 Stunning Home Offices That Are Serious #DecorGoals . . . And How to Copy Them”.

KP X

3 tips for taking good travel photographs + free stuff!

I love travel and I love photography (obviously). Even though I am on holiday and enjoying a break, I still love to take decent photographs of my travels. Here are 3 tips for taking good holiday photographs;

1. Get there early or find out the times that places are less busy. If you get to a tourist attraction early, you beat the crowds which means less people in your photographs (result!). However, if you’re like me and you don’t do early, find out the times when places are less busy. In Venice, the cruise ships drop people off in the morning and pick people up again early evening. This means that the place feels emptier around 8pm. Also, in Florence I found there were less people around the Duomo in the early evening. Perfecto! Do research! (more…)

Destination weddings.. and you could win a wedding hamper!

We all want our big wedding day to be something special, memorable, and preferably affordable. The average cost of weddings in the UK has skyrocketed in the past few years to as high as £25,000, pushing some to look abroad for their dream wedding. But with overseas weddings coming with their own costs and considerations, couples are looking for ways to get the best bang for their buck. That’s why I have teamed up with the UK’s first online foreign exchange service RationalFX who have launched an initiative to help couples save money on their weddings abroad.

RationalFX lets you make all the quick, easy and secure international money payments you need to help you manage your overseas wedding payments. You will get bank-beating rates and won’t have to worry about commission fees, making the service a great idea if you are looking to save money whilst sending money abroad.

There are a number of options you can choose from to help you make all the payments you need to as quickly as possible, in time for your big day:

Spot Transactions – You can send money overseas on that day with bank-beating exchange rates; great if you need to make an international payment last minute.

Regular Payments – with competitive rates, the RationalFX regular payment plan is the perfect solution if you need to pay for an ongoing service as you plan for your wedding.

Forward Contracts – If you have a budget in mind and are concerned about prices changing in the process from planning to purchase stage, you need not worry anymore. RationalFX can fix a rate for you up to two years before you have to send any money.

But it doesn’t end there – RationalFX are so determined to save you as much money as possible on your overseas wedding that they need your help! They have created a short survey to find out what the aspirations of brides and grooms to be are for their overseas weddings.

If you complete this survey, you will be in with the chance of winning something guaranteed to make you feel even more special on your wedding day. RationalFX have sent us amazing wedding hampers worth over £50, featuring a range of wonderful gifts designed to complement the perfect overseas wedding.

So why not fill in the survey today and be in with the chance of winning your own wedding hamper? It could make your special day even more memorable! (more…)

VLOG ONE

I am going to attempt to start a monthly ‘vlog’.. If it’s incredibly boring to everyone, well.. then I’ll stop! But, it’s a new creative avenue I wanted to try!
I am not great at talking to camera.. but I’m gonna try. Took me a few attempts to describe the weather in the this one (and I didn’t go into a lot of detail!).
I hope to get better.. I can only try!

Enjoy.. or don’t. KP x

Camera strap or no camera strap?

I was all for not using a camera strap. I usually hold my camera (obviously I put it down occasionally) all the time at a wedding.. I feel like it means I am constantly ready to shoot. If I see something spontaneous happen, then I have my camera in my hand ready and not flung over my shoulder. Also, I find the camera strap gets in the way and I feel a little restricted when taking photographs from above.
BUT, I get terrible neck ache. Might not be related but.. might be!

So when I got my new D810 (I was using two cameras at the last few weddings).. I put the strap on to tell them apart (the D800 and D810 feel similar in a rush!).. and I quite liked having the camera strap on. I didn’t feel like I missed any shots either. So maybe I’ll start using it and maybe I won’t get neck ache!

Any tips? I’m not really into fancy holsters to wear, I like to be simple.

KP x

P.S HAPPY EASTER

How to tie a bow

I know this isn’t exactly the most riveting blog content, however.. On a wedding morning, the art of tying a bow correctly can be crucial!
I’ve seen many a bridesmaid panic as their bow is.. well, droopy (what a word!).. and everytime I hear the words ‘does anyone know how to tie a bow?!’ I think.. I’m going to learn and tape myself doing so.
So, here that is. It’s really the most unexciting thing probably ever, but it may help to make those mornings less stressful!

KP x

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My predicted wedding trends for 2017 with Not On The High Street.

Every year there are new wedding trends, from sweets to postboxes, certain items are huge throughout a year.
Alongside notonthehighstreet, I have come up with a few trends that I think I will see more of this year. They include wooden cake toppers, botanical themes and ribbon backdrops. All such beautiful things! I also predict pastels will still be huge and ‘shabby chic’ will be a big hit!… I also hope to see more copper (I have a problem!).
What are your predicted trends? Comment below!


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Personalised Walnut Wedding Planner by Oakdene Designs
Romantic Personalised Mr And Mrs Wooden Cake Topper by SOPHIA VICTORIA JOY
Personalised Calligraphy Botanical Wedding Arrow by DELIGHTFUL LIVING
Ready To Hang Ribbon Curtain Backdrop Baby Pink by JUST ADD A DRESS
Wooden Wedding Table Plan by THE WEDDING OF MY DREAMS
Geometric Diamond Glass Vase Succulent Terrarium by DINGADING TERRARIUMS

How long should photographs take AFTER the ceremony?

It’s a question I am always asked. Either for planning purposes.. or because they want to know how long they will be subjected to photographs for haha!

For me, the photograph time after the ceremony is used for;
Bride and groom portraits
Bridesmaids/groomsmen
Family photographs

I know some photographers like to take the bride and groom out at other points of the day. But my personal preference is to do all the important photographs in the time after the ceremony. This way, the rest of the day will be candid photographs etc
A venue usually gives an hour and a half for photographs. I agree with this and it is more than adequate. Even an hour can be fine with good organisation!
However, for small weddings and if the couple don’t particularly want a lot of family photographs – it can be much shorter.

Hope this helps in some way!

KP x

PHONES, WEDDINGS.. let’s talk

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Firstly, let me say, I love mobile phones.
Sadly, it is one of my most treasured possessions and I am sorry to say I look at it a lot (I’m working on it).
We live in a world where we photograph anything and everything. It infuriates me when people photograph a tragedy as opposed to helping.. but that’s a whole other subject!
I welcome phones/cameras/ipads (yup) at weddings. I get it. Your daughter, son, brother, sister, niece, nephew, friend etc is getting married and you want to take photographs. GREAT! Do it. But here’s some things you might not have realised…

When walking back up the aisle. Please take photographs, however, when you stand in the aisle you block other people. You also create a sea of iPhones/ipads/cameras.. which is on my photograph and also what greets the bride and groom when they walk out. Also, it’s SO incredibly hard to get a good iPhone photograph of people walking fairly quickly in a dark room.

First dance/other important gatherings of wedding people Again, take photographs. I like taking photographs of people taking selfies too! But, once you’ve taken your photograph on your phone, don’t then stand staring at it. Cause you’re in the background of everyone else’s photograph and it looks like you’re bored and checking the football scores.

I actually don’t have many more points, but what I will say is enjoy the day with your eyes and not through your phone.

KP x

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