Something old, something new!

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… How many times have you heard this since you got engaged!

It’s a British tradition that you need to have all of the above included on your big day, usually given by close friends or members of your family.

Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.

It is a fun way of building some items into your wedding look. People are definitely going to ask you what items you’ve got on that are old, new, borrowed and blue, so you might as well have something to tell them!

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New Branding for Mel Taylor Photography

At last I glad to be able to announce some changes to Mel Taylor Photography. I have always been one to follow my heart and passions so I have decided to focus the business on the areas which I enjoy most.

Canine and Equine Photography and Child Portraits will be the areas I am specialising in. They say never work with Animals or children but I love the challenge that they bring and having worked with horses, owned my own horses, ponies and dogs and a being mother of two and step mum to a soon to be 21 yr old, I feel that I have plenty of knowledge and experience in all these areas.

I will also continue taking wedding bookings as I love spending the day capturing this special day for couples, but will only be taking on a small number of weddings each year to ensure that they get the time that I feel they need to ensure a quality end product.

A big thank you to  Peajaykay of East Hanney for my new logo. www.peajaykay.com

The updated website will launch in the next few days!

Canine & Equine Photography

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Children

Newborn & Babies – First week to First birthday.

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Toddlers to Teens – 1 Year to 21

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Weddings

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Highly Commended Images

The Societies, run a mothly image competition which photographers from all over the world enter trying to get the highest Gold Award. These images are then put forward for consideration for Photogapher of the Year, where the winners are announced at the European Photographic Convention held in London in January.

You are permitted to enter one image per category each month.

January 2015 entries have been judged and I gained Highly Commended for two images. These images will be re-reviewed at the end of the year but further judges an may be upgraded to Gold.

The first image was in the Pet Portrait Category.

 

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The second image was in the Wedding Photojournalistic category. This is the first time I have entered this category so was pleased with the result.

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To celebrate success in these competitions I have decided that for  my 2015 entries I will provide my clients with a Complimentary Mounted Print at 8″x6″ or 9″x6″ for any images that gain a Highly Commended and a 12″x8″ or 10″x 8″ mounted print for those that get awarded Gold.  A small thank you for allowing me to use the image.

Mel Taylor Photography article in Local Press

Article in the Papers ref – Mel Taylor Photography

Click on Link below to read the full article.

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/business/11038669.Career_change_wasn___t_snap_decision_for_photographer/

Wedding Pre-Shoots

The wedding season will soon be up on us and although weddings take place throughout the year, summer is far the most popular.
As part of the wedding preparations have a pre-shoot with each of my couples. To me this is one of the most important things a Wedding Photographers should do. For me it is vital and something that I insist on.

Although I have already met my Wedding couple and talked in length about the plans for their big day and the ideas of what they would like and not like prior to me being booked and with the knowledge that I will meet up with them at the Wedding venue a couple of weeks before the big day to look at the space, the decor, the lighting and photographic opportunities to me these meetings can not replace the value of a pre-shoot.

It is at the pre-shoot that I get to really get to know my Wedding couples better, find out what their personalities, their fears and concerns, what they are really like and how comfortable they are or aren’t  in front of the camera.

I get to see how they react with each other. Some people are uncomfortable being affectionate in public, other are not. I don’t want to be asking my couples to do things on their wedding day that they are not comfortable with.

I need to understand how they react with each other. What makes them laugh, give help and guidance on posing so it is not awkward on the day. I want my couples to understanding why I may head for the shade on a bright sunny day to avoid harsh shadows on their faces so they come willingly and don’t think I have gone completely mad! I cover all the types of things we will be doing on the day so there are no big surprises and everyone is happy going forward to the wedding day.

The sessions are fun and informal and taken preferably between 6-3 months before the wedding. It gives the couple a chance to get to know me, and see my work and be sure they have selected the right photographer. They also get a Mounted 12″x8″ print of their choice from the session.

The location of the shoot will vary depending on the time of year and locations that may be special to the couple. I try to do all pre-shoots out on location as this is more realistic to a wedding day.

Here are a few images taken on pre-shoots.  For more details on my Wedding Photography please go to my website www.meltaylorphotography.co.uk

Wedding Pre-Shoot Taken at the Nature Reserve,Letcombe Regis

IMG_5184B&WLetcombe Regis, Nature Reserve, Sadly these big trees have now been chopped down.

IMG_4663SSt Andrews Church, Letcombe Regis

IMG_4811FThe Ridgeway, near Wantage

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ZX7A0131FLetcombe Regis Village

ZX7A0059FBWThe Ridgeway, Letcombe Regis

IMG_7875vBWThe Recreation Ground, Letcombe Regis

IMG_7913FThe Ridgeway, near Wantage

ZX7A1289FBWViews over Letcombe Regis from Segsbury Camp

ZX7A1191FThe Nature Reserve, Letcombe Regis