Marmite. No I’m not peckish and fancying a bit of toast, but this is probably the best way to describe people’s feelings towards our in-house style here at The Branch - you either love it or hate it. We hope you love it, totes obvs, but if someone feels we’re not the best fit for them then that’s also fine as there are lots of photographers out there to suit different tastes.
For those of you who love what we do, you may have wondered where our unique (and some would say iconic… I’ll get brownie points for getting that in from the marketing guru that is Mrs Twig) style comes from. Well, sit down, take the load off and let’s have coffee and a chat (mine’s a latte).
The wedding of Sam & Jay has felt like such a long time coming as they booked us way back before Mrs Twig even joined the business full time. And boy, was it worth the wait!
The pair were wed at the stunning St Michael's Church in Madeley, followed by a reception at The Park House Hotel in Shifnal on 27th May, 2018.
You might think that shooting weddings for a living can become a repetitive montage of ceremonies, cakes and speeches but, for us, that's just not the case. We love getting to know our clients and finding out just what makes them tick and, in doing so, each and every wedding becomes its own tale to tell.
Some are fairytales, some are romantic comedies and some, like Gavin & Lucy's wedding day, are straight up Hollywood blockbusters. High speed, monster truck motorway scene - check (okay, maybe more mediocre speed and dual carriageway, but you get the idea), romance - check, emotional reveal scene - check.
What do you do when a Royal Wedding is planned for the same day as your own impending nuptials? You make your day as personal and unique to you as possible - and that's just what Julian & Holly did at their beautiful Shropshire vintage wedding, held at the picturesque Wilderhope Manor, on 19th May, 2018.
Politics and weddings probably aren’t two topics you’d expect to see coupled together in the same sentence (unless you are considering the fallout from sitting Auntie Jean next to cousin Frank at the reception when they haven’t spoken for 15 years). However, since becoming wedding suppliers ourselves, Mr Twig and I have realised that this industry is all about politics, cliques and inner circles that are more difficult than those little single serve sauce sachets to break into (I mean, seriously, could restaurants make it more obvious they don’t want you to use the condiments?!).
But, what does this mean for you, the client? Well, ultimately, you are in danger of being hoodwinked.
Now I bet, even without reading any further than the title, you’ve guessed that guiding you through this blog is non other than your hero, Mr Twig.
I wanted to put a quick post together to talk about love. Specifically, how much I love a Love Shoot. See, the title makes sense now (and, coincidentally, is linked to my all time favourite band. EVER).
Love Shoots are our version of pre-wedding shoots. We just like to be different. The selection of images you see here are of the awesome Sam & Jay, set against the backdrop of the historical town of Shifnal.
Last week I had the opportunity to photograph up-coming female duo, Rews, at their sold out Birmingham show. If you’ve not yet had the absolute pleasure of the aural, pop-rock assault that is Rews then you need to a) finish reading this blog and b) click here.
On the night of the gig, Rews were absolutely phenomenal. I was blown away by the fullness of sound made by just two people on stage, and how close the live track versions sound to the album. But, hey, this is not a gig review, you came here for the photography right?
Photographing any wedding is a huge honour, being a part of such a momentous occasion in a couple's life is a unique privilege and each day stands out for different reasons.
The wedding of Andy & Rebecca on 5th November, 2017 at the stunningly beautiful National Trust property, Greyfriars, in Worcester was extra-special for several reasons, particularly as Mr Twig had a personal connection having known the bride for several years.
The day was filled with a sprinkling of Disney magic, you could see and feel it everywhere, in the golden pumpkin-lined aisle, the bride's shoes and the flower girl's sparkling wands, but no more so than between the couple themselves.
When James & Danielle's original photographer didn't work out we were thrilled that they came to us for their Shropshire vintage wedding photography.
The wedding took place on Friday 13th October at the Park House Hotel in Shifnal and the day certainly lived up to its superstitious hype with a number of ill-fated events!
But, despite the hitches in getting hitched, it was an amazing day and, as you can see, James and Danielle's devotion to each other was written all over their faces.
We love to blog at The Branch but, lately, we’ve been so busy creating our iconic vintage photography that we just haven’t had time to sit down and write something new.
So we’ve had a ponder and we’ve come up with some pretty nifty ideas, if we do say so ourselves!
It struck us that our most popular social media posts by far are our ‘sneaky peek’ images so, going forward, we’ll not only be treating you to more sneaky peeks than ever before via the blog, but also highlight reels, behind-the-scenes images and other bits and pieces from the majority of our shoots (subject to client consent, of course). This way you get to see more of the things you love and we can make regular blog posts with ready-made content. It’s a bit like having your cake and eating it (mmm cake).
The venue is booked, flowers chosen, photographer selected and you’ve found ‘the one’ wedding dress. As the final wedding preparations draw closer there’s not long to wait until you say those two important words, ‘I Do.’ Two important little words that can mean the start of something beautiful, you’re in love, you cannot be prised apart, you want to be together forever… Yup, there’s no denying it, for a bride some of the most important I Do’s and I Don’ts of a wedding are related to the contents of her (or her makeup artist’s) cosmetics bag. It’s a relationship that you’ve dreamed of, one that guarantees longevity, has no imperfections and maintains a radiant appeal.
Whether you choose to go it alone or employ the services of a professional artist for your big day, get it right and you’ll be making a commitment for life to your beauty regime.
Why is wedding photography so expensive? This is a question we get asked so often and it’s a good question, after all photography is just pointing a camera in the general vicinity of the subject and pressing a button, right?
Anyone can do it.
It’s a bit like asking your best mate who has just procured that tiny new micro-drill to perform a root canal. Saves a few quid so what’s the harm, eh?
As the wife of a boudoir photographer, I am often asked if I mind that my husband spends much of his time surrounded by women in their underwear. The short, and somewhat surprising, answer is no. Granted, it takes a little getting used to being confronted with images of half-naked women staring out at me from the office computer as I happen by - but there’s something more to these images than bare flesh.
I know what you’re thinking, what you’d say if you were in my shoes. If it were you the buxom blonde was staring out at from your computer screen. You’d be thinking ‘another woman who thinks she has to take her clothes off to succeed/get ahead/please her partner.’ Delete as appropriate. I know because that’s what I thought, initially (after asking my husband if he’d considered a career in landscape photography).