If you’re a regular here at The Branch then you will recognise one of our most used taglines ‘Iconic Vintage Photography.’ But what does this mean? Well, our images have always had a nostalgic look and feel to them - that’s one of our main USPs. In the early days this was created more so in post production using filters or ‘presets’ but, over the last 18 months or so, we’ve begun to develop a more subtle retro vibe created predominantly in camera, using actual old film lenses.
Old school lenses can be adapted for use on modern digital cameras and the results have gotten us hooked. These tiny pieces of glass, some now more than 60 years old, create an authentic vintage look with built-in bokeh and vignette that is just extraordinary.
We first met Dez & Julie back in January 2018 at Telford Wedding Exhibition where they booked us on the spot - we knew then they were pretty awesome!
Over the past year or so we’ve got to know that they are not only awesome, but also incredibly strong and positive people. They have been through some really tough times the last 14 months or so and we were just so incredibly honoured to be able to capture their special day, Twig style.
What do you do when the bride & groom’s vintage bus breaks down on the way to their portrait session? You take a cue from Oasis and just roll with it - capturing some utterly awesome and unique shots at the roadside, whilst simultaneously thinking about the fun you’ll have coming up with an appropriate song choice for the highlights reel!
10 points to Gryffindor if anyone can guess what classic transport-related tune might accompany this selection of images from Jonathan & Coleen’s wedding day?!
With our iconic vintage-meets-avant-garde photography style, we are firmly rooted with one foot either side of the past and present. When it comes to choosing products for your wedding photography, we offer two choices set just as parallel in the form of printed albums and digital files.
Just a few years ago, the latter was the top choice amongst a wired generation. It had become the norm for images to languish on our phones and society seemed, in general, to have forgotten the the power of a physical photograph.
But, over the course of the last 18 months or so, and to the delight of photographers up and down the land, we’ve noticed a distinct shift back towards the printed image and, more specifically, photo albums. It seems more and more of us are taking a cue from Ridley Scott’s replicants and we are recognising the importance of tangible photographs once again (for those who don’t appreciate the sci-fi references, don’t worry, they are few and far between!)
Sometimes when writing these blogs words flow abundantly, others, it’s difficult to move past a few words. Not because there’s nothing to say, but because a handful of simple words or phrases encapsulate the couple and their day so perfectly.
Three things resonated at Daniel & Zoe’s wedding day on 1st November, 2018 at The Barns Hotel in Cannock - love, laughter and happy-ever-after. This was reflected in all manor of things from little looks captured between the bride and groom, to the Disney-themed table decorations (Zoe is even now Mrs Potts!), and the roars of laughter that could be heard throughout the day.
Mr Twig and I are both creative beings and, let’s be honest, as creatives we seek validation for our art wherever it may be found. Sometimes this may be via a comment on a blog or social media post, through reviews left by clients or a thoughtfully written thank you note.
When Alex and Samantha planned their outdoor tipi wedding at the beautiful Wroxeter Hotel, near Shrewsbury, they hadn’t accounted for Callum. Callum was an obnoxious beast, causing havoc and mayhem in the 24 hours preceding this awesome couple’s dream day.
Callum was the epitome of ‘the uninvited wedding guest’ and, worst of all, he was full of wind.
No, we’re not talking about some distant relative with flatulence, we’re talking Storm Callum. With wind speeds of up to 80mph, and amidst fears of the tipis taking off in Dorothy ‘we’re not in Kansas anymore Toto’ style, the decision was made to move Alex & Sam’s wedding indoors at the last minute.
Here at The Branch we are known for shaking things up, we’ve built our brand on being different and pushing boundaries. We are the unconventional conventionalists, the square pegs in rounds holes, we are lime to tequila- we bring the zing.
So when we heard about Lensbaby’s Project Disrupt campaign, we wanted in.
If you’ve been following us for a while you will know that we have broken ground with our unique boudoir photography, creating a style that is the perfect combination of timeless elegance and playful seduction. Our boudoir sessions are not overtly sexual, tacky or titillating, they are a representation of you, your body and your story, told through a celebration of femininity.
Clients were coming to us more and more for a boudoir shoot as a pre-wedding gift for their partner so we thought why not make these sessions even more special by offering a full bridal boudoir package - our classic boudoir experience, re-envisoned for the bride-to-be.
🎶 Raindrops keep falling on my head..., ba da da dah-da, da dum... 🎶
This is what Mrs Twig had to listen to almost the entire time Mr Twig was editing these gorgeous images from Jack & Natalie's wedding day. You see, raindrops did indeed keep a' fallin' on this mid-summer's day but no-one was going to let a downpour washout this awesome wedding.
Many of you who follow The Branch on social media will have noticed that over the last year or so more and more images taken with vintage film lenses have been creeping into your news feed.
Vintage film lenses are pre-digital, they are all manual focus and have manual aperture setting rings. But, enough with the techie stuff, basically, we’ve grown to love the very distinct look these lenses create as it fits perfectly with our retro vintage vibe.
🎶 Look at this, isn’t it neat, wouldn’t it make your photo collection complete…. 🎶
Calling all merbabes! We’re making waves with our Limited Edition mermaid photo shoots.
If you’ve always wanted to know what it’s like under the sea the now is your chance to embrace your inner Ariel.
It was a tale as old as time as Jessica & Jake embarked upon a whole new world as Mr & Mrs.
The pair were married at Llanmynech Church, followed by a marquee reception on the Shropshire/Welsh border on 16th June, 2018. From the Disney styling, Birds of Prey display and even a musical best man's speech, the day was jam packed with as much magic and wonder as any fairytale.
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?