Wedding venues can be a little bit like buses, you wait forever for one to turn up and then another is just around the corner.
We have waited what seems like an eternity to shoot a wedding at the incredible Blists Hill Victorian Town in Ironbridge. Authentic vintage streets and cottages, shops from a bygone era and atmospheric workshops and factories simply sing to our brand of iconic vintage photography. We just knew deep down in our souls that when we finally got the chance to shoot at this incredible living museum it would be the most perfect backdrop for our quirky retro aesthetic.
Industry recognition from a super awesome company… we’ll take that!
Earlier this month we had a pleasant surprise when we found one of our recent boudoir images had been selected by American company, Lensbaby, as one of their featured Photos of the Week.
A preview of images from the beautiful outdoor summer wedding of Ness & Rich.
We have absolutely had a blast working with our London-based couple, Ness & Rich. From our very first FaceTime chat we could just tell they were our kind of folk, super cool, with an epic sense of style (obviously, they picked the most epic ‘togs!)
A preview of images from David & Michelle’s beautiful Palladian mansion wedding.
Wow!!! This was our first, and hopefully not our last, wedding at this stunningly beautiful venue, which is set amongst over 200 acres of landscaped parkland in the beautiful South Staffordshire countryside.
A preview of images from Dawn & Craig’s fairytale day at Hadley Park Hotel, Telford.
We first met Dawn & Craig during the early part of 2018 and we instantly clicked. From the offset it felt like chilling with a couple of friends in planning their wedding photography, rather than simply a business transaction, and we just knew instantly we’re all on a similar wave length.
In my head, arranging our first styled bridal shoot was going to be a piece of (wedding) cake. I had visions of me on set with a clipboard, organising to my hearts content (I’m a lists gal) and generally just sashaying around looking important. And I guess it was kinda like that. Only swap important for stressed. And sashaying for running. I even forgot my clipboard.
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).