Family photos: me in the picture

Helen Lisk with her family sitting on the beach together

Now, this is a slightly different post to normal. These beautiful photos are not taken by me, but by the really rather wonderful Sarah Lauren Photography. On this rare occasion, I am actually in the pictures, as these are photographs of my own family, taken earlier last year.

When people get in touch with me to enquire about a photo session for their family, the thing that I hear, again and again, is that there is one person who is never in the photos. Whichever family member loves holding the camera the most - in our case, this is me. Which means that I have so many gorgeous photos of my family, but hardly any with me in them as well. When my children grow up and look back at their family photos, I want them to see us all.  I want to capture those moments cuddling and playing with me, not just each other.  I want them to have photographs that show their childhood with both their parents in it!  Without sounding overly sentimental and making myself cry (too late), I want them to see wonderful images like these, that show beautiful times that we spent together, to capture fragments of their childhood, show them how loved they always were.

Don't keep putting it off. Don't find excuses about how now isn't the best time for it. Just go ahead and grab this time with your family, and make sure you are in the photographs as well. You won't ever regret it.

I love these photographs more than I can ever say. Not just because they are utterly beautiful, with that incredible colour palette: the river, the boats and the sand; the early evening light. But because they capture my family, hanging out on the beach, having fun. A moment in our family history, a little snapshot of our lives to remember forever. All of us together, with me in the picture.

Helen Lisk with her boys on the beach
Helen Lisk with her youngest son by the sea
Helen Lisk and family having a beach bbq
Helen Lisk with her daughter
Helen Lisk with her husband Ian Lisk
Helen Lisk and her family walking on the beach in Devon

All images copyright Sarah Lauren Photography.  For more information about Sarah's work, visit her website here.

A North Devon pre-wedding session on the beach

Michaela and Jon have the most fantastic plans for their June wedding.  One of the things they really love doing together is spending time in good 'proper' pubs, so they are using this idea to decorate their wedding marquee.  As a fellow fan of good 'proper' pubs, I can't wait to see it!  They also love spending time on the beach, so this seemed like a great plan for their pre-wedding session, despite it being January and close to zero degrees.  We wandered around the sand dunes near Bideford in North Devon, and found this gorgeous spot overlooking the Taw Torridge estuary.  A beautiful view, a warm blanket, a flask of hot coffee, a sneaky hip flask and lots of cuddles.  And your photographer lurking nearby in the sand dunes.  What more could you ask for?!  Here is a quick peek at their engagement shoot - now I can't wait for the wedding!

You might also like to look at:

Milly and Duncan's engagement shoot in Bristol
Hannah and George's wedding at Muddifords, Devon
Best of 2014 weddings: a round up of some of my favourite images

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Fine Art Wedding Albums

There are few things I like more than a big delivery of Fine Art Wedding Albums!  Before sending some of these out to my lovely couples recently, I wanted to share just how amazing they are.

It is just so fantastic to see a couple's wedding day in print, with the story unfolding through the pages of the beautiful book.  And beautiful books they are - I have tried to photograph and convey just how incredible these albums are, but to be completely honest, my images just don't do them justice.  The quality of the printing is superb, with the tiniest details perfectly reproduced, and the deepest, richest colours just leaping off the pages.  I love the smooth, matt finish of the fine art paper, the attention to detail on the handmade leather covers and the wonderful 'lay flat' pages that enable you to spread images right across the page.  The archival paper and inks used ensure that the beautiful printing will last a lifetime and beyond.  The albums provide a way for you to really treasure your photographs, presenting and preserving them in a way that can be handed down and enjoyed for generations to come.

I create a bespoke design for each wedding, so no two albums are ever the same.  As a couple, you can choose your favourite images, view the drafts in an online gallery and make changes to the design until you are completely happy and love every single page.  For the cover, you can choose from a huge range of beautiful leathers, natural silks, or a photo cotton option.

Each book is a work of art and the quality completely shines through.  I cannot recommend them highly enough!  

A pile of wedding albums
Cover embossing on wedding album
Lay flat pages in a wedding album
Wedding table details in a wedding album
Flower details in a wedding album
Flower details in a wedding album
Table settings in a fine art wedding album
Table details in a Folio wedding album

The detail in the reproduction of this cross stitching just blows me away...

Close up detail from a wedding album

You then have the option to order smaller copies of your main album - a perfect little duplicate with a cotton cover, with the same quality paper and printing as the main albums. Ideal gifts for parents or other relatives, and perfect for carrying around to show people!

Mini parent copies of a wedding album
Mini parent copies of a wedding album
Mini parent copies of a wedding album
A smaller copy of a fine art wedding album

Fine Art Wedding Albums are available as part of my Wedding Photography Collections, or can be bought separately.  If I have photographed your wedding previously, and your images are all still sitting on a hard drive waiting to be sorted out, then please do consider ordering an album... photographs are made to be printed, and there is nothing quite like having your own bespoke design celebrating your wedding day.  Please get in touch for more information.

Ps... Fine Art Albums are not just for weddings, they also offer a really special way to preserve your family memories as well.  Please ask me for more details about adding a Fine Art Album to your Family Photography Collection.

You might like to have a look at Folio Albums' website - they have much more information and some more pretty pictures there.  You can also see a previous blog post I wrote back in 2012, with some more images of my albums.

A wedding at The Tithe Barn, Symondsbury: Katy & Steven

I have so many beautiful weddings to catch up with on the blog.  I have just received the most wonderful set of Fine Art Wedding Albums for Katy and Steven, and it prompted me to put this blog post together to look back at their wedding day.  It took place at the Tithe Barn at Symondsbury in Dorset, which was absolutely brand spanking new at the time of their wedding - well, they were wedding number two, so I think that still counts!  With the iconic Colmers Hill in the background, pretty gardens and tons of light and space inside, the Tithe Barn is a gorgeous wedding venue and it was lovely to photograph a wedding there.

I absolutely loved Katy and Steven's day and the way they decorated the barn.  The anchor motif, taken from Katy's tattoo, ran throughout everything, from the stationery and signposts to the wonderful bespoke light on the wall.  The table places were beautifully cross stitched by Katy, bearing the names of their favourite metal and punk bands, which was just a fantastic juxtaposition, especially with the most exquisite floral arrangements around them as well.  It was a wonderful day and I couldn't be more excited about delivering the albums!  Also, massive congratulations to Katy and Steven, as their baby son was born a few weeks ago - just fantastic news.  Here is a look back at their wedding day last summer...