Mr And Mrs Jackman Our Story

Venue: Swancar Farm

Bride: Jodie

Groom: Leon

Wedding Date: 29th August 2018

Date Booked: 15th march 2018

Austen’s memorable moment: Leons attempt at the Dele Alli Challenge

Leon & I met 13 years ago! Always a giggle when anyone asks how we met! The answer is I thought he was somebody else & he came over very confused, and said “who do you think I am”

Fate struck we exchanged numbers 13 years later, a wonderful son “Dylan” & my step son “Jayden” & home owners on our journey through life together.

Leon proposed to me Christmas Day morning 2015! It was all quite comical what should have been romantic turned into Leon giving me a present which I couldn’t work out if it was an engagement ring as he didn’t say straight away! Then him getting down onto one knee & started asking but our son bumped into him so he fell over forwards & at that point we all laughed, I said “yes” & then it all hit me a few minutes later & then the happy tears came.

The wedding was booked at the first venue “SwanCar Farm” we knew as soon as we walked in it was the perfect place for us, it just felt right.

We were to be married 2017 on Valentine’s Day. However some devastating news delivered to me by my father in Jan 2017 that he had cancer. The wedding was cancelled & sadly my father passed away that June & I said “I’ll never get married without him”

That was it my mind was made up & on we went on our journey always to be loved but never to be wed. October came around & all of a sudden like a lightbulb like of moment “Dylan can walk me down the aisle” Dylan is on the autistic spectrum & is the most amazing boy in the world! & him & my dad had a special bond. That was it the wedding was back on! 

I was pretty laid back I already had a dress & everything else just seemed to flow, I didn’t stress or worry what was meant to be seemed to be.

I called Swancar for a photographer & we were passed two contacts the first was Austen so I casually picked up the phone & had an instant connection with Austen! I booked him there & then. Austen then asked to meet so we could get a good idea of his work & we could all have a chat. Again soon as we spoke I knew he was “our guy”

August the 29th rolled round in a heartbeat & the evening before myself & my sister (my only sibling) prepared the tables for the following day, it was very emotional for us thinking about our dad & the most bizarre thing happened! A robin flew in & the night porter was chasing it all over the place in the end the robin flew into the bar area & the porter closed the door. We decided that dad had come along & went to chill for a drink while his girls continued the prep.

I didn’t sleep with nerves & excitement & was up bright & early making sure everything was ready for everyone. As we were getting ready Austen popped into the bridal suite full energy & smiles & he fitted in with us girls well haha. Taking shots but somehow it was like he was just part of the bride squad & we were all really relaxed.

Little panic at the start of the day! I collected all the cakes the evening before. They were brought out to the car so I didn’t check the boxes. The wedding planner popped up & asked where the “wedding cake” was! I said “it’s in the kitchen” she said “no I don’t think it is, there are some cupcakes & two small cakes? No wedding cake” I followed her down into the kitchen as soon as I walked in, I knew I didn’t even have to look! The shop hadn’t put the wedding cake in. Hayley our wedding planner for swancar got straight on the phone & I gave permission for her to sort it out on my behalf. I was really calm as what’s the point in panicking? It’s not going to change anything. I said “if there is a mistake & my actual cake isn’t there, just send anything” I then went back up to the suite to continue getting ready at which point Austen came back in & said “by the way I think your awesome” I said “wow, thanks why” he continued “the way you just handled that was amazing most people would have screamed, shouted & cried about it & you just took it in your stride” I kind of felt quite composed about the rest of the day as I thought “I can handle anything” on the bonus side the company sent the cake with three staff a bottle of champagne, flowers & chocolates! Proof staying calm pays off.

The time came to walk up the aisle, I choose to walk to Coldplay’s paradise. The only wobble I had was as I was just about to turn the corner I had to turn back as I felt I was going to break down & cry my eyes out & be unable to stop. I took a deep breath & held my little boys hand & off we went together to meet at the end to my future husband. 

Me, Leon & Dylan all held hands throughout the ceremony & We places Saint Christopher’s around the boys necks just after we exchanged rings so they felt involved as we were all in a way getting married.

It was all very, very special & beautiful & as much as me & Leon loved each other we felt the love from everyone in the room & it is a moment I’ll remember forever.

The rest of the day was so magical & I could see Austen working so hard to get the best shots of our day & he was high, low, under, over! Everywhere & we all loved him! He became not just our photographer but a part of our day & a friend.

The album speaks for itself, it shows the journey in the most honest & beautiful way & if it’s possible it’s beyond our expectations.

My advice to anyone getting married is you don’t have to spend thousands! Just have the people that mean the most, a good venue, good food & a great photographer to catch it all as memories are priceless.

Un edited and straight from Jodie her self, if you are looking for a Nottingham Wedding photographer please feel free to contact me.

Mr And Mrs Stocchino our story

Venue: Shottle Hall

Bride: Kimberley

Groom: Simon

Wedding Date: 16th September 2018

Date Booked: 30th January 2018

Austen’s memorable moment: The Bestmans epic execution of cutting Simons tie off !!

Simon and I met in 2010, after 4 years together Simon got down on one knee and proposed to me in a beautiful Italian restaurant and of course I said yes! 

Another 4 years went by and no plans of getting married but that was about to change. Simon had been on Nights and came home at 9am, as always Aurora (our dog) ran to greet him at the front door. Aurora then came running back upstairs with a note attached to her collar. It read ‘Mummy, Daddy wanted me to ask you if you would do him the honour of marrying him on September 16th at Shottle Hall?’

Before I could even register what was happening Simon was stood in front of me with a huge grin on his face saying ‘well?’ Simon had booked it all without me even knowing! How he managed to keep it a secret I do not know. After the shock had passed it was straight into planning the rest of the wedding as I was getting married in only 7 months time! 

Simon took me to see Shottle Hall about a week later and it took my breath away, the chandeliers across the house and the marquee were stunning. I could see straight away why he chose this venue as he knew I would love it. The grounds of the venue were beautiful, just fields all round, so peaceful and picturesque. I could already see our wedding coming together.

I managed to fall in love with a dress pretty quickly too, my dress made me feel like a princess (who doesn’t want to feel like a princess on their wedding day).  We went for a nice simple colour theme of white and peach as this was my Mum and Dad’s colour theme when they got married many years ago. I had a simple and elegant bouquet of roses as they are my favourite.


Fast forward to the most amazing day of our lives, we couldn’t have asked for it go any better. I cried all the way down the aisle but it really was the most amazing moment finally walking towards the love of my life, my best friend and my Husband to be with my Dad by my side. The rest of the day was perfect, the food was amazing our cake was stunning and the venue just spoke for itself. 

When it came to the photos unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side. This is where I have to give credit to Austen Blakemore, his creativity and passion throughout the whole day was recognised by all at the wedding. He promised me I would get beautiful photos no matter what the weather was doing and he was right. After receiving our photos we were over the moon with how they have turned out. To know you have a photographer that is fully committed and will do anything to ensure you get the perfect shots and capture all the special moments is just what a Bride needs on her big day. I would recommend Austen to anyone in a heartbeat. 



My tips for anyone planning their wedding at the moment would be to not worry about the small things such as centrepieces and venue decorations as you really don’t even notice them on the day, take in every moment as the day is gone in a flash and make sure you get a photographer that has a passion for what he/she does because the photos are your memories to treasure forever, spend the money because you will never be able to re take them.


To go from having no plans to get married and having the surprise of a lifetime to now being a Wife all within 7 months is such a beautiful story to tell. 

Mrs Stocchino

Mr And Mrs Hutchinson Nottingham Wedding Photographer

Venue: The Carriage Hall

Bride: Vicky

Groom: Pete

Wedding Date: 16th December 2017

Date Booked: 23rd February 2017

Most memorable moment: The energy of Vicky's sister and her partner during the group photos

This was such a lovely wedding, I we started the bridal prep at Vicky and Pete's home with Mum, sister and many other family and friends, the atmosphere was relaxed and Vicky's sister was in charge of distributing the alcohol (this was the start of why some group photos were so wild)

The ceremony it's self was at The Carriage Hall where we had a lovely Christmas wedding feeling with a huge 15 ft Christmas tree taking pride of place in the corner of the ceremony.

Although it was cold we still managed to get outside in the crispy December air and take some lovely Bride and Groom portraits of the newly married Mr and Mrs Hutchinson.

If you like my work and your looking for a Nottingham Wedding Photographer to capture all those natural images I would've to hear from you.

 

 

Ditch The Wedding Lets Get Married

Venue: Stubton Hall

Bride: Anna-Lisa

Groom: Ciaran

Wedding Date: 30th December 2017

Date Booked: 1st November 2016

Most memorable moment: Berocca "You, but on a really good day"

 

Ahh what can I say, well firstly let me point out that i've completely failed my November resolution of blogging once a week !!!!

What an atmosphere Anna just wasn't phased by anything, we arrived at the Bridal perp and had a brief chat with her whilst she was in the bathroom having her makeup applied, Anna had just got over having what they call "woman flu" 

She was nervous but ready to take on the day and make her way down the isle to her Husband to be Ciaran who was probably a little more nervous than she was.

Anna was so relaxed and almost word for word she said "just do what you doand capture my day how you see it"  on that note off we went to capture all those beautiful memories for what was soon to be Mr And Mrs Ditch.

Stubton Hall is amongst one of my favourite wedding venues I shoot at, the grounds are simply stunning and if the rain shows up the inside rooms are just as beautiful as the grounds outside.

Well due to Anna having just got over "Woman Flu" the number one requirement was obviously her packet of Berocca !!

The closer the time drew in towards 2pm the more excited and anticipated she became, her nerves had passed and this Bride was ready for one of the most amazing days of her life, personally given the chance I think she would have ran down the isle to Ciaran.

We were at 1:30 and gifts had been passed around the Bridesmaid and tears had very much been shed along with the compulsory Girl Hug, this bridal team were so ready !!!!

Anna's dress was on and Dad was outside the bridal suit door ready to set eyes on his daughter in her absolutely stunning wedding dress, Dad was emotional as he opened the door to see his daughter stood there so proud eager to hold her Dads hand as they set off for the ceremony room.

2pm and I'm at the top of the isle with Ciaran who is patiently awaiting his bride to make her grand entrance with a very proud Dad by her side.

I won't write any more I will just let my images do the talking, here are just a few images from what can only be described as.........

"You, but on a really good day"

If you are still looking for a Nottingham Wedding Photographer to capture all those magical candid moments please feel free to contact me.

 

 

 

 

Nottingham Photographer And The Grundle Family

Well my November resolution is still going to plan and my blogging is is well and truly on a roll.

last night in the studio I had Paul Grundle Magician and his family with his Grandson for their family portraits, it's extremely rare I ever capture family portraits due to my Wedding photography bookings.

However as it was Paul Grundle I could hardly say no, I mean you never know this guy could actually turn me into a frog !!!!

Paul Grundle and his family were here around 90 minutes for their family photos, 10 minutes in everyone was relaxed and the smiles were free flowing (even Paul was on form tonight)

Paul I have now known you since 13th December 2014 where we met at Nottinghamshire Golf And Country Club, Paul knowing you has been an amazing journey of entertainment, smile and a great friendship.

 I can still to this date remember when we were stood outside my house and you stopped some random lady in the street and performed one of your close up magic tricks on me where the lady actually was part of it, I will never forget the moment that lady knew the card I was thinking off, I just wish someone had video'd the sheer amazement on my face as i'm stood in the street with a whisk rotating on my forehead !!

It gives me great pleasure to post just a few images from your portrait shoot in my studio.

Thank you 

Austen Blakemore 

Nottingham Council House Bridal Photos

Model: Becky Wrench

Venue:Council House Nottingham

Makeup: Lilly Monroes

Hair: Lilly Monroes 

On Wednesday I had the Nottingham Council House to myself along with the stunning model Becky Wrench and a beautiful dress from Brides And Gowns.

This shoot had been booked with Jenny and the team for over a month, the plan was to capture a WOW image within the Nottingham Council House for their new website that is currently in the design stage.

This building has so many beautiful locations to to photograph in, you really could just spend the entire day photographing here (oh yes sorry we actually did)

We had an amazing day and captured some absolutely stunning images within this grand Nottingham Wedding Venue.

As a full-time Nottingham Wedding Photographer I have photographed so many wedding here throughout the years but now I finally managed to spend the entire day here rather than just my average 90 minutes.

Below are just some of the images we captured along with a few images showing how the images looked without and off camera flash lighting.

Thank you Jenny and the team for making us all feel so welcome.

Austen Blakemore

Beeston Photoshoot

Yesterday (Sunday) I was booked for a photoshoot with property experts Robert Ellis who are based in Stapleford, the idea of the photo shoot was to capture a relaxed handover of the keys to the new home owners of this beautiful property in Beeston,

We started at 10am an was wrapped up by 11am and on our way back to our nice warm homes in Stapleford, yes it was absolutely freezing doing this shoot but we had so much fun in the process.

For this shoot I had a live connection to my MacBook pro, as I captured an image Paul one of the Directors of Robert Ellis could actually see what was being captured there and then, this was a great way for them to visualise how the images taken would look as the header placement for their website.

Here are just a few images we captured on yesterdays one hour photoshoot in Beeston.

Oakmere Golf Course Bridal Shoot

Now I know they say to make a new years resolution in January but I never manage to keep them to I opted for the November version !!

What was my November resolution ?

To blog more !! and wow I have blogged more in the past week than I have in nearly 9 months.

In October I was hired by Oakmere Golf Course to photograph the stunning Becky with her Groom around the stunning grounds of this Golf course that is now available to hire for your wedding day celebrations.

We shot for nearly 5 hours, obviously breaking for a well deserved lunch break in their bar area, here are a few images that were taken on the day.

The lovely vintage car was supplied by Karen at Scrumptious cars in Nottingham,

I hope you like these as much as I do.

 

 

Austen Blakemore

Nottingham City Centre Portraits

Last night I decided to make my way into Nottingham with Becky and capture some evening portraits around Nottingham with the Christmas Market being on I was sure to get some great bokeh in the background.

We only stayed out shooting for around 90 minutes as the wind was horrendous, in fact so bad even my assistant poor Jessica was almost blown over as she was holding the lastolite Ezybox.

We were using just one Canon speed light inside the Lastolite Ezybox being triggered wirelessly by the Canon ST-E3-RT and a Canon 1dx Markii.

Hare are a few portraits we took around Nottingham city centre before the heavens opened and the rain came pouring down.

Mr And Mrs Dudley The White Hart Inn

Venue: The White Hart Inn

Bride:Nicole

Groom:Ryan

Wedding Date: 18th November 2017

Date Booked: 10th January 2016

Most memorable moment: Holding hands before the ceremony

 

Yesterday I was at the White Hart Inn where I captured everything from bridal prep - 1st dance, I arrived at the wedding venue at 9am ready for a 9:30am start.

Nicoles Wedding ceremony was at 12:30pm (a great time for a winter wedding) their wedding breakfast was at 3pm so time was on our side.

From start to finish their wedding was full of atmosphere and emotion, everyone was having such a great time, there were smiles in every corner of the room with people beaming from ear to ear.

Before the wedding Nicole's main request was to hold hands with Ryan and have an intimate moment where she could hold his warm hand and exchange words, this really was so emotional and EVERYONE (including myself) had tears in their eyes as they both stood holding hands.

12:30 was the ceremony time and Nicole can be seen walking past the tunnel that would later be used as their WOW shot to finish off their wedding day celebrations with an amazing night shot.

Although it was cold we stayed outside to capture the family group photos and then went into the warm of the friendly White Hart Inn, we had over an hour remaining so we went around the guests capturing those always treasured candid moments.

We now had around 25 minutes remaining before the guests would take their places for the wedding breakfast followed by the speeches, I went to the car and grabbed my think jacket so Nicole could wear this between portraits, 20 minutes later and we were all done and wrapped up with some absolutely beautiful portraits of Nicole and Ryan.

Below are just a few images from their wedding day to highlight the fun, emotion, passion and love that went into their wedding day celebrations.

Austen Blakemore is a full time Nottingham Wedding Photographer with a passion for capturing those stunning candid moments.

Text "is my date available" and your wedding date to 07976654321

 

Austen Blakemore 

 

 

 

The Alsop Family Portraits

Last week I photographed the Alsop family in the studio, I don't normally photography many studio portrait sessions due to being a Nottingham Wedding Photographer.

However I did photograph Michelle and Mark's wedding on 21st May 2011 and have always been there when they wanted their family portraits updating throughout the years as their children have grown up, they also have a new edition to the family Baby Izzy so how could I resist but oblige in capturing this wonderful family.

Here are some of the images from their Portrait Photography booking in my studio in Stapleford.

 

 

 

 

 

Live proposal In Arnold

Today I was so lucky to Photograph Rebecca proposing to her partner Jennifer LIVE at Arnott Hill park in Arnold.

We had arranged that I would meet Rebecca at 1pm to discuss where she would propose so I would be able to get my kit ready and prepared for when they arrive at 2pm.

At 2pm Rebecca and Jennifer arrived and went for a lovely walk around the lake they have there, I was in the coffee shop just opposite where they would be stool as Rebecca proposes to Jennifer.

The cafe were really helpful and allowed me to hide behind the till in the staff area allowing me to keep out the way and capture the moment.

Here are just a few images from their proposal in Arnold today.

 

Upgrading to Synology DS1817+

For the past 4 years my storage and back up plan has always involved my DS414 (4 bay) and then the external drives I use to back that up, its served me a s fantastic hard drive and has never missed a beat since the day I first powered it on.

However the time has come where I need something bigger and with more storage as my business has grown and I also want to have the option of 2 redundent drives and not just the one I was able to have at the moment.

For months i'd researched fit is should go to just a 5 bay or go all out and have an 8 bay, well the photographer in me decided to go for bigger and better so I jumped in and purchased the DS1817= 8gig RAM

I backed up all my data to both my spare backup drives so should this migration fail I was fully covered with two backups and the RAW images were still on my 256gig memory cards so if the worst was to happen my data was more than adequately backed up.

My DS1817+ arrived from Amazon priced at the time at £899 (excluding drives) and my one extra WB Red 3TB drive which after the upgrade would allow me to have 2 drive failures at any one time.

I was nervous about the proposition of all this going ahead smoothly but seems as though my DS414 hadn't missed a beat Synology was a brand for me to trust.

Like a big kid I opened the box and pulled this bad boy out, it's about twice the size of the DS414 and as like the DS414 all the important components were housed in a metal casing, this time there is no plastic housing on the front, you can just see all the drive slots.

It all seemed pretty straight forward according to Synology website, take the old drive out and slot them in the new DS1817+ in the same order (this is critical).

Power it on and instantly both rear fans spool up along with your hard drives, you are instantly greeted by a screen prompting you every step of the way through this EXTREMELY easy process.

Let it be known I'm no computer buff so achieving this screen is somewhat of a good start for me, soon as I saw this images i was on the right track and followed the screen prompts as and when they needed my attention, at no point was I ever stuck no knowing what was happening (yet) I did make one mistake but I will cover that shortly.

Everything is clearly prompted

Everything is clearly prompted

Having selected the correct prompt my new DS1817+ was doing its bit and migrating my images and files for use on this new drive.

Roughy 30 hours later and 6 TB of information and my drive was ready to use !!

Now I was always happy with my DS414 but wow this was quick, instantly I found that loading up files and accessing information was so much quicker, I mean I never really had an issue with my DS414 but wow this thing showed me what I was missing out on !!

Anyway here is where I went wrong.......

I slotted in my 5th drive ready to expand my volume allowing me to then have 2 redundant drive should the situation ever occur.

WRONG !!

I was so wrong here so don't make the mistake I made, rather then EXPANDING the volume I needed to change the RAID but it was all too late and some 30 hours later i'd gained more TB's than I knew what to do with, in fact I could have probably backed up the entire roads computers ha ha

As soon as I realised I still only had the option of one redundant drive I spoke to Synology Helpdesk who within 1 hour of me making contact had told me where I went wrong and that I need to change the RAID volume and NOT EXPAND.

so...........

Yep you guessed it I was back on Amazon ordering yet another 3TD WD Red (now making 6 drive)

My new drive arrived and I slot it in and changed the raid and hey presto my DS1817+ now has the availably to withstand two failures .

Am I happy with my upgrade and purchase ?

Yes I can tell instantly the speed difference when accessing files, its still very quite as long as you don't have the fan on full speed, if you do have it on full speed you can hear it but don't expect it to be like an RAF Tornado in your office it's just like a small office desktop fan thats all, me personally I have mine on the middle setting.