Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustainability in Radiance Photography

Sustainability as a business and a way of life has been coming to the forefront of the wedding industry for a while and has been important to us as a family for even longer.

 

Sustainability is an issue that is hot right now, particularly within the wedding industry, and I intend to share all the things we do here at Radiance Photography to increase sustainability.

Ways in which we are sustainable

1. Choose wisely, Recycle Everything

The biggest difference we can make to help our planet is reducing our use of our precious resources and generally making the world a better place is in our personal lives.

This means in practice we avoid excess packaging and choose natural, bio-degradable materials where possible for instance I recently swapped cotton wool pads for reusable bamboo ones. 

We recycle everything we can from paper and plastic to glass and electricals. 

One of the most precious resources we have is food.  This is something we try really hard not to waste as there are so many people both in the UK and across the world who are hungry.  We’re currently investigating composting to make the best use of our food waste.

We also work to reduce our energy consumption at home and car share to get to work.

2. Radiance Photography

Within Radiance Photography, we use as little paper as possible and are currently looking into ways to go paperless through the use of online contract signing and all email communication.

We deliver galleries using an online system instead of using prints and USBs.  Doing this we avoid unnecessary paper and printing and also the use of plastics and resources in the USBs. 

We’re aware the use of the internet and the vast storage networks needed have an impact on the environment and use companies with great sustainability policies where possible.

We use public transport when we can although this is sometimes tricky in the Lake District.  If we can, car sharing is always a preferred option.

3. Supporting our local economy

Wedding photography within the UK has changed over recent years with local areas being widened.  In particular by photographers who want photos with epic backdrops in their portfolios and who are prepared to travel the length of the country or fly abroad to get them.  

Travelling the length and bredth of the UK and the world causes significant land and air miles to be accumulated when a local photographer could have done a similar job.  Remember there are lots of photographers in each area who are producing work in a variety of styles so you’re sure to find something you like.

You could argue that you will get a better service from a local photographer as they have connections with other local suppliers and invaluable local knowledge for that perfect picture. 

I’ve been booked to second shoot for a photographer from across the country purely on the basis that I have knowledge of the local area.  When travelling from outside the area photographers don’t always have the time to come and checkout your venue beforehand as they are just too busy or it’s too far.

  

We PRIORITIZE our photography work within our local area of Cumbria and the Lake District which keeps our mileage to a minimum.

4. Giving back

We truly believe that the Lake District is one of the most precious areas in Britian and we are grateful that we live next door to such a beautiful place.

Rather than choose a carbon offsetting scheme which, while benefitting our planet, doesn’t impact directly on our local area, our intention in 2020 is to get outdoors and volunteer for the Lake District National Park Authority.

The National Park Authority do lots of wonderful work repairing trails, maintaining the landscape, helping nature and other projects which help conserve and keep the beautiful area we live in that way for others to enjoy.

If this is something you’d be interested in too you can find more information here.

5. Suppliers we work with

The suppliers we use for our equipment, products and printing all have their own sustainability policies and work in ways to use our planets resources in an ethical way.  Many have carbon offsetting schemes.

 

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My Top Lake District Wedding Photos

My Top Lake District Wedding Photos

My Top Lake District Wedding Photos

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Epic Lake District Wedding Photos

To be able to view these epic Lake District wedding photos at their best be sure to turn your mobile phone on it’s side!

Congratulations! You’re engaged.  All your dreams are coming true and you’re planning the wedding of the century.  You’ve picked the date and the next part of the puzzle is choosing where to get married.  You’ve chatted with your intended, looked around your local venues and drawn a big, fat blank.  And, lets be honest, its the landscape that is not really grabbing you.  You know you’re not really the outdoorsy type, much happier snuggled up warm and close to all your creature comforts but your holiday in the Lake District is something you look back to fondly.  And you wonder…

What could a wedding in the Lake District look like?

So, to help you, i’ve compiled my favourite Lake District and Cumbira wedding photographs for you  to enjoy.  All you need to do is sit back, flip your phone to landscape, grab a cup of tea or something more decadent and imagine yourself in each and everyone of our images.

The only question that remains is which photo makes you swoon and dream of having hung on your wall?

Beautiful autumnal light, taken near Kendal.

Late summer on the shores of Rydal Water looking towards Grasmere.

Bouquet toss on Derwent Water looking back towards Keswick piers.

Not quite the Lake District but most definately Cumbria, Photograph taken on Grange coastline at sunset, overlooking the estury.  Taken in November.

From the pier on Derwent Water, Keswick.  Venues near here include the Lodore Falls, Skiddaw Hotel, Derwent Water Hotel, Bristow Hill, The Lingholm Estate, Latheshead Country House Hotel, Scafell Hotel, Glaramara House and the Langstrath Country Inn.

Nestled somewhere between Wrynose and Ling fells on a hot summers day.  The closest registered wedding venues are the New Dungeon Ghyll and the Langdale Hotel.

Alternative Blea Tarn elopement.  This location is a true favourite amougst Lake District photographers with the tarn, lush greenery and the majestic Langdales in the Distance.  You’d never know this was a mid-summer wedding looking at the moody clouds in the sky!

The small tarn on the land of the Wild Boar near Windermere. Taken in Winter.

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Corona Virus

Corona Virus

Dear Customers

I’m so very sorry to be writing this in the middle of what is turning out to be an unprecedented series of events.  I know many of you are struggling to come to terms with what is happening and the uncertainty caused by the Corona Virus.  Please know that I will do everything I can to support you in these trying times positive in the knowledge that we as a country have survived far worse and we will survive this.

If your wedding, engagement or family photoshoot is in the next few months please read on to find out my plans to assist you.

Weddings

You’ve saved all your money, planned for months and were in those final few weeks of everything coming together.  The anxiety and despair you must be feeling at the moment is huge.  Please don’t cancel your wedding.  Remember plans can be paused and delayed.  I will work with you to rearrange my photography service provision.  No further payment requests will be made until nearer to your rearranged date and payment plans can be discussed if needed.

If your wedding is in April, May or June please get in touch as soon as possible so that we can work to keep your wedding dreams alive.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.  The key thing here is communication.  You will find most people to be very kind and understanding given the circumstances.

Outdoor Engagement and Family Photo-shoots

If you have an outdoor engagement or family photo-shoot planned I’m afraid that these will also need to be delayed.  Please keep in touch and we will rearrange as soon as possible.

I do have to request that you follow the government advice. Stay at home if you are experiencing any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus for the recommended 14 days.  Remember photo shoots are easily rearranged.  Your health and the health of others is more important during these challenging times.

Beyond the next few months

As yet the information we are being given doesn’t extend beyond the next few months.  I am therefore working on the basis that all wedding, engagement and family photo-shoots will be postponed until we receive information otherwise.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. As always I will do my best to help and support you.

I am still taking new bookings for weddings towards the end of this year and next year and am currently reducing my booking fee to £50 to secure your date as I realize that many of you may now be worried about your income.  Bookings for engagement and family photo-shoots are still being taken however we cannot confirm a date until we have a better understanding of what is happening with the COVID-19 outbreak.  This will be reviewed as and when more information is available and updates will be posted on here.

I do hope that everyone is in good health, and is working alongside their communities to keep everyone’s families safe.

Love Adele x

Your Wedding Timeline

Your Wedding Timeline

Your Wedding Timeline

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Planning your wedding timeline

One of the questions I hear most frequently is, How do I know how long to book my wedding photographer for?

 

Planning your wedding timeline is a great tool for helping you work out how long to book your photographer for.  Read on for tips on how to make your wedding timeline and how your wedding photography fits into your timeline.

 

Tips for Planning Your Timeline

1. Why do I need a timeline?

It’s worth constructing your wedding timeline as early as possible and adding to it as more details are settled.

You and your suppliers will find it useful and it will help suppliers plan their services so they can deliver them at the right time.

It’s easy to start off thinking that you only need three hours of photography but when you factor in travel between your venues, additional aspects of the day you would like photographed and even time for delays, time adds up quite quickly.

The easiest way to plan your timeline is to start from the ceremony, which is usually the first thing you have booked, then work out in either direction.

2. Before your ceremony

Working backwards from the ceremony you need to consider the time you’ll be meeting with the registrar before the ceremony (usually 10 minutes for each of you if done individually).

Add in travel time between venues, if needed, and space for photos once you finish getting ready. You now know when you must be ready by and is the point your hair and makeup team will be aiming for.

Your hair and makeup team will let you know when they will be arriving and will be able to give you an indication of when they will be doing your makeup, hair will hopefully be after this. Ideally, your photographer will aim to start taking pictures of you when your makeup is in the final stages. 

You might not feel like it but make sure you leave time to have a good breakfast because you don’t want to be a hangry bride! Especially when you’ve had a couple of glasses of prosecco.

3. Your ceremony and after

Civil ceremonies last approximately half an hour, church services may be up to an hour.  Timings after your ceremony can depend upon a number of things.  You may also need to consider time to travel to your reception venue and it may be that your venue has requested a specific time for your wedding breakfast.  Both of these will limit how much time you have for your drinks reception.

Ideally, you need a minimum of an hour and a half for your drinks reception.  This allows you half an hour after your ceremony to meet and great your friends and loved ones and begin your celebrations.  Half an hour would be set aside for your group shots and half an hour for your portraits.

 It’s a good idea for any formal group shots you would like to be taken at this point before your guests get too drunk, their outfits get too crumpled and they are still looking their best. This means that your guests can then relax now their part of the day is complete.

It is normally during your drinks reception that you would have your wedding portraits taken, however time here may be short if there have been any delays. E.g. a late start to your ceremony. This adds a lot of pressure to get your photographs taken particularly if you have booked a short package.

Don’t worry if not all of your portraits are taken during this period as there will be plenty of opportunities later on in the day if you have booked a longer or full day package.

The benefits of booking more time with your photographer are that your portraits can be taken later in the day, you can have more varied portrait locations and hopefully beautiful golden light in the evening.

 I have been known to grab the bride and groom between courses to get outside for those amazing sunset images. And the break between your wedding breakfast and the arrival of any evening guests is a great time for relaxed group shots and more portraits of yourselves.

4. Lake District Scenery

If you are coming to the Lake District because you love the epic scenery you might like to plan more time for your photographs. This means you can travel further to get those wide landscape images.

When considering travelling time remember you need to double it to account for the journey back to the reception!  E.g. if you have half an hour for your portraits your schedule might look like this:

Travel to lake: 10 minutes
Portraits: 10 minutes
Travel back to venue: 10 minutes

As you can see, it doesn’t leave much time for your portraits to be taken!

The biggest downside to this plan is that you spend a large amount of time away from your guests.  This can be especially difficult if your guests have travelled a long way to be with you on your day.

Top Tip

If you’d love to spend all day with your guests and still want those epic backdrops book your photographer for the following day.  Get into your glad rags once again and heading up into the hills.  This gives you much more time to visit several locations without the time pressures and removes the guilt of feeling you need to return to your guests and join the party.

5. Intimate weddings

For an intimate wedding or to keep costs down you might be considering a three hour package and this can be a great solution. 

If you choose to have all of your photos taken at the venue, and you are not planning a full day of celebrations a three hour package should be able to capture arrivals for the ceremony, the ceremony itself, a small number of formal group shots and the your portraits.

However, if you’re travelling between your venues a big chunk of your photography time will be lost as photographers charge their time from the point at which they start.  Therefore, if you select the three hour package and one hour of this is travel time you would lose a third of time your photographer can take pictures. 

In these instances please ask your photographer for a custom quote to ensure all your wedding day plans are captured.

6. Other things to consider

During Summer when there is a lot of light so taking photographs in the evening is not a problem.  However, during winter evenings can be very dark.  This means that any outdoor Lake District photos you’d like are restricted to daylight hours.  Depending on your timeline there may not be room for all of the photos you’d like.  Options here are booking your photographer the next day as previously mentioned or consider a First Look session earlier in the day for your portraits.

The number of photographers you choose can also impact on the time needed, especially when getting ready.  Time needs to be allowed for your photographer to move between both partners if they are working alone.  Your photographer will be able to advise you of any extra time needed.

One Final Note

For all weddings seem like long days, time passes very quickly and it’s easy for a series of small delays to add up to a big one.  The first area that tends gets squeezed is your photography time. That said, your professional photographer should have alternative ideas for points at which to capture your images later on in the day.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog post and it has helped you in planning out your wedding timeline.

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5 Ways to Choose Your Wedding Colours

5 Ways to Choose Your Wedding Colours

5 Ways to Choose Your Wedding Colours

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5 Ways to Choose Your Wedding Colours

Choosing you wedding colours can be a difficult, and stressful decision. However, there are ways to make this choice a little bit easier. Here are my top 5 tips to do just that.

 

Recently, we had our logo for Radiance Photography redesigned by the fabulous Jili Allen (and very pleased we are too), however I came across a problem that made me think back to my own wedding and I’d like to share it with you.

Maybe you feel the same or have the same difficulties as me, and that is…..colour.

I know what you’re thinking, how hard can it be to choose your wedding colours? Well, in my case, very! I’m like a kid in a sweetshop when it comes to colour. All those sumptous shades, endless combinations and well…just too much choice!

Now bear with me, I’m making an assumption here, but I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, then, like me, you’ve lost countless hours of planning time and sleep worrying about choosing your perfect wedding colour scheme. I mean, the colour affects every aspect of your wedding, from your bouquet to the table dressings and more. Without having your chosen wedding colour scheme, it can be difficult to move forward. You can’t order your bridesmaid dresses, flowers, finalise stationary, the list goes on and on. I wanted my wedding to be perfect, and I’m sure you do too.

So, with all this in mind, I thought I’d share with you 5 methods I used to cut through wedding colour inspiration overload.

Top 5 Tips for Choosing your Wedding Colours

Consider your wedding venue

A quick and easy way of making your decision for your wedding colour scheme that little bit easier is to consider the venue you’ve chosen for your wedding, and decide if there are any colours that would look awful in there.

Now, this might not sound like its very helpful, but think of it this way. By eliminating colours that you just can’t use, you are narrowing down the ones you can chose from whilst ensuring that your scheme will look great in your wedding venue.

Use your Florist

My wedding florist nearly fell off her chair when I revealed my final wedding colour scheme.  It turned out the deep berry shade I had selected and fell in love with was really difficult to source, with most of the best blooms being out of season for our autumn wedding. 

Your wedding florist is a font of knowledge, so use that to your advantage.  See which flowers will be available at the time of year you’ve planned your wedding day.  Although most blooms are grown all year round, some will only be available in certain colours.  And whilst this may limit your options, again it may make choosing your wedding colour scheme that little bit easier.

Use Adobe Colour CC

This choice may seem completely outside the box, but the tech savy of you will love it. That being said, I’d advise everyone to have a look and try this, as the colour wheel is a fun tool to play with.  Basically, its a circle that has the range of colours situated strategically around the circle, with the complimentary colours opposite each other.

Where this method works great is if you have a base colour in mind, this allows you to easily find the colours that absolutely won’t work with your main choice, so you can start to plan the colours of your accessories without fearing a clash. 

Consider your Bridesmaids

No doubt your beautiful besties are all different shapes and sizes, and likewise they’ll have different skin tones and hair colours. So with that in mind, there are a few questions to ask yourself:

1. Are there any colours that make your best friends look terrible? Trust me, no girl wants to wear a colour that makes them feel hideous, even if they will smile sweetly and tell you ‘It’s your special day, I’ll wear whatever you want’. Remember, they might be getting married after you, and revenge is sweet, or so they say…

2. Your girls will all have their own style, and you love them how they are, so is there a colour that’ll work great on all of them? If there is, awesome! If not, then a compromise is the next best thing. Get them together over a glass of procsecco, and have a discussion about it will help guide you to the colours they really like, or really dislike. This will help to narrow your options down, and keep everyone happy. 

Pinterest is your Friend

Now, this might not seem like the obvious choice to help you choose your wedding colour scheme when you’re suffering from inspiration overload, however, bear with me…

Set up a Pinterest board specifically for colour inspiration, and pin loads of images to it with the colours you absolutely love.  Over time, you should start to see the colour preferences you have becoming obvious, and voila! Your wedding colour scheme has just been selected without you even knowing it.

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Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

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Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

One of the questions I hear most frequently is, How do I choose my wedding photographer?

 

We all know there is a lot of choice out there when it comes to choosing your wedding photographer so I put together the following blog to help you find your way.

 

Tips for Choosing your Wedding Photographer

If you’ve not got time to watch our video on our facebook page, these are our 5 top tips. Click on each one for more advice.

1. Set Your Wedding Budget

As you start looking for your wedding photographer you’ll notice that price can vary considerably with photography packages ranging from £200 to £2000 for a full-day wedding.  As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. So, the question you need to ask yourself is “How important is having photos of my wedding to me?”

If the answer is “not very” feel free to make your decision based on price alone. However, if your wedding photography is important to you, look for photographers who are within your budget or who offer payment plans. If you’ve fallen in love with a particular photographer’s work see if you can book them for a shorter period of time if their full-day price is too high.  Another option is to add the beautiful folio box or album you want to your gift list so that your guests can help you.

Finally, wedding photographers who are establishing themselves, such as myself, can be budget friendly and provide great quality images with a high level of service.  The key thing here is to do your research.

2. Decide on the Photography Products You Want

You have a wide range of options available to you including digital images, digital images and prints, large wall art, albums and folio boxes to name a few.

It’s a good idea to let your photographer know what you would like before your wedding as this can impact on the images taken.

A wedding photo album will be shot with certain page spreads in mind so your photographer will make sure they get everything they need.

If you’d like a large wall image it may also be a good idea to look for someone who has experience in preparing images for printing and creating this kind of artwork.

3. Choose Your Favourite Photography Style 

Now, style is a big topic, one which I could dedicate a whole blog to, so I’m just going to give a quick overview.  To me, a photographer’s style is what you see in the final image.  This is made up of several artistic choices like lighting, posing (if any), composition and the final edit.

The combination of how each of these things are done is unique to each individual photographer like a fingerprint is unique to you.  By composition I mean where the happy couple are placed within the image and whether the image is tight to the couple or shows the action within the whole room.  The final edit is based on colour and tones, some photographers don’t like green so they choose to tone it down, others like their image to be dark, and moody with muted colours, others love light, airy, pastel shades.

Look though lots of wedding images, create a Pinterest board of your favourites.  What are your preferences?  Dark, light or natural colours?  Close up or whole room included in the image?  These are your preferences, there is no right or wrong, and they should form the basis of your search for your photographer.

Please don’t ask a photographer to change their editing style.  That’s like asking Vincent van Gogh to paint with acrylics when he’s known for his watercolours.  Find a photographer who’s style you love.

4. Look at Real Wedding Examples

Once you’ve narrowed your wedding photographers down it’s time to talk about their portfolio or body of work.  Check out my images here.

Ask to see at least three real weddings if possible. You need to look for consistency in their images meaning are the colours and tones the same?  Other questions you might ask yourself are: Is the style of photography similar throughout?  Do the couples look relaxed and comfortable.

Look for any weddings where the photographer has shot at your venue.  This will give you an example of what can and can’t be achieved.  It is also worth asking to see any weddings that were taken around the same time of year as your wedding.

Overall, the most important question to ask yourself is; do you still love their style of photography?

5. Meet your Potential Wedding Photographers

So, you’ve narrowed down your choice of wedding photographers, confirmed they are available on for your date.  The next step is to meet them.  You want beautiful images, however if your photographer doesn’t make you feel comfortable this will show through in your wedding photos.  It’s worth noting that your photographer may also see you partially dressed during your preparations.  Make sure you are ok with this as you don’t want to miss out on the photos of all the fun and emotions you’re having getting ready.

 My recommendation is to always meet your photographer in person where possible.  If the distance is too far, Skype is a good alternative.  I’d also recommend having an engagement shoot so you can get to know how your photographer works and begin to feel more relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera.  It will make a big difference!

6. One Final Note

Once you’ve made your final selection please spare a thought for the photographers who you’ve met and decided not to use.  Just drop them a quick email thanking them for their time and letting them know you have chosen elsewhere.  Many photographers will hold your date as provisional for the duration of the enquiry so this ensures dates aren’t being held unneccesarily and also means your inbox isn’t filling up with follow up emails you don’t have the time/energy for.

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