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It’s Wedding Fayre Season Again! Hatfield House Wedding Fayre

We’re going to be back at the Bride Magazine Hatfield House Wedding Fayre this weekend! We’ll be in the stables where you can also watch the fashion shows, so make sure you come and find us on the balcony too!

Gain inspiration, tips and advice to plan your dream day with a fantastic selection of the area’s finest wedding specialists on hand to provide you with expert advice on all aspects of your wedding day

Free admission and goodie bag for all brides!

Catwalks at 12.30pm and 2.30pm

Enter some fabulous competitions including the chance to win your wedding reception!

We absolutely love chatting to people at wedding fayres and hearing their plans, so come see us and tell us your story! We’ll also have a special offer for any couples who go on to book us by the end of the year.

See you there!

 

 

 

Hatfield House Wedding Fayre September 2014 – Image of Hatfield House courtesy of Starlingjon at en.wikipedia WikiMedia Commons

Hertfordshire Wedding Photographers Lina and Tom are one of Hertfordshire’s most popular wedding photography teams, enjoying recommended status at venues such as South Farm and Offley Place.

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Competition time! Win a Signed copy of Paige Toon’s Thirteen Weddings!

We were delighted to announce earlier this week the publication of Thirteen Weddings by Sunday Times bestselling author Paige Toon, of which our very own Lina was a research consultant, and we get a mention in this fab novel too!

To celebrate the release of Thirteen Weddings on the 22nd May those lovely folk at Simon & Schuster have given us THREE copies of the book to give away to you, signed by the lovely Paige!

Sometimes you have to step out of the light to see clearly again… 

 

Bronte never expected to see Alex again after their one night together, but she never stopped thinking of him. So when she arrives at work one day to find that Alex is a new colleague, she’s secretly thrilled. The only problem is that Alex is now engaged to the girl he was on a break from the night they met.

 

Determined to move on, Bronte becomes a part-time wedding photographer, alongside her day job. Surrounded by loving couples, tearful bridesmaids, mischievous pageboys and interfering mothers-in-law, she struggles through wedding after wedding whilst her heart is slowly torn apart.

 

As Alex’s own wedding day draws ever nearer, their chemistry becomes harder to ignore. Bronte must decide whether to fight for the man she loves, or to let him go forever.

 

WIN!

 

To be in a chance of wining a copy of the book visit our Facebook page and then ‘like’ the post announcing this competition. We will randomly select three names at noon the 21st May and as long as the winners answer our Facebook message in time we will send it out first class so you have it on the publication date of the 22nd May – Royal Mail permitting! Whether you save it for your holiday or devour it over the weekend, we are sure you will love it! Especially tell any friends who are planning their own weddings, this is an essential read for them to get them in the mood!

It’s not part of the entry, but we’d love it if you could give our page a like too!

This competition is open to UK residents with a UK postal address only and a Facebook account. The promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

 

 

Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon featuring fun wedding photographers Lina and Tom

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Thirteen Weddings book release by Paige Toon – featuring Lina and Tom!

We are delighted and excited to tell you about a fab new book Thirteen Weddings being released on the 22nd May by the Sunday Times bestselling author Paige Toon – as its lead protagonist is a wedding photographer! But what is so special about that we hear you say? Well you know that Lina is especially excitable about all things wedding, but our love of our job isn’t just fuelling this excitement, as we can now reveal Lina was a research consultant to Paige for this book!

Here’s a little story for you. In Spring 2013 we were asked to donate to a Cambridgeshire charity auction of promises of which we were only too happy to oblige, so we donated a family photoshoot. We couldn’t attend the auction as we were shooting the fabulous wedding of Katie & Matt at Burwash Manor that day, but thought it would also be nice to look at the other lots and make a bid or two. Looking down the list, we spotted that Paige Toon was auctioning a named character in her next book, and having read a few of Paige’s books (they are PERFECT holiday reads don’t you know!) Lina thought this would be a hilarious vanity project, so we put in a secret bid.

When the organising team came round to give us the details on the winning bidder of our photoshoot, we were also shocked and highly amused to see we were also the highest bidder on Paige’s lot. Fast forward to a mutual friend seeing Paige in a coffee shop later that week and informing her that she knew us, Paige was gobsmacked to hear Lina was a wedding photographer, as her next book was about, yes you guessed it, a wedding photographer – talk about coincidence! After a great meet-up, Lina was honoured to be asked by Paige to assist with her research on the book, and loved telling Paige all about our jobs; the highs, lows and unglamorous details! The tag line for the book – ‘Always the Photographer, never the Bride…’ is a quote from Lina – of course you all probably now know that it is no longer the case!

Lina has really enjoyed helping Paige with the book and was thrilled to be the first person to read the first draft, which made for a very exciting accompaniment to a train journey one day. Even more exciting was seeing Paige’s decision to also keep Lina as named character in the most complimentary way! Tom also gets a mention too, naturally we do come as a pair! You’ll have to read the book of course to find out how – and keep an eye on the blog next week as we will be giving away some copies of the book thanks to Simon & Schuster  – so you can find out for yourself!

Paige Toon - Thirteen Weddings with Lina and Tom Photographers

Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon – purchase here!

Released 22nd May 2014

Simon & Schuster UK

Paige Toon was born in 1975 and grew up between England, Australia and America. A philosophy graduate, she worked at teen, film and women’s magazines, before ending up at Heat magazine as Reviews Editor. Paige is married, has two small children and lives in Cambridge. Visit her website at paigetoon.com, or you can follow her on Twitter @PaigeToonAuthor

Paige Toon was born in 1975 and grew up between England, Australia and America. A philosophy graduate, she worked at teen, film and women’s magazines, before ending up at Heat magazine as Reviews Editor. Paige is married, has two small children and lives in Cambridge. Visit her website at paigetoon.com, or you can follow her on Twitter @PaigeToonAuthor – See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.co.uk/Paige-Toon/62701361#sthash.b5vhzSTy.dpuf
Paige Toon was born in 1975 and grew up between England, Australia and America. A philosophy graduate, she worked at teen, film and women’s magazines, before ending up at Heat magazine as Reviews Editor. Paige is married, has two small children and lives in Cambridge. Visit her website at paigetoon.com, or you can follow her on Twitter @PaigeToonAuthor – See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.co.uk/Paige-Toon/62701361#sthash.b5vhzSTy.dpuf
Paige Toon was born in 1975 and grew up between England, Australia and America. A philosophy graduate, she worked at teen, film and women’s magazines, before ending up at Heat magazine as Reviews Editor. Paige is married, has two small children and lives in Cambridge. Visit her website at paigetoon.com, or you can follow her on Twitter @PaigeToonAuthor – See more at: http://authors.simonandschuster.co.uk/Paige-Toon/62701361#sthash.b5vhzSTy.dpuf
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It’s Our Turn: Choosing a Photographer

As I mentioned in my first post about our wedding planning, who would do our photography was the million dollar question when we got engaged. Everyone asked the question, and we would just shake our heads looking slightly baffled at the task we had head of us. We knew it would  be a tough job for us, but actually choosing a photographer has easily been the toughest job so far in our wedding planning.

We know it is a saturated market out there. Wedding photographers are ten a penny, really good ones who actually care about your wedding, not just fulfilling a job, are definitely rarer. Yet the day we decided to create our shortlist was really stressful. You see, we are our perfect wedding photographers. Yes that may sound egotistical, but it’s true, we offer the level of passion and service we think a couple getting married deserve, as well as a style of photography that we feel doesn’t just tick a trend box, but rather will last a lifetime and more. Happy to admit we did not look at anyone in our region, we owe it to our clients past and present to uphold the fact that we think they made the best choice!

We started by listing the photographers we knew of and admired. We also looked extensively at the Fearless Photographers directory, of which we are honoured to be members. Something we regularly came across was a great portfolio and then we would delve deeper into the photographer’s whole weddings and see that they were either lacking consistency or worse, just very very average across a whole wedding. There was a lot of tea involved. Tom in particular struggled. He has been honing his craft for over fifteen years and is a very technical photographer – it was impossible for him to step back and not be critical when he saw basic technical errors or missed opportunities. It also seems a lot of photographers out there struggle with basic white balance…

In the end, we went with our gut feeling, contacting a photographer who we have seen in magazines and enjoyed his work. He has his own style, but the images will continue to look great in years to come. He captures wonderful little moments in a documentary style, much like us. We arranged a Skype meeting and he was instantly likeable, in fact, very similar to Tom. We’re not going to ‘out’ him though, as we don’t think it is fair to add any extra pressure, but we are sure we will be giving him a lot of love on here after the wedding. So we are all booked and are really looking forward to having him and his assistant be part of our day, because the important thing for us is that we know we can just enjoy being the bride and groom on the day, not worrying about what shots are being taken and thinking ‘oh I wouldn’t do that there.’ As much as we love what we do, we don’t want to feel like we are at work, we just want to enjoy our wedding day!

 

Lina x

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Lina and Tom accepted as Fearless Photographers!

Lina and Tom are Fearless Photographers!

We are thrilled to announce we have been accepted into the Fearless Photographers directory!

In the website’s own words:

The best wedding photography in the world

Fearless Photographers is a directory of more than 2,500 of the world’s boldest wedding photographers for couples who truly love photography…

We want to make finding your wedding photographer just as fun and exciting as searching for your wedding venue, wedding shoes, wedding dress, wedding cake, and all that good stuff. The Fearless Photographers directory is a showcase of the best wedding photographers in the world who are constantly striving to surprise you with wedding photos that will amaze you!

 

We are truly honoured to have been accepted, as our clients will know we do truly strive to bring you wedding photography which strives to excite and amaze, and we look forward to constantly pushing ourselves to stay true to being Fearless Photographers.

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We are 5! Here’s a look back at the first five weddings we did…

We’re happy to be celebrating this month – we’re five years old! We can’t believe how time has flown since we decided to specialise in providing fun wedding photography in Cambridgeshire and throughout East Anglia – and beyond!

Here’s a look back the first five couples who gave us the opportunity to shoot their wedding under our former name of Liquid Photo and help us build the successful business we have now and love!

 

Frances and Andrew

It was Fran & Andy’s engagement which started it all, good long-term friends of Tom’s who knew his talent and asked if he would be their wedding photographer at the gorgeous Priory Hall in Suffolk. We knew it was where we wanted to go so it was a great opportunity – we didn’t let them down and the rest, as they say, is history!

 

Rachel and Toby

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As if to test if we really meant it, Lina’s best friend from childhood, Rachel, also announced her engagement and asked if we would be their wedding photographer at the Bedford Swan Hotel. A huge privilege, which really cemented our desire to concentrate on weddings and build a successful business as wedding photographers. It was also the debut of our photo booth studio for the first time – still going strong and much replicated almost five years later!

 

Virginie and Adriano

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Virginie and Adriano found our small but perfectly formed portfolio online, and could see the spark of talent in our work despite our still relative inexperience. They had a wonderfully relaxed wedding at Cambridge Registry Office Shire Hall followed by everyone heading to the Fort St. George pub on Midsummer Common. Such a lovely couple, and we thank them for the occasional updates we get of their little family.

 

Louisa and Jamie

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A former work colleague of Lina’s, Louisa and Jamie wanted relaxed reportage photography and had seen our work evolve. They had a wonderful barn wedding with gorgeous flowers and fresh hops, as well as our fun photo booth studio in the evening as part of their Tewin Bury Farm wedding photography. We love this shot as it is a testament to how great a couple can look when feeling relaxed with their photographer, and it regularly jumps out of our portfolio with prospective clients. We’re very happy to be able to now call them friends.

Jennie and Aaron

 

Jennie and Aaron were our next couple to find us purely via Google and we are so glad they did. They’re based in Ireland but married in Ely, with a wedding reception at the lovely Old Bridge Hotel in Huntingdon. We had such a lovely relaxed day with them and were thrilled when they loved the photos. Again it is great to hear from them now an then or via social networks that they are well!

 

Without these couples taking a leap of faith in (at the time) Tom’s talent and Lina’s marketing and business skills, we wouldn’t be where we are today, very happy as successful wedding photographers grateful to be doing a job we love. It is a huge honour to share this special day with a couple, and having shot well over 100 weddings now, I don’t think we will ever get tired of what we do, so thank you to everyone who has played their part in getting us here!

 

Wedding Photography in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and all over the South East and beyond by Cambridgeshire wedding photographers Lina and Tom

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2014 Wedding Fairs – Come and See Us!

We love exhibiting at wedding fairs; it’s a great opportunity for us to chat to potential clients from the start and has been the beginning of some beautiful friendships. In 2014 we are going to be exhibiting at more wedding fairs than ever to get out and meet lots more lovely couples!

To discover if we are the right wedding photographer for you come and see us at the following wedding fairs across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

12/13th January = The Wedding Show Knebworth Park, 11-5pm

Come and see our seminar on how to choose your photographer at 1pm each day and enter the competition to win a post-wedding shoot with us!

19 January = Madingley Hall Wedding Fair from 10:30am

16 March = Luton Hoo Wedding Fair

23 March = Offley Place Wedding Fair

6 April = The Vintage and Alternative Wedding Fair, Cambridge Union Society, 11-4pm  *RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 5TH!*

18 May = Wrest Park Wedding Fair

14 September = Hatfield House Wedding Fair

9 November = Spirella Ballroom Wedding Fair

 

We will be adding more info to the fairs as soon as we have them so keep checking back on this page!

 

Cambridge wedding fairs – Hertfordshire wedding fairs – Bedfordshire wedding fairs –

wedding photography by Lina and Tom

 

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Wedding Party Photos: Why you should hire a professional photographer for your destination wedding party back home

In the saturated market of the wedding industry, with so many options of what type of wedding to go for, it is not surprising many couples are opting to have a destination wedding abroad. Many resorts in such hotspots such as Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and Las Vegas are set up to provide flawless wedding experiences against stunning landscapes and romantic backdrops. Couples are also recognising the savings that can be made by having an intimate family gathering abroad. Tell your best mates early enough and they could combine it with their annual holiday. Whatever you do decide on, one thing that is very common now is to have a wedding party back home to invite all your friends and family who couldn’t make it.

As well as a great opportunity to wear your wedding dress again, the wedding party is also the only chance many of your friends and extended family will have to experience the wedding, so don’t be afraid to go all out on those essentials such as a good DJ and a great cake – don’t be afraid to treat the party as you would a wedding reception here! By starting the evening off with cake cutting and a first dance, your guests will just feel like they have turned up as evening guests at your wedding and won’t have missed out too much.

It’s for these reasons above that you should definitely add a professional wedding photographer to the list of essentials for the night. Even if you are just hiring out the village hall, you can leave the memories of the night to us whilst you and your guests party the night away to celebrate the wedding, ensuring you have a great set of wedding party photos to look back on. You will also get special images of the first dance which you usually wouldn’t get abroad, many destination wedding venues offer a photography package which only includes the ceremony and then fifteen minutes worth of photographs of the two of you following the ceremony. For exactly the same reason we offer all day wedding photography, you should consider having a professional wedding photographer present at your party because once it gets started these will be the images that keep you smiling and laughing for years, all your friends throwing shapes on the dance floor and having a great time celebrating your marriage!

Love our work but having a destination wedding? Get in touch as we do travel!

 

Wedding Party Photography by Lina and Tom

 

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Great British Bake Off is back – will you have an afternoon tea wedding?

Ah the Great British Bake Off was back tonight. It’s the food show that it’s cool to love, with just as many guys loving it as women, and according to Twitter everyone was watching. For the record, Rob the scientist was our early favourite, seems such a nice chap.

The start of the new series is timely, as I am currently thinking about cake and afternoon tea weddings a lot as the delectable Miss Sue Flay and I are preparing to talk at The Vintage and Alternative Wedding Fair on the 15th September at the Cambridge Union on the subject ‘Is Afternoon Tea Right for Your Wedding?’ I’ll be covering the key points about how it can be done and what other considerations you will need to make for your wedding as a whole if you do go for it, and Miss Sue Flay will then take you through how to properly do it if you do!

Afternoon Tea Wedding

We photographed our first afternoon tea wedding back in 2010 and since then the foregoing of the traditional wedding breakfast for afternoon tea has steadily been growing. If you love afternoon tea and all things baked, this can be a great way to have more informal food you love at your wedding, with many couples opting for something more substantial such as a hog roast or bbq for the evening meal. There are things you need to consider though such as the ‘heaviness’ of this gluten-fest of a meal, especially if you are serving it as the main meal of the day. Of course, it also looks absolutely delightful and will certainly provide a talking point for all your guests.

Afternoon Tea Wedding

Don’t want to do the full afternoon tea wedding but love cake? Other options could be to serve an afternoon tea style buffet in place of canapés during your reception drinks or to forgo desert and have a cake buffet. Why not go one step further and ask friends to provide the cakes, and then have your own Bake Off style competition judged by you with some bar vouchers for the winner?

Cake Buffet at Wedding

Come and see us on the 15th to talk to us further. Tom will also be around on the day and we are both happy to talk to any couples who need advice from straying from tradition in general, as we are big advocates of you having the wedding you want!

Afternoon Tea Wedding

Afternoon Tea Wedding

 

Afternoon tea wedding advice by Cambridge Wedding Photographers LinaandTom.com

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Do people still value high quality wedding photography by professionals?

I usually start my mornings in the office in the same way, with a large coffee and a catch up on social media. This morning Tom picked up on a blog post that had been posted on Find a Wedding Photographer and it has been on my mind all day. As well as commenting on the post, I felt I needed to get some thoughts out here, and would love to hear your thoughts in return.

The blog post is by a north west wedding photographer of some 20 years experience, who says he is giving up on the industry this summer. He essentially says people don’t want to pay for quality photography any more, that they are happy for uncles and friends to take the job, or they want him to drop his prices (which he did) and he has had enough. He says he doesn’t enjoy weddings enough to bother with them.

I find this really sad, but it is a common attitude I have read on various blogs and forums from many older wedding photographers of late. The industry has changed massively in 20 years, from different shooting styles such as reportage and a move away from portraiture; to the introduction of full resolution disks and coffee table books, not to mention the fact that your marketing strategy now has to include a load of social media and blogging rather than an advert in your local paper. It is all really time consuming and requires a certain commitment. And yes, he is correct, there is a lot more competition now from friends or uncles with good cameras to consider when choosing a wedding photographer, or the smaller budgets that may have come out of the economic downturn. This means us wedding photographers have to work a bit harder to find our clients, sure, we need to identify the right people for us, yes those with the right budgets to some degree but more importantly, those the value what we do and have photography high in the priority list.

Being a wedding photographer is not a one day job. It is also possibly the job with the highest stakes on the day. We’re not just getting up and snapping away so you have a few pics to put on your wall. You are also purchasing our expertise; we know weddings inside out, what will happen, what to look for and what to do when things go wrong. We are securing your memories, the only real lasting reminder of your day. When you choose us as your wedding photographer, you are genuinely investing in your future and it always surprises me when I say it, and people say, wow I didn’t think of it like that. Tom and I genuinely love everything about weddings, from the details to the party and especially when you say ‘I do.’ Our eyes will water when the groom cracks his voice in the speech with the rest of your guests, because we completely appreciate how amazing this day is for you, and do you know what? You deserve wedding photographers that want your day to be as awesome as it should be, and then to hand the evidence back to you when it has all finished for you to look back on.

Yes people have budget constraints and they need to work to them. But you should allocate around 10-15% for your photography whatever your budget, trust me, more than ever in the saturated world of wedding photographers you get what you pay for. Attendees of the Knebworth and Hatfield wedding fairs this year would have heard me give a seminar on the subject. Personally, I cannot see how any photographer  can afford to provide wedding photography for under £1000. It makes me question two things; firstly, how long exactly are they spending on your precious images, perfecting them etc, and secondly, is that how they value their own work? We’re immensely proud of what we do and our pricing reflects the sheer level of passion, skill and effort that goes in to our work. We also have to pay our bills too!

Do you really want to put the trust of your lifelong memories in someone who says they will spend the day with you, process the images, create a beautiful album and be passionate about you and your day, when they are earning four hundred quid from it? What exactly would you expect from them?

Recently, one of our clients said to us that they had seen a wedding photographer at a wedding fair who charged under half of our fee and then looking at our work comparatively, they could see the difference. This means a lot to us; I regularly get emails from people that request a price list first and foremost and don’t even engage you in a conversation. This approach really is all wrong and missing the point. You need to meet the photographers you are considering and sense their passion – do they actually care about you and your wedding, will your guests like them? Putting the effort in here will really pay off on the day – if your guests like us as well as you you’ll get a whole set of photos of happy people having a great time.

Of course, one of the other lessons we have learnt over the years, is that we won’t be the right photographer for everyone, and that is ok too. For some couples, it is just not high enough on the priority and they need to find what is right for them and their budget/wedding plans. If people love our work but our packages don’t reflect the wedding they are having, they just need to tell us more about it and I will give them a bespoke quote. Of course we’re not likely to charge 2k to shoot a wedding of 20 people – but if you don’t tell me I won’t know! Disappointingly I have regularly received messages from friends on facebook about our work too, and of course I’d consider our pricing structure if they tell me more about their wedding so I can work out a proper quote, but what usually happens is they just ask for a price list and then disappear.

We will continue to do what we do and love it, and find the right clients. Despite all the industry hoohah about the curse of 2013 this is our busiest year yet and 2014 is currently looking even better. It’s no coincidence we do very well at wedding fairs when many photographers moan they are a waste of time, because we spend time chatting to people, we have a mini-consultation there and then and we start getting excited about your wedding immediately. The passion we have only really comes through when you meet us. We hear so many stories of couples going with cheaper options to get bog-standard images back or worse still, a photographer who just bossed people about all day, and it really does make us so sad.

I think it is good the blogger is moving on in his career, not because it’s less competition (he’s not in our area), but because couples deserve a wedding photographer who is as passionate about their day being awesome as they are. And you know what? Tom and I really are. We love this job, and thank all our lovely clients who give us this huge honour, because that is how we see it.

Lina x

 

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