Do you like spring?

I do like moody weather – but after two weeks of darkness and rain I’d like to see the sun again :)

Here’s one of Marta May Photography’s posts – this one’s about spring, so I thought I’d share it:

 

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New ‘Win Your Wedding Photography’ Competition Coming Soon!

WIN YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY competition – New Edition coming soon!!!

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Beutiful Bridal Bouquet – Wedding Photographer Hereford

I love the colours of this bridal bouquet – don’t you?

More can be found on Marta May Photography’s BLOG

 

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MayBrides’ Wedding Photography Wizards… Jacek Kordus

Some professional photographers are obsessed with themselves and they tell you that they are the best possible choice you can make.

Other photographers are natural, creative and talented.

 

They don’t have to sell themselves.

That’s why I like Jacek – he’s authentic!

 

On his blog he says: ‘I’m not gonna write that I’ve always loved photography, I discovered it at some point of my life’ and then he adds: ‘in addition to good money, photography gives me this unique opportunity of meeting really amazing people’. A really talented, creative, natural and honest photographer – have a look at some samples of his work:

 

 

To find out more visit: http://takedi.com/blog/

 

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Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings… Hydrangea

 

 

Hydrangea

 

Meaning: Understanding

Colours: White, Blue, Purple, Pink

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Scent: None

In Season: Spring and fall

Price Range: Expensive

 

Hydrangea flowers grow in small, star-shaped blossoms that bloom in large clusters to completely cover hydrangea stems.

They were discovered in Japan. The name is derived from the Grecian words for water (hydor) and jar (angos), which loosely translates into “water barrel,” a reference to the bell- or cup-shaped growth pattern of the flowers.

Hydrangea flowers convey heartfelt, deep feelings when given as a gift. More specific meanings of hydrangea flowers have been debated at length. Some floral experts say hydrangea flowers convey vanity, while others say the flowers express thankfulness to a person with an understanding nature. Under any meaning, hydrangea flowers are the blossom of choice for the fourth wedding anniversary.

 

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Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings… Gardenia

Gardenia

 

Meaning: Purity, joy

Colour: White

Best For: Bouquets and boutonnieres

Scent: Very fragrant

In Season: Year-round

Price Range: Expensive

 

Gardenia is native to tropical and subtropical regions such as Africa, southern Asia, Australasia and Oceania.

Gardenia is a richly symbolic flower maintaining a sweet presence and standing as a highly valued symbolic gesture when given as a gift. The added beauty of these flowers is that they convey intense emotional meanings, which, if given as a gift, helps express a person’s feelings to someone. The gardenia, therefore, signifies joy, purity, secret love and is associated with thoughts of beauty.

Although gardenias are often used in relatively small floral arrangements or as floating flowers, their sweet and pleasing scent has made them popular in homes and for special events. Prized for their sweet smell coupled with their symbols of beauty and purity, gardenias can be seen in wedding celebrations, since marriage traditionally represents love and purity.

In the Chinese herbal tradition, gardenias have been used for medicinal purposes to calm irritability and anxiety.

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ELLIS Grand Wedding Show – Alice in Wonderland – 27th of May 2012

ELLIS Wedding Shows provides Exquisite Wedding Shows for the Herefordshire Bride.

They are known for their professionally organised, glamorous wedding events  and are proud to be an UK Elite Supplier with Pavone Weddings!

 

This event can’t be missed!:

ELLIS Grand Wedding Show 2012 – ALICE IN WONDERLAND – with a COUTURE STYLE BRIDAL WALK

SUNDAY 27th MAY  –  11am-3pm

The Chase Hotel, Ross-on-Wye

  • FREE Entry
  • FREE Parking
  • FREE Gift Bag (complete with discounts, beauty products and much more…)

 

Find out more by following this link: ELLIS WEDDING SHOWS

 

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Marta May’s Win Your Wedding Photography Competition – second edition now on!

Brace yourselves because… here it is! A second edition of my highly successful Wedding Photography Competition! :)

I want to see another happy face!

And why happy?

Because you can win your wedding photography! :)

And spend all that extra money on your dream wedding dress or on anything else you can only think of! :)

All the details can be found HERE

Best wishes and speak to you soon!

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Exclusive interview… Luthien Elve

 
Last year I wrote a short article about an amazing portrait photographer – Luthien Elve. The post and some samples of her work can be found HERE.
Because I’m her huge fan, you can probably imagine how happy I was when she agreed to tell me her story… and now we all can get to know one of these amazing photographic talents a little bit more!
Alright, shall we begin?
Tell me, what is the biggest obstacle on a photographer’s path to achieving this perfect image?
Perfect image… not quite sure, but I know that the biggest obstacle in my profession is time or rather lack of it. There is a huge abyss between the second when the idea is born and the moment the photograph is finished. Stylization ideas that pop into my head seem to be so straightforward at first, but in fact, they require a lot of work. And matching all that with the suitable type of a model’s beauty and then transforming the photograph into a moody image can sometimes take a couple of weeks.
I see you like photographing people, their faces, characters – what is so fascinating about them?
I’m not quite sure whether people are the factor that makes me want to be a photographer. I’m more fascinated by a detail, shape, costume, colour, light and the moment of changing my model into a different person – into a character taken from an ‘unreal reality’. Sometimes I think that this transformation is the most fascinating thing in the entire process.
You’ve  just answered my next question, but I’ll ask anyway… What is the coolest and the most difficult thing for you as far as photographing people is concerned?
Well, the best thing is that from time to time I meet someone really ineteresting, with an original soul and character, someone whose presence (even if it’s only a couple of hours spent together during a photo shoot) can bring so much positive energy into my life. The most difficult thing though is relaxation. Sometimes I have to visualise the picture before I press the shutter button… and at this point I find it hard to explain to the model what I want to achieve by using a certain pose. In such moments I’m trying to distract her thoughts, find this eye-to-eye contact, let her be surprised for a while and then, if I’m lucky, take THIS picture. And after that I have to chill again and find another picture in my head simultaneously pretending that I’m still taking pictures. If I get one really good photograph after the photo shoot, I’m satisfied.
By looking at your pictures I can say that you’ve mastered that skill already!
But how did it all happen? Why did you become a photographer? Who or what inspired you?
Difficult question… I’ve always wanted to be a painter. Fascinated by paintings from different periods, I would spend hours only looking at works of art. I would study their technique, admire colours and details… While spending so much time studying them, I discovered one rule that connects all sorts of art: light – light is present everywhere and it doesn’t matter whether this is a painting, graphics, sculpture or a project of a chair – light makes everything else meaningful… gives shape, makes us travel to a different reality, and, most importantly, light is a source of life for any colour. Photography was one of my subjects at uni. Working in a darkroom helped me discover light in a completely different, tangible way. I’ll never forget that excitement of waiting for this surprising image and it slowly appears on a completely white sheet of paper…
My answer to a second part of your question is: I think I was inspired by my love to art… to every sort of art as I’ve always been fascinated in legends, myths and fairy tales and I’m trying to achieve a similar mood in my works. But the most difficult thing is to do it in that simple way…
Thank you Luthien Elve!
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PLEASE DO NOT USE LUTHIEN ELVE’S WORK WITHOUT HER PERMISSION!! ITS COPYRIGHT by luthienelve.com

Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings… Freesia

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Freesia

 

Meaning: Innocence, trust, faithfulness and friendship

Colour: white, yellow, pink, blue, purple

Best For: Bouquets

Scent: Very fragrant

In Season: Spring and summer

Price Range: Inexpensive (in season)

 

Freesia come in a rainbow of colors and emit a heavenly lemony scent. The majority of freesia are native to South Africa.

White or yellow freesia have the sweetest scent, while red and orange blooms have the more intense fragrance.

The freesia flower symbolizes innocence and friendship. It is also used to symbolize trust and, as such, is a popular wedding flower. Freesia’s final meaning is faithfulness. Florists use it as the seventh anniversary flower.

 

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