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!

Marta May Photography


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!
Marta May Photography

Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings… Freesia

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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.



Alexander Park Wedding Fayre

One of the best wedding venues in Herefordshire is hosting wedding suppliers this Sunday!

Pop in, meet some friendly people and get some fabulous deals…


Find out more about Alexander Park on their FACEBOOK PAGE and HERE


Best wishes,


Marta May Photography


Dance and Fitness Instructors… Wesley Prince

Your boyfriend finally pops the question and now, with the possession of that rock on your finger, you’ve been catapulted to the status of fiancé.

All of a sudden, your head is flooded by a swelling sea of questions such as “we’ve set the date for the special day, but I feel as big as a house and how is my dress going to fit?”


Would you like to feel confident and look more beautiful on your big day?

Come to one of  WESLEY’s classes – or to all of them: vibrant Zumba and exciting Salsa (so that you could also learn some fantastic steps and use them during your first dance!)


Wesley Prince has been teaching Latin Dance for 15 years throughout the UK and Europe. He was one of the first Salsa teachers to bring the Cross Body and Casino (La Rueda) style of dancing to Birmingham. Wesley teaches Cross-body Partner-work On1 to (Beg/Imp/Inter/Adv) levels. Cross-body Partner-work On2 (Beg/Imp/Inter/Adv) – Cuban Style Partner-work (Beg/Imp) Intro to Cuban Style for Cross-body dancer. Leading & Following Techniques for Salsa Dancers. Merengue (all levels) Bachata (all levels) ) La Rueda (all levels) ChaChCha to (all levels) and Kizomba (Beg)

His classes are enjoyable, relaxed inspiring and informative which is perfect for building high confidence and for bringing out the best in students. His main goal in private classes is for everyone to have fun and with his extensive coaching experience help to take their dance experience a little further.


Wesley also teaches Zumba© The Ultimate “New”(UK) Dance Fitness Program – energetic, exhilarating and refreshing workout. With the combination of regular Salsa classes he teaches Zumba Cardio in the West Midlands, Warwickshire Herefordshire and Buckinghamshire.


Become Friends with Wesley on Facebook – WESLEY PRINCE


Best wishes,


Marta May Photography

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Best wishes,


Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings… Delphinium

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Meaning: Swiftness, lightness

Colour: Blue, White, Purple

Best For: Arrangements

Scent: Lightly fragrant

In Season: Summer

Price Range: Moderate


Delphinium is native to Europe and Siberia. It relates to the Greek word ‘Delphis’ (Dolphin) referring to the shape of the back of the flower which resembles a Dolphin’s snout. In other countries it was thought to resemble a Lark’s foot and was called ‘Larkspur’ ‘Lark’s Heel’ and ‘Lark’s Claw’. It is also said that the Greeks named this flower after Delphinium Apollo, the god of the city of Delphi. Delphinium is a symbol for swiftness and lightness. The white delphinium is also called ‘Elijah’s Chariot’.

According to legend, Delphinium originated during the Battle of Troy. Achilles’ mother requested that her son’s armor be given to the most heroic Greek Warrior. The armor was given to Ulysses, although the brave Ajax expected to be chosen, and because of his rejection, Ajax killed himself. The small blue larkspur began to grow where the blood of Ajax spilled.

Delphiniums were used by West Coast Native Americans to make blue dye and European settlers made ink from ground delphinium flowers. During the Dark Ages, the fern seed was believed to render men invisible. In medieval England, the root of the common male fern was an important ingredient in love potions. The most ancient use of the delphinium was as a strong external medicine thought to drive away scorpions by the seeds and leaves which were thought to possess great power. Ground to a powder, the seeds were used to treat a toothache. It destroyed the lice in the hair of the warriors during the American Civil War, and at the Battle of Waterloo wounds were dressed with Delphinium.

The wild strains are often the cause death among cattle, as the plants are very poisonous. Delphiniums should not be used with food.



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