On to the second ever Live for Georgina Piper Photography, I found this weeks Live much easier than the first one and it seems that I have now found a wonderful way to keep me occupied throughout this year.
This week, I spoke to my sister, Charley and her fiancee, Simon about their wedding booked in for this September. I mentioned how I’ve booked one-and-a-half weddings, where I might have been shooting this week and if I’ve had to postpone any weddings due to Covid-19. I also spoke about who has inspired me this week – the owner of Frankonia bakery – Birgit. If you don’t manage to catch the Lives I will be outlining what we discussed here on the Thursday afterwards.
This week I have been lucky enough to have booked a wedding for the summer 2022 at the gorgeous Cooling Castle Barn in Kent. I’ve been there twice now and I am always impressed with their staff and how well the wedding day is executed. Cooling Castle has a lovely, rustic feel with impressive accommodation that I enjoy photographing the wedding prep in.
Its not official yet (hence the ‘half’) but the booking form is out for The Old Rectory here in Hastings. The Old Rectory is a gorgeous boutique B&B with what I call a ‘secret garden’. Guests particularly like weddings here because it is such a warm, stylish and welcoming venue. It’s like the country home you’ve always wanted, intimate enough to have for an intimate wedding yet impressive enough to really be a memorable venue. Lets not forget about the gorgeous food too!
I have one portrait session to edit of the super cool Otti Albeitz, a local musician but otherwise, I am totally up to date! I’m currently designing wedding albums for couples who have chosen their favourite images. Every couple who now books in with me receives a small highlights album that is linen bound and just lovely.
There have been two weddings that I’ve postponed this week. One August wedding, and the other a December wedding. Couples planning their wedding want to have the day they have planned to be completely unaffected by Covid-19 and this includes making an early decision to postpone now, rather than waiting to see what happens.
Where would I have been this week?
This week would have seen the wedding of Carly and Rob at Herstmonceux Castle and the wedding of Anna and Adrian at The Cherry Barn in Rye. Both couples are obviously gutted to have had to postpone their dates but are rebooking in when it feels right for them. Just to note – if you’re looking for a rustic but contemporary wedding venue, The Cherry Barn is a fantastic venue surrounded by lots of fields and an orchard. I am yet to photograph my first wedding there despite having many booked in but I did shoot this lovely styled shoot with beautiful Alex and a team of awesome suppliers.
ZOOM PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES
Mentoring has been on my mind for a little while now. I try to be as supportive as I can be with up and coming photographers especially if they just need a little confidence boost. Before the Coronavirus I wouldn’t have been able to have found the time for this so I am really excited to be able to offer some time once a week to a few fellow photographers. We meet once a week on a Monday evening using Zoom. It’s an unstructured format but one where we can all speak about style, equipment, process and very important questions such as, ‘how do I know I’m ready?’. I am thoroughly enjoying it and seriously considering either going into schools or finally going official and offering one-to-one mentoring classes.
This current course is free and runs for five weeks. The next one will begin on 1st June, 8:00PM. Would you be interested in joining me? Just let me know and I’ll book you in.
Every week I like to say a little something about what has inspired me. Last week I spoke about the fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh and this week I wanted to speak about a past client of mine and real inspiration to me – Birgit.
Birgit owns her own bakery business in London called, Frankonia. I first met her when I was lucky enough to photograph her wedding at the beautiful Rye Town Hall and Pilgrims Rest in Battle. I thought that she had the most stylish, euro-cool vibe about her and somehow, I knew I wouldn’t forget her in a hurry.
When Platinum Magazine commissioned me to take photographs of Jay Aston, and then photograph a street styled shoot, I made sure to recommend Birgit as an interesting person who they might like to bear in mind for a feature one day. Sure enough, they did and got in touch with me when they were running a feature on ‘unretirement’. I was lucky enough to visit Birgit at her bakery early this year and photograph her at work for the feature. Just before I left, Birgit showed me a photo taken of her by a friend, in black and white, holding a huge bag of flour over her shoulder. Now, I am nostalgic at best, but this wonderful photograph filled me with joy! Since that ernest photograph was taken, Birgit has gone from a shop to an industrial unit in London and sells her baked goods to incredible hospitality names such as Harrords, Fortnum and Mason to The House of Lords! Now, twenty years on, Birgit says that she is filled with joy when she walks into her bakery and remembers that all of her hard work has been worth it. Her business, unfortunately, has of course been affected with the recent climate and Birgit says that she is in the office from 8am until late trying her hardest to ensure that her company comes through the other side, utilising her business skill and her company’s infrastructure to make this work. Her work ethic, charisma, tenacity, humble ways and total-style have left me feeling totally in awe of this wonderful woman. I so hope that her business pulls through this and that she can continue on reaping the benefits of her hard and honest work.
This week I spoke with my sister, Charley and her fiancee. We spoke about how her wheelchair affected her search for a wedding dress, “I tried lots on but I kept looking like one of those toilet roll covers”, to finding the perfect church for their wedding. Both Charley and Simon are worried about postponing their wedding in September and have decided that by June, they will look at the forecast and see whether they need to make the decision to postpone their day. I have everything crossed that their wedding will go ahead as planned, but I know that whenever it does happen it will be so special and as wonderful as they are.
Charley and Simons Suppliers
- Wedding Venue – Church in the Woods, Hastings
- Reception Venue – Winchelsea New Hall – (fantastic for all those DIYers out there)
- Hair & Make Up – Grace Benson
- Dress – The Bridal Factory
- Film – Dale Rook
- Photography – Yours Truly
I was nervous to do a live chat so I am really thankful for my sister helping me! Next week I’ll be speaking with super lovely Dale Rook who is incredibly talented and passionate about films. I love working with Dale and the energy he brings to a wedding day, please do check out his films. Do you have any questions that you think would be useful to ask of a wedding videographer? Please do let me know and I’ll ask Dale on Wednesday, 6PM.
This week I’ll be designing more wedding albums and holding my second Zoom class. Holding these and the new Lives have really given me a sense of purpose now that all of these lovely weddings have been postponed. Knowing that I’ll get to chat to other wedding industry folk is really comforting, not to mention the pleasure it will be to introduce those watching to a new supplier they may not have heard before.
I had lots of lovely comments about my outfit but mostly those who spotted the beautiful Pearl and Queenie delights. Check out P&Qs website for carefully curated jewellery always so expertly chosen by the wonderful Kathy. I was wearing my Bonne Chance earrings and Hunting Coin ring. Firm favourites of mine – alongside my trusty Russian Red Mac lipstick. I might go for a smokey eye next week, who knows.
Sending warm wishes from Hastings,