I have been wanting to write this post for ages and just never got round to it for various reasons… what to call it, which images to share and generally how to express how important this is to make beautiful images.

No one likes having their photo taken, I suppose that is the biggest barrier for a photographer. I literally hear prober by around 1000 time a year (no exaggeration) I’m not very good at having my photo taken. The secret… you don’t have to be ‘good’ at it! I have been a photographer for 15 years, shot hundreds of families, weddings, engagement shoots, boudoir shoots and I have come to the realisation (long before now!) that making beautiful photos takes just 1 thing from you (as well as a host of things from me!) and that is to simply ‘Let go’.

As I pour through hundreds of shots from a shoot or wedding the shots that literally make me gasp, giggle or squeal are the ones where the subject is just being themselves. It could be a mum and dad laughing hysterically as they are tickled by their children, it could be a brides tears at the top of the aisle, or a fiancé wrinkling their nose as their partner kisses them on the forehead.

It really doesn’t matter how you let go but put simply the more an image shows the emotion of the moment, the more of a story it tells and the more the image tugs at the heartstrings.

I am so inspired by this awesome blog post I read not so long ago and from my experience every single word is true – I Cannot Make You Beautiful.

I know you are quite likely to not like having your photo taken, get nervous, feel you look silly but trust me, if you enjoy the moment, TRY to forget I am there (hardest bit I know!)  and simply LET GO then by the end of our shoot/your wedding you will wonder what you had ever been worried about.

So, Tickle each other till you scream…

… cry as you say I do…

…jump up and down as you exit the church…

…run down the sand dunes with your children…

…spin each other round the dance floor…

…let go and have fun!

Here are some of my all time favorite ‘let go’ moments….

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