Rachael & Andy ~ An Equestrian Pre Wedding Shoot

The other month I met up with Rachael & Andy ahead of their wedding for their engagement shoot, and who else should be coming along for their photos than their adopted daughter Pepper <3 Anyone who knows Rachael know she absolutely dotes on Pepper and it wouldn’t be right without her there with these guys too <3

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Hannah & Dudley ~ Essex Equestrian Photographer

Hannah & Dudley’s Equestrian Photo Session was on one of the hottest days I think I’ve ever shot on, and that was at 6pm in the evening too! I remember feeling really excited as I drove down the road thinking I knew exactly where I was headed, however my satnav speared off and actually took me to a different location than I first thought… I love surprises so driving down this narrow peaceful road I knew I was in for a treat!

When I pulled up outside Hannah’s front drive, my mind was racing with soooo many ideas for this gorgeous location. It really is the most fabulous home and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

Out the back past the garden, Hannah’s parents’ home stretches on to include a nature reservoir and plenty of lushes fields and woodland trees, we had so many photo opportunities!

Walking down to greet everyone, it was all so chilled and relaxed outside the stables as the gleaming Dudley stood tied up ready to make his debut in front of the camera.

They picked a fabulously sunny early evening so I spent a lot of time re-arranging Hannah & Dudley in the best possible light (something Dudley wasn’t overly keen on as he was more interested in looking over his shoulder in the other direction)… {face palm} however with some gentle guidance and some food for thought he behaved impeccably and did everything asked of him after a little gesture of a polo or snack of grass here and there.

I had a fab time exploring the beautiful grounds and capturing this duo together <3 here’s a few sneaks from their Equestrian Photo Shoot.

L x

 

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Raine & Poncz ~ Essex Equestrian Photographer

Check out these lovelies! Raine and her top jumping man Poncz were pros in front of my camera the other week! It may have been a tad overcast instead of the bright sun we’ve had just recently but that weather is just perfect and I love the results I get with my camera when it’s like this!

We played with rolling hills, barley fields, greenery and yellow buttercups! <3

At the end we even scooped Raine’s mare Prancer out from her stable as she is near to drop a foal (can you tell?) and then Raine’s very first pony Panther who was chilling quietly with his hay came out for a few shots too! 😍

Keep scrolling for some sneak peeks from their gorgeous shoot <3

L x

 

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Louisa & Jasper ~ Essex Equestrian Photography

I’ve been to visit Louisa & Jasper twice already, so was really looking forward to coming back and seeing the pair again on their beautiful yard out in the middle of nowhere…pure peaceful bliss! The marshes are such a quiet, tranquil area to be based and provide such beautiful backdrops which was perfect for our shoot.

Without knowing it until I arrived, Louisa had also brought along her wedding dress so after a few shots in some smart yard clothing we had a change up and got into the beautiful dress Louisa had walked down the aisle in just last year! With the gorgeous early evening golden hour, a beautiful white gelding and a gorgeous wedding dress we headed out and created some magic in and amongst the fields and greenery which surround the yard ✨

Jasper being the gentleman he is behaved impeccably throughout the whole shoot and did everything asked of him, he even got to kick up his heels and have a good old run around at the end to let off some steam! My thanks to Louisa for having me back again, he really is a horse in a million <3

L x

 

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Jenna & Mia and their Horses ~ Essex Equestrian Photography

I got to meet these four on their family farm near Frinton-On-Sea recently and what a treat it was! We had gleaming horses & ponies and dogs, on a beautiful early evening sunset.

Jenna & Mia had both decided to wear their gorgeous wedding dresses one last time, before having them cleaned and donated for charity, and what better way to make the most of dressing up as Princesses again than to do it with your sister and horse! Both ladies looked stunning and with an entourage of helpers we got some beautiful shots of them together, with Jenna even braving it to sit on Quinn for a few shots!

Take a peek below at their Equestrian Photo Session <3

L x

 

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Dan & Pippa ~ Essex Canine Photography

Dan received a Canine Gift voucher for his birthday so he could treasure some snaps of his little lady Pippa who he’s owned since a young pup. Upon arrival I had the most excitable little pup with the biggest personality and fastest tail run up to greet me and say hello 😍 I knew we were going to have some fun!!

At Georgie’s family farm they have a beautiful area which comes alive with bluebells every year in the Spring time; it literally covers the woodland floor looking like a carpet of purple in its natural beauty.  We walked down to the woods, and within 10 seconds of the lead being unclipped, Pippa was gone! Oh she did come back, but covered in mud under her little belly and looking rather pleased with herself at making the return as she naturally plonked herself next to Dan without even looking up.

After another 5-10 times of Pippa making a disappearing act as our photo session went on, I soon learnt not to panic but just go with it. Within 30 seconds she would always return with the biggest grin on her face; this little lady was just nosey and loved to run and run!!

To cool off on the way back, she made a beeline for the water trough in the horses field and totally immersed herself without batting an eyelid. I was in hysterics, she was just so so funny! This is why I have a soft spot for Springers, they have the biggest personalities and are forever smiling!!! What a lovely lively little lady she is. Check out some of my favourites from our photo session.

L x

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Jo & Rosco ~ Essex Equestrian Photography

As I like to help out where I can, some of you may remember that devastating fire that swept through a stable block at Elmwood Farm in Burnham, killing a dozen horses right before the festive season of 2017. Many people and organisations rushed to their aid and not only helped with clearing the rubble and rebuilding the horses & riders lives, but also by holding charity nights and donations to help raise money for those who had lost horses, and other stable items during this tragic time.

I donated a voucher for an hour long photo session, of which the lovely Jo bid on and won! Whilst it doesn’t replace what was lost in such devastating circumstances, I hope the money raised from my donation helped someone, somewhere, somehow with the tragedy of that awful nights events.

There was another reason for Jo booking in during the cold month of February!! It’s been pretty difficult to keep secrets like this quiet, but scroll on down to the very last photo and discover Ollie & Jo’s AMAZING news!!

Congratulations guys! Here’s to your healthy, happy Bubba! <3

L x

Jodie & Ava ~ Canine Photography

I had a message from Jodie the other week explaining that she was keen to have some photos taken of her beloved beauty Ava. Sadly Ava was diagnosed with a incurable heart problem last year and is already on ‘borrowed time’ so we quickly arranged a date & location and was blessed with a gorgeous warm afternoon in the sun. <3

My Wedding Photography Bucket List

A friend of mine recently asked…if I had just one more wedding to photograph, what kind of wedding would I choose to shoot? I absolutely adore my job and am so thankful to all my wonderful clients who have chosen me as their wedding photographer in the past. I have loved shooting every single wedding over the last five years and I am so passionate about photographing couples in love. This question got me thinking and laughing to myself, as I really couldn’t narrow it down to just one kind of wedding… so here goes My Wedding Photography Bucket List!

If your wedding involves aaaaaaaany of the below then please GIVE ME A SHOUT!!

 I promise there will be an exclusive discount to be had.

 

 

  • A destination wedding (I love to travel and see/photograph new places so this is my ultimate no.1)
  • A wedding ceremony on a beach
  • A wedding with fairground rides (bonus if theres a merry-go-round)
  • A tipi wedding
  • Inside a castle BOOKED – Kate & Jon 2018 YAYY!
  • An elopement
  • A themed wedding (bonus if it’s Game of Thrones / 1920’s Peaky Blinders / Disney)
  • A ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ wedding
  • A wedding in the snow (has to be abroad – sadly we don’t get enough in the UK..boo!!!)
  • A wedding at the Roman baths
  • A wedding which involves the Bride riding a horse BOOKED – but it’s a secret, 2018!
  • A wedding in a treehouseforest or floral field
  • A wedding at the Lake District

Give me a shout if your wedding involves any of the above – you may be surprised! 🙂

2017 Roundup | Laura Jane Photography

Well what a year 2017 has been! I can’t believe we’re right around the corner from 2018 and I definitely say this every year but just how quick did last year go!!!

As is every year, there were a lot of highs and lows for my little family although at this stage I am more happy to remind myself of a few of the highs we’ve achieved this year…

  • Managing to secure and update our house to an even better one (in just under a year of only being in the old house!!)
  • Seeing our family grow by adding another furry member into the mix 😉
  • Enjoying a wonderful break away to the city of Rome, somewhere I have been dying to visit for the last few years!

Work has also been insane this year!! Here’s a little of what’s been going on…

  • A total of 18 Weddings shot in Essex, Suffolk and Kent in 2017, topping last years count and looking even more positive for 2018!
  • Booking so many Equestrian & Canine shoots and made tons of friends during the sessions – I love getting to know my clients & their quirky animals. One of the main reasons my job totally rocks!! <3
  • Setting up my own little office during our house move so I now have a whole room dedicated to my photography work Eek!! I’m so use to having an office in the corner of my old spare bedroom that this small change has been really appreciated!
  • Next year brings a Wedding booked in a castle in Wales YAYYYY – the furthest my photography has taken me! I’m so psyched I literally can’t wait for next year to start!!

To show how amazing my 2017 has been, I’ve narrowed it down to a very select few of my favourite moments to share with you <3

Thanks 2017 you’ve been amazing…Here’s to an fan-dabby-dozy 2018!! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! 💃🏼 🥂 🍾 💃🏼 🎊

 

Laura x

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Laura x