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In-home Family Photography Session, Essex

January was such a busy month for us! Not too packed with photography sessions but certainly busy on the life side of things! We tried to get a grip on our tax returns (shout out to all the self-employed people out there…!) caught up on a lot of editing and then headed up to Scotland to show Rodney Brown all of our favourite dramatic landscapes. We also had an amazing weekend down in London, sightseeing and spending time with friends. Lots of love for Dishoom restaurants, especially late at night. Very lovely food! Taking a detour on our way back up north, we headed into the Essex area for an in-home family photography session with the lovely Baby family.

We had the privilege of documenting Jacques and Leonna’s wedding all the way back in March 2015 as our first ever (!) wedding. Then when their daughter Myla arrived we were able to capture this memory for them in a newborn photography session. We headed down to Essex to meet Myla aged six weeks old, the cutest baby we’d ever seen! Myla was kind enough to let us to capture our first ever family photoshoot.

Two years later, Zara was welcomed into the Baby family and we continued the tradition of capturing natural family photos. Zara turned out to have her sister’s skills in being equally camera curious!

Relaxed family photography is something that we really enjoy being a part of. It is so wonderful to have the opportunity to catch and preserve a moment in time. In-home family photo sessions really allow us to capture the personality of your family, in the place they feel most relaxed and at home.

The Essex and Southeast area is a place we always love visiting. Beautiful countryside mixed with cute villages and all at such a handy distance from London… always a pleasure. We will be back very soon, Essex.

We stayed a couple of hours with the Baby family, enjoying lots of laughs (thank you Jacques), catching up on what we’ve missed (Leonna), some tears (Myla) and a fair amount of chocolate Mini Eggs that got consumed (Myla again!).

We hope you enjoy browsing through some of our favourites from this family photography session down in Essex.

Highgate, London Stoke Newington Town Hall and Star Pub Summer Wedding - Chloe + Ben

Remember the beautiful hot summer days? They seem a million miles away now the clocks have change and we are deep into Autumn. But this wedding will remind you of sunnier times. Chloe and Ben are such wonderful people, it was a pleasure to be there and document their London wedding.

When these two got in touch with us to discuss their Stoke Newington Town Hall wedding we were beyond excited as we have always dreamed of shooting a London town hall wedding, and to make things even better they told us the reception was going to be held in a London pub! Dreams really do come true.

Chloe wore the most perfect dress from HalfPenny London she looked absolutely amazing all day. They had their ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall and the pub reception at The Star Highgate.

There were countless heartwarming family moments including the couple’s grandparents being the witnesses to the marriage register being signed! Hope you enjoy looking through these beautiful memories.

5 Ways to Keep Your Wedding Planning Stress Free!

Weddings can be beautiful, emotional and special days. Your wedding is a unique celebration of your love to all of your family and friends. But sadly, with emotions running high and pressure building as the day nears, it can also become a stressful time.

Months or even years of wedding planning and the expectation that this will be the happiest, most beautiful, memorable day of your life… these ideas can quickly become pressures.

So how can you make sure that your wedding day is as stress free as possible? How can you de-stress the planning process to make sure that you and your partner can enjoy the most relaxed wedding day?

As Yorkshire wedding photographers, we have observed so many brides and grooms make a success of their wedding planning. Having learned from the best, we want to share that wisdom with all of you! Here are seven tips to help you enjoy your stress-free wedding planning!

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1. Make Lists.

Make Lists and Break it down into Timed Chunks

It may sound simple, but keeping a mental to-do list will make you feel mentally pressured, overwhelmed or stressed. But… a long, lengthy list of everything you’ll ever need to plan your wedding will be completely daunting. Break up your list into things you can do right away, things you will do next month, or even things you can do the month or week before the wedding day.

We will be writing a blog post on how to plan a wedding quite soon, but remember to sort the big things first (venue, legal stuff, caterers and of course, photographers!)

Having your wedding planning split up into manageable tasks will make you feel relaxed and lower the pressure of how much you have to do.  It will also make you feel reassured, that you’ve done all you can for this point in time.

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2. Take a break…

Have time where you take a break from wedding planning.

Your family and friends will be really excited about your special day, so they will want to know details and plans and updates on your wedding planning. Your life can quickly become nothing but weddings! Make sure you give yourself a mental break to relax and de-stress from the wedding. Your life is varied so make sure you enjoy that all of that variety in the months leading up to your special day! Spending time with loved ones and enjoying all your usual ways of relaxing is so important.

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3. Let other people help.

If someone else can do it, let them!

Delegate, delegate, delegate!

Your closest friends will want to help. Let them! They may not do the job exactly in the way you expect, but if you communicate your ideas clearly, they will be able to take the load of your hands. A wedding is a huge event to plan, so let people help you!

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4. You can’t please them all.

Don’t try to keep everyone happy.

Everyone has an opinion on how you should plan your wedding. From where you should get married to what month of the year to how many traditions you include. To keep your wedding stress free, only include the parts of the day that you really care about. If you don’t want to cut the cake, don’t cut the cake! If a first dance makes you feel anxious, organise your family and the bridal party to all dance along with you. Don’t squash in other people’s expectations at the expense of your enjoyment. They will enjoy the day anyway and enjoy seeing you and your partner relaxed and happy!

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5. Don’t expect perfection.

Have reasonable expectations of the day

Your pictures will look even more beautiful if you are happy and relaxed.

Be reasonable about how long certain parts of the day will take. Being rushed or having too much time to kill will lead to unhappy guests and a stressed bride and groom. Make sure you plan time to spend a little quiet time together during the wedding day, whether that is a first look before the ceremony or a couples shoot in the evening light. At Caitlin + Jones Photography we can absolutely recommend the value of doing this, both to keep your wedding enjoyable and to have even more beautiful pictures for your memories!