For the love of progress

After a lifetime of loving all things photography we’re just over 6 months into setting up For the Love as a photography business. Just goes to show time flies when you’re having fun! To celebrate this little milestone we thought we’d look back on our progress so far….

Our first official outing as For the Love involved a trip to see Peak Tipis in real life. This trip gave Gemma and I a real buzz about what we were doing, as well as giving us both wedding fever which we swiftly did our very best to pass onto our eternally patient bride-to-be Callie!

Gemma travelled to Brighton and made the most of the quirky, picturesque backdrop to do a love shoot for Danny and Callie. Our lovely couple were ecstatic with the results and I must say I was a little bit in love with them too, and it really did nothing to quench my eagerness to visit this intriguing city; Brighton look out I’m coming for you!

Making the most of life events I documented my sister India’s surprise baby shower. Shooting in a home was challenging but it was lovely to capture the essence of such a happy event.

Some friends and I took a road trip to Cornwall,  armed with my camera to explore the area local to my dad’s air bnb and introduce Pomchi puppy Gremlin to the outdoors Cornwall style!

I then shot a second trimester bump shoot for India, to sit alongside her Rock My Family blog. Making the most of both glorious sunshine and her local parks in Sheffield, this shoot really solidified that this is what I/we are supposed to be doing. And triply biased or not we were really pleased with the resulting shots.

I looked back at how our very own capital, London, won me over, with a focus on the photos I’d captured in Leake Street tunnel.

Whilst Gemma’s Brighton photos only made me want to experience Brighton for myself, her second visit to Graig Gwen solidified this beautiful spot as Gemma’s ‘happy place’. Not only the perfect getaway for any camping phobics, but also an amazing venue for wedding receptions and events.

I then trekked to Bristol, catching a glimpse of my oldest friend’s life in this vibrant city, and also feeding my love of street art by capturing two of Banksy’s original works. Bristol, I’ll most definitely be back!

Following the terror attacks I refused to let fear rule my life and spent two blissful days basking in Battersea Park and lapping up the chilled out summer in the city vibes.

Following a recommendation from India, we linked up with blogger Anna, to shoot her, her baby bump and husband Ste. Anna’s chosen location Beaumont Park was super versatile and the ideal spot to really capture precious moments before they enter the next exciting chapter in their lives together.  Anna recently blogged about her experience shooting with us, and brought tears to our eyes, goose pimples to our arms, and a swell of pride to our hearts.

We completed another third trimester bump shoot, making the most of our beautiful Peak District surroundings, here’s a sneak peak. Blog all about that to follow (of course!).

Throughout all this exploring we’ve developed this, our very own blog and website. Our aim in this site is to truly represent ourselves and allow people to follow us on our journey. From the very beginning Gemma and I have been keen to be as honest and true to ourselves… #keepingitreal As lovers of photography Instagram offers us a platform to showcase our work and our passion, as well as providing us with brilliant opportunities to link up and work with lovely people, such as Anna and Ste. Our following is growing, and we also love to use the app as a source of inspiration for shoots, shots and collaborations. We’ve also set up our Facebook site, and we’ve had really positive feedback from not only friends and family but strangers too – always a good sign! All of these platforms offer us the chance to share our passion for what we’re doing (after all we are doing this for the love of photography!). Whilst it’s always going to be a work in progress, it’s also great for us to be able to watch our portfolio grow and be able to share our progress with others.

Yesterday we branched out and shot a whole pile of furry babies – for the love of puppies!  Blog all about that coming soon.  Perhaps not surprisingly one of our most challenging shoots to date – puppies don’t stay where you put them and they move pretty damn fast.  But the results are looking heart breakingly cute, we can’t wait to share them with the world.

We’re also very excited to have been booked for two weddings, one this coming September and one next August; we’re so looking forward to capturing such special moments and helping our couples create memories on their special days.

It’s all coming together, and progressing better than we could have hoped to imagine. We’re living our dream, for the love of our passion, photography. We can’t wait to see what the next six months, year, years bring for us and our budding business!

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