Engagement photoshoot rutland

Engagement photoshoot rutland

Engagement sessions, what a strange thing to get your head around, I mean, your engaged already otherwise you wouldn’t be looking for a wedding photographer right!

So what exactly are they? Also known as Pre-Wedding shoots, engagement sessions are basically a couples photoshoot. They are the perfect opportunity for you to get to know me as a photographer and for me to get to know you as a couple.

Ok, so why am I telling you this?? Well, on a trial basis, I have decided to offer ‘mini’ Engagement photoshoots as part of the wedding consultation process. 

These will take place in Rutland and will last 20 minutes and the best part, they are completely free. After the engagement photoshoot we will grab a coffee and look at the photos together, you can ask any questions you have about the way I work and go over all of the different collection prices.

Every couple will receive a 5×7 print of their favourite image and if you decide to book me as your wedding photographer then you will receive the full gallery of digital images. 

Think of it as a try before you buy, but for wedding photography. Hopefully, you love how I work but if you don’t then no problem at all I promise not to take it personally and no you don’t have to decide on the spot if you want to take some time to discuss it as a couple that is completely fine.

Take a look below to see the variety of images we can capture all within 20 minutes.

Couple hugging barnsdale woods
Couple walking in barnsdale woods rutland
Couple sitting in the woods
Couple sitting in the woods by Amanda Forman Photography
Couple posing for engagement photoshoot in rutland
Couple having an engagement photoshoot in Rutland
Couple having an engagement photoshoot in rutland by Amanda Forman Photography
Couple having an engagement photshoot in Barnsdale Woods
Couple having an engagement photoshoot in Rutland by Amanda Forman Photography
Couple having an engagement photoshoot in Barnsdale Woods
Portrait of a couple in Rutland Water by Amanda Forman Photography

I love it let me book in!

Amazing! Simply click the link below to enter your details so I can make sure I have your wedding date free and if I do I will send you a link to book your Engagement shoot in the calendar.

I can’t wait to meet you.

Becoming a mum in lockdown

Becoming a mum in lockdown

baby in cot amanda forman photography

Technically, I became a mum just before lockdown. My beautiful little girl was born on the 26th of February 2020 and she amazes me and makes me smile every single day.

The entire country going in to lockdown a few weeks later was not how I envisaged my maternity leave but I cannot, and will not say that 2020 was a write-off, 2020 gave me my baby girl.

Weddings were cancelled, family photoshoots were stopped, I missed several maternity sessions because babies were born before we came out of lockdown mid-year and my entire business as I knew it changed. What else is a photographer in lockdown to do though than use that valuable time to photograph my own little angel.

Of course, I would have loved to have taken Mya out and shown her off to anyone and everyone because I am one proud mummy, but I can’t so instead I am sharing some images and a little insight into our lockdown life from her first weeks on earth right up to her first birthday. 

I hope you enjoy and that these images get you excited for your own family sessions which we can hopefully resume from April/May all being well.

 

Baby in a cot by Amanda Forman Photography
Newborn photography Amanda Forman Photography
Newborn Photography Amanda Forman Photography

One of my favorite images to take and this particular one is framed and displayed in Mya’s nursery. I love how tiny she is in Daddy’s hands, she was only a week old when we took this photo and as we aren’t having any more babies I really wanted to make sure we had this image as I have taken it for so many other families. 

Baby in dads hands amanda forman photography

This isn’t the most professional of photos, the background is all creased, it was just a blanket I had put her on to go to sleep. I love how curled she still was at this point. 

newborn photography by amanda forman photography

A beautiful close-up of her long eyelashes. Because, why not!

babies eyelashes by amanda forman photography

The image below was taken the very first time we put Mya in her big girl’s cot in her own room. A bittersweet moment i am sure most parents can attest to. 

Baby sleeping by Amanda Forman Photography
newborn photography by amanda forman photography

I am so so pleased I took these photos. As we had gone into lockdown at this point I wasn’t able to book another photographer to take our photos which is what I had always planned to do. Instead, I placed my camera on a tripod and keyed in all of the settings then used a remote trigger to capture these. I love looking back on them, it is so special to me to have photos from this time in my life and Mya’s life. I can’t even remember her being this small now! I will be doing some more self-portraits again soon. 

Mum with her baby by amanda forman photography
Mum with her new baby by amanda forman photography
mum cuddling her newborn by amanda forman photography
Mum with her new baby outside by amanda forman photography

Another self-portrait was taken in the old Quarry in Stamford. It is so important to me that I have photos not only of Mya and her Daddy but also some with me in them as well. 

newborn photography by amanda forman photography
mum and her daughter at the fatm by amanda forman photography

A little trip over to Rutland Farm Park, I can’t wait for this to be able to open again so we can take Mya back again now she is walking. Of course I didn’t take this photo I gave the camera to my wonderful husband : )

Baby photography by amanda forman photography

Remember that time back in 2020 when we were able to sit outside in the SUNSHINE!!! I am so looking forward to that again this year, it really did make the lockdown part one so much more bearable. 

Baby laying down by amanda forman photography
baby playing by amanda forman photography

I had just calibrated all of my lenses so I figured who better to test them out on than Mya, she rose to the occasion as you can see.

baby portrait by amanda forman photography
Newborn photography by amanda forman photography

Bathtime with Nonna. We were so lucky to be able to get away in September as it gave us some much needed family time. 

baby photography by amanda forman photography
baby cuddling daddy by amanda forman photography

Morning cuddles with Daddy, we were in Cornwall and this was such a peaceful spot sat in front of the window just watching the rain and having a morning coffee. 

christmas photo of baby on chair

Of course Mya gets to be my tester for my Christmas Micro sessions, this was last years set and I loved it so much. I can’t believe how small she looks here though 

mum and daughter in the snow
baby girl by amanda forman photography
baby playing with headphones
baby playing in leaves
Baby playing in the leaves
baby playing by amanda forman photography
baby photoshoot by amanda forman photography
portrait of a baby girl
Family photography by Amanda Forman Photography
Family photography by amanda forman photography
Girl walking in the woods with leaf
girl playing in the woods
girl walking in the woods

A lockdown valentines in rutland

A lockdown valentines in rutland

Valentines in Rutland with Amanda Forman Photography

As we head into the second year of lockdown restrictions in the UK I wanted to take a look at the local companies in Rutland and the surrounding areas to gather some ideas for you on how to make your lockdown Valentine’s a little more special.

I hope these give you some incredible ideas and help make this Valentine’s day special even if it is in Lockdown.

01.

A framed print

Vicki over at inviting writing has some fantastic prints for sale over on her site HERE

You can even buy a digital download and print it yourself if you’re in a pinch and want to get something arranged quickly.

With prices starting at only £6 there is something for everyone and every personality.

 

Lockdown valentines frame
Valentines in lockdown with Amanda Forman Photography

02.

A blind date book

What a cute idea from the Rutland Book Nook. She is inviting you to visit her Facebook page and have a blind date with a book….

How does this work I hear you ask? Simply take a look at the little note on the top of the book and comment underneath the one you would like and for only £5 it’s yours ready to enjoy for valentine’s day.

You can find the post with all of the blind date books right HERE

 

03.

Flower subscription

Vicki at Paisley Floral is a local Florist based right here in Oakham, Rutland. Not only does she offer an option for bouquets to be delivered she also has the option for a monthly bouquet subscription. What a fantastic idea.

Show that special person just how much you love them, not just on Valentine’s day. Paisley Floral offers weekly, Bi-Weekly, or Monthly subscriptions. You just decide how often and what size bouquet you would like and Vicki does the rest.

Head HERE to select your subscription or one-off bouquets now.

 

paisley floral bouquet
Lockdown Valentines Magic show with Ricky Locke

04.

A private magic show

How about a live, interactive mind reading and magic experience. You can even get the kids involved as these are suitable for children from the age of 8 up. Shows are 40 minutes long and you can book yours by contacting Ricky HERE

“I had the great pleasure of taking part in Ricky’s show and it was amazing, it was such an experience and a laugh. I can’t fault it at all. He is amazing at what he does and you are never disappointed, thank you very much.” – Chanti Height

05.

A family or couples Photoshoot

We may still be in lockdown for now but why not get yourself booked in for a family or couples photoshoot and be the first in line to have your family photographed when the lockdown is eased.

Photoshoots last for approx 60 minutes in the Rutland area and are £295 including your edited digital images. What better a way to show someone how much you love them than capturing your love for all eternity.

Contact me HERE to get your session booked in and quote VALENTINE’S to get £25 off when booked before the 14th of February.

Engagement session in Rutland Amanda Forman Photography
Bradgate park family photography (6)
Rutland Lockdown Valentines Afternoon Tea

06.

Valentines Afternoon Tea

How delicious does this look! Local company Kavanagh’s are offering couples the chance to celebrate Valentine’s in style with this incredible afternoon tea offering.

All wrapped up with a pink ribbon & Rose for that personal touch. Only £36 for two which includes delivery to RUTLAND (LE15).

Get yours HERE

07.

Wisteria Valentines lunch

Fancy something a little more substantial? Why not opt for the Valentine’s Sunday lunch from the Wisteria Hotel in the heart of Oakham. They are offering an incredible menu of Valentine’s delights including roast sirloin of Beef and Strawberry Cheesecake. My mouth is already watering just thinking of it!

Two courses for two people is £35 and 3 courses is £60

You can order yours on their website by following this LINK

Collection is between 12:30 and 19:30.

 

Wisteria Hotel Valentines day Amanda Forman Photography
Wisteria Hotel Valentines day Amanda Forman Photography
Valentines in Rutland with Amanda Forman Photography

08.

Movie night

Have a movie night in the comfort of your own home. Get some popcorn, nachos, and cheese or sweets – or all three why not!!, turn down the lights and curl up on the sofa with a blanket. Turn off your phones and just enjoy each others company, admit it, when was the last time you had a tech-free night!

09.

MR & MRS QUIZ

Feeling brave? why not play MR & MRS with your couple friends on zoom. The winners can be treated to a drink by the other couples when we are allowed to go back out again!

 

Valentines in Rutland with Amanda Forman Photography
Valentines in Rutland in Lockdown

10.

CAKE BOXES

Because if we are honest, a cake is always the answer. The Purple Pumpkin cake company have some delicious looking boxes for you to order. You can find them on their Facebook Page 

There are so many more things you can do on valentines day too, here are just a few ideas; 

 

1. Go out for a long walk and hold hands like old times

2. Get all dressed up for dinner as if you were going out, shirts, dresses, makeup the full works

3. Put a concert on TV and pretend like you are there

4. Have a cocktail making night, get creative and have a bit of fun putting some new cocktails together. 

 

I hope these ideas and recommendations bring a little spark to your lockdown Valentine’s day. Enjoy wonderful people of Rutland xx

bigger isn’t always better

bigger isn’t always better

Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham-29

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know that my husband came up with the blog post title! Quite catch I think. He isn’t wrong though, when it comes to weddings, especially in the current climate, bigger is most certainly not always better.

I have spent the past few days contacting all of this year’s couples to discuss their plans, be it keep the date and hold out to see if COVID-19 allows for their wedding to go ahead, hold a new date just in case or move their wedding to 2022.

When I sent the emails out I will admit to being quite nervous about the influx of emails from couples asking to move or cancel but I was actually pleasantly surprised.

Several of this year’s brides and grooms, brides and brides and grooms and grooms have said that actually, they just want to get married. They no longer want COVID to dictate when they will be getting married, in fact in their exact words “Not to sound cliché and all, but….we just want to get married to each other now :)”

Now don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that a Micro wedding as they have now become known, is not what most couples have been planning for and in some cases, it just can’t work but I have seen first-hand just how magical a Micro Wedding can be.

Don’t believe me? take a look at the photos below from Nicole and Chris’s wedding day or hop back to the wedding of Jessica and Steve

Another way to look at it, according to my husband, it’s a brilliant way of getting out of inviting all of the people you were only going to invite out of courtesy 😉 AND it can save you a lot of money in the process.

So if you are looking at having a smaller wedding when restrictions are eased just head to my wedding collections to take a look at your options, I have anything from 1.5 hours to cover your ceremony and a few photos afterward to 4 hours covering arrival, ceremony, group photos, and couple photos.

Not sure which is best for you? Just send me an email to photography@amandaforman.co.uk or give me a call on 01572 491791

 

Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham

Amanda was so helpful for our last minute wedding day! She was friendly professional and the photos came out wonderful! We cannot thank her enough for everything she did for us!

Nicole Chapman

Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham

A few word from the bride and groom;

“After having changed the date so many times we just found that actually just being married meant more to us than anything. Regardless of how small or big, the ceremony was now going to be. We wanted a proper family for our little boy and for us all to have the same name. Who knows how long these restrictions will be so why not just have a small intimate ceremony?”

Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham-29
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Catmose Cottage Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Micro Wedding Oakham
Rutland Water Micro Wedding Oakham

Steal their style

Flowers – Julia Dilworth Florals

Dress – ChiChi Clothing 

Ceremony venue – Catmose Cottage Oakham 

Photo location – Normanton Church, Rutland Water

Hair – Hair by Keely

The wedding cake diaries

The wedding cake diaries

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

Ever wondered why a wedding cake is more expensive than a cake bought from your local supermarket? I mean it’s all just cake right?? Wrong!

I almost can’t believe It has been this long, but last December I visited Michelle from Love Life Eat Cake based locally here in Rutland to see just what goes into the making of a wedding cake.

I missed out on the baking part, trade secrets and all! and joined Michelle for three days whilst she iced and decorated this lucky couple’s wedding cake to perfection.

The day started with Michelle using this fantastic device to level out the cakes so that all of them were perfectly even. Each layer of cake has multiple layers within it, all secured together with delicious icing.

 Lady cutting a cake
Icing a cake with chocolate icing
Icing a cake with love life eat cake
Baking with love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Icing a cake

How incredibly satisfying is this! the ganache is perfectly smoothed by Michelle to make sure that when she does add the icing it is free from any lumps and bumps and ready to wow your wedding guests.

Love life eat cake rutland cale maker icing a cake
Smoothing out th eicing with love life eat cake
Love life eat cake rutland baking

Next Michelle moves on to the very top layer of the cake, which in this case is a fruit cake. Now, until I saw Michelle do this, I actually thought I was doing pretty well with my Christmas cakes. I do cheat though and use Royal icing peaked to make it look like snow! Michelle has to level the fruit cakes out and then wrap them perfectly in marzipan and then icing. 

love life eat cake measuring a cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

Making sure that the Marzipan around the fruit cake is beautifully smooth.

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

I actually tried to do this with my own Christmas cake when I got home from photographing Michelle, NO CHANCE! This is why we pay Michelle to make our wedding cakes! even though there is no chance of you ever seeing this section of the cake on your wedding day, it is still treated as if it is the only thing that will be on show. Nothing short of perfection.

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

Time to roll out the icing ready to ice the cakes, the final layer before the decorating (and my favorite part) of the wedding cake begins. Remember, Michelle has to do this for every layer of your cake and takes just as much time and care over each one.

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

The middle layer of this cake was to be a shimmery one, covered in pearl icing and then edible sequins. Michelle took such care making sure that the cake was evenly covered in the pearl icing using her spray gun. When I asked her why it had to be perfect if she was just covering it in sequins anyway she said that was just how she worked. She takes such pride in her work and that is something you should always look for when choosing ANY of your wedding suppliers. Nothing less than their best should be good enough.

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

The top layer of the cake was to have little white snowflakes all around it, I have always wondered how this was done so neatly and if I am honest I still wonder. I watched Michelle move the stencil all the way around the cake without once smudging any of the other snowflakes and without leaving any gaps!

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

With the top and middle tiers complete it was time to move on to the base. This was the most intricate of the layers and took the longest. Each flourish is cut and folded by hand before being added to the cake with pinpoint precision. This takes pure skill and a huge amount of patience and concentration. 

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

The time had come to deliver the cake. Michelle delivers all of her cakes by hand making sure they are displayed beautifully and allowing her to take care of any last-minute touch-ups like removing the sequins that had dropped from the middle layer. She takes great pride in her work and rightly so because it truly is a work of art. 

Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake
Rutland cake maker love life eat cake

Hopefully, this will have gone some way to showing you why a bespoke wedding or celebration cake is that little more expensive. There is so much skill and hard work that goes into creating each and every layer. 

Michelle owns ‘Love Life Eat Cake’ and is based right here in Rutland UK. She is an International award-winning Cake and Sugar Artist. You can find out more about her, the services she offers and book in for your own wedding consultation by visiting her website – Love Life Eat Cake. 

Autumnal family photoshoot in St Ives

Autumnal family photoshoot in St Ives

Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire Amanda Forman Photography

I have only recently begun offering family photo sessions on my website officially. Since having my daughter in February of this year and then the lockdown making me realise just how much family means to me and to all of us, I have come to believe that now more than ever it is SO IMPORTANT to capture moments just like these to treasure and to pass down the generations. 

During lockdown part one, my mum contacted me, she wanted to know if I had any nice photos of my siblings and their children for a project she was working on. I can’t go in to detail on what that was because as I understand it, it is for a Christmas present. 

I was shocked to realise that no, I hadn’t taken any photos of my own family in such a long time that nothing I had was up to date. 

With this in mind, I set out to capture the different members of my family, I had managed to complete this session and one other before lockdown part two started so these are to be continued but for now here are a few images from a session with my beautiful sister Phoebe and her gorgeous and wonderfully independent daughter Isla. 

P.S. If any of you are crushing over Islas coat and skirt then you need to head to Islabootique – my sister started her own business when Isla was born creating beautiful handmade childrens clothing. It truly is beautiful and so well made my baby girl has so many little outfits and coats from her now we are creating quite the collection.

Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography

Isla showing us where the baby is was so funny, she was convinced it was in her tummy and not mummies. 

Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography girl making tea
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography girl making tea
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography girl making tea
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography girl making tea
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography girl making tea
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography girl making tea

Time for a quick change before heading out to the woods. We had to help mummy with her make up of course. 

Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup
Family Photoshoot girl staring out of window
Family photoshoot girl blowing nose
Family photoshoot Amanda Forman Photography putting on makeup

Next stop was the thicket in St Ives to play with the leaves and capture some photos of mummy, Isla and new baby Ezra. We didn’t have too long as it was coming up to Isla’s nap time but I love the images we captured and I know my sister does too. Thank goodness we got these in before lockdown part two came in to play as whilst I am allowed to meet her outdoors I am not actually allowed to work 🙁

Family photoshoot St Ives Cambridgeshire
Family photoshoot St Ives Cambridgeshire
Mum and daughter photoshoot in woods St Ives cambridgeshire
Mum and daughter photoshoot in woods St Ives cambridgeshire
Autumnal family photoshoot in woods girl holding stick
Autumnal family photoshoot in woods
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire Amanda Forman Photography
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire Amanda Forman Photography
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire Amanda Forman Photography
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire
Mum and daughter photo in St Ives Cambridgeshire Amanda Forman Photography

Hopefully this has given you a little insight into the sort of images we can capture in a family photoshoot. My family photoshoots are about an hour long and usually take place either indoors or outdoors although I will soon be introducing a special option to include both like we did here with Phoebe and Isla so keep an eye out for that. 

I know we can’t actually take family photos right now but if you would like to buy a gift voucher for a family photoshoot to take place in the New Year just get in touch. And don’t worry, if we go in to lockdown again, all vouchers will be extended for a duration equal to that of the lockdown so you won’t miss out. 

Engagement photoshoot rutland

Engagement photoshoot rutland

You’re nervous about booking your wedding photographer, what if you don’t like them and what if you hate the photos? No problem, book a wedding consultation with me and it includes a 20 minute engagement session, think of it as a ‘try before you buy’

read more
Becoming a mum in lockdown

Becoming a mum in lockdown

Becoming a mum in lockdown has had its challenges but it has given me so much more time with my little girl and I have been able to photograph her growing. I share some images here from her first year.

read more

Pin It on Pinterest