It’s fair to say photography is a profession which I learnt quite late in life. My love for looking at photos grew to creating memories for people, the latter borne from becoming a mum.
I photographed my first wedding in 2009 and have photographed weddings at many many venues throughout Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincoln and Leicestershire.
I have a lot of happy brides and grooms who ask me to photograph their babies and children and I feel privileged I get to see families grow. Following a re-brand of my business in 2014, my portraits are now under the name of AliLulu Portraits.
Being a mum and portrait photographer, I generally stay local but I’m not averse to weddings further afield so please don’t let this stop you from getting in touch (especially if there’s a beach involved!).
In 2016, I was a regional finalist in The Wedding Photography Industry Awards nominated and voted for by my brides and grooms.
It’s always an honour to be asked to photograph a wedding as I know couples are entrusting me to make memories of one of the biggest days of their lives. I have a full portfolio of photos to give you an idea of my style and, if you like what you see, I would love to hear from you.
This is me with my son on holiday!
Why I love photographing weddings
For me, wedding photography is all about capturing the emotions and spirit of the day.
When I decided I wanted to be a professional photographer in 2008, wedding photography didn’t actually cross my mind. I was photographing children and families with a natural approach (no studio and no cheese) and this is where I felt my photo style shone. Then a friend introduced me to documentary wedding photography and it completely changed my view of wedding photography. Up until this point, I had only ever seen formal wedding photos which were staged and non-emotive … a style I didn’t feel the passion for. As a creative person, I need to feel the buzz about my work and that has always been important to me.
So when I learnt I how to photograph weddings with a story telling approach, I was hooked into this genre.
It helps that I love to people watch (my ambition is to write a book from a coffee shop although I don’t like coffee!).
Couples who book me to photograph their wedding do so because of my natural relaxed style (and the fact that I’m friendly!).