Straughan Family | At Home Family Session in York

 

I shot Hannah & Ben's wedding nearly 4 years ago. There they are, happy as ever above! I was over the moon when Hannah got in touch for a family session at their home in York. Their second boy, Wilf, had just arrived and they were keen to have some photos soon after he was born. Newborn shoots are best done in the first two weeks if you really want to capture that brand new squishiness, as well as all the incredible expressions they make! But it doesn't really matter when you do the shoot; every stage is wonderful to document. 

My approach to family sessions is a mixture of documentary and portrait - although nothing overly staged and with your baby cuddled in your arms; after all, as any parent knows, this is where a newborn is truly content and relaxed!

I find it incredibly rewarding when I meet up with my couples long after their wedding and am given the opportunity to document their continuing story and the new generations that have joined the family. If you're considering having a family shoot, do get in touch. I am certain you won't have any regrets. They grow up so fast (I know only too well) and I can only imagine how wonderful it will be to look back at these photos when they've grown, or even embarrass them on their wedding day! You can see more of my work on my Family Website HERE. Even if I didn't shoot your wedding, I would love to hear from you! 

You can follow along on Hannah's AMAZING Instagram HERE or read her beautiful blog HERE

 

Emma & Adam's Story | A Wedding On Lake Como | Villa Regina Teodolinda

 

This was my first time on Lake Como and I couldn't have asked for a lovelier wedding to document. The day took place at Villa Regina Teodolinda right on the Lake. When I think of Emma & Adam's wedding day, I remember how absolutely besotted Adam was with Emma and how perfectly suited they are to each other. The minute you meet them you realise how they just fit so wonderfully together; like two peas in a pod!

There were so many incredible moments during their day. I remember feeling very emotional photographing Adam opening his present from Emma. Emma had a book made detailing all the reasons she loves Adam with some very funny cartoon drawings, it was funny, romantic and tearjerking all in one. Probably the best wedding present I've come across! Adam was overcome with emotion and it was truly wonderful to document. I also have to mention the beautiful moment when Emma's Dad saw her for the first time. Everyone was crying!  It's moments like this that us wedding photographers live for!

Emma and Adam were also treated to a surprise song from Emma's bridesmaid and later, Emma and Adam surprised their guests with an operatic performance from three incredible voices! Everything about the day was personal, romantic and intimate. It really was a fantastic day. All effortlessly planned and styled by Gemma of My Lake Como Wedding. I also had the pleasure of working alongside Alessandro Pardi; he is so discreet and seriously talented! You can see a sneak peek here https://vimeo.com/246067522/description

A big thank you to my kind and ever patient husband for helping me on this one, I love you!

All in all another wedding that leaves me thinking how lucky I am to work with such genuine and kind couples. Thank you Emma & Adam! 

Upon receiving their images I received this message from Emma "Thank you so much Dominique. Honestly, from the bottom of our hearts we are so grateful for these photos and for the love and care you've put into delivering our wedding. We're quite simply blown away. We can't watch them without crying and they have brought back so many memories of the sheer joy we felt on the day. Thank you so much! "

Emma's beautiful dress is by Monique L'Huillier