The Fairy Godmother Project Wedding Photography

The Fairy Godmother Project are creative and talented wedding photographers ...our aim is to give you confidence and creativity on your big day. The Fairy Godmother Project is casting a protective wand over your perfect day. We are here to create timeless memories with an elegant, fun and trustworthy approach. Based in West London, serving London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and beyond...

Friday, 19 April 2013

This is my story of the 96% beauty blindness...

There is this Dove Real Beauty Sketches campaign doing the rounds on the Internet at the moment, which claims that only 4% of women consider themselves to be beautiful.  I was so shocked by these figures, as it leaves an astounding 96% of women deeming themselves unattractive.  I always thought all women around me to be beautiful; that is all except me...

And then, a few days later, I was tasked with taking pictures of my sons teachers to display on a board. I started this project after walking every day past the board and noticing the ugly, badly lit mug-shots of the staff taken with a camcorder... I was terrified that someone who was spending so much time with my son would have such low self esteem after walking past and seeing their terrible portrait so many times a day!

It was quick photo session for the staff. There was the standard conversation of, "I don’t like having my picture taken," and variations of the, "I hate pictures of me," dialogue, with the girls that cheer me every day with their huge generous smiles at the reception, soon joining in.  Every day as I approach the nursery building I know I need to start smiling, because there will always be huge welcoming smiles waiting for me and I cannot ruin this by arriving with a “flustered mother” face...

I practically begged the girls to give me try and prove that they are so so wrong... These pictures were taken without any special preparation, dressing up or professional make-up. They are exactly as I see them every day... And later that evening when my husband entered the office as the pictures were uploading to my computer, his reaction was "wow, is she a model!? Where did you meet her?"... If you only knew how she felt about herself... 

What are we doing to ourselves girls?!

Which team are you on… the 96% or the 4%?

Honestly it's been the most emotionally difficult photo editing ever. A complete roller-coaster between anger, sadness and tears... But also happiness; happiness that I have a gift to see people as beautiful as they truly are...

Oh, I only realised that I had this gift thanks to Elina, who wrote about her wedding experience with me. She wrote about me: "She loves people, she is super positive and gets on amazingly well with everyone. She finds beauty in people and she is a people photographer." Yes, I really see everyone as beautiful. Honestly! But when it comes to myself, it's the same old hypocritical story.

I got a birthday gift from my best friend from school, with the words - "When I saw this necklace I thought it was SO YOU!" My first reaction was - No. It's beautiful but it's not me. It cannot be true that even though she knows everything about me, including all my skeletons hidden in the wardrobe, and yet she still finds me as bold and beautiful as this necklace...

When you need to understand something, the universe conspires to help you achieve this understanding?!

Can we be the universe for each other and change how we feel about ourselves, ladies?! Or will we always find our critical voice louder than the universal one around us?!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

All Hail Irregular Choice...

So I get married... I spend a fortune on a beautiful bespoke silk dress... I have my hair done by a professional and sport diamonds worth thousands... and what are the comments I receive all day and evening....?

"WOW, I absolutely love your shoes..."

My beautiful Irregular Choice Itsy Bitsy Betsy shoes, were the eBay bargain of the century... at only £30!

Having chosen a 1950's inspired wedding dress and not wanting to look like a conveyor belt bride, I wanted some really stand out shoes to fit the idea...  Irregular Choice were the only option and the Itsy Bitsy Betsy style could not have worked better...

I chose the flowers for my bouquet, designed by Kopend Creations, to compliment the red and pink flowers in the irregular choice shoes...  I couldn't have been more happy with the end result...

I really struggle with high heeled shoes due to a knee injury and was very wary that I wanted something comfortable and glamorous for my wedding day...  These irregular choice shoes really fitted the bill, with their platform heel, soft material and adjustable heel strap, I wore them for 9 hours and I was stood up chatting, dancing and skipping for pretty much the whole time!

Thank you Irregular Choice for being so Irregular!!!


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The case against "Good Enough" by Kathleen Trenske...

I found this article by Kathleen Trenske, writing for The Huffington Post

... a very succinct view on the pros of a wedding album...

My parents have exactly 18 professional images from their wedding. Eighteen. I know them inside and out. I could describe each image to you so well that a sketch artist would be able to recreate them.

How do I know them so well? Because I've looked at them hundreds of times. I've looked at them hundreds of times because they were on display, in an album. An album that was made by a professional, filled with prints made through a professional lab and bound in a book available only to professionals. From the time I was a little girl I was fascinated by it -- seeing my parents so young, my grandparents and aunts and uncles surrounding them. It was a simple leather book, with the images slipped in and preserved behind plastic but it held up surprisingly well over time. Even though I looked at it more times than I could count. Even though this May those images will turn 42 years old.

But what about couples that marry today? What if they decide to forgo an album? What if they decide it's not worth the cost? How many images do you really think they'll put into frames? Five? Ten? Maybe that first year married, they'll have a bunch. But then, kids comes along. Baby pictures replace wedding pictures in those frames. They move, things change. In 40 years, how many pictures do you think their children will know by heart? How many pictures will they have even seen?

Today, a lot of couples think just getting the disc of images is "good enough." Here's the problem with that thinking: it's not true. Not by a long shot.

Don't get me wrong, I think that getting the files from your day is great. Today's couples probably get up to 1,000 images from their wedding, WAY more images than my parents did. After all, what happened to all those other images from my parents' wedding day? They probably sat, negatives in a box, at their photographer's studio never again to see the light of day. So I think it's wonderful that couples get ALL their photos. But what worries me is that even with that option, it won't mean that today's couples will necessarily be better off. My fear is that today's couples will actually end up with LESS than what my parent's got in 1971.

Think about it, will the computers of 2055 even have DVD drives? USB ports? Will they even have hard drives at all? If the past is any indication, the answer is no. You know what the big technological advancement was when my parents got married? Eight-track players. What if their images were stored on the equivalent of that? How in the world would I see those images today?
But you know what never becomes obsolete? What never goes out of style? Photographs. And not just any photographs. Not photos printed at a drugstore. Professional photographs, printed by a professional lab. Those are the photos you find in an attic. It could be a 100-year-old photo, but it still looks good. Because back then, the paper photographs were printed on was high quality and developing them was an art form. There were no machines that spit out pictures onto cheap paper with inexpensive ink. I actually have to stop myself from intervening when I see people at those automated machines in a drugstore. Whatever they're charging, it's too much. Because those prints aren't worth the paper they're printed on. They will fade. They will curl. They will not stand the test of time. Not even close.

Your memories are worth more than that. And your wedding images? They are worth TONS more than that. These aren't snapshots from a vacation. They aren't pictures from your iPhone. You cared enough about these moments to hire a professional to photograph them. Follow that through by having a professional print them. Have that professional print the pictures you put into frames and have them design you a high-quality wedding album that you will cherish for decades.
If you purchase an album through your photographer, you can see a sample in person. You can touch and feel it and make sure it is worth every penny.

I know that albums are expensive. That's for good reason. They are custom-designed books, usually hand-stitched and hand assembled and made just for you.
But of all the things you spend money on for your wedding, your wedding photographs are the ONLY thing that will increase in value over time. As the years pass, you'll be more and more glad that you have them. Especially, if you can experience looking through them by flipping through a gorgeous custom-designed album instead of sitting in front of your computer and clicking "next" with your mouse.

So, figure out a way to make it happen. Figure out a way to afford that album. Forgo a centerpiece. Cut back on your guest list. Opt out of the vintage car you'll drive in for all of 20 minutes.
Don't just do it for you. Do it for your children. Do it for your grandchildren. Because when they root around in your attic in 2075, they will have no idea what do with a USB key anymore than they would with a laser disc player.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

TFGP Finally Launched...


We’ve finally launched The Fairy Godmother Project Wedding Photography with a wedding at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, followed by a reception at The Hare & Hounds Hotel, just down the road from Westonbirt Arboretum…

What a beautiful and spectacular day it was too…

The bride arrived in a 1960’s Dodge Charger hired from Star Car Hire, and proceeded to get blown into the ceremony by the biting wind...  

With a stunning bouquet created by Kopend Creations, and a dress made by Alice from Veils of Berkeley the smile from the brides face could been see for miles!

The rain kindly held off for the ceremony and until the newly married bride and groom and the guests were safely ensconced in The Hare & Hounds, with a glass of champagne and a canape in hand!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Welcome to TFGP...


Welcome to the Fairy Godmother Project, officially launching March 2013...

The Fairy Godmother Project are two creative and talented wedding photographers... our aim is to give you confidence and creativity on your big day.

Zane Karklina and Nikki Little are The Fairy Godmother Project, casting a protective wand over your perfect day. We are here to create timeless memories with an elegant, fun and trustworthy approach.       

Qualified with Masters Degrees in Fine Art Photography, we have been photographing stylish weddings, events and portraits for over 5 years. With an eye for detail and a fun and friendly manner, we will capture your special occasion with style and finesse, presenting the chosen images in a bespoke album.

You will have the attention of two qualified and creative photographers attending your big day, capturing as many moments as possible, from all angles throughout the day.

We will create a record of your wedding with our ability to stylishly capture the moment, leaving you the time and freedom to fully enjoy your wedding day and guests.  After the big day we will work with you to present your images in a manner that befits your characters and personalities.

You can feel confident under the protective guidance of The Fairy Godmother Project.

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