{www's} Newest Sponsor ~ Toast of Leeds ~ “In the Hotseat”

Good morning {www}ers i hope everyone is fine and dandy. I am super proud of how amazingly well {www} is doing and with that i have another fabulous sponsor joining the {www} team. This sounds super corny but i think of my sponsors as a little family and love them all to bits. For without them i couldn’t put as much time effort and love into the blog, so thank you guys! To have a peek at their ad’s and profiles click on their ad’s on the right on the page, or go to the vendor love page.
Today i am seriously proud and excited to introduce the wonderful Shelly from Toast of Leeds, Shelly is available throughout the UK and beyond. Shelly is an uber talented, seriously lovely lady, who’s photojournalistic yet vintage feel to her images are sure to evoke real emotion and be a long lasting memory of your big day. Shelly gorgeous work has been featured on {www} a couple of times before, see here and here.
So take a look at Shelly’s video below, her images and get to know this super lovely lady…..

{w} Hi, could you firstly tell {www} readers a little bit about you?

I’m Shelly from toast photography. I’m based in lovely picturesque Yorkshire and I shoot people.

{w} What do you love/dislike about your job?

Blimey, I love so many things. I love knowing when I’ve got a really good shot, I love the creative world I live in and all the gorgeous, friendly people I meet. I still get excited to see my images download onto the Mac after a wedding, even when my feet are aching and I’ve barely sat down all day. That probably sounds a bit sad and geeky but I get a thrill from every single wedding I do and no two weddings are the same.  I seem to tailor my style of shooting depending on the couple and occasionally I only notice I’ve done that after I’ve shot the wedding when I’m back in the studio. The only thing I dislike is spending so many hours in front of my Mac editing and doing the usual boring office stuff on my lonesome. It would be lovely to have someone to talk to occasionally – but I guess that’s where social networking steps in.

{w} How did you get into your business and into the wedding industry?

I fell into it purely by accident. Back 20 years ago, I was working in a press office and the photographer slipped a disc in his back and I was the only person around. I had to learn how to shoot with an slr and process and print all my own film. Let’s just say it was a steep learning curve. I mostly did press shots but the guy who taught me (thank you Professor Michael Cooper, I owe you pretty much everything!) was creative in so many genres – he would paint and sketch, he loved music and film, and taught me that there are so many avenues to explore creatively, that we shouldn’t just stick to one. He made me look at the world differently – albeit through a viewfinder mostly. I did my first wedding the year after aged 20. Technology has certainly moved on somewhat since then and now I don’t have to hold my breath waiting for three rolls of film to be developed. Also glossy mags and fashion have changed the face of how we look at wedding photography for ever and now every bride wants to ensure she looks like a fashion model in her wedding album.

{w} What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

Hugs. Lots of em. If I had a penny for every hug and kiss that brides and grooms give me for helping them relive their big day, I’d be a very rich bunny. I love it when a bride can’t believe how great she looks in the shots, or if I’ve caught a particular tender moment. I get a big kick out of making my clients happy. The big thing for me is making sure that the couple enjoy their big day as much as possible – the last thing you need is a bloody bossy photog who orders you into a line and tells you to smile. I want people to remember the shoot as being a whole heap of fun.

{w} What style is your work?

Well, I guess my style is quite informal. I do a lot of photojournalism throughout the day, so lots of candid shots of guests enjoying themselves. However, I also make sure I do some gorgeous shots of the happy couple themselves that are a little bit posed – but in a relaxed way. I’m also hung up on details.

{w} Could you tell us some information about your packages/prices?

I have two packages because I’m a simple kind of girl.
We do a Half-Day Package (6 hours) which is the most popular.  Coverage of the big day starts with the bride as she prepares for the wedding, throughout the ceremony itself, culminating in the wedding breakfast, toasts and cutting of the cake.
We also do a Full-Day Package (up to 12 hours) which is everything included in our Half-Day but with the addition of the evening reception, the first dance plus the option of using our ‘Portrait Photo Studio’ during the evening.
And because we really, really want to know what makes our clients tick before the big day arrives, we include a pre-wedding shoot with each of our wedding packages.  This is not only a chance to get to know me better and how I work behind the lens, but also a chance to throw caution to the wind and do an amazing photoshoot. If you’re a serious biker chick, we can do a shoot based around some mean machines, or if you’re a music geek we can theme it around old vinyl and some serious decks.

{w} Do you have any tips for couples in selecting their photographer?

Find someone you get on with. I spend a lot of time with my couples – especially on the big day itself – and it’s imperative that we all get on really well. If you’re not on the same wavelength, it’ll show in the pictures.

Also in this day and age of cutting costs, don’t scrimp on the photography. Yeah you can ask a mate who’s got a little dslr, but unless that mate can organise a crowd of slightly tipsy wedding guests, charm the venue management, ceremony officiator and spend hours touching up every last detail on photoshop, it really isn’t worth the money you’ll save. Even if you hate having your photograph taken, find a professional you trust and who can put you at ease – you’re going to be looking at these pictures for years to come after all. And don’t leave it until the last minute to book a photog. Decent photographers get booked up well in advance.

{w} How can we get in touch with you?

The usual route, try the website www.toastofleeds.co.uk, or you can actually speak to me in person on 07950 798051 – I don’t bite, honest.

Thanks so much to Shelly, it’s great to have you onboard :-) Be sure to check out the Toast of Leeds website above x x

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