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*****COMPETITION NOW CLOSED*****
The couple showcased in the film just couldnt decide, so they gave me two names for me to choose one! I couldnt!! So they both win a FREE SHOOT with me. They said their comments below just made them smile and they felt they would both really enjoy a shoot with me. I'm so glad it wasnt me who had to choose!
Congrats to Nikki and Becky who both win a shoot of up to two hours each and also get ten of their favourite images from the shoot. SO send me a message and lets get something in our diaries :)

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I'm so excited to share this film with you - it was great taking a step back from my photography, being in front of the camera, and working with White Partridge to make this. I wanted to show how I work and what to expect when you book me. To celebrate the launch of this promotional film, I am putting a free shoot up for grabs!


I am based in Hitchin and shoot weddings and portraits wherever people take me. I love to work with you to capture your day and tell the story of your Wedding.  Making you happy with the images and captured memories.  

If you have ever wondered what it's like shooting with me, you can see a pre wedding shoot in action and see how fun and personal it is, just watch this little movie!

COMPETITION

To launch this Promo film I’m offering a free Couple or family shoot for one of you lucky readers.  All you need to do is watch my short film above, leave me a comment about the film in the comments section of this blog, and share on your facebook page.  The couple who are showcased in the video will select a winner for me on 2nd December. You gotta be in it to win it. Even if you've had a shoot with me, Id love to hear your comments on the film.

TERMS & CONDITIONS
The prize will be redeemable in Herts, Beds, Cambs, London area.  If you live elsewhere and you enter and win you would need to pay for my travel.

 

The prize will need to be redeemed by the 1st of April 2014.

The competition will close on Wednesday 2nd December 2013 at Midnight.

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You can check out my recent work on my facebook page and if you email me at I am more than happy to send you my wedding brochure with all of my package details, or hear about your ideas for a shoot.

So pop over and LIKE my page, I also share lots of wedding inspirations, sneak peeks and behind the scenes.

Sharon Cooper is a Hitchin based Wedding and portrait photographer, who specialises in creative, emotive and fun location photography.

 



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There are plenty of alternative and impressive wedding fairs popping up all around the country, Tie The Knot Wedding Carnival at Hexton manor really put Herts up there with the best.  When attending a fair, its important to pick one thats right for you, that includes the couple and the suppliers!  I joined a directory that celebrated unique and independent local suppliers and booked a stand at the Tie The Knot wedding fair. I started to get very excited, wow this was a chance to show people my work, my lovely albums, my framed prints, my creativity, my passion.  But more than that...a chance to talk about weddings all day!  

There was fab music, delicious food, sunshine and such an artistic display of suppliers stands to draw the crowds in.  I loved the day from start to finish....meeting lots of great couples and mingling with the other suppliers.

It was so lovely to meet everyone - It was a great day for me, lots of enquiries and already some bookings!   Also huge massive thanks to Erica from Mr and Mrs Unique and Binky and also to Sarah at Hexton Manor.  

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I wanted to make my stand unconvential and the furniture pieces I used were borrowed from Gila Timur. My huge card cameras (and can you spot one that is my logo) were given to me by Monsoon Hitchin.

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Thanks to Binky Nixon for this photo of me!

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My adorable little chocolate camera treats were made by the brilliant Oh Lolly Lollipop! delicious

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My Viewmaster's were a massive hit, I wanted something that I'd not seen anyone else do, that would make people stop and chat.
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I was so busy chatting to lots of lovely couples, that there really wasnt time for me to get around to every other stand, I did do a short jaunt and took these additional photos of those near me. Everyone looked amazing. Such a buzz!

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Louise from a little piece of cupcake, with her lovely stand
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Noeleen from The Basement Florist
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Funky Monkey amazing tents
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My lovely friend and neighbour Katerina from Rhubka Design - we had alot of fun together, especially as one of my large albums was her actual wedding, everyone wanted to look at chat to the real bride, to hear all about the wedding and coo over her beautiful day! 

 

I really enjoyed the day, and thank you all those who came along to meet me and got in touch afterwards. 2014/15 are going to be fun years ahead. I hope this event grows bigger and bigger! Thanks to Erica and Binky for organising it.

 

So tell me, did you come? And what is YOUR favourite wedding fair you've attended or shown at? Please leave me a comment to let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Cooper is a Hitchin based Wedding and portrait photographer, who specialises in creative, emotive and fun location photography.

 

 

 

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I met Sarah Booth a talented Hitchin artist in February 2006.  I was invited by another friend to a meeting with a small group of artists, soon after that we organised our first group exhibition. Sarah had exhibited many times before and her work was in galleries around the country, I loved the vibe that bounced between all of us in the group. We have had many exhibitions and joint ventures and drunk much gin since those early days, seeking inspiration and sharing ideas along the way. Sarah graduated from West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1990, with a BA Hons degree in Fine Art. She began to paint pomegrantes after an inspirational residence at the Cypriot Art College in Pafos. Her work is influenced through her travels, too, with pomegranates becoming great icons for her. Its a pleasure for me to have travelled with her to Turkey this year, where we both found inspirations and creativity in many things. We shared an amazing journey to Pamukkale and many boat trips around the pretty waterways at Dalyan. Visits to the market and photographing the locals was something I loved.   The pomegrante grows in abundance in Turkey, so she felt right at home.  A delightful roadside pomegranate farm we found, which had the cutest Pomegranate chair, and the most delicious pomegranate juice. We loved it best mixed half and half with fresh orange. As she sketched from the front of the boat, while we motored through the Dalyan waterways, past old shacks, tumbled down upturned boats, reeds and passing turtles, I photographed her and much more... in a country we have both grown to love.

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There are orchards packed full of pomegranates under the foothils of these mountains, on the road from Dalyan to Iztuzu beach.

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This is Ilham, a pomegranate farmer and one of the kindest, funniest men we met in Turkey.

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Me and Boo, I dont have a sister, but perhaps we are two halves of the same pom? ;-)

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Back home in Hitchin you can follow Sarah's work via her business page, she regularly holds open studios and runs workshops and sells art cards at Humanitas a local shop, she is currently studying her M.A. in Art Therapy. Take a look at her in her studio and some of her paintings that feature pomegranates below.

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I was lucky enough to spend two weeks in India, a life changing visit.  I wanted to compile a body of striking and powerful images, that made the viewer think they were there. These beautiful hot colours and amazing characters, were what gripped me. This collection of images were taken during adventures where I purely let my camera lead me, they are from the busy market town of Chaudi, a friendly humbling residential area of Canacoa and Margao. Each place full of beautiful people, friendly children who loved having their photo taken.  

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This is the first of three impressions of India, that I will be sharing. 

Please feel free to leave me a comment.

 

 

 

 

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Encapsulate my whole year? In one blog post?  That's not going to be easy. I can't possibly include everything, yet I want to share with you a brief skip through parts that have made me as a photographer happy and fullfilled.  Your feedback and knowing I gave you images you've loved, cherished and cried over, kept me focussed and fuelled through all this hard work.  This year I made even more new industry friends, who continue to inspire and support, Im happy that this year I got to work with so many of them. I ticked off many goals, with magazine features in Hertfordshire Life, Unique Bride and Photo Professional. Picking up a magazines from WHSmiths with my work in definitely was a real high point.

I organised four styled shoots, the first one was a colourful alternative bridal shoot with the talented Emma from Beaubuttons.  Everything came together beautifully, the ability to try out new things outside of weddings is perfect, and the rewards are many AND the shoot was featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings too. 

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Back in Spring I arranged a shoot at St Dunstan's, a beautiful spot in London. I love location photography, it was a challenge to organise this in the City, taking make up/hair stylist and models with me.  Tor and Miss Bruise Violet, two wonderful models who Ive photographed before were brilliant for myself and Andy Teo to work with.
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In between weddings, I keep my diary full packed full of things that fuel my creativity and passion.  So when I got the chance to shoot with Melissa Love, who had teamed up with Jayne Sacco, Lisa Devlin and the amazing stylist Hannah Best.  I couldn't get there quick enough. Melissa's styled shoot was on a farm in Sussex and the theme was Peter Pan...it was just wonderful, with such attention to detail all other styled shoots will now be compared to this! 

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2012 was my busiest Wedding year so far, I really loved every minute of it and got to photograph beautiful couples and amazing locations. Some of these Weddings were local, like the idylic Cambridge farm and intimate Coltsfoot retreat, but others took me to;  numerous amazing mansion houses in neighbouring counties; a partially-derelict mansion house in Devon and the drop-dead-decadent gorgeous Cliveden House. If you want to talk to me about your wedding, Id love to hear about it, so please get in touch.

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In May I got to shoot Ralph Pink's amazing collection at THE most photogenic Master Shipwright's House on the Thames - its where Mario Testino shot Kate Moss, for heavens sake! It was always going to be amazing! Perfectly arranged by one of my very old Flickr friends Miss Aniela it was just mind blowing. With perfect setting and organisation, I had free reign and control to create my own images, I loved it.  You can see me in action here.
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In August on the hottest days of the year was my third styled shoot, at an amazing Rose Garden near me. Taking my model and assistants back to the car for a shade break seems a distant memory! These eye catching images were used for bridal accesory marketing and also I was delighted that they were also featured on Marry Me Ink, Wedding blog. My fourth styled shoot was for a fabulous new bridal accessory collection, which will be launched very soon on an amazing new website packed full of ideas for you brides. So stay tuned to my facebook page for news of that!

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Back in 2011 I attended Lisa Devlin's Photography Farm, with the intention of pushing my 'off camera flash' skills. I can honestly say that I now love my off camera flash and have really enjoyed the possibilities and results. I also learnt light painting from one of the masters himself Adam Bronkhorst, another old flickr friend! My technique perfected, I was delighted that a couple of my bride and grooms were willing to trust me with it during their evening receptions.
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Thanks to each and every person Ive photographed. You are all amazing and the feedback I received lets me know that you love the end result. I'd like to finish up by sharing a few engagement photographs, of couples whose weddings will soon be here.  I count myself lucky to be working at something that gives me this much happiness.  
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So goodbye to a great year, but not goodbye to all the memories in the photos Ive taken for all of you. I cannot wait to see in 2013 and start giving it all Ive got. 

 

Did you enjoy these highlights? What was your 2012 highlight? Please leave me a message in the comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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