Helen J Rose Photography: Blog https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog en-us Helen J Rose Photography (Helen J Rose Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:35:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:35:00 GMT A Castle. A Car and Cake; Something for Everyone https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/3/a-castle-a-car-and-cake-something-for-everyone A - welsh wedding photographer - rct wedding photographer - Fonmon wedding photographer (144)A - welsh wedding photographer - rct wedding photographer - Fonmon wedding photographer (144) On Sunday I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Lauren and Shaun’s beautiful wedding. They chose the stunning Fonmon Castle to host their day and it was the perfect choice. If ever there were a relaxed bride on the morning of a wedding it was Lauren. The preparations with team bride were calm and relaxed. Shaun, was surprised to have a very special car to bring him to the venue. This may have relaxed him slightly but, usually the joker of the couple, he was noticeably quieter before the ceremony. He was a little nervous. But then who doesn’t love a shot of a nervous groom waiting for his bride to appear?

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The ceremony was informal and exactly what Lauren and Shaun wanted. Lauran was stunning as she walked down the aisle; she wes accompanied by her mum and followed by her bridesmaids. The ceremony took place in the beautiful library at Fonmon and Lauren entered from her room that adjoins the library. Following the ceremony there were reception drinks and then photos with the whole wedding party and finally with Lauren and Shaun. This wedding was a first for me, as I was assisted by Steven J Burnett Photography and had a great time sharing ideas with him; we both trained at the same studio and had lots of ideas for getting the best images of the day.

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After the bridal shoot we returned to the library for the speeches, Lauren’s mum and uncle both spoke with pride of Lauren and there were a few tears. Shaun’s brother then entertained his audience with tales (and videos) of Shaun’s childhood. At this point we left the party to enjoy the wedding breakfast and took a little break before the evening’s guests arrived. The cake was cut, there was a lot of dancing and when we left the party looked set to continue into the night. Thank you so much for asking me to work with you on your beautiful wedding, I had a blast!

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(Helen J Rose Photography) fonmon castle helen j rose photography helen rose photography mid glamorgan pontypridd portraits rct south wales wales wedding https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/3/a-castle-a-car-and-cake-something-for-everyone Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:38:54 GMT
A Day to Remember https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/3/a-day-to-remember caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (141)caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (141) The wedding of Fatima and Hamza took place on Valentine’s Day at Caerphilly Castle. I was not the official photographer for the day but was asked by Fatima to attend and focus on her preparations and photograph her friends and family.

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The groom arrived to a traditional band and was greeted by Fatima’s Family, he was followed by his beautiful bride. Their entrance was quickly followed by official photographs and a fantastic feast of traditional Pakistani foods. During the reception there was a little time to capture some images of Fatima with her friends before we had to race the setting sun to catch the last of the daylight for the couple’s photos together as husband and wife. I had the most wonderful time at this wedding and wish Fatima and Hamza a long and happy marriage together. caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (242)caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (242) caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (245)caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (245) caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (248)caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (248) caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (283)caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (283) caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (289)caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (289) caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (301)caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (301) caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (316)caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (316) caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (335)caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (335) caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (336)caerphilly castle wedding-muslim wedding-welsh wedding photographer-caerphilly wedding photographer-pontypridd wedding photographer (336)

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(Helen J Rose Photography) caerphilly castle helen j rose photography helen rose photography mid glamorgan pontypridd rct south wales wales https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/3/a-day-to-remember Wed, 13 Mar 2019 23:06:01 GMT
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After a relaxed morning of preparations there was time for some photos before the ceremony in the beautiful K Room; a stunning glass room nestled into the trees surrounding the original house. The wedding was quite late in the afternoon so we were against the clock to get photos in the stunning grounds before the light failed, we were lucky to be treated to some beautiful pink in the sky though so the pressure was worth it.

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The wedding breakfast was followed by some emotional speeches, the first dance and a relaxed evening of music, dancing and making memories with family and friends. Thank you so much Danielle and Phil for asking me to be part of your day, I had the most wonderful time. I hope you like this sneaky peek of your wedding photos; the rest will follow soon.

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I am a wedding photographer based in Pontypridd, in South wales and I am available for weddings throughout Wales and the West.

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A charity event https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/1/a-charity-event pink collar boxing-mind-charity boxing-teacher of the year-welsh photographer (17)pink collar boxing-mind-charity boxing-teacher of the year-welsh photographer (17) Towards the end of last year I was approached and asked to work on a charity Pink Collar Boxing event to raise money for Mind. Luisa Martin Thomas won Teacher of the Year 2017, she is dedicated to ensuring the wellbeing of staff and pupils is supported. This is why she feels raising money for Mind is so important. The event will take place at the Vale Resort on the 15th of June.

As well as the boxing, Luisa is hosting a charity dinner at the Vale Resort. Tickets for this event are available from February; it promises to be a fantastic night and tickets will be snapped up really quickly. If you would like to donate to this event please see their just giving page here.

Here are some photos of the ladies in a pre-training photo shoot.

 

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(Helen J Rose Photography) helen j rose photography helen rose photography mid glamorgan mind photo shoot pink collar boxing pontypridd rct south wales wales https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2019/1/a-charity-event Sun, 13 Jan 2019 10:19:56 GMT
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On arriving at the museum, I met up with Jim, he had taken the lead on lots of the planning for the wedding and was excited to get the evening underway. The ceremony took place in one of the stunning galleries in the museum. Jane was led down the aisle by her dancing bridesmaids, among their number were Jim’s daughters and Jane’s friends from Marconi and football.  The ceremony was beautiful and personal and included readings by some of their closest friends and beautiful music by the harpist Lowri Mair.

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The ceremony was followed by drinks and canapes un the adjoining galleries, there was also time for some group photos before moving back down the main hall of the museum for the wedding breakfast, speeches and dancing with the band Brother Ray Music.  This wedding was a truly beautiful night and I am honoured to have been part of Jane and Jim’s day.

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As the boys were also getting ready at the hotel I had the chance to catch up with a remarkably relaxed Matthew, dressed in his suit and ready for some pre-wedding shots. The forecast for the day was not looking promising and I had packed lots of umbrellas to be used by those who wanted to brave the rain for photos. Fortunately, we did not have to use them, against all the odds and the predictions we ended up having beautiful weather and I was looking for shade rather than shelter; I wished I’d packed the parasol!

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After a beautiful ceremony, the couple were married by a family friend, there was time for a celebratory drink before we headed out into the very unexpected sunshine to take some shots of the couple in the stunning Bryn Meadows grounds. There was golf being played and a cry of “fore” alerted us to an ongoing game so we quickly moved out of the way and enjoyed the stroll along the fairways.

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When we returned it was time for speeches and the wedding breakfast, I used this time to share one or two super early sneaky peeks with Ashley. As the afternoon turned to evening I noticed the most beautiful light coming from the sunset and persuaded Ashley and Matthew out for a few more photographs, golden hour is a photographer’s dream and it didn’t disappoint on this evening.

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When we got back inside Ashley realised she had not got a shot of her garter. This was a fun shot and I love it. With all of the couple’s requested shot done it was time to party. The first dance was followed by great tune and it seemed the whole wedding party was on the floor. I’m sure that the party went on into the night but despite Matthew’s (slightly tipsy) instance I should stay and dance (he dragged me onto the dancefloor and I think I make an appearance in the wedding video), I reluctantly decided to head home and begin work on their photos. Thank you so much for asking me to photograph your wedding, I had a fantastic time and wish you both a long and happy life together.

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(Helen J Rose Photography) bryn meadows wedding Caerphilly wedding photographer helen J rose photography helen rose photography mid glamorgan pontypridd Pontypridd wedding photographer rct rct wedding photographer south wales wales welsh wedding photographer https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/10/bryn-meadows-wedding---the-welsh-weather-surprised-us Sat, 13 Oct 2018 12:43:46 GMT
Happy Anniversary - Rhiannon and Shane https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/happy-anniversary---rhiannon-and-shane IMG_3473aIMG_3473a Today marks the first anniversary of my sister’s wedding to Shane. This blog of their wedding day is a little (read very) belated. The setting for the wedding was the stunning Greek island of Kastellorizo, the venue was the beautiful Megisti Hotel. The guests arrived by boat from either Turkey or Rhodes and this was the scene that greeted us as we awoke on the morning of the wedding.

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My thoughts on seeing this were firstly to photograph the scene and secondly to post a status on Facebook (obviously).

 

The sun is rising on the wedding day of my sister Rhiannon and (soon to be brother in law) Shane. All is calm, peaceful and beautiful. A perfect start the what I know will be a beautiful day and life together. I'm sure that the tranquillity of this moment will wear off in a little while but the joy and excitement won't. Good luck to you both. I love you x

 

The calm did wear off and gave way to emotions of excitement and joy with a few tears too. The bridal preparations of this wedding were a little rushed for me to say the least, so although I did take some preparations photographs I’ll simply share this one of Shane. I think he’s looking more excited than nervous and also a little as though he can’t believe his luck; the sentiment was shared by his bride!

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The legalities of the marriage had already taken place back in the UK which meant that Rhiannon and Shane were able to use this day to declare their vows in a very personal and intimate way. The ceremony was conducted by Rhainnon’s very old (he will hate me for that) friend, Adam. It was intimate, and beautiful. IMG_3338 blurIMG_3338 blur IMG_3343IMG_3343 There were tears of joy and some of sadness as Somewhere Over The Rainbow was sung by the whole party. There was one very special lady missing from the celebrations however she was very much there in spirit and in the hearts and minds of all who knew her. Nana loved her family and loved Greece and would certainly have loved this wedding. IMG_3451IMG_3451 The ceremony was followed by some time to celebrate before a reluctant Rhiannon was persuaded to leave for some photos. Rhiannon didn’t want to leave her party but I promised that I would get what I needed in 20 minutes and I did! It was her day and it was perfect so I can understand not wanting to miss a moment. I’m so glad we did leave though, I think the photos speak for themselves here. Kastelloriso is so beautiful I’d have found it difficult not to get a good shot. IMG_3463_1IMG_3463_1 IMG_3473aIMG_3473a IMG_3500IMG_3500 IMG_3506IMG_3506 IMG_3523IMG_3523 We returned to the party and there was chance for a few more family shots before the wedding breakfast and speeches. My work was completed when the first dance was over. IMG_3553IMG_3553 IMG_3577IMG_3577 IMG_3579IMG_3579 IMG_3590IMG_3590 IMG_3636IMG_3636 IMG_3669_1IMG_3669_1

IMG_3744IMG_3744 IMG_3679IMG_3679 IMG_3738_1IMG_3738_1 A year on and a lot has changed for Shane and Rhiannon, they didn’t let the grass grow and their daughter Lily is nine weeks old today! Congratulations on your anniversary, I’m not sure this year can top the last one for you but I hope it does. 

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Smiles and Surprises https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/smiles-and-surprises Kody and Nicky (321)Kody and Nicky (321) I short while ago I had the absolute pleasure of working with Kody and Nicky May on their beautiful wedding day. The day began with bridal preparations and a fantastic view from the Marriot Hotel over the city of Cardiff. Kody’s beautiful dress (Eva Ashley) looked perfect with the cityscape backdrop and I couldn’t resist taking a few shots. There was an emotional exchange of gifts in the room and there were a few happy tears.

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The ceremony was beautiful and the couple’s son, Kian, kept us all entertained with his strut down the aisle, he was also the ring bearer and did his job very well! The Ceremony was concluded with signing by Kody’s talented sister and bridesmaid Taya.

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After a few group shots at the hotel it was on to Alexandra Gardens for photos of the bride and groom and their immediate family. Nicky’s dad Roger had been unwell in the weeks before the wedding and was determined to make it to see his son’s special day. The photos taken here are all the more to be cherished as Roger sadly passed away only a few days after the wedding. It was a pleasure to meet him and he was obviously very proud of his Nicky and his family.

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After our time in the memorial gardens we returned to the Hotel for a wonderful wedding breakfast (I was spoiled at this wedding) and eventually the evening celebrations. Nicky decided to add a little surprise to the first dance music but to Kody’s relief, Baby Shark was quickly stopped and Kody’s first choice Amazed was played. Finally, Kody took to the floor for an emotional dance with her dad. The day was perfect and I was delighted to have been a part of it. Can we do it all again please?

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(Helen J Rose Photography) family helen j rose photography helen rose photography mid glamorgan pontypridd south wales wales wedding https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/9/smiles-and-surprises Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:02:19 GMT
Happy tears and a (slightly) late arrival. https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/8/happy-tears-and-a-slightly-late-arrival L and L (332)bwL and L (332)bw A little while ago I had the absolute pleasure of working with Leanne and Leigh on their beautiful wedding. I took a bit of a trip down memory lane on this wedding, Leanne and I were in the same year at school more years ago than I care to remember. Our shared memories made this wedding extra special for me and I loved every minute of it.

 

Bryngarw House is a beautiful wedding venue and once again it didn’t disappoint. I arrived to cloudless blue skies and sunshine. The weather, coupled with this stunning venue, made it a wedding that is every bride’s dream. There was a relaxed start to the day in the bridal preparation room so there was time for me to capture images of the details of the day as well as Leanne and her bridesmaids getting ready. One of my favourite things of a bridal preparation shoot is the time I have to photograph details such as the dress and rings. When I was returning the rings, I found Stephen making some last-minute edits to his speech.

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After a relaxed start, things got a little but stressful when Leanne had some difficulty getting her Timeless Elegance Bridal dress on. As often happens, I ended up abandoning the camera to help get the dress on. The delay meant that Leanne arrived beautifully and fashionably late! Leanne entered the ceremony to music by Elin Lloyd Harpist, the ceremony was full of laughter and happy tears. There was some confusion over the vows which meant a few laughs before Leanne was a bit overcome with emotion and shed some happy tears when she said her vows.

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After the ceremony there was time to capture some beautiful photos of Leanne and Leigh with their family before moving into the marquee for the wedding breakfast and later the evening celebrations. This was a beautiful wedding and I had a fantastic time working with you. Thank you so much for asking me to be part of your day!

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(Helen J Rose Photography) bride bridesmids bryngarw bryngarw house flowers" groom helen j rose photography helen rose photography mid glamorgan pontypridd rings south wales wedding https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/8/happy-tears-and-a-slightly-late-arrival Wed, 08 Aug 2018 07:53:31 GMT
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We began preparations in the beautiful Llechwen Hall the atmosphere was relaxed and I took some time to photograph the dresses and details of the day. There wasn’t much room in the busy bridal preparation room so I cautiously made my way to a secret spot to photograph the dress outside. R and A (73)sR and A (73)s R and A (101)sR and A (101)s

 

As the time for the ceremony approached I found myself helping Amy into her beautiful dress by WED2B: wedding dresses are more difficult to get into than you may imagine and I often end up with my camera down and surrounded in wedding dress fabric. There was time for a few fun photos with Amy and Ross’s children before the ceremony. R and A (125)sR and A (125)s R and A (129)sR and A (129)s R and A (141)sR and A (141)s R and A (158)sR and A (158)s R and A (196)sR and A (196)s R and A (229)sR and A (229)s

 

After the ceremony there were more photos and I acquired a few assistants. Ross, Amy and I then spent a little time alone to capture some beautiful images of them before they returned to join their guests. After the wedding breakfast there was time for games and climbing before the evening guests arrived to celebrate with the happy couple. R and A (256)sR and A (256)s R and A (326)sR and A (326)s R and A (332)sR and A (332)s R and A (365)sR and A (365)s R and A (374)sR and A (374)s R and A (377)sR and A (377)s R and A (425)sR and A (425)s R and A (514)sR and A (514)s R and A  (530)sR and A (530)s R and A (591)sR and A (591)s R and A (574)sR and A (574)s

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One relaxed wedding. Two beautiful dresses. https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/one-relaxed-wedding-two-beautiful-dresses Cerian and Obi  (249)Cerian and Obi (249) Cerian and Obi wanted a relaxed wedding; the priority was for the guests to have a lovely day in an intimate surrounding. Their choice of venue for this was perfect. Lanelay Hall, formally the Fire Service headquarters and later a private home, is now a beautiful boutique hotel. The suite of rooms were luxurious, yet homely, indeed the rooms once formed part of the owner’s home.

 

But we didn’t begin the day at Lanelay, we began with a lovely intimate service at St Joseph’s Church. It was here that I met Obi and his family. The family were beautifully and strikingly dressed in traditional Nigerian dress and looked stunning. When Cerian, accompanied by her uncle, made her entrance, there were a few tears and lots of smiles.  After the service we paused to chat and take some photos outside the church before moving on to Lanelay Hall.

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It was a at Lanelay that the party really began to relax and enjoy the day, we spent some time taking photographs and the party had plenty of time to chat, it was the first time Obi’s family have all been together for around ten years so it really was a special time. After a relaxed but delicious meal there was time for a change of dress for the Cerian and Obi, Obi’s family had commissioned traditional dress to be made for the couple as a gift and it really was beautiful. This wedding was everything the couple wanted: natural, comfortable, beautiful, relaxed and I was delighted to be there to capture it.

 

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(Helen J Rose Photography) family hall helen j rose photography helen rose photography lanelay south wales wales wedding https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/one-relaxed-wedding-two-beautiful-dresses Mon, 21 May 2018 11:03:34 GMT
May the fourth be with you! https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/may-the-fourth-be-with-you Carys and Marc Bourne (395)Carys and Marc Bourne (395) This was a wedding with a difference. I have to be honest when Carys told me the plans for the Harry Potter/Star Wars themed wedding I was more than a little dubious. I could not have been more wrong. On May 4th, as if it could be on any other day of the year, I arrived to a field and found a beautifully decorated marquee. All the table centrepieces were handmade by Carys, she’d even made a sorting hat!

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Carys not only made the decorations for the tables, she also made the bouquets and button holes. When I say made, I don’t mean arranged some flowers, I mean painstakingly made, petal by petal every flower for each of the bouquets and button holes. The material she used? Pages of Harry Potter and star wars books! There was a nod to both Star Wars and Harry Potter in Carys’s bouquet, the stem of which was a light sabre.

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Each place setting had a handmade wand and chocolate frog. Sadly Carys’s grandfather has recently passed away; his wand took pride of place on the top table. Although he wasn’t present on the day he was very much present in the minds of the guests and, most especially, in the minds of Carys and her mum.

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While there were moments of sadness on this day the overwhelming feeling was one of joy and fun. The bride and groom even had a ride in the back of a vintage tuck! It was a pleasure to be a part of this unusual, very personal and beautiful day. Thank you for asking me along for the ride.

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(Helen J Rose Photography) autumn bridgend family harry potter helen j rose photography helen rose photography mid glamorgan rct south wales star wars wales https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/may-the-fourth-be-with-you Tue, 15 May 2018 22:13:42 GMT
Rachel And Darren's Wedding https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/rachel-and-darrens-wedding Rachel and Darren Palmer (490)Rachel and Darren Palmer (490) Every wedding has a story and Rachel and Darren’s was no different. The story here is of a family who love each other, there are quotes and plaques of love and laughter all over the house and the sentiments are beautiful. At the centre of this family is a mother who sadly passed away 8 years ago. She may not have been present on this special day but she was present in the thoughts of the guests and the bridal party, present in the family home and most of all present in the mind of the bride, Rachel. There is evidence of her family’s love for her throughout the home and Rachel very much wanted her to be a part of her wedding day. collagecollage

When I arrived at the house for bridal preparations (hair and make-up Merteen Jones) I found a family busy getting ready and was immediately made welcome and part of the day. There were a few tears from a reluctant flower girl but the atmosphere was happy and excited. I got to work and was struck by the evidence of the family’s love. I decided there and then that I would need to try to capture this as well as the events of the day.

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Following a busy morning of getting ready there was an emotional service in Pontypridd Registry office. From there we went to take pictures on Pontypridd Common, the place has special significance for Rachel, and with her mum in mind, she wanted a few special photographs taken here.

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Following a stroll around the common we followed the guests to Duffy’s Ex-Servicemen’s Club for the reception (catering by KD Catering and Events) and evening entertainment. There was a wonderful party atmosphere and I loved being part of this special day. Thank you, Rachel and Darren, for asking me to be a part of your wedding.

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(Helen J Rose Photography) daughter family helen j rose photography helen rose photography mid glamorgan pontypridd portraits rct siblings" south wales wales wedding https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/rachel-and-darrens-wedding Thu, 10 May 2018 22:19:28 GMT
A Beautiful Rainy Day https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/a-beautiful-rainy-day Emily and Bryan  (684)Emily and Bryan (684) Emily and Bryan’s wedding was a beautiful one. It was rainy and windy and certainly the weather was not what every bride dreams of. Thankfully it is not the weather that makes a wedding - it’s family, friends, emotion and above all a couple very much in love. It is these details that make for a perfect day and this wedding was indeed perfect; I was lucky to have been asked to take part. At the heart of this marriage are family, faith and love and it was a pleasure to witness.

I arrived at Emily’s family home to capture moments of the bridal party’s preparations, here I saw hints of what the day would hold and evidence of Bryan’s love for Emily; he even left a note on her mirror! There was a steady flow of people through the house, friends helping with catering and neighbours popping by, there was an excitement in the house and I loved every minute. Emily and Bryan  (29)Emily and Bryan (29)

The whole wedding was very personal and most of the details including floral arrangements, the cake and the wedding breakfast were made by talented family and friends. The flowers were created beautifully by her bridesmaid Kacia. Emily’s mum made the starter for the wedding breakfast and, as she is a hairdresser, styled Emily’s hair too.

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When the bridal party were ready there was an emotional reveal to Emily’s dad. He confided in me that whilst he was delighted that she was happily married he really didn’t want her to go. He knew this day would come though, indeed he bought the gems for Emily’s shoes even before her engagement! He couldn’t hold back his tears when she appeared down the stairs and there was little wonder, Emily was indeed a beautiful bride and he was obviously very proud but very emotional. This was not only Emily's wedding day but also the day she would move out of the family home.  Emily and Bryan  (212)Emily and Bryan (212) Emily and Bryan  (59)Emily and Bryan (59)

Following a lovely ceremony at Bridgend Registry Office we went to Coity Castle for some beautiful, if slightly wet, photos. We were accompanied by Emily’s cousin Ben Phillips who brought along his drone to capture the moments from above. It was then onto Tondu Cricket Club for the wedding breakfast. The marquee has been beautifully decorated by Emily and family with the help of Wedding Events by Jan. There was time for a few more photos before a prayer and song, followed by a delicious wedding breakfast; I really was spoiled! Emily and Bryan  (419)Emily and Bryan (419) Emily and Bryan  (451)Emily and Bryan (451) Emily and Bryan  (480)Emily and Bryan (480) Emily and Bryan  (749)Emily and Bryan (749)

The day was concluded for me with the first dance and Emily dancing with her father; at this point I left the party but not before capturing some of the party’s dancing. This wedding really was a beautiful day.

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Windy? Yes.

Beautiful? Without question! Thank you both for asking me to be part of your very special day. Emily and Bryan  (916)Emily and Bryan (916) Emily and Bryan  (930)Emily and Bryan (930)

 

 

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Spring Wedding https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/4/spring-wedding RMPrichard (599)RMPrichard (599) Rachel and Mark chose to get married at the beautiful LLechwen Hall and the venue did not disappoint. It was an early start for Rachel and her five bridesmaids and her flower girl daughter. The spring flowers were blooming in the gardens and although the wind was a little chilly there was a feel of spring and mew beginnings in the air. I took the opportunity in the lull in proceedings to capture a few details of the day as the rooms were being set up. I also caught Victoria, today’s event manager, making some last minute tweaks to the decorations. RMPrichard (681)RMPrichard (681) RMPrichard (52)RMPrichard (52) RMPrichard (96)RMPrichard (96) RMPrichard (138)RMPrichard (138) RMPrichard (192)RMPrichard (192) RMPrichard (209)RMPrichard (209)

All the preparations went to time and the atmosphere was relaxed and calm. The real emotions began when Rachel’s sons arrived, they looked so handsome in their suits and on a day such as this what mother could not be moved to tears to see them? After an emotional moment we prepared for the wedding ceremony. RMPrichard (240)RMPrichard (240) RMPrichard (239)RMPrichard (239)

Rachel, accompanied by her mum, followed her children and bridesmaids down the aisle. She was met by a very happy, if not a little nervous, Mark. The service was beautiful and proved a bit too emotional for Alfie whose emotions got the better of him for a while. RMPrichard (258)RMPrichard (258) RMPrichard (370)RMPrichard (370)

Following the service there was time for chatting and more photographs; some formal, some not so formal but all lots of fun. After a quick scoot around the tables at the wedding breakfast I left the party to enjoy the wonderful menu. No one really wants their photo taken when they are eating anyway! RMPrichard (286)RMPrichard (286) RMPrichard (472)RMPrichard (472) RMPrichard (602)RMPrichard (602) RMPrichard (617)RMPrichard (617) RMPrichard (646)RMPrichard (646)

The excitement of the day continued from the day into the night, there was time for some musical “entertainment” provided by the children. The star of the evening on the dance floor following the first dance was without doubt Archie; he had some really impressive moves and clearly loved every moment of the day. RMPrichard (865)RMPrichard (865) RMPrichard (991)RMPrichard (991) RMPrichard (1019)RMPrichard (1019)

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Second time lucky. Worth the wait! https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/second-time-lucky-worth-the-wait Connie Daniel Mabbitt (242)Connie Daniel Mabbitt (242) Last weekend I had the lovely task of capturing the small, but perfectly formed, wedding of Connie and Daniel. Luck had not been on their side in the preparation of this wedding; unfortunately their planned wedding date had to be postponed because of the snow. 

The day of the wedding (round two) finally arrived and the groom, Daniel, was nervously awaiting the arrival of his guests and bride, a few pre-wedding mishaps resulted in the late arrival of some of the wedding party but it was definitely worth the wait. Daniel was found anxiously peering out of the windows of the beautiful ceremony room in Cyfarthfa Castle. Connie was worth waiting for though; she arrived with her beautiful bridesmaids and flower girl daughters to tears and smiles. 

After an intimate ceremony, where there were laughs about Connie's (Constance's) name, we talk a walk around the beautiful grounds of the castle. Thankfully the rain held off and the mild weather meant we could enjoy capturing some beautiful images. Our stroll was concluded in the gardens of the castle and followed buy a chance to chat and at the informal drinks reception. The celebration was concluded with cutting the cake and informal shots in the castle. 

Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your special day I loved every minute. Here's to a lifetime of smiles as Mr and Mrs Mabbitt. 

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One birthday two cakes! https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/one-birthday-two-cakes Last weekend I got to do another of my favourite shoots: the cake smash. Is it messy? Yes, a bit! But that's what makes it so much fun. Lucas was doubly lucky though. Not only did he have the cake that I make, his mum made one too!

I shoot lots of different genres of photography but cake smash is my favourite. It's fast paced, and fun and messy and babies at one year old are smiley and inquisitive in the studio but have none of the inhibitions that we acquire as we get older. Lucas was no exception, he really enjoyed the shoot and the cake and I enjoyed it too. Katie Gethin (16)Katie Gethin (16) Katie Gethin (29)Katie Gethin (29) Katie Gethin (61)Katie Gethin (61) Katie Gethin (94)Katie Gethin (94) Katie Gethin (173)Katie Gethin (173)  

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(Helen J Rose Photography) baby birthday cake smash daughter family helen j rose photography helen rose photography mid glamorgan photo shoot pontypridd portraits rct siblings" son" south wales wales https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/one-birthday-two-cakes Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:09:42 GMT
Back to School https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/back-to-school Today I was lucky enough to be invited to Coedpenmaen Primary School to take pictures to show a day in the life of the school. I was commissioned to incorporate the values that the school teach and live by. The school values are a focus each half term and include: forgiveness, respect, friendship, compassion, honesty and creativity. The school is vibrant, busy and happy and it was a pleasure to be there today to capture the essence of this exciting place of learning. 

I began the day with the foundation phase and met children from nursery through to year one, they started their day with carpet time and then had an Easter bonnet parade through the school; the children's parents had also been invited to join in and a few had even made bonnets themselves! 

During the session before break I circulated the school and found endless opportunities to capture the values of the school. Students were working independently or on group reading tasks, they were recording their peers for a reading assessment. I found members of the community working voluntarily to help children reading, guitar lessons and egg blowing; all this and traditional lessons were continuing. My biggest issue was not finding moments to capture, rather feeling under pressure not to miss what may be happening in another room, corner or cloakroom; every inch of the school us utilised and it is an exciting place to be.

At break time I went onto the yard and encountered children paying together on the climbing apparatus, a group of around 15 boys were putting on an impromptu dance show while others were chatting or playing football. I ended my day in the school hall at lunch time, again there were endless opportunities to see the values of friendship, respect, compassion...

It was a delight to spend the morning in this truly lovely school, it is every inch a community school and I hope to be asked back again soon. 

 

* Limited photographs shared due to strict rules regarding sharing images of children.

 

 

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Easter Fun https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/easter-fun Last week I had the pleasure of returning to the lovely Dotty's Place for a mini photo shoot. As usual the welcome was warm and the atmosphere fun. This shoot was very busy and I met 35 families. I have now completed the huge editing task and wanted to share some of my favourites with you. The children I met were delightful and were all perfect models. I had the most exciting and fun day and I think the fun of the day is reflected in these shots. 

 

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Walking at One! https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/3/walking-at-one 0X2A2890 - Copy0X2A2890 - Copy Cake smash shoots are such fun and this one as no exception. Usually the cake smash babies have not began walking but this little man was up and about and into everything! We decided to start off by taking some fun pictures with balloons and presents we also took some shots without the birthday props so mum and dad will loads of different shots from the shoot.  0X2A29380X2A2938 0X2A2977a0X2A2977a We finished by smashing the cake. This is a teaser of the shoot with the messy ones to follow soon.  0X2A29990X2A2999

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Double trouble or twice the love? https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/double-trouble-or-twice-the-love It was my delight, yesterday, to meet the beautiful twins Aurora and Theo. Despite being a month old, the two were still very tiny and sleepy. They came to the studio on the day they were due to be born and it was lovely to work with such a beautiful pair. Like most newborns, they didn't make life easy; they wanted to have cuddles but didn't really like being put down to have their picture taken; their parents certainly have their hands full. Aurora is the bigger of the two and she is more feisty too, little Theo has got a big sister to look out for him. Theo enjoys being cuddled and I enjoyed cuddling him. I really didn't want these beautiful babies to leave but I couldn't persuade their mum to let one of them stay. Who can blame her? Thank you Lucy for letting me photograph your beautiful twins I hope you like the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.  0X2A2572p0X2A2572p 0X2A2584p0X2A2584p

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On Monday I met the beautiful Issac and his parents. Issac was just nine days old and spent a good bit of the time sleeping. We had a chat about the shots that I was hoping to take and then set to work, though when you are working with babies as beautiful as this one you can hardly call it work. 

 

Issac is a cuddly baby and loves being held by his mum so it took a bit of time to get him settled to sleep so that we could take his picture. We took our time and had some breaks so that Issac could be cwtched back to sleep.

 

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A little girl who was too inquisitive to sleep! https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/a-little-girl-who-was-too-inquisitive-to-sleep  

I love shooting newborns and Tuesday did not disappoint; I had the pleasure of meeting little Bella. She lived up to her name, I'm sure you will agree  she is a beautiful baby. She didn't make my life easy though. Her mum, Sarah, assured me that Bella usually sleeps all day and is awake during the night. While this may not be ideal for her parents, a sleeping newborn makes a perfect model for photography. Bella had other ideas though, she spent most of her time in the studio wide awake and taking everything in. She really is a bright little thing and we had to work quickly in the snatched moments where she dozed. I love the images of this little one and I really hope the payback for such a long time in the studio was a good night's sleep. Thank you for asking me to capture this little girl in her first weeks. Hopefully you love the pictures as much as I do.  0X2A0701bw0X2A0701bw 0X2A07210X2A0721 0X2A07330X2A0733

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Family Fun https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/family-fun A little while ago I had the pleasure of meeting up the Davies family again, we first met for a photo shoot in the autumn but this time I met the whole clan. It was a cold day but we wrapped up warm and were lucky enough to catch some golden light in Ynysangharad Park. We had fun in a some of my favourite spots and also climbed a few trees. I know that Nanny is eager to see the photos, I really hope she, and the rest of the family, like them. IMG_9490IMG_9490 IMG_9467IMG_9467 IMG_9435IMG_9435

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Catching up and heels in the mud https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/catching-up-and-heels-in-the-mud Between Christmas and the new year I had the pleasure of meeting up with Emma (a friend I made in primary school) and her whole family. Thanks to Facebook we have kept in touch but we have not seen each other for years. Well, the family of six has grown a lot since I last saw them and they decided that it was time to get together for a photo shoot. 

 

Some things never change and Linda (Emma's mum) in heels is one of those things; there was frost, ice and mud but that would never deter her. Ever glamorous, the heels were not to be substituted for flats and so she rocked her six inch stilettos! I digress. We met in the park and after a bit of a catch up we had a wander to some of my favourite spots to take some pictures. It really was lovely to meet up with everyone after so many years and I hope you like the photos. We'll have to try not to leave it so long next time.  IMG_9211IMG_9211 IMG_9329IMG_9329 IMG_9263IMG_9263 IMG_9257IMG_9257

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Dwindling autumn leaves https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/12/dwindling-autumn-leaves A short while ago I met the Evans family and had a lovely time in the leaves in Ynysangharad Park. There was possibly a few days of autumn left before winter set in. The light was once again beautiful and the golden evening sun set the leaves alight with yellows, reds and golds. My favourite spots to shoot did not disappoint but I knew that this was going to be one of the last autumn shoots. I managed to squeeze in two more before the last of the leaves fell and the shine of leaves was replaced with the glitter of Christmas. I hope you like this little peek back to autumn.  IMG_6383IMG_6383 IMG_6512IMG_6512

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Last shoot of the weekend https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/last-shoot-of-the-weekend IMG_6279wIMG_6279w Late this afternoon I met the Francis family. It was the last shoot on what has been a busy weekend. The sun was setting behind the trees of Ynysangharad Park and the light was beautiful but the soft golden light does not wait for anyone, least of all photographers, so we had to work quickly. On our wander around the park we found a log bathed in autumn evening light. Sitting atop the log was one of the pebbles the children of Pontypridd have been hunting out. Further along our walk we found another; I believe that they will be re-hidden in Cilfynydd. We paused at the log long enough to take a few pictures then departed for the sunken garden before ending in my favourite spot under a tree where the fallen leaves are a rich red. Thank you for asking me to take your family photographs today, I hope you like your sneak peek.  IMG_6145wIMG_6145w IMG_6153wIMG_6153w

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Sleeping Beauty https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/sleeping-beauty IMG_5959wIMG_5959w This afternoon I met the beautiful Neaveh. When she arrived at the park Neaveh was sleeping; I was not a little concerned about waking her up. We took a few beautiful sleeping shots in the pram before throwing caution to the wind and waking her. I needn't have been concerned, Neaveh was an absolute joy; she was in fact the perfect model. Neaveh treated me to lots of toothy smiles and I'm delighted with the shots we got. I hope that your mum likes her Christmas surprise. Shhh don't tell her about the fun we had today.   IMG_5946wIMG_5946w

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Cousins Photo Shoot https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/cousins-photo-shoot Yesterday I met a lovely family and photographed the five children. They aged from two to twenty years and we wanted to get some photos of the whole family as well as some sibling and individual portraits. I really enjoyed working with the family; they had travelled a bit to meet me at Ynysanghard Park. I hope you thought it was worth the trip and that you like your sneak peek. IMG_5753wIMG_5753w IMG_5829wIMG_5829w

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Something a little different https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/something-a-little-different IMG_5613IMG_5613 IMG_5622IMG_5622 IMG_5657IMG_5657 Today saw me taking on something slightly different to my usual line of work. I have been shooting head shots for an actor to use on his spotlight profile. We decided to do a mix of black and white and colour shots. We also wanted to have a mix of locations so did some urban and rural shots as well as the standard studio shots. I've already shown proofs to his agent, Crawford Marriott Associates Ltd, and they love them. I hope you like them too and good luck with the casting. 

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A shoot with a family who share my name https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/a-shoot-with-a-family-who-share-my-name IMG_5428IMG_5428 On Saturday I met up with the Rose family; we couldn't find a family connection but there could be a distant link. I had spent the rest of the day shooting with girls so it was a nice change to have a couple of adventurous boys to shoot. We decided to substitute leaf throwing shots with tree climbing shots and had a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy your sneak peek.  IMG_5513IMG_5513

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Autumn Girls https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/autumn-girls IMG_5082IMG_5082 On Friday I met the Thompson family; we wanted to capture a few pictures of the whole family and then focus on the two beautiful girls. The leaves glowed in the autumn morning sunshine and the colours perfectly complimented the girls' stunning hair colour. I'm sure you will agree that autumn is the season that these girls were made for. I hope you like these photos as much as I enjoyed shooting them.  IMG_5073IMG_5073

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(Helen J Rose Photography) autumn bandstand family helen j rose photography helen rose photography leaves mid glamorgan photo shoot pontypridd portraits rct south wales wales ynysangharad park https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/autumn-girls Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:23:03 GMT
Autumn shoot with a little girl who didn't want the rest of the family in her shots https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/autumn-shoot-with-a-little-girl-who-didnt-want-the-rest-of-the-family-in-her-shots IMG_5264IMG_5264 IMG_5303IMG_5303 I had a busy day of shooting on Saturday and it began in the morning with the delightful Caswell family. We met at Ynysangharad Park and had lots of fun playing in the leaves. Zara was very enthusiastic and enjoyed having her picture taken - as long as the rest of the family didn't steal the limelight! Thankfully I did manage to get one or two shots of the whole family but I wanted to share these lovely pictures of the three beautiful girls. Thank you Zoe for asking me to photograph your family; I had a lovely time. I hope you like your sneak peek. 

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(Helen J Rose Photography) autumn bandstand daughter family helen j rose photography helen rose photography leaves mid glamorgan photo shoot pontypridd portraits rct south wales wales ynysangharad park https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/11/autumn-shoot-with-a-little-girl-who-didnt-want-the-rest-of-the-family-in-her-shots Sun, 05 Nov 2017 21:56:50 GMT
Photo Shoot with a Reluctant Daughter https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/photo-shoot-with-a-reluctant-daughter It's half term and I've realised that I have been so busy photographing other families that I had neglected my own. My daughter is not the most patient of models; she hates having her photograph taken and only really agrees when the green eyed monster realises that I have more pictures of other children than I do of her. I managed to catch her in a good mood for about five minutes today and I'm really pleased with the result however Scarlett is my biggest critic, she has not yet seen the pictures but I'm sure, when she does, she will share her opinion.  bb aa

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Autumn Family Photo Shoot https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/autumn-family-photo-shoot What a lovely way to begin the half term holiday! The colours in Ynysangharad Park are still beautiful and the early evening sunshine was perfect to make the leaves glow. I met Danielle and her three girls and we took a little stroll through the park. Once we had found a dog free zone the girls relaxed and we had fun in the leaves taking some beautiful pictures. I had a lovely hour with these delightful girls. I hope you like their pictures. IMG_4908IMG_4908 IMG_4822IMG_4822

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Catherine Ashman and Richard Owen's Wedding https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/catherine-ashman-and-richard-owens-wedding Yesterday I had the honour of photographing the beautiful wedding of Catherine Ashman to Richard Owen. The celebration began in Llantrisant Parish Church. The autumn sun shone and the colours in the leaves beautifully complimented the orange details in the floral arrangements, designed and created by the bride's mum! Following the personal service, we returned to Catherine's parents' beautiful home to take some photographs in the house and garden. After a relaxed, if somewhat muddy photograph shoot, we followed the guests to De Courcey's for the speeches and wedding breakfast. Here the couple decided to break with tradition a little and chose to have the speeches before the meal; I am sure that the nervous men where more than happy to get that final formality done so that they could relax and enjoy the rest of what was a truly lovely day. Thank you both for allowing me to be part of your day. I hope you enjoy your sneak peek.  IMG_4509IMG_4509 IMG_4512IMG_4512 IMG_4518IMG_4518 IMG_4536IMG_4536 IMG_4583IMG_4583 IMG_4645IMG_4645 IMG_4657IMG_4657 IMG_4668IMG_4668 IMG_4683IMG_4683 IMG_4697IMG_4697 IMG_4729IMG_4729 IMG_4775IMG_4775

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An Evening in the Park https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/an-evening-in-the-park IMG_4392IMG_4392

There is nothing quite like the autumn evening sunshine but his shoot did not start very promisingly. It was raining and dark, then a rainbow made a fleeting appearance; so fleeting, in fact, that we couldn't quite get it into a shot before it disappeared into the clouds. On the hunt for some light, and shelter from the rain, we headed towards the bandstand. On the way a theatrical Ella sang me a song and showed me how she can bow. It was then that our luck changed and the sun decided to peep through. The colours in these pictures speak for themselves. I'm sure you will agree that I was lucky to have such a beautiful and smiley model today. Thank you Alyson, Gareth, Ange and especially Ella for asking me to come. 

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(Helen J Rose Photography) autumn bandstand family helen j rose photography helen rose photography leaves mid glamorgan photo shoot pontypridd portraits rct south wales wales ynysangharad park https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/an-evening-in-the-park Sun, 22 Oct 2017 23:12:55 GMT
Oscar's Christening https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/oscars-christening IMG_4308IMG_4308 I had the pleasure or attending Oscar's christening today. The church was full of friends and family, all wanting to celebrate this very special day with Oscar and his parents. Oscar was a model baby, there were no tears or grumbles throughout the service. I love the way the light falls on his face in these pictures, he looks like a little angel and for the occasion of his christening this seemed very appropriate. Congratulations Oscar, you are a very loved and precious little boy.  IMG_4293IMG_4293

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(Helen J Rose Photography) christening family helen rose photography mid glamorgan photo shoot pontypridd rct south wales st dyfrig's church wales https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/oscars-christening Sun, 22 Oct 2017 22:24:31 GMT
An Autumn Morning in the Park https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/an-autumn-morning-in-the-park IMG_4200IMG_4200 This morning the Davis family and I decided to catch the early morning light in Ynysangharad Park. It was a pleasure to meet such a lovely, happy family.  We threw some leaves and wandered around the park, stopping off at the Evan James and James James memorial, the sunken garden and the bandstand. I am really please with the way these autumn shots turned out; I hope you like them too.  IMG_4264IMG_4264

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(Helen J Rose Photography) autumn bandstand family leaves mid glamorgan photo shoot pontypridd rct south wales wales ynysangharad park https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/an-autumn-morning-in-the-park Sun, 22 Oct 2017 21:32:00 GMT
Autumn Evening Photo Shoot https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/autumn-evening-photo-shoot Yesterday evening found me on Pontypridd common with the Morgan family. We had lots of fun sword fighting with umbrellas and jumping around on the rocking stone. I was hoping for a bit more sunshine but the rain held off until the end of the shoot and we got some lovely pictures. Hope you enjoy your sneak peek. 

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(Helen J Rose Photography) autumn autumn photo shoot family helen j rose photography helen rose photography mid glamorgan pontypridd common rct rocking stone south wales wales https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/autumn-evening-photo-shoot Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:06:53 GMT
Exciting Times https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/exciting-times My favourite part of my job is meeting new people and delivering images that make them smile. I love being given the privilege of attending weddings and helping to capture memories that, hopefully, last a lifetime. Taking pictures of families and happy events excites me. I look forward to shooting in theatres as well as out on location. This week, oh my goodness it’s only Tuesday, has not been one of those weeks. Rather than getting out and shooting, I’ve been pawing over my laptop and squinting endlessly at a lot of technical stuff that I really don’t understand. I’ve sent hours on the phone to call centres in America. I have been told to have a nice day by someone from nearly every state in America. The result is my shiny new website. I daresay it will see many changes over the next few weeks and months but I’m pretty proud of it. I hope you like it too. 

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(Helen J Rose Photography) blog call centres exciting portraits south wales wales wedding https://www.helenjrosephotography.co.uk/blog/2017/10/exciting-times Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:13:28 GMT