February {a personal post}

To be honest, I didn’t take that many personal pictures in February.  After the excitement and freshness of the New Year, February seemed like a bit a slump… just a waiting game for this freezing cold to be over.   We don’t have double glazing and our floorboards are quite gappy, so the cold and wind seemed to come through the house more than ever this year.  Even with the heating on, I was still cold.  And there was more than one afternoon whilst Harry was at nursery  that I slipped under the 2 duvets in the bedroom for a nap and to escape the chills!!  So, I’m pretty glad it’s the 1st March and, fingers crossed, that at least if it’s not warm, it won’t be as chilly this month.

Here’s a little round up of my February…

I met up with my friend Laura and took some snaps of her in my local park…

You know, when they learn to crawl, walk and talk, they are all amazing milestones but the one that has fascinated and excited me possibly the most is the ability to play games, especially board games!  The capacity to understand the objectives and understand the rules and how to get from A to B and try and win has added loads of fun and ways of spending time especially on days when it’s too cold for a park visit.  Of course winning is paramount in Harry’s mind and I admit to a little bit of cheating to let him win on occasion…. Barney is not always so inclined though.. I suppose he’s more familiar with sibling rivalry (I’m an only child) so many a time I hear a tantrum kick off when daddy is thrilled to have beaten Harry!

A Sunday trip to the pub…

We’ve been in our little house in Bristol for nearly 3 years now … and much needs to be done.  2013 is the year for home improvements.  Funny how we both have different ideas of what should be tackled first!  Barney cracks on with wallpaper removal on the stairs…

One sunny and chilly afternoon with friends spent in the beautiful but still stark grounds of Ashton Court…

Hanging out in a church to practice shooting in low light and at At-Bristol with my mate Laura…

I’ve been having a little tea fetish recently.  Here’s my current favourite trio…

And the highlight of the month.. Rachel and Owen’s wedding.  Can’t wait to blog these soon..

Roll on March and warmer times.. 🙂

Becky Male - March 6, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Ahhh I love this little insight into your month. I must have a game of noughts and crosses with Harry too – promise I’ll let him win, Maybe!

Alexa Loy - March 1, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Super stunning photos Michelle, really loved this post x

Rachel & Owen… more sneaky peeks!

I know I’ve already done a sneak peek for Rachel and Owen at the beautiful Pencoed House but I’m currently editing them and they’re making me smile so much so I thought I’d share a few more …. full blog post soon 🙂

Steve & Sandra - March 20, 2013 - 10:10 pm

What a lovely set of images, i love the shots of the bride getting ready! Stunning. Steve & Sandra.

Tracy Perry - February 28, 2013 - 12:19 pm

These are just beautiful, love the colours and soft tones. Beautifully captured. x

Karen Flower - February 28, 2013 - 12:01 pm

How happy do they look! Just so lovely. Can’t wait to see the rest 🙂

Cristina Rossi - February 28, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Wonderful set of photos! Love, love, love your editing! x

Johanna - February 27, 2013 - 9:31 pm

Such wonderful light and shade in your photography. Gorgeous work as always! Jo x

Nicola Light - February 27, 2013 - 7:50 pm

Amazing Michelle – you capture couples wedding days so beautifully. I love the way they look so natural! x

Anna - February 27, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Just beautiful Michelle. Love your black and white edits!

Jenna Carpenter - February 27, 2013 - 12:28 pm

How lovely! You have captured some great photographs of the bride getting ready. They both look so happy and in love! xxx

Rachel & Owen {married} sneak peek…

Yesterday I spent the day with these two gorgeous people and their brilliant friends and family.  They got married at the beautiful Pencoed House, a seriously beautiful location for a wedding!  I hope I get to shoot there again!  Here’s a single frame from their wedding.  I’ll be posting lots more soon…

Jenna Carpenter - February 21, 2013 - 7:44 pm

Aww such a lovely photo! The brides hair is amazing! x

Emma Walker - February 21, 2013 - 12:15 pm

What a lovely natural shot, beautiful xx

Anna - February 21, 2013 - 4:51 am

Beautiful bride, and love the look of her dress. Such a lovely sneak of them as well.

Cristina Rossi - February 20, 2013 - 10:19 pm

What a beautiful couple! Lovely shot 🙂 x

Johanna - February 20, 2013 - 9:00 pm

Such a gorgeous couple and you’ve captured such intimacy. Jo x

Lauren Baker - February 20, 2013 - 8:12 pm

What a beaut! A lovely loved up couple shot, aaaah! Can’t wait to see more! LOVE her dress! x

Lel Hurst - February 20, 2013 - 6:16 pm

What a gorgeous peek at this couple, I can’t wait to see some more x

Tracy Perry - February 20, 2013 - 2:56 pm

I also cant wait to see the rest, I love this one. x

Karen Flower - February 20, 2013 - 2:05 pm

What a great teaser. Can’t wait to see the rest 🙂

Becky - February 20, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Ahhhh they look so happy ! Lovely sneak peek. That’s the shot for the mantlepiece.

Carlene & Tom {married}

Between Christmas and New Year I headed up to Prestbury for the wedding of Carlene and Tom.   It was certainly cold but the lovely thing about winter weddings are their cosy, Christmassy feel.   It was lovely to witness what a close and loving family they both have, and equally, what ace and fun friends came together to celebrate their special day.   I had so much fun photographing this wedding and capturing the emotion and love so clearly visible.  It was also lovely to randomly meet one of my future couples whose wedding I’ll be photographing in July!

Thanks for having me along guys and I hope you have a long and happy life together!

 

Nicola Light - February 14, 2013 - 3:21 pm

WOW – these are incredible Michelle! You’ve captured so many special moments! x

Johanna - February 13, 2013 - 7:03 pm

You’ve captured so many amazing moments here … The couple must be so so happy with their images! Jo xx

Karen Flower - February 13, 2013 - 6:44 pm

Love this winter wedding. You’ve captured all those happy moments throughout the day beautifully.

Kat Hill - February 13, 2013 - 6:17 pm

What a joyful wedding – it looks like the speeches were hilarious! Love your photos Michelle, you did a great job 🙂 xx

Heidi - February 13, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Brilliant storytelling Michelle – looks like a wonderful day. I love the church shots and the speech shots especially. Fab job xx

Becky - February 13, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Oh I love a wintery wedding, looks like it was a great day. The dance floor looks like it rocked too! Great photography Michelle.

Cristina Rossi - February 13, 2013 - 4:34 pm

Stunning images Michelle! Love the black and white conversion 🙂 x

Alexa Loy - February 13, 2013 - 11:28 am

Gorgeous winter wedding, beautifully captured – I love the tones in your editing Michelle! :O) xxx

Laura {personal}

One of the best things about having toggy mates, apart from all the great advice, sharing tips and hours of endless geeky photography chat you get to do, is that when you say something like: ‘Hey, do you fancy popping to the local park so I can take some shots of you?’  They don’t recoil in horror….. well, only a little bit…… It also helps Laura is a super cool chick – love that hair! – and was happy to indulge me in having a bit of fun and practice with backgrounds and light.  It sounds a bit sad, but I just love doing things like this and getting home and having a bit of play with the editing… great fun!  Thanks Laura, for indulging me – again!  Laura is also an ace photographer.  Check out her work HERE.

 

Lauren Baker - February 20, 2013 - 8:13 pm

These are gorgeous shots of you Laura. I love the black and whites and especially the laughing shot! Pure awesome x

Nicola Light - February 10, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Looks like you had a fad time! Great shots.

laura power - February 10, 2013 - 12:00 pm

haha brilliant! Thankyou for the lovely afternoon and fab photos michelle! Besides all the giggling i think im perfecting that moody serious look well 🙂 xxx

My life in January …

I know it’s not quite the end of January yet, but I’ve been kinda missing my little daily pictures so it feels quite exciting to get blogging again.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m relieved the 366 project is over and it’s been good to not have to pick up my camera every day, but in some ways I’ve been even more excited about shooting for myself, without pressure and just snap away, just for me.  Also this month I’ve been taking stock, thinking about my business, the packaging, branding, all the admin stuff and making sure I’m organised for the year ahead…. which is looking pretty damn good!!  Not long to go until Rachel and Owen’s wedding in February at beautiful Pencoed House…I can’t wait to get going and I’ve got this feeling about their wedding… that it’s going to be a pretty damn good one.

So here’s a little insight into my life in January…

We visited ‘my castle’, as Harry likes to call it.  It was built in 1553 and was most recently a place for people with mental health issues and now has been renovated into flats.  I rather like Harry’s idealistic vision of it, and kind of didn’t want to wander too close so he realised it was ‘just’ a block of flats now…

We visited a new park just next to St Phillip’s Cemetery, which is actually a very beautiful place to go for a walk…

We walked along the river at Conham…

I found an old polaroid of me at one of my Wimpy birthday parties… 🙂

My ace boy turned 4… the age he’s been wanting to be for the last.. um, year!

It snowed!!! Oh how we LOVED it the first couple of days………… and then we were bloody freezing all the time and wanted it to go…

Harry made me draw stick people of some of his favourite peeps..

We’ve had Bristol Water digging up our road for most of the month.  Annoying for parking but Harry loved all the digger action!

We started painting the bedroom…. oh how I love this blue… trying not to paint the whole house in it.  But it’s so calming and relaxing.

Me mucking around with the camera… I do this alot.

I bought another mustard scarf.. the old one is getting a bit worn and tatty.

I met up with the lovelies that are Alexa and Becky, 2 of my ace Shooting Sisters for some photography fun and gossip.  Love these girls…

We thought we’d head to a church to practice shooting in low light conditions and stumbled upon Clifton Cathedral.  A completely beautiful and rather unusual building designed around the hexagon shape.

Hope you enjoyed the little insight and I’m looking forward to what February will bring!

laura power - February 8, 2013 - 9:30 am

Gorgeous! wonderful family snow pics & becky & Alexa look beautiful under the natural cathedral light x

Lel - February 6, 2013 - 10:03 am

I love the way you edit, everything always looks gorgeous! Fabulous to see some recognisable and equally grogeous faces in there, and absolutely love the Wimpy picture! My grandad used to take me to wimpy so he could have a cigarette and I only ever wanted the badge and the ice cream at the end 🙂

Bethany - February 4, 2013 - 11:54 am

Gorgeous photographs,very nice lighting and tones.

daf - January 30, 2013 - 10:34 pm

Nice blog post! I love 366 082.

Also spotted an awesome photo of the couple on the rocky beach in Wales! Really like that pic.

Anna - January 29, 2013 - 11:13 pm

Love this post! The cathedral photos are beautiful. Love the photo of your son in the snow coveted street. Alexa love your hair down xx

Lauren - January 29, 2013 - 11:03 pm

I love the way you see the world Michelle! Beautiful photos xxx

Karen Flower - January 29, 2013 - 10:18 pm

Gorgeous. I love the way you shoot and edit. Gorgeous girlies too.

Alexa - January 29, 2013 - 10:03 pm

Aw I just love the photos in this blog post – I love the ones of me, thank you soo much! :O) It was so great to hang out with you, Harry and Barney – can’t wait to visit again xxxx

Charlotte - January 29, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Love this Michelle! I heart the castle too! It is a significant site holding lots of memories off my journeys to Bristol to visit my dad over the years….made my heart jump to see it! I often imagined what it would be like to play on those hills! Also my cousin got married in clifton cathedral….lovely blog post bringing back lots of nostalgic memories for me! Hope you are well
, love Charlotte xxxx

My 2012 …

Here are some of the highlights from my epic year. I couldn’t have asked for a better year. I shot some brilliant weddings, second shot for some amazing photographers and completed a 366 project.

Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me this year and to my amazing couples and their families for being so ace and welcoming. Thank you to Barney – I am the creative one but he is the technical master, helping me with all the nuts and bolts of running a successful photography business. Thanks to all my amazing friends, old and new, including the Shooting Sister girls who are always there for support and advice. And to Alexa Dent, Becky Male, Joanna Brown, Kathryn Edwards for giving me the opportunity to second shoot for you this year.

And to Harry, for just being a general ball of brilliance, fun, love and gorgeousness… how did I create something so wonderful?!

Warning: it’s a bit long, but it’s been an amazing year!

And next year looks even bigger and better – yay!

xx

michelle waspe - January 6, 2013 - 11:52 am

thanks so much for your lovely comment, Alexa, made me smile 🙂 xx

Heidi - January 3, 2013 - 12:17 am

Love em Michelle. I adore the pics of Harry, you have so many amazing photos here, how do you pick the ones to have on your walls at home? The weddings look awesome, the candids great and beautiful nature shots. What a year eh? x

Alexa - January 2, 2013 - 3:47 pm

EPIC! I’ve loved looking through these photographs Michelle, so much emotion and beautiful beautiful processing too! PS Harry has grown so much, he looks so little in some of these pictures! Well done on an amazing
year – here’s to 2013 x

Beautiful Carlene …

Wedding Photography
I was up in Prestbury on Friday, shooting the gorgeous wedding of Carlene and Tom. What wonderful friends and family they have! And I even met a couple whose wedding I’m shooting in July for the first time….. Carlene is beautiful, both inside and out. It’s always a privilege to see the warmth and love between friends and family… always gives me goosebumps… here’s a sneak preview of a lovely lady…

Project 366 – December 11th – 29th 2012

I seem to be feeling very productive tonight…. here’s the latest from my 366 project… had an amazing time shooting Carlene and Tom’s beautiful winter wedding yesterday.. and here’s the rest of my latest snapshots of my life. I had a wonderful Christmas with my little family, despite Harrison having chickenpox.. so excited about the end of my project and looking forward to having some fun on New Year’s Eve!

Laura – Portraits…

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I recently hooked up with my friend Laura from Laura Michelle Photography for an afternoon of coffee, geeky photography chat and suggested we take our cameras and have a bit of a play. I first met Laura after seeing her name pop up in a post about the summer Folio tour which stopped near Bristol but which I was unable to go to. I checked out Laura’s work and thought – ooh, I like her style and saw she shot on film too, which I was getting into at the time, so I popped her an email to find out if she was local and whether she fancied meeting up one afternoon…. so we’ve met up a few times, had a laugh and it is soooooooo good to talk shop to someone who’s as passionate as I am about photography, especially wedding photography. Laura also second shot for me at Martin and Laurence‘s incredible London wedding this summer.

Here’s some of my images from the afternoon… as usual, I’ve found it hard to narrow it down! Thanks for a lovely afternoon Laura and hope to do it again soon 🙂

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I absolutely LOVED doing this portrait shoot. If you’re interested in a portrait shoot, or even a couple shoot, get in touch at hello@michellewaspe.com for a chat and we can sort something out!

Michelle - December 30, 2012 - 12:01 am

Thank you so much, lovely Alexa… means a lot xxx

Alexa - December 28, 2012 - 12:25 pm

Aw gorgeous photographs – I LOVE the black and whites of her laughing! Beautiful x