Women in Photography Conference – International Women’s Day

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The Women in Photography conference started in August 2016 at the Plymouth School of Creative Arts. It was initially a one off event to bring together like minded female photographers and film makers, who are passionate about photography, to listen to talks and raise money for charity at the same time, a networking event with a purpose. I arranged 4 female photographers from Devon and Cornwall to talk about their fascinating journeys in photography and to showcase their beautiful work, and it was a huge success. Over 30 women came along, we raised over £200 for 2 women’s charities and after the last talk everyone asked me “when’s the next conference?” so the Women in Photography Conference series started from there!

I love being inspired, especially by everyday women, there are so many amazing role models in the celebrity world, but really it’s the people who are around us everyday that have the most impact in our lives. 

We are all photographers and work in the same industry which is extremely saturated, but I believe in community over competition, and by connecting female photographers together in this way, it inspires and empowers women to reach their full potential.

February saw the 3rd Women in Photography Conference hosted by Plymouth College of Art with over 50 attendees listening to some truly inspirational women.

Clare Kinchin – Claire Kinchin Photography

Louise – Taylor and Porter Photographs

Jane Prior –  Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art

Magdalena Hendey – Photo Studio 7

You can read further details of the speakers are on our conference website.

What people say about the conference:
“What wonderful speakers and an awesome event!!! Many thanks ladies xxx”
“Glad I was finally in Plymouth to make it along, enjoyed all four speakers – fascinating and differing stories, thanks all xx”
“Thank you so much for organising this event. It was so inspiring (I’m so ordering film tomorrow and getting my twin lens out!!) Cannot wait for the next one
“Lovely evening and amazing speakers! Thank you again Amber for your hard work organising another successful event xx”
“Wow wasn’t sure what to expect as first one I have been too, but I found it incredibly interesting. Really enjoyed listening to you all & have left feeling very inspired. Thank you for sharing your life stories, amazing tips and knowledge. I look forward to the next one!”
Thank you Amber for organising a wonderful evening. Louise, Phil and Emma. You were all amazing and your talks were so inspirational and so lovely to hear your history of how far you’ve all come. Very talented ladies and a room full of wonderfully supportive ladies too. Thank you all for listening to my first ever talk! Xx”

“Wow ladies what an amazing audience you were! Thank you Amber Leach for asking me to be a part of this evening!! X it was an incredible way to spend an evening! Looking forward to meeting more of you in the future! Jane Prior is was so lovely to see you again! Thank you for the hugs!

 

We raised over £250 for the fabulous educational charity Girl Rising.

Inspiration
If you would like to be inspired by some amazing photographers and their stunning work, then join our Facebook group and come along to the next conference!

Community
We have a Women in Photography and Film private members Facebook community which is an amazing source of encouragement, inspiration, friendship and opportunity.

Next Conference
The conference run every 3 months and the next Women in Photography Conference is on Wednesday 10th May 2017 at Plymouth College of Art. Tickets cost £5, all money from tickets sales goes to charity. You can buy tickets via our Event Bright page.

We are also planning something very special to celebrate the 1st birthday of the women in photography conference so follow our conference website to find out about it!

 

Extra info about the conference

The Women in Photography Conference is organised by Amber Leach, founder of Liberty Pearl Photography & Associates, an award winning wedding photography business based in Plymouth, Devon.

Amber started her wedding photography business in November 2013. She progressed from working in large structured organisations to being self employed and working from home. Whilst she enjoyed the independence of being self employed and her new found freedom from the chains of a 9-5 office job, she also missed having people around to run ideas past, share triumphs with, or receive encouragement from.

Networking

Amber has now established Women in Photography – Devon and Cornwall so she could meet other like minded creative photographers and film makers to share her passion with and to find people that understand her life as a self employed freelance photographer.

It is proven that friends ‘at work’ form a strong social support network for each other, both personally and professionally. Whether cheering for each other on big wins, consoling each other about mistakes, giving advice, or providing support for personal situations, comradeship at work can boost an employee’s spirit and provide needed assistance.

Amber is excited to meet and collaborate with amazing photographers for an afternoon of inspiration and fellowship with like minded creatives!

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A whirlwind wedding: Why you should consider one and my top planning tips

 

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I planned my own wedding in 9 weeks so you could say I am an expert at whirl wind wedding planning!

Planning a wedding is fun – but drag out the process for years and it can take a little excitement out of the big day. You can find yourself overanalysing every element of the wedding and see fashions and trends changing – just as you’ve finally decided on the theme of your day. A whirlwind wedding, on the other hand, promises a real adventure. The wedding planning experience is full on from start to end. But you’ve got so much to be getting on with that there’s not really any time to stress. Believe me – I planned my own wedding in 2016 in just nine weeks!

The perks included:

A budget-friendly day

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The only money we had available was that in our bank accounts, so we had to stick to budget. This meant we didn’t go overboard and were sensible with our spending. It was also nice not to spend years of savings on one day.

An up-to-date wedding theme

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Although suppliers were limited – due to the fact that lots were booked out already – we were still able to plan a stylish wedding. Of course, we had to have an open mind about theme and style but we still ended up with the wedding we wanted.

No waiting around

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I didn’t want a long engagement and thought it was pointless. I was too excited about being a wife and a bride! I also didn’t want wedding planning to take over my life for months or years – so a whirlwind wedding was perfect

All about love

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When planning a wedding you can get so caught up in the little things – but they really don’t matter. By minimising time spent planning our wedding, we realised what was important about the day and were able to prioritise better.

 

Eight tips for planning a whirlwind wedding

Of course, I’m not telling you that every single part of the process was easy. As with all weddings, there were good and bad parts about the planning – but it only lasted nine weeks. With this in mind, I wanted to share my top tips to help you plan your wedding in just a matter of weeks too. If I can do it while juggling a busy business, so can you!

  1. Keep things simple

Don’t be too over-ambitious with your wedding ideas. Instead, keep things simple, as you won’t have much time to make things for your wedding or to plan extravagant décor. A simple wedding will always look stylish and sophisticated.

 

  1. Be organised

This one’s crucial. Good organisation is key when you’ve got a tight deadline. We had spreadsheets for everything but they really helped us keep track of everything we needed and dates they needed to be done by.

 

  1. Decide on your priorities

A good wedding planner friend gave me some great advice. She asked, “What are the three most important things you want on your wedding day?” Mine were guests and their enjoyment, lots of flowers, and a beautiful location, near a beach or in lovely gardens. This helped us focus our day and all the planning.

 

  1. Improve your decision-making skills

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It’s so easy to go back and forth with ideas when planning a wedding but why stress yourself out about the perfect day? When planning a whirlwind wedding you have to make decisions quickly. For example, I purchased my wedding dress from the first shop I visited.

 

  1. Ask for discounts

If a supplier isn’t booked nine weeks before your wedding date, it’s unlikely they’ll receive many offers. This gives you bargaining power and many will offer you a discount in order to fill their last minute availability.

 

  1. Ask for help

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If you’ve got lots to do in a short time, help from family and friends is a must. So many helped us leading up to the wedding and on the day, which was amazing. Everyone loved being part of putting it all together and it just made the experience even more special.

 

  1. Go digital

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Speed up the invite process by going digital. We sent invites to our wedding website via Facebook and email and only a handful of invites were printed off for older family members. The wedding website was great and the replies were instant.

 

  1. Pick your bridesmaids wisely

Last, but not least, pick you bridesmaids carefully – after all, they’ll be providing reassurance throughout your journey. They will need to be calm, supportive and helpful and definitely not cause unnecessary stress!

Good luck! Remember, if you’re looking for a photographer for your big day, don’t hesitate to get in touch to enquire about last-minute availability. Contact me and we can have a catch up about your wedding plans over coffee!

 

25% off wedding photography in January 2017

We are offering 25% off all wedding photography packages booked in January 2017.

To celebrate the start of 2017 we are offering 25% off ALL full day wedding photography packages! Yes we are CRAZY!!!!

See some of our wonderful world of weddings over the past 12 months on our recent blog post.

Claim the 25% discount and check our availability via our contact page.

We cannot wait to hear about your wedding!

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Best of 2016 Devon Wedding Photographer Liberty Pearl

Wowee what an AMAZING year 2016 has been for Liberty Pearl Photography, we have captured 30 amazingly, beautiful, naturally love filled, magical, wonderful weddings, and we have LOVED every single one of them!

This year has been a very exciting year for Liberty Pearl Photography, firstly with Amber from Liberty Pearl Photography getting engaged at the beautiful Gidleigh Park on the edge of Dartmoor in March, then quickly married in May in a quaint little Cornish fishing village, Kingsand, Cornwall. Read about her engagement story on the How He Asked wedding blog.

Wedding styling…..elegance and simplicity

We have started styling bridal photo shoots, fusing amazing up and coming and award winning wedding suppliers and boutique venues and their stunning gardens and grounds. These photo shoots have been widely published in top wedding blogs and magazines which has been awesome! We have started a series of wedding photography workshops in Devon and cornwall which have been lots of fun, a huge success and again widely published! We photographed 3 intimate elopement weddings, which were just so simple, magical and relaxed, we cannot wait to capture more of these intimate weddings in 2017.

My first wedding of the year was in January at the beautiful Cornish wedding venue Trevenna Barns. The venue is set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty right on the edge of Bodmin Moor. We have photographed 3 weddings now, and have 2 more booked in for the 2017 wedding season.

Destination weddings

During 2016 we have travelled all over the UK photographing lovely couples at incredible wedding venues. We have also been very lucky to capture destination weddings in Ireland in the Wicklow Mountains at The Kippure Estate, and in Cape Town, South Africa at the Nooitgedacht Estate.  The weddings were absolutely AMAZING! We love destination weddings and have a couple more booked in the calendar for 2017 YIPPEE! View the Irish wedding on the Plans & Presents wedding blog.

We have photographed weddings in the following wedding venues over the past 12 months:
Trevenna Barns Cornwall, Kingsand Village Hall Cornwall, The Royal William Yard Plymouth, Thornbury Castle Bristol, Amelies Porthlevan, New Cottage Dance Centre Cardiff, Deer Park Hotel DevonColehayes Park Dartmoor, Yurt Camp Devon, New Barton Barns Devon, Polhawn Fort Cornwall, Kippure Estate Dublin, Tredudwell Manor Cornwall, Dartington Hall Devon, Bedruthen Hotel and Spa Cornwall, Clivedon House London, The Tudor Barn, Roadford Lake Devon, Pilton Glastonbury, The Green Cornwall, The Nooitgedacht Estate Cape Town South Africa, Tavistock Town Hall Devon, Ever After A Dartmoor Wedding Devon, Ayrmer Cove Devon, St Ives Town HallThe Mill House Inn Trebarwith Strand, Anran Devon, and the wedding season finally ended with a beautiful winter wedding at another of my favourite Cornish wedding venues The Green Cornwall.

This year my wedding photography was described as natural & beautiful…

My aim was to capture the love, joy & happiness of every wedding day…..

I am a very happy, friendly and relaxed lady, and my aim at every wedding was to capture the love, happiness and joy at everyone one of my 2016 weddings. I got to know as much as I could about my bride and grooms, I found out what really mattered to them on their wedding day. I offered a personalised, flexible and professional service, which put my couples at ease during their wedding planning process. My thoughtful and organised service ensured that all of my clients remained confident and reassured knowing that I was going to capture their wedding day the way THEY WANTED.

We love capturing weddings that reflect a couple and their personalities………

This year the weddings have been so exquisitely diverse, we have visited a host of charming and stylish wedding venues with weddings styled in so many different ways. Each and every wedding has mirrored the TRUE character of each couple. We LOVE a wedding that isn’t the traditional ‘cookie cutter’ type wedding. We love capturing weddings that reflect a couple and their personalities however quirky, non traditional and offbeat this may be.

I take inspiration from nature….

Environmental portraits are my passion. I love framing my couples with the surrounding environment, I adore beautiful fields flowing with fresh wild flowers, stunning coastlines, rolling green hills, the wide open landscapes of Dartmoor, The Natural Trust, and forests. So if you are planning a wedding with a location like this nearby this would be my dream wedding to shoot.

Styled bridal inspiration

We have collaborated with some super creative wedding planners, talented stylists and awesome suppliers on styled bridal shoots in Devon and Cornwall this year!
Exeter Castle styling by Blue Fizz Events
St Ives Harbour Hotel styling by Jenny Wren Weddings and Events and Hazel Parsons
Hotel Endsleigh styling by Liberty Pearl Photography
Devonport Guildhall styling by The Bespoke Bride Guide
Deer Park Hotel summer and winter styling by Liberty Pearl Photography

What’s next…..
We have 22 weddings booked in the calendar for 2017 at some beautiful wedding venues….

Here are some of our favourite images from our 2016 weddings ENJOY!