Chris and Gemma’s Boho Wedding at Polhawn Fort

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When Gemma and Chris approached us about capturing their wedding at Polhawn Fort on the Cornish coast, they said their priority was for their guests to have fun.

They were looking for a relaxed and jovial day, not only as a celebration of their love for each other, but for their wonderful friends and family.

Having been together for nine years and now living on Sydney’s northern beaches in Australia, having Polhawn Fort for the whole weekend was a chance for them to spend more time with their loved ones.

The weather might not have been quite as hot as Down Under, but the Cornish coast lived up to its reputation and provided a beautiful backdrop to their wedding.

Gemma looked stunning in her elegant ivory over champagne/blush gown, whilst Chris wore textured blue. It has to be said that he completely rocked his waistcoat whilst the ushers looked dapper with their braces. The bridesmaids’ mint green dresses topped the whole ensemble of the wedding party, which was understated, elegant and fun.

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Beautiful from start to finish, the flowers from Ruth Andrews perfectly complemented the rustic and relaxed vibe of the day.

There was plenty of laughter, tears and special moments, as Gemma and Chris made the most of the breath-taking scenery and spent the day celebrating just how they had hoped they would.

Suppliers: Venue: Polhawn Fort Marquee / Supplier: Jabula Stretch Tents Wedding

Coordinator: Planning Elegance

Catering: Piglet Cottage Bar: The Bartender Hire Company

Hair & Make Up: Alternative Styles Salon & Carmel McCormick

Celebrant: Best Day Ever Ceremonies

Flowers: Ruth Andrews

Chair Cover Supplier: South West Event Hire Ltd

Equipment Hire: Box & Cox Vintage Hire

DJ / Band: Function Central (Band – Party Up)

 

If you would like to book Liberty Pearl for your wedding photography please send us a message via our contact page to check our availability.

Alice and Luke’s Ibiza Destination Wedding – Can Gall Agroturismo

I love weddings, I mean, who doesn’t? And Alice and Luke’s Ibiza wedding was a particularly magical one. Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular and – cost effectiveness aside – you can see why…

The intense scenery and bright sunshine made being part of this wedding a joy for everyone. After all, who wouldn’t want fabulous weather for their wedding day?!

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The day was started with breakfast in the sunshine, hair, make-up (and all the rest of it)…

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Don’t you just love their kimonos?!

With an entourage of bridesmaids in tow, Alice walked down the outdoor aisle to embark on her newest adventure with Luke…

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Adore those bridesmaid dresses… And how super cute is Alice’s bouquet?!

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Innovative!

And not forgetting their absolutely breathtaking couple images…

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The perfectly magical Ibiza location for this entirely magical couple. Can Gall is a typical Ibizan country house (finca) which is more than 200 years old, situated in the north and has been totally restored whilst retaining its original charm. You will find our rooms authentically decadent, with the emphasis on comfort to the highest quality.

In the grounds of the finca, growing in the rich red earth are fruit trees, almond trees and some olive trees which are centuries old. The whole estate of 137,000 m2 is surrounded by mountains which makes this location the perfect place to benefit from the peace and quiet in the summer as well as in the winter.

Agroturismo Can Gall is the ideal spot to enjoy a well earned rest, and enjoy the beauty and charm of Ibiza from this oasis on the White Isle.

Watch the beautiful highlights film from the wedding here.

Keep your eyes peeled for more about this stunning Ibiza wedding soon…

If you would like to book Liberty Pearl for your destination wedding photography or videography send us a message via our contact page to check our availability.

Have a beautiful week xxx

Top Tips For Planning Your Wedding – The List Before The List!

So, you’re getting married, Congratulations!

Getting married can be daunting and perhaps overwhelming. Ask any bride and they’ll say that there can be so many surprises on your wedding day, I know this well as a wedding photographer who has photographed over 100 weddings but also in my experience as a bride who planned her own wedding in 9 weeks!
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There’s so much to think about and each element comes with a million choices. Through it all, you want to remain authentic and true to you and your partner’s personality, making sure it’s the magical day you’ve both dreamed about.

So here are my top tips for getting started with planning your wedding:

Grab a cup of tea and write down the 4 most important things for you and your partner on your special day. These are so different for every couple…..

1. Do you have a specific venue that you love whether it’s urban or beach or perhaps somewhere in the countryside?
2 .How many guests would you prefer to have there? Perhaps an intimate ceremony would suit you better, or a large wedding with all your friends and family around you.
3. What would you both like to wear? What will suit the season and you as a couple?
4. Do you dream of pink peonies or peach David Austin roses? Which flowers suit you and your dream wedding?

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Spend a few minutes every day researching wedding photographs that you LOVE and store those inspirational images in your dream wedding Pinterest board. Look at the four priorities you’ve listed in point 1, and pin images that inspire you to plan your dream wedding. Whether you’re traditional or totally alternative, you’ll find images that will help you create your perfect wedding day.

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Get organised! One of the most important things for me when I was planning my own wedding was to get the information out of my head, you can do this in to ways; creating an online checklist or getting it  onto paper, and I did both! Your mind is busy enough without trying to remember the finer details. Buy yourself a beautiful folder for all of your wedding planning suppliers and notes. Separate your folder into categories such as venue, flowers, dress and photographer.

If you prefer being organised digitally then use an online checklist, I LOVE the fabulous online planning system provided by WeddingWire. These lists are completely customisable and will manage anything from your ‘to do’ lists and manage your budget, you can even track your progress on each task. This gives you lots more time to plan the fun stuff whilst feeling rest assured the important elements are taken care of!

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Start looking for your wedding photographer right away. I know just how quickly a good photographer gets booked up. It’s not uncommon for me to have weddings years in advance! Find your perfect wedding photographer who just gets your personality and will capture your special day and get them booked in.

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I’ve had the pleasure of photographing so many amazing couples, capturing their most magical moments together. I love connecting with people and I would love to connect with you too. If you’re planning your special day and looking for a professional wedding photographer that really values getting to know you, then get in touch! We can start talking about all things wedding!

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Top 5 Tips on Attending Photography Conferences

Third women in photography conference plymouth college of art international womens day inspire someone today_With the latest Women in Photography Conference just around the corner, I’m often asked how I manage to organise events that resonate so well with those who attend.

When I first launched Liberty Pearl Photography & Film Collective four years ago, I started out with zero budget, but a real desire to be able to share my marketing knowledge and photography skills with others; particularly women.

My starting point for organising any event is thinking about what I wanted to know when I first launched my business. Being able to put myself in the shoes of an attendee really helps me to look at things from a different perspective.

It means I’m able to provide more impactful and useful content that genuinely benefits those who attend.

If you’re thinking about signing up for a photography conference, here are my top five tips to ensure you make the most of your investment:

  • Make sure you have a notebook (preferably hard-back) and at least two pens with you – there will be lots of things you will want to write down
  • Attend with a positive frame of mind and be open to listen to other people’s point of view. Not everything will resonate with you but something may well prove to be both business and life-changing
  • Ensure you have lots of business cards with you – conferences are a great place to network both with fellow creatives and photographers
  • Make sure that you have done your homework beforehand. Think about what you would like to get out of the event and come armed with questions
  • If you’re sent any materials beforehand, make sure you have read them thoroughly before the day too

Although this doesn’t make it into my top five it’s still really important – drink plenty of water! It might sound strange to suggest this, but staying hydrated throughout the day will help improve your concentration levels.

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On the day of any event it’s also worth pre-planning your route beforehand and allowing extra time. Think of it like a photography assignment that you just can’t miss. It’s better to be early and prepared, than late and flustered.

Of course deciding which workshops and conferences you should attend can be difficult too. There are so many photography courses on offer, but I think the best way to assess if an event is right for you should include:

  • How qualified is the person taking the course – what have they achieved
  • What subjects will the event cover
  • How well does the content align with both your business objectives and values

Before booking, it’s worth having a look for further information on the organiser’s Eventbrite page.

What does it say to you? How easy do you find the booking process, what is the process both before and after the event? Do you feel as if you have been looked after and your experience has been worthwhile?

Using eventbrite for your photography conference

I really enjoy using Eventbrite to help make my conferences and workshops really stand out. I have to say the top reasons why I use them include:

  • It’s super easy to create an event page and update it when you need to
  • There are 50 million active ticket buyers on the site so your event is more likely to get noticed by your target audience. Plus there is also built in promotion including social sharing
  • I find it’s a great way for managing attendees – I can track sales in real time from any device (super handy for me when I’m out and about on photo shoots)
  • I love how easily I can contact anyone attending both before and afterwards with information / thank you notes
  • But above all else, it strikes the professional chord with me that I think is invaluable, especially when your brand is at the heart of everything that you do.

I hope that you have found this blog useful. Remember, the more you educate and invest in yourself through learning and training, the more you will be able to inject back into your business, helping you to attract your ideal clients.

Our next Women in Photography Conference is on 27th September at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth. If you would like to find out more about the event and buy tickets please visit the Eventbrite page here.

Here’s to your success!

Amber

Women in Photography Conference and Exhibition September 2017 Plymouth

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Women Who Support Women

Founded by Amber Leach of Liberty Pearl Photography, the Women in Photography conference brings female photographers & videographers in Devon and Cornwall together to learn and support each other in a growing community setting.

Recognising underrepresentation in the local community, Amber organised the first event in August 2016 in Plymouth, booking speakers who could tell important stories, showcase their talents, who travelled and inspired with their work. Amber has since held 3 successful events with 100 attendees so far and a growing fanbase.

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Our First Anniversary

Now becoming recognised as the platform to showcase female creative talent in Devon & Cornwall, passionate like-minded women come together to support each other to celebrate each other’s successes, learn from each other’s challenges and to empower each other to focus on solutions.

2017 notes the first anniversary event so we want it to be bigger and better, so it will be hosted at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth. Not only will we host a conference, but we’ll also be organising an exhibition to showcase talent within the community.

We believe in community over competition, so we asked our members to nominate the speakers for this event, asking who they admired and were inspired by, whether personally or professionally.

With Women in Photography you’ll find women who:

  • provide mutual motivation and encouragement
  • provide unique opportunities to collaborate
  • believe in community over competition
  • look for friendship and support
  • are active in a private Facebook group to chat, share and collaborate in a safe and supportive space

It’s very exciting to meet and collaborate with established and new faces alike!

Buy your tickets for the event here!

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The Founder

I am Amber Leach. I am an award-winning photographer and the founder of my photography business Liberty Pearl Photography & Associates.

I am passionate about learning and inspiring people and want people to achieve the very best they can.  I also want people to feel supported and connect with each other. I know how difficult working on your own can be.  I want women to connect and support each other in a friendly environment and share their experiences.

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SUPPORTING IMPORTANT CAUSES

At each event we charge an entrance fee. The monies raised go to carefully selected charities based in the UK and internationally.

The charities are:

Locally supported  Young Mother and Baby Housing unit in the Plymouth area.

Girl Rising: Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation, yet millions of girls aren’t in school. Girl Rising uses storytelling to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms worldwide.

Girl Impact: The Girl Impact is a collaborative project based in South Africa. Their goal is to support and educate young girls to help them make more informed decisions as they move towards womanhood.

Restore: a local project that exists to help survivors of human trafficking by guiding them through a process of rehabilitation to a normal, steady life.

Mission Possible: Christian Missions and Aid organisation that has been operating in Eastern Europe for 40 years.

For this reason, we are seeking sponsorship to cover costs of holding the event. Specifically, we need sponsorship for:

  • Printing and framing costs for exhibition
  • Catering & drinks for the exhibition
  • Marketing & PR for the conference & exhibition

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Kind Words from Our Community

“Great conference, totally inspirational speakers!” – Hannah

“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!” – Lucy

“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”. Michelle

“Glad I was finally in Plymouth to make it along, enjoyed all four speakers – fascinating and differing stories, thanks all xx”- Amy

“Thank you so much for organising this event. It was so inspiring (I’m so ordering film tomorrow and getting my twin lens out!!)”  – Claire

“Found this really useful and inspiring, thank you Amber, it was really great to meet you and others x” – Rachel

 

Corporate Sponsorship

I am looking for a number of sponsors for the event, you can be a sponsor for as little as £200, so if you would like to be a corporate sponsor for the conference please get in touch by filling out an enquiry form here.

For more information, please contact Amber at Liberty Pearl Photography 07863889677 or email via our contact page.

 

Hayne Devon Wedding Gardens & Wedding Venue Visit

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We had the best time visiting this this absolutely beautiful wedding venue today! As you can tell from the photos I absolutely love flowers and I feel so happy when surrounded by nature.

Today Hayne Devon had it’s gardens open for the National Garden Scheme. Hayne has a magical Walled Garden brimming with mature trees, shrubs, roses and borders. Highlights include beautiful tree peonies, mature wisteria in both purple and white and rambling wild roses in combination with a more modern Piet Oudolf style perennial planting which surrounds the recently renovated grade II* farm buildings … magic, mystery and soul by the spadeful!

Hayne, devon is a young and creative wedding and events space. Set In The Rolling Hills Of Rural Mid Devon. The historic 17th century Threshing Barn looks out towards sacred groves of woodland and lies in the heart of 25 acres of glorious grounds and enchanting gardens. South facing, the site gets the first and last of the sun and has breath-taking views across an ancient valley which steps down to a bend in River Yeo.

To find out more about this beautiful venue visit this venue visit their website.

If you would like to find out more about our wedding photography visit our contact page.

Wedding Photography at Trevenna Barns Cornwall

I LOVE THE IN BETWEEN MOMENTS

I have just delivered this beautiful wedding to a gorgeous couple who were married at Trevenna Barns, in Cornwall.

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It’s an exciting moment when I deliver a couple’s wedding photos to them, I’m always waiting on the edge of my seat for their feedback, and it’s always lovely to hear their kind words and praise, but it’s also very sad because it is the last step of our wedding journey together.

I love getting to know my clients and finding out about their adventures together, how they met, how they got engaged, and why they chose their venue, it really helps me to capture the best in every couple on their wedding day.

I absolutely love this photo! It sums up the couple just perfectly

So in love and and so happy!

 

If you would like to find out if we are available for your wedding then please visit our contact page to make an enquiry to see if we have your date available.