I absolutely adore flowers. I always try and have at least one bunch of flowers in my home at all times! I think they really pull a wedding together and I love seeing the choices that couples make with their floral arrangements. I've seen so many arrangements and photographed so many that I thought it was only right to put together a list of my favourites!Read More
I'm not sure if there's a phrase that fills my heart with more dread. Obviously as a photographer I'm far more inclined to protest the absolute necessity of a wedding photographer on your big day, but it's for good reason. As a bride-to-be myself, I'm regularly chatting to fellow brides about their planning processes and all the little stresses that come with planning a wedding (do we really have to feed people this super expensive menu? What on earth are wedding favours for?). Something that crops up sometimes is the question "why do we need a professional?", which is then followed with "I'm pretty sure Ryan/Adam/Fred has a great camera - surely he can just snap away at the wedding".
First of all, let's give Ryan/Adam/Fred a break. He's meant to be a guest at your wedding, not a supplier! Secondly, Ryan/Adam/Fred might be a fantastic landscape photographer but you're not a landscape. Your wedding day contains heaps of different lighting conditions and events that you can't repeat - why risk leaving it in the hands of someone who's used to photographing mountains that rarely move?
Once the cake's been eaten and the guests have gone home you're left with your photos. Your kids and grandkids will delight looking at all the dodgy haircuts and questionable suit choices. You'll laugh at the best man breaking out his best dance moves. Don't you love seeing wedding photos from the 60s with the short babydoll dresses? The amazing wallpaper choices of the 70s? You're paying to preserve this moment, this memory for generations to come.
If you've been told your wedding day will go by in a flash, it's true. I've not had my wedding yet, but I know from attending many many weddings that they go by so quickly. I've had countless brides tell me that they're so happy they have the images to remember what turned out to be an amazing, fleeting day.
You're not just paying for a photographer. You're paying for someone who's seen it all - someone who can suggest last minute ideas for first dance songs, someone who can help arrange flowers and can help work out the best timeline for your day. We've got your back.
For the past year or so, I've been in a similar boat to my brides and grooms; I've been planning my own wedding! To be on the other side of things is a little strange, but I'm loving the planning process. One of the trickier aspects of marriage is deciding what to do with your name. My partner Matt and I made the decision to change our names with our new name being a double barrelled creation of his name and another family name. What to do about my business name seemed, on the face of it, simple with only two choices, but ended up taking hours of back and forth. I could keep my current name for my business or I could change my business name.
I don't want to create the disconnection between my personal life and business name; I'm so personally invested in each and every wedding and love to get to know my couples, so I want to keep that authentic feeling of my business having my very own name. For that reason I've decided to make the switch.
I've been working with Joyce of Artsy Nibs on a new logo design which I'm really excited about. Joyce has been absolutely fantastic, being able to transfer onto paper all the thoughts in my head.
Everything will be changing over to my new name in the new year, so from then on I'll be known as Leah Lombardi!