Kim Hawkins' Photo Blog

January 12, 2010

Become a fan of Kim Hawkins Wedding Photography on Facebook!

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I have had a page on Facebook for a couple of months, but I’ve now finally got round to getting it ‘live’

All you brides from 2009 who are continuing to read my blog (hi Skye!), please pop on over and become a fan of Kim Hawkins Wedding Photography!

Here’s the link:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kim-Hawkins-Photography/427412445222

January 4, 2010

Welcome, 2010!

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Happy New Year to all of you reading this blog – past and future brides and newly-engaged couples looking for a friendly wedding photographer! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year.

Whew! 2009 was an extrememly busy year for me I’m pleased to say, as I like nothing more than capturing stunning images of stunning couples on their big day and delivering memories that will stay with them, forever. All in all, I shot over 30 weddings last year and 2010 looks to be just as frenetic, with weddings already booked for places far and wide including Aberdeen and Suffolk to name just two. I’m looking forward to getting all the pre-wedding shoots arranged for this year and meeting up with my couples again.

There are also exciting things afoot from my point of view – my brand new website will be launching in February and along with it, a fresh new look to this blog which will make everything come together nicely. Weddings I shot last year are soon to be featured in both regional and national wedding magazines (more info nearer the time) and I have a couple of personal New Year resolutions I have to try and stick to!

All in all, a very exciting year and many fantastic weddings to shoot – what wedding photographer could ask for more?

Kim

November 12, 2009

New funky album for 2010 – introducing ELEMENTS

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This week I have taken delivery of a brand new funky wedding sample album that I’ll be offering couples for 2010 and beyond. I am delighted to have found these albums, straight from Michigan, USA. The company is called Finao and they produce each album to order – no mass production techniques, just a unique made-to-measure wedding album every time. I also have two tins of swatches which detail a mind-boggling choice of cover options including brocades, leathers and silks to mention but a few – altogether there are over 30 different covers to choose from! There are VERY FEW photographers in the UK who have these albums (in fact I know of only one other) – they are quite a rare find.

Inside the album are hard pages with mounted 12×12 photographic prints. Each page can be one single image or a composite of two or three.  I design every album to ensure your images sit well together whilst also telling the story of your day exactly in the order it happened. Any couples who contact me from this week onwards will see this beautiful album, which for my sample has a brocade cover in ‘Nehru’. Here are some images I took of it when it arrived yesterday, along with just a few of the swatches, but to get the full beauty of it, you really need to see it in the flesh!

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November 10, 2009

Rock ‘n Roll Bride featuring Skye and Liam’s wedding

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Well, just after being featured on the ‘Rock my Wedding’ blog having just booked the wedding of one of its contributors, Jenny, I’m extremely pleased to mention the fact to all you lovely brides-2-be and post-brides (for I know many of you still come back to read this blog) that Skye and Liam’s Halloween-themed wedding is this week featured on another funky blog called Rock ‘n Roll Bride. The wedding itself from my point of view was perfect – after a wet start the weather gave a soft milky autumnal sunlight all afternoon (lovely for photographs),  a very good looking bride and groom, fantastic details to photograph and a great venue with wonderful backdrops/locations. No wonder then that the images are going down so well.

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Kat, who runs and writes the blog has presented to me her ‘Approved Rockstar Vendor’ badge which will take its place at the top of my printed literature from now on. I’m so pleased to be featuring on so many mediums at the moment and it’s also having its effect in terms of brides-to-be contacting me wanting to know my availability for 2009 and beyond, so if you’re one of those just coming across my work, get in touch but be quick!

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November 6, 2009

Rock my Wedding

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I met Jen and Matt recently who described to me their wedding next year and more specifically the wedding car they have booked – a vintage split-screen VW camper van (a bit like The Dream Machine from Scooby Doo) called Brian. Jen is a singer in a Ska band and she calls Matt ‘Duncan from Blue’ and not being a massive fan of Blue (who?) I have to take her word to the supposed similarities in their features. Anyway, Jen and Matt have booked me for their wedding next year which pleases me no end, as I think it will be a really funky little affair! Already we’re plotting the locations of their pre-wedding shoot in and around the groovier parts of London.

The other thing is, Jen writes a weekly column for a blog called Rock my Wedding, which aims to reach out to brides-to-be who want their weddings to be just that little bit different to the stated ‘norm’. Jen has today written a great piece (well, I would say that, wouldn’t I?) all about how they found me and why they booked me and I LOVE it!

Here’s a quick screenshot, but head over there to have a read about why Jen wants to be a rockstar….

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September 30, 2009

Your Herts/Beds Wedding magazine – now with added Kim Hawkins Wedding Photography!

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I do love a chance to blow my own trumpet and I am very pleased to tell you that one of my weddings from 2009 is being featured in the latest issue of the magazine, which is on sale now and for the next two months.

Editor Lisa told me she thought Rob and Laura were a ‘stunning couple’ and obviously I agree and think they look fantastic across the pages. But that’s not all – the cover image of this issue is also one of my brides – Becki, who married Matt last month and whose image was chosen specifically for the cover by Lisa.

The magazine, as well as being on sale in shops, now goes to all the wedding fairs in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and will also be on sale at the National Wedding Show at Earls Court in October, so my name and images will be seen far and wide – I am just so chuffed!

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August 26, 2009

Something very exciting….

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…is happening to Kim Hawkins Wedding Photography – I am very pleased to say that one of my weddings from June (Laura and Rob) will be the featured wedding in the new issue of Your Herts and Beds Wedding magazine,  the sole aim of which is to provide brides & grooms with regional information, inspiration, and advice relevant to their own wedding.

The October/November issue (in which the wedding will feature across four pages) will be on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets in the whole of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire in mid-September and will also be distributed at the National Wedding Shows both at the Birmingham NEC and London Olympia in the Autumn.

I will show pictures of the feature here when I get my copy!

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August 10, 2009

You and Your Wedding

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I had over 900 hits on my blog in one day last week, and I set out to discover what had led to this huge figure. Upon looking into my blog’s statistics, I noticed that nearly all the visits had come by way of a website called You and Your Wedding. I clicked on the link and was taken to the page you see here – Tina, my bride from last week had posted a message on their forum along with a link to my blog and had received many replies – loads of them were commenting on how beautiful her photographs were (Tina’s also left a comment on this very blog – look to the top right of this blog under ‘comments’).

It’s great when feedback like this is received and it’s not often I get a chance to blow my own trumpet, but I have to say that reading the comments that other brides to be had posted left me with a lovely warm glow inside – read all the comments at http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/chatroom/topic/226204?startnum=1

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May 22, 2009

New feature for www.kimhawkins.co.uk

Filed under: Miscellaneous — kimhawkins @ 11:57 pm

I have today launched a brand new dynamic slideshow feature on my website, which you can access from the main home page via the ‘slideshow’ link. It actually carries proofing images from pre-wedding shoots or weddings but displays them as a slideshow with music.

The added features of this are in the bottom right hand corner of the slideshow window as shown here – you can choose to view the whole show or pick your own starting place by clicking the thumbnail icon (four squares). The next button allows you to pause the show and perhaps go and make yourself a nice cup of tea and then play the show again.  The arrow icon allows you to start the show afresh – finally, the email button – this allows you to send the link of the slideshow directly to whoever you like so they can watch and enjoy the images too! Added to this, if the music gets a bit tiresome, you have the option to click the graphic equaliser icon bottom left which will let you once more enjoy the silence! 

I will be regularly adding more slideshows as my pre-wedding shoots and weddings are completed, so make sure you check back if you are a couple whose wedding I am shooting!

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