A simple day in the life of a florist …

So this week at the blueskyflowers’ studio at New Covent Garden Market, we have been working towards a busy weekend … three weddings, two corporate functions and a magazine photo shoot… but thankfully no funerals

With my trusty team around me, it was just amazing the amount of work we managed complete and be very pleased with in the end … Three very different brides, three very different looks and a whole lot of fabulously fragrant and fantastically fresh flowers

I’m going to wait for the pro shots of all the weddings but I just wanted to mention and give a big thanks in advance to all the wonderful people that helped at my end of the work and also the amazing suppliers we are so pleased to be able to work with from Anna MacDougall at bride&glory, Debbie Diggle at Wedding Wonders, Jen Middlehurst at Kalm Kitchen, Anna and Jamie at Micklefield Hall, Julie Michaelsen Photography, Sarah Williams aka The Flower Bird, Vic Clarke at Foxgloves & Glory, the team at 170 Queensgate and The George in Rye and the other suppliers that I don’t yet know …

Watch this space for some more updates on this week’s madness …!

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I’d like to introduce you to a lovely photographer with whom I worked a couple of years ago on a styled shoot that is scheduled to appear in You & Your Wedding magazine very soon … Watch this space!

Anushé Low is a beautiful lady with a very kind manner… just what every bride needs on her wedding day. I know that I would appreciate her soft calming influence if I was about to take the biggest step of my life

So I asked Anushé a little about how she came to be a wedding photographer

When did you start in this business and what did you do before?

I officially started my wedding photography business in August 2010. Before this I worked as an architect – very different! In 2008 I had my son which changed everything – I wanted to spend more time with him and work flexibly. I never dreamed I could make a business out of something I had been passionate about since I was about 9 years old! I was one of those annoying guests who casually photographed friends’ weddings in the background…I enjoyed it so much and unbelievably those very photos made their way in to wedding magazines – the rest, as they say, is history!

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I love to shoot clean, editorial style wedding and portrait photos using natural light. I come from a design background as a trained architect and have an eye for simple lines and creative compositions

What is your favourite flower?

I’ve always loved the simplicity and beauty of an Orchid or a Calla Lily both of which were the primary flowers at my own wedding. However in recent years having been exposed to so many beautiful flowers at weddings, I must say I’ve come to love big, fat Peonies and delicately formed Ranunculus too!

What sort of information do you need to know when meeting with a prospective client for the first time?

First of all, I love to hear all about their love story! A wedding day is such an intimate, personal day for my clients, I think it’s important to get to know them a little better as I feel it helps me capture them and their day more authentically

I also like to understand their plans for the day itself, however sketchy or detailed and walk them through it using my experience. Lots of important things come up during this discussion and my clients are usually grateful for my having a better understanding of their day from start to finish

How many weddings do you handle per year and would you do more than one per weekend?

In a business where you can’t always know how your year or weekend will pan out in terms of work, I think you have to have rules. One of my rules is only 1 wedding per weekend – I want to be as fresh and focused as possible on a wedding day and for me, that’s physically not possible if I’m shooting back to back. I also stick to photographing just 15 or 16 weddings a year which for me is plenty. I can give my clients an impeccable, dedicated service, keep turn-around times short and have quality time with my family

Do you have fixed prices for shooting/albums/discs or can you tailor the package for each client?

I can do both! I have a list of packages that clients can simply choose from including luxury to basic, or if they have more specific needs I can tailor a bespoke package to suit picking items from an á la carte menu

Is there anyone in the wedding industry that you particularly respect or admire or have been influenced by?

Those that are in full time employment as I was will never truly understand the relentless amount of hard work that a self-employed, small business owner has to do to become successful. Those in the industry whom I admire most are the incredible business owners – be they photographers, bloggers, cake makers or florists who have worked non-stop, all hours and consistently for years to create amazing businesses and brands. I love a quote by Samuel Goldwyn who once said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get”

What is the most important part of your job?

Telling my clients’ wedding story authentically, beautifully and wholly

What makes you laugh?

My crazy 2 year old Sohana is currently making us all laugh A LOT… she is nuts!!

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So if you are looking for a wedding photographer with a relaxed, happy style, take a look at Anushe’s work… simply stunning

Its not all weddings you know…

Most of our weekends are filled to the brim with lovely wedding stuff – sorry husband – but occasionally we do get swept up in other celebrations…. and special birthdays are probably our second favourite thing to flower

I was so honoured to provide some flowers for a surprise birthday party arranged for the lovely Julie Michaelsen a wonderfully sensitive and creative photographer with a great eye…well, two actually

I was slightly worried that I hadn’t made enough vases but when we started to place them out on the very long table in the Queens Room upstairs at Bumpkin Notting Hill, I did begin to wonder if there would be room for any food or drink! But apparently there was enough for a very good night to be had by all – HB Julie xx