Front door portraits - Lockdown 2020

Front door portraits

Lockdown 2020

 

It’s Thursday 14th May and the UK is in it’s 8th week of lockdown, 8 weeks since Boris Johnson addressed the nation an announced the United Kingdom was dealing with a pandemic – Coronavirus (Covid-19) Since early January, we watched China struggling with containing the outbreak in Wuhan, and watched as the virus spread rapidly as people travelled between countries. It become closer to home as we then watched it spread through Italy and other European countries. I don’t think while we were watching we really understood the severity of this virus and what it would do to us, our loved ones, our lively hood and freedom.

It’s been a very odd year so far to say the least. We came out of Christmas with new goals, plans and things we wanted to do and achieve in 2020, places we wanted to visit and new ‘to dos’ The first 8 weeks of the year went in a flash, but was long and tiresome at the same time. The UK was hit badly with storms and flooding causing devastation to homes and businesses, but we pulled together to help our community and it’s residents with leisure centres and community halls offering safe dry places for people to sleep and food packages, comfort and support.

It basically rained for 8 weeks! Short, dark days. Even after school you couldn’t really go and get fresh air with the children. The weekends were washed out! we felt like we didn’t go anywhere for such a long time! Then it was March, we were ready for Spring and longing for longer, dry days and much needed outdoor family time. We actually used our caravan for the first time on the weekend of 13th March. We took it to Brecon and had a wonderful time exploring the countryside, while keeping an eye on the news. I am so grateful that we had that weekend away when we did. Even then it was quite unclear as to whether we would be following the likes of Italy, Spain and France and going into a complete lockdown.

The wedding industry came to a stand still back in March when the announcement was made. It’s been quite a roller coaster few weeks as venues were shutting down and weddings and other events being cancelled. I have been fortunate to have weddings move to new dates that I am available. But I have also lost work due to weddings being postponed to the same date. Some of my couples have cancelled their weddings and have’t set new dates yet. The struggle has been the same for all of my photographer friends and suppliers in the industry.

Being at home with the children 24/7 and not being able to go to school, play groups, parks and spend time with friends and family has been wonderful and challenging at the same time. Although my work has stopped, I have been making the most of doing jobs I haven’t been able to do for YEARS! For example, website updates, implementing online signing documents and card payment systems (I’m so pleased to have finally done this) There are so many online networking events and training going on, I’ve been busy making new connections. My Husband has been working from home for the past 8 weeks too. He and I have had the occasional interruption on a Zoom call from a child asking for snacks or having a wild tantrum, I don’t think we’re the only ones! I am also missing my eldest daughter who is safe and well with her Dad. Lots of Zoom calls and messaging keeping us all together as we wait for the lockdown to be lifted and she can be with us.

I thought about going out and photographing people outside their homes for a few weeks before deciding to organise it. I was in two minds about whether it was the right thing to do or not. But after thinking it through, there was no way I was going to let this opportunity pass me by. It wanted to capture a historical moment in time for the people of my community and give them something special to remember. I did this safely by adhering to the social distancing guidelines. When visiting each household, I was way over two meters away from each family and used the appropriate lens to capture these beautiful photographs. There are so many wonderful pieces of artwork and supportive messages out and about brining a comforting sense of togetherness and strong community spirit.

I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all of our key workers working tirelessly throughout this unprecedented time. And my deepest condolences to everyone who has lost someone they love, may they shine bright.

Thank you for reading,stay safe.

Sian

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HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018

 

Sian Owen Photography - Highlights of 2018

 

(Photograph by Angharad Thomas Photography)

 

 

Well, where do I start! I thought 2016 was an extremely busy year as I worked and welcomed the arrival of our second daughter Penelope, but I was wrong! 2018 sure topped the craziness by 100%

In 2018 I managed to shoot 18 beautiful weddings,20 commercial shoots, 12 portrait shoots, and 6 e-shoots, have a third baby and move house! Not to mention it was the HOTTEST Summer since 1976 - but I did it and I'm so so pleased. I've been running my photography business for 6 years now, I can't believe where the time has gone. I have always worked from a desk in the dining room which has had its challenges as being right in the middle of the house, it's hard to get quiet time to get on with it all. In our new home I'm so pleased to have my own office space where I can have my work on the wall, files on shelves and albums out to view. It's amazing how having a creative work space can help with mindset, motivation and personal development.

As I've been looking back through last years images, I have been thinking again as to how thankful I am to all of the couples who have booked me to capture their special day. I know I say it each year, on each new highlights post, but I really do mean it. Being able to photograph people going about their lives is a dream come true. Photographs are so important. They are important to us now, but they will be treasured even more in years to come by our children's children.

I have carefully selected (way to many) images to share with you from 2018. I tried to cut it down, but it was too difficult! So here they are, all 274 of them! I have a couple of weeks off weddings now, it's a great time to update my website, order new albums and meet up with my photographer friends before we start another crazy season. It's also wonderful to have free weekends to spend with my family. 2019 is going to be a special year for us too as we are getting married in August. It's going to be wonderful being the bride and groom for a change! Just to think this time next year as I will be writing my 2019 highlight's blog as a married woman!

Here's to what 2019 has in store!

Sian

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Venice Wedding Photography

Venice Wedding Photography

 

Back in 2015, yes 2015! Rachel and I went to Venice to photograph two beautiful couples. It was June, very clammy and warm which brought heavy rain and thunder at times! We spent 3 days walking the streets of Venice capturing gorgeous images of our lovely couples in the most beautiful locations. Venice is so colourful and pretty it offers such amazing back drops for images.

I'm super excited to share with you these images from our adventure. If you're planing your wedding abroad, I'd love to hear from you. My camera will travel anywhere!

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JOEL & LOUISE - FONMON CASTLE WEDDING

Joel & Louise - Fonmon Castle

21st July 2017

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 This week I have four weddings to photograph! it all starts with this gorgeous pair that got married at Fonmon Castle in The Vale Of Glamorgan on Friday! It rained and it rained and it rained! but it didn't matter one bit. I haven't had a rainy wedding to photograph at Fonmon before, so I was kind of pleased that we were forced by Mother nature to stay inside and use the gorgeous castle interiors for so many photographs! Louise looked incredible walking down the aisle to meet her groom, as always, such an amazing moment to capture.

After torrential rain for hours, the skies finally cleared and we were able to go outside! I absolutely love the rich greens the surround the castle walls, so pretty. It's almost 1am, and i've finally chosen a selection of images from their day to share with you all! The editing is really pilling up now, it is the middle of July after all - more late nights ahead, enjoy! ~ Sian


LAKE GARDA WEDDING - SCALIGERO CASTLE - GEMMA AND ANDREW

 Gemma & Andrew's Lake Garda Wedding

11th June 2017

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 I met Gemma & Andrew just over a year ago and was delighted when they chose to invite me to Italy to photograph their special day.  They got married outside on the roof terrace of Malcesine Castle over looking Lake Garda, the views are incredible. They were so fortunate to have a scorcher of a day!

Gemma and her Dad had a fun journey to the castle on a tuc tuc through the quaint cobbled lanes, whilst Andrew and the wedding guests enjoyed music on the terrace awaiting her arrival.  Following the service, the bride and groom had the tuc tuc ride to the side of the lake where the prosecco flowed and pizza and parmesan was in abundance.

We then all walked to the harbour and took a boat ride to La Voglia restaurant for yet more food (five courses! and more prosecco)  When we arrived at the jetty, the bride and groom were greeted by local children that had picked wild flowers and made a home made card for the newlyweds - such a sweet and thoughtful gesture.

I was in my element photographing the day, everywhere you look is beautiful, the landscapes are breathtaking.  I was very excited to look through the day's images, and put together a small selection that tell the story. I simply cannot wait to go back! ~ Sian