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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Siân & Jamie Wedding - The Kymin Monmouth

Jamie & Siân - 27th August 2019

The Kymin Monmouth & The Angel Abergavenny.

Jamie and Siân got married on a beautiful sunny August afternoon in the rolling hills of Monmouthshire. They had an intimate wedding as their wedding party consisted of just 8 people including themselves! When Jamie first got in touch with me and explained that they were passionate about photography and the importance of it to them I was excited that I was going to be part of their special day.

 


Jules & Craig - wedding Penarth

Jules & Craig

Wedding 14th March - Penarth

I was honoured to photograph the marriage of Jules & Craig last month. It was an intimate wedding at West House Penarth then on to ETC Penarth for drinks food and celebrations. I've worked with Jules many times over the years because he his a local florist so it was so lovely to see him get married! Here are a selection of images from their special day.

 


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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Yasmin & Will

Yasmin & Will

June 16th 2018 - The Plough and Harrow - Wick

 

 

 

I had the honour of photographing this beautiful wedding back in June. Yasmin got in touch a couple of months ago after following my photography on Instagram and loved my style of shooting so I was super pleased I was available on their wedding date. Yasmin and Will were certain that the photography was very important to them!

I'm delighted to share with you a selection on beautiful images from their amazing (very windy) wedding day! The confetti images are my favourites from the set - it was blowing a gale!

Enjoy!

 


LAURA & IEUAN - ROSEDEW FARM WEDDING

 

 

 

Laura & Ieuan - 11th April 2018

Rosedew Farm

I first met with Laura, Ieuan and their beautiful daughters 8 months before their big day! They told me of all the fine details, how they plan to decorate the barn and that their day will have a lot of children so lots of fun activities for them to keep busy, hence the bouncy castle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jodie & Hassan - Camden London e-shoot

Jodie & Hassan engagement shoot

Camden Town, London

 

I first met Jodie in April 2016 ( I was pregnant with Penny) when we worked on a shoot together. Jodie is a very talented make up artist and beautician. During the shoot we got talking about her engagement to Hassan and their wedding plans! I was delighted following the shoot when Jodie got in touch to say she'd like to book me to photograph their wedding at Margam Park Orangery in September 2018. Jodie and Hassan secured their booking with me two and a half years ahead of their wedding which is amazing. They also booked an e-shoot that we decided to do in Camden Town as they live in London. On Easter Sunday (now with a new baby bump in tow) I took the train to London and had a fantastic time photographing the two of them in such an incredible setting. Jodie and Hassan are clearly in love and their passion for each other shone through out the shoot. I love these images. Their emotional connection along with the colours and vibrancy in such a busy city make me very happy! They also enjoyed every moment of the experience. I'm very excited for the wedding, (there will be no baby bump at the wedding!)

 

 


Jade & Owain Wedding - The Stonemill Monmouth

 

 

Jade & Owain

28th July 2017

The Rolls of Monmouth - The Stonemill Monmouth

 

I met with Jade and Owain a year before their wedding at the very place that they met each other, Starbucks! They told me the story of how Jade was out shopping with her Mum and needed a break so left her to it and popped for a coffee. After searching for a seat, she asked this lovely man (Owain!) if she could sit opposite him, and so they got talking and the rest is history!  Jade is very creative and had plans to make so many crafts - they looked amazing. They were planning a colourful, fun, relaxed day with a huge guest list. It was clear Jade & Owain's wedding was going to be a crazy fun day!

We had an e-shoot a couple of months before the wedding that involved their gorgeous dog Charlie. E-shoots are a perfect opportunity to get to know a couple and their relationship. And for them to get to know how I work too.

It's amazing how quickly a year can pass from their first meet up. We got together again (at Starbucks) to go through the final details of the day. Crafts were well underway! Stag and hen do's were imminent and the wedding was only weeks away. The wedding day arrived and I made my way to The Stonemill's beautiful cottages where all of the bridal party were getting ready. It had been raining so it was a bit damp, but the light perfect!

The groom and groomsmen looked wonderful in their navy suits and pink ties. Jade wore a stunning lace dress from Laura May Bridal http://lauramaybridal.co.uk and the bridesmaids were in gorgeous white bead-embellished dresses. Jade and Owain's day was full of fun, laughter and lots of gin and rum from start to finish. So much to capture! Jade is a very talented cake baker and runs her own cake making business along side her teaching career https://www.theprettycakecorner.com so naturally, she designed and made the wedding cake!

I've selected my favourites from Jade and Owain's wedding to share with you - enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mr & Mrs Fox Wedding - Holm House Penarth

Mr & Mrs Fox (Alberto & Sally!)

 5th August 2017

St Cadocs Church Llancarfen - Holm House Penarth

 

At this beautiful wedding, an Angel married a Fox! Alberto and Sally have the best surnames!  The wedding took place in the most gorgeous little church in Llancarfen village in The Vale Of Glamorgan. Sally grew up in this village and her family have been members of the community and church for many years, so it was s really special place for them to say their I do's. Family and friends met in the village pub and were joined by the Male voice choir - they often like to wet their whistle before their performance! (which was wonderful) The bell ringers were playing very joyful music, you can imagine how lovely it was. It was one of those warm mornings you occasionally get in the Summer! we knew it was going to turn into a scorcher of a day.

After a beautiful service, we all headed to Holm House Penarth where the celebrations continued. All of the guests where able to enjoy the views of the channel and socialise outside in the sun. During the Summer season, I like to split up the time I spend taking bride and groom portraits. I usually spend a bit of time with them before the wedding breakfast. Then after speeches when the sunlight is a bit lower and softer, I like to do some more. As we had such a beautiful Summer evening, we went down the Penarth Pier and seafront and made the most of it! Sally and Alberto had fantastic fox masks which made for fun unique images!

It was such a fun shoot and I love the images I've selected to share with you of their special day!

 

 

 


Hannah & Dan - Rosedew Farm

Hannah & Dan

12th August 2017 - Rosedew Farm