Hidden in the heart of London – lies a piece of historical Romance.
Home House, an elegant venue where celebrations and intimate moments have been captured since 1773.
The original owner, Elizabeth Countess of Home, designed it to be a place of festivities and joy, a playground for Dukes and Earls. She welcomed numerous guests, threw extravagant hedonistic banquets and had guest rooms prepared for her lovers…
The sumptuous neo-classic style and the beautiful frescos in the parlour room, the architectural details in the ceilings – you feel like you are walking within a painting itself, transported in time.
Our editorial celebrates the opulent, the intensity and the romance of the renaissance era seen here through the eyes of a 2017 London bride and groom. We were inspired by the contradictions of an old love in a young couple, the ancient venue in a modern city, and most of all by a piece of history where time stands still in a world of fast paced modernity.
From a distance we are witnesses to this love which has evolved through time and distance as our bride and groom prepare for the celebration of their union. A day full of goosebumps yet there is a calmness in the air. As she prepares for the ceremony, she is surrounded not by bridesmaids but by the heirlooms from her grandmother’s dressing table, inspiring nostalgia and heartache both prominent in her soul.
A modern still-life fresco; the table setting adorned not just with flowers but with fruits and vegetables echoing the symbolic paintings of banquets and the harvest by Zucchi, the husband of artist Angelica Kauffman. We purposefully mixed opulence and artisanal influences by using handmade pottery for the tablescape; rustic and wild, playful textures and elegant calligraphy.
A painting of man-made and natural objects, cut flowers, fruit, vegetable, wine, candles, – A celebration of life – and their love.
I hope you enjoy this Fine Art London Wedding Photography Inspiration, it was a labour of passion and love and we are thrilled to be featured on RUFFLED!
Styling & Stationery: Elmo Paper Stories
Photography:Julie Michaelsen Photography
Photography Assistance: Jay Wedding Photos
Venue: Home House
Pottery, Tableware KANA LONDON
Table cloth & backdrops: Yorkshire Fabric Shop
Hair & Make Up: Jo Adams – Hair & Make Up Atelier
Furniture and Styling Assistance: Wedhead
Crown: Afshan Shamas
Shoes: EMMY LONDON
Videography: Irene Piera Films
Dress Boutique: Morgan Davies Bridal
Veils: ANN-Marie Faulkner
Groom’s Suits: Clements & Church
Name: MOT MODELS – Lewis
Cake Designer: Mimolo Designs
The Nordic Way, 19th-20th September 2017, London.
A Fine Art Wedding Photography Workshop with a difference…
When I first joined the wedding industry as a wedding photographer, my first port of call was to attend as many wedding photography workshops as possible. I was starting from scratch and I knew next to nothing about websites, running a business, SEO, how to get clients or pricing my services. One photography workshop experience which has stuck in my mind to this day, is one of the main reason I wanted to launch The Nordic Way…
I arrived at one particular workshop, I was nervous and I felt seriously out of place. I remember entering the workshop location and despite my faux confidence kicking in by introducing myself to other attendees and the speakers, I found myself somehow marginalised to the corner of the kitchen as everyone continued their conversations. I stood there for what seemed like ages feeling more and more out of place and effectively ignored.
I remember thinking even then, one day I’m going to run a Fine Art Wedding Photography workshop and I am going to greet and welcome every single person and make them feel welcome, relaxed and confident.
People may not remember exactly what you did or what you said but they will always remember how you made them feel
– Maya Angelou.
‘The Nordic Way’ Fine Art Wedding Photography Workshop was born out of my desire to create a workshop for newer wedding photographers who have either just started their business within the Fine Art Wedding style or would like to transition over.
I want to give something back to this is industry which I love, help new wedding photographers find their feet and do so using Danish Hygge as my inspiration!
Hygge (pronounced ‘Hoogah’)
-A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish Culture)
I want to give that to my workshop attendees I want them to feel supported and encouraged and a part of something. A movement to raise your game and be better in a crowded market place, a community and a support network!
So if you’re reading this and you’re feeling a mixture of the below:
– I don’t know where to start…
– SEO – I haven’t got a clue
– My weddings don’t look like the ones on the wedding blogs / magazines
– I’m getting no enquiries
– I feel alone and frustrated
– I don’t know who to ask for help
– No one comments on my instagram posts
– I honestly haven’t got a clue where I should be pricing myself.
Then I urge you to join us at The Nordic Way! I feel so very strongly that attendees will walk away from this workshop feeling inspired and armed with right tools to propel their business forward, so if you’re ready to take control of your business and your future, come join us, I guarantee you won’t regret it!
AND if you book in the month of JUNE you’ll qualify for the early bird discount of £100!
Read more about it HERE
Julie Michaelsen is a creative fine art Destination wedding photographer shooting film and based in Kensington London (although she travels extensively), she believes in love and authenticity and likes to create beautiful imagery for kind hearted and exceptional brides and grooms. She mixes documentary style photography with editorial and fine art wedding photography ensuring that her clients have a set of images which accurately tells the story of their wedding day, highlighting all that makes them individual. Julie shoots weddings, engagement and family photoshoots in London and throughout the world. If you would like to book me please do contact me HERE and tell me about your big day!
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Leaving the security of a lucrative job with structured career prospects to become a fine art wedding photographer in London may seem like a crazy move, but for me it was the start of a new phase of professional fulfilment I couldn’t have dreamed of.
It was 2013. It feels like a lifetime ago, and yet I remember it vividly.
I was single, and not in a Sex and the City partying every night kind of way, unhappily so. Four of my closest girl friends were getting married and I was a bridesmaid four times in one year. Although I was thrilled for my girls, I was also desperately lonely.
All my time was spent working in my finance job in Mayfair, earning more money than I had thought possible, and living what seemed to be a very successful life. I was doing a fantastic job of proving to everyone that I could do ‘it’.
And yet, for all the success on the surface, I was seeing a therapist every week, unable to shake the unhappiness.
I started to realise that it had everything to do with my work. The job which had originally challenged and intrigued me had turned me into someone I didn’t recognise and wasn’t proud of. I could have given you the spiel of why my work was important but the words were hollow because I didn’t truly believe them.
Pretending to be someone I wasn’t every single day, while competing in that environment, hardened me and I found myself with only one real friend in the office. As a social person blessed with a lot of friends outside of work, I knew something wasn’t quite right.
Something had to give and I remember the seemingly throwaway comment that changed everything.
‘You seem really happy when you talk about your photography.’
It was the ultimate epiphany moment…
Something I had cultivated for myself for such a long time could actually become my job.
And just like that, I said goodbye to the finance industry and threw myself into the complete unknown of launching a wedding photography business.
I was naive and foolish and jumped in with two feet without looking, but I was fuelled by the hope and potential of my pursuit to do something which I felt proud of.
‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.’
– A Tale of Two Cities, William Shakespeare
When you reach that breaking point in your life, sometimes you just have to take that leap for change to happen. Do I wish I’d known a bit more about self-employment, the fine art wedding industry, running your own business? Probably. But no matter how trapped you might feel in your current career, I can honestly say that breaking away and pursuing happiness isn’t something you’ll ever regret.
I know I don’t.
Julie Michaelsen is a creative fine art wedding photographer travelling the world photographing beautiful weddings! She believes in love and authenticity and likes to create beautiful imagery for kind hearted and exceptional brides and grooms. She mixes documentary style photography with editorial and fine art wedding photography ensuring that her clients have a set of images which accurately tells the story of their wedding day, highlighting all that makes them individual. Julie shoots weddings, engagement and family photoshoots in London and throughout the world. If you would like to book me please do contact me HERE and tell me about your big day!
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