What do wedding photographers do?!

You may not think that a decision such as choosing your perfect photographer is a big deal….

” I don’t even like photo’s” – I have heard this one a few times. Throughout the difficult times we have all found ourselves living through the one thing has become even more important is the real human connections and bonds with family and close friends. It has also become more apparent that we should not take anything for granted. Even a wave to a loved one over a garden wall has been cherished!

Therefore choosing a photographer who has passion for their trade ensures that your big day is recorded the way you lived it, in the style you love. After all we are surrounded by visual media and everyone has a style, the perfect match is out there!

I am a hopeless romantic, I am emotional… I cry at sad adverts and refuse to watch any films if there is a dog in it because we all know what’s going to happen to old’ Shep…..

Bridesmaids is my favourite wedding film because IT IS REAL LIFE and I am a combination of the character ‘Annie’ (Kristen Wiig) crossed with the amazing Megan (Melissa McCarthy’s character) – in character and stature! I love to boogie. Please see the following archive photographs from a time I was NOT photographing the wedding I wad attending… I was a Maid of Honour for my beautiful cousin Rebecca….

photo by the amazing Carla Blain Photography https://www.carlablainphotography.co.uk/
I give it my all on the dancefloor. Image by Carla Blain Photography
It’s very rare for me to get images of me… I think its for the best really 😉 image by fabulous Carla Blain Photography

Weddings are hard on couples! Its such an important day with so many expectations but heads up people, they are meant to be a celebration!

My favourite weddings have a party vibe, all day. This is how they go….. (follow to page 2)

2020 lets talk about the positive!

Beautiful weddings & Family shoots, becoming a TWIA Regional Finalist (again!!!) & realising that I am so awkward on Zoom calls that it’s painful….

Instead of making this a negative blog post… I’m going to celebrate the awesome parts of my year!

Thank you, Katie & Georgia, Charlotte & Rob and Stephanie & Greg for starting off 2020 with a bang in February and then I’m going to skip right to September and thank all of my couples who followed, Kim & Alwyn, Jade & Charles, Beth & Phil, Vicki & Prakash and finally Emily & Tom…. all of whom this year managed to marry their soul mates under a very different set of rules and guidance…. some ‘live streamed’ their weddings… some rotated their evening guests… some were able to have 30 and then later others were only allowed 15…. If it was a 150 person wedding or a 15 person wedding – the ceremony, build up and anticipation was the same…. the nerves were the same… the tears of joy – the same…. and I am so so glad I was there to capture it all.

The couples who book me are consistently warm & welcoming, fun loving and match my quirkiness our energies always works well together… they are loved up, they are invested in their wedding and what it means and they want to make sure their photographer ‘gets them’… ‘the real them..’ the tears, the smiles….. the groomsman swimming in the fountain….. normal – real life couples that are ‘my kinda people’ I am so passionate about getting the images my clients want that I think it either shows in my work or I have a great big magnet on me that attracts lovely people to me. I’m a barmy cat lady & chocolate addict from Birmingham who wants nothing more than to drive around the whole of the UK photographing different weddings… and capturing all the love – real moments!

The following images are from my weddings this past year….

If you would like to enquire if I have your date available… please contact me as soon as possible! I’d love to hear from you, Samantha

Mini Wedding/ Elopement Photography Package


“Moving with the times, introducing my newest Wedding Photography Package”

Happy to now introduce my new Mini Wedding/Elopement Photography Packages for just £650!

Your Ceremony & up to 30 guests in attendance

The current situation we find ourselves in has led some couples to request if I offer a much smaller wedding package or even Elopement coverage – so I have decided to offer 4 HOURS COVERAGE for couples wishing to capture their ceremony AND WHO ARE HAVING UP TO 30 GUESTS PRESENT. I will cover the guests arrival at the ceremony venue, the ceremony, newly-wedds mingling with their guests, the group images (where possible) and the all important Newly-wedds images, which usually take 30 mins.


For couples who are now planning an elopement, be in for just themselves or with wedding parties of up to 10 guests – I will cover the ceremony and will also include a separate Newly wedding photo-shoot of up to 2 hours at a location of their choice on the wedding day or post wedding so we can really get our teeth into some couple images..somewhere special or at a time of day to suit you.. Sunset/ Sunrise.. the beach.. the forest… its up to you!

Your images will be presented on a engraved wooden USB in a wooden box, 12 months access to a private online gallery, great for sharing images with friends and relatives not able to attend their big day… prints, enlargements and photo albums can also be ordered via this private gallery.

I’d love to hear from you.. follow this link for more details…

Samantha x


Time to book your Wedding Photographer 2020/2021

They’ve popped the question..

The answer was ‘yes’!

So what’s next?

Straight away the mind starts to plan your ideal day, where to start? Are you going to register on a Wedding Planning online guide such as ‘Hitched’? A platform which allows you to search through professional wedding suppliers… all around the country.

You are? Well what a good choice… I’m listed there! You can read lots of really lovely reviews left by my past clients and see even more of my work!

Rose and Rainbow Photography

Venue: Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield

Once your date and venue is secure I would recommend researching your …. WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!

                                                                                  Venue: Berrow Court, Edgbaston

If you are looking for a wedding photographer who cares about the collection of images from your special day… who will spend the day putting her heart and soul into creating images which you will treasure forever then “I am that photographer”

My style leans towards art portraiture, a mix of romantic traditional and the more stylised free-lensed images, which gives an atmospheric and natural quality to my work. 

When you have a shortlist of your favourite photographers, put your enquires in as soon as possible! Many wedding photographers are booked up for the most popular dates two years in advance! We don’t mind enquiries via email, a call, a Facebook message …hell… even by carrier pigeon! We want to hear from you!

Most if not all photographers love to meet face to face to have a chat about what you expect from your wedding photographer on your big day, a general no obligation chat for you to get an idea of how you get on with them… this informal meeting allows you and your partner time to compare notes on each of your potential wedding photographers that you met with and make the right decision.

Please take a look below at a few images from just some of the 35 beautiful weddings I covered in 2019…. if you like what you see then please send me a ‘pigeon…’ 

Samantha xxx

Christmas 2019 gift idea…. Family photo-shoot

If like me you are starting to get the niggling feeling that Michael Bublé must be starting to stir… your unconscious mind may start to wonder to Christmas gifts.

For years now I have been offering photo-shoots for families. I started my shoots at Warley Woods in Bearwood (a gorgeous wood at the end of my road) many other locations followed including now most National Trust locations in the Midlands area (I’m now a member!)

If you know a family who’d love me to capture some memories with a mix of atmospheric natural images and posed shots, take a look at the details below or follow the link to my website to view some more of my work.

On location Family Photo-shoots



My photo-shoots last approximately 1 hour. A gentle walk stopping at ideal spots to take a mix of posed portraits and informal shots.

From the shoot I do an initial edit of the best images and email my client with a link to their private online gallery. From there my clients can create a favourites list to select their 10 images (included in the £160 package price) once the selection is made and the list is sent to me I start my final edit (removing any blemishes/imperfections) Once complete, I deliver the USB in a cute wooden trinket box and publish the finished images on my client’s private gallery, supplying them with their unique password. The online gallery is available for 12 months.


1-5 images I charge £15 per image

If you choose 6 or more additional images I charge £10 per image

I can provide you with a gift voucher with information about the 10 images included with the shoot (detail on prices for any additional images would be supplied separately at the time of the final edit)

Follow my link for more details https://roseandrainbowphotography.com/investment/family-packages/

It’s not just about the dress…


Boys… it’s your turn!

With so many blogs about dresses, make-up, jewellery, honeymoons…. what about you guys?!

Are you a dapper chap who wants to look your very best on your big day?

Last year I discovered Bill Child Formal Wear when photographing the most gorgeous wedding of my career, for Terri & Scott in Ledbury.

Established in the year 2000 by Bill Child this family run, gents formal attire business has been providing stunning outfits to upwards of 200 weddings a year.

Bill, upon reaching retirement age passed the business to his daughter Carolyn, who then continued to provide an excellent service to their clients.

Bill Child Formal Wear provides for sale or hire a vast array of clothing and accessories to grooms, groomsmen and page boys (wee shorts!!!).  They have new collections for any Spring, Summer or Winter wedding which includes the most beautiful Tweed pieces such as the waistcoat, which is my personal favourite piece of male formal wear (I think all men should own a full tweed suit for Winter… for nothing else but to go to the pub in…) checkout their website to view their tweed!!!

Over the years their clients have visited their shop to not only to be kitted out for their ‘wedding suit’ but for such occasions as Royal Ascot, Buckingham Palace Awards and Charity Ball’s.  All these occasions require the finest garb and Carolyn is there as an expert in every style and fit and she will advise and accessorise every gent who visits accordingly.  New Years Eve and Hogmanay is also a very busy time of year for this independent family run business and their clients include well dressed gents who are all about looking their best for any celebration!

Personally I think that you guys look amazing in suits or like Scott here, choosing a pair of fabulous tailored trousers which he twinned with bare feet! Every man has his own style….maybe make your wedding the occasion you treat yourself to a quality outfit? It’s not JUST about the dress!

Bill Child Formal Wear King Street, Hereford.

Thank you to Terri & Scott for being the most fabulous couple and allowing Carolyn and I to publish some of the images from their big day.

Their wedding was also published in the Boho Weddings blog.

When do I book a Wedding Photographer?

I have been asked this question over and over this year, “When do we get in touch again, when we need to book you?”

When I first started out in Wedding photography (5 years ago now) my answer to this question used to be “you want to book me for your wedding next summer? erm… anytime…. my diary is erm… not too cluttered… you should be okay…” I would then have had to go and buy a new diary…. as of course I had no idea what I’d be doing the following Summer!

Bride asleep Pendrell Hall

Luckily for me (and please don’t think I take this for granted) I could sleep soundly this year with a total of 35 weddings! Totally a dream come true.

Now my answer has changed to that question…. it’s never too early to enquire with the photographer that you want, about their availability. Some of my fellow photographers are booked up a whole year or two in advance! Personally, I have very limited availability for 2020 and 2021’s popular dates (Easter Holidays, Summer…Christmas!) are being snapped up!

I have just spent a really lovely hour with a couple who’s wedding at Redhouse Barn is booked for June 2021. We chatted about their plans, their likes and dislikes, weddings they have been guests at and noticed that some photographers are relaxed, easy going and got the job done… and THE OTHERS… they have heard horror stories of  photographers turning a newly married couples day into their Photo-shoot! Obviously with their day two years away not every detail is nailed down but they BOTH realise that photography is one of the most important aspects of organising a wedding and how important it is to choose the style of photography which suits you, very polished and staged, bright popping colour etc or muted tones, maybe candid, natural or earthy?

Of course how the photographer edits the images does depend on the time of year (light temperature for outside shots) what the venue looks like, style of the wedding etc and how the photographer puts together the story of the day. I have on my website a few real weddings (which my fabulous past brides and grooms have been good enough to let me publish) so that prospective clients can see how I cover the day as a whole (or at least a very good overview as I can’t post 500 images for every wedding!) I have chosen Spring, Summer, Winter weddings in different style venues from around England and Wales to showcase my style.

Most couples have their own ‘special images’ which they want captured. I encourage my clients to outline any important details which they do not want over looked. Sit down and talk to each other about the photographs, friends, family… images they have seen of newly-weds together, sunset images or night time using a flash to create a ‘halo’ (one of my favourite shots!!!)

I adore candid shots, it’s how I work best, sneaking about, photographing guests when they aren’t looking, natural smiles, capturing the actual wedding rather than a staged interpretation of the day.

Anyway… ‘stay on target Sam’

If you have a photographer in mind, call them, email them… it’s never too early. You may make someone’s night by just enquiring as to their availability! It’s so lovely to think that potential clients have seen my work and thought… “oooh I like that” you wont get a message back with my bank details and a contract form to fill in, as with all my clients I like to meet up for a cuppa and a chat first with no obligation to book so you can see that I may look scary but I am more or less harmless… if you feed me cake….. and Earl Grey Tea!

Collaborative shoot at Highbury Hall

Back in June 2018, I got together with a few of my favourite wedding suppliers  at Highbury Hall.

“Located only three miles from Birmingham city centre, Highbury Hall offers the best of both worlds. Excellent road and rail networks make it easily accessible, yet, with in a tranquil and secluded setting, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the heart of the countryside”

This makes Highbury an ideal wedding location.

“Highbury Hall is the perfect wedding venue for up to 100 daytime guests for your civil ceremony and wedding breakfast with a further 60 guests for the evening reception”
Together with Make-up and Hair by Gemma, Toni from Lief Bridal, Judith of Pollen Floral Joy, Amy of Event Styling by Amy Victoria, Reana of Bee & The Bear Bakes and Kerry of Bouquet Chic Unique we got together to set up a photo-shoot for Highbury.

Gemma set to creating the beautiful flawless bridal look for our stunning model Miss Rosie Lea. She created a perfect ‘up do’ hairstyle with accessories by Kerry of Bouquet Chic Unique adding glitz and glamour with a beautiful crystal hair slide.

We were loaned stunning jewellery by Element Bespoke Jewellery, a wedding and engagement ring and a pair of white gold and diamond earrings. They specialise in wedding and engagement rings and hand-make all their commissions at their workshop in Birmingham’s Jewellery quarter.

Have you ever seen a more stunning model? thank you to Miss Rosie Lea for being our perfect bride!

Judith of Pollen Floral Joy created the most beautiful displays and bouquets for the shoot…

I think you will agree that Toni of Lief bridal made the best choice when it came to the dress and veil combination, it totally complimented the venue.

Amy of Event Styling by Amy Victoria decorated the beautiful balcony to make the most of the features of Highbury.

Judith made the most of the staircase with the stunning arrangements,

Top top the shoot off, Reana of Bee & the Bear Bakes created the most amazing cake inspired by the house and its decor… I have never seen such detail in a wedding cake.

Highbury is such a stylish venue, we really enjoyed working there and bringing our own ideas to the shoot. Thank you to Highbury |Hall for having us and from me personally to all my lovely talented friends for bringing your business knowledge to the table…

Marie & Darren ~ The Moat House (part 3)

It’s been so long since part 2 to my post on Marie & Darren’s wedding at The Moat House, Acton Trussell… this summer has been totally amazing and I have found myself totally unable to get into blogging! I will make a real effort now to get back into it.

once Marie & Darren had taken some time to talk with their guests, I took them for a walk around The Moat House grounds to take their couple shots. In the beautiful sunlight we managed to get some beautiful images.

Back at The Moat House, it was time for their Wedding breakfast with speeches first

time for gifts, friends and laughter…

time for all to gather around the cake,

take your places to watch the first dance…

thank you to Marie & Darren for letting me post some of their wedding images. X

Marie & Darren ~ The Moat House (part 2)

(part 2)

It was time for Marie to get into her stunning wedding gown

because Dad was ready to take her to the isle!

Marie was positively glowing and ready to finally marry Darren, so I got to the front to capture the moment she walked down the isle

lets take another look at that dress

we went straight outside for drinks and nibbles and group photos! paying close attention not to fall in the canal which runs along the side of the Moat House grounds

my total favourite confetti shots!

part 3 coming soon…