• Laura O'Toole

Wild and Whimsical mini styled shoot in West Yorkshire by Miss Whittington's Photography

Lockdown has been HARD on so many people for so many reasons. As a wedding photographer, I've had to come to terms with all of my 2020 weddings moving to 2021, leaving me without half an income and stripping me of a major creative outlet. If there's one thing I've learnt from lockdown, it's that photography makes me very, very happy. Without it, I am utterly miserable and constantly craving something to capture. When Aaron said he'd seen a massive log pile on his journey to work in Wakefield, I knew we had to incorporate it into some photos.

Another thing I've learnt from lockdown: we learn to make do with what we've got. Aaron and I were the models for this shoot. He dressed up in his suit from our wedding, and I wore a dress that I'd bought for a styled shoot that was postponed due to Covid. I cut my rosemary bouquet from our garden and bulked it out with wicker stars from our wedding decorations and ferns from the base of the log pile. The rings are our own, and the wooden box and toadstalls were also from our wedding. It pelted it down with rain as soon as we arrived (so excuse my dragged-out-of-a-pond-looking hair!) but the dark sky made for a really nice moody light that really worked for us. It was such a simple set up but I'm so pleased with the results. This shoot has shown me that it is possible to be creative and make interesting images with minimal resources. I've been dreaming of a log pile shoot in my head for a few years now and there's really nothing more satisfying than seeing an image in your head come to life through the camera lens.

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