I’m Laura May and I’m a wedding photographer living in the beautiful village of Shifnal in Shropshire, but I shoot weddings all over the UK including Birmingham, London, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Cheshire.
I live in a bijou (it really is tiny) house with my fella Dave and our French Bulldog, Reggie. I have been photographing ace weddings across the UK for 3 years. I dreamed of being a rock star (anyone else dress up in tulle skirts and fingerless gloves and dance along to Madonna?! No? Just me then) and then when I had to be serious, I wanted to work in radio, but life had other plans.
Reggie is quite possibly my most favourite living thing in the world. When I’m not photographing you’ll find me walking Reggie or snuggling on the sofa with Reggie perfecting my ability to binge watch Netflix! I also love to spend time with my neices and nephew, they really do make my heart smile.
I’m partial to a bit of live music; be it gigs or festivals. I love Wolverhampton Civic and attended Glastonbury five times but my lucky “I can always get tickets!” fingers lost their luck after 2010 and haven’t been since *sad face*. These days you’re more likely to find me sipping a gin or a pint of Aspells in my local beer garden!
I always remember borrowing my Grandad’s film camera over my teenage years and taking pictures of friends at school and family way before camera phones were a thing. For the most part the cameras would be returned ‘not working’, i.e. broken! Luckily for me I had a very forgiving Grandad. I was also lucky to have had a friend called Pete who would develop reams of film for me as he worked at Kodak in Telford. I once returned from a summer holiday aged 16 with 24 rolls of film, I was definitely snap happy.
Whenever we had family holidays someone would always have a camera to hand resulting in lots of picture albums to look back on; one of my favourite things to do. My other Grandad, Stanley, had his own style nailed; every picture being lop sided and people with the top of their heads chopped off. While my own images at this point weren’t technically perfect, I still love them and am happy to have them to look back on.
Along the way I never pursued photography in my education, and it never crossed my mind you could photograph professionally. When university came calling I read Media Communications and left with a 2:1 thinking I would be producing radio shows in London. Instead I took a sales job which saw me through living in London for four years. It was in this time Grandad bought me my first Nikon DSLR. I spent weekends visiting galleries and my favourite has to be the National Portrait Gallery, I love looking at people, at the details of their face and wondering what they were thinking at that moment in time.
When I moved back to Shropshire I took a black and white film course at the Shrewsbury College and learnt the old school way to photograph and develop in a dark room and from there, things gradually got to this point…!
I’m fairly self-taught with the odd training day here and there, but my biggest investment in my business so far is a recent six month training foundation programme with those I feel best represent the industry; ByLumiere. Kate Hopewell-Smith and Brent Kirkman have really helped me focus on my wedding photography business and what I want to deliver to you; images of love, happiness and memories to pass through generations.
I love training, meeting other photographers and believe there is always something new to learn and attend different workshops annually.
I would love to be able to give to you, what my Grandad and family gave to me; memories and sentiment of a period of time in the past which otherwise could be lost forever. The albums piled up in my Grandparents and parents home are tangible memories for me and my family to continue to share with future generations.
It would give me the greatest pleasure to do this for you too.
Laura May x
how i feel about
I believe weddings are all about enjoying yourself! I believe you should do your wedding day, your way. Spend the day with your favourite people and dance wildly (BALTER!) to the band. Perfect.
MY FAVOURITE THINGS
REGGIE *insert all the heart emojis!*
Starbucks Mint Blend Tea
I couldn’t live without...you guessed - Reggie, travelling and Starbucks Mint blend tea - I'm OBSESSED with it. Have you tried it? It's a delicious blend of various mints. I spend a lot of time at the cinema with Dave as we have one those unlimted cards, but nothing makes me happier than travelling around the world and adding new stamps to my passport. It's a business goal to spend every January in a far flung hot destination practising yoga and leave the boys at home together.
AND I can't let you go without sharing with you my addiction to Walkers Thai Sweet Chilli Sensations. Amen to them.
p.s I have a HUGE fear of pigeons.
07734 995 754
Natural, Elegant, Stylish, Romantic, Relaxed Wedding Photography.
Shropshire Wedding Photographer, covering London, the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the UK. Also specialising in Lifestyle Baby and Family Portrait Photography and Boudoir Photography.