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HI,
I'M LU

and I've got your back.

First things first - your wedding is a BIG deal to me.

Forget what you think a wedding should be. I'm 100% an advocate of going against the grain when it comes to something as special as a your big day. Whether you're on the beach bare-foot, or trapsing through boggy moors in a purple dress, it's going to be gorgeous because it's going to be all yours!

My favorite part of what I do is seeing and feeling the impact I've made on couples and their families - nothing really beats capturing someone on the happiest day of their lives, and to then hear how much their photos bring all those emotions and stories right back... yeah, I love my job!


NOT

just a 

PHOTOGRAPHER

a visual 

STORYTELLER

in love

for the

WILDLY

You've Found
             Your Person

- Yeah you have! My goal is to document these major life events in the truest way possible, in all their imperfect perfectness: To capture your story for you to look back on as if you were right there. Feeling the atmosphere, the sun, the rain, the laughs and the tears and all that good stuff, again and again and again. 

This is my promise as your photographer; to honestly just make you feel as comfortable as possible: this is THE MOST important part of having your photo taken. I'm not gonna lie, 90% of my couples say they're 'cameraphobes' and think they look terrible in photos (I totally think this about myself, too so you're not alone!) But those couples...they can all be seen in the photos on my website absolutely crushing it on their day.

Cameraphobes rejoice! 


Luis 

Calow

est

2014

What Makes me, ME...

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Back to the Streets

As much as I'd like to be, I'm definitely not street. I grew up a bit further out on the doorstep of the Peaks, which is where I learned about my love for the outdoors. I spent pretty much my whole childhood making dens, climbing, injuring myself in said dens, and playing in ponds and woodlands.
It was pretty sweet.

There's no doubt that nature was my original inspiration - one which still moulds my work to this day, and the north will always have a soft spot in my heart wherever I end up on this spaceball.

(P.S I really lucked out that there was nothing offensive on the walls in this photo, though that would be hilarious to be emailed about).

Lu x

Simple answer - I'm from Sheffield UK. It's a place where when you ask someone about it, 80% chance they've lived/visited it! 

Let's Get REAL

Everyone knows the best photos are the ones where you're just enjoying life, being completely in the moment. I photograph weddings like a movie: I'm the director and you are the only ones best at playing your parts.

You’ve probably already visited a few sites that say ‘natural images’, ‘authentic’ etc etc. But when you think about it, there’s nothing that natural about having your photo taken. Anyone can take an 'authentic' photo but the couple might feel and look totally awkward and uncomfortable. That's not the experience anyone  wants. 

If you're reading this, then you most likely do feel uncomfortable having your picture taken to some degree - and I get it. My approach here isn’t to make you feel natural while taking photos...It’s to make you feel comfortable and at ease. When you're comfortable you act natural, it's as simple as that. See where I'm going with this? :)

This approach is what allows me to capture those amazing unguarded moments when you're  being your true selves.

The reason I cry at basically every Pixar film more than I did before.

My world revolves around the loves of my Life: Pip, my wife and best friend and our wonderfully weird, far too intelligent 4 year old: we're wild at heart and weird on top.

Pip, the most selfless, perectly imperfect person I've ever met ever, with a humour dark enough to rival my own. Annoyingly though, she's watched as many films as I have, which is infuriating when I think I'm about to introduce her to an amazing piece of cinema only to hear 'Yeah. seen it.' Cuts me deep. She is my rock. My person. 

Our little one. Her likes: Jumping, smelling every single flower on a walk, Frozen - Obviously. learning how to whistle, unicorns, the colour purple and her collection of broken pottery she finds in rivers. She teaches me something new everyday, and she's without a doubt my best creation ever. 

Finally a big shout to our fur balls, Ripley and Dommy. Our dog Ripley literally thinks she's a cat (Brought up by 2 cats). Her likes are, staring at us without blinking, following us CONSTANTLY, and sitting on our shoes instead of the ground.
Dislikes: that beep from the Royal Mail delivery person.  Dommy is our newest member and really, she just likes pouncing on the dog and getting zoomies at 11.30pm. Awesome. 



My world revolves around the loves of my Life: Pip, my wife and best friend and our wonderfully weird, far too intelligent 4 year old: we're wild at heart and weird on top.

This is Me!

I've always loved 'collecting' skills, and I geek out super hard on stuff I'm passionate about, which spans a wide spectrum...but here are the ones closest to my heart.

Hobbies
Drumming, foraging for wild food, making fire, making and then eating bread, building computers and bicycles, cooking everything, music music music, and playing ukulele because I really sucked at guitar. 

Movies
ALL the 80's classics, 90's and early 00's films that are so crap they're great. And David Lynch films...and The O.C. Not a film but I will always love that show.

Music
Everything from Dreampop to Pantera. Currently listening to Robyn, Dancing on my own. yessss.

Special skill
Quoting Friends episodes and films in full (I get punched on the reg)

Guilty Pleasure
Eating american cheese slices straight from the pack. (Though I firmly believe they have their place in cooking. 

This was a bit of fun, but this pretty much sums me up! More than anything, time with my family  trumps all of the above.

(Not me.)

(me)

Two souls
one Awesome story

Let's create
some magic together?

Two souls
one Awesome story

Let's create
some magic together!

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