Hello my loves, I hope this premier blog post of the week finds you well and rested after your weekend.  As I'm away this week, the blog will be a much lighter version than usual – we all deserve a holiday, right? But check in daily for content we have a week's worth scheduled for your enjoyment.

Now, I've a bit to share with you about this exquisite photoshoot that features dress designer Minna Hepburn – she of those beautiful, bohemian, vintage inspired wedding dresses that I adore – that is her below in with her horse Milly…

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Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

But before I share some words from Minna, I wanted to focus on the work of Marianne Taylor, the photographer behind these images.

Marianne used her skills as a Beloved photographer to obtain these images.  For the uninitiated, Beloved is a concept that was pioneered by
photographer Jesh de Rox – I have written about it previously here, but
essentially, it involves a photographer working with a couple to
document their love and interaction between one another in the most authentic way possible.  Jesh has
trained many photographers in this technique, including Marianne Taylor
{you can see another beautiful example of one of Marianne's beloved
photoshoots on Love My Derss here
– it features my favourite hair stylist
in the world}…

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

I asked Marianne about this particular shoot and about her adoration of the Beloved concept of shooting…

"Firstly, I should probably make the distinction between the two ways the
term Beloved is used. Firstly, Beloved is a way of directing your
subjects, which is based on drawing the couple into an experience. So
instead of concentrating on the photographer, the couple is
concentrating on each other, and through small exercises (in beloved
terms, invites) they are invited into authentic interaction with each
other. This results in beautiful images of real emotion, and is
completely separate from the photographers style or even posing, which
photographers might do before giving an invite.

Personally I was always
strongly drawn to getting to that authentic emotion in my pictures, and
Beloved gave me practical tools to getting there faster, while providing
my subjects with more meaningful experience than just posing for
pictures normally would. I use this approach in all my work, from
engagement sessions to weddings, where shooting the portraits in a
beloved way is a natural extension of a photo-journalistic way of
capturing the rest of the day…"

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

"Secondly, dedicated Beloved sessions are generally designed for people who
have been together for a little bit longer, they make for a brilliant
anniversary experience, and a lot of couples want to do a session every
couple of years to rekindle their relationship.

Beloved sessions can
feel a lot more deeper than, say, engagement sessions, as there is
generally more memories between the couple to draw from. In a way,
Beloved is a chance to tell the ones we love how much they matter to us
and to remember what should never be forgotten…"

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

"For this approach to work, photographers need to have a clear
understanding of how much is down to themselves and their understanding
of the process, it is not necessarily a fail safe way to authentic
images, as so much depends on your own self awareness.  Our job is to
create a safe place for our subjects to be able to show their true
selves, and a lot of the success depends on how we give the invites and
our ability to read a situation.

But once you are comfortable in the way
you conduct  a session, this way of shooting feels so much more
rewarding than just posing people and asking them to smile, that it
takes your job satisfaction to a whole different level…"

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

"The Beloved experience is very rewarding for couples who are open to it,
and the beloved way of shooting can be a lot more enjoyable and easier
approach for those who feel awkward in front of a camera, as they tend
to forget the camera is even there.

When I had the idea for the
shoot my main aim was to see whether I could combine a styled shoot with
shooting in a beloved style.  I often get asked to do styled or
editorial shoots, but since my passion lies in getting to take pictures
of authentic interaction between couples, I don't often get excited
about the prospect of shooting models who don't know each other. That's
why I asked Minna if she was interested in trying this out with her
husband and a small team, just to see if it would work.

I think it did work, beautifully…"

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

And what for the delightful Minna Hepburn, how did she find the experience – and what did she choose to wear!?

"I loved the opportunity to work with Marianne. Our wedding
photos from nine years ago where a total disaster and we do not have any
proper pictures documenting our big day.  This shoot was an opportunity
in some ways to “renew our wows” and wear my favourite dresses! Not
bad!

I loved Marianne’s way of directing the shoot. Time
just disappeared and I felt it was just me and my husband. We laughed
and talked and just focused on each other. Total bliss!

I
decided to wear my favourite dresses for the shoot. These are the
dresses that really summarises our brand; easy to wear and feminine
dresses, perfect to dance a night away…"

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

"My dress designs don't scream 'I'm getting
married!', as I often wear them to Sunday lunches with friends or cocktail
parties in London.
  My absolute favourite is the Alyssa and Vera
dresses that both are hand embellished. Both are what I call
“affordable luxury” as they  cost wallet friendly £336 and £400. We do
them in different colour ways and custom embellishing options are
available on request.
.."

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

"Jasmine
is from my first collection and I have worn it to so many parties. When
I cannot decide what to wear, I always go for the Jasmine dress. It
would be my ultimate dress for laid back country wedding and this would
be the dress to renew my wows. I have so many fun memories wearing it!

Laetitia
dress was inspired by an old antique dress I found from a local flea
market. It is such a show stopping dress and we have now decided to add
it into our black collection. It is head to toe lace with asymmetric
hemline. I would wear it to a grand city wedding and team it up with our
Kate veil for a perfect vintage look!"

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

Beloved photoshoot by Marianne Taylor, featuring dress designer Minna

I'd like to thank both Marianne and Minna for allowing me to share these beautiful photographs.

If you would like to enquire about a Beloved photoshoot with Marianne Taylor, please enquire via Marianne's website – Marianne can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.  Those interested in exploring more about the Beloved concept might want to know about the Beloved Collective Festival taking place in California in September, where Marianne will be presenting as guest speaker.

And I thoroughly encourage you to exploit all shopping opportunities over at Minna – I LOVE her. Minna can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Whose lusting after a beautiful frock and set of elegant and romantic images right now?

Have a lovely day everyone,

Annabel

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From now until Monday 3rd September 2012, Love My Dress will deliver a lighter, but just as
beautiful set of content – whilst Summer breaks are taken.  Thank you so much for your patience during this time.

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  • http://theweddingreporter.co.uk Emma ~ The Wedding Reporter

    I absolutely adore Marianne’s work & long for the day when I can persuade the man half to engage in a beloved shoot! Really lovely images.

  • http://www.martinpricephotography Martin Price

    I always love Marianne’s work. A really beautiful set of images!

  • http://www.aweddinglessordinary.co.uk A Wedding Less Ordinary

    Beautiful images – a feast for Monday mornings eyes!

  • http://www.mariannetaylorphotography.co.uk Marianne Taylor

    A huge thank you also to Steph Turpin from http://fairynuff-flowers.co.uk for creating the gorgeous flower crowns, and Grace Revington for doing Minna’s make-up. x

  • http://www.dressesau.com/ @dressesau

    Beautiful images.A really beautiful set of images!

  • http://the-weddingdresses.com Lauryn

    GORGEOUSSSSSSS shoot! Love love love her lace dress :X:X:X:X

  • http://www.burgoynes-marquees.co.uk/ Lee

    I love this dress. The lace is fantastic and being honest i hadn’t really though of lace on a wedding dress before.

  • http://www.bridalmusings.com Elizabeth | Bridal Musings

    Wow. These images are absolutely stunning. I want a beloved shoot with Marianne and a Minna dress right this very second!! x