What Throw Back Week Means to Us All…

What Throw Back Week Means to Us All…

Can you actually believe that the first person I saw on Facebook last week to change their profile picture to an old waaaaaaayyyyy back photo, was my Dad?!
I can picture him now, sat at home, sorting out what I like to refer to as, the ‘Monica’ cupboard (of which there are many in my house!) as he comes across some old photos of him as a young boy.
I can imagine him sitting there with a cup of tea (as I do too with all my old albums) flipping through all the old photo albums that my Nan & Poppa had kept. Old Paper albums with cracked spines that have that gorgeous smell that only old books and libraries get over the years.
He may have come across old photos of him walking hand in hand as a toddler on the beach with my Nan, who would certainly have been wearing a hand made floral summer dress and a floppy hat. Or perhaps there were funny photos of him as a small child, playing ‘war’ in the garden wearing my Poppa’s helmet and goggles that barely fit on his face.
The photograph that my Dad posted was an image of himself and my Uncle, Chris, ‘gigging’ at what could be a Church or school event. My Dad looks about 10 or 11, and he is sat concentrating on the microphone whilst strumming on his guitar. My Uncle, who is four years older than my Dad, stands to his left singing passionately into the microphone.
People may comment on this photo about how young they look, about how my Dad looks exactly like me, or perhaps joke about their funny floppy hair!
To me, this photo says SO much more than just the visual. It is a snap shot in time. A reflection of what has been and what has become. An image that feels so old yet so current – my Dad and Uncle still gig at Folk events even now 🙂
A memory of which is probably hugely important to my Dad and means a lot to him – after all, he chose to post it so there will be a reason.
Many other people have changed their profile pictures on Facebook, or shared images on Instagram, of a similar nature. All timeless memories captured by that one single ‘click’.
What does this say about how we interpret photographs? What we feel about photographs and more importantly HOW they make us feel?
It tells us, that under it all, photographs are JUST as meaningful as our own memories. Sometimes people rely on photographs to REMEMBER. Photographs ARE important to us all – they are an emotional record of our lives, which we all say ‘flash before our eyes’ on a daily, monthly or yearly basis (excuse the pun!). They allow us to remember loved ones after they are gone, that trip of a lifetime, the best dog in the world.
I feel the same way about photographs, and this is why I choose to create, record and document important and emotional moments for not only myself, but for others.
One day, in fifty years, there may be a new Facebook, or something more ‘techy’, and there may be another #throwbackweek or something similar. To imagine people posting photographs that I took of them as a child or even on their wedding day makes me feel PROUD to do what I do.
I preserve memories, just the same as my Poppa’s old film camera recorded my Dad’s.
Philippa xxx
PS – my throw back photo is this one, because it’s my Dad’s favourite photo of me that he took. I probably wasn’t ‘that’ sad, but it does evoke a lot of emotion, and it makes me laugh because I am pretty sure I still look like that now when I cry! 🙂

Rose Quartz & Serenity Pan Tone Colour Wedding Trend

Rose Quartz & Serenity Pan Tone Colour Wedding Trend

Wedding Colour Trends for Twenty Sixteen are here!
Pantone have announced the colour trend for 2016 weddings, and we are all very excited!
This year it is all about not one, but two colours; something that we’ve not seen in a while in the wedding industry and OH, is it dreamy!
I give you, ‘Rose Quartz’ & ‘Serenity’…

"Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace."  Pantone.
If you were already thinking of soft pinks, why not add some serenity to your palette? Think about pale blue bridesmaid dresses paired back with gorgeous rose pink bouquets. Pale pink macaroons with a serenity coloured filler. Or how about a gorgeous blush wedding dress with your groom in a powder blue suit? Beautiful!
Below is a mood board I have put together for your inspiration – soooo dreamy, I love the new colour direction and hope to see these at my weddings this year!
Philippa xx
PS – Katie Barrett – this post is for you!

 All images are via Pinterest where the origin can be found from each pin.
Two Thousand & Fifteen Lookback

Two Thousand & Fifteen Lookback

FINALLY! I’ve done it! I’ve put together a collection of my favourite images of 2015 from my world that is Philippa Sian Photography.
Twenty Fifteen was a HUGE year for me in both work and personal life.
I got married! YAY! The best day of my life! I loved the build up, I LOVED the styling, the design, the ceremony, the hen weekend, the honeymoon… I could go on for days… The support and love shown from family and friends last year was incredible. I have SO MUCH LOVE for last year. It was just AMAZING! 
I was also shortlisted as a finalist for the Best Wedding Photographer in London & the South East in The Wedding Industry Awards 2016. A huge delight, surprise and honour to be among so many truly talented photographers.
I had a lot of my work featured in fantastic wedding blogs, such as Perfect Wedding, Mr & Mrs Unique, Want That Wedding and B-Loved. I also joined Love My Dress‘ luxury wedding supplier directoy Little Book For Brides, which showcases the best suppliers in the industry. HUGE smile 🙂
I have also met some incredibly inspirational people this year. After my wedding, I knew it was time to really get focused on my photography business; what did I want it to be and how was I going to get there? Hours and hours and days of research found me all sorts of advice and ideas to explore, including The Chosen Wedding Collective. I went to The Hub run by Kiki from TCWC and it opened my eyes! I met many other incredible creatives in the wedding industry, from florists and dressmakers to stationers and like-minded photographers – of which many have now become friends.
The Hub gave me the inspiration and enthusiasm I needed to really start making what I imagined my beautiful business to be into something real and tangible. From there, I met Charlie, the founder of The Female Photographer’s Association, and immediately signed up to a 12 month mentoring programme called Shining Lights. It has turned my world upside down, and the support of the group is astounding and truly touching. I was happy with my business before I joined, but now I am EXCITED about the future and can really see where this is going.
One thing that has really stuck with me, is a quote from The Quiet Rabbit that Cat Hepple spoke about in her talk at The Hub. It underpins everything that I am and feel in life and in my work. It represents everything that I want to achieve, and will continue to inspire me through the next year.

Final thank you to all my beautiful and lovely couples for being just GORGEOUS, and to my good friend Zoe Collyer who makes photographing many beautiful weddings possible.
I can’t believe how far i’ve come in such a short amount of time. Here’s to a VERY exciting 2016. I can’t wait to show you all what’s in store….

Let’s Talk About THAT Vogue Wedding Article…

Let’s Talk About THAT Vogue Wedding Article…

Last week, everyone was talking about the truly shocking article the vogue posted about ’The 10 Wedding Rules To Break’  things (you can read it here)

 Image John Warren
I have been refraining to write a blog post for a while as it really upset, angered and frustrated me! Not only is the tone aggressive, but it completely undermines professional photographers in the wedding industry, and also tells all the lovely brides out there currently planning their perfect wedding that EVERYTHING they have done so far is a pile of rubbish. In fact it could have really hit a nerve and upset some people. Arguable, journalism is all about pushing boundaries but THIS article is a pile of hypocritical nonsense in my opinion!
I completely agree that not every wedding has to follow the norm or expected traditions. I think it’s beautiful when a couple put their own personalities into their wedding, whether that’s by their décor, their ‘theme’ or even events of the day.
For example, two weekends ago, I photographed a wedding with Zoe Collyer and the couple, (who met on a boat) together with their guests, sang the shanty ‘What Shall we do with a Drunken Sailor’ during the service and walked down the aisle not to a classical piece of music, but to the theme of Star Wars! AWESOME!
Other wedding’s I’ve photographed have included speeches from the bride and speeches from guests. Some bride and grooms don’t like the idea of having a first dance, other’s are ready to whip out their best moves with a routine! Something blue? One bride wore a pale blue wedding dress!
Whether you are having a formal sit down wedding breakfast, or a casual BBQ. Whether you want all the traditional elements of a wedding as that’s how you’ve always imagined getting married, or you want to get married on the beach in bare feet… Your wedding has to be unique to YOU and as a photographer (and general wedding enthusiast!) I can’t tell you enough how wonderful it is to be part of a couple’s unique and special day. Unique, personal and thoughtful weddings are the ones that make me LOVE what I do.
There are things that are different now in the modern world. Ideas and traditions that can be completely turned on their heads. When I got married last year, I knew that there were some traditions that felt important to me, and others where we really wanted to mix up and make different.
We got married at our university chapel, Royal Holloway University of London. It has SUCH a grand and almost ‘royal’ feel to the chapel, that we knew we needed a choir to not only ‘make’ the service and add to the feel, but to also help carry the hymns. I am a trained singer and sing in an amateur gospel choir – I always wanted a modern gospel choir at my wedding. This thought changed when we knew we wanted our service to be held at uni. Instead, we opted for a very traditional choir, as this completely suited the setting and actually, made our service totally unique! I am yet to go to a wedding as a guest or photograph a wedding with a twelve member chamber choir! Everyone has a gospel choir or an amazing singer on a guitar. We wanted something different, and although this was arguably  more ‘traditional’ in terms of sound, it in fact made our wedding completely unique. The choir, by the way, were the St Albans Abbey Chamber Choir Mosaic and gave us goosebumps all over when they sang! They were just SO amazing (I can highly recommend!)
This was probably the only part of the day that had a more ‘traditional feel’ to it, but other than that, the way we dressed the wedding right down to the style of band we chose, was all unique and nothing in sight was a ‘oh I’ve seen this at a thousand weddings’. That was what was important to US.
My husband wore a navy suit and all the guys wore grey suits – who said one colour is what you have to do?! They also wore braces and bow ties which were all a different colour – not a ‘one colour’ theme nor a single to top hat, cravat or waistcoat in sight! That doesn’t mean that more traditional attire is wrong, we just wanted to break the mould.
There are lots of new ‘wedding etiquettes’ now (which I plan to blog about soon!) and all sorts of unusual stuff you can do, but that doesn’t mean, as per Vogue’s article, that 1. Your dad giving you away is not cool, 2. A first dance is awkward and no one wants to watch you dance, and 3. Asking your guests to take photos on disposable cameras is better than hiring a professional photographer. Ridiculous. Don’t you agree? I wouldn’t have got down that LONG aisle without my Dad. If you haven’t read the article, check it out, take it with a pinch of salt, and let me know what you think!
I will be blogging all about my thoughts on point number three above very soon…. ‘Why asking drunk guests to take your all important wedding photos on iPhones and disposable cameras is NOT better than hiring a professional photographer’ . Crazy, right? Ohhhhh it makes me so cross, but more on that later 😉
Included at the top of this post is an image that’s gone viral that shows EXACTLY why hiring a professional photographer IS one of the most important decisions you make during your planning process AND one of the best investment’s you make.
Below, I have shared some images from our wedding (photographed by Zoe Collyer), that shows all our unique and personal elements 🙂

David Bowie – You’re in Heaven

David Bowie – You’re in Heaven

I was planning to write a blog post showing my best photographs and favourite moments from 2015, however in light of this weeks tragic news of the passing of the legend that is Mr David Bowie, I wanted to instead blog a tribute to him.
I grew up listening to some of the best in music history; the likes of Queen, Thin Lizzie, Barclay James Harvest and David Bowie, to name but a very few. I remember waking up every Saturday morning to the sound of these rock legends blasting out from the record player in the living room – something my Dad did often.
I remember feeling happy, as this sound would always mean it was Saturday!! I grew up with this era of music, and all the songs bring back so many memories and evoke lots of different emotions for me.  Even now, you will find me waking up every Saturday morning in my West London flat that I share with my husband, turning on our CD player and blasting out the likes of Queen Greatest Hits. Every. Saturday.
Music becomes habit. Music evokes feelings. Brings back memories. Helps people through difficult situations. Changes the world. Makes us happy.
David Bowie and his music still does EXACTLY that
Not only in his music, but in his DRIVE to be himself, no matter the implications and no matter what other people would say. mHe would change his direction, change his image, re-invent himself, despite being at the midst of a successful career; the music industry’s greatest chameleon. He would alienate people, excite and intrigue new people. He made damn sure that he was EXACTLY who he wanted to be.
A creative who was never afraid to go out beyond the norm and challenge himself. Even now with his new song release as his parting gift to the world, he embraces and almost beats his death by using it creatively to continue his visions.
Even if his music isn’t particularily to your taste, his life and his achievments are undenuably, some of the greatest.
I am in complete awe. I admire him, his music, his attitude and his passion. What a FANTASTIC man.
Rest in peace David Bowie; our Starman.