Paperdolls Handmade Summer Market

Event photography has always made me nervous. Whenever I think about shooting an event the first thing that goes through my mind is 'what if I mess things up?!' The reason why I wanted to photograph The Paperdolls Handmade event was purely because it is a market for creative folk, and since I have been working with designers and makers over the past year I knew I'd feel right at home. The other thing I loved was the venue. I've been to The Custard Factory a few times now and I always love the vibe there. It seems to be one of the central places of all things creative and solopreneurial in Birmingham, so this location was the perfect place for the market to take place. Looking back I'm really pleased that I went ahead and pushed myself out of my comfort zone because I'm very happy with the results, and to top it off everyone was so lovely to meet and speak to! A big thank you to Jo and Carolyn for allowing me to pop by :)

So enough about me - I thought I'd share a selection of my favourite photos from the day!

Bloom Collective, florists from Birmingham, held their very own workshops. I wished I could have put my camera down and joined in. I love that we can use nature and plants to be creative in this way, and I would love to take part in a workshop by the ladies in the future to see how it inspires my creativity.

These candles by Charles seemed to be a big hit, and rightly so because I smelt them all and they were lovely. I'm not much of a candle person myself, but if I'd taken much cash with me I'm pretty sure I would have bought a few (I deliberately left my purse at home to prevent any impulse buys). All candles are 'handmade in sunny Birmingham' Charles told me. It was great to see so many local designers and makers at the market.

I was very impressed with the displays of each stall at the market. They were filled with lots of handmade goodness! I loved seeing the attention to detail, as well as each individual brand which was coming across. 

I could sit here and share all of the photos from the event but this post would be way too long! You can head over to my website where I have added more photos to my portfolio which you can see here.

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