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Supplier spotlight – Three Mile Hill

When the brospehs Three Mile Hill send back their blog post answers. We stop.

We run the bath. Put the candles on. Put the phones on silent. And we read.

Then. We blog. Three Mile Hill Band

Q – Who are you and what do you do?

We are Three Mile Hill, comprised of a Jakob, a Marc and a Dan. We want to fill the void of ‘Ok folk function band’, wherever anyone wishes to book us! We do this with all three of our voices, guitar, banjo, a stripped back brush kit, and occasionally, a piano. 

F&B telling it how it is:

These boys are the real deal. They are far from “Ok” and fit snugly into the void of “awesome” folk function band. 


Q – Tell us something random about you that people may not know.

Jakob – I’m bilingual.

Marc – I used to be in a metal band.

Dan – Im a juggler.  

F&B telling it how it is: 

Jakob – Likes beer & golf (So do I)

Marc – Likes documentaries (OMG me too !)

Dan – Used to be a spandex wearing body pump instructor & has great hair (…….)


Q – How long have been in events industry, and what made you get started ?

We all knew each other from frequenting the same venue in our younger years, and gradually found each other again through music, bands, and touring. It was simply a jam at a bar in 2015 which led to someone asking if we play weddings, we said yes. A WhatsApp group was then subsequently created which is solid foundation for any venture. 

F&B telling it how it is: 

We didn’t know this …. What a nice story.

When you get a chance, just add us to the WhatsApp group. No rush. 

Any time. 


Q – What do you like the most about what you do?

The fact that we can say we enjoy it. We play for excited brides, grooms, parents, grandparents, kids, dogs and everyone else in-between, meeting new people all the time and are responsible for their high level of shape throwing. It never gets old! We’re completely independent having backgrounds in audio recording and photography and video, allowing us to represent ourselves truthfully.  

F&B telling it how it is: 

Soooo similar to us. Apart from the backgrounds in audio.

Oh and recording.

Ahhh, and video.

Yep … and photography.Wedding folk band

(Camilla Andrea Photography)


Q – If you could turn back time, would you change A) What you do …. and / or B) How you did it

If I could turn back time

If I could find a way

I’d take back those words that hurt you

And you’d stay

I don’t know why I did the things I did

I don’t know why I said the things I said

Love’s like a knife it can cut deep inside

Words are like weapons, they wound sometimes

I didn’t really mean to hurt you

I didn’t want to see you go

I know I made you cry, but baby.

That’s what Cher would do, but we would have jumped on social media earlier. The power of it is overwhelming, almost 3 billion users world wide, cray cray.

F&B telling it how it is:

So because we are currently auditioning to write for TMH – Here goes….

“Ahem

If I could write some rhymes

If I could find some hay

I’d take back those birds that burnt you

And who’d pray ?

I don’t know why I hid the strings I fibbed

I don’t know why I have the wings in my head

Dove’s like a knife it can cut deep inside

Birds are like weapons, they wound sometimes

Eye wasn’t really green so sod you

I didn’t want to flee cos’ you slow

I know I made you fly, but bae-beeeeeeeeee.”


Q – If you could work with 1 famous person for a day …. who would it, and why ?Marc on Piano

Jakob – Gregory Alan Isakov – work on his farm in the day and write with him in the evening

Marc – Ben Folds – Id like to write together

Dan – Mr Muscle – he’d do all the jobs I hate, but teach me how to love them.

F&B telling it how it is:  

Jakob – Google him. Listened. Nice.

Marc – Didn’t have to google him. Had already listened previously. Nice.

Dan – I had to re-google this … As I’m pretty sure that Mr Muscle only “does” the jobs you hate. There doesn’t seem to be the mention or implication that he offers any sort of tutoring on how to do said jobs, or on how to learn to love them. Before you sign up to any agreement with Mr M. Just check the small print. 

Q – What has been your most memorable event thus far !?

Its a toss up between our first International wedding in 2017 in the south of sunny France, and meeting Fox and Braces in 2017. Both events were equally rewarding, resulting in good friendships and looking foward to seeing each other on the odd occasion at events. But France was a real vibe, driving 12 hours with the weather improving, great van chat, we got locked out our hotel room with no working key card, we had to break in, the couple (Sammy & Chris) and their guests were super accommodating, it rained all day, ordered pomme frites, saw some police, Marc took a photo, Jakob drank some champagne, we jumped into a swimming pool, memories. 

F&B telling it how it is:

Go on the boys !!! You broke the spell. You gave an actual event !!!

As much as we’d love it to be when you met us, can’t lie …. France sounds immense. 


Q – What advice would you give to someone wanting to do what you do ?

Firstly, find humans you connect with and talk to on all levels. You could be a grade 8 master at your craft, playing the most exotic event, with the best van and the most expensive gear, but if you’ve got 100+ events a year and every time you leave your home dreading your members, your band will suffer as well as the vibe you’re trying to create. 

If you’re going to venture out and play fun events – you need to be fun as a unit, you are after all – the entertainment.

After that, practice. Folk band for tipi wedding

(The Edge Photography)

F&B telling it how it is:

No jokes here. This is just some good old fashioned niceness. 


Q – It’s a random Tuesday afternoon and you have absolutely no plans and 3hrs of free time. What do you do ?

As the month hasn’t been stated, we’ve chosen a Tuesday in February so it’ll be shrove Tuesday, so, pancakes with a stack of vinyls from 1940’s swing, all the way to today. Afterwards, possibly go for a brisk walk along a sea front for new air. Once home, put the drying up away from those amazing pancakes we made earlier. Probably chat nonsense. OR watch The Titanic, 180 minutes of cinema history that we can all get on board with.

F&B telling it how it is:

Gonna have to start specifying the month aren’t we. I guess that does have a pretty huge impact on what one would do ? 

Regardless of month though … pancakes has always got to be a good shout. Not sure about Titanic though :/

“Roooooooossssseeee”


Q – If the internet broke tomorrow and you had to find an alternative job …. what would it be ?

Jakob – Re building the internet, only joking…I’d probably give writing novels or something in that world a go. 

Marc – I’d probably end up handing out flyers or something, they’re gonna be needed

Dan – Gardner. Mirror the wedding season – work heavily between April and October, whilst everything is in bloom and you can really get productive, you dont need the internet, vitamin D is a plenty and you can eat your crops. Then in winter, join Marc flyering, but we’d be really eco and use big leaves that Ive collected and preserved since the summer. March from Three Mile Hill

(Chris Bradshaw Photography)

F&B telling it how it is:

Very well thought answers.

Marc do you want to hand out flyers because Dan (our Dan) told you about all the flyers he used to bin whilst working at his local pizza joint when he was 16, have you taken on some sort of subconscious “flyer guilt” and are trying to rebalance the flyer universe ?

Dan – I am currently digging my garden up and I tell you what mate … back breaking. Don’t do it bro. Don’t do it. In fact, send Mr Muscle round after you’ve taken him to court for not fulfilling the “teaching” part of his contract.  

Jakob – If you want a writing buddy. Just check my bars out above. You know I’ve got the goods.


Q – Nobody likes to brag … but just this one time …. go for it. Why should somebody book you ?Three mile hill at the old parish rooms

(Veronika Ward Photography)

If someone were to book us, it’d be rewarding to know they did it because they saw we were confident in our product and our delivery on the day. For a smooth booking process with no faff. For a ruddy good knees up with the benefit of 10-30 second rest periods. For the quiet live lounge vibe during your meal or reception drinks. For your health (the dancing in intervals of 3 minutes on, 30 seconds off)

If you’re think about booking us, then we’d love to hear from you! 

Much love!

F&B telling it how it is: 

Can tell Dan has written this now due to the HIIT intervals !

In the words of a New York cop in the 50’s “Book em …. Or regret it”
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(Olegs Samsonov Photography … aka The Man)

Book the bro’s here:

www.threemilehill.co.uk

 

Supplier spotlight – Sophie Oldhamstead Photography

It’s Monday night. It’s windy. There is a lot of rain. So guess what ?

We blog.

3rd in the hot seat – Sophie Oldhamstead Photography.

Sophie Oldhamstead

Q – Who are you and what do you do ? 

I’m Sophie and I photograph gorgeous happy weddings of lovely people 

F&B saying it how it is:

Yep. She is Sophie. Yep. She photographs happy weddings of lovely people ….. but she is lovely too !

Q – Tell us something random about you that people may not know 

I used to be an irish dancer as a child, danced for Michael Flatley, flew over the world to compete & everything. 

F&B saying it how it is:

You have just, without a doubt, talked yourself into throwing some shapes at the next wedding we do together. There is absolutely no way on earth you are going to get away with not giving us a little jig !

Q – How long have been in events industry, and what made you get started?

I shot my first wedding in 2015 and not looked back since. I fell into weddings like a lot of photographers I think, I started in family photography (still do over at Little + Wild!) but I shot my first wedding for a friend and got the bug instantly so just worked insanely hard getting experience and training wherever I could to break my way in. 

F&B saying it how it is:

Had absolutely no idea about little & Wild, so I just googled it, and there you were ! Love it. And we are in no doubt about your work ethic. Every time we meet (which at the time of writing this … was this morning (I still have pancake envy btw) we can tell how hard you work. So keep it up. But be warned … next time. I’m stealing your pancakes. 


Q – What do you like the most about what you do? 

I just love the act of photographing people in their happiest moments but I love the memories I’m giving them even more. When I present a couple with their album or their gallery, their reactions make my heart feel full. There is literally nothing better than seeing their photos up on their walls & knowing I’ve created an heirloom that future generations will look back on too. 

F&B saying it how it is:

That feels like a very true response written from the heart. Can feel it in the words and the way you describe making couples feel. Definitely how we feel when we do a wedding and we can tell at the end of there night the couple are absolutely buzzing about their whole day / night. Such a good feeling. 

Wedding photographer Essex


Q – If you could turn back time, would you change A) What you do …. and / or B) How you did it ? 

Nope, the only thing I’d change is that I would do it sooner. Many years wasted in fashion merchandising (I’m definitely more ‘happy girl wears PJs’ than ‘Devil wears Prada’!)

F&B saying it how it is: Tell us more …. Fashion ! Merchandising …. Kept that one quiet over breakfast this morning. Although, in your defence …. We did spend a a good portion of our breakfast meeting randomly discussing probate and wills (haha this blog is sooooooo not SEO friendly) …. it was very productive and I learned a lot.


Q – If you could work with 1 famous person for a day …. who would it, and why ? 

Oooh this is a good question, Michelle Obama because I just think she’s an incredible strong woman and I could learn a lot from her. She’d be amazing to photograph too.

F&B saying it how it is:

This is the 2nd Michelle Obama …. I have to admit. We know nothing about her. But I feel like we might need to brush up, because if we get another M.O answer, we will start to feel pretty stupid, not knowing why she is so awesome.

“Another person thinks I’m awesome ….. deal with it”


Q – What has been your most memorable event thus far!? 

Sounds proper cheesy but they all are. One of the best bits about this ‘job’ is that each and every couple & their wedding is unique and memorable in their own way. A drunken groom stopping the DJ to sing the lion sleeps tonight over the mic though still gives me the giggles whenever I think about it, never seen so many people cringe in one room simultaneously!

F&B saying it how it is:

Haha. Yes !!!!! A singular event …. You have broke the mould Sophie. 5 stars. 

A drunk groom at a wedding

(An example of a drunk groom ….. Disclaimer NOT TAKEN BY SOPHIE OLDHAMSTEAD)


Q – What advice would you give to someone wanting to do what you do ? 

Work hard and get as much experience as you possibly can. It is a really incredibly hard industry to break into and its ridiculously competitive but there is room for everyone if you just follow your own path, be yourself and really hone your craft.

F&B saying it how it is:

We expect nothing less that good honest advice, from real professional people for this answer. Nothing further to add your honour.

 


Q – It’s a random Tuesday afternoon and you have absolutely no plans and 3hrs of free time. What do you do ? 

I’d like to say I’d do something really productive or super fun but in reality I’d watch Greys Anatomy or This is Us with copious amounts of tea & biccies. 

F&B saying it how it is:

I actually consider myself a bit of a TV / film buff. So I’m concerned that I’d never heard of “This is us”.

IMDB – 8.7

Rotten Tomatoes – 91%

TV.com – 8.3

You Sophie, pass the “good taste in TV” test. Which is more than I can say for Dan. In fact … for anyone that bothers to read this (Dan won’t) …. If Dan ever starts a sentence with “Ahhh I saw this really good Tv show the other night” …. Just run. Run fast. And never come back.

(How you feel after realising you wasted 2hrs of your life because you watched a film Dan recommended)


Q – If the internet broke tomorrow and you had to find an alternative job …. what would it be? 

Good thing about being a photographer, they were around before the interwebs! I’d still be one, if I had to get another job though I’d love to be a florist.

F&B saying it how it is:

This is a popular choice. I’m waiting for someone to say something totally random …. Like Bounty Hunter. Or trapeze artist.


Q – Nobody likes to brag … but just this one time …. go for it. Why should somebody book you? 

You should book me if you want a fun & chilled photographer on the day who will give you beautifully natural timeless wedding photographs that you will LOVE. I’m super organised & I aim to be a little helping hand in the background of your day that you can trust to capture your wedding exactly as you see it. My lovely couples say it best though (you can see some of their lovely words on my website) 

F&B saying it how it is:

BADA BOOM ! You tell em Sister !!! Just to cement what you have just said …. Here is a snippet from one of your reviews !

“Sophie captured our day perfectly and all the emotions that came along with it in amazing images that we will treasure forever :)”

There it is. From the horses mouth (so to speak). That’s still an acceptable phrase isn’t it ? ……

It is 2020. Never know …. Might offend a horse somewhere :/

Find Sophie at www.sophieoldamsteadphotography.co.uk


 


Update: No horses were offended during the writing of this blog. 

Supplier spotlight – Chloe Lee at Chloe Lee Photography

Roll up roll up !!! Part 2 is here ……

Next up …….. The superb Chloe Lee !

Best wedding photographer

Q – Who are you and what do you do ?

I’m Chloe, and in short I’m a wedding photographer!

But I’d like to think i’m not your average photographer, you won’t catch me shouting at your guests all day to say cheese, stand here or any of that stereotypical stuff!

You’ll find me mingling with your pals, laughing through your speeches, on the dance floor (with my cameras of course) and loving my job!

I like when couples think of me as a friend and ‘not just another wedding supplier’ after all, I’m generally with you ALL day so it would be a bit crap if we didn’t get on!


F&B Saying it how it is – Chloe is not short. We believe she is the standard height for average females across the UK.

However, we do agree …. She is a wedding photographer.

Average is also certainly not the first word that comes to mind when we think of her as a person or photographer for that matter.

In fact, the first word that honestly sprung to mind was …… Pumpkins !!! ….. Huh ? ….. Well, we are only being honest.

It’s only because I (Dave) saw a pic of Chloe once in a pumpkin field (holding or sitting on pumpkins or something) and the colours were so vivid it has kind of stuck in my mind ! (Edit …. I then went and found the picture to make sure I wasn’t going cray ….. please see above !!!!)

But anyway, back to her as a photographer …… Right …. Think think think …….. Supercool (or if you like the film and see it as a compliment …. Then Superbad !)

Q – Tell us something random about you that people may not know

I used to Fence! (not the wooden garden type!) but with fancy swords and masks! I’m not one to do what everyone else is doing so at school when it was cool to do Netball, gymnastics , trampolining etc. I was living my best Jack Sparrow life!


F&B Saying it how it is  LOVE it.

Please tell us you still have some of the gear. You need to bring it to the next wedding we do together

I often hide in cupboards and jump out in an attempt to scare the wits out of my children when they get back from school ….. and seeing the petrified look on their faces when I jump out screaming in a full blown fencing costume will be my biggest life achievement to date.

Q – How long have been in events industry, and what made you get started ?

I’ve been in the wedding industry since around 2014 which is when I shot my first wedding! It wasn’t my intention to be a wedding photographer when I started my photography degree (I actually wanted to be a forensic photographer initially!) but I was told you only did weddings as bread and butter and couldn’t be creative with it, and when someone tells me you can’t, I like to prove them wrong… 😀


F&B Saying it how it is – I am almost certain that we have had this convo in person.

It would be likely as you know it would have been a relevant subject if we got chatting about it (if you know us personally … you’d know why).

I actually can totally see you doing that funnily enough.

But I can’t help feel that you would potentially find some evidence. And then just totally rogue.

Hell bent on tracking down the culprit in your fencing gear. Getting into a roof top duel, (winning obvs), and then finally dropping them, tied up outside a police station.

Scooby Doo (or is is “Do” … these blogs don’t get fact checked clearly) style.

Q – What do you like the most about what you do ?

The people I get to meet! – From couples, to their families, other wedding industry friends. I’ve made so many awesome friends through this job, I feel like I have a huge extended family! (I also enjoy being able to get up when I want and taking days off when I want!).


F&B Saying it how it is   We suspect that this is going to be a similar answer for most suppliers. People are generally really nice. And it’s cool to meet new people in this industry, on what is almost always a happy occasion.

Q – If you could turn back time, would you change A) What you do …. and / or B) How you did it ?

I wouldn’t change what I do, I bloomin’ love it – but I think I’d have skipped the going to uni and getting in debt part, and spent those 3 years grafting and saving more.


F&B Saying it how it is  On a serious note now, this is interesting.

I (Dave) left school at 16. And often had moments of wonder as to whether going on to further education would have taken me down a different path in life.

However, I have heard LOTS of people saying the same thing about uni.

Amazing for the experience, but the debt …. Hmmm not so much. Makes me feel a little better about the decision not to.

Chloe lee photography

Q – If you could work with 1 famous person for a day …. who would it, and why ?

Dang this is a hard one! I’d probably have to say Robert Downey Jr ‘cos I think it’d be hilarious and he’s very easy on the eyes!

F&B Saying it how it is  – What we say: Ok … but as Downey … or as Stark ! Ooohhhhhhhh or as KIRK LAZARUS !!! HAHAHA

(Photo by Lucy Watson)

Q – What has been your most memorable event thus far !?

I think all my weddings have memorable moments! I photograph some truly epic weddings that don’t follow traditions, I’ve seen aerial circus acts, fire breathers, someone on stilts dressed as something from a Daft Punk video shooting lasers, axe throwing to a wedding in a museum!

F&B Saying it how it is- We are expecting nothing less that than EVERYONE we send this questionnaire to to reply with “they are ALLLLLL my faves” haha …

Come on …. Someone break the mould. Give us a fave or most memorable haha.

Q – What advice would you give to someone wanting to do what you do ?

Be prepared to work HARD. It’s a really awesome job but you’ll put a lot of hours in editing! Get experience second shooting and shadowing other photographers before you go out and shoot your own weddings.


F&B Saying it how it is – Believe it or not ….. we dabble in a a little editing ourselves.

NOT to the level of the pros I might add, and nowhere near the volume either.

But ….. it has truly made us have (albeit limited) understanding of the sheer amount of work that must go into editing a full day of wedding shooting. Insane amount of work !

Photographer in Essex

Q – It’s a random Tuesday afternoon and you have absolutely no plans and 3hrs of free time. What do you do ?

Go to Southend! Arcades, candyfloss, ice cream, chips. Literally my dream afternoon!!

F&B Saying it how it is  Ahhh this is cool.

I am a hardcore gamer (still …. Sad I know … but I completed Horizon Zero Dawn after wedding season slowed down last year …. And it was epic).

So arcades gets the big thumbs up from us ! …. Candy floss, isn’t my fave or ice-cream actually ….. so I think I would just triple up on the chips.

Lots of salt and vinegar and that cheap ketchup you get in cafes !

(Photo by Lucy Watson)

Q – If the internet broke tomorrow and you had to find an alternative job …. what would it be ? 

Growing up I wanted to be a paleontologist so i’d potentially still do that, OR what I wanted to be at school which was a Crime Scene Investigator (I did my work experience with SOCO and it was awesome!) (Going back to the previous answer if I couldn’t get to Southend I’d be doing what I usually do which is watching NCIS, Hawaii five-0, CSI, Criminal Minds etc.)


F&B Saying it how it is – In that case ….. Did you watch Friends … and was Ross your favourite ?!!

If you get the reference you are a true “Friends” fan.

Q – Nobody like to brag … but just this one time …. go for it. Why should somebody book you ?

Because you’ll get a personal cheerleader and an extra bridesmaid on your day! You’ll get someone that really wants to be there with you all, taking photos of all the fun and laughs that happen. Someone that will just go with the flow and embrace the little and big moments of a wedding day.

You’ll get super fun colourful photos of you and your guests that reflect who YOU are, not some overly cheese posed shit that you don’t want!

What we say:


F&B Saying it how it is – Love this answer. Spoken like the Superbad (we like the film so it’s Superbad for us) photographer we know Chloe is.

And we could not have put it better ourselves.

Chloe is fun, bright, bursting with personality and talent and we love working with her.

Basically … you should book her.

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Get in touch with Chloe here – WWW.CHLOELEEPHOTO.CO.UK