Choosing the right photographer for your wedding will be one of the most important things you will do in the lead up to the big day. However if your not too sure what you’re meant to be looking for, it can be a struggle to find the right one for you. So we asked pro wedding photographer, Daria of Daria Nova Photography to answer you top 10 wedding photography questions. But first here’s a little more about the pro herself…

A documentary wedding photographer since 2011, Daria is based in South West London and Surrey. Her soft, relaxed and natural photography has a hint of nostalgia, producing documentary photography combined with quirky and creative portraits that honestly tell the story of the wedding day.

Her couples are often creative souls themselves, usually planning an alternative or unconventional wedding, and are unafraid to do things a little differently to create a day that’s steeped with meaning and packed with personal touches. Daria prides herself on her ‘super power’, being incredibly observant and never missing a moment, blending into the background so that couples feel at ease in front of the camera and making sure to be in the right place to catch all the moving and unexpected moments for couples to enjoy for years to come.



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I’ll be honest, this post started out as something completely different,  It started out as a minimal office reveal  but I found myself writing more about my own journey with minimalism so far and now it’s out there, I felt like it would be a shame to remove it, so please accept my apologies if this isn’t quite what you were expecting. 

The true meaning of minimalism goes well beyond the things that we buy.

Until the 1st January 2017, I had no idea what ‘minimalism’ entailed. After seeing in the new year the night before, I decided to spend the first day of 2017 with a good old Netflix binge. Sat their scrolling through the endless list of things to watch, my attention landed upon a title called ‘Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things’. I read through the description and thought it sounded like something good to pass the time and so I pressed play. One hour and nineteen minutes later, I felt like I had just had an epiphany! I had resonated with every single word that had been said in the documentary and I felt like ‘Minimalism’ was exactly what I needed in my life.

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This year was the first year, I had not made a new years resolution. I want to say it was because I don’t believe in resolutions and all the BS but in truth it was because I just didn’t know what I wanted anymore? I had wrote about how I had faced my own version of a midlife crisis last year and how I was going to make it my primary focus to find more enjoyment, but I have to be honest I was struggling. I was still so caught up in the past and everything that had happened in the last year or so. I felt like Minimalism could be exactly what I needed in order to start focusing on the future.

After watching the documentary I went straight to the Minimalists blog, scoured all their essays and was delighted to learn they had a podcast. I went on to spend hours and hours listening to their advice on how to de-clutter – both physically and mentally, setting goals and prioritizing. Minimalism to me wasn’t just about getting rid of stuff, it was more about getting rid of things that held me in the past and stopped me from moving forward. Yes it did mean, I got rid of a lot of thing, 6 car trips full of stuff that went straight to the charity shop to be exact (and I’m still not finished!) but I noticed a difference in my way of thinking almost immediately. I moved on to de-cluttering my phone, removing apps that served no purpose and clearing out my inbox.

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Within 31 days, my stress levels have reduced significantly, my anxiety is no longer waking me up at night and I am using my time so much more effectively. Removing pacifiers such as Facebook and resisting the urge to binge on even more Netflix has led me to work differently, making time for me to pursue my hobby of wildlife photography and blogging and I have even started yoga!

More importantly this clarity of mind has allowed me to focus more on my health. Today will mark 40 days of being Vegan (I have always been vegetarian), Gluten Free and sugar free, something I would never have had the strength or willpower to do before adopting a minimalist approach. This change has been the most beneficial to me, as a sufferer from Endometriosis, it was suggested that a dairy free, gluten free and sugar free diet might help to combat the chronic pain I was experiencing. Although the symptoms have not gone completely I am still noticing a difference, the pain is less frequent and more manageable, which is life changing for me. I’ve spent way less time this past month curled up on the sofa with a hot water bottle than I did previously and I can finally think about moving forward rather than worrying that my illness might stop me in my tracks.

Of course, there is still a long way to go, but for now, I finally feel like I’m back in control and that makes me really really happy.

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Finally, a few words on my office.



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Are you planning your wedding or perhaps you know someone who is? There is no denying it can be a difficult and sometimes quite stressful process, there’s the venue to think about, the guest list, the decor, the dress and have you even got round to finding a photographer yet? You don’t want just anyone in charge of capturing the memories of your important day, these will be something you will treasure forever, reminders of one of the most amazing days of your life. So to help take off some of the pressure off we are offering one lucky couple the chance to win their wedding day photography for FREE!

Babb Photo is growing and they would love to offer one lucky ‘Bespoke Bride’ the opportunity to have their wedding photographed by Jessica, the newest team member of their team. You can read more about Jessica here!

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The lucky winner will receive a full day’s wedding coverage (up to 9 hours) and 350+ creative documentary wedding images, edited in the Babb Photo signature style. To enter all you have to do is email with the following information before the 21st April 2016.

  • Couple’s Names
  • Wedding Date
  • Wedding Venue(s)
  • The type of day you’re planning and what you’re most looking forward to
  • A link to a Pinterest board with your wedding ideas