Savoy Wedding Photography Experience with Olympus and a camera giveaway | uk wedding blog | #sygmwinter

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Hello, it’s Rebecca here. You might have seen Phoebe introducing me on Twitter and Instagram, I’ve been attending the London events that SYGM has been invited to over the past few weeks, but this is my first official post on the blog!

(no idea why some images are the wrong way, seems to just be on mobile view, sorry!)

I was invited to The Savoy yesterday by Olympus and Propose PR for an event hosted by John Nassari to learn about their new range of cameras and a bit about wedding photography. I don’t know if any of you have seen my Instagram {@rvk123} at all but I am a bit of obsessed with photography and honestly take hundreds probably thousands of photos every week so I really was in my element yesterday. There were about ten professional wedding photographers who got to try out Olympus’ flagship camera, the OM-D E-M1 but us bloggers got to play with the Olympus Pen Lite E-PL7 all day. We spent the day photographing a mock up wedding in the Savoy Hotel and the Queen’s chapel, with a real life couple playing the Bride and Groom, a Jenny Packham Eden dress no less, beautiful flowers, three amazing cakes, a wedding table set up and even fake guests who threw confetti and danced. It was really well done and I generally forgot it was fake half the time, pretending I was a wedding photographer for the day with guidance from our Olympus mentors {and none of the pressure of a real wedding to try and capture!}.

Everyone tells me that I’ve got a good eye for photography and setting up photos but when it comes to actually taking pictures,  I was a bit clueless. Sure I can use my iPhone, touching the screen to make it focus on the bit I want and slightly blur the rest for depth of field, and I’ve been using a Panasonic Lumix for my travel photos but I was looking for something new and more professional, especially now I’m blogging. The Olympus Pen certainly ticked a lot of boxes. It was so easy and intuitive to use, if you’re feeling lazy you can stick it onto Auto and it will take amazing photos straight up. But if you want to be a bit more adventurous, whilst still learning, you can have a play around with the different modes. Stick it onto Art mode and you can choose a filter, similar to Instagram to take a photo with. My favourite was the vintage  {there are three vintage filters, I liked the second one in the middle} and I went a bit crazy on this mode, taking a lot of photos in Vintage mode all day. It added so much atmosphere and worked really well with the antique jewelled dress and blousy blooms. The shoe shot was probably my favourite from the day and looking at the photos, I can’t believe I actually took them. There’s no way I could get that kind of shot from my iPhone or Lumix.

There were also other creative modes and effects to try out, dramatic was fun and an old film strip mode. Simple monochrome is easy to achieve and looked chic and timeless for almost every setting yesterday. You can make grids with multiple photos in and even edit photos on the camera itself. The flash was great for low-light conditions.

But perhaps the biggest draw for me with the Olympus Pen E-PL7 is the built in Wifi! As a blogger, and most people these days with social media, it’s great to share photos on Twitter and Instagram straight away. With my normal camera I’d have to wait until I was home to upload the photos on my laptop and then transfer them to my phone. But with this camera you just download the Olympus app on your smartphone, scan the QR reader on the camera and you can transfer all the photos you’ve just taken onto your phone to tweet with or email instantly! I was really impressed at the speed and ease of doing that, you can also use your phone to take the photo on the camera and other snazzy things like that. The screen on the camera is touch screen which is nice to use and you can take a photo simply by tapping the area you want in focus on the screen. If you’re a fan of selfies {who isn’t?!} you can flip the screen down to see what you’re taking.

I think the only slight drawback for me would be the lack of zoom with the standard lens, it’s only 3x which is a lot less than I’m used to. But it does have interchangeable lenses so I guess you’d need to look into purchasing a wider zoom lens for certain shots and bear in mind that you’d need to carry that with you.

I was certainly super impressed and am seriously considering purchasing an Olympus Pen E-PL7. You lucky lot have the chance to win the camera I was using yesterday if you scroll down for the details after a few more photos of yesterday’s prettiness.



So how do you enter? Phoebe and I wanted to create a fun way to enter and as it is a wonderful camera as a prize, sooooo we decided on a photo entry. We want you to take a picture of “your favourite thing about winter” and upload to instagram,facebook,twitter (or you can email it!) with the tag #SYGMwinter. Feel free to tag @olympusUK in your pictures so they can see them too! We will then pick our favourite. It can of course be something you’ve already taken, it doesnt need to be a professional photo, just fun. You may enter more than once!

Good luck!!

This is the camera up for grabs, with an RRP of £499. No cash alternative. Closing date for entries 18th November, winner announced 19th November.

Rebecca x

The following suppliers provided items for the styled wedding scenes:-

Flowers by Blue Sky Flowers @BlueSkyFlowers

Wedding Stationery by Ananya Cards @AnanyaCards

Wedding Cake by SK Cakes @SKCakery

Wedding dress worn by model from Ellie Sanderson @EllieSanderson1

Suit attire worn by model from Stephen Bishop Suiting @SBSSuiting

Shoes from Cindy’s Choos @CindysChoos

Jewellery worn by model from Olivier Laudus @OlivierLaudus

Hair & Make-up by Tori Harris Make-Up @ToriHarrisMUA

Event styling & co-ordination by Bijou Bride @BijouBride

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