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vegan wedding photography
While this is not entirely photography related, I wanted to add a little bit of a write up because I’ve noticed that this resonates with a lot more of my couples recently. I’m having so many conversations about it and naturally, a vegan lifestyle and a concern for the environment has crept into my business too.
I decided to try a meat free month back in 2016 after watching a short facebook video about the impact on the planet and it was the first time I’d really seen it in that way. I watched and read more and just couldn’t bring myself to eat it again once the month was up. Then in early 2019 I wanted to try vegan and again, quickly realised it was permanent change. I can't claim to be perfect but along the way I've learned so much more about my own reasons for living the vegan life and what other changes I can make for the planet both at home and work. If you're interested in trying vegan, there are some great shows on Netflix and Prime that cover health, environmental impact and animal cruelty, I'd be happy to recommend some - and when I remember I post my dinners on instagram.com/sarah.does.vegan
Vegan Wedding Photographer
The bit that is to do with photography - At work, the wedding albums I offer are 100% vegan and cruelty free, using gorgeous eco-leather, inks, binding and glues. My wedding contracts and regular client contact is paperless and I offer video chats as an alternative to travel for meetings when possible. Shooting weddings obviously involves a lot of necessary travelling and to tackle that this year I'm tracking and offsetting my carbon emissions to achieve a carbon neutral status. When I am travelling I drive a pure-drive Qashqai, which means it is fuel efficient and low on emissions, plus its tax-free, yay!
We have some goals at home for 2020 too - We’ve just built our own vegetable beds to start planting in spring, we eat tonnes of veg based meals so fingers crossed we don't totally mess it up and can eat more home grown, plus gardening is meant to be therapeutic, right? I’m also going to attempt a ‘fast-fashion’ ban for the year, a mammoth task for a serial shopper like me, but I’ve got a wardrobe fit to burst and I want to try and get through the year with clothes I already own, or when needed, are begged, borrowed or purchased from eBay!
Sustainable Wedding Suppliers
If you are having a vegan wedding, or are looking for sustainable wedding suppliers I’d love to recommend some for you! Susan at Florist by Nature for example, says 'I’m always looking for ways to achieve gorgeous wedding and event flowers with as little impact on the environment as possible. I’m passionate about using local products and greenery in order to lower my carbon footprint, and to encourage sustainability and to support British growers. In fact I’m making it my goal to be able to prove that lavish wedding floristry can be achieved in an environmentally friendly way which is workable to a client’s budget and can still look incredible and jaw dropping’
Carbon Neutral Business
You can see how I'm getting on with offsetting my carbon emissions in this fantastic tracker below from Offset Earth.