Engagement shoot with dog

                    Engagement shoot with dog at Battersea Park

Today I wanted to share just a few pictures from one of my last engagement shoots, an engagement shoot with dog.

I was very excited since the moment I received the request for this engagement photoshoot…everyone who knows me well know I am such a dog lover. I was very much looking forward to this photo session.

Instead of photographing the couple by themselves, their dog joined the photoshoot for most of the photos. A wonderful addition to the session, a great memory for them and…people are so much more relaxed when having dogs around! It makes camera-shy people feel much more at ease in front of the camera. If you have a dog, I totally recommend the dog joining for any photo sessions you are planning!

couple lying on grass in a London park during their engagement shoot

two photos of couple at Battersea park during their engagement session with dog

two photos of engaged couple holding hands walking their dog

detail photo of couple holding hands with their dog in the middle looking at the camera

black and white photo of couple holding their dog and kissing him

engaged couple holding their dog at London park during engagement session with dog

couple posing in front of Battersea bridge during sunset

engaged couple posing with Battersea bridge in the background during sunsetr

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Croydon wedding

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Stephanie & James Croydon wedding last autumn is another wedding that has taken me a long time to blog.

As it is clear from the images and the beautiful foliage, this wedding took place last autumn and I am blogging it now in June!

The ceremony took place in St. Gertrude’s catholic church in South Croydon and I have to say that the priest there was the best and more relaxed priest I have ever met as a photographer. He was quite into photography himself, so we had a chat about the lenses I was using on the day and whatnot. He was also very relaxed about me taking pictures during the ceremony, which is quite unusual.Of course I was still very respectful about the ceremony and tried to be as discreet as I could and I found a hiding space from which to take photos most of the time.

two pictures of St. Gertrude's catholic church in South Croydon

details photo of flowers at the entrance of the church prepared for a wedding

two wedding guests waiting outside the church before a wedding

priest waiting at the entrance of church for the arrival of the bride

bride arriving in vintage car at her wedding in Croydon

black and white photo of bride and father inside the car arriving at the church

bride walking up the aisle with father

bride and groom looking at each other in front of priest

bride and groom singing hymns during ceremony at Croydon wedding

wedding guests singing hymns during ceremony at Croydon wedding

wide angle photo from the back of the church of bride and groom and guests

bride and groom during ceremony at Croydon wedding

guest doing reading at catholic wedding ceremony at Croydon wedding

bride and groom photographed with priest in the foreground during wedding ceremony at Croydon wedding

bride and groom sitting down and listening to priest's speech

bride and groom holding hands during ceremony at Croydon wedding

black and white close-up photo of bride and groom exchanging rings

bride and groom walking down the aisle

bride and groom exiting church after their wedding ceremony

bride and groom posing outside church with arch of flowers in the entrance

The reception took place in the lovely and cozy The Bakery restaurant, in Tatsfield.

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two autumnal images of bride and bride with groom posing underneath a tree with yellow leaves

photo of two wedding guests during drinks reception at the Bakery restaurant in Tatsfield

two photos during wedding speeches, the father of the bride giving the speech and the bride laughing

bride laughing during speeches at Croydon wedding

two photos of wedding guests having fun

bride and groom making a toast after speeches

bride looking at her wedding cake

bride and groom cutting the cake and a reflection of them in the mirror

the bakery restaurant illuminated at night

 

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Wedding group photos

wedding group photo at the Renaissance Hotel Kings Cross

I think it was about time to write a blog post about wedding group photos, also known as “formals”.

I don’t tend to put these photos on my website, not even often on my blog, and I don’t even show them much in private viewings with clients either. I show my formal wedding group photos too little I think. I guess that I think everyone knows how these pictures looks like, or that they can get a bit boring and samey sometimes…I don’t know, I don’t think that many people have been ever wowed by a wedding group photo, or at least it is something that doesn’t happen often.

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These probably won’t be the photos that will put a smile on your face remembering the moment (as opposed to candid photos) but I absolutely agree that some need to be taken. Wedding group photos are the ones that tend to end up in the mantelpieces the most, so they are a must for nearly all of my clients. But I will tell you a secret… I don’t know a photographer yet that loves to takes these pictures.

Being completely honest, it is not my favorite part of the day. I believe that part of the problem is that is the moment when I have to became the “bossy” photographer I am not. Organising big groups of people and get to take these photos in the shortest amount of time is not an easy task.

My priority is to take these photos quickly so the guests and bride and groom can go and enjoy a little bit of the drinks reception too, instead of being posing for endless photos for most of the time.

To get this, I advise my clients to keep the list short (8-10 group photos is a reasonable number and I would say my average) and luckily I normally get the help from the best man or the bridesmaids, who can help to gather people.

So…these are some of my wedding group photos, which have been hidden for quite a while, it was about time to show some of them!

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formal wedding photo taking at Chelsea Town hall

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two wedding group photos of bride and her bridesmaids

Not all the group photos have to be the same or boring, I actually tend to take some a bit fun or different if I see the group is in the mood.

bride and groom with wedding party showing their colorful socks

bride and groom and wedding party jumping

fun wedding group photos in front of the Big Ben

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Porters Civic House wedding

Clare and Tony got married in Southend-on- Sea, a place I have been in the past photographing another wedding. In this occasion, the civil ceremony also took place in Porters Civic House.

Porters Civic House and Mayor Parlour is a beautiful grade I listed building in Southend-on- Sea, perfect for a civil ceremony, with a beautiful back garden to have some drinks to celebrate after the ceremony and take some photos.

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two close-up photos of original bridal dress

pink roses bouquets photographed on a table

two photos of statues in a garden

two little boys looking out of the window during the bride preparations on a wedding day

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bride on balcony of her house looking down

black and white photo of flower girl walking down the stairs

detail of pageboy wearing blue converse

bride standing outside of her house before the ceremony

limousine parked in front of Porters Civic House and guests

bride getting out of the limousine arriving at Porters civic house wedding

bride walking down the aisle at Porters Civic house wedding

bride and groom looking at each other as the bride arrives at Porters Civic house wedding

bride and groom looking at each other as the bride arrives at Porters Civic house wedding

black and white picture of bride and groom exchanging rings during ceremony at Porters Civic House wedding

bride and groom singing the register at Porters Civic House wedding

bride and groom and two witness at Porters Civic House wedding

 bride and groom walking down the aisle after wedding ceremony at Porters Civic House

wedding drinks reception at Porters

photo of back garden of Porters Civic House

confetti shot of couple just married at Porters

two little girls holding hands in the garden at Porters Civic House during a wedding's drinks reception

two photos of guests at Porters Civic house wedding

wedding guests during drinks reception at Porters

photo of two guests at a wedding at Porrters

two fun group wedding photos at Porters

two little girls playing at a wedding drinks reception

black and white photo of wedding guests at a wedding in Porters

wedding guest talking to a baby at Porters Civic House

bride talking to her guests during drinks reception at Porters

bride talking to her guests during drinks reception at Porters

two wedding guests during drinks reception at Porters

groom with friends during drinks reception

toddler eating cupcake at a wedding

bride being congratulated by a little boy after the ceremony

kid drinking tea during drinks reception

two little girls having tea during drinks reception at a wedding

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detail of bride's hand with rings holding champagne glass

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After leaving Porters, and being in Southend-on- sea, we went to take some photos with the sea in the background, of course! I do love the sea and photographing couples around it every time I get a chance, so romantic!

two photos of newly-weds on the beach at Southend

two black and white photos of newly-weds at the beach in Southend

newly-weds at the beach in Southend

two photos of newly-weds at the beach in Southend

Clare and Tony’s was a very intimate wedding with not too many guests, so they celebrated the reception in their own house (after a few drinks and photos in Porters). I do love these kind of weddings, and I find myself photographing more and more weddings like this, with a small number of guests and receptions celebrated in private houses. I definitely think that these weddings’ atmosphere is more relaxed and if I were a bride, I would definitely go for this option. I’ll need to get myself a big house with a big garden first!  :)

two photos of newly-weds under flower arch

big group wedding photo

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two photos of newly-weds under flower arch

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Dance photography

Today I am posting some pictures from my personal work (and non wedding related), which lately I don’t have the time to do as much as I would like.

These photos were taken at The Camera Club, one of the oldest photographic clubs in the world, to which I am a proud member. The Club runs regular workshops, one of them being the “Dance Group”. Once a month, a dancer comes to the studio and several photographers members of the Club will be taking photos there together.

In this occasion the dancer was Gaia Cicolani, an italian dancer, graduated with First Honour degree in the Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.

She performed for us while we took turns to take photos of her capturing her beautiful movement.

 

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Click here to have a look at her Youtube channel.

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Mini sessions photography promotion

These are the last business cards I have ordered from Moo (my favorite business card provider!)

I decided to have these postcards printed to promote some sessions available only until the 3rd July. The sessions are 45 minutes long (I have called them”mini sessions”, as typically my sessions are a bit longer than that) and perfect to get some nice photos with your partner/family in one location for a fraction of the price.

If you are interested, contact me soon to book your mini session!

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Winter engagement session

It has been a few weeks since this winter engagement session in north London.

couple kissing on a bench with views of London in the background at their engagement photoshoot

It was a wintery day with a lot of mud in the park, but I am lucky that my clients are usually very cooperative and they are happy to do what I think works best for the photos. Even if that means to get their shoes a bit dirty! Photos can be boring if you stick to do only what is comfortable! Sometimes you need a bit more, specially if it is winter and you would like to go to the park for your engagement pictures.

We all got dirty shoes at the end of the shoot, but we were all happy with the result, which is the most important thing.

two photos of a couple photographed between branches at London part during their winter engagement photoshoot

engaged couple on bench looking at each other in a London park during their winter engagement session

couple facing and looking at each other underneath a big tree in London park during their winter engagement session

couple sitting on bench photographed between a fallen tree branches

couple sitting on bench photographed between a fallen tree branches with couple out of focus

couple sitting in London park bench wrapped in blanket with tree branches in the foreground

black and white photo of a couple standing underneath a bare tree during their winter engagement session

black and white photo of couple kissing during their engagement photoshoot in London

couple laughing in the park during their winter engagement session

two photos of a couple photographed in a London park during their engagement session

I photographed their wedding only last week at the Renaissance hotel in Kings Cross and it was such an amazing and perfect day in such a beautiful wedding venue. I cannot wait to blog some of the photos in the next weeks.

 

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Wedding at Chaucer barn

This wedding at Chaucer barn is another of my 2014 weddings that hadn’t been blogged yet.

Christie and Tom‘s wedding at Chaucer barn was so beautiful, in such an amazing venue that I would like to share some photos from the day…better late than never!

Apart from the beautiful venue, outdoor ceremony and lavender and birch tree wedding decoration details, Christie and Tom are one of the couples most madly in love I have seen in my whole life, they really are. What a pleasure is to get to photograph that!

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photo of Chaucer barn house wedding venue in Norfolk

 

two photos of details at lavender themed wedding at chaucer barn

two photos of details at lavender themed wedding at chaucer barn

two photos of shoes and bride putting on her shoes at wedding at chaucer barn

detail shot of wedding and engagement ring

bride walking up the aisle and kissing groom in outdoor ceremony at wedding at chaucer barn

two black and white photos of bride and groom during outdoor ceremony at Chaucer barn

two photos of bride and groom during outdoor ceremony at Chaucer barn

black and white photo of bride and groom during outdoors ceremony

guests congratulating bride after ceremony

guests congratulating bride after ceremony

two black and white photos of wedding at chaucer barn

two photos of bride and groom in icecream van in outdoors wedding

Chaucer barn has also some really great spots for fun photographs. These things are not just for kids!

two photos of bride and groom in a swing at chaucer barn

bride and groom kissing in a pirate boat at Chaucer barn

two photos of bride and groom natural portraits

speeches outdoors at Chaucer barn

bride and groom laughing during speeches outdoors

guests smiling during speeches outdoors at Norfolk wedding

two emotional black and white photos during speeches at wedding

two photos of toast after speech at wedding

bride and mother of the groom hugging at wedding

bride and groom having fun with sparklers

guests having fun with sparklers at wedding

bride and groom during first dance photographed from above

bride and groom during first dance photographed from above

fun photo on a sofa of bride and groom, best man and maid of honor

 

 

 

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Engagement photoshoot abroad (here in London)

First of all, happy Valentines day all! I thought I would share same photos from one of my last sessions today to celebrate the day of love. Melissa and Jay live both in the United States but they decided to have their engagement photoshoot abroad (here in London).

As it is natural, this engagement session asked for a London landmark as a background and some other London’s typical and cool urban furniture, such as our very photogenic telephone boxes.

The connection with both Melissa and Jay was immediate and it was sooo easy and such a pleasure to work with them.

two photos of an engaged couple in front of the Big Ben in London

two black and white photos of a couple celebrating their engagement posing in front of the Big Ben in London

engaged couple sitting in a bench contemplating the Big Ben in London

two photos of an engaged couple in southbank London

black and white photo of engaged couple in London

two photos of an engaged couple posing in front of the houses of parliament in London

engaged couple posing in front of red telephone box with Big Ben in the background

 

 

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Newland Hall wedding

Martin and Kate tied the knot in a ceremony at St. Christopher’s Church in Willingale followed by at reception at Newland Hall in Roxwell, in Essex. Their wedding was held quite a while ago…it was an amazing day and a beautiful wedding, it simply was not on the blog earlier because I haven’t been too good at keeping the blog up to date lately. Many more blog posts are to come this year, from recent and not so recent work. For starters, have a look at these Newland Hall wedding photos.

cat of a fence in a garden looking at the wedding photographer

two photos of a wedding dress hanging from a tree in the bride's garden

bridesmaid getting her make up done by a make-up artist before the wedding

bride touching her engagement ring while getting ready before the wedding

two black and white photos of the bride and maid of honor getting ready before the wedding

close-up black and white photo of bridesmaid getting ready

 

two photos of a bride applying perfume before her wedding

two photos of a bride getting ready before her wedding

bridesmaid doing bride's veil

bride helping her mother getting ready before the wedding

 

make up artist applying last touches to the bride before the wedding

two photos of the bride's bouquet

bride posing with parents and bridesmaids in the garden making a toast

detail photo of bride and bridesmaids' bouquets

At their wedding, I had the pleasure to see Dan and Louise again. I had photographed their wedding the previous year (which you can see if you click here) and which was featured in Love my dress. They were the ones who recommended my services to Martin and Kate. It is always a pleasure to see my past clients in other weddings and knowing that they are the reason why I am shooting another wedding.

groom posing with to guests at the church while waiting for the bride's arrival

bridesmaids arriving at church in a vintage car

bride arriving at church in a campervan

bride arriving at church in a campervan while people protect her with umbrellas

bride walking up the aisle with father and groom looking at her

black and white photo of bride and groom at the altar in church at Willingale

bride and groom kneeling down at the altar at St. Christopher's church in Willingale

bride and groom smiling during ceremony at St. Christopher's church in Willingale

black and white photo of brie and groom singing wedding ceremony hymns at St. Christopher's church wedding in Willingale

two photos of bride and groom holding hands during ceremony

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bride and groom looking at each other during wedding ceremony

bride and groom exchanging rings during wedding ceremony at St.Christopher's church in Willingale

black and white photo of father of the bride looking at the couple during the wedding ceremony

bride and groom kissing at the end of the ceremony at St. Christopher's church in Willingale

two photos of details of the centerpieces at Newland hall wedding

Martin and Kate’s wedding was travel-themed, as they love to travel. Each table represented a country and the table plan was displayed in a beautiful vintage world map.

And…they also had an amazing vintage campervan!
wedding table plan at Newland hall wedding

details photo of people looking at the table plan at Newland Hall wedding

couple looking at each other next to a white vintage campervan at Newland Hall wedding

bride and groom in a white vintage campervan at Newland hall wedding

bride and groom in a white vintage campervan at Newland hall wedding

bride and groom photographed at Newland Hall

bride and groom photographed at Newland hall

bride and groom holding a Thank Yoy sign at Newland hall wedding

wedding guests at Newland Hall wedding

wedding guests having drinks in the garden at Newland Hall wedding

wedding guests sitting in two benches at Newland hall wedding

wedding guests having drinks in the garden at Newland hall wedding

bride and friends posing for guests cameras at Newland hall wedding

wedding guests in the garden at Newland hall wedding

bride and groom in the garden with their wedding guests at Newland hall

bride in the garden with her wedding guests at Newland hall

two wedding guests eating candy floss in the grass at Newland hall

group photo of bride and groom and wedding party jumping

wedding guests inside marquee at Newland hall

two photos of speeches at Newland hall wedding

black and white photo of bride and groom during speeches

bride and groom laughing during speeches at Newland hall
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bride giving a speech and groom looking at her

photos of two guests during speeches at Essex wedding

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black and white photo of bride and groom kissing after groom's speech

bride and groom and guest making toast after a speech

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bride and groom first dance

black and white photo of bride and groom during the first dance

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wedding guests dancing at Essex wedding

bride dancing with friends at Essex wedding

bride dancing with friends at Essex wedding

 

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