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Croydon wedding

two photos of bride and bride and groom with autumn leaves in the background

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.

two photos of a wedding, one of the wedding venue building and the oother of the bride and groom kissing in front of their vintage wedding car

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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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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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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Chelsea Town Hall wedding

I loved Gerry and Jenny’s Chelsea Town Hall wedding!

I’ve got a soft spot for small weddings like this one, as I find my quiet personality suits this kind of intimate weddings very well.

Gerry and Jenny’s wedding was so intimate that it nearly felt like an elopement. They both live in the USA, but they came here to tie the knot in the company of very close family and friends as Gerry is british.

It was a splendid and laid back day with a strong London flavor.

two potos of couple posing in a routemaster bus

bride holding bouquet in routemaster bus

two photos of the groom in a routemaster bus laughing on his way to his wedding

Jenny was looking amazing in a golden sparkling  long dress and a gorgeous bouquet.

two photos of bride wearing a golden sparkling dress holding her bouquet

wedding guests on their way to Chelsea Town Hall in routemaster bus

bride touching face of groom smiling o their way to their wedding at Chelsea Town Hall

wedding guest in routemaster bus on his way to wedding at Chelsea Town Hall

Chelsea Old Town Hall

bride and groom entering the room at Chelsea Town Hall

black and white close-up photo of bride and groom holding hands during the wedding ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall wedding

bride smiling during ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall wedding

black and white photo of bride and groom holding hands during ceremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding

black and white close-up photo of exchange of rings during wedding ceremony

bride and groom kissing each other after they are declared husband and wife at Chelsea Town Hall wedding

group photo of bride and groom and wedding guests inside ceremony room at Chelsea Town Hall

bride hugging female wedding guest after ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall in London

close-up photo of bridal bouquet

 

close-up photo of bride wearing the wedding and engagement ring and holding her bouquet

close-up photo of bride wearing the wedding and engagement ring and holding her bouquet

After the ceremony at Chelsea Town Hall, we all made a move in a Routemaster bus to some of London’s highlights and finally to The Mitre, a pub near Holland Park.

bride and groom with union flag umbrella in front of routemaster bus

bride and groom with union flag umbrella in front of routemaster bus

bride and groom and wedding guests making a toast with champagne in front of a routemaster bus

wedding guest smiling in routemaster bus

two wedding guests taking a selfie in a routemaster bus wedding

close-up photo of bride holding bouquet

bride and groom posing in front a telephone box each

bride and groom in front of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

bride and groom looking at each other in front of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

informal group photo of small wedding in front of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

bride telling secrets to groom in a routemaster bus on their way to reception

close-up photo of bride in a routemaster wedding bus with rings

bride and groom and guests having fun in a routemaster wedding bus on their way to the reception

bride and groom and guests having fun in a routemaster wedding bus on their way to the reception

The Mitre pub lLadbroke Grove seen through a routemaster wedding bus window

The Mitre pub London Ladbroke Grove

wedding guests looking out of the pub window waiting for bride and groom to arrive

two photos of bride and groom posing in front of pub sign

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Camden Town Hall wedding

Catherine and Dave got married in Camden Town Hall one December day last year, followed by a reception in the Welsh Centre in London.

Catherine was stunning and had a wonderful smile all the time, as you can see in these photos.

Their wedding was in December, so there were Christmas decorations everywhere and as the ceremony was in the afternoon, we had very little natural light to work with, but it was a lovely December evening full of good photo opportunities.

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staircase and Christmas tree at Camden Town Hall wedding in London

wedding ceremony room decorated with flowers at Camden Town Hall

detail of Christmas tree balls at Camden Town Hall

groom and best man waiting for bride's arrival at Camden Town hall wedding

wedding guests arriving at Camden Town Hall

guests arriving at Camden town hall wedding

bride inside taxi with her father at her arrival at Camden Town Hall wedding

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

bride and groom seeing each other for the first time at Camden Town hall wedding

bride and groom smiling during wedding ceremony

mother of bride crying during wedding ceremony at Camden Town Hall

bride and groom facing each other and holdig hands during wedding ceremony at Camden Town Hall

bride and groom kiss

officiant giving marriage certificate to bride and groom after wedding ceremony

bride and groom walking down the aisle smiling as husband and wife

portait of bride and groom with Christmas tree

guests throwing confetti at bride and groom outside Camden Town Hall

wedding guests throwing confetti at bride and groom

bride and groom walking in central London at night

Christmas decorations at Christmas wedding

wedding guests having drinks and chatting at drinks reception

wedding guest chatting during drinks reception

detail of buttonhole and knitted tie of groom

detail of bride and groom wearing badges

wedding guest smiling to the camera

black and white photo of wedding guests having drinks at the Welsh Centre in London

black and white picture of wedding guests having fun at the Welsh Centre in London

father of bride giving speech at north london wedding

wedding guests laughing during speeches

wedding guests laughing during speeches

groom laughing giving his speech at his wedding

wedding guests laughing during speeches

wedding guests smiling during the speeches

groom making a toast after his speech

bride and groom kissing after groom's speech

wedding guest dancing

bride and groom cutting the cake

 

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Sesion pre-boda en Londres

Sesion pre-boda en Londres (Engagement Shoot in London with an spanish couple- post in spanish!)

Me resulta algo extraño hacer este post en español, pero creo que la ocasion lo requiere. Empece mi trabajo de fotografa aqui en Londres hace ya unos años y nunca se me ocurrio ni tuve ocasion de publicar nada en mi web en español, ya que mis clientes son mayoritariamente ingleses…hasta que Noelia y Joaqui me contactaron!

composite de fotos de pareja en frente de Tower Bridge, Londres, durante un reportaje de pareja en Londres

pareja con manos entrelazadas y mirandose el uno al otro enfrente del Big Ben en Londres

 

En realidad, la sesion no fue una sesion pre-boda, ya que ellos ya estan casados, simplemente una sesion de pareja mientras estaban de viaje en Londres, el concepto es el mismo al fin y al cabo…capturar unas imagenes de su amor con a la vez algunos de los escenarios mas emblematicos de Londres. Una celebracion de su amor con sabor londinense!

 

pareja besandose con Big Ben al fondo

 

Fue una experiencia muy bonita, siempre es un placer trabajar con gente de mi pais o de habla hispana de vez en cuando. Gracias por ser tan encantadores chicos!

 

composite de dos fotos de una pareja posando enfrente de la estatua de Eros en Piccadilly Circus

pareja besandose enfrente de la estacion de metro de Piccadilly Circus

pareja de la mano y mirando a la camara en una calle llena de gente en el centro de Londres, con bandera y metro al fondo

sesion pre-boda Londres

 

Si tienes pensado viajar a Londres con tu pareja y tambien te gustaria tener una sesion romantica de fotografia creativa aqui, puedes contactarme a traves del formulario en mi web (haz click aqui) o mandarme un email a helenaamorphotography@gmail.com o info@helenaamorphotography.com.

 

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Top hats wedding

Jules and Mark tied the knot a few months back in South London, and they chose the Harvest Home pub as their wedding venue.

I absolutely love pub weddings! They are so cozy and so very British…This was a very relaxed day and  a picturesque top hats wedding with a Man of Honor, a Best Woman and the bride wearing a burgundy dress, I like brides and grooms thinking outside the box!

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picture of sign of harvest home pub in london and blue sky

marquee prepared for wedding ceremony in white and burgundy colors

marquee in white and burgundy colors prepared for  wedding ceremony with flower petals on the aisle

burgundy wedding decorations at pub wedding in london

groom wearing top hat greeting guests before wedding ceremony

groom, best man and bridesmaid wearing top hats

groom greeting guest before ceremony

groomsmen with top hats with wedding guests before the ceremony

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burgundy rose in the buttonhole of groom's laple

blue sports car parked in front of wedding marquee

guest having a drink at a pub wedding in London before the wedding ceremony

groom holding top hat talking to register before wedding ceremony at marquee

groom  talking to register before wedding ceremony at marquee

wedding guests waiting for the bride arrival for ceremony inside marquee

bride wearing burgundy dress arriving at wedding in a blue sports car

bride wearing burgundy dress arriving at wedding in a blue sports car

bride greeting guest at her arrival at the ceremony venue

bride walking up the aisle and first look of the groom

groom looking at the bride as she walks up the aisle

bride and groom laughing as she arrives at wedding ceremony

bride and groom holding hands during wedding ceremony at marquee

detail if bride and groom holding hands during wedding ceremony

black and white photo of bride and groom laughing during ceremony

bride and groom about to kiss during ceremony

bride and groom first kiss as husband and wife

bride wearing burgundy dress and groom wearing top hat walking down the aisle as husband and wife

bride and groom hugging guests in receiving line at pub wedding in London

bride and groom hugging guests in receiving line at pub wedding in London

portrait of bride and groom wearing top hat and burgundy dress

bride and groom walking together holding hands photographed from the back

bride and groom chatting with wedding guests

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groom and bride with burgundy dress laughing after wedding ceremony

cheesecake at wedding reception in a London pub

wedding guest having a beer during wedding reception in a pub wedding in London

black and white candid photo of two guests chatting during wedding reception

groom giving his speech at his wedding in a London pub

bride and guests laughing during the grooms speech at a London pub wedding

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bride and groom kissing during speeches at their wedding in a London pub

best man giving his speech at a pub wedding in London

guests laughing during speeches at a pub wedding in London

top hat in a hanger in a pun wedding in London

bride and groom reacting with laughter during wedding speeches

detail of groom with his arm around his bride's waist with glass of champagne in the foreground

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bride wearing burgundy dress and guests dancing at a pub wedding

 

 

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September Sneak Peek

I haven´t blogged anything in such a long time!

September has been such a busy month for me…I still have a lot of editing to do, so no much time for long blog posts, but I thought I will just share 4 photos from 4 different assignments last month, three weddings and an engagement shoot.

1. Engagement shoot in central London

malasyan engaged couple in the streets of London in front of Admiralty Arch during their engagement photoshoot

2. Canary Wharf Wedding

bride and groom standing in front os Canary Wharf tube Station

3. Pembroke Lodge Wedding

bride and groom walking down the aisle and wedding guests throwing conffetti at them

4. A lovely pub wedding and a burgundy dress

bride and groom looking happily at each other after they are pronounced husband and wife at a pub wedding in London

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Professional wedding photographer vs friend

This is a post a little different from what I normally do. Most of the time I post photos from my engagement shoots or weddings so people looking at my website can have a deeper insight into my work. Today I will post no photos, today’s subject is: professional wedding photographer vs friend. These are my thoughts about what I think about this and the dangers of couples getting married having a friend taking their photos instead of a professional photographer.

I also understand that if you are reading this by chance, you may think that I am writing this just to get me or other colleagues photographers more work. However, what it pushed me to write this post is a meeting I had yesterday. I had an email three or four weeks ago from a girl who got married last year and because she got married abroad she was not organizing the wedding herself. Someone organized for a couple of friends to be in charge of taking the photos of the day. She told me by email and on the phone that she hated her wedding photos so much…and wanted a photoshoot here in London with her husband dressed the same as on their wedding day to get some beautiful photos.

Unfortunately, we will have to leave this photoshoot for another time, but for now, what she couldn’t wait for, was to have some of her wedding photos fixed, so I am in charge now of “fixing” some of her wedding photos, even though I don’t often do retouching services for clients who have not booked my complete photographic services.

Her wedding venues were gorgeous, but the light used was not the best to say the least, on-camera flash used in most of the photos, which gives a lot of harsh shadows. I am just brightening the photos up, contrast and  tone correction and simple things like that. Unfortunately there is not a magic bottom to change the light, and those shadows will stay. Basically, retouching will make the photos less bad and not so painful to look at, but no retouching turns a bad photo into a good one, this is why I say “fix”. Notice the quotations.

This is the first experience of someone coming to me distressed about their wedding photos and asking for help. A friend of mine didn’t have such an horrific experience, but got married abroad in an intimate ceremony years ago and they didn’t think about having a photographer, now that she sees lots of wedding photos because of me, she regrets not having them.

Wedding photography is hard, you are outside, then two seconds later you are in a dark church, you need to adjust your camera settings very quickly! I would even say that for a professional photographer who does other type of work can be quite difficult and challenging.

There is this widespread idea of good cameras taking good photos. I can say that from the photos showed to me by this bride, one of the cameras was a Canon 1D, not bad… however, it is not just the camera but the skills of the photographer and at a wedding being quick is very important too. Would an unexperienced amateur photographer be able to deliver wedding photos as a professional? Well, that’s quite unrealistic. If you are having an outdoors wedding with gorgeous light all day long you may get lucky and the difference can be not as painful, but otherwise…if your wedding photos are important for you, you should go for a professional.

Shooting a wedding is hard work on the day and it takes a long time to finish the work (editing), it is unlikely that a friend is going to do a week’s worth work too. I can work on my photos as much as I need to as I am being paid for that, but would I spent many hours editing hundreds of images if Iweren’t? probably I wouldn’t do as much as I wouldn´t have the time.

It is also clear that a person who does something often has more experience and resources that someone who doesn´t and obviously that shows.

I think it is important to be realistic, most of the times you get what you paid for. Consider how important are your wedding photos for you and make your decision accordingly. Should you take the risk or not? I wouldn’t do it obviously, I am a photographer and images are very important to me, capturing something so important beautifully would be a must. But not everyone has the same perception about photography, so if you are not bothered too much about photos and it is not important at all, then you may risk it and go for a friend… What I try in this post is opening the eyes of people who expect and would like to have beautiful photos that they are important to them but trust in a friend instead of a professional wedding photographer thinking  only in finances as if that fact didn’t matter at all. The reality is that someone who doesn’t make a living of photography won’t have the equipment of a photographer or the skills or the expertise in 99.99% of the cases.

I really felt sorry for this girl and how unhappy she was! and remember when something is done for free (and friends) you don’t really have any right to complaint, have you?

I hope all this makes sense and it is not seen just as something that obviously a photographer has to say, I have tried to give an opinion from my heart and I hope is valuable for someone out there.

Thanks for reading!

 

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