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London elopement photography

I couldn’t wait to share more photos of this beautiful elopement wedding in central London with you!

Emma and Steve came to London to tie the knot and I was lucky to be their photographer for the day. I feel very lucky when I get to be part of anyone’s wedding, but when it is an elopement like this one, is much more special, because I am one of the very few witnesses of the day and I am the bride and groom companion for most of the time.

Steve was wearing a kilt outfit, which was great! I had had the opportunity to photograph wedding guests in the past wearing a scottish outfit, but never a groom before.

I went to the hotel were Emma and Steve stayed the night before and after taking a few photos in there, we took a cab and headed to central London to get some photos with the Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and other London highlights. After that, their wedding car was waiting for us and took us to Marylebone Town Hall, were they got married in the Yellow room. Two of their friends were there as their witnesses (they even brought confetti, so we could get some lovely confetti shots!)

After that, we went to Regent’s Park for some more photos (always a lovely place for photos) before going to Claridges, were they went for afternoon tea. Unfortunately, being such an intimate event, I was only allowed to take a few photos in the foyer, but I couldn’t take any more photos at Claridges and have to say goodbye there.

Emma and Steve, it was a pleasure to work with you, I wish you all the best for your future together!

a couple about to get married at their hotel in central london

couple eloping in London posing in front of the big ben

groom looking at big ben and bride holding his arm looking at the camera at london elopement photography

bride with sunglasses and groom walking on embankment bridge at london elopement photography

bride and scottish groom holding hands in a taxi on their way to their wedding

bride and scottish groom arriving at marylebone town hall

bride, scottish groom and two witnesses in marylebone town hall yellow room

scottish groom laughing during wedding ceremony an the yellow room at marylebone town hall

exchange of rings during wedding ceremony at marylebone town hall yellow room

bride and groom kissing in the yellow room at marylebone town hall

bride and groom looking happily at each other right after the wedding ceremony

bride and scottish groom receiving the marriage certificate at the yellow room at marylebone town hall

bride and scottish groom posing in marylebone town hall marble stairs

confetti being thrown at bride and groom at marylebone town hall

bride and scottish groom posing in front of marylebone town hall

groom kissing bride sitting next to a lion statue at marylebone town hall

bride and groom in front of their wedding car and at the gales of regent's park

bride and groom under a willow tree

bride and groom under a willow tree

bride and scottish groom sitting on a bench on a london park surrounded by flowers

bride and groom laughing during their portrait session at a london park

bride and groom posing in fron of claridges

bride and groom looking at each other at Claridges's foyer

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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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And the winner is…

And the winner is…Hannah and James London City Wedding!

As I posted on this blog a few weeks ago, Hannah and James wedding was shortlisted by Your London Wedding Magazine to compete with other weddings for the “Wedding of the Year 2013” prize. They were on the first round with three other couples, and when I received the magazine yesterday I had the wonderful surprise of seeing them as the winners on a full page of the magazine.

This means that we will be competing on the final round with three other semi-finalists and I am so looking forward to it! So exciting!

This is the scanned magazine ‘s page, I love to see my weddings on magazine paper :)

wedding of the year competition london, semi-finalists

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Engagement photography slideshow

A couple of weeks ago I created my first video (slideshow) on Youtube with some of my wedding pictures.

Today I’ve done the same thing with a selection of my engagement sessions. I am posting both videos as for me  it is really cool to see them both, engagements followed by weddings, as some of the couples on these engagement photos are later on the wedding video as husband and wife.

I haven’t been very original with the music on the videos I am afraid. It is the same song in both videos, but I fell in love with it from the very first moment I heard “The Lotus Flower” by Isisip and I hope you like it as much as I do.

 

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Romantic elopement wedding in London

It was only last week but I cannot wait to share just a couple of photos of this beautiful elopement wedding I photographed last Wednesday in London.
Emma and Steve came to London to tie the knot here, and I was lucky to be their photographer and one of the few witnesses of their beautiful day. We took photos before and after the ceremony, and coming from outside London, as you can imagine, there was a time to take some photos with the Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and London Eye in the background. I will be posting a few more of these elopement wedding photos next month. For the moment, this is just a little taster…

two photos of a newly-wed couple in an elopement wedding sitting on a bench in a London park surrounded by flowers

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Engagement photography in a colorful London spot

Let me introduce you to Laura and Danny, a very sweet and beautiful couple. They are getting married in a few months and I will be there with them on their big day too. I cannot wait!

We had their engagement photography session three weeks ago in one of my favorite spots in London: Neil’s Yard. I have known Neil’s Yard for a few years, and I still don’t know why I hadn’t had an engagement photography session until this day there, what a charming and photogenic place!

The day was perfect, sunny but not too much and we were there soon enough to avoid too many tourists (as it is very close to Covent Garden) and the alley and courtyard is quite small.

All business in the courtyard are really nice and each of them make their color contribution to the beautiful color mayhem.

engaged couple outside neil's yard alley looking at each other and kissing during engagement photography session

engaged couple looking at each other and kissing in neil's yard with colorful buildings in the background during engagement photography session

man carrying his fiancee on his back during engagement photography session at colorful london spot

engaged couple posing at a beautiful colorful spot in central London

engaged couple kissing in front of beautiful neil's yard colorful business

After being shooting in Neil’s yard, we walked down to the river and we took the chance to take a few photos in front of the Savoy Hotel, which was a very special place for them, and as it happens it is a special place for me too.

beautiful engaged couple posing in front of the Savoy hotel in London where they got engaged

 

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Fennes Wedding

The last week of April I was documenting Claire and Richard´s wedding at the beautiful Fennes Manor House in Bocking, Essex.

Both ceremony and reception were held there, and I love when that happens, as I find these weddings more stress-free both for photographers and guests; everyone can relax and enjoy the whole day since the moment they arrive.

Fennes was a perfect location with beautiful grounds including a pond and a beautiful small bridge, and also charming rooms inside the house in a Georgian style.

facade and grounds of fennes state wedding venue in Bocking, Essex

bridal dress hung from bed in master room at fennes state wedding venue and detail of orchids

detail of headpiece between two lamps and bridal shoes with reflection at Fennes State wedding in Essex

bridal ring with blue precious stone and diamonds with reflection

bride and bridesmaid helping her with her dress walking down the stairs at fennes state wedding venue right before the wedding ceremony

Claire was looking stunning with her beautiful dress complemented by a headpiece which I loved and a feathered bridal shawl.

beautiful bride with orchid bouquet in a georgian room at fennes state wedding venue

The ceremony was really emotional and both Claire and Richard looked sooo happy!

emotional bride walking up the aisle with father and looking at the groom at fennes

floral detail and bridesmaid holding bride's bouquet during the ceremony and listening carefully to speeches during ceremony

bride laughing during her speech at her wedding ceremony at fennes wedding venue

bride laughing during ring exchange at wedding ceremony at fennes state in essex

bride and groom kissing at the end of wedding ceremony

bride and groom walking down the aisle after ceremony at fennes

Claire had a cascading bridal bouquet made with orchids, isn’t it gorgeous?

portrait of bride at fennes atate and detail of orchid bouquet

The grounds of the venue were perfect for couple photos

bride and groom leaning on a blooming tree at fennes state with grounds and bridge in the background

bride and groom looking at each other at fennes state bridge

And the bridge was great too, not only for their portraits, but to do some informal group photos. The one below is one of my favorites of the day with Claire and two of her friends (I loved the blue suit and pink ties!)

bride being kissed by two of her best friends at fennes state bridge

And right before the first dance we all went outside to enjoy a brief fireworks show

bride and groom kissing during fireworks show at their wedding

bride and groom holding hands and looking at fireworks show at their wedding in fennes state wedding venue

bride and groom during first dance with guests looking at them in the background

close up of bride and groom during first dance

Claire and Richard, I wish you all the best for the future together!

Getting married at Fennes? Contact me here for your wedding photography

Thanks Pauline Walzak for being my second shooter on the day, your help and good company :)

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Youtube Wedding Photography Slideshow

Just a very quick post to share with you my first Youtube slideshow created with the Youtube Editor.

This is a selection of some of my favorite wedding photos that are already on my gallery (at least most of them). But I think it makes a difference to look at them with music. It makes me feel emotional and remember every single wedding… I hope you enjoy it.

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Fennes Manor Wedding, a sneak peak

The last week of April I was documenting a wedding at this beautiful wedding venue in Bocking, Essex: The Fennes.

This is one of my favorite photos of the day, right before the ceremony, when the bride was coming downstairs helped by her bridesmaid.

bride coming downstairs right before the ceremony being helped by her bridesmaid at fennes state wedding

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Oaks Farm Wedding: Nicola and Gary

Nicola and Gary got married on a very sunny September day. The ceremony was at St. Josephs church in Bromley and the reception at the gorgeous Oaks Farm in Shirley, where the bride, groom and guests enjoyed a garden reception in the sun before the wedding breakfast was served. I really enjoyed working at this beautiful venue, it was truly a perfect day for working there. It has been one of my favorite wedding venues this summer and I hope to go back there next year!
In between all these photos posted here there is a very special one for Nicola and Gary, as it is a replica of one of Nicola’s parents wedding photos: the two of them inside the car looking outside through the window, the car even had the same floral decorations at the back, Nicola sent me her parent photo weeks before and I think we got a great replica!
A big thank you to Nicola and Gary for choosing me as your photographer, it was a pleasure to capture such a beautiful day and you are such an amazing couple!
Thanks to my second shooter Kenny Wong too for helping me on the day.

detail of bride's white and red bouquet
detail of rolls royce about to take bride to church
bride arriving at altar and looking at groom at st josephs church in bromley
bride and groom holding hands at altar in st josephs church bromley
father of bride taking off her veil at altar in st josephs church bromley
father kissing bride at altar at st josephs church bromley wedding
father kissing bride at altar at st josephs church bromley wedding
wedding ceremony at st josephs church bromley
speech during wedding ceremony at st josephs church bromley
wedding ceremony at st josephs church bromley wedding
wedding ceremony at st josephs church bromley
bride and groom sitting down during ceremony at st josephs church bromley wedding
bride and groom sitting in the back of the car and looking out of the window to the camera at oaks farm wedding
bride and groom holding hands and looking at the camera at oaks farm wedding
bride and groom with parasol looking at each other and framed by vegetation at oaks farm wedding
red roses groom buttomhole
oaks farm wedding table set up
bride groom and both sets of parents group shot at oaks farm wedding
bride with guests at drinks reception at oaks farm wedding
guest  carrying three beers at once at drinks recepcion at oaks farm wedding
groom with guests during drinks reception at his wedding in oaks farm shirley
oaks farm shirley wedding
guests sitting for wedding breakfast at oaks farm shirley
oaks farm wedding
bride laughing during speeches at oaks farm wedding
bride laughing during speeches at oaks farm wedding
father of bride hugging groom during speeches at oaks farm wedding
groom giving speech at oaks farm wedding
wedding guests couple listening to groom speech at oaks farm wedding
female guest laughing during speeches at oaks farm wedding
bride and groom laughing during speeches at oaks farm wedding
wedding cake by the window at oaks farm wedding
horseshoes wedding decorations by the cake at oaks farm wedding
wedding guests at oaks farm wedding
detail of oaks farm wedding venue shirley
detail of wedding rings on top of a pink flower
statue of a female in oaks farm shirley
oaks farm wedding guests having drinks outside
bride talking to wedding guests outside oaks farm wedding
first dance at oaks farm wedding
first dance at oaks farm wedding
guests dancing at oaks farm wedding
bride and groom dancing with guests at oaks farm wedding
Venue: Oaks Farm
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