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Surrey & London Wedding Photography – Brick Lane Styled Shoot

Alternative Bridal Styled Shoot – A walk down and around Brick Lane, Shoreditch

Last Sunday (8th March 2015), I joined up with a few photography friends and hit the famous Brick Lane in East London. We organise a Bridal Styled Shoot along the  vibrate, colourful and diverse street in Shoreditch.

This shoot, was very much different for me, as the alternative theme was far from my usual style of elegant and contemporary. But saying that, it was great to work on something like this and add my own usual taste to it.

Thanks to the real Rock & Roll Model Couple, Sally & Reece. They really brought the shoot to life with their cool style and attitude.

Suppliers

Sally’s Dress – heartaflutterbridal.co.uk

Sally’s Hairpiece – mcfaydenmillinery.com

Sally’s Flowers & Reece’s Buttonhole – www.floral-elements.co.uk

 

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Thanks for looking, I do hope enjoy the images.

Jay xxx

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Surrey Wedding Photography – London & a 24mm Tilt/Shift Lens

My short walk along the River Thames in London shooting on with a 24mm Tilt/Shift Lens

The first thing I have to say is about this post, is that it isn’t a real technical review of a lens. It is just my view of my use of the lens over a weekend and what I liked and disliked about using it.

As a Surrey Wedding Photographer, I am always looking to learn new techniques and try out equipment that can improve me. Now you will always hear that it is not about the equipment and having the latest, most expensive lens or camera will not make you the best photographer in the world, but some techniques need specialist equipment  to achieve a specific look.

For a walk around London, I decided to rent a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II from Lens Locker who are based in Twickenham London. I have rented from Lens Locker for a few years now and can’t speak highly enough of them. Even when it comes to a last minute emergency, I always feel that I can call on them for a next day pick-up of a lens or some other equipment.

The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L is, for the people who don’t know, is a Tilt/Shift Lens, which is a specialist lens mostly used for architectural, landscape and product photography. But over the years, I have seen it been used more and more in portrait and also Wedding photography. The most popular use in recent years has been for the Toy town look you see use in TV programmes like Location, Location, Location.

I decided that with a few Portrait shoots coming up in some great locations in and around London, I would rent the lens to see what I could create and if it would fit into my style of working.

What a lens it is! I am not really a fan of wide angle lens, but I thought I would give it a go too see if I could, again, fit it into my style of working. Using as a normal lens without the Tilt/Shift mechanism, was great, but putting it to it full use was the best fun. Even though it is Manual focusing, that didn’t put me off and actually, it made me stop and really think about the shot I wanted to achieve. I just love using the Tilt mechanism and I know that it has been done to death, but creating the miniature look was great fun and it is something I would love to do more of.

Anyway enough waffle, here are some shots from the weekend. All images were taken using my trustee Canon 5D MarkII, the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and my old non-branded Tripod.
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Finally these two shots show off the Shift mechanism when use for architectural photography, which was amazing as using the Tilt mechanism.

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Look out for my latest photo shoot with Cody where I used the lens for Portrait with some great results.

 

Jay xxx

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Berkshire Engagement Shoot – Katrina & Dominic – “A Month Today”

“A month today” !!!!

With 4 weeks to go until Katrina & Dominic’s wedding day, a notification on Facebook came up from Katrina with the quote “A Month Today”. So I thought this would be a great time to post the pictures from their Engagement Shoot a couple of weeks ago.

For the engagement shoot, we decided that I would travel to their beautiful cottage in the country village of Cookham in Berkshire, and what a spectacular view that caught my eye once I left the A4. Travelling up the winding road through the hills was amazing and I knew this was going to be a great shoot. 

Once I parked up and caught my breath from the gorgeous view, we decided that we would have a walk down the hillside towards the River Thames and maybe, just maybe, try some of the local beverages at the riverside drinking hole. 

Katrina & Dominic were amazing, not just for their photos, but being so cool when I stopped every 5 mins to comment on how beautiful the view was and how lucky they are to live and bring up their daughter here.

It was a beautiful summer late afternoon and the stroll down to the river was wonderful even the tricky slope we had to overcome to get to the bottom. Katrina & Dominic were so relaxed and we could have chatted all evening about their lives, how they got together, and what the plans are for their wedding day. 

So 28 days and counting, can’t wait…

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Also on this shoot, I used my Mamiya Medium Format Camera to take a few images, and these are some of the scans I received back from UK Film Lab . Really happy with the results, and hopefully Katrina and Dominic are pleased xxx

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If you are planning a wedding (small or big), and looking for a contemporary, artistic wedding photographer to capture all the beauty in your special day, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Mamiya 645 Pro – My New (Second-Hand) Camera

Mamiya 645 Pro – My New (Second-Hand) Medium Format Camera

 

So excited when my new (Second-Hand) Medium Format Camera arrived in the post yesterday. The Japanese built Mamiya 645-Pro is something that I have been looking at for a while (and the Contax 645, which I cannot afford yet).

Hopefully it will get a run out this weekend, when I shoot Katrina and Dominic Engagement shoot in the Picturesque Berkshire Village of Cookham.

Can’t wait to share the images from this amazing camera and alongside the ones from my other Film SLR cameras and also my Canon Digital camera.

 

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Dulwich Park Walk – Personal Project Film Photography

Dulwich Park Walk – My Film Photography Personal Project

I love being a Surrey Wedding & Portrait Photographer, but I also want to do something more within the world of photography.

This year I set myself challenges to bring out my creative side more and push into other areas of photography.

One of the challenges was to experiment in Film Photography and hopefully get to a level where I could implement it into my Wedding and Portrait Photography.

So a couple of weeks ago, I bought myself two 35mm Film Cameras, both were from Pentax, one was the ME Super and the other P30n.

So here are a few images from my walk around Dulwich Park in South East London. Really enjoyed using my second hand Pentax 35mm Film Camera, just need to stock up on some more film!!

 

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If you are planning a Surrey, London, Kent or Sussex wedding (small or big), and looking for a contemporary, artistic wedding photographer to capture all the beauty in your special day, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jay xxx

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Epping Forest, Essex Wedding – Sneak Peek

London Underground Theme Wedding in Epping Forest, Essex

This time last week, I ventured into the County of Essex where I assisted the talented Anesta of Anesta Broad Photography.

What started out as a thundery day with heavy rain, turned out to be such a beautiful day and I’m not just talking about the weather.

Assisting Anesta on Carl & Emma’s Epping Forest, Essex Wedding was so much fun and everyone was so welcoming.

I will leave you with a couple of images before the full blog.

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If you are planning a Surrey or London wedding (small or big), and looking for a contemporary, artistic wedding photographer to capture all the beauty in your special day, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jay xxx

 

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Surrey Wedding Ceremony at Croydon Registry Office

A small, Surrey Wedding Ceremony at Croydon Registry Office on a hot spring day, then onto Dinner in Crystal Palace…

Before their traditional, religious Asian wedding later on in the year in Newcastle, Shama and Siam Saleem made their marriage legal at Croydon Registry Office in Surrey.

This was a very small ceremony at Croydon Registry Office and then a dinner reception at a beautiful Morocco restaurant in Crystal Palace London, but all I can say is, for a wedding party of just over 20, there was as much fun as a wedding of over 100.

Shama decided to wear her Grandmother’s Wedding Dress for the occasion, which was such a lovely touch. Siam who travelled from his home city of Newcastle, leaving early in the morning, was not disappointed when he finally arrived at Croydon Registry Office for the ceremony. Shama looked absolutely stunning in her dress, and with her close friends professionally doing make-up and hair, it just completed the beauty of the bride.

As weddings go it was wonderful affair with plenty of laughter, smiles and of course tears of joy. I’d like to thank you both and your wedding party for allowing me to be part of your special day.

Congratulations to you both and good luck with the Big Wedding later on in the year.

Thanks to Anneka Sanghera, we made a great team on the day and look forward to working with you on our next wedding and event.

A few shots from Shama and Siam special day in Croydon & Crystal Palace….

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If you are planning a Surrey or London wedding (small or big), and looking for a contemporary, artistic wedding photographer to capture all the beauty in your special day, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jay xxx

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Family Photo Shoot in Horley – Sneak Peek

The sun was shining for a special family photo shoot in the town of Horley, what a beautiful day .

I thought I would give you a sneak peek of a Lifestyle family photo shoot that I done in beautiful town of Horley on the Surrey and West Sussex borders. Marc & Carol Caldwell, who I have known for a few years, and there cute little boy Ethan, was a joy to shoot. The time just flew by and it was so much fun. 

Enjoy few of my favourite and keep a look out for the full blog coming up soon on my website

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